Thinking Out Loud #2

Happy Thursday!

1. I know I said that I probably wouldn’t be doing Thinking Out Loud Thursdays very often, but I liked it so much last week that I couldn’t help participating again this week!

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2. Two exams down. Three more to go. Tomorrow morning I have Business Communications at 8:30am and then Astronomy right afterwards at 10:45am. I already have a nap planned for the afternoon somewhere in the neighborhood of 2:00pm.

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3. While I am really looking forward to Christmas Break, I don’t like all the work that comes before it. I have to defrost my fridge and mini freezer before Friday. Also we have to do a major cleaning of the common area in our dorm. Fun.

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4. Even though it’s not Sunday, Arman’s Spill It Sunday link-up is still open so I figured that I’d jump on the chance to join in:

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What is your favorite genre of film?

The real question should be- why do I have to pick just ONE? Action, Sci-Fi, Romantic Comedy, Musical, Adventure, Fantasy, Superhero… I think this would be better phrased as what kind of genres I DON’T like. Easy. Horror and Gross rated R comedies.

What is your favorite ever movie?

Boy Arman, are you full of tough questions this week! I would have to go with Harry Potter. And yes I know that there is more than one film in the HP series, and no, I am not going to pick which one I like best.

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What movie do you think deserves to have never been made?

You all know my professed hatred for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and that was the first movie that popped into my mind when reading this question.

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However, there is another movie with which I’m not even sure how it was conceived let alone produced. Bubba Ho-Tep. 

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Just read the description and you’ll know where I’m coming from.

Mud Creek, Texas, is about to get all shook up. When mysterious deaths plague the Shady Rest retirement home, it’s up to an aging, cantankerous “Elvis” (Bruce Campbell) and a decrepitand black”JFK” (Ossie Davis) to defeat a 3,000-year-old-Egyptian mummy with a penchant for sucking human souls! Can the King show the world that he can still take care of business?

Here is a trailer in case you need more convincing. I’m sorry, maybe it’s just me and it’s a fantastic movie. For some reason I don’t think so though…

Wait! Hold up. I just thought of an even worse movie. Jack Black’s Bernie. We literally could not finish it and just skipped to the end so we knew what happened.

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What movie should be considered a legal sleeping pill?

The Avengers. Before you all protest, I will acknowledge that the second time I saw the movie it was slightly better, but the plot line was just not good. I fell asleep twice during the movie.

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If you made a movie, what would it be about?

I really want to see a new spy series. Jason Bourne, Mission Impossible and James Bond are so good but they all feature older males. It’s time for a new female spy series!

A movie which you love but you’d never admit…

I know that as a superhero fan I am supposed to hate the ones that deviate from the originals,  but I just love Batman and Robin with George Clooney.

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5. Somehow I have watched six and counting episodes of Glee tonight. I saw one of the auditions on Youtube and got the sudden urge to rewatch the first season. I just love Rachel and Finn.

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6. Ending on an even number today, I am so happy with all of the contributions so far with 12 Days of Allergy-Free Christmas Recipes! If you haven’t been keeping up, make sure to check out this page (also listed on my menu above) with links to all of the posts so far. We actually have all but one day filled, so if anyone is interested, let me know. And keep up the great work everyone!

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Questions for you:

  • What are your movie favorites?
  • Are there any movies that you love but everyone else hates?
  • What are you thinking about on this beautiful (cold) Thursday?

Game Changer Chocolate Frosting

No.

Time.

Ahhh!!

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Okay, now that that rant is over, I want to thank you all for your amazing comments on my last few posts! Sorry I haven’t gotten back to you. Same goes for my blog reading recently. As I said above, I just haven’t had the time.

Today my aunt helped me move all of my big furniture into my dorm room (mini fridge, microwave, chair, computer/phone setup for my internship, table). I would have moved everything today on campus but I also had an appointment with my GAPS practitioner so I couldn’t stay.

This Saturday I’ll probably finish moving up with the help of my parents (and maybe my brother depending on his mood 😉 ).

Would you believe that I already have things to do before school starts? Like non-moving in things. More specifically speaking, homework-esque things. Ugh.

But for now I am living in blissful denial until Sunday when I will tackle all of that.

Let’s focus on glorious food for now, okay?

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As I mentioned on Wednesday this past Sunday was my dad’s birthday so I made him a cake. Yellow layers with chocolate frosting.

The cake part turned out pretty tasty but not exactly sharing-material.

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The frosting however was a real winner.

