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Note to Self…

This morning, hardly awake:

First thought – DKM. Dropkick Murphys. YES! That was it! go back to sleep.

Second thought – Bran muffins. I want some bran muffins. go back to sleep.

Third thought – I think I’ll sleep in today. I’m a little tired and it looks crappy out so I probably won’t be going anywhere anyway. shut eyes.

Fourth thought – The phone would ring immediately after I declare I’m sleeping in, wouldn’t it?

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So, basically I must have been driving myself crazy in my sleep because I still hadn’t thought of what DKM was before I went to bed. There were a couple bloggers who guessed it [e-mail me to redeem your prizes], which just made me laugh and remember waking up with “Shipping Up to Boston” in my head moments earlier.

And no, it’s not just because of the Bruins that I love that song. I mean, just listen to it. First thing in the morning, preferably. And do some Irish jigs around your butcher block in the kitchen while preparing your breakfast.

In a leprechaun hat, preferably.

Not that I would know anything about any of that scenario.

I would know something about flaxy French toast, though. So I’ll talk about that, instead. I’ll leave it to your own imaginations as to whether I was tap dancing around my kitchen while making this, though.

 

Being that I looked out my window and saw this yet again:

Really wet, heavy snow. Read: Sloppy and slippery. House arrest once again.

I decided to make something a little more time consuming for breakfast. I have pancakes down to a science so I can make them quickly in the morning, which carries over to mornings when I have more time, too. Having nowhere to go, I decided to put a little more thought into breakfast this morning.

I’ve been wanting to make French toast for a while now, but wasn’t sure if the mini slices would be enough for keeping me full. Today, I knew I’d be home all day. Worse comes to worse, I eat an hour later, right?! Surprisingly enough, it was difficult for me to finish it all! Don’t worry, though – I took one for the team and did.

Yes, it really is possible to get that same French toast texture without eggs! Making it with flax sounds strange at first, I admit. I mean, I think I was legitimately grossed out when I first heard of it, so I don’t blame you if you are, too.

But I mean, really. Have I ever lied to you? -insert shifty-eyes here-

Buttering/Earth Balancing your pan is critical to making any sort of pancake or sandwich – and French toast is no exception. You don’t need a lot, but you can’t even compare the flavor to that and just using non-stick spray.

And please, no need to be “neat” about it. We’re not after pretty awards here, we all know the ugly food is the best.

Huh, maybe that’s why I’m always disappointed whenever I go out to eat…

If you’re patient and give it enough time – the outside still gets crispy while the insides are still moist and flavorful. I’m sorry if you hate the word moist. I do, too – but really, what else can I say? Damp? It’s not juicy not is it soggy.

The Mixture I used (approximately, anyways…about that measuring thing…)

  • 2 T. milled flaxseed
  • 1/4 c. + 2 T. coconut milk
  • 1/2 t. coffee extract (vanilla would work just fine, I just so happen to be the person who is all out of vanilla, yet has plenty of coffee, peppermint and coconut extracts. I would.)
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground nutmeg

Mix all with a fork, allowing to sit a few minutes. Add more milk if necessary. Poke each piece of bread a few times before dipping each slice in and saturating. Transfer to a greased pan, allowing extra of the flax mixture to remain on the bread. Cook about 4-5 minutes on each side, until crispy.

Garnish with grilled banana and figgy peanut butter and jelly sauce. And chia seeds and honey-roasted almonds if you’re feeling feisty.

Note to self: I miss you terribly. (speaking of “bring me back” songs…)

Er, wait, what I meant was – note to self: make French toast more often.

And about those bran muffins?

They were not just a groggy early-morning sentiment, my dears. They were happening.

I promise these were muffins for me, not Teddie. I kept thinking how much he would love them. Carrots, applesauce, molasses, cinnamon and sunflower seeds? The kid would be in heaven.

I used these almost-forgotten about pressed dates that Mo sent me way back when. I got a kick out of the “serving size: 1 package,” as I imagined myself just plopping down on the couch and nommin’ on the brick like so:

om-nom-nom

The recipe I used was Kelsey’s. And they are fantastic! It’s a good thing I didn’t actually read the recipe before I printed it off and trekked into my kitchen, though. It requires the use of a food processor, which is usually a big no-no for me. For some reason, I detest cleaning the processor in addition to regular baking dishes. Or in general. Same goes for garlic presses.

Life’s tough.

I realize this is probably old-news, but my new trick is using an ice-cream scoop. I used to just spoon it in, but then I’d have really ugly muffin tops. This leaves them nice and smooth!

And perfectly sized! Well actually my mini-muffins are perfectly sized since I usually just want a little somethin’ somethin’ when it comes to muffins, but that would have required me refilling the tray about ten times.

