Saturday, June 30, 2012

June Foodie Penpal

YAY! It's that time again. Yup - FOODIE PENPAL TIME!!! I know the last few months you've had to hear me rant and rave about how amazing I think this is and this time will be no different. I came back from Las Vegas and had a package waiting for me. A package full of FOOD! I love food and I love mail. You can't go wrong. Why haven't you joined up yet!? Here's the deal...visit Lindsay over here to sign up and then follow these fool proof instructions.

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
- Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!
***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at rocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!

Ok, so now that the business stuff is out of the way - let's talk about what Amanda from Sherwood Park sent me. It was AWESOME. She doesn't have a blog but man oh man, she sent some cool stuff! 
She sent me the following amazing little gifts:
AWESOME!
  • Clean Eating Magazine - PERFECT because I love getting food related reads
  • Love Grown Simply Oats - haven't tried them but they look delish!
  • PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter - ok, seriously - did she know how much I love peanut butter!? I really have wanted to try this stuff so I'm more than ecstatic about it. I'll give a review once I do! 
  • Chocolatey Mint Black Tea - she said it helps curb her sugar cravings. I'm pumped to try it out when my sugar monster rears it's head. I need all the help I can get!
  • Quest Bar Chocolate Brownie - I ate it as soon as I opened the package because I was starved and it was so, so, so good!
  • Justin's Almond Butter & Chocolate Peanut Butter - we have a real problem... I ate the chocolate peanut butter today and it appears I'm going to have to order some online if I can't find it in Calgary. I'm in love. It might even replace nutella - which is shocking because I LOVE nutella. A lot.
 I sent a "Kyla Survival Kit" to Deanna who lives in Victoria. You can check it out here!
  • Homemade raspberry jam from the Farmer's Market
  • Chocolate covered almonds - these are my nemesis lately 
  • Dark chocolate with sea salt
  • Coconut Date Bar from the Farmer's Market - so good and not too bad for you!
  • Nutella
I'm hoping she enjoyed it! She wrote me to say she was sick when she received it and wanted to wait for when she was feeling better to try it all. Hopefully she feels better now! :)

Cannot wait for next month! I'm excited to shop!


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Miss Me?

Happy Saturday Everyone! It's my first day back to reality and well, it's sort of sad. Jana and I left "Sin City" yesterday and really didn't want to! We had way too much fun! The weather was incredibly beautiful, the company was good and we had a very much needed get away. I'd like to tell you that we saw some crazy shows....or that we shopped our brains out....but in all honesty - it was a lot of relaxing by the pool, reading our smutty books (50 Shades of Grey - I cringe when I admit that) and then heading out on the town in the evenings for some good food and some drinks. I would also like to tell you that we have pictures, but we had a phone casualty where all of my pictures were housed. There are no pictures save a lone one of a martini I drank at the Wynn. I was trying to be fancy. :P

So on the menu today after 4 solid days of drinking and eating to my heart's content was soup chalk full of vegetables. It's uber healthy and I'm hoping it restores me! :)

Fresh Beet Borsht - taken from the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Cookbook for Cleansing by Terry Willard
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced - I used a yellow one
1 tsp caraway seeds
2 cups green cabbage, shredded
2 cups beets, grated

6 cups vegetable stock or water - I used stock
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp fresh dill
1 tsp majoram or basil - I used basil
salt & pepper

Take out your pot, add your olive oil. Saute your onion, add the caraway seeds and then add the cabbage. Cook this mixture until the cabbage is softened. Add the stock and beets. Cook this uncovered for 15 minutes, don't let it boil. Once you've done that - add the lemon juice, dill, basil and salt and pepper. Then eat it and feel super healthy! :)

Mmmmmm.....healthy!

