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June 2015

Holiday, Recipes

Fourth of July Dessert Recipes

June 30, 2015

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I love Fourth of July because I like summer, beaches and fireworks. I always try to make a special treat too, last year I made a huge peach pie. I haven’t made up my mind on what to make this year! Anyways I wanted to maybe help you make up your mind so I put together a list of treats that I found on some great blogs.

S’mores from scratch (except the chocolate!):

Make your own Graham Crackers!

kissingcrust graham crackers

Here’s how to make basic marshmallows

Or go wild and make flavored marshmallows (from beer to earl grey flavored!)

Also, be sure to check out this list of drool-worthy s’mores recipes by NoBiggie.

Patriotic Recipes:

Mm this patriotic vanilla sponge cake looks dreamy!

Patriotic Vanilla Cream Sponge Cake - Erren's Kitchen

This American cookie flag cake would be fun to make!

American Flag Cookie Cake #recipe

These would take some work but are well worth it! What’s more American then a burger and fries?

Burger Bite

Fruity fourth recipes:

This mango tart is beautiful! And it’s  gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, Paleo, and soy-free.

This Mango Tart uses fresh, ripe mangos and coconut cream to make a delicious dessert that's gluten-free, Paleo friendly, refined sugar-free, and vegan! The recipe includes step by step photos for how to make a beautiful mango flower.

How cute would this fruit barbecue look at your 4th of July party?

Food Art DIY – Watermelon Barbecue Grill 3

Of course, what is 4th of July without pie? Try this peach-blueberry pie or my favorite apple pie & crust recipe! If your are new to pies or want to perfect your lattice technique, click here to see how Gimme Some Oven does it!

A classic lattice-topped homemade blueberry peach pie bursting with juicy flavor. You will love this pie crust too! @sallybakeblog

Healthier  Recipes:

These pretty chocolate-dipped watermelon pops.

Red, White & Blue Chocolate Watermelon Popsicles | You need these for July 4th! MarlaMeridith.com ( @marlameridith )

This pretty tart is made of dates, cashews and greek yogurt!

Healthy Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart-- gluten free and ready in less than 30 minutes!

If you are in a hurry this is an easy, cute dessert to make!

Easy Flag Fruit Dessert - Family Fresh Meals ---

Now that you have read the post, what do you think I should make out of these options? What are you going to make?

xoxo

Eating, Holiday

Father Day + Zucchini Fritters Recipe

June 25, 2015

For Father’s Day my pops came up to visit so we could go to brunch and a Mariner’s game! We started off walking to Capitol Hill to a restaurant called Plum Bistro. It’s vegan and organic. Dad accidentally went there a couple weekends ago with his buddy and he loved and I really wanted to try it so we decided t go there for brunch.

The inside is really cute and rustic/modern. There are only about 8 or 9 table and a bar area so it is a very small restaurant. They only do reservations for 6 or more but we sat at the bar with no waiting.

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The brunch  menu:

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You can see how close we are to the kitchen (literally right in front of us) in this photo. Also I love that they serve water with cucumber and orange slices!

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The wee little kitchen.

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I got the breakfast slam special which consists of (all vegan): two pancakes w/cinnamon butter, sausage, tofu scramble (so good!) and some sweet potato/potato hash. This filled me up big time, I was stuffed! It was all delicious and I can’t wait to return!

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Dad got the veggie slam which has: cheesy potato cakes, roasted portobello, sauteed spinach, grilled asparagus and an English muffin with pesto. He got this when he came here before too so I know it’s a winner!

plum bistro veggie slam

With our bellies full, we walked around the hill and then to the Mariner’s game! Last Father’s Day I got ticket too but I unknowingly chose horrible seats that were on hard bleachers, under the scoreboard and we had oily smoke from the funnel cake stand wafting around us the whole time! My bad. This year I stepped it up and got terrace club seats in row 3! I like to redeem myself and dad was quite pleasantly  surprised! The seats had padding, we had great views and it was beautiful outside. I also got him a new mariner’s hat to wear! He also got a Mariner’s apron as the game giveaway, last year was a barbecue spatula!

