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I’m Blue (Daba de Daba Di)

It wasn’t a conscious decision on my part…but the theme of the day was blue.

It started with moldy blueberry pancakes…

…packing a blueberry muffin Larabar…

…and then realized my blueberry-filled morning matched my blue hoodie…

…and by the end of the day, I felt like my hands, lips and toes were blue, too!

…Luckily, it just felt that way…which is sort of ironic to say because usually, with any luck, they won’t feel blue, either!

Anyways. You’re probably still confused by the “moldy pancake” mention, so I’ll enlighten you.

They’re buckwheat! Poor buckwheat has been getting neglected on my pantry shelf. And if I’m being completely real with you all, it’s because I wasn’t sure how well the flavor of buckwheat would go with a nut butter, and I don’t like passing on the peanut/almond/cashew butter in the morning.

There, I said it. I base the flavors of my breakfast off of how well I think the nut butter I have in mind will meld with it.

Finally I decided it couldn’t be that bad with some almond butter, and did it up with some blueberry buckwheat pancakes. I am ashamed to admit that I’d sort of forgotten about my love for buckwheat until I was organizing my recipe pages yesterday, and remembered my banana bread buckwheat waffles.

I decided to give blueberries a shot, as I don’t recall ever having them paired with buckwheat, but still topped it with half a grilled banana, almond butter and maple syrup. Real Vermont maple syrup, thank you. As you can see, we take our maple seriously. And you guys always thought I was joking about it.

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

1 serving

  • 1/4 c. buckwheat flour
  • 2 T. oat bran
  • 1 T. wheat germ (optional)
  • 1/2 – 1 t. baking powder (to be honest I never measure)
  • 1/4 c. + 2 T. almond milk
  • 2 t. chia seeds mixed with 1 1/2 T. water and allowed to “gel”
  • 1/4 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
  • earth balance or butter, for frying
  • toppings, such as: maple syrup, almond butter, banana

Preheat a non-stick pan over medium heat.  Combine the dry ingredients. Mix in the almond milk and chia egg. Fold in the blueberries.

Grease the pan with a light layer of butter before spooning the batter in two portions onto it. Cook until the sides look like they are beginning to set, and then flip and cook about 3 more minutes on that side.

Top with almond butter, maple syrup and a grilled banana or more blueberries.

Ohhh, buckwheat – how could I neglect you all these weeks?

As for the new Larabar flavor that this sweet & charming young lady hooked me up with?

Well, I’m actually pretty surprised I broke into it right away. Usually things like this I hold onto because I can’t find them, so I have this warped sense of “but I need to cherish it!” similar to how all of our grandparents hold on to every. last. thing. due to the Great Depression.

Or something like that.

But no. There was no waiting. I was too excited. Ironically, I wasn’t even hungry for a snack today but since I’d opened it before leaving home I wanted to at least have a bit of it! So I did, and saved the other half for dessert.

Now. You’d be hard-pressed to find me a Larabar I dislike. Sure, I have my preferred flavors and all – but with how simple they are and given the fact that they’re date and nut based, I can’t say I hate any of them. Not even a little bit.

This blueberry muffin flavor was no exception. But! As with most things in life (gosh darn it!) there is room for improvement. Larabar, I would enjoy a. a stronger blueberry flavor, and b. a little lemon zest. I feel these things will bring your blueberry muffin Larabar to an entirely new level altogether.

Unfortunately, things like this tend to be easier said than done, and here’s where everyone at Larabar is throwing up their arms and asking me if I want to start making them. In which case the answer is surely!

Have you ever tried buckwheat before?

What’s your favorite Larabar flavor?

(and as for putting this song in your head after reading the title of this post? you’re welcome. don’t hate me. please?)

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… In a Jar

Hah – I bet you thought with a title like that, breakfast would be in a jar, huh? No, no – I am still a bit weary of the famous OIAJ…I chose to put other things in my jars 😉 But we’ll get there!

