Cyber Shopper

Since embarking on the home-buying adventure, I have not used one cent of disposable income on anything fun in months.  When every aspect of your purchasing life and credit use is scrutinized and every bank statement and line item transaction is questioned, one goes into a shopping moratorium.  And that has sucked.  So, it was time to increase my debt-to-income ratio a bit with some cyber shopping.

I finally decided that since I have got to be the last high raw vegan on the planet without a spiralizer, it was high time to order one for the new kitch.  I took Gena’s recommendation and ordered the Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade from Amazon (image from Amazon’s site)

While I was at it, I figured what the hell let’s really take advantage of that free combined shipping discount, and I ordered the mandolin she recommends, too.  Something about being able to slice cucumbers paper thin just screams to me Yes, Order Me Now.  So, I did.  I got the Zyliss Easy Slice Mandolin in white.  The fact that they call it Easy Slice in the title indicates to me that there is a huge chance of slicing off my index finger.  Caveat emptor, no doubt.  (Image from Amazon’s site)

While I was at it, I noticed they had a great price on Sun Warrior Vanilla BRPP.

This shopping took place with a jar of Sunbutter in hand. 

New kitchen stuff + TJ’s Sunflower Seed buttah = Saturday night big thrills.

As that Sunbuttah jar was widdling down…

…I thought, ok I am in a spending mood let’s just go hog wild and order the PB2, too.  I ordered the combo pack of three PB2 and 1 chocolate PB2.  I kinda wished I coulda ordered less, but the sampler pack seemed so dinky, I thought what the raw fudge (WTF for the raw world). 

(image from www.bellplantation.com)

I am sensing that the general consensus is that it’s good, and it’s fine if you’re trying to be a little bit good and not overdo it, but that in the final analysis, it’s not as rich or decadent or pee-beeish as real PB.  Going in, I know that, but so much has been written about this stuff everywhere I turn that I’ve gotta jump off this bridge, too. 

K’s Good Eats just ate some with carob in her oats, and new bloggie friend Miss PB Jenny has weighed in on PB2.  Deb has of course tried it, but that woman could write for the Consumer Reports section on nut butters, love ya Deb.  I’ll let you know my thoughts just as soon as it arrives.  


Sorry to ramble on and on about what I’ve bought, that’s pretty rude, isn’t it.  I don’t mean to be, I’m just excited!  I will fill you in on my thoughts as my goodies arrive and I start puttin’ them to good use.
In the meantime I made a nice little dippin sauce for raw veggies.  It’s my Cinnamon-Ginger Dippy Sauce that I’ve mentioned before.

Today’s blend had juice of 1/2 an orange, 2 Tbsp raw ACV, 1.5 Tbsp cinnamon (I wished it had used a smidge less though and I love strong cinny stuff and this was even a bit much for me….oh well), 1 tsp ginger, 1 tsp dry yellow mustard, 3 Tbsp agave, 1 packet of NuNaturals Stevia, 1/4 tsp xanthum gum, and 1/4 tsp guar gum.  Sounds like an awful lot, doesn’t it, but it’s just a pinch a this, pinch a that kinda thing.  Then blend ‘er up in the VitaGod.  Result…really good!  Great way to drown your produce in a happy red bath.  That’s the way I like things….witha boatload ‘o dip!

For snackie time for Skylar, she really loved the Blueberry Pure Bar she had the other day in the height of moving-in pandemonium, it quieted her inner toddler beast. 

However, even in a calm happy mood, she didn’t really go for the cranberry orange.  She ate it, but not enthusiastically. I also was just like, whatevah.

I had blended her up a couple apples with vanilla-infused agave and a dash of cinnamon, she much preferred that.

For dinner, I about blew a gasket.  Classic case of rushing, trying to do something too fast, and then you end up making a mistake that costs you way more time than if you just slowed down a nanosecond to begin with.  Type A at work, what can I say.  And that’s my Tip of the Day:  Slow down, look both ways before crossing the road, take an extra second to think straight because in the end, you’ll save more time than if you’re in chicken-with-head-cut-off mad woman rushing around mode.  Does this describe you by any chance?

The mistake I made was that after I made this great salad monster for myself, I accidentally liberally doused it with Italian store-bought dressing that was intended for Scott’s salad.  You’re thinking well just eat it?  Nope, can’t.  It’s got too many allergens all in one place…trace gluten, soy, some trace dairy, all kinds of sodium and garlic which I don’t enjoy.  If I ate that I’d be a miserable, allergic, reacting mess so I scrapped that salad.  Actually, Scott got a monster salad tonight, mine plus his, and I started over.  Sigh.  But the result was really good.
 B.S., brock, greens, tomatoes, carrots, cukes, agave, OJ, Black Peppah

After dinner I thought, ok I have one small frozen banana, should I try it for softserve?  Sure, why not!  

