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15 Years

After 15 years of late night study sessions, giggles with friends, and insightful discussions with teachers, I am finally saying goodbye to my school and second home.

Class of 2012, it’s been amazing. Next stop, California!

Happy Graduation 2012 to me and my greatest supporter + friend, my mom.

I’ve been savoring every moment and simply living life. Once I get back from California for college orientation, you can bet I’ll be back here for a recap and a return to normal blogging. But for now, I could not be happier just loving everything around me.

Flamingos and Cake [What I Ate Wednesday]

Hi there! How’s your week going so far? I can’t believe it’s already May; time is flying by! In just two short weeks, I’ll be done with high school classes forever. Although I don’t graduate for another month, not sitting in class all day will be a very welcomed change.

Last Wednesday it was my birthday, so for this week’s What I Ate Wednesday I thought it would be fun to show you some of my birthday goodies.

First, my morning started off with a flock of pink flamingos sitting on my lawn. My mom and I had always joked about this quirky tradition, so it was fun to see it in action. The moment when I opened the front door to find my winged friends, a neighbor walked by my lawn and laughed. Needless to say we were the talk of the town that day!

My mom and I

Another wonderful morning surprise was an Edible Arrangement filled with fresh strawberries, pineapple, and grapes. I don’t know how they do it, but the fruit is always perfectly ripe, juicy, and sweet. Although I love flowers, you can’t really get much better than a basket filled with delicious, healthy fruit. As an added bonus, curly kale was at the bottom of the vase. I’m probably the only customer who gets just as excited about the kale as the fruit.

As far as tradition goes, I did have a cake for my birthday. It was a decadent vegan chocolate cake made by a little bakery near my house.

Since my mom and I know the owner quite well, she even decorated my special cake with hand-stenciled fondant in the shape of yoga poses.

I was amazed by how beautiful and delicious this cake was! I only had a few bites since my sweet tolerance is pretty low, but I can confidently say that this is the best “normal” (aka not health-i-fied) vegan cake I’ve ever had! Unfortunately, I underestimated the effect of the gluten on my GI system. I had to deal with an angry tummy for awhile, but at least I could still enjoy bits of the frosting. That was the best party anyway!

In true Kabochavore fashion, I had another “cake,” just like the one on my sixteenth birthday. I whole-heartedly enjoyed every piece of my perfectly caramelized, sweet kabocha squash. It’s always a treat! I even spread some of the roasted kabocha with sunflower seed butter for a frosting-like effect. I’m usually a coconut butter + kabocha girl, but this combination was delicious, too.

Although I don’t have photos of my birthday dinner at Chipotle, here are some veggie-filled dinner staples that I’ve been enjoying in the past week. You bet I’ve been sticking to the veg-pledge (as if I needed an excuse to eat more veggies haha)!

One of my all-time favorite combinations: roasted purple sweet potatoes (I’m almost out!), asparagus, red bell peppers, and crispy kale.

Another quick weeknight meal: crispy tofu, roasted asparagus and bell peppers, and sauteed kale.

What’s your favorite kind of birthday cake? Do you have any fun traditions for birthday celebrations?

Have a lovely day!

Mandiee

Why I Love Vegan Baking

Reason #129284710382 Why I Love Vegan Baking: you can always eat the batter.

…Not that that ever stopped me before, but at least now I can eat as much cookie dough as I want without worrying about getting scary infections. Vegan baking is like God’s gift to baker’s… except for the fact that it gives me an excuse to eat all the dough before the oven has even finished preheating. Anyone else?

Anyway, today’s baking venture is particularly special because it’s for an exciting celebration. After many months of hard work and grueling waiting, yesterday I finally received acceptance to one of my favorite colleges. I am extremely grateful and actually wish I could hug all of the admissions staff in thanks.

On second thought, maybe baking would be more appropriate. But since I can’t ship this cake all the way to Minnesota, it looks like my family and I will have to enjoy it. I think we’ll manage…

In addition to receiving acceptance to that college, yesterday I also was invited to be apart of a prestigious business/internship program at another college and offered a scholarship at yet another. It was a good day.

But don’t worry, this isn’t going to turn into “The Mandiee Show.” I want you to share in the excitement, too, so I am giving away a fun new kitchen gadget to one of my readers. Thanks to Oxo, one of you will receive an awesome new Good Grips 5lb. Food Scale with Pull-Out Display.

I’ve been playing around with this scale lately and have enjoyed how easy it is to use. I’ve had other food scales in the past, but this is definitely one of my favorites. It’s sleek, accurate, and easy to use. It has all the buttons I need (kg/lb) and none that I don’t. The pull-out display also makes reading measurements a breeze when I use a big bowl and would not otherwise be able to see the display.

