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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

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Evening!

Sorry for being away all day, but out of nowhere, Em texted me, asking if I wanted to go on an adventure.

Her text said, “Bring swim clothes and dress for warm weather.”

That was fear number one: spontaneity.

I don’t just do stuff, you know?  Not without explicitly planning it.

Then we arrived at our destination…and I faced fear number two.

I’ll talk more about that tomorrow.

Then, fear number three, to the tune of “Chug!  Chug!  Chug!”

Yes, I totally drank the loogie in the bottom of this.

I’m going to make this a quick picture post, since it’s way past my bedtime, but rest assured.

I have a full recap of one of the most awesome days I have ever had in such a long while coming up.

I love my friends, I really do. ❤

Hasty lunch, since I pulled myself together (shower and all!) in less than twenty minutes.

Split three ways between three very hungry girls.

Also shared three ways. We were starving by this point, and it was almost dinnertime.

I ate four of these over the course of the afternoon. My addiction.

Inhaled while I waited for my friends to arrive. The only green I ate today, but totally worth it.

My wonderful Em bought me this bar. It was pretty tasty!

We three girls went to town on this cookie. It was so good. I love lemon-flavored stuff.

Post-afternoon snackage. These were so rich and fudgey. I ate at least a half dozen or more.

And again, I ate over half of these with Em. So nice to chill with a such a sweet girl!

Amor is patiently waiting for me to wrap this up and go to bed, so alas, I have to wrap this up.

I also ate this awesome black bean chili, sipped on tons of lemonade, and who knows what else.

It was great!

Em and the other girl (I’ll call her Kay, ‘k?) are super sweet, super nice, and really cheered me out of my depressive funk this morning.

I can’t wait to talk about the fear I conquered today, either!

Thanks for bearing with me while I get my head back on track!

Wow, I love abusing exclamation points!

Wahoo!

Are you a spontaneous person, or do you prefer order and planning instead? I totally love routine, but today was exactly what I needed, and I’m so glad I went for it.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

Evening, folks!

Rockin’ on?  Rock on.

Here’s the thought that’s on my mind tonight: blogger euphemisms.

You’ve probably read a few.  Heck, you’ve probably even used one or two.

A gluten-free peanut butter cookie that my awesome friend left for me, smooshed together with a Brownie Cookie.

How about, “After giving my stomach time to digest, I took off on my run…”

It took me a while to figure that one out: “giving my stomach time to digest.”

Oh!  You meant, you went to the bathroom! (Sorry, that’s a euphemism in itself.)

I’m so naive sometimes.

This contained about 2.5 bananas, a cup of almond milk, a scoop of cocoa powder, and 1/3 cup of peanut flour.

How about, “My stomach was off after eating that…”

I see bloggers admitting to that one quite a bit.  I’m still working on translating that one, but when I say it?

It means I was gassy and bloated for the rest of the night.

Now you know.

The last of the original batch of coconut milk ice cream.

Then there’s the one that they don’t say at all.

Or, if they say it, it’s along the lines of, “I’m craving sweets like crazy!” or, “What’s up with me and the carbs tonight?”

You see it all the dang time.  There’s the perfect healthy-living blogger, all about the salads and tofu, but about once a month she confesses that she ate cookies for lunch and a chocolate bar for dinner and ice cream for dessert.

Yep.

I also had a large piece of unpictured Hershey's with almonds.

I’m not going to go into details, but let’s just say that I generally don’t even care for chocolate.

Bah.

And then there was a the double-bowl of a new batch of coconut milk ice cream that I made tonight.

Yeah, I ate over twice shown.

So, my stomach is a bit off after eating all these sweets, and hopefully all this digests soon.

I mean, what’s up with me and the carbs tonight?  I ate cookies for lunch and a chocolate bar for dinner!  And all that ice cream for dessert?  Oomph.

We all understand each other.

We’re bloggers.

Have you seen any other blogger euphemisms floating around out there? Yeah, the “time to digest” one really blindsided me.  I couldn’t figure out why all these bloggers were downing their coffee an hour before their runs.  (Oh dear, I just realized how that sentence sounds, too.)

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

Evenin’!

I am, to put it succinctly, a wee bit sloshed.

On?  About four ounces of wine.

Yay for lightweights!

I wish I were kidding, but I’m not.  I seriously had half a pour, and now I’m lightheaded and giggly.

But, fortunately for you guys, my typing skills still seem intact.

Right?

Bagglers!

I started with an appetizer of three cookies, and a handful of bagglers.

What’s a baggler?

Why, it’s those fries that fall out and land in the bottom of the bag!

I’m sick, so Amor is fending for himself this week.  Alas, his options in this town aren’t the best, but hey!  I get bagglers out of it.  Win-win, right?

Naturally gluten free. The best cookies ever!

Yes, I ate three cookies before dinner.

It was that kind of day.

These are my favorite gluten-free brownie cookies.

Gluten free fudge brownie cookies. Oh boy!

There are no fancy flours or gums in it; it’s all basic pantry staples that you most likely have in your house.

For fun, I threw in walnuts and chocolate chips.

Yep, that’s how I have fun.  It works.

Soy-free, gluten-free stir fry.

After eating three cookies, I had a sudden and intense craving for vegetables.

Vegetables it was.

I grabbed my green beans and broccoli, a hunk of onion, and one lone single mushroom tumbling around in my crisper and threw them into a pan to start cooking.

Yum! Tangy-sour stir fry sauce lightly coated my stir-fry.

