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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 9/18/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on September 18, 2014, 2 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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Remember Summer?  Yeah.  It’s gone.  This week was all about 50’s.  And some 40’s.  And very little 70’s.  (That’s Fahrenheit.  That’s like…5 degrees, and 10 degrees and 20 degrees, respectively, in Celsius).  Leaves are changing.  Temps are dropping.  I am excited.  :) :) Fall is my favorite.  

I’m also gearing up to celebrate Fall during the month of October by doing another daily Vlogging challenge.  Uhm.   Didn’t August’s challenge just end?!  Anywho…this year we’re doing VlogTober for the month of October.  You can click here to learn all about it… You guys should all join us.  :) It’s a great way to get your Vlogging-Legs and you don’t actually have to vlog every day :)   

Last Friday I went a little crazy in the Yarn – Dyeing Department.  I tried my hand at dyeing after finding this Knitty article about dyeing with Kool Aid a few years back.  I’m not sure what made me randomly want to do it again, but I did.  So. Much. Fun.

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I even made a little clothes line over my sink for it to dry on :) yarn2They’re just so cute and squishy and I loveeee them.  :) 

Top row (L-R): Grape, Lemon Lime, Mixed Berry, Pink Lemonade, Cherry

Bottom Row (L-R): Lemonade, Pomegranate Blueberry, Seafoam (mixed berry and lemonade), Dark Lavender (mixed berry and black cherry), & an attempt at mustard which turned orange  

So.  Now…I have a bunch of tiny skeins of dyed yarn.  Not sure what I’ll do with them…or what I’ll dye next, but now I know what all the colors look like.  :) 

After I dyed yarn I decided that I apparently needed to COOK ALL THINGS.  Including…Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies [Vegan/Gluten Free]Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies AND Pumpkin Spice Cake

Mexican Baked Potato Soup [Vegan/Gluten Free]Spicey Baked Potato Soup (which you read about on Tuesday) and…stuffed artichokes…and pizza dough for later in the week.  Let’s just say we’re doing a – okay in the leftovers department.  

I’ve been working on my running speed.  < Not because I want to be a speed demon … but because I’d like to run further distances, and when you run a …13 – 16 … minute mile, it takes a lot of time to run a long ways.  :) I’ve been concentrating on running my first mile with great form and speed.  I broke the into the low 13-minute mark (13.07 and 13.09) a few weeks back, and figured I would stay there a while.  On Saturday I decided to dust off the running shoes (after taking last week off) and go for a run.  When my watched beeped for the first mile I looked down and couldn’t believe it.  CaptureDude.  That’s under 12 minutes.  :) :) If anyone has any advice on sustaining speed through additional miles…or…yeah…anything please – I’m all ears.  :) 

Over the weekend I also got a MAJORLY AWESOME package from my good friend Fe.  I have totally been enjoying all of these goodies this week.  Plus. Tons of new tea flavors.  < That’s totally what I need, right?! fe packageThe phD application process has began again for Nathan.  Which means…lots of random texts (well, actually, usually google hangout messages…but YOUKNOW) that say “heyyyy check out this town…It has a Costco” or…”This town has a Target”.  I’ve done lots of “town” reading this week.  #ReadyToMove.

I think the rainy-chilly Sunday got to Indy as well.  He decided he needed to cuddle.  But only with my foot.  He’s working hard at tricking everyone into believing he’s a super duper sweet cat.  BTW.  He’s not always.  indyAnd, in true Crazy Cat style, on Monday night Indy gave us a major scare.  He’d been fine since we got home, but he didn’t come up to bed when we were getting ready to go to sleep (which is a-typical) – so Nathan went down to check on him and found him in a low-blood-sugar stupor.  He was walking around the kitchen leaning against the wall and acted as if he couldn’t see or hear.  He put his face down in his water bowl and couldn’t get it out.  Since he is a diabetic, we know this is a major emergency.  We took out the bottle of maple syrup and started rubbing it on his tongue.  Sometimes this will do the trick and he’ll perk right up and eat his dinner (which he hadn’t touched yet), but it only got worse.  He was going in and out of consciousness by the time we got him in the car.  We called the emergency vet (which we adore – that’s where he goes regularly so they know him well), and they were ready for us when we got there.  When we arrived his blood sugar was only 50 (180 – 220 is normal for him) – and – remember – he’d had about a teaspoon of maple syrup.  They had to give him an emergency dose of dextrose (sugar), among many other things.  They kept him overnight, too (at this point it was about midnight).  At 530am when I called to check on him his blood sugar was still not stable.  But, at 9am his regular vet had gotten to the office and called to tell us that he had finally stabilized at about 90 for the past few hours, but they still needed it to climb back up.  His blood sugar continued to climb throughout the day, but they still felt he was unstable Tuesday night – so he spent another night at the vet.  As of when I’m writing this (Wednesday afternoon), we’re hoping to get to take him home tonight.  :( :( :( Poor little buddy.  The house was scary-silent last night without him.  Two years ago I never would have guessed he’d be this embedded in my every day life.  Feel better, LittleMan.IMG_20140912_134048

