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Our Weekend in Pictures

9 Dec

Happy Monday.

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Smoothie.

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Catching Fire.

 

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Shredded Kale Salad.

 

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Happiness.

 

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Coconut Chobani.

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Starr Hill IPA.

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Sweet potato fries.

 

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Sunday morning waffles.

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Relaxing yoga.

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Kitty Snuggles.

We hope you have a fabulous week!

Sister Chili

9 Aug

Over the course of the last few weeks Devon and I have come to the conclusion that cooking by ourselves just isn’t as much fun as cooking together.

The worse part about cooking by yourself is the fact that there’s nobody to help you wash the dishes after. Lets be honest, washing the dishes sucks. Life would really be perfect if we could all just buy robots who would clean up the kitchen after us, right?

That’s why we decided to “cook together” half way across the world style by making the same meal for dinner this week! Although it’s 95 degrees and sunny in Pennsylvania, it’s about 50 degrees in Australia which is where the dinner inspiration came from…chili!

Chili is awesome.

Chili is easy.

Chili is delicious.

[Although we do realized that we cannot actually “eat” this meal together unless one of us wants chili for breakfast]

Sister Chili (Serves 2; huge McKain sized servings)

Ingredients:
1 can of Red Kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of organic corn kernels (or fresh depending on the availability)
1 tsp. of chili powder
1/2 red onion, chopped.
1 can of diced tomatoes

Directions:
1. Throw ingredients in a crock pot or low for 4-6 hours OR combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15.
2. Serve with avocado and tortilla chips for dippin’

Devon added some summer squash to her’s because she had a bunch leftover that she did not want to go to waste. She also forgot to pick up some red kidney beans, so she subbed white ones instead!

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Kayla followed the recipe posted above and topped her chili with leftover brown rice and avocado!

 

 

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Although we’d much rather be eating together, this is definitely the next best thing.

WIAW Australian Style

31 Jul

Happy Wednesday!

It’s Kayla checking in again. Devon and I thought it would be fun to feature a WIAW post Australian style.

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To be honest, Australian food is pretty American. Despite the occasional kangaroo burger you may find in the grocery store, it’s mostly filled with typical American food.

While making the decision to study in Australia I knew I would be living in a dorm again. Although I am not a huge fan of dorm life my favorite part about this program was the fact that I was not required to have a meal plan. Instead, each dorm is equipped with industrial kitchens so that students can prepare their own food.

Although we have community refrigerators, I opted to purchase my own bar fridge for my dorm room. What can I say, I like my food right where I can see it.

Although at home I prefer to eat at least one salad a day, sometimes that isn’t possible here. Instead I try to fill my plate with a huge serving of vegetables, some type of whole grain, and a protein. Meat is pretty expensive here, so it is good I am not a big fan. Instead I have been surviving off of tuna, canned beans, lentils, and brown rice.

For breakfast I usually have either oatmeal with fruit and peanut butter or cottage cheese with fruit and nuts.

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Sandwiches for lunch have been super easy as well as filling. My favorite combinations include:

Scrambled eggs, feta, mixed greens, and hummus

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Tuna and hummus

Smashed chickpea and avocado

Cottage cheese and tuna

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Hummus, feta, and mixed greens

I always pair my sandwiches with carrots and some piece of fresh fruit.

Last week I visited the Victoria Market in downtown Melbourne and was able to score tons of cheap fruit including 5 pink lady apples for 90 cents as well as a huge bag of Australian oranges for $3, amazing.

Veggie burger salads have been my go- to dinners. They are simple, quick to throw together, and super filling. I found Australian chickpea and sunflower seed veggie burgers at the grocery store. They rock.

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Huge bowls of random goodness have been enjoyed a lot as well. This one includes brown rice, cauliflower, kidney beans (they are there-I promise) and avocado.

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I have not been able to find any granola bars I like lately so I’ve been snacking on nuts and fruit as well as yogurt topped with raw oats and buckwheat groats.

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Eating out in Melbourne is expensive. Yet again, everything is pretty expensive in Melbourne. So far I’ve tried to limit my eating out to once a week if at all possible. Most of my friends are broke exchange students too, so that works out nicely.

Finally, our school provides a bus free of charge on Saturday morning that runs from campus to a local shopping center. The shopping center has a large grocery store as well as an Aldi. I’ve tried to buy the majority of my food fresh and here is a picture of my latest grocery haul!

