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Rude Awakening

Hey lovelies πŸ™‚ I hope everyone’s had a supah flyyy Thursday – can you believe it’s almost Friday already? I think I say that every Thursday – but seriously, where is the time going these days?!

So, after reading all of your wonderful comments for my last post – it sounds like I’m not the only one who sometimes faces having to defend themselves and their food choices! Who wants to start a town of oat-loving, kombucha-drinking, green-monster slurping, sweet-tater-nomming foodies?! I’ll bring the party!!

And by party, I mean Pumpkin-Gingerbread Spelt Flakes.

This morning started out with a rather rude awakening: my mom took the day off (for, what – the first time in ever?! she works too hard) though of course still woke up early – which means, the glaring light from the kitchen found its’ way into my room, along with some radio. Does anyone else hate fluorescent lighting?! I’m the one who, even when it’s almost dark, prepares meals using the oven overhead light only. Especially in the morning – I rolled into the kitchen with a squinty-eyed grimace, while she bopped her head to the music.

What? Too bright?”

No, no…not at all. haha. Love her.

Regardless! I persuaded her to turn the lights off (it was daylight, for pete’s sake!) and did my thang.

Obviously, this is my thang.

Randomness was in store for this morning. I couldn’t think of what to pair with pumpkin! I was – sadly – all out of frozen cranberries.

The base this morning was

-oat bran, rolled spelt flakes, and wheat bran

-brewed coffee & almondmilk

-drizzle molasses, agave, ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves

-pumpkin, zest and juice of half an orange

-1/2 T. chia seeds

and topped with:

-pumpkin chia icing, milled golden flax

chopped mixed nuts

-ginger jam and PB&Co Cinnamon Raisin PB

and a compote of orange slices, orange juice & zest, dried cranberries, dried currants, and frozen cherries – in a almondmilk & agave “syrup.”

If you're skeptical - don't worry, I was too. But this just worked.

Gahhh – this was amazing. I wasn’t sure about the citrus, but it made the bowl. Yes, please. To drank? How about a Cinnamon Bun?

The morning consisted of mainly bummin’ around. There were still people finishing exams – so I was not about to go to class and sit and wait. I don’t think there was anything planned for afterwards, so it would have been pointless. I got some blog-reading done, and tried working on business cards – but ended up getting a domain for my photography site! Needed to happen. I made use of the morning!

A savory snack? Whaaa?

You’ve probably noticed that I’m farr more apt to chose a sweet snack versus savory. Sure – I love my veggies, but other than carrots, I don’t often choose to ust have some alone, raw, out of the blue. But, I think all my hummus and hardboiled egg talk with Christina made me absolutely need red peppers, hardboiled egg, and hummus by the time it was only 10:00 am! And I did it up – I won’t say I rationed that hummus, because that’d be called lying.

Eventually – however – I started getting antsy and bopped my way into town. I had to have a drop slip signed to officially drop intro to CJ, and after that I made pit-stops at the co-op, Hannafords, and BB&B.

Rut-Roh, Rorge.

Fueled by Ramen. Err - nectarines and apples, rather.

After trackinng down all the necessary officials at school, I was on my voyage. Yeah, hi, nectarines – you are delicious. Why haven’t you kicked out oranges yet?

I was quite well-behaved at the co-op. And I am officially a member! Sure, the benefits aren’t huge and what-not, but I figure: why not join?

One of my immediately-consumed new finds?

SO stoked to try!

And yet - so frightened.

I’ve seen these all over blogs, to rave and poor reviews. I can’t find them anywhere but the co-op, and had passed the last couple times, but this time I felt brave enough to tackle the Kombucha monster. What made me even more nervous? The closer inspection of the label, revealing trace alcohol from fermentation, and the noise when first opening the bottle. Add to that, the smell when you take a whiff. What. did. I. get. myself. into?

But! The verdict? Holy yum! It’s so weird, yet so good! I love the strangeness of it, haha. That, and – the tart cranberry taste of this one. I was caught off-guard at first by the carbonated fizziness (I rarely have carbonation) but after a few sips I was used to it, and quite enjoying my new love. However, unfortunately – this probably won’t be a new love or addiction at almost $4 a pop. I (riskily) bought two of these babies, and I think I’ll have to make sure I only have one serving at a time for optimum enjoyment! Oh, well.

Before I rampaged Hannies, I looked to some of my other loves for fuel:

Matches made in heaven.

and then did the dang thang. And not only that – I was quite well-behaved once again! A lot of stuff (produce!!) would be cheaper at Price Chopper, so I just held off. Luckily, I’m pretty well set until the weekend in that department. I just wanted to scope out the organic section, of course!

But: the real jackpot was at Bed, Bath and Beyond! gasp.

Don’t worry – you’ll get to see my finds throughout the course of the next couple of days! Peep the lunch goods, though:

What is this, the Thursday classic?!

I don’t know – I guess Thursdays just scream tempeh, PB, Apple butter, apple, and Raisin flatbread?! Seriously love this combo. I should have it more often – it just feels like it’s too good to be lunch, though! That and – I do like my veggie wraps πŸ™‚

After all that, though – it was time to boogie my way back to school for our second photo critique.

