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Mmmm….Fermentation!

Holy Friday! Did it fly by for everyone else?

Not only was it 5:30 before I knew it – my day was filled with so much deliciousness that I don’t know how I got lucky enough to be so deserving! Do you think you can handle it?! (dahh, dahh…are you ready, for this jelly, i don’t think you’re readyyyyy)

Lets start with my beloved carrot-cake oats, shall we?

I’ve been having serious dilemmas as to what I want in my breakfasts lately. This week, I was chained to pumpkin. Well – my mom sneakily polished off my pumpkin yesterday, and I was at a loss as to what I was craving this morning.

What do I do when I don’t crave anything in particular?

Why, carrot cake oats, of course!

Because, lets face it - they've never served me wrong!

I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad bowl of carrot cake oats. I mean…how could you go wrong with eating carrot cake for breakfast? With frosting, even!! For some reason – the carrots I purchased most recently are, well – obscenely carrot-y. I don’t know why, but they’re just not as good for some reason! So I figure, if anything will make them amazing, it’s a bowl of oatmeal. And boyyy, was I right. Luckily, I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of this mix.

The base?

1 T. oat bran, 2 T. rolled spelt flakes, 2 T. Bob’s 5 Grain Hot Cereal, 1 T. wheat bran

-1/2 c. brewed coffee, 1/2 c. almondmilk

– 3/4 shredded carrot, 1/4 thinly sliced banana

vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, drizzle of agave

-1/2 T. chia seeds

The Toppings?

chia-acai icing, milled golden flax

-chopped mixed nuts, raisins

Artisana coconut butter, ginger jam

and a “compote,” if you will, of the remaining shredded carrot, another 1/4 of the chopped banana, golden raisins, and some shredded coconut – in a syrup of agave and almondmilk.

Served with a side of snow and wind.

And of course, Green Mountain Rain Forest Nut. I think my new flavor – but I’ve only got 1 K-Cup left!! In addition – some Yogi crisp crumbs of the cinnamon raisin variety graced the top of that upon consumption. It’s the bottom of the bag!! And it must have gotten smooshed. But – it makes for some rockin’ granola! I’m not complaining ๐Ÿ™‚

As per usual - this bowl did not disappoint.

The weather, however - did. Very much so.

Sure – 18* isn’t cold. Especially for Vermont. 18* is, however – extremely frigid when it is windy as all get-out and all you’re doing is photographing your breakfast in your pajamas. The things I do for you guys…the things I do ๐Ÿ˜› You bet I came right back in and had to microwave that baby.

Jusssst kidding. (p.s. did anyone pick up on my obsession with matte black platery?)

The day didn’t get warmer. In fact, on my walk to the post office and paint store – I suffered from some serious face freeze. I think I went all winter without face freeze – and now I get it, in March?! I was not impressed. I was impressed, however – with these babies.

Ohhh, Yogi. Have you ever failed? No one likes a perfectionist. But I guess I'll make an exception.

WARNING: Upon consumption, one may find themselves foaming at the mouths for just one more handful. And one more. And then another.

Not kidding. I was completely sold on the cinnamon raisin crisps, but figured why not try another kind? I’m a blueberry-head, so opted for Blueberry Flax. Um, hello, I apparently got pushed into a blueberry farm upon opening, that is how fresh and potent they were. And in a good way – absolutely no artificial smell or taste. They’ve seriously done it again. I give this bag even less time than cinnamon raisin. Not because they’re that much better (they’re both 10/10) but just because my addiction has grown that much stronger over the past couple of days! Thank you, Yogi. I deman: larger bags and more flavors. I propose a pumpkin cranberry flavor. Separate or combined, I’m not picky.

After snacking a couple handfuls, some finally made their way into a trail mix of sorts.

Hiding under the trail power? (which – in case you hadn’t notice – I completely forgot to put in this morning’s breakfast! I missed it…) Yogi crisps, dates, almonds, and Galaxy granola. Supahh stunahh trail power.

While we're on the topic of snacks...

Self-explanatory, I do believe.

If you dare try to replace Apple-Honey Butter, you best be phenom.

…and phenom it was, with the assistance of PB& Co Cinnamon Raisinย peanut butter, tempeh, raisins, and sliced apple, in a supah-soft Joseph’s flax & oatbran pita.