I’m a bit proud of myself lately, actually – I’ve been sleeping in on my off days! Not enough to make me feel like I’ve wasted the day or morning, of course – but between 7 and 7:30. Which, in my eyes, is a great time – I still wake up earlier, but just tell myself to go back to sleep. I think I’m starting to need it more as I start doing more.

Especially because I don’t need to get to the barn until 12:30, and don’t have obligations prior to that, except a hot date with my kitchen and the washing machine.

Unfortunately, the washing machine and I didn’t get to see each other today which makes me wonder what I’ll be wearing tomorrow, but at least my kitchen and I got a little experimental this morning. Ooh, sounds racy!

Considering I wound up with quite the bag of puffed millet to make granola bars, I figured I ought to put it to use to something other than just the half cup the bars call for. It makes a super tasty night-time snack (though not as good as Puffins!) and this morning lent a helping hand while I made waffles!

The waffle batter:

  • 1/4 c. rolled oats
  • 1/2 c. puffed millet
  • 2 T. WW flour
  • 1 T. wheat bran
  • 1 T. wheat germ
  • cinnamon
  • baking powder
  • 1 flax egg
  • 1/4 c + 1 T. almond milk
  • spoonful of greek yogurt
  • spoonful of applesauce
  • splash maple syrup
  • 1 chopped date
  • 1/4 of a chopped nectarine

I realize that list makes me look like an insane person who spends hours making breakfast, but really – it’s not that bad, and to answer some questions – these take hardly any time at all. Fifteen minutes, tops – and less if you don’t want waffles with a [ridiculously delicious] topping.

I realize “spoonful” is a bad measurement, but I was watching Guy Fieri the other day and he used “three-quarters of a bear,” as a measurement term (referring to honey) so if he’s allowed to do that, I’m allowed to say spoonful.

The [ridiculously delicious] topping in question today was a nectarine, chopped and simmered in some almond milk and maple syrup, with some chia seeds to give it even more gelification :] Also joining the party was some earth balance spread, chopped hazelnuts, and sunflower seed butter. And since the coffee can never be forgotten, a cup of Green Mountain’s Rain Forest Nut.

I still had a lot of time to kill, so I did a yoga download before getting dressed and getting ready for the barn.

I figured before I started baking that I ought to just head in early – there’s no such thing as too much Teddie time! That and I’m helping Adrienne to make up some ads for the barn, and since today turned out to be gorgeous, I wanted to try to get some photos of the barn, indoor, outdoor, etc.

I packed a sandwich to bring with me, and had some leftover apple wedges. I finished the last of this almond butter in my banana bran muffins (because I was too stingy with my delicious sunflower seed butter to use all sunflower seed butter!) but didn’t recycle the container – I knew it could get cleaner than that!

I think the “jar” gets cleaner from apple wedges than oats, anyways 😉 Of course – this was a small “bulk bin” container, so I don’t think I’d even have been apple to get an eigth of my oats stuffed in there.

The sandwich I packed?

Apple-Barbeque Seitan with sliced gala apple and spinach, on toasted sesame whole-grain.

I almost didn’t pack a sandwich since it’s turned out I don’t eat it until I drive home anyways, but I was glad I did today. Adrienne and I spent so much time talking and shooting that even though I got there at 11:30 – I wasn’t about to get Teddie until 12:30, and decided to just eat while waiting for my mom before working with him.

As I was leaving, though, I grabbed a homemade granola bar fo’ some mo’ fuelage. These ones aren’t lasting long, either! Mae, these really are the world’s best granola bars! I can’t believe how long I’ve been spending $1.50 – $2 on a single bar. I almost got all math-whiz on myself because I was dying to know how much these cost in comparison.

Then I realized that that was too much math.

After my mom & I got home from the barn, I was ready for the rest of my lunch/an afternoon snack/whatever you want to call it.

No, no…. still not OIAJ – but a concoction so heavenly that as I drove home and it came to mind, I almost killed myself by hitting three deer standing in the middle of the road right after a sharp turn on a dirt road that had just been grated. Gravel + sharp braking is pretty much the same thing as braking on ice.

I’m terrified of driving at night in Vermont because of two things: a. deer, and b. moose. Every since I hit one. A deer, not a moose.

