BIG Changes

This week I quit my job, got a new job and officially released our big news to the world via social media.

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I have so much to say, but no energy to say it. The break continues. I’ll be back soon, bloggeshepere, I promise.

#Transitioning

Taking a Break

I’m taking some time to figure out my career path and reassess my plan of attack for this blog. I’m not sure when I’ll be back up and running, but in the mean time… Happy Mother’s Day!  I will be spending a lot of quality time with aaaall of my mothers this week (and for the rest of the summer). I’m going to miss them so very much when we move.

(Thank you, Greta, for this glorious specimen)

This Key Lime Pie Is My Pride And Joy

A few years ago chef-hubs went on a crazy raw food bender. “You’ll feel so good!” he said. “It’s so cleansing for your body!” he said.

It was fun for about two days. And then it was horrible.

I’m from Minnesota, and in the dead cold of winter I need warm gooey comfort food. Thankfully, it only took one round of raw-veggie-PMSing-Sam to convince him that we needed to return to our baking and frying ways. We emerged from our month of clean-eating unscathed and toting a recipe for the best (and healthiest) summer dessert recipe EVER.

It is not an exaggeration to say that this is the best key lime pie that I have ever tasted – it’s a beautiful shade of green, smooth, tangy, refreshing and has awesome, natural lime flavor. I’m notorious for bragging about the recipe, and rightfully so! You’ll never believe what’s in it.

It’s so easy too! No elbow grease required, just plop everything into your food processor and go.

Okay, I’ll stop. Just try it. You’ll thank me. (Plus, it’s Cinco de Mayo weekend. Mexican food + lime dessert = win.)

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Coconut Macadamia Key Lime Pie with Tequila Whipped Cream
Inspired by Raw Food Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow

Get. Your. Spoon. Ready. This killer dessert is easy, raw, vegan and gluten-free.
Admittedly, raw “baking” can be expensive and tedious. Over time, I’ve adapted the recipe to be a bit more user-friendly.

For the crust

2 cups raw macadamia nuts (if you must, sub cashews)
1 cup shredded unsweetened dry coconut
1 tablespoon lime zest
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons agave
1 tablespoon coconut butter or oil
Splash of vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a food processor (chunks are okay). Press a healthy layer into the bottom of your serving vessel(s) (pie tin, parfait cups, mason jars). Chill. There’s no need to clean out your food processor, the filling goes in next!

For the filling

5 ripe avocados
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup packed lime zest (6-8 limes)
2 tablespoons coconut butter or oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Splash of vanilla
Sugar or agave or both to taste (Personal preference rules here! I add slowly, and usually use a combination of sweeteners. 6-10 tablespoons.)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, adding sweetener to taste. Fill your serving vessel(s). Chill.

For the topping (Optional! Not vegan, but SO delicious)

Some heavy whipping cream
Some sugar
Some tequila

Whip! Top! Eat! Now!

In Hawaii, I will have limes and avocados up the wahzoo! #SOEXCITED

*Variations and Notes:

You should eat your tasty creation right away (never a problem in our house). The main ingredient is avocado, and even with a healthy dose of citrus, it will brown over time. If for some reason you’re unable to finish, freeze your leftovers. Just make sure to thaw for a few minutes before enjoying in the future.

For a vegan topping, try coconut milk “whipped cream”. Recipe here. Add tequila (or not). Yum!

For a simple, more affordable, non-raw/vegan/gf crust, try the more traditional graham cracker option. No judgements here.

Dream Job Alert

You guys. I’m not sure what I’m going to do for work in Hawaii. And while I have several options (Marketing for the restaurant? Freelancing? Winery? Design school? Making millions off of this blog?), I’ll probably end up doing a variety of odd-jobs. Which is why, when I stumbled on this Twitter account, I became instantly jealous of its authors.

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Wake County Public School System is the 16th largest school district in the nation, and their genius communications team uses their Twitter account to sass off to angsty teens (and communicate relevant district information, but for now, let’s focus on the sass).

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I mean seriously. This is a community manager’s dream account.

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Grammar, children. Grammar is important.

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So are turf wars with neighboring districts.

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I’m in luck! Even if I can’t join their Twitter team, I can be their BFF.

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Plus, their background is hot pink. They are just winning all over the place.

If there are any school districts out there who want to hire a community manager to mock their teenagers, count me in!

#ImLookingAtYouMinnetonka

Things I Shouldn’t Be Packing (Volume II)

The second in a series of posts about items that I know I shouldn’t be packing, but will be packing anyway:

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My West Elm prep and salt containers (similar) because, (A.) They are sold out, and (B.) They are the cutest kitchen storage containers that I’ve ever seen.

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Could I live without them? Probably. Do I want to? No.

#ThingkingAboutPacking

Trader Joe’s I Will Miss Thee

We will soon be living in the land of $7 milk, so I’ve been spending a lot of time at Trader Joe’s lately (you know, to say goodbye). There’s so much to love. The prices! The packaging! Here are some wonderful products that I’m going to miss terribly…

1. Syrah-Soaked Creamy Toscano Cheese

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Holy deliciousness. Just as the label says, “Combines the robust nutty characteristics of aged parmesan with a creamy farmstead cheddar”. Plus wine. This is my favorite cheese ever. Will someone ship this to me on a bi-weekly basis?

2. Tea Tree Tingle Organic Shampoo and Conditioner

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It’s thick, it smells wonderful and it’s only $3.99. Also this conversation actually happened:

Aveda Stylist: “I can tell you’ve been using our products!”
Sam: “How?”
Aveda Stylist: “Your hair is in great shape”
Sam: “Thanks!”
Aveda Stylist: “Plus the smell is a giveaway” –winky face–
Sam: –smirk–
Sam’s Wallet: “Score!”

3. Snacks!! (So many snacks!!)

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I mean, almonds AND chocolate AND sea salt AND sugar.

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They’re MINI for heaven’s sake.

Honorable mention:
Trader Joe’s Baked Cheese Crunchies – like Cheetos, but baked (33% less fat!).

4. Mascarpone

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There’s nothing special about it, other than the price (about $2 cheaper than I’ve been able to find it anywhere else). And, well, I use it pretty often for this.

5. Actually, All TJ Dairy Products

Trader Joe’s has the most affordable dairy products. I buy all of our Greek yogurt, cheese, frozen pizzas (that counts as dairy, right?) and ice cream (try Coffee Bean Blast) there.

Other Trader Joe’s bargains include: whole wheat penne, butternut squash ravioli, frozen fruit and veggies, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, granola and WINE.

#Delicious