The Fantastic Five.

I had a serious deliberation in the kitchen this morning, completely torn between another beloved PB&Tempeh pita, or my also-beloved hummus, veggie & egg wrap. You don’t even know how many times I changed my mind, but you see what I finally went with. And it was a dang good choice.

I think I often pass on this as a work lunch just because I don’t want to be given even more wierd looks. But today? Today, I was brave. Why, you ask?

...because tempeh wasn't the only form of fermentation in my lunch!

Hey, Jess…? What are you….eating?”

“Oh, the usual…just a whole lotta fermentation. Mmmm! Love me some fermented goods.”

That conversation didn’t take place. I was a little disappointed, actually. I was ready to boast about my eats today, rather than feel frustrated ๐Ÿ™‚ But, not one to toot my own horn, I ate in silence. Probably because I was the only one around, though…and I don’t talk to myself. Out loud.

Told you I’d have to ration my Kombucha intake. Them babies pricey! And, I definitely toasted my pita at work. It was fanfweakingtastic.

And – I see I’m not the only one who was afraid to try Kombucha! I almost thought I was one of the final few to finally jump on the train. But – I definitely recommend giving it a shot. It’s really good! I can’t wait to try the other flavor I picked up. I will say, however – that if you don’t like tart cranberries, you probably won’t like the cranberry flavor. There’s no sugar or sugar substitute – just pure cranberry juice. I love the pucker, but I think that may be a turn-off for some.

I need more fiber like Kaia needs more McDonalds. Here's a hint: Kaia needs more salads.

Couldn’t resist this bar at the co-op. Haven’t seen the brand in grocery stores, and it sounded goooood – Banana Walnut, can you go wrong?

And obviously, some lovely ingreds.

Peep the goods. I had to exercise extreme self control during this time.

I wanted to let everyone see what it looked like, so I opened it at home. This was risky. The fact that it smelled like a whole room-full of fresh-baked banana bread pretty much made me want to devour the whole thing, but luckily, that’s what good, filling carrot cake oats are good for and I was full. It was close, though.

But what did I think of it? Holy yum. Gnu Foods, you sure as hay know what you’re doing. This tasted so so amazingly like a fresh baked banana bread, I was in awe. Not kidding. I also loved the crunch factor the flax seeds provided, and it had a lovely soft texture otherwise. Deliciously real tasting! I don’t consider myself lacking in the fiber department – but it did have more protein than my beloved Clif bars, and that’s never a bad thing.

But you know what is a bad thing? The fact that the co-op only has this flavor, and I can’t find them anywhere else. I want to cry. Guess I’ll have to pay an arm and a leg for shipping.ย The end. I mean: Check out all these amazing flavors. Must…have….them…all.

I seriously boogied at work today. And by that – I mean we were rockin’ and rollin’ and the day flew by. Great mood, too – the sun was shining and everyone was in love. heh…isn’t that precious. If only the sun actually provided warmth, I’d be so much happier. It’s supposed to get to 0 tonight. Not impressed. Luckily, a warmer weekend is in store! And with that in mind, I managed to do work and bop out of work early enough to whip through cleaning the office while I was in town. Now I don’t have to run in this weekend! Psych. Especially handy this weekend because tomorrow I’m going to a horse and tack auction with my mom for the majority of the day. I’m pretty excited ๐Ÿ™‚ Abouutttt as excited as I was for dinner tonight…

Because I obviously didn't have enough fiber still.

Has anyone else noticed my tendency to have fish on Friday? I think that’s a Christian thing – right? Well, it’s purely coincidental. Maybe my creativity tends to run out, and I just love salmon so dang much that I want something familiar? Regardless – being the pair salmon with fruit junkie that I am, and having yet to pair salmon with cranberries, I knew what it was time for.

Or is it Kale, Broc, and Carrots with a side of Salmon?

For the cranberry glaze:

Microwave about 1/2 cup frozen cranberries in a bit of water until they begin to burst. Add in a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and a good spoonful of maine maple dijon mustard and a drizzle of honey.

For the salmon:

Season with salt and pepper on both sides, and begin to saute in olive oil over medium heat. Once lightly cooked on both sides, pour the cranberry sauce over the fish and reduce heat, allowing the glaze to thicken.

Add in kale, broccoli, and carrot slices and continue to cook until done.

