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Valentine’s day recap time!

The very late morning started at 11am with two large cups of coffee + cream.  If you remember from the night prior, I was up til 3am [not drinking..just being ashley] and I told myself I would sleep in as much as I could.  I didn’t even hit 8hrs!  I think I was excited for the day :)

Our new “BREAKFAST” mugs from c+b [thanks mom + dad!]


My plan was to make Angela’s Peanut Butter Swirl Pancakes.  Chris loooves peanut butter and I happened to pick up this FREE pancake mix at the farmers market the day before.  It was free if I signed up on their email list.  It is made with 100% organic flour and it’s locally grown and milled!  However, upon further inspection of the ingredient list, I found vegetable shortening.  I know it gets into foods that I eat when dining out, etc. but in my kitchen…?  No thanks.  It totally deterred me from using the mix!  I’m not sure why that had to be added in. 


Not a problem though!!  Pancakes from scratch are NOT hard!!  However, my recipe needs a little work before I dish it out.  It included things like whole wheat pastry flour, vanilla hemp milk, cinnamon, vanilla, a flax egg [egg + water], baking powder, and extra flax.  They were thick and kind of dense.  Probably the egg substitution plus other things…a work in progress but they were more than edible!!


Say hello to the best applesauce I have ever had.  It was under $3 and REALLY good.  I never buy sweetened applesauce. Apples are sweet enough!  So why is this the best?  Because the consistency is extremely smooth + creamy.  I love applesauce but sometimes have a little gag action [sorry gross] going on because of the chunkiness.  So glad I tried this! 


Dakota + Penny were on the same agenda.  Sun bathing.  This dog will wake up panting from the sun..she gets SO hot.  I don’t know what her deal is.  Her other favorite thing is having her bed smashed up right next to the heating vent.  She would eat the vent if she could. 


This is another kitchen favorite when I’m not using my Misto filled with olive oil.  I love Spectrum products and this spray is excellent when you don’t want any olive flavor.  Like with pancakes!  Leave the olives off my pancakes..thanks!


What is this mess of deliciousness you ask??  It’s the peanut butter swirl part for the pancakes!  You can infuse ANY pancake recipe with this concoction.  And you really should.  Really.

1 part applesauce to 1 part creamy pnut butter –> microwaved 30sec –> put in a plastic bag for ease when piping onto pancakes




Swirl action.  I love the flax specs!  [I use ground flaxmeal for my baking, from Bob’s Red Mill]


Plastic piping bag.  So professional.  I also did one round of almond butter + applesauce swirl.  Also yummy, but you know I am partial to my peanut butter!!


Infused maple syrup sauce!!

#1 – Chocolate Coconut Maple Syrup [using Artisana Cacao Bliss]

#2 – Coconut Butter Maple Syrup [using Artisana Coconut Butter]

Words can’t describe how mouth-watering delicious these were. 


My new favorite plate!


I made a mocktail for brunch!  Blood Orange Italian soda + buBbLy water




Tried to pipe in a heart…worked, sort of ;)




Bananas + coconut infused maple syrup = BEST new way to enjoy pancakes

12 11

I made all gone.  duh.


What next!?  Another recipe from Angela.  Peanut butter cups! I had been eyeing up the pnut butter cups for some time now and thought they would be perfect for dessert.  Chris + I are both pnut butter fa-reaks.  I don’t have any finished photos of them yet, but think of a reeses cup but 10x better.

Mess #2 of the day!  [reading the recipe from my computer]  I did a few things different with the recipe, like adding cinnamon + vanilla.  I also didn’t use vegan graham cracker or vegan choc chips.  However, I did pick up some soy-free vegan butter to use for this and it is spectacular.


peanut butter/vegan butter/graham mixture


1/2 topped with pnuts + chia seeds

1/2 topped with almonds + shredded coconut


Really good graham crackers.  Seriously.


I popped dessert in the freezer to set and then I was on to making lunch!

Amazing whole wheat loaf topped with a ton of seeds + grains.  This was the loaf I got at the farmers market on Saturday.  The surprising thing about this loaf is how moist it is on the inside.


On the menu. 

Deconstructed veggie samiches – torn bread + veggies + curry honey hummus

Cold quinoa fruit + nut salad topped with goat cheese



I made Chris a valentine’s/dating annv. card.  [do you married ladies still celebrate/acknowledge your dating annv?]  I also got him a choco/pnut butter covered pretzel rod.  Crazy day of pnut butter!!! He loved the card, hehe.  Did I tell you Chris was making dinner?? Holy moly did it smell good.  I knew tilapia [ethically farmed from Whole Foods] was on the menu but I didn’t know the details.

