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Holla From KCMO!

May 11, 2012

Happy Friday everyone! I’m enjoying my time here in Kansas City and loving how slow things are moving – no more “go, go, go!”

One exciting thing that happened? My mother let me use a power tool!

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Yes, this is my uniform so far since I’ve been home… let’s not laugh at my post-jazzercise hair.

I’m pretty sure my mom was having a min panic attack the whole time I was using it, and kept asking if I was done. Haha, I’m guessing we’re both a bit controlling. She handled it well though.

Look at my amazing skills:

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Don’t worry, I only did the back of the bushes, where you can’t see them from the street…

Another new thing I’ve tried recently is Sol Sunflower Beverage! The lovely people at Sol sent me a sample in this gorgeous box! Haha I feel like I should do something with the box, it seems like such a shame to recycle!

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SoL Sunflower Beverage is a Vitamin-E rich nondairy beverage made from 100 percent U.S. grown sunflower kernels. Delicious on its own or in recipes, SoL is vegan, naturally free of gluten and the eight most common food allergens – including soy, dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. It’s perfect for people with food allergies/sensitivities, gluten-free diets, low carb/low sugar regimens, and other special dietary needs.

It delivers powerful cancer fighting antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote heart and brain health, strengthen bones and teeth, and help maintain beautiful, younger looking skin in addition to folic acid, which enhances prenatal health.

Here are the nutrition facts on the Original that was sent to me:


I’ve been using the sunflower milk in about a million ways since I’ve gotten home. I used it to make Mama Pea’s Millet and Corn Pudding:

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Put it with cereal (gluten free rice crispies!):

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And mostly I’ve been putting it in coffee!

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I’m used to drinking unsweetened milk, so I’ve been enjoying the sweetness of it. I was afraid I wouldn’t like the original as much as my unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but I actually really enjoyed the taste!

Taste-wise, Sol gets two thumbs up from me! Although I would love to try out their unsweetened as well, so I might be looking for that in grocery stores when I get home. There isn’t much protein in any flavor (1g) but then again there isn’t much in the almond or flax milk that I use either. I definitely enjoyed Sol Sunflower Beverage, but would probably stick to my unsweetened Flax milk for most things where taste doesn’t matter as much (like putting it in smoothies and oatmeal) and use sol or almond milk for things like coffee.


What kinds of milk have you tried other than regular cow’s milk?

Are you a fan of using power tools around the house?

31 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2012 7:45 am

    My mom would never let me do the outside yard work… I tried to get her to let me mow just once… nope! Apparently there is a specific way?! Who knows. haha! the bush looks great though!

    • May 11, 2012 9:05 am

      Hahaha that’s how my mom used to be, but she finally relinquished mowing to the kids! Now that I’m an expert at!

  2. May 11, 2012 8:52 am

    Sounds delicious! I have never even heard of this stuff but sounds good.

  3. May 11, 2012 8:55 am

    haha power tools kind of scare me…
    i’ve tried soy, almond, coconut, and sunflower milk. the sunflower was pretty good… i couldn’t figure out what i liked it with though. i put it in my coffee most of the time too.

    • May 11, 2012 9:05 am

      Hahaha trust me, I was shocked my mom let me use it, I kept thinking I was going to cut my leg!

  4. May 11, 2012 9:31 am

    I love SOL! I found a carton when I was in Boston and actually flew it home with me! Chicago stores need to get it together and start stocking it!

    I’m glad you’re enjoying relaxing and being home!

  5. everydayvegangirl permalink
    May 11, 2012 9:49 am

    I’ve tried the unsweetened Sol…it was okay, not my fave. I much prefer coconut or almond. I have yet to try the flax…what are the nutrition facts on that?

  6. May 11, 2012 10:16 am

    I know, I loved the box too–and kept it! haha 🙂

    SOL is great, I agree. Enjoy your Friday!

  7. May 11, 2012 10:45 am

    I’ve been using almond milk a lot recently and it’s pretty tasty, considering its sugarless nature. And, yes, I love using power tools…it’s so, what’s the word – empowering?

  8. Tracy Koeppen permalink
    May 11, 2012 12:15 pm

    I live here in Leawood, KS and Whole Foods sells unsweetened Sol. I’m not sure how far you are from the Whole Foods in Overland Park, but that’s where I buy it. It tastes great!

    • May 11, 2012 8:06 pm

      I’m only here for a couple weeks, but if I run out I’ll check it out! I usually go to the Whole Foods at Metcalf, a few blocks south of 95th, it’s the closest to me.

  9. Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) permalink
    May 11, 2012 1:07 pm

    I love vanilla almond milk! It’s sweet enough to pass for dessert, and it’s filled with antioxidants!

  10. May 11, 2012 1:18 pm

    I’m an unsweetened almond milk girl! And definitely leave the power tools to the bf 🙂

  11. May 11, 2012 7:20 pm

    Wow, sunflower milk! I’d love to try that 🙂

  12. May 11, 2012 7:38 pm

    Nice job on using the power tools! I’m glad you’re enjoying your time in KC!

    I’d never had anything other than cow’s milk until a couple months ago when I tried almond milk and I love it! If I have more than a teeny bit of cow’s milk I usually get an upset stomach, so I’m loving the almond alternative!

  13. May 14, 2012 11:33 am

    Welcome back!!

    I am almost strictly a soy milk drinker, though I will drink other milks in settings where it’s easier to do so (like a friend’s house or something). I buy the good ol’ Kirkland Signature brand from Costco to save money. I can get 12 cartons for the price of like TWO at the grocery store!

  14. May 17, 2012 1:30 pm

    Thanks for the review and all the great comments about Sol Sunflower Milk! If you’re feeling adventurous, come up with a recipe using Sol and you could win a $500 gift certificate to Williams-Sonoma. Find out more here:

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