Top the veggies with some shredded almond cheese and garnish with chopped mixed nuts.

Please, don’t forget about the mixed nuts! Or you’ll regret it. Promise.

More breaking news? I am a new cottage-cheese addict. I eat it plain now – with just some jam and cinnamon. Oh, and obviously granola crisps, but I’ll put granola crisps on my…veggies. Okay, maybe not – but you get the picture. I am a changed soul.

You know what I’ve realized? I’ve rarely given a bad review. *cough*exceptGardein*cough*. I actually feel sort of bad about this. Like you won’t be able to take me seriously when I say something is oh so amazing – because “I love everything.” So – thought I’d throw out there – I will say when I don’t like something. I have nothing to gain (or lose) from giving my true opinion/feelings. On the other hand – obviously I don’t “review” everything. Mainly if it’s a new product to me, or something I’ve started eating that I am crazy about. Ordinary old snacks and what not just get a “yeah they’re good,” and I go about my daily blogging. I guess I don’t see a point in dwelling on stuff that I’m not either a. crazy about, b. totally hate, or c. is a widely-known product. Unless, of course – it’s widely known but new to me, in which case – it would make sense I say what I think ๐Ÿ™‚

Capiche? Just thought I’d throw that out there ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s everyone else got planned for the weekend?! Hopefully beautiful, sunny, warm weather is in your forecast. And, of course – good food ๐Ÿ™‚

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What’s On?

Heyyyy, punkins! You’ve made it to Friday, and now we’re home free! Does anybody have any exciting plans for the weekend? I’m holding out for the continuation of this gorgeous weather – but I think that’s only going to happen tomorrow. I’ll take what I can get, I suppose!

Old Faithful.

My Friday kicked off with what may be becoming my old faithful bowl of oats! Plum oats have been making their appearance quite often lately, haven’t they? Well, in case you haven’t tried – they are just that good! They’re definitely prettier when you get a really good plum, though. Why have my plums been so bland in color lately?! No me gusta.

This morning’s base was equal parts oat bran, rolled spelt flakes and rolled barley flakes, wheat bran, brewed coffee, almondmilk, trail power, 1/4 of a sliced banana, 1/2 of a diced plum, vanilla extract, and chia seeds. I topped it with chia-acai icing, crystallized ginger, flax, almonds, chopped dates, ginger jam, coconut butter and a sauteed mixture of the rest of the plum, 1/4 sliced banana, almondmilk, and shredded coconut. The flavor of the morning was French Vanilla. Can you ever go wrong with French Vanilla coffee? I think not. What’s your favorite coffee flavor? Are you a traditionalist, or do you like to mix it up?

Coconut butter & plums…never fail ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m totally loving on these ginger preserves. Nora asked me yesterday how long it usually takes me to make these breakfasts I *la hem* oh-so-artfully create. [Which, btw, is another reason we’re long-lost foodie twins…I had been chuckling inside my head just that very morning wondering if you all think I’m crazy since it seems like it would take forever!] But – this bowl took only about 20 minutes from start to finish – and that’s primarily because I cook over super-low heat so that I can pack some parts of my lunch and organize my life. If I didn’t love the layers of flavors you get from having icing, the sauteed fruit, nut butters, and of course the oats themselves, it could obviously be done much faster. But what’s the fun in that?! So, just thought I’d throw that out there, in case anyone else was wondering. I used to be such a food mixer – and it’s strange, because for most other meals, I do mix everything together. [i.e. rice, yogurt messes, having the need to throw everything in the same bowl, wrap, or plate]ย  But! I don’t like my oatmeal all mixed up. It’s a delicate craft to eat, let me tell you. ๐Ÿ˜› Are you a mixer, or a “layer eater”?

All morning, I was so excited just imagining the beautiful weather we had been forecasted. Uhm, upper 60’s and sunny? Yes, Please. I sauntered out of the house in just a button-up and light thermal, but probably should have re-thought that concept. It is still winter, after all…

…which means it is still chilly in the morning! Oh, well – I pumped the heat and clutched my coffee, and picked a soundtrack to start my day and warmed up quick enough.

