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quick breakfast parfaits + life lately

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Life lately has been not so much the days of wine and roses…more like the-days-of-cobbling-together-quick-breakfasts.

(I sincerely hope none of you have thought that I’ve fallen off the face of the planet…although I sometimes feel like I may have…)

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(Food photography attempts at 4:30 in the morning lend themselves to atrocious lighting…my apologies…let’s just agree to squint and pretend it’s arty, okay? Okay. Sounds peachy-keen.) 

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I wake up ludicrously early on days that I have to go to work (and actually, some would think I wake up ludicrously early on my days off too — but whatever…) — but this fact, plus a 12-hour shift, requires either mediocre morning meals or otherwise something very quick…but hopefully, something equally nutritious and sustaining.

Enter the bright and cheerfully colorful Greek yogurt parfait…

I generally use 0% fat plain Greek yogurt and whatever fruit/granola/nuts & seeds combinations I have on-hand for add-ins.

I’m basically in love with this maple almond butter, so it’s become a common feature in my recent parfait combinations.  Try it, it’s fabulous — and maybe just a tad addictive…

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If you can manage to get this in the bowl and not eat it straight from the spoon then your will-power is supremely impressive.

Let’s get real though…I’m not going to tell you how to make a parfait (it’s all about layers, kids – no sweat, we can do this!), but I am going to share with you the one I made this morning, because I was so pleased with the combinations I chose and hey, sharing is caring, right?

Strawberry and Apple Greek Yogurt Parfait

  • 2 or 3 gigantic fresh strawberries, cut into pieces
  • Granny Smith apple slices, cubed (I used perhaps a third of an apple)
  • non-fat plain Greek yogurt (about a third of a cup, maybe more)
  • a (hefty?) sprinkling of your favorite granola (I used Hemp Plus granola from Nature’s Path…yum!)
  • a small pinch of flax seed meal
  • melted almond butter (or whatever nut butter you like) for drizzling on the top

In a bowl, put some of the cut fruit in the bottom.  Then add your yogurt, topping it with the rest of your cut up fruit, the granola, and the flax seed meal.  Drizzle with the nut butter of your choosing.  Grab a big spoon and an even bigger mug of coffee to start the day off right!

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Happy Wednesday, loves!

(By the way, this post isn’t sponsored or anything, I’m just a fan of almond butter, singing my praises.)

tuesday things

Why hello there, Internet people!

Today I’m crushing on a whole horde of incredible recipes & food photos – as well as some fantastic kitchen gadgets/gifts for loved ones who dig cooking & baking.  So many terrific bloggers are putting together holiday gift guides and sharing festive recipes I’m eager to pass whatever viewing traffic I can over there way – go spread the love!

Also, expect a few festive pictures from my recent visit to The Magic Kingdom – I gushed a little over the nostalgia and the decorations…

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Love the seasonal fruit garland… pears and apples and citrus!

Speaking of citrus, can we agree that these would be a phenomenal Christmas breakfast? Pistachio, orange, and dark chocolate cinnamon rolls from Joy the Baker.  Like…woah.

And maybe for dessert – chocolate hazelnut crepe cake with orange frangelico syrup from the Baker Chick.  Festive decadence at its chocolaty finest.

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One of my more recent food blog discoveries, Naturally Ella, never ceases to amaze me – this three grain maple granola looks absolutely fabulous!  My morning yogurt could use a makeover – might need to make this stuff soon.

Again with the breakfast-type foods – A Sweet Spoonful’s spiced steel cut oats porridge with cranberry-ginger sauce.  Yum!  This sort of meal would be fitting for a day like today – Florida finally hit the 40 degree mark! (*Cough* – About time!)

Cooler weather always makes me yearn for comfort food – like grilled cheese. How about this dijon brussels sprout grilled cheese from A Cozy Kitchen?  I’m game.

