WIAW! Merry Christmas (and other shenanigans)

hahaha…I like that word shenanigans

Okay okay. Maturity. Got it.

How was your Christmas/winter holiday??? Mine was simple, and interesting, but a very nice holiday overall 🙂 Christmas just hasn’t been the same since 2nd grade (when the entire month of December was full of gingerbread houses and christmas projects in class), but I’m starting to appreciate Christmas for the time spent with family and feelings of togetherness. Do you notice how much friendlier people seem to be around the holidays (NOT at the mall of course, but everywhere else haha)!

Oh yes, onto WIAW! I didn’t take a picture of everything, I was spending time with my family more than whipping out the camera haha!

On Christmas Eve, I spent the day doing last minute grocery shopping and present wrapping, and then celebrated with both families. First meeting up with my siblings and dad for dinner and early candle light service at 6:00, then brother, sister and I went to my grandma’s house to celebrate with my mom.IMG_0611Note how my brother plays “Santa”…We are a theatrical family, please forgive us.IMG_0612My Stepdad is obsessed with gnomes (we have a “gnome land” in our back yard), and I found a gnome that looks like him hahaAfter presents and cookies, we all went to the 11:00 candle light service at my mom’s church. It was gorgeous, especially during the candle lit portion, singing Silent Night (and a verse in German, Stille Nacht, because I go to a a big Lutheran church with heavy German influences). It’s the 100th anniversary for St. Johns, and it was simply beautiful.IMG_0635We got home at 1 AM, so on Christmas Day I woke up later than I have in years! I slept until 9:30 (I usually wake up on my own by 7:30 latest), and then ventured into the kitchen to help my mom make a Christmas brunch for when my older siblings arrivedIMG_0289-1This is a repeat picture (I didn’t want to feel like that weirdo pulling out her phone among family members who don’t know I blog to take a picture of a waffle), but for brunch my mom made apple cinnamon gingerbread waffles topped with cinnamon pears and spiced chocolate sauce, with a tofu scramble on the side. Quite lovely, followed by a peppermint latte and opening stockings and giftsIMG_0649A rainy Christmas day was spent relaxing and visiting, then we made our way up to family in Grass Valley for Christmas dinnerIMG_0666Chili and cornbread (non vegans had ham and cheesy potatoes), and roasted veggies and sweet potatoes with a saladIMG_0667

And delicious Christmas cookies and tea, during the traditional family music session following every holiday meal. Guitars, pianos, singing, sometimes saxophones and harmonicas…again, an artsy family. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Waking up to a perfectly calm, drizzly morning after christmas, I had vanilla apple cranberry oats in my favorite nut butter jar ever. Perfection! Once I publish this, it’s off to see Les Miserables! Again with the whole theatrical family thing, I kinda grew up on this musical. My brother played Gavroche in the traveling Broadway tour of it in 1999-2000, and we got to go all over the country with him. Needless to say, I absolutely love this musical and am soooo excited to go see it (I hope it lives up to all the hype!)

On a non christmas note, other randoms this week have included:

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Home made split pea soup (My first ever try, and it was awesome! I lived up to my swedish roots!) with a flatbread cracker and Sunnie’s Red Cabbage (which was awesome by the way)

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Sometimes you run out of fresh fruit, so you have to get creative. Hence, fruit loop oats! Frozen mango and raspberries, lemon and orange stevia, coconut, and fruity organic cheerios (Cascadian Farms version of fruit loops. Yes, we do sometimes have kid cereal. Its just more fun)

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Other days you are not out of fruit, but you have finals. Apple cinnamon oats with granola and a side of cramming.

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Still my favorite combination ever! Salad with brussels sprouts, kabocha squash, beans, cranberry sauce, cinnamon and honey mustard 🙂

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Also good with sweet potatoes. Told you it was my favorite!

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Grinch Latte. Matcha tea with peppermint and almond milk. In a christmas mug. Christmas mug > not christmas mug.

