Coolest Shaved Ice Truck EVER! + Wisdom Teeth

This past week you could catch me:

Baking cupcakes, cookies, and bread.


I made these into the shape of a wedding dress.


And mini rainbow-colored cupcakes. They were so adorable!


I also made Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars, along with my sister’s request of “Pink Cookies.”


But my favorite one has been my Great-Harvest-Inspired Honey Whole Wheat Bread. And yes, it tastes just like it but costs a lot less. Perfect for this money-pinching time in society. Don’t worry, I’m working on the post right now. ;)


Seeing cool shaved ice trucks! Earlier this week my sister heard Jamaican music outside, ran to the window and spied this shaved ice truck driving around our neighborhood!


Excited, she hurriedly called me from upstairs to come and see the new truck in our neighborhood. When I got downstairs, I couldn’t believe my eyes! It was a paradise on wheels, playing Jamaican jamborees and serving colorful ices! It was legit! Simply the coolest shaved truck EVER! :D

Painting notebooks.


Shopping at thrift stores. I got 14 new skirts and 1 blouse for only $70!!! Gosh I love thrift stores. <3


And I found the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice at Target for only $5.

I HAD to get it. I <3 Darcy. 

And getting stuff done that has to happen whether I want to or not… I went to the oral surgery center at the military AFB Monday morning for a wisdom teeth evaluation. They took me right in, got some x-rays, explained the process, and scheduled me to have all my wisdom teeth removed on the 28th, this coming Monday!


We went to the grocery store yesterday and picked up a couple of things for next week after my surgery. Right now I have organic soy-milk, almond milk, green smoothies, water, broth, soy yogurt, butternut squash soup, and applesauce. I’m guessing I’ll be living on a lot of liquids next week, with more creamy stuff later in the week or the week after. I’ll see how I feel after the procedure next week.

Any tips for when I have my wisdom teeth removed? Anything I should know before the procedure Monday morning?

I could use with all the help I could get… I don’t do well with needles or surgical stuff… And they’ll be giving me an I.V. and a pill to make me less aware of what is going on… Mine are all still underneath my gums and haven’t erupted at all, so I don’t know how long the surgeon will take doing it. I know I can’t use straws and have to use a lot of mouth wash since I can’t brush my teeth until the gums heal. I don’t know a lot other than that.

With lots of hugs,

Kathleen

A Veggie-Filled WIAW + Easter Cupcake Creations!

Hey my BEA-UUU-TIFUL Buzzling Bees! :)

Thanks for all of your comments on my Turkish-Inspired Hummus. I have already gone through FOUR batches of that stuff. It is seriously THAT good. :D

How was your Easter?

I really enjoyed getting to spend time with my family, friends, and my Sunbeam class!

Some of the things I did included:


CUPCAKE DECORATING! I love decorating cupcakes. :D


MAKING ZUCCHINI BREAD! I made my mom some zucchini breadthis time with almonds in place of the raisins.


MAKE AN EASTER CREATION WITH MY SUNBEAMS! They were so excited to go home and show their parents and tell them the story of Easter! :)

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Time for another WHAT KAT ATE!

SNACK:


Frozen Banana with my Homemade SunButter.

BREAKFAST:


My Blueberry Coconut Protein Pancake topped with Peanut Butter! It is SO GOOD! (Recipe coming soon!)

LUNCH:


My favorite Protein-Filled Green Smoothie – a whole quart of it! (Recipe to come! :D) This kept me full all afternoon.

DINNER:


Black beans and mixed vegetables on top of whole grain pasta, a whole wheat roll, and TONS of tomato sauce (I like to use the tomato sauce to dip my roll in). :D

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LOTS OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES! (Namely banana, broccoli, orange, apple, blueberries, cauliflower, spinach, and carrots!) :D

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Do you like decorating cupcakes? I go absolutely ballistic at the chance to decorate them. :)

How was your Easter? Mine was really quiet; the highlight of it for me was doing Easter egg hunting with pictures of Christ inside and making the cupcake into a “tomb” with my Sunbeams (the 3-year-old Sunday school class I teach).

Favorite food pictured? I’m loving both the smoothie and the pancake!

xoxox,

There’s A Face In My Pumpkin Pie!!!

Hey My Lovelies!

