Friday Favorites

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Hello and happy Friday!

I’ve had a jam packed week and am admittedly counting down the seconds until 5pm and a glass of wine. Here’s what’s I love right now…

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Vegan Snickers Bars

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Excuse me sorry my head just exploded.

What we have here is a four-layer assault on your senses, starting (from the bottom up) with a chewy raw brownie base, topped with a creamy vegan coconut nougat, smothered in a sweet raw date caramel studded with salty peanuts, and covered in a vegan chocolate ganache.

But wait… there’s also no refined sugar, no dairy, no nothing but fruit and nuts (including coco-nuts) and some sprinkles of flair. Start pitting your dates and soaking your nuts, ladies and gentlemen. It’s about to get weird.

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Creamy Dill Chickpea Salad

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Since accepting the fact that I simply do not like leafy green salads (sorry, body) I’ve been making all kinds of chunky, hearty diced salads and this is one of my favorites.

I guess it’s a play on tuna salad, but I hesitate to make that comparison since I’ve never had a tuna salad in my life and am thus a terrible judge. Cucumbers and celery make it fresh and crisp, and the chickpeas and walnuts add some oomph with protein for staying power. If you’re vegan you can use hummus or tahini instead of yogurt to eliminate the dairy.

Let’s do it.

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Ginger Almond Date Smoothie

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I confess I have already written about this smoothie back in March of last year, but it has been making regular appearances in my life lately and I feel the need to tell you again how splendid it is.

I used to buy this smoothie at Healthy Home Market but as is the case with most things I buy at health food stores I was alarmed by the price and knew I could just make it at home for significantly less money. So here we are.

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Vegan Almond Butter Cups

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Earlier this month I bought a couch that I’m putting a custom fabric on so I instead of taking it right off the floor, I have to wait six weeks to get it. The thing about having to wait six weeks for a large purchase you’ve already made is the DOUBT IS REAL. Is it the right color? Is it the right shape? Is it even the right size to fit on the wall where I intend to put it? Am I completely positive they have the right contact info to reach me because I haven’t heard a word yet and it’s been a month…? And so on. Buyer’s remorse. I don’t understand how women buy wedding dresses like a year in advance. That is so stressful.

Since I made these almond butter cups on Saturday, am currently writing this post on Sunday and will share the recipe on Monday morning, I decided I needed to eat one with my coffee to ensure they are in fact what I say they are and that the 48-hour lag time has not clouded my judgment with baker’s remorse.

So don’t worry I just ate one and can assure they are perfect. Let’s eat.

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Weekend Wrap 1.25.15

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Hello hello hello. SO… I am back in school starting tomorrow and I know at least one student has not completed her required prerequisite reading so here we are at 11pm blogging instead. Some things never change.

I’m taking a nighttime coding class this spring because I thought it would make me better at my job but… also because I just like punishment. Seriously though it’s a really cool opportunity and I won a scholarship and I’m going to work my butt off because I love school. I also really love languages and code is just another one so hopefully somewhere something in my brain clicks. Old cat, new tricks. Let’s go.

Here’s what I did this weekend instead of my reading (WHY KATIE)…

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Caturday 1.24.15

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Good Caturday morning to you! The cats are very excited to host their first giveaway today…

Ralph, Weaz and Tilly’s cousin, Noodle, has opened an Esty shop (with my sister and her fiance) that’s full of awesome 3D printed gear, including these custom 3D printed cat toys.

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Friday Favorites

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WE MADE IT.

Here are my favorite things from my life and around the interweb this week…

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Creamy Cauliflower Cashew Cheese (and a Vegan Broccoli Casserole!)

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Last weekend my friend Diana hosted a potluck brunch at her house to celebrate her Eat In Month Challenge where she avoids dining out for the month of January each year. While I’m not all in this year, I have been doing a pretty great job of packing up all of my lunches each week and mostly eating at home on weeknights. Kudos to those who make it through the entire month.

As I mentioned in my brownie post on Tuesday, one of my friends there is doing an elimination diet so I wanted to see if I could make something that would accommodate her restrictions. I decided to go with a spin on the traditional cheesy broccoli and rice casserole but with a vegan twist.

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Pineapple Lime Ginger Agua Fresca

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If summer won’t come to me I’m just going straight to it with this refreshing tropical fruit-infused water, tequila optional.

This drink is inspired by Berrybrook Farms, a cute little natural foods store in Dilworth with a made-to-order cafe and juice bar inside. My favorite drink on the menu is a blend of pineapple, ginger, cinnamon, lime and honey. I truly feel invincible when I’m drinking it, like I’m doing my body a favor. My least favorite thing, however, is paying $5 for it so now I just make it at home.

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