Give Me A Sign

April 11, 2011

Who would have thought I’d spend the afternoon stressed about signs!? There are so many to choose from and they are so EXPENSIVE!

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These little clips – which arguably could serve the same function as a 1 cent clothespin – were $5 each. I almost bought 25 of them and then talked myself back out of it. I just could not spend $100+ on little clips that would probably bread or get lost!

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We need these for our signage for the sweets on display. The one on the left is close to $8 each and the one on the right $5. When you need 20 and are on a tight budget, that just doesn’t make sense.

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We also need signs like these, but I hate the plastic look. But I need to cross this sign project OFF my list and move on so waiting for creative inspiration doesn’t make sense – plus I’d still have to find time to make the homemade ones.

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I ended up buying NONE of the above and say to heck with expensive commercial restaurant ware.

Instead I went to Amazon. And found exactly what I wanted. For less:image 

Plus these el cheapo ones that will do for higher up signs:

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The job is now 75% of the way done and I am missing my afternoon! It was a gorgeous one, and I did spend some of it on the porch with my laptop. That is until we discovered carpenter bees nesting in our furniture…

Some snackage came from Danielle’s Crunchy Chips – pumpkin flavor. LOVEEEE these!

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And then TWO bowls of Lynda’s granola, milk and Danielle’s coconut chips. This was the most AMAZING marshmallow flavored snack ever!!! I could not stop and had to have a refill!

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Too bad because I totally spoiled my appetite for dinner.

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That’s OK because it still tasted great.

Tropical Burritos!

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Stuffed with mango, banana, coconut, refried black beans and sriracha!

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Tropical Burritos!

Serves 2

Ingredients
  • Half a can of Trader Joe’s refried black beans ((which I love but you could also mash up some regular black beans)
  • 2 tbsp chopped pickled jalapenos
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 mango, sliced
  • 2 tbsp sweetened coconut
  • Sprinkle sriracha
  • 2 whole wheat tortillas (we used Whole Foods brand)
Method
  • Mix beans with some pickled jalapenos over medium heat, until hot.
  • Top with banana, mango slices, coconut and the hot stuff.
  • Folded ‘em up and baked at 400* for about 10 minutes.

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They were incredible!

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Served with a side of steamed cheesy kale!! Nutritional yeast (a super food that is like a hybrid of fish food and dried mac and cheese powder) sprinkled on top during steaming gave the kale a nice cheesy punch!

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Cheesy Kale

Serves 2

Ingredients
  • 1 big bunch kale, washed and leaves torn from stems
  • 2 tsp Garlic Gold oil or olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3-4 tbsp nutritional yeast
Method
  • Heat a large pot to medium. Add kale, still a bit damp from washing, to the pot. Allow to sauté and soften for a few minutes.
  • Drizzle on oil.
  • Sprinkle on salt and nutritional yeast. Stir.

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Matt ate the extra bean + banana mash – it was quite the turn off on the plate, don’t you think!?

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After dinner we went on a massive walk!! We were gone about an hour and walked a huge loop around our whole neighborhood. I love walking at dusk in the summertime and cannot WAIT for it to arrive!

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1 Errign April 11, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Mmmm, those burritos sound FABULOUS. I’ve got frozen mango in the freezer that I can reheat with black beans – yum!

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2 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm

mmm love the addition of the mangoes to your burritos! I always add them to chicken tacos!

I would not have thought of those signs being an important item but I can see why they are! :P

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3 Denise April 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Gotta love Amazon :) And now I really want to try tropical burritos!

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4 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) April 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I can’t believe those tiny signs are THAT expensive! You could buy clothes pins and paper at the dollar store and still have the effect! Craziness, I tell ya :)
What a fun dinner! A fruit-stuffed burrito? Yes, please :D Just don’t tell my boyfriend…he would call that “burrito blasphemy” Haha

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5 Grace April 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Those signs are expensive! Glad you find something more affordable and reasonable.
I’ve never thought of putting fruit in my burrito. Very creative!

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6 Abby April 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm

That burrito is an interesting combo! Glad you found some deals on Amazon! :)

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7 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm

It is crazy how much stuff can cost — I’m glad you found something cheaper. I agree that those things could easily break.

