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Scrambling

I am loving reading everyone’s requests for winning the baked goods! Seems like the lemon poppyseed cookies and birdseed bars are in high demand πŸ˜‰ Keep on piling in those entries!

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I don’t think whatever that sickness I had yesterday had much of a chance…in fact, I think I effectively slept it off. Between dozing all morning yesterday and sleeping until nearly 8:00 this morning, I was good to go today. I woke up still a little “bleh,” but ate something and took 875% of my d.v. of vitamin C and I was feeling better already.

I actually received this sample along with my iHerb order, and I figured there was no day better than today to use it. Yes, that is 525 mg of vitamin C per serving, and yes, that does equate 875% of my daily value of the stuff.

I was a little worried I was going to turn into a clementine or something, but I’m still alive. Even better than alive, dare I say.

Maybe this was the reason why I felt so good all afternoon? It’s probably just coincidence, but oh well πŸ˜‰

Good enough to go grocery shopping, even!

…unfortunately, I would have been better off at home. Ugh, $60? Really? I am so upset because I didn’t need to spend that much. In fact, I had just cashed a check for $45 an intended to spend no more than that.

I decided to just go to Price Chopper (from here on out to be called “The store which shall not be named,” AKA TSWSNBN) rather than Hannaford (closest thing I have to a Whole Foods around here, though I’m thinking it’s less expensive from what I hear) because of the whole convenience thing. TSWSNBN = 5 mins away, Hannaford = 1 hour away. It’s convenient if I’m in the area because of work/going to see Teddie, but not on a day like today.

Anyways. I get there and start cringing at the produce prices, but shrug it off thinking “I didn’t spend any gas money to get here at least.” and carry on. Note I pretty much just buy produce that’s on sale. If you can call it that.

Not only that, but they were out of just about everything I needed – most imperatively, dates.

I almost started crying when the stock-boy told me they were sold out. My lip started quivering and I had to breathe deep, but luckily I spared him the waterworks. And moved on to wanting to hit him over the head with the chopped dates he suggested I get.

You know you’re a date addict when you move from feelings of despair to ones of extreme anger.

Not only that but all their produce was on its outs, they didn’t have any old fashioned rolled oats unless I wanted to buy them in the tiniest container possible for $4 and I bought a moldy yucca.

So basically, I have to go to Hannafords and/or the co-op sometime soon anyway. And had I known that from the get-go, I just plain wouldn’t have wasted my time and money there today.

UGH! Okay, rant over. Onto happy things.

Like banana scrambles.

Oh hail yes. I feel better just looking at that. Don’t you?

It’s like food therapy.

See, the other option for breakfast the other morning was a banana scramble, but the French toast had the louder scream.

When I saw Jenny suggest a banana scramble on that very post, I knew it was fate. I had to try one, once and for all. I might start cheating on my pancakes for these babies, too.

But oyu know what I haven’t had in a while?

Anything gingerbread. I’m assuming this has been done already, since it is gingerbread and all…but here’s how I did it:

Gingerbread Banana Scramble

adapted from The Edible Perspective’s Cinnamon Banana Scramble

  • 1/3 c. quick oats
  • 1 T. oat bran
  • 1 t. chia seeds
  • 1-2 T. milk
  • 1/2 of a large banana
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. ground clove
  • 1/8 – 1/4 t. ground ginger
  • 1/4 t. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 – 1 t. molasses
  • pinch of maple sugar

Mash the banana with the oats. Mix in all remaining ingredients and then form into a patty with your hands. Place on a pre-heated, greased pan and cook until golden brown on both sides. Top with peanut-ginger sauce.

Peanut-Ginger Sauce

  • scant 1/4 c. peanut flour
  • 1/2 – 1 t. molasses
  • 1/2 t. maple syrup (or to taste)
  • pinch ground ginger
  • heavy pinch ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 T. milk

Whisk together all ingredients, starting with just 1 T. milk and adding more to get to your desired consistency. Check for sweetness, adding more maple syrup as your taste buds call for it πŸ˜‰

The only thing that would have made this better would have been having it between French toast. Too bad I was out of bread :[

But naturally, when new obsessions are born, they do not die quickly. As a snack post-workout, I decided more were necessary as an almost-lunch-but-not-quite.

On a note unrelated to banana scrambles, I think this was when I realized I might be more of a “late morning” workout kinda gal. I’ve never given myself the chance to workout anytime other than mornings, before starting my day. I felt like my mind was so much more in it today, though.

Maybe I was just high on Vitamin C, though.

In keeping with my almost-tradition of making just about everything either gingerbread or carrot cake, though, these ones were carrot cake.

I die.

