Archive | October, 2013

Here’s to another “WIAW” post

23 Oct

I can’t tell you the last time I took a photograph of EVERY single meal I ate in a day.

Some meals taste better than they look. Others are met with bad lighting. Some don’t make it to a photo album because I’m just way too damn hungry to wait.

But thats ok, because some of life’s greatest moments can’t always be photographed. Like free samples the size of my face at the Great Harvest in Utah. Or my dinner on the plane that got even the flight attendant’s mouth watering.

But all of these little details from my trip reminded me how much I love to share my food photography. So here is a big thanks to Jen, over at Peas and Crayons for hosting the weekly What I Ate Wednesday link up.. If you have not checked out the site lately, I recommend scrolling through the link-up to see who is all participating this week.

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So, in preparation for my latest what I ate Wednesday post, I captured all of yesterday eats on film. Since I got back from my trip to Utah, I’ve been craving greens, greens, and more greens. The past few days they have been showing up in smoothies, salads, lettuce wraps, and in vegetable form. My body is thanking me. It was getting very tired of hummus sandwiches. But hey, when you want to eat healthy on the go, they do the trick! They are easy to transport, make, and eat. What do you make for quick meals on the go?

Breakfast: I celebrated how fabulous life is lately with a “spur of the moment” pumpkin baked oatmeal. Thanks to my friend Kylee over at immaeatthat, I topped it with her genius icing. 1 tbsp peanut butter + 2 tbsp of Greek yogurt + a drizzle of honey. Hi breakfast, you rock!

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Plus pumpkin coffee because life is better with pumpkin involved. Lighting is not the greatest, because i’m usually enjoying my breakfast just as the sun is coming up!

Lunch: I found avocados on sale at the store for .49 cents a piece! Being the avocado lover I am, I quickly threw four large ones into my cart! Did you know if you refrigerate them at their peak of ripeness, they stay at that ripeness level until you wish to use them?! It’s a great trick when you have four avocados and only one tummy to fit them in.

Anyways, lunch incorporated my recently purchased avocados. It also included a large cosco fresh veggie burger, red peppers, carrots, goat cheese, sweet potato fries I made at 8 in the morning, and honey! Grapes on the side!

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Dinner: After running around all afternoon busy with schoolwork and work training, I was happy to only have to come home and heat up the homemade soup I made the night before. Thanks to Kayla, I found the recipe after she made it for all of her friends in Australia! They all loved it, she raved about it, so of course I had to make it! Here’s the initial recipe, but I added zucchini, left out celery because I didn’t have it, and used italian seasoning for flavor! If you are in need of a good soup recipe, I would suggest this one!

I was so hungry when I ate this, I completely forgot to photograph it!  I even thought I took a photograph of it, until I looked back at my daily photos later. Sorry everyone!

Snacks: In between my crazy day, my afternoon snack included a simple green smoothie and almond butter toast to help my upset stomach. It’s been having a little bit of difficulties these past few days.

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Another snack was a big juicy pear! I am on such a pear kick lately, I cannot get enough of them!

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My mom surprised me with a huge container of cottage cheese, so I could not wait any longer to open it. I have been craving cottage cheese all weekend long!

And that was that!  Happy Wednesday!

Buckwheat Quinoa Granola

22 Oct

Life has kind of been all over the place lately. But that isn’t an excuse for our lack of blogging lately. For me, I feel I was going through a period of no motivation for blogging. It made me sad, but I thought to myself “why write if you do not feel it is going to be something you wish to share with others?” Therefore, I started and deleted a lot of blog posts before getting the inspiration to share again with you all.

My spark was during my trip to Utah for my best friend’s wedding. I realized just how much I enjoyed sharing my healthy life habits with others, and teaching them a little bit more about the perks of healthy choices. I brought along a batch of homemade granola I made the week prior to the trip, and everyone seems to love it! I was excited of course, and trying to tell others just how simple it was to make their own! As a result of so much inquiry on this easy process, I promised I would share my granola recipe as soon as I settled in back in Pennsylvania. So here it is, the wonderful cinnamon buckwheat and quinoa granola that has inspired me to start blogging again.

