Saturday, October 04, 2014

Awesome Cauliflower Crust! (Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb)


Before this, I made cauliflower crust once before and while the taste was pretty darned good, the texture was lacking. I knew I'd make it again for the taste, but I really wanted to combine taste and texture together, to create a crust that I felt had the closest texture to "the real thing". Well, this crust totally makes the cut! It's really easy and simple, and the trick is to make sure you REALLY wring all of the water out of the riced/minced/mashed cauliflower after you cook it.

You can cook the cauliflower any way you'd like, but I prefer to boil it. I see some people prefer microwaving or steaming, but for me boiling is the simplest and easiest way. After the cauliflower has been boiled (I cook it until it's really, really soft), I leave it in the pot and run cool water through, and let it sit and cool for a bit before straining. After that, I mush it all up and put it in a cheesecloth.

That's the secret -- cheesecloth!

It really helps wring out a lot of the excess moisture, which is what's going to make your crust crisp up nicely on the underside and the edges, while keeping the middle and center nice and chewy.

For the crust:
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • tsp garlic powder (to taste)
  • tsp oregano (to taste)
  • tsp parsley (to taste)
For toppings:
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan, garlic powder, and parsley (optional)
  • Any other toppings you'd like to add!






After the cauliflower is nice and wrung out, put it into a bowl. Add egg, grated parmesan, pepper, oregano, parsley, and garlic powder. Mix it up! Take your dough and press onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375F for about 15 minutes, then take it out and off of the parchment paper to bake for another 10 minutes directly on the baking sheet to help the bottom crisp up more. Then add your cheese (and toppings, if adding) and bake until the cheese is melted.

YUM! So easy, so simple, so delicious~

Friday, July 04, 2014

Grain-free Pumpkin Muffins

Lately I've been sifting through my Pinterest food board looking for more recipes to try out, and last night I really wanted muffins. Mmm... muffins. I love muffins.

I love the muffin top and the muffin bottom, and how together they form one compact and portable morsel of deliciousness. I love the firm and sturdy (yet soft) texture of the outside, and the even softer, more fluffy texture of the inside. This is pretty much how I feel about cupcakes as well, but with the added bonus of frosting. Mmm... frosting. But that's another recipe for the future...

I was also wanting something with pumpkin in it, and all of those Fall-like spices associated with it. Fall-esque muffins in Summer, why not? I opted to try Fall's Best Pumpkin Muffin recipe from The Prime Pursuit. It was an awesome choice!

Grain-free pumpkin muffin
There's only half of one left! Gone so fast. Grain-free pumpkin muffins are a hit!


Grain-free and refined-sugar free, super easy to throw together, and the taste is awesome! They tasted even better the next day. I think I would have loved them even more if I had put raising in them, but we only had cranberries. But they still tasted amazing! The recipe uses pure maple syrup to sweeten, but also gives the suggestion of using a very ripe banana if you'd rather just use fruit to sweeten. I think these work great as a dessert or for breakfast, and can even work as a bread to go with lunch or dinner. You could even but the sweetness by half to make it a more savory side for lunch or dinner.

We only have cupcake pans at home, but I'm starting to think I need to invest in an actual muffin pan, because I see more muffins in my near future. I'm especially eyeing a few lemon poppyseed muffin recipes, because that's probably my most favorite muffin ever, and I haven't tasted them in years. I like this Lemon Poppy Seed recipe from Civilized Caveman Cooking, because it combines both almond flour and coconut flour, which seems to be a combo that works out great and produces great texture and flavor in baking, as well as stability, and I wouldn't need to make any substitutions of ingredients, either. I'm also considering this recipe from Elana's Pantry because of its simplicity, or this recipe from Almost Supermom. I like that there are these three different recipes to try... one with both coconut flour and almond flour, one with just coconut flour, and one with just almond flour. I might even try all three and see which I like best. :)

Now I just need to buy some poppy seeds and lemon...

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Liberty & The Great Dictator Speech

I'm really loving this song right now.



The dialogue is taken from the film The Great Dictator (1940) by Charlie Chaplin, where Chaplin portrays a satirical caricature of Adolf Hitler. This final speech is rousing, inspirational, and along with this uplifting music... just awesome and amazing.

