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Vegan foods and a .com?!


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While we were in Colorado visiting Lauren we ate a little healthier than we normally do. Actually, during our entire stay, we only had a couple meals that weren’t vegetarian. Since we’ve been back 90% of our meals that I’ve made here at home have been vegetarian. For no reason other than it’s easy, cheaper, and healthy. We aren’t big meat eaters, so it really isn’t that big of a change.

Tonight, I decided to experiment a little. I made a vegan pasta dish with meatless “meat” and it turned out amazing.

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The only thing Mitchell noticed was the noodles not being the “normal” noodle. These were pretty good in my opinion! I used the brand Ancient Harvest, and their pasta was on sale, so I only paid $2.50 for the box, which for gluten free is super cheap! I probably should have grabbed a couple other boxes, but I wasn’t sure how the texture would be. Really truly there wasn’t much difference, though I know picky people would notice the difference.

Next, I used the Smart Ground Original. This stuff,  was SO delicious! The texture was spot on, and it added great flavor. I will definitely be buying their products again!

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first I boiled the noodles, and strained them. Sat them aside. Then, I sautéd the meat with some garlic, and spinach,  once it was heated and the spinach had the right amount of wilting, I added the sauce, You can use whatever pasta sauce you prefer, mine was just a classic tomato sauce. heat, add the noodles and voila! Ready to consume!

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Oops! I forgot to add, you can now locate my blog by visiting therealkk.com!

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“With so little sleep at least you’d think I’d find some peace in my dreams in my dreams; but my mind still winds up on the same thing, the same scene, the same themes”


I definitely think I’ve used this song as a title before. Oh well. We’ll all survive 😀

Things are still incredibly busy but I love it. This last week our friends Lauren, Gene and Sidney came to visit. They were here for about 24 hours, so though the visit was short it was a lot of fun. We played games, went for a couple walks and hung out. We took them to MOX Boarding House  for dinner. We played SuperFight! and enjoyed some time with good company.

Once we came back, we played Sushi Go, Exploding Kittens, and Coup. We also re-introduced Gene to the Lion King on my Super Nintendo. He and Sidney played it for a while, and we all went to bed.

The next day, we went for a walk down to the local pastry shop, Belle Pastry. After breakfast we walked home, played some more games (Sidney and Gene played WiiU, and Lauren and I played Sushi Go.) Then we went to Uwajimaya and for a walk at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Once we returned home it was time for them to pack up and head up north to visit their friend Elisabeth.

I am so glad they were able to join us for the short time they were here. I wish it were longer, but now its our turn to visit them! I hope that one day this year we’ll be able to fly to Denver and spend a couple days with them. You forget how wonderful people are when you only get to video chat with them once a month.

Then, the next day, we had our friends Tim and Caroline over for a game night. We played Coup, and Sushi Go with them. Caroline had to leave early but we also played RhinoHero and Love Letter.

Mitchell and I also played a round of Card Wars this week.

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“Good Friends are like stars, You don’t always see them but they’re always there.”


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Back-Left to front-right. Ben, Mitchell, Rob, our neighbor Hilary and myself.

So, if you don’t know us personally, you don’t know that Mitchell’s best friend(s) live in Illinois. We have been trying and hoping to send him to visit, but just haven’t had the funds. So a couple weeks ago when they asked Mitchell if they could come for Labor Day weekend, we immediately said YES!

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The Melting Pot Bellevue.


A while back (really, months ago…) someone gave Mitchell a gift certificate to the Melting Pot. The other day, it was just too IMG_9557hot to cook in our apartment… so we decided to make reservations, and walk to the restaurant and put that certificate to use.

We got there, and ordered some drinks. After looking over their somewhat confusing menu, We decided that since the meal we wanted as 4 courses with 3 different entrees for the main course, we’d just share one portion…rather than 2.

First course: Cheese Fondue. Waiter alerts us that, free of charge, he’s giving us double the amount of cheese because “one portion is just never enough!” Sweet, we thank him over and over again. Enjoyed our cheese fondue.

IMG_9560Second course, salad. Nothing special there, it was good though!

Third course, the main course. We were suppose to get three SMALL portions. One of chicken, one salmon and one ravaioli. The waiter comes over and says “there was a mixup in the kitchen, and you get three full portions.” Yes. You read that right, THREE FULL SIZED entrees. Meaning enough food for 3 people, at least.

