August 2019 Favorites

Happy SEPTEMBER, dear friends! We’re fast approaching my favorite season, but this has certainly been a good summer. August was especially good to us (minus a trip to urgent care!) with fun new finds, delicious recipes, devour-able books, beautiful hikes, AND a new addition to our little family!

It’s been exactly one year since our sweet Oliver passed away and we decided it was time to adopt a new fur baby. While a huge part of me wanted to rescue an adult cat since they tend to spend more time in shelters than kitties, BUT there’s something about a kid and a kitty. We found the perfect little guy, too! He was fostered with other kitties and a dog (which is a huge bonus since we’re planning to adopt a puppy in the very near future). So, without further ado….meet Moxie! He came with that name and Willow said we needed to keep it – he has certainly lived up to his name!

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He’s bonded so well with both Willow AND Rockford ❤

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And here are some photos that were captured during our hike at one of our favorite spots…Clear Lake:

Doesn’t this look like an elephant??!

If you read my previous post, you know my love for food in bowls and the ability to pile on the toppings…there’s a place called Bo’s Falafel Bar here in Bend and you choose to either have falafel in a pita OR in a bowl and then there’s a bar with LOTS of toppings to choose from! I added hummus, pickled beets, pickled onions, pickled cabbage, olives, PINK tahini, harissa, and heirloom tomatoes. HEAVEN. They offer a kid’s dish too with the same choice (pita or on a bed of greens)…we found out Willow loves pickled onions!

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P R O D U C T S :

gomacro Maple Sea Salt and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Protein Bars >> Found these two new flavors at Market of Choice and Natural Grocers. You’d never guess that they’re nut-free! The Maple Sea Salt has my heart!

Vegan Rob’s Probiotic Cauliflower Puffs >> Buy at your own risk! A random woman came up to me while shopping at Natural Grocers and told me I needed to try these. We got to talking and she was following a pretty similar “diet” as us and all of the raving about these puffs had me intrigued. Crunchy, airy, packed with flavor and the cauliflower taste….undetectable. Willow loves them, so I think that says a lot 😉

GT’S Pear Ginger Aqua Kefir >> I’m a sucker for all things ginger, so when I spotted this at Natural Grocers, we grabbed a bottle. So refreshing with a delicate flavor…the ginger outshines the pear, but delicious nonetheless.

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 innofoods Dark Chocolate Nuggets >> I knew these were going to be dangerous. And I knew I was asking for trouble when I actually bought a bag…but I have zero regrets. I’ve seen this at Costco for several months now, but finally tried them a few weeks ago. Sweet, salty, crunchy, CHOCOLATEY, and the coconut in here tastes like those delicious (addicting) salted caramel coconut chips that Dang or Bare makes??? You know what I’m talking about??? So there’s also a delicious caramel-y flavor in these nuggets. SO GOOD!

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R E C I P E S :

Jackfruit Reuben Nourish Bowl >> Cadry’s Kitchen >> This was such a wonderful bowl of comfort food! And a new (and super creative) way to prepare jackfruit! Josh and I teamed up to make this recipe as there were a few different components….but we had SO much fun working together and the results were fabulous. Lots of different textures and flavors and Cadry’s thousand island dressing recipe was such a perfect way to top it off! Willow is now obsessed with thousand island! The only thing missing from this bowl was avocado…we’ve had THE worst luck with avos lately.

Buckwheat Chocolate Pudding >> Feasting on Fruit >> Found this gem on Natalie’s YouTube channel and was excited to try it! SO easy to whip up and while I had planned to let it chill in the fridge to firm up a bit, Willow couldn’t wait that long to dive in….so we dove in early! We swirled in some vanilla yogurt and I topped mine with fresh strawberries and cacao nibs. Highly recommend giving this a try!! Such a fun way to use buckwheat groats!

