A Vegan Girl On Her Life Journey :)

Weekly Purchases!

I love shopping (grocery, for fun…any type is welcome!)!

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From Trader Joe’s and the local Food Co-Op. (I love their goodies!!!!!)

TJ’s has the best chocolate soymilk ever.

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Not too thick like the Silk Chocolate soy milk; juuuuuuuuuust right. :) And each is only $1.69!! That’s pretty cheap/afforadable! :D

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Brownie (without the cinammon – tastes 100 times better!!), PBChocolate bar, and Bobo’s Oat Bars. (Chocolate for me, PB for him) :) My bf ate both the PB bars in one day! What a peanut butter monster he is :) (the girl on the Oat Bars is really cute!) :) They seem to have lots of other flavors, like Almond, Apricot, Banana, Coconut, and much more!!

Got luna bars in a box for the first time ever.

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15 in each. It’s the same price no matter how you buy it :) This is my emergency food, in case the school loses power or something.  :)

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Do you think I got this at the food co-op? Nope! Actually from Trader Joe’s, too! (The food co-op has it for $3.75-ish) While at Trader Joe’s, it’s $2.99!!!

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Same thing with these tooth brushes! It was also $2.99 at TJ’s!!! (around $4 at the co-op!) 8O Recently, throwing stuff away was becoming a concern for me (thinking about how it stays in the landfill) I can recycle these at the Preserve Gimme 5 located at Whole Foods. :) I can recycle any “5” marked containers here (like hummus containers, yogurt containers, etc.) too!! Awesome program!!

This video we watched in English got me thinking about it. (“This is not an environmental class!” is what my teacher likes to say)  I decided to make as much toiletry products (shampoo, soap, conditioner, etc.) that I can, because really, I think that now is the right time to stop being selfish and think about what’s happening to the planet! **DIY Lip balm post to come!!

As of now, I already use homemade conditioner. (2 tbsp apple cider vinegar + 5 seconds squirt of lemon juice + water) This has been working out really good for me. It’s actually helping my hair grow faster!!! I was surprised by this result, so I recommend people using it and continue using it!

This video got me thinking: “What the heck are all those chemicals that I’m putting on my head?!” Looking at the ingredients and searching what they were, they were actually petroleum!!!! Scary? Yes. Want something better? Yes. Apple cider it is? YES!!!

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Buys Round 2. The chocolate chips and coconut butter were used to make my Nut Free Chocolate Coconut Butter Spread.

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I love big clips: I like paper clips!!! They keep everything organized, don’t they? ;)

New Finds and Eats!!!

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Finally found the Chocolate Dipped Coconut!!!! And I found Chocolate Chunk, too!! (WF’s was doing a beauty section make-over) The Coconut one was great! The taste and smell of coconut was good, but it was very oily :) (photos to come soon!) The Chocolate Chunk tasted like coffee!! Yes it is chocolate, but it had a slight coffee taste. Coffee-lovers might  like it :)

This local bakery reopens on February 1st!!!

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They have vegan pretzels, and I want to go check ‘em out! :)

And I hope this weather comes back soon!

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Upcoming posts:

  • Eats for the week + Product Reviews!
  • Da Weather around here
  • Cooking and Bread baking-buys!
  • DIY Lip Balm Recipe and the Soap Store!

Sushi is Good!

I love when it’s sunny

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But it’s very snowy right now :( I hope it melts soon so we won’t  slip ‘n’ slide on the streets!

I got a haircut on the 2nd of this month. :)

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That’s a lot of hair gone! (12 inches + -ish?) I really wanted to donate it, so (without giving second thoughts – like usual. Ha ha) before I left for my dorm, I went to Great Clips and got it cut. :) (I don’t really care where I go to get a haircut because I go maybe around every two or so years.) I hope they can make a nice wig out of it, because I was growing it out for a loooooooooong time! :)

Didn’t get this photo in time, but

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A traditional Southern soup my BF’s mom made. For New Years :) It tasted bitter and strong; never tasted something like this before. :)

And my dinner on Sunday. Because I come back from home to my dorm, I usually feel like not going to the dining hall and just enjoy eating in my room watching tv. :)

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The amount of fries they gave me was scary – it took me two days to finish it! Ha ha! :D

I’ve made a whole container of this as well.

