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!

Vegan White and Dar Chocolate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups layered on top of one another

Some were All White with Chocolate PB Centers

ll White with Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup on plate
ll White with Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Centers

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

White and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup on brown plate
White and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup split in half

And I reminded you about My Yoga and Raw Vegan Foods Retreat!
Large empty room with lots of lights and fans

Empty room with beautiful natural light with fans

On the Beach in San Diego
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August

Beach showing water and Mountain View
This Summer in August!
Beach in San Diego filled with people

Be there and get your Om Shanti Shanti on while eating your weight in veggies.
 Golden statue surrounded by flowers and lit candles
Monday I Posted Pictures from Skylar’s 3rd Birthday Party!

Princess birthday bag filled with gifts
Young girl smiling wearing birthday hat and white beaded necklace
Woman and child on floor smiling

We had an awesome day

Young girl at Childs table wearing birthday hat holding mans hand

 

Woman and child smiling wearing birthday hats

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

Birthday plate with cupcake and large number 3 candle

She had waited a lifetime for That Bite

Young girl eating a cupcake
Young girl smiling at Childs table eating snacks

And I made Vegan Coconut Milk Kefir

Vegan Coconut Milk Kefir in jar on countertop

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowball on white dish
Overhead of Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowball on white dish

And Raw Veggies

Raw vegetables with Homemade Slaw Dressing
 I love Sugar Snap Peas with homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing
Homemade Slaw Dressing in jar
Vegetables covered in 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

Vegan Maple Nut Oaties in clear container
Up close of one Vegan Maple Nut Oaties on plastic wrap

Bowls of Chocolate Banana & Raisin Oatmeal  

Chocolate Banana & Raisin Oatmeal up close

 And Banana & Butterfinger Oats

Banana & Butterfinger Oats in bowl with spoon
Close up of Banana & Butterfinger Oats in bowl

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

Overhead of Overnight Chia Seed-Coconut-Mango Soaked Oats in green bowl
Close up of Overnight Chia Seed-Coconut-Mango Soaked Oats

To Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes on white dish with syrup, butter and blueberries
Close up of Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes dripping in syrup

To No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

One No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar on plastic wrap
Close up of No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar

To Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Multiple Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls stacked on top of each other
Up close of two Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls in clear container

To Raw Vegan Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies on dehydrator tray
Close up of one Raw Vegan Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookie on dehydrator tray

And high Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on white plate
Close up of Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

And Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in clear container

Side view of Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in container showing layers

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

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

Young girl painting a pottery coffee mug
Young girl painting inside of coffee mug
Finished painted coffee mug showing all designs and colors

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

Sun Warrior Protein Powder Chocolate flavor in container
Probiotic pills in packaging

**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

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil in container
Side view of Coconut Oil in jar
Close up of label of Coconut Oil

Which I used to make Ginger-Coconut Roasted Veggies

Ginger-Coconut Roasted Veggies in foil lined pan
Close up of Ginger-Coconut Roasted Veggies

That I plated up with Fresh Greenery

Salad topped with Homemade Slaw Dressing served with roasted vegetables
Dressed salad served with roasted vegetables

 And More Greenery with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Green salad with vegetables topped with Homemade Slaw Dressing

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

Young girl smiling in kitchen
Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on white plate
Young girl standing in kitchen with arms behind head 

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs for Scott

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowball on white dish

And Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups for me!

Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups split in half
White and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup on brown plate
Split White and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup split in half

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

Cherries, bananas and blueberries on countertop
Bag of D'Anjou Pears

And Veggies

Baby Lettuce, Yellow Pepper and Cucumber on countertop

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

Close up of plantain chips in package
Trader Joe's Fat Free Caramel Popcorn
 Trader Joe's Oriental Rice Crackers in package

And got my Fair Trade Organic Coffee On!

Trader Joe's Organic Fair Trade Coffee in container
Inside coffee container
Trader Joe's Fair Trade Organic French Roast coffee in container

And Scored on Baking Supplies!

Various baking supplies on countertop
Two containers of Medjool Dates

For Raw Ball Making!
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls in container

Raw Vegan Gingerbread

Raw Vegan Gingerbread Balls stacked up close

Dark Chocolate Fudge

Dark Chocolate Fudge Balls in container

And Made a Green Meal

Mixed Greens with Vegetable Salad

with my Maple Ginger Dijon Vinagrette 

Maple Ginger Dijon Vinagrette in bowl with whisk
Mixed Greens and Vegetable Salad

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

Four No-Bake Vegan 3-Ingredient Flaxseed Cookies on white plate

3 Ingredients & 5 Minutes til happiness!

Smiling young girl holding onto countertop
Close up of No-Bake Vegan 3-Ingredient Flaxseed Cookies with maple syrup

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!

T-shirt that says be present

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! 

Woman standing on pier in front of oceanWoman and child on pier crouching showing ocean in background

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

T-shirt that says be present on countertop
Up close of be present phrase and tag

100% Organic Cotton which is so soft!

Tag showing Organic Cotton
Back of tag with company information
 

Yoga Today is an Astavakrasana Variation

Woman doing Astavakrasana Variation yoga pose

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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