Sweets for the Sweetest (WIAW)

Thanks for all of your super thoughtful (and funny comments) on my Marvelous in My Monday post on practical Christmas presents. If you missed it, check it out here to read some ridiculously offensive gifts!

Now to run in the completely opposite direction, I was nominated for The Super Sweet Blogging Award by Liv Lives Life and Scribbles and Sprinkles. I’m so grateful whenever I’m nominated for an award like this. First of all, it makes me happy to know that people are reading and enjoying my blog. Second, it gives me an excuse to fill out fun surveys!

Super Sweet Blogging Award.

The rules:

  1. Give credit to the person who chose to nominate you.
  2. Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.
  3. Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen (13) blogs.

Super Sweet Questions:

1. Cookies or Cake? How about both? I would pick cookie dough cake, like this one I found on foodgawker:

CCC Cake-cut

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? I’m a vanilla girl through and through.

3. What is your favorite sweet treat? Ice cream. No matter the season.

chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? When don’t I crave sweet things? I would say that during the morning and at night though I dream most often of pies and muffins and cookies and ice cream.

vegan blueberry muffin

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Whatever I say is going to seem cheesy or self-centered, so for your sake and mine I’ll refrain. (If you’d like to make up a nickname for me though, that would totally be acceptable!)

My nominations:

Now onto the rest of my “sweet” post involving WIAW, which is ironically not very sweet.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m on the GAPS diet or “healing protocol” as I like to call it. I dislike the negative connotations with the word diet. In no way am I restricting my calories with this plan. If anything, I’m eating more than I have been able to in a long time.

I haven’t posted many pictures, because as you could see on New Year’s Eve, all of my meals basically consist of soup. Broth, vegetables, and meat to be specific. Throw in some coconut oil, olive oil, sauerkraut and some supplements, and you have my grocery list.

Because it is What I ATE Wednesday though, I’m not going to post what other people ate like I have been doing lately (even if their food is way more exciting than mine), but I’ll share a few photos of what I’ve actually been eating.

For my main meals I eat soup with a broth base, either chicken or beef as the meat, and some form of squash like zucchini or acorn. Following the GAPS protocol I also add some type of fat like coconut oil or olive oil, sea salt, and a tsp of sauerkraut juice.

Soup #1: Chicken and Zucchini Noodle Soup


Soup #2: Beef and Squash Soup



For my snacks I cook some type of vegetable with broth. I drink the broth separate with some sauerkraut juice. On top of the cooked vegetables I melt some coconut oil and sprinkle sea salt.

Snack #1: Glazed Carrots


Snack #2: Boiled Acorn Squash

To make the acorn squash I have to peel before cooking because it’s not organic:


Acorn squash is SO HARD to peel though. Look at all of those tiny pieces!


Unfortunately I scarfed down the cooked squash before I had the chance to take a picture, but that’s okay because I have another award to share:

I also was nominated by Liv Lives Life for Blog of the Year 2012.

Picture 2

The rules:

  1. Select another blog or other blogs who deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
  3. Include a link back to this page Blog of the Year 2012 Award at the Thought Palette and provide these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!).
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
  5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…


Same as above!


Here’s to another great year and many more WIAWs to come!


Questions for you:

  1. Answer one of the sweet blogger survey questions above.
  2. Are you a fan of coconut oil yet?
  3. Technological question for you all. Whenever I upload and/or try to edit this soup picture, the bottom part gets strangely colored and pixelated. What do you think would cause this?


44 thoughts on “Sweets for the Sweetest (WIAW)

  1. I’m so glad to see you getting meat, veggies and fat back into your diet (I hate this word too). My fingers are crossed, and I hope this heals your stomach.
    I’ve never seen a picture do that so I’ve got no suggestions for you.
    Thank you so much for nominated me…Again! for another blog award. I really, really appreciate it and ironically enough just started drafting my post from your last award. Stay tuned; it will be coming soon. Thanks so much; you’re a total sweetheart.

  2. Oh my goodness, that cookie dough cake.. Wow! So many soups in your day, I bet you are looking forward to eating with a knife and fork soon!! Hope the plan helps you feel better. Well done for all the awards, you must have a very full online awards shelf 😉

    • That’s how I felt when I saw the cake too. WOW. I’ve been gawking at it for a while now, trying to convince my brother that he needs to let me make it for his next birthday party 🙂

      Yes. I didn’t even have to bring a fork with me to school! SAD.

  3. My oh my! Thank you so much for nominating me for the awards! You ARE so sweet.

    I’m focused on the glazed carrots right now. Sweet and healthy. Love them!

    No clue about the picture. Did you try uploading it on a different computer? Just to make sure it wasn’t something eith yoir settings? Don’t listen to me, I don’t know what I’m talking about. 🙂

    Psych is too funny! I want to hang out with Shawn and Gus.

    • I can’t wait to read some of your survey answers!

      Cooked carrots were my favorite vegetable when I was younger because they are so sweet and delicious. I hadn’t had them in forever though!

      I’ll definitely try out your suggestion of a different computer. It really doesn’t matter to me at all, just curious.

      Psych is so funny. If I knew Shawn and Gus in real life I would be their stalkers hanging on their every word 😀

  4. First & foremost… thank you SO much for nominating me for the awards sweetie. You are such a sweetheart!!

    && secondly… way to leave me completely drooling as well. =)

  5. Thanks so much for the nomination! I would do it but I’ve already been nominated a few times and I don’t want to bore anyone with talking about my obsession with cake and ice cream and milkshakes haha but you are SO sweet! And I’m drooling over the cookie dough cake picture. My roommate and I made it once and oh my gosh it was the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my LIFE!