Believe it or not, but I do actually listen to more than Jay! haha. In fact – it’s a recent obsession. Fun Fact? I used to be a major screamo-metal head. Well – not metal. But you get the picture. And in case you don’t: this was one of my favorite songs this time last year. In fact – I still have a lot of this genre on my iPod. I just got it for Christmas, and have yet to put much music on it. At all. It’s a project for this weekend, though – because it needs to happen! [disclaimer: most of the time I didn’t listen to stuff that brutally awful. I’d say that’s the worst of it. Ironically, I of course didn’t think this at the time.] And yes – I had the hair to match the musical tastes. Maybe I’ll show you sometime ๐Ÿ˜‰

By some stroke of luck, I actually made it out of the house a bit early this morning – a trend that hadn’tย occurredย much at all this week. Oh well. Not wanting to be early for work, I of course stopped along the way to enjoy the starts of this beautiful day. The lake was like glass!

It was already absolutely gorgeous by the time I got to work, but I somehow managed to find my way in without getting lost. I did, however, wind up with the munchies pretty much all morning long. It’s funny because today was probably my least active morning I’ve had at work in a while because there was a lot of digital work (re: sitting!) to be done. I swear I get hungrier from sitting. Same thing happens on school days! Ugh.

Oh well. Not being one to push aside cravings, I polished off half my eats before noontime even rolled around. For a while there, I was a little worried I’d have lunch before the clock struck twelve!

orange, kiwi.

dried pitted dates, dried apricots, oven-roasted sea-salt almonds

bargain shopper score! 49 cents?! I'll take them ALL!

My favorite ingredient is the "organic white coating." Yep.

I stopped myself at half the bar, knowing I’d crave a lil’ something sweet after lunch, or in the afternoon. Sorry if everyone’s getting bored of my bar-label shots. I love reading ingredients and nutrition facts, though…maybe you guys do, too?! Especially when they’re this good! I’ve already raved enough about these Z Bars, though – so I’ll save you that. I of course, also nommed on a carrot.

Today absolutely flew by. I love these days! Especially when it’s as laid-back as it was today. Not only that, but I packed a great lunch – and decided to take a mile and a half long walk to the Walgreens on the corner. Hey – if the boss wants dark chocolate, I’ll get him dark chocolate! It. was. beautiful. 67* and brilliantly sunny, with a nice warm breeze! I couldn’t have been happier. Though I was a bit sad to have to go back.

WW wrap with chik'n salad, spinach, red pepper, and honey mustard.

packed & ready! I no longer take the time to cut my carrots.

This salad got pretty amazing overnight, I think! Seemed so much better today – though that could be the addition of red pepper and honey mustard. Not to mention – I think I shortchanged myself last night, because this wrap was huge! I just packed it all in there even though I knew it was a lot. In fact, my cow-worker’s remark was “Jess, I think your wraps have been getting larger every day.” heh! Shnoopsies.

Not to mention: it finally put the kibosh on my ravenous hunger! Okay – maybe I wasn’t ravenous. But this wrap was huge, and I didn’t even touch the Popchips or wasas, and the rest of my Z Bar waited until the drive home!

Of course, by the time I drove home I had the salmon I had taken out for dinner on the mind, so I needed something to tide me over!

Tonight’s salmon was a citrus-balsamic glaze with a side of sauteed Kale. And applesauce. I keep forgetting how much balsamic vinegar Kale picks up – It really takes on teh vinegar flavor! So while the vinegar level was perfect for the salmon, the Kale was almost too much so. Oh, well – I’m not one to let that minor deet stop me ๐Ÿ˜‰ The salmon was wonderfully moist and tender, though. And I always love a balsamic glaze!

I browned one salmon filet in a pan drizzled with olive oil in some minced garlic and fresh basil. I also sprinkled salt and pepper on each side, with a touch of lemon pepper. In a small bowl, I combined the juice andย pulpย of one orange with a bit (2 Tbs. or so?) of balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of honey, as well as 2 Tbs. or so of unsweetened applesauce. Pour over the salmon, and allow to thicken a bit, or just cook until done! I also added the Kale right into the pan – but again, it kind of soaked up a bit too much of the balsamic. I love the applesauce with this, though! I was planning on just doing applesauce-balsamic glazed salmon but there was an uneaten-yet-cut-up orange out, and figured “why not?” heh…

I tend to accidentally overcook fish a lot of times…but this time I was successful! I think I’m just finally getting the hang of it, haha. But as I said – it was wonderfully moist and flavorful. Yum!

