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Overboard

Is everyone super happy it’s Friday? I know I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t! I’m also super excited for the start of the Olympics. Finally something good on television!
This morning started with another ridiculous bowl of Toasted Coconut Gingerbread Oats with Choco-Mocha “Icing”. I think it’s safe to say I’ve been going a little overboard with the toppings as of late, no? hehe.
At least it’s still kind of healthy though, right? It just feels like cheating 😛
I’m totally loving the whole molasses/gingerbread flavor. And hey – blackstrap molasses just so happens to be an excellent source of iron and calcium! How ya like them apples?


The usual mix with heaping 1/8 t. each ginger, nutmeg, ground clove, and cinnamon; vanilla extract, and 1.5 t. molasses. 
Topped with 2 t. coconut (toasted) toasted walnuts, goji berries, crystallized ginger, banana, wheat germ, raisins, and a maraschino cherry, just for good measure!
The Chia-Seed Yogurt Pudding “Frosting” of the day was brewed coffee, almond milk, chia seeds, greek yogurt, unsweetened organic cocoa-powder, and a splash of agave

*deep breath* phew! that was a mouthful!

Lunch was a repeat from the past couple days, yet still hasn’t gotten old! I actually froze the meatballs so they kept pretty well. Still enough for one more delicious turkey buffalo wrap, too. 

Work actually went by pretty quickly today, just slowing down towards the end of the day so I ended up leaving a half hour early. It was a beautiful day outside so I took the opportunity to walk a package down to the post office. I love being able to take a short walk during work, even though the wind did get quite chilly after a couple minutes! Oh, well. The sun was gorgeous, and I can’t help but to smile when it’s out. The weather has such a huge impact on my mood, I think moreso than most people.
How much does the weather affect your mood?

I came home to a surprise!


Aside from my Naturally Nutty shipment coming in, my mom was thinking of me when she saw these at the Discount Foods Store! Sure, the cans are dented but who cares? They’re not expired yet, and will certainly be consumed before that date, anyway. I was mourning to her about the pumpkin shortage awhile ago, but she remembered…and I’ve been dying to try the S’mores Z Bars. 
She’s too good to me 🙂
Dinner tonight was a good one, too! Even though I only got home about 20 minutes earlier than usual, I just felt like I had so much more time to cook! It was quite nice. This is another “how is this healthy” meal from me, haha. Sure, I’m not saying it’s a prime example of health food by any means, but food can certainly get much junkier than this, too. And I’ve finally finished those scallops! hah.
Garlicky Scallops & Butter Beans with Bacon
For One

Ingredients:
2 slices raw bacon
~3/4 c. raw scallops with their juice
1/2 c. canned butter beans, undrained
1/8 c. each: diced scallions, diced red bell pepper, diced red onion
2 sundried tomatoes, diced
1.5 t. minced garlic
1 t. honey mustard
salt & pepper
EVOO

Destructions:
1. Defrost scallops in microwave, do not drain liquid from bowl. Microwave bacon on paper towel-covered plate for 45 sec, blot away excess grease, and chop into medium-sized pieces, trimming away excess fat.

2. Over low heat, begin sauteeing the minced garlic in a non-stick pan drizzled lightly with olive oil (alternatively, I’m sure you could omit the EVOO and microwaving the bacon, and instead use the bacon grease in place of EVOO. I declined on the notion.) Add the scallops & their liquid as well as the bacon, scallions, pepper, and onion. Season with honey mustard, salt and pepper, and allow scallops and bacon to finish cooking thoroughly.

3. Once thickened some and scallops and bacon is cooked, add the beans and sundried tomatoes.

4. Plate!
I cut and then toasted a pita with some garlic, and served with a side of “burnt broccoli,” as well, and topped with some parmesan. Delish!


If only burnt broccoli looked as appetizing as it tastes. It’s my favorite way to eat broccoli! So much better than just steaming or microwaving it.
This was a really good meal. Next time? I’ll be making some homemade Naan rather than the pita!
Is anyone else excited to have the Olympics to watch?
What sport are you most looking forward to?
I  can’t wait to watch the snowboarding. Ice skating is exciting, too. ( the racing )

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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 🙂
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 😛 That “pita quesedilla” certainly tasted exciting, however! And if it makes you feel better, I at least kept the flavors consistent throughout 🙂


“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 😉
What’s my breakfast concoction gonna be tomorrow?!

