Monday, June 4, 2012

A Year + Straight-up Apple[sauce] Recipe

It's been a little over a year since I last blogged here. Kind of crazy and sad. So what's happened in Kylie's life in the past year...? Well, you asked for it. Here's a super short synopsis of my life in 365 days: 

I got my 3rd (and I'm pretty sure my last) tattoo. 

Ventured to the beach A LOT...

Went to England for nearly a whole month, 8 days for Creation Fest and about 2 weeks to visit my uncle.

I've done plenty of cooking/baking to feed an entire army several times over... but what can I say, food is my passion. 

 My mom, uncle, and I all worked at the Operation Christmas Child warehouse, packing the shoeboxes into the containers to be shipped all over the world - to all the sweet little children who have absolutely nothing. We packed about 700,000 shoeboxes in 3 weeks. It was the most amazing, fun, blessed time, and I hope to be able to do it again this year!

My family and I had an absolutely blessed Christmas (and for anyone who knows me, you know I'm a Christmas fanatic... seriously, I start to get excited for Christmas on Dec. 26th... and I can even handle listening to Christmas songs in June... yup, I'm that girl - don't judge me). And had a Gingerbread house party with my 2 best friends.

I've gone through trials, felt as though God had abandoned me, fell and failed time and time again... but still was forgiven and covered by God's grace and mercy. I'm so amazed that His love is unending and unconditional, because if it weren't so, I would be lost and without hope - my failures and shortcomings would make an unending list. But thankfully, His blood has covered all of those [failures], so my list is nil. I have grown, changed in my faith; softened, hardened, and softened again. My heart is completely enraptured by the love of my faithful King. I am nothing without my Jesus - I am proud to say that He is my crutch. I love Him wholeheartedly. 

I've loved and hated my job - 50% because of spiritual warfare, 25% because I'm confined to an office (as a creative, free spirited person, being confined is like hell for me), and 25% because of people being... well, plainly put, turds (that's the nicest, cleanest word I can come up with). But I've mostly loved [my job] because I am serving the Lord daily, not an easy task, but a rewarding one. And lately, my boss has been giving my artistic projects where I can create.

I did a cute, blush Ruffle cake for Mother's Day

And a co-ed Bridal Shower cake for a good friend and his fiancĂ© 

I've also really gotten into cooking and baking healthier versions of my fav foods. And one of my favs that I wanted to share here is my "Straight-up Apple[sauce]". It's the most basic version of Applesauce, as it only has 6 ingredients. And being a bit on the broke side pretty much 24/7, this recipe is super affordable - which warrants extra brownie points :D I make this applesauce whenever I get the craving, since I'm not sure how long it will hold up... so the recipe is for an individual one-serving. 

1 apple (I prefer Gala's), cut into small chunks/bits
1 teaspoon water
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon Cocoa powder
2 pkts Stevia (or flavored drops if you have those)
1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon

Place all the above ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. When the mixture begins to boil a little, turn heat to low, place lid on saucepan and let simmer until apples are soft - about 5-8 mins (I think, I'm not always so good with timing things... I tend to just know when my food is finished cooking...). 

Mash the apples straight away till you reach your desired texture/consistency... I tend to like my applesauce chunky. 

If you really dislike the apple skin and bits in your applesauce, just place cooked apple concoction into a food processor and puree until you have your perfectly smooth applesauce. Then... ENJOY the deliciousness of clean, pure, vegan applesauce!! It's soooo stinking good, I promise! So... go on, get up and make some of this yumminess... you'll thank me :)

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