I hope you’ve all been having a lovely weekend. Mine has been pretty great. :)
Saturday started off with this glorious bowl of cereal featuring my new love… almond milk.
1/2 cup Puffins + 1/2 cup Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls + 2 T wheat germ + a banana + almond milk = soooooo greeeeatttt.
The rest of my morning involved finishing Eat Pray Love. A word about this book: If you have not read it, please do. I started reading it a while back and stopped because I was bored. I think that I wasn’t really ready to understand it or appreciate it or be inspired and changed by it. All of which have happened as a result of not being able to put it down this time around. I found it extremely powerful and truly loved reading it. And I can’t wait to see the movie too! :)
Anyway, last night I got to see one of my very good friends from high school– I love being able to reconnect and hang out in the summer, it’s great. But before that, my dad and I tackled 20 miles on the bikes! :) Not bad at all (read: very few hills :)). I wiped out once and scraped my leg — it’s not bad at all, but it is so scary to fall off a bike! I just saw it all happening in slow motion… yikes, not fun.
soft boiled egg + tomato + cucumber + olives + little pita + greek yogurt with strawberry on top + feta cheese cubes which I didn’t eat much of.
+ a perfect unsweetened iced mint tea!
It’s very fun and different there– not your typical restaurant. I <3 the mediterranean feel.
Anyway, later on, after we hung out a little bit, walked around a mall, we ended up at Red Mango for froyo of course!
plain + blueberries + graham cracker crumbs = froyo never ceases to make me happy.
Leslie… ? Really? I mean, people mispronounce my name as either Liza (Leeza) or Lisa. But I guess I must have been speaking really quietly? Haha. :)
So, there have been many things I’ve been wanting to make in the kitchen lately, and I decided today was the day! I present to you… KITCHEN FIESTAAAAA!!!!
After recently seeing lots of bloggers makin’ granola like Hillary, I began the festivities with some homemade granola sort of based on hers, but sort of different!
2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups Kashi 7-grain puffs
1/3 cup ground golden flax
1 cup chopped pecans
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup apple sauce
2 dashes vanilla
1 cup raisins
I preheated the oven to 350. I mixed the dry ingredients (not raisins) and set aside. Then I mixed the wet ingredients and poured them into the dry ones and mixed it all up. I poured the mixture into a big glass baking dish and baked for 25 minutes at 350 stirring every now and then with a wooden spoon. Once I took it out of the oven, I added the raisins. YUM!
Next up? 50 points if you can guess what this is…
That’s right. After checkin’ this out on Heather’s blog, I decided it was time to make some homemade… RAW ALMOND BUTTER! Literally, it’s as simple as Heather says on her recipe; you just put raw almonds in the food processor and wait (and scrape down sides) for … hmmmm, mine took about 20 minutes or a little more. But look!
Pretty good, right?
I’ve had raw almond butter before, but not in a while. It’s verrrry good! I’ve been lovin’ the TJ’s almond butter which is roasted, but I plan on switching off now. :)
Into the food processor:
1 can chickpeas
2 teaspoons sesame seeds (no tahini left!)
a bunch of little tomatoes … maybe like 10?
a handful of fresh basil leaves
some salt and pepper shakes
juice of 1/2 a lemon
I <3 it!
Phew! Lot’s of kitchen fun and lot’s of yumminess to eat now :)
Off for a run! See you!