Birthday Party, Grocery Finds, Vegan Sweet Treats, Gratitude

Happy Hump Day!  We’re halfway there and I am really looking forward to the weekend!  I’ve got some cool yoga classes lined up, but we are also going to throw Skylar’s 3rd Birthday Party

When I say party, I should really define that as an intimate celebrationWhy?  Because we’re new in town and don’t know too many people, so it will just be the three of us, and that’s totally fine by me.  More desserts for us…haha!  Thanks to everyone who chimed in with all your special memories about the parties you had as kids!  The birthday girl has requested cupcakes so that’s what it shall be and other than that, I am in girly-girl birthday party planning mode!  Any more tips??

I’m glad you enjoyed yesterday’s post about my Yoga Class with the Yoga Master Dharma Mittra & the words of wisdom he had that I shared.

And of course I know you loved the Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls, too!

Melts in your Mouth, Not in your Hands!

And Thanks for Giving me your Perspective on PatienceAnd what’s easy and what’s challenging for you to be patient with.  I like hearing everyone’s take on topics like that!

Moving on to a few grocery finds…
I picked up these little crackers that were on sale for $1.99 in the organic section of the regular grocery store.  Michael Season’s Baked Multigrain Chips.


They are wheat and gluten free, although Skylar and Scott don’t have to be gluten-free, as I mentioned before, wheat & gluten are inflammatory and harder to digest for everyone, so I try to keep it to a minimum around here.

And while I was at the grocery, I stocked up Sale-Priced Fruit


Cherries!  I love cherries and haven’t had any in about 6 months!  

They still weren’t exactly cheap, but they were on sale and that was good enough.  And they were perfectly crunchy & juicy…ewww! to mushy fruit!

Strawberries were on sale for $1.88 for 2 pints!

Skylar Loves Her Berries!  Yay for Strawberries!  
Still sick, but happy nonetheless!

And Greenery.  Not on sale but essential!
Brock & Sugar Snap Peas

TJ’s lettuce mix, organic peas, and a yellow pepper

And a red pepper

I also love gum.  I know, classy to be chomping away, but there are worse things, right!  Anyway, these are my newest obsessions.  The Extra Family Fruit Sensations. 

The lowdown:
The Mango Smoothie tastes like an Orange Creamsicle, more orange than mango, really good
The Island Cooler is faint, pineapple/mango-ish, and is very light in flavor, and is the most subtle of all four
The Watermelon is a big Pop! of Sweet Watermelon flavor
And the Strawberry-Banana tastes more strawberry than banana and is also a pretty “big” flavor like the watermelon.  
Nothing worse than bland gum!  Or gum that loses it’s flavor in 30 seconds!  For the gum chewers and connoisseurs, what’s your fave these days?

Here was a bowl of greenery I savored:
Everything was raw except the Brussles Sprouts which were steamed for 1 minute.  Brock, sugar snap peas, carrots, tomatoes, yellow peppers, romaine, cukes

Dressed With a Fresh Batch of Vegan Slaw Dressing that I made yesterday

Oh, Remember the Tempt Ice Cream from my  Grocery & Mailbox Finds Post?

Scott, the resident ice cream connoisseur not to be confused with me the gum connoisseur, says that it’s “Amazing!”  I don’t throw that word around lightly.  This is a man who used to enjoy his full-dairy, full-fat, Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate ice cream and tons of specialty high end ice cream before I transformed him into a non-dairy guy, so for him to give this 2 Thumbs Up, that’s really saying something. 

I am not the best judge of ice cream because I prefer balls, any day.
For Dessert, for Scott, because that ice cream is long gone, I got busy with a batch of Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs
I generally make a batch fill up 4 bowls with the chocolate snowballs
And then he can grab out of the freezer, as needed.
Which is kinda dangerous because these are delish!
For my dessert, I snagged a No-Bake, Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bar
Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars = Good Stuff!  

Shoutout to Danielle who made these and so did Tess and so did…hmmm.  Ok, having major Alzheimer’s Moment here.  There were at least a couple other people who made these…I swear to you, once upon a time I was magna cum laude.  Now I can’t remember everyone who made these.  I apologize!!!!!  My excuse: playing nursemaid with not enough sleep to a sick kiddie!