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My (Anti Veg) dad was staying at a friend’s house and discovered vegan condiments. Now if I can just get him not to put it on a cheese sandwich haha!!!

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I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!!

-Lacey 🙂

Peppermint Dreams

As of today at 12:05, I am finally on Christmas Break. Oh man that was hard. I turned in my AP Calculus final, held back the tears, and came home to let my brain melt in front of Christmas movies. Now let the season really begin!

To me, Christmas has always been filled with trees and movies and crackling fire places. Stirring your cocoa with a candy cane and setting up the nativity scene. Christmas morning was the best, and I knew Santa was real because he left glittery, sooty bootprints from the fireplace to the half eaten cookies and finally to the tree.

Christmas songs, comforting smells, cozy blankets, and warm fuzzy feelings.

And Candy Canes.

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Since I was a little girl, Candy Cane Ice Cream has been my absolutely, positootly favorite ice cream ever. And it only comes this time of year.

I remember almost daily at grandma’s house, coming home from school and getting a nice big bowl of bright pink, creamy peppermint ice cream studded with red and green candy cane bits. Even better when the ice cream melted and became candy cane soup. (I may have set my ice cream out and ‘forgotten’ about it on purpose to have said ice cream soup). Needless to say, this was the good stuff. Mint chip doesn’t even come close.

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So of course I was sad when, of all the new alternative ice creams they have come out with, there is still no candy cane. Whats up with that? I need my seasonal pink ice cream!!!

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I also need lots of fuzzy blankets to keep me warm while I eat this ice cream. Or I’ll just let it melt and have candy cane soup 🙂

Candy Cane Ice Cream

  • 1 C. roasted japanese sweet potato, peeled
  • 1/3 C. steamed or roasted beets
  • 1 package silken lite tofu
  • 2 T. almond, cashew, or coconut butter (I used Justin’s Vanilla Almond butter -good decision)
  • 1 C. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1-1 1/2 tsp uncut stevia
  • 1/2 Tbs. xanthan gum
  • 2-4 candy canes (optional)

Put everything except candy canes in a high powered blender (Vitamix) and blend until creamy!! Put in fridge to chill (it helps the ice cream freeze faster). Put into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers directions. Meanwhile, crush your candy canes, if using, with a knife or food processor. When the ice cream is nearly done, add the crushed candy canes to the machine to mix it all together. Keep in the freezer 🙂

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Can I just say…Nailed It. Creamy, sweet, minty, studded with bits of candy cane! Christmas in a bowl my friends, Christmas in a bowl.

I love this with a little dark chocolate sauce on top (dark cocoa powder plus chocolate stevia and almond milk), its like a candy cane peppermint patty!

This is also really good as candy cane pudding, just don’t put it in the ice cream maker and keep in the fridge!!

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Now to go make some tea to warm back up….Merry (Almost) Christmas!!

CIM Relay Recap!!!

A few weeks ago (December 2nd to be exact, I’m a little late on this 🙂 ) I went on the most fun run of my life.

Let me back up, remember how I’ve mentioned in the past a group I was in called Team Veg? It’s an athletic (mostly running) group that is 100% vegan. Yep! A plant based power group! It all started earlier this year when my mom, who created the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge  and a long time family friend Jed (whom we had met up with after 16 years, only to find out that he was a vegan, and a runner, now too) decided that there was a need for an all vegan fitness team, to prove to the world that yes, you can thrive on plants! And what better way to prove this than to run a marathon?

And so, Team Veg began and people began signing up, ready to have a blast with the first event -the California International Marathon. Well, okay I didn’t sign up for the marathon -I don’t think I even can until I’m 18 anyway! But I signed up for the relay, thinking it would be an easy 6 mile run like I’ve done many times before.

Once everything was all squared away I found out that my leg was actually 7.6 miles. Farther than I’ve ever gone before. So. Excited.