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Some may call it a…

Game Changer Chocolate Frosting

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly

Makes about 2 cups of frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup carob powder (or cocoa powder but it will not be as sweet)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • dash of sea salt and splash of vanilla (optional but recommended)

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blend and mix well.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. If making a layer cake add the frosting in between the layers and freeze for a few hours. Then frost the rest of the cake with the remaining chilled frosting.

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Questions for you:

How do you people click that “Mark all as read” button on Bloglovin? I just feel SO guilty! 😦

Is chocolate and avocado even a surprising combo anymore? Answer: Whenever I see chocolate + “surprise ingredient” I immediately guess avocado.

Feel free to rant about not having any time either! I’m all ears.

Ignore the Burn Marks (WIAW)

Right now I’m watching What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It’s the split screen scene where Cameron Diaz and Matthew Morrison are talking about circumcision (don’t worry- that’s not at all where this post is going). On the one side you have Diaz eating a banana and on the other is Morrison staring at a plate full of donuts. For some reason I find this really backwards and hilarious. If I don’t have food allergies whenever I am in the process of growing a life inside of me, I hope I have the restraint to bypass the donuts and pick up a banana instead.

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Ha. Who am I kidding. I will never leave the house because I’ll be baking out the wazoo. Some women send out their significant other to buy bags of cookies and chips… I’ll send mine out for flour, coconut oil and carob powder.

Okay, so now Chace Crawford just handed Anna Kendrick a tin of homemade caramels. I think I seriously just “awwed.” Not because he made her caramels, but because he made her caramels AND he did so despite the fact that he knew he would burn his hand in the process. Dude- I can so relate. I need me one of those fancy bandages whenever I get flicked with scalding liquids while cooking chili or accidentally banging my  forearm against the inside of my oven while removing a fresh sheet of cookies.

You know what I’d really need? A t-shirt that says: “Ignore the burn mark shaped like a donut. Hungry mother in the kitchen.”

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Seriously. That’s a best selling idea right there.

Boy oh boy. I’m not even sure how I got onto that train of thought. In case you were wondering, no, I’m not pregnant. This is just a really cute movie and I obviously am horrible at multi-tasking. Thank goodness I wasn’t writing a term paper on astronomy or something like that. But how fun would that be to find out if there really is a connection between full moons and birth rates (didn’t expect me to find a way to connect those two, did ya? 😉 )

Speaking of pregnancies, how great are all of these pregnant bloggers doing? Especially our lovely hostess for the week, Jenn. I just loved her bump post this past week. Too cute!

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*Movie just ended*

Now that that’s over, time for me to actually focus on this post 🙂 Today I don’t have any recipes to share, but a bunch of pictures of food that I’ve been making since coming home late Friday night. I have about two days to pack up before heading off to school for the year and you can count on a lot more deliciousness being cooked up in the meantime (and hopefully no bandages required!).

One of the recipes that I am most excited to share actually was created by someone else. Lucky you all, you can see how to make it today. The recipe comes from 17recipes.com and is called “My Best Paleo Waffle Recipe.” The name is quite fitting actually. Even though I wasn’t able to actually taste the waffle, it certainly smelled and looked like the real deal. I doubled the recipe and gave one huge belgian waffle to each of my parents. My mom topped hers with peaches (wish I had gotten a picture of that because it looked insanely good) while my dad went the old-fashioned route with just honey.

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Another recipe that I am anxious to share, but you all will just have to wait for this one! Remember how I brainstormed some potential spin-off ideas for my coconut flour cinnamon rolls? Well, I just couldn’t wait to try one of them out and proceeded to make a new batch this past weekend. With apple chunks. Yes, you will want to check this out. Dare I say that they were even more beloved than the original?

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Next up is quite a simple recipe. Not even sure if it needs sharing really. Basically it’s just some fish that I coated in ghee and seasoned with salt and pepper before baking. Served with a side of cooked peas, this was a meal for my dad. Mine looked just the same minus the ghee and peppers. Simple and it just really hit the spot. I made some fish last week too and just couldn’t get it off of my mind!

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This past Sunday was my dad’s birthday and of course I had to make him a cake! The cake itself I probably will not share the recipe for because it was a little time consuming and didn’t turn out as well as I had expected. It wasn’t that my mom and dad didn’t love the taste. They gobbled it up. It’s just that my mom thought the cake was supposed to be chocolate cake. However, there was not a lick of cocoa powder in sight in the cake recipe. It was supposed to be yellow actually, but both parents swore up and down that it was chocolate. Um, no. There was carob in the frosting though, and I’m quite pleased with how that turned out so I will be sharing the recipe for that one pronto.