After dinner, it was ย nice enough to be outside, and decided to help my mom rake leaves. We’re a little late on the leaf-raking, I guess. Oh well. I came back inside wicked excited for a dessert I had prepped for this morning!

Chocolate-Cranberry Nanner Softserve

Holy yum. This was reeeeee-diculous. Just like soft serve! I was nervous this banana softserve was all a lie the first couple of “processes” – the banana was getting crumbly – not at all soft-serve like. It came together quite quickly after scraping it all down from the sides, though. And, will be revisited quite often.

I hope everyone has a great night! I should really start working on a paper I need to write for family violence, but am not looking forward to it. I’m supposed to give mock relationship advice to someone getting involved in their first relationship. Uhh, this should be interesting considering the fact that I am far from successful when it comes to successful relationships. Hey, maybe I’ll give myself some good advice?! haha.

What’s everyone else got planned?!

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Why Not BOTH?

Good evening, lovelies! I hope everyone was able to enjoy their Saturday – maybe it’s only blustery and cold again in Vermont, and you’re all being graced with sunshine?

plum oats

Like I’d mentioned yesterday, I had to work today ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I shouldn’t complain, really – I’ve been pretty lucky that I haven’t been asked to work Saturdays since Christmas time! I love having a full two days in a row off. Otherwise, it messes with my whole schedule. Yes – I realize I don’t do much of anything important on the weekends anyways – but I enjoy “me time.” Two days of being able to do whatever I please always makes me ready for another week of craziness.

Luckily, however, Saturdays are generally always really laid back. This is both good and bad: good in that we tend to just generally be even more relaxed than we are already, and bad in that it’s really easy to get bored and antsy. At least this time of year, anyways. I almost view working on Saturdays as just “hanging out,” not workin’ to pay tha billss.

This means – I can show up whenever I want, too!

I typically never take advantage of this, but today I got a little caught up in going through photos before leaving, so I decided I’d just meander it around 9:30 versus the usual 9:00. I took my time preparing and savoring this never-fail oat combo of plum and coconut. Yum! These plums are the perfect ripeness. So juicy and sweet! And I decided to use half barley and half oat bran for the base – it was so “fluffy” – I loved it! Granted, I’ve done this combo before, but I love the rolled barley flakes. Have you tried them yet?

Classifieds

For the plum topping I sauteed some chopped plum, almonds, dates and shredded coconut in some almondmilk. And the co-stars were White Choco Coconut PB and Artisana Coconut Butter! I was torn between the two, and then realized; why not a lil’ bit-a both?! It was a good call.

My meandering continued as I leisurely prepared a lunch.

I figured since I had to get more almondmilk on the way home last night – why not replace my fermented hummus while I was there?! I prefer Garlic and Chive – but Tomato and Basil is another wise choice. Each time I go to the store I went to last night (which isn’t the one I usually go to) I am astounded by the ridiculous array of hummus. Both the amount of brands, and the amount of flavors! It’s gotten so crazy! I remember when the options were pretty much garlic, sundried tomato & basil, original, and roasted red pepper. Now there’s everything to please even the strangest of cravings!

What’s your favorite hummus flavor? What’s the weirdest you’ve had?

My sincerest apologies if you hate burnt eggs. It’s the only way I’ll eat them. I want golden, crispy edges! Though – in my defense, this one looks so strange because that’s parmesan cheese on top ๐Ÿ˜‰

WW wrap with hummus, spinach, red pepper, roma tomatoes, fresh basil, and two fried egg whites – that were fried in red onion, fresh basil, sundried tomato, and parm. I couldn’t decide – sundried tomatoes or fresh roma tomatoes? And decided – hey – why not both?!

Kiwi or orange? Well – you see where that went. And of course, popchips. New obsession. Their bags are way too small, though. I can’t say for certain- but I think I’ve only got a couple servings worth left already! Not good. I hope I don’t have to write them a letter like I had to write Silk. (p.s. thanks everyone for your support in my dreams of becoming the Silk ad-campaign girl. Maybe we should all write them and encourage it. We’ll all be famous! …i kid.)

Trail mix or Z-Bar?

This was almost a “why not both?” moment – but I ended up not eating the last of the trail mix. I brought it in case I needed a little something extra – I wanted to clean my office after work, so Idon’t need to go into town tomorrow.