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What I Ate Wednesday : 9/17/14

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on September 17, 2014, 10 comments

This week I decided to share Monday eats.  I usually don’t have my act together enough to actually remember to take pictures on a Monday, but this time..it’s happening.  I didn’t want Monday to feel left out :) 

 

Breakfast – IMG_20140908_092433Miso soup with green onions and spinach and soy yogurt with diced fruit.  My Mum and I went out for Sushi Sunday night and I got miso soup.  I adore miso soup.  I have no clue why I don’t eat it more.  Monday morning I still wanted Miso soup…and decided to see if that was a normal thing to eat for breakfast.  (not that I cared if it wasn’t…) So I googled “Miso Soup for Breakfast” – and it turns out it’s actually a very normal thing in most other countries.  So, Miso Soup it was.  Super simple fast to make.  Super delicious.  

Pre Lunch Snack? IMG_20140909_103806Yeah.  Pre lunch snacks don’t normally happen around here.  But I was so so so hungry I couldn’t concentrate.  Apparently the Miso soup wasn’t enough to fill me up :) … (The next day I added some toast and peanut butter to the breakfast above and it was perfect-fill-me-up-until-lunch)

Lunch:

http://us.daiyafoods.com/products/dairy-free-cheese-pizza/margherita-pizza

http://us.daiyafoods.com/products/dairy-free-cheese-pizza/margherita-pizza

You’ll have to forgive my lack of an actual food picture.  I was hungry.  I can’t be held accountable for my actions.  :)  I had a few pieces of some Daiya pizza I had made over the weekend.  It was delicious.  I have been very impressed with their pizzas.  I never realized they were gluten free until a few weeks back.  Excellent job, Daiya.  I also had some pinto beans with onions and some fruit.  It was random, but it worked.  :) 

End of work day snack: bananaI saw this banana and it just looked so lonely.  My solution?  Eat it. 

Dinner:kevinSometimes I get so excited about dinner I forget to take a picture.  I ordered take out from my favorite place in town.  Nathan doesn’t love to eat there, and he’d already had dinner – so it was a perfect opportunity for me to get to get some yummies.  I had sweet potato fries and a “bowl” with rice and beans and tons of grilled veggies and a vegan red mayo.  Delicious.  

Dessert:IMG_20140909_103559 IMG_20140909_103527After dinner we caught up on some Daily Show episodes we’d missed, and I enjoyed some Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Almond with some Sugar Plum tea.  

How do you remember to take your food pictures throughout the day?  I obviously need help :) I’ll see you guys tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

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Mexican Baked Potato Soup [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on September 16, 2014, 6 comments

So…I had a different post planned for today. But then…This happened. Mexican Baked Potato Soup [Vegan/Gluten Free]

 

It’s totally not even my fault.  On Sunday I was just sitting on the couch…minding my own business…scrolling on Instagram…when Jenn from Peas & Crayons posted this:

 Yeah.  That’s Mexican Potato Soup. There was actually no possible way for me to keep scrolling.  I HAD to gather ingredients and make this immediately.  Jenn’s excuse for making soup was because – while it’s still hot – everyone else is making pumpkin-stuff – so she can make soup #BecauseFallandStuff.  My excuse?  It’s 50 degrees (F) and raining.  Yeah.  It is fall & stuff here.  Potato soup < With enough of a kick to make your nose run < And to warm your soul < Yep.  Mexican Baked Potato Soup [Vegan/Gluten Free]

