Say a Prayer + Owl House Eats!

by Katelyn Block on January 30, 2011 · 40 comments

Good evening all! Hope you’ve had a lurvely and restful Sunday :)

The first part of today’s post will be a little emotional and sappy, but I feel that this is a topic that I need to address because it really hit home with me today.

This morning after I posted a gluten-free pizza-for-one recipe, I headed off to church where I listened to an unexpectedly profound service.

It started with a meditation on the “goodbyes” that will be said at the end of the year (leaving for college), as well as a highlight on the goodbyes that will be said to the graduates that leave to go to war.

As I sat with eyes closed, I imagined my “goodbye” with my family with both excitement and incredible sadness. I will be leaving my comfortable house filled with the people I love most (and my stove), but entering into a new place that will have so much to offer: a life of my own, creativity in the kitchen, and the many excitements of college life (pursuing my passions and partying..obv).

But then, my mind shifted to how I would feel if I were leaving my parents to go to a place where I would be killing human beings, for the sake of “freedom”.

I am not in any way saying that there cannot be justifications for war, but instead I would like you to put yourself in that eighteen-year-old’s position for a moment. Imagine saying goodbye to your parents, knowing your next destination would be a foreign country with a bunch of soldiers you’ve never met, to a place where no one can be trusted.

Then, put yourself in the position of the parents saying goodbye to their child. The fear that their baby wouldn’t come home, or wouldn’t come home all in one piece. The fear that their little girl or little boy wouldn’t be the same person they said goodbye to, but instead someone they don’t recognize.

Many soldiers return home only to commit suicide. Over one thousand have survived suicide attempts, and most will come back from war with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Whether you support war or not, please support our troops. These are our friends’ boys and girls, our neighbors, and the person who sat next to us in elementary school.

Say a prayer for these soldiers and their families tonight, and remember that our soldiers do not always believe what they are doing is right, but they feel that it is right to fight for our country and the lives of their loved ones.

Though I do not believe in the killing of any human being, I support the humanity of the people who lay down their lives every day, no matter whether that directly or indirectly protects us.

The reading and sermon that followed the meditation will be covered in tomorrow’s post. Here’s a hint: it has to do with your passion, your life, your career, and your heart. Any guesses?

If you pray, please also include my family in your prayers. Today had an abrupt turn for the worse, and we need your prayers as we nurse a family member back to health. You all are beautiful, and I know with the love of us all, we can all get through the tough times!

Also, please drive safely. You never know when one choice in a vehicle could change your life.

God bless!

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Now onto a less emotional topic………FOOD!

This afternoon (after the awesomely moving church service and a nice jaunt around the neighborhood with the puppers), we headed off to The Owl House.

I cannot rave enough about this place, it is delicious, has copious vegan and gluten-free entrees (this place even has gluten-free bread made with teff, can I get a hell yeah?!), and every dessert is vegan.

Gett @ m3.

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I got the Garden Salad (Field Greens, Farmers Market Vegetables, Lemon Vinaigrette), topped with a Lentil Burger, sans the Vegenaise and Onion Roll (not gluten free).

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It was delicious, I scarfed it down in 0.26 seconds and loved every bite. I haven’t had a grilled burger in much too long, and a reunion was well overdue. Hello, smoky flava!

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It made me incredibly skippidyy happy to find that the waitress was very accommodating to my vegan- and gluten-free restrictions (last time I came I was not on a gluten-free diet).

I always end up feeling like “that girl” who pesters the waitress.. “Can I have the blah blah blah but with no blah and with blah blah on the side? Oh, and no blah blah, either, can I get blahty blah instead?”

I would feel bad, but I like my food, and I like it my way:)

Which takes me to dessert! I absolutely could not resist this son-of-a-gun even though the burger left me sufficiently stuffed.

There is always room for chocolate.

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Chocolate Mousse (Cocoa-Avocado Puree, Fresh Fruit, Cacao Nibs).

IMG_3467 This was to. die.

Recipe to come.

I’m not sure exactly how this motha was concocted, but I don’t ask, I just eat.