Now they’re haunting me in the daytime, too.

Anyways, this MIAJ (or, puffed millet in a jar) is a bit of a happier subject, so we’ll talk about that instead.

Crammed in a basically empty sunflower seed bbutter jar was puffed millet, chopped dried apricots, cinnamon, and a small sliced banana. Oh, and almond milk, of course! I had to add more as I realized I was doing a poor job of scraping up all of the delicious sunflower seed butter.

A walk through the garden followed shortly afterwards. These are my favorite flowers ever. Mainly because they smell heavennly. Almost like coconut!

...the grass is always greener, i guess...

red or green pepper, can't remember. we've got a couple flowers!

I hope the red peppers growwwww, baby growww! I think they need more sun. At least it was sunny all day today?

Roma tomato

All of my roma tomato plants have got little babies on them – but non of the other kinds yet. We need to tie them soon!

sweet corn!

spaghetti squash

Strangely, the spaghetti squash I planted from some seeds I’d saved, and the spaghetti squash I planted as a plant from the greenhouse look completely different from one another. Weird? I think so. Maybe they sold us some other type of squash…

Spinach is also starting to come up, and my mom’s zuchinni is doing really well. Our basil plant is getting bigger and bigger and I cannot. wait. to be able to use it! We also have more chives than any one person could possibly use, and the lettuce is usable, but if I wanted to make a salad with it we’d be out for the year 😛 It’ll get there!

For dinner, I had to put into action Sarena’s Buckwheat Flatbread! I swear – she is a genius! And, a fellow buckwheat junkie 😉 I’d been having random thoughts of pizza or at least making pizza dough, ever since reading about grilled pizzas in a Hannaford’s booklet.

Granted, this could not be grilled, but I don’t play with the grill alone, anyways.

Our $10 toaster-oven from the yardsale has proved itself to be worth it’s weight in gold lately. Seriously – so handy! I’ve been making jsut about anything baked in it lately – except the muffins and bars from the other day. And today, it was great to not have to turn on the whole oven for just this!

I followed Sarena’s recipe to a T, besides the fact that I just made it a little smaller, and added baking powder after it had sit for fifteen minutes. It was delicious! It stayed nice and moist, but had a perfect crust to it. I baked it on a little bit of cornmeal, too.

For the “sauce” I mixed together some tomatoe paste, garlic hummus, nooch, and water (just to thin it a bit).

I topped that with a mix of sauteed garlic, spinach, and red pepper, and then some fresh hydro tomato slices. I chopped up some seitan and topped it with a leeetle bit of feta, too.

And a balsamic reduction was drizzle over the whole thing.

No, it wasn’t necessary, but I’ve never reduced balsamic before and really really wanted to. Any food related thing you keep saying you’re going to try but haven’t yet?

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My Pony’s Cuter Than Yours

Mr. Pony was a super-star once again – are you getting sick of me always saying this yet?!

He’s getting really good about just standing for being worked around, and his ground manners have improved ten-fold. I don’t feel like I need a chain over his nose anymore, though I still have it for when he gets mouthy. A gentle tug gets the point across that his mouth should be kept to himself.

The indoor - from the "shoot."

He wasn’t too stoked for lunging today – kept looking at me sort of like “alright, I’m ready…I’m ready…can I come in now?” which of course – just made me have him go longer. I just hopped on for some walk/whoa/back/flex work, and he was very good. Felt very relaxed, though I’d still like to be sure I have an e-brake before doing much more 😉

Outdoor

I’m glad my mom is willing to “put up” with him – she loves him, but sometimes he can be so mouthy still! He’ll stand nicely for 80% of the time now, but when he decides he needs to chew on something, it becomes a game.

He’ll get over it soon – he’s already gotten miles better.

One of the runs - the mares.

Night, lovelies!

(p.s. I realize my blogger to-do list is growing by the day! I’d like to do a seitan post, the recipe for the sunbutter-banana bran muffins, and promised a camera post eons ago! I’ll get with the program soon. I’d also like to do a healthy eating on a budget post. Mainly because I am feeling quite light in pocket after buying a horse, paying a month of board, and buying a saddle all within the course of two weeks. I’m definitely only buying what I need now!)