Jenn’s recipe (that you can get by clicking here if you haven’t already clicked up there for it) is made in the crockpot.  I decided a while back that I’m way too instant gratification for the crockpot, so – of course – I made it in the Instant Pot (you saw that one coming, right?!).  Jenn’s recipe is totally fabulous for those of you who can handle the anticipation of CrockPot cooking – and you should definitely go over there and check it out if that’s your preferred method.  She also adds a whole bunch of cheese to hers but…since us + cheese = not good, I made a few substitutions in that department.  :) Mexican Baked Potato Soup [Vegan/Gluten Free]

The second I made it I snapped a picture (uhm.  As I held an ice cube in my mouth because I was a wee bit over zealous in the tasting-before-cooling department) and told Jenn IT IS AMAZING.  To which she replied #happydance :) :) Having ffraaands on Instagram is cool.  :) :)  Oh.  Then I was still impatient, because #IWantToEatItAllNow …So I stirred some Tofutti Sour Cream in to it to speed up the cooling process.  #BestDecisionEver Mexican Baked Potato Soup [Vegan/Gluten Free]

So.  Yeah.  Soup.  Let’s make it? :) 

 

Mexican Baked Potato Soup
I switched up Jenn's recipe to be cheese-free and Instant Pot friendly :)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large onion, diced
  2. 4 – 5 cloves garlic, diced
  3. As much jalapeno (seeded!) as you want, diced (I had probably 1/8th a cup)
  4. 4 cups of potatoes, diced
  5. 4 cups vegetable broth
  6. ½ cup of salsa of choice (I used Kirkland Brand salsa)
  7. 1 teaspoon cumin
  8. ¼ teaspoon oregano
  9. ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  10. Green onions, to taste
  11. ½ cup nutritional yeast (or to taste)
  12. Black Pepper and/or white pepper, to taste
  13. Tofutti better than Sour Cream, to taste or optional
Instructions
  1. Turn the “Sautee” feature on the instant pot. Once warm, add the onion, garlic and jalapenos – stirring frequently until brown.
  2. Once brown, click “Cancel” to turn off the sautee feature. Add the potatoes, vegetable broth, salsa, cumin, oregano and garlic powder – stir well.
  3. Close the lid and put it on “Sealed”. Click the “manual” button and reduce the time to 10 minutes.
  4. When it finishes cooking, allow the pressure to come down naturally. After 20 minutes you can release any remaining pressure and open the lid carefully – away from you.
  5. Now make a decision – do you want the soup chunky or creamy? I went with creamy. If you want it chunky, stop now and stir in the green onions, nutritional yeast and pepper. Top each serving with Tofutti, if desired. If you want it creamy (#teamCreamyForTheWin) (#ExceptIfWe’reTalkingAboutPeanutButter) .. keep reading
  6. Carefully (it’s hot!) transfer the soup to a blender. I had to do mine in 2 batches. Add the nutritional yeast and then pepper to the blender (but not the green onions). Blend until smooth. Stir in the green onions. Top each serving with Tofutti, if desired.
  7. Store in the refrigerator (of course) once cooled completely.
Notes
  1. This would probably be delicious topped with coconut bacon...hmm...*running off to make some now*
Adapted from Jenn from Peas and Crayons
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Mexican Baked Potato Soup [Vegan/Gluten Free]P.S.  Adding the Coconut Bacon – Totally a good idea :) :) 

P.P.S – If you don’t want to Instant Pot or Crock Pot it…you could probably do it on the stove top by… sauteing the onions, garlic and jalapeno, then adding everything except the nutritional yeast and green onions and boiling until the potatoes are done…then blend and add the nutritional yeast / green onions / any other yummy toppings.  I haven’t tried it this way, but I’m thinking it should work :) 

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VlogTober 2014 Signup!

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on September 13, 2014, 3 comments

Hi Everyone! I can’t believe it is this time of year already…

What time is that?  < VlogTober! 

I want to say an EXTRA special thanks to my good friends Veronica and Fe for helping me organize VlogTober this year! 

You can learn all about VlogTober in this video (and then read more and sign up below as well!) 

