Web Feast Friday: Rawmageddon Begins


Friday the First can mean only one thing:  RAWMAGEDDON has begun!  Our first 30 Day Challenge went surprising well as we managed to post almost every day during January.  We missed a couple of days, but definitely feel pretty confident that we can continue our streak.  Now that February has begun, 30 Day Challenge #2 has begun in which we eat raw every meal, every day.  Day 1 is in the books with juices, smoothies, nuts, and salads dominating the menu.  We have some interesting recipes queued up for a few occasions and look forward to sharing some of these with our faithful readers.  In the meantime, we leave you with some great ideas for your Super Bowl Sunday festivities!

Anything that’s vegan AND fully loaded has to be good.  Right?

Sunday brunch idea to get primed for the big game!

CUPCAKES!!

For those of you taking on Rawmageddon with us, add this to your Big Game must-cook list.

I’ve ask myself this question so many times.  Now I have an answer.

If you haven’t liked any ideas thus far, here’s a whole list of ideas to help you write your Super Bowl menu.

Here’s the “big game” I’m really looking forward to this weekend.  J-Pow!!

I couldn’t help myself.  I had to end things with some more BTnH.

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Rawmagedden: the accidental gluten-free life


 

 

With one more day until the start of Rawmagedden, the planning, dreaming, and grocery listing is in full swing and guess what we just realized…raw means gluten-free – BOOYAH!!! We wonder how we will feel and look and think – all that changed when we went vegan, so the possibilities are endless. Check out this ultimate infograph on living gluten-free and join us for 28 days of raw eating!

 
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Top Sick Day Movie Marathons

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I dare you to guess my mood. It must be the fever.

I dare you to guess my mood. It must be the fever.

I haven’t been shy about expressing that if I’m going to do anything, I may as well do it big.  That dedication has taken on a new form of what I can only assume is the Hayley version of the flu. I say the Hayley version because I am pretty convinced I may be a real life version of the Bruce Willis in Unbreakable as I should have died, contracted sickness, broken multiple bones and/or some variation in-between many times in my life yet have managed to remain unscathed. I’ll just brag and say if completing doctor office paperwork were a race, I would be hands down in the top 3 finishers right behind a newborn baby (no name or social? not fair) and Chrissie Wellington whom I’m 90% sure is a at the very least a robot hybrid. 

Back to the going big part. Yesterday morning at work I was good, good, good, good, happy, laughing, good, good, bored, good, nautious, wind sprinting across office, projectile vomiting in what I can only hope was the ladies restroom, laying on floor of the ladies restroom for an unknown amount of time, good, back to meeting, hot sweats, sending a confusing email to my team with the word ‘moist’ in it, driving home swearing my windshield was covered in a wax paper film, laying in bed in a slightly hallucinogenic state where I thought I could hear small voices making fun of me from the closet. Now today I find myself keeping everything down but just wandering around the house looking for warmer socks. I’m assuming this bug would have killed a lesser person, but it is rather inconvenient for me, not to mention Evan is more then a little repulsed by what I’m assuming is my complete lack of hygiene and musky smell. His face does not whisper.

Now that warm socks have been found, it’s time for my favorite activity that I never get to do: MOVIE MARATHON!  In a tribute, below are my top 7 favorite movie marathons of all time.

HARRY POTTER YEARS 1-8

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Damn right I put a picture of Professor Snape – I love this quintessential underdog, not to mention the dude can breath lines through his teeth in a magically villainous way that has me doing the Arsenio Hall arm pump every time.

THE MATRIX TRILOGY

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When it comes to special effects and end-of-the-world story lines, the Matrix was years ahead of it’s time. Who can forget movie one, first fight scene when the camera pans around Trinity in mid-air right before doing an aerial face kick? And Keanu finally found the perfect role where his translucence and general apathy played like a badass.

LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY

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I once had the cops called on me for watching Lord of the Rings too loud in my apartment. When I answered the door braless in dumpy sweatpants holding a giant bowl of popcorn there were four cops at the door who insisted they search the house. I don’t know what they were searching for, but a small part of me wished they would have found Viggo Mortensen passed out in a closet.

STAR WARS (all 6 movies…)

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I don’t care what you think, I like them all and I will watch them and they will bring me joy. Yoda kicking Saruman from LOTR ass at 900 years old? Yes please.

THE BOURNE MOVIES

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Except for the new one with Jeremy Renner. Just leave that to a time when the fever is really high – then maybe you won’t be disappointed.

QUENTIN TARANTINO MOVIES

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No exception – always begin with Pulp Fiction. Then Reservoir Dogs and Inglorious Bastards warming up to the Kill Bill movies, mix in From Dusk till Dawn followed by Death Proof and come back down on Jackie Brown. Afterwards be sure not to go out into the general public – side affects of this mini-marathon include non-sequitur monologues, malaise, and a-mouth-on-you-that-your-motha-wouldn’t-even-kiss levels of swearing.