Yoga Today is Camel (Ustrasana).  Open your heart chakra, let the love in.  And give extra special thanks & gratitude to the Universe this week for all the lovely blessings you DO HAVE in your life today!  Even if life isn’t perfect, there’s always something to be grateful for.  What are you grateful for today? 

Tip of the Day:  Be Grateful!  I am grateful that I have an awesome little girl, who still happens to be sick boo-hoo but we’re rockin’ the natural treatments for colds like extra vitamin C, zinc, ginger, and extra antioxidants, I’m grateful for my husband, and all the new friends I have made in the blogosphere since I started blogging!  I am so grateful to all you guys who are always reading, leaving supportive comments, and encouraging words!!!!!  Thank You!!!!

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What’s your Favorite Gum if you’re a gum chewer?  I’d like to get more into mints, tooAny recommendations on mints?  Before I walk into teach a yoga class, which I need to hustle because I have to go teach a 5:30pm heated power flow class, it’s nice to have a mint, ya know?  But, I don’t like anything too strong and overwhelmingly pepperminty though.  I don’t want my eyes watering or anything!

What are you Grateful for Today?

Stay Tuned For Yummy Eats…

112 comments on “Birthday Party, Grocery Finds, Vegan Sweet Treats, Gratitude”

  1. A big bag of homemade goodies from you would put the biggest smile on my face! I don't know anyone who would think otherwise. ;)

  2. Those peanut butter cups look devine!! I would use sunbutter instead since I can't have peanuts. I think I might like to try one with white and dark chocolate! Happy Birthday again to your little cuttie! Three is such a wonderful age! So fun to hang out with!

    We don't do anything for Valentines day although I usually make a little gift to send with my son Jupiter to school for his classmates and teachers and we always have some candy hearts!

  3. Holy….wow do those look good Averie. Just perfect. I haven't seen that chocolate before, I'll have to keep an eye out. In the past I've ordered the chips online, but it was such a hassle.

    I can't get my arms far enough through my legs to lift up in that pose yet. Yet! I'll get there :)

  4. Local and homemade food is the best gift to recieve in my opinion
    Omg where did this weekend go? Homework homework homework!
    Happy birthday to Skylar! Gotta love a good cupcake.
    I just placed an order from iherb. All I got was Nunaturals vanilla stevia but all it cost me was 5.99 so I ain't complaining woot woot!
    What else… Oh. I need to add those peanut butter cups to my to-make list. And now I need to go because I leave things in the dorm oven for wayyyy too long

  5. Ohhhhhh, Averie. It is going to be so hard for me to read your blog during my sugar challenge. Talk about being self-masochistic!!!! Oh well…it will be part of the challenge, I suppose :-)

  6. Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Skylar………Happy Birthday to you!!!! Skylar, I hope you are having a very happy birthday!!

    Thanks for the coleslaw and pnut butter cup recipies. Yummie is all I can say!! The coleslaw dressing is THE BEST…wish I had the talent to make a ranch dressing that tastes a good as this.

  7. omg a big bag of homemade goodies would be the best gift ever!!! but if u want to do a gift card, target or starbucks would be useful! you are so talented- those pb cups look beyond amazing! loveee them. i would want white and dark! and idk what me and the boy are doing for valentines day yet!
    oh, and you are such a great mom! Averie will for sure read thsi one day and looove every post!

  8. Skylar looks so excited! fun!!!

    I'd grab up both, the white and mixed goodies. Yummy!

    As for receiving something in the mail for valentines day; I've always thought that homemade gifts were the sweetest kind. =)

    We don't usually do anything for Valentines day. However, this year Chinese New Year fall on Feb. 14…so we'll be having our big ol' Chinese New Year bash. =)

  9. So glad Skylar had a fun birthday party! Sounds like she deserved that cupcake, though all your vegan goodies are even better in my book!

    Homemade goodies are always the best! I'd rather eat something delicious that I know someone put effort into then get a whole slew of storebought stuff. Plus, those cups look DANG good! I can't decide between white and dark, so I'd go with both!

