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Chocolate Protein “Fluff” Cake with Chia Seed Jam and Fresh Fruit: What we have here is a cake of sorts. It’s more of a fluff–shall we say? It’s very tender. Eggs are replaced with zucchini, but I added an extra bit of moisture with a little oil anyway. That really lends to it melting in your mouth. It’s topped with a raspberry chia seed jam for that hit of acidity and the crunch of seeds. Also, who doesn’t love a little fresh fruit and vegetables with their protein and healthy fat? It feels like something you shouldn’t be eating first thing in the morning, but there’s absolutely no reason not to!

Protein powder is actually way more versatile than a shake, and I wanted to concoct a few other ways to use mine. While the gardening season is only in the beginning stages, I also wanted to plan a few ways to use the eight thousand zucchinis I’m going to receive from my dad this summer. It’s not just for zucchini bread, folks!

Chocolate Protein “Fluff” Cake

  • 1 scoop unflavored protein powder
  • 2 TBSP cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup stevia (or any granulated sweetener you prefer)
  • ½ TBSP of any mildly flavored oil (such as grapeseed or canola)
  • ½ cup zucchini puree (zucchini and a couple TBSP of water blended together)
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • dash of vanilla extract

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350F. In a bowl, add all the dry ingredients and whisk them together with a fork. In an additional bowl, add and mix all the wet ingredients together. Combine the wet to the dry, stir to combine, and then pour them into a ramekin or any oven safe single-serve dish you have that’s suitable. Make sure that has been hit with the no-stick spray beforehand. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the center is done. This “cake” has a very soft texture, much like any flourless cake. So, what you’re looking for is the top to be cooked over, but the inside of the cake will be extremely soft; though it shouldn’t be raw.

Raspberry Chia Seed Jam

Using chia seeds and their ability to gel means we can just use the natural sweetness of fruit and not need the added sugar to create that effect! It’s also criminally easy to make. You should totally do this for PB&Js, ‘cause no one is ever too old or too fancy for a PB&J.

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries (you could seriously use just about any fruit this way, though)
  • 1 + ½ TBSP chia seeds
  • juice of half a lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • few drops vanilla extract (optional) 

Directions: In a small saucepan and on medium high heat, add the frozen fruit (thawed), chia seeds, lemon juice, salt, and extract. Stir frequently and watch for the berries to let their liquid out. Keep stirring and heating through until the mixture begins to lightly bubble. Bring the heat down to low and allow it to simmer for a minute or two. Stir to prevent burning. Take it off the heat and prepare to store it. It can be served hot but it will thicken more in the fridge overnight. Serves 4.

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M64: The Black Eye Galaxy : This big, bright, beautiful spiral galaxy is Messier 64, often called the Black Eye Galaxy or the Sleeping Beauty Galaxy for its heavy-lidded appearance in telescopic views. M64 is about 17 million light-years distant in the otherwise well-groomed northern constellation Coma Berenices. In fact, the Red Eye Galaxy might also be an appropriate moniker in this colorful composition. The enormous dust clouds obscuring the near-side of M64s central region are laced with the telltale reddish glow of hydrogen associated with star forming regions. But they are not this galaxys only peculiar feature. Observations show that M64 is actually composed of two concentric, counter-rotating systems. While all the stars in M64 rotate in the same direction as the interstellar gas in the galaxys central region, gas in the outer regions, extending to about 40,000 light-years, rotates in the opposite direction. The dusty eye and bizarre rotation is likely the result of a billion year old merger of two different galaxies. via NASA

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“You would protect Y/N rather than have your grace back? Rather than be whole again? Castiel, you’re making a mistake,” the angel said, flanked on both sides by two others. Cas glanced down to the blade in the angel’s hand, thinking of the havoc they would wreak if they were to find you.

“Y/N makes me whole,” Cas said, his eyes burning fierce and the angels before him almost took a step back with the force of his words, almost believed for an instant that maybe he wasn’t as mortal as they’d heard. 

“Listen to reason, brother,” one of the others said, but Cas only shook his head, his jaw set tight.

“I would rather die a mortal than give Y/N up. You’d be wise not to ask me again.”

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At some point when you are a counselor, someone will tell you that you don’t have a real job. Someone will tell you that your job is “soft”. Someone may even sneer at you, say that your job is so easy that anyone could do it.

Camp counselors are some of the most hard-core people I know. We work 22-24 hours a day, 5 or more days a week. We work day and night, rain or shine, and we don’t get alone time except in the shower and if we’re lucky enough to be allowed to hike off on our breaks. Our customers are demanding and wake us up in the middle of the night on regular basis. We do it summer after summer.

So don’t call us soft because we spend our days in the woods with 8 year olds. Just because we finger paint, eat a lot of PB&Js, and sing silly songs at the top of our lungs doesn’t mean we aren’t smart and strong. We have hearts full of love and lungs filled with wood smoke. We get paid in laughter, memories, and hugs. And yeah, we don’t get paid a whole lot. But since when is our worth as human beings determined by the size of our paycheck?

So don’t you dare call us soft for choosing to spend our summers at camp. We are making more of a difference than you ever will fetching coffees or slinging burgers. And what could make a job more real than that?

We are camp counselors and we are hard-core.