What I’ve Been Eating Wednesday V

I have two food philosophies: balanced and easy. I don’t believe in life without chocolate and I don’t believe in recipes that require 438 spices that no one has ever heard of. 😉 With that being said, we all know that the holidays bring lots of yummy treats…which of course you ate because they only come around once a year, right?

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My mom loves baking biscotti. The temptation of almond apricot biscotti with white chocolate cannot be resisted.

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But in true Kylie fashion, I tried to balance out those eats with more nutritious ones…like this bowl of cinnamon oatmeal and plate of hot sauce. Aka egg whites with veggies. 😉 I am trying so hard to break my ketchup addiction so hot sauce has become my new go-to! I am also so happy that the gas stations and rest stops that I stop at while driving to and from Pittsburgh have snacks like these…

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…but there was a peanut butter filled donut in the section right next to the veggies. I almost cried.

Of course, if you are like me, you like to plan to make treats that everyone can enjoy that still have a healthy spin.

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My mom found the cutest Easter egg fruit pizza on Pinterest so while she prepped Easter dinner, I patiently worked at the counter on my masterpiece. It had a crescent roll crust and cream cheese/strawberry greek yogurt “sauce”. Then we had a million pieces of fruit to cut and arrange! I think it turned out really well considering our Pinterest fail with veggie Christmas trees a few years ago haha!

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I’m recovering from my Easter sugar coma with leftover Easter turkey and my two favorite side dishes: broccoli and sweet potatoes…with hot sauce. 😉

By far, the best thing I ate in the last few days was this Banana Honeymoon Shakeology Pie. When I tell you the ingredients, you might make a face, but I PROMISE it tastes like chocolate pudding. I made my family taste test it. They can vouch for me! Ready for the recipe? It is BEYOND easy.

Get out your blender and add:

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2 ripe bananas
2 scoops Chocolate Shakeology
12 oz tofu (I know!!!)
1/2 c peanut butter
2 T milk of choice
1 T honey

Blend those ingredients together and smooth it all out into a graham cracker pie crust. Put it in the fridge to set for 1 hour! Serves about 8; one slice is about 220 calories.

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This seriously tastes like such an indulgent dessert and you can’t even taste the tofu! I have heard so many people say tofu takes on the taste of whatever it is eaten with…but I have eaten buffalo tofu before and it did not measure up to my standards. Here, you wouldn’t even know you were eating it. I always feel good eating dessert but I especially feel good when I know it is semi-good for me. 🙂

What’s the best dish you’ve eaten recently?!

Weekend Recap: Easter Edition

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fair share of candy, chocolate, and decadent desserts over the past few days! It felt like Halloween 2.0 at one point. Ha! It is all so delicious…you just have to indulge! But of course, we are celebrating more than chocolate. Jesus rose to save US. That is the real reason to celebrate.

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We sang this song at church and my mom and I were so excited. It is our very favorite! Our celebration started on Good Friday with a good old fashioned tradition: dying eggs! My brothers tried to pretend like they weren’t excited, but you can’t skip out on tradition. 😉

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My mom and I met my aunt at a local fire hall for a fish fry and craft show. It happens every year on Good Friday and every year I am surprised by how many people come out! There were fewer vendors there this year, so it wasn’t as much fun as it could’ve been, but it was still nice to get out and about. I was still hard at work on my thesis on Friday afternoon. 😉 When we got home, I faced a tough decision…

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…before I tuned in to watch my church’s live stream of their Good Friday service. I love my church in DC and I was so sad to be missing Easter service, so I am really glad I could see Good Friday!

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Then on Easter, I actually went to church in my town with my whole family. 🙂

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When we got home from church, we all searched for our Easter baskets. The “Easter bunny” still hides them in random places around the house and if you find someone else’s basket before you find your own, you aren’t allowed to tell that person where to look! This year, mine was in a basket under the coffee table, my brother’s girlfriend’s basket was on a hidden shelf under the kitchen table, and the dogs’ basket was in a footstool in the office! I have no idea where my brothers found their baskets. I may or may not have been too busy adding one of the Reese eggs to my oatmeal. 😉

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Quality photo from Snapchat. #blogfail

And then cute little gift bags! I wasn’t a basket hiding Easter bunny…just a girl who really likes to give little gifts. They’re so much fun! I got everyone their favorite magazine with some kind of beverage…energy drink, K cups, tea…because there was way too much sugar in this house BEFORE Easter even happened. Hahaha

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We aren’t huge breakfast people for Easter…in fact, my brothers went down to the cafe in church to eat a doughnut! But we went to my aunt’s house with my mom’s relatives for a late lunch. My aunt always makes us get together for a photo session and everyone loves it. 😉

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Don’t judge me and my hair. It was windy and brothers and cousins don’t stand still and smile long enough to wait for the wind to stop! Haha!

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I am outnumbered by siblings and cousins as the only girl…but I have a lovely mom and two lovely aunts to keep me company. 🙂

My mom and I made a ton of biscotti and pizzelles this weekend because they are our favorite treats to make for holidays! But, we had one mission for Easter afternoon…and that was recreating a fruit plate from Pinterest!

