Highlights of the Week


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So how’s the first half of the weekend been for you so far?  Mine’s been interesting.  The stars have not exactly been aligned for me today.  Why?  Well, I got up early to go to an 8:15 A.M. yoga class, had a couple toddler calamities as I was heading out the door and managed to hit every light wrong on the way to the studio and unfortunately arrived at 8:17 A.M. and was locked out of the building.  No amount of knocking on the door or begging the Zen Gods was gonna open the locked door.  So, no yoga studio yoga for me today. 

I practiced at home but was really looking forward to the group spirit.  I have to say, it’s been more than 5 years since I was locked out of a class.  The entire time we lived in California, that never happened, so that’s why I know it’s been more than 5 years.

But never fear, I was close to TJ’s and I had read a great note from Julie telling me that the TJ’s Gingerbread Coffee is something I might like.  So, I picked a can of it up.

Trader Joe's Canister of Gingerbread Coffee

Inside coffee canister showing ground coffee

I came home and was all excited after my at-home yoga practice and shower to drink my coffee.   

I turned the coffee maker on, showered, and came back to this…

Messy coffee grounds in espresso maker

Lovely.  Apparently it is one of those coffee blends that the coffee grounds really expand.  Whoa, Nelly!  I did salvage one gritty cup and the flavor is awesome.  The next pot, sans grounds, will be even better, no doubt!

But, I saved the morning with a some Banana-Mango Oats
1/2 c dry oats
1/2 banana mushed & cooked with the oats
handful of dried mango pieces cooked with the oats
2/3 c lowfat vanilla almond milk
Garnished with the other 1/2 of banana
Stirred in Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, Vanilla Extract

Finished Banana Mango Oats

And then I headed out for some retail therapy.  I went to Nordstrom Rack, another place I rarely go and you’d never know we were in a recession from the droves of people shopping.  I picked out a few casual duds, not sure what I’m keeping yet, but it was fun.  But you know what, I’m not a rooter and rumager and always feel a bit disorganized and chaotic in those kinds of places, but in general shopping is always fun for me, so no compliants!

I’m glad you enjoyed the Reader Tribute Post, Take 2 that I posted yesterday.  Thanks again to all the readers who read my blog, make my recipes, and who sent me the links to their posts.  It was sooo awesome featuring all those recipes that you all made.  It made me feel so warm-n-fuzzy that people actually make my recipes.  Wow, I’m honored! 

But let’s get to this week’s recap, and if you missed last week’s recap, check it out here.

Sunday I made Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

Roasted Potatoes and Carrots on foil lined pan

With Salad Dressed with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Roasted Potatoes and Carrots with Salad and Homemade Slaw

And made Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups for Dessert

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cup split in half on paper liner
 Split peanut butter cup showing filling inside

Monday there were Cherries in the House

 Woman wearing black and cherry apron giving thumbs up

With a Massaged Kale Salad and Sweet Potato Fries

Kale Salad with Mixed Vegetables with Homemade Dressing in white dish
Stacked Sweet Potato Fries

And Chocolate Chia Pudding for Dessert

Up close of Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Tuesday I made Raw Vegan Chocolate Turtles

Hand holding Raw Vegan Chocolate Turtle
Underside of Chocolate Turtle on parchment paper

Wednesday was Tribute Post Number 1 where I featured the Food Pictures & Links from Readers who’ve made my original recipes

Finished Kale Chips on pan


Spoonful of Chia Seed Pudding

Thursday there was an A Shopping Trip to Lululemon

Woman taking photo in mirror wearing Lululemon clothing

And the Details on My New Espresso Machine

Front of Espresso Maker on countertop
Digital display of Espresso Maker

And Vegan Lattes & Carmel Macchiatos for all!

Mug Full of Vegan Latte
Mug Full of Vegan Caramel Macchiato

Friday I paid more Tribute to Readers Who Sent in Their Pictures of My Recipes that they’ve made.

Everything from

Oatmeal Raisin-Chocolate Chip Raw Cookie Dough Balls

 Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

To Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough as a Doll Skirt
Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough as a doll skirt with doll sticking out
And I also made & indulged in some Raw Chocolate Coconut Snowball Action

Close up of Raw Chocolate Coconut Snowball mixture
 One Raw Chocolate Coconut Snowball on white dish

And here are a couple Great Salads I’ve enjoyed.  Mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, carrots, peppers. 

Mixed green salad with diced vegetables in homemade dressing on white plate
Up close of Mixed Green salad with vegetables

And massaged kale with brock, cauli, asparagus, tomatoes and Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Kale Salad with Mixed vegetables in dressing on white plate
Close up of Kale Salad

Yoga Today is Marichyasana A.  Make sure to keep your quads active and engaged, and your foot flexedToes point to the sky, no floppy feet.

Woman doing Marichyasana A yoga pose

Tip of the Day: Heather has a GiveAway!

