Monday, June 11, 2012

breakfast parfait & one lovely blog award

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routine - sometimes i get stuck in a routine for month's.
change can be hard, going with the flow is something that i still work on becoming better at.
once i do switch things up i realize that its not so bad; it's actually really refreshing.
starting with something small helps to get the momentum going. for me, it was changing up my breakfast habits. predictability has its positives, but going with the flow and spur of moment "creations" or "events" are good for the soul too.

in place of my "predictable" sprouted English muffin with peanut butter - inspired by the fresh local fruits that are starting to show there pretty little faces, i created my version of the breakfast parfait. so versatile, the possibilities & combinations are really, truly endless.

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local strawberries and blueberries have been my berries of choice - soon enough raspberries and cherries will be in season, along with local peaches. i prefer to sweeten my own soygurt, then sprinkle with a healthy dose of cinnamon - i am not a fan of overly sweetened soygurt, the agave lends just enough sweetness. the muesli adds a layer of crunch and just plain goodness. i also really enjoy layering Love Grown Foods Oat Clusters and Love, Cocoa Goodness - this has got to be the best granola ever, thanks gabby for the intro!
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this granola is simple enough to quickly pack up to go - take it to work or on the road with you. make sure you store the granola or muesli on its own and assemble just before enjoying.

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tell me, what is your go to breakfast? do you find yourself sticking to the same breakfast each morning out of habit or are you the type that likes vary your first meal of the day?
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this would also make a great afternoon snack for kids and before or after a workout.
kids can get in the action and layer their own parfait, simply lay out the ingredients and let them set to work creating their very own parfait masterpiece!
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and while i have you....a HUGE thank you to one my favorite bloggers who is so inspiring and so so very talented Willow from Will Cook for Friends - i consider her one of my close blogging friends and i am so happy to have met her. she has so wonderfully passed along the one lovely blog award. so thank you Willow, you are amazing!

The rules are fairly simple - share a few things about yourself your readers don't already know, and pass the award on to some of your favorite bloggers.
Some facts about me:

  • At one point around the age of 7 or 8  I wanted to be a Fashion Designer, I even created a portfolio of hand drawn "designs" and attempted to sew barbie clothes
  • I constantly analyze how to make things "even better", my home, food, garden; everything - I am not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, its not that I am not happy with what I have I just like to make things better than they already are - taking things to the next level to be the best they can be.
  • I so badly want to invest in a second property, redesign and flip or move into the home and rent our current home out - Justin tells me we need to first focus on our current home :) I am even trying to compromise by purchasing a little cabin in the middle of no where on the lake...and I think i found the perfect one!
  • About 3 years ago I created a book club and it is still going strong - I have always loved reading. On the last day of 7th grade I remember I couldn't take my eyes off my Dad's Stephen King book Thinner...I'm not sure if Stephen King books were age appropriate in 7th grade- that and VC Andrews! Anyone else addicted to VC Andrews in Middle & High School?

And the nominees are...

For the One Lovely Blog Award:
Shannon @ Leaves & Flours
Kristy @ Keepin' it Kind
Richa @ Hobby & More
Isobelle @ Veg Obsession
 
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Breakfast Parfait
makes 2 parfaits

you will need:
1 cup yogurt yogurt
2 tsp agave
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup berries
1/2 cup muesli or granola
2 tbsp cacao nibs

assembly:
place a 1/2 cup of yogurt at the bottom of 2 bowls or cups
drizzle 1 tsp of agave per parfait & sprinkle with cinnamon
layer 1/2 cup of berries per parfait with a 1/4 cup of muesli or granola
sprinkle with cacao nibs

enjoy!
Yum

38 comments:

  1. This was my go to breakfast while traveling to Sweden and Denmark - super easy, delicious, and most importantly, quick! I was very happy to see all of the necessary ingredients at our hotels/B&Bs.

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    1. Hi Kier! I love thise type of breakfast to travel with, anytime I plan on overnight trip I always pack some homemade granola - most Inns / hotels have fresh fruit and either soy milk or soygurt to make these - great minds think alike!

