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WIAW #39

19 Oct


Hello friends ūüôā

Hope everything is going good on your Wednesday¬†afternoon. Mine is pretty busy- exams at school, studying, and lots of gym time. I am still¬†keeping up with¬†my weight loss challenge even though I’ve only lost a little over 2 pounds in four weeks, haha! I wish that was a joke. Oh well, I have been pushing myself really hard and I can’t even remember the last¬†day I wasn’t sore! <<<- I think that’s when you know you’re doing great!


Gluten-free, protein packed pumpkin spice pancakes {with chocolate chips!}

I found an old recipe on my blog for vegan pancakes then used GF flour instead of whole wheat, and added chocolate chips and lots of pumpkin pie spice instead of just cinnamon. I honestly thought the texture on this cakes where a lot better than the original¬†some-what gooey cakes. The GF flour made the pancakes so much more fluffy (and nutritious ūüėČ ) !


Wet bean burrito!


recycled picture of me and a smoothie, classic.


Almonds and chocolate chips! yes, I ate them just like this ^. One almond, one chocolate chip. Party in the mouth.

What did you eat today?


Farmers Market recap 6

27 Jun

Hi friends!

Wow, what a crazy week!¬†After nearly 6 days of being extremely sick, I think I’m starting to feel better! It was so weird, I felt like everyday was a new illness because it was all so random! First the flu, then a cold, then what felt like strep throat or tonsilitis, then back to the flu… it was insane. Not mention my loss of appetite, that’s always a strange one for me. I ‚̧ food.


Raw nut butters for sale! Only sold 2 mini. ūüė¶



Look at all of the cans!

No, you’re a jerk. This is Scott’s jerk marinade. Oh my goodness, IT’S HOT! I actually tried it though and it was good.

Banjo band playing behind our stand. Nice music but having to scream the ingredients to our customers was not joyful.


The Jar Head Salsa guys are our good friends. Scott helps them with marketing and I eat the salsa.

This booth belongs to another good friend of ours. She is super talented and friendly!

I didn’t realize this at the time I took this picture but I totally know this family!

Our first attempt at making mustard. It was a hit! Although this is what broke my Vitamix (more on that later).

I love how I never have to buy soap again, I simply trade for it.

Lots of plants!

beautiful day at the market ūüôā

Taking Risks

I don’t like being a negative nancy on my blog (or in real life) but things just aren’t going “great”. I’m definitely not saying things are going bad, but honestly, Scott and I are starting to worry. I guess I really wouldn’t say “worry” but more “over thinking” if you will. We spend all of our money on food to prepare for the market, it’s actually extremely risky business because we never know what to expect! But people love us. & I know in my heart that God is always good. People like what we’re doing, they love seeing our new recipes we come up with and they love getting the chance to try new food. But we’re not really making money at the Market. What do we tell customers,¬†“hey, buy our stuff so we can pay rent and not be homeless”. That will really make them want to come back. There is no doubt in our minds that we will continue to grow each week but, can we really keep up with buying new blenders and fancy jars to make the products the customer’s want to see? We¬†really don’t know what to do! Except pray. Pray that we will get a few catering jobs just to help us grow a little more. Give thanks that we are extremely blessed to be living in such a great country¬†in which¬†we are able to do things like this. Be thankful for how much we have grown.¬†And always stay hopeful¬†because God is always good.

& With that said, we may have a new business opportunity coming up. Fingers crossed that they call back today.

Questions of the Day: Tell me about a time that you took a risk.

May Goals

2 May

Hii bloggins! ♥

Did you have a good first day of May?

I know I did. You know why? Cause mine was filled with lots of food, duh!

Quinoa with sun-dried tomatoes and basil, black bean burgers, Peanut Butter Cookies

Because Megan reminded me!

  1. Save MONEY. On food, gas, and other mindless spendings. Even though I’m a major tight-wad, my savings are getting extremely low. My savings are¬†basically for when¬†I decide to transfer to a better college I would have to stress about mu-lah so much. Ya digg?
  2. Don’t over-eat on the sweets, nuff said.
  3. Work on them ABS 3 times a week! I love working out my abs, I know, I’m weird. Something about sore abs makes me feel like a million bucks.
  4. Run outside for 3 miles.
  5. Put school first. This 8 week semester just might kick my butt.

 What are your goals for the month/summer?

Teaching Zumba this morning went pretty well. I messed up a few times but, we just laughed about it. I couldn’t practice my routine at home because¬†my CD wouldn’t play¬†in my CD player!¬†They said I did really good though. I’m so lucky to have such a supportive class! Also,¬†I’m realizing how¬†hard it is to yell out directions and shake my butt at the same time! I don’t like it when Zumba instructors don’t yell out what’s coming next, it’s quite frustrating!

Oh, and before I go, here’s a sneak peek at tomorrow’s post:


WIAW week 14

27 Apr

AKA last day of winter classes! Whoop!


Breakfast- oats, a new way.

Oats a new way:

Vanilla Almond Raspberry Oats

Bring a 1/2 cup of soy milk and a 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Add 1/2 cup of oats, 1 T of your almond butter, a scoop of vanilla protein powder and 1/4 cup of frozen raspberries reduce heat and let cook on medium heat for 4 minutes. Stir in 1 t pure vanilla extract and top with almonds and a dash of cinnamon. Serve immediately.


unpictured veggie pizza! loaded with mushrooms, squash, onions, and red bell peppers topped with spouts!


Snacks- more oats, a different way (granola) & yesterday’s bean dip.

Dinner- Beans and rice.

