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WIAW American Style

27 Nov

Hi WordPress friends,

We’re happy to announce we are officially reunited and blogging together in the same house and the same time zone. No more breakfast-dinner dates for us.

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These past few days we’ve spent catching up on sister time, sleeping, eating good food, and just relaxing. Kayla’s body was not quite sure what she was doing after traveling over 30 hours to get back to Pennsylvania so she’s been adjusting the past few days and taking it easy.

If you ask her what she most looked forward to coming back to America (besides being reunited with her family) was definitely the stocked kitchen and pantry waiting for her. I guess Dorm life really is not her forte.

Since it is Wednesday, and Wednesdays mean another link-up party with Peas and Crayons, we decided to share what we both have been enjoying together since Kayla has been back from the land down under. Plus, we just love sharing food pictures anyways.

Here’s a few breakfasts:

A blueberry bran muffin from Trader Joe’s crumbled over Fage greek yogurt with fruit and sunflower seed butter.

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Smoothies shared in bed with the newest issue of People.

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A few spoonfuls of coconut peanut butter that safely made it all the way home from Australia.

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A delicious lunch featuring a cranberry, avocado, swiss, and turkey sandwich with carrots and a pear on the side.

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And lots of dinner entrees to share:

A wheat berry salad inspired by Katheats!

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Here’s one of the servings paired with leftover brussels sprouts and baked salmon.

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Homemade pumpkin black bean soup with Late July chips for dipping purposes.

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And a few snacks that can’t be forgotten about:

Our own homemade granola- complete with sunflower seeds, buckwheat groats, rolled oats, almonds, flax seeds, coconut oil, and honey.

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A  loaf of cranberry oat bread made by a wonderful friend as a welcome home present!

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And lots of plain greek yogurt with an array of toppings. We can’t get over plain Fage greek yogurt. It’s the star of the show this week.

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Until next time, what’s your favorite brand of greek yogurt?

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Crunchy Buckwheat Granola

28 Jun

Crunch Crunch Crunch.
Life is boring without granola.
Crunch Crunch Crunch.
Don’t you agree?

It’s the perfect snack, smoothie in a bowl topper, overnight oats mix-in, frozen yogurt topping, hot oats crunch factor, the star of a greek yogurt parfait, you get the picture.

Crunch Crunch Crunch.
It is kind of a big deal up in the McKain household.
Crunch Crunch Crunch.
And you have to be pretty important to be a big deal.

After many deliberations, recipes, pinterest finds, and blog posts we decided which granola we would attempt to make ourselves. Wanna know the top candidates?
Lightened Up Summer Granola
Crunchy Buckwheat Granola
Quinoa Pumpkin Seed Granola
Brainola

The Final Winner was… Crunchy Buckwheat Granola
{recipe inspired from KathEats}
Makes about fourteen 1/4 cup servings

Ingredients:
2 cups of rolled oats
1/8 cup raw almonds
3/4 cup buckwheat groats
1 tbsp cashews, broken apart
1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
3. Spray a baking sheet with non-cooking spray. Our spray of choice is Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil Spray.
4. Spread granola across the tray and place in the oven for 1 hour, mixing every 15 minutes until toasted and no longer wet. It may not take the whole hour so you want to pay very close attention to the granola to prevent burning!

Now what do you do with your pipping hot granola?
Crunch Crunch Crunch.
Refer to one of the above ideas to taste test your finished product.
Crunch Crunch Crunch.
And hide the precious granola from the others in your family or it will not be around for much longer.
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What’s your favorite homemade granola recipe?

Lately + WIAW

5 Jun

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Thanks to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting another fabulous week of WIAW. We hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far. Our favorite thing about this week is definitely being able to enjoy breakfast and dinner outside. Here’s an update on what’s been happening with us in the past few days. FYI, theres are lots of yummy food pictures below. We take no responsibility if these pictures make you a little hungry…. 😉

Weekend

Overnight oats topped with freshly picked strawberries, Trader Joe’s peanut butter, and buckwheat groats!
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Cilantro pesto mixed with tofu, baby spinach, asparagus, penne pasta, and roasted eggplant.

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An evening dinner date featuring black bean burgers, sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, kale chips, and Trader Joe’s blueberry and pomegranate green tea!
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We enjoyed some fresh pears as afternoon snacks.
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Look at our grape tomato plant! We can’t wait till they are ripe enough to eat.
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Sunday

Breakfast

Plain soy yogurt topped with 1/2 mango, freshly picked strawberries, and Trader Joe’s peanut butter and gluten free cranberry maple nut granola.

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Lunch

Tempeh, roasted sweet potatoes, bread croutons, baby spinach, and fresh cherries on the side.

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Dinner

Pacific Natural Foods vegetable lentil and roasted red pepper soup. Whenever we buy boxed or canned soup we always make sure to read the ingredients label first. This one is pretty rocking and we topped it with buckwheat groats for an extra crunch.

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Monday

Breakfast

Strawberry banana dough boy smoothie with buckwheat granola, coconut butter, Trader Joe’s peanut butter, and toasted coconut.

