Whew – I almost had a meltdown today.

As in “ee gads my computers dying I’m going to lose all the senior portraits I haven’t backed up yet oh my god how am I going to explain that to these people whatamigonnado.”

...but at least there were gingerbread waffles to kickstart the day!

You see, it was right in the middle of a great downward dog that my computer decided it hated itself and wanted to die.

*insert panic*

*insert trying helplessly to eradicate the virus-trojan-whathaveyou before I needed to leave to shoot another senior portrait*

*insert thinking of all of the worst-case-scenarios: I would be left with no computer, no photoshop, and none of the portraits I’ve already done*

But, hey! None of that happened and I’m here now. Safely blogging from my usual computer. With all of my pictures. And photoshop.

I decided to waste no time and just brought Mr. Laptop straight to the computer doctor. Which sort of gives me the creeps. I mean – what isn’t on people’s computers these days? It makes you wonder if they get a little nosey, you know? I mean…I told him I was afraid to do anything because I had a ton of really important pictures on there.

As I was leaving, I thought to myself “he’s probably going to think I’m talking about all the food pictures and think I’m really weird.” Especially because I have an “I heart Larabar” sticker right on the top of it. True story – scored it from Katie, actually!

To make a long story short, these gingerbread waffles were really good, and he fixed my computer a lot faster than I thought he would. (He said tomorrow, initially.) Since I shot another portrait this morning, as I mentioned, this means I had no time to go through them this afternoon, so this’ll be aquickie from me! That and, I did a lot of reading for my online classes so now I just need to complete online assignments and stuff.

I was not meant to read very many blogs this week, apparently! I promise the insanity will end soon – I don’t think I have any portraits this weekend!

And to add to that – I think this week is a pretty good example of “healthy does not = time consuming.”

Needless to say – with all that pessimism I was displaying, you can surely imagine my excitement when I saw a package waiting for me when I arrived home. Mo, this so brightened my day!

I am already obsessed with date syrup. So good!! I also got a kick out of the fact that the dates listed the entire pack as the serving size. I just imagined myself plopping down with a fork and a knife and going at them! I think this is definitely a reason as good as any other to make date cinnamon rolls πŸ˜‰

And I have never heard of this…yellow powder…before, but am so interested to try it! Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what it’s called because when I ripped the tape off, I ripped the label off :X Mo…?!

Side note: my mom was a little sketched out by the random yellow container with no label sitting on the spice counter, and even moreso when I said it was sent to me by one of my foodie friends. Maybe she thinks your poisoning me or something.

This green monster was just like banana soft serve – couldn’t even taste the spinach, and had the same texture as the banana soft serve!

And I did some baking to calm my nerves. I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to bake for myself – so I turned to baking for work!

I ended up getting a good arm workout out of the ordeal, too! It was nice making something “normal” (in mom terms – to me normal is the stuff I usually bake!). Normal is always pretty, isn’t it?!

I mean, look at those crackles! You don’t get those pretty cracks with just anything.

As a side note, ss it weird that “normal” is still vegan? Bahah…

I used Veganomicon’s “Chewy Chocolate Raspberry Cookies” recipe – which you can find in the book, or here. I added dark chocolate chips for the choco fiends at work πŸ˜‰ I really wanted to add walnuts but then decided not to use any of my precious walnuts πŸ˜‰

These were really fun to make…and hopefully to eat, too! I tried one and think their texture is impeccable, and ironically, that’s what my mom said, too. Well, she didn’t say impeccable, just raved that they had great texture. Β Apparently, I just like to use the term impeccable lately.

I put all that basil to work, too – Veganomicon’s Sweet Basil Pesto Tapenade! Clickie here. I used date syrup rather than maple syrup, though – had to! I reduced the oil a bit, too, and didn’t have any lemon.

And last thing I made was cheater baked beans. (Click)

I hadn’t made them in a while, and forgot how much I love them! They were so perfect inside a little roasted sunshine squash.

I really delved into reading for nutrition, too. This week is on fats! Some very interesting reading on saturated fats/trans/cholesterol/total fats. I was really interested on their input that coconut oil is highly saturated, even moreso than butter…which, you would think would make it worse for you, which really questioned by research about coconut oil being good for you. Basically, fats are essential for energy and wellbeing but it’s still important to not overdue it and make sure you’re taking in the right kind, just like everything in your diet! But, don’t think fish oil pills are the cure-all…in fact, you might want to be careful and do a little research into the maker of your fish oil pills if you do take them. If you get enough omega-3s from your diet, you’ll want to be aware of the fact that too much may suppress immune functions. Additionally – since they’re made from fish skin and livers, they’re most likely to have increased levels of pesticides and heavy metals unless they’re refined to eliminate them, as well as high levels of vitamins A and D, which can potentially be toxic. Like all supplements you choose to take – make sure you do your research first!

