WIAW: Is it Fall?

 

Hey there party people!

I tried to think of some witty joke for April Fools, but then I got distracted by more pressing matters.

 

 

Instead let’s not spread ourselves too thin, and focus on an incredible day of WIAW eats!

 

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Breakfast

 

IMG_0419.PNGI started off with a hearty batch of fresh pesto…..looking green smoothie.

Almond milk // chia seeds // flax // spinach // 1/2 banana // 1/2 small avocado

The avocado makes it so flippin creamy. Like.. milkshake status.

 

With a side of a GF chocolate chip zucchini muffin since I needed something to chew on for it to count as a meal.

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Lunch

 

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Lunch was a slice of Diane’s zucchini & carrot crustless quiche minus the bacon with a side of collard greenery. I just like wrapping things in them. So if you get a gift from me…

 

IMG_0411.JPGAnd a little something sweet on the side with half a grapefruit. Ruby red is the way to be.

 

Snack

 

IMG_0417.PNGThis is when the fall kicks in. I made my own kinda trail mix, tossing some sunflower seeds, cashews, and raisins with pumpkin pie spice. I immediately wanted a cozy sweater, crunchy leaves, and pumpkin flavored everything. Too soon? NEVAH!

 

 

Dinner

 

IMG_0415.PNGThe fall comfort continued with some of my chicken pot pie ( after I gave it a makeover). Pearl onions make a big difference let me tell ya. So hearty and soul warming.

 

IMG_0414.PNGFollowed up with some sauteed cabbage topped with raisins. If you don’t think you like cabbage, cook it up with some cider vinegar, cinnamon, and top with raisins and you;; be surprised. It was borderline dessert. But since it’s cabbage that will never happen. Still delicious and fall-esque.

 

 

Make it a great day!

What’s one thing you miss about fall?

What’s your favorite thing to put in a smoothie?

Carrot Cake Cream Cheese

Have the best of both cake & icing with every bite of this carrot cake cream cheese!

 

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Howdy loves!

 

Thanks for all those who joined in on guessing which one was a lie on Friday’s post, I know you all were just DYING to know which one it was the entire weekend. I won’t keep you in suspense…too long. ;)

 

I will tell you thought that it wasn’t #1!

 

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It’s been too long since I’ve actually since this girl. No matter the time, we seemed to pick up right where we left off, besides filling in on what life happened in the 2 years.

 

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Due to my horrible tour guiding skills, Em & I ended up grabbing a bite at the South Street Diner instead. Which is adorably simple yet cozy (aka tiny) if I do say so. I am a diner connoisseur after all.

 

And then headed to Starbucks to steal their wi-fi and use up our gift cards. Where I got a Chai Latte, had a few sips, and declared it 100 times too sweet. How did I used to drink these?

 

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Well darn, Easter just be creepin’, because it is this Sunday! Where did that come from?! It could be the fact that I have been blindsided by yet more snowfall here in New England.

 

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Either way, that means my favorite meal/food/group/if it was a person, person too is the star of the show.

 

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CARROTS!! One for the bunny. 5 pounds for Emily. And it should be no surprise that carrot cake is one my most favoritest desserts of all time too.

 

I’m sure just like pumpkin-palooza, there is a recipe for everything carrot cake out there too. So here’s another for you to add to the list, because I just couldn’t leave my favorite food out of it.

But we all know cream cheese icing is the peanut butter to jelly of carrot cake. Sure, a moist spicy carrot cake is required, but that’s a muffin without some cream cheese icing. Let’s be serious.

 

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So why not take the best of both worlds and spread that joy on more than just cake?!

 

Carrot cake cream cheese on a cinnamon raisin bagel? Yes, there is a God. Tupac is alive. And all dogs go to heaven. Preach it.

 

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But don’t let that stop you. Graham crackers. Celery sticks. Pumpkin bread. And dare I say it..

 

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Carrots! You know I went there.