What’s your shopping strategy in stores like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and the like where there’s not really any order to the merchandise?  Can you find things or is it all just such a hodge-podge that you really can’t see the forest from the trees?  I have to say, I’m pretty much the later.  But, in the spirit of finding good deals, I thought I’d give it a whirl today.  Fun, and there were deals no doubt, but a bit too chaotic I’m thinking for me.  What’s your take?  

Any stores you’re hoping your relatives hit up for you for the Holidays?  I hope my husband hits up Tiffany for me.  Kidding.  Well, not really, but I can dream, right…

Stay Tuned For A Raw Vegan Cookie that all the Nut Butter Fans are Going to Lovvvvvve

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  1. Love your gratitude list. Reads kinda similar to mine actually. minus the yoga teacher, daughter and food intolerances parts :-)

    Sure, I am incredibly grateful for the bounty I have in my life on so many levels. But then I'll have a pity party for those last 5-10 pounds I want to shake, then I get back to feeling fortunate again. Goes in cycles. It's my life!

  2. Thank you Averie! Your blog has really helped me keep my Raw life interesting : )

    I know how important practicing gratitude is and thanks for the reminder : ) I do tend to dwell on what I don't have but have to remind myself at the end of every day how much I DO have.

  3. I am so thankful for timing, and bad situations that turn into good ones. Like the circumstances in which I found the blog world! :) Yahoooo for that.

    Aw I love your list Averie- we have so much to be thankful for! Hope you had a great day! :)

  4. I am definitely grateful for all the wonderful people I've got to know through blogger. I truly believe my life is now richer because of it :)

    How long have you not been eating meat for? I only just started eating meat again after going veggie when I was 14, so I never learned how to cook meat! Up until recently I could only cook chicken breast on my george foreman grill :P I'm impressed you could cook up turkey for the husband.

  5. it's such a blessing to know such a compassionate and loving person. Your posts always make me feel warm and comforting (sounds silly, but 'tis true!) I hope you had an incredibly Thanksgiving, you deserve no less!

    I am grateful for the generic things: my family, gingie, friends, my body and it's capacity to move and embrace the ones I love :) and of course, the blogging community!

    Love you honey!

  6. BIG HUG!!! you're so awesome girl :) and youre a wonderful blogger who is super creative! hope you had a fabo holiday

  7. Awww!! I love your everyday eats!!!

    Loved reading what you are thankful for too!! After learning about water scarcity in Environmental Science, I definitely realized how much more grateful I should be for those simple things in life. I cant imagine having to go thirsty somedays!! We watched a movie about it and it was SO eye-opening.

    So cool that you had a blogger meet-up the other day as well!! They are so much funnnn.

    I think I could look at your raw cookie dough everyday………eat it too, but that's another story.


  8. Great post, Averie:) Happy Thanksgiving! That's so nice to think of your husband for Thanksgiving and making him a turkey.

    I am thankful for my family, my husband, my home, my finances, my job, my dog, and so much more.

  9. Oh there is so so much to be Thankful for, isnt there :)

    I am thankful to call you my freind :) For great food, family, MY BODY, my freinds, water, books, makeup ;-)

    enjoy your day. xoxo

  10. Averie I am so sorry this is a day late – yesterday was insane and I didn't get much computer time (to myself!!) I want you to know that your comment on my blog made me smile from ear to ear. Words cannot express how truly thankful I am to have you in my life. I admire you so much – your honesty, your peace with the world and your body, your values and how firmly you stand by them, your beauty (both on the inside and out) and all of the advice, support and love you've brought to our friendship. I truly feel as though I've found someone I could be friends for life with, despite the fact that we've never met.

    Thank you Averie and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. Oh I am so grateful for so many things. Actually, the fact that I can realize that and appreciate it every day is a great thing to be grateful for. I've always known that I was luckier than most people on earth. I have always had clean water, lots of food, a roof over my head, healthy friends and family, my own health, a great education and plenty of extra stuff to make me smile. Many people in this world can't say the same thing. When I feel grumpy about not being able to afford some frivolous object, I remind myself that there are people who can't even afford necessities. So I shut up, stop whining and remember that life is good!

  12. Bautiful, beautiful post! I loved every gratitude-infused word. You make so much sense, you wise wise yogi :) Love your tips of the day.

    Today I am grateful for…your raw vegan chocolate chip cookie dough. Oh yes I am! Made a batch of your cookie dough balls today (made 5 dozen…a big batch of balls! TWSS) for afternoon tea and we practically inhaled them. I am also grateful for non-cookie-dough things like hubby and 5 kiddos and a wonderful happy home and life :)

    Thanks for putting such a fantastic, inspiring, groovy blog out here for all of us to enjoy and learn from. And thanks for the raw chocolate chip cookie dough recipe :)

    Sheri (Green & Crunchy)

  13. Great post! Im really grateful for the people in my life for sure. They have really helped me in a huge way this past year and I will never forget it=) There are so many things to be thankful for and I try to remember these everyday. Especially on the days I start comparing myself to others. (I sometimes tend to do this) but I remember what I have and what Ive accomplished and I feel very blessed! I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday!