I didn’t do as much ‘training’ as I’d have liked to. Between school, hw, activities, etc. I didn’t always have time for a run! But I still went out a few times, plus I go to the gym regularly so I was cross training the whole time. I went on one group training run in October, boy I wish I could have gone on more! I pushed myself and our team leader Jed was awesome- I ran 8 miles! For the first time in my life! I felt amazing. I felt strong. I knew I could do this!

Fast forward to December 1st. It had been raining all week, and hard. The weather was so bad it actually knocked the power out during my dance show (while I was onstage no less!). Because of my dance show, I couldn’t go to the team pre-run celebration/carbo loading dinner -sad face. But my mom brought me home some of the power smoothie that had been made for dessert, so I topped that with granola.


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I started to get really excited at this point. And nervous -mostly because of the rain. We were scheduled for peak rainfall the next morning. One inch of rain plus wind between 4 and 10 am. For a 7 am race. Cool. I prepped some overnight oats, laid out my things for the next morning, set my alarm and went to bed.

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Team Veg shirt, running leggings (new), cap and visor, shoes, and warm change of clothes!! Oh yeah, and a garbage bag….

okay, so maybe running 7.6 miles in a brand spankin new pair of running leggings wasn’t the best idea, but it was the night before and I didn’t have any long pants to run in!! All my yoga pants are too long!! And it was raining!!! oh well…

I woke up the next morning to this forecast

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If it weren’t for the rain, the weather would’ve been perfect! But alas, we weren’t getting out of this one. I was so excited!!

Breakfast was all of the power foods I could think of (in our house)! I was gonna be ready for this race!

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Overnight buckwheat groats in coconut water and almond milk with plenty of chia seeds, topped with apple, cinnamon, and soaked goji berries. Oh yeah….

Then it was time to suck it up, get out of my fluffy robe, and get ready for the time of my life…

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#gameface (ps like how my lips are stained pink? Thanks full week of bright red lipstick from the dance show haha!)

Well, I walked outside and thats when I got a little more nervous. The rain was insaaannnneeee!!!! And then we got a little lost on the way to my station. When we finally found my relay station (number 2), I breathed a sigh that was half reluctant to get out of the warm car, and half “Alright Lacey. Lets do this!” I didn’t have my phone with me to take any pictures, but you should have seen me. On top of what you see above, I was wearing 2 garbage bags and a raincoat. Didn’t help one bit! I was soaked before my race partner even arrived! I would have to say that the worst part of the rainy relay was the time before I started running. I was standing in puddles for shoes, dripping wet, freezing, and wanted to start running just to warm up!!! Once my partner arrived, we clumsily transferred the timer to my ankle, and we traded my wet raincoat for her poncho. And then, I was off!

In the beginning I wasn’t much better than I was before I ran. Still cold, and I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to pull it off. Then it hit me. This is something I’ve never done before. I’ve never ran this far in a race, I’ve never been on a relay. I’ve never run in the rain, on hills, or even in this part of town. I’m surrounded by people in the same position as me, and a whole lot of them are going to be working even harder. So I might as well have fun!

And I did. I had a blast! I was smiling the whole 7.6 miles. I was laughing when the people behind me started singing “You Are My Sunshine”. I squealed with delight every time I splashed through a puddle. I giggled every time I realized over and over again how much fun I was having! I must’ve looked quite a sight! One of the younger runners, very short and wearing a poncho that went well past my knees, with a cap and visor and hood, laughing in delight the whole run! Oh man, I was so happy. When I finished my leg of the race I was sad to stop, I honestly felt like I could have run the whole marathon (or at least a half). I was limitless. I was unstoppable. It was incredible -I had run over 7 miles in the hardest conditions I’ve ever been in, and I wasn’t cold, or tired, or anything. Just a little (soaking) wet is all!

I passed the timer off to Leslie and went in search of those cool space blankets everyone was wearing (I had priorities. Cool blanket first. Water later. haha). I got that and my commemorative medal and then climbed aboard the bus that was shuttling everyone to the finish line. Longest. Bus Ride. Ever. But it was really warm and I fell asleep. I guess I was tired haha.

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Soaking wet and happy as could be!