(and if you have no shame and/or are alone)

Twilight

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Don’t judge me.

I’m going to go eat some soup and watch Evil Dead. Peace.

Web Feast Friday: Sunday Edition


As you may or may not have noticed, our streak of blogging came to an end on Friday, January 25.  I am actually impressed that we made it that long considering the whirlwind of adventures and funtivities we have been engaging in over the last couple of weeks. We spent this past weekend relaxing, skiing, cooking, and imbibing with our dear friends in Sunriver, Oregon.  I’m blaming our streak coming to an end on a fun-friend-filled weekend.  Best.Excuse.Ever.

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Mountains, outdoor activities, and wildlife. Sounds like a damn good time to me!

 

We forgot our camera back at the cabin, so this isn’t actually depicting our day. Add in icy snow and 25 mph winds, and you get the idea.

We had actually been saving up lots of great links to share on Friday, so we figured why not get “caught up” with our blog posts by cranking out some bonus posts on Sunday.  This Webfeast is dedicated to our weekend in Sunriver and will definitely get us back on track and prep us for our next 30 Day Challenge which is our Raw February!

After this past weekend, a detox is definitely in order!

Feeling a little acidic?  We definitely are.

We’re in the process of writing our Super Bowl party menu.  These might make the cut.

A new obsession.

We’re in the market.  Anyone have any recommendations or reviews to share?

This came in handy after a long day on the hill.  Vegan and GF!!

T Minus One Week Until Raw-mageddon

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As we mentioned in previous posts, we are taking on a 30-day challenge each month of 2013.  The idea is to hopefully pick up some habits that will stick through the rest of the year, or to create some additional mindfulness when participating in new activities or adventures.  We are currently on day 24 of blogging every day, and are fast approaching February 1 which is day of our “Raw Foods Month.”

With this is mind, we have been looking for several recipes and tips to help us along the way, and to provide us with some interesting and tasty things to cook.  We are also looking for anyone who wants to join us to post their plans, recipes, and ideas so we can all partake in this adventure together.

These posts over at Vegansaurus and One Green Planet provide lots of great info, insight, and links about eating raw.  We have already added the following raw menu items to our February meal plan:

Carrot Cake Bites

Taco Salad

Carrot Avocado Soup

Breakfast Sushi

Chia Pudding

Goddess Bowl

I’d say we are ready!

In other news, Dr. Dre’s, The Chronic turned 20 last month.  This one of very few albums that I have owned on cassette, CD, and now MP3.  It was definitely the soundtrack of the summer for my crew of small-town Iowa boys in their early teen years.

Best ever banana pancakes

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This weekend our fellow Oregonian friends Sarah & Brian are meeting us in Sunriver for our first weekend getaway in almost 2 years. Being 32 is awesome because we have money, homes, babies, and a general lack of shame – but being 32 also means we have money, homes, and babies THEREFORE our lack of shame is due to our lack of time and energy. For example, ten years ago a typical picture of joy for my Sarah and I included the following:

  • Copious amounts of inexpensive beer – Natty Ice anyone? 
  • A day of shopping for cargo pants & peasant shirts at Old Navy
  • Either Losing Yourself with Eminem or Shakin’ our Tail Feather with Nelly & P-Diddy
  • Giggling and people watching at a bar table and until 2 AM then seeking out the nearest burrito

The 32 year old version of our friendship joy includes:

  • Buying expensive moscato to drink when we have bonding time – purchased in 2009 (it’s getting DONE this weekend)
  • Skyping during moments of quiet – and spending half that time provoking the baby to make funny faces
  • Still kickin it to 90’s hip-hop ya’ll! Nuthin’ but a G Thang baby!
  • Giggling and people watching at a McMenamins table until 8:00 PM then going home to watch Walking Dead reruns and planning Sunday brunch

And we can cook up one hell of a brunch! It’s going to be the quintessential friendship-hangover-banana-pancakes mega-brunch stack. This isn’t your grandmother’s brunch yo – this is the kind of meal you can eat while laying down and/or curled up on the floor.

It’s gonna be a great weekend.

Our friends know us well - beer, dried fruit

Our friends know us well – beer, dried fruit, nuts, chips, and salsa. Oh damn.

This girl and I have climbed many mountains together

This girl and I have climbed many mountains together

BEST EVER VEGAN BANANA PANCAKES 

From our favorite cookbook, Vegan Brunch 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 very ripe medium bananas
  • 2 tablespoons canola or grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or fav nondairy milk)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 and 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • Pinch ground allspice (optional)
  • Cooking spray

Use a fork to mash bananas in a large mixing bowl. All the oil, milk, water, vinegar, and maple syrup and mix well. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Mix until there are few clumps left and be careful not to overmix.