 

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Carrot Cake Cream Cheese
Author: 
Recipe type: spreads
Serves: about 1 cup
 
Ingredients
  • 8 oz light cream cheese, softened
  • 1 small (or ½ large) carrot, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
Instructions
  1. Add softened cream cheese to a large bowl.
  2. Add in grated carrot, sugar, and spices. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  3. Stir in raisins.
  4. Spread & enjoy!
Notes
Veganize: Use vegan cream cheese alternative.

 

 

I can’t keep you in suspense any longer. Did you know which one was a lie?

 

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It was actually coffee! One more week, and I get to drink that sweet nectar. Although, I am getting used to no caffeine for the most part.

So it is true! I have started to slowly introduce meat back into my diet. I have only tried chicken so far, and all is going well. I’ll into more detail as why I made this choice, but like I said in Friday’s post, it is simply because I wanted to.

I did however make this bomb-class pot pie on Saturday. Topped with mashed cauliflower instead of a crust, because it’s delicious and more veggies!

 

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Now here comes the sad part. I left it on the stove to cool before putting it in the fridge, when I discovered it was still there when I woke up Sunday morning. I’m embarrassed to admit how upset this made me.

While the no food left behind non-waster in me realllly wanted to just risk it, heat it up to 900 degrees and call it safe, the practical food safety certified angel on my shoulder told me food poisoning was worth the risk. After all that IS why I started becoming a vegetarian in the first place.

 

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So I made another batch, while not as pretty was still hearty and delicious.

Reminder! Our Did You Know link up if going live this Friday, so put your health noggin on, and join in the fun! No clue what I’m talking about? Find out here!

 

Make it a great day!

What’s your favorite food at Easter?

Would you have risked eating it? Or tossed it?

Five Things Friday: 4 Truths & a Lie.

Morning munchkins!

It’s a cold and dreary morning here, but at least New England is finally starting to show some signs of spring.

 

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I decided to have a little fun with this week’s Five Things Friday Post, and test how good of a liar I am. Let me tell you, I think it will be a bit easier behind a computer screen where I don’t have to cover up my smirks of deceit.

 

Let’s see if you can find the phony in this edition of 4 Truths & a Lie!

 

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1. I get to see Em-ski this weekend!

 

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My better third of the Did You Know link-up and HLS roomie, Emily will be in my neck of the woods this weekend, and I can’t wait! I haven’t seen this girl since the Healthy Living Summit in 2013, so we are long overdue. Plus I get to help break her Boston virginity! :)

2. I’m going to Blog Brulee!

 

cropped-logo-final2I’ve been meaning to shout this from the rooftops ever since I found out a few weeks ago, but YES! I will be attending this year’s Blog Brulee so meet, eat, and take an obscene amount of food-related photos with some of my fellow & influential RD bloggers! September can’t come soon enough meow.

 

3. I started eating meat again.

 

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It’s true. (or is it?!) After 9+ years of sans poultry, pork, or red meat, I took the plunge and entered the meat arena again. Why? Many reasons, but mostly because I wanted to. Bottom line. My body started to crave it again, I got bored eating beans and tuna all the time, and many digestive issues later, I bought a happy chicken. It’s a work in progress, but it is slowly making its way back into my diet.

4. I found a giant box of green tea for a dollar.

 

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For serious. I can’t even buy a whole pack of gum for under a dollar. When I feasted my eyes of this box of glory beaming down from the top shelf, I had to have it. Sure the bags rip if you even blow on it too hard, and the contents resemble dustpan collections, but it fits the bill when I just want something warm to sip on.

5. I broke down and had coffee.

 

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You guys, I was so close. So close! Seriously, Easter is what, a week away?! After a stressful week, no sleep, and ummm the smell of coffee fricken brewin’ I caved. Was I disappointed? Yes. Was it as glorious as I wanted it to be? Y-E-Darn Tootin’ S. I think I did get as much work done in a solid hour than I did the rest of the week. It’s amazing what a caffeine hiatus will do to your productivity…for now.

 

Make it a great day!

Which one do you think is a lie?

Tell me two truths and a lie!