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Obsessed

Only 3 hours ago, I was a complete iPhone virgin. Now? I’m head-over-heels obsessed.

I’ve already set up an Instagram account, synced my Twitter, and downloaded the WordPress app. In other words, now I have no excuse not to say hello to all of you lovely people.

If you’re interested in hearing more from me, please follow my Twitter (@kabochavore) and Instagram feed (@kabochavore). Check out what yummy things I’m cooking up here!

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Get Ready

I appologize if you have had any difficulties accessing my posts in the past few days. Kabochavore.com has been having some technical problems lately (photos posting, posts appearing, etc.), but they’re just about fixed. Fortunately, in the mean time I have been baking up a storm. Vegan samoas, tropical muffins, and more chocolate ginger cookies are coming up this week. Get ready!

All I Want for Christmas…

All I want for Christmas this year is peace:

Peace between nations,

Peace between individuals,

and inner peace.

Merry Christmas to all! Whether you celebrate or not, I hope you have a wonderful day and keep working towards peace. It starts with YOU, so remember to love yourself and those around you.

 

With that, I’m off to enjoy the love and peace in my family.

I’m Alive!

Heya, friends!

I just wanted to pop in to tell you I’m alive, despite what you might have thought since I haven’t been around in a few days hehe. Between getting my wisdom teeth pulled, starting school, taking the ACT, and meeting with visiting college representatives, I’ve been swamped! Never fear, I’ll be back soon. I miss you all and want to share some delicious recipes with you.

For now, check out my recipe for GF (and optionally sugar-free) fudgy chocolate coconut cake (recipe here). It’s free of everything except sheer delicious decadence.

So tell me, what have you been up to?  Fun with friends, good eats, rockin’ workouts? I want to know everything!

 

Have a lovely day!

Mandiee

Worth Coming Home For

Over the weekend, I went to my second Zumba Fitness class. It’s quickly becoming a Sunday morning tradition with my mom! However, since it’s still new to me, not everyone in my family knows of my new schedule. In fact, when my grandmother went to my bedroom to wake me up for yoga like usual, she was shocked to find a bare bed. She immediately called my mom to make sure I was alright. My mom giggled, sitting right next to me. No, I didn’t run away.

However, the miscommunication did actually prompt my mom to tell me a story about my childhood. Apparently when I was four years old, I tried to run away from home. Who knows what prompted my four-year-old brain to think running away would be a good idea. I suspect it had something to do with not getting the extra cookie I wanted. Always the foodie…

With my best pouty face and grown-up voice, I declared with confidence that I was running away. I took a little bag, packed it with my favorite stuffed animal and blanket, and marched out the door. Clearly my independence and love of animals have a long history.

“Do you want me to help you?” my mom asked while trying to stifle her laughter.

“No!” I puffed back. And with that, I was out the door and on my way.

Meanwhile, my mom and grandmother were watching me closely from the sidelines. In fact, I didn’t even make it far enough out of eyeshot for them to leave the porch. Somewhere between my house and my neighbor two doors down, I realized that if I ran away, I wouldn’t have anyone to hug me or make me yummy food. At that moment, I turned myself right around. Priorities, my friends, priorities.

Nothing can beat the love that a mother puts into each and every thing she makes for her children. My mom and grandmother used to always tell me that the secret ingredient in their Rice Krispies Treats was love, and you know what? Those were the best darn treats ever. My version may not have butter or marshmallows like the traditional recipe, but they sure do have a lot of love. Many years from now, I look forward to sharing these with my kids and feeling good knowing that no animals were harmed in their making.

Sunflower Maple Krispies 

  • 1/2 cup sunflower butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or Earth Balance
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crispy brown rice
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • chocolate chips + coconut oil, melted (for drizzling)
  1. Grease a 8×8 or 9×11 baking pan (I recommend lining with parchment or wax paper).
  2. In a saucepan, heat sunflower butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until warm, stirring frequently.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together crispy brown rice and rolled oats.
  4. Pour warmed sunflower butter mixture over crispy brown rice and rolled oats. Stir to combine.
  5. Once a little bit cooled (only a minute or so), stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Transfer batter to greased baking pan.
  7. Place in the freezer to harden.
  8. Once hardened, drizzle with melted chocolate chips + coconut oil.
  9. Cut into pieces.
  10. Keep in the fridge until ready to eat. They get soft and crumbly (but sometimes that’s the best!)
Now that’s worth coming home for! 

Questions: were you an independent child? Was there a childhood food prepared by your family that sticks out?

Have a lovely day!
Mandiee

Unplugged Freedom

Heya bloggies! My computer’s been acting up so I’ve kinda been forcefully unplugged for a little while. Even though it wasn’t my choice, I do feel a little freedom from having an internet and phone detox. I wouldn’t want to do it all the time, but it is refreshing every once and a while. Instead of surfing the web and texting, I’ve been reading, walking, Zumba-ing (!), and just plain relaxing. Now that doesn’t sound all that bad, does it?

 

Anyway, I hope all my American friends are having a happy Fourth of July. And for my non-American readers, I hope that you can take this time to reflect on all the things you are thankful for in your lives. July Fourth may be a celebration of freedom, but to me it is also a day of thanksgiving because I feel so fortunate to enjoy freedom, from freedom of speech to freedom to eat copious amount of fruits and veggies without judgement.

 

What are you thankful for? What freedoms do you enjoy?

Have a lovely (Independence) Day!

Living Life: Wordless Wednesday 22.June.2011