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A cashew, almond, hazelnut & coconut cereal, pearl barley, balsamic vinegar, mixed grain bread, mixed greens, spinach, bananas, carrots, apples, avocados, chickpeas, rice cakes, greek yogurt, cashews, hummus, lentils, cottage cheese, tofu, tuna, sardines, and a Chobani greek yogurt (sadly at $2/piece they are a luxury item).

Although I definitely prefer my American kitchen with a fully stocked pantry and fridge, i’m definitely getting by just fine!

Do you have any questions about my stay in Australia that you would like for me to answer? 

A Marvelous Family Road Trip

8 Jul

Happy Monday!

Today we want to share with you a recap of our fabulous 4 day road trip to our Aunt Dawn’s house in the form of pictures we snapped over the past few days.

Surprisingly, our iphones take some pretty marvelous photos.

We started off our road trip Wednesday morning with a peanut butter and jelly smoothie bowl.

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After we loaded the car we snapped a quick pic!

 

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We only managed to get five hours of sleep the night before so not far after we left a pit stop at Dunkin’ Donuts was much needed. Blueberry iced coffee for the win.

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We arrived at our cousin Katelynn’s house around noon to find this beautiful set up! She is seriously the greatest hostess ever. On our bed was travel sized shampoo and conditioner, a fun TJ Maxx reusable bag, the new allure magazine, gum, and coffee!

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After lunch we headed to our Aunt’s house. Check out this Fairy Garden she made for our cousins Katie Scott & Liza. She is so talented!

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The greatest thing about having family down south is definitely fresh Georgia peaches.

 

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For dinner on Wednesday we threw together a bunch of stuff. Aren’t these bowls awesome? They have mixed greens, tofu, avocado, yellow peppers, and carrots with Annie’s Gingerly dressing.

 

 

 

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July 4th

We are huge fans of July 4th! It may just be because it’s our half birthday…we love birthdays. Especially because we are officially closer to being 21 more and more every day now.

We started off our holiday with a huge bowl of overnight oats.

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A on-the-go salad that was pretty similar to Wednesday night’s dinner.

 

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Our family had a pretty typical fourth of July spread of hamburgers, hot dogs, and picnic salads. Our Aunt Dawn picked up some black bean burgers for us and we enjoyed them with some fresh watermelon and a massaged kale salad!

 

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Crazy McKain girls

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Fresh flowers from our aunts garden.

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More flowers, our aunt definitely has a green thumb!

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As well as picking up black bean burgers, our aunt also grabbed a huge tub of plain Chobani greek yogurt. For the past few days we snacked on greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and granola….aka the best summer snack ever!

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Friday

Breakfast at our cousins house before we went shopping. Hot oats with cottage cheese, chai seeds, fresh Georgia peaches, Trader Joe’s sun butter and Kind granola.

 

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Friday night we threw together another salad. Leftover massaged kale salad with black beans, pineapple, peppers, and carrots.

 

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Saturday

Why do days off from work seem to go by so much faster? We didn’t want to leave!

After leaving our cousins’s bright and early we enjoyed a yogurt parfait on the go!

 

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Once we got home we unloaded the car, unpacked, and made a quick lunch before we had to work. Tempeh and fresh fig sandwich with grapes and peppers on the side.

 

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Hope you enjoyed all our pictures from the past few days. Family time is always the best!

What was your favorite thing about your 4th of July weekend? Did you get together with family or friends? Attend a fabulous picnic or host one of your own? 

 

 

 

 

WIAW Blueberry Edition

12 Jun

Happy Wednesday! We are pretty happy it’s already Wednesday considering we have fun plans for today! We both have off so we filled our day full of fun activities including 5:50 am Muscle Pump, cleaning the house (okay not so fun but much needed), a mother-daughter-grandma lunch date at one of our favorite local restaurants, and an afternoon poolside.

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Thanks to Jenn for hosting another fabulous WIAW Wednesday. This month’s theme is sensible snacking and lately we’ve been snacking on tons of fresh fruit, vegetables with hummus, smoothies, Berry Blast Simply Real Pro Bars, cottage cheese, and cashew energy bites (recipe coming soon!).

On Sunday we picked up a huge carton of blueberries at Cosco so we’ve been adding them to everything lately!

Yesterday Eats

Breakfast
Breakfast cookie topped with plain greek yogurt and blueberries with blueberry coffee on the side.

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Close up shot

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Lunch
Whole wheat tortilla topped with 2 scrambled eggs, avocado, tomato slices, mixed greens, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Paired with a big bowl of strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and mango.

