KISS + Winner

Summertime is all about the simple things for me.  Ok, anytime is all about the simple things for me if I’m being honest.

I am too busy for anything other than the KISS principle, i.e. Keep It Simple, Sweetie

I use the KISS principle with everything in life.

Which is why food lately, and most times, has been fresh, raw, and crunchy.

I like to sprinkle edamame into my salads or just eat it alone.  Some people reach for protein shakes, I reach for edamame.


I also like to “drown” the edamame in a jar of Vegan Slaw Dressing and then use a spoon and fish them out.

I really love salad dressing and condiments.  What can I say.

With the edamame “drowning method” I can almost drink salad dressing which, of course, is a favorite pastime of mine.

Snacks are always KISS-able.

Fresh fruit like white nectarines

to juicy watermelon

to strawberries dipped in Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter

If you like chocolate + nut butter, you really need this nut butter in your life.

And one of my favorite KISS breakfast or snacktime or anytime foods are Microwave Banana Oat Cakes

Easy, portable, filling, cheap.  <–That’s all KISS, right there.

A dessert that tames my chocolate monster and is KISS-errific are Chocolate Covered Oreo Balls

And now, what almost 300 of you are probably wanting to know based on the entries…

The winner of the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Giveaway is:

Jess@HealthyExposures June 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm

“oh man, you are hooking. us. up. lately! what an awesome giveaway.
i would love lightroom so that i can have a more streamlined, “batch” processing program versus opening each up in photoshop whenever i want to make a minor tweak. whether it’s simple photos for the blog or ones i’ve done for business, i think that is definitely where lightroom has an advantage!”

Congrats, Jess!  Email me your shipping info!

Thanks for the comments on my last post, Juicy, about all the juicy food you’ve been munching on and all juicy stories you’ve been privy to lately.


1. What have you decided to keep simple lately?  Anything you’ve been using the KISS principle with?

Some of my KISS method items are:

food, snacks, meals.  No time for complicated or long, drawn-out recipes!

Workouts streamlined into 45 minutes per day or less

Quitting the gym

My attitude toward desserts/sweets/treats is also very simple.  Don’t overthink a brownie.  It really will not “ruin your life” or your “healthy” lifestyle choices.

2.  Weekend Plans?

I know I’m going to the Taste of Adams Avenue

I need to spend some time editing photos and doing some blog-related work, and I have to go to work, too.

But I know I’ll spend time with Skylar, too!

P.S. The Summer Tea Time Giveaway is open until Saturday so get your entries in for that and enjoy your weekend!



  1. gahh I want one of those oat cakes they look amazing!!!

  2. Averie, your photos are out of control. You have really come into your own as a photographer, and you should be VERY proud!

    I really love salad dressings, too! It’s such a fun and easy thing to change around so your salads can always taste so different. Yours looks incredible, as always!

  3. I do love raw salads in the summertime! As always you food looks so good. I do love edamame, but I don’t like creamy salad dressings. I do love any type of vinegrette dressing.

  4. Keeping it simple in the summertime always seems so much easier than in any other season, mostly because fresh foods are so much tastier and the best ones are in season! Mmmmm.

    Skylar just looks too cute for words. Wish I could go home and play with my little sister, just seeing that picture!

  5. Haha…we’re in the PROCESS of keeping everything simple over here– hopefully by getting rid of all the crap in our house, the KISS principle will be much easier to enforce in our new house :-)

  6. i LOVe white nectarines…I used to not like them because the whiteness scared me a little bit but they are SO delicious, sweet, juicy! my favorite are the hard ones (TWSS) haha sorry i had to do it!

    I hope you have a fabulous weekend averie!!!

  7. I will be streamlining my workouts, too!
    Just so you know, you got me absolutely addicted to banana microwaved with oatmeal.

  8. congrats to Jess… (guess I’ll have to go buy it myself…) ;)

    I love edamame… and freshness all year, but especially now in the warmer months I crave big salads!

  9. I like your version of “KISS” mine doesn’t end with “sweetie” :)
    Lately I’ve been “kiss”-ing with:
    Still getting in good workouts and eating good food, just not as elaborate on either.

  10. I tried your microwave oat cake today! It’s really was simple!
    Mine turned out blue from the blueberries…i loved it. I have been trying to keep foods simple too, especially my snacks and dinner.
    Your pictures look fantastic as well, I love the picture of the strawberries & chocolate dip. Beautiful

  11. I absolutely love your pictures. I’ve had the chocolate Oreo truffles before and they’re amazing. So easy to make. I know there’s a raw food diet trend going on right now and it’s great that you’re applying it to your life. Keeping things simple is a great way to go about living. It’s really easy to get overwhelmed and stress out if you take on too much. That can include cooking. Raw foods not only simplify your life, but they’re good for you, too.