I. Have. never been in a class where I am the only vocal one. I usually hardly ever speak up – but seriously, if I didn’t talk, we were going to be there all day. This photo class is killing me slowly. This photo class should be fun. Ugh. Eventually, we were released. I was given another rude awakening by having to walk to my car in the pouring rain. Where did that come from?! I guess mother nature thought it would provide a fitting mood for a miserable class.

Just a little peek!

After unloading Gertrude, I had a quick (and adorable) snack just to tide me an hour or so til dinner.

Babies!

Seriously falling in love with cottage cheese. No lies.

So – I heard a rumour that today is National Waffle Day! I;m not 100% certain this is true, but what does a waffler such as myself do when the words “national waffle day” are read?

Why, make sweet potato waffles, of course! And have breakfast for dinner. Another Thursday thing, apparently.

It's not burnt, it's well cooked.

Initially, I was legitimately upset that my waffle iron’s light never changed to green to signify my waffle was done – but as I ate, I realized: the best parts are the dark parts! It wasn’t really burnt or crispy at all – I think just because it was so moist, it burnt the top most layer.

Wait a minute - is that a new plate, too?

Truly spectacular. My sweet potato obsession is coming back with avengence. I’m not going to resist it – every time I finish a meal with a sweet potato, all I dream of is what to do with my next sweet potato. Okay, that might be a Β lie, but saying that I’ve tossed around the idea of sweet potato oats is truth.

Basically, all I did was mash a sweet potato, add some spelt flour and an egg white, some almondmilk, some baking powder, and some seasonings (garam masala, salt) and voila! Actually – that’s not basically what I did…that is what I did.

Another new obsession that I can forsee? Garam masala. Yes, please.

Golden delicious!

I couldn’t make it through all the eggs, though…but apparently I can make some killer scrambled eggs? My mom finished them, and could not stop raving about how good they were, lol. I mean…I wasn’t even that impressed by them…and I didn’t do anything abnormal. They were just scrambled eggs! haha. Ah, well.

Moral of the story? Make sweet potato waffles and more eggs than you can handle. You’ll love life.

Dessert was more cottage-cheesey lovin, and I should disclose the fact that I’m seriously doin’ work on this bottle of Agave. It’s love. But – I want to know about you guys! Any new fun food finds, obsessions, hates, or experiments?

Here’s to Friday!

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It’s all the Rage

It’s funny how as you grow up, everyone’s telling you to not be afraid to be different, be your own person.
For the most part, I feel like I’m pretty successful with this advice. I don’t feel like I stick out like a sore thumb by any means, but I definitely have different interests, tastes, styles, and hobbies than a lot of people I see on a daily basis.
However, I’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes, you’ve just gotta follow the things that are all the rage! This includes the newest team member of what is now my breakfast cinctuplet. Actually, after all the toppings I throw on top on a daily basis, it’s far more than a cinctuplet, but I digress.
Chia seeds!
I ordered these from The Raw Food World’s Amazon.com store, in addition to some Acai powder, and got them in the mail yesterday. Let me just say – the Raw Food World has amazing customer service! Though the shipment was through Amazon, they included a handwritten thank-you note in addition to samples of other nifty products – Hemp protein powder, Cholerra, and an additional Chia seed sample. Too cool! It’s nice to know that as a customer, you are appreciated. 
equal parts bulgur with soy, TVP, oatmeal, and wheat bran (I use 1 T. each, to make a standard 1/4c. serving size) with equal parts almondmilk and brewed coffee, 1 tsp Chia Seeds, 1/2 banana, whipped in, nutmeg, and vanilla. Topped with shredded coconut, remaining nanner, dates, raspberry preserves, Barney Butter, and a “glaze” of almondmilk, Greek Yogurt, and unsweetened cocoa powder.

Naturally, I was psyched for my first Chia seed experience this morning! This was a delicious bowl! Other rage that I took way too long rebelling against? Nut butters! oh. ma. gaw. They are just so perfect. I can’t wait to try others, like cashew, sunflower, etc, in addition to flavors!
What is your favorite nutbutter?



When it comes to the Chia seeds, they really weren’t noticeable. In fact, I only remembered the addition until halfway through, haha. My excitement over how good this was caused me to forge. Probably because I started out with just a small amount. I don’t think they really add a flavor, anyway. But muy bien health bennies!
The acai powder is quite good – I enjoyed it with a cup of almondmilk last night. But when it comes to the chlorella and the hemp protein powder – I’m lost! Chlorella just reminds me of cholerra. Hopefully it won’t give me that. hah! But, I guess they’re just tablets that you can eat just like nuts. I can see the protein powder sitting for a while though. I’m pretty good about my protein intake πŸ™‚
Worked today, so I among my various snacks I packed some leftover sweet-potato pie for lunch. Just as good, if not better, the second time around! I have a littttle bit left that will go perfectly with a bigggg salad to bring for lunch tomorrow, too. That concoction is a keeper!
Tonights dinner was super random. I could not make up my mind for the life of me! I kept going back and forth between scallops or quesedilla. Finally, I decided on both. And salad. And broccoli. Uh, random?
But, since I’m obviously a really random person anyway, this was just fine! Sorry it’s not very exciting πŸ˜› That “pita quesedilla” certainly tasted exciting, however! And if it makes you feel better, I at least kept the flavors consistent throughout πŸ™‚


“Quesedilla” : Spread 1 laughing cow wedge and Raspberry Dijon Mustard over half a Joseph’s Flax Pita. Layered with red beans, red and yellow pepper, and chili powder. Folded back over, and pressed on the panini.
Scallops and Broccoli: Sauteed in a “sauce” consisting of balsamic vinegar and Raspberry Dijon Mustard, splashed with some lemon juice, and sprinkled with salt and pepper.

