Apr 19, 2010

family gatherings and product review.

how insanely gorgeous was the weather this weekend???
it was PERFECT here. so beautiful.

le sigh.
anyways, onto food, shall we?

i haven't been very good about taking pictures of my daily eats recently, but i think that's a good thing.
don't get me wrong, i love reading daily eats blogs (hello kath!). i think it can be really interesting to see how other healthy bloggers eat, but most of my food is pretty repetitive and not photogenic. think about when your stomach doesn't feel well... usually, that's not when you try out an exotic new thai dish. i tend to kinda think this way:
"um.. i'm hungry. helllloooo conveniently placed apple!"

you guys know what an apple looks like, right?
ok, i think we're on the same page.

also, i think it can be easy to get trapped into taking pictures of EVERY bite you put in your mouth. it can turn a bit obsessive, and i don't really want to head down that road. i enjoy my food with NO GUILT, and i enjoy the pictures i do take, so why fix it if it ain't broke? capishe?

just because it's been about a week since i bombed your google readers with a kitchen sink salad, here's your fill for this week.

spinach/kale base, bell peppers, cukes, avocado, tomatoes, radishes, carrot, strawberries, chopped dates, stacy's pita chips, salsa, hot sauce, and nutritional yeast!

om nom nom. cheeseeeeeeeee.

mom always jokes that i can't go back to school, because who will make her salads???
i'll hire an intern, mom. no worries.

also, a new addition to KSS (kitchen sink salads) worth sharing:

foodie review:
riceworks sweet chili rice chips
these are SO good! mom and i got a huge box to share from costco probably a month ago, and we've been slowly working our way through ever since! if you don't already crumble chips in your salads, you guys are seriously missing out. it's like croutons that don't taste like dirt!

they make quite a few flavors, but i've only had the chili. i can't wait to get my grubby little paws on some of the other varieties... especially the baked cinnamon!!!

they're made from whole grain rice and gluten-free, so they're pretty dang awesome for someone with food sensitivities (like my celiac sister).

moving on...
want to see more of my snacks?
of course you do!

it's an apple, i swear.
nor is it a mutant - not stellar lighting, i'll admit.

my first savory oats experience!
- 2 tbsp oat bran
- 1/4 c rolled oats
- 1/2 c unsweetened coconut milk
- pinch salt
- insane amounts of black pepper
- garlic powder
- onion powder

after i cooked it almost all the way, i stirred in a laughing cow swiss cheese wedge.

i want more now!
like cheesy mashed potatoes,
but way better for you!
(not knocking the spuds...)

prime example of why i don't document everything i eat.
allow me to introduce you to daily breakfast:
- 1/2 c cottage cheese
- sprinkle stevia
- mixture of 2 kinds of cereal... usually trader joe's high fiber cereal and ezekiel cereal.

photographic yawn.
and it's 5:30am.
double yawn.

but tasty!?!?

we also had a little family get together on saturday.
usually, mom and i try to cook for the family on saturday since it's one of two nights dad's home for dinner (he works in illinois).

the crowd usually includes me, mom and dad, my little brother and sister if they aren't out on dates, my older sister and her guy, my nephew, and any other scragglers who are left high and dry and need some grub.

on the menu:
- roast
- mashed potatoes
- green beans
- roasted sweet potatoes (low and slow)
- mushrooms sauteed in red wine reduction
- ciabatta bread from tj's
- homemade fro-yo!
le spread.

my salad.
you know the deal/usual suspects.



i wanted to show you guys my shirt, but i forgot to put down my towel...
it says c'est la vie!
correct me if i'm wrong french-speakers,
but doesn't that mean it's the life?

it also has my favorite thing on it: a fleur-de-lis.
not sure when the obsession started, but i'm in love.
i think it's the combination of the old-world look of them and the shape. they're just so gorgeous and intricate. 

and finally,
check out my new tab.
if you're interested in why my life is the way it is (no school, work, etc.), check it out!

happy moday loveies!


  1. So now I'm not only envious of your tj's - i'm enviousof your blue skies!! Send it this way, please!! ;)
    I've been eyeballing those riceworks crisps, but always restrain myself. I'll have to print off a coupon and give them a shot. No excuse not to, if I'm saving money, right?!
    And - I love your hair. I know I've said it before, but you're so pretty!
    Looked like a great family gathering - glad you had fun :)

  2. First of all, you are GORGE. I love your pixie haircut!

    Secondly, I've got to say that I agree with you on the daily-eat-photographs....and that's coming from someone who does it! It can get kind of annoying and obsessive-like. I've actually been thinking about cutting back on taking photos of absolutely EVERYTHING.

    Love your blog, lady! xoxo G

  3. I have to second what Gracie just said, you're very pretty and I love the haircut! One of my friends went for a pixie cut once and she looked amazing with it.. then she grew it out and has refused to cut it short again. Boo. If my face weren't so round then I would definitely do a pixie! That sounds wrong.. I would do a pixie CUT. Haha.

    Nice pink camera! :D

  4. thank you thank you thank you!!!
    you guys are too sweet!


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