Hi my dear Bloggies, how are you on this fine Sunday (or Saturday night for the night owls still on their ‘puters)?  For me, I try to use Sunday as a day to chill out and center yourself for the upcoming week, which will be here before you know it, so I hope you’re making the most of The Day of Rest.  I’m a mom so I don’t really get a Day of Rest, but I grab what I can.  In between cooking & groovin’ in the kitch of course. 

Saturday was not a day of rest.  We did make it to that neighborhood Block Party I had mentioned, and before that, I “relaxed” with a 4 mile run with Skylar (Scott didn’t make it), an hour of yoga, I cleaned my house from top to bottom, whipped up some treats for the block party, drank an extra cup of coffee like I mentioned at the end of my last post that I enjoy doing, ya know, a real chill kinda SaturdayKidding.  They never are.

Thanks for the comments yesterday about the Vegan PB Banana Bread Cake 

Vegan PB Banana Bread Cake in baking pan

And I enjoyed reading about the way your treat yourself on the weekends, too.  I love your comments, ramblings, rant-n-raves, so keep ’em coming my bloggie loves!

In the spirit of what I started a few weekends back, I decided that either Saturday or Sunday’s post would be a highlight reel of what I made the previous week so everyone can catch up in case you missed anything.  If you wanna see last week’s highlight reel, go enjoy this!

Highlights of the Week
On Sunday I posted the Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread (Gluten/Soy-Free)

Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread in loaf pan
Hand holding slice of Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread
 Close up of Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread with banana slices on top

Can we say Hug-A-Carb, anyone?  Sweet Katie will be so proud I’m hugging my bread over here!

Monday there was Homemade Hummus in the House

Close up of Homemade Hummus in white bowl

Tuesday I posted the Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snow Balls

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snow Balls in white bowl
Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snow Balls with scoop taken out

Wednesday I adorned your screen with Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse in clear container

And also made sure you saw the Raw Vegan Chocolate Brownies

Raw Vegan Chocolate Brownies in clear container
Overhead of Raw Vegan Chocolate Brownies in container

Thursday I hollered at you with Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins in paper liner
 Hand holding portion of Vegan Banana Nut Muffin

Friday I made the Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread Cake (Gluten & Soy Free)

Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread Cake in baking pan
Slice of Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread Cake on plate

And today I’ve also got more Raw Vegan Kale Chips.  Yes, I made another batch and this time I used 1 large bunch of kale plus half of another bunch so I bumped up my coating recipe ingredients.  If you missed that last time I made kale chips, here’s the Recipe for 1 Bunch of Kale.

So here’s my recipe for the Mother Kale Chip Load…

Raw Vegan Kale Chips Recipe for 1.5 to 2 Bunches of Kale
1.5 c cashews (soaked for a few hours)
1 Large Red Pepper
Juice of half a lemon (2 Tbsp)
5 Tbsp Nooch (Nutritional Yeast found at HFS’s or WF)
1 Tsp Salt (or to taste)
Optional 1/2 Tsp Agave

Blend everything together

Ingredients to make kale Chips

Apply coating to the washed & mostly destemmed kale leaves

Kale Chip Topping over Kale in bowl

Put on Magic Box Screens (or the oven but watch it very closely because burnt kale is a very naassssty smell.  If you’re doing the oven method, 300F for 20 minutes is a good starting point).  This recipe made 3 very full tray’s worth for me.

Kale Chips spread on dehydrator trays
Close up of raw Kale Chip before being dehydrated

Dehydrate (or bake) til Crispy-n-Crunchy

Hand holing side of one finished Kale Chip

Look at the cheezy, noochey, cashew-ey goodness just stuck on the kale leaf like price stickers stuck to the bottom of your new dishes.

Hand holding Kale Chip showing topping

They’re like little trees.  Trees of Noochy Cheez that is.

Hand holding larger Kale Chip
Close up of hand holding large Kale Chip

Containerize (if you can make it to this stage and not eat the whole batch in a sitting!).  And I apologize for the Kale Overkill Photo Load here but if you were smelling these tasty morsels wafting through the house for 8 hours dehydrating, you’d be pretty damn photo-posting happy, too.

Kale Chips in clear containers

VeganMofo in the house today.
VeganMofo III logo   

Yoga Today is Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana (One-Legged Upward Facing Bow or Wheel Pose)
Eka=One, Pada=Foot, Urdhva=Upward, Dhanur=Bow or Wheel, Asana=Pose.
There’s your Sanskit translation of the day.

As a sidebar, I know enough Spanish to get around Central America and Mexico, or California or Arizona for that matter.  And I know enough Sanskrit to translate basic yoga poses, but it’s an ancient and largely ceremonial language, akin to Latin.  No one speaks Latin these days, but it’s always nice for me to have a little Latin up my sleeve, too.  Knowing some Latin Root words improves my English.  I know there are people from all over the world reading this, but for all you native English speakers, do you ever wish you were more fluent in other languages?  Which ones?

Woman doing Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana yoga pose

Tip of the Day:  Holly’s been blogging for 6 months and she’s got a Give Away going on!

And Heather’s rocking out with free loot, too!

What’s your approach with entering Give Aways?  Do you, don’t you, sometimes, never, always?  I do because I like to show support for other bloggers and their efforts, plus sometimes there is really cool stuff up for grabs that I really sincerely want….like I won glass straws in Sheri’s give away recently and Naomi hooked me up, too.  And if that’s not enough, for all you Food Bloggers, check out the Foodie Blogroll.  I won an apron from this contest which is now closed but my motto is that it pays to enter because you just might win!!! What do you do with contests and Give Aways?

Stay Tuned For Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.  Possibly one of the best and easiest desserts I have ever made…

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