Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wedding Update #2



Good afternoon wonderful friends!

I am here to bring you some updates on the wedding planning progress...woah, that's a mouthful!

Things are going so well in the realm of wedding planning, that it is almost unnecessary for me to share it with you; but don't worry...I will anyways!

Before we begin, make sure to read or re-read this post so I don't have to retype repeat myself :)


Ok, all set?  Good.  This shouldn't take too long.

1. We have all of our bridal party set!  The girls have their dresses picked out, but we have not decided on what the guys will be wearing.  Andrew seems to be unable to decide on whether he wants tux or suit and then the color.  I think I'll have to round up some ideas and have him just pick one. ha!

2. I am working on accessories and decorations for the ceremony and reception.  Since we have until the spring, it is kind of hard to get too set on one thing because, if you are anything like me, your ideas change weekly!  I do, however, have a pretty good idea of what it will look like, now it is just about finding the right things and pulling it all together after the holidays.

3. We got a wax sealing stamp!  I have wanted one of these for the longest time, but never had a real reason to get one.  Until now!  We will be sending out our invitations in December and will be using the red sealing wax to (obviously) seal the envelope, so I will be sure to post a picture or two when that happens!!

4.  Our wedding website is all ready to be published once we send out our invites.  Each guest will get the link and that is how we will be keeping track of who can make it and such.  For any new brides out there...I highly suggest weddingwire.com. It is so easy to use and you can keep track of everything.  It even gives you a tentative schedule to go by as you plan for your day!

Well, that's pretty much it.  I have done more than I thought since the last time I gave you an update, which is really good!

Keep enjoying life!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Raw Vegan Doughnut Holes

Howdy friends!  I told you in this post about an easy, quick and delicious snack idea.  It was #9 on the list, but every one will love it; especially because you can switch up ingredients to make it appeal to your loved ones.

These little guys are perfect to pack in a lunch box, in a bag as an on the go breakfast/snack, or even paired with a cup of warm tea.  After all, we have to start thinking about keeping warm with these crisp mornings and cool evenings just around the corner!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats, split into two half cups
  • 1 T natural peanut butter
  • 1 T natural jam

Directions:
  • Place 1/2 c rolled oats in a blender or food processor and pulse until a flour-like consistency is formed.
  • In a bowl, add the oat flour to the whole rolled oats.  Then add the peanut butter and jam.  Stir well, adding 1t water at a time as needed.
  • Roll into ping-pong sized balls and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to firm up.  I know, I know that's a long time to wait for such a yummy treat, but I promise this step makes it worth the wait.
  • Enjoy with friends and family!!  (well...maybe...)
These little bites are great to pack in kids' (or husbands') lunches or as an after school/work/pre-workout snack.

You can also swap any ingredients that you love.  For example, instead of peanut butter, use any nut butter or even dates!  Note:  if you do use dates, be sure to soak them and blend the whole mixture in a food processor or blender.

Other combos to try can be found in next week's allergy friendly granola bars recipe!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School Snacks

This time of year always puts me in an extraordinary mood!  The cool mornings, warm and sunny afternoons, and evenings with the best sunsets!  I get more inspired now than any other time of year (including January 1st)!  So, in honor of going back to school, work, internships, or simply a change of seasons, here is a list of my top 10 go-to snacks:

These are all good for mid-morning, mid-afternoon, as a side, or midnight snack (not that we ever do that...)

Top 10 Snacks: 

10. Nuts or Seeds

9. Raw Donut Holes (recipe coming soon!)

8. Kale chips

7. Oatmeal with dried fruit

6. Cold noodles (brown rice are my fave!) with any sauce you'd like (I opt for low fat/sodium marinara, hot sauce, or tahini with lemon juice)

5.  Allergy Friendly Granola bars (recipe also coming soon!!)

4. Smoothie (strawberry banana, banana chocolate chip, pineapple peach banana, the possibilities are endless!!!)

3. Veggie sticks and hummus- celery and carrots with low fat, low sodium hummus is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up

2. Nana Ice Cream- 3+ frozen bananas, water, vanilla extract; blend and eat!

1. Fruit!!- from bananas and apples to gooey dates, fruit is easy to carry with you and you need nothing but your hands and mouth to enjoy it!

