Why hello there! Let me start off by saying that I was touched by the responses I got on my last post. And I am glad that it was just what some of you needed to read. Never leave a friend hangin’!
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Greek yogurt + granola + sliced banana + papaya + pumpkin seed butter + shredded coconut
My dad has been in town this week and he brought up a couple of papayas from their tree!
Speaking of my dad, we've had a few picnics over the week.
It’s been really nice to have him here and to just enjoy the nice weather. We would meet up at Capitol Hill, where we’ve had many picnics before, and just sit under a tree and hang out.
Here's an old picture of Capitol Hill
I packed him a hazelnut butter + creme of dates & almond sandwich
A pumpkin seed butter + creme of dates & almonds sandwich for moi!
I can get pretty cray-cray when I eat
And there's my little nugget, Matilda, cooling off in the shade by my bike
My dad also brought up turmeric fingers, and they stained my own!
I grated the turmeric into the spiced red lentils while they were cooking and it made such a noticeable difference!
I served the lentils with coconut oil (of course), basmati rice, and steamed broccoli spritzed with Bragg’s.
Later that day I met up with some of my ladies at Ipanema's sister restaurant, Garnett's.
It reminded me of a charming country kitchen.
We wanted dessert, but the baked goods that day didn't sound too appealing to us. We just talked and ordered coffee and tea instead.
Then we took a hop and a skip over to Ipanema in hopes of finding yummy desserts.
The great thing about these two places is that their dessert menu pretty much changes daily. They’ve got staples like brownies a la mode, but their pies, cakes, and other desserts are different each day. Not to mention they also have gluten-free and vegan options as well.
One friend got the maple creme brulee.
My other friend ordered the mixed berry pie a la mode.
And I got the vegan apricot almond bar a la mode.
All of these were so incredibly delicious and huge oh my gosh. Perfect! But was there ever any doubt? This place always impresses with its desserts. Later on we found out that they actually make their own soy ice cream as well! It was also nice to bump into a friend of mine who works in the kitchen. I always ask him for his recommendations.
My friends are so pretty!
After dessert we wanted de-stress from all the school and life responsibilities so we went dancing for a bit. Much needed! I love these ladies to death and I felt complete after hanging out with them.
I'm going to be honest I was a little hesitant to share these muffins with all of you because they look funny...
But they taste yummy and I wanted to use the last my hemp protein powder so I made these muffins following a basic muffin recipe. I also opted for coconut extract instead of vanilla, filled some with Cacao Bliss or pumpkin seed butter, and sprinkled on some coconut shreds and chocolate coconut sprinkles. These are perfect as part of a quick snack.
Say bye bye for now, Matilda.
Matilda is now in Florida staying with my family since I’ll be going to New York soon in a couple of weeks. I won’t be staying for too long, but unfortunately I can’t take her with me since I’ll be flying from New York to Florida. Three weeks without my baby!!! I need distractions. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! And all the mommies in the world better be feelin’ the love!