Preheat a large, heavy-bottomed, nonstick skillet (cast iron) over medium heat at least 3 minutes. Pan is hot enough by adding a drop of water and it dances around the pan but not smoking.

Spray the pan with a light coat of cooking spray. Pour pancakes one at a time in 1/2 cup measurements and cook until the tops look dry (about 3 minutes). Flip over and cook another minute. Transfer to a plate covered with tinfoil to keep pancakes warm while you prepare the others.

Get the Gear!


Now that we have our New Year’s resolutions rolling, our race schedule set, and our travel plans beginning to take shape, it’s time to make sure we are outfitted properly for all our activities.  Whether we are running down the streets of Portland, cycling through the outskirts of Bend, or trekking through the trails in the Applegate Valley, we like to rep one of our favorite vegan/wellness/training blogs.

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve been fans of Matt Fraizer and his site, No Meat Athlete for over 3 years and have used many of his ideas, recipes, and training plans.  We also have several shirts in the NMA line, including some t-shirts, running shirts, tanktops, and hoodies.  Their is currently a pre-order happening on cycling jerseys, as well as a sale on many of the great NMA items.

If you are in the market for some running or workout gear, or need some good plant-based training advice for your next race, half-marathon, marathon, check out Matt and No Meat Athlete and GET SOME GEAR!

Kickstart my Vegan Heart

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Being huge fans of the website Kickstarter, we find ourselves constantly looking for independent businesses, projects, and ideas to support in hopes of expanding the ever-growing world of vegan commerce.  When you add in our passion for cookbooks, new and old, it’s no surprise that we jumped at the opportunity to fund an all-vegan cookbook inspired by the author’s world travels and culinary adventures.  This project was met its funding goal last October, and we have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the finished product.  The authors have done a great job of keeping us posted on the progress, sharing additional recipes and thoughts along the way, and building the excitement up to the release date.

We recently received our copy of The Lotus and Artichoke and couldn’t wait to crack it open and start cookin’!  Along with the author’s story and pictures of adventures, the book features amazing recipes from all over the globe representing multiple cuisines and ethnic fare.  We’ve already “tested” a couple recipes, and have several more on our growing list to try out over the course of the next month or so.  They will definitely make an appearance on the blog, and we are looking forward to sharing these with all you in.  In the meantime, check out the official website for the Lotus and the Artichoke, and head on over to their Facebook page and give them some love.  If you feel inspired enough, pick up a copy or three for yourself and two of your best friends and get cookin’ yourself!

If you need some extra inspiration or a soundtrack for your cooking, we leave you with this gem.

MLK day – celebrate in gratitude

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Tomorrow is Martin Luther King, Jr Day, and it’s the hand’s down winner as my absolute favorite national holiday. MLK for me represents the possibility within every one of us – the power of one, the fundamental worthiness of this life for all of us, and the profound yet simple impact unquestioning love and acceptance has on uplifting this life experience – and I love that we can honor and celebrate that ideal as a nation.

Every year, I celebrate in the same two ways. First, I listen to his “I have a dream” speech and, without fail, am transported to a place of gratitude and reverence. Secondly, I use that momentum of gratitude to write down the things I am thankful for in my life and this world – this is what’s swirling in my nog at the moment:

  • I’m so gratitude for this amazing life where I get to hang out with silly, wonderful people whom I love and love me – sometimes despite of, sometimes because of my general neurosis and cringe worthy communication style.
  • I’m grateful for being such a habitual quitter who dropped out of everything that made me feel inadequate, I wasn’t at least fairly decent at, or required me to wear unflattering clothing. *If you’re not a quitter, I highly recommend it – I don’t see the point of spending your time on things that don’t bring you absolute joy/pride/excitement when you could be investing time in things that connect you to the best version of yourself.
  • I’m grateful for stumbling into vegetarianism and discovering veganism – my heart, soul, belly, blood, and every other nugget of my being has improved after those few little decisions.
  • I’m grateful for all the shit I’ve been through. Every single terrible relationship and draining, dead end job and bug-infested apartment and the terrifying loneliness of the Army and the credit card debt and the gaining and losing of the same 30 pounds at least a dozen times….all.of.it. All that junk was just contrast that allowed me to pick and choose “I want more of THAT and less of THAT” – then I had the courage to choose the paths that brought me closer to feeling good! 

PHEW! Lots to feel good about – and that’s just a start. I can’t say it enough, but we are so grateful for each of you that tune in for our adventures in life and food – we read every comment and your well wishes, ‘likes’, and views brighten up our life every day. THANK YOU!

Make it a great week – and happy MLK day!