Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dessert for Dinner . . . Yes, please

After having a very late lunch (3:30ish) I opted to be a rebel and have dessert for dinner. It was a relatively guilt-free decision too, because I used the only ice cream I adore--Blue Mountain Creamery. After adding a heaping scoop of ice cream into the bowl, I put in a sliced banana and of course some delish peanut butter. Choc ice cream and peanut butter are world-rocking.

In case you need something to drool over . . .



My day has also included . . .




Sadly, it didn't include enough of the above. I have to hit the books HARD till Wednesday!

I also took an amazing walk today. It was just the loop near my condo, but it was so lovely to just smell Spring. Being outside in the nice weather is so relaxing. I plan to do the loop every morning while studying for the bar.





In life we often feel as though we aren't good enough--not smart enough, thin enough, strong enough, rich enough--but on a quiet walk we can just BE. It's great to push yourself to the next level, but make sure you're enjoying the ride to the top too. I know I'm very guilty of focusing on where I want to be, and not on how far I've come. So today celebrate all your hard work :) You deserve it!

Off to work on Family law,

B

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Vegan Shoe Love :)

If you're in need of a sexy pair of stems that are animal-friendly then Madden Girl has you covered. They have adorable, affortable, vegan shoes! After a bad experience of shoe shopping yesterday (Shoe Companies S-T-O-P making your sizes bigger. I have been a size 6 forever, and I don't appreciate how every 6 I try on now seems to really be a 6.5 in disguise. Please don't make me start shopping in the kids section!!!). Today I was determined to find a cute pair of black heels, and thankfully Madden Girl was there with her cushion sole and snug fit.



In other news, inspired by Fitnessista's protein post I decided to finally tear open the single serving packet of VEGA protein that has been on my counter for far too long.



The berry flavored packet went into this . . .



To make this . . .


Don't let the traditional green color fool you. That berry flavor packs a punch. It's a bit too overpowering for me, and I only used 1/2 the packet! But it's full of goodness and doesn't taste too bad, so I would buy it again.

Back to the Grind,

B

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Vegan Corn Bread

What do you do when you find an amazing recipe that is not vegan? Veganize :) Enter the wonderful, adorable, versatile little gems called Chia Seeds. Pour them into water and they become a bad-ass egg replacement. So far I have used them as "eggs" in cookies, brownies, anddddddddddd CORN BREAD. The recipe called for 1.5 eggs, so I was a bit nervous that my little chias wouldn't be up for the challenge, but I found out they love a challenge.

The recipe is easy-peasy! Combine a box of jiffy corn bread with 4 ounces of vegan sour cream, 1/2 a can of cream corn, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, and 1.5 "eggs" (I guess on the ratio of chia/water, but I'd say it's probably 1.5 tablespoons of chia and 1/3cup water. Make sure you let them sit, mixing every minute or so until the texture is egg-like). Melt some Earth Balance and pour it into the bottom of the pan (be generous) then pour in mixture. It will look like this . . .



Then bake in the oven at 350 for 30 mins. Top with more Earth Balance.

Finished product. YUM!



Off to listen to Family Law Lectures (don't be too jealous),

B

Monday, April 26, 2010

Weekend in Review

The Aussie knows the way to my heart . . .






The sushi feast was how we started our rocker weekend :) The rolls were sweet potato and cucumber/avocado rolls. Yum-e!! We, err I, tend to pull out the camera at all times now trying to get that ellusive save-the-date shot, since the Aussie didn't like the last one. This picture isn't a winner, but it's pretty adorable :)



I surprised the Aussie with a golf shirt for being so supportive over the last 3 yrs of law school, and he surprised me with this . . .



The weekend also included Date Night (it was okay) and some slam poetry! Slam poetry is a mixture of poetry and hip hop (at least that's how I think of it). I love slam poetry.

Time to get some stuff done,

B

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Because Sometimes It's Nice to be Lazy & Naughty

Very happy that tomorrow is Friday :) I get to see the Aussie and hopefully listening to some amazing slam poetry. In other news, I've been munching on some of this lately . . .



It's delish, and only 79 cents a bunch! I also tried a new flatout wrap with a lovely sunshine burger (if you haven't tried a sunshine burger you're missing you. they are wholesome vegan goodness minus the soy plus the seeds). The wraps are only 100 cals and filled w/ fiber & protein





And today I almost fainted when I saw boxed goodies I could veganize <3 <3 <3 I scooped them up to make some sweets for my sweet. I subbed chia seeds for the egg.