The pita was uh.mazing. The laughing cow with the raspberry dijon mustard was the perfect combination. Reminded me of cranberry goat cheese! I don’t know what I did to be deserved the luxury to have found raspberry dijon mustard, but I’m sure glad it happened!
It also paired well with the scallops and broccoli, and makes the best salad dressing!
I still have to try the Maple one. I’m thinking it will go really nicely with salmon.
But, that’s all from my end of the world! I’ve got to catch Throwdown with Bobby Flay tonight – Vermont represent! Not that I wouldn’t be watching the Food Network anyway πŸ˜‰
What’s my breakfast concoction gonna be tomorrow?!

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Sunday, Lazy Sunday

How was everyone’s Sunday? Good, I hope!
Mine was pretty relaxing – sometimes it’s nice to not be rushing around! hah.
After my glorious breakfast and cleaning up, I went about some general “house keeping” chores before finishing up a short paper and then getting to work on some collages for a potential photo customer. This may or may not have involved a banana and some handfuls of those awesome garden veggie chips I picked up yesterday before breaking for lunch:
Seriously love these wraps. I can put all my veggies inside and still put it on a panini press without making the veggies lose their crunchy freshness! The wraps have a great crunchy-meets-chewy when you do it that way, too πŸ™‚
In La Tortilla: Cedar’s Sundried Tomato Hummus, red pepper, Cedar’s Chipotle Salsa, romaine, kosher dill pickle, dijonnaise, kidney beans, and garlic salt. And a carrot. It was a whole carrot. I kinda ate it as I made it, though, and that’s all that made the shot!
Was just going to go for a hummus and veggie wrap, but then realized I had the last of that can of kidney beans to finish up. I’d already spread the hummus and wasn’t sure how two different kinds of beans would jive, but just decided to go for it πŸ˜› It was great! Totally in love with Cedar’s. Hummus is a pretty picky subject, though. What’s your favorite brand and flavor of hummus?
Played online for a little while, and then decided I should get some quick sandwich-y salad-y eats ready for lunches and/or dinners throughout the week for myself and the parentals. This project included a can of garbanzo beans!
Exhibit A:
1/2 of a 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, 1/2 medium red onion, 1 de-seeded Roma Plum tomato, 1/2 c. + red pepper, dried oregano & basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar.

Exhibit B was less than photogenic. I blame the loss of daylight:
Falafel. Recipe to come.

I was on my own for dinner even though everyone was home – they were making corned beef.
I hate corned beef.
I opted for a Chik’n Quesedilla! (make sure you say that like napoleon.) and broccoli. Loving broccoli lately.
In La Tortilla spread with 1 Laughing Cow Wedge: sauteed 1/2 c. Quorn Chik’n Tenders, red pepper, red onion, 1 Roma Plum Tomato, mesquite BBQ sauce, Franks, minced garlic, and sour cream. Stuffed it all in the tortilla and pressed on the georgie.
For the Broccoli: “fried” with minced garlic, honey mustard, and balsamic vinegar. 
I’m not really sure the best way to describe my “frying” method for broccoli. It is, by no means, fried. But it’s not just sauteed, because it is intentionally burnt in some places. I am no chef. I have no idea. I just make tasty food.
Does anyone else get a kick out of nomming down a bunch of food that is seemingly unhealthy upon first glance, when it’s really not?
Has anyone else tried those Quorn tenders? I am a fan. So good. They even fooled my mom! She helped herself to some of last night’s curried chik’n and noodles, so I decided to prod a little by saying “yeah, those noodles and chicken were kind of weird though, weren’t they?” (she is always honest about my cooking.) Her response was along the lines of “I didn’t taste anything wrong with it…why do you say that?” hah! score! Fake chik’n and tofu noodles, and she was none the wiser. I wish everyone could realize that it’s so easy to make healthy substitutions but not miss out on flavor. Not that real chicken is bad for you; I mean, I eat real chicken – I’m more just speaking in a general sense.
Do you like “tricking” people into eating healthy things?
I don’t consider that tricking because my family knows I try to eat relatively healthy, and realize it’s just what I enjoy. They tend to enjoy it as well, especially when I make it for them πŸ˜›
Dessert was lovely, as always:
The best of both worlds: lime-poppyseed quick cookie & fro-yo. And that’s definitely a mug of pudding hot cocoa. No shame.
I decided to zest in the dark,and kind of overdid it. No more zesting in the dark.
What were the highlights of your Sundays?!

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