  14. Good morning! Thank you for the vita mix tip! Vita mix is next on my list….It may be under the tree for me this year ;) thank you santa!!

    Mmm I just love agave and I think it would be great in a nut butter!

    I know doll, I need to get my butt down to warm climates. I have always wanted to go to Arizona, and we know someone with a place there so maybe I can come and visit! We usually do San Diego in Feb and Palm Springs in Sept/ Oct…..ahhhh beautiful!

    Have a great day love!


  15. I hope you guys enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving!! I'm thankful for the blogging world for the same reasons you are – it is definitely a positive influence in my life :)

  16. Yummmm, my friend, your food is soo good – always!

    I love your list! I really liked the one referring to living in a hot climate. I believe I should have been born somewhere hot! We are always in Palm Springs or San Diego to get away a few times a year!! I need it :)

    Happy Thanksgiving Bella!

    Talk to you soon


  17. What a sweet post :) That is awesome that you made up some special thanksgiving foods for your man! I am thankful for family, friends, and health! Hope you had a great day

  18. Hi girl! I am so grateful for my amazing family, but also for the *friends* I've met through blogging, like you! :)

  19. Not to be a total cheese ball, but I'm thankful that I found your blog Averie! I'm striving everyday to do more yoga and eat more raw foods, you're inspiring! Thank you!

  20. happy thanksgiving averie! thank you for the sweet comment on my site. i, too, appreciate your friendship, your blog, and your ever positive disposition. i hope you have a wonderful day with your family. all my best wishes!

  21. I loved your list, I am thankful for thankful friends! I think it's so important to be grateful and recognize the wonderful things we have going for us.

    And I'm totally with ya on cloth diapers and not much grossing you out anymore.

    Happy Thanksgiving giving doll face – lots of love coming your way!

  22. I'm a new reader– just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving and tell you how much I've enjoyed the recipes over the past 2 months since I found your blog. I made your vegan no-bake pumpkin pie for today's dessert and it was heavenly. Thanks for all the recipes you share!

  23. I like your last paragraph – I had a similar reflection on my latest post – when you find yourself reflecting on the things you don't have or the "not enoughs" , stop and ask yourself "How is this attitude stopping me from enjoying the things I already have?". We can't appreciate the good fortune we DO have if we are constantly searching outside of ourselves for more and more. Namaste.

  24. i LOVE all the things you are thankful for..and even all the simple things you said that we so very often take for granted..

    im so thankful i have a college i love, parents who pay for me to go there, people that love me, and a straight path to take in the future!

    thank you for answering my question! you certainly look VERY much so in shape..thats why i asked!

  25. Happy Thanksgiving, Averie! I am so thankful for my family, my boyfriend, and my adorable pets. They all make me so happy. :)
    I always try to remember to not compare myself to others, but it can be difficult at times. I'm sure each and everyone one of us has something to be grateful for, and we should all remember that!

  26. Im grateful for you too Averie!! Im so glad I stumbled onto your blog one day. I have learned so much and consider you a friend. I hope you and yours had a super holiday!! Im looking forward to your pics :)

  27. What a beautiful post Averie! I just love how you put your husband first today and was fine with making him a turkey. You obviously have a understanding, loving relationship, and I am so happy for you! :)

    I'm simply grateful for each any every day I wake up healthy and in charge of my life. I truly feel like I can do anything my heart desires, and that feeling is irreplaceable.


  28. Awesome gratitude post! I'm grateful for many of the same things you are.

    And I'm grateful that I'm old enough to know myself.

    But every day things come into sharper focus (even as my eyes start to go). For example, through blogging I've really come to realize that I am outwardly motivated, not inwardly motivated. That's why I love school and work because I'm constantly being motivated and encouraged by others.

    So today, in my yoga class which I would NEVER have done on Thanksgiving Day EVER if I weren't so inspired by others, I thought of you and HEAB…and my friend Sally who, little did I know, was at her own yoga class this morning.

    I am grateful for that insight about myself and for people like you who encourage us all to be better people.


  29. Happy thanksgiving, Averie! I think that's amazing you made a turkey for your husband even though you're vegan. That's so considerate and honorable of you! I love your thankful list, too. I'm thankful for family, friends, the opportunity to visit them, my healthcare plan, and the chance to pursue an education I am passionate about. And the blogging world! :)

  30. Thank you Averie…I am grateful for finding my new home right where we wanted to…I never dreamt it would happen so soon…Sometimes we are blessed when we least expect it…It is a life changing experience…

  31. Amazing post Averie! I find that I have an easy time finding and practicing gratitude. I have always been extremely grateful for what I've been given and try to be mindful of that each day. I just wrote my last post on this and it's very similar to this. Thank you for the reminder and the wonderfully written words!