The burritos sound really interesting. Black beans + bananas sound really good. I definitely need to try that!

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8 JenATX April 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm

i got my work done on my porch this afternoon, it was quite a lovely change of scenery. I had to watch an online lecture for class, which was awesome because i can’t typically do homework w/out a desk (too many books & laptops to look at) but with the video I could just sit & take notes :)

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9 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Mmmm, fish food. Lol.

I can’t believe how expensive those little signs are!
Good call on your part on getting them somewhere else.

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10 Dimple Snatcher April 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Mangoes with beans?! I dunno even as mango obsessed as I am ;)

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11 Allison @ PickyEatingRD April 11, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I am so convinced it is mostly the little things that start adding up when you I have your own biz. I think you prepare yourself for the large purchases ( knowing they are expensive) and forget about everything else!

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12 Sahira April 11, 2011 at 8:52 pm

… “that would probably bread or get lost” … break or get lost?

You must have bread on your mind..obviously! ;) I thought this was cute and probably an innocent mistake? :)

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13 KathEats April 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Oooops!!

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14 Sahira April 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm

hehe

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15 Ella April 12, 2011 at 12:42 am

haha I thought the same thing when I read that – you have a one track mind at the moment!!

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16 Presley April 12, 2011 at 4:24 am

Thought the same thing! too funny!

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17 Estela @ Weekly Bite April 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Wow! What a great flavor combo! Such pretty colors too :)

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18 Emily @ Savory and Savage April 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm

That is a really interesting combination. The burritos looked delicious.

I love twilight walks!

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19 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I had Mexican tonight, too. Except way different! lol I love kale, it’s so amazing.

Running a business can be expensive, but thankfully things like the signs would be a tax credit anyway, so it all works out. :)

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20 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Oh wow, it’s amazing all the little things that go into owning your own bakery that I’d never even THINK of! I’m sure it will look great no matter what you pick, and you definitely have to choose your battles when it comes to stress. :)

Love the tropical theme for dinner! Such a great idea!

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21 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 11, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I am all about the tropical burritos! Oh they look incredible!! I lovvvvvve mango! Like, it’s the best thing ever :) I just bought some mangos about 2 hrs ago, actually!

pumpkin flavor chips and the granola with milk and coconut chips. to die for, as well!

signs..yes. Crazy!! expensive, I know that. Glad you are 75% of the way done!

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22 Stacy @ Every Little Thing April 11, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Those burritos remind me of the shrimp tacos we had a few weeks ago. The mango salsa was so good with it!!

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23 Morgan @ moments of mmm April 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I would never think of putting banana, mango and refried beans together!

Yumm

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24 Sarah April 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm

These burritos are so clever! I am glad you enjoyed some of the sunshine, as usual.

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25 B & B April 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Glad you still enjoyed dinner – too good to pass up! Even better if you were enjoying it in the Tropics…

Do you have any advice for wanna-be full-time freelancers for magazines and such ;)? I know, I know. Figure it out myself!

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26 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I love walks in the Spring/Summertime too! We played frisbee after dinner tonight and it was so pretty! I am going to buy some nutritional yeast and make us some of those cheesy kale chips :) Thanks for the dinner idea!!

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27 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

im really looking forward to our summer walks too! We go walking every night and it is so relaxing and such a great way to end the day.

I love your burrito idea…I had a tortilla wrap stuffed with mango salsa today and it was awesome! I can only imagine how good yours tasted.

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28 KathEats April 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm

The banana was golden!!!

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29 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm

LOL to Matt’s plate ;) I can’t wait for summer to arrive and stay! Long walk dates are the best.

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30 Kat @ Cupcake Kat April 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Wow I definately need to try those burritos! They sound so good

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31 Chelsea April 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm

That tropical burrito looks awesome! It’s like a crepe. I know signage is expensive I have ordered it before! Just plain plastic sign holders are $$$$

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32 staceyhealthylife April 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I can’t wait for warmer weather and outside activities. I’m so tired of being stuck inside.