What led me to the borscht soup!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Good Evening 11 Followers! What a great weekend! Thank you to everyone who was a part of it. I had a bit of a kickoff on Friday - yoga class, sushi with Andi & then a few pints at the good old Ship & Anchor! Had so much fun with everyone there, and even stayed out a little late for a girl who was running her first 10.5km trail race on Saturday! Saturday - Jackie and I grabbed some coffees and headed to Canmore for our trail run. OMG. SO FUN. I mean, hard but FUN. WOW. You should do one! For real - check it out! In terms of challenge - the half marathon was the most mentally challenging thing I have done but in terms of comparing a road run like that to this trail race - I'd say physically in the same sort of caliber. At the time I was doing it, I was cussing Jackie for making me do 10.5km but at the end, I was happy to have done that distance. If it wasn't for another event in July that coincides with the next race... I'd be all over it. Then, Jackie and I met her parents at the Grizzly Paw for post race eats and then I rushed back to Calgary and headed to Red Deer. It was Happy Birthday Uncle Fred & Pam/Happy Father's Day event! We ate a ridiculous amount of food and then laid around in pain. It was great! I really enjoy my time there..... I made a little treat in honor of Uncle Fred's birthday but I'll get to that shortly. Today, had a good breakfast at the farm and then back to Calgary and had Father's Day BBQ at Bill & Natalie's. FRIG. Cool people. I am so blessed. For real. 

Ok, so I want to talk about my Uncle Fred for a minute. This guy is AMAZING. He's just turned an age in his 60's (which I won't share on here) and if you were to meet him, you wouldn't guess him a day over 50. I'm not kidding. And Uncle Fred, if Aunt Robin makes you read this - I'm not just pumping your tires! He is one of the most positive, and upbeat people I know. Yes, I'm sure he has bad days too, but I'm pretty sure his attitude is what has kept that youthful glow about him. He's generous, helpful, thoughtful, and aging ridiculously well. My Aunt is a very lucky woman and I'm a lucky niece. In honor of his birthday and his enjoyment of a cold beer on a hot day... I decided to whip up some cupcakes. I didn't actually try one myself, but I heard they turned out ok! They couldn't have been too bad because Uncle Fred had one for breakfast and tried to tell my Aunt they were a muffin to justify it! haha. :)


Corona Lime Cupcakes (find the original here
For the cupcakes
3/4 cups butter, at room temperature
1-3/4 cup  white sugar
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lime zest
1 cup Corona beer, plus more for brushing on tops
1/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
In one bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In another bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla.
Add the eggs, beating after each addition then add the vanilla and zest.
Combine milk and beer and alternatively add this mixture and the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture with the mixer on low speed, starting and ending with the flour.  
Fill the cupcake liners and bake for  approximately 18 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.
When cupcakes are done, poke holes in the tops of the cupcakes with toothpicks and brush some beer on each while still warm. Let the cupcakes cool, then ice!

Icing - I didn't really use the original...
8 oz cream cheese (or one package), softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar (adjust to your preferred sweetness)
Lime zest (approximately 2 tsp)
Lime juice, approximately 1 tbsp)
Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and cream cheese together. Add the lime zest & juice. Adjust the lime juice amounts to your taste as well as adjust the sugar to your preferred sweetness. Too much sugar takes away from the cream cheese taste!

EAT & ENJOY!! :) I'm off to Vegas tomorrow evening my friends! Jana and I are going to shop, drink & suntan! Don't miss me too much! xo


Finished Product!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

No Food Here!