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Veggies. With A Side of Veggies. And More Veggies.

I was also glad to read about everyone else’s opinions on Food, Inc. too. Mandiee brought up a great point about local vs. organic. Which is more important to you? I think sometimes, organic is hyped up. Now, hear me out. I’m not saying that it’s a fraud, and everything said to be organic is actually not. I know there’s tons of guidelines to be met if you want to be certified organic (at least in Vermont) – in my opinion, some of them are even a little overboard when it comes to the length of time that needs to pass between having farmed a land with pesticides, stopping use of those pesticides and trying to go organic, and then actually becoming certified. Organic food often times still travels a long ways, and I think sometimes people will see the term “organic” and think “oh, well it’s got to be healthier.” Organic does not change a food’s nutritional value – it’s going to have the same calories and nutrients or lack thereof. That being said, buying local doesn’t necessarily mean buying organic. I’ve been eating organic produce and non for all of my life. Obviously, up until a couple years ago none of this was my concious decision, but I’m fairly certain everything was non-organic up until then. I am still fine with buying non-organic foods, but try to follow this list, too. I simply cannot afford to buy everything organic, especially with all the produce I buy to begin with. So, I think I would rather support local farmers, and buy local produce that may not be certified organic, than certified organic from…? who knows where. (Okay, so the sticker says where it’s from. I digress.) Of course, as I mentioned earlier – Vermont is not quite abundant in growing oranges, so I’ll still enjoy my Florida oranges and Georgia peaches 😉 This probably varies greatly depending on where you live, too – I’m guessing in Florida, it’s a lot easier to buy local without even putting effort into it, you know?  I just hate to see people buying organic things with the thought that organic means healthy. Sure, maybe the ingredients used in organic sweets are cleaner – but I just hate seeing people think that that organic label makes it okay to have way more of them. On another note, the ash and sulfur dioxide coming from the volcano in Iceland is all natural, but if you go anywhere near that you’ll die in a second.

Phew, anyways – now that I’ve got the rambling out of the way, check out brekkist!

I still weaseled fig in there, even if you can’t tell. I’m bad. Oh well.

Zee Base:

Zee Toppings:

  • flax-chia icing (why do I keep forgetting to put in the acai lkately?)
  • toasted almonds, toasted coconut
  • Naturally Nutty White Choco PB
  • and a lil compote of raspberries, 1/2 medjool, and fig preserves in a bit of almond milk and maple syrup

Enjoyed with a freshly-brewed cup of Rain Forest Nut from Green Mountain in a cute new mug from Bonnie! Thank  you so much, Bonnie – how did you know I have an adoration of square mugs?! It is too cute. I won a giveaway over at Sweetlife, and Bonnie was far too generous – I can’t wait to put everything to use! I’ll show you guys the cute gadgets & goodies I got in a bit 🙂

Want to hear my n00bwhat were you thinking?” oatmeal story of the day? I was standing there, stirring my oats all content…starting to get completely frantic as to why they were still so gash darn watery. Did I add too much water? Milk? What’s going on?! And then I thought about how much oats I added. And it hit me. I left out a tablespoon of oats. One wouldn’t think a tablespoon would make such a huge difference, but believe you me it does. I quickly righted my wrong and it came together. (Yes – I used water instead of coffee this morning! I forgot what “normal” oats taste like and they always look so pretty, moreso than brown coffee oats. Lets see if I stay awake this morning!) Do you guys ever make silly mistakes doing something you could probably do in your sleep? I do stupid, spacey stuff all the time; including asking really stupid questions – but usually I catch those the second I say it out loud, heh.

After eating I got right to work on the powerpoint. As luck would have it (sarcasm) my partner couldn’t meet up today. So I just said I’d put everything together. I know it’s awful, but honestly – I’d rather just say “oh, well, I’ll do it.” than have to deal with nonsense. Especially when it;s someone who doesn’t really care whether it gets done, I mean.

