THE BIGGEST SURPRISE IN MY ENTIRE LIFE + Brown Rice Pudding

I still can’t believe that I’m an adult. Turning 18 is a huge age change – I’ve gone from childhood to an official adult. I felt like an adult before, but for some reason today I feel even more like one. I celebrated this weekend with some fun:

I saw PianoGuys LIVE at their concert at my college!





I went to the thrift store and got some new clothes! A pair of jeans, 3 shirts/blouses, 3 skirts, a dress, a pair of pajama pants, 4 plates, and a bowl for less than $40! 😀

I bought 9lbs of strawberries Saturday night.


And I’ve already finished them. It’s been quite a delicious weekend. 😉

(Because I ate my strawberries so quickly before I got a picture of them, I’m borrowing this picture from GoogleThey looked just like these though – absolutely red and gorgeous.)

Monday I went and got my hair done. They trimmed it and added more layers (since I love layers – they really bring out the curl in my hair when I scrunch it instead of blow-drying it).

Today I also got to talk with my beloved Nutrition Instructor about life and how I’m doing in college. I am so grateful to have someone I feel comfortable going to and can talk with. Yes I cried (I always seem to do that…), but it really helped me today. I needed it. (Do you feel that same way sometimes?)

AND, I JUST GOT THE BIGGEST SURPRISE IN MY LIFE! MY ROOMMATES AND FRIENDS GOT TOGETHER AND MADE ME AN EDIBLE ARRANGEMENT CAKE!!!!!


IT ABSOLUTELY MADE MY DAY!!!!! ❤

Today I also wanted to share with you a new favorite recipe.


My Brown Rice Pudding!


Combine the rice,


cornstarch, cinnamon, and stevia


in the bottom of the crock-pot.


Add the soymilk and vanilla.


Cook on high heat for 2-3 hours.


Top with desired toppings and dig in! 😀


Brown Rice Pudding

Great for breakfast or dessert. Makes 2 cups worth (4 servings with add-ins)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups milk of choice (I used fortified vanilla soymilk)
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice (or quinoa if you have it on hand)
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Stevia to taste (I use 2-3 packets)

Plus add-ins/toppings of choice – see below

Directions

Combine the rice, cornstarch, cinnamon, and stevia in the bottom of the crock-pot. Add the soymilk and vanilla. Cook on low heat for 2-3 hours. Serve warm or cold.

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Add-in ideas:

  • Chocolate chips + cherries + vanilla extract
  • Bananas + walnuts +cinnamon
  • Raisins + apples + dash of nutmeg
  • Coconut flakes + sliced almonds + chocolate chips
  • Strawberries + vanilla extract + “cream” (I used vanilla soymilk)

There are a lot more than this, but these are just a few on the top of my head. If you try any other flavor experimentations I’d love to hear about them!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! ❤

With lots of hugs,

Kathleen

Btw, Reese’s PB Cups are the BEST!

AP Results! + What Kat Ate #13: The Cake & Ice Cream Edition!

Hey my Lil’ Cuties! 😉

Thanks for all of your comments on my Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars. They are definitely one of my favorites to make and take to parties if I don’t have the time to make something from scratch. And they are a hit wherever I go! 🙂

Time for another What Kat Ate! Thanks, Jenn, for hosting this party! It is always so much fun! ❤

BREAKFAST:


One of my Chocolate Protein Cakes frosted with homemade almond butter and sprinkled with cacao nibs, all alongside some banana softserve. Hehe. Who says you can’t have cake and ice cream for breakfast? 😉

LUNCH:


A fillet of tilapia topped with seasoned salt alongside a juicy peach and a side of spinach with smart balance lite buttery spread.

SNACK:


A handful of each almonds and soynuts.

DINNER:


A bowl of vegetarian chili and a pear. (Pears have been one of my favorites since I was a baby!)

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Yesterday morning I received a letter from the AP testing center with the results of my AP Physics and AP Literature tests. And you know what? I PASSED!!!! BOTH of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 I am so excited right now. (I actually got the exact scores I was expecting to get on both of them; after I took them, I got a feeling of the scores I would get. It was kind of weird, but I guess that confirms how I felt. I knew I had put in the time and effort to learn and study for these exams, and I went forward and did my best.) I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father. He has always been there for me. He has never given up on me. He knows my potential and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Sometimes hardships arise, but I know He will be there for me and support me through them and give me strength to bear them. I know it is because of him that I was able to remember the things I learned during my preparation for these tests. I know He lives. I know He knows my by name. I know He loves me and that He wants me to become like him. He knows all of the rules (and exceptions ;)) of the English language and I knew I could turn to Him if I ever needed help with them. He is the Great Scientist. I am so grateful for the understanding He has given me of physics. He knows it all like the back of his hand, and I am grateful for everything He has done for me.

