Sincerely Carolina

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5 Things I ♥ Right Now.

by caroline

It’s hard to pick just five, but here are the special somethings I’m crushing on right now …

1. Lundberg’s Organic Caramel Corn Rice Cakes: Spread a little bit of all-natural, crunchy peanut butter on top and you’re good to go. Even though I’ve often equated rice cakes with restrictive, crazy diets, I spotted these on sale and have found them to be a rather tasty snack. I’ve been munching on them all week. Next week it’s on to other horizons flavors, like Cinnamon Toast and Popcorn rice cakes. I might even spring for the Tamari with Seaweed Rice Cakes and spread a little hummus on top. Yeah, I’m crazy like that.

2. Maya Kaimal Tikka Masala Sauce: You know how much I love my Seeds of Change Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce, so when we recently went to a different grocery store and couldn’t find it, I almost threw a fit in the ethnic cuisine aisle. And then, Dan — part scared, part blissful that he could calm my impending hysterics — pointed to this sauce from Maya Kaimal. At first, I pointed my nose upward and looked the other way. (Who knew I could be so bratty?) But I eventually relented and took a look at the sauce. I had to admit: The ingredients sounded downright delicious and with gluten-free right on the label, there was little room for me to argue. I wanted Indian food, and it was Maya Kaimal who was there in my time of need. GAWSH, I am so glad we tried this. It is so, so, so (did I say SO?!) good and I can’t wait to try the rest of their sauces. I simmered tofu in the sauce and served it over basmati rice with a side of asparagus. OK,  the attitude has been checked at the door. :)

3. Souffliche: Sure, it’s a completely made up dish by Dan, but what a creation it is! One part souffle, one part quiche, Dan dreamed up this dish a while back as a means for using leftover baked potatoes. This time around, he used leftover potato crust pizza and instead of cheddar cheese, sprinkled them with grated Parmesan. Genius I tell you!

4. I absolutely ♥ going to my favorite yoga studio and sweating it out to a hot Vinyasa class. There’s nothing like it. But, sometimes, making time (or finding the $) to go to the studio just isn’t going to happen. At those times, I’m always thankful I have a well-rounded arsenal of yoga DVDs that I can pop in and get my flow on. I also recently stumbled across the Website and it’s added a bit of flav-a to my at-home practice. The program allows you to choose your style, teacher, level and duration. Want even more good news? You can try it for FREE for 15 days. After that, the service is $18 a month. Can I get a namaste for that?!


5. Toddy Cold Brew System: As you all know, I rarely — and I say “rarely” because there are a few sips here and there, but really it’s a very rare occasion — drink coffee. Ever since I decided it seemed to be linked to my frequent migraines, I decided to lay off. I used to drink coffee every day … and a lot of it. Now, I rely on green tea as my morning/midday drink of choice and I can honestly say I feel so much better. But one of the things I miss most about summer traditions is my beloved iced coffee. Trust me: I haven’t reverted — it’s just not worth it. But lately, Dan has been using our Toddy Cold Brew and it’s been awfully hard to resist. This morning, I treated myself to this small glass and sipped very, very slowly (in fact, I’m still sipping as I write this). It is a wonderful little treat, and I learned a good lesson — a little coffee somethin’, somethin’ every now and then isn’t going to hurt, as long as it’s followed by lots of water and doesn’t become a habit. That’s just what works for me! (P.S. If you are a coffee lover and like to learn about new ways to enjoy it, then check out Toddy Cold Brew System. I think you’ll fall in love.)


Happy Thursday!