Highlights of the Week & Quick Almond Milk Recipe

How’s your weekend going?  Mine has been going well and I love the productive feeling I have when I am crossing things off my to-do-list, left and right.  That term, lazy weekend morning?  That doesn’t happen so much ’round here and that’s fine by me.  I love handing Skylar off for a few hours with Scott and I go do yoga, and then run errands at warp speed without having to utter the phrases, “honey, please don’t touch anything” and “we look with our eyes, not our hands” a hundred times.  Makes the shopping experience a little easier and faster, no doubt.  What have you been up to?  Cooking or strategizing what you’re going to cook for the Big Game tomorrow?  Any plans?  As I’ve mentioned, I am laying low, doing nothing, and am thrilled about it!   Thanks to everyone who’s left recipe links in the comment fields about what you’re making….great ideas!

It’s Saturday so that means it’s time to recap the week’s highlights from food to fun events.  If you missed last week’s recap, here it is so you can go check that handy post out.

Let’s Get On With This Week’s Recap….
On Sunday I posted the Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups!

Some were All White with Chocolate PB Centers

And Some were White and Dark Chocolate Outers with Chocolate PB Centers

And I reminded you about My Yoga and Raw Vegan Foods Retreat!
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On the Beach in San Diego
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August

This Summer in August!

Be there and get your Om Shanti Shanti on while eating your weight in veggies.
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Monday I Posted Pictures from Skylar’s 3rd Birthday Party!

We had an awesome day

Complete with the First Ever Cupcake my 3 year old had ever eaten

She had waited a lifetime for That Bite

And I made Vegan Coconut Milk Kefir

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

And Raw Veggies

 I love Sugar Snap Peas with homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

And asked you what burning questions you have for me for an About Me Tab or Post

Tuesday I Posted Tons of Recipes that Use Oats 
Like Vegan Maple Nut Oaties

Bowls of Chocolate Banana & Raisin Oatmeal  

 And Banana & Butterfinger Oats

And Creamy, coconutty, mango-ey, chia-ey overnight soaked oats

To Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

To No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

To Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

To Raw Vegan Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies

And high Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

And Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

And I discussed whether or not Oats Are Gluten-Free and how it’s kind of a Trick Question.

Wednesday I announced the Winner of the $50 iHerb.com Shopping Spree Give Away

Click Here if you Missed It

Thursday I posted pictures from my Pottery Painting Trip with Skylar for her 3rd Birthday

And received my iHerb.com order in the Mail: Sun Warrior & Probiotics!

**For All of Averie’s Readers, use code AVE630 at iHerb.com and save $5 off your order!**  And all orders over $60 ship free and all order over $40 are a flat rate of 4 bucks for shipping!

And I won some Coconut Oil in a Give Away

Which I used to make Ginger-Coconut Roasted Veggies

That I plated up with Fresh Greenery

 And More Greenery with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

 For Dessert there were high Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies for Skylar

 

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs for Scott

And Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups for me!

And I shared my Natural Tips & Remedies for Colds, Flus, and Sickness 

And you shared your thoughts about what you do, and whether or not you think natural remedies are effective.

Friday I scored at Trader Joe’s

Reasonably priced fruit

And Veggies

Got my Crunch On: Plantain Chips, Carmel Corn, and Rice Crackers

 

And got my Fair Trade Organic Coffee On!

And Scored on Baking Supplies!

For Raw Ball Making!
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla

Raw Vegan Gingerbread

Dark Chocolate Fudge

And Made a Green Meal

with my Maple Ginger Dijon Vinagrette 

And for dessert made No-Bake Vegan 3-Ingredient Flaxseed Cookies

3 Ingredients & 5 Minutes til happiness!

And talked about How the Internet Effects Mood and Does It Make Us DepressedGreat comments, everyone!

Saturday I received this perfect-for-yoga Be Present TShirt in the Mail that I won in Shannon of The Daily Balance’s GiveAway!

It’s so ironic that I won a Be Present Tshirt because in my massive Yoga FAQ’s post that was published a few days before my win, I blogged about how I’ve worn Be Present for years and adore their pants and all of Be Present’s clothes rock!


Here’s an Excerpt from That Post:

Companies I love for clothing & yoga accessories:

BePresent.  Their Lotus Mobility Pant, which is a longish Capri, is my hands down favorite pair of pants to walk around town in AND practice in.  Who needs expensive jeans?  Just give me my… 

Lotus Mobility Pant

….BePresent Mobility Pants! 

My win was awesome karma!  Here’s my new tshirt:

100% Organic Cotton which is so soft!

 Thanks again Be Present and Shannon of The Daily Balance!

Yoga Today is an Astavakrasana Variation

Need help lifting off?  Check out my Yoga FAQ’s Post for Tips & Tricks!

Tip of the Day:
Quick Almond Milk Recipe
This recipe is a quick solution when you need almond milk for a recipe, but realize you’re out or don’t want to open a whole new container of it.

1-2 tablespoons (raw) almond butter.  
1 cup water

In blender, combine almond butter with water. Blend until smooth. 

Refrigerate. Use within 1 day.

Yields 1 cup.
Optional tweak: peanut butter, cashew butter, or any other nut butter you enjoy can be used to make the nut milk.   Obviously recognize you’re going to end up with peanut butter flavored milk or cashew butter flavored milk, etc. if you don’t use almond butter.  Which is probably a good thing for some people.

Questions:
Tell me Your Superbowl Plans and if you have Fave Recipe Links for Parties, Drop them in my Comments!  Vegan/Vegetarian and Gluten Free/Soy Light preferred; I know, I’m a tough one!  haha!

What’s A Kitchen or Cooking Shortcut you use or have learned about recently?  Mine is the nut milk trick out of nut butter and I also have determined that “old fashioned oats” cook well enough to my and Scott’s liking in the microwave.  No need to buy instant, ever.  Nor break down and cook them on the stovetop if you’re pressed for time and must use the micro.  As with anything, your mileage and preferences may vary.  But tell me about your tips and tricks up your sleeve!

Stay Tuned For Vegan Fudge…

   

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