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  2. I could eat parfaits for breakfast every. single. day. And I'm so jealous you got to meet Willow! You lucky ladies.

    I go through breakfast cycles - I'll eat porridge for a few months, cereal for a few months, yogurt and fruit for a few months.. then in the summer I usually just grab a raw fruit/nut bar and an apple.. and I'm out the door.

    Beautiful photos as always, lady!

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    1. Ahhhh i just met her through Blogging - I wish I've met her in person, maybe someday!

      In the winter on weekends I am a cream of wheat fanatic and in the summer granola and almond milk with fresh fruit...I am really tring hard to vary my work day breakfast or else i am going to turn into a jar of PB!

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  3. you know, i don't think i've ever actually had a parfait. it's so weird..because whenever someone posts a parfait recipe, they always appeal to me. but it isn't until just now that i realized that i NEED to eat one asap. thanks for bringing me to this realization, lady!

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    1. No Parfait, No Rhubarb - craziness! Yes you need to definitely make one SOON pretty lady, you don't know what you are missing! :) xo

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  4. I am right there with you on the breakfast routine. Up until recently, I've done some variation of oatmeal every day since January 2008. These parfaits look great and I love the cacao nibs!

    Thank you so much for the award! I soooo totally enjoy your awesome recipes and stunning photography, so it is quite flattering to receive this from you. :-)

    P.S. I also was obsessed with VC Andrews in 8th grade. Obsessed!

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    1. Have you tried the slighlty sweetened cacao nibs - they are still raw and amazing!

      You totally deserve the award, i love your blog you and chris are so talented :)

      I am pretty sure I had all her books, I thought she was so amazing!

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  5. Gosh, Heather. Thank you so much for the nomination! That means so much! I love just love your blog -- your recipes are always fabulously delicious, and your photographs---wow! they are so stunning! You capture your dishes in such an artistic way! Thanks again:) And those parfaits look wonderful -- they may just make me break out of my breakfast routine! haha have a great day!

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    1. You are so inspiring Caralyn and totally deserve the award- your recipes are always so fresh and creative!

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  6. This breakfast parfait looks YUMMY!

    I did the same thing! I drew up designs and tried to make them up for my Barbies. *hehe* I was horrible at sewing though. I had this tendency to quit something when I was not automatically good at it. *HAH* Therefore, I never became a fashion designer. *hehe*

    I also am always trying to do things better. I think it's good to always strive to do better and be better, but sometimes it can be rough as well. Always having such high expectations of myself can get me down sometimes and deter me. Do you find the same?

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    1. Thanks Court!

      That is pretty much me too - I hate failing but as I grow older I realize that it is not a bad thing to not fully succeed it just makes you work harder to do and be better next time around :0

      I can be very critical of myself - and I do tend to have high expectations of myself which I end up putting a ton of pressure on myself which isn't a good thing....I am working on that, being a less critical :)....are you a cancer by chance?

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  7. The pictures are so fresh simple and summery!(and you can tell by my mood that it is finally sunny here and i am not envious of all the nice warm weather everyone else is getting ;) atleast today )
    i usually eat parfaits in between meals. its habit from way back when we would eat a whole lotta fresh fruit between meals. Our breakfasts circle between random variations of pancakes, french toasts, light sandwiches, chickpea crepes, Upmas( savory veggies, nuts and whole grain preps). Every other week hubbs will crib about eating the same thing(can you believe it pfft, after all the crazy french toasty things i make pftt pfftt) so i have to come up with something new. :)

    Thank you for passing on the award! xoxo
    I think this time i will tell someone else to write about me. coz i never write any interesting things :)

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    1. YES you have sunshine, I am so happy for you!!! It is still a bit gloomy and rainy here but we are supose to have a beautiful weekend!

      Haha your husband is spoiled by you, he is one lucky man! I could eat your french toast everyday of the week and not get tired of it!