 

 

So here are your different ways to play:

1 – Vlog Every Day in October, each day on the prompt below!

2 – Vlog once a week, or twice a week, on the prompts below for that week!

3 — Watch all of these lovely vlogs throughout the month and contribute as you can!

Here are the ‘ground rules’:

1 – Submit your information on the google form below so that it will populate the spreadsheet and everyone can follow each other! : )

4 – Label your Vlogs or with ‘VlogTober Day ___’ for daily vlogs, or ‘VlogTober Days ___ – ___’ for non-daily posts so that people can find them!

5 – Most importantly – be super duper supportive of EVERYONE! Especially those who are new to vlogging.

7 –  Don’t stress.  If you miss a day, no biggie! If you don’t like a topic…skip that day, or talk about something else! My feelings won’t be hurt :) Just make it fun!!

Here are the prompts!

 Here is how you sign up! Fill out the form below…Then scroll down (and refresh…it may take a few minutes!) and see your response as well as everyone else!

 

Below are the responses to the form so that you can check out everyone’s videos!

I can’t wait to see everyone play this year! Happy October! (I’ll put a link to this post in the top bar of my blog as well so you can get back to it easily! :)

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 9/11/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on September 11, 2014, 6 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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9 / 11.  Has it really been 13 years?  Wow.  I don’t know if there are ever truly words to explain my emotions around this day.  One thing that’s been hitting me this year is that there are kids – some of them entering high school this year – that were born before 9/11/2001.  It’s so strange to imagine something that is ingrained in an immensely powerful way into my mind is simply “history” to them.  #HugTheOnesYouLove. 

…On a happier note, I received my Third Stitch Fix this week!  You can read / watch all about it over here on this blog post. I am super duper in love with this vegan leather bag that they sent me.  Getting fun things in the mail makes me happy :) 20140903_173538

Finishing knitting projects also makes me happy.  Uhm.  Socks.  It just keeps happening.  IMG_20140907_203943Unfortunately, after finishing these socks…I must start knitting Christmas presents.  No more socks until Christmas presents are done.  Uggh.  You guys may have to hold me accountable to that.  :)

Dedication to your job is wearing socks that match the new carpet?  #TotalAccidentIMG_20140908_123835

Someone posted a picture of these last week on Facebook and I am so so beyond excited.  I need them in my life RIGHT NOW.  Except, they apparently haven’t been released yet.  But I’m here waiting (not) patiently for when they arrive :)  PhotoGrid_1410182544784 #Yes.

After epic – runs the weekend before, running this past weekend didn’t happen.  Mainly because 1 – I had a ski patrol thing all day Saturday and..2 – There is a young girl missing in our town and it’s sort of freaked me out as far as running outside alone goes.  :/ BUT! I did get you guys an awesomely fun sunrise picture from Saturday morning at the ski slope :) IMG_20140906_065019This picture doesn’t even do it justice.  It was so amazing that I played tourist and stopped in the middle of the road to snap the picture.  Don’t worry.  It was 630am.  No one was coming behind me.  

As of Tuesday, 9/9/2014, I officially declare it fall.  bootsIt’s time to wear boots.

Did you guys see my post this week about what we buy at Costco?  We <3 Costco. If you’re a Costco shopper let us know what we’re missing out on! …Which is apparently a popular topic, since that post got more hits yesterday than any other first-day post! Way to go Costco lovers :) 

Guyyyyyyzzz.  I got a new camera for blogging…check it out!camera:) Just kidding.  Circa 1995.  Oh yeah.  I was 7 then.  ;)  Do they even make film for this thing anymore?!

Welp.  I think those are all of my thoughts this week :) I’ll catch you guys next week! 

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What I Ate Wednesday : 9/10/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on September 10, 2014, 2 comments

It is September.  In case you didn’t know this, my brain will be happy to shout it from the rooftops.  Or..at least..my food palate will.  Except, I’m afraid it actually thinks it’s late October.  Comfort fall foods all around…  

We are working on training Indy to not beg and cry for his breakfast in the morning.  Let’s just say this is not going super duper.  Oh.  Btw.  He’s not starving or anything.  He’s perfectly totally fine.  He just thinks he may starve to death in the 5 minutes before we make it downstairs.  To facilitate this “training” we’ve only been going down AFTER his food alarm sounds.  Wednesday morning I had a few minutes to spare before going downstairs, so I picked up my knitting.  That’s the perfect start to a day.  :) (The knitting, not the crying cat).IMG_20140903_073100Breakfast (food wise) was peanut butter toast with peppermint tea.  