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Nut-free Easy Chocolate Spread. Never hurts to have it! You can roll these into balls or put them in molds and freeze it to make a little snack, too! I tried it, and it’s pretty tasty! :D Ahh, the chocolate!

When I came home, I got a letter from three sisters. I emailed them asking if their chocolate oatmeal was vegan (and it’s not). They emailed me back saying no, but I got this in the mail!

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Coupons! They actually gave me an extra 75 cents off coupon. Whoops :) But that’s okay. I’ll be using it. :)

So about the title. For my grandpa’s birthday, we had a sushi party!! :D Who doesn’t enjoy that? ;)

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From the left: Brown rice with rice vinegar, vegan tuna, edamame, nori, salmon, romaine hearts, cheese cake (a little hidden behind the romaine hearts, sea breambrown rice with vinegar, and nori. (<- on both sides of the table because it’s a pain to reach over to the other side) :)

Close-up of my side:

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Vegan tuna:

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It’s vegan tuna + vegan mayo to be more specific :D This one tasted better than the one you can get at Whole Foods. (I get headaches when I have theirs – lol – too much chemicals, perhaps)

I bought this cheese to go with the sushi.

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Who thought sushi with cheese was good?! I liked it!! :D It gave it a mild taste!

And pickled plum paste + sushi = Heaven!! :D

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Yeay for sushi mats because then it can be made perfect! :)

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I was too busy eating to shoot photos everytime. Ha ha :D

Happy Birthday Grandpa!!!!!! :)

Food post! Just too much (non-New Years related) pictures to put on the previous post. ;)

Recent buys:

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Ran out of Whole Wheat Flours because I was making pancakes like crazy. :) And though I decided to cut out Kombucha, I wanted something fizzy. Thought it was better than having a soda. :) (but I had some of my brother’s anyways)

Honest Tea’s Apple Jasmine Kombucha: This had a fair taste of apples (and the smell too). It tasted like it was watered down A LOT. (compared to Synergy or Vibranz kombucha) But if you want a light “fizz”, it’s okay. :)

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And I wanted to make Averie’s Chex Mix, so I bought this Kashi’s Island Vanilla a while ago. As a cereal, it’s not sweet. Too hard, and it gets soft too easy. I like “crunchy“, but this wasn’t “crunchy” at all. I like my Hemp Granola Cereal waaaaaaaaay better. ;)

This next one was buy one get one free special (and it was only $2.59 each), so I bought it. Three Sisters Instant Oatmeal.

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The package that the oatmeal was in is very convenient and eco-friendly. Open the package, and fill it up to the line with water; no cups needed! Very convenient.

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But the oatmeal part of this: EW. Oatmeal is the most bland, disgusting food I’ve ever had. It’s mushy and tasteless; it’s lacking “crunchiness” so much! Yes that’s how oatmeal is supposed to be, but I hate it. XP I will eat it up (or maybe use it in a recipe?) though; don’t like wasting food. :)

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Tried adding it in Whole Soy & Co’s Vanilla yogurt, which made it a little flavorful.

Also bought this at Whole Foods, and these are yummers!!

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A little bit on the dry side, but not going to complain. It has less than 10 ingredients, and it’s like Chips Ahoy! but vegan!!! I’ve wanted cookies like that ever since going vegan (in a package with about 20-25 cookies each), and it costs technically the same! ($3.69) I’m willing to buy it again, but that’s if I’m craving cookies on the dry side. (I like TJ’s cookies better; super-moist!!)

This is always fun to eat:

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Odwalla‘s Choco-Walla Bar!! I like their Superfruit juice, too! We’re good friends. ;)

I bought a different Kombucha for New Year’s Eve. 

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Kombucha Botanica Hibiscus. This one tasted good! (looks like beer lol) Not too watered down like the above one, very fizzy, and I was able to taste the hibiscus! If you’re going for a stronger, flowery one, then this one’s better. :)

Recipe! Eggless Egg Salad!!

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From peta2‘s 2-week vegan recipes. The recipe makes it into a sandwich. I didn’t. :)

Eggless Egg Salad:

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of extra firm tofu (drained) – it better be firm because if it’s soft, it does NOT seem like eggs!!!
  • 1/2 cup of vegan mayo
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of dejon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (for yellow color)
  • 2 – 3 stalks of green onion (chopped – optional) <- I didn’t add any
  • 1/4 cup relish
  • salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. Mash tofu.
  2. Add in all other ingredients.
  3. Eat!

