Friday Food Finds #14- Buried Alive

GRRR. So I was seriously hoping that I was going to be wrong with this whole buried-underneath-the-rubbles-that-are-midterms. Will someone come pull me up?

And bring a forklift.

Or a shovel.

Both would suffice.

Umm… Moving on.

A good blogger would push through and write up a fantastic post (or better yet plan in advance and have one all ready to go). Today I am not that blogger though and while I have a few recipes that I would love to share, I really don’t want to worry about getting all of the formatting and picture editing perfect. And you wouldn’t want me to forget an essential ingredient like the flour that holds everything together, right?

I thought so.

Instead, I’m going to let the spotlight shine on some bloggers who DO have their act together with another Friday Food Finds!

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You can read all about Friday Food Finds and my past posts here:

Friday Food Finds #10

Friday Food Finds #11

Friday Food Finds #12

Friday Food Finds #13 (Mission Accomplished)

Cashew Caramel Apples

For some reason growing up I only ever ate caramel apples in public at the fair. This would have saved a lot of teeth-picking embarrassment.

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Blueberry Muffin Bites

Blueberry muffins are my favorite type of muffin ever. A no bake, healthy version that is quick and easy is a dream come true.

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Homemade Twix Bars

I’ll admit that I’m not a big fan of Twix candy bars, but I know some people in my family who would love to have me make this for them.

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Chocolate Bark

This how-to is super fast and simple. It’s also really customizable so you can include whatever add-ins you want.

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And… here are some links that I think you should check out as well!

5 Ways to Deal with Fat Days

There’s no denying that we all have them, so we might as well learn to get through them with the least amount of tears as possible.

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Masking Issues with Macros

This has been on my mind a lot lately. I won’t say which way I am on the subject right now, but I love the discussion going on.

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Why I Stopped Posting Recipes

You know me and my love for recipes; however, I think this post is great in getting us to think about why we post what we do.

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How We Are Adjusting

No matter what stage of life you are in, this post is a must-read on why communication is so important.

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Think Before You Judge

We all need to do this.

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Also, just because I want to make you smile, these are my top Buzzfeed reads of the week!

“Brides Throwing Cats” Is The Wedding Tumblr You Didn’t Know You Needed

My favorite professor, being a cat-lover, posted this link of Facebook.

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17 Reasons You Wish Giles From “Buffy” Was Your Dad

Giles just always knew the right things to say and how to say them as intelligently as possible.

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The Guy Who Did Rebecca Black’s “Friday” Made A New Song Called “Chinese Food” And It’s So Embarrassing

I love Chinese Food as much as the next person and even I can’t stand watching this video (the Panda Bear is just too much to take).

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This Is The Most Over-The-Top Wedding Proposal Of All Time Ever

While I had to fast forward through a few parts because of the above mentioned midterm studying, I still teared up. Future husband take note.

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Five minutes until my blogging cut off point so I’m going to wrap this up. Look for new recipes next week (I see some more cinnamon roll recipes in the future! 😉 ).

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the cookbook giveaway that I posted on Monday! If you didn’t get the chance yet there are five ways to enter and you have until Sunday night.

Also, I just got permission to share ANOTHER recipe with you all from ANOTHER vegan cookbook (my meat-loving friends may groan, but my allergic foodie friends are probably extremely happy right now 🙂 ). I’m joining forces with BenBella Books once again to share a chocolate chip cookie recipe from Lindsay at the Happy Herbivore’s upcoming cookbook Happy Herbivore Light and Lean. It’s part of her pre-blog tour so no cookbook review yet, but like I said, I do get to share the cookie recipe.

In addition, I’m able to ask Lindsay a few questions which I have to send to her by Monday. To make the interview more interesting I’d like to get your input on what you want to know! Everything is fair game and I will pick a few to have answered. Thanks a ton! 😀

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No questions for today except for those coming from YOU on what you want me to ask Lindsay.

And let me know what you think about all of the links I shared today!

A Buzzworthy Recipe

It seems that there are two main buzzwords in the food world right now: Gluten-free and Vegan. Label any recipe with one of those and you are guaranteed to have a success on your hands.

So does that mean if something is both you have a mega success?

Well, I should certainly hope so, because I have a super fantastic and easy recipe to share today that is gluten (and grain) free as well as free of eggs, dairy, peanuts… and calories!

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(Source: Etsy)

Ha. Okay, so that last part is a 100% lie, but whoever invents a recipe that is calorie-free (and doesn’t taste like rubber and/or contain ingredients that would make a lab rat run in fear) then they will be rich.

I guess for now I’ll just have to settle for “mega success” without the money 😉

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Vegan Grain-Free Pancakes

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

Makes approximately 6 pancakes (4 inch each)

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed + 1/2 cup water
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (coconut to make vegan)
  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup) –  optional
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (or seed flour to make nut-free)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • approximately 1/2 cup water or milk (I used light coconut milk)
  • berries if desired

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Directions:

  1. Preheat your pancake griddle to 350 degrees or a skillet to medium heat.
  2. Combine the flaxseed and water. Let sit for a few minutes to thicken (or microwave to speed up the process).
  3. Add the mashed bananas, yogurt, honey and vinegar and mix until well combined.
  4. Then add the almond flour, coconut flour, sea salt and baking soda. Stir until fully incorporated.
  5. Add the water or milk in increments until the batter is thin enough to pour, but still very thick (it should be thick enough that you have to spread out the batter when in the skillet).
  6. Spray/grease/coat your griddle to prevent sticking. Using a heaping 1/3 cup, measure out the batter onto your griddle. Like I stated above, you will need to spread out the batter with the back of the measuring cup or a spoon (or else you will have super thick, and probably uncooked, pancakes).
  7. Cook for about three minutes and add berries if desired. Cook for about three minutes more or until the tops are bubbly and set. Flip and cook for an additional five minutes. Plate and serve.