Carrot Cake Banana Scrambles

adapted from the Edible Perspective’s Apple Scramble

  • 1/4 c. quick oats
  • 2-3 T. applesauce
  • 5 shredded baby carrots (do you find it funny to imagine me shredding poor little baby carrots?)
  • 1 t. chia seeds
  • 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground ginger
  • 1/2 T. shredded coconut
  • pinch maple sugar
  • 2-3 T. milk

Combine all ingredients, adding in more milk as you see fit. Carefully form a patty (or two) and place it on a preheated, greased pan. Cook until golden on both sides. Β Serve and top with peanut-carrot sauce, coconut, carrot, pecans and molasses.

Peanut-Carrot Sauce

  • scant 1/4 c. peanut flour
  • 1 shredded baby carrot
  • 1/2 t. maple syrup (more or less as desired)
  • 2-3 T. milk

Whisk all ingredients together, adding milk 1 T. at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

I think this one would have been ever better with a banana instead of applesauce, just to add a little bit more sweetness to the carrots. I didn’t really want to go on three bananas today, though. What can I say?

What else happened today? Well, naturally I made more bread. Do I even need to say I love Sarena’s bread anymore? It’s probably engrained in everyone’s brains already.

I made this loaf with 6-grain flour that I’d almost forgotten about, adding in a little Vital Wheat Gluten to make up for the heavier flour.

You know bread is good when you can eat it plain without even toasting it.

I made Chelsey’s granola and burnt all the raisins.

Luckily, I don’t mind the occassional taste of char. You probably think I’m being witty right now but I’m totally serious.

Ironically, I also had to make it with quick oats. The whole reason I wanted to get rolled oats at the store was so I could make granola. My heart was dead-set on making granola though, so I didn’t give up. It worked better than I thought it would!

Aaand lastly – sausage and peppers and a baked sweet potato.

You know what I realized? I don’t think I like green peppers anymore.

And also: Jenn’s method of baking a couple sweet potatoes at a time (in the oven) for grabbing one on the fly, totally works. I baked this one when I baked one for last night, and after reheating in the toaster oven, it was just as good as if it were fresh out of the oven. It’s a great trick if I’m craving a sweet potato for work the next day since it takes an hour in the oven and I now flat-out refuse to microwave-bake my taters.

What are your time-saving techniques?


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Throwback Thursdays

Are we ready for today’s throwback thursday? Let’s compare and contrast, shall we?

But first off – I hope everyone had a wonderful Thursday?

Mine kicked off with a breakfast dilemma – how to use that last banana? Plain-jane nanner oats, or jazz it up? Well, I had one last whole carrot in my fridge, and who would I be if I didn’t make a stellar bowl of carrot-cake oats with it?

That’s what I thought. Just doin’ what needs to be done. Clearly, this needed to be done.

Although, if you ask me, chances are I’ll say that this always needs to be done. For this bowl, I sauteed some of the shredded carrot and nanner in almond milk and maple syrup. I love simmering/sauteeing the fruit in some almond milk as of later. I also enjoyed a drizzle of coconut butter.

I goofed around for an hour (okay, more like two…what can I say? I told you I liked waking up earlier than necessary!) before heading off to class. But not before taking necessary hunger precautions.

Once again, just doing what needed to be done. This keeps involving finishing foods – this involved that last of my puffins. Insert sad-face here. And you all know what that looks like.

My first class dragged on like a bad dentist appointment. I really hate the dentists. No offense. Afterwards, however, I decided I was going to go on a photoshoot, so I texted up a partner in crime. Ironically, I decided to do this very same thing one month ago today. Unintentional throwback. Today I also decided I will be dropping my Intro to C.J. class. This sort of kills me because I have never dropped a class before. However, I did some career planning and at this point; it is a waste of my time. I know that sounds awful. But it is the truth, and it’s still at the point where it won’t harm my GPA.

Getting back to the subject at hand: after my first class, photoshoot, blah blah blah.

But not before enjoying an orange.

And finally finishing those sesame rice crackers.

I’m not hatin’ on the rice crackers. In all honesty, I’m a little sad that they’re finally all gone. But I am moving onward and upward! My throwbacks continued as I listened to Mayday Parade in my car because for some strange reason, my radio wasn’t coming in to save its soul. This was the CD in the player. It brought back memories. I used to be a diehard Mayday fan. I won’t lie – this put me in a super happy mood. It’s probably a good thing, because the beautiful sun decided it was time to go away, and moody bleak skies invaded. Luckily for me, moody bleak skies make for beautifully diffused light.

PIC. Partner in Crime, not "picture."

I interrupt this blog-post for a newsflash: The Lambert dude just got booted off American Idol, and while I’m not saying this is upsetting, wasn’t the last winner a Lambert? Adam Lambert? Right? It was bound to happen, if I am not mistaken. there can’t be two American Idol Lamberts.

But back to the normally scheduled blog-cast: After running around downtown for an hour or two, we seeked warmth and caffeien in the lovely Clem’s Cafe.