Quinoa and Buckwheat Granola
Makes about 14 ¼ cup servings

Ingredients:

¼ cup quinoa
1 ½ cups quick oats
½ cup raw buckwheat groats *
2 tbsp ground flax
¼ cup raw pepitas (unsalted pumpkin seeds)
¼ cup raw almonds
¼ cup of honey **
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread oats and quinoa onto a pan that has been either covered with parchment paper or sprayed with some sort of cooking spray. Toast the combination for 10 minutes, stirring once.

Meanwhile, combine buckwheat groats, flax, pepitas, and almonds in one bowl. In another bowl, combine honey, cinnamon, and pure vanilla extract.

After the oats and quinoa are toasted, reduce the oven to 300 degrees. Mix the toasted combination into the other dry ingredients. Then slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry. Spread back onto the baking sheet and place into the oven for another 20-25 minutes, watching closely and occasionally mixing. After complete, take out of the oven to cool. Then store in an airtight container.

Just a few side notes! Refer to the stars above to see what I’m talking about.

* buckwheat groats can typically be found in the bulk bin sections of health food stores such as Whole Foods. If you are not near a Whole Foods, check around to see if there is a health store in your area. They can also be purchased online at vitacost. Buckwheat groats are actually from the seed of a flowering plant, and neither a grain nor a cereal. There are two types, raw and toasted, and are used in a variety of different recipes. For the above recipe, keep your eyes out for the raw type.  You do not have to use them to make this recipe, but I personally love the crunchy factor they add to the mix.

** you can easily substitute honey or an additional sweetener of choice if you wish

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So there you have it, a simple yet flavorful granola perfect for topping all of those yogurt parfaits, oatmeal bowls, or whatever else your heart desires. If you plan on using this recipe to make your own batch of granola soon, please let me know. I hope I have not only inspired my friends from around the world to recreate this recipe, but you as well in your own kitchen. Cheers to fall weather, cheers to baking, cheers to friendship, and cheers to life.

Getting Back Into Blogging

21 Oct

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Sometimes months accidentally fly by. You look at the calendar and it’s August and then all of a sudden the next time you look at the calendar it’s almost the end of October. We apologize. We’re guilty of being caught up in the past few crazy months both of us have been having. We’ve decided that we should probably get back into blogging for our sake and our readers sake. We both miss our weekly posts. Life just isn’t the same without what we ate wednesday posts.

So it’s Monday and we decided why not make this marvelous  Monday morning even more marvelous with a blog post. Here’s what we’ve been up too lately. It’s been a pretty exciting past couple of weeks!

Kayla is still halfway across the world in Australia but her time there is quickly coming to an end. She’ll be home in just 34 short days. This week is her last week of classes for the semester. We cannot believe how fast time is flying by. On Saturday evening she leaves for Bali, Indonesia for a week. After Bali, her schedule is filled with studying and passing three exams, a weekend trip to Sydney, a day on the Great Ocean Road, packing, and a 22 hour journey home.

Kayla’s spent the past few weeks holding koalas

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snorkeling and sailing the Great Barrier Reef

Scuba Diving

and jumping out of planes

Sky Diving

Devon just returned from a four day trip to Utah for her best friends wedding.

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She’s also been busy overseeing the kitchen renovation

And making everyone insanely jealous with all her beautiful food pictures on instagram.

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But that’s nothing new. We hope you forgive us for going MIA the past few weeks. Here’s to a fabulous twin reunion in 34 short days with lots and lots of cooking and eating in the following weeks. We know Kayla’s pretty excited to come home to a new, beautiful, and fully stocked kitchen and pantry. Dorm life can get pretty old, fast.

What are you excited for in the upcoming weeks?