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33 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama April 11, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Those burritos look incredible!!

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34 Courtney @ the granola chronicles April 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Definitely have to try the tropical burritos! My husband and I LOVE mango!

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35 Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Those tropical wraps look sound unique!!!

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36 andrea @ chocolateandoranges April 11, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Okay, clearly I MUST try these. :) Sadly, we don’t have Trader Joe’s here in Colorado but some mushed black beans should work out okay.

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37 Gena April 11, 2011 at 9:40 pm

What a fun, summery recipe!

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38 Allison @ Happy Tales April 11, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Oh man, that signage sounds like a headache… I’m glad you’re almost finsihed with it (or at least picking ‘em out…)

Dinner looks so delish… plus, I love sriracha!

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39 Chad April 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Yet another idea I will smack myself in the face for not having!

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40 Khushboo April 11, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Ok I normally love your meal ideas but am slightly skeptic about this one. Only one way to find out…

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41 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 11, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Mmm… those burritos sound great. I had black bean burritos with pineapple salsa this weekend that my sister whipped up, so that’s sorta in the same flavour profile.

The pineapple salsa had pineapple, onion, red pepper, lime, and cilantro

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42 Ashley @ Feeding Ashley April 11, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Whenever I want something for less I go to Amazon or ebay. Way to save money! Your dinner looks delicious.

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43 Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey April 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I’m glad you found your signs! Yeah, those prices are ridiculous. I have to say I have never thought of doing a tropical burrito. You are truly a genius. :)

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44 Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

The tropical burrito sounds amazing! Sweet and spicy – just how I like it!

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45 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 11, 2011 at 10:45 pm

That is an amazing use of mango! They’re so cheap right now- I have to snap some up and make these!

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46 Angel7 April 11, 2011 at 11:04 pm

If I want to buy something, I always go to Amazon’s Web site first. They usually always have the best prices.

I never thought to make a burrito that way. That looks good!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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47 Namaste Gurl April 11, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I made a humungo salad beast quite similar to your burrito fillings. I think people are copying my amazing creative talents ;) Mine contained greens, banana, black beans, red bell pepper and coconut butter and lime as dressing. It was AMAZING. I’ll have to try it in burrito form!
And I absolutely LOVE sprinkling nooch on my greens!

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48 KathEats April 12, 2011 at 7:35 am

That sounds amazing!

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49 Runeatrepeat April 11, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Between the granola and the burrito – my mouth is watering!

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50 jaclyn@lifeoftodayslady April 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Thats so crazy about the costs of those signs! Thank goodness for amazon!

Your dinner looks so amazing!!

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51 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles April 12, 2011 at 12:09 am

Oh man, when I was a kid I would always try to decide how much signs cost the business owners. How weird was I? Haha, I just kept thinking that they better make a lot of money because signs must be expensive. Turns out they are ;) Glad you got a good deal on amazon!

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52 Ashley April 12, 2011 at 12:51 am

Totally understand your frustration…we went through similar things with the house! I’m sure it will happen again when we go to actually decorate. Glad you found what you were looking for. The burritos are so creative and sound like the perfect summery dinner. I think it would be awesome to GRILL the mango + banana too!

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53 lynn @ the actor's diet April 12, 2011 at 12:51 am

ha – never thought about the whole picking signs thing. but it is important! love putting naners in my savory dishes

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54 Hakkie April 12, 2011 at 1:34 am

Hi, I have also a Business ( just started)
and for thing like clips it is better to look
for in a ” normal” store than in
a specialist store. Good luck

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55 The Red Velvet Wife April 12, 2011 at 1:56 am

Wow, I never would have thought to put those flavors together for the burritos, but they look amazing! I’m inspired to try these as well as other creative concoctions! Also, the idea of walking at dusk in the summertime sounds divine! We don’t have a proper summer in SF (summers are chilly in the city!), but I’ll pay a visit back to TX for those summer walks. =)

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56 Hannah April 12, 2011 at 2:17 am

That tortilla combination is ingenious! I used to hate fruit in dinner because it usually mean mum’s lamb and prune casserole, but this fruitiness I can do :)

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57 Emma (Namaste Everyday) April 12, 2011 at 4:30 am

oooh I really need to try this combo! I’ve never mixed bananas with black bean, but it sounds super-yum! This makes me want to create some kind of mango-salsa-esque banana salsa!