A little about Chris – He thinks cooking is “okay.”  He always says “but you just enjoy it so much.” lol  However, when he gets in the kitchen he always whips up something completely delicious.  Hey Chris, cook more please!!!!!!!!! :)


I mean….come on!!!  Look at this plate! 

1- asparagus, pan cooked to joke

2- rosemary garlic linguine [that we picked up at the farmers market a few weeks ago] with a sage + garlic infused butter sauce, oh MY!!!

3- fresh breadcrumbs + sage + rosemary encrusted tilapia


The pasta, from the market, was incredible.  The butter sauce was not overwhelming.  You just needed a tiny bit.  This meal was full of flavor + LOVE!!! hehehe

I couldn’t believe he even got the breading to STAY ON the fish!!  I can never do this.  He told me the technique.  He said instead of just an egg wash, you mix egg + flour together, coat the fish with that, and then bread.  Impressive.


I am allowed to have a gush once in awhile and what better day than on valentine’s.  [even if it is cliche or hallmark created or whatever]  It was a really fun day, centered around 2 of my favorite things.  CHRIS + FOOD!  One of the best things Chris has done for me is taught me to be a little more relaxed and more confident.  All throughout school [and other times] I would always doubt myself, for no good reason.  Chris has helped me with this, so much!  He is so reassuring and calming.  It’s nice to have balance in a relationship.  I’m crazy + he’s calm…PErrrrfect ;)  He also pushes me to try new things and supports me with every single thing I do. [ie, granola bar business, the blog, running, learning photography, etc]  I could go on + on but you get the idea. 

Happy 7 years together, Chris.  I more than love you!



Reader Comments (43)

Sounds like such a great Valentines Day! So happy you guys enjoyed!

That's funny that you say you only like a smooth and creamy applesauce because I am the exact opposite. I only like a really thick and chunky style. :)

Enjoy your week Ashley! :)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

What a gorgeous breakfast spread!!!! Love it. And your pictures are magnificent! What lens are you using?

What a sweet Valentine's Day treat =)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney (The Hungry Yogini)

Your dogs are SO cute.

Aaaaand that dinner looks aammmaaaaaaazing. Sounds like Chris is a real catch! ;)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDarryn

Ok, Dakota can come sleep with me anytime to stay warm. :) She is stinking adorable!

Huge points to Chris for that meal! Balanced, relaxed and confident men are the best. They make us crazies a bit more tame, right! So glad you enjoyed your day!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn @ Livewellfit

So many great things in this post! I totally understand the initial excitement for a new food product only to discover it contains ingredients you don't want to feed yourself or your husband! Your homemade pancakes look wonderful, I love the swirls! Have you tried Spectrum's Coconut Oil spray? I just got some and really like it, though I confess I wish the ingredients were just coconut oil, is that too much to ask? I want to see if my FM sells pasta, yours looks delish! Oh, and yes, my husband and I still celebrate our dating anniversary. September 11th, 1999...I know, an ironic date to celebrate, but that's when it was! Our wedding ani is June 4th, 5 years this Summer :)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Ikegami

Awww your man sounds like a sweetie! I love when relationships like that compliment each other. My boyfriend does the same thing for me. I always stress and he doesn't, at least he doesn't show it like I do. So it relaxes me more!

The food looks great! PB is amazing.

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFallon

oh man, that pasta made my heart melt...i would eat the WHOLE PAN if i could! p.s. dakota is the cutest, I loved getting to meet the puppers the other night! so sweet! glad you guys had a great valentine's day :)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

Love all of your V-day food love! Those swirl pancakes are fantastic. I'm going to have to try those peanut butter cups - they look amazing! But I think I'm going to make some dough balls this week first!

And the meal Chris cooked looks awesome. (My hubby doesn't cook at ALL - but he's does so many other great things so I can't complain - so give Chris an extra hug and definitely appreciate all the cooking goodness - and even more that it tastes GOOD!!)

Just had to write that my hubby and I *do* still celebrate our first date anniversary and also our engageaversary (the day he asked and I said yes - we always have Chinese food since he proposed as we were heating up Chinese food leftovers). And we've been married for 12 years and dated for 3 before that and have two awesome little kiddos! We've always felt that it's best to celebrate as much as we can... there's enough in life that can try to pull you down... but only if you let it! Celebrating the kids half birthdays is another "wacky" thing we do. You can never have too much laughter, love, appreciation for each other, and celebrating, right?! :-)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Cohen

Yes! This Valentine's day marked two years since my husband and I become an item so we celebrate both. It's just a special date, it's when it all started! :)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaty ( The Balanced Foodie )

Love love love, chocolate and peanut butter...I think I'll need to whip up those peanut butter cups on the weekend. I am such a chocolate addict.