Of course, I chopped them before so.

Whoa, geez, Kaz.  Four ounces of wine?

Yep.  Barely a double-shot.

Whew!

Crispy almonds topped the stir-fry for a yummy crunch.

As my veggies stir-fried in my hot skillet, I whipped up a quick gluten-free, soy-free stir fry sauce.

Gluten-Free, Soy-Free Sweet and Sour Orange Stir-Fry Sauce:

Over medium heat, I combined:

1/4 cup orange juice

2 tbs rice vinegar

1 tbs ketchup

1/2 tsp ginger

1 tsp garlic

1 tsp nutritional yeast (optional, for umami)

1 tsp honey

2 tbs water

1 tsp cornstarch

Absolutely delicious. Hit the spot!

When my veggies were cooked and fork-tender, I drizzled them with hot-chili oil.

When my sauce was thick (stir constantly!), I tossed it with my stir-fried veggies.

I removed it from heat, sprinkled it with almonds, and inhaled.  This would probably taste awesome over brown rice or quinoa, but all those cookies killed my grain cravings.

Wonderful!

Funny thing is?

I totally reached into the refrigerator and pulled out what looked good and threw it into the sauce pan.

Then?

I opened a bottle of wine and found this on the label:

Almost identical to my recipe. How funny!

I promise, that is a coincidence!

I’m amused.

However, my recipe was missing wine and soy sauce.

I remedied the wine situation by pouring it in a glass, and sipping away.

The soy’s just gonna have to cope on its own.

Seriously. What you see there? That's *all* the wine I sipped.

I had a sweet tooth after dinner, and helped myself to a small dish of ice cream.

Yum, Coconut Sorbet!  And Cappuccino Swirl!

I love this stuff!

And, while I was enjoying my wine, I decided to do another round of photography with my cookies.

Texture shot. Gooey and best straight from the oven.

And another was eaten.

Hey, it’s okay!  They’re less than 70 calories each.

I really simply must give you this recipe.

I will.  Trust me.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Kaz

Hey guys!

Sorry for being AWOL all afternoon, but I had a house to clean.  You see, I had a guest over for dinner tonight.

Remember my new friend?  Well, I spontaneously invited her over for dinner, and was thrilled when she accepted my invitation!

Yay!

I was STUH-arving and ate this in less than a minute.

Then panic set in.  Omg, I gotta make dinner.  Omg, I need to mop.  Omg, the house is a pigsty.  Omg, I still need to make laundry.

Stop.  Calm.  Breathe.

I threw my sister’s chili in the crock-pot, scrubbed the house from top to bottom, and was done just in time to catch Cupcake Wars on Food Network.

Busy, successful afternoon WIN!

Whole fried egg, almond butter, and leftover sweet potato pancake.

Backtracking to lunch, here.  My hunger hit me like a ton of bricks, and I almost couldn’t bear to cook anything, I was that famished.

I quickly fried a whole egg and threw it on a leftover sweet potato pancake from yesterday smeared with almond butter.

Guys, that it was really good.  I mean, really, really good.

I was so hungry, I started eating before snapping the picture. Oops!

Don’t gag.  Do you put eggs in your pancakes?  Then put one on top.  Same difference, right?

Oh, stop complaining and just do it.  You’ll thank me later, I’m sure of it.

The almond butter put it over the top into pure awesomeville.  Definitely try it!

As my sister’s chili simmered away in the crock-pot, I cleaned the house.  Funny thing is, my friend was just here yesterday and I didn’t mind having a less-than-immaculate house.

These guys dove into the crock-pot to make an amazing chili.

But yesterday, she just was over for ice cream.

Today, she was a dinner guest.  It’s different.

Anyway, I don’t have much in the way of recipes for you tonight.  My cookies failed, my corn bread failed.

The chili, however, turned out great!

However, tonight is going to be very picture-heavy.  You see, my friend is an artist and takes beautiful pictures.  She followed me around this afternoon, snapping photographs of just about everything.

I’m very grateful for her help, and was thrilled to let her take charge.  Something like 99% of these pictures are hers, but I’m not sure which are which.  They all turned out beautifully, and it was hard to narrow it down.

Enjoy!

My friend's amazing cucumber-tomato-bell pepper-avocado salad.

Even though I messed these cookies up, they still wound up tasting like fudge. Yum!

Melty chocolate chip shot. So good!

Do NOT substitute garbanzo bean flour in your cornbread recipes. Ugh, it tasted awful.

It looked so promising!

My friend brought these gluten-free cookies over for me. She's so sweet!

She also came over bearing this gift of chocolate. So good! Thanks, my friend!

My friend artfully arranged the avocado and cornbread atop the chili. She has an artist's eye, doesn't she?

Alas, the cornbread wasn't that good. Sorry!

On the other hand, this chili turned out so well! Everyone loved it.

Once I smashed the cornbread into the chili, it didn't taste as awful, but I won't be making it again.

My friend also brought over this perfectly ripe avocado to share. She spoils me!

Cornbread of DOOM!

Mmm, texture shot. I'll have the recipe up soon!

My friend's salad again. I think I ate most of it!

The gluten-free cookies my friend shared with me. They were pretty yummy!

That’s it for tonight, guys.  I’m worn out and just thoroughly exhausted from cleaning all day.

I’ll have that chili recipe up tomorrow, if anyone’s interested.  Even my Amor enjoyed it, and that’s saying quite a bit!

Thanks so much for reading!

❤ Kaz