Also.  The Cat wasn’t pleased when I decided to RUN OUTSIDE REALLY QUICKLY and take a picture of the sunrise when we went down to do breakfast.  Uhm.  Opps.  That may have regressed the Alarm-Training a bit :)IMG_20140903_080909 (1)

Lunch: 20140902_182238Quick Nacho Cheese Sauce with black beans.  And chips.  And…delicious.  

Afternoon Snack: IMG_20140904_194855This was the first time I had tried this ALT LaraBar flavor.  At first it tasted a bit dry, but the flavor was awesome.  After I ate it I noticed it was 2 months expired.  Opps.  Perhaps that’s why it tasted dry?  I can say…even 2 months expired, it was delicious :) 

Dinner – 

IMG_20140904_194822I was bound and determined to have chili for dinner.  Eveeeen when I had to totally make up a new recipe because I didn’t want to go to the store.  It was delightful.  :) 

Dessert: IMG_20140904_194749Costco dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt candy + a rice roller.  Sweet tooth = satisfied. 

…Alrighty.  Those were eats last week!! Is your brain on Fall yet?  Oh mine so so is! I’ll see you guys tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

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What We Buy at Costco

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on September 9, 2014, one comment

What We Buy At Costco - A Gluten Free/Mostly Vegan Haul

It’s really no secret.  We are rather avid Costco shoppers and lovers.  Many people as us which we like better – Costco or Sams.  We’ve tried both, and the best comparison I have is that Sams reminds me of Wal-Mart, and Costco of Target.  Costco’s products seem higher quality, fresher ingredients, and more whole food offerings.  Plus, the Costco Brand (Kirkland) is pretty awesome.  Bonus points?  Costco treats their employees really well. 

I’ve done a handful of Costco haul videos over the past year (which I will insert at the bottom of this post), but…while it was on my mind, I thought I’d make a long list of all of the items we hunt out when we go to Costco – because I may not get every item each time in a haul video.  So – here’s your one-stop-shop.  :) What We Buy at Costco #Vegan #GlutenFree

If you’re new to my blog, I will let you know – we are vegetarians and we also limit our gluten and our dairy intake for intolerance reasons.  We do occasionally eat eggs in baked goods (I think there’s only one item that has eggs in it below, and I’ll point it out!).  We also live two hours away from Costco.  So, when you see my haul videos it is usually a few months worth of food.  Being so far away also limits our purchase of non-shelf stable items.  Coolers are awesome.  Coolers for 2+ hours in southern heat are not.  Because of this – we’ve really began to only purchase shelf stable items.  This keeps our pantry stocked really well, and then we can shop locally for fresh foods.  I hope – some day – to live really close to a Costco and to not have to buy months worth of groceries at a time.  :) 

Rice/Grains

  • Brown rice for flour and baking (they have a lot of other rice types)
  • Udi’s Gluten Free Bread (this is an amazing deal – really cheap – but does contain eggs).  We buy the loafs and divide them up in the freezer until we’re ready to use them. 

Nuts

  • Peanut Butter – Kirkland Brand
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts 
  • Cashews
  • (They really have any type of nut you may need in bulk)

Baking Supplies

  • Coconut Oil (great deal!)
  • Flax meal (also the cheapest I’ve found)
  • Chia seeds (ditto above)
  • Maple Syrup (ditto above)
  • Dried cranberries (they have other dried fruit as well)
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar 
  • Almost any spice you could ever need.  Ever. 
  • Dates in bulk

Plant Milks

  • Shelf stable rice milk
  • Shelf stable soy milk (we lean towards rice milk more often)

Beans & Canned Food

  • Canned black beans
  • Canned red beans
  • Diced Tomatoes 
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Canned Green Beans
  • (They have canned corn, but we tend to get frozen corn)
  • Shelf Stable Mori-Nu tofu (they have refrigerated tofu as well)
  • Tasty Bites Indian Meals (not all of these are dairy free, but some are!)