I ended up tweaking my knee during the run, but I didn’t notice until after. So I went and got an ace bandage to wrap it all up, and then met my stepdad to take me to our church nearby where my mom (who did the fun run and actually ran 2 whole miles! I’m so proud of her!).

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I got all dried off, and blow dried my hair (okay and my feet. They were cold. No shame). oh man did it feel good to get out of those wet clothes! Then it was off to The Plum, a local vegan cafe, to meet up with the rest of the Team Veg members for an all you can eat Sunday brunch!

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This wasn’t everyone on the team, but you get the idea! We had 2 relay teams, a few marathoners, and a couple of fun runners. (Oh look, the sun came out…after the run…)

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This is our team leader Jed finishing the full marathon at a 2:50 time! He qualified for the Boston Marathon!!! We are all so proud of him, and our whole team!

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Me and Jed at The Plum. This was definitely the craziest thing I’ve done, but I am so, so happy I did it. I proved to myself that I can do anything. Two years ago I could hardly run over a mile before I started having breathing problems (I had weak lungs and asthma throughout my childhood). And here I am. Running 7.6 miles in a storm with a smile on my face. Next up: Half Marathon. Lets do this.

 

Liebster Award!

So, the other morning my phone went off at the unholy hour of 1 AM, resulting in my freaking out and almost jumping in the shower thinking I was running late. Then I realized that it wasnt my alarm, it was my phone telling me that the lovely Natasha at Strawberries and Running had nominated me for the (drumroll pleeeaassseee……)
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Suddenly I was perfectly fine with the false alarm (literally). Thanks Natasha!! I Liebe You too!!!

Rules:

  1. Write 11 random facts about yourself
  2. Answer the 11 questions given by the blogger who nominated you
  3. Create 11 new questions
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and mention them in the post
  5. Thank the blogger who nominated you and tell the bloggers you’ve nominated

11 Random Facts

1. In my lifetime, I’ve had 9 dogs, 5 cats, 2 parakeets, chinchillas, hamsters (they kept multiplying!!!), lots of rabbits, fish, and many many guinea pigs. What can I say, we’re animal people!! Granted this was between two houses and over 16 years, but still. The first two dogs I got when I was 5, and we still have them. The younger of the two is Cookie, and she looks like a baby seal :

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2. My elementary school, middle school, and highschool were all in different districts (and no, I didn’t move houses). I don’t think I’ve ever lived close enough to my school to walk to it!!

3. Due to divorce and remarriage and living at two houses, I am the youngest, oldest, middle, and only child all at the same time, depending on who I’m with (mom’s house, dad’s house, total family, etc). Its insane.

 4. I am just slightly obsessed with Christmas. I’ve been singing the songs since October, and I’ve worn a different set of christmas socks everyday this week. They just seem to make everything more festive. Like homework!

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5. I absolutely, positively cannot watch scary movies. Biggest ‘fraidy cat ever right here. I once got nightmares for a week from a preview.

6. I would be a nurse, but I can’t deal with needles. Or gross stuff. Your talking to the girl who almost passes out from blisters. And changing my earing. Uhhhh, so yeah.

7. It’s Saturday afternoon, and I’m already behind on my homework. I’m thinking about majoring in procrastination when I go to college, maybe. If I get around to it.

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8. I sometimes have the randomest thoughts.They come out of nowhere, and often make no sense. My friends call them “Lacey-isms”. For example, who decided bunny slippers were a good idea? Like really, a bunny on your foot?

 9. I have naturally curly hair. It’s a blessing and a curse.

IMG_0311Especially when it rains, because then you have to choose between a dry head or a clean-shaven face.

10. I’ve never seen a single Star Wars movie. My history teacher calls me un-American.

11. I’m still a little kid. I’ve been the same height since seventh grade, I can still wear kids shoes, and my voice is so high-pitched I’ve had to actually put effort into talking low enough so that one older teacher could even hear me.  I am the freshmen’s freshmen pet. I’m a junior.That’s not how it’s supposed to work!