Note my honey packet, which I was ecstatic to find.

Gabbing and people watching took place, all the while being made to feel rather self conscious as we thought we were being stared at relentlessly. Apparently the basketball game of the century was on, and we took the prime seating. Everyone kept standing right next to our table to watch. Not basketball fans.

My cafe however, was superb. While it’s typically hard for me to support many coffees other than Green Mountain, I don’t mind some New England once in a while – and this is what Clem’s served. They have a new flavor. This new flavor is Irish Creme. This new flavor was fantastic. Throwback to this morning, where my flavor of the morning was Timothy’s Irish Creme. I guess I’m gearing up for Saint Patty’s Day. I am wearing a green hoodie, after all.

I am remarkably attractive.

People watching? There are some characters in this town. Well, that town. I live an hour from there, I think I’m safe.

I’ve mentioned this before, but I love cafes. They have such a relaxing atmosphere, and almost always have such beautiful light. I get geeky when I see good light. I’m that girl. The one who will suddenly say “StoP! Just look at this LIGHT!”

Anywho – eventually, we broke – I had editing photos on my mind, and the weather lent itself very well to such an activity. That, and – it was nearing two and I was becoming hungry. Clem’s had a great menu – I was definitely eyeing their spinach salad with homemade honey mustard vinaigrette – but I actually had a hempspread and jam sammie waiting for me in my car.

The participants.

I love that Blueberry Cherry jam. Unfortunately, as you well can see – it is almost muerto. I think that’s how you said dead, anyway. Or – gonezo.

Simple, yet superb.

En-Route.

Not sure who bought these babies, but I decided I'd help myself. It's for my eyesight.

Annd, to satisfy my Thirsty Thursday sweet tooth.

YeahThirsy Thursday for me means drinking a lifewater. Maybe if I put it in a PBR can, I’d look like a normal college kid. Eh, it’s just not the way I roll, I suppose.

One month ago today? Funny to think about, because it was my first co-op experience! Who’d a thunk – now it seems like old hat! Though I did make the goji berries I got last a month. And it was then that I discovered my love for almond mozzarella.

After continuing to listen to Mayday Parade in efforts to make the sun come out all to no avail, and then puddle jumping my way into the house, I started uploading photos and fixed a snack

One of the best plums ever, coconut butter, dried currants, some Kashi, and some almondmilk. The Throwback? I used to be a Kashi H2H fiend. I actually purchased 2 bulk boxes of 2 bags each a while ago, that never got opened due to the fact that my obsession died soon after the big purchase. Luckily, my obsession is back.

Editing took over my afternoon and evening, but I did break for a fun dinner. I mean, it’s been a while since I’ve had waffles, na’mean?

Buckwheat-Spelt Savory Waffles & Eggs

Essentially – my Multigrain Buckwheat Pancake recipe, made savory. Except, I halved the recipe, and forgot to halve the amount of eggs. Shnoopsies. Luckily, this didn’t have a terrible outcome and they still tasted divine.

I realize my life could have been made esaier if I just made the dang things pancakes. But who doesn’t love waffles? I’ll make anything a waffle. Granted – I’ll also make anything a crepe. This threw me way back to when I would have ritualistic Pancake Sundays. I was big on Pancake Sundays. I also used to be big on egg scrambles. Oats are to me now, as egg scrambles were to me last summer.

I also used to be a huge chicken sausage fan – and having it tonight reminded me of that. I love me some Bilinski Farms chicken sausage.

Side-Note: has anyone else noticed that I’ve been eating my body weight in parmesan lately? Ah well. At least I don’t weigh tooooo much.

Oh yeah — the food. This was a buckwehat-spelt savory waffle – seasoned with garlic, mustard, pepper, salt, basil, sundried tomato, and had some parmesan thrown in there, too. The eggs were a glorious italian scramble with fresh basil, romas, red peppers & onion, and tomato-basil chicken sausage. And parmesan. Of course.

This was good. I am going to make everything a waffle from now on. I haven’t had a sweet potato lately – maybe tomorrow will feature a sweet potato waffle?

Do you have “flashbacks” or deja-vu-esque memories when you hear certain things, go certain places, or do certain things? I do all.the.time. Especially with music! Sometimes it drives me nuts – and sometimes it’s great.

Additionally – How are you guys feeling about my blog posts lately? I want some feedback on what you like and what you hate!! You can be anon if you’d like πŸ™‚ Do I talk too much? Too many photos? I’m too weird? I eat too much cereal and broccoli? Hey – can’t guarantee I’ll stop that – but I dooo want your thoughts and opinions πŸ™‚

Have a great night, everyone!

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andifeelfine

…anybody? …anybody?

I hope everyone else’s day has been as splendid as mine. I just can’t get over this beautiful weather! I have been in a nonstop amazing mood since this morning.