I hoofed away at that for a good hour and a half and was at a great breaking point around 9:30 or so, with just a few more slides to do, so I decided to give myself a break and cook up a morning treat for the week. Enter: scones. I’ve been eyeballing Nicole’s for days now, and since the muffins are gone thought I’d try something new! Rather than waste time trying to find a recipe (not that I don’t enjoy it – but I could seriously waffle between twenty recipes before deciding on doing something completely different) I just went straight to a basic recipe from Clean Eating I had cut out and put in my binder. It was for Apple Drop Biscuits.

Want to hear “what were you thinking?!” moment number two? Right after I got into it (okay, I just had the spelt flour measured) I thought “oh, crap. I bet I need milk.” I finished the milk this morning. I was planning on running to the grocery store later. Nope, no milk needed. Instead, greek yogurt. I was out of that too. This is when I am grateful for the fact that even though I live in the middle of nowhere, the grocery store is five minutes away, so I just went then rather than put it off. I was so well behaved and proud of myself for only getting what I needed, too! heh. Baby steps, baby steps. I’m saving up for something fun that you may see soon, so that’s been motivational lately 🙂

Returning home with milk, yogurt, and a couple other listed items, I set to work and whipped up Maple Nectarine Scones. It worked lovely. I wanted peaches…but I just can’t get over their skin, so I kept with nectarines. I’m weird. Is there a food you like, but something about it just weirds you out?

I enjoyed a morning snack of caramel oikos and some ginger-agave cashews after getting back from shopping, and of course had to sample a baby scone fresh from the oven. Yum! It was nice and moist – but I think next time I will have to suck it up and buy a peach. I had a dodgy nectarine, and I think if it was either a good nectarine or peach they’d have gotten that extra flair, nah’mean?

Lately, though, I’ve been really enjoying making my own baked stuff for a morning snack along with some fruit or nuts. It’s a good feeling knowing you made it, and it’s good for you, too.

As luck would have it, the scones finished right about 11:00, and I figured why not start roasting some veggies for lunch? I threw in half a sweet potato for some low and slow potato rounds, and later threw in some eggplant, tomato slices, red pepper, and carrot fries. While they were roasting away, I finished my powerpoint (for the most part – just somenotecards left to do!) and deleted 8GBs worth of photos that have been sitting in my recycling bin. Holy cow.

So, after all that hard work – I rewarded myself. Here is where you guys say “That is vegetable gluttony if I’ve ever seen it.”

An open faced mediterranean veggie affair is what this is. On top of two (yes, two) slices of harvest multigrain is a smear of Cedar’s Garlic Lover’s Hummus, fresh basil, a fried egg white (gotta get some protein in there somewheres) , roasted eggplant brushed with balsamic vinegar, spinach, roasted tomato slices, roasted red pepper, artichoke hearts, and topped with some Atheno’s Garlic & Herb Feta Cheese.

Since I was lacking veggies with that meat-packed sandwich (heh) I opted for a side of low and slow roasted sweet potatoes and half a carrot’s worth of carrot fries. Jiggy called dibs on the other half. In case you’re wondering how I ate all that, I can’t answer you, but I can say that I loved every minute of it. I will say that the only reason I found two slices of bread necessary is because this is the super-tiny-mini loaf. One slice was about 2 inches long. Oh yeah, that and it was just baked this morning.

I messed around for a bit more – finished up one other assignment and cleared off some photos on my computer before taking a pony break. I grabbed a date ball and some Sahale Snacks cashews

and an apple to share with Jiggy – luckily, he’s not as picky about his apples as I am –

and just messed around in the yard with him – didn’t do too much. But it was fun, no less. Enjoyed a short walk with Kaia, as well. It ended up being rather chilly and windy today – but the sun is out and the sky is a beautiful blue, so it makes you forget about the cold, I think! Oh well. We’re supposed to be getting more rain so I need to soak up the sun while it’s here. I hate soaking up rain…

Afterwards, I began thinking about dinner once inside, and must have telepathically phones my mom, as she called and asked what was planned for dinner. I rambled off some leftovers she had in the fridge, and then rambled off some things I could make. Portobello burgers caught her attention right off, and that was that. I wanted to make sure she would enjoy it as much as last time – so made some more sundried tomato and pepita pesto to go along with it. I guess spread is a better term- I didn’t use much oil and instead mixed in some greek yogurt. And used pumpkin seeds straight from Texas, much thanks once again to Bonnie! Just another one of the many amazing things she sent me. She’s got me pegged, let me tell you!