Side Items / Etc

  • Salsa – Kirkland brand (it is so amazing)
  • Rice rollers (crispy rice cereal in a roll)

Dessert

  • Chocolate chips – Kirkland brand (they’re dairy free!)
  • Dark Chocolate with sea salt and almonds (also dairy free!)

Drinks

  • Izze Soda (in the cans)
  • Bottled Green Tea (Nathan enjoys this)
  • Wine.  Wine.  Wine.  So cheap. 
  • Coffee

Household Items

  • Medical gloves for giving Indy his medicine
  • Aleve (off brand)
  • Excedrine (off brand)
  • Benydryl (off brand)
  • Toilet Paper (the Kirkland brand is actually amazing.  We were die hard name-brand for so so long)
  • Paper towels (ditto above – we don’t use paper towels all that often.  But sometimes – with a cat – there are things that you just want to not use a cloth towel for!) 
  • Trash bags (ditto above)
  • Rubbing Alcohol (for the cat’s insulin) 
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 
  • White Vinegar 
  • Baking Soda 
  • Zip lock baggies

Other 

  • We always walk through the clothing and household items and often pick stuff up there as we see it.  We’ve found hiking poles, tupperware, all-weather car-floor mats and tons of other awesome surprises. 

Here are the haul videos:

August 2014 – 

 

 

June 2014 – 

 

 

September 2013 – (we weren’t gluten free at this point)

 

 

I hope this list was helpful! Let me know if there’s anything you get that we’re missing out on!

 

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My Third StitchFix – September 2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on September 7, 2014, one comment

Guess what?! I got my third Stitch Fix this week!  What is a stitch fix?  Basically, you go to their website, fill out your style profile < (which was super detailed!), pay $20, and they mail you a box of clothes, usually 5 items.  You can chose to have accessories sent too, but I opted out of those, for now.  < You don’t have to do any work.  Besides get them out of your mailbox.  And try them on – but that’s even in the comfort of your own home!  After you try them on you have three days to decide if you want to keep them.  If you keep them, you go online and pay for them.  If you do decide to keep anything your $20 styling fee goes towards the purchase.  If you don’t keep anything, you only lose the 20 dollars you paid to have them style for you.  AND < If you keep everything you get 25% off.  That’s the down and dirty basic steps.  You can learn SO much more by going to their website

As per usual, I recorded the opening/trying on as well for you.  You can check out that video below:

 

 

So..what did I get? 

Item 1 – Emperia Clarita Messenger Bag – $58My Third Stitch Fix!

adore this bag.  It is a vegan leather messenger bag.  I can tell you that you would never know the difference between this leather and real leather.  It feels amazingly soft.  The bag has tons of room and an adorable chevron lining.  My only complaint about the bag is that the cross body strap is enormously long.  I decided to keep this bag! I carried it the first day after it came and loved it! But…the long strap did really get on my nerves.  I ended up adding another hole further up on the strap so that I could tighten it a bit.  Also…at work the first day I carried it I realized…it came with an adorable little mini wallet in it as well! It is awesome too, and I have switched to using it as my wallet inside of my clutch! Awesome purchase :) 20140903_211449

Item 2 – Kut from the Kloth Emmett Boyfriend Jean – $7820140903_174722

When I first put these on I was in love with them.  They were an awesome fit.  I currently don’t own any skinny jeans, and was excited to see these in my box.  I wore them around the house for a few hours.  After wearing them for a bit, I changed into my old jeans (that I thought I was looking to replace), and realized that I liked them just as much.  As much as I liked these, I had a hard time justifying paying $78 for jeans that I wasn’t super sure I needed.  So…they went back

Item 3 – Pink Martini Joshua Colored Ankle Jean – $44

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I was excited to try a colored jean.  But, alas, I couldn’t get these on my legs.  Like.  Couldn’t pull them over my calves.  Ohh leg muscles.  :) Needless to say, they went back.

Kut from the Kloth Prescott Dot & Stripe Raglan Knit Shirt – $5820140903_174908

I was torn when I first saw this shirt.  It was super soft and felt really cozy…but I wasn’t totally sure how I felt about the stripes and the polka dots together.  Luckily, the decision was made for me … because as I was trying it on I noticed there was a hole in the sleeve seam.  20140903_174946

So…It went back.

