cupboard cleaning

Happy Monday loves ♥

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

I know my last post was kind of a rant and negative which I hate when I get in those moods. But as I said sometimes you just need to vent and even though it wasn’t a happy topic, I felt better.  But in all I do not want to be a negative person, I need to focus on the positives.  Because being angry, bitter and sad all the time is no way to live.

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So on to more positive things. And this morning had a few of them!

it was a keurig kind of morning

And then I remembered I had this in the cupboard.

my empty jar of cashew cookie batter butter. oh yes.

Excuse my lack of toppings as my fruit supply has depleted. I’m out of banana’s and actually thought I might go crazy.  But I topped these with Cocoa Cherry Pie Bear granola that the wonderful Sam sent me from across the pond and a little more peanut butter.

why can't we get stuff like this in the US? just not fair. delicious.

And then I made this little plate to complete breakfast.

cake batter oats, side of fruit and chobani blueberry greek yogurt. yum yum and yum.

I think my body is finally starting to level out and actually get full. oh.my.gosh.yay.  Now I have to figure out what a “normal” meal for me is.  I’m so use to consuming so much food, at the time needing to, I don’t know where my normal is right now.  I definitely don’t want to over eat.

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I mentioned I have been trying very hard to add variety to my meals, not eat the same things, experiment more.  Matt and I are really starting to struggle money wise and even though that is not a good thing, it has made me be more creative in creating a balanced meal as we can’t get as many groceries or go as often.  So I guess if you want to try and see the positives in all situations that’s one.  But I have ended up making some pretty tasty creations!

whole wheat tortilla pizza topped with trader joe's black bean dip, baby spinach, yellow bell pepper, zucchini, and grape tomatoes.

These pizza’s have basically turned into whatever veggies I have in the fridge are going on top.

boca vegan burger topped with caramelized onions, sweet potato and oven roasted broccoli and cauliflower

Again, this was a hmmm what do I have in the fridge moment. You make it work.

This one is not pretty, but was really tasty.

tofu noodles, black beans, fire roasted tomatoes and a little salsa all mixed into a big mess.

paired with a nice salad of mixed romaine and baby spinach, some carrots and zucchini to top.

Another cupboard cleaning meal. You can tell I’m running out of veggies as my salads are usually loaded, and I’ve had the can of fire roasted tomato’s for forever and finally decided to put them to use. You gotta do what you gotta do.

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And yet one more not so pretty but extremely tasty meal with some really random ingredients.

home made chipotle bowl

Other than me wanting to use up my stock of beans what else is so special about this bowl?

(It might be the delicious Trader Joe’s pineapple salsa)

or it might be the peas i added to the mix. well sorry i had a bag of frozen peas that needed to be used. and let me tell you. it was a nice addition.

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I know this is just a bump in Matt and I’s road and I have full faith we’ll get through this.  I hate having money issues, because money always causes fights, and right now those extra petty fights are not needed.  We have so many other things going on that we need to worry about.  I just hope we can remember to appreciate and love each other and I have faith we’ll get through this.  And hey, I kind of like making hodge podge meals.

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Do you ever make cupboard cleaning meals?

What was the most random thing you have found hidden in the back of your cupboard or pantry?

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Don’t forget to enter my Manna Organics giveaway!!

refusal

September is upon us and pumpkin is popping up everywhere.

Pumpkin Oats

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Soups

But I refuse, REFUSE I say to make any warm pumpkin in any way until my temperatures are below 100 degrees.

Yes your pumpkin oats looks absolutely delicious. Yes your pumpkin spiced coffee tempts me with its frothy creamy lather. And trust me those pumpkin pancakes topped with warm maple syrup make my mouth water.  But no pumpkin, I will not fall to you just yet. (please ignore my previous post of my pumpkin hummus quesadilla. it was a moment of weakness.)

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Fall is truly the one thing I miss about living in Indiana.  We had beautiful falls there.  The changing of the leaves. The bright colors of the trees. The crunch of the fallen leaves under your feet.  The slight cool breeze that requires only a small hoodie.

Beautiful.

But alas I live in hot hot hot Arizona now where the season fall does not exist. So pumpkin you will just have to wait.

While everyone else I’m sure has enjoyed their warm pumpkin oats and gooey pumpkin pancakes for breakfast, I enjoyed something else. Something cool and refreshing and honestly quite fun!

I decided to make Ashley’s at the edible perspective’s Banana Split Oats.

I really apologize for the pictures. I was extremely lazy, I’m not even going to lie. Please check out Ashley’s if you want better ones because hers are of course amazing.

