Simplicity in Nature

I noticed that a lot of new people have been leaving comments, so I just wanted to say hello and thank you for stopping by! You know one of the  things that I really enjoy about blogging? Is that we each get to read about all of the things we appreciate, and how beautiful it is to see how others views the world.

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What could this be?

Earlier this week I made Root Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie. When I first stumbled upon this recipe I marveled at all of the wonderful rustic ingredients, and how comforting this sounded. This is a vegetarian version, and the “crust” is made out of a sweet and russet potato mash. However, instead of using flour for the vegetable mix I used cornmeal. I thought it would give the recipe a more “down-home” taste.

I love recipes with delicious hidden surprises!

Stuffed pastas, pies, dumplings, you name it.

So flavorful that it had me scooping up every last bit.
Breakfast… on-the-go

Awhile back I bookmarked some recipes from Martha Stewart’s quick and easy breakfast ideas. The banana-oat smoothie is basically like a bowl of oats, but in smoothie form. I also added almond butter and chia seeds to the mix.

Sliced almonds for the final touch.
My breakfast sometimes likes to smile back at me.

This was also another recipe I bookmarked from the quick and easy breakfast ideas: whole-grain toast bagel with yogurt and pistachios.

My lovely roommate read my mind and gave me a jar of honey from the area where she’s from!
While I was having this dainty breakfast, lavender honey crossed my mind.

Lavender honey on toast with pistachios would’ve been a breakfast fit for the Greek gods.

Aren’t pistachios beautiful?

They have the same vibrant green of a perfect avocado, then some painter must’ve dabbed pinks on their skins.

Delicate candies
Pistachios were still on my mind.
And so was lavender.

Awhile back I was browsing through recipes, wondering how I could use my package of coconut cream. I found a recipe for Vanilla Coconut Cream Candy on Tropical Traditions‘ abundant recipe site. You can make it vegan by using agave or maple syrup instead of honey. Actually, when I make this again I want to use pecans and maple syrup. Perhaps, I’ll add a splash of bourbon as well. This recipe was quite simple. The only ingredients I used were coconut cream, pistachios, honey, vanilla extract, and lavender. I added the lavender as an aromatic and delightful touch. Now I have lavender and honey in one beautiful candy. Perhaps these could’ve been enjoyed by Aphrodite herself.

Not as sophisticated as a Greek goddess, but something that can make anyone smile nonetheless–marshmallows!

I remember when I was younger I’d sleep over at a friend’s house and we had a wide selection of cereals to have at breakfast.

These are Marshmallow Oaties!

I was recently sent Three Sisters Cereal, which some of you may have heard of, to try and review. Did you know that their cereal is made using renewable wind energy? That’s pretty awesome if you ask me! Their motto is: natural, sensible, and sustainable cereals. They don’t include unnecessary additives in their cereals to get colors or taste. There are some ingredients in some packaged foods that are questionable, and I know they don’t need to be on the ingredient list so I like how Three Sisters Cereal doesn’t do that. A company with a conscience… I like that. Anyway, their flavors remind me of cereals that any kid, or big kid for that matter, would love! Flavors like Honey Oaties, Cinnamon Sweets, and Graham Crackerz. I got to try the Marshmallow Oaties, Sweet Wheats, and Honey Oaties. These were all so tasty and I felt like a little kid again.

Honey Oaties: These reminded me so much of Honey Nut Cheerios, but had a more wholesome aftertaste . Honey covered O’s are a classic. Crunch, crunch, munch. In fact, I brought a jar of Honey Oaties with me to munch on as I went about town. Whose baby am I? My mom will answer that for us.

Marshmallow Oaties: I went after Lucky’s charms! “Hearts, Stars, and Horseshoes, Clovers, and Blue Moons, Pots of Gold, and Rainbows, and me Red Balloons.” Well, this wasn’t a bowl of Lucky Charms, but it brought me back to when I’d eat bowls filled with colorful marshmallows. It’s got these neat shapes, and those little marshmallows we all love.

