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Evening!

I’m gonna have to make this snappy, which is terribly sad, since I most likely will not get to blog tomorrow.

I have a four a.m. wake up, which I may try to bump back to five o’clock, but either way that means I’m getting four or five hours of sleep tonight, at most.

Boo, hiss!

I haven’t gotten around to commenting on everybody’s blog, but I promise, I will stop by soon.  I miss you guys!

Today, I allowed myself to get hungry.

My mistake began with baking cookies to take to school with me, then naively believing that three of them would hold me over this afternoon.

Delicious, high in protein...and not enough to hold me over four hours.

These cookies turned out pretty good, though I would prefer them to be a bit sweeter.  My rough estimate puts them at about 9g of protein for two, which essentially means that each cookie is like a portable tablespoon of peanut butter.

I’ll share the recipe later, perhaps, if I overcome my baking failure shame.

I ate three, then threw an apple and an orange into my purse, then headed out to the mall to find some denims.

I failed, of course.  How hard is it to find a pair of attractive flare-legged jeans?  Evidently, very.  Everything is low-rised and skinny, and extremely unflattering to my very curvy body type.  Yikes.

Noshed on this at about six-ish tonight.

While I did not get tummy-hungry, my body did not like me not feeding it for several hours.

I became headachy, weak, and dizzy, and finally — after pounding a bottle of water and not finding any relief — I realized that perhaps I was hungry.

I ate my apple, and the symptoms went away.

I was still famished, though, and couldn’t wait to get home to eat dinner.  (Fyi: I don’t drive.  That’s why I was milling around the mall in a crazed half-starved state, waiting for a ride home.  Planning fail!)

Was daydreaming about this hummus all afternoon.

I didn’t want my orange.

I wanted veggies.

The thought of eating my orange actually made me a bit nauseous, and I grazed on my arm halfheartedly until I got home.  I threw together a quick meal for Amor, then quickly chopped up as many veggies as I could muster and therw them into the microwave.

Is it weird to admit that I was fantasizing about this hummus all day?  I found it last night at Winco, on sale!  And of course, had to buy it.

Largest veggie bowl ever!

I can’t begin to describe how incredibly tasty and packed this bowl was.

Imagine: most of a head of cauliflower, a head of broccoli, tons of green beans, a half a zucchini, a cup of peas, and about 2/3 cup of black beans.

I topped it with 3-4 servings of hummus, and doused it in hot sauce.

Peas and beans for protein. Delish!

For a bit of perspective, realize that I’ve used this bowl for salads before.

Yes, it was that huge.

It took me almost a half hour to eat, as well, and I was eating rather quickly, as I was very, very ravenous.

Not surprisingly, I was still hungry afterward.

Perfect dessert.

I nuked a half a peach with a ton of frozen cherries, then topped it with a tablespoon of coconut butter.

So good!

And there goes the buzzer on the dryer.  That means my pyjamas are dry, and I need to haul my booty to bed.

Wish me luck for school tomorrow.  Looks like I’ll need it!

Do you have trouble jeans shopping?  What brand of jeans do you wear? I love my Levi’s, I’ll admit it, but it’s near impossible to find a single pair of pants right now that aren’t trapped in some hideous fashion trend or looks too youthful.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

…is dangerous, because you may get run over.  Go inside and sidle up to a table instead.  Much safer, no?

Evening!

I ate on the run today, but I did have time to inhale a quick lunch today.

Tons of roasted broccoli.

I was craving tons of veggies today, as you can see.

And tons of roasted okra!

Tonnnnnnns.

I had a happy tummy today with all my delicious eats.

And tons of roasted green beans! Love my veggies!

And, of course, I ate it with tons of ketchup and mustard.

For dessert, I tried a new variation of the MIM: chocolate.

Roasted sweet potato smeared with plain old peanut butter.

By the way, my Mum loved roasted sweet taters with peanut butter.  She enjoyed several.

Anyway, chocolate MIM.

Sounds good, right?

Sub out two tbs of the flax with cocoa powder, and add a spoonful of sugar or honey or maple or agave or whatever you desire.

I added dark chocolate craisins and piled it high with peanut butter and coconut butter. Delish!

So rich and fudgy!

Dinner was a salad with romaine, avocado, walnuts, craisins, golden raisins, and a bit of raspberry vinaigrette.

Dessert was several pieces of chocolate, and way too much of this:

Tons of fruit salad with cool whip. I ate 2x this, at least!

Not done with my commenting; I’m so far behind!

Where is everyone?  It’s lonely in Kaz-land.

Again, please be patient with me, since my Mum is absolutely my number one priority right now.

What are you doing this weekend?

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

Afternoon!

I’m gonna make this quick, since I still have a ton of chores in front of me.

So, I was going to have a smoothie, but my blender is still dirty from last night.

Yes: ew, gross.  I get it.  I’ve had no time to do dishes today.

So, I decided to use my immersion blender, and surprisingly, the little fella held up nicely.

Gak! Ew! Poison!

While cleaning, I stumbled upon something I’ll call “Death Chocolate.”