She actually makes hers overnight oats, but I made mine hot oats, either way I’m sure is delicious. In my oat mix was:

1/4 cup steel cut oats

1 scoop Tempt Vanilla Spice Protein

1 tbsp vanilla

dash of cinnamon

After my oats had cooked I started to assemble!

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Step 1: Place banana in bowl. Easy enough. So I thought.

oops. banana fail. he broke.

Step 2: Pour oats over banana.

mmm just look at those oats.

Step 3: Pour banana/cherry mixture over oats.

so i've never attempted the whole make ice cream out of a frozen banana so i was really excited. i used a frozen banana and frozen cherries and it still kind of just turned into a puree? not sure if i did something wrong, but it was still tasty! duh.

Step 4: Add what ever banana split toppings you want!

i added a sprinkle of whole foods granola and an extra cherry on top! divine.

As are all her recipes, this was very tasty. I’m pretty much obsessed with bananas. And oats. So…this as really going to be a win win for me to begin with. I wasn’t that worried. And again. It was from Ashley. She hasn’t let me down yet.

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So while my oats were cooking I was busy doing something else.

MY KEURIG CAME!

If you didn’t read my previous post I had one delivered about 2 weeks ago and it was stolen off my patio! I made sure to stalk the FedEx guy this time around.

And it came just in time. Yesterday I went to make a small pot of coffee in my french press and came back to a huge mess.

a nice big crack 🙁 i haven't even had this for that long but of course i didn't save my receipt. -le sigh-

But look at my beautiful new Keurig in all it’s glory. I spent about 10 minutes just trying to get the thing out of the box! Thankfully I was the only one home and the pup was the only one who got to witness my struggle and fight with the box. The box almost won. But alas.

look at it in all its glory

I feel kind of bad for my coffee pot, the Keurig can be kind of a scary neighbor.

i thought i was suppose to get a sample pack of the cups, but i didn't. i dont know if it was because i had to reorder or what, but i was sad. coffee pot, you got one more day!

So that’s that. I’m on a pumpkin strike. But with all the tasty posts going up, I don’t know how long I will last. I still have half a case of pumpkin laying around after all. And sometimes when I walk past it, I feel it’s stare.

oh case of pumpkin. you waited all summer for me. but i'm just not ready. call it fear of commitment. but don't worry. i will come around soon, i only hope you are still waiting for me. thank you for understanding, but i just can not truly appreciate your warm, filling, savory taste until i am no longer sweating while i prepare meals in the kitchen. thank you for understanding, but it really is me not you.

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Have you started cooking with pumpkin yet?

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?

 

more than you want to know

 Hello loves. ♥

So there have been a lot of surveys popping up so I thought I would do one myself.  I love reading random facts about others so I hope you guys enjoy some random facts about me.

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What is your desktop background?

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What is on your bed right now? Two sleeping kittehs.  Even though I am home all day the cats want nothing to do with me between the hours of when Matt leaves for work and when Matt comes home from work. Now the pup on the other hand won’t leave my side. Other then when she’s passed out (which is about 5-6 hours of the day).  But I do love my pup so I don’t mind her company.

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i mean look at her ♥

What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Had some breakfast, watched some of the news and read a little bit of Water for Elephants.  I am loving the book! But I mistakenly leave my laptop open, so when tweets and e-mails pop up I am quickly distracted.  I’m not even sure how I got to doing this survey. So easily distracted.

breakfast was a mish mash of cereals. organic corn flakes, honey-o's, cinnamon puffins. on the side a frozen berry smoothie made with 1/2 frozen banana, strawberries and blackberries.

What are you wearing right now? Black tank top. Boring. Plain. Black gym shorts. More yawn. More boring.

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What was the last sporting event you watched? I don’t really watch a lot of sports on TV. Never have been a huge fan, but I am now obsessed with NFL football. GO COLTS. I can not wait for the official season to start! Oh, and you can take me to a Cubs game at Wrigley any day. That place is magical.

i mean who doesn't like Peyton Manning? come on, i mean the guy is just so nice!

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Things to do for fun: When it’s not 100+ degrees out I’ve been known to do some hiking. Love those mountains. Love the fresh air (if it even really exists in Phoenix) the solitude, and tranquility. It’s so refreshing to be “on top of the world” (have I ever mentioned I was proposed to on TOP of a mountain. My fiance knows me so well) And some bike riding. No really. I ride my bike everywhere.

lunch was a roasted veggie panini. on the sandwich was roasted red bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant bacon and cream cheese. on the side cottage cheese with trader joes pineapple salsa and barbara's chocolate chip snackimals (yum!).