Afterwards was time for another protein cake with the [almost last of my] protein powder and Crofter’s Europe spread, both from Kelli. I never thought I’d have so much fun with protein powder! See how great bloggie swaps are?! (p.s. those banana chips are long gone – too addictive!)

And, speaking of bloggie swaps, Mae, you seriously outdid yourself! I think you’re in danger now – because as soon as this amazing tropical granola and coconut-macadamia butter are gone, I’m sending you a mail order for more! I whipped off the top of the butter STAT, and licked clean the top. Of course I’m sanitary 🙂

It is HEAVEN. It’s a coconut and macadmia nut butter, and I’m not going to say everything she put in it because I think it could make her famous and I don’t want anyone ripping off her idea 😛 You’ll probably be able to buy it in stores soon, though.

The granola – as Mae phrased it – is similar to Udi’s. I’ve never had Udi’s – but I don’t think it’s got a chance against Mae’s!! Check out the hunks of crystallized ginger, slivers of almonds, dates, banana chips, and oh my gosh just plain amazingness. (AND, to boot, a coupon for free silk almondmilk. Has she got me pegged or what?!)

After calming down from all that excitement, I marinated some portobellos in balsamic, olive oil, basil, salt, pepper, and garlic while my mom and I fed the horses, and afterwards figured out how to man the grill. After being a little nervous I was going to light my face on fire, we were rip-roaring to go. Unfortunately, she just told me to “go ahead and put ’em on when I was ready,” failing to mention that I should probably turn the flame down. Whoops. That being said, they grilled, uhh…rather fast. Luckily, they were gill-side down and very moist from the marinade, so they never actually charred. I also grilled some eggplant and roasted a red pepper.

I never mentioned that when my mom called, I was seriously considering waffles for dinner. I figured she wouldn’t be much interested in a waffle herself, but hey…that doesn’t mean I can’t waffleize my portobello. Yeah, went there. I love buckwheat waffles, and this recipe from Bob’s Red Mill is, hands-down, the best buckwheat waffle recipe ever. Okay, so it’s actually for pancakes. Whatever. I quartered it to make “one and a half” (re: two small waffles) and just left out the egg.

To put it all together: two down-home buckwheat waffles with pesto and feta, topped with a grilled portobello, grilled eggplant, roasted red pepper, artichoke hearts, and the remaining balsamic marinade. I also heated up some Ragu to go over top 🙂

Ohh, waffles. I love you. And ohhh, man. I talked a lot today, didn’t I?

Also – it seems like a “yes!” on the photo post. Give me a little while, but I’ll definitely put something together 🙂 I don’t know how helpful it will be, since I am shooting an SLR so I can”t guarantee a life-saving guide to digital photography, and it gets difficult to explain manual operation of a point and shoot camera since they tend to differ – but I can at least give pointers for composition, what helps to get the best results, and if anyone is looking into purchasing an SLR, maybe I can show you that you don’t need the biggest, most expensive camera out there. My little beaten-on D40 does a lovely job when paired with the right lens!

Tomorrow I have to be out of the house by 6:30 to supervise a test – you know what that means! A messed up breakfast. I am taking this as the perfect opportunity to try out overnight oats. Any first-timer tips?!

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Throwback Thursdays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But not before enjoying an orange.

And finally finishing those sesame rice crackers.

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

PIC. Partner in Crime, not "picture."

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

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

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

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

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

I am remarkably attractive.

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

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

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

The participants.

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

Simple, yet superb.

En-Route.

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

Annd, to satisfy my Thirsty Thursday sweet tooth.

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

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

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

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

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

Buckwheat-Spelt Savory Waffles & Eggs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great night, everyone!

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