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He really is the best dad a girl could ask for 🙂

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The game was a long one! Each inning went very slowly and a ton of pitches were thrown. I do like watching baseball now that I know most of the rules so we didn’t mind staying until it ended. Sadly, the Mariners lost to the Houston Astros.

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The guy in front of us had two baskets of garlic fries for himself! They looked good but we were still stuffed from brunch.

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After the game we watched the last 30 minutes or so of the PGA golf tournament that took place just South of us at Chambers Bay in Tacoma! Man that course looked bad ha ha all the grass was yellow. I’m glad an American won. Then Dad took me to Trader Joes for some grocery shopping since I don’t get to buy much there without a car. It was so nice to be driven to the grocery store! I took this pic in the car, beeeautiful isn’t it?

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Travel

Don’t Mess With Texas!

June 23, 2015

Earlier this month I went to Austin, Texas for a work function. Well, the hotel wasn’t really in Austin, it was seriously in the middle of nowhere and it took about 30 minutes and a long windy road to get there from the airport. I didn’t get too many food pictures because I was so busy working but here is what I did capture:

Dinner on day 1: a portobello mushroom burger with sweet potato fries, it was good except the mushroom was pitifully little, you can’t tell from this pic but it was as thin as an index card and the size of a silver dollar! My healthier-than-me coworker got it without the bun and it was about two bites!

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The hotel is actually quite pleasant, when we first arrived on property I thought it looked like a compound! But as we looked around it got much better. A little plantation-like but it has cute components like the back porch:

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I love the look of this, truly southern! It’s empty because if you sit there you will be murdered by mosquitoes!

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These signs cracked me up! I guess it had to be said. There are also horses and llamas on property, this llama looked like he would enjoy spitting on us. I do like his hipster hairdo!

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Breakfast day 1: the normal bowl of oats. I brought my own toppings as usual, my chia, hemp and maca mix.

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A late night post-work meal of red snapper, cheesy grits and veggies. The grits were so good!! I could eat those everyday. I’m sure they had tons of cream and cheese though.

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It was very warm and sunny the whole time and the humidity just about killed me! Beautiful lush greenery though.

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I met a squirrel friend…

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They planted these flowers while we were there!

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No filters needed for this flower.

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One of the dinners we had, I’m not sure what these was, I think a pesto ravioli with balsamic vinegar drizzled?

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I never forget a dessert! 😉  this was a flour-less chocolate cake and a fruit tart. Both were okay, not spectacular. I think if you’re going to do a flour-less cake you need to use really high-quality chocolate, this chocolate did not taste that great.

dessert lost pines

My favorite day at our meetings is boxed lunch day! Every time there is a veggie sandwich, a cookie, fruit, chips and sides. I love getting a packed lunch! (maybe I just love that I automatically get a cookie).

boxed lunch day austin

I hope the cowboy doesn’t mind that this photo is up. We had some visitors of the long-horn variety. I wanted to jump on but my dress wouldn’t allow it without some inappropriate views!

longhorns

We had an outdoor dinner one night (so hot!) and these cinnamon-orange margaritas were a drink option. It was very good, not too sweet like I was afraid of and I like the cinnamon around the glass edge!

cinnamon-orange marg

We did go into Austin for one night, hosting a sort of pub crawl thing. I love rainey street, it’s like a neighborhood street but all the houses are bars/restaurants and there are pretty lights everywhere.

bangerz austin

I’ll leave this post off with a pic of me holding a cute armadillo. He was a bit wiggly and I was sure thankful for the gloves!

kyla + armadillo

I did enjoy Austin but man, I could never live there, between the humidity (frizzy hair 24/7), mosquitoes (bugs love me and I don’t love them) and sun (I burn in 2 seconds) I would have to be quarantined indoors permanently. It was real nice to breath in that fresh, cool Seattle air when I got home.

