Crock pot Hawaiian “Chicken”

Found a sweet recipe on Pinterest for crock pot Hawaiian chicken with pineapple, BBQ sauce, etc. and now that I have my crock pot I figured I’d give it a go! My boyfriend doesn’t eat meat (and neither do I most of the time…) so I decided to use quorn brand fake chicken cutlets.

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Ingredients: 1 box of quorn chicken cutlets (4 pieces,) 1 whole bottle of archer farms target brand sweet pineapple BBQ sauce, 1.5 cans of pineapple chunks in juice, and 1 bag of frozen organic broccoli.

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Throw ’em all in there. Cook on high for 6 hours. Check on it and give it a stir every once and a while.

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By hour four it should be looking pretty yummy…

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And by hour six its a pot full of Hawaiian goodness! It was awesome, a little spicy from the BBQ sauce but super sweet still. The “meat” was so tender, I wanted to shred it with a fork and make a sandwich. Maybe next time!

What should I try in my crock pot next?

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Stuffed Eggplant

The other day my mom came home from the store with an eggplant and basically just said: “here.” I honestly know almost nothing about them, including how long they stay good for… so last night I decided to scrounge up some ingredients we already had in the kitchen and make stuffed eggplant!

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Ingredients: 1 large eggplant, half a carton of mushrooms (I used button but whatever works,) some leftover canned corn, a few cherry tomatoes, 1 cup quinoa, and shredded cheese and spinach (not pictured)

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I hollowed out my eggplant (not very neatly as you can see.) Psst…keep the insides, slice em up like fries. I’m gonna make some baked eggplant fries with them later!

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Cooked my quinoa and sauteed my veggies with a little olive oil, garlic powder, and lemon pepper (yes, I was totally just pulling random spices.)

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Combine quinoa and veggies and then liberally stuff into your eggplant shells. And I mean reaallly liberally! Bake at 400 for about 35 mins.

5 minutes before it was done I sprinkled the cheese on top. Aaaand…

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Voila! Okay. This photo makes them look really unappetizing but I didn’t bother to take a better one because I was too busy scarfing it down! It tasted awesome. Next time I’d probably put some tomato sauce on when I do the cheese for a little more moisture.

Any favorite eggplant recipes out there? Let me know if you try this one!

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Hungry Ghosts / 3.1.14

Hungry Ghosts / 3.1.14

The legendary Ghost Ghang at the Sankofa House in Philly. Click through to check out the whole album!

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Misadventures in Smoothie Making

I’m all about this juicing/smoothie/whatever you want to call it craze. What’s better than putting fruits and veggies together and making a whole new, super healthy entity? Yesterday I was a little strapped on ingredients but I was fiendin’ for something deliciously drinkable so I threw something together that was actually really good (but not so pretty!)

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I used: mango, kiwi, spinach, coconut water, a teensy bit of plain Greek yogurt, and frozen cranberries instead of ice.

It turned out awesomely, but my cranberries didn’t all blend completely..that’s because my blender is mega old, though.

What do you guys like to throw in the blender?

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Paper VS Electronic: The Ultimate Battle!

Recently, I’ve been thinking quite a lot about getting a planner. Not just getting a reminder or appointment app on my phone, but a real paper planner. I’ve been online window shopping and have found so many beautiful leather planners, but I can’t tell if it’s the shop-a-holic in me or if there’s actually a good reason to buy one. Part of me thinks that using a paper planner is a not only wasteful, but also impractical. I mean, c’mon, I can barely keep up with the calendar that sits in my phone… how would I keep up with one that added to the list of things to carry around?

This internal debate has made me think more about the e-book versus real live paper book dilemma that seems to be going on as of late. I’m a self proclaimed book lover and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to buy into the whole e-book thing. I’ve bought text books for my iPad before when they were significantly cheaper that way, but I can’t imagine myself willingly buying one for any other reason. How can one give up the smell and feel of the pages turning for the ease of a light-adjusting touch screen? I enjoy knowing that there are stories other than the written ones in that book that were transferred from the fingers that turned the pages before me.