Good day to you! I've been pondering this blog project. I was even narcissistic enough to go back and read through my own blogs. Yeah - I did that. I saw some spelling mistakes and some poor use of grammar (Ceara, I know you teach English - so please nevermind... :P), and I realized that holy sh*t I talk about my friends so much. I talk about myself and I talk about my friends. I talk about my friends SO much that you might think that I just got friends or something - you know, like getting a new puppy or a new car and you're so excited that you can't not talk about it. OK - to set the record straight, the large majority of my friends are "long term". There's no f*cking around when it comes to friendship. I've had some friend break ups which are, almost worse than breaking up with a boy; and still mourn the loss of those friendships from time to time. I've had tiffs with friends, we've made up. Some of you who read this and who have been my biggest fans and biggest supports are those people. You know who you are, and I'd like to tell you that I'm happy we "kissed and made up." I've had friends who've dropped out of my life for no reason and then magically show back up in my life at the most perfect time and we've rebuilt/recreated a new friendship with lots of cool history. You know who you are when I say this as well! 2011 was a big year of re-connection! Now, I suppose you're wondering where the H I'm going with this..... I'm going somewhere - kinda. 


"Ok Kyla, Blah, blah, blah we get it... you have friends." (Insert slow clap) "What about your family - like people you're related to?" Yes, I have a family! I have 2 beautiful younger sisters. I have an Aunt, Uncle and 3 cousins I've become closer with (LOVE YOU GUYS!). I have a Nana (my dad's mom) who I see monthly. I have a Grandpa (mom's dad) who is very special to me that I see 1 - 2X a year (OMGISEEHIMINAUGUSTIMEXCITED), a mom that I'm not particularly close with and those are about it for blood related that I'm in constant contact with. Yup - it's a small family unit.
Family, by definition is:

fam·i·ly

1.
a.
a basic social unit consisting of parents and theirchildren, considered as a group, whether dwellingtogether or not: the traditional family.
b.
a social unit consisting of one or more adults togetherwith the children they care for: a single-parent family.
2.
the children of one person or one couple collectively: Wewant a large family.
3.
the spouse and children of one person: We're taking thefamily on vacation next week.
4.
any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents,children, uncles, aunts, and cousins: to marry into a sociallyprominent family.
5.
all those persons considered as descendants of a common progenitor. 
(find the definition here)


Reading through all these - I struggle to find one that perfectly fits what I have built to be my family. See, this is where the friends come in and why I'm always blabbing about them, my friends are my family! Family is really, at the end of the day, what you make it. I have many wonderful people in my life. I've made some friends for, what I hope to be, life. These people are a part of my family. They hold special places in my heart. They each bring something wonderful to my life. I've learned a lot about different things from each of them. I sometimes take a quick review of my life and STOP (HAMMER TIME), and think - "HOLY EFFFFFFFFFF...how did I get so lucky???, for serious...me?? This lucky? WOW. HOLY SMOKES."


So, to each member of my family - blood or not - remember how loved you are! I am forever and ever grateful for the friendship, for the laughter, for the tears, the drama, the phone calls, the texts, the emails, the stories, the support, the meals, the thoughtful presents, the random text that lifts me up exactly when I need it, the trips, the memories, etc. etc. Just thank you for EVERYTHING! And if ever, you need anything - you know where to find me. Guess you'll have to read this to know that though - BAHAHAHAHA (evil laugh).


LOVE YOU ALL TODAY and ALWAYS! xoxo


from http://www.awkwardfamilyphotos.com/

Any resemblance to the above picture? HOLY SH*T

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Never Not Broken, Burgers and More!

Wow. I've been on a roll lately! Writing lots which is great! I've found this whole exercise to be a bit therapeutic if you will and I'm actually really enjoying it! :)This kitchen blog has found it's way into a combo deal of kitchen stuff and Kyla related ramblings when I think I get snippets of profound wisdom to share or when a light bulb goes off upstairs (that's my head in case you're wondering what the H I'm referring to).