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Just you wait kiddos, this will be the most decadent thing that ever hit the bottom of your endless stomach.

I literally could not stop making “mmm!” noises while I was licking this off of my spoon, it was too good and I was getting some funny looks but I could care less.

And then I looked in the mirror and there was tons of chocolate in my teeth.

But as before, I could care less. It’s a small price to pay for chocolatey deliciousness :)

Then, we headed across the street to one of my favorite co-op’s to explore fun foods and get free samples (wooo for Sundays!). There was free chocolate, chocolate-covered almonds, and organic blueberries! Uh, chocolate and fruit fo free? Get at me!

IMG_3469 Blooooooobs :)

I had three of these little cuppies, it’s fine. They’re free for a reason, people!

That’s all for now lovies! I’m off to make some din din, do my homework, get excited for my first day of psych tomorrow (new semester, hollllla!), and go to sleep EARLY.

I am making a vow to myself to go to bed NO LATER than 10 every night, and I am telling all of you because that will make sure I am more accountable for my own rebelliousness. It is now your job to keep me in line. Good luck, people!

What is your view on “support our troops”?

I support the people, not necessarily the war.

Do you ever feel like a pesky food orderer?

Uh, always. My food, my way, beeyotch!

Do you get food stuck in your teeth/your hair/on your clothes?

Yes, yes, and yes. That is why I wear scarves :)

Have a good rest of your night! Eat some chocolate for me;)

xoxox,

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Sophia @ Raven Waves January 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM

I wholeheartedly support the troops. I have a friend who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and I believe that even if you don't support the war, you have to support our fellow Americans. :) Your food looks delicious by the way! I do get food stuck in my teeth sometimes lol! I always go to the bathroom to check after I've had spinach!

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 4:33 PM

I agree! Thanks girl, and please send my love to your friend!

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katshealthcorner January 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Our Troops are such a blessing to our lives. They defend our country. They defend our freedom. They defend our families. I don't think I could ever thank them enough.

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 4:33 PM

They really do!

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Katy January 30, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Well. Since I am currently deployed in Africa, and my fiance is in Afghanistan… I'd have to say I fully support the troops. Also, as someone who has a very personal experience with someone suffering from PTSD due to serving overseas, I have to say this is a pretty close to home subject.

Leaving your family and being out here is the hardest thing I've ever done. Or so I thought until my fiance also deployed, to a much more dangerous area. "praying" I feel puts lightly what I do every night, I would consider it more "begging and pleading" with God to bring my soulmate home to me safely.

I can say from personal experience, though. Those of us serving don't expect everyone to support this war, and there are quite a few serving who don't. What we support is each other, and this country, and that's all we ask.

Sorry for the lengthy response….

Your dessert looks amazing. And I am probably the messiest eater I've ever met… Lol.

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Oh my goodness!! Girl, I am praying hard for you and your fiance. I can't even imagine how painful that must be, especially when you are both in the way of danger. Never feel bad about a lengthy response, those are my favorites!:)

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Hollie @ Lolzthatswi January 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Girl, I hope everything works out the way you need it too. You and your family are in my prayers.

Have I mentioned I'm an embarrassing slob, and I double recipes because half of it is either on the floor or on my shirt?

My dad was in the navy, so I fully support the troops. I would to begin with but coming from a strong military background, I'm fully supportive.

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Thank you so much girl! It means a lot:)

Give your Dad my love, he is a brave man!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 30, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Omg, I HATE having food stuck in my teeth. It's so embarrassing-especially because most people don't tell you if you do!

And my prayers are definitely with those being sent overseas. It is important for us to support them and their efforts, regardless of our political thoughts. It's still lives at risk.

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Me. Too. And I agree! No life should ever be taken for granted.

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Hungry Dancer January 30, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Sometimes I wonder if more food ends up on my shirt then in my mouth! I'm so sorry for whatever is happening for your family, I hope everything works out.

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Haha same here! Thank you girl, I think it will:)

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Stephanie January 30, 2011 at 4:39 PM

I am not a war supporter but I support the life of every person…so I definitely support the troops by supporting the soldier.

