Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

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My panic disorder is one of my most charming qualities.

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Like, to myself. If other people have to see it, it’s a catastrophe.

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Common folk can handle life circumstances with clarity and a level head. Not I, the overreacting girl!!!!

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I’ve told y’all I run the cafe at church once a month. I was closing up shop yesterday, getting everything put away and organized. Every single time I forget that I’m supposed to lock the keys up because obvio that feels counterintuitive. Who locks keys INSIDE something else?! But this time, I did everything correctly the first time. Gold star for me! I start to leave and realize I don’t have my bag. It’s inside the closet. And I just locked the keys inside said closet. Wave of nausea comes, but I swallow it back – I know where the spare is! I go rifling through the drawer and it’s not in the secret hiding spot. I check all of the drawers. Nada. Nothing. Panic ensues. I ask my team leader if she has a key. Nope. She enlists two staff members to help. No can do. I think by this time we have tried every ring on four key rings and one staff member has tried breaking in with a credit card lawlz. By now, I am having a full blown panic attack. My car keys are in that closet. I cannot even leave here. I will have to sleep in this church. At least I will be comforted by the Lord, but like the seats aren’t THAT comfortable. Finally I just said, “K, I’m going to call a locksmith,” because by this point 20 minutes have gone by and in my experience if something can’t fixed in 20 minutes, it’s time to call a professional. They were basically like hold your horses, a key has been found.

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I just HAD to take a 45 minute bubble bath to decompress and get my heart rate down after that.

 

 

Time: 6 hours (prep + freezing) | Serves: 12 bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of packed dates
  • 1 cup of raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of cashews + 1 cup of almonds, quick-soaked (bring nuts to a boil, reduce heat + simmer for 15 minutes, drain) or soaked overnight
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of agave
  • 2 tbsp. of creamy peanut butter
  • Flaky sea salt, for serving

How to:

  • In a food processor, add dates + process until they form into one ball
  • Add walnuts + process into a meal
  • To a lightly greased muffin pan, place a strip of parchment paper at the bottom of each tin so the paper hangs out on either side (this will make lifting the bites out easier)
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop out some of your date/walnut mix + pour into each tin, pressing down + flattening in each – about two scoops of mix for tin
  • Place in freezer while you work on the filling
  • Meanwhile, combine cashews + almonds + lemon juice + coconut oil + milk + agave in the cleaned out food processor, process until smooth creamy (I then transferred mine to a blender to get it even creamier)
  • Add peanut butter + process again until all combined
  • Using your cookie scoop, scoop 2-3 spoonfuls on top of each crust in the muffin pan until almost full, spread it out evenly + tap the pan down to get out the air bubbles
  • Add back to the freezer, freeze for about 4-5 hours
  • To serve, sprinkle some flaky sea salt on top
  • In the middle of the night while your sweetie is sleeping, tiptoe into the kitchen + eat all of these by the refrigerator light, while you contemplate the life decisions that got you here

 

Adapted from here!

Mango Chile Lime Salad

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I am a nomad, a wanderer, an earth child, one with mother nature.

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Perhaps a little extreme, but I do feel akin to an adult Dora the Explorer these days.

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We went to Asheville, NC this weekend and bopped around. Every single time we go to a new city, I am reminded that I am my best self when traveling for fun. Allow to overshare.

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One – because I know I’m going to get some fresh selfies with my boo thing. Two – I LOVE going to places where there is 0 chance I’m going to run into any human being I have ever encountered. Can you say liberating?! Three – I get to debut new outfits to an entirely new audience. Strangers are the only people I trust. Four – I like pretending to be a local wherever I go and acting like I have a clue what I’m doing. For instance, when exiting an establishment and heading to the next, one must always be prepared to immediately turn left or right. Do not lolly gag outside of the place of business asking your travel bud where to go. FAKE IT UNTIL YOU FIND SOMETHING KEWL. Five – all the new tastes in my mouth from all of the delightful, local restaurants. If you travel and go to the Chili’s….we need to have a conversation. I just love traveling around the hunk of land we call America with my man. Even better that we get to live all over the doggone place and move every couple of years to get a feel for everything. I really am obsessed with not knowing where we’re going to be next or for how long.

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Unless they send us to the middle of nowhere Iowa or something, then I’m OUT.

 

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe mango
  • Juice of 1 orange + zest of 1/2
  • 3 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. of ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp. of sweet chili paste
  • 2 tbsp. of cilantro
  • Arugula
  • 1/2 a red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1 avocado, sliced thin
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a food processor, combine mango + orange juice + zest + lemon juice + vinegar + ginger + chili paste + cilantro + S+P, process until smooth
  • To assemble salad, arrange arugula on a plate + top with some red onion + some cherry tomatoes + some pumpkin seeds + some quinoa + some avocado + drizzle with dressing, repeat with remaining ingredients
  • Serve chilled
  • Pick up a fork in each hand + scoop together large heap, slingshot at face as if your mouth is the bullseye

 

Salad dressing adapted from here!

Cold Summer Veggie Soba Noodles

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Y’all, the Lord is doing WORK up in here!

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Not that He’s not always busy concocting up some miracles & what not, but I’ve just been really feeling it lately.

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It’s been a tough like….year and a half lawlz. My struggles are no greater than anyone else’s. Just normal life stuff. But occasionally I feel like a tyrannosaurus rex has sucker punched me in the jugular and I just need a few minutes to wallow.

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Then, God, man. He just comes on in there and shakes me up a lil, tells me to get a grip & keep going. Like, He has surrounded me with the most abundant blessings. I have food, water, a roof over my head, clothes on my back, a hella sexy hunk that gets me, and fab friends and fam. Tbh, that’s way more than I deserve, so why I BE COMPLAININ’ ALL THE TIME?! Through lots of prayer and reflection, I just feel like the Lord is planting a lil more peace up in me to just accept the plans He has and keep on keepin’ on. Hallelujah for our dope church that has helped us grow in our faith & just become all around nicer, less judgmental folks, too lol. I don’t talk about the big man in the sky too often, but it hit me a few months ago when a pal asked me if I prayed that I am obvio not doing enough if it’s not clear in how I live that I love Jesus with my whole entire ridiculously lame being. Prob because I spew negativity and self-hatred so much, but it’s called BRANDING, PEOPLE. So, just a reminder that there is a beautiful, kind, compassionate, forgiving, gracious, merciful, love bug of a God who thinks the world of you and wants nothing but good for you.

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Unless you’re still team Jed after that Bachelorette finale, then you need to get right with the Lord.

JK, but seriously, we need to talk.

 

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of soba noodles
  • 1/2 of an english cucumber, sliced in matchsticks
  • 6 radishes, sliced in matchsticks
  • 1 red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 cup of carrots, sliced in matchsticks
  • 1/3 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of Sriracha
  • 1 tbsp. of toasted sesame oil
  • Green onion, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Sesame seeds, for serving
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine rice vinegar + olive oil + Sriracha + sesame oil
  • Add all veggies to a bowl + pour sauce on top, stir to combine
  • Cook soba to package directions + rinse under cold water
  • Add to bowl with veggies + season with some S+P, toss to coat
  • Serve chilled with green onion + cilantro + sesame seeds
  • Twirl a big ole spoonful of this ish onto your fork + prancercise around your kitchen

 

Updated from here!