So I have a few more updates about why this week was cool!
1) I had a date with Stacy. FACK. Love that girl. We've been friends since we were 12. We met in Grade 8 Social Studies class. She thought I looked like I was crying all the time because my contact lenses were always bugging me and I was far too cool to wear my glasses. I thought she was short. Then we thought we should be friends. And we are. She's going to be a DR. Yeah, no big deal. One of my BFFs is going to be a motherf*$#ing DOCTOR. She's in her second year of vet school - life long dream she's wanted since I met her back in the crying baby days.... and guess what, she worked her ass off, and she's doing it! So proud of her. She deserves it. I am a fan! xo
2) I went to my first Crossfit class in about a year. It was, excuse my language....so F*$#ing awesome. Gawd dammit I love it. I hate it when I'm doing it but actually I love it. I'm sore today but not unreasonably sore. YAY ME. I'm going back. No arguing that sh*t.
3) Keely had her BABY! CONGRATULATIONS!!! A little boy.... 9 pounds 1 ounce. I'm sooooo excited to meet him! He made her work for his entrance. When I heard the news on Thursday - his name was TBD. WOOOO HOOOOO!
4) I got to go to the dog park with Faye on Friday. I met her puppy named Ranger who is so cute and I got to creep on other people's dogs. I want a dog. I don't have the lifestyle for one so I just have pet envy and go places and perv on other people's dogs. I sometimes scheme about dog-napping.
5) I had a date with Lisa. Man, she took me on a real date. She picked me up. She schmoozed with a present. Bought me dinner. Opened the wine and then.......we BAKED!!! Hellllls yeah. We baked Pecan Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Maple Walnut/Pecan Tarts and Cupcakes... Pictures to follow. I know Lisa from my rugby playing days. As she pointed out to me last night, I've known her since before she had a license and NOW...(drum roll)...she's a NURSE!!! Congrats friend! I am also proud of that girl! She's got some wisdom I wish I had had at 23. xo
6) I had class today again - I like being a student. Maybe I should go back full time! I think about it sometimes but when you like to do things like go to Vegas with your Everything Friend and then travel to Peru for Christmas - school is sort of on the back burner. Plus really, I have it good where I work! I really do. 
7) I just made a really delicious dinner. I'll post it shortly.

OK, so onto my snippet of wisdom for the last couple of days. I've made some references to the challenges I've faced in the last year and a little bit. Losing my dad, executor duties, a break up, my sister moved away (MISS YOU), among other normal day to day things....it was a tough year. Things are certainly on the up and up, and yes sometimes I do feel like a poop... but life is ups and downs. I super appreciate the ups more than ever now. Like I went on and on about last week, sometimes I just get so EXCITED. Like I can't even handle it excited! Anyway, a while back - my BFF Andi sent me this link. I read it and was like... "Yeah, whatever Andi." Then, Stacy and I were talking on our date, and she mentioned it again. So, I read it again and I got it! I read it and was like, F yes. You should read it too! Shit, I love this part:
"So now is the time, this time of confusion and brokenness and fear and sadness, to get up on that fear, ride it down to the river, dip into the waves, and let yourself break. Become a prism.

All the places where you’ve shattered can now reflect light and colour where there was none. Now is the time to become something new, to choose a new whole." (From here)
 .
 For whatever reason, that statement is so beautiful and so powerful to me. I guess it parallels that idea about there being beauty in pain. I didn't understand it until sometime in middle of this winter. There is a certain beauty about pain and suffering because that is, where you find your inner strength. To know your own limits and to learn your strengths is a very beautiful thing.
I want to be the Goddess of Never Not Broken. Yeah.... that's right. NEVER. NOT. BROKEN. Always changing, always improving, always learning, always growing......AND BAM...That's it for tonight.


Now for tonight's creation!
I headed over to my girl crush's blog again. I was feeling burgers and I saw that she posted something about burgers earlier this week. I modified this recipe.

Mmmmmmmmmmm.......



Stuffed Burgers (find the original recipe here) - my recipe made about 6 Small Burgers
Approx 1 pound extra lean ground beef
1/4 cup almond flour
Green peppercorns, chopped up
15 sundried tomatos, diced
6 - 8 mushrooms, chopped 
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 - 3 cloves garlic, pressed
Fresh basil (didn't measure)
Salt
Pepper

Heat a pan and add some cooking oil. I used coconut oil. Cook your onions, garlic, sundried tomatos, and basil. Add some salt and pepper. Set it aside.


