Monthly Archives: July 2015

Sriracha Fudge

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Oh my, this is the quickest, easiest and tastiest treat to make. The hardest part is waiting for it to be ready to slice into! I had not made a treat in a while, and was wanting something chocolaty and cold since we have had this unusual nasty muggy feel like you want to shower when you walk outside weather. I had remembered seeing Veggies Don’t Bite post this recipe a couple days ago and was so happy to see the little ingredients it required. I didn’t have the exact ingredients so I used what I had and it turned out great. Best part is there is no oil, dairy free, soy free and gluten free. Love that you can spice it up how you like it!

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Thunder and Lightening Storm

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Last night we went to bed with some light rain and thunder. Well a couple hours later, we were standing out on the porch listening to the CRAZY LOUD thunder, it felt like small earthquakes at times and the lightening made the night look like day. Needless to day, most of the area didn’t get much sleep last night, the kids are moving slow. I on the other hand did my usual Sunday sculpt class where most everyone was feeling the lack of sleep. I am pretty sure I will be taking a nap today! The kids have been talking about the storm all morning and are sitting at the window listening to the thunder and waiting for the lightening, they are to focused on that to do anything else right now. They have not experienced a storm like this so they thought it was quite a big deal.

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Results From Change

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permanent results

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Summer Vacation at the Grandmas

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Every summer the girls spend a couple weeks up in northern California where my Jon and I grew up. Both of our immediate families live within 20 minutes of each other so the girls are able stay with both grandmas. While not having family living in the area in which we live can occasionally be hard, having them live away provides an experience for our girls that is priceless. They think it is the coolest thing to go stay with their grandmas on their own.  I am not sure who looks forward more to this time of summer: us, the girls or the grandmas.

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Cashew Salad with Ginger Dressing

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It seems I have been on a peanut and thai sauce kick lately. I like peanut sauces and there are so many variations that can be made with them. Sometimes I will replace the peanut with almond and that brings in a more mild flavor. I have been experimenting around in the kitchen with different sauces and testing them with raw veggies. I have not cooked with any of the sauces I have made, mostly because it just doesn’t sound good to me, so I am not sure how they would taste. A bowl full of chopped greens and veggies is easy to keep on hand and there are always veggies in the fridge to slice for dipping or wrapping. I tossed some of what was in the fridge in a bowl and threw in some cashews and drizzled the sauce over the salad. This sauce is made a bit thicker and a little more sweeter than most of the other ones I made and Jon and I liked it a little thicker. You could thin it by adding more water or reduce the sweetness by decreasing the honey.  You could also make it into a wrap.

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Ginger Tempeh for Lettuce Wraps

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Tempeh is sporadically used in our meals and it was time to try something new with it. In case you are not familiar with Tempeh, it is a whole soy food that goes through a fermentation process (basically fermented soybeans) and is usually vacuumed packed with rice, seeds or grains which adds texture, not smooth like tofu. It can be crumbled for a “ground taco”, sliced or cubed. It has a slight nutty taste on its own but absorbs flavor very well. Tempeh is a rich plant food  high in fat, protein and carbohydrates (these are beneficial macronutrients), hence the sporadic use of it. Even though it provides higher nutritional value far better than beef, it is still a plant food to not consume multiple meals in a day or every day of the week. Here is some information on why it is important to not consume too much of certain soy products.

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Spicy Peanut Sauce used for Lettuce Wraps

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Leafy greens and veggies are heavily consumed in the house so the fridge is well stocked and looks like a jungle sometimes. Now more than ever is there an abundance of it as Jon and I have been grazing on the green goodness for every meal this week. The kids usually take part in the grazing, but they are on vacation for two weeks at both of their grandmas so the meals are a bit more raw and green than usual. YES, I did say TWO weeks with no kids! That is another post to come :)… Back to the veggies. With the summer heat gracing us these past weeks, salads and lettuce wraps are what’s for dinner and new dressings (especially without oil) are always welcomed. I have a variety of ways to toss up the greens and dressings to use, but sometimes taking a dressing and changing it here and there can be either a great or not so great experiment. These turned out to be great experiments. Enjoy!

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Didn’t Quite Go As Planned :(

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Every summer (and winter – no backpacking, yet) our family takes a backpacking trip to Yosemite. We do other adventures but Yosemite is the one place we make sure we visit and each time it is more amazing than the last. Are there places or adventures your family does each year? I would love to know where other families go for their adventures.

Each year our time out on the trails goes longer as the kids get older and can handle longer periods of time. When I say backpacking, I mean we pack everything we need and hit the trails and camp along the way, food, tent, clothes and all the necessities we need to survive for our time out on the trails is with us. Our destinations and/or stops are planned around lakes and flowing water as that is our water source since we are only packing our individual water bottles for the foot stomping on the trails. It is a vacation we all look forward to every summer, especially Jon and I. We detach, unplug and get a break in some way, no electronics/computers, no schedule, no traffic, no distractions… you get the picture. Just us and nature in a way that can not be duplicated anywhere else or understood unless you experience it.

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