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it’s been a while…hello WIAW! and thanksgiving recap.

Hi lovelies! Hope everyone had a delicious and memorable Thanksgiving. I know I sure did! It was full of nomzzz and my favorite people. Here’s a quick photo recap before I get into what I ate today…ahem…yesterday….

from left to right: turkey, stuffing for the vegs, stuffing for the carnivores, mashed sweet potatoes

roasted potatoes, green beans with slivered almonds, steamed brussel sprouts, carrots, and two weirdos...

the table all set up and plates of my grandma's deeelicious salad

my plate! mmmm drooling

time to eat!

hey grandpa, smile!

Unfortunately I couldn’t wait to dig into the dessert that I didn’t take a picture, but I had a huge slice of apple AND pumpkin pecan pie. And an even bigger scoop of vanilla ice cream, obviously. Oh baybayyyyy.

lil miss cooksters aka the vacuum cleaner hiding under the table

modeling, the ushe.

i got it from my momma.

And that ends the Thanksgiving recap! I wish I had taken more pictures. The yummy cheeses for our cheese + cracker appetizer were placed on colorful fall leaves from the backyard, Kristin and I made the flower centerpieces, and the gravy transformed from a lumpy mess to pure deliciousness! (Secret ingredient(s): everything in the kitchen. Cornstarch? Check. Whiskey? Check. Beer? Check.) Shhh I didn’t tell you that. Anywhoo, I sucked at taking pictures on Thanksgiving. End of story.

Onwards!

Breakfast on this gloomy/foggy/horror-movie-esque day was:

smoothie in a bowl topped with oats, walnuts, raw almonds and cacao nibs!

Late lunch was:

tj's collard greens mix sauteed in EVOO and sliced garlic + tj's chile lime chicken burger + H2O on a cute urban outfitters coaster (gotta stay hydrated!)

Snack was: My favorite kind of apple. A Pink Lady! Mmmm sweet and tart!

Din din was:

tempeh veggie brown fried rice. i used tj's stir fry veggies, tj's 3-grain tempeh, handful of collard greens, an egg, sesame oil and braggs liquid aminos! topped with sesame seeds and grated ginger.

No workout today. Instead I studied and consumed large quantities of these:

can't. stop. eating. them. hoomygod.

Later….after hours of studying (finals week coming up!) slash online shopping slash blog stalking…the roomies and I came up with a brilliant idea.

to mix the best two things on earth: chocolate and peanut butter.

Anyone confused by Skippy’s “Natural” label? I would think natural would mean peanuts and maybe  salt, but the ingredients also include palm oil and sugar. What’s different about this and regular Skippy?!

anyone down for a late-night chocolate fondue party?!

We made chocolate fondue by microwaving chocolate chips for 1 minute, and made pb chocolate fondue (lighter one on the left) by mixing a huge scoop of pb into another bowl of microwaved choco chips. The featured dippers: frozen strawberries (ehh, not as good as they sounded), bananas, almonds, brown rice cakes, and sliced apples!

the ugly frozen strawberries were not popular.

Sugar highhhhhh + studying = success?!

On another note, I painted my nails today! Aka procrastination at it’s finest. You can’t do anything but sit there and wait for them to dry :).

still goin strong with the ring-finger-a-different-color trend!

Ring finger color: Urban Outfitters Chrome Pewter 1. Other fingers: OPI Russian Navy.

I hear navy nail polish is the new black ;). What do you think? My roommate says it reminds her of a robot. Haha. I think it also looks wintery..?!

Off to bed! I have a midterm tomorrow morning.

YAY.

xoxoxxoxo,

Kara

wiaw and trendy nails

Heyyy babes! How are ya on this fine hump day?

In case you forgot, today is…

what

i

ate

wednesday!!!

But first…I have to show off my newly painted nails. Quite the upgrade from yesterday’s multi-colored-testing-out-different-nail-polishes look!

dontcha agree?

Last night, I hung out with my besties Sheeva and Hannah. We painted nails and chatted while watching a few of our favorite movies (The Proposal and Wedding Crashers anyone?!). Also, if you haven’t done so CHECK OUT SHEEVA’S BLOG! Kaythanks.

I’m sporting a different (and sparkly) nail polish on my ring finger if ya couldn’t tell. I think it was a trend last year…but whatevs.

as seen on the newest mommy-to-be!

and vanessa hudgens!

i'm so trendyyy.

Okay..well onto other news.

What I ate today!