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What was your favorite toy as a child? My little pony’s. I think those are still one of my favorite toys. They are so cute.  I also had this toy dump truck that I pushed around the house everywhere. I remember my grandma and I use to play a game called “disappearing pear”.  She would cut up a pear then I would push my Tonka truck over to her and she would put the slice on the back of the truck and I would push it away and eat it and always say “grandma the pear disappeared!”  and then repeat. What a way to get a kid to eat her fruit! I was also easily entertained.

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What pair of shoes do you wear most often? Toms. I own too many pairs for my own good. Oh, and I want these. Really bad. Someone should probably get them for me 😉

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What is your favorite breakfast meal? Oats. Oats. Oats. I can not get enough oats.  That and fresh fruit. What about oats WITH fresh fruit. whoa. Did I just blow your mind?

chocolate protein oats topped with fresh kiwi, banana and chocolate peanut butter.

What is your favorite food your mom makes? This is a tough one.  My mom makes the BEST tacos. She always told me that I didn’t want to know what went into them, and to this day I don’t.  But they would have to cook and simmer all day and my sister and I could NEVER wait till dinner.  They made the house smell so delicious.  She also makes an amazing pumpkin roll. Seriously to die for.  If she doesn’t bring it to family functions she is scolded. Matt also requests one when we go home for Christmas. And yes, my mom make a whole extra one just for him. She is so sweet.

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How often do you cook for yourself? Everyday. And I love it.  I didn’t use to enjoy or experiment with cooking as much as I do now, but during my recovery process and the discovery of this blog community, I have really started to explore again in the kitchen. And I love it. It is so much fun (and tasty to boot) inventing and experimenting with new ingredients and new dishes.

whole wheat tortilla pizza. topped with garlic hummus, pumpkin, baby spinach, zucchini, tomato, yellow bell pepper, red onion, and soy crumbles. sprinkled with a little basil love.

Do you eat leftover pizza cold or warm? Little from column A little from column B.  

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Do you enjoy eating fruits and vegetables? Oh my yes and yes. Fruits have been making a lot of morning appearances and veggies tend to come out to play later in the day.  I was never a huge fruit OR veggie person growing up, so it still blows my mind a little that I did a complete 180 and basically can’t find a fruit of veggie that i don’t like. I mean really, I make green smoothies now. NEVER saw that one coming.  Current fruit obsession = frozen grapes. Current veggie obsession = zucchini (i put it in everything).

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What is the last thing you purchased? Food. Surprised?  I had two things on my shopping list when I walked into Whole Foods today; raw cashews because I want to try and make Ashley’s cake batter cashew butter again and dates because I am making Nicky’s banana bread hummus.  This is what happens:

organic baby cheese puffs (for me. no baby) kamut puff cakes, creamy peanut butter for matt, creamy almond butter for me, spaghetti noodles

raspberry and fruits of the forest jam, salsa, raw cashews, chobani greek yogurt

tofu, vegan pepperjack cheese, soy yogurt, a peach, an apple, 3 dates and my very first fig (not a fan btw)

Yup. All that with two things on my list. I can NOT walk into that store and not spend triple what I intended too.

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How did u get one of your scars? Which one, because I have like 9343294 on my legs/knees/ankles from the many years of softball.  My most recent one is from the oven though. Too lazy to pull the rack out, I like to try and grab things, throw things in with as minimal effort as possible. I love cooking and I love my food, but I’m probably one of the laziest cookers out there.  If there’ a short cut to anything I’ll take it.

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What was the last thing you received in the mail?  Well, I can tell you the last thing I didn’t receive in the mail. My Keurig coffee maker!! Do you know why I did not receive my Keurig coffee maker, because some stupid kids stole it off my patio when it was delivered!! I was at a doctors appointment, came home, a few minutes later I get a knock on my door.  It’s my neighbor from across the street. She informs me she saw a girl and boy on bikes take two packages off my patio!  I quickly rack my brain for what was to be delivered and almost cried when I found out it was the coffee maker.  My friend had actually ordered it, so she had to go through the process of calling the company, but long story short, I have another one coming to me. And you better believe I am tracking that thing until it is on my doorstep.  I hate thieves.  It is just uncalled for!

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 What are you currently reading? Right now: Water for Elephants. Next up: Shadow of the Wind.

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Now it’s your turn. Answer as many questions as you want!