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Lunch

A baby spinach salad in an almost empty greens container topped with cottage cheese/tuna mixture, carrots, Trader Joe’s chipotle pepper hummus, and paired with a side of Blue Diamond artisan multi-seed gluten free crackers and topped with Annie’s Naturals roasted red pepper salad dressing.
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Snacks

More pears for afternoon snacks, this time drizzled with some Whole Foods peanut butter

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Late night snack of strawberry greek yogurt topped with strawberries, granola, and mint leaves from our garden.
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Tuesday

Breakfast
Overnight oats in an almost empty nut butter jar may just be the best way to start the morning, ever.
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Lunch
Yesterday we tried making Oh She Glows Super Power Chia Bread and it turned out awesome! We topped the bread with apricot preserves, mixed greens from our garden, and homemade beet burgers we threw together. We paired this combo with carrots and an orange.
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Yesterday we also accidentally discovered that a Sweet Frog is coming soon near our house! That definitely made our day 100 times better! Whooooo.
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Afternoon snacking. This months WIAW theme is sensible snacking. We were out and about and decided to pick up this snack from a nearby grocery store. Whenever you’re in a rut and need a quick healthy snack think about checking out a nearby grocery store. Usually grocery stores are a lot cheaper than gas stations with a lot more healthy options.
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Check out this ingredients list! We may have just found our new favorite bottled juice.
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Dinner

Fava beans, mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon and cayenne, and fresh sugar snap peas tossed with coconut butter.
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Late night snacking.

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We love Wednesdays simply because we get to eat, drink, take pictures of our food, and blog about our most recent eats. What’s your favorite day of the week?

 

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Friday Favorites

29 Mar

Happy Friday everyone! Today is our first official day of Easter break. We are excited for an extended weekend before our semester starts winding down. We have a relaxing, family-filled Easter weekend planned. Got any big plans for Easter? Fill us in! 🙂

Today we decided to share with you all some of our new favorite food finds. We hope you enjoy reading about our favorite new products because we just can’t get enough of them.

Adagio Teas. Their organic black and green teas are rocking.
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Udi’s Cranberry Granola. You really cannot go wrong with a description entailing clusters of oats, walnuts, and dried cranberries
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Organic Girl Super Greens. These have been the base for the majority of our salads recently. Although we love our spinach it is always nice to switch it up every once in a while for a little variety.
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Rasberry-Lime Hint Water. We’ve tried this flavor and blackberry so far. They are the perfect combination of water and fruit without being too overpowering. Kayla is not a fan of fizzy drinks so finding flavored waters without fizz is a major plus!
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Farmers Market Organic Pumpkin. Does this even need an explanation? It is perfect on everything and anything.
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Kaya Organic Sprouted Sunflower Seeds. These are perfect thrown on top of yogurt or oatmeal for an extra crunch factor!
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Dorset Cereal Museli. This brand rocks. The description on the box says: the finest multi-grain flakes raisins and sultanas, sunflower seeds, dates, brazil nuts and whole roasted hazelnuts blended together to make our lovely muesli. Are you hooked yet?
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Organic Flax Paks. These are seriously perfect for traveling and breakfast on the go.
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Hodgson Mill Bulgur Wheat. We cannot believe we haven’t discovered this before now. We are obsessed. So obsessed it may or may not have been included in at least 4 meals this week.
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Vino de Milo Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing. We think this dressing taste exactly the same as the Whole Foods brand. Since the nearest Whole Foods is over an hour away we’ve decided this will justify in its place.
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Next time you’re at the grocery store and you come across any of these products we definitely recommend them! We love trying new food products. Isn’t it just so much fun? Have you found any new products lately? Please share 🙂

 

Wish Upon A Cure

25 Mar

Weekends like this make us proud to be students at Lebanon Valley College. Through our combined efforts, we raised over $43,000 to go to the American Cancer Society during Relay For Life! This event was held on campus from 4pm to 4am. Throughout the night there were of TONS different activities students could get involved with. This years theme was Disney Princesses with a matching slogan, “Wish upon a cure”. For us, not a day goes by that we don’t wish a cure to cancer will be found. I’m sure we are not alone in this feeling. Until the day comes, we will continue to relay and walk for those who no longer can.