Hearty Oil-Free Chili >> The Vegan 8 >> It’s been AGES since I’ve made and eaten chili, but being able to eat legumes again makes this possible. And what a perfect reintroduction! This chili was AMAZING! We topped it with the Lemon Cream Sauce she links in her recipe and served up some roasted potato wedges on the side. I did cut back significantly on the chili powder because I wanted Willow to be able to try it….and I’m so glad I did because she had two small bowls worth and declared it “delicious!”

SunButter Chocolate Chip Cookies >> Feasting on Fruit >> Do I even need to write a review??? SunButter in a chocolate chip cookie??! These were devoured insanely fast. I adored the texture – crispy and chewy. Definitely adding these into our cookie rotation! Next time I want to make them and turn them into ice cream sandwiches – that needs to happen before summer is over!

 

 B O O K S :

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik >> A fun YA fantasy book filled with magic and great characters. I especially loved how the author captured the atmosphere in this book…I could easily close my eyes and see the world.

 Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz >> If you love British mystery and a good “whodunnit,” I highly recommend Anthony Horowitz! I’ve also read The Word is Murder and The Sentence is Death and I have to say, he is incredibly clever, borderline genius. Keeps you guessing and turning the pages! I love the humor laced throughout and the fact that it isn’t loaded with gory graphic details. Huge thumbs up from me!

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane >> I loved this book for so many reasons, but the main one being how it made me feel. It was definitely a “heavier” book, but so beautiful and it forced me to think about what I would have done if I were in these characters situations. Books that make me think and feel are ones I gravitate towards. If you enjoyed Where the Crawdads Sing or A Place for Us, I think you’d like Ask Again, Yes.

Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids by Kirsten Bradley >> Such a wonderful book filled with beautiful illustrations and step-by-step instructions for various projects. I love how the author also added in some educational facts/tips throughout. Willow has so enjoyed making the seed envelopes and has added this book to her “must buy” list.

The Secrets of Lost Stones by Melissa Payne >> I wouldn’t necessarily say this was a “favorite” book of mine, but it captured my interest and had me turning the pages. Likable characters and a few twists in the story. I also seem to enjoy books with some supernatural elements and this had it. I got this one for free via Kindle First Reads.

 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid >> This might have been my favorite book that I read in August! I could not put it down! No joke, I was hooked in right away and the author held my interest all the way through. I felt like I was reading about a real actress and her life…like I could hop onto Google and learn more. But this is fiction. The characters are fictional, yet it felt SO real. And with each chapter, I fell more in love with Evelyn Hugo (and a couple other characters). I loved getting a sense of the old Hollywood glamour and the price of fame. HIGHLY recommend!!

 The Last Ocean: A Journey through Memory and Forgetting by Nicci Gerrard >> This is a tricky one to talk about and the only non-fiction book in this post for the month. It’s heavy, depressing, but thought-provoking and beautifully written…poetic at times. Had it not been a library book that I borrowed, I would have taken a highlighter to so much of it. The author lost her father to dementia and she discusses her experience along with interviews with others (people who have lost a loved one AND those living with dementia). She touches on things I hadn’t considered and opened my eyes to just how prevalent this horrific disease is. I know (and knew) people close to me who lived with this diagnosis and this book helped me to shift my perspective and to gain better insight in regards to the person battling it.

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As always, I would love to hear from you and what your current favorites are!

Thanks for stopping by!

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8 thoughts

  1. Yay!! So many things to love about this post. Congrats on the new addition to your family! The pictures of Moxie are just TOO SWEET. And I’m thrilled you enjoyed the jackfruit reuben bowl!

    I’m halfway through the book about Digital Minimalism that you recommended. It’s giving me a lot to think about!

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    1. Awww!! Thank you, Cadry!! ❤️ He really is a sweetheart and we feel lucky to have found him!
      Your jackfruit reuben bowl was seriously so delicious and comforting!! Looking forward to making it again when the cooler weather hits ❤️❤️
      Oh, yay!!! When you’re done with it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!! Hope you’re having a good week so far!

