Sunday, July 25, 2010

July 25, 2010

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Breakfast
Ch-ch-chocolate Chia
serves 2 ~ $1.46 per serving

2 oz chia seeds ($1.56)
2 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder ($.40)
2 tablespoons agave or sweetener ($.20)
dash salt
10 oz water
2 tablespoons crushed walnuts ($.25)
2 tablespoons raisins ($.10)
chocolate sauce ($.40)

I have a new favorite food. I'm currently totally enamored with chia seeds right now. They're delicious, nutritious and the recipe possibilities seems just about endless (see below for a great chia seed giveaway!). Also, it helps that they go really well with ch-ch-chocolate.

Put the chia seeds, cacao powder, sweetener and salt in a bowl and cover with the water. Let sit for 15-30 minutes until the chia seeds have gelled. Stir really well, breaking up any lumps, and top with walnuts, raisins and chocolate sauce.

The chocolate sauce is made from equal parts olive oil, agave, and cacao powder.

 

calories: 328
fat: 14 gr
carbs: 49 gr
protein: 7 gr
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Lunch
Tomato Carrot Soup
serves 2 ~ $1.10 per serving

2 ripe tomatoes ($2.00)
2 carrots ($.20)
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium onion
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

red pepper flake oil

This is a refreshing and very simple soup that's perfect for a hot summer day.

In a blender, puree all ingredients except red pepper flake oil until very smooth. Top with a drizzle of red pepper flake oil and chopped tomatoes and onion, if desired.

Red pepper flake oil is just a cup of olive oil with 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes and a dash of cayenne added. I blend this first and then let sit for a few days so the oil can absorb the flavors. Then, strain though a mesh strainer and keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. It's great on a lot of things.

 

calories: 356
fat: 28 gr
carbs: 27 gr
protein: 5 gr
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 Dinner
Samosas with Mango Sauce
serves 4 ~ $2.05 per serving

1 head cauliflower, chopped ($1.29)
1 yam , chopped ($.50)
1 zucchini, chopped ($.80)
1/4 cup walnuts ($.50)
1/4 cup raisins ($.50)
2 dates ($.40)
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 cup green peas ($.38)
juice of 1 lemon
4 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoon curry powder ($.50)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 medium onion, finely minced ($.05)
2 jalapeno, finely minced ($.10)

1 mango ($1.49)
3 tablespoons agave($.30)

This recipe has a few more ingredients that I usually use, but it's still quite easy to put together. It's also not going to taste exactly like a real fried samosa, but it's still spicy and yummy.

In a food processor with an "S" blade, process the cauliflower, yam, zucchini, walnuts, raisins, dates, and garlic until pureed. This is a lot and I processed this in a few batches. Mix together with the rest of the samosa ingredients.

Form into cone shapes or triangular patties and dehydrate for several hours, until the outside is a bit crispy but the inside is still soft. To make the mango sauce, simply puree a peeled and chopped mango with the agave and about a 1/2 cup water until smooth. Serve the samosas with a generous dollop of mango sauce.
 
 

calories: 415
fat: 19 gr
carbs: 64 gr
protein: 8 gr

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 Dessert
Cherry Banana Pie
 serves 3 ~ $1.35 per serving

crust
3/4 cup walnuts ($.75)
3/4 cup raisins ($.45)
dash salt


filling
3 bananas ($.45)
1/2 lb cherries (1.49)

topping
walnuts ($.30)
chopped cherries ($.40)
carob sauce ($.20)

This is basically a cherry banana ice cream pie.

In a food processor fitted with an "S" blade, process the walnuts, raisins, and salt until it starts to stick together. Press this into the bottom of pie or tart plates. I used three clear plastic tubs, which worked really well.

In the food processor again, process the bananas and cherries until smooth. Pour into the crust lined pie or tart pans. Freeze for several hours until firm. Top with some crushed walnuts, chopped cherries, and carob sauce. Carob sauce is just equal parts olive oil, agave,and carob powder mixed together well.


calories: 398
fat: 18 gr
carbs: 58 gr
protein: 7 gr
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Total cost for the day: $5.99
total calories: 1,497
total fat: 79 gr
total carb: 198 gr
total protein: 27 gr
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This week I'm happy to announce that we have
TWO Giveaways!