So – after enjoying a delicious lunch and snackage – I was on my own at work. Yep – I had to work today so that my bosses could attend their nieces birthday party – which involved leaving me all by my lonesome for the last hour we were open, and closing up shop. I won’t lie. I was nervous! The good thing about Saturdays, though? We close at 4, not 5:30. So luckily, I would be able to clean the office and get home not too late. I almost thought I was going to be stuck there until 5, though! Why do customers always choose to come in at the last possible minute? Oh, well. I actually still got out of there by 4:30 – I was worried for a little bit, though.

I dreamt of this all day.

I confess. I have this thing. This thing involves me dreaming up dinner ideas by the time noon rolls around. Anybody else share this thing with me? I hope so. It will make me feel a little more normal. *cough*I won’t admit that often the ideas start rolling after breakfast*cough*

Tonight’s thing? Balsamic-Mango Glazed Salmon.

Remember Balsamic-Honey Glazed Salmon, one of my favorite salmon recipes? Well, it’s such a delicious recipe, yet also easily adjustable – so I decided why not play with it to replace the honey with a mango puree mixture? Ohhh, okay, if you insist.

I also crusted it with poppyseeds. I can’t remember where I saw this a little bit ago and had to try it – I love poppyseeds, why not? Newsflash: I love poppyseeds, but I don’t need them lovin’ on my salmon. I scraped them off. It didn’t taste bad, I just got weirded out by the amount of poppyseeds. Ah well. At least the rest of the recipe was a success: the mango-balsamic mixture was divine! Not to mention, it went great with the sauteed kale.

To make the sauce, I simply pureed half a mango in the food processor with a spoonful of greek yogurt, zest of half a lime, a dash of crushed red pepper, and a dash of lemon pepper. Meanwhile, a salmon filet that had been sprinkled with smoked salt and pepper (and poppyseeds – but don’t do that!) was browning in a pan drizzled with evoo. I don’t think browning is the correct term, but hopefully you’re pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down.

lime or mango? Um, hello, both!

Once your mango puree is ready, combine it with 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar and 1 t. honey. I also added a half a packet of sun crystals. Just taste it as you go – if you like it ย more lime & vinegar-y, you probably won’t need to add additional sweetness. You could also add a bit more honey in place of that, though. Or cut back on the vinegar – I had a lot of the sauce leftover. No complaints, though – I sauteed some red pepper and kale in it, which was, to put it simply fan-freaking-tastic.

Try this. But don’t try and coat your salmon in poppyseeds. Lesson noted. Is there anything you’ve tried that you thought you would adore, but ended up not caring for?

To prove that I do still love poppyseeds, however:

English muffin, or Kashi?

A lil’ bit-a both! The last cupcake, too ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t bothered with my crazy cereal bowls lately because I’m sure you can only take seeing so much soggy Kashi concoctions. But this one was too good: mango, Kashi, cupcake, crystallized ginger, and chai spice blend. Yes, please.

Plans for the night? I still have so many photos to go through! I am hoping to make some lee-way tonight and tomorrow, though ๐Ÿ™‚ Listening to the wind whip outside, in my nice cozy down-comforter clad bed. With a vanilla latter. ohhh, if you insist. ย And, Hopefully, I will get that mango-coconutย cupcake recipe up tomorrow!

I hope everyone has a great night ๐Ÿ™‚ Laterr gaterrrs.

oh yeah – sweet dreams ! (hehe…sorry. ย I couldn’t help but laugh the entire time I heard this. You know – the whole “I want to change this, but I just can’t.” scenario.)

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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One of those Days…

Today was kinda  one of those days that just remind you we’re all human ๐Ÿ™‚
You know…everything’s going great for a couple weeks, and then you get a day where it seems like nearly everything that can go wrong, does? Ehhhh, well. 
It started out fair enough:


It was kinda like a trip to the tropics, actually!
Mixed in with the oatmeal was banana, sliced pineapple, and goji berries.
And on the top?  Flax, toasted coconut, toasted macadamia nuts, sliced banana, raisins, chia-seed yogurt “icing,” pomegranate-strawberry jam, and Naturally Nutty Choco Coconut P.B.
Yum!