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58 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 12, 2011 at 5:42 am

I like your sign choice! I never realized how pricey the other ones were…that’s crazy!

Yummy looking burrito! I’ll have to remember those ingredient choices. :D

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59 Lauren April 12, 2011 at 5:59 am

I love this burrito idea. I’ve had mango in burritos but never banana! What a great idea. :)

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60 Simply Life April 12, 2011 at 6:08 am

I’m glad you were able to find something you like that wasn’t sooo expensive! I don’t know if this would be helpful but I’ve been working with someone from this company for a product review on my blog – I’ll be doing a canvas print but I know they also do tons of signs and I’m sure would be thrilled to work with you – just a thought!…http://www.buildasign.com/

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61 KathEats April 12, 2011 at 7:36 am

Oh thanks, I’ll check it out!

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62 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen April 12, 2011 at 6:20 am

Those burritos look awesome – and I love Amazon. Seriously…even their used books and stuff, wellll worth it!

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63 Haleigh April 12, 2011 at 6:22 am

I would have never thought to add a banana/mango to a burrito. It very summer-ish, and of course, it also looks delicious. Thanks for the idea!

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64 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 12, 2011 at 6:25 am

Most people don’t know that the littlest touches in the places they go are so expensive. We priced out knobs for our cabinetry and it was going to be hundreds of dollors…ugh. Your dinner looks delicious. I have seriously been loving kale lately myself. I love it slightly cooked. Good luck with the signs.

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65 Kristen Waby April 12, 2011 at 6:33 am

Those wraps are pure genious! I would have never though that that combo would work but it looks too tempting to not try!

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66 Karen April 12, 2011 at 6:40 am

That’s my favorite way to prepare kale as well – except that I massage the garlic gold olive oil into the kale to tenderize before plopping it in the hot pan. Love it lightly steamed w/a couple of tsp. of garlic gold and love a touch of melty nooch!

(Ever since I bought Garlic Gold from Open Sky, I haven’t touched my bottle of plain-jane EVOO…what a find!)

Amazon never ceases to amaze me with their selection, prices and speed…they just keep getting better. In my view, Zappos is the only other online retailer that tops them in terms of service.

No doubt you are feeling overwhelmed, but do your best to stay in the moment and enjoy the process of building a business from scratch. This is an achievement you will look back upon with great pride. And, I find that continuing a regular yoga practice always seems to help maintain perspective during these challenging transitions. Keep cool, Kath!

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67 Parita @ myinnershakti April 12, 2011 at 6:57 am

Wow! I never would have thought to put all of those ingredients in a burrito…that’s probably one of the most creative meals I’ve seen yet! And bees in your outdoor furniture?! Yikes!

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68 Atsuko April 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

Refried beans and fruits are an interesting combination! I never heard of it.

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69 Jackie April 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

Is nutritional yeast available in stores (like Whole Foods or TJs)?

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70 KathEats April 12, 2011 at 7:36 am

Yes, usually in the bulk bins

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71 Molly April 12, 2011 at 7:15 am

Those purple tulips are gorgeous!! Ours are barely peeking through the ground right now.

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72 sarah April 12, 2011 at 7:18 am

try etsy.com for signs!

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73 Hope April 12, 2011 at 7:33 am

Tropical burritos and cheesy kale?! Sign me up! That looks like the most delicious and refreshing meals! I am definitely going to make this one night for dinner! :)

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74 Erin April 12, 2011 at 7:35 am

I know you have already ordered, but in the future, this site has great prices and has never let me down!

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/

They have some really cute and cheap sign holders, plus tons and tons of other stuff for restaurants and bakeries. Their prices usually beat everyone else’s too!
HTH

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75 KathEats April 12, 2011 at 7:36 am

I can’t get the site to load! But I’ll keep trying. Thanks

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76 Steve Ziegler April 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

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77 Cait's Plate April 12, 2011 at 7:38 am

Ugh. I’m the WORST at making decisions like that!! It’s kind of nice to see you going through this process because I always say I want to start a bakery and this is giving me a good taste of the amount of work involved!!