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Now that wraps up WIAW for the week. Make sure to check out all of the other link-ups that Peas and Crayons has for today (maybe some of those bloggers were nice enough to provide you with actual recipes and not just pictures 😉 ). Either way, check back on Friday where I promise to post at least one of the recipes that you see on here today!

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Questions for you:

Have you ever watched What to Expect When You’re Expecting? This was probably my second or third time watching it. No award-winner or anything, just a good make-you-smile movie.

Do you ever burn yourself while baking/cooking? I don’t too often!

Who is ready for summer to be over? I’ll get back to you on that one…. Tough question.

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

I didn’t really feel like it was that important to mention before, but today is my last full-time day at my internship. After this week I’m going to be working remote from my dorm room at school and the hours will be part time.

I’d like to say that I’ve loved everything about the job. But that wouldn’t really be true. It IS work after all 😉 What I can say is that I do not regret for a second my decision to take the internship. It’s pushed me outside of my comfort zone daily. I’ve learned a lot about patience both with customers as well as myself. Most importantly though I feel more experienced.

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Nothing except for experience and practice can make one feel more prepared for the real world. I walked into this job knowing next to nothing about taxes and I’m walking out (well, I’m “half” out) much more knowledgeable and confident.

I also kind of feel the same way now about baking using unusual ingredients!

Practice practice practice

If at first you don’t succeed

Don’t give up just keep on trying

Til you get up to speed

A++ if you know where I got that quote from 😉

Now, it’s time to get to the recipe that I promised on Wednesday

Okay, so the first thing that you’ll notice with these suckers is that they use a lot of coconut oil. Well, not A LOT a lot, but it ends up being about 1 tbsp per roll. I figured that’s alright since you all are huge fans of coconut oil too and it’s basically the most praised ingredient among food bloggers right now because of its amazing health benefits.

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That said, I’m thinking that next time I’m going to experiment a bit with swapping out some of the coconut oil for perhaps some applesauce or pumpkin… or both? Um, yes please. Pumpkin + apple is only one of the most epic combinations ever! I may wait until pumpkin season is upon us for that rendition, but I can guarantee you that it is going to happen.

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free, No Refined Sugar, GAPS/Paleo-Friendly

Makes six cinnamon rolls

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Ingredients:

Roll Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed + 1/2 cup water (or 4 eggs I want to test this out first myself to ensure that it works)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup to make this vegan)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

*For a different flavor swapping out the banana for pumpkin puree or applesauce would be absolutely delicious!

Filling ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (enough to cover the entire dough)

*I’m thinking that some apple chunks in the filling would be amazing, as would replacing the coconut oil with applesauce here.

Topping ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, softened

* You can use any kind of topping here. Greek yogurt + honey would be a good one. As would applesauce, nut butter, just a plain drizzle of honey or maple syrup. More cinnamon? You can never have too much cinnamon 😀

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the flax seed and water together in a medium-sized bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes or until thick.
  3. Mash in the ripe banana and add the remaining liquid ingredients stirring well.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients until well combined. Add more coconut flour if necessary so the dough is not sticky.
  5. Spread out another sheet of parchment paper and roll out the dough into a large rectangle (I just used my hands and it worked fine!).
  6. Coat the dough with the 2 tbsp coconut oil and 2 tbsp honey for the filling and sprinkle with the cinnamon.
  7. Roll up the dough and cut into six equal pieces. Place each piece on the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Meanwhile make the topping out of the honey and coconut oil.
  9. When the cinnamon rolls are done let cool slightly before topping and enjoying!

Notes: These are pretty nutrient-dense cinnamon rolls. One or two is plenty for a meal or snack, but I totally understand if you can’t just stop at one! 😉 If you are wanting to make these but you need a lower calorie version, here are a few suggestions- decrease the honey/coconut oil in the dough/filling to 1 tbsp in each part and replace banana and/or applesauce to keep the moisture consistent. Adding apple pieces to the filling to make the rolls thicker will also give you more bang for you calorie buck. As for the topping, you can simply drizzle the cinnamon rolls in just coconut oil or honey, replace it with some fresh fruit, cinnamon, or even eat them plain!

Shared at Food Forager.

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Next week I hope to get busy in the kitchen as I know when school starts I’m going to rarely be home and have zero time to bake. <Insert sad face here> Look for a lot of food (as well as school) related posts coming your way soon!

Happy Friday everyone.

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Questions for you:

When do you go back to school?

What has taken you awhile to get the hang of, but you finally nailed it?

Looking back, what have you done this summer that makes it different than previous ones?