KISS + Winner


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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.

Close up of mixed green salad with vegetables on plate

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

Edamame in white dish

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

Jar of Vegenaise next to Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

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

Overhead of jar of Vegan Slaw Dressing

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

Close up of Edamame in dish

Snacks are always KISS-able.

Fresh fruit like white nectarines

Sliced white nectarines

to juicy watermelon

Watermelon sliced in half

to strawberries dipped in Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter

Chocolate Coconut Cashew ButterIf 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

Microwave Banana Oat CakesEasy, 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

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!


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  1. 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!