Sweet Wheat: Letting them soak in a bowl of milk is what I like to do with shredded wheat cereals. The frosting for the Sweet Wheats wasn’t as thick and sugary as other similar cereals I’ve tried. I enjoyed this since too much sugar, especially in the morning, can give me a headache. If you like denser and grainier tasting cereals then this is a good bet.

Donation of $1.00 for every cereal package sold in April will support emergency relief work by Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee; Whole Foods Market to support with in-store effort.” to support relief efforts in Haiti.

Would you like a chance to be a big kid too?

You can win a month-supply of Three Sister’s Cereal in the form of four freebie coupons! Please note that you can only find their cereals at Whole Foods Markets. Here’s what you can do to enter:

1. Visit the Three Sisters Cereal website and let me know the name of a product you’d like to try.

2. Link back to this giveaway on your next post, and please make sure to comment letting me know you did so.

The giveaway ends Friday February 11, 2011 at midnight EST.

36 thoughts on “Simplicity in Nature

  1. I’d love to try the cinnamon sweets- I ate cinnamon grahams when I was younger and I’d like to see if these are as good.

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  4. i love pistachios! think i may have to try that martha smoothie today but use chia since i have no banana and almond milk in place of the yogurt/milk. (i move for good tomorrow so i’m totally low on groceries!)

  5. I swear i’ll go on that page and vote for you every single day and I’ll include all my german family here too! haha! you have to win this because you are the best!!
    I think the bagel would be even better if that were a yummy german broetchen enjoyed in my KITCHEN! WOOP WOOP let’s make it happen!
    sorry i’m a little to happy right now 😉
    <3 you

  6. i would love to try to cinnamon sweets!!
    (i have tried their oatmeal packets before and they are great!! the pouches they come in give a guide for how much water to put in too – so handy! ive never tried their cereal though)

    your blog always inspires me to cook a variety of recipes! i love the shepherds pie and the coconut candy. where are your favorite places to get recipes? (if you dont mind me asking!)

  7. I love your blog!! I would love to try any of the Three Sisters cereals, but if I had to choose one of their products, I would want to try their oatmeal packs. It looks like they have some great flavors!

  8. Hmm they all sound yummm, but I think I’d be most excited to try the Cinnamon Sweets…I am such a cinnamon girl, and cinnamon-y cereal with almond milk is just so delicious.

    Your pistachio-honey-lavender candy looks amazing!! I have always wanted to try making pistachio rosewater cookies…

    Oh and I’ve linked to your giveaway!

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  10. even tho theyre not gluten-free, I know my mom and dad would love these. they are young at heart when it comes to cereals 🙂

    wow your root veggie shepherd’s pie looks SO DELICIOUS, oh and btw, the picture of honey being drizzled on top of the bagel is the right hit of food porn we all need- ooooooo yesss 🙂

    and with the banana, the meal totally is smiling back at you!! 🙂

    xoxo <3

  11. Newbie reader here. I’d love to try the marshmallow oaties, only because my parents never let us have Lucky Charms and having marshmallows in cereal sounds so rebellious! Sorta…


    Sorry, didn’t mean to scream. But I adore the marshmallows in cereal, and would love to try this one!

    Pistachios are one of my favorite nuts. I seriously can eat a 3-lb bag of pistachios in one seating.

  13. Hi Katharina,
    I have been reading your blog for a while now, and simply love your beautiful photographs, your style, and your positive attitude. You make the loveliest and most delicious looking food, and I always find myself wishing I could share a meal with you.
    I just recently began my own blog. It is still very much in its infant stages, but I’d love it if you took a look and kept an eye out for me. I plan to stick with all the baking, writing, and photography.
    I’m excited to join the blogging world, and I hope that we can be blog friends. I’m still learning the tricks and kinks, otherwise I would say I’d add you to my blogroll (still have no idea how to do most of the high-tech things… advice would be appreciated too from a fellow wordpresser!)

    Anyways, all the best. Hope to hear from you soon!

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  15. you’re website is just amazing, Katharina! Beautiful photos, delicious food to look at and inspire, and a lot of love!
    ps. I noticed that sweet comment about me giving you honey! 🙂 from my honey bee neighbors

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