First up, we have:
Raw/Vegan Diet DVD - In the Kitchen With Debra Vol. 1
plus Recipe Book




Debbie Garner, of Vegan Family Style, is a raw and vegan chef who recently lost nearly 100 lbs on a raw and vegan diet. She's also a busy mom of seven. Watching Debbie's DVD is like sitting with her in her kitchen and having a chat. She talks about her weight loss journey and demonstrates several recipes, including wraps, hummus, crackers, and almond milk.

The 360 page recipe ebook includes contributions from me, Angela Elliott, Rene Oswald, Kristen Suzanne, Cassandra Foxley, Terri Clarke, Amanda Moxley, and Modern Manna Ministries.

and second

2 lbs Chia Seeds from Chia Seeds Direct!
 
The only thing Chia Seeds Direct does is sell Chia seeds. They offer the highest quality chia seeds at very low prices with free shipping on all U.S. orders. They've generously offered 2 lbs of chia seed goodness to one lucky winner.

You can also use this link to download a free 16-page booklet on chia seeds, chia seeds benefits and chia seeds recipes. 


Chia giveaway is limited to the US and Canada.

To enter both giveaways, just leave a comment below.

For extra entries (leave a comment for each):
  • follow this blog
  • tweet one or both giveaways
  • post about this giveaway on your own blog
  • visit Debbie's website and/or Chia Seeds Direct and tell me something you learned there
Deadline is 10 pm Sunday, August 1st



103 comments:

  1. I learned that chia direct's chia is pesticide-free, free of heavy metals and not irradited!

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  2. Tweeted here! (@discoveringraw)
    http://twitter.com/discoveringraw/status/19563927252

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  3. great menu and givaways! i'd love to win debbie's cd and the chia seeds!=)

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  4. I would love to win either one! Thanks!

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  5. I tweeted the chia seeds giveaway! http://twitter.com/singerinkitchen/status/19564610652

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  6. I follow your blog already. Youare on my blog roll too!

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  7. I did not know that Chia Seeds also work to slow digestion and the body’s absorption of carbohydrates.I need this for my body for sure!

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  8. Wow I would love to win these! Thanks!

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  9. I follow you in my google reader

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  10. I would love to win the chia seeds or the recipe book!

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  11. I'm following your blog. I just discovered it last week and I love all of your menus.

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  12. Great giveaways! I would love to win the chia seeds! I follow you in my Google Reader.

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  13. I learned that chia seeds can hold more than nine times their weight in water.

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  14. You really keep me inspired with your menus. Love the Chia Pudding recipe. Have to try that.
    Cynthia

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  15. I love chia too...eat some every week.
    Love your posts!!
    Peace and Raw Health,
    Elizabeth
    Hi Cynthia! She is my sister-in-law.

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  16. I follow your blog, have you on my list.
    Peace,
    E

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  17. Chia is grown at 5,100 ft in Mexico.
    Peace,
    Elizabeth

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  18. Will post about your give away on my blog this morning.
    Peace,
    Elizabeth

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  19. Ooh, I love chia seeds. I'd love to win either giveaway!

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  20. I'd love to win this. Thanks for the giveaways!

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  21. thank you! i love chia seeds too. am about to make the breakfast right now... : ) i love when you post!

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  22. So, this is the blonde in me coming out... :) I just the other day realized that chia seeds are the same as the ch ch ch chia commercials. All my life I have had these "DUH" moments and when I do I just have to laugh. People on these blogs would say how they made ch ch ch chia this and ch ch ch chia that and I didn't know why they were doing that and then one day it actually hit me, "OH THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT CH CH CH CHIA! LOL"

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  23. omg yummmmmmmmmmmmmmy...

    tomato carrot soup...samosas and cherry banana pie...you amaze me!!! you always have me drooling and hungry!!!

    thank you!!!

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  24. LOVE your blog and look forward to it every week. Thanks so much for sharing your fab recipes/menus with us!!

