Motivational Monday

posted on: Monday, September 15, 2014

[source: somewhere in tumblr-verse]

Hey you! Yeah, you, the one that pays for your own bills and takes care of yourself. Who cares what they say? Are they feeding you, housing you or providing for you? No? Then ignore them! You do you! Haters gonna hate.

{Table Talk} Chocolate Tortilla Silk Pie

posted on: Sunday, September 14, 2014

I like pie. Who doesn't like pie? When the good folks at Food Should Taste Good® asked me to create a recipe using their product I decided to think outside the box. I know, you're thinking, "they're chips, why not just make some kind of dip to go along side the chips?" Well, if you didn't know already, I am a difficult person. Difficult being that I like to take the road less traveled. Difficult being that I like being different.

So instead of making dip or sticking with a savory route, I wanted a challenge so I decided to try something different and go on a more sweeter route. I've incorporated their chocolate tortilla chips into a chocolate pie. Strange right? Well, works and it's healthy-ish!

Chocolate Tortilla Silk Pie

1/3 cup refined coconut oil (less coconut taste present and can withstand higher heat temps than unrefined)
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1 1/2 bag(s) of FSTG chocolate tortilla chips (it may be difficult to find in stores but the FSTG site and Amazon sell them)

12.3 ounces of silken tofu, firm (I used Mori-Nu)
12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 teaspoon of pure organic vanilla extract
2 tablespoon of agave

For the crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, pour coconut oil over brown sugar and ground tortillas; mix until fully combined. Press into a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

For the filling: Melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler. Remember to keep stirring the chocolate so it melts evenly. Once it is melted, quickly add it to a blender along with the tofu and coconut milk. Start blending the mixture and then add the vanilla and agave. You don't really need the agave and vanilla, I just added it on to make the pie a bit sweeter for my boyfriend who has a really sweet tooth. You'll want to blend the mixture until completely smooth, about a minute. Then pour over the crust and smooth. Now refrigerate the pie, uncovered for at least 2 hours.

The process itself didn't take very long except the whole waiting period for the pie to settle. After trying out my recipe though, I came to the conclusion I'll probably need to add more coconut oil or less chips so the crust doesn't fall apart like it did on me. The tortilla chips still retained their salty nature but provided a good balance for the rich chocolate filling. I'll revise the recipe at a later time and share that with you.

I also tried to make whipped cream but ended up getting the wrong coconut milk. Light coconut milk will not work here, make sure you get full-fat coconut milk. Here is the recipe I would have used anyway.

Whipped Coconut Cream

1 can of full-fat organic coconut milk
1 tablespoon of sweetener (agave, maple syrup, honey, sugar, etc)
1 teaspoon of pure organic vanilla extract

Open the can of of refrigerated coconut milk (it works best when it is cold). Scoop out the coconut cream, you do not want the water. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix the coconut cream on high speed for about 3 to 5 minutes until it becomes fluffy and light. Then mix in the vanilla and sweetener (I used agave). Whipped coconut cream is best served immediately, but can be stored in an air tight container for up to a week in the refrigerator. 

So the next time you're feeling adventurous, whip up this bad boy. It is such a rich and smooth chocolatey treat.

Now I've got to get back to my mission, we've been playing Destiny all weekend.

*Disclaimer: This post is brought to you in partnership with Food Should Taste Good®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

{Friday Favorites}

posted on: Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday is here! Yay! I love the weekend, most of the time anyway. There's a lot going on at the moment but it's a good time to reflect. I'm going to try and take it easy this weekend and organize my apartment among other things. Anyone going to be playing Destiny on the PS4? :)

1. Favorite beverage: Pumpkin spice lattes and frappuccinos.

2. Favorite Upcoming Events in DC.

3. Favorite purchase: necklace from J.Crew.

4. Favorite new game: Destiny

5. Favorite song: The Griswolds - Beware the Dog

{Tuesday Ten} Goals to simplify my life

posted on: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Most people make big goals at the beginning of the year. What are those called again? Oh, yeah; new year resolutions. I've found that those don't really stick--especially if they're not attainable. What I mean is, people make such big goals for themselves that make it difficult to reach on a timeline that they get discouraged. Start by making smaller goals in order to reach the bigger goals. Take like a step at a time, you know, unless you're a giant..then by all means.