You can put it into bread of course! Then it will yield 4 servings.

I doubled the recipe because I added an extra package of SOFT tofu (that’s all I had), then it tasted plain. (I still have some left) The sourness of the relish makes it taste really good, and I made this into a sandwich as well, and it tasted just like real egg salad sandwich!! If you like egg salad, it’s worth a shot to give it a try! ;) I think this will be a staple at my house!

They also have a Tuna recipe, and I’m looking forward to making this too! (but first, I need to use up my relish…Relish tastes really good!) Maybe I’ll have an egg salad sandwich for lunch everyday in college! (sandwich is convenient, I don’t have to pay a high price for my lunch at the dining hall, and I won’t have to go back up to my room every time for lunch!) Hm, maybe! :D

Lesson learned: buy relish at TJ’s, because they are WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY cheaper than Whole Foods ($4.99 vs $1.99; both organic)!!! Both preservative free. :)

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 2011 is here!

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Taken on New Year’s morning around 9:30 am. There’s an orb on the top left! Good things are to happen this year!! It snowed two days ago, and there’s still some snow left in the back!

Traditional Japanese New Year’s Food:

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NewYears 027 Inari (my fave!!)

NewYears 032 Dried Persimmons. It it said that if you find lots of seeds in it, you’re lucky!

And the not-so traditional food:

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NewYears 030 For the boys – meat ‘n’ cheese ‘n’ crackers!

Our tradition is to play the Game of Life. It’s our 9th year playing it! (we’ve been doing this for a while now!) I’m always the banker because I like to be in charge of things. :)

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I was last in place, but hey! Calculate the $$s and guess what! I won!!

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Highest $$ so far in the 9-year tradition! (and my dad got the lowest of the all-time.) Wow! I feel even luckier! :D (my grandpa and my little brother thinks I cheated because I’m the banker – uh, no! THEY are the ones that would cheat if they were the banker!) ;)

And while being the awesome banker, I was nibbling on this fun chocolate from the vegan store that my bf bought me. :)

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I’m back in my dorm, and barely anyone’s here! Perhaps a good time to go buy textbooks tomorrow morning and figure out where my classes are ;) Lets reverse this night owl schedule and get up early!

Accomplishments!

Though I had a big list that I wanted to finish today, the math homework was more teeeeedious than I thought, so I didn’t get through them all. BUT, I finished the one thing that I really wanted to finish, so I’m proud of that! :D

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One-page paper for my Japanese School! The ones that we all have to write every year near the end of the school year (so they can book it and give copies to everyone). It was tough and scary to write (nice, final paper, super-fancy pen, etc.) when I was little, but not anymore. This is my last one, and I’m just glad that I’m done with it! :D

Teedious math homework:

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At least when I looked through the text book, I started to remember how to do it :) I was quite proud of me the human mind for it to remember things that you know you’re not gonna use that’s not super-necessary in life. (unless you’re going to become a math teacher like me. Then you might need it) ;)

Then this month’s VegNews came to the rescue!

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I’ve read through it pretty quickly, so once I’m done with my homework (and before I go to bed), I want to take my time to read it more carefully. :) It has a lot of information on health this month, so I’m super-excited to read it!

Today for lunch, I had two pancakes (out of a box that my mom had to use up)

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Pancakes taste better with Agave I tell you! I tried maple syrup, and it just wasn’t sweet enough. :P No more maple syrup in my house! (but of course earth balance is needed ;))

Today, after picking up my little brother from BB, I went to the dentist to pick up some rubber bands for my braces, and while I was driving back, I found a sign that says “Boehm’s Chocolate“.

So vroom I turned and drove! Found it, it was a very cute place (with very cute Scottish-like uniform), but the smell of MILK chocolate bothered me A LOT. Wow, I’m REALLY sensitive to things like this now! It’s quite impressive! (didn’t have my camera!)

 

I bought a big (about 2.5 inches in diameter) coin chocolate and a racecar chocolate for my bro for a whopping $1.50. (dang, that’s cheap for a special place!)