Thanks for all of your comments on my Cookies N Cream Milkshake. I’m going to get you my recipes for a raw version of it, and I have some more delicious recipes for you soon. :)

Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving? I really enjoyed spending time with my family and reflecting on the things I am grateful for in my life, like my Savior, my family, Mother Earth and all of the creations here, my friends who have always been there for me, YOU, my cousins, my aunts and uncles, my grandparents, my teachers, my church leaders; I got to reflect on the blessings I have in my life. And I love how Thanksgiving gets us prepared for Christmas! Thanksgiving and Christmas are definitely my two favorite holidays of the year!

What did you make for your Thanksgiving Dinner? (If you celebrate Thanksgiving, as I know some of you don’t live in America)

I made quite a few yummies, which included:

Pumpkin Pie!

Can you see it?!

That face – look back up at the picture: can you see it? 

I made the pumpkin pie based on my last recipe, but better! I can share it with you if you would like. :)

I also made some Homemade Rolls! This is my Homemade Bread Recipe, which I want to do a new post on because I have learned some techniques and have improved the recipe so it’s even better – and I want to explain the process a little more – it’s not as hard as it seems!

Next, I made a Sweet Potato Mash. We washed, pealed (I would have eaten the peals if we had baked them in the oven, but alas, it was mashed potatoes), cut up, and boiled about four sweet potatoes. Then we mashed them up with a little smart balance light buttery spread (which is vegan — no milk, so no tummy ache for me) and non-dairy milk. Yum! Let me say that this Thanksgiving definitely did not help my orangeness problem. 

And then my mom made some Homemade Mashed Potatoes – with the skins. We just prepped the russet potatoes like we did with the sweet potatoes, but kept the peels on them. :)

I had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving.

I mentioned that I was making some goodies for some Thanksgiving Baskets. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to make them to give away. It makes me feel so good inside when I serve others and share my love of baking. I promised pictures, so here they are!

White Chocolate Chips Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – these are chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips, rolled in powered sugar before baking. They get all “crinkly” as they bake.

And then I made Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Homemade Vanilla Frosting.

I had so much fun decorating these. 

I also promised (on a previous post) that I would spill the beans on my date. And so, as promised:

MY DATE: I really had a fun time. He picked me up at 6pm and we went out to dinner to Jim’s. Then we headed for the football game – well, tried anyways. We got lost most of the way; haha, but we were laughing about it. Once we finally got there, I got to see my first football game live! Yep, that’s right: I’ve NEVER EVER been to a football game before. I’ve seen it on TV, but never in person. The teams that were playing weren’t even my own. I just cheered for my date’s team. Sadly, they lost; but I learned a lot about how the game works. (I bet he got tired of explaining to me everything….) AND THEN afterwards, we went to HEB (a grocery store) for dessert. I know, a grocery store for dessert?! Yep! Plus, it was like after 10 o’clock at night. And what did we get? Oreos. You heard it – Oreos. And when we got home (which was about 10:30), I did have a couple. I’m working on eating those kinds of things. It’s still hard. I really DON’T want to eat them, but I know I need to get over this obsession – and I’m doing better at it. Those were actually the first Oreos I’ve had in a very long time. And then, as such a great gentleman he is, he left the rest of the Oreos for mi familia. If there is any way to win over most of my family, it’s by doing that. You should have seen their faces: hahaha, it was priceless – their eyes said it all (and that smile that crept up their face – yep, it confirmed it). Overall, I really had a fun time. This was actually my second date; my first date was to Prom. I’m actually in no hurry to date. I’ve had made a personal decision not to date until I was 16 (which I am now) and that’s only double or group dating. I don’t really see a reason to date singly or seriously until I’m ready to get married (I’ve also made the decision to not single date until I’m 18). Group dates are more fun anyway, and you get to know more people (and be with MORE guys…. haha, jk! :D).

Did you know I’ve always wanted to be a cake decorator? It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and just jump at every chance I get. :)

Did you see the face on the pumpkin pie? It’s like he’s blinking at me. Even with that face staring at me, he was still delicious. (hahahahahaaaa, *evil laugh* jk!)

Did any of you go Black Friday Shopping?! We went at like 7:30 in the morning to two stores: Target and Payless. We got some clothes, shoes, and stuff for college – we’re starting early: I can show you what we’ve collected so far if you would like. Right now I’m waiting for my college track schedule (I WAS ACCEPTED!!! :D) to see if I’ll be going in either the fall or winter of next year.

xoxox,