Item 5 – Renee C Ventura Chevron Print Keyhole Detail Tank – $48

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In the Vlog above you’ll see that this shirt fit nicely and I really did like the way it looked and felt! My only concern was that the sides (which are cut higher than the front and back – and I like that) are cut really high up – and if I moved at all it showed my stomach.  This would have been a no-go for work, so, unfortunately – this one went back.

In the end I decided to keep the Emperia Clarita Messenger Bag and I am INCREDIBLY happy with it!  As I said in the Vlog above, I was not happy at all with my 2nd Stitch Fix, but decided to give it another shot with this one.  I’m really glad I did.  I think – for now – I’ll continue to get fixes.  Even if I score one fun item each time, it’s totally worth it! :) 

So…head on over and sign up for your own Stitch Fix! If you follow any of my links here, I’ll get a credit towards my next box (and it will still cost you the exact same!)

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 9/4/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on September 4, 2014, 4 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

thursdaysGuess what?  I have seriously missed you guys.  Don’t get me wrong.  VEDA is an awesome challenge.  But it’s just that – a challenge.  Vlog every day?  < Sure!  Upload and deal with youtube – every day? < Okay! Watch everyone else’s videos and make intelligent (which I did spell wrong the first time, thank you very much) comments and be engaged in replying to comments on my own videos < Uhm.  Yep.  I can do that.  But…did I mention I’m a painfully introverted person and sometimes I like to just hide behind the keyboard?  Because then I have spellcheck and backspace.  And … you don’t really have to see that my face broke out for the first time in 6 months during the last week of Vlogging.  < Seriously.  20140828_091736Then why do I do it?  Because it really is fun.  And it pushes me out of my comfort zone.  < Which is an incredibly good thing.  Plus, I get to meet such awesome people that I would have never met any other way.  < And – since making friends is not the top of my “handy dandy skill set” I think it’s important to grasp at any straws I can.  ;) 

Andddd…I’ll be returning to vlogging in October for VlogTober – which I am actually hosting this year.  But don’t worry.  I may not drop off here as much.  VlogTober may stay more on my YouTube channel.  We’ll just see.  :) 

I guess all of that is to say that …as much as I enjoy connecting on YouTube through Vlogs – you guys have my true heart.  From behind the keyboard.  :) 

So…What has happened during this month that I’ve been gone?  

Well – obviously – lots of vlogging.vlogs…But that’s not what you want to hear about! 

How about…The Cat?  As you saw last week, he’s continuing to be Mister Personality. indy tableUhm, I’m pretty sure you forgot to serve me dinner

Mister Personality who now requires 2 medications daily and frequent visits to the Vets office that end in biting that draws blood, and – most recently – hissing at a dog who weighed 10 times his weight to the point he (Mr. Huge Dog) hid under a chair whimpering.  crateLuckily he fully supports our current weekly multiple – times – a – week addiction to Chipolte.  Mainly because sitting in the take out bag as soon as it’s empty is his new Favorite Thing.  cihpHe has also claimed my new office chair for his own.  Adamantly, in fact.  chairUhm.  Yeah.  That’s Nathan carrying Indy  – in The Chair – up the steps.  

But – he’s really cute.  So…we keep him around :) holeI keep saying I’m not a crazy cat person – but the fact that I just updated you with 200 quick facts about my Cat after a month of speaking to you only through Vlogs may mean the scales have tipped a bit towards the crazy side.  Opps.  :) 

Uhm.  Do you remember in The Winter when I talked obsessed about loving socks? I’ve started knitting them now.  The obsession is now out of control.  I have 6 zillion Christmas presents in my list to knit.  But I just Keep.Knitting.Socks.  socksLast week the internet went down for 3 hours.  Our house is so incredibly clean now.  There’s something about the house being clean…that actually gives me the motivation to keep it clean.  I”m sure that won’t last long. 