"... We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness - not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. 
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.... 
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men - cries out for universal brotherhood - for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world - millions of despairing men, women, and little children - victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. 
To those who can hear me, I say - do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed - the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. ..... 
Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes - men who despise you - enslave you - who regiment your lives - tell you what to do - what to think and what to feel! Who drill you - diet you - treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate - the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! 
In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power - the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. 
Then - in the name of democracy - let us use that power - let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world - a decent world that will give men a chance to work - that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will! 
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world - to do away with national barriers - to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!"
(Dialogue from this page at CharlieChaplin.com

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Grain-Free Corndogs, yay! (grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, corn-free)

close up picture of grain free corndog made from almond flour meal
Grain-Free Corndog. So yum. So cute and wrinkly from sitting.

I had a hankering for corndogs this week, and just could not get my mind off of this recipe that I found the other day. I added it to my Pinterest "Food And Drink Are Yum" board, and even threw it over into my Pocket app so that when it came down to cook it, I would have the recipe on hand on my mobile wifi device (I lovingly call my Samsung Galaxy Player my "not-phone").

I admit I was kind of lazy to try out this particular recipe because although the ingredients and prep were super simple, recipes that call for deep fried always kinda put the lazy into me -- well, to be honest they make me uncomfortable. I wonder which pot is better for the oil, then while heating the oil I get all antsy micromanaging it... and my past deep frying experiences were always with vegetable oil which has a low smoke point, making it more unhealthy, plus more volatile at high heats... not to mention the stuff pops like crazy and smells really, really bad. My brain starts to panic about grease fires and oil burns...

Well, normally I use coconut oil, butter, or ghee for most of my other cooking needs, so I don't know why I never thought to use coconut oil for deep frying as well. Coconut oil used to be the oil of choice for frying once upon a time, and now it's making a comeback. Plus, the Satisfying Eats recipe called for coconut oil, so I was like... sure, why not? Well, now I don't know why I ever used anything else. It smells great, has a low smoke point, didn't pop everywhere... felt totally comfortable using it to fry with. :) Yaay.

As as for the corndogs? So. Freaking. Good. I made half a batch with less sweetener (my sweetener of choice is either brandname or generic Truvia), and half a batch with more sweetener. I think in order to balance out the naturally bitter and nutty taste of the almond meal, more sweetener wins. Both batches were good, but the sweeter version was just so much better. I used Oscar Meyer Selects Turkey Hotdogs, but next time will definitely opt for either beef or the classic mix of beef/pork/chicken, because turkey hotdogs just have a weird mix of mild, yet distinct flavor that I just can't get over... but even when using my less favorite version of hotdog, I still loved these grain-free corndogs.

picture shows grain free hotdogs on chopstick skewers sitting on napkin. half batch already eaten.
Grain-free corndogs on chopsticks. Half the batch already eaten by me and my dad. ;)


Visit Satisfying Eats for the original recipe.

I doubled my batch and used a total of 8 hotdogs (16 when cut in half). These are the ingredients I used, and the measurements. Make sure to visit the original recipe for cooking instructions!

Grain-Free Corndogs (No corn in these, yay!)



Such a nice treat when you're grain and/or gluten free :)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Re-Learning How To Care For My Hair (Curly, Coily, Kinky, Type 4)

Learning how to wash, style, and maintain your hair is usually something women learn while watching mom take care of their hair as a little girl. You observe which shampoo and conditioner she grabs in the shower, patiently sit there cross-legged while she combs or brushes your hair, and puts it into a style. Eventually you start to wash your hair yourself, and maybe she only styles it. She shows you some of the styles she does, and you start to struggle your own hair into ponytails or pigtails or buns, and so on and so forth, until you're an adult and pretty much have your own hair routine down.

But when you grow up in a mixed family, and your mom has hair that is vastly different from yours, the techniques that you learn are ones that mainly suit your mom's hair texture and hair needs, and maybe only barely suit yours -- or don't suit yours at all. A lot of moms become helpless, and see chemical straightening (straight perms) or mechanical straightening (flat irons) as the only way to make their daughter's hair more manageable. Over the years the damage piles up, the irritated scalps get harder and harder to sooth and nearly impossible to heal, and your hair just seem so dry and thirsty no matter WHAT you do.