At Sheeva’s this morning we made oatmeal! I didn’t get a pic but this is pretty much what it looks like and how it was made:

1/3 cup oats

add 1/2 a chopped up (or mashed) banana, cinnamon & nutmeg, or whatever other spices you like!

add ~1/3 c water or milk (or both...I usually put in half water half vanilla almond milk)

microwave for a minute and the banana will get all smooshy! smoosh smoosh it up some more 😉

microwave for another minute and it should look like this! if you like your oatmeal more liquidy, either dont microwave for as long or add more water/milk

Sorry, these pictures are very fugly! But I added the other 1/2 of banana and a little bit of TJ’s vanilla almond granola on top! It’s not super sweet like most prepackaged oatmeal you would buy at the store, so if you like that, this may take a little getting used to. Personally I think the banana makes it just sweet enough (espec if it’s a ripe one!) but you can definitely add maple syrup, brown sugar, stevia, whatever your heart desires! To step up the fun factor even more, you could choose from a variety of other toppings such as: fresh fruit, chia seeds, nuts, peanut butter, or coconut to put on top! Yummm. Check out Kath’s Tribute to Oatmeal for inspiration!

almost too pretty to eat! (not my picture obviously)

[insert workout here]

Lunchtime rolled around and I was feeling like having everythanggg…so I did just that!

clockwise: cukes & carrots with homemade spicy hummus (recipe below!), red cabbage with leftover grilled tilapia & salsa, flax cracker (review below) & cheese, apple with pb!

and a handful of these awesome rice chips! half eaten one on the table...nice

Spicy Sun-dried Tomato Hummus 

{fat free & gluten-free}

Ingredients:

1 can garbanzo beans

1/3 c sundried tomatoes (not in oil)

1/4 of a lemon (skin and all!)

juice of the other 1/4 lemon

2-3 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp cumin

1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you want it!)

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

Ground black pepper

all ya need!

Directions:

Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

mixin it all up! (i added more garlic later if you're wondering why there is only one clove!)

garnish with some cilantro and it's ready for dippin!

I also tried somethin new with my lunch today! Flackers! Say whaaaaa?!

flax + crackers = flackers! duhh...

with a hint of rosemary! serious crunch and supa addicting. buy them at WF's!

Love these and definitely getting them again!

[insert insane amount of packing, errand-running, lying on the couch and eating watermelon here]

juicyyy

Dinna time!

Grilled Chicken Greek Salad

{vegetarian option too!}

adapted from Sunset magazine

serves 4

Ingredients:

3 tbsp lemon juice, divided

3 tbsp olive oil, divided

1 tbsp minced garlic, divided

1 tsp each salt and pepper, divided

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin, divided

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (OR if vegetarian, you could use tofu or tempeh)

2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed butter)

1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

2 tomatoes

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

1/2 sliced red bell pepper

1/2 c cucumber

2 big handfuls of spring lettuce mix

1 cup flat-leaf parsley

3 oz crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

Heat grill to high (450 to 550 degrees). Mix 1 tbsp each lemon juice and oil, 1 tsp garlic, and 1/2 tsp each salt, pepper, and cumin in a medium bowl. Add chicken (or veg option) and turn to coat. Let marinate for 30 minutes or however long you can wait ;).

Grill chicken, turning once, until cooked through and browned, about 10-15 minutes. (It took me longer because I’m a newbie bbquer so I was constantly turning the bbq down, running inside and asking my dad to check it…haha. So if you’re a pro, bbq it like you normally do!)

burnin up! not really...they survived (the weird things below the chicken are tempeh, which i will talk about for a freaky food friday)

Make the dressing by whisking together the remaining 2 tbsp each lemon juice and oil, 2 tsp garlic, 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper, and 1 tsp cumin with the tahini in a large bowl. Add the veggies and toss to coat. Slice chicken (or in my sister’s case, tempeh) and set on top. Sprinkle salads with parsley and feta!

kristin's vegetarian salad

the carnivore's salad

Yum. That was good.

I am going Clear Lake with the boyf this weekend, but will be back to posting on Monday! And maybe tomorrow if I have time in between the packing :D!

Questions of the day:

Do you follow the nail polish fashion trends? I sure don’t, as it is obvious I am years behind!

Do you tend to stick to the same thing for breakfast? Or do you like to try new things? I usually have the same thing, end up having it so often that I get sick of it, search for something new, love that, and then the cycle repeats itself!

xoxo!

Kara