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  25. Following! Thanks again for all the great recipes, you make my raw day a breeze:)
    -Bri
    briannew28@yahoo.com

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  26. First of all, every morsel of food you make looks amazing. I think I'll try making that soup for dinner tonight. =)

    As for the giveaways. Yahoo! Sign me up. =)

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  27. By visiting Chia Seeds Direct I learned those with food allergies to mustard or sesame seeds might react to chia. Thankfully, I'm not in that group. Feel bad for those that are.

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  28. Hi :) I follow your blog and love it! I would love to win one of your giveaways.
    ~Jenn

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  29. I have some chia seeds at home and now I want to try your recipe! It looks great. I'd love more chia seeds to experiment with!

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  30. I am a follower of Raw on $10 a Day

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  31. I follow the blog and love it!

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  32. I didn't know there were more anti-oxidants in the black seeds. I just wish they didn't make me constipated (flax also) not matter how much I drink. But my girls love them.

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  33. Great give-aways! I'm in, thanks!

    Angelique
    angelique@rawshopper.com

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  34. I also am a Follower of your blog.

    Angelique
    angelique@rawshopper.com

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  35. I'd love to win either of these! I'm starting a raw food cleanse on Aug. 1st and it'd be a fabulous prize!
    Erin
    erinleej@yahoo.com

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  36. Just found your blog and am your newest follower. I love how you show your daily menu plus the cost and nutrition. I read about chia seeds EVERYWHERE and am dying to give them a try. Chia Please?

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  37. I was totally enamored with chia seeds last Fall. Couldn't get enough of 'em. So strange. I really believe that my body was craving some nutrient in the chia. And then one day, I woke up and was like "Meh, I'm done."

    BUT, those pics of the choco-chia have me salivating! I am SO making that tomorrow.

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  38. On Vegan Family style I learned that you don't have yo be 100% raw to start seeing some improvement physically. On Chia Seeds Direct I learned that Chia Seeds is a superfood, has soluble fiber, has 2 times the protein of any other seed or grain.

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  39. I would love a chance to win either item!! :)

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  40. I looked at Debbie's website and I learned that she has been on an incredible weight loss journey!!! I'm definitely going to stick around her site and learn more from her!

    Oh, and I already follow the blog. :) Thanks!

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  41. I am now following this blog.

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  42. Thank you so much for the chia seed recipe. I just received my first bag in the mail and am excited to get started. I would love to win either giveaway as well. I frequent Debbie's site and am totally impressed.

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  43. been having major commenting issues..ok your food looks amazing and what great stuff your giving away!

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  44. chia seeds are a great source of fat and protein

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  45. Here's a comment – I'd love to win the raw cooking products. :)

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  46. And I follow your blog through Google Reader.

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  47. Aaand I learned that Debbie loves writing cookbook reviews and has gotten a really good response from the publishers of the books she has reviewed. (In her "My Testimony" section.)

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  48. Chia seeds AND an e-book? Count me in!

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  49. I learned that chia seeds are a good source of protein!

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  50. oh and tweet tweet the chia seeds too :)

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  51. I learned about Debbie's awesome journey to health!

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  52. I just opened my email and when I found a new post by rawon10 i said YES! outloud. So glad you used chia seeds because I was just losing contact with them. The chocolate recipe looks delicious and the soup, too. I don't have an efficient blender so I'll try juicing the carrot then blending with a tomato or red pepper. Thank you! You're my patron saint!

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  53. I'd love to win either of these!! Thank you!
    katkirkwood@gmail.com

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  54. I also follow your blog!
    katkirkwood@gmail.com

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  55. Thanks for the inspriration!
    trespass39@hotmail.com

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  56. I'm just starting out!!! I love your recipes (and so does my husband!!!) I am having the tomato carrot soup for lunch! Yummy and thank you. I would love to have a chance at the CD/book. Thank you for considering me.

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  57. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!! I cannot say enough about your recipes! They keep me on my path and loving every bite! I keep hearing about chia seeds, I have never tried them but I would love to. Thank you again for all your time! Peace and Blessings. Danna

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  58. I totally Love your recipe blog. First, the serving sizes are perfect and leave no leftovers to get mushy in the fridge; Second, it is very doable and easy; Third, It is GOOD!!!
    Thanks Lisa from your biggest fan in Alaska!!!!

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  59. I love your recipes! I follow your blog, and the food looks delicious and beautiful.