I thought I woke up wicked late – it was so light out and I had that groggy “slept-in” feeling – but it was really only 6:30! I caught up on some blogs before strolling out to the kitchen and makin’ up a repeat of the other day. Sorry!

carrot-cake oats

Because I am having an affair with carrot-cake oats, and they will never grow old.

In the mix was oat bran, rolled barley flakes, and wheat bran, brewed coffee & almondmilk, goji berries, 3/4 carrot – grated, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground clove, ginger, vanilla, and a couple slices of ripe nanner.

On the top was chia-acai icing, dates, crystallized ginger, ground flax, Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, drizzle coconut butter, strawberry-pom jam, and the rest of the carrot, sauteed with raisins, maple syrup, and coconut.

I almost threw in the kitchen sink, but couldn’t quite get it loose. Oh well, maybe next time πŸ˜‰ I’ve been thinking it’s rather comical that I load up my breakfasts so much that you can’t even see the oatbran and whatever other grain I’m using! Haha…it’s under there. Somewhere πŸ™‚

I flipped through some magazines while enjoying this beaut, and then cleaned up, spiffed myself up, did a mini photo shoot because I was really bubbly and haven’t held my baby in a while

and thenΒ set sail for tax-free shopping. Woo-hoo! I decided I’d take you guys with me today, too! You’ll probably be sick of my face by the end of this post. I apologize. But I’d been thinking about how it probably seems like I’m not even a real person behind this computer because I never show my face. This is primarily because it’s tricky to take a picture of yourself when you’re using a camera with a fixed, manual focus lens. And you’re too lazy to switch it, like moi. Β But I love seeing all of your beautiful faces, so hopefully you don’t think I’m a robot anymore πŸ™‚

Wild Mtn. Blueberry & Vanilla latte. Copco spokesperson.

You’ll probably be sick of my bony, dry, old lady hands by the end of this, too. Oh well. I tend to wait until it’s too late to fix those sorts of things.

AB&J muffin with Justin's Maple AB

Yeah, I’ve still got these muffins and scones, haha. I freeze them right away, and tend to forget. That and I have a large variety of carbs to choose from daily, and unfortuately, out of sight out of mind tends to have a strong affect on me. Sometimes it’s good – sometime’s it’s depressing. Like when there’s a freezerful of these and these.

I stopped at the discount foods store first, and there may or may not be any more boxes of Sugar Cookie tea left in the state of Vermont. I may or may not know who should be held accountable for this. Jus’ sayinnn.’

When I’d reached my finalΒ desired location, it was time for a refuel before a shopping spree.

I'm supposed to look sad because of the ugly nanner... I'm not sure I was successful.

The rest of my nanner from breakfast, and the plaza in the background. Okay, you only see Dicks. Pretend that’s BB&B and Hannaford.

I was strangely conservative in BB&B, but I am not complaining. I think it’s just because I wanted everything – so I just stuck to what I went there with the intentions of getting – which you’ll see soon enough! They do have so many cool gadgets, and I really wanted to get a bunch of kitchen organizational stuff, but refrained. It’s a lot more expensive there, I could probs go to wally world or something.

Afterwards, I hit up Hannafords for a couple goodies and ran into some old friends. This was weird because I never run into people and I thought they were out west somewhere. So it was a pleasant surprise!

As a side note, I love shopping when you’re in a really good mood – I like being the pleasant customer. Is that weird? I know when I wait on people at work, I love when a happy cheery person comes in. I’m not annoyingly happy, I’m just polite. I think. I hope. You all must think I’ve been sneaking some sort of happy pills lately. aha. Yeah – it’s called sun and spring air!

Afterwards, I hit up the co-op! Again, I was surprisingly well-behaved. I think I have this “go big or go home” slogan. I knew what I went in for, so I tried to stay just to those aisles, haha. I just wanted to get some more almondmilk, and see what they had already packaged for dried fruits and nuts. I was successful πŸ™‚

But all that shopping made me work up an appetite!

Sick of me yet? That's okay - this is the last one πŸ™‚

And all I wanted was a big, crispy, juicy, apple! I still had to stop and clean the office on my way home, though, and wasn’t sure it’d tide me but wanted it anyways. For some reason, apples make me really full at first, and then really hungry. I guess it makes sense in a weird way – the fiber making you feel full initially, but then your body realizes it wasn’t that much food? maybe? Anyways, after my cleaning expedition decided it was time for another snack. I planned to stop some places to take some funky photos on the way home, too. Can’t do that hungry, you know πŸ™‚

Other than the mis-spelling of "sesame," can you really argue with those ingredients?

Okay, maybe you’ll argue with the butter – but hey, at least it’s a real food. No complaints over hurr!