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Then we drove back, (oh yeah, he bought a whole pack of Whole Food’s 365 Key lime soda. $2.39; $2.62 after tax. It was funny how my bf didn’t hear me when I was sort of yelling in the store. Ha ha :D Then he came back with a sample of earth balance’s chocolate soy milk. Hm, I wonder if that’s good?)

And we went to Daniel Smith’s Art Supplies to go buy some copics!

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Super-expensive pens!! $5.67 EACH!! (but that’s actually cheaper than other art stores, who sells them for $6.49. Gaah! 8O) With just two of these pens, Michael and I could go buy a meal from Wayward Cafe!! Oh well. :) I’m an artist and I can’t (and won’t) change that.

From bottom up: Yellow, Crimson (“red“), Black, Leather, and Dandelion.

Michael’s parents gave me a $30 gift card for here as a Christmas present, so I used that. (thank you so much!!). But the machine didn’t recognize it, and the cashier lady had to get help, so we ended up waiting for about 5-10 minutes. (but the cashier guy who re-did it at a different machine gave me a student discount! Yeay! $31.47 to $28. 51!) :D Sometimes, waiting is good.

I’m going to change my sleeping schedule. Sleeping at 12 is NOT going to work for me (because I want to get up at least at 6 when school starts). That means I have to go to bed around 10:30, and get up at 6. TV is a good motivation for me to get up in the morning during school, so I will use that again! :D

Tomorrow’s To-Do List:

  • Work on math homework (do history the day after, so it won’t be a work-overload)
  • Read VegNews
  • Call J

My mom’s been doing a REALLY good job cleaning the house for the last couple of days. I’m really proud of her, and really thankful for her!! Thank you mom, good job, and you are an amazing house-cleaning mom! (of course you’re just the perfect mom for me! ;))

I added another present that I received from Michael on the gift post!

Recent Buys and a Cute Movie!

A few buys before and after Christmas, because I needed/wanted them. ;)

Before Christmas: Shirt from Kohl’s

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THIS IS SO CUTE!!!! AND I LOVE WHAT IT SAYS!!! I was looking for an inspiring shirt, and when I found this, I HAD (WANTED?) to get it, so it was mine! A bit on the pricy side ($15.95?), and the shirt is veeeeeeery thin, but it’s still cute and I will wear this so much that it will be worth the money!! :) (thank you, dad!!) This shirt totally sounds like me, and I really LOVE it!!

And this month’s Women’s Health came in on Christmas Eve (great timing, huh?)

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Olivia (on cover) is VEGAN!!! I realized that the second time around reading this magazine!!! (she went vegan last January, and she’s sticking with it!! Woo hoo!) Now I like her :) (though before this, I had no idea she existed – lol)

And she said she’s not an exercising-person, which made me feel glad, because…me either!! I would go once in a while when I have time, but otherwise, no. :)

Buys after Christmas:

New Camera Case from Target

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Right when I got a fancy one (which turns out to be $20.99! Holy wow! That’s quite expensive! 8O), why get this one?! BECAUSE I WANT TO HAVE IT AROUND MY NECK SO I WON’T LOSE IT!!!! I don’t want to lose my camera again, and if I had it around my neck, I’ll always have it safely, so that’s why!!

The black string attached on the photo is the part that’s going to go around my neck. Right now, I’m hanging it down from a door knob so the string would straighten out. :)

I really love the pink and the floweriness! It’s very fitting to my hand, too!! :) The inside is orange, with a pocket for a memory card or two. :)

And a DS game holder!!

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Recently, I’ve been getting more games than I would have ever thought I’d have. (I’m not a big DS-game player. My brother is, though!) But now that my brother got me M&L RPG 3 AND 2 (I know, different names in English, but “RPG #” sounds easier!), I realized that I can’t just carry it in a case with one game holder in it. So I bought this. :) (my brother has a ton, but he wouldn’t give it to me. Oh well. This was the kind I wanted anyways) :) So a good buy this is!!

And now that pokemon Black is coming, I really do need a case! (because by then, I’ll have a total of 4 DS games.) That’s A LOT for me.

I like my Japanese games better :) Because by the way they talk (“dialects”), you can tell soooooooooo much about that person! That gets erased in English, so when I played M&L 2×2, it made me a little sad. :( I wanted to know how each person was speaking. (so on the opposite hand, M&L 3 was really fun! The guy’s talking in an Osaka-dialect!! Awesome for a game right there!!!)

