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Saturday
Jun112011

bananas!

Look what I made for breakfast!!  It’s been weeks since a buckwheat bake has come out of the oven.  It was so nice to reunite with one of my favorites.

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I filled this bake with a whole banana and topped it with melted pb + almond milk, honey, and blueberries.  I love melting nut butter + milk together because you get so much more sauce and it’s nice and drippy.

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Banana Buckwheat Bake

  • 1/4c raw buckwheat flour [ground from raw groats, not Kasha]
  • 1T raw buckwheat groats
  • 1T chia seeds
  • 1/2t vanilla
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 3T almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 flax egg [1T ground flax + 2T warm water, whisked] <—fresh ground flax works best!
  • 1/4t baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350* + grease a small baking dish. [~4-5” diameter 1-2” deep, or 3 muffin tins, or 2-3 ramekins]
  2. Mix flax egg + let sit for 5min, until thick and gelled.
  3. In a small bowl mash the banana, until egg-like.
  4. Whisk in almond milk + vanilla.
  5. Mix in flour, groats, chia seeds, cinnamon + baking powder until just combined.
  6. Stir in flax egg until combined.
  7. Pour into greased dish, spread evenly, and bake for 35-40min, until a toothpick comes out almost clean.

*Add 2t maple syrup or honey, if you want this a little sweeter.  Also feel free to add in 2T chopped nuts.

The result is a gooey, banana, breakfast cake!  The PB + honey + blueberries put this over the top!

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After breakfast, Kelsey picked me up for a morning excursion.

To Costco!  She needed to stock up the fridge + pantry, since they just moved here a few days ago.

I was playing paparazzi in Costco.  It was amusing.  For us at least.

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Costco is much more fun when you’re not by yourself.

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I learned how Kelsey picks out coffee…

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I’m pretty pumped about this organic cheese.  One of the workers says it sells like crazy.  This will definitely be packed in our cooler for the Telluride festival.  It’s a 5 day event, and while you could eat every meal from a vendor cart, that gets quite old.  I also don’t plan on finding too many veggie + gluten free meals.  Although I do know it should be pretty a pretty veg-friendly place.  We’re going to make a food plan tomorrow and then start preparing!

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Loaded UP!

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Sad face after getting yelled at by the worker at the check out.  Apparently, goofing around with cameras and not unloading your cart quickly enough, does not go over well.

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What did I buy?

  • organic cheeeeeeeese
  • toilet paper
  • toothbrushes
  • apples [great for music festival snacking!]
  • organic spinach

While supporting the big box stores, is not my favorite thing in the world, we balanced it out on our way home by stopping at the local food co-op.  I was out of my farm fresh eggs, which is always a major problemo.

Problemo solved.  I also picked up some delicious, fluffy, local organic kale.

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I enjoyed 3 eggs cooked with the pour, poke + spread method [the best!], a buttered piece of Udi’s GF toast [also local and delish!], sauteed kale with Colorado mushrooms, garlic + salt. 

Farm fresh eggs have much better flavor and cook up fluffier.  The best part is, the dozen only cost $3.29!  Typically around here, fresh eggs are about $4.50-5.50.  Still worth it in my book, since I don’t spend money on meat!

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Today, we’re headed down to Denver for the S. Pearl Street Brewgrass Festival.  It’s a gorgeous day out, so I think first, I’m headed out for some dog walking.

Catch you tomorrow!

Ashley

Thursday
Jun092011

look who it is!

Dakota + Kenna got new beds the other day.  Their other beds were falling apart and way too big for our small house.  They took up too much room and attracted piles of dust + hair.

I searched around for dog mats, not wanting to spend too much money.  I almost gave up, but randomly at Costco, I found the perfect bed!

These beds are actually bath floor mats.  With memory foam.  They’re durable, extremely soft + padded, and washable.  And they’re just the right size.  Don’t let Kenna fool you.  She can fit on this bed.  Even with a larger bed, she rarely puts her body on the whole thing.

The best part?  They were $13 and the dogs love them! 

Their sleeping positions do not look comfortable.

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I just don’t get this leg position below.  And above, Kenna is half twisted and her back legs are sticking out like a chicken.  It’s hard to tell, because she’s a big black blob of fur!

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This morning, they looked much comfier.  And see, she fits!

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Spoiled with memory foam, at less than half the cost of most doggie mats.

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And speaking of dogs….look who the dogs found!!!

Eric + Kelsey!!!!!!

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They JUST moved to Ft. Collins the other day and literally live 4 blocks down the street from us.  I can’t wait for the shenanigans to begin!

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Kelsey likes to ride Kenna around the house like a pony.  Kenna complies.  She loves any + all attention.

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So excited that they moved here!!

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Dorky boy high five.  See Chris’s right hand with the bandaged finger?  The poor guy just had minor surgery.  He’s doing pretty well and should be back to normal in a few weeks.  We always have the most random medical issues!

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We headed to one of our favorite spots, La Luz.  10x better than Chipotle, except that Chipotle has better guac.  La Luz have numerous veggie + vegan options, as well as gluten free.  The food is always super fresh too!

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So last night, Chris and I were watching The Adjustment Bureau [great movie!].  We had the windows open, and were enjoying the cool breeze with a thunderstorm, quite a ways away in the background.  It eventually moved closer and started raining, which quickly turned into small hail, which quickly turned into marble sized hail coming down faster than I’ve ever seen!

The noise was so loud, I couldn’t believe it.  We don’t have a garage, and since Chris has a bum hand, so I ran outside with protection over my head and moved the car under a tree, in hopes of preventing hail damage.  The noise was SO scary in the car!  I ran back inside, getting pelted with hail and then we watched as it died down. 

What you see below, literally fell from the sky in about 3 minutes. 

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A lot of it was still here this morning too.  Absolutely crazy! 

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Chris took a short video of the hail coming down.  It was so much louder in person!

Such a random Thursday post, but that’s kind of how my day was!  Next week we’re heading to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  Are any readers heading to that as well??  I have to come up with some way to post while we’re there, as I’ll be gone for about 5 days!  I’m thinking of posting on the husband’s iPhone, with updates of what we’re doing/seeing/eating a few times each day.  Might be kind of a fun change! 

Off to relax…or maybe even read…and then bed!

Happy Friday!

Ashley