brain dead

I may have lost my marbles today, but at least I got a good breakfast in!  Our loan and everything was approved, so we’re down to the wire!!  Very exciting, but now there is so much to do.  I spent the morning at the house, with plumbers/electricians/wood floorers/etc. coming in + out from every direction.  It was intense and a bit overwhelming!  Maybe I should start selling my nut butter…to help fund all of these projects!

On our list of things to get done within the first month[ish] looks like this:

  • hardwoods resurfaced + refinished [not doing ourselves]

  • complete kitchen demo [starting saturday!]

  • complete kitchen makeover [floors/cabinets/counters/etc]

  • appliance installation new fridge/washer/dryer/gas stove/dishwasher [eeek!]

  • paint entire interior [wrangling volunteers ;)]

  • redesign kitchen wall with punch out window

  • install all new windows

Before I start going through everything in my head again, I’m just going to focus on food.

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I found organic frozen cherries at Costco yesterday that are delicious!  I couldn’t wait to stick them in a buckwheat bake.  A cherry almond buckwheat bake to be exact.  One of my favorites for sure!

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Cherry Almond Vanilla Buckwheat Bake [serves 1]

  • 1/4c ground buckwheat groats [raw]

  • 1T whole buckwheat groats [raw]

  • 1/4t almond extract

  • 1/2T vanilla

  • 2t maple syrup

  • 1/2 large banana

  • 1/4t baking powder

  • 1 flax egg [1T ground flax meal + 2.5T warm water, whisked]

  • 1T chia seeds

  • 1/3c chopped frozen cherries, plus a few more on top

  • 3T almond milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350*

  2. Whisk flax egg together and set aside for ~3-5min.

  3. In a small bowl mash banana until egg-like.

  4. Mix in almond milk, almond extract + vanilla with a fork.

  5. Mix in buckwheat, buckwheat groats, baking powder, chia seeds, and walnuts.

  6. Mix in flax egg.

  7. Min in cherries.

  8. Grease a small oven-safe dish, add mixture, smooth, and bake for 35-40 minutes. [Depends on the size of your mini pan.  I used a personal size soup crock.  You can also use 2-3 muffin tins]

*You can use 1 flax egg or sub 1 egg white or 1 chia egg.

*Use 1/4c applesauce, if you don’t like banana.

*Add 1-2T of other mix-ins like chopped dried fruit, fresh chopped fruit, chocolate chips, or coconut.

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I’m totally crushing on almond extract lately.  Just be careful.  A little goes a long way, unlike vanilla extract!

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I really love cherries.

And almonds.

And buckwheat.

And chocolate chip cookie dough almond butter.

And coconut butter.



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The dogs are enjoying the “new” ghetto beds.

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Kenna can’t decide which her favorite is.

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Dakota is pleased with anything but the slippery hard floor.  I haven’t broken the news to her yet, that there is zero carpet in the new house.  She’s not going to be happy…

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My “get in bed early” last night, did not happen at all.  In fact, I went to be LATER than usual.  Tonight, I’m determined!  Before I go, I wanted to write out my goals for March.  They are as follows…

March Goals

I don’t think there will be time for much else!

11:31pm.  Not bad.  Bed!!