Yes that's a piece of bread tucked into the cookie container . . . it helps to keep the cookies moist. After a food-filled week it's time for a movie & bed.

-B

Monday, April 19, 2010

Baby Shower=Awesome Food

My veg friend is currently growing a baby ;) so we celebrated with a kickass vegan baby shower. It was glorious. Her family is from Texas, which resulted in me tasting the BEST salsa ever. It was so amazing that it may make an appearance at the wedding. Look at the great spread . . .



And no party is complete without CUPCAKES :) Mini cupcakes are my new fave.



It was a fun-filled baby shower with games, food, and great conversations.

Off to eat lunch,

B

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Paper Writing is As Fun As a Bee Sting

I actually don't know what a bee sting feels like, but from what I've heard it hurts and that's how I feel about this paper. But I must push through, so I can have a fun-filled weekend (I have a baby shower to go to and a party at my Coach's house). I would love to post pictures of all the great things I've been doing and eating, but I've been trapped in a windowless basement in the school library :( and I've been too embarrassed to take food pictures at school ;) So, I decided to do the next best thing and re-live my time in Boston (the Aussie & I will be heading up that way in October for a wedding, and you better believe that I will be hunting down more delish food). On our last stay we went here . . .


This is an amazing raw restaurant that blew my mind! We started off with fancy drinks (choc hemp milk & strawberry lemonade that was to die for).



Then we ordered the Vietnamese soup, which was spicy and delish



We shared the sliders and the gnocchi (the gnocchi was the best!!!)



And then sinfully delish & super healthy raw dessert . . . strawberry ice cream (this is when I fell in love with raw ice cream) and a super soft yet chewy cookie sandwich with a side of coconut milk.





I'm off to write & dream of raw treats :)
-B

Monday, April 12, 2010

Cauliflower Crust?

I found a recipe for Cauliflower crust here http://http://www.examiner.com/x-355-Low-Carb-Examiner~y2008m6d4-Cauliflower-Pizza-Crust-Worth-its-Wow-in-Gold (for the life of me I can't figure out how to properly insert a link; hopefully one day I'll learn)

Obviously I had to make some substitutions . . . out went the cow's cheese (you're welcome Cuddly Cows!) and in came Daiya (the Goddess of Vegan Cheeses) . . . out went the egg and in went the chia seeds.



Looks darn crust-like if I do say so myself. It smelled so lovely baking.

Here's a picture of it literally bubbling away in the oven (sorry it's dark). At this point I was referring to myself as a genius ;)


I topped that beauty with a weird pizza combination of sliced tomato, spinach, and mashed avocado . . .




But sadly cauliflower crust was not meant to be :( It was too mushy, but did taste great as a cauliflower bowl. I'm going to try again with another egg substitute!


I'll report back if I manage to create a pizza, but in the meantime give cauliflower bowl a try :)

Pot Luck Goodness

We had a fabulous vegan potluck on Friday. Eight people and one adorable baby came, and we shared good conversation & food. I made *almost* raw macaroons (almond flour, coconut, maple syrup, and coconut oil and I added cocoa powder to the choc ones). I tried to bake (on the lowest setting, since I dont have a dehydrator) the blondie ones, but the oil just melted, so both went into the freezer to set.



I had a feast-tastic plate of goodness. The sliced mango was the best :) So simple and delish . . .



Dessert was strawberry frozen yogurt. I watched in Vitamix envy as the hostess poured 8 ounces of coconut yogurt and 1pound of strawberries into the Vitamix and then instantly had this . . .



The Aussie and I definitely NEED a Vitamix **hint, hint**

Off to write about Jury Compensation (try not to be too jealous),

B

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tofu . . . I adore You

It figures just as I start loving tofu--especially in the form of a scramble or a stir-fry--I find out it's not good for me :( It's going to take a bit for me to say goodbye. I used leftover tofu from the Chinese I ordered last night and added broccoli and a new brown/wild rice mixture to make a mean grandma dinner (ie dinner at 4pm). The rice may have ended up in the trash, but I did enjoy the tofu part :)



I also made the Aussie an Easter treat--choc covered organic strawberries :) I modified a recipe found on Pure2Raw. It included coconut oil, cocoa powder, vanilla, and maple syrup



He was shocked at how awesome it was :) I'll be headed to a vegan potluck tomorrow, so I may be making some more of them and raw macaroons (I've never made them before; I've just admired them from afar).

Enjoy the sunshine,

B