Monday, May 31, 2010

happy memorial day

happy memorial day.

got to hang out with some of my favorite ladies! 

among all the women:

charles enters the scene to dry rub the steaks for us (what a nice guy)

Today is also charlie's birthday!!! :) he is 23. 
heh, now looking at this photo we are a color schematic family (go braves..or america)

memorial day was filled with lots of fun, family, and food. the three f's for success. 

and now, for this little beauty:

potato feta quiche

i made a brisee and filled it with pesto-roasted potatoes, feta, and quiche batter. 

recipe courtesy of OOHLARAW

raw pie

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makes a 9"

1 c brazil nuts
1 c shredded coconut
pinch of salt
2 heaping T of carob powder
4 T agave nectar
1/2 t van extract

2 c sunbutter (entire jar)
1 c coconut oil
1 c agave
2 avocados
2 T van extract

pulse crust into crust-like consistency and line a 9" spring form pan.
freeze while making the filling. 
combine everything else into food processor or blender and hit start. 

!before pouring filling on top, line the crust layer with strawberry slices.

proceed with pouring and freeze.
garnish with fresh strawberries and blueberries. 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

drive-by atlanta photographs









a collection on photographs that were taken from a car in atlanta. 

charles wrecked his bike on sunday (hes fine) rendering him unable to shoot in the normal fashion.
the result = car shooting. 

Saturday, May 22, 2010

the life of a barista

today i worked as a barista...le master barista. ha!

i tell you, there are some times...some times when the crazies just come out and today was that day.

contestant one -  "jam man"
   first he walks in, looks around, asks some questions and leaves.
then he comes back in, promptly asking for two blueberry bagels (we do not have blueberry bagels), then he proceeds to ask for two whole wheat bagels with blueberry cream cheese (this we do not have), and then he asks for blueberry jam (again, we do not have this).
he sees the blueberry danishes and asks if he can have some of that filling...
i tell him that i have raspberry jam.
he proceeds to ask about the blueberry danish filling, inquiring if thats how they come or if we make them here.
i tell him that we make all the danishes in house, but that i only have raspberry jam.
so he just gets the bagel.
this is the end....or so i think....
as he is walking towards the register he sees our blueberry cheesecake jar and then asks yet again about the filling, complaining that we use it for both the danish and the jar, but cannot give him any....then he offers to buy some....
the result, me going into the back to fish out the bucket of blueberry jam and fill a take out cup.
i return, only to be told the he needs one more and two more bagels.
all you can do is laugh.

constant two - "indecisive sally"
  she asks for an everything bagel.
she picks up the bagel, i offer to toast it for her.
she says its hard, i take the bagel from her and it is not hard, it is fresh soft and ready to be toasted.
i tell her its fine and she says that she ate some of it and she is changing her mind about what she wants to eat. no comment.

constant three - "bird lady"
 she orders and sandwich.
receives the sandwich. goes to eat outside.
comes back inside and asks for a new sandwich because a bird landed on her sandwich and started eating it. yes, this is true.

this is just some of the fun things that happen when you're a barista.

in other news:


its only taken us seven months to find these beauties! 


Tuesday, May 18, 2010


good news: cookies
bad news: out of coconut oil

thus we move on.

vanilla spice cookies

raw vanilla spice cookies

made with spelt flour, raw vanilla spice protein powder,
 vanilla, hemp oil, agave, cinnamon, nutmeg, & coconut oil. 

carob walnut oat cookies

raw carob walnut oat cookies

raw carob walnut oat cookies two

made with spelt flour, carob, vanilla, honey, agave, coconut oil , oats & walnuts.

carob walnut cookies

raw carob walnut cookies two

raw carob walnut cookies

made with spelt flour, carob, vanilla, honey, agave, coconut oil & walnuts.


Monday, May 17, 2010

the end of school, beginning of the real world.

I will confess, I have never had a full time job before.
My feelings include a combination of anxiety, excitement, and happiness.

School is over! I completed the in class portion of the program with a 4.0; Below is my final sugar practical.

Pay no mind to the random banana and the huge eye. ha

(psst....they're fat free)

2 c. bread flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tbsp. sugar
pinch of salt
dash of onion powder
dash of garlic powder
dried herbs1 3/4 c. cold water

mix dry.
add water.

bake - 400 degrees. 40ish minutes.


and to throw this in:


currently loving:
  .iced coffee
  .sun & pool
  .my husband
  .imma be pandora station

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


  its been awhile since i have graced the pages of this blog. I am almost done with school, this is my last three days in fact. There is a lot going on! Between working, school, running a side operation, being a wife, and a christian life is CRAZY! I find that I have no time to do simple things like cleaning the kitchen. heh, Thank God for my husband that does not mind mess! I love him.

We have been working with sugar and of course its been raining! I made an underwater scene piece, my coral was the bomb and thats all I can really speak about because my fish broke! oh goes on. 


Chocolate Walnut Cookies

Adapted from Charlie Trotter's "RAW"


1 c soaked cashews
1 c maple syrup
1 c cocoa powder
1/4 t seeds from vanilla bean
1 T nama shoyu

combine in a food processer until creamy. 

Option: dehydrate the chocolate into little chips.  (I chose not to)


1 3/4 c sprouted flour (I used spelt)
6 T coconut butter
2 T maple syrup
1/2 vanilla bean seeds
pinch of sea salt
chocolate or chocolate chips 
1/2 c honey walnuts

mix everything but the chocolate and walnuts in a mixer with the paddle. 
stir in chocolate and walnuts after combined. 

dehydrate for 7 hours. 

In other news:

I received this little beauty


happy birthday to me. 

and today I am off to make chocolate high ratio cake & naan for a fondue party tonight! 

On Monday night, Kristi, Tonia and I had the pleasure of sharing dinner together:

We ate at Northlake Thai Cusine

We got:

An appetizer sampling:
 Chicken with a peanut sauce drizzle - excellent flavor, chicken was moist and the peanut flavor was subtle and complementary.

 Fried wonton with beef and a curry sauce inside - standard.

 Organic greens salad - fresh and nice, the dressing was a little excessive (this is coming from a person who likes their salad dry), but other then that it was a nice change from the spicy, fried mix.


 Seafood platter with scallops, mussels, shrimp, and calamari with vegetables in a basil sauce: WOW! I loved the seafood basil combo. The calamari was not deep fried and what a taste! It was heaven!

 Mango Chicken: This dish was well executed, the mango and the chicken were spicy, but cooked to perfection. I am not a fan though.

 Wok fried tofu and vegetables: The tofu was flavorful and the vegetables were great!

 They get their desserts from Joli Kobe and Alons.

Key Lime Tart:
   Excellent flavor and presentation, the key lime is not overwhelming.

Raspberry Mousse Cake:
 Light, flavorful, and not too rich. Complete with a stencil sponge.

Midnight Cake:
Layers of moist chocolate cake and some sort of frosting...(we were trying to figure it out) there was def butter in it though!

Ice Cream:
 Green tea, mango, and coconut: Go with the coconut!

Overall, I am glad I tried this place, however I would be indifferent to go back.

This concludes the blog post.