    BF and I still don't have solid V-Day plans, but we've agreed to do something stupid and funny rather than sappy and romantic. Of course, I'd love sappy and romantic, but the guy took me to a vegan restaurant this month, so I can't complain :) It's the time spent together that counts, right?

    Have a great week and happy birthday to Skylar!

  10. Skylar is adorable- She is a lucky girl!
    I think a big bag of your homemade goodies would be the perfect present.
    I've never really celebrated valentines day, so no plans over here. I'm thinking it's a good excuse to make some chocolate treats though ;)

  11. hey averie! oh my gosh once again you have got me drooling at your amazingness. those pb cups look delicious! aww happy birthday to sweet little skylar(: i did yoga with my mom today & tried some poses you have posted! so thank you for that(; xoxo soph

  12. The white chocolate chip cups look sooo good. I saw your older post on these and I tried to make them..but didn't really follow the instructions that well…they definitely did not come out as pretty as yours. I am going to have to try them again. I like how detailed you make the instructions and the pictures are so nice. Your daughter is such a lucky girl to have so many tasty (and healthy) treats around the house :)

  13. aw the birthday princess looks beautiful as usual :) I love Target .. it's my go-to one stop shop place. I could literally get lost in there for hours (read: days)

    I have actually never been a fan of white chocolate (gasp!) but you may have converted me. Those PB cups look killer!

    keep on keepin' in with the yoga grl — 500 hours?! woo-wee.. you're amaze!

    hugs and kisses <3

  14. Oh man I hope I'm your secret valentine!!!! I'm sending mine locally-made gifties but not homemade – no time for that (she says just having taken a two-hour nap).

  15. that picture of skylar with the cupcake is precious :) sounds like a fabulous bash!

    and those pb cups?? my my, fantastic!!!

  16. Those white PB cups are GORGEOUS! And I sooo can't wait to see more pics of Skylar's birthday!! :) Have a great evening darlin'!

  17. Fabulous recipe.. they look picture perfect.. I LOVED that cookbook!! I still need to return it to the library.. I think Ive reached my renewal limit! lol

    Looks like Miss Skylar had a fabulous girly birthday! You are a good momma!!! She looks so happy.

    Valentines day.. hmm well, it was our first "date' anniversary (so cliche) 6 years ago so we usually just go out to din (again, so cliche). We usually go to a nice Italian place because we usually never do Italian?! I dunno.. nothin crazy. We will prob walk there so Ill be rockin tennis shoes and yoga pants. lol

    Happy Sunday!

  18. Oh holy crap! Those cups look to DIE for! My mouth is seriously watering. I want one! Such cute pics of Skylar, as always! :):)

  19. Aww Skylar's so cute!! :) Hope she has a great birthday!

    Congrats on almost making it to the highest level of yoga certification. That's super exciting!

    Vegan white chocolate <3

  20. AVERIE!!
    hey lovely!!
    skylar is SO CUTE w. her gifts! she is one happy little girl!! what a great bday!!
    THOSE PB CUPS.. amazing.. i would loveee a chocolate one!
    i dk about vday! whatd you get for your hubby when yall were dating?

  21. Skylar REALLY enjoyed that cupcake!! That face of her's is priceless :) Happy Birthday Skylar!!! I'm so excited for you to finish the 500 hour.. what a great accomplishment ;) Congrats! PB cups look amazing!

  22. the pics of that yoga studio are so gorgeous, i would LOVE to practice there! aww skylar looks like she had so much fun at her bday party, you threw a great one!

  23. The food has me salivating over here! The peanut butter cups!!!! Ahhh! Just went into the freezer to get some semi-sweet chocolate to get some chocolate in my mouth after seeing those pictures. Your yoga poses continue to impress me.

  24. omg seriously, i'm jealous of skylar to have such a wonderful chef around! your eats look absolutely fantastic! and i am seriously head over heels for reeses so i'm definitely going to try out that recipe :]
    tell her i say happy birthday!! ahh she's so adorable i want to babysit :]

  25. Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter!! :D

    You should seriously open up a vegan dessert shop! I drool every time I come over here!

    Sadly my boyfriend and I are in the long distance thing so we won't be together on V-Day :( But I'm coming down there to visit him this weekend!!

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