I’ve started waking up at 535AM every morning.  #AmIGettingThatOld? This actually started as an experiment.  I wanted to wake up early enough that being rushed wasn’t an excuse to skip my walk commute (<< Which I am in LOVE with …BTW)walk…So I wanted to get up early.  But just TURNING BACK THE ALARM 45 minutes seemed so so painful. Instead I decided to turn it back 5 minutes a week.  Yep.  Only 5 minutes.  For 5 days.  Then – the next Monday – 5 more minutes back.  It took time (figuratively and literally) to make it back the whole 45 minutes.  Okay.  Confession.  I made it 40 minutes earlier in the end.  And at that point my mornings were super-not-stressful because I had the perfect amount of time to get everything done without being rushed – but not so much extra time that I felt like I could have slept for ages longer.  Oh.  And…I moved my alarm (aka – my phone) to the dresser across the room.  Oh geez this was painful.  I hadn’t realized how much my phone had turned into a sleep-soothing device.  Ouch!  Now that I’ve found the sweet-spot time wise…my body is actually feeling awake when the alarm goes off.  Now…I’m not saying I’m not tired.  But maybe I found the perfect “spot” in my sleep rhythm to feel awesome as close to awesome as possible when I wake up.  

Plus…these views make it totally worth it :) sunApparently the getting up early has rubbed off a little too much on me.  This weekend (after I woke up early to feed/medicate the cat) I couldn’t go back to sleep, no matter how hard I tried.  The solution?  Go running.  Maybe then you’ll be tired.  

Saturday at the lake…

Capture1Sunday around town ending with a walk through the stream behind the house (<because that seemed way better than walking up the driveway!) (<It was).  (and beating my fastest mile time!)

Capture2And…Monday in the woods. (Every week should begin with a Monday Off) (Also.  Do you see that?! Two freakin seconds)

Capture3Btw.  The whole running-to-get-tired-so-you-can-go-home-and-sleep-in-like-a-normal-person thing TOTALLY isn’t working.  #JustInCaseYouWereWondering. 

So…that’s what’s been happening since we’ve been apart.  I’m super glad to have you guys back.  :) :) I’ll see you next week!

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What I Ate Wednesday : 9/3/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on September 3, 2014, no comments

Uhm.  Who woke up and made it September?  Geez.  Crazy. 

Heeeey…I’m back to eating.  Did you miss me during VEDA?  < Wait.  That sounded wrong.  I ate during VEDA, I just became way too hyper-youTube-focused to take pictures of my food.  #FirstWorldProblem. 

The lack of focus is apparent in my lack-of-single-day-food-taking skills, now.  So…here are a bunch of random foods I ate last week.  But…none of them were really on the same day.  Sorry.  #NotReally.

Breakfast – 

20140829_072233Tea was the main visitor for breakfast over the past month.  And tofu scramble.  And yogurt < which I’ve fallen off the bandwagon from for a few weeks.  Oh.  And peanut butter toast.  Always.

Lunch:  20140830_105553This adorable sandwich shop opened downtown.  They have lovely things like VEGETARIAN OPTIONS and GLUTEN FREE BREAD.  < It’s rather amazing.  This sandwich is tofu, avocado, lettuce, sprouts and tomato.  With some delightful white and sweet potatoes.  Oh.  And an orange slice that I’m pretty sure was garnish, but I ate it anyways.  #BecauseILikeOranges …Also.  The sun was so mega bright that I had no clue that most of my sandwich was not in the picture until I got home.  #ReallyBadFirstWorldProblems

Snacks.  Oh…Snacks. IMG_20140829_103504This happened one morning at work.  I had to run out to pick something up…and these candy corn M&M’s accidentally fell into my shopping cart.  < Like, how could I say no?! …Then, after I had consumed the majority of them…a friend brought by a gluten free doughnut that he’d picked up for me.  < Really, I can’t turn that down either! …About 1 hour later I was in a major sugar crash, and ended up eating the peanut butter packet to recover.  #FallCandyWillBeTheDeathOfMe

Dinner: 20140827_075422You guys already know that I am madly in love with my Instant Pot.  Last week I had to bring food to a lunch-pot-luck and I made 5 pounds of potatoes using the 15 minute steam setting.  < They were the best potatoes ever.  So .. yeah .. we’ve eaten potatoes a few times for dinner since :) 

…So those are eats.  I promise I ate during the entire month of August – and I promise to get better at taking pictures of meals from the same day soon enough.  

Thanks for joining me on this random food tour! I’ll see you tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  :) 

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