In another bowl, add your beef, almond flour and green peppercorns. Roll into 6 balls. 


Once you've rolled your beef balls (yeah, I said it), then make holes in them and add your sundried tomato mixture. I wasn't the best at this. But once you get the mixture in there, close the burger up and flatten it down. 


Heat your pan, put in some oil and cook them up! 5 - 6 minutes, cover them and they'll cooker better and faster. Upon eating mine, I realized I could have used pretty much more of everything - sundried tomatos, garlic and basil and peppercorns. Don't cheap out like I did. I was still very satisfied when I finished my burger.

I made some sweet potato wedges to go with my burger - sprinkled them with oil, curry and cayenne pepper. I felt like I was eating a fast food meal, and was probably much happier with it! YUM. 



Friday Night Date with Lisa!



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Kick in the Teeth? NAH.

Well hey there, hi there! So my apologies for the lack of enthusiasm in yesterday's post. By the time I wrote it, I had been up for about 14 hours and was waiting to catch a plane which ended up being delayed, then had a rather adventurous cab ride home. The upside to all of this was that I met someone new(ish) at work and had a super good chat on the plane ride home. I got the name of a few books to read and some new music to check out - both of those things always make me happy! I'm still tired today but feel a renewed sense of productivity and happiness! :)

So, I read this post today and it really made me sit back and go, "hmmmmm.....". I feel that it's articulated some of the things that I've really been thinking about when I've been looking at my life and how it's changed in the last year. The guy who writes this fancy little blog says,
"What seems like horror, terror or really bad luck is the event that we needed in order to heal our wounds, step out into our power and then use our experience, strength and hope to help other people come out of their darkness. Grace can feel like a soft feather and sometimes Grace can be a kick in the teeth (or worse)." (find it here)


I've had people say to me, "Kyla, you've had it hard", "Wow, you've gone through a lot for someone your age" (I'm 28 if it matters), etc. etc. I have to admit, while I appreciate the recognition of the fact that I've had some challenges and my feelings are validated in some sense; I strongly dislike those statements. I really do. Don't get me wrong - sometimes I have a crappy day and I sit and feel sorry for myself. I feel sorry for losing my brother and my dad before I got the full length of life with them. I feel sorry for not having the most perfect career path. I feel sorry for losing friends. I feel sorry for not saying the nicest things all the time. I feel sorry for not being "perfect" or "enough" or whatever the crappy thought might be for that crappy day, but really - at the end of the day... I don't look at my life and think, "Yes, you're right. I have had it hard." In fact, I generally try to look at those experiences and see what I've got out of them. I'm still working on coming to peace with losing my dad but I can tell you the things that I have noticed that are slllllooooowly coming out of the wood work are mostly positive things. They are valuable lessons I've needed to learn and I'm not sure I would have learned them any other way or maybe I would have had to wait longer. I've learned so much about myself and I've learned so much about my own inner strength. Sometimes being strong can be a very lonely place and at the same time very empowering - a shout out to my BFF in the world, Andi for being such a great example of a strong woman. I look to her for a lot of inspiration.

Anyway, I've started rambling here, but really - I think my whole point is, Yup..sh*t happens, but what you do with that sh*t is up to you. How you react is up to you. You can let it make you, or you can let is break you. My wise words for the day. BAM.

LOVE TO ALL! More recipes to come my friends... I've got a baking date with Lisa this weekend. I can't wait! xo

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

It's a Tired Tuesday

Oh man, it's only Tuesday!? Ok, I shouldn't complain because I only have 2 more days of the work week left. I'm TTTTTTIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEDDDDDD today. I had to get up at 4am and catch a flight to work this morning. The flight got delayed. I was late for everything. It's exhausting running around like the Tazmanian Devil all day!