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 I've decided to just make some changes now to get into a better lifestyle habit. I'll set some small goals for myself to slowly change to improve my life.

  1. Faith. Have I reached out to Him lately? No? I should probably set aside time and check my Clash of Clans later. 
  2. S. I will limit my online presence when we're together so no social media or solo video games. I will try and be present in his life and in our relationship. 
  3. My relationships. Family time. OG time. Some good old face to face human interaction. 
  4. Sunday Scene. Schedule posts ahead of time for continuous content. 
  5. Me. I need time to myself. I need to remember to say "no" to others so I can say "yes" to myself, too. 
  6. Health. Be more active and eat healthier wholesome meals. 
  7. Learn something new. Be it how to actually use a DSLR, a new software or a language. A hobby to keep me busy when needed.
  8. Shop for clothing more wisely. Though I love sales, I should only get wardrobe staples instead of whatever is on sale just cause. That will prevent me from having an exploding closet with nothing to wear. 
  9. Remember to take my multivitamin daily. What is the apple a day keeps the doctor away?
  10. Time. Keep track of my time so I can better organize my life.

Motivational Monday

posted on: Monday, September 8, 2014

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Hello my dearest reader! I hope you had a relaxing weekend and you're ready to get back on the grind. Don't fret over that project that didn't come out as you had expected. You're not perfect, I'm not perfect. In fact, I've never met anyone that was. Remember that all success comes with failure. You can't really succeed in something until you fail at something else. So find your little niche in the world and go for it!

Motivational Monday

posted on: Monday, September 1, 2014

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Sometimes you need to be reminded that each day is a new day. So you had a bad day yesterday? Okay, leave it. Now it is the past. Today is a new day. Accomplish that little goal that you have set for yourself. See, getting out of bed wasn't that hard, right? Start your new work week off with a smile!

{Table Talk} Food Should Taste Good - Giveaway!

posted on: Thursday, August 28, 2014

I was recently contacted by the marketing team at Food Should Taste Good® to review their product. I really enjoy healthier options when it comes to snacks. I've only recently started being more health-conscious. In the past when I was in the mood for chips, my favorite and go to tortilla chips for a long time were from a well known chips company and had a hint of lime and yes, they were delicious. I was able to try out Food Should Taste Good®'s version and was surprised to see the ingredients list; they're just wholesome ingredients without the added filler.

Now you tell me they're Non-GMO and even gluten-free? Those are chips with wholesome ingredients that you can actually trust and be happy about eating. The chips themselves are crisp yet light. They're not cut your mouth hard but they can still hold their own against salsa.

[Taken at Whole Foods Tenley]

Let's talk about the product itself. The packaging is simple--very minimalist and sophisticated which is refreshing. It doesn't need some colorful packaging to scream, "hey, look at me!" I don't always judge a book by its cover but when it comes to food I can get a little picky. The tortilla chips caught my eye on the shelf because it was different. Then again, I shop at Whole Foods and most of the groceries you'll find there are of the healthy-ish variety and sometimes even locally sourced. So far I've tried jalapeno, lime, blue corn and multigain. I am obsessed with multigrain. It tastes great, the texture is on point and you can even see the little seeds embedded into each chip!

[photo credit: jungfroid]

Now if you would be so kind as to pass the dip, I'd really appreciate it.

[photo credit: jungfroid]

[photo credit: jungfroid]

Places you can find Food Should Taste Good® in the district:
Whole Foods

Here's your chance to win a nice sampler for yourself! Enter below to win your very own bag of chips to share or squirrel away as well as a $100 VISA gift know, to buy more chips or even cheese and/or dip to compliment your new chip collection. :D

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway Ends: Thursday, September 4th, 2014 - Midnight EST
Winner will be announced on Monday, September 8th, 2015 and the winner must be located within the United States.

*Disclaimer: This post is brought to you in partnership with Food Should Taste Good®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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