    • I totally understand. Usually I check up on who has and who hasn’t gotten awards yet, but this time I forgot… Whoops!

      So jealous that you made the cookie dough cake. Did you take pictures? It must have been awesome!

  6. Oh my goodness, girl! Thank you so muchhhhhh!! Ahhh this makes my day…which is desperately needed since I walked into some craziness at school this morning ha….three more days thankfully! Your eats look great, and you’re giving me some awesome soup ideas! Is it helping? I haven’t tried coconut oil yet, but it’s on my must try list asap!! Come february (when I have some extra money finally) I am going to be playing with a whole lot of fun foods and I can’t wait to get there 🙂

    • Hope all the craziness at school dies down. I know with my mom being a teacher she always comes home with the most stressful-sounding stories. You’d think that that wouldn’t be the case, but some people are just ridiculous! Haha.

      I feel like it’s helping, but we’ll see. I have to take something everytime I eat the coconut or olive oil to help me digest it. I forgot this morning and now my stomach hurts 😦 Coconut oil is the easiest to digest of all fats though, so it’s definitely an improvement. Plus it tastes great on top of cooked veggies!

      Can’t wait for your survey! And to see some of those fun foods that you’re going to buy!

  7. I’m not a fan of the negative connotation with the word diet too….a lot of people (me included) have to eat a certain way for their health, not to cut calories or lose weight. Drives me nuts that the GF diet has become such a “fad”. If I could eat gluten, I would! And I just bought a super awesome vegetable peeler, I found it on amazon and it works wonders for peeling tough vegetables. Andd last but not least thanks for the nomination!! I’ll definitely fill this one out 🙂

    • I completely agree with you. There are people out there with actual reactions to gluten and those who jump on the bandwagon to lose weight are not taking the condition seriously. I saw someone once say: I have a gluten allergy, so I can only have it once a day. And another blogger wrote that her salad came with croutons on it, so she had to remove them before being able to eat her salad… Um, that’s not the way it works!!

      On the other hand, more gluten-free eaters = more gluten-free products! 🙂

      I just bought a vegetable peeler too which is great for peeling zucchini and sometimes the occasional tough squash. It was only a dollar though, so it’s not super heavy duty, but it’s Betty Crocker and works pretty well! Acorn squash is difficult no matter what because of all the nooks and crannies.

    • Can I love this reply! I agree so much, if I could eat gluten, trust me, I’d live on bagels. At least there’s a million gfree options because so many people have jumped on the bandwagon.

  8. I agree that squash is generally difficult to peel–but the end result is usually worth it! And I am definitely a fan of coconut oil; I like using it for baking instead of canola oil, since it lends a far richer and more buttery taste. That cookie dough cake looks soooooo decadent–though all the refined sugar and gluten that is probably in it would definitely wreak havoc in my stomach:)

    • Warm food is definitely in season. Glad I started GAPS now or all of this soup would have felt completely out of place.

      Up until a few weeks ago I ate the peel on my squashes too. I read that the fiber was good for you. But I never took into consideration all of the pesticides and chemicals that are on them if you don’t buy organic. Too much stuff to think about. I wish it were as easy as being able to walk to the grocers, grab an apple, and not have to worry about whether or not there was something on it that had to be washed off.

  9. I’m awful at computer stuff so sorry can’t help with your picture!
    Not a fan of coconut oil for cooking due to saturated fat content – but big fan of it for body use!
    I’m a vanilla girl too 🙂

    • That’s okay! 🙂

      I was freaked out by the saturated fat content at first too. Then I read up more about it, and (at least it seems) that it really is good for our bodies. Supposedly coconut oil is made up of a different type of saturated fat than animal fat, and is converted into energy much more quickly than other types. Another thing that I was surprised to learn is that it’s anti-microbial so it aids in dealing with parasites and bacteria. Still, that doesn’t mean that everything I read was right, just lots of interesting stuff! And I use it on my hands when they get dried, and on my lips in place of chapstick!

      Yay! Everyone seems to be chocolate people, and while I like chocolate, vanilla is more my speed 🙂

  10. Thank you so much for nominating me! All of your soups look delicious, and agreed, acorn squash is so hard to peel! Glad to hear about your new diet:) Have a great day!

    • Awesome. Thanks! I’ll check out your husband’s ideas and see if any of them work! It doesn’t really matter to me that it got ruined, but I just would like to know what happened so I can prevent it from happening with more important pictures! Tell him thanks for me 🙂

  11. Haha I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve eaten the food before being being able to take a picture. Those desserts are AMAZING! I am about to go rummage in my kitchen for something sweet 🙂 Love the blog- I’m over at SoFitandSoGreen.blogspot.com with other health oriented tips and motivations!

  12. Aww thanks for the 2 nominations :)! You’re such a sweet blogger yourself 😉

    That ice cream pic you posted now has me craving cookie dough ice cream!! 😛

  13. Congrats on the award! I’ve loved reading all your replies 🙂 That cookie dough cake looks AMAZING! I’m more of a cookie kinda gal myself but I’d love to tuck into that cake. Best of both worlds then!
    Have a great weekend Madison xx

  14. Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any tips and hints for newbie blog writers? I’d really appreciate it.

    • I don’t know what happens or where those comments go… Sorry! I hate when that happens.

      Your comment is so sweet and thoughtful. I’ll definitely have to check out your blog! I guess I’d just say that you shouldn’t try to fit what your write to what you think others will want to read. Write what you want, and the readers will come.

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