And today, we watched this cute movie!!

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I’ve actually never seen a pooh movie, so I got to know the characters a lot better than I knew of them!! (then my bf slept…Oh well. He’s cute) :) It was really nice of them to try to be Tigger’s family, and I teared up a little when he realized that his “family” was there aaallll along…:)

Now I have to go finish my homework that my lil’ brother gave to me out of no where! (he got it last week and…forgot to give it to me!) I thought I was finshed, but apparently not! :D I will finish it tomorrow, and perhaps go buy copics!!

To-Do This Week:

  • Buy Black, Red, Yellow, (and perhaps skin color) Copics
  • Finish Japanese homework (math 1 & maybe 2, final writing, and history test – ahhhhhhhhhhh!! At least it’s take-home for me!) :D
  • Call J. (Sorry!)
  • Go to the dentist for rubber bands!! (10 Tues!)

My relative went to Egypt!! Holy OMG!!! I’m not interested in the sphyinx; I love PYRAMIDS!!!

I set up the desktop for my new camera today, so that was an accomplishment! Doing it in Japanese took about twice as much (and it came out in all question marks), so I reinstalled it (after un-installing it) in English, and much better!

Yesterday’s dinner was at Teapot, and we got “Fried Chicken” and Phad See Yew! My mom sure loves Phad, and my bf suureeee loves Fried food!! :D

I’m okay with both, but honestly, I like miso soup the best! :) Ooh, and chocolate too!

I’ve been enjoying this for the last couple of days, because it’s just like Nutella, but vegan, and it’s like Justin’s nut butter, but better, because it’s nut-free!! :D

Easy Chocolate Spread

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bag of chocolate chips
  • 3-5 tbsp of coconut butter

Steps:

  1. Scoop coconut butter into microwave-safe bowl and melt it in the microwave (time depends on micro – I did it for a minute and it started to burn)
  2. Dump CC into melted coconut butter and microwave it for about 40 seconds.
  3. There may be CC left, but don’t worry. Stir the mixture, keeping in mind that you’re trying to melt the CC. It DOES melt, but if it doesn’t, feel free to put it in the microwave and micro it for 10 or so seconds.
  4. Stir until CC chunks are gone, and that’s it!
  5. (opt) Put it in fridge to make it a little bit hard and more like a “spread” (because it’s really liquidy right after it’s done)

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Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeasy!!!!

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Very convenient, too! I put this in a regular container and took it with me, bought bread (we were out), and spread it in the car! No wasting container (like those squeezable Justin’s nut butter), and because it’s made of coconut butter, it’s easy to wash off! (compared to pure ONLY chocolate melted. Those are SUPER-hard to wash off!!)

I would eat this straight, but why would I do that? I’d rather just use it as a spread. :) And this saves me from buying Cocoa bliss, because you can make chocolate spread with coconut butter, but you can’t make coconut butter with cocoa bliss! :) (unless you can take out the “cocoa” part out of the “cocoa bliss”…Ha ha) :D

And today, I wanted SOMETHING. Don’t know what, but I wanted SOMETHING. So I figured, lets make something!

Made Averie’s Raw Vegan Donut Holes, but the Flax Seeds weren’t sticking!!! (maybe because I didn’t use a FP to FP the seeds! :D) So then I thought: “What can I put in that would still be healthy and make this stick?”

BF: “…Agave?”

“Oooooooooooh, right!!” The wonderful sweetness of Agav! (like the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. My brother likes singing (and doing the cute dance – lol) at random times, and it makes me laugh every time! :D) So we squirted some (1 tbsp?), and FPed it. Got better, but still not sticky enough.

The light bulb went on: “Butter? No. Coconut Chocolate Spread!!!!!!”

So I put the left over from today’s lunch (about 3-4 tbsp) in the FP with the Flaxseed mixture. (note: melt it before using, because it hardens pretty good)

“FP, GO!!” Then I let the FP run for a minute or so, and voila! It was PER-fect! Started rolling into balls (Michael, don’t wash your hand with dish soap next time – lol), and bam!! Cocoa powder-free (my body doesn’t work with it), chocolate doughnut holes!!

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This was good, but maybe I should buy the finely-grounded flax seed instead, because the pieces are still a little too big! :) Lesson learned!

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