One more day til it’s TGIF…cool!  How are you doin’ today?  Things are groovy’ round here.

I’m stoked and flattered that you liked the looks of my Raw Vegan Apple Crumble dessert I posted yesterday.  If anyone makes it, or makes something like it, holla!  I’d love to know how it turns out for you.

And, of course, I wanna thank everyone again for their continued support and kind words in response to my little family shennaigans that were goin’ on, but I’m feeling much more at peace and settled with things, and am ready to just move on and keep on doin’ my high raw all vegan thang, cuz it works for me, and I feel so happy and energized.  ‘Nuff said!  If you don’t like it, there’s the door, don’t let it hit ya in the boo-tay on the way out.  Peace. 

I also want to congratulate the 2 winners of the Chia Contest that ended.  Janetha and Alison, enjoy your seeds, ladies!  Each of them scored a 3 POUND bag of Chia Seeds from Chia Seeds Direct.

The day started off with a little smoothie action for me-n-Skylar.  1 banana, handful of frozen mango, lowfat vanilla almond milk, dash of agave.

Ingredients for smoothie that contain banana, almond milk, mango and agave in blender

And blend.

Blended smoothie in blender overhead

And Drink.

Glass Full of Smoothie on countertop

Since I already had the VitaCrusher out, it was time to get saucy.  Marinara saucy that is.  I took Gena’s recipe and started adapting with what I had on hand…

I put in 1 vine-ripened tomato, 1/2 red pepper, 5 baby carrots, dash oregano, heavy dash of basil, twist of black pepp, 1 Tbsp Agave, & 1 Tbsp EVOO.

Ingredients in blender needed to make marinara sauce
Side of blender with ingredients for marinara sauce


Overhead of blended marinara sauce

Bowled & Fridged for dinner later on.

Marinara sauce in bowl ready to be placed in refrigerator

Next I spiralized 3 zukes.  It looks like I personally keep the Zucchini Farmers of America in business, but it was only three zukes.

Three spiralized zucchini in bowl
Close up of spiralized zucchini in bowl

Then when it was dinner time, dumpy dump went the marinara over the zuke noods.  I also added a few aspar-grass spears for good measure. 

Zucchini Noodles topped with asparagus spears and marinara sauce
Close up of Zucchini Noodles topped with asparagus spears and marinara sauce

And boy, winner-winner-chicken-dinner, or winner-winner-raw-vegan-dinner…this was yum.  Not to mention extremely healthy, simple, fast, and cheap.  Anyone have any friends who are fast-n-cheap?  Of course you do.

The only thing I would tweak would have been to use 1 whole rather than the half of red pepper just because my tomato was so darn juicy that I coulda used something less juicy that added bulk, but just a minor detail.  Flavor was excellent, despite the slightly thinner than typical marinara consistency.  

Moving along to dessert there was an abundance to choose from.  Raw Vegan Choco-Coconut-Chia Squares, the Raw Vegan Apple Crumble, Nanna softserve….Hmmm….

Opted for the Apple Crumble On Top of the Nanna Softserve with Cool Whip on the side for Scott.  Why stop at one dessert when you can combine and get a 2-fer?

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble over Banana Softserve with cool whip

The Apple Crumble is getting better as it ages in the fridge.  Aging Awesome Apples.  Kinda like a fine wine.  This stuff is fine, alright.

Close up of Raw Vegan Apple Crumble over Banana Softserve with cool whip

Yoga is tucking right arm underneath right leg and binding at the wrist.

Woman doing yoga pose

Then stand up, balancing on your left leg, and extend your right leg.  Don’t release the bind.  And smile please.  You’re happy!  I know I was!

Woman doing yoga pose


Tip of the Day:  Breathe through the hard times, be gentle and kind to yourself during challenging times, knowing that in the future, things will get better and easier. 

Also, time is tick, tick, ticking on the Stevia GiveAway for 6 winners.  It ends Friday at Noon Pacific.  And after this one…the free shizzle’s gonna dry up a bit ’round here.  So get in on the ax-shun!

Here’s a question for you…how do you juggle all the blogs you read?  Do you have your core group and that’s that?   Do you pop in and out of some like a soap opera that if you catch it once a week you can stay current?  Do you read some blogger’s every post no matter what?  If you read a blog, do you always comment?  Sometimes comment, never comment?   I am having a hard time because I keep finding more and more awesome blogs I wanna read, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day!   What’s your strategy with blog readin’?

Stay tuned for some Mandolin Food Music comin’ outta my kitch…

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