Paleo Problems and Sweet Potato Patties

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I’ve noticed a lot of people out in blogger’s world advocating the Paleo diet.  They make it sound great–let’s eat like cavemen–and their pages have some pretty yummy recipes.  Since I know I could never be a strict Paleo (no oatmeal? no yogurt? no black beans? forget it!), I decided to see if I could even make it a day.

For breakfast, I cooked some eggs.  So far so good…then I topped them with corn salsa.  Strike one.

          – That’s okay.  It’s only one meal.  I will do better the rest of the day.

My mid-morning snack was peanuts.  Strike two.

          – Alright. Third time is the charm.  Lunch will be perfect.

I found a recipe for sweet potato patties, made some modifications to keep it both Paleo and tasty, and set to work. After some cooking and photographing, I devoured two delicious sweet potato patties…topped with cottage cheese.  Strike three.  I’m out.

More power to ya’, cavemen.  For now, I will keep eating peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon.

Paleo (or not) Sweet Potato Patties

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded sweet potato
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbs. almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. ground turmeric
  • honey to taste (if you have also given up the Paleo way of life :) )

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  • Shape mixture into two patties
  • Heat a medium skillet over high heat and place patties in the pan
  • Cook for a few minutes on each side until the patties are golden brown
  • Remove from pan, eat, and be thankful that we are not cave people

Apologies and Cake

I’m sorry.

Really, truly sorry.

The picture you are about to see may harm you.

This is your last chance to look away…

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So what happened? Well, I managed to come home for a long weekend and leave both of my cameras at school. This left me with no option other than to photograph this recipe with my iPad. Once again, I am sincerely sorry that you had to view such a heinous picture.

You are probably wondering what that is even a picture of. Well, it’s a pretty amazing mug cake.  Thankfully, this recipe is so good that you may be able to forgive me for the poor picture.

This pineapple mug cake is so incredibly easy that you can make it in a matter of minutes in your dorm room. Here’s what you do:

Pineapple Mug Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 3 tbs. pineapple chunks (about 6 chunks)
  • 2 tsp. pineapple juice
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tbs. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients in a glass mug
  • Microwave on high 1 minute
  • Let cool, eat, and enjoy!

Volleyball

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My army of six forms two lines facing the enemy. Our only source of protection is a tall net extended tight between two vertical poles. I squat and touch the floor as an opponent (who has seemingly been stretched to an abnormal height) slaps a soft sphere against the floor. Once. Twice. Three times. She then tosses it in the air and smacks it. The sphere soars over the net towards our small battalion. I sprint to the front line as a coworker knocks the sphere with her forearms. It flies towards me, and I use my fingertips to push it over to another colleague. Suddenly, my cohort leaps into the air and whacks the sphere to the floor on the other side of the net. A crowd cheers as a smile at my partner. One point closer to victory.

Nutty Oatmeal Raisin Larabar Bites

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I was first introduced to Larabars on my trip out west.  It was love at first bite.  The gooey, crunchy mix of flavors popped in my mouth and satisfied my hunger.

However, we all know I am cheap, and Larabars are not the cheapest snack bar out there.  Rather than live a sad, depraved, Larabar-less life,  I did some research and learned how to make my own.  The below recipe was adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Larabar recipe.  I hope you enjoy!

Nutty Oatmeal Raisin Larabar Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/6 cup walnuts
  • 1/6 cup pecans
  • 1/6 cup almonds
  • 1 tbs. coconut
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla

Directions

  • Grind oats in a food processor
  • Add all other ingredients and thoroughly combine
  • Form dough into small balls
  • Eat! (or store between layers of wax paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator)

Top Ten Tuesday: God’s Word

17 - Bible Verse

 

God has given His children a bountiful garden of truth to be gleaned.  When I started listing my favorite verses, I realized that it was going to be impossible to limit myself to only ten.  If I was to remake this list tomorrow, I would likely choose different verses because I would have different needs to be fulfilled.  However, these ten seem to be continually in my mind.

What verses do you carry with you throughout the day?

Top 10 favorite Bible Verses

1. Exodus 14:14

You only need to remain calm; the Lord will fight for you.

2. I Thessalonians 4:3a

This is the will of God, even your sanctification.

3. Philippians 4:11b

I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens.

4. Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are right, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

5. Psalm 20:7

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses. But I will boast in the Lord, My God.

6. Psalm 19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies announce what his hands have made.

7. Psalm 66:9

He protects our lives and does not let us be defeated.

8. James 1:5

If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.

9. Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.

10. Psalm 51:17

The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit.  God, you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin.

Aldi Food Haul

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During a stressful week of classes, work, and volleyball, my college pantry took a serious beating.  I was hitting the bottom of the raisin container, rationing my last few peanuts, and completely out of peanut butter.  It was time for an Aldi run.

Man shall not live by bread alone; he also needs peanut butter.

Man shall not live by bread alone; he also needs peanut butter.

As you know, I live a cheap frugal life.  That is why I adore Aldi!  Below I have listed some healthy, yummy Aldi products that are great to keep in your dorm room.

  • Natural Peanut Butter   ($1.49 per 16 oz. container)
  • Cottage Cheese ($2.29 per 24 oz. container)
  • Yogurt ($.39 per 6 oz. container)
  • Multigrain Bread ($1.69 per 20 oz. loaf)
  • Roasted Turkey ($2.99 for 14 oz.)
  • Black Beans ($.59 per 15.5 oz. can)
  • Pineapple Lunch Snacks ($1.49 for four 4 oz. cups)

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Aldi also has a great selection of fresh produce.  I don’t keep much produce in my room, but when I am home, my family buys peppers, bananas, sweet potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and various other pieces of produce at Aldi.

Because I bummed a ride off my brother, I also received some much-needed venting time on this Aldi run.  Food, fellowship, and frugality.  What a great ending to a long week.

“A friend loves you all the time, and a brother helps in time of trouble.”  –Proverbs 17:17

 

The Lost Art of Play

23 - Childhood

I have always been a hoarder collector.  As a young child, I had a rock collection, a Hello Kitty collection, a Kelly Doll collection, a “nature” collection, a Beanie Babies collection…the list goes on.  One of may favorite collections, however, was my magnetic Polly Pocket town.  I had every piece of the set (except for the candy shop that the eBay seller failed to ship), and it was ubiquitously set up on a table in my bedroom. 

I remember asking my mom to play with me one afternoon.  “I’m not good at playing dolls,” she replied, but she sat down on the floor next to me and picked up a small, bendable girl.  At the time, I did not understand how someone could be bad at playing dolls.  It was a simple pleasure in my juvenile mind.  You simply selected a doll, named her, and pretended.

Tonight, a three-year-old girl asked me to play dolls with her.  I selected a baby, named her Katy, and pretended.  I now know what it is like to be bad at playing dolls.  My doll was too realistic.  She wanted food.  She wanted to sleep.  She cried for her mom.  The young girl I was playing with constantly corrected my “baby talk” and pretending skills. 

When did I forget how to play?  When did dolls change into objects instead of friends?

When did my day-dreams turn from make believe stories of princesses to mental to-do lists? 

When did I lose my ability to believe in the impossible?