So there you have it, my top 10 favorite snacks for morning to evening!  I generally gravitate towards the top 5, but all of them are good to change things up and add in new flavors/nutrients.

Be sure to subscribe so you can see my next 2 recipe posts mentioned above!  They will be posted within the month.







Saturday, August 23, 2014

38 Reasons to Exercise and Eat well!

This post from EBF got me inspired to make my own list for reasons to exercise/eat healthy.  So, without further ado, here it is!  And, it's 38, not 48...


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Cucumber Salad Recipe

Hey guys!  Before I dive into this recipe, I just want to thank you all for sharing my blog and taking a look at my posts!  Within the last few weeks, I have had more page views than ever.  You don't even understand how excited that makes me!!!! (well, maybe you can tell by the exclamation points...haha)  Any who, I'm still only a few subscribers away from my first goal, so if you haven't already and you like seeing vegan/raw vegan recipes subscribe today :)

Now on to probably the easiest recipe ever...here's what you'll need (many of the ingredients are optional or can be substituted):
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 1/2 small onion (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)
  • 1 T coconut vinegar or aminos
  • 1 T mixed spices
    • Note:  the last 4 ingredients are optional if you are cutting those foods out of your lifestyle, making this salad even more easy!

Step1:  Slice the cucumber really thin.  You can use a mandolin here if you have one, but since I've sliced my fingers on the mandolin I got for the Holidays twice now, I decided to stick with my knife skills.  Also, you may have noticed I'm using a boning knife...since we don't eat meat, this knife rarely gets used and since it is made for thin slices, this is actually a really good type of knife to use for this task.
See-though-thin!!
Step 3:  To reduce burping or digestion problems, you can remove the seeds by simply popping them out of the slices (this is actually a very easy task).  Place the cukes in a large bowl, and if you are not using any of the other ingredients feel free to chomp away or dip into your favorite tomato sauce.
Step 3:  Otherwise, slice the onion and garlic really thin as well, add the spices and vinegar, and you have one delicious salad!
If you let it rest in the refrigerator for an hour or more, the flavors really melt together and tastes much better.  If you can wait that long, of course.
How are you using up the abundance of cucumbers we are having now?

Luana ola!  Enjoy life!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Wedding Update!

We are well on our way in planning this wedding!

So far, we have a venue, photographer, and DJ and we just finalized our cake!!  Sadly, I wasn't able to take any pictures of the cake tasting, but I can tell you that we have our cake finalized!  It is going to be 3 layers with 3 different flavors, all covered in white frosting and bright blue decorations of swirls and dots.  To add a touch of elegance, we are also adding silk ribbon tied around each layer.  It might be hard to picture, but I know this baker is very good and she will make a beautiful cake!

The day before this cake tasting, Andrew and I had a very active day!  First, we biked to Xsport for yoga, then biked to a nature conservatory.  From there, we walked around for about 2 hours, then biked home.  This gave us a total of around 20 miles of movement between the walking and biking!  It was so great.  Take a look at some of the things we saw:








What have you been doing this summer for fun/adventure?

Luana ola!  Enjoy life!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Urban Agriculture Camp

It's been far too long my friends.  You know, it seems like every time I commit to posting once a week, life happens and I get so wrapped up in living/experiencing that I forget to bring my camera and/or post about it!  I hope to get some consistency eventually, but for now I apologize and I hope you can forgive me.

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to learn about Urban Agriculture during a camp that was supported by Triton College and The Sugar Beet Co-op!  Below are just a few pictures of all the different places we got to explore and learn about within the realm of growing organic and sustainable food in places around Chicago!  Below each picture is a link to that location's website if you'd like to learn more or visit them yourself.  Also, definitely let me know if you have visited or plan to visit these places!!

















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