That's what I've found myself dealing with over the years. I haven't chemically or mechanically straightening my hair in several years due to the damage its done to my hair and scalp, and have sported natural hair for the past few years... but I found that after it would grow out to a certain length, I was at a loss of what to do. I would drench my hair and scalp with all kinds of product, but still had problems with dryness, breakage and other damage, and flaky, itchy scalp problems. So I would take drastic measures and shave my hair short into a TWA (teeny weeny afro) style. But lately I'm really missing having longer hair, a more pronounced afro, and more defined, healthy, soft curls. I want a healthy scalp, and don't want to have to keep chopping my hair off every few months just to keep my hair manageable and healthy, and my scalp more better soothed. I know it's possible to have longer, healthier natural hair. But apparently, I've just been doing my hair wrong!

So more and more I find myself having to research terms like "black hair care" "natural curly hair" and "type 4 haircare"... not to mention searching for hairSTYLES. I honestly have no idea how to style my hair, much less how to do PROTECTIVE styling -- who knew that was even a thing?? I found out that I've basically been doing a daily wash-and-go, which I guess is problem #1, because I shouldn't be washing my hair every single day, and I also need to find a protective hairstyle that I can wear for a good amount of time to give my hair and scalp a rest from manipulation.

One site I just recently stumbled upon has been immeasurably helpful. Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care was originally created to help parents of transracial adoptions, but has expanded and has an ever-growing base of followers who all seek knowledge for caring for curly, coily, and kinky type hair, whether it be for their child of adoption or birth, or for their own hair. I've ran into other sites that talk about a lot of hairCARE, but this is the first that I've seen that goes more in depth about the details of both haircare AND hairSTYLE, as well as daily routine. I love it because it really breaks things down specifically, with detail... great for the natural hair noob that I am!

Other sites that I visit frequently for more inspiration, advice, problem-solving, and ideas are Curly Nikki, Naturally Curly, and Neno Natural.

So here I am... re-learning how to care for my hair in the way that my hair will benefit from the most. I'm honestly trying to fight the urge to chop my hair off out of frustration. Instead I'm going to invest in a good pair of barber shears and learn how to trim my own damaged hair off, then find a good protective hairstyle that works for me, and continue on this hair & scalp care journey. :)

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Vote for Vernon Simpkins for Best Director!

Boy has it been a while! I have to start blogging more regularly. I keep reading other blogs for writing advice, including blogging advice, and that's like the number one piece of advice... blog regularly! Whether it's once a day, once a week... every month. Just do it regularly, without huge gaps.

It's been a while, and I probably have a lot to talk about... but for today's post I just want to encourage you to please go and put in a vote for my friend Vernon Simpkins. He's one of the nominees for Best Director at The Bay Awards.

You can check out Vernon's Youtube Channel for more of his works, and stop by his website to view both his film & photography, both of which are great!



If you ever need any film or photography work done and you're in the Sacramento or Bay Area, check him out. :)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Low Carb / Paleo / Nutritional Ketosis / Grain-Free

Yay, I'm eating healthy again! Okay, so "healthy" can mean a lot of things... but basically I'm eating the way I used to, and the way I used to blog about. Paleo, low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar free, etc. At the moment the most accurate way to describe my diet ("diet" as in, what I eat... NOT "fad diet") is "nutritional ketosis" because I'm eating low carb with the intention of putting my body into ketosis (NOT "ketoacidosis" that's something totally different and unhealthy). To put it simply, I'm changing my body from sugar-burning into fat-burning.

I really miss eating this way, and I've pretty much neglected myself for a while. But now I'm back, and exercising again too, yay! So far I've lost almost 10 pounds in less than a week, which I'm happy about, but even more happy that I feel better. Before, I was still eating gluten-free, but definitely getting way too many carbs than I could handle, as well as sugar, which was still messing with my blood sugar and packing on the pounds. But now, with the carbs and sugar cut out, I have energy again! I'm not bloated all the time, either. :P

If you're interested in a better, more thorough explanation of nutritional ketosis, I love these videos:




Sunday, December 15, 2013

Portfolio Show & GRADUATION

So... got my BS degree. That is, Bachelor's of Science, not the other kind of BS. ;)

Graduation!

Friday was my portfolio show at The Art Institute of California - Sacramento, and Saturday was my graduation at The Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento, CA as well as the premiere of my short film Imaginary at the historic Woodland Opera House Theatre in Woodland, CA.