Which wasn’t happening.

I am very picky about my bran muffins – a lot of bran muffin recipes use more oat bran than wheat, and are too sweet for my liking. I like my bran muffins to be dense, moist and…well…wheaty! These are just the ticket.

Another added bonus: they didn’t require any bananas. I love bananas, and have a great branana muffin recipe – but I’m down to my last banana and you guys know what happens when I lose my bananas. I think I might hide the last one, just as an extra precaution. You know…in case someone else might want it, heaven forbid.

But if I haven’t convinced you to make bran muffins or flaxy French toast…maybe I can convince you to do this:

Toast up some good bread…smother one slice with cashew butter…smother the other with a bit o’ butter/earth balance…throw on some good dried apricots…drizzle a smidgen o’ maple syrup…and chow down. Heavenly.

(but what’s with me saying o’ instead of “of”? Am I really feeling that Irish today?)

And I’ll leave you with this scandalous picture:

I had sausages with dinner! I love sausages…

What’s something you openly admit to having high standards about? I am definitely a bread snob!

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A Little Love

Brr. I. Am. So. Chilled!
I just got back from running errands, and while I may have been inside most of the time, that wind chills you right to the bone the second you step into it! That, and, one errand involved Price Chopper…and it is always freezing in there. Makes sense, I guess.
You would think, however, that with my heart-warming [pun intended] breakfast, I would have stayed warm and fuzzy regardless!
Yeah, I made myself a Valentine’s Day breakfast a week early. What of it?

There’s something amazing about waking up early on the weekends. I don’t think I’m a real college student. How many college kids say that?
I really hate sleeping in. During the week, I don’t bound out of bed at 6:00 to go to work, but it’s not a problem, either. On the weekends, however, I’ll gladly wake up at 6 or 7, and just leisurely go about starting my day. And I love doing something  a little different for breakfast on the weekends!
So maybe this Almond Butter & Banana Stuffed French Toast isn’t that unique to most, I’ve never had stuffed French Toast before. And mind you, yesterday was my first grilled almond butter and banana experience.
And oh, this was delicious. I realize now that my food presentation needs work but hey – I do what I can. It’s sort of sad to think about myself making such a love-themed breakfast for myself, but again. Oh well. haha. At least my mom came back from her haircut in time to give me a funny look. She’s not a “breakfast person,” so unfortunately I can never treat her to breakfast…
But! Just because I am a relatively sad excuse for a college student, doesn’t mean you are – and maybe you want to treat your honey to a heart-healthy shmalentine’s day brekkie?
Because I think you should.
Of course you all know how to make French Toast. I won’t go into those details. But here’s just some added fun-stuff I did!
For the Stuffed French Toast
 2 slices of this amazing Organic Spelt bread by the Vermont Bread Company [okay, okay. you can use any bread. But this is GOOD Spelt bread!]
1 T. All-Natural Almond Butter
1 Banana
2 Eggs [if you are an egg-beaters user…PLEASE use at least one real egg white! I like egg beaters and all – but when it comes to French Toast, it’s just not the same!]
3 T. Almond Milk
1/8 t. Cinnamon
1/8 t. Nutmeg
Dash ground cloves
1 t. Vanilla
1/2 t. Wheat Germ
1/2 t. Chia Seeds
Spread 1 teaspoon almond butter on one side of each piece of bread (if you’re going to make a pretty heart shape, do that first of course) and arrange your banana slices on one side – I used half on the sandwich, half to garnish. Sandwich together and poke outsides a couple times with a fork.
Whisk together eggs, milk, spices, vanilla, and wheat germ. Place sandwich in mixture and begin preheating a non-stick, sprayed pan. Allow sandwich to soak a minute before flipping, poking both sides again with your fork.
Sprinkle Chia seeds over outside of bread and cook until golden on both sides.
For the Pumpkin “Sauce”
1/4 c. Plain Greek Yogurt
1/8 c. Pure Pumpkin Puree
1/8 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. nutmeg
 2 t. Maple Syrup
1 t. Chia Seeds
Stir together and plate with French Toast, along with remaining banana and almond butter, and cute little apple heart! [p.s. apple = amazing dipped in this.]
So, after playing with my food – I got to work meal planning!
This week, I’m going to try something new – planning my meals in advance, and in some cases preparing in advance! I’ve been pretty good this week about cooking up new things, but when I don’t have a game plan, it’s so much easier to just come home and make a veggie and bulgur stir fry or panini or something. Which, I obviously love, but I enjoy cooking new things, more.
So, I put together 5 meal ideas, and figure I can interchange them a little bit if I’m not feeling up to something one night, but at least I have ideas now! I think I just have so many recipes stockpiled that I can never make up my mind on what I want! Organizing them is a project for this weekend, as is setting up a recipe page on here.
After browsing online for coupons (I was so savvy at the grocery store today!) I finally went into town to clean the office, run to Rite Aid, and then the grocery store.
Holy SuperBowl Sunday Shopping. Everyone and their brothers had to stock up on beer! It was also full of people leaving their carts in the middle of the aisles. Don’t you hate grocery shoppers that do that?! I’m sorry if you are one of them. But please. Don’t do it. Love you.
However, I jumped past my exciting Rite Aid find!
I know wht you’re thinking. 
And no – I didn’t find that delicious salmon with blueberry glaze at Rite Aid.
Nope! Not the mashed sweet tater, either.
Clean Eating’s new issue!
I love this magazine. So much information on new foods, and awesome recipes too. You know what I hate about it, though?
It only comes out once every two months!
I was jonesin’ for the new issue.
What’s your favorite magazine?