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Would you ever have cake and ice cream for breakfast? I did it as a little celebration for passing my AP tests, and I know I will be doing it again soon.

Have there been certain foods that you’ve loved since childhood? One of those foods for me is pears. I have ALWAYS adored it. And hummus – hummus is another one that I’ve loved since I lived in Turkey at the age of 3. 🙂

Did you take an AP test? SAT or ACT? A big final exam/test for certification in something you’re going into? I just took two AP tests this past May and just heard about my results yesterday. Another test that will be coming up soon (hopefully) with be my driver’s test. 🙂

xoxox,


Chocolate Protein Cake! + Doctor Appointment Results

Hey my Chocolate Lovers! ❤

Thanks for all of your comments on my last post. I love joining Jenn’s party for WIAW. I feel it is also a good way to show a balance in eating instead of picture of things I bake/make (as I like to post recipes that lean more towards baking than cooking, since I’m more of a baker than a cook. I can cook when following a recipe, but I am much more comfortable baking and can have fun and experiment while I’m in the kitchen more than when cooking.). I’ll also let you know when I’m having my wisdom teeth taken out. I’m not super excited about that, but I know it has to be done.

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I went to my JRA appointment today and I got some great news! The x-rays had come back and I have NO RA. There is no arthritis in my bones whatsoever. The blood tests did show that I have the positive antibody in my blood for RA, but I don’t have it. My doctor said that he thought that I could have loose/weak tendons around my knees, which is making my knee got budge side to side a little (instead of my knee working like a door hinge, it can move side to side a little). So he’s prescribed me to do a certain exercise 3 sets of 12 for both legs everyday and told me to avoid the treadmill but focus more on the stationary bike and go on daily walks. He said that these things would help me strengthen the muscles around my knee and hopefully help my knee to stop the grinding motion, which could be creating the swelling. He also recommended I start a vitamin D3 supplement and for me to take an omega 3 supplement, which is something I already do in addition to the omegas I eat. I really hope that this will work. I wish the swelling would just go away, but I know that it will take time and effort for it to heal and for the swelling to finally go down. Maybe the Lord knows there is something I’m supposed to learn through this. He knows better than I, so I guess I just have to put my trust in Him and press forward in faith that everything will turn out in the end. 🙂

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In my last What Kat Ate I showed you the protein chocolate cake I had had for breakfast. And I promised I would share the recipe.

Here it is.


My Protein Chocolate Cake! ❤


Combine the protein powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and baking powder.


Add the egg whites, vanilla, and pumpkin puree.


Stir/whisk it all together until the egg and pumpkin are fully mixed in.


The batter should come out thick but light in texture.


Spoon the batter into a lightly sprayed microwavable bowl.


Spread it out with the back of a spoon until even.


Place the cake in the microwave and bake on high for 80 seconds (1 minute 20 seconds). (Give or take, depending on the power of your machine.)


Take your cake out (the top should be firm but bouncy) and decorate it with desired toppings. I always love me some nut butter frosted on top. 🙂


A Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Soy-Free, High-Protein, Single-Serving, Chocolate Treat

Chocolate Protein Cake!

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp cocoa powder (see note)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ cup pure pumpkin puree

Directions

Combine the protein powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and baking powder. Add the egg whites, vanilla, and pumpkin puree. Stir/whisk it all together until the egg and pumpkin are fully mixed in. The batter should come out thick but light in texture.

Spoon the batter into a lightly sprayed microwavable bowl. Spread it out with the back of a spoon until even. Place the cake in the microwave and bake on high for 80 seconds (1 minute 20 seconds). (Give or take, depending on the power of your machine.)

Take the cake out (the top should be firm but bouncy) and decorate it with desired toppings. I always love me some nut butter frosted on top. 🙂

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Notes: I didn’t use any sweetener in my cake as I’m doing Alex’s Sugar-Free Challenge right now, but if you would like it sweeter use two packets of stevia or splenda. Carob powder can also be used in place of the cocoa powder and is a great way to naturally sweeten this protein cake. I love frosting this with nut butter – it is definitely my favorite way to eat it.


Nut butter is my FAVORITE way to eat these – it reminds me of a reese’s peanut butter cup when I do it. 🙂


Plus it keeps me full for many hours, which is perfect for those days where I have a lot going on and I need a quick breakfast or snack (or dessert ;)).

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Do you prefer creamy or crunchy nut butters? If it’s eaten by the spoon, I prefer crunchy – but if I’m trying to spread it I prefer creamy.

Do you take any supplements? I take an omega supplement and now a vitamin D3 supplement. I sometimes take a calcium supplement too, but since I drink a lot of almond milk (which is fortified with calcium), I don’t take every day.

Does caffeine have an effect on you? I’m REALLY sensitive to it. For example, having chocolate after dinner keeps me up late at night, no matter how tired I am.

xoxox,