Homemade ChocoBerry FroYo Sundaes

True story:the dairy item I miss the most is Greek yogurt. It was my go-to snack, filler meal, pre- or post-workout snack, and healthy dessert during vegetarian days. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find something that is as tasty + filling in the non-dairy yogurt world.

However, in seeking a substitute, I’ve settled on coconut milk yogurt. A few weeks ago, I stocked up on the So Delicious Plain Greek-style. Have I convinced you of my longing yet? 😉 Anyway, shortly thereafter, I was craving ice cream like whoa. This may be a result of my PMS and/or the fact that I’ve had ice cream exactly five times this whole summer. #sadness But I didn’t want to buy a pint of non-dairy stuff and the only such option at the local fro-yo place is peanut butter which is out of the question thanks to the beau’s peanut allergy. =/

So I did what anyone with a persistent craving would do: I got creative.

Now I wish I had photos but alas, I ate this bowl of pink-hued, chocolate-drenched deliciousness right up. Use your imagination though!

ChocoBerry FroYo Sundae

1 6oz c yogurt of your choice
1 c frozen berries, partially thawed
1/4 c+ chocolate chips
Other toppings as desired

Fro-yo

Make the fro-yo by tossing the container of yogurt into the freezer. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes. The longer it sits, the more fro-yo-esque it gets. However, 15 minutes will do if, like me, you’re impatient!

Chocolate Shell

Melt the chocolate chips via microwave, stovetop, or…oven! For those of us lacking a microwave and un-inclined to dirty another pan, pour the chips into a 1 c metal measuring cup and bake for about 5 minutes at 300 in either a toaster oven (my preferred device) or regular oven.

Assemble

Right before your chocolate is melted, place the yogurt into a bowl and mix it around a bit to break it up. Add the berries, mash them in, and mix it well. Pour Drizzle the chocolate on. The thinner it is, the quicker it will harden. I poured mine all into the center and it stayed liquid for a bit of time.

This was a simple, decadent dessert that felt like a total treat but was definitely less expensive and healthier than going out. Yay for kitchen creativity!

Yoga/beauty/mmm,

Kait xo

Wednesday Revelations: Ariel, Belle, and…Me?

Apparently my writing muse is back because I’ve been going it at it like a champ. #punintended

Seriously, my journal is filling up, so is the notebook I carry with me for ideas, quotes, and connections. And this is the third week in a row that I’ve posted more than once. I’m not 100% sure what is happening, but I love it. Writing, for me, is so therapeutic. Its, as Dan Shapiro said, how I navigate my world, especially my victories and struggles.

One particularly poignant struggle lately has been about figuring out where I fit in this crazy world. As I continue to work on getting back to myself, and battling deep loneliness + regret, I’ve started to see two common themes that may remind you of the very Disney princesses I reference in the title.

  1. I never quite feel like I belong. There’s always something that seems to hold me back from being part of the group, whether its my belief that veganism is not the answer for everyone, my unwillingness to give everything else up for my studies or acting or environmentalism, or my desire to take my work as a sex educator beyond doing Passion Parties and into the realms of cancer survivorship, LGBTQ rights, sexual violence prevention and response, and advocacy around of all these issues and more.
  2. I often feel there’s something bigger out there waiting to be realized by me. I can feel myself on the brink again here, teetering between fear and acceptance of something I can only call my destiny, of leaving my mark in this world by making it a better place through prevention and promotion, education and healing, promise, and hope.

To put it into Disney terms I want to be part of that world and I’ve got so much more than they’ve got planned. Yes, that just happened. No, I’m not sorry about it. And come on, you know I had to! 😉

As I look back on my life I can see these two themes running over and over again. I know this is common among entrepreneurs and healers and empaths, but, you guessed it, I don’t feel that I fit into those labels as well. I want to, so very desperately, but I don’t.

Which, of course, leaves just me.

Please don’t get me wrong…I have wonderful friends and readers and clients. My life is full of love. It took quite some time for me to be able to own that fact after my experiences in grad school, but I can now proudly say that I know its true. But, despite all of this, I often still find myself feeling on the outside, buddies with everyone but true friends with few. A recent Hopkins gathering reminded me of this and reopened old wounds I thought I had dealt with. Although I didn’t completely revert into a quieter, shadowier, more self-deprecating version of myself, I could feel her coming out of me. My inner child, who took such a beating over the course of the last year, wanted nothing more than to curl up into a corner and hide…from the potential for judgment and the reminder that I’m not like them and I blew my chance to be with them.

This all leads me to a new book I’m reading: Do the Work by Steven Pressfield. Or rather, a book I’m rereading because I sped through the first round and now I’m taking it one topic at a time, furiously taking notes and working on actually implementing the principles. Anyway, one of the principles talks about well-intentioned family and friends as being one of our greatest adversaries. Why? Because they see us, and want to keep us, consciously or not, as we are. Steven encourages us to let them go because new friends, ones who will be among our greatest aids, the people who we 100% need will show up.