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

this is too cute!!! i want to make pancakes like that now =P

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralice

What a great Valentine you had! Very impressive dinner- the pasta sounds so good right now.

your photos are so gorgeous! everything looks delish!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon (The Daily Balance)

I wish I put my hand threw the computer and eat all of the food! I'm totally going to try those pancakes!
My husband and I still celebrate our dating anniversary we hit 10 years in October so of course we had to celebrate!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Hey girl, thanks!. I was using a Tamron 28-75mm f2.8. But I normally use the Canon fixed 50mm f1.8 :)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

She LOVES a good cuddle! So true about the men ;)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh my gosh, NO..thanks for the pointer!! I will be on the lookout for that! I'm assuming they have to put other things in it because if not it would turn to a solid, like coconut oil does when it's in temperatures in the 60's + low 70's. Our FM sells dried pasta in about 50 different's quite insane!! I love that other people celebrate their dating annv too!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I forget what the guy said selling the pasta, but he said something they do makes it so it doesn't sit heavy in your stomach..and boy was he right! I felt so good after this meal. That was probably ~1c of cooked pasta if you would would squish it in a measuring cup ;)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yaaaaay doughballs!! Yeah, he totally wow'd me with that meal! Some people just don't like to cook and that's totally okay! Love that you celebrate all your "--versaries" and the kids 1/2 bdays...adorable!!!!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That's how I feel :)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Who isn't!!!?? hehe

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hahahaha!!! My parents have been married oh gosh..I don't even know how long and my dad still gets my mom cards/flowers/etc for their dating annv. It's totally adorable!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Those pancakes looks completely amazing! I love the pb swirls!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristie @ Honoring Health

those pancakes are GORGEOUS!!!
what a fantastic idea,
piping designs onto pancakes.
i've done stuff with chocolate chips,
sprinkles and M&M's,
but this is above and beyond.
and those mugs are awesome -
gotta get me some like that.
what a beautiful post!
thanks for brightening my day. :)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlison (Life's Little Lusts)

Pretttttty pancakes!!!!!!!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKath

How the heck do you get such amazing BRIGHT lighting???

I'm in love with your Valentine's Day - is that normal? It sounds like it was wonderful! And I especially love your "drip" picture. I read this post this morning [and yes, I'm just now's been a hectic day] and later I dripped peanut butter all over the cupboards while filling Maizey's Kong ball and I thought of you. :)

Your posts make me want to buy lots of things. From this post specifically:
1. Cute dishes
2. Applesauce
3. Those graham crackers (YUM)
4. Yummy bread [which will be impossible to find here, thanks a lot]

That's all. :)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

What a fabulous day of eats :) I wish I had time to make fun breakfast during the week. The swirls on your pancakes look great! BTW, my husband and I are both peanut butter freaks as well.... jars don't last long in our house because we eat it by the spoonful.
I love what you had to say about Chris, also. You two seem to make the perfect pair and I'm so happy for you both!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarly (Thomas) Milbert

I was thinking what a good idea it is for mom's that always try to make initial's much easier to pipe in a letter than make a letter out of a pancake!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Pretttttty YOU!!!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Left you a detailed message on your blog ;)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, totally normal!!! [I saw a nasty qtip on the floor as I was leaving, is that normal after we just talked about qtips? lol] If you ever comment in more than 12hrs after one of my posts has gone up, you're really going to get it! [not.] So glad you are messy in the kitchen as well. It's hard to actually be impressed by a graham cracker...they're pretty basic. Yummy bread??? Ummmmm hellloooooo did you not see the last post you made!!!???? lol

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Carly!!! I'm seriously enjoying your baking adventures!!!! :)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I forgot to tell you that I finally made the b.sprouts and kale... SOOOO good! I've made it about 3-4 times now (tonight being one) and my husband and I just love it. I make a ton and its great leftover in my lunch.

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarly (Thomas) Milbert

I make a huge mess when I cook too :)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrainerpack

Wow! Your pancakes are so "pretty". :) I love to surprise my hubby on the weekends with fresh, hot, homemade pancakes. He loves it too! ;)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN

That pasta looks just amazing! One of these days I'll get to that market.

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

My gosh. I can't get over how gorgeous this post is!!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhealthy ashley

I adore those two mugs!

Also, those Back to Nature graham sticks ROCK - especially dipped in peanut butter : )

This entire post makes me hungry & the photos are beautiful!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Thank you thank youuuu!!

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, you must go!!

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

41 comments. you rock!

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKel-C

That is so funny about the qtip! I thought of you as I used one this morning. :)

Yummy bread requires NO effort. Graham crackers, especially tweaking the recipe x4? That takes skill.

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

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