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I think it was a success! We flattened crescent rolls into the shape of an egg and baked it. Then we added a cream cheese/strawberry yogurt mixture as the “icing” and the toppings were obviously all the fruit! This was an exciting Pinterest recreation because it tasted good AND it looked good! Two Christmases ago (I tried to find a picture, I swear…), we tried to do a vegetable Christmas tree thing that Pinterest had convinced us was a good idea. This Easter egg was easy because it’s flat…these Christmas trees…well, they had to actually be standing like a Christmas tree. Basically, the center of the tree was vegetable dip…but it was a lot of dip because it had to be in a Christmas tree shape. Then, the cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and little tomatoes were all around that shape as the branches and decorations. We were even so adventurous as to try and make TWO trees! It was SO cute on Pinterest and tasted SO good in real life…but in real life, it kind of looked like two shrubs. Not really two Christmas trees. Hahaha

After our fruit plate success, I hung out with this guy and did some PiYo…

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…and then it was time for a big dinner. Big because there was lots of food, but it was just the five of us around the table which was nice. 🙂

After dinner, we joined our entire neighborhood on a walk. I’m just kidding…really it was me, my mom, and our dogs…but I swear every single person in the neighborhood was out walking! Even when we turned onto a busier street (that led to this more deserted street), we saw a TON of people out and about! I guess everyone was walking off their food coma. 😉

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It was a wonderful few days with my favorite people and WAY too much food celebrating Jesus! I hope you had the happiest Easter/Passover/weekend! Happy Monday!

Rain Can’t Rain On My Friday Parade

The 10 Day Forecast isn’t showing sunshine until Sunday…but rain can’t ruin a Friday! I have a hot date with my laptop and my thesis so it’s going to be a weekend to remember. 😉 Luckily, my roommate and I are kicking it off with drinks + friends!

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The week after a break can be a drag, but I’m happy to report there was no dragging over here. I’m not sure my lovely friend Molly feels the same way. 😉 As usual, I’m linking up with Andrea, Erika, and Narci to share my favorites from this week! You might think it’s silly or wonder how you could possibly have a new favorite something only seven days apart, but I like to reflect on moments. The little things are the big things. I challenge you to think about your week, too!

– ONE –

This week started off on a high note…we were all kind of still riding the “birthday high” from Jake’s celebrations last weekend and so I was super excited to get this text in my family’s group message on Tuesday afternoon!

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Permit in hand, ready to hit the road! A favorite for sure. My mom has let him be pretty adventurous this week behind the wheel. He’s had a ton of practice in parking lots and driveways and cul-de-sacs (I think my Dad taught all three of us how to drive before we were 16;)), so my parents were pretty okay sitting in the passenger seat this week!

– TWO –

I’m a creature of habit in the kitchen. I just am. I am also kind of picky about what I eat, which stems from the fact that I was the pickiest child on the planet when I was younger. Think Kraft macaroni and cheese on Thanksgiving because I wouldn’t eat turkey. My grandparents thought that was ridiculous, just so you know. Hahaha

I am not NEARLY as picky about what I eat anymore but there are a few weird habits I have that have stuck around. Example: I don’t like red meat unless it’s with pasta. I will not eat hamburgers or steak. It just doesn’t seem appealing to me. That being said, I LOVE chicken and turkey. But a diet of chicken and turkey can get a little boring sometimes and I have discovered that not all seafood “tastes fishy”. I’m not sure what that description even means because I didn’t put a piece of seafood in my mouth until I was at least 15 so I was judging with no experience. Except for that time my Dad ordered fish and the fish was delivered to our table with its eyeball still in… #scarredforlife

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I have decided I like tuna, some crab, tilapia, and calamari…but really I just like calamari’s fried breading and sauce;) Anyways, I made tilapia and broccoli for lunch this week and it was definitely a favorite!

– THREE –

On the subject of cooking, my roommate and I take turns cooking dinner for each other once a week. I made ground turkey lettuce wraps. So yummy and so easy to make!

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This recipe is 21 Day Fix Extreme APPROVED which makes it a favorite for me! A similar recipe can be found here.

– FOUR – 

I have discussed my newfound love for podcasts and I think it is awesome that my church has a podcast where we can listen to sermons if we miss the service or if we just want to hear them again later in the week!

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On Wednesday when I was going to meet friends to run, I was in such a cranky mood about something that is not even important. Regardless, I was changing the radio station every ten seconds and then I plugged my iPod in and I started doing the same thing. Add some red lights that stay red for five minutes and green for 20 seconds and I was DONE. So I finally decided to click on the NCC podcast and listen to the sermon (even though I had already heard it) because sometimes you just need a little Jesus in your life.

– FIVE –

These people that I run with, though. Seriously some of my favorites.

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There is nothing better than running shoes. 😉

Wednesday was a special night for us because part of our running group is on a mission trip right now. They’re in Israel and Palestine learning about the conflict and reconciliation efforts there and Friday morning, they ran the Right to Movement Marathon in the West Bank. Those of us in DC planned our route so that we could go to both the Palestinian Liberation Organization building and the Embassy of Israel and pray for our friends who are abroad.

On the way, we passed the National Cathedral…

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…this entire evening was one of my favorites of the entire week. 🙂

– SIX –

Have you ever bought something, gotten home, unpacked your bags, and then weeks later, found one of your purchases??? No? Just me?!

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Painted nails make me feel put together. #needisaymore

– SEVEN –

Easter is around the corner and I love a good reason to buy festive little decorations for my apartment.

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The glitter Easter eggs didn’t all fit in the apothecary jar by my kitchen window, so the rest found a home in the basket on my coffee table. 🙂

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I love love love having candles burning when I’m at home. My roommate just bought this HUGE Yankee candle which smells amazing (and is the perfect color for Spring;)). I also always have a candy dish on this end table and when I saw this one, I knew it was perfect. I love that it’s  shaped like an Easter egg and has the little bunny on top. It’s not too much but it still fits the holiday. 🙂

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– EIGHT –

And because I can’t end on an odd number, here’s the new verse that is the new background of my phone. 🙂

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Happy weekend, everyone!