Perhaps, this message is telling me to forget about trying to fit in. That the people who I constantly feel I have to prove myself to (clue: just about everyone except for a handful of dear loved ones!), are not the ones I should be spending time worrying about. That, upon “giving them up,” a new tribe will come into my life, accepting me as I am and encouraging me to be the best version of myself.

Because, at the end of the day, that’s who I want to surround myself with, is it not? Or is that just my ego talking, trying to protect me by keeping me separate? Its been hard for me to tell lately, as one of the more unfortunate results from this past year’s journey is that I no longer have a strong sense of whether my ego or my Inner Pilot Light is speaking…probably definitely because getting quiet and tapping into the latter became so much harder + scarier.

SO this revelation is far from complete…although it has inspired me to rewatch two of my absolute favorite Disney movies.

Have you ever struggled with feeling lonely and/or not fitting in?

Yoga/beauty/crazy-sexy-life,

Kait xo

(Not Really) Money Saving Monday

i-love-saving-money-copyHiya coupon kings and queens!

I missed ya’ll last week..instead, I was travelling back from a relaxing weekend in CT with family and friends. It was a delicious weekend too as I found a vegan chocolate and ice cream shop and visited some of my fave veg-friendly restaurants in New Haven (specifically York St Noodle House and Claire’s Cornercopia).

Upon returning to Baltimore, after sitting in far more traffic than is ok for the middle of a Monday, neither the beau nor I were in the mood to shop, cook, or move our cars from their primo parking spots during rush hour. The joys of city life! <–but I wouldn’t change it or go back to the ‘burbs for the world Anyway, I unfortunately discovered that we could easily (read: in 10 minutes or less) walk to one of my fave Baltimore vegan joints. So we grabbed delish-but-wallet-friendly takeout: the best vegan mac and cheese + garlic kale salad for me and curried veggies, smoked collards, and candied sweet potatoes for him. I also may have returned the next day to grab a green smoothie. *whistles*

Yes, we eventually went grocery shopping…on Wednesday. Needless to say there wasn’t much to report, although I did score some cheap-o razors at Target in CT. #win

Meal Plan

Zuke Pasta with Tahini Sauce + Other Goodness
Southwest Cornbread Salad

Homemade personal veggie pizzas
Curry Roasted Carrots with Peanut Sunbutter Sauce and Baked Coconut Lentils
Lemony Millet Salad with Chickpeas, Corn, and Spinach
Kale with Pecorino Nooch and Walnuts + leftovers

Also, look how pretty our produce bowl is this week:

Spending Savings

Farmers Market: $26
Whole Foods: $30.97
Rite Aid: $13
Trader’s: $10Total: $79.97

Ok so if we’re being honest, Rite Aid and Trader’s are guesses for later in the week but based on my estimates, it’ll work out perfectly. 🙂

Steals and Deals

Rite Aid

Buy (1) Organix Shampoo, $5.99, get one free
Use (1) $2.00/1 Organix product coupon (SS 08/11/13)
Total: $3.99/2 or $2.00 each

Buy (2) Kashi Cereals, $6.00
Use (1) $1.00/2 Kashi cereals coupon (RP 08/04/13 #2)
and get $1 UP Reward
Total: $4.00/2 or $2.00 each

Buy (2) Scotch-Brite mulipacks, $3.94
Use (1) $1.00/2 Scotch-Brite multipacks coupon (SS 08/04/13 Regional)
Total: $2.94/2 or $1.47 each

That’s it for this week. Short and sweet!

Yoga/beauty/savings,

Kait xo

 

 

Being Provided For

Apparently my writing muse has returned. I started journaling again per my doctor’s orders and now I’m writing left and write…in my journal, in the notebook I’ve taken to carry with me everywhere to write down new ideas, newsletters for Passion by Kait , and blog posts for here.

*whew* it feels delicious.

Anyway on a recent trip to DC, amidst business passengers tourists and average Joes and Janes, I took the time to reflect on all the ways I’ve been provides for in this tough time of transition.

A partner who loves me despite the fact that some days I’m utterly and completely apathetic, and others high on life, and other sobbing with dread and hopelessness.

Friends who nourish my soul…and my fangirling. They provide the perfect balance of support and silliness, inspiration and escape.

Unexpected income, from new clients, last minute parties, selling clothes at the consignment shop, and just finding change on the ground, a gentle reminder that the Universe or God or whatever name you give it is, in fact, listening and watching over me.

Late night revelations about my business, new colleagues who offer guidance and help, scholarships to conferences and training, and and increased number of job opportunities that say the numbers are starting to work in my favor.

A newfound sense of purpose and focus and motivation.

Cooler temps that make the days bearable, and keep the AC off!

All of these things are gentle reminders that I am not alone and that this too will pass, all in good, cosmic time.

This summer has not been easy, but amidst the moments of chaos and fear and doubt there have also been utterly beautiful moments of connection, caring, hope, and love.

And those are what I hope o remember. That this isn’t anything like I imagined things would be, but it’s better…because its reminding me to surrender, offer my struggles and my hopes to a higher power, and keep on keeping on…one day, cover letter, and meal at a time.