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Case in point: These are supposed to be capris. Guess not.

Natasha’s Questions

1. What are your phobias?

Heights (especially roller coasters) and scary things (movies, zombies, Halloween things etc.) Freak. Me. Out. *shudders*

2. Where were you born originally and do you still live there?

I was born in a dinky little town in California, and while I don’t actually still live there persay, I’ve only lived in the same general area my whole life. Like within 15 minutes.

3. Ultimate pet peeve (not including driving pet peeves, because I’ve discovered that everyone has road rage)?

When I sleep, it has to be pitch black, silent, door closed (two clicks or I will die. okay maybe not but you get the idea). I hate hate hate it when i’m at a sleepover and the TV is on all night, or the door is open/touching the frame but not closed. Can’t stand it!

4. What is your favorite dessert?

Whatever I’m craving at the particular moment usually (aka, tonight I was craving chocolate, but sometimes I cant stand chocolate and only want vanilla!). But most definitely always homemade, and fresh is best!!

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5. In your life, what has been your proudest accomplishment?

Oooh. This ones hard. I have a bunch! Every show I’m in, the first pie I baked from scratch, starting this blog and letting my feelings out…Finishing a relay race in a pounding rain was a big one. One day I know it will be conquering the ED (but I’m still working on that to be 100%). Hey, I’m young – I got lotsa time for accomplishments!!!

6. Favorite clothing store to shop at?

*ahem, cough cough* the whole mall?? *cough*

7. What has been your favorite holiday gift ever from whatever holiday you celebrate?

A teddy bear I got for Christmas when I was 5 years old. Probably was some generic bear from someplace, but I loved Teddy to pieces!! I took him everywhere and slept with him every night. To this day, I can’t sleep unless I’m holding something under my arm (usually a pillow now) My baby sister has taken him under her wing now though.

8. What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?

Well if I was guilty about it it wouldn’t be a pleasure!! At least, thats how I feel now. Before healthy eating (and before ED), it would probably have to be cookie dough. Man, a perfect sleepover involved friends, spoons, and a bowlful of cookie dough. All you needed.

9. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you fulfill that dream?

The first thing I wanted to be was a veterinarian, only because that was what my big sister wanted to be!! That is, until she told me I’d have to do surgery on/ put down doggies (in less ‘watered down’ terms. Oh sister love (she didn’t want little sister copy-catting her!)). I’m only 16, so nothings been fulfilled yet, unless you count the fact that I always confused veterinarian with vegetarian. In that case -> Dream = Fulfilled.

10. What was the last fast food restaurant you ate at, and what did you get?

Oh gosh, does chipotle count? Then a taco salad with black beans, rice, guac and mild pico (no spicy for me!!). If you’re talking real fast food, I don’t even know it’s been at least two years!!! (not counting jamba juice or starbucks either though!). Maybe Subway?

11. What unique quality do you love about yourself?

My dancing. Hands down. I love the way I dance, how it makes me feel. Like I can do anything-I’m free, weightless, I can fly! Apparently it carries through, people on the street (well, stores, not actually on the street!) ask me if I do ballet all the time! I love that I can actually just get lost in a dance. Just leap in the middle of a store for no reason at all! It makes me happy 🙂

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My 11 Questions

1. What is your idea of a perfect December night?

2. What pets do you have?

3. What 5 words describe you the best?

4. What is the one thing you can’t live without? (not talking food/water/sleep here!)

5. Why did you start your blog?

6. You just won a billion dollars, first dollar goes to???

7. Chocolate or vanilla?

8.What’s your favorite time of the year?

9. What is the one thing you wish you could do, but have never done (or tried)?

10. When was the last time you did something completely on a whim and what did you do?

11. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Tag! You’re it 🙂

Sunnie @ Modern Girl Nutrition

Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco

Sierra @ Size Beautiful

Katie @ Goober Nut’s Life

Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie

Kat @ A Dash Of Fairydust

Shannon @ Healthiful Balance

Kendra @ Veggie Dancer

Meg @ A Dash of Meg

Kylie @ Yeah…Imma Eat That

Lisa @ Lisa Lately

I feel like I need to add more to this post, but my computer seems to think it’s time to take a nap…silly computer!!!