So, naturally, my lunch was consumed while browsing that 🙂 Dericious and nutritious!

And a Sobe LifeWater. Has anyone else tried these?
Normally I’m not a flavored water fan at all, especially the “naturally sweetened” ones, because they’re almost too sweet! But these are actually pretty good! I’m a huge water drinker, but lately have been finding it kind of boring (though I think it has more to do with not wanting to drink something cold when the weather is so cold!) so this was a nice change for my lunch time today 🙂
I do, however, hate that they advertise the 0 calorie count. I hate buying things that state in huge bold letters how many calories they contain. It makes me feel…I dunno. Superficial? I’m weird.
Anyways. That is all for now. I’m off to get some homework done, hopefully start on a recipes page, organize my recipes I’ve saved over months and months, and then start dinner. Can’t wait for tonight’s menu!
What are your plans for this cooollddd Saturday afternoon?

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Absolutely Fantastic

“Absolutely Fantastic.”
This is what a man on a BBQ ribs show just deemed his recipe, but it also fits my day, and that includes my eats for the day 🙂
This probably looks vaguely familiar. BUT! If you thought this was a repeat of some Blueberry-Lime Buckwheat Pancakes, then you would be incorrect. Instead, we have Lime Poppyseed English Muffin French Toast! I guess we should start airing a few of my breakfast obsessions:
1. Poppyseeds – Essentially, lemon or lime poppyseed flavored baked goods
2. bananas, blueberries, FRUIT!
3. greek yogurt. 
4. really good jam or preserves
A month ago, this list would have consisted primarily of oat bran or oatmeal. I still love me some oat bran and oatmeal, but I have been shifting my tastes, I guess! This list will only get longer.
To make this lovely french toast breakfast yourself, simply combine ~1/4 c. egg beaters, 1 egg white, splash soy milk, vanilla extract, nutmeg, poppyseeds, zest of 1 lime, juice of 1/2 lime, and stevia or your sweetener of choice. Halve a whole-wheat english muffin, and poke each side with a fork (well, the “hard” side of each half). I’ve found it helps if you nuke it for a couple seconds first, too. Start pre-heating your pan, and then dip halves in egg mixture and allow to soak up some of the liquid. Throw on your pan and cook to your liking! Towards the last half of their cooking time, I threw in some frozen blueberries, and when they were all done I topped with some greek yogurt, strawberry preserves, some more poppyseeds, and the remaining lime zest. Loffly!
After happily beginning my day with a sure-fire brekkie, I got everything together for classes, which involved organizing all of my camera gear into one bag. This proved to be much more difficult than one would think, given the ridiculously large size of my camera bag. This also included lunch-packing:
nom-nom-nom.
Drove to school in a beautiful wintry mix as the weatherman would say…and it was! Love it when it snows. It is so comforting! Morning classes flew by, and so I flew into Hannafords to pick up some goods! It’s the only convenient time for me to go there, really. They have a couple things that the local P.Chop doesn’t, so I figured it was a good way to kill the two hours I had before my next class…I needed more o’ deese:
Oh, yeah…enough veggie chips to get me by for oh, a couple days I Suppose. My mom asked me if I left any for the other Hannaford’s Nature’s Place hippies. Also got some more quorn chik’n tenders. 
And check out these mustards!
Not sure how “right” it is for a Vermont chickie (a.k.a. me) to pick up Maine Maple, but how could I pass it up? Can’t wait to try them. I’m so lame.
Lunch Obsessions:
1. mustard. of all shapes flavors and forms.
2. Anything in a wrap. Anything that can be thrown in a wrap. La Tortilla Wraps. Sandwich Thins.
3. Panini Presses
4. beans.
5. hummus & veggie sandwiches.
to be continued…