      Gosh Richa you are one of the most amazing people I know - I am sure you have lots of fun little facts about you :)xox

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  8. What a beautiful breakfast parfait! I tend to eat oatmeal with peanut butter and banana every day... but that gets rather boring. I think a treat like this could definitely liven up my mornings!

    Also I definitely wanted to be a fashion designer around the same age as well. My friend and I made our own homemade paper dolls with little outfit creations for them. It's cute how we thought we were trendy :)

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    1. Oooo oatmeal with peanut butter and banana sounds amazing...there I go with the peanut butter again :)

      I totally thought my Barbies and I were super trendy!

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  9. what a beautiful parfait :)!! I haha I am also a constant analyzer to make everything better around my home....haha!! Beautiful photos...it looks so fresh and delicious !!

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    1. hahah Justin will feel better that i am not the only girl driving her man crazy with a million and one "what if we " did this around the house?" ideas!

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  10. Congratulations my friend, the award is much deserved and I loved learning about you!
    Great looking parfait too :)

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. I feel the same way when I read the info posts on you :)

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  11. I love versatile recipes like this, that you can change up based on what happens to be fresh (or in your fridge!)

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    1. Isn't it great, I am one of those too that love recipes that can change based on what you have on hand

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  12. This is pretty close to what I have for breakfast most days - yogurt topped with granola and whatever fruit I have on hand (most often bananas!). I've been eating that Love Grown granola too - I love the ones that come with lots of coconut flakes!

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    1. I can't wait to try some other flavors of Love grown Granola, it is the best granola I haev ever had- Justin even loves it!

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  13. Oh my God! Yes- VC Andrews. That's crazy.
    Cabin on the lake sounds perfect! I seem to keep living in places where it's nearly impossible to get even one property....sigh. One day!

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    1. I know VC Andrews, she was amazing- Flowers in the Attic; epic!

      Haha my lakeside getaway is more like a shack on the lake without plumbing but has potential and it is location versus the actual structure, kind of like glorified camping :)

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  14. Avid reader here too, but those books are too scary. I feel safer with the delicious breakfast.
    Congrats on the lovely well deserved award!!

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    1. Stephen King can be a bit scary late at night :) This breakfast is totally safe and happy!

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  15. PS Lately breakfast is almond butter and blueberry preserves on a rice cake with a gallon of black coffee.

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    1. Almond butter and blueberry preserves sounds amazing!

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  16. Love the parfaits! I usually make a smoothie for breakfast everyday, but sometimes it is fun to mix it up. :)

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    1. I love smoothies too - gabby over at the veggie nook has an amazing oatmeal cookie smoothie you should totally try!

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  17. Mmm that looks delicious! Do you have a favorite soy yogurt that you use? I'm looking for a good one, thanks!

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    1. Hi Maddy!

      Thanks for stopping by :) I love Wildwood organic plain soygurt http://www.wildwoodfoods.com/products/dairy-alternatives/soyogurt%E2%84%A2/soyogurt%E2%84%A2/soyogurt%E2%84%A2-unsweetened-plain

      and for flavored I really LOVE Whole Soy and Company - my favorite is the cherry & Peach Mango!

      Check out this great link that reviews different soy yogurts :) http://veganbaking.net/product-reviews/522-vegan-yogurt-review

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  18. Aww, you say such nice things about me! I don't deserve them. LOL

    These parfaits sound awesome! I don't really have a breafast routine... if there's fresh fruit in the house, it's usually that, sometimes cut up over cereal. Or just cereal. Or oatmeal, if I'm chilly. Or leftovers from the night before. I'm usually too groggy to put much work into anything before 8am. :P

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    1. You deserve all the niceness in the world Willow!

      Haha I have a hard time eating anything before 10am - it takes me from 6:30am to 9am just to wake up and feel functional :)

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  19. These look so wonderful! I would love to wake up and be greeted with this for breakfast!!

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    1. It is a pretty nice greeting in the Morning Andrea :)

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