Such an amazing, busy, and highly rewarding weekend!

Portfolio Show :)
I love this blazer...




Amazing set of people


CONGRATULATIONS Digital Filmmaking & Video Production grads :D

And now it's time to sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep~ and find work with this whatchyamacallit degree ;)


Monday, August 12, 2013

Back to School / Bulgarian

I'm back in school! I'll be graduating this December. :)

It was a hard decision... well, two very hard decisions. First, to decide to leave school, and the second when I decided to return. I think I just needed time to find myself, and taking 6 months off school definitely did that!

Without going in to too much detail, I found my passions again life... old and new. I know that everything happens for a reason, and I trust God and The Universe to steer me in the right direction! If God is infallible, then why do I worry? Even when things look bleak, I have to trust and keep my faith & hope.

So what am I doing now? Working on my senior film project, Imaginary. Imaginary is about an artist that falls in love with a man from her dreams and struggles with the reality of it all, and whether or not the love she feels is real. She later comes to find out that her imaginary lover is real after all. We'll be filming it this month, and it should be ready for release in December, around the time I graduate.

I've also taken an active interest in learning Bulgarian! And, on that note, here's a beautiful song by Миро (Miro) called "Някога Преди" (Nyakoga Predi... in English something along the lines of: "Sometime Before" / "Ever Before" / "Once Upon a Time")

I really love this song ♥



The lyrics:
from: http://lyricstranslate.com

BULGARIAN:
почти през всички тези дни.
Дали и Ти за мен не си
живял някога преди?
Колко съм раздал, колко съм отнел, времето ще заличи...
Но никой не успя в мен да промени твоите черти.
Гледам се сега, някак отстрани,
времето по мен личи.
Всичко се мени, а Ти?
За теб не знам, но аз бях сам
почти през всички тези дни.
Дали и Ти за мен не си
живял някога преди?
И никой като Теб... няма като Теб!
И аз и ти не сме тук случайно.
Няма никой като теб,
и аз не съм със Теб случайно...

ENGLISH:
almost all of those days.
Whether have you also
lived for me ever before?
What I gave, what I took, time will erase ...
But nobody could change your lineaments inside me .
I'm looking myself now, somehow from the side
time is seen on me.
Everything changes, what about you?
I do not know about you, but I was alone
almost all of those days.
Whether have You also
lived for me ever before?
And no one is like You ... there is not like You
Both me and you are not here by chance.
There's nobody like you
and I'm not with you by chance...



Monday, April 29, 2013

Google Reader & Friend Connect might be kaput, follow on Bloglovin instead

I've just found out that Google is going to be retiring Google Reader. NO! And, as though that wasn't already bad enough, rumor has it that Google Friend Connect might be next.

What?!

Google Reader and Google Friend Connect are the two main things that I use to keep track of all of the blogs I follow, besides bookmarking them in my browser. However, using Google Reader and Google Friend Connect means that I not only get to follow my blogs, but -- with Reader -- I get to follow them all on one page, scrolling down in order to peruse them all. It's SO convenient! And this way I'm able to increase the volume of blogs I'm able to read and comment on per day.

Well, there goes that, I guess. :(

HOWEVER, there is Bloglovin. I've been a member for a while, but never really made it my main place to go for tracking my blogs -- until now. Thanks to this blog post I found, and especially this one, I figured out that I could import all of the blogs I follow into Bloglovin.

Yay! I can still follow all of the blogs I love!

Go to Bloglovin, sign up, import! Do it before it's too late :)

And while you're there, why not Follow my blog with Bloglovin too? ;)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (gluten-free, no sugar added)

Garlic... cheddar... biscuit? I'll admit when I think of biscuits I don't really think of garlic OR cheddar. I think of plain biscuits slathered in butter with maple syrup, honey, and/or fruit preserve. My mind goes more sweet than savory. But holy crap the first time I tried this Gluten Free Cheese Garlic Biscuit recipe, I was amazed AND hooked. Thank you Betty Crocker. Thank you Gluten-Free Bisquick mix.

My entire family loved them as well, even my mom -- and she NEVER eats breakfast! But I've made these for breakfast 4 times this past week-and-a-half and every single time the biscuits disappeared SO fast.