    • I’ve been on this “trend” two decades. I just happen to always have liked lots of raw foods, simply prepared. It’s just the way I like to eat. I’m sure it won’t be trendy in 10 years and in 10 more it will be again. I will still be the same, I’m sure. :)

  12. Congrats to Jess!! Beautiful pictures Averie. They look amazing!

    I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Shh, I’m in hiding! No obligations so far and that’s just the way I like it.

  13. Microwave oat cakes are an all time favorite! Lately I’m loving dates and nut butter, and fresh veggies and hummus. Halved red pepper (raw) stuffed with leftover wild rice + hummus + nooch = perfect, filling, simple summer dinner.

  14. Agreed on keeping it simple and lots of fresh ingredients appeal to me in the summer heat.

    1. Keeping just more basic ingredients in my pantry that are cheaper and easier to manage and only buying food for the next week or so, not stocking up and cluttering my pantry for the next year.
    2. Pretty laid back, maybe going out with some friends and hiking.

  15. I like your version of the KISS principle. I always thought it was Keep It Simple, Stupid. Yeah, your version is much nicer-sounding.
    Lately I have been following the KISS principle with my meals and snacks. I always seem to, especially in the Summertime when I have a bounty of fresh fruits and veggies available to me. Yum! :-)

  16. skylars hair is SO LONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! haha anyways i’m all about KISS foods during the work week but when i have off i LOVE making things extra difficult for myself haha for some reason it just tastes so much better when it’s difficult

  17. haha…I’m with Teenage Taste-Everyone always told me it was “Keep it Simple, Stupid.” But sweetie works even better :P

  18. Last night’s dinner totally abided by the KISS mentality: soup + salad. Easy. Simple. Filling.
    I would love to meet up with you while at Taste of Adams to thank you in person! Think we could arrange it??
    P.S. I take swim in my salad dressing daily. It’s great cardio :-)

  19. I’ve also totally streamlined my workouts to less than 45 minutes most days and have decided to just make my lifestyle more active rather than always scheduling workouts. It’s freed up so much time for more living! In general my life is more simple in the summer, and I adore that. Last night got a bit complicated trying to decide what ice cream flavor and toppings to choose at friendly’s for a frizzle… ;)

  20. I need to adapt KISS more often it’s a great way to live life. I’ve tend to want to make everything complicated. That was until I started my blog. I’m always thinking about how I can simplify a recipe, cut out steps, bowls, and ingredients, without sacrificing on taste. Problem is, I love complicated recipes with lots of steps and add-ins. So, it’s a difficult balance!
    Congrats Jess :) She’s going to LOVE it!!

  21. “KISS” will be my new word. I look forward to applying it all sorts of future conversations! What are my KISS option? Pita bread and tortillas are always on hand. All leftovers are filling options with hummus as the “glue”. That would definitely be a staple KISS approach over here.

  22. I love your philosophy! It’s summer, so to me KISS means saying no to the oven: smoothies for breakfast, crisp fresh veggies for lunch and dinner. Chilled salads and lots of guacamole. I’ve also quit the gym in favor of long walks (preferably at the beach), bike riding and daily yoga. So much more fun and relaxing.

  23. What a great concept, I’ve never heard that acronym before

  24. It all looks so good. I was taken with the banana oat cake and of course the oreo balls. Skylar is so darn cute!

  25. That’s a very good philosophy! And I love that about you:)
    Reminds me I need to go pick up some frozen, shelled edamame! I haven’t had it in ages. I love it straight outta the bag.

  26. averie, your pictures are amazing. i want to eat that salad photo!!

  27. LOVE your “kiss” principle! I could really use it!!

  28. i have been all about kiss’ing lately! salads…eggs…waffles…super fast and on-the-fly but oh so delicious. i’ve been baking really simple stuff, too. raw or toaster-oven bakeable all the way!
    thank you again for such a great giveaway!

  29. I like everything simple! I eat simple, I walk everywhere, so I don’t own a car. I do yoga as my work out, and I don’t even have a tv! My life is uber simple.
    As for the weekend, working tomorrow, and then durian night with my sister! Yum!
    Your recipes are so good and so simple. You are an excellent example

  30. I’ve been trying to simplify my refrigerator by not replacing condiments as I use them up. Instead, I’m using more herb and spice blends that don’t need refrigerating. I’m tired of not being able to find stuff that I know is in there.

  31. I love creamy salad dressings, and ranch with fresh crunchy veggies :)
    I also love your KISS philosophy. And I have a similar attitude in the desserts department. I eat mostly vegan but I really try to stray away from labels

  32. oooh those white nectarines look SO delicious!

  33. I seriously crave edamame.

  34. OMG. I cannot get over the chocashewbutter photo. Seriously, the photo belongs in a magazine!!! Absolutely beautiful! The strawberries…the silky soft nut butter… I am no expert, but it is an epitome of food photography to me!

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