Glad you were able to settle on something (amazon is always my go-to as well!) :)

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78 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 12, 2011 at 7:44 am

Is that dinner or dessert? ;) It looks delicious! I actually love putting fruit in my dinners, but I’ve never tried using banana. It’s such a breakfasty/desserty food in my mind!

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79 Dee April 12, 2011 at 8:19 am

oh wow – those tropical burritos sound amazing! as does the cheesy kale! :)

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80 Melissa April 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

You know you’ve got bakery on the brain when you type that the little signs will “bread” instead of “break!” I would have been over the top with that project, too! I am a horrible decision maker!

Your burritos look amazing! Why don’t I think of things like this? Glad you did it for me! I will be making these!

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81 Jess (Sweet Potato) April 12, 2011 at 9:36 am

What a great idea to put mango in a burrito! Love it!

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82 Seana April 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

How about making your own. May be a bit time consuming but it has to be more cost effective than anything you buy. I was googling and found this. http://www.got2stamp.com/got-2-stamp/2010/04/tutorial-tuesday-binder-clip-photo-holders.html
They’re really cute and you can customize the to how you want them. Just buy those basic black clips and the sky’s the limit. Hope this helps.

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83 KathEats April 12, 2011 at 11:50 am

Those are so cute!!! I wonder if I could just have her make me a few ;)

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84 Seana April 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Give me a couple days. I’m going to try and make a few. Looks fairly simple. What kind of colors are you looking for? I think Gingham might be cute. I don’t mind helping you out (free-the best price). I’m running out tomorrow and will check out fabric.

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85 KathEats April 12, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Oh that would be so fun! Maybe something to sort of match our bakery colors?

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86 Seana April 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Will do. Have to wait for my husband to come home and help me did out my scrap booking box I haven’t touched in 9 yrs. These look easy, it’s paper, not fabric as I originally thought. Will try to match your colors. I have corner cutters to cut the heavy paper for the wording along w/ laminating stuff that’s been buried as well for a while so they’ll hold up. I’ll make one and send it on to you. If you like, I’ll make more. You’ll just have to give me your address to send it to you. Or email where I can attach a pic of it instead of mailing. Let me know.

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87 KathEats April 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Sure! Can you email me at Katheats at Gmail to iron out the details?

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88 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite April 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

I would totally go the DIY sign route too! Glad you found what you needed. I would not have thought to put fruit in a burrito – thanks for the inspiration!

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89 becca (bellebottoms) April 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

yummers! That combo sounds amazing! I’m going to have to recreate that!

I wonder how papaya or another type of tropical fruit would taste with it?

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90 Natalia - a side of simple April 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

That whole sign issue definitely sounds like an ideal homemade project if you had the time. It’s too bad you can’t have little mini chalk/black boards! They would really set the scene.

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91 Laura @Foodsnobstl April 12, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Those burritos look yummy. What a great idea. I might use left over mashed sweet potatoes in mine though.

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92 Kristin B. April 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I cracked up when you said that Nutritional Yeast is a cross between fish food and Kraft Mac N Cheese Mix because I have always thought it smells (and looks) just like fish food! But I’m OBSESSED with it – my husband and I only ever eat homemade nutritional yeast salad dressing on our salads anymore. It’s not only a superfood, it’s super-delicious!

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93 marian April 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

there is a new mexican restaurant in Charlotte that serves a side of black bean and plantain mash. it is so sweet and delicious and i want to recreate it – kind of like the mash on matt’s plate!!

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94 Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous April 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I put nutritional yeast into lasagna…it gives it a nice flavor and you don’t need to use as much cheese! (Or any at all if you substitute it with tofu!)

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95 Dame Noire April 14, 2011 at 2:55 am

“I just could not spend $100+ on little clips that would probably bread <—– or get lost!"

You had me laughing at that… too much bread on the brain? Love your blog, very exciting to see all this bakery business from an inside perspective!

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