IMG_9573Fourth course, dessert. We decide we’d really like the bananas foster, but neither of us like white chocolate. Waiter says “Oh well how about I make it for you, but using a different chocolate?” Stunned we said “Can you do that?” “I will…” hahaha so we had delicious bananas foster with dark chocolate. It was amazing!

Then, the bus-boy was cleaning our table, and boxed up all our food and gave us all the sauces. It was seriously the best service we have ever experienced.








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My favorite time of year…


Autumn is right around the corner, and if you’ve been reading my blog for the past… 5, 6? years you’d know that once Autumn rolls around my crafting/cooking/creative mode starts and we have traditions that we stick to each year. 

I am so excited to get out the fall decorations, start cooking some delicious fall meals AND this time of year is when we get to see one of my oldest and dearest friends the most! 

Things to look forward to:

Pumpkin Carving
Autumn Decorations
More delicious recipes
I’m going to tackle learning to use my sewing machine!
OktoberFest (which, oddly enough is in September?)
Planning our 2nd Annual Murder Mystery Party (December!)
Thanksgiving!
WINE THANKSGIVING!
HOLIDAY DECORATIONS
Christmas Tree hunting
Christmas Tree decorating
CHRISTMAS festivities! 

Are you excited yet?? I hope you are 🙂

I’m sick, so I’m going back to bed, this took a LOT of my energy to type up…booo.

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Autumn has arrived!


 

I have so much to post, and so much to share and update. Maybe, it’ll all get done this weekend, and maybe, it won’t. I’m not sure. haha. Hang in there everyone!

We have welcomed Fall/Autumn with a warm hug, delicious spiced cider and a lot of other goodies. The first thing I did? Started the, not so long path of going back to my natural hair color! Yay me!

EverSoLightly and I went geocaching on the first day of fall, I was very proud of myself, because I found this one right as EverSoLightly was ready to give up! 😀

Today, err rather Yesterday, we had a baking day! It was delicious! So, I’m going to share one of our recipes with you! Then, I’ll try and post one recipe a day for the next week, including the AMAZING mexican feast we had on Thursday and another meal plus a few others that I’ve made.

I’m going to start off simple since it’s almost 2am.

Spiced Cider! Delicious! We made this tonight, and are going to make more tomorrow! It’s the PERFECT Fall/Winter drink, and though the ingredients sound a bit…sketch…it’s not. It is AMAZING. Trust me!

Total Time: 15 minutes.
Serves, 4, or 2 if you have big mugs and go back for seconds hahaha! I do not have a photo of this, sorry!

What you’ll need:

6 cups apple cider, any brand, or home-made but not the packet stuff. REAL cider.

1/4th a cup REAL maple syrup, not that fake crap most people use, the REAL stuff, it’s a bit pricy but SO WORTH it, buy it, use it in this and on everything breakfast, it’s usually 5.99 per container, sometimes more. Any brand just make sure it says REAL maple syrup and read the ingredients to check.

2 tablespoons (TBS) of Mulling Spice mixture. I bought mine for $5 at Target, but even that one that I linked to is cheaper than buying all the ingredients on their own, and it’ll last you several times of making this or anything else.

Cheese Cloth, Kitchen Twine. I used new pantyhose that I had washed but never worn, then cut the foot off and knotted itself.

Directions:

Pour Cider, and maple syrup into a saucepan, medium to large size. Stir. Put your mulling spices in your cheese cloth, tie it shut, place in saucepan. Cook on Medium-High for a few minutes until hot. Stirring occasionally  Don’t boil, you want it to be a toasty warm drink but not boiled. Serve in your favorite mug, or glass. If you have any around, put a cinnamon stick in each mug. Enjoy!

 

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WIDLM: MONDAYs


Alright kids (or whoever you are!) This weeks’ WIDLM is, well, MONDAYs. And before we get started I have something to say:

Lauren, I am sorry I missed yesterday, but at least I’m posting!! 😀

I do not like mondays. I do not like the realization that the wonderful weekend is over. This past weekend, EverSoLightly and I went down to Oregon to visit my family. We spent Saturday wine-tasting with my brother and sister-in-law, and then came back and spent the evening with them, playing a slow but fun game of scrabble, and then on Sunday we took my three nephews to the mall to spend time together and see my Madre’. We then made the trek back to Seattle, and thats when the “Boo mondays!” attitude started to kick in. I do not like that feeling when you go to bed Sunday evening and realize the work week starts back up in a few short hours. Especially when my ADORABLE kitten decides to wake me up at 3am to remind me how much she missed me over the weekend.