Unfortunately, I’m not certain this cooler weather will last…at the very least I can guarantee another over 75 degree day prior to the upcoming solstice (boo :P).  On the bright side I could possibly wet my whistle with a sip of this bonkers awesome black cherry & thyme lemonade from my fellow crazy-flavor lover, Allie, of The Apothecary Bee.  By the way, if you’re looking to get crafty this Christmas, you should definitely click around her site – I love the sparkly pine-cone garland, I think that’s my favorite one.  :)

I have to share how stoked I am about the upcoming Chronicles of Alexander Hawthorne – Episode 3: The Surface is in production y’all!  I can’t wait. Seriously.

Ignite your anticipation by watching this haunting teaser.

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This doodle comes a little early, but the mini-me and I wanted to get festive.  :)  Happy and Merry Tuesday!

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This late-show version of ‘tuesday things’ brought to you by overtiredness and a hot cup of tea (that I certainly needed).

…As well as a desire to share a little of my crazy weekend.  No links to food blog finds today – mostly because I was too busy recovering from eating my way through World Showcase at Epcot in the Walt Disney World Resort yesterday.  There was pain au chocolat in France, Veggie Couscous in Morocco, Hot Cider in the U.K. and caramel popcorn in Germany…

Not to mention an amazing Avocado Margarita in Mexico. ;)

Also, no one should put drawing paper on dinner tables and expect only kids to draw…

As a compulsive doodler – I just couldn’t help myself.

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Ta-dah!   It’s just so…magical.

But not as magical as Disney during the holiday season in general.  I have made gingerbread houses before but what I saw there was impressive.

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Almost all of the above landscape (and I’m only showing a small portion in this photo) was made out of either cookie or another type of confection.  Mmmmm….

Although I didn’t get to take a bite out of the Disney cruise ship shown above, I did have a gingerbread cookie after watching the Candlelight Processional – that certainly put me into a December-ish mood.  Which I happen to love.

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woah…

Holy Long Hiatus, Batman.

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I know I’ve been away from the blog for what may seem like a small millenium, but please bear with me while I try to explain.  First and foremost, my life has involved a few crazy (oh so crazy…) work-weeks….

and that whole amazing road trip to D.C. thing.  Yeah, that happened.

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Our shenanigans included red hair, coffee shop quips, vegan cupcakes, autumn colors, and delicious ethnic food.

Oh and Lincoln.  Can’t forget Lincoln.

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1)  Below are two photos of our lovely cupcakes from the vegan bakery, Sticky Fingers (big-time, two-time winner of Cupcake Wars – and with good reason).  We (Jen and I) decided again, unanimously, that these are the best purchased cupcakes we’ve ever had.  They are never cloyingly sweet, the frosting is exactly the right texture, and the cake is never dry.  They are basically little bites of nirvana.

Below we have a sunset snapshot of the Sweet Potato & Maple cupcake and the Chocolate Stout Cupcake that Jen and I shared.

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I kinda want the Sticky Fingers Cookbook to end up on my shelf sometime in the near future….

2)  The fall foliage in Virginia….

Oh my gah…words can hardly describe how enamored I was with the outragous smatterings of flaming red and lemony yellow fluttering in the breeze, striving to brush the face of the crisp blue sky!  Heaven!

We went to Mt. Vernon on a Saturday.  The natural wonders there were truly a feast for the senses.

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I can only imagine what it must have been like to walk the grounds of that estate in General Washington’s time, but I’d like to believe that the coming of autumn occured then in similar radiance — it feels a little like time travel that way.

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3)  For those of you who have never eaten Moroccan food or Ethiopian food – I suggest, for your sakes, that you rectify this matter a.s.a.p.

One thing I love about D.C. is the variety of cuisines you can find.  You could literally try something new every night for a year…. maybe two years.

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4)  Above is the sandwhich I can’t resist from Busboys & Poets — Vegan “Tuna” Salad = smashed chickpea heaven.  If I could eat this every other day I probably would.

Anyway kids – more stories later and Happy Wednesday!  I’ll be back with recipes and more as per usual, dearies.  Hope your days are lovely (as well as merry & bright – ’tis the season)!