I followed the recipe exactly as stated on the original recipe page, except substituted a mix of almond milk and heavy cream for the milk.

Here's a copy of the recipe below, and you can also check it out at the Betty Crocker site.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits  


Preheat oven 435 degrees F.


Biscuits

2 cups Gluten-Free Bisquick mix
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) Butter, cold & firm
2/3 cup Milk of choice or Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Cheddar, shredded
3 Eggs


Mix Bisquick with garlic powder, then cut in butter with a fork or pastry mixer (I sometimes use a cheese grater). Mix until mixture forms large crumbs. Now add the eggs, milk, and cheese and mix everything until it makes a soft dough.

Drop onto a baking sheet with a spoon, and bake for about 10~15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown (makes about 10).

Garlic Butter Topping

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) Butter, melted
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
 
Mix melted butter and garlic powder together. Spread onto biscuits. Let biscuits sit in oven for another minute before removing. Let cool slightly & eat (I particularly enjoyed mine with some grape jelly and honey~ savory AND sweet).

Love these!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

There is no elevator in life. You HAVE to climb.

Okay, saw this on Fab Kate's blog and just HAD to repost!

Seriously, must remind myself of this every, single, day. THERE IS NO ELEVATOR IN LIFE! You have to climb. The sentence that stands out the most to me is: "You have to try to do whatever it is, and theres no jumping over something you really have to climb." (emphasis added by me, because it's SO TRUE!)

It's such a simple fact that you have to actually DO things to GET THINGS DONE. But even still, the realization of this can still come as an epiphany to me. ;)

Let's do things~

Friday, April 05, 2013

That Awkward In-Between & Updates

School & Writing


So I'm at a transitional point in my life. It's an awkward in-between kind of moment. Previously I had quit my part-time job to focus full-time on school. But after being a full-time student for a while, suddenly... I was approaching the end. I had only a handful of classes left, and I was feeling the pressure. I started to wonder what I was going to do after graduating, where I was going, and what I was going to take with me after graduating. I started to think about what it was I really, truly wanted to do. What did I want to do? Where did I want to go? All of this combined with other personal conflicts in my life, and I came to a conclusion...

I needed to take a break. I had only a few quarters left of school, and I decided to take a break. It's crazy and seems like a lack of follow-through... but honestly, it feels right to me right now. I'm taking a break to really focus on where I want to be, where I want to go, what I want to do. I'm taking a break to focus on my writing most of all, because this has and always will be a passion of mine. To me, being a published writer (especially a self-published one) means self-sustainability without needing to rely on a boss or having to work for a company. In our day and age, especially with the innovations that Amazon and Amazon Kindle provide, being a self-published author is not only doable, but lucrative. I want to write, I want to publish. I want to build my brand (whatever that might entail). I don't just want to graduate with my degree and work for a television or film company, scraping by, maybe being able to work on my own projects every now and then. I'm definitely still invested in the world of film and television, but it's being a self-published writer that I really want to do. It fits with what's going on in my personal life right now, and is something I've had my sights on for years.

Part of me is super anxious because this seems like a set-back, but another part of me realizes that this is something I need to do. I can't wait to share my stories with as many people as I can, and hope that people will enjoy my stories as much as I love writing them. So... I'm taking a few months to get some things sorted, and will be returning to school later on this year to produce a commercial, complete my senior film project, and finish my degree.

I'm not a surfer, but this feels like a wave... and you can't be too early or too late to catch one, right? :P

 Weight-loss & Paleo


I still eat gluten-free, mostly grain-free, and a combination of low-carb & paleo. BUT I honestly have not worked out in a loooong while! And for a few months I really let my low-sugar/sugar-free slip. When you're not eating totally clean, and not working out at all, well... you gain weight. I still feel better and healthier than before I started eating more clean, but I gained some weight (noooooo!) So working out, here I come!

I have some awesome, yummy paleo and low-carb recipes that I want to share, and can't wait to share them. Like some delicious Brussels sprouts with tomato sauce that I made the other day (mix Brussels sprouts with Mrs. Dash seasonings, or other seasonings of choice, along with generous amounts of onion powder, garlic powder, and ground black pepper, pour canned tomato sauce on top, and add a few tablespoons of butter on top. Bake at 350 degrees F until Brussels sprouts are tender and cooked all the way, then take out of oven. Mix in some raw olive oil, and let sit until slightly cooled. It's really yummy!)

