a weekend at the dunes.

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what a wonderful way to spent the extra long Martin Luther King Day weekend. at the oregon coast dunes with the sun shining and the wind gusting. with a great group of people (mostly guys) and delicious, homemade food. I was in heaven. it was my first time going to the dunes, and even though I don’t ride any vehicle, I had a blast. literally would never have thought I could have as much fun being completely out of my element, but it was surprisingly awesome! I loved watching the group of guys we went with jump their dirtbikes and manage their way out of sticky situations. how was I able to watch them? Logan, a friend of my sister and I, brought his small, purple Toyota that we mobbed around in with him. we had to sit three across in the front cab, squished together while we barreled up and down the steep sand hills. we went out during the day and in the dark as it was pouring down rain. I felt like every day was a different adventure, especially since they were things I had never done before. I was also able to go kayaking in the small, glassy lake that our rental house looked over on a clam morning. absolutely breathtaking. all in all, the trip was amazing and I can’t wait to return. what did you do this weekend? have you ever been to the dunes?
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hope you all enjoyed and had a beautiful weekend. love all. love Madeline.

Holiday Treats Made With Kiss me Organics Matcha


I was recently introduced to a new brand of green tea called Organic Matcha. don’t be fooled, this creation is not any normal tea. instead of only the concentrated remnants of the green plant, used by most companies, Kiss Me Organics brand uses even the leaves themselves, finely ground and ready to dissolve into nearly anything. therefore, the powdery substance has more beneficial affects on ones life, body and mind than regular green tea bags. the formula provides you with skin improvement, extra energy, anti-aging, a boost in metabolism, help with focusing and it is a fast calorie burner. i don’t know about you, but those perks sound unmistakably good to me for my health. not to mention the matcha tastes amazing and can be incorporated into essentially anything you want to bake, cook or liquify. kiss me organics green tea is certified as an organic product by the USDA, it is vegan, and non GMO as well.photo 2

what i recommend is to put about 1/2-1 teaspoon matcha into a cup of hot water and drink it like you would regular tea. by doing this you can taste the raw flavor and get a feel for how you like it and what you would like to use it in.

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the first recipe i made using green match powder was a healthy breakfast smoothie. i prefer to drink blended beverages in the morning instead of actual solid foods because i’m usually not overly hungry and i enjoy starting my day off with fresh and antioxidant-filled fruits and vegetables. i came up with this recipe and really liked how it turned out. photo 1

1 cup frozen tropical fruit blend

1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or any of your choice)

1/4 cup spinach

1 1/2 teaspoons matcha

1 1/4 cup chilled almond milk

honey to taste (optional)

simply put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and combined.

the second creation i made was my favorite and i would easily make it again, green tea waffles with whip cream. surprisingly, i liked them better than many normal waffle recipes i’ve tried before, they turned out moist, fluffy, flavorful and somewhat crispy. also, since they are vibrantly green they would suit a special occasion perfectly such as halloween or St. Patrick’s day.

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1 cup whole wheat flour

1 egg, beaten

1⁄4 cup vegetable oil

1 tbsp. brown sugar

2 tbsp. matcha

1/8 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

3⁄4 cup milk

2 tbsp. lemon zest

1⁄2 cup heavy cream

2 tbsp. confectioner’s sugar

1. Preheat waffle iron an spray with cooking spray.

2. Add beaten egg to large mixing bowl and add in milk, 1 tbsp. matcha, flour, 1 tbsp. lemon zest, oil, brown sugar and salt until combined.

3. Ladle into waffle iron and cook until golden brown.

4. Combine confectioner’s sugar and remaining matcha and lemon zest with heavy cream and whip until stiff peaks form.

5. Serve a dollop of matcha cream over waffles.

makes three waffles.

and the final item i made was a healthier green tea latte. it only took me about three minutes and it tasted like something you would buy at a coffee shop for $4.50. since i own an espresso machine, i decided to steam my milk in order to warm it up, but microwaving works perfectly fine.

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1 1/2 cups almond milk

1 teaspoon matcha

1 teaspoon honey

heat almond milk, and stir in matcha and honey.

overall, i really enjoy using this new product and i could see myself repurchasing it in the future. it makes me feel energized and healthy, and the biggest plus is that it tastes amazing also. there are many other recipe options that it could be used in, for example, brownies, cupcakes, cocktails or ice cream. i’m excited to experience the long-term effects it has on the body, mind and health during the coming months.

if you are interested in purchasing the Kiss Me Organics green tea matcha:

the website: http://www.kissmeorganics.com
for US buyers: http://www.amazon.com/Matcha-Green-Tea-Powder-Antioxidant/dp/B00DDT116M
for UK buyers: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Matcha-Green-Tea-Powder-Antioxidant/dp/B00DDT116M
for Canadian buyers: http://www.amazon.ca/Matcha-Green-Tea-Powder-Antioxidant/dp/B00DDT116M

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a daze in the maize.

today I went to my small town’s annual pumpkin patch. while enjoying the sun beams on my back and the company of good friends, i couldn’t be more grateful for the beauty surrounding me. walking through the corn maze brought back countless memories of past autumn seasons. running until i couldn’t catch my breath, trying to find the way out before anyone else. it brought me back to a time when i marveled at even the smallest adventure. i could find fun in any small task. the way the corn stalks made my skin itch and the “squash” of the mud under my feet. there are so many things to take wonder in, in this world, yet so many fail to do so when the opportunities arise. sometimes we all wish we were small again, with our lives ahead of us, but what is so different now, then things used to be? deep down we are still those little souls trying to find our way in the maze (life, maybe). don’t underestimate the fact that enjoyment comes in all shapes and sizes, to anyone who is willing to receive it with open arms, no matter your age, size, talents or past. take joy in the little things, whether it be taking a walk in your neighborhood, going through a corn maze in fall or spending time with people who make you smile. be grateful for everything. don’t keep your head down, or you’ll miss the natural beauty hiding in the corn & sky.

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