    I just bought my first bag of chia seeds, and have yet to try them. Looking forward to it!

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  60. Thanks... I like your blog and have been following for a while now...

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  61. I will try to make Debbie's Carrot Pulp and Flax Seed crackers which sounds delish ;)

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  62. Chia Seed Direct has the white chia which would be fun to try!

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  63. Oh my gosh the book set and the chia seeds look so great! I am getting ready to head off for school and the book would be a great tool that would help me continue to try new vegan/raw recipes in college.

    And I have been wanting to try chia seeds for a long time. Such a cool giveaway!

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  64. It's amazing what a simple search on "what to do with broccoli stems" can teach you, once you start crawling around the blogosphere! I hadn't heard of chia until today, and it looks very interesting!

    Great giveaway, to introduce people to something new. Off to prowl around your blog some more! Thanks for such great posts/recipes.

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  65. I would love love love to win either/both!

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  66. I love your site! Since I stumbled across it, I'm hooked. I look forward to your weekly recipes. They're simple, affordable, and most of all yummy! Either giveaway would be beneficial to me since I have always wanted to try chia. With your recipe I know it would be good. Although new recipes are also awesome! Your site certainly touched my life/tummy ;) akc8833@yahoo.com

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  67. Molly aka madamegooseberryJuly 28, 2010 at 6:19 AM

    I read Debra's Blog and your blog every day! Inspirational and they have great pictures!

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  68. Molly aka madamegooseberryJuly 28, 2010 at 6:19 AM

    A friend recently hooked me on chia seed!

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  69. Thank you for this blog, I just made the recipe for Chia Pudding and am loving it. The topping is super easy. I love to win either item. Thank you so much.

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  70. Woo hoo, chia seeds! I eat them every day at breakfast, so I could definitely use a 2 lb supply! I love using them to thicken overnight oats. They're a great source of Omega 3s!

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  71. I am entering and would love to win either prize. Thank you so much for having this awesome giveaway. I could especially use the dvd/book set as I am new to all of this and could use some hand holding LOL. andra

    PS: your blog is lovely! The soup you just wrote about looks divine and would go so well with my home grown tomatoes :)

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  72. another contest soooooo exciting!!
    hi lisa,
    i must say your recipes this week make my mouth water.
    I would love to win Debbie's dvd and book :)
    i read some of her blog and found it very interesting. i was able to relate to her and felt that she was me (i guess every mother) talking. i always make myself lunch or something to eat after everyone else is taken care of. to see that she took a stand and put her mind to going on the raw food diet and becoming a raw food chef inspired me. the kitchen is where i love to be (the cooking part not cleaning) i love finding new recipes and ways to keep eating healthy and yummy!
    i'd love her cookbook to join your cookbook in my collection of raw foods :)

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  73. Awesome giveaway! I'd love to win the DVD and recipe book - I'm new to raw and seeking out all information I could find, which those will definitely provide. The chia seeds sound great too :)

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  74. what fun giveaways, thanks! tweeting this along to others

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  75. You ((love)) us. You really, really ((love)) us. Still! :o)

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  76. I'm following your blog! Thanks for making the transition awesome, fun, and healthy!

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  77. I would love to win either/ both!

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  78. You amaze me woman!!! Love every single menu you do... those samosas?! YUM!!!!!

    XO

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  79. I would LOVE the raw vegan cook book.. I am a newbie and I am loving all of the recipes on your blog!!

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  80. Love Love Love your posts. I will try the chocolate chia tomorrow morning for breakfast. It looks yummy!

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  81. i love your blog. just found it today!

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  82. I'm following your blog. Just sent it to my brother who is interested in a raw lifestyle but says he can't afford it.

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  83. I love this blog and would love to win either give-away!

    crossing my fingers!

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  84. I've finally found chia seeds where I live... and then you make these wonderful and easy chocolate chia! I'll prepare it soon. Thanks!!!

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  85. The giveaways sound amazing! I've been dying to try chia seeds as I see them everywhere!


    And I think I'll try your cherry banana pie. :D

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  86. Can't wait to try your recipes! They look great!

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  87. officially obsessed with this blog! LOVE IT! Thank you :D

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  88. Thanks so much for all the recipes and giveaways!

    Tal

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