Some of the sisters and us at Relay! Our shirts we made for the event turned out so good! Don’t you think?
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Along with Relay for Life, this weekend hosted our mom’s birthday!! We didn’t spend the entire night at Relay so we were well rested for her birthday festivities. We love birthdays and we love celebrating other’s special day with them.
The best part about our Mom’s birthday weekend?!?! It happened to fall on Restaurant Week in Hershey! If you have never experienced restaurant week before in Hershey, PA you are missing out. All of the local restaurants have special deals where you can get a combined entree and dessert for a pre-determined price. Our favorite restaurant is Devon Seafood Grill, so of course it was unanimously voted upon. Reservations were a must and scheduled at least a month in advance. It was a hoppin’ place to be on Saturday night.
We had a five minute wait. Nothing too extreme.
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They have SO many choices on their pre-determined Restaurant Week menu (click on the link if you are interested in what else they had to offer). We really wanted to try something new that we haven’t had before. For starters we got the baby greens salad with feta, toasted pine nuts, dried cherries, and a honey balsamic vinaigrette dressing on the side.
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For our entree we both decided on the San Francisco Style Cioppino. The description: shrimp, scallops, muscles, clams, fresh fish, red-wine tomato sauce. Drizzled with fresh lemon at the table. It was out of this world good. It had a spicy kick to it. We both agreed we would order it again. We both always end up picking the same entree because we would get mad if one ours ended up being way better than the others. Such a twin thing!
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After shot.
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Dessert was a shared piece of their carrot cake. We boxed up one of our servings for our parents to enjoy for breakfast the following morning. Delicious!
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Such a wonderful evening spent with those we love.
Sunday was Mommy Pinning for Phi Sigma Sigma. Our mom can now officially wear our Greek letters! Here are all the moms and sisters in our sorority who got pinned! Such a special day to share with our mom. She was extra special because she got two roses instead of just one. We love you!

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We would like to share the rest of our weekend through the eyes of our plates. We just went grocery shopping and restocked on some of our favorites and some new things we can’t wait to try including plain greek yogurt, a sun-dried tomato dressing, bulgar wheat with soy, avocados, luna bars, oat milk, cocoa-sprouted sunflower seeds, wheat berries, and dorset brand muesli. I’m sure some of these new finds will be featured in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned and stay fabulous on this marvelous Monday morning. (Ignore the snow if it has happened to make it your way, it makes Mondays that much more bearable).

A warm and sweet breakfast
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Pineapple mango Greek yogurt spinach salad topped with chicken, grape tomatoes, avocado, and lentil chips

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Thanks again to Katie for giving us the opportunity to link up on her #MIMM post! Be sure to check out what everyone else who linked up is sharing on this marvelous Monday morning! (Katie’s blog can be found by clicking HERE)

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Peanut Butter Banana Buckwheat Overnight Oats

22 Mar

As a result of yesterday’s post on our Dad’s birthday and the upcoming anniversary of his death we feel so much love from our blog community. We wanted to thank everyone who commented or liked our post. Sharing our dad’s story is always hard, but something we also love to do. We want others to know just how much of a wonderful father, husband, and friend he was. Thanks for letting us share his love for life with ya’ll.

Now we must move on to a much brighter, happier topic.
What may that be?
Only our favorite meal of the day.
BREAKFAST.

We want to know, do you ever have a hard time deciding what to have for breakfast? I mean there are so many options. You have your choice of oatmeal, or maybe a yogurt parfait, a smoothie, a large bowl of cereal, some whole-wheat waffles, a large stack of banana pancakes, and the list continues.

You see we have this slight problem. We can never really decide which to have. We go through these stages where we are completely obsessed with one of the above and have it every single morning until we are done with it and ready to move onto something else. Right now, it is an equal mix between oatmeal and a Greek yogurt parfait.

So we thought to ourselves, why not combine the two into a yogurt oatmeal breakfast parfait?

Yup.
Genius.

Although we cannot take credit for this fabulous creation we are about to disclose to you. We give all the credit to Kylie over at immaeatthat.com! Her posts have recently become one of our favorite to check out for our own meal inspiration. We searched something that involved both oatmeal and Greek yogurt and this is what we found. Here’s our own personal take on her original idea.

Peanut Butter Banana Buckwheat Overnight Oats
(Serves 1)

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp. oats
2 Tbsp. buckwheat groats
1 small container of Oiko’s blueberry Greek yogurt
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ Tbsp. chai seeds
½ banana, sliced thinly
1 Tbsp. Blueberry Flax Nature Box Granola, for topping
1 Tbsp. PB2, for topping

Directions:

  1. Combine together the oats, buckwheat groats, greek yogurt, milk, chai seeds, and banana together in a bowl. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight
  2. In the morning take it out of the refrigerator and top it with blueberry flax granola and PB2. Enjoy cold.

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We would like to know what is your favorite thing to make for breakfast?

Product Review: Love Growth Granola

16 Jan

We love to share our favorite food finds with you. And today, we have a new one to fill you in on.

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Love Grown Raisin Almond Crunch Granola

This is a Tj Maxx find and a birthday gift from our wonderful friend, Hannah!

We’re tried a LOT of different granolas these past few months. I believe we have finally found a winner (besides our own homemade kind. We can share this recipe with you later) when time permits us from creating our own.

This granola’s main ingredients: Certified Gluten-free Oats, Honey, Raisins (raisins, Sunflower Oil), Almonds, Canola Oil, Organic Agave Syrup, Coconut, Sunflower Seeds, Vanilla, Flaxseed, Cinnamon, and Sea Salt

It has flavorful whole almonds, large flakes of coconut, raisins, and oats. The second we opened the bag we were overwhelmed and delighted by the smell of the package. We recommend you get in your car, drive to your closest TJ’s, and cross your fingers that you find this product on the shelves. We promise you won’t regret this purchase.

This granola is perfect for completing yogurt parfaits, overnight oats, and smoothies. A handful would also be a great snack too!

Let us know what you think if you try it for yourself!

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