Sometimes I forget how much I love beans and rice! So simple and cheap!

What did YOU eat today?

I like the simple things.

26 Apr
French fries and onion ringsss.
!!! Bonus points if you know where that’s from ^ !!!

Hiii! How are you?

Are you surviving through exams? 

Are you working too hard to enjoying this weather?

 Too busy with training to make healthy snacks?

If you answered yes to any of these question THIS BEAN DIP COULD BE YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND!

It’s simple, delicious, and nutritious!

  • 1 15oz can kidney beans
  • 1T olive oil
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

Blend beans and oil together until smooth. Add everything else and blend some more.


Simple, right?

Speaking of simple things…


A few weeks¬†ago Pure Bar sent me some samples of their bars to try. I’ve seen Pure bars everywhere but in the¬†blog world, but in the real world….they are nowhere to be found!

Or maybe I’m not looking hard enough?

Anyway, I finally got to try Pure Bar’s Pure¬†Organic snack bars!

“Certified organic, gluten-free, raw, and vegan, our mouth-watering fruit-and-nut bars are the ultimate pure snack bar. Pure Bars provide completely clean and balanced nutrition in an enticing and entirely delicious bar. Made with only simple, real ingredients, Pure Bar will nurture your body, mind, and spirit.”

Flavors include:

  • Chocolate Brownie
  • Wild Blueberry
  • Cherry Cashew
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Cranberry Orange

I loved these bars because they were packed with nutrition and loaded with energy! Great for a quick snack before or after a good workout. Also, all the bars were packed with flavor! The Apple Cinnamon bar taste just like a piece of apple pie. I bet if I would have warmed it up it would be ooey gooey like apple pie too! I’m saving the brownie bar for a special occasion. Not sure what though, it just looks too good to eat right now!

What flavor looks best to you?

Also, check out Pure Bar’s Facebook page for weekly contests. Enter and you could win a box of Pure Bars!

Thanks Pure Bar!

The First Bits of Spring

10 Apr

¬†Hello¬† H E A T W A V E¬†! ¬†How you doin’?¬† ‚ô• ¬† ‚ô•¬† ¬†‚ô•

Totally diggin’ this random 80 degree weather!

iloveyou Michigan !

First day of warmness =

  • Outdoor grilling
  • Vegan chocolate peanut butter mousse pie (ok so maybe you could enjoy this anytime of year…)
  • First outdoor RUN

The boyfriend was not interested in any other activities today because all he wanted to do was grill. Works for me! Time to get my baking on! First I wanted to make a chocolate mousse pie. Then, it turned into this beast of a chocolate PEANUT BUTTER mousse pie!





Once again, random recipe then needs to be tested again (yum…) before posted! Pretty much if you know how to make chocolate mousse add some PB and sweeten with maple syrup. It held together perfect, I was impressed.

Five hours later:


Mexican food buffet? I think so! Refried black beans, grilled mushrooms, lots of grilled bell peppers, grilled Yukon gold potato and corn mixture, guac and salsa.

After this I went for my first RUN of the year, how exciting! I’m not a fan of outdoor running because I’m totally not a “runner”…yet. However I did run/jog/fast-walk almost 2 miles in a half hour. Times flies when you’re not on a treadmill, that’s for sure.

I’m also thinking about buying a fancy watch all you cool runners have. I really want a body bugg but they are pretty expensive.

Any watch suggestions?

This morning I made some pretty intense strawberry pancakes

And that’s my Monday ūüôā

How was your weekend?

Money Talks

13 Aug


(Not really because I hate Saturdays…)

Today felt good. I got all my college stuff straightened around (kind of) and ¬†I am taking one class this semester because that’s all I can afford right now. People ask me why I don’t get student loans. The answer to that question is because I don’t want to be in debt, I’m 18. I know it sounds stupid and it’s really not in “debt” I just have a little problem with spending money I don’t have. Is that too hard to understand? Excuse me for being responible!

Speaking of money, I stumbled upon a blog¬†the other day¬†that gave me an idea. This blogger is doing a $21 a week challenge. You can only spend $21 a week on food at the most. That’s¬†$3 a day¬†or $1 a meal!¬†I’ve been wanting to do something like this but I have been pushing it off. I think it’s a neat idea because¬†some people say to me, “I couldn’t be vegan it’s too expensive…” or “You must have to spend a lot of money on food…” This is not true! I certainly don’t have to spend as much as I do on food (which isn’t a whole lot) because a vegan diet can be¬†ridiculously cheap. Sometimes I talk myself into buying unnessesary food items and I say to myself, “Hey, I can spend money on nice food because I’m not one of those girls who buys $1000 purses!”

Lets compare steak and tofu. Steak per pound:  around $10 Tofu per pound: less than $3. 

Dairy and meat are luxuries

I will start the challenge Sunday (pay day!) and I will try it out for about 5 weeks or so. This should be interesting because late summer is my favorite food season because of all the produce but on the other hand will this make it easier because my favorite produce will be in-season and cheap? We will have to wait to see what the future holds. Good thing I did my major grociery shopping last tuesday!

Some meals I plan on making:


  • Oatmeal with either fresh fruit, dried fruit, PB, nuts or the conbination of them all.
  • Cereal with the Greastest Granola
  • Yogurt with granola
  • Smoothies (frozen fruit!)


  • Pastapasta&morepasta
  • PB&J’s
  • Hummus wraps


  • Loads of ideas

I still do plan on making sushi sometime, maybe Sunday night? Good thing I already bought Nori (wait is that cheating…?) and rice.

Now, whose up for some bean and rice burrito’s???