Back to the point, basically… I’m wondering what you readers think about planners. Do you use one? Does it help you stay organized, and which brand/prototype is your favorite? If you don’t use one… why not? And hey, if you have something to say about paper vs ebooks, speak up! Comment below!

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Freelancing, guest-blogging, getting started blues.

I woke up this morning to mountainous heaps of snow covered by thick layers of transparent ice decorating my neighborhood. Needless to say, work and class were called off and I was left to my own devices at home. I played a little Flappy Bird (if you haven’t yet, don’t… it’s tortuously addicting,) browsed Craigslist for writing jobs, watched my cat chase the ever elusive laser pen, and then found myself researching how to get some more traffic to my blog with the hopes of eventually somehow making money writing on the internet. Everyone seemed to say nearly the same thing… start out by guest-blogging. 

Finding a place to guest blog, though, is what seems difficult. I don’t really have any connections and I’m pretty sure nobody reads this blog. But… I have lots to say about lots of things! 

If anyone with a blog sees this, stop and think… could I write an awesomely enticing article for your site? I will gladly talk about nearly anything from my favorite vegetarian recipes, the tons of uses I have for the mason jars that I’ve been hoarding, why I like my iPad air more than my Nexus 10, or why going to concerts alone has changed my life completely (for free of course!) Or anything else that will fit both my style and your blog! Let’s talk, let’s be friends, let’s blog together!

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Quick lunch and nannying excitement

Off to go babysit an 11 month old for what could be the beginning of a new regular nannying gig! Oh how I’ve missed it, and babies are awesome.

Realized I needed to bring food for myself about 20 minutes before I left and quickly realized that I have barely any food.

…pasta salad to the rescue! Leftover noodles, random veggies (black beans, celery, and carrots for me,) salsa, and cheese.

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Give it a little shake shake shake, aaaaand…

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Voila! Not super pretty but quick easy and healthy ish. Fingers crossed my day is as simple as this!

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Hungry Ghosts / Le Grand Fromage / 1.25.2014

Hungry Ghosts / Le Grand Fromage / 1.25.2014

A few photos I snapped with my Nikon in Atlantic City a few weeks ago of Philadelphia’s own Hungry Ghosts. Click-thru link to the rest of them. I’d love it if someone checked them out!

PS- one of those dudes happens to be MY dude. Guess which one…

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Lately I’ve been, I’ve been cookin’ hard (I’m tooootally not referencing One Republic)

Seven months ago I became attached at the hip (started dating) a vegetarian. Previously, I had no clue how to cook anything but grilled cheese, which I would probably have burned. I still mostly suck at cooking, but I’m learning and really enjoying the process!

I made a really awesome pan-fried pepper tofu and avocado sandwich. Clearly I went a little heavy on the mayo.. but nonetheless, it was DELISH!

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I’ve always had a hard time getting into avocado alone, as in not in guacamole. This wasn’t bad but I still got a little skeeved out.

Does anyone reading this (If anyone is actually reading this..) have any avocado recipes that might turn me on to it a bit more?
Hey, even if you don’t, say hi if you’re actually reading this!

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DIY Mason Jar Tumbler (24 oz)

So today I was feeling especially inspired and bored, and thus came this tumbler. image

I grabbed one 24 oz (pint and a half) ball mason jar, a reusable straw from another tumbler (you can also buy them at Target or Starbucks for super cheap,) and a drill with a 5/16 drill bit on it.

The process is pretty self-explanatory, and I forgot to take pictures during that! But after drilling the hole right in the middle of the lid, I filed it down with sand paper so it was nice and smooth then I painted it this adorable little mint green color with a hint of glitter!
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This project cost me less than 5 bucks, and I see these things sold online for 20+ bucks. Totally awesome, easy, and fun. Hey… maybe I should start selling them for that much on Etsy 😉

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