So the Good Grips Food Scale is pretty awesome, but you are probably wondering why you would need a food scale in the first place. (“Can’t I just use measuring cups?”) While that is true, food scales are extremely useful because they provide accuracy in baking (and are also good for those looking to lose/gain weight). I cannot tell you how important accuracy is in vegan + gluten-free baking. I always measure all my ingredients in grams for the best results.

So as I enjoy my gluten-free + vegan chocolate chip cookie dough cake, here’s how to win a Oxo Good Grips Food Scale of your own.

Manatory Entry:

  1. leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite celebration dessert is OR how you chose your college

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Note: giveaway open until Thursday, March 29 @ 11:59PM. Have a lovely day!

Mandiee

Bye-Bye Blur!

TGIF bloggies! I may be out for summer vacation, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the awesome feeling unique to fridays. Speaking of which, what I like to call the “summer blur” (aka the feeling where you don’t know which day it is because it’s summer and doesn’t really matter) is about to vanish from my life. Why so soon, you ask? Well, this teen finally got herself a job!

I am actually really excited for my new job because I will be working under really talented professional business men and women; it will be such a great experience! The only downside is that I start work at 7AM every morning. Not only is that earlier than my school start time, but that is also only 3 hours after I’ve been going to bed lately. Clearly something has to change!

I will also have to think about packing my breakfast, snacks, and lunch since I will be working 8 hour days and going straight from work to yoga (you didn’t think I was going to miss yoga, did you? Hehe.) Last night I found this wonderful blog, which has already inspired some of my plans. Once I get in the swing of things, I’ll try to post what keeps me fueled all day long!

For now, though, I want to savor the last of my “real” summer vacation. Tonight I’m hanging out with M, and we’re hopefully going to watch Black Swan. I know I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I refused to see it alone and couldn’t rope any of my friends into it in my sparse free time during the school year. That and I was worried that it would be too “dark” if I saw it with blaring sound and giant photo quality  in a movie theatre. We’ll see, we’ll see.

I’m also savoring the last of my leisurely pancake breakfasts. Although I can probably pack pancakes for breakfast at work, it’s just not the same as making them at home on a lazy summer morning while reading this book, which I currently can’t put down.

And if this is goodbye for now, at least my pancakes went out with a bang. They were fluffy, naturally sweet, and perfectly textured. I love pancakes that leave me feeling satisfied without weighing me down!

Raspberries and chocolate were meant for each other. I couldn’t stop mmm-ing!

Raspberry Cornmeal Pancakes with Dark Chocolate Sauce 

vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, whole-grain

  • 1/2 cup raspberries (65 g), mashed with a fork or food processor
  • 2 TBS buckwheat flour (15 g)
  • 2 TBS corn meal (16 g)
  • 1-1/2 tsp coconut flour (4 g) (optional)
  • 1-1/2 tsp chia seeds (7 g)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • ~1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4-5 TBS almond milk
  • sweetener, if needed (I used 2 drops of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia)
  1. Mash raspberries with a fork or food processor (depending on how mashed you want them; I used a fork.)
  2. Add remaining ingredients, stirring to combine.
  3. Preheat non-stick skillet (greased with oil or oil spray of choice) to medium heat. Let batter sit for a few minutes while your pan preheats. You may need a little more almond milk.
  4. Use a small ice cream scoop to dollop small amounts of batter on the pan. Flip pancakes when the edges start to firm up and the bubbles disappear.
  5. Finish cooking and place on a plate.
  6. Top with chocolate sauce (recipe below) and devour.

Easy Dark Chocolate Sauce 

vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, raw-optional 
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s Special Dark) 
  • 2 tsp almond milk 
  • sweetener, to taste (I used 1 drop of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia) 
  1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients vigorously with a fork. At first they will not seem to combined well, but keep at it and soon you will have a rich dark chocolate sauce for anything your heart desires!


I am a tried and true pancake lover for breakfast, but not everyone in my household is as well. Let’s just say when I wake up I sometimes find pieces missing from the cake I baked the previous night…

Well at least it means “the little mouse” is enjoying my cake! 😉

To curb the cake-for-breakfast eating, sometimes I even go the traditional route by baking homemade donuts and causally leaving them out. What better way for your sweet-toothed loved one to kick off a beautiful weekend morning than with the newspaper, a mug of coffee, and a freshly baked vegan donut?

Stay tuned for tomorrow morning’s post so you can feed the “little mouse” in your house, too!

Questions: what was your first job? And what’s your favorite way to savor weekend mornings (or days off)?

Have a lovely day!

Mandiee