Anyway, time to make good on my promise and post another thing I experimented with this weekend. I was trying to make things that would cater to my gluten free, egg free & dairy free friend for Sunday's brunch. I made a fruit dip thing that I wasn't crazy about and I also made "ice cream" which I ate before I shared. It was so good.

I found the fruit dip recipe here. I think I got a little overzealous with the coconut milk, so this could be why it never thickened like I hoped it would. It tasted ok, but it was like dipping banana into banana. WEIRD. I ended up freezing the leftovers to see if it would work as well as my "ice cream" recipe did (post to come).

FRUIT DIP (original version found here)
2 ripe bananas
1 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoons coconut flour
1/2 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put it all into a food processor and blend it until smooth. I think I used more than a cup of coconut milk so my dip, even after a night in the fridge was watery. OH WELL!


Fruit Dip!
One seriously awesome thing about today - FOODIE PENPAL! It's the 5th of the month, we exchanged names today! I cannot wait to go shopping and then post it on the 30th. I'm sure you're just as excited too! :)

Ok people, that is all for today! I'm ready to catch a plane again and head home. What a glamorous life I lead... ha!


Monday, June 4, 2012

READ IT!

Wow Kyla, that title sure is bossy.... Yeah, you're right! It is. I emailed my friends a couple days ago and asked them politely to read my blog so that I could feel cool. Faye (you're in my best blog reader/friend books) has been reading it. She's awesome and now she knows it.


So this weekend - pretty good stuff happening! Friday I wrote on here that I went for coffee with my work grandma, man...that lady is SO cool. Seriously, big beautiful smile, active - I mean she hikes, cross country skis, belongs to a square dancing club, is going to China this year, does yoga and swims....just to name a few! Plus, she's just got this positive energy that just radiates off of her - she's wonderful. I might cry as I write this. She shared her Peru pictures with me and it was a damn good thing because it super pumped me up to go again. I was feeling a little lack lustre on the subject, but nope - back to excited!!!! :)


Saturday - I sat in class allllllll day. It sounds like it might suck but it didn't! I am taking a Diversity Management Course as a part of the HR Certificate I'm pursuing and it was reallllly good! The instructor was good, the material was good and there was lots of good discussion (aka Kyla wouldn't shut up - I'm sure that people in my class wanted to tell me to shut my yap). We watched Crash - super intense! I cried more than once. Such a good movie though and it really forces you to think. Watch it if you haven't. Then, after class, met up with my BFF Andi, we played with hula hoops - it was fun! And, I even got a couple good tries in! Kendra met up with us and then we headed up to the old regular hangout - The Ship and Anchor. We drank enough beverages that my head hurt today. I had a good time. Those girls are cool. FACK, I have awesome friends - for serious. Before we went out, Andi did a reiki reading on me. That stuff is extremely interesting.... and pretty intense. Saturday was intense! 


Sunday - OK, this is where we talk about food! GIRLS BRUNCH!!! WHOOP! Michelle, Jessie, Faye, Rebekah, Crystal, Trish, Kendra and I sat around and ate some food, bought some jewelry and I threw out a few dance moves for them too. I've decided that this will be a quarterly event. These girls brought some good shit. Pictures to follow.


The brunch gave me a good excuse to finally make Sweet Potato Brownies that I saw on PaleOMG. I think I have a girl crush on this girl. I love her recipes. LOVE THEM. You've probably noticed me copying them a lot. I wanted to make this because I love her site, and because I have a couple friends who are celiac, and dairy free. I don't eat a lot of gluten anymore either so I like to find things that are delicious without gluten.

Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownies

1 medium sweet potato/yam, baked and skin peeled
3 eggs, whisked
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup agave nectar (use honey instead if you have it)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
3 tablespoons coconut flour
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder (hahaha... just realized that I used baking soda)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
pinch of salt


Bake your potato, peel it and then mash it up. Add the whisked eggs, coconut oil, agave nectar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and blend well. I used a hand blender to get the lumps out of the potato and make the batter smoother. Stir in your chocolate chips. Pour into an 8 X 8 pan and bake at 350F for approximately 45 minutes. (Her recipes says 30 - 35 minutes, so just watch). EAT THEM ALL. 