It was quite colorful underneath, too – I took a photo but it was blurry. Should have taken that as a hint…

Afterwards, packed up a lunch consisting of a sweet potato & tomato pita panini, an orange, sugar snap peas, carrot sticks, and homemade trailmix.


The rest of my morning banana and a half a slice of bakery spelt bread with A.B. and pomegranate-strawberry jam for the car ride in, too. Why half? For some strange reason, the other half got stuck in the toaster and started smoking. Uh, whaaa? I guess I sliced it a bit uneven. Oh well. I wasn’t hungry, I just wanted it. lol. An added boost to my day, if you will.

Work started out okay…I shot an artist reproduction all by myself (involved a lot of light fidgeting and I’ve only done it twice before) so I was pretty proud, even though someone came in looking to have their passport taken while I was right in the middle of shooting, so of course I had to hurriedly disassemble the repro-lighting set-up to get the lighting right for a portrait/passport to shoot that. Shoot the passport, re-assemble the lighting, shoot the painting, and again disassemble the repro lighting to re-assemble the passport/portrait lighting. Oi. It’s good practice.
I guess. haha.
So that wasn’t too bad. But then it happened.
It? you ask?
Well. I seem to have a knack for being the one using technology when it decides to finally…uh…kaput.

I was happily retouching and printing photos from the Mac, when I turn around to grab a print off the printer to put on the dry-rack. Next thing you know, I turn around and there is a message saying “You need to restart your computer now.” In about five different languages, and unlike any message I have ever seen before.
My “project” boss had just left for the day because his sister-in-law was having a baby. (the one who kinda oversees digital/tech-y jobs and gives me the stuff to work on)
I was going it alone. (well, with my other boss – runs the business, but not as UTD with the digital projects & such)

After much googling, I discover it is a kernel panic, which has to do with incompatible RAM or software, or a severely corrupt hard-drive. Cool, right? Well, let me tell you, I was in a kernel panic for the better part of the day. When I left it was still a very unhappy Mac, so I guess we’ll find out Wednesday what the word is.

To make matters worse: An order came through that needed to be printed off of that Mac that the customer needed tonight. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t be happening. I had a feeling that would happen.

But hey – dinner would make everything better, right? Salmon tonight. I love salmon! And I’d do a Maple-Ginger glaze. Mmmm! I love maple! and Ginger!


Uhh, okay…I love ginger in moderation. Unfortunately, I had a minor accident with the ginger shaker and added way too much. Like, a nearly unbearable amount. Pretty sure I only kept eating in efforts to convince myself that it wasn’t that bad. But…it really wasn’t that great. The good part of this meal? The orange slices. And the salmon was okay when I scraped the glaze off. heh…

However, I think my “hey you’re human” day is turning around after all. I just found another bag of butterscotch chips in the cupboard. And I made a piece of Spelt toast without burning it. You’d best believe I’m enjoying a bowl of warmed-up applesauce with P.B. and butterscotch chips, and some spelt toast with PB & J ๐Ÿ™‚ Pretty sure I’ll be nomming my way through the night, though – I tend to do that when I’m unhappy with my dinner because I feel like i was ripped off, food-wise. lol.

Pretty excited to be watching the downhill skiing now – these guys are crazy! Did anyone else catch the men’s moguls last night? My knees hurt just watching. Pretty insane, pretty awesome.

AND! We’re finally supposed to get a minor snow storm tomorrow! It’s been far too long since Vermont’s seen snow…you guys in the South are hogging it all this year!

On a relatively unrelated note:What’s your favorite jam, jelly, or preserve?
Brand or flavor ๐Ÿ™‚
I love finding interesting new jams and preserves…kind of like a nut-butter obsession but different…though I’m pretty sure I’m beginning a nut-butter obsession, too!

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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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Is that Snow on your Oats?

Brrrr!
We’re back to the winter cold here – and I am so glad I’m back into the oatmeal addiction!
Thanks to Bobby Flay, I made German Chocolate Cake inspired “oatmeal” this morning! Or maybe I should just say multi-grain cereal? Wait until I find that this whole breakfast combination I go through on a daily basis is already patented…I ought to look into that, and see what those multi-grain hot cereals consist of, eh?
In the mix this morning? “The Usual” combination of grains & liquids, with 1/2 t. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, 1 packet Sun Crystals, 1/2 banana, and vanilla.
Topped with raisins, walnuts, coconut, Barney Butter, Raspberry Preserves, and “Icing” made up of 1 tsp. chia seeds, greek yogurt, almond milk, and maple syrup.