 

 

WIAW.

Happy WIAW!!!

It’s been quite the busy week for me! I had tech week for my dance show, then the actual show, followed by the relay for the California International Marathon (I’ll tell you about that next time!). I havent had much time for computer at all, I was too busy curling my hair for every. single. show.

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I obviously have way too much fun curling my hair…

But I did manage to snap pics of a few eats this week, and I’ll show you a few noshes from earlier too, since it’s been so long since my last WIAW 🙂 Plus I have a few recipes that I’ve shared all linked up, perfect for the holidays!!

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Hey! Remember that holiday we had a while ago, Thanksgiving was it? Well, I missed out on the really long WIAW but here’s my plate now!!

Salad with my mom’s famous fruit salad (pineapple, mandarins, pomegranates, and coconut) on top, corn muffin (with real corn kernels and brushed with honey – only way to do it!), maple cinnamon roasted root veggies, sweet potatoes, and a rice stuffing

Oh yeah, and this pie

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during the making of which I discovered why professional bakers wear white aprons

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I cant quite seem to get enough of the cranberry sauce and cinnamon on a salad combo lately

massaged kale, pear, chickpeas, honey mustard, cranberry sauce, cinnamon

Or salads with pumpkin – I’m quite seasonal

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Usually I add pumpkin to my cranberry salad, but this one was a curry and ketchup (don’t knock it till you try it) plus two freshly picked satsumas from our tree -> best fruit ever. ever ever.

Or just salads in general

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Best resturant salad ever -Dos Coyotes Vegetarian (made vegan) Yucatan salad. Every color of the rainbow on top of warm corn tortillas and beans, all Central Valley, California farmer’s market fresh (fresh delivery of veggies every morning to this place-I’m never leaving CA)

I’ve been enjoying plenty of warm foods in this “Cold” weather too though (Another reason I’ll never leave CA, I’m such a weather wimp!)

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Veggie and tofu stuffed Portobello mushroom and roasted delicata squash with two dipping sauces -maple cinnamon almond butter with balsalmic and dijon, and a spicy cranberry ketchup

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Dinner via Whole Foods. Quinoa Slaw and Sweet Potato Tzimmes – soooo good!

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New veggie burger find – These are all whole foods (quinoa, sweet potato, carrot, coconut flour, onion, red bell pepper, salt, spices, and flax seed) and absolutely delicious! Perfect for on-the-go dance night dinners!

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I found out that, unlike frozen veggies, frozen beans do not necessarily cook in the microwave, no matter what the package says. Thank you 6am smoke alarm…

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Breakfast for dinner anyone? My new favorite waffle recipe ever (these were the apple cinnamon ones, but with pears too and mixed the sauce with Justin’s Vanilla Almond butter) plus an unpictured side of tempeh bacon. Best brinner ever. Brinners are Winners.

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And then, after breakfast for dinner we had dessert for breakfast! My mom’s Lebkuchen Oatmeal was incredible!!

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It’s never really christmas until you have had a red cup…of starbucks

(Soy Peppermint mocha   first foofy Starbucks drink I’ve had in two years (Previous fear food). Man this was good, it almost made up for the fact that I was at starbucks to do my calculus homework. Almost.)

There was a random yet delicious dessert combination…

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It’s not weird to dip a mini, homemade chocolate chip cookie in chocolate peppermint tofu pudding, is it? ‘Cuz it’s really really good! (hey, its less weird than the (also oddly delicious) time I dipped a snap pea in the same pudding, you’re lucky I didn’t take a picture of that one!)

And then…There was a slice of heaven.

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Chocolate heaven.