Can't wait to share more recipes, and food pictures. :)

Book Reviews


I'm so behind in my book reading & reviewing! I looooove reading, and I absolutely love to share how I feel about what I read. I also love reading others' reviews and commenting on their reviews. I love the mix of it all, the debates that spring up, and how all of the discourse furthers more conversations about the books, etc. I especially love Goodreads and book blogs. I've even won a few free books and, while it's not required to leave a review for these won books, I always feel like it's my way of paying it forward, or giving thanks (reviews are free advertising!) So while I'll be writing more, I also want to be reading and reviewing more. :)

~*~

So THOSE are some things that I'll be working on.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dinner REDUX

I'm cooking Thanksgiving dinner again this year! Last year was my first year doing Thanksgiving dinner by myself, with an entirely gluten-free, mostly grain-free, and low-sugar menu (in which I had a big epiphany in regards to my gluten intolerance... you can read about it here). I'll be doing the same type of dinner this year, recycling some of the recipes from last year's Thanksgiving dinner, as well as from last year's Christmas dinner.

I especially loved both this turkey recipe (scroll down the page a bit) and this bacon wrapped persimmons recipe recipe. The turkey came out juicy, tender, and full of flavor while the bacon wrapped persimmons were like an epic explosion of delicious flavor in your mouth... had no idea they would taste so good together! I'm also going to be making this grain-free chiffon pumpkin pie, which was absolutely delicious and way better than its wheatful counterpart.

My cousin is going to be helping me, and we're going to try and take a lot of pics of our cooking so that I can upload to the blog & share. Super excited to see what else is going to be added to this year's menu! Oh, and how could I forget this onion-thickened herb gravy? Best. Gravy. Evaaar.

After school tomorrow... loads of prep! ^^

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Alien Vegetable (Brussels Sprouts)


I've eaten them before, but have never seen them on their stalk until my mother brought them home a few weeks ago fully intact & on their stalk...


Such an alien-looking veggie...



 I had them with chicken drumettes a few weeks ago (these pics are old, but thought I'd share)...


I like Brussels sprouts even more now. :D

I Survived The Zombie Apocalypse!

So, the Running Dead Zombie Mud Run was on Saturday... AND I'M STILL SORE! For reals.

But you know what? I SURVIVED!

That's me on the far right!

That's right! All of the living were given 2 flags (2 lives) and I came out with one still intact! WOO-HOO! And no, it wasn't one that I happened to find lying on the ground & picked up (yes, some people cheated and did just that). It was my very own life. MY LIFE!

The mud run was pretty fun! Some of the zombies looked obviously fake... others were eerily convincing (maybe they were real?) And zombie or not, I was just terrified of losing my flags! I'm not much of a runner, but I'm a huge dodger. I was a sneaky little thing, to be honest. I did a combo of walking and running... mostly walking until I was within the vicinity of a zombie... then I'd look them in the eye, gauge how they were moving, and... BAM, I'd run & dodge & spin & escape (and run somewhat off course through brambles and uneven ground where I knew they probably wouldn't follow me...) A few times I'd hit them with some Korean-style aegyo and be all cute-faced and sad-eyed and ask, "You're not really gonna kill me, are you?" And yes, some of those zombies had hearts.


The Obstacle Course Map


I didn't participate in every single obstacle, but did most of them. I waded through pools of mud, climbed a wooden wall, and was bombed with blood. I didn't climb the hay pyramid though, because I totally didn't see it until I passed it! Then I looked at how far it was and was like... turn back? EFF THAT! I was so damn tired. Haha!

I did the course with my two friends T and E, and T also came out alive with a life, but E... I'm sorry to say died 4 times after having 2 lives given to her. It's okay, though, right?? We still got our free shirts, and opportunity of free beer, which the three of us declined because we're not much beer drinkers.