Photo was fun today! We got to shoot a little in a lightbox. Pretty sure my teacher has a vendetta against me though because, for some strange reason, she dislikes the lab I work at? 
Has anyone had a teacher where you get the impression that they are threatened by your knowledge of the subject? I still have so much to learn about photography, don’t get me wrong. But we’re starting with really basic stuff, so of course I answer, or ask more questions out of curiosity…and I always get these strange responses that are sort of “well…you’re right, but…” and some nonsensical answer that includes why it could be wrong. I don’t know.
Anyways. It apparently snowed like crazy for the two hours I was in there! There weren’t any windows so I was shocked to leave the building and see slippery sidewalks & roads, and mas fresh snow coating the ground. Love snow!
Came home and threw together fish tacos!
My first ever, no less. Granted, these are fish tacos in a pita. But shh. It’s pretty darn similar, no?
These were definitely holy-yum though! To make them I browned 1 tilapia filet seasoned with pepper, garlic salt, and chili powder in minced garlic, lime zest and juice, onion, cilantro, and chipotle salsa. In a separate pan, I threw together some julienned carrots, red pepper, chopped tomato, and salsa and seasoned with salt, pepper, chili powder, and lime juice. Added in some parmesan cheese and franks, and then stuffed a toasted Joseph’s Flax Pita with chopped romaine, the veggie mix, and the fish mix (which got treated with some Frank’s!). And a blob of greek yogurt “sour cream” on the side!
Soo nommer-ful. Love fish! Pretty sure I could be a vegetarian if I didn’t love fish so much. I could care less whether I ate real meat again, but I love fish.
Dinner Obsessions:
1. mustard. still.
2. veggies of all shapes flavors and forms. 
3. wraps. still. beans. still.
4. tilapia. salmon. crab. shrimp. FISH.
5. Quorn Chik’n
6. Polenta.
to be continued…

So, that’s about it! I’m off to enjoy some dessert 🙂 But, I want to know…what are some of your food obsessions?!

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Twos.

I bet you could guess what you’d be seeing again this morning…
Yep! French Toast again! I’m telling you…I find one thing to latch on to and can eat it over and over and over. I don’t think you’ll see this again for a couple days though, with work and school. It’s super fast to make and not a big mess, but doesn’t french toast just seem so weekend-y?
Anyways, a bit different than yesterday: this was french english muffin! I love using english muffins as the bread. So good. The trick is poking them and letting them soak up the liquid so they get nice and eggy. For the egg mixture, I used 1 egg + 1 egg white, splash vanilla, cinnamon, splash soy milk, and applesauce. Yes. Applesauce. Don’t hate. Just try it. And be amazed. I also decided to throw some raisins on them while they were cooking, but it looked funny so I flipped them upside down when I took the pic! Had a side of all-natural unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon and s.f. syrup, too – for dipping! As my step-mom would say, “I’m a dipper. You like to dip stuff.” Sounds funny, but when I think about it, she’s right. I like to combine foods rather than keep them separate. My last room-mate said it’s because I’m Polish. Hey, I’ll take it.
Applesauce=another random kick of mine lately.
This ended up being the perfect breakfast. Delicious, easy, and held me over for a super long time. I wasn’t really ready for lunch nd hardly snacked at all, but definitely wanted this:
Toasted WW Sandwich Thin spread with half a laughing cow french onion cheese wedge, dijonaise, and franks, then carefully piled with 2 hardboiled eggs, sliced plum tomato, red pepper, romaine, and dill pickles.
Another shocker, right? Honestly people. If Subway employees consider themselves sandwich artists, yet can’t make me a sub half as good as this, what does that make me?
Hardboiled eggs = heaven.
‘Nough said.
It does make my mom laugh a little how I carefully slice and pile everything though. Hey, it’s gotta be balanced! There really is an art to it 🙂 I admit a wrap would make this easier x10. Should probably get some o’ dose, even though I have been loving me some Arnold Sandwich Thins as of late.
And here I am, nearly 3:00 on a Sunday afternoon and I have done absolutely nothing productive today. At all. Well, besides laundry and cleaning. I wanted to bake so so  badly, but luckily pushed through the desire. WAY too much food in the house! Also looked up booklists for the semester starting Tuesday. Only two books I need, but they’re both pretty pricey :\ I usually wait until class starts to make sure I need them before purchasing them ever since I bought a $150 one only to show up and have the teacher say “DON’T BUY THE TEXTBOOK!”
You win some, you lose some. I lost.
Tonight = Clean Out The Fridge, Edition 20.

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