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  2. You truly have an unbelievable knack for finding the best new snack things that I know without a doubt I will love! Already obsessed with Go Macro bars and those flavors both sound crazy good. I will definitely be on the lookout (now I have a whole foods 25 mins away🤗) Not sure which I will consume faster, the cauli puffs or chocolate nuggets, but I have a feeling if I bought both I would eat nothing else all day🙈 Also can we mention how Moxie is just casually photobombing the kefir…already a pro😂 Dang that little guy is cute, those pics of him and Rockford and using Willow as a perch…my heart is melting, I neeeeeeeed to meet him🥰❤️ I getcha on the adult dog/cat thing–I always feel like I should go for an older one but there is something about the bond of having them from a little thing all the way through that is just so magical and hard to resist. Can’t wait to see your next furry addition soon, I expect pics ASAP🐶 And of course always appreciate your remakes and reviews my fellow SunButter obsessed friend😘 xo

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    1. Having a WF closer will be dangerous 😂😂 I was going to text you the other day to check in and see how moving went and then thought I should let you settle in first 😆 I will message you tomorrow ❤️ know I’ve been thinking about you!! OK, but these snacks…goodness! If you get your hands on any of them, let me know what you think!! We tend to like the same things 😉 Hahaha!!! Right he’s a pro at photobombing! I want you to meet him!!!! He’s honestly more puppy than kitten with his personality and the crazy chewing on everything 😂 Yeah, we felt Willow has lived with a few senior animals and had to go through a lot of loss, that a kitten would be good. Gosh, thinking about adding a puppy in the mix seems insane, but I really miss having a dog 🐶!!! Natalie, speaking of SunButter, I have plowed through almost a full jar of your granola ON MY OWN! I wish I could say I had help, but nope 😆 luckily there’s a second jar for Willow and Josh! Must make more ASAP! Lots of love to you, my dear!! 😘😘 xo

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  3. I’ve almost bought those nuggets so many times from Costco! I tried a new mushroom nighttime drink last night —but can’t remember what it’s called! Can’t wait to meet Moxie sometime! ❤️❤️

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    1. Those nuggets are too good!! I can’t buy them anymore because I don’t have enough self-control around chocolate 😂 oooooh! What’s the mushroom drink?? When you remember, please let me know! Moxie has been such a wonderful addition to our little family and I can’t wait for you to meet him!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  4. Ok, popping in to check on my friend and yay, new posts!! I am always seriously drooling when I see your pics of your finds! I cannot get over that pink tahini, what! And your new kitty is so so adorable and all the pics of them laying together is the sweetest thing ever. And that green blue water, just wow, I’m always blown away by your beautiful landscape photos! Are those GoMacro bars goods? I always hesitate to ever buy protein bars since they tend to have some weird chalky aftertaste, these are good though? I’m wondering if Trader Joe’s carries them..

    And yay on the chili, so so happy ya’ll all love it, it looks absolutely perfect and so do Natalie’s cookies! Thank you so much for making them! I’m a not a huge sunbutter fan, except in small amounts, but your perfect remake of them may have changed my mind, they look awesome!!

    All these pics of Willow are so adorable and she is growing up so fast!! What a beauty!!

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    1. Well, thank you for checking in! Moxie has been such an amazing addition to our house…he brings such an infectious energy to all of us ❤️

      GoMacro bars are SO good!! They’re pretty much the only protein bar we buy! So handy for camping, hikes, and long road trips! Yes, you can buy some of the flavors from Trader Joe’s…the coconut+almond butter+chocolate chips one is my ultimate favorite and TJ’s carries it. Willow loves the PB chocolate chip one ❤️

      A long time ago I wasn’t a big fan of SunButter, but within the past two or so years I’ve become obsessed! I think Natalie’s cookies would be a great way to ease into SunButter 😉

      Thank you for the kind words and for popping in to leave a comment!

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