Yum. They’re really dense, so I had a little less than half, since I was going to be home in an hour or so for lunch anyways. But I had forgotten how good these are! I can’t wait for one of you luckies to win some – I hope you find them as good as I do! I may be doing another giveaway with them soon, too.

I stopped some fun places on the way home to snap some photos, but haven’t finished sorting through them all yet. Sneak peek? Oh, okay.

After unpacking everything and gettin’ in my cozy pants, all I wanted for lunch was a fried egg sandwich on a chewy english muffin with hummus. Weird lunchtime craving for me, but I followed it.

I must have really wanted some sodium and carbs, because I wasn’t even into the carrots…and I’m always into raw, crunchy, yummy carrots! So, fried egg and english muffin it was. With some hummus, spinach, parmesan, sundried tomatoes, half a dill pickle, and some dijonnaise. Hit. The. Spot. I’m usually all about fresh veggies and letting them sing with minimal bread-age, but I just loved crunching into the english muffin and the crispy & salty fried egg, complimented by the oozy cheese and creamy hummus. Yum!

But of course dessert was in order, too.

You’ll be seeing this often. Puffins, granola, honey apple buttah, almond milk, and the star of this one was some sliced dried turkish fig! The figs keep getting forgotten about in the back of my fridge. A shame, because I love figs as much as I love dates – and you all know how much I love dates πŸ™‚

overstock (dot com, that is!)

Apparently, my mom had the same thoughts I did while she was out. I may or may not have had one or two throughout the course of the day.

is that...is that...a FOOD PROCESSOR?!

oh, yes. It’s actually a Ninja processor. Apparently, it’s been seen on TV, which makes me unsure it’ll last all too long, but hey. It fits the bill for what I need. And it’s a blender, too! The blender I had was pretty awful, so I killed two birds with one stone on this one. Which is a shame because I like birds.

But what in the hay am I makin'?

Ohh, just a lil’ comethin’ somethin’ that required chickpea flour. I had no chickpea flour. I did have chickpeas. I made a quasi-flour. I do what I do.

The girl's gone mad!

oh yeah, baby! Wafflin’ it up. Should we take bets on how long it is until I use both of these appliances next, now that I’ve made my longed for fawaffle? Hopefully not just a phase.

I pretty much Β just threw everything even vaguely reminiscent of falafel into this and prayed to the waffle gods. Surprisingly, it worked! I thought for sure it’d be a relative fail. Unfortunately, however, I wasn’t really in the mood for falafel – but of course, I had it in my mind, had chickpeas I needed to use, and have been eyeballing fawaffle for months. So, I still had it. I can’t wait to make it when I’m craving falafel! haha.

Although that pickle may have killed my taste buds.

Dessert of puffins, scone, currants, maple AB and granola. Although, in the time it’s taken me to write this post, I’ve already consumed a kiwi-yogurt-and granola parfait. It’s been a couple hours, what can I say?

What is everyone’s favorite kitchen gadget?

and I’ll be picking (randomizing?) a giveaway winner tomorrow – so make sure you’ve taken advantage of the chance to enter up to three times! I’ll probably do it around the time of my usual posting – so early evening-ish πŸ™‚

Hope everyone has a great night!

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Waffle With Me

Has everyone seen or heard the new Dunkin’ Donuts commercials advertising their waffle sandwich? I swear I hear it every ten minutes – but tt makes me laugh every time. Why? Because, well…I waffle on a daily basis. I even use the term waffle. So when I heard waffle all over the radio I felt a little cheated. Here is a days worth of waffles for you.

Fortunately, this mornings breakfast was almost waffle free due to this cool chica’s mention of carrot cake ice cream. I read this comment at 1 am during my nightly “I need to stop drinking so much water” moment – and immediately realized it’s been far too long since I’ve had carrot cake oats. You’d better believe I had difficulties falling asleep when I could hardly wait for morning. Just the thought made me have a nightly rendezvous with the kitchen involving nuked puffins. Luckily, morning finally came.

I love you, carrot cake oats. And this bowl was especially stellar, for what reason I am unsure. Possibly because this was the first time I’d had it with oat bran? Possibly. It was much fluffier than usual. Or maybe I just forgot how fluffy bananas make oats?

I suppose one of my breakfast waffles occurred just moments ago, trying to narrow down my breakfast photos. Apparently, I went a little overboard this morning. I was enamored.

In the Mix was oat bran, spelt flakes, barley & wheat bran, brewed coffee & almondmilk, ~1/4 sliced banana, vanilla, goji berries, pineapple, 1/2 carrot, grated, ground clove, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon

On the Top was chia-acai icing, flax, crystallized ginger, a chopped walnut or two, strawberry-pom jam, coconut butter, and 1/2 grated carrot sauteed with maple syrup, coconut, raisins, pineapple, cinnamon, and a splash of water.