Crystal's Contribution #1 - Granola & Yogurt!

Jessie's Pull Apart Lemon Buns

Crystal's Contribution #2 - MUFFINS

Kendra's Dessert Pizza... YUM!

Michelle's Smore Bars!
I'll get to posting a couple other things I made in a few days! Have a Happy Monday! xo

Friday, June 1, 2012

Random Ramblings

Happy Friday people! You know what that means to me!? I've had the day off. Yes, Fridays off! Sometimes, I have it so good - ok wait, I have it good a lot. I really do. So, I'm feeling pretty joyful today. I know you're wondering why, so I'll tell you:
1) The first person I saw today was my hot chiropractor. Yeah, he's hot. And nice. And smart. And hot. As I once told my friend, "You'd get injured just to be able to see him." He made my hips feel a little better. Yay.
2) I drank another one of those smoothies that I can't get over. I added some spinach for good measure.
3) I visited my friend Rebekah for a massage. That b*tch put me in all sorts of pain but lubricated me in oil and we laughed, so it was good. I'm sure I'll feel a lot better tomorrow! It was VERY needed.
4) It's sunny out! LOVE sun.
5) Jana and I booked a trip to Vegas and going to the Passport Office made me 10X more excited for it.
6) I'm meeting my work grandma for a coffee. She's going to share her Macchu Picchu pictures with me. She's amazing. Seriously, this woman is an inspiration to me. One of the most beautiful, strong and independent people I've met. She's a great role model. 
7) And... well, why not be joyful!? I'm here right? I have some amazing people in my life, I've got my health, I've got some sun, I have a good bowl of homemade chili in front of me and am listening to some good tunes. 

Ok, ok, I know - sounding a little overkill on the Positive Polly bit. But really, it's like I said in one of my previous posts that sometimes I just get excited over seemingly mundane shit. I was reading this blog post the other day and LOVED it. I especially loved her statement, "Be a Conduit of Joy." In the past few days, when I start letting myself slide into a crappy attitude, I think of her little statement; and guess what!? I feel happier. And guess what!? Since I've started making a conscious effort to let go of the shit that's really bugging (when I say let go, I don't mean shove down or eat in the form of chocolate,I mean feel it and them talk myself into letting it go) and make an effort to really be that "conduit" - I feel a hell of a lot better - everything in my life gets a bit brighter, and well things get a little bit easier. Are things in life perfect!!? Nope. Will they ever be!? Maybe not, but maybe they will be just perfect for me. I try to learn and see the lessons in the situations I've experienced whether it be loss, heartbreak, something at work, meeting someone new, travel, etc. etc. etc. There are lots of positives everywhere, you just have to be open to them! I've definitely been a Debby Downer and Negative Nancy at times, and I will be again and sometimes you need to have a down day and that's ok - but hopefully you don't let it become a way of life! JOY IS BETTER!! (GAG*, yup - Positive Polly)

Anyhows - since there is kitchen in the title of this, I will mention a couple food related things.
1) I'm obsessed with Greek Yogurt right now. It's better than ice cream.

2) GIRLS BRUNCH on Sunday!!! Weeeeeeehoooooo! My lovely wife (we call each other wives from our roommate days, she's married for real to a boy now)/friend/mom-to-be Jessie is taking on the entrepreneurial endeavor of selling jewelry so I thought I'd support her cause and round up the ladies again! Stay tuned for a new recipe that I'm going to try this weekend and pictures of what we got to eat. I'm so excited!!!!! I can't wait to see what everyone else brings and of course, I can't f*cking wait to see everyone. Gawd dammit I love my girlfriends. xo

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