Into the Vita went the one small frozen nana, about 1/4 c vanilla almond milk, 1/8 c sugar, 1 NuNaturals stevia packet, & a dash of nilla extract.  Blended for 45 secs.

Out emerged this…

Flavor was divine but the problem was that the Vita really needed at least another banana to “grab” onto the food to blend it well.  I had such a piddly quanity that the mixing process was not ideal.  Two nannas, minimum next time.   Just means I get to practice again.  However, there was nothing wrong with this shizzle.  Check it out!  And you can go peep at my previous softserve porn over here.  Here was after 20 minutes in the frezzah, now we’re talkin’

Ok, yoga time.  First photo yoga sess in the new digs.  Namaste!

Pigeon

 Bound Smiling Pigeon.  We’re here!!!!

And this has turned into a gargantuan post, thanks for reading.   Blogging is therapeutic for me generally speaking and I love that you all come back for more and leave me awesome comments!!!  Happy Labor Day Weekend to You!  Has blogging changed you?  How has it left a lasting impact, good or bad, on your daily mo-jo?

:)
Averie

   

18 Responses to “Cyber Shopper”

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    Janetha — September 9, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    i love those dishes! and that is pretty amazing you make your own kifir. it must save you mucho dinero! i have only tried the name brand sunbutter, as i dont have a TJs, woe is me! i usually don't check the comment thing!

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    brandi — September 9, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    awesome recipe for the coconut kefir! I have never tried kefir before, but this looks really easy.

    sometimes I check the comment thing if I've asked a question in my comment or if it's a really interesting topic.

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    Jenny — September 9, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    ummmm can we go shopping sometime? I love those plates! What is it about cute dishware that makes food taste 10x's better?

    I only follow up and check back for comments when I ask something importanteeee :)

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    Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) — September 9, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    That's it. So easy. Must make this soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe Averie. Much less involved than my oatgurt…although I think the coconut milk kefir would taste divine on top of oatgurt. :)

    I love both Sun Butters, but I'm all about the crunch.

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    VeggieGirl — September 9, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    You and I = $hopping forces to be reckoned with :-D

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    Chocolate Covered Katie — September 9, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Averie! You are too sweet! That is all.

    Ok, that's not really all ;). Your coconut milk kefir sounds delish, and I looooove the fact that you bought dishes (I have way too many for my own good). You sound so much like me (or I sound so much like you). I know we'd be instant real-life friends!!

    Love,
    Katie

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — September 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Janthea-hi and yea kefir at home saves tons of $. You don't have a TJ's, you poor thing. OMG, for the things I do get there, it's a godsend.

    Brani-Thanks for sayin hi and give the kefir a whirl!

    Jenny, VG, & Katie-Girls, I'd love to plan a shoppa-polaooza. An IRL blogger shop-a-thon! Seriously, it would be sooo fun, I know IRL we'd all be instant buds just like you said Katie. I wish seriously I could meet up with you all :)))

    Heather-I wish I could meet up with you, too! And that I could watch your oat-gurt makin' in action. My kefir recipe is soooo easy and yeah, it'd go great on oatgurt or with some Jay or Sun W mixed up in it.

    Love you all!! xoxo Averie :)

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    Lauren — September 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Ooooh I've been wanting to make my own coconut kefir! :) Thanks for the info! I bought the So Delicious one and it was deeeelicious! But homemade is always best!

    Ugh, I miss yoga!!! My stomach is to painful right now for it. Soon though..soooon!

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    K from ksgoodeats — September 10, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Thanks for not billing me $200 ;) That kefir looks awesome! I've actually never had it before.

    I love, love, love those dishes!! They're so cute! As far as the comments go, I usually just check if I ask a question. Hope you had a great evening!

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    Jess (Fit Chick in the City) — September 10, 2009 at 2:22 am

    Thanks for the tips about coconut Kifer. Now, I just need to find the starter.

    I don't check the comment thing very often.

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    Hayley — September 10, 2009 at 2:39 am

    Those dishes are SO CUTE!! I keep thinking I need to buy some new ones – they come out so well in pictures. I'm not bored by your posts or the softserve at all! I need to make some more…and yes – I've said that 5,000 times now.

    If I'm reading a blog that doesn't get 50-100 comments then yes, I do subscribe. If I don't subscribe I often forget to go back and re-read the comments because I read so many different blogs regularly. I always subscribe to yours! :)

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    Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) — September 10, 2009 at 2:54 am

    Hi Averie- thanks for the SB-shout outs! I've had both types and I think flavor is similar. I JUST bought that kefir starter, so excited to have a recipe that doesn't involve a thermometer.

    I found that when I checked the box to see further comments, I'd get 100 which was just overload for my brain! So I just stopped. As Hayley said, if it's a smaller blog, sometimes I'll do it.

