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Wednesday
May112011

Wednesday things…

1.  The other day I bought cereal.  I haven’t purchased a box of cereal since before starting my detox, in January.  I used to have 2-3 boxes on hand, at all times.  Now, I much prefer to make my own.  I like making cereal one batch at a time, so I avoid double-fisting into the box, like a cereal ninja is about to swipe it out from under me.

But Monday, I fell weak for this box.  I’ve had it once before and man is it delicious.  Perfectly sweet, packed with vanilla, and loaded with crunch.  It’s also GF and not too bad on the nutritionals

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2.  I went to TJ Maxx today.  I’m not a good TJ Maxx shopper.  I’ve always been jealous of friends that can put together the most adorable + trendy outfits from that store.  I just don’t have the eye!  Today I went there looking for comforter deals.  I thought just maaaaybe they would have what I was looking for.  It was worth the trip, but ultimately I was unsuccessful.

Unless you count these a success…

I think I do!  I’ve been wanting an oil dispenser to have out on the counter, and I couldn’t pass up the other glass bottle for $1.99. 

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3.  Natural Grocers is right next to TJ Maxx, which is my favorite produce + grocery store.  I couldn’t just not go in.  Luckily, I made it out alive with only green things in hand!

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4.  Instead of blogging + thinking about comforters and wall paint, I really need to direct my attention to this.

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5.  But not before I finish this!

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6.  And a HUGE congrats to my friends Laura + Travis for making it into The Knot, with their outstanding photography skills.  The wedding that made the issue, was full of vibrant color + amazing, well-thought out details.  L + T captured it perfectly, per usual.  So excited for them!!

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Happy hump day!

Ashley  

Tuesday
May102011

all puffed up

I was overwhelmed with all of your comments + votes [almost 500!] helping me decide which comforter to buy!!  Guess what?  I’m still undecided.  Not a big surprise there.  And I’ve wasted hours looking for comforters.  Hours that I could have been organizing my kitchen cabinets.  Bah!

Your comments really helped though.  You made so many good points.  So, thank you for that!!

Breakfast?  Corny oats, again!  What I want to direct your attention to, are the brownish blobs on top.  I’m out of coconut butter and running low on nut butter, so I decided to make Sarena’s coconut cream again.  This time, however, I added a few things.

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Cinnamon Sweet, Coconut Cream adapted from Coconut Cream

  • 2T coconut flour
  • 4-6T unsweetened almond milk [or other milk]
  • 1t honey
  • 1t cinnamon
  1. Whisk together until smooth.  Add more milk to reach desired consistency.  I used 6T.

Dollop on oats, toast, a buckwheat bake, or just eat with a spoon!

I actually didn’t like it too much paired with the corny oats.  There was too much “mush,” with this bowl being so creamy from the flour + oat bran.  However, it would be perfect on a buckwheat bake or bowl of rolled oats. :)

Can’t find coconut flour in stores?

Buy it here.  Want to make coconut flour at home?  It’s a bit of a process, but definitely doable!

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For lunch?  Something I haven’t made in months.  Something that always seems like it won’t fill me up, but leaves me completely satisfied for hours. 

Puffed Amaranth Cereal!!

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That’s right!!  You can pop amaranth at home, and turn it into a crunchy, soft cereal.  I absolutely love this!!  I’m actually not a huge fan of cooked amaranth, because of it’s distinct earthy flavor.  However, when you pop it, the flavor mellows out quite a bit.

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I pop 1/3c raw amaranth, which makes around 2c popped amaranth.  Follow that link for directions on how to pop.  It takes a few tries to get the hang of it, but isn’t too hard. 

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And guess what?  You can whisk/blend fun things in to your milk! 

  • peanut butter or other nut butter
  • chia seeds
  • flax meal
  • cinnamon or other spices
  • protein powder
  • honey/maple syrup
  • maca
  • banana

For this version I used:  chocolate chip cookie dough almond butter [minus the choco chips…I ran out!], flax meal, cinnamon + maca

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This bowl is GIGantic.  The never-ending bowl of cereal you always dream about. 

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I topped this bowl with: coconut, dried figs, + almonds

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Dried figs are spectacular. 

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Almost had an overflowing bowl!

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Cinnamon Puffmaranth [serves 1]

  • 1/3c raw amaranth
  • 1t cinnamon
  • 1.5t honey
  • 1-2c milk [depending on preference]
  • 1T ground flax meal
  • 1t maca powder [opt]
  • 1T nut butter
  • toppings: coconut, dried figs, almonds
  1. Follow these directions for popping amaranth.
  2. Whisk/blend cinnamon, honey, flax meal, nut butter, and maca into the milk until combined. 
  3. Top amaranth with nuts/dried fruit + pour on milk

DIG IN!!

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Want to know more about this ancient grain? Check here!

Check out these stats!  This is just for the amaranth.  The calcium, fiber, iron + protein stats are quite impressive!

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Tomorrow’s agenda:

Kitchen organization extravaganza!!!  I’m trying to at least make it sound fun. haha 

Night!!

Ashley