Michelle’s Chocolate Pear Cake with additions of cinnamon, red wine vinegar, and candied ginger, topped with cheater frosting (dark cocoa powder, almond milk, vanilla + chocolate stevia). Ladies and gentlemen my chocoholic genes have finally kicked in. I still love my beloved Vanilla, but a chocolate un-fan I am no more. I want to get chocolate wasted! (anyone? I’ve never seen the movie, but I do know that line!)

Stay Tuned for a California International Marathon (relay) with Team Veg recap post soon! Spoiler Alert – We got an inch of rain during the run alone! It was so much fun!!

Better than Gingerbread

Finally!! It’s December!! And oh man, what winter weather we are having here!

It’s been raining non stop since Thursday, and we are forecasted to get 5 1/2 inches over 4 days (I live in dry CA, that is insane for me!!). I get to run in the peak storm tomorrow for a leg of the CIM (more on that later).

What does December mean? It means that my tastebuds have finally transitioned from pumpkin to peppermint and gingerbread. But you know whats better than gingerbread? Lebkuchen.

What is Lebkuchen might you ask? It’s basically the German cousin of gingerbread. A wonderful, spicy gingerbread cookie with almonds, hazelnuts, oranges, other dried fruits, and sometimes dipped in chocolate. Its delicious. And almost every time gingerbread flavored anything is made in my house, it transforms into Lebkuchen flavor  – especially when my mom is in charge.

So it was only natural when, last night as my mother dearest was preparing some slow cooker overnight oatmeal, it turned into gingerbread oatmeal in celebration of December. And that quickly turned into Lebkuchen. I asked my mother for the recipe and she happily obliged 🙂 (please excuse the pics-phone quality, not photoshoot. Just really really good so I wanted to post for you!!)

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Lebkuchen (German Gingerbread) Oatmeal

serves 4

Oats

  • 1 C. dry steel cut oats (or 4 servings of regular oats/any whole grain cereal)
  • 3 C. water or milk
  •  2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 -1/3 c. chopped raisins (just made them a little smaller–and used the Trader Joe’s raisin medley)
  • 1/4 c. other dried fruit (could use: candied orange peel, dried apricots, etc. We happened to have dried persimmon on-hand, which was great!)
  • 1 T molasses
  • 2 tsp. mocha teecino (or…you could use a little instant espresso + cocoa powder, etc.)*
  • Sweetener (could use: maple syrup, brown sugar, stevia, chopped dates, etc.) We used a few drops of each orange stevia and chocolate stevia (check out the bottom of the post)

Toppings

  • 1/4 C. almonds
  • 1/4 C. crystalized ginger
  • almond milk
  • optional: “chocolate sauce” (cocoa powder, milk, and sweetner to taste) or chocolate chips

 

*Note: the Teecino/ coffee/ cocoa powder enhances the lebkuchen taste, but is optional if you’re going for straight gingerbread flavor.

In a crockpot combine all ingredients for oats (except sweetner). Cook on low overnight. In the morning, add your sweetener to taste. In a food processor, chop the almonds and ginger together. Top each serving of oats with a few spoonfuls of almond / ginger mix  and a splash of almond milk, plus chocolate if you choose.

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Easy peasy and the perfect thing for a rainy December morning!!

Followed by a wonderful peppermint latte in a christmas mug:)

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decaf coffee with a few drops each of peppermint stevia and chocolate stevia, plus vanilla almond milk. Tastes like Christmas!

 

This breakfast was the first thing made with my brand-spankin new stash of NuNaturals Stevia that I won from Shannon‘s giveaway! I was so excited when this showed up on my doorstep yesterday after school!

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In my excitment I opened the package with the first thing I could find

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who needs scissors when you have a pencil? Besides, I’ve accidentally cut my fingers 4 times too many in the past week. Safety first thankyouverymuch!

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I got much more than I was expecting!!

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AHHH!!!! Look at all the flavors!!! I’ve only ever had the vanilla and the powder, but I’ve been wanting the other flavors for a while. I’m soo excited to try them all (and the recipes I was given too!)

Thank you Shannon! (and thank you NuNaturals!!)