The waffle appeared when it was time to chose coffee. I think my problem is that I give myself too many choices. So many nut butters, so many jams, so many veggies, so many fruits, so many breads. Hey, variety is the spice of life, right? As long as I’m not wasting anything, I’m content.

Rain Forest Nut eventually won over, and I waffled about what I wanted to make for my birthday dinner while enjoying a cup of that and my cake. I love waking up early.

Next waffle: hurr. I’ve been having major hair dilemmas. I really need to cut it. But I don’t like paying someone $20 to take half an inch off my hair. That can be spent on fun food finds or new bowls, you know.

the usual, except usually I pouf it more. It's growing old.

reunited with my hair straightener: still pouffed on top.

the new? or too susie home-maker?

After all this waffling, it was time to pack the lunch-age and head to class. First, I waffled as to what I wanted for my drive in snackage. The rest of the nanner had apparently been eaten by a Henry-monster, so banana was out of the question. English muffin, or nuked Puffins?

puffins-1. english muffin-0

If you haven’t done this yet, you should do it now. 1/2c. original puffins, 1/4 c. almondmilk, drizzle honey-apple butter, and cinnamon. Nuke for 30 seconds. Enjoy. Yum.

Next up? Yogi Moroccan Spice – for the words of wisdom – or Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride – for the pure bliss?

sugar cookie sleigh ride - with almondmilk, vanilla, and honey.

I have a rapidly growing honey obsession.

Driving in to class I encountered a major waffle. Did I really want to waste this beautiful morning by going to class? I won’t say which waffle I toasted, but I will say sometimes…ya just gotta appreciate the beauty around you.

And right on time, hunger came knocking, and I gladly answered. There was no waffling here:

Rite Aid parking lot.

Nature valley Nut Clusters – I make sure I ration these out, or I’ll just nom down the whole bag. So good. These were the peanut ones. I’m tempted to try making something similar myself.

I just realized I ate a lot in my car today.

And sesame rice crisps. Fueling before my second class & a quick Rite Aid pit-stop. This was a good snack – the clusters held me over quite nicely!

After my second class I participated in a grueling workout that involved a pretty drastic makeover. Are you ready for this?

Gertrude. Don't think she stayed that clean for more than ten minutes.

This messed up my hair, made me freeze, and made me more than ready for lunch.

There was slight waffling involved in lunch: I was homeless! My mom was MIA and I didn’t feel like eating by myself at a random location on campus. Everyone has classes when I don’t, and vice versa 😦 I finally decided on just going to the welcome center because I was going to need to buy some hot water or coffee, anyways. I wanted to go to the lake lookout – but didn’t think I’d have time to do that and get tea/coffee.

lunch was packed last night, as usual.

Turkey Meatball pita-panini w/ ranch, dijonnaise, sundried tomatoes, red pepper, red onion, spinach, and a pickle. Oh and parmesan, of course!

And I'll never turn down a naranja.

Deee-vine. Loved the homemade ranch-dijonnaise combo. And the pickle. Oh, dill pickles. You make sandwiches complete.

Did I want a bar, too?

I ended up passing – I was quite content – but decided to take Clif with me, for his whole grains and vitamins – to my Photo class. I definitely made everyone jealous. If you’ve had a Blueberry Z Bar before, you know how deliciously blueberry – y they smell!

I munched half in class, and half driving home so I didn’t eat the kitchen once I got there. There was much waffling about exposures, negatives, and chemicals while in photo – but I won’t bore you. There was also much stress/frustration. Everyone kept asking me all these questions about what to do, how to do it, what to mix, etc. I get really stressed out when I’m asked too many questions about stuff like that when I’m trying to do it, too. I’m trying to get stuff done, too – and I probably only know as much as you! I know that sounds awful, but it’s just part of me. I could never be a teacher. The worse part is – I’ll even get frustrated if it’s even people I know really well.

I had already had a general idea for dinner planned, but I waffled the entire way home as to specifics. I’ll reveal the final product, first.

Bulgur-Chickpea Casserole

Did I want chickpeas, turkey meatballs, or shrimp? Chickpeas. Did I want sweets-meets-savory by including an apple? No. But next time for sure! Did I want to make it all neat and layered only for it to be messed up upon serving, anyway? Sure.

Classic Jess fashion.

Did I want to use nutritional yeast, feta, or parmesan in the veggie layer? Nutritional yeast. Parm on Top!

This was good! Chickpeas were the right waffle. Next time I’d love to try it with some chopped apple and sweet potato!

Dessert was waffle free:

you betcha!

Told you so: new obsession/old obsession meet.

I guess you could say I tend to get stuck in food ruts. I’ve actually been flipping through Clean Eating mags at breakfast and re-discovering some great recipes that I saw and wanted to try – but didn’t make note of…and completely forgot! I’ve been feeling rather uncreative, so these are definitely helping and I’m brewing some good ideas. I still openly admit to finding one snack and latching on to it, however. Oh, well, I guess.