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Close up shot #2

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Naked Green Machine juice on the side.

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Afternoon Snacking
Devon snacked on a Roasted Nut Roll Uber Lara Bar and grapes while at work.

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Kayla snacked on a piece of whole grain bread topped with peanut butter.

We both enjoyed lots of grapes too!

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Dinner
Baked chicken, asparagus, and a side of Blueberry Bulgur Wheat Salad we were just dying to make from yesterday’s post.

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Late night snack

Homemade Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding (2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of PB2, 1 cup of vanilla almond milk, 1/2 sliced banana) topped with homemade Coconut Whip Cream, blueberries, and extra banana slices.

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We are loving summer and all the fresh produce that comes along with it! What’s your favorite summer produce item?

Crockpot Meets Curry Powder

31 May

Curry powder has intrigued us for far too long.
We hear so many people raving about it.
And we hear so many people dissing it.
We needed to try it out for ourselves.
So we went to the grocery store.
Bought some curry powder.
And searched high and low to figure out just how to use it for the first time.
We searched, and we searched.
And then…
We found it.

Cauliflower Crockpot Chickpea Curry
Adapted slightly from Kath Eat’s

Ingredients:
3/4 of a head of cauliflower, cut into pieces
1 large sweet potato, cubed
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed
2 large carrots
2 pieces of celery
1 can of muir tomato paste
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt

Directions:
Throw everything into a crock pot on low for 3 hours. 30 minutes before serving, turn to high.
Pair with a serving of bulgar wheat, toasted coconut, a dollop of plain yogurt, and cashews.

We want to know, have you ever experimented with curry powder before? If so, what did you make that is worth sharing?

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Mid-Week Visit

22 May

Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday we were delighted to have our cousin Marissa visit us on one of her days off! She is a flight attendant and when she isn’t spending her days working on a plane she is usually a passenger flying somewhere gorgeous. She has basically been everywhere…India, Japan, St. Thomas, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Scotland, Andaman Islands, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hawaii, Panama, Peru, Argentina, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Israel…you get the picture. We’re slightly jealous but glad she found time to come visit us with her crazy schedule.

She loves to cook just like us so we had tons of fun! We spent the first half of the day grocery shopping and cooking and spent the afternoon at the matinee showing of The Great Gatsby! It is such a good movie and even better that it only cost $6.50 to see it! The price of movie theater tickets kind of disgusts us, but matinee showings are usually much more reasonable! If you haven’t seen it yet…go right now.

Here’s yesterdays eats in picture form!

Breakfast started off with coffee made with our French Press for the first time! The french press is cool but we definitely love our coffee pot more. It may be nice if you only need to make a single cup of coffee but it probably will not become a everyday kinda thing. We’re too hooked on the perfect 10 cups of coffee our pot brews.

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We had a delicious breakfast of hot oats one last time before the summer heat makes eating hot oats impossible. These were made with banana + cottage cheese and topped with buckwheat + coconut + almond butter

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Lunch was a salad topped with Trader Joe’s Multigrain bread + avocado + corn + peppers + carrots + cucumber + and leftover grilled chicken with cherries and pineapple on the side

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We just had to share with you all how perfect our avocado was! Does anyone else get anxiety before cutting an avocado? We are alway soooooo nervous it won’t be a good one…good thing we got lucky this time! Our avocado picking skills are getting much better thanks to this Pinterest find here.

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This was our cousins lunch plate: cherries + spinach + avocado + indian chickpeas + a sliced pear

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The Great Gatsby was a pretty long movie so we snuck in some snacks to hold us over! A fruit smoothie + some extra pineapple and cherries to snack on held us over until dinner

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Dinner was a delicious crock pot creation inspired by Kath’s recipe here! We love cooking but sometimes it is just awesome when the crock pot does all the work for you. This was made with chickpeas + sweet potato chunks + cauliflower + tons of indian spices.

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We served this amazing creation over bulgar wheat with yogurt + chopped cashews + shredded coconut was added after this picture was taken!

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The rest of the evening was spent doing a one hour intense yoga session, relaxing, and enjoying each others company! After an hour of sweaty yoga our late night snack was a yogurt parfait with buckwheat granola + blueberry preserves + banana slices

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Along with yesterdays eats, here are a few pictures of things we are loving lately!

Snack: sugar snap peas + Trader Joe’s cilantro hummus

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Smoothie: frozen banana + blueberries + grapefruit juice

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Now head on over to Peas and Crayons to join the party and see what everyone else is munchin’ on today.

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