Oh and, I learned that molasses only has iron in it because ofΒ contaminantsΒ from the machinery it goes through.I never knew that. I still love molasses, though. As a kid, I’d always say “mole asses.” I was so well-mannered.

How do you deal with panic-mode? Are you calm, cool, and collected – or do you run around like a chicken with its head cut off?!




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24 responses to “Meltdown

  1. I am definitely a chicken with it’s head cut off πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad everything worked out! I would be panicking so badly… and I don’t even have any real work on my computer!

    Thanks for the lovely info on fats… I’m not gonna lie, most of my fat intake comes from tahini which I think is pretty high in omega 3’s. There’s been no signs of decreased immunity though, so I refuse to give it up πŸ˜›

    Thanks for the lovely comment on my last post, Jess. You always make me smile πŸ™‚
    ❀ Tat

  2. Love the cookie’s and the beans in squash, great idea. Glad your computer is okay.

  3. I kind of flip out mentally, get a bit red-faced and sweaty and my eyes start to water. If no one’s around I break down and cry. It’s one of the easiest ways for me to deal with stress.

    And that’s precisely why I’m sketchy on coconut oil. Sure, it’s a plant source, and those saturated fats may or may not be beneficial to you, but without proper research or scientific evidence (more than a health magazine or…) I’m going to stay away from drizzling it on everything like some people. Saturated is still saturated and I don’t need my intake coming from coconut oil baked into everything I make. If you do come across anything good and reliable on coconut oil, send it my way. πŸ˜‰

  4. teenagehealthfreak

    i love the ‘normal’ cookies…totally cracked me up when you revealed what they really were. lol! and the way you said “mole asses”..omg my mom was like what’s so funny i was laughing so hard. ah wow. ab workout over here. πŸ™‚ your dinner looks great..i’m so stoked about trying new squash this winter!

  5. I must say that when i’m having a meltdown i definately run around like a chicken without a head – i wish i stayed calm cool and collected!!!!! I too would have a meltdown if my computer was not functioning!!!
    Great use of the basil and those cookies look fabulous!!!
    I just bought a ton of butternut and delicata squashes and can’t wait to use them too!!!
    Hope u have a great Friday and a relaxing weekend!!

  6. Those cookies look Fan-tastic and…impeccable haha! I love that you are baking chocolate things πŸ™‚

  7. I wish I could say I am calm and collected but often run around like a chicken with its head cut off! I try to bake and do calming things too though to help release some stress. The cookies sound amazing, I can’t believe I haven’t made those yet! Oh and the beans in squash…chilli in acorn is happening tomorrow!

  8. I am a crazy lady when it comes to situations like that – i FREAK!!!

  9. Ohhh I would have freaked out!! I’m taking this as a’re the second blogger to have their computer crash (or almost crash), so I’m gonna run out and get some back up hardware asap. :/

    Those cookies sound amazing!! Chocolate and raspberry’s an incredible combo..putting that into cookie form’s bound to be dangerous πŸ™‚

  10. Mo

    Aww, I’m glad it cheered you up! The “yellow powder” (I have nooo idea why they feel the need to put that on the label… ever…) is asafoetida: One of my faaaaaaaaavorite ingredients. Ever. πŸ˜‰ Sorry about the label tearing off. I was kind of paranoid so taped everything that I could. πŸ˜›
    Oh, yeah, and sorry about the lack of poison. I knew I was forgetting something!

    I’m sorry your day was sucky, though. I don’t handle stress well AT ALL. In fact, I’m dropping a class simply because I get stressed out when I think about all the stuff I need to do, and I don’t really need to learn Spanish anyway. πŸ˜› Don’t worry about not reading blogs – I compleeeeeetley understand. I try to keep up with my favorites but sometimes life needs to come first. πŸ˜‰ (Sometimes? haha)

    I’ve never tried coconut oil (can’t afford it) but I think like anything it’s fine in moderation. It’s certainly a good substitute for hydrogenated shortening, but I do question the goodness of all those sat. fats. =\ The only coconut oil I’ve ever tried was rancid, so clearly it and I didn’t get off to a good start. πŸ˜‰

    The molasses thing is depressing, though! I had no idea that was just from the equipment.

  11. The yellow powder is asofetida– My mom uses it all the time πŸ™‚

  12. Yeah my nutritionist actually told me I should consume molasses because of the iron and my osteopenia… strange huh.
    Yikes! COmputer problems.. that’s what happens when we rely on technology. But today, how you can not? It kind of freaks me out that people can go through all my stuff on my computer when they fix it.. what must these people thing of us bloggers and our hundreds upon hundreds pictures of food… freaks!!! ha
    Those cookies sound AMAZING!
    And very interesting about fats! I was just talking to my dad about that today. He’s trying to eat healthier (heck yeah!) and was drilling me on healthy food and if eggs were ok becuase of the cholesterol and fat and whatnot.. interesting!
    Love ya girl!