Sooo perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not typically a chocolate kinda gal, but I am a coconut kinda gal!
The realistic view…

Does anyone else leave the best for last?!
I love letting the almond butter kinda melt in, and then mix it up with the last quarter or so, so the flavor doesn’t get lost ๐Ÿ™‚
This geared me up for a chilly, busy day! 
Well, I guess not too busy. Morning classes went by pretty quickly, and then I had two hours before photo class. I decided to go to my mom’s office on the other side of campus and re-heat my lunch in peace and get some homework done! I hate going to the library…I can never concentrate. Isn’t that what libraries are for?! oh well…
Photo was…interesting. I’m becoming more and more skeptical of how this class is going to go over. This teacher keeps trying to prove me wrong! I really don’t think I’m coming across as arogant by any means – in fact, I’m pretty quiet because I’m afraid if I answer all the time, or talk too much, I will come across as a know-it-all. And I’m there to learn, not be “macho.” So it’s frustrating when I do do something right and it’s just challenged or demeaned. It’s tough to go into detail because it would involve lots of explanations of camera technical facts, lol.
But, coming home and cooking dinner certainly cheered me up! Luckily, we’re given the last hour and a half to do whatever, including leave early. I left early, which means I get some extra free time to watch Ellen AND make a good dinner!


When I first saw the Guilty Kitchen’s recipe for Baked Salmon with Blueberry Sauce, I was skeptical. Blueberries? Count me in! Salmon? Count me in! Oh…together? Um, no thanks. But then I gave it some more thought…and why wouldn’t a blueberry sauce work? I mean, I’ve done apricot, applesauce, honey, maple, orange…why stop there? So I decided tonight was the night to do my own take on the idea!

I did end up making quite a bit of subs…in fact, I think the only thing I left the same is the blueberries and the thyme! Regardless, I’m super happy with how this came out. My mom loved it, too. She was quite skeptical at first, too. Sometimes I feel like my family members think I’m crazy; some other breed of human, or something; for always making crazy “health” food. 
Too bad leftover broccoli is so NOT aesthetically pleasing…

Flaked Salmon Pita with Blueberry-Raspberry Dijon Glaze
(why do I always give my recipes such long titles?)
Serves: 1-3
For the Salmon:
2  4 oz. salmon fillets
1.5 t. minced garlic
salt
pepper
thyme
chili powder (opt.)
olive oil
splash balsamic vinegar
Season both sides of the fillets with salt, pepper, chili powder and thyme – to taste. 
Sautee in garlic in pan lightly coated with olive oil, or non-stick cooking spray. Splash with balsamic vinegar. Cook until done and flakes easily. Flake into medium sized chunks and leave over low heat.
For the Glaze:
Note: Measurements are approx – adjust to your tastes!
3/4 c. frozen or fresh blueberries
1/4c. water
1 t. cornstarch
scant 1/4 c. original almond milk
1 t. balsamic vinegar
1 T. Raspberry Dijon Mustard
1/4 t. black pepper
1/4 t. thyme
dash paprika, chili powder, crushed red pepper and salt
Combine all ingredients in saucepan and heat over low until desired consistency. Additional cornstarch can be added if thicker is desired, or water omitted. I found it to be just right – not too thick, not too thin.
To assemble:
1 Joseph’s Flax Pita
1/2 cheese wedge
1 t. Raspberry Dijon Mustard
chopped scallions
romaine lettuce (spinach would be better – I didn’t have any!)
chopped walnuts
Spread 1/2 cheese wedge in middle of flat pita (unopened) followed by mustard and then lettuce. Top with as much of the salmon as desired, tri-fold the pita over, and press on a panini press/grill.
Top with blueberry glaze, scallions, and chopped walnuts
I forgot about the walnuts and they only made it into the top photo ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoy! I’m also enjoying a really delicious pumpkin pie oatmeal dessert right now, but I think that’s enough talking and recipe – giving ๐Ÿ˜›
I hope everyone’s having a great night – and here’s a warning that tomorrow may be leftover night. But that’s okay, because this salmon makes up for it, right?
Do you plan your meals in advance, or decide hours before you’re ready to eat?

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