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: Dehydration Station + Spaghetti Squash “Pasta”

June 17, 2015

 

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Yayy it’s Wednesday! That means Friday is coming  which is all I care about right now. Join me today for Jenn’s WIAW hosted today by the lovely Arman.

Breakfast: my oats are struggling right now without raisins or blueberries, I must buy more soon. I want to do some new combos because I’m kinda tired of my boring ones! Any easy ideas?

breakfast wiaw

 Lunch: is the best! This is seriously so simple to make and pretty cheap. All I do is cut a spaghetti squash in half, gut it of it’s seeds (sounds so violent), place the halves face down on a cookie sheet (along with the seeds for snacking!), put it all in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 40 minutes or until tender. Then I scrape out the insides and mix it with homemade pesto and eat the squash seeds. See? So easy! Then I pack it for lunch and microwave it.

For the pesto I always eyeball the measurements but for this batch I used almonds (I’m out of walnuts), 2 cloves of garlic (super garlicky stuff is my fav!), basil, olive oil, salt and some Parmesan.

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Dinner: A classic. This was super yummy with the garlicky pesto. Good thing my BF is long-distance cause ain’t nobody gonna kiss me after today!

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Snack: Dried mango and apple slices. My mom gave me her old food dehydrator and now I am OBSESSED with drying fruit! My dehydration station is on my kitchen floor since I don’t have room on my counter and I totally have not tripped over it more than once… Anyways, I cut up TEN mangoes this weekend and dried them all. It’s so much better than store-bought dried fruit because the mango slices are warm right out of the dehydrator and I like to leave a little bit of softness in the centers. I leave it on overnight usually and then by morning it’s done! I think I’ll do bananas or plums next.

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All this…

mangos!

Into this! Of course I ate almost all of the mango…which means I ate 10 mangos in 2.5 days…oopsy!

dried mango slices

What are your weekend/Father’s Day plans? I’m taking my pops to a Mariner’s game and we’re going to brunch at Plum Bistro. I’ll post some pics afterwards!

What fruit or veg should I dehydrate next? Did you know you can do cantaloupe and melons? It take like 2 days but it’s do-able! Nothing like plugging in a hot little machine in a 400 sq ft studio apartment without AC on a summer day!

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: PB&J Balls & Molly Moon’s

June 10, 2015

 

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Oh boy! I have a good day of eats for you guys (for once :)). As always, thanks for hosting Jenn and for any newbies, come join the WIAW party and link-up here.  I had to skip last Wednesday because of a work meeting in Chicago that took up all my free time, you can read about my trip here!

Breakfast: As per usual, oats with blueberries, maca, hemp, chia and some honey.

oats!

Lunch: a light lunch of a green smoothie called a Fast Eddy from a local smoothie/healthy cafe. It has mango, spinach, banana and some other ingredients, they add protein upon request too.

green smoothie

Dinner: here comes the good stuff! My dad came to Seattle to visit his friend and his significant other who is visiting here so we went to a restaurant called Local 360 in Belltown. All the ingredients they use are from within 360 miles of Seattle.  A definite farm-to-table style restaurant. I do love their decor, it is very rustic and in a garage type of building.

local 360 vibe

Cute menus

local 360 menu

On the appetizer list I spotted “PB&J balls.” What a novelty! So I insisted we order them, for my sake and my blogs sake… well mostly for my sake 😉 They are actually deep fried and came nestled in a puddle of jelly with a cute shot glass of milk.

pb&j balls

pb&j balls local 360

I didn’t expect the peanut butter to be liquid-y inside but it was a nice surprise! It basically tasted like a spoonful of pb with a slightly crunchy shell, they might have used cornflakes for the crust. Definitely more of a dessert. These would also be really good with chocolate sauce or honey!