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And because “buzzwords” remind me of one of my favorite websites “Buzzfeed”…

Here are my favorite buzzfeed article finds for you enjoyment:

17 Hybrid Desserts that Will Blow Your Mind (Do you approve of this cake/pie Meghan? 😉 )

The 43 Worst Things About Wearing Glasses (Every single one)

39 Ridiculously Expensive Weird Items on Etsy (Stop before 36 unless you want to be scarred for life)

19 Food Hacks for College Cafeterias (Whoever created these are seriously genius)

28 Music Facts that Will Make You Feel Old (Rocking the jean outfit…)

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Questions for you:

What are your buzzwords for a fantastic recipe? Chocolate? Peanut butter? Cake?

Have you seen any good Buzzfeed articles recently?

Buzzing Around the Web

So I just woke up to 8 texts from my mom. She was at a business conference with my dad and getting bored so she decided to textbomb my phone… The first text that I missed was before 9:00PM. I’m pretty sure I feel asleep on my bed about 30 minutes before that though. The first thought that I had when I woke up was, “What happened?” Let me tell you what my conclusion is- Life happened.

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This is a real freaking job people. With real ups and downs. Real long hours. Real customers who are sometimes happy, and sometimes not. And those not-so-happy customers will make you want to quit and just cry, but you have to keep on swimming.

When I woke up tonight after my unexpected nap at around 11:00PM I promptly texted my mom back so that she would know I wasn’t a. ignoring her or b. dead (although let’s face it- all mothers automatically assume the worst and always go with b). Then I washed my face and brushed my teeth and hopped back in bed. Yep, no need to put on pajamas because my sweat pants and volleyball shirt came on as soon as I got back from work.

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It’s now 6 minutes til 12:00AM so I am going to wrap this post up fast with a simple round-up of links that I found particularly interesting this week. You should check some of them out because I think you’ll like them too!

First category- food for obvious reasons. Here are some mouth-watering-good recipes that I stumbled upon this week in WIAW blogs as well as Pinterest and other random places:

Grain-Free, Egg-Free Pancakes from Purely Twins

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies from Peachy Palate

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Vegan Caprese Baked Pasta from Edible Perspective

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups– Inside Out! from Chocolate-Covered Katie

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Five Minute Vegan Alfredo Sauce from The Fitchen

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Second category- food for thought posts. These are the posts from bloggers that really made me think, which in my eyes is always a major accomplishment.

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Taylor Made It Paleo wrote a post this week with a new recipe for a Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash. In itself the recipe looks great, but not particuarly earth-shattering. What I found interesting though was her introduction where she confesses that she had a number people rudely point out to her that her macaroon picture had a blonde hair in it…. Really? Is that what people do now? Have they moved on from body shaming to food shaming now? Let’s spend our time more wisely people– like perhaps making Taylor’s macaroon recipe. It sounds like you had a bad day and good use some dessert to cheer you up.

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Running With Spoon’s The Stigma of Healthy Living. I really like this post from Amanda because she points out the judgmental tendencies of bloggers and the effects that they can have on fellow bloggers- like feeling the need to not share everything we really ate for fear of being ridiculed or picked apart. Again, that’s not what this community is for! What I really appreciate is that Amanda pointed out these things without being judgmental herself. I feel like so many people have written posts on similar topics in the past few weeks, but have been quite hypocritical in the sense that while calling others out on being judgey, they too have been putting others down.

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Third category- pinterest pins. Here are just a few pins from my boards this week that I thought were worth sharing.

Last but not least are some buzzfeed articles that I believe are either hilarious or thought-provoking. Most likely both. I swear, buzzfeed is one of my favorite websites these days. I can get lost for hours just browsing through their articles.

8 Foods We Eat in the U.S. That Are Banned in Other Countries– There really are some frightening ingredients in our food.

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11 Mouth-Watering Pokemon Cupcakes– Who wouldn’t want to eat an adorable Jiggly Puff pastry?

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16 Most Outrageous Things that Betty White Said– Oh man is she funny!

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What’s It Like Playing Candy Crush– Although I’ve never played this, I know many of you do!

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17 Delicious Ways to Use Up Old Bananas– I know you foodies will appreciate all of the ideas!

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Now I’m off to bed for real this time! Tomorrow is Friday and this weekend I’m heading home to celebrate a few family birthdays (Happy Birthday Mom!). I’ll be sure to share lots of pictures of the festivities on the blog next week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Share your favorite Recipe, Food for Thought post, Pinterest Pins, or Buzzfeed Articles from this week. Spread the love and put the links in the comments!