It promised me energy, and I needed energy to get this house cleaned, and it was full of all sorts of herbs and roots and strange nostrums.

Looked like chocolate, smelled like chocolate, and even the initial taste was of a pleasant amaretto.  But no.  It was Death Chocolate.  One bite and I was through and it was in the garbage.

Blueberry Walnut MIM

Like, I said, lunch had to be quick, and I whipped up a MIM.

Not just any MIM, but a blueberry walnut MIM.  So good!  I stuck with flaxseeds this time, and was impressed with the results.

I topped one with coconut butter.

Coconut goes so well with blueberries and walnuts!

And the other, I enjoyed with an extremely heaping glob of peanut butter.

I have no desire to get hungry again this afternoon, so I made sure to pack in the protein and fat.

To continue the theme of “How to Keep Kaz Full,” I also prepared a heaping bowl of smoothie.

No skimping on the peanut butter for me, thanks.

First, I blended an entire heart of romaine with several fistfuls of spinach.

Into it, I added a splash of orange juice, the last of the coconut water from yesterday, 1/4 cup applesauce, about a cup or so of frozen cherries, and two heaping scoops of rice protein powder.

I don’t like protein powders, but it was there and my body is crying out for protein, so I went ahead and honored my cravings and went with it.

SIAB topped with rice soggies.

I topped it with puffed rice, better known as, rice soggies.

The moment they hit the smoothie, they disintegrated upon contact and became mush in my bowl.

Mmm, rice soggies.  My favorite.

Do you put toppings on your smoothies?  If so, what kind?

And, don’t forget to check out my FAQ page!  Why?  Because, there are no questions on it.  If you’re curious about me, by all means, ask me something!

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

Afternoon, everyone!

How are you?

I’ve had a reasonably productive afternoon.  I spent most of it going to and from multiple computer stores, trying to find the just-right laptop, but kept leaving empty-handed.

I was hungry when I walked in the door this afternoon at 2 o’clock on the dot, and hungry for one thing only:

Ginormous salad!

Salad.

Lots and lots of salad.

I made a mental checklist of everything else in the house, and the thought of eating anything but a large bowl of leafy greens made my stomach turn.

Filled an entire mixing bowl.

Is that weird or what?

Either way, my body knew what it wanted, so I prepped a large mixing bowl with 2 heads of romaine (smallish, for some reason), a large handful of spinach, a half a tomato, two mushrooms, 1.5 cups of cannellini beans, a large wedge of avocado, a large wedge of bell pepper, and lots of love.

And stuff.

Ate every last bite.

For dessert, I enjoyed a very delicious, ripe pear.

These organic pears aren’t as large as the ones I buy at Winco, but they’re so much sweeter, and the texture is very curious.

It’s like, they’re perfectly ripe or something.

Dramatic lighting pear -- dun dun dunnnnnn!

Amor commented that it was a very crunchy pear, but the funny thing is, it wasn’t.

It was very tender and not crisp or hard at all, but it wasn’t mealy mush, either.

Either way, it was delish, and I hope to buy more next time I’m at the natural food store.

Looks strangely flan-y.

I was still feeling carb-y after lunch, and remembered seeing something called the Muffin in a Minute on Ashely’s blog.

Gluten free, high protein, and looks nommy?  I’m in!

You can find the original recipe on Ashley’s blog, but in mine, I made the following variations:

Peanut Butter MIM:

2 tbs peanut flour

1 tbs milled flaxseed

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tbs honey (my mistake — misread it, or was just hopeful?)

1 egg

I mixed the ingredients, and nuked for a minute, and lo!  I had a muffin!  In a minute!

One half was slathered in peanut butter.

Dude!

These are epic!

They’re huge, for starters.  And yes, they’re a wee touch egg-y, but it’s not offensive in the least. (Random thought: “Oh, pardon me, ma’am, but I’m an egg.” “Oh, I’m so offended!”)

The other half met with coconut butter.

And they really do feel like muffins — they’ve got great chew, huge air bubbles, and…yeah, I’m in mad smit right now, and there’s no going back.

To round off my Carbfest 2K10, I enjoyed an unpictured lemonhead candy and finished off this partially eaten tub of yogurt:

Not very good on its own, but I ate it anyway.

Still tastes weird, but I kept grazing on it until I finally shrugged, admitted defeat, grabbed a spoon, and polished it off.

I think I may have spoiled my supper again, too.  I’m not hungry in the least, but I’m still wanting sweets.

To be totally honest, I see another MIM in my future.

Yes, I totally do.

Going back to the computer theme from this morning, do you blog from a desktop, laptop, smart phone, or something else? I’m totally blogging from a completely rubbish desktop.  It’s prone to random BSODs up to three or more times a day.  Yeesh!

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

Afternoon, everyone!

Remember those onion rings I made a couple nights back?

Well, I had no idea, but apparently my microwave has a “crisp and sizzle” setting on it.  Thirty seconds in the nuker, and my onion rings were just as delicious several days later as they were straight from the skillet.