  13. I am the exact opposite of calm and collected. If something (anything!) differs from my plans, I freak out and can’t calm down until things are the way I they should be. Which means I’m a ball of nerves almost all the time and I can burst into tears in the middle of a crowd. Embarrassing… Then I just pretend it wasn’t me πŸ˜€ .

    Cookies. All these impeccable pictures of cookies make me feel like the Cookie monster πŸ˜› . Your pictures are always sooo good. I have started eating dates and it’s all your “fault” πŸ™‚ .

  14. I can get pretty crazy under stress and anxiety, but baking is definitely my go-to therapy. It looks like you made some delicious cookies during your moments of anxiety today! I’m so glad that everything turned out okay with your computer. I’m always worried that my computer is going to crash, and that I’m going to lose all of my writing. This post is reminding me that I need to back my stuff up! Thanks for sharing sweet girl…I’m glad that you got a little package of love today too…it always makes stressful days melt into something so much better

  15. I’ve seen the sticker, it’s the best! handing my computer over to someone would give me the creeps, too…I’m lucky: my boyfriend is an absolute genius with computers, no kidding. Whew that nothing happened though! Omg!

    Hahaha, just saw your question: I would say it depends. I’ve kind of changed with time and I’m usually calm and efficient when that all-the-blood-drains-from-your-body feeling hits, but I definitely remember years back with days of being reduced to a quivering, crying wreckage when finding out sunday night that the computer just ate the 5000 word essay I didn’t back up…:-)

  16. Headless chicken, without a doubt! The first time I blogged using Ecto (the Mac version of winowds live writer), I couldn’t get my pictures to load onto it, which resulted in crazy panic crying!! I think I am VERY emotional!!
    Date syrup = tastiest thing ever πŸ™‚ I’ve finished my jar now though πŸ˜₯
    I never knew that about molasses! Does that mean they’re not as good for you, cos it’s not ‘natural’ iron or whatever?
    Ooh and I just have to comment on those cookies – they are the most perfect looking things ever πŸ™‚

  17. Ahh, thank goodness your computer didn’t crash! I would have been freaking, especially with all that important stuff on there! I am definitely NOT calm and collected. πŸ˜›

    Thanks for that info on the fish oil pills! I never even considered that they might be a bad thing! I used to take them back when I didn’t get a lot of fat from my diet, but now that I eat plenty of fat, maybe it would be best to stop taking them… I’ll have to look into it!

  18. Glad to hear your computer is back up and running! I’ve had one too many scares like that myself.

    Oh, and I think learning about all the different fats is so interesting. I did an entire presentation on coconut fats and oils. While it’s important not to overdo them, there seems to be a lot of conflicting information on whether coconuts are okay or not. Some of the saturated fats in there are short chained, which means your body can absorb them for useable energy. I wish they would do more in depth research on this topic. πŸ˜€

    Your meals look *fabulous* as always. Loving those cheater baked beans. πŸ˜€

  19. Headless chicken, running around like I’m on batteries πŸ˜€
    Until my boy stops me and calms me down.I’m trying my best to be calmer though.
    Ooh, can’t wait to try and make gingerbread waffles…
    I would so want to find molasses somewhere…

  20. Little Bookworm

    Those cookies look amazing, and I never knew that about molasses!

  21. I am a total freak out spaz! Normally Tony talks me down, but you know I am in freak out mode this week so I am trying to take deep breathes! I hope everything is fixed and smooth sailing from here!

  22. I spend the first few minutes of freak-out mode in a foggy-headed tizzy, too panicked to think straight. Then the clouds start to clear, little by little, as I start to accept potential new realities… and then get either really angry or sad. ha. What I love is that amazing feeling of relief you get when you realize something you THOUGHT had gone to shit is actually perfectly a-ok. When that happens I thank the whole wide universe for sparing me πŸ˜‰

  23. Your chili and squash look perfect. And I love the “extra precautions were taken” thing! Date syrup sounds awesome. I think I need to ask for Veganomicon for my birthday!! Yes? Ooh and I just got some coconut oil that I’m excited to try.

  24. foodsonthetable

    I’m not sure what’s up with that savagely wrapped date syrup but did you know you can buy it organically at Organics Are For Everyone? Beware the pesticides in Middle Eastern versions. 😦 Every food item on this post looks pretty dang incredible. Especially.. all of it.

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