All in all, had a LOT of fun! Was hungry as hell, though.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Crossfit, Zombie 5k Obstacle Run, Upcoming Recipes & Foods

TOMORROW IS MY FIRST CROSSFIT CLASS! :O


I know, right? I've been wanting to experience Crossfit for a while now, especially after my interview with Holly Woodcock for the short paleo documentary that I did on her and her personal thoughts and experiences regarding the paleo diet. My best friend, T, has been trying to get me to go as well (she said it was like pulling teeth!) Not because I didn't want to... but because I was scared to. I know it's ridiculous -- plenty of people do Crossfit and are fine... plenty of FAT people do Crossfit and are fine... plenty of UNFIT people do Crossfit and are fine. Who has died from a WOD in a Crossfit gym? I mean, maybe it's happened, I dunno, but for sure it's rare! And by no means am I the most unhealthiest person on the planet...

But you know... fear, anxiety, doubt. Wardrobe malfunction scenarios racing through my brain.

But no. No, no. No more of that nonsense.

I actually bought a pretty good deal for American River Crossfit on LivingSocial, but got a refund because I didn't want to go there alone, and the schedule conflicted with T's schedule. But recently T moved to Roseville, which is basically in my backyard. She said she was going to try out Rocklin Crossfit and invited me, because they have a 10-day free trial. Oooh! WOD with my BFF... at a nearby location... for 10 days... free? :D OKAY!

So that's where I'm going tomorrow! I'm super excited & super scared at the same time. ^^

ZOMBEEEEEHHHS


This month I'm also going to participate in my first 5K! A zombie obstacle 5k, actually. The Running Dead Zombie Mud Run. Yes. THERE WILL BE MUD. And zombies. ZOMBEEEEH! (Every time I think of zombies, I always get that Cranberries song stuck in my head). I bought a voucher from LivingSocial for $29 (only 4 days left!), using my deal bucks from my ARCrossfit refund. The full ticket price is $75, so it's a great deal! I also get a free beer & a t-shirt. I'm not really a big beer drinker, but I think I might down it to commemorate the event. :) I mean when you're being chased by zombies through a 3 mile obstacle course, and come out at the end... MAYBE alive... why not??

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS


So those are two fun things that I'll be doing this month, and I'm also going to blog more recipe experiments, and meals that I make & eat. :)

Tonight I'm going to make a grain-free low-carb cheesecake for dessert, and not sure what I'll be making for dinner. Last night I made hint of buffalo chicken drumsticks with roasted brussel sprouts. It was good! Can't wait to get home from school so I can cook~ I'm hungry!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

One of those emo posts. You know... the ones where you realize you've been duped?

EDIT (September 10, 2012)
The previous drama posted below is no longer an issue. Not because I cut the person out of my life... but because I have forgiven them. I realize that this person has lead a life much different than mine, and much different than most people, really. The way they were raised, the experiences they went through... all culminated to make them a person that isn't always quite aware of their overly-advantageous and indiscriminate behavior. It is extremely hard for this person to look past their misfortunes at their fortunes, and even more harder for them to truly appreciate the kindness done to them and on their behalf, because by acknowledging the kindness, they must also acknowledge their own shortcomings as a person, and must admit that they were unable to provide for themselves what somebody else is providing for them. I'm not saying this behavior is entirely right... but I understand it. And I also understand that no two meetings are a coincidence. There is a reason why I'm in this person's life and vice-versa. There is something to be learned, and something to be grown, from either side. At the risk of sounding cliche, I do believe that God is using me... and for now, I'm okay with that.
 

I have a confession.

When my heartstrings are pulled by the blight of another person's misfortunes, I can't help myself... I have to help them. Especially if that person is a friend. I become blind to their needs and do not realize I am being taken advantage of, until it's too late...

I gave this person a new bag, gave them a couple of my shirts that were too small for me, even bought them new shoes just a few days ago. I have bought them several meals, and driven them around for miles, and miles. I've helped them with numerous projects, and been there through their emotional times...

Only to have them spew bad words about me behind my back.

Seriously?

But I should have known... this same person lives rent free in her boyfriend's mom's house. This woman not only gave the girl a place to live, but also gives her extra spending money, bus money, and phone money, amongst other things. She has no legal or blood ties to the girl, but takes care of her. And the only thing the girl can do is complain about having to take care of the woman's house, and having to abide by the woman's house rules.

Now, if this person can say all of that about the woman that feeds, houses, and essentially clothes her (through the extra money that is given to her)... then what is stopping this person from having ill feelings towards me?

It really, really hurts.

I absolutely HATE drama in my own life, and cannot believe the turns this relationship has taken. I need to remember who my REAL friends are and turn to them.

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