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Tuesday
May172011

bacon{ish}

Hello there!  Hopefully you are able to see my blog this morning, as yesterday was a major flop.  Apparently you guys crashed the site!  :)  Not a bad thing, but definitely an annoying process to deal with.  I was sitting by the computer all day waiting for correspondence from my host.  I will be switching hosts as soon as possible, as my current host [Super Green Hosting], did a horrible job at communicating with me today!  It took entirely too long to hear back from them.  However, the important thing is the blog is back!!  Thank you all for being so patient!! 

This is Thursday’s post that most of you probably didn’t see yet.  I’m hoping to get another post up tomorrow afternoon, but if today is anything like yesterday, that will be a long shot. :)  It’s turning out to be quite the crazy week!

Yesterday at Whole Foods, I spotted perfect looking organic strawberries.  They were bright red and the perfect medium size.  $8 for 2lbs wasn’t a horrible price, so I snagged them up.

In 24hrs I’ve eaten over a pound.  They are mouthwatering delicious. 

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I just had to make strawberries n’ cream oats again!  If you’re freaked out by putting cottage cheese in your oats, try ricotta, or vanilla yogurt. 

A few people mentioned not enjoying cooked strawberries.  I have an idea for you!  Blend the strawberries with your milk/water mixture.  You’ll get delicious strawberry infused milk, that will probably taste even better than this bowl.  Super strawberry infused!  I must try it out myself!

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I finally made a recipe that I’ve been eyeing up for awhile.  I saw a quick + easy recipe for tempeh bacon, over at Healthy, Happy, Life.  The one other time I made tempeh bacon, it had more ingredients, had to sit in the marinade for an hour, and wasn’t as delicious.  Not nearly as delicious!

The sauce took all of 3 minutes to throw together and the tempeh strips only need to sit in in for 1-2min on each side.  The key is slicing the tempeh as thin as possible. 

My favorite brand of tempeh, which I’ve mentioned before, is West Soy [particularly the 5-grain].  I’ve tried at least 3 others, but this one always comes out on top.  The other brands always seem to have a strange bitterness to them, but this one doesn’t in the slightest.  It’s not certified gluten free, but doesn’t seem to be causing me any issues.

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3min to make the marinade

3min to let it sit in the marinade

3min to cook

Can’t beat that!

Obviously this is not real bacon.  You’re not going to fool anyone by telling them this is bacon.  However, it definitely has a smoky, charred flavor that will remind you of bacon.  It was crispy and even a bit juicy from the marinade.

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The secret ingredient is a product called liquid smoke.  I purchased it just for this recipe.  I think it was $1.99 at Whole Foods.  How have I not used it before??  It would be amazing to add to black bean burgers and a myriad of other things.

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This would be a great vegan breakfast side with a big stack of pancakes, waffles, or French toast

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What better to do with tempeh bacon, then make a BLT.

Well, sort of.

Swap the bread, add a crisped brown rice tortilla.

Swap the lettuce, add spinach.

Add avocado.

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And lay on the bacon{ish}!!!!

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I poured the leftover marinade on top for a sauce, which sent this wrap through the roof!

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This was a mess to eat, but without a doubt worth it.  New to tempeh??  You must try THIS recipe or the husband’s breaded tempeh.  I still think his breaded tempeh is the best tempeh recipe ever.  And that is my unbiased opinion! :)  However, the tempeh bacon comes in at a close 2nd.  At some point soon I’m going to make a GF version of the breaded tempeh, because I miss it!!

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My taste buds are doing a happy dance tonight!

Time to get to stripe painting tomorrow!!!  Goooooodnight!

Ashley

Tuesday
May172011

starting to organize

As I mentioned this morning, errands took up a large part of my Monday.  I thought I would show you what I picked up.  The theme of the trip was organization. 

Thankfully, I had a 20% off your entire purchase at BBB.  Gotta’ love their coupons!  I had a list of items that I was looking for and tried my best not to stray.  There were about 5 items I really wanted, but refrained and put back on the shelf.  Not easy!!  I did however buy super cool things like an ironing board, linens, storage containers, vinegar [for my cleaning products], etc.

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Here we have a blurry pan organizer, that will be placed in one of the base cabinets.  We decided when we moved, that we would invest in these sort of silly purchases.  I say silly, because a pan organizer seems kind of dumb.  As do draw organizers.  But they really help keep both of us sane!  We lived in rentals for so many years, that we kept fairly disorganized.  We didn’t want to spend money to make things work temporarily.  Now that we own a house, we really want to organize the best we can.  And sometimes these little purchases are the answer!

clutter + disorganization = annoyance

silly organizational purchases = calmness [winner!]

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We wanted to maximize the space above our closet shelves, so we got these stackers to help.  We’ll probably use them for sweater storage.  I also picked up a few under bed storage containers for things like winter gloves/scarves etc.  I see buying more of both in the near future.

1 small house + 3 closets = not enough storage room = must get creative!

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A non-storage purchase was our master bedroom duvet set.  Can you believe I actually made the decision myself?  Well, Chris approved of course, but I just loved this set.  The colors are warm and inviting.  I love the simplicity of the design, which keeps with the modern theme I have going throughout the house.

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Here’s a better look at it.  [bought from Bed Bath + Beyond]  This is a gift from my parents, who bought us our down comforter to go in the duvet, nearly 3 years ago for our wedding.  I cannot wait to actually use it!!

Amber duvet

For the spare bed, I bought a bed skirt from BBB + a sheet set from Target.  This organic sheet set was only $30 and felt so comfy and soft.  It’s 100% cotton and has a 325 thread count.  I almost bought a set at BBB for $60.  I’m so glad I held off!

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One thing I hate are puddles of water on the counter from dish wands + sponges.  I have a little stand right now that we used to keep on the counter.  We’ve been keeping it in the actual sink now, but I don’t like that either.  Food gets trapped underneath and turns into a mess.  This will solve that problem!  Bed Bath had all sorts of suction sponge holders, but I liked this one because it suctions and has a hanging device.

To the left is a bathmat.  I’m not excited about this purchase, because the only type I could find was 100% PVC [vinyl].  I try to stay away from PVC as much as possible for a multitude of reasons.  One reason is it’s nasty off-gassing of toxins.  I always buy cloth shower curtain liners for this very reason.  I’ve never had to buy one of these before, but our tub is really slippery!

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I also snagged a few towel bars at Target, a robe/clothes hook, and a new toilet brush.  Sometimes you just need to replace the toilet brush!  This has a little button that pops the bottom tray off so you can clean it.  The towel rods were a steal in my opinion, at about $17/piece.  I bought some from BBB before the Target trip, that were almost exactly the same, but cost $40!!  I promptly returned them.

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Pan storage before:

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Pan storage after:

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Overflowing laundry basket:

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I’m so excited about this next find!!  I was getting really sick of the laundry basket.  It fills up with 1 loads worth of clothes and turns into a big mess.  Now, we can separate, darks – whites – towels.  Woop!

3 compartment laundry sorter, on wheels:

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One last thing…Chris built our chair this past weekend!  It’s a solid charcoal grey color, that will match the black/gray/white tweed material of the couch.  It’s also part of the Karlstad line at Ikea.  Can’t wait to make room for it in the living room!

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Better get back to it!

Ashley