pb&j balls inside local 360

As you can see we had no problem finishing our  sweet appetizer! (My dad drank the glass of milk)

pb&j appetizer local 360

For my entree I ordered one of their specials of the day, a white salmon with celery root puree, sea beans, zucchini noodles and roasted turnips and an herb salad on top. It was good, not great. For the price it was very small (looks way bigger int he picture than it was) and I just ate some delicious salmon at another restaurant that was a huge portion for the same price.The fish meat itself was good, and the puree was very tasty. I wasn’t a fan of the way they prepared the turnips and the zucchini noodles were plain and could’ve used some spices/flavor.

white salmon local 360

One of our dining companions chose the rabbit leg.

rabbit leg local 360

And the other chose the fried chicken which is topped with a fried egg and layered on cheesy grits, yum!

fried chicken local 360

My dad got mussels and a beet/goat cheese salad, he seemed to enjoy both a lot.

mussels local 360

Of course the PB&J balls weren’t enough to satisfy our sweet tooth and since we were with some visitors to Seattle, we went to Molly Moon’s for a scoop (or two)! I got scout mint and Sasquatch. Sasquatch is chocolate and vanilla mixed together with some sort of crunchy addition, honestly I didn’t hear the girl explaining it and it just tasted chocolaty and sweet! I chose it because of the name, obviously.  Mint was a good way to go on this hot day, very refreshing as always!

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My dad got vanilla and strawberry I think but he had them pour balsamic vinegar over the top. That brown stuff is NOT chocolate syrup! It’s vinegar! He liked it a lot. They have a balsamic strawberry ice cream that is actually really good but this is too far overboard for me!

molly moons 2

Well that’s it folks! I hope you enjoyed this post and the other WIAW bloggers, I sure do.

What is the weirdest flavor of ice cream you’ve ever had or seen? I tried durian ice cream once and it tasted like onions, bleh! Durian is a tropical fruit that smells like rotting corpses but is supposed to be a custard-y, sweet tasting.

Recipes

10 Popsicle Recipes You Must Make Now

June 6, 2015

It’s getting real hot here in Seattle, this week it was 70-80 degrees almost everyday! Rare but it seems summer is coming early and what is summer without something cold and icy to snack on? I’m obsessed with popsicles lately and after you see these recipes, you will be obsessed too!

1. Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

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2. Thai Iced Tea Popsicles

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3. Cookies and Coconut Milk Popsicles

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4. Creamy Cinnamon Horchata Popsicles

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5. Chocolate Avocado Popsicles

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6. Whole Fruit Popsicles

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7. Healthy Fudgesicles (with protein powder!)

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8. Mango Chia Popsicles

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9. Earl Grey Latte Popsicles

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10. Last but not least…Mint Chocolate Chip Popsicles 

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Obsessed yet?

 

Life

Things I’ve Been Enjoying Lately 6.4.15

June 4, 2015

1. Rabbits. This is my mom’s new rabbit, Gandalf, fitting eh? I helped her with the name, and we found out after she had picked it that his dad’s name is Baggins! Meant to be I guess! He is part angora and part satin, softest thing I’ve ever touched, I want to hold him forever. Plus his ears.are.adorable.

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2. Rompers and this dress in cantaloupe. I tried it on just for fun but I really shouldn’t have because of course it fit perfectly and I loved it but it’s ridiculously expensive! Rompers because they have shorts and it’s easy to put on, I even sleep in one now! I have found some great ones at TJ Maxx or Marshalls. This one is cute!

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3. Yasso Chocolate-Chip Mint Greek Yogurt Bars

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4. Planks. What can I say? I love planks! Join me with some of my favorites.

Basic forearm plank:

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Shoulder tap plank:

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Spiderman plank:

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Side plank:

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Those will get your blood flowing!

What are you enjoying lately?

What is your favorite exercise right now?