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Recollections

Weekend’s over already, back to work tomorrow 😦 Fast weekend. Seems like they always are lately.
I spent the rest of my afternoon going through old photos, remembering “the good old days”.
yep. I was an avid horseback rider from just about the time I could walk up until a couple of years ago, when life got in the way.
I would spend my summers working all day in order to get a ride in, or to help pay off board for my horse. There’s no better feeling than bringing a young or green horse along, and successfully competing in their first show. The bond is an amazing feeling, but then of course the time comes to start over with a new one, yet rather than feel sadness at selling your old friend, it’s just pride as you watch your “baby” show a new rider the ropes, and watch a new bond form.
Don’t get me wrong – there’s also those horses that you keep with you forever, both of you learning together rather than one educating the other. I was fortunate enough to be able to partake in both of these roles.
I got so busy senior year of highschool, with school, working whenever I wasn’t in school, and college stuff. Then I worked 9-5:30 all summer, and then started school. 
Whenever I wasn’t busy, I would try to divide my time between “me” time, family time, friend time, and horse time, but it just got to be too much, and horse time ended up taking the backburner.
My horse at the time, Burly, the first horse in this post, ended up sitting in a pasture for the better part of the summer. Of course he was still fed and cared for – he was at a boarding barn – but it killed me that he wasn’t getting the love and attention he deserved, from one person (me) rather than the usual come-and-go of other boarders and lesson students passing through the barn. Burly was the horse I had finally settled on, who I had purchased using the money I had saved up from prior resale projects. He had the best personality, and every time I stopped to see him he would still give me just as much love as a family member would, regardless of the fact that it didn’t seem like I was giving it back. You could tell how proud and happy he was after each successful ride we’d squeeze in, and it seemed like the more time off he’d get, the more heart he’d give me. Usually, it’s the opposite.
I couldn’t sell him, but I knew I needed to find someone for him.
Luckily, I am able to lease him out to a place where he is getting all the love and attention he truly deserves. Hopefully, within the next couple of years, I’ll be able to dedicate a larger portion of my time to horses, and possibly bring him home. But who knows if I’ll have the heart to take him back from where he is now?
Burly – Summer 2008


Lately, I really miss it, and am hoping to find time to ride for at least one day a week.

But, enough babbling. Just thought I’d offer a small peak into my life. I feel like you guys hardly know me!
Back to food. And stuff. haha.
It’s no secret that I love polenta. And it seems like lately, polenta is sweeping the food-blogger world! After seeing so many recipes pop up for polenta casseroles, I couldn’t hold off any longer and had to make one myself. Strangely, I started off with the inkling for a Mexican Polenta Casserole, but like most everything I do, changed my mind last minute to incorporate scallops. 
No, I don’t all of a sudden have a scallop obsession – see last night’s meal – in fact, I could take or leave scallops, really. But these scallops have followed me from my last apartment, and they need to be consumed. That’s a couple months. I mean, they’re fine in the freezer and everything, but really now.
Sorry for the poor photos. I wanted to leave it in that cute little personal casserole dish – kept it nice and warm! – rather than plop it all out onto a plate. It’s fitting because I coincidentally, accidentally stole that mini casserole dish from my last roomates. It’s the perfect size for one! anyways, you can’t really see the layers, but here’s how it went down:
For the scallop layer: Sautee ~10-15 Bay Scallops in minced garlic, lemon juice, dijon mustard, chopped onion, and chopped red pepper. Season with paprika, salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and chili powder. Set aside once done.
For the Veggie Layer: Sautee veggies of choice (I used broccoli, red pepper, tomato, onion, and carrot) in minced garlic. Season with same as above, or just some salt and pepper.
For the Polenta: Bring 1 cup water to a boil, and slowly whisk in 1/4 c. yellow cornmeal. Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and garlic.

Layer in casserole dish – I went veggies, polenta, scallops, and then topped with tomato slices, parmesan cheese, real bacon bits, and red peppers. Bake for about 20m. at 400 degrees.
If you’re in a hurry, baking isn’t totally necessary since everything is cooked – but it’s definitely worth it. Gives the polenta a nice crust!

The scallops actually went really nicely with the polenta. Get a bit of everything! I liked the lemony flavor carrying through everything, but the chili powder gave it just the right mild kick.

Finish with:
a lime poppyseed oatmeal cookie and banana-raspberry-vanilla greek yogurt with dates, crystallized ginger, and total!

mmmm 🙂
Have you had to force a favorite pastime to the backburner in order to make room for other responsibilities?

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