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Hi, I'm Paige. I come from California but I also have German and Danish ancestry. "Ich komme aus Kalifornien und Deutschland" Besides that, I have a lot of cultural interests, I'm a vegetarian, exceptional sushi eater, I love the beach, traveling, cooking, photography, & anything about health.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Homemade PeanutButter Cup Brownies

For my dad's birthday I made him brownies from scratch.  Most years he chooses whatever he wants and I make it as a present. He likes it better than any present I could buy for him and I do too. I'm not cheap (straight face).
Fudge Peanut-Butter Cup Brownies
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup mini peanut butter cups
1.Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
2. In small saucepan over low heat, melt butter completely. Stir in sugar and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not allow sugar mixture to boil.
3.  Pour butter mixture into a large bowl or stand mixer, beat in cocoa powder, eggs, salt, baking powder, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
4. Stir in the flour and peanut butter cups until well combined.
5. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes, until a tester comes out mostly clean. The edges should be set and the center should still look slightly moist, but not uncooked.  Cool on a wire rack.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Veggie Burgers

I have not always been a vegetarian but I have always loved veggie burgers. Frozen ones are good,  but the microwave
scares me (not really but I know it chemically alters food or something) so I tried making some of my own. This recipe
is from"Oh She Glows" . Its the best she says, and I like it too!  Especially with vegan miso mayo, relish, avocado, sprouts, and lettuce.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Honey/ Honig

I've decided to take a step toward becoming a "Crunchy Betty" and use honey to wash my face. I already use Dr.Weils Origins skin products but they are much more expensive than what Crunchy Betty suggests. I still like what i've been using but now I also put raw honey on my face in the morning and leave it on for a few minutes before I wash it off.  Honey is a natural antioxidant and has anti-microbial properties that can help protect your skin from sun damage, it supports the skin's ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, and it leaves skin feeling very soft and smooth! In addition, it can treat minor acne caused by hormonal changes and heal scars. Honey absorbs impurities from the pores, making it an ideal cleansing agent, its cheap (I could of bought 52 bear fulls of honey instead of my last origins purchase).

Los Osos

My mom and I have been considering running a 10k race in October called "The Spooner's Cove Trail Run." We wanted to see what it was like so we went and hiked around, as you can see it was very pretty. Also someone wearing skull shoes left a perfect imprint in the dirt for me to take a picture of. Afterwards we went to the Morro Bay farmers market, bought kale, peaches, honey, and olive oil. Ate lunch at "Health Foods/ Shine Cafe," got a vegetarian sandwich, and before going home  went to Sea Canyon Apple Farm to get fresh apples and cider. We bought 30lbs worth!...but we share.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Komm, gehen wir an Strand!


This is my best friend Veronica. The drive to Pismo beach is about an hour and a half from where we live in the desert so one afternoon she texted me "lets go to the beach!" Two hours later we were able to get ready and be there. We went to a psychic and had our palms read, walked around a small farmers market and bought lavender sugar scrub, ate fish and chips, went in a photobooth, bought soy chai lattes, and laid out in the sand.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Red Miso Stir Fry

Stir fry:
1 pkg yam noodles
2tbs Coconut oil
1C extra firm tofu
1/2C cabbage
1/2C broccoli
1/2c yellow squash
1/4C red onions
1 large garlic clove
Red Miso Sauce:
1tbs grated ginger
2tbs red miso
2tbs rice vinegar
2tbs honey
1tbs soy sauce
1tbsp sesame oil
1 tbs lemon grass

Directions: Its pretty simple. Cut everything up, including the noodles(5 calories per serving WTF!), they're long and clump together. Rinse off the noodles then boil so they're a little cooked first, they start out pretty firm and rubbery (don't be turned off, they're good!). Set aside. Then heat up a big pan with the coconut oil and put the vegetables (save garlic and onions until the last minute) and tofu in until they are cooked and the tofu has brown edges. Mix the sauce ingredients together and add to the cooked vegetables along with the noodles and let it caramelize for about 30 seconds. You can put some red pepper flakes or fresh basil on top, I always like non-cooked herbs with hot
food like this, its refreshing.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Leaning Tower of Hummus

The farmers market nearest to me has my favorite middle eastern stand called "BaBa Foods". Last weekend we got a little carried away and bought 3 different kinds of hummus. Avocado & cilantro, red pepper, artichoke & garlic. And got a spicy black bean for free. We also got a container of tabbouleh to eat with it. I dislike tabbouleh alone but when you put it on a sandwich with avocado or scoop it up with hummus on a chip or pita then it's delicious! I'm glad I found a way to eat it that I like because it has parsley(vitamin K,C,A, iron and folate), bulgur (high in protein and fiber) and olive oil(unsaturated fat and antioxidants).

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Becoming a Vegetarian "Vegetarier zu werden"

This is a picture of me in Switzerland during my first trip to Europe (they put this card at the table so they knew where to bring the "vegi" food, I thought it was cute), I also went to London, Paris, and Italy. Half a year before this I read the book "Skinny Bitch" and decided to become a vegetarian. I  felt healthier but also felt like I was doing the right thing. At home it was easy but everyone warned me that I might want to make an exception for the 3 weeks I would be touring Europe because there would be nothing for me to eat and I would need energy. Not true! The first few days in London I was a little worried I would get sick if I had to eat any more french fries as a meal but finally one of my friends asked our tour guide to read a menu for us in a cafe in Paris and mentioned that I was a vegetarian. After hearing this he was surprised I didn't tell him before and for the rest of the trip he made sure there was always something for me to eat. Everyone was always very nice and respectful with making me something different and I especially enjoyed a lot of Caprese salads or sandwiches with mozzarella, basil and tomato and the best pasta with simple tomato sauce I have ever had. Actually, a lot of the time the picky eaters on the trip where jealous, especially when I was served potato pancakes instead of the veal. Also every day (or more than once) we would stop and get some gelato (its everywhere!), and eat it while we rested and enjoyed the scenery. I probably had pistachio flavor at least five times and stracciatella(chocolate chip) was good too. It wasn't the most nutritious month of my life but I survived and have many good memories. Two years later I am still a vegetarian, except on special occasions when I go out to sushi with my friends. I know its cheating but I still do a lot better than most people.