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Sunday
May152011

never have I ever…

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….been so excited to do a load of laundry in my entire life! 

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Major upgrade!

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Time to start painting!!!

Ashley

Friday
May132011

puffed, chalky, rocky, progress, fun!

#1 – Puffed!

Popped amaranth is so delicious.  It soaks up the milk and turns into a cold porridge, which I LOVE.

This morning I made a cocoa version.

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This morning’s bowl included thawed frozen organic strawberries, banana, honey, cocoa, coconut + flax.  When you thaw strawberries they leave a delicious, sweet sauce behind, that adds so much flavor to the bowl.

The sweetness of the honey, balances with the unsweetened cocoa, making the perfect combination.

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Pour on the milk + let it soak in.

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This bowl was HUGE and filled with flavor, crunch, chew + cream.  Everything I love about breakfast!

Strawberry Chococlate Banana Puffmaranth [serves 1]

  • 1/3c raw amaranth [follow popped amaranth directions for popping]
  • 1.5T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-2T ground flax meal
  • sprinkling of coconut
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 5 thawed frozen organic strawberries, or fresh
  • ~1-1.5 milk of choice
  • honey drizzle
  1. Pop amaranth and let cool for a few minutes in a bowl.
  2. Mix with cocoa + flax. 
  3. Add toppings + pour on milk.

This breakfast comes together quicker than when I make a bowl of oats and it’s just as delicious.  If you’re getting sick of oats, or it’s too hot in the morning to eat them, this is a fabulous change of pace.  It will also keep you just as full as oats, if not more!

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#2 – Chalky!

I got 2 sample packs of Sun Warrior protein powder and was really excited to give them a try.  I have one pack of the “natural” and one of the “chocolate.”

Today, I mixed the “natural” pack with:

  • 1c frozen organic cherries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1c almond milk
  • 1T chia seeds
  • 1T cocoa powder
  • 2c spinach

You could definitely taste the flavor of the protein powder, which I didn’t mind at all. 

What I did mind though was the extreme chalkiness.  I really was expecting more from this protein powder, but was let down by the texture.

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I’m so glad I didn’t order this before trying the sample! 

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The nutrition stats + ingredient list are impressive, but not work the chalkiness.  Blegh!

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#3 – Rocky

Playing with rocks?? 

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Yupp!!  I headed over to Greyrock Concrete today to work on our last counter piece.  It’s going to be placed above the stove, where the wall opening is.  I am extremely excited about it and can’t wait until it’s done!  I bought + glued down all of the rocks that will be set in the top of the counter.  They’re doing a little something different with the color too.  Fun!!  

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#4 – Progress

Part of my crazy organizing day on Thursday, was spent unpacking boxes from the 2nd bedroom.  We were waiting to tackle them until the 3rd bedroom was ready for things to be moved in, but I just couldn’t wait any longer.  The room full of boxes was eating me alive!!

I unpacked a lot of fun wedding glassware that we haven’t been able to use yet.  I feel like a grown-up being able to have it all on display!  Some of the things in here are random, like the cookbooks + green vase.  I just needed to get them out of the way for now. :)

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PreTTy glass!!

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Not too many boxes left!!  Most of them are filled with books, which we have no place for yet.

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I also got our desk put together.  It’s obviously from Ikea. :)  This was a cinch to put together!!  I just had to screw in 5 legs.  Instant desk!  I’m excited that there is enough room for 2 chairs + both laptops. 

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Like the kitchen, this room also feels like it grew overnight.  I remember when we looked at the house and the current tenants had a bed, dresser, TV, etc. in it and it felt like a shoe box. 

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It feels nice + roomy now!!  One day, we’ll put the doors on the closets too.  One step at a time!!  Clearing out this room [~70% of the way] was major progress!

Remember what it looked like before??  Eeek!

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#5 – Fun!!

Biking to a brewery or two is turning into a Friday ritual, and it’s pretty great.  For me, enjoying 1.5 beers is the perfect relaxing amount and for some lucky reason isn’t bothering my stomach at all!  We hit up New Belgium + Equinox tonight and met up with Peter + Michelle.

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After, we headed to Tasty Harmony for another knock-out dinner, and then to our house for game night.  {we.are.so.cool.}

Heavy eyes.  Off to bed!!

Ashley