I hope everyone toasted lots of waffles today – decisions are good! Do you like to have decisions, or have things laid out for you? When you do have decisions – are you indecisive, or black and white?

Do you pack your own snacks when you know you’ll be out and about, or just hope you’ll find something?

And lastly – do you tend to get stuck in “food ruts” ever?

I hope everyone has a great night – just think, tomorrow’s friday already!

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Fly-By

Whew! Has Sunday flown by for everyone else, too?! I feel like I’ve done nothing, yet when I think about it, I was pretty productive in that I accomplished a lot of little things that needed to be done, like making up some business cards and working on my photo website, and finishing up senior portraits. And some play-time, of course!

You didn’t think I’d forgotten about carrot cake oats, did you?!

mmm…perfection πŸ™‚

In the Mix: 2 T. rolled barley flakes, 2 T. TVP, couple slices banana, grated carrot, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, goji berries

On the Top: same icing with pineapple as from yesterday, toasted coconut, raisins, flax, grated carrot, crystallized ginger, strawberry-pom preserves, and Cinnamon-Raisin PB

Carrot Cake never disappoints.

This was a great start to the day. Afterwards I got to work mocking up some business cards to post up around. I’d really like to try and start getting my name out for senior portraits, or even if anyone is interested in artwork for their cafe or little local gallery or something like that. I’m not sure if that’s just me having high hopes, however.

Is there any reader interested in graphic design? I’d love some feedback πŸ™‚

My mom wins the mom of the century award. She picked me up a new yogi tea and a big bag of chopped Kale! I didn’t even see the stuff that was already chopped, rinsed, and bagged the other day – I only saw the organic stuff. Regardless; she tried some of my Kale chips and loved them too. I guess this is a hint, hint, nudge, nudge to make some more – and you’ll see that I certainly obliged!

I’m always tempted by the Yogi Teas when I’m looking at the tea section, but they don’t have many Chais and were a touch on the expensive side (though only in comparison to those on sale) so would always pass – I’m very picky about my herbals! I had some orange spice tea for the first time at my mom’s office and really liked it. So she saw this and grabbed it for me!

And it is so good! I had it with some almond milk and really enjoyed it. It’s not quite as orangey as the other kind I’d had was – in fact, if it was a touch more orangey I think it’d be perfect – but it is definitely a winner nonetheless. And I love the little sayings on the tag πŸ™‚

And a kiwi! I always am under the impression that kiwis are more expensive than they are since they’re in the exotic fruits section. So I always forget about them! But I remembered yesterday. Love kiwis! Though I think I’m the only blogger left who doesn’t eat the skin? I’ve honestly never even thought to eat the skin of a kiwi…though I suppose since they are full of nutrients and fiber – it wouldn’t hurt to start πŸ™‚

Lunch was, once again, something spectacular

Wrap panini with almond mozzarella, spinach, roma tomato, basil, red onion, and country dijon garlic mustard.

I used to be obsessed with basil, tomato, and mozzarella flavors, and pretty much italian flavors in general. For some reason, I’ve been forgetting about them lately and opting for spicy foods. Maybe it has to do with the weather?

And a side of cracked pepper and sea-salt kale chips.

Whatever it is, I definitely need to bring them back into my life! If only you could smell this wrap as I was cutting it! Fresh basil, mozzarella, slight touch of garlic…oh, it was heavenly. Sure, it was almond mozzarella, but I really enjoy that mozarella – and like I’ve mentioned, I’m a mozarella stickler.

My mom and I both agree that kale chips with cracked black pepper and sea salt rather than just seasoned salt is the way to go. These are my new crack, I think. You’ll see…

Afterwards I was still chained to my computer messing with the website, photos, and tweaking the card. A graphic designer can work on the same thing for eons, if you let them. Nothing is ever complete! Don’t worry, though – hummus, pretzels, trail mix, and tea kept me very good company.

Eventually, I needed to get out of the house. I decided to throw together an applesauce mess – because I’m weird – and then go on a little galavant out back.

I’m not kidding when I say this is the best snack evah.

Applesauce, crumbled AB cookie, crumbled mate bar, trail mix, almond butter, snyders butter snap pretzels (essential), crumbled kashi bar, and spelt bread. All heated and melty and love-y.

I have a mish-mash bag of bars solely for this purpose. I love mixing bits of everything! hah.

Time to explore!

Starting out…

Look what I found! Apparently Kaia thinks she’s a pointer?
I’m sorry – but are these not the cutest ears ever?

I guess I nixed scenic photos and opted for Kaia photos?

Okay – time to head back!

Jiggy and Melody – My mom’s two Appaloosas.

We got back in time for the horse’s dinner – which meant it was almost time to start making ours, too!