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    RunToFinish — September 10, 2009 at 5:21 am

    mmm sunflower butter is yummy! I don't subscribe to comments, so I feel like I miss out if the author writes back but I don't have time to read everyone's comments in my inbox either

    seriously bb does send out coupons like mad. now I won't shop without one

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    A xx — September 10, 2009 at 6:11 am

    I've ordered sun warrior protein powder and CAN NOT WAIT for it to arrive in the post :D :D Everything looks shiney new in your world right now :D

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    Cindy — September 10, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for the kefir how to…I may give it a go. I love kifir but done with the milk version.

    sounds like your really getting settled in…love your new bowls and yeah…it was slow in Cyber ville these last few days..i've noticed too.

    :0

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    a.s. — September 10, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    For those of you interested in real live Kefir grains, they are shared by many members of this list:
    http://www.torontoadvisors.com/Kefir/kefir-list.php

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    Michelle-pure2raw — September 12, 2009 at 1:03 am

    thanks for the coconut kefir recipe. I used to love kefir but since I cannot eat dairy plus became a vegan I missed it. I look forward in making this. How long will it last?

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — September 12, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Hi Michelle-Thanks for checking out my blog…I have to say I am incredibly, incredibly envious that you're at 105 Degrees. What a dream come true….wow, enjoy it for us!

    The Kefir will last 3 days or so in the fridge but really, you're not going to have a probably finishing it on the 2nd day, and if someone else has 1 glass, you're done :) I'd say the batch makes 4-5 glasses. Maybe like 6-8 oz each.
    Guesstimate.

    K- Glad you liked the dishes and you're welcome for not billing you :)

    And to all the vegans who used to and/or miss dairy, the coconut milk path is the way to go, fa real!

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    Diana — September 15, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Thanks for pointing me to this–sounds a lot better than cow dairy kefir or forking over $6 for the new Turtle Mountain coconut kefir! Well, unless it costs that much for you to buy the ingredients, that is, haha… Pretty simple! I think I can handle it, and I love the idea of incorporating fermented foods more often.

    I notice you use Sun Warrior BR protein. I am in the market for some new brown rice protein powder (or some powdered deliciousness for smoothies, at least). Do you recommend SW? Chocolate over vanilla? I've had Jay Robb BR protein and liked it, but hear more raves about SW. Not a fan of buying 2.2 lbs of it for like $50 w/o trying first, though!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — September 15, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Hi Diana-Yeah making your own kefir is sooo much cheaper and actually easier. It's just 3 ingredients.

    I was scared off of the Sun Warrior for years….$50 for a huge vat. What if I dont like it? Well, that was all for nothing b/c I love it. I like the Sun Warrior Vanilla best, then I'd say Jay Vanilla or Sun Chocolate are tied for 2nd, depends on my mood. Never had chocolate Jay. I did a blog about comparing them a few weeks back. I hear ya on wanting to sample the Sun W first. Sadly, I had to buy mine on blind faith but so happy I did. It is less fake stevia tasting than Jay I feel. But as with all protein powders, it's a bit of an acquired taste. Nothing like Vega's hemp though which I think is nast. LMK what you end up doin!

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    Diana — September 15, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Good to know–thanks! You actually touched on the very thing that might sell me on SW. There is a definite prominence of stevia taste in the JR BR protein (which doesn't always agree with my body) and I would say that's my only (tiny) complaint. Sounds like I'd be safe with SW Vanilla.

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    redhead75 — December 24, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Is there anything you can't make homemade? You rock!!!

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    Kelsey — March 8, 2010 at 1:29 am

    i love yogurt :]

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    Barefoot AngieB — March 8, 2010 at 1:48 am

    I make kombucha, ferment veggies in the summer and drink kefir almost daily! I think fermented foods do wonders for my immune system. I feel more clear headed when I consume them!

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    Krista — March 8, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Great dishes!

    I just got into kefir and really like it on my oats or made into a smoothie with frozen peaches, blueberries and agave. YUM! I also take a probiotic pill each day…

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    Ela — March 9, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I love how humorous you are about all this – and sure, you're preaching to the choir here!

    Personally, I would prefer to get the grains and have a continuous source of kefir – those packages run out, don't they?

    Right now, I'm working at killing off yeasty beasties, so no point taking probiotics, but at the end of the cleanse I'll need all the probiotics I can get, and am looking forward to laying hands on some kefir to culture my nut mylks and cheeses!

    Thanks again!

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    Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl — March 11, 2010 at 1:56 am

    I take raw, fermented apple cider vinegar with Mother every day. I also drink Kombucha sometimes and take probiotic powder or capsules. And I sometimes get probiotics from organic yogurt.

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    Lindsay Cotter — May 21, 2010 at 10:22 am

    oh yea! Thanks for letting me know about your kefir recipe. I must try it! I love the coconut Kefir as well. Perfecto!

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    Claudia — September 11, 2010 at 1:41 am

    I love kefir but since I'm trying to be vegan, this is a great alternative, especially since it's so expensive in the stores.

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