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 4:35 PM

I'm glad you feel the same way!:)

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Laury @TheFitnessDis January 30, 2011 at 5:11 PM

I've been on such a blueberry kick lately!

That mousse dessert really does look divine :-)

I support our troops. We are so lucky to have them fight for our country. I agree that I do not necessarily care for war. My cousins husband is getting deployed to Afghanistan, and as hard as I see that it is for her, I know that she is so proud of him and he is very brave for what he is doing for our country. I definitely have a lot of respect and gratitude towards all of our men in uniform.

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 4:36 PM

I eat blueberries like it is my J-O-B. And girl, it WAS divine, get excited for the recipe!

Give my love to your cousin, her husband, and your family. I can only imagine how difficult that would be!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesA January 30, 2011 at 5:33 PM

your food photography is…gorgeous!

and i only eat food, my way. Why eat something if it's not just the way i want it, so i (politely) make sue it's…my way. :)

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Thanks love! And haha same. here. My belly has a bouncer, and he's hard to impress!

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squigglefloey January 30, 2011 at 6:30 PM

I love sprouts in my salad. My mom can't stand sprouts period for some reason. hAhaa…silly people.

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 4:37 PM

AHH I love sprouts:)

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yourdailygrace January 30, 2011 at 6:57 PM

I don't like the idea of war but accept it as being an unfortunate reality. My Dad is in the army and has been since I was a month old so I whole heartily support the troops! I am for sure a pesky food orderer…have you ever seen 'When Harry Met Sally'? Ya that's me! All the food you ate looked de-lish!

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 8:37 PM

You’re right, it is SO unfortunate. Give my love to your Dad! And no, I really ought to see that movie! Thanks girl:)

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Allie January 30, 2011 at 7:28 PM

I agree with your view on supporting the troops. That food looks insane delicious! I'm definitely one of those obnoxious food orderers but like you said – it's your food!

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Haha exactly!

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movesnmunchies January 31, 2011 at 12:25 AM

amazing post on the troops! that made me so emotional.>!

in other news… i am ALWAYS that one in the restaurant and it wil get even worse as i am transitioning into a mostly vegan diet now.. wooohooo. get ready for 'that girl!' all you restaurants!

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Thanks girl! Haha and don't worry, being "that girl" can sometimes be really fun;)

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lindsay January 31, 2011 at 3:44 AM

Prayer is powerful and I lift up my prayers for your family during this time. Hope you are surrounded by love right now!
Cheers,
LC

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Thank you girl, it means so much!

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Jackie @ Baking Char January 31, 2011 at 4:47 AM

You and your fam are in my thoughts, hun! Hope everything is okay.

I agree with you; I don't support the war but I support the troops and those who serve our country with all my heart!

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Thank you love! I think it will all turn out for the better:)

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Kristina January 31, 2011 at 4:57 AM

Mmm….I'm still waiting for my next trip to owl house (daiya cheesesticks-yes please!!!) I get food stuck everywhere every time I eat<–hot mess!

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 4:39 PM

NO WAY, are you near Rochacha?! We HAVE to have a bloggy meetup!

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theamazonprincess January 31, 2011 at 8:32 AM

I'm with you girl. I support the troops, but not necessarily the war. That dessert looks craaaazy insanely delicious. I need it immediately…so get crackin' on that recipe. ;)

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Haha oh, girl, I will;)

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Amy @ Second City Ra January 31, 2011 at 4:05 PM

I tend to only get food in my teeth when I'm with people I'm trying to impress. That's just how I roll… lol

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Wait, SAME. I have a whole album on my camera from an event that I went to, and I have spinach in my teeth in every. single. picture. I die.

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Lauren February 1, 2011 at 2:52 AM

Hey there! I'm new to your blog, but I just wanted to stop by and say hello. I keep seeing your face pop up in almost every blog I comment on. LoL, you always seem to be the commenter right before me! :) I am loving your blog. You're so adorable! :)

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Katelyn February 1, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Thanks girl, I’m so glad you stopped by!! I’ve seen your comments in the sphere too, I love making new bloggy friends!:)

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