While SaBaay observes, of course.

Dinner tonight was salmon! Does everyone remember when I made Flaked Salmon with a Blueberry Raspberry Dijon Glaze? Well – that’s what tonight was! I changed it up a little bit just for simplicity, but it was still just as amazing as last time.

And more kale chips.

This time – rather than having two seperate pots – I added the blueberries right to the pan I cooked the salmon in. And, instead of using the raspberry dijon mustard, I used the maine maple dijon. The salmon was just seasoned with salt, pepper, and chili powder. I had mine in a flax pita with spread cheese, spinach, and some chopped walnuts.

Easy and delish!

Now I’m watching hockey! USA vs. Canada. Any other hockey fans? I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan – but I definitely like watching it and always hear about it from my boss, haha.

How was everyone else’s Sunday? What was the highlight of your weekend?

and also – a question for those of you used to wordpress: I’ve noticed when I’m inserting a photo and a caption, the caption shows up in a nice little box around the image in my preview, but not once it’s published. Is there a setting I need to change in order for it to show up like this when my post is published? Input greatly appreciated πŸ™‚

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Love

It’s official.
I’m in love.
Initially, I was going to talk about how I fell in love with this new Silk PureAlmond Original Almondmilk, and that there is officially no use for me to need a Valentine this year.
d.e.l.icious. Remember when I was having a big coffee creamer dilemma? It’s been solved. Who knew almondmilk was the answer? I disliked almondmilk the first time I had it months ago. But this Silk brand is absolutely amazing..

But, behold! I realized that I may be cheating on my new lover, with the delicious bowl of oats to follow my first encounter with almondmilk:
Your parents lied to you when they said carrot cake wasn’t for breakfast.

That’s right…Breakfast Carrot Cake…uh…Porridge? Some hybrid word born from “TVP-Bulgur with Soy-Wheat Bran-Oatmeal”? I’m not sure what to call my mix. 
In the Bowl: The new “usual” mix of equal parts TVP, Bulgur with Soy, Wheat Bran, and Oatmeal, and equal parts Almondmilk and brewed coffee.
Also: half a large carrot, grated, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground ginger, 1 packet SunCrystals, half a banana, and vanilla.
Topped with: “Icing” consisting of large spoonful of greek yogurt, splash almondmilk, cinnamon, and agave. In addition: sliced banana, dates, raisins, crystallized ginger, and additional grated carrot.
Forgot to add because I was so excited: shredded coconut.

The icing seriously made this. I wasn’t going to dress it up in such a way but then I saw the Greek Yogurt staring at me so innocently, and my new lover Almondmilk was asking to get more incorporation into the dish, as well.
So.dang.good.
I was excited and nervous about the Almondmilk when I saw it at the store the other day. I remembered the first time I tried it, I could take it or leave it. But I was intrigued that Silk now made an almondmilk line! They had vanilla and original – I opted for the original. It’s perfect! And I can use it in my coffee happily! Meaning, not feeling like I’m being deprived of an enjoyable cup of coffee without those terrible creamers because it tastes just as good, if not better! That and it’s delicious on its own – way better than soy or regular milk.
And then, I met another new love shortly before leaving for class:
My first Luna bar. WHAT?! I’m only just getting in on Luna bar action? I really must have lived in a cave… Unwrapped and bagged, because I’m always the disruptful one nomming on food in the back of the room. Was hoping this might reduce my disruptful-ness.

Seriously have been missing out on the bar & peanut butter craze. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Must.try.Chai.Tea.flavor. STAT!
Cookies ‘n’ Cream Delight was just that. The folks at Luna don’t lie! I’m a big cookies n cream fan, and this was just like the ice cream πŸ™‚
I’m also beginning to LOVE my Tuesdays. Why Tuesdays, you ask? Seems like a terrible day to love. You haven’t reached Wednesday, and you’re still far from the weekend.
Well, I love Tuesday because I love being able to come home and make a lovely lunch, utilizing wraps, hummus, fried eggs, and veggies, which we all know I … you guessed it… love!

I was really proud of how well I wrapped and pannini’d that wrap…
Only half the orange and carrot made it to the photo shoot alive, though…

En la tortilla: fried egg, more hummus than Cedar ever intended for one person to eat at once, dijonnaise, pickles, red and yellow pepper, romaine, feta, and salsa.
With some delightful Snyder’s oat bran pretzels. These pretzels are really good! 
A little bit of heaven on a plate…I’m so easily pleased.
You know what else is awesome about tuesdays? 
While I’m home, I can prep dinner!
Any guesses as to what I made up tonight? I’ll give you some hints:
Anybody? Anybody? Okay, one more…
I warned you…

I’m hoping my concoction tastes as good as its’ parts!
What’s one thing you’ve loved about your Tuesday so far? I hope there’s at least one thing!

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