Yoga/beauty/life,

Kait xo

Super Simple (Almost) Raw Pasta

This week I made a fantastic quick lunch dish that I wanted to share.

Yes that’s right, I’m sharing a recipe!  WHAT?!

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This super simple dish came together in bout 30 minutes and was filling and all sorts of delish…tangy and crunchy and refreshing and light.

Super Simple (Almost) Raw Pasta

2 zucchini (mine were ~5 in each)
1 carrot (same size)
1-1.5 Tbsp oil
1 large clove of garlic, minced.
Pinch of red pepper flakes
2+ Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp hemp seeds
Salt and pepper to taste

Make raw noodles using a spiralizer, juliennee peeler, regular peeler, or sharp knife.

Heat a frying pan on medium-low When the pan is warm, add oil (you may need more or less depending on the pan you’re using). When the oil is warm, add garlic and pepper and saute for 1-2 minutes.  Add raw pasta, nutritional yeast, hemp seeds, and salt and pepper. Mix together and heat for 3-5 minutes, depending on how soft you want the noodles. Top with additional nooch and hemp seeds.

That’s it! It was a filling, delicious, colorful, and filling lunch.

Yoga/beauty/mmm,

Kait xo

 

Money Saving Monday: Three Trips

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Happy Monday all! Not sure why I’m so excited about this…probably because I feel like this week, there’s something good coming. In fact, let’s just make a pact right now: good things happen this week. Period.  😉

Before I get to the meat tofu of this post, In case you missed my *gasp* Saturday update, be sure to head over to Sunday Paper Coupons to read my guest post. I also made sure to add the link to my still-new Couponing page here at YBL.

No tip this week…my writing muse (I think I should name her…any suggestions?) has been inspiring me left and right. So, instead, be on the look out for more frequent posts and a return to more-than-just couponing topics. 😉

Meal Plan

Pasta with mustard greens and grape tomatoes.
Zuke pasta with tahini sauce and other goodness with a side of roasted taters
Curried Corn Soup (from Parade magazine. #noshame)
Some kale salad with baked tofu of some sort

Last night we had Curried Ginger and Raisin Lentils with quinoa and hummus. This is one of my go-to dishes when I need something hearty, delicious, and quick. During school there were definitely days where I cooked this while I got ready in the am. Grad school: encouraging resourcefulness, one rushed recipe at a time.

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Spending Savings

After last week’s awesome deals, this week was a bit of a let-down. I was convinced we only would have to go to the farmer’s market and BJs…and they didn’t have avocados and after surviving last week with only one the whole week I needed them. So off to Trader’s we went. *dramatic sigh*

Farmer’s Market: $24.00
BJs: $30.60
Trader Joe’s: $24.68
Total: $79.38

Farmer’s Market: $1.50
BJs
: $9.31
Traders: $1.50
Total: $12.31 (16%)

Steals and Deals

BJ’s

Some BJs store coupons can be printed online here. Otherwise, the coupons are included in the monthly mailer members receive and/or the in-store coupon fliers.

Buy (1) Snikiddy Sea Salt Fries (16 oz), $3.69
Use (1) $1.00/1 Snikiddy Sea Salt Fries BJs coupon
with (1) $0.75/1 Snikiddy product (4 oz+) coupon
Total: $1.94

Buy (1) Chobani 12-pack, $10.79
Use (1) $2.50/1 Chobani 12-pack BJs coupon
with (up to 12) $0.30/1 6 oz Chobani yogurt cup coupon
Total: as low as* $4.69 or $0.39/cup
*If you have two computers you can print 4 coupons so more realistically it’ll be about $7.09 or $0.59/cup which is still awesome!

Trader Joe’s

Organic lacinto kale (10 oz): $2.29
Organic carrots (1 lb): $0.89
Avocados (4-pack): $3.49
Local zucchini: $0.79 each
Raw sunflower seeds (1 lb): $1.99
Unsweetened applesauce (25 oz) $1.99
Organic frozen peas (1 lb): $1.99
Dried cranberries (8 oz)L $1.99
Chocolate chips (1 lb): $1.99

Buy (1) Barbara’s Shredded Wheat (24 oz), $3.99
Use (1) $1.50/1 Barbara’s product coupon
Total: $2.49

Buy (1) Ezekiel 4:9 loaf, $3.99
Use (1) $0.50/1 Food for Life product coupon
Total: $3.49

There you have it. Be sure to check back Wednesday for a super simple recipe.

Yoga/beauty/savings,

Kait xo

Guest Posting – Sunday Paper Coupon

Hi all!

You probably think I’ve gone a bit bonkers because I’m posting on a Saturday but I assure you…I haven’t. At least no more than usual.

Anyway, this is a quick check-in to invite you to check out my guest post over on Sunday Paper Coupon. I was super stoked when Jayme reached out to me and couldn’t have been happier to share my story.

I hope you enjoy.

Yoga/beauty/savings,

Kait xo