Mexican-inspired salad, topped with leftover onion rings.

This is valuable knowledge, you know.

Onion rings make fantastic salad toppers.

Though, I admit that I am somewhat embarrassed that I’ve had this microwave for over two years now and never noticed the “crisp” option until now.

And topped with heaping blobs of Newman's Own Cilantro-Somethinganother salsa.

And, admittedly, it was a bit unnerving to watch my onion rings essentially simmer in all that extra oil that was enveloping it.

At least the paper towel soaked most of it up, right?

Right.

Delicious, ripe cherries.

I tried to make an epic salad, too, and was disappointed to discover mold growing on two out of three heads of romaine in my fridge.

I had to bin them, of course, which reduced my salad size by like, half.

Shame on you, Winco, for selling rubbish produce.

And the last of my delicious pears. Oh no! How will I survive?

At least the cherries and pears were pretty dang spot on.

However, somehow when I was minding my own business, I got a thought.

Thoughts, with me, are few and far between, so when I actually get one, it’s an exciting moment, and I tend to act on it lest it slip away and I never get another thought again, ever.

This happened spontaneously, and I am not to be blamed for any drooling that may occur.

My thought was this:

I love peanut butter cups.

I love coconut cups.

Why not combine the two?

Now that's what I'm talking about.

And so I did.

There’s no recipe because it was ridiculously simple.  A recipe would be laughable.

I melted dark chocolate chips in the microwave, then placed the melted chocolate in candy liners.  Then I mixed a blob of coconut butter and a blob of peanut butter in a ramekin, and melted it.  I poured it onto my chocolate, and stuck it in the freezer to harden.  Ten minutes later, I poured another layer of chocolate over it, and then ate it.

That simple.

I’m lucky I only made two, and have already sworn one to Amor.  These things are nothing short of habit forming.

And, my bike!

Isn't he handsome?

I’m still trying to name him.

But isn’t it a lovely bike?

What’s your favorite anti-recipe? You know, that recipe that’s so easy that it shouldn’t even be a recipe?  Please share!

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

Afternoon, guys!

How is everyone?

Today has been a busy day for me.  I’ve been scouring various websites trying to find the best price on these tickets.

Who knew that travel could be so stressful?

Other than that, I’ve had a pretty successful day in the kitchen.

For lunch, I prepared myself probably the most awesome, amazing potato stew.

This picture does not do it justice. It was so good.

I’ll have the recipe up  later tonight, but the secret to making this so awesome was to blend half of the potatoes and beans together, then add them back to the stew pot.

That way, I still had the texture of whole beans and potatoes, but with the creamy bean/potato taste in every bite.

Yum.

Addictive corn chips graced the top.

For a bit of extra crunch, I added a handful of those addictive corn chips from the other night.

I had to restrain myself from finishing the entire pot of stew, but fortunately I was able to control myself and have another serving in the fridge to look forward to.

One of my epic salads helped me with that rare burst of self-control.

My body is still craving veggies like mad.

I added about a half a cup of chickpeas, a few slices of a cucumber, a quarter of a large avocado, a heaping blob of hummus, a half a tomato, a mushroom, and probably about a head of romaine.

Small salad, indeed.

Yeah, right.

Delicious. Fresh veggies at their finest.

Dessert was, of course, a must.

Amor and I had picked up some peaches last week at the grocery store, and I’ve caught them admiring my stunning good looks every time I open the fridge.

However, every time I rooted around in there for something to eat, I didn’t particularly care for a peach at that moment.

And so, every time, the poor peaches’ hopes were dashed.

Pan fried peach. Oh dear.

Finally, I had to admit that I am pretty irresistible, and picked out a peach to bestow affection upon.

Deception!  Deceit!

The peach was crunchy.

Rather than letting the little impostor off the hook, instead I gutted it, ripped it in half, and placed it face down on a hot, oiled pan.

After cooking the peach, I stuffed the cavity with coconut butter.

Yes, my wrath is cruel.

If you happen to be a peach, consider this a warning: you don’t want on my bad side.

As for my good side?

Well, it creates things like pan-fried peaches for dessert.

Melty coconut butter? Yes, please.

After frying the peach on high-heat for the better part of a minute, I transferred it to a small dish and nuked it for about forty-five seconds.

Then I transferred it again to a clean plate, and whisked a bit of honey and cinnamon into the remaining juice in the bowl.

I drizzled that over the peach, then stuffed the pit cavity with a huge hunk of coconut butter.

Coconut butter in disguise!

Wow.

Just, wow.

By the way, you don’t have to be absurdly rich to afford coconut butter.  I found this organic creme de noix de coco (which, ironically, sounds more pretentious and expensive than plain ole coconut butter) for a couple bucks at my natural food store.  I got something like 200g (7 oz) for the price.

Have you ever paid an unholy price for something that’s a blogger trend? I’m guilty of spending six bucks on a jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams once, to see what the hype was.  Yep.  It was hype-worthy.  However, I refuse to pay 10+$ for coconut butter, so I’m glad I found this cheaper version.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz