Category Archives: sunflower seed butter

Flimminin Flum

So. Opperation: Cinnamon Bun was a huge F.A.I.L.

so I’ll be honest with you.

Basically, I ended up coming home and making a huge nummy mess for myself which ended up tasting better, IMO. Well, who knows since I didn’t get it butttt

Mr. Purple

I was going to make myself waffles out of this amazingly colorful item but I added too many and had to scrap the batter. <– this went against my “don’t waste things” rule and I freaked out a little. Nothing that would phase me though, I’m made of steel today!

I decided to do project “use up what I have in the kitchen” and promptly cut up a plum, an apricot, a banana and a handful of blueberries to put into a yogurt mess. I topped this with 1 cup Maple yogurt and 1/2 a block of tofu (I’m loving on tofu lately- so much protein!) I whizzed that up in the blender with a rather large gloop of soy milk.

look at that flow!

I took out roughly 1/4 cup peanut flour, 2 tsp almond butter, 2 tbsp greek yogurt and 1.5 tbsp maple syrupand mixed it together to make a sauce.


I interrupt this to show you an important picture:

these bushes will soon hold blackberries

but this wasn’t good enough. so I added 1/2 a banana. 

like lace!

but this wasn’t good enough either. So I added Barbara’s Puffins, Barbara’s Oatmeal Squares, Kashi GoLean, Nature’s Path Flax Plus cereal and total flakes.


then I mixed it up.

looks gross, tastes divine

This was even a bit scary because it was
a. tons of protein
b. carbs
c. I added more fat in there than I would have usually with the almond butter. But I was feeling brave and boy was I glad for that sauce. YUM
d. maple syrup which is usually an “unnecessary”

So maybe I didn’t do my cinnamon bun challenge. But I did come home and have something that I loved. Check my challenges tab soon for an updated list. Any ideas?

More recent eats:

Strawbs and....

a Strawberry Parfait! 
-1/2 cup oat bran
-1 tbsp chia seeds
-1 cup strawberries
-1/2 cup greek yogurt

layered it up in a cup!

this cup is so tall!

made some sweet Edamame dip!

green and mean

and I had some down right delicious mushies:

serious yum right there

AND I tried my first marshmallow in 6 years!! This thing. I’m telling you!

in all her glory

and I roasted away!! I like my marshies burnt. How do you like yours? Have you tried the vegan ones? They’re pretty darn tasty! 

a bit frustrated?


and I grew my relationship with this food:

nope, not nectarine

Tofu: it’s what’s for breakfast….at least it was the last couple days!


and of course, everything is better when it’s topped with some sort of nut butter.

lookie here

peanut butter sauce with cinnamon.

close up

That’s all I got guys. Gearing up for a hot and humid week. Not my cuppa tea, but that’s alright, neither are giant cinnamon rolls apparently.

Thanks for all your support. I really needed it and I know you’ll all always be there whenever I decide to take on something more managable.

Love, Hannah


What I’ve been Eating + Wednesday

So that would be….WIBEPW? Weebeepew? hahaha.

I’m in an abnormally good mood today. I managed to make it through the morning without castigating my sister. Kidding, kidding- we’re cool.

It could be the run that I began the day with before it got dastardly hot? And today is National Running Day and I didn’t even know. I’m no good at running but I’m trying :)

Does your day always feel better when it begins with a workout?

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It’s that time again!

This is just a conglomeration of things I’ve been making+eating the past couple days. Enjoy- I did :)

Remember that Tabouli we whipped up the other day? I had some on a salad beast with my first tasting of Hummus ever since I found out I could indeed eat sesame!

oh, that's tuna....

where’s mah hummus?

there we go!

Seriously people. Now I can eat the triple flavor hummus from TJS. Any other fans out there? 

forget what went in this...besides spinach and soy milk and protein powder?

But it was good. Strawberries….and judging by the E.Coli scares in the paper, I should probably have washed them better than I did….?

Picked up some goodies at Target:

WholeSoy and Tribe Hummus

Who says you can’t have two hummus containers open at once?

and some Lunas:

note all the nutty flavors and a LARA BAR!!

I’ve never tried any of these before. I was esp excited about the Larabar because I’d never ever had them and you all seem to love’em.

there's something about it....

I tried these Quornthings one night when my family was having chicken and I wanted to match them? I used to eat these alot pre ED so it was great to try them again. Still taste mighty fine although I’m not as much a fan of the  fake meat stuff as I once was.

looks okay?

We left the store by accident with this:

it was only $1 anyhow

and this spider kept repelling onto my head. The darn blackguard got it eventually with a broom. and made me feel really guilty for offing it.


and I picked lots of rhubarb.

lots and lots

and some overexposed strawberries (it makes them look SUPER red)


so the chopping up everything.

so sanguine

and put them in a bowl!

ready to go!

It looks like someone was colluding against me here….granted, it was 10:30pm….


Apparently I’d cut a whole lot more rhubarb than I’d planned. AND there is still more.


and I still had to clean up my mess.


They didn’t come out badly at all.

not shabby

I’m a big fan of tart so I baked myself a mini one to have for breakfast the next morning in my new Ramkin that Mary gave me!

rather shoddy photography because of the sheets my mom has hung in the windows to keep out the heat

Last night we had fish!! This is my second time eating fish so it was a little scary. But my my did it taste good!


and this morning before my run I decided to try the Larabar


Wow guys, you were right, these ARE good!! I tried the Chocolate Chip Brownie flavor. At the time, I didn’t even notice that it was brownie too and made the comment to myself that it tasted just like a brownie. Now I see why….duhhh

When I got back my hair was a frizzball. Good thing I’d gone at 5:30; it hot humid and started thundering soon after that.

note: the hair

I decided to make Carrie’s Voluminous Oat Bran for breakfast. That took care of my oat bran though.

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see me? I'm a ghost!

I decided to add some chia seeds but added too much water.

aren't they pretty?

and wontcha look at that volume!


can’t get enough of my toppings either:


Sunland Banana Peanut Butter



Rhubarb stewwwww….or stewed rhubarb. Whatever sounds better, they both taste DEVINE.

So I have a confession…I’ve got lots of these…


I interrupt this picture to bring you the deliciousness that was breakfast part 2:

love this stuff

Paired with my Pink Lady!! Cut like Kaila!


what would make it better?


It was copacetic, seriously!

currently roasting these babies!

roasted with…


One more goody for you, since I’ve been LOVING on Parsnips <3

hello there sir!

Speaking of which, time to go take them out!

oh, and PS: I’m going to be learning some new words as a challenge during June. I’m going to pepper them through my posts. See if you can find them!

Love, Hannah

Two Kinds of Chill

Hi guys! Long time no talk…blog….tog?

Anyhow. I’m ending my house confinement aka my mother can almost drive soon!! I’m really psyched about this because I’ve been getting a bit stir crazy staying at home all day. I’m a “lets do errands all day!” type-a girl. Feel me?

Lately I’ve been feeling smooth….real smooth.

The other day it was Banana Berry Smooth….

so good!

So smooth, in fact, that I made a face to convey to you my feelings.


Yes, my friends, my smile looked just like that.

What else has happened….We cut asparagus from our back yard!! Seriously, I don’t know how high they let the stuff grow on those big farms, but ours gets really tall!! The stalks are all growing at different rates, unfurling out of the ground; it’s really neat.

case in point:

many a size

There really isn’t much that I love more than asparagus fresh from our garden <–this is a lie. I love nut butters. You know this.

chili, asparagus, tofu dog, vegan parm, mustard

Dinner that night was pretty tight.

Then another day held deliciousness in the form of Chocolate Cherry. 

chocolaty goodness

My computer even recognizes the word “chocolaty“.  approval. Drinking these protein shakes, as I’ve been loving lately, makes me chilly though!

The next night my mom surprised me by sauteing onions and peppers- YUM! I ate these with some left over asparagus action, beans of green  and some more chili. 


Today was Monday woo!!

I woke to toast with sweet potato and greek yogurt and SNBmixed as mah spread. Well, I mean, I had to make it…

it made heaven on wheat.

So. Good. I made a bit extra to have perhaps tomorrow!

I was going to make butternut squash fries for dinner. All well and fine. Except I had to use this sucker:

just begging to take one of my fingers

It was tough work. But eventually, they were all (unevenly) sliced and ready to go!

can't wait!

Butternut squash is something I just can’t stand raw. I know you’re probably not supposed to eat it that way, but some veggies are good raw. Carrots, Beans, Peppers, etc. Not those starchy veggies though, no way.

They ended up looking like this.


I had the thought then that they said more “breakfast” to me than “dinner”. So I’m saving them- hence the container in which they are currently lying.

MY POOR SISTER. She is losing her last tooth and it is hanging by a thread. Never fear, faint of heart, I, too become queasy at the thought of such things and will not go into more detail. Not only because I know anything over “it was going to fall out soon” would make some of us sick, but because I legitimately inquired no farther for that very reason. She cried and whined all through dinner. Mom cooked chili tonight and she claimed she couldn’t eat it. Long after we’d all finished, she was still sitting at the table, lamenting the tooth that would all too soon be under her pillow. My mom handed me her chili bowl and told me to put it in the blender. Honestly, I thought she was kidding. Indeed, she was not, and so into the food processor it went. I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t about to put it into the blender. Meat Chili + Smoothies = bad combo.
It ended up looking a bit like cat food.


Pretty gross, right?

and I might have mentioned that our food processor holds like, one cup? It is pretty much nonfunctional unless you’re grinding like…a molecule of flour or an oat.

Lets just say I ended up making her a shake with the  Strawberry Froyo from yesterday. Yes, I made more, it was that popular.


I’d like to start a little thing on mondays where I talk about my past, a memory I have or something like that. I’ll call it, Memory Monday, how original. But in all honesty, I need to push myself to remember times in my life where I was happy and content (mostly) and think positively about the future.

I was doing something earlier that reminded me of my trip to New Orleans. I can’t remember what it was that I was doing at the moment, but I wanted to talk about New Orleans today, because I think my pictures show just how very happy I was and how much fun I was having.

Happy Hannah!

Note: This was the day my friends decided they wanted to straighten my hair.

We worked together this week to build gardens and repair homes that had been devastated by the Hurricane.

We built that fence

I can remember how wanted and included I felt on this trip- a feeling that I hadn’t experienced much prior to this and haven’t much since  then. I can say that I hung out personally with every person in these pictures- even those whom we were helping! Their stories were just so inspiring and it was simply amazing to hear about it first hand.

we're happy, I swear.

I think we were pretending to be models in this picture. But that just goes to show me how much fun we had. How much we trusted each other to be silly. That boy and I did amazing improv each night where he played the  blues on his guitar and I made up lyrics as I went along. Everyone would gather around us and listen. Yes Hannah, you used to have people who surrounded you. You were and are liked. You felt the warmth of laughs and smiles.

and bodies.

cuddle puddle!

You felt the coolness of ice cream….froyo…and a cute top I borrowed from a friend. I still remember that top with fondness…sorry…

I think it was Butter Pecan froyo?

Note: If you’re ever in NOLA, please go to this place. I don’t care. Don’t make excuses, just go. And remember to read the website too, because some of the flavors they’ve had in the past are AMAZING!

Your went out for Mediterranean food (and didn’t know enough to take pictures? Who ARE you? haha)


Well. You took them of what mattered in the moment. Friendship and Fun.

and faces apparently.

You stood on the ground of people who had it 10000x more difficult than you. And you held your friends in that moment, because you have all you really need.

Lower 9th Ward

And even if you can’t see a smile….

Sayyy Asbestos!

You know it’s under there by the light in your eyes.

or maybe it was just the construction glasses ;)

Even with an intense week of fun though, you took time by yourself to contemplate. You, Hannah, need time alone. And you took it.

In the Bayous

and spotted others so they wouldn’t fall.

that's mah Dad up on that there ladder

Each day was jam packed with work and laughs. We sang, we ran around, we played, we hammered in the morning and the evening (all over this land?). I wouldn’t trade this week for the world, and reliving the memories is just the beginning step to cultivating more experiences like this for my future. Heres to that!

Have any of you ever been to New Orleans? Did you go to Creole Creamery and get…what? What is a fond memory you have? 

Love, Hannah

Froyo, Newyo, things I gotta show!

WHAT’S that you say? A day without rain? Why yes, my friends, it has finally stopped raining in my corner of the world. We’ve been blessed with lovely sun today, and I’m sure that I will be going for a long walk later, if possible.

I was also blessed with this Smile You’re Beautiful award, from Lenna! 

 1. Smile!

new heart sunglasses!

Done and Done.

2. Write 3 things you like about your looks.

Exhibit A: I like my curly hair!

ice cream + laughter!

Exhibit B: I like how when I smile, I look truly happy:

Oxford, Summer 2010

Exhibit C: I like my arms.

clubbing in Oxford?

3. Write 3 things you appreciate about your personality.

I’m am intellectual

I think of others and enjoy giving joy to other people

I love adventure

4. Write about something you find beautiful in other people (looks, personality – whatever)

I value honesty, a good sense of self  and awareness to the world around you

5. Award as many other people as you like and let them know!

I chose YOU (any of you that you like. Cause you’re beautiful. Duh)

The last couple days….okay, so maybe it was two…saw this happen:

better not turn it on!

I saw a mouse in our kitchen so my Mom immediately told me to put everything in the microwave? Hm..okay Mom, whatever you say :)

When Dad picked me up last week from school, we stopped at WF on our way home (LOVE IT!) and I picked this new find up: Sunsational Non Dairy Milk made from….sunflower seeds!


I was looking for the new unsweetened Coconut Milk by So Delicious, but I found this instead. Who could resist when I love sunflower seed butter as much as I do?

told ya

It had a darker color than most milks I’ve tried

kind of the color of sunflower seeds?

but like I’ve said before; I’m down for anything but dairy milk! The stats on this drink aren’t stellar (ie: lower in protein and calcium than others), but I had fun drinking it and it tastes good. Verdict? I think it tastes really good. Kind of like what you’d expect the milk version of SSB to taste like and thus a winner. It’s creamy as well, which is a nice.

I also found myself this Liberte yogurt.It was new so I had to try it. Well….that and the fact that it was Date and Fig flavored. Seriously guys, two of my favorite dried fruits AND yogurt? I’m IN!


I really liked this as well, but it was a bit sweet. Don’t judge based on me though; I tend to be super sensitive to sweet things and therefore not like them as much. The yogurt itself had a really nice flavor, not just plain but as if it had a bit of the flavor infused into it- a really nice touch. The fruit on the bottom was more like apple butter texture- so like figdate butter texture? It was quite sweet (as dates and figs are) but I can see eating this yogurt with toast and then spreading the fruit on the bottom on my toast with nut butter!! Next time, my friends.

Had me an awesome protein shake. I’m really feeling these lately.

sprinkled with cinnamon, of course

This morning my family went to  help sort plants that my 4th grade sister G and her class sold to help the victims of the tragedy in Japan. I didn’t get any pictures because we were moving and organizing plants from 9-11:30, but I actually had fun!! Good thing I fueled myself a delish brekkie!


GCW (Ginger Cracked Wheat)
1/4 cup cracked wheat + 2 cups water, cooked overnight in my lovely mini crockpot
1/4 tsp ginger- this even ended up being too much and overpowered the oats, sadly :(
dump sprinkle on the cinnamon
2 tbsp Sunsational Sunflower Milk 
blob on the greek yogurt
2 tbsp maple syrup (I added this in a desperate attempt to balance out the ginger)

Like I said, the ginger totally overpowered the taste of the cracked wheat. I really have been getting into cracked wheat lately because I love the chewy texture it lends to my breakfast.

what a glow

Of course eaten with bites of SSB and SNB. When do I NOT dip other foods in these??!!

After we got home and ate lunch, I finally got to finish my project from last night:

pink of perfection

I made Strawberry Froyo!!

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
1 cups greek yogurt
1/2 cup strawberry yogurt
1 cup milk (I used skim here, because I wanted to share it with my family)
2 tsp strawberry extract  (or the rest of the bottle, which wasn’t that much…)
1/2 a banana (this added creamy texture)
1 tbsp arrowroot powder (for thickening!)

This all went into my blender because we still don’t have a food processor

*insert annoyance and foot stomping here!*

and then it went into our ice cream maker.


Pretty much a success, I’d say. My mom liked it!!
ps: it tastes great with SSB and SNB- I told you I ate it with everything!!

Tomorrow is my last day of being housebound!! or rather, my mom’s last day of not being able to drive/intense recovery from her surgery!! WOOHOO!! I forsee trips to the two natural food stores around, Fresh Market and the new Super Target with grocery section in my near future. And a farmers market, for sure :D :D :D

Hope you’re all having a cheery day full of sun. If you’ve ever made ice cream or froyo, what flavors did you make? What was your “trick” for making it come out right? 

Love, Hannah

Starting with M…more survey!

Today is just going to be a light survey for you…the other half of Amanda’s! 

For the record, I love surveys. So much that I’d think about becoming a professional survey taker? hm….it’s a thought….

M: is for Milk, what kind do you like (flavor, source, etc)?… I am pretty sure I used to at least like dairy milk but now I can’t stand it!! I usually stick to soy milk. I will actually drink any sort of non dairy milk. I’ve tried oat, hemp, rice (this is my least favorite- where’s the calcium and protein?), sunflower (bought, but not yet tasted), soy. As soon as I’m tested for nut intolerance, I’m going to get on that almond milk!

N: is for Nuts, what kind are your favorite?…See above. I’m unsure whether I’m allergic/intolerant to nuts. I was when I was younger and grew out and into it again. Perhaps this time will be the charm? That said, I can’t wait to try peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc. I’ve been eating soy nut butter and sunflower seed butter, which are delish though, so I can’t complain.

O: is for Onions, do you eat them?…yes! I love onions. I love them roasted, boiled (like St. Patrick’s Day!) and caramelized, grilled, etc. Basically any way except raw. Give them to me raw and I might cry. Literally.

P: is for Protein, what is your favorite source?…I love yogurt. Give me the greek or the regular any day. Gotta be plain though, or perhaps vanilla. I’m not a fan of flavored yogurts, I prefer to add my own flavor or just enjoy the creaminess on its own.


or this

or yogurt cheese!

Q: is for Quiche, what 4 ingredients would you like in yours?…I’ll admit to not being a huge fan of quiche. It’s a bit daunting but I do know my mom makes a mean one! I’d probably like peppers, zucchini, carrots and spinach. and mushrooms. (I’m a cheater…)

R: is for Restaurant, what’s the name of your favorite and what type of cuisine does it serve?… I prefer to cook at home, just because it is easier for me to make a choice. I don’t think I have a favorite restaurant, but I sure do love me some Whole Foods Hot Bar!! Does that count?

bein' silly

S: is for Spices, name 4 that are in your kitchen right now that you have used in the past 5 days?… I really love cinnamon! and I also like nutmeg (in coffee, seriously, it is good!) For the savory spices, I like curry powder and chili powder. Anything with spice.

T: is for Trick or Treating, what 5 candies does your bag contain?…Chocolate chocolate and more chocolate. And I use a pillow case. Well, I did. I haven’t been trick or treating for a couple years. I’m pretty sure it is still there somewhere. Basically I don’t like most conventional chocolate; gimme the expensive dark stuff!

chili dark chocolate anyone?

U: is for Universal, what is your favorite type of cuisine from around the world?…I love…cuisine from the very own island of my own kitchen! This involves SSB and SNB on everything, veggies, fruits, oats, etc. I’ll eat most everything though, although I’m not a fan of pasta or rice.

some oaties?

V: is for Vitamins, do you take them, and if so, what kinds?…I take a multi and calcium as well as omegas. I love taking chewy vitamins, of course. Gotta stay young and keep it fun!

W: is for Water, do you drink bottled, spring, tap, sparkling, etc?…I’m a sparkling water snob, admittedly…

X: is for Xtra special, what food holds a special place in your heart?… Soy Nut Butter and Sunflower Seed Butter hold that special place. They literally saved my life in my recovery. I’ve gone through jars and jars when I thought I could never touch fats. My hair, skin, heart, hormones, etc, thank me.

Y: is for Yogurt, you can only afford 1 cup, what kind do you purchase?…just…*gasp*…one? Probably Fage 2%?

Z: is for Zero guilt, what food can you enjoy over and over without any guilt?… Working on this. Lately it has been the nut butters. Amazingly. I am in awe of how much of these I can eat and just feel awesome.

Newman’s Own Organics sent me these delicious soy crisps to review. They sent me Cinnamon Sugar and White Cheddar, which I would probably have chosen any way. Good job NOO! They also come in Lightly Salted and BBQ flavors for all of you traditionalist and down south folks.

Here they are...miss America...?

I love any sort of soy crisp. These are like a nice cross between a rice cake and a protein cracker? The crunch is just to die for and the flavors are perfect.

white chedder//cinnamon sugar

Some mini rice cakes *quaker* are too sweet and just taste like sugar covered cardboard. Not these! They pack a flavor punch without being dusted with the sweet stuff.

and 8g protein per serving? I would take that.

the inside look

Not gonna lie. I opened up both bags at once. Who said sweet and savory couldn’t mix? 5/5 NOO! 

My mom has been bugging me about my recovery today. I’ve been thinking so much about it lately but I’m in the place where I want it SO BADLY that it’s even harder to act on. Does anyone get this? I went to the doctor yesterday for my pre-camp employment physical and had a Hep A shot and some blood tests done. Today I feel like I’ve been poked and prodded, not only on my arms, but also in my soul. Things like this that bring me into consciousness about my recovery hurt a bit, but they are good for you, like shots. I NEED to think about the scary things that happen if I don’t recover. I NEED to think about the amazing things that happen when I do. There is seriously so much for me to live for; I’ve always been a girl with big dreams, now I just need to make them come closer. With 1.5  more years of college left, it’s coming at me faster than I thought it would. I’m being less and less at home, which means I am more and more in control of my own life. I need to take that control and not only find myself an internship and jobs, make friends, find a significant other (isn’t this part of adulthood?) but also take the time to tune into what my body needs and wants. If this means I serve myself that super scary bowl of cereal, then goddamn it, I’m going to do it. If I’m thirsty, why shouldn’t I have a glass of soy milk instead of some water. I did this morning. It’s a start.

I feel terrible about talking about my mom like this because she means the world to me and we are really very close, but I need to be honest when she upsets me. She just came into the living room where I am sitting with my bag of chia seeds in her hands. She then proceeded to say that my eating of them was eating disordered and that they had no benefits other than fiber. Could you guys help a sister out and tell me some other, great benefits of Chia seeds and why YOU guys eat them? I know that many people eat them daily (those recovering/ed or not) and swear by them. The girl who recommended them to me doesn’t even have an eating disorder, as I pointed out to my mom. I guess I’m just frustrated. How am I supposed to enjoy what I’m eating if I never get validated from it. Yes, it should come from inside of me, but it’s also more difficult.

Note: this shouldn’t reflect badly on my mom. I love her more than anyone and she puts up with anything and everything, listens to me complain, rejoice, etc. She is just recovering from surgery and she’s tired. She just came in and told me that she thought my eating disorder was on the point of collapse. I think she’s right. I’m just angry at her. Is that okay?

enough depressing things, now for some hope!

Sarah does something great at the end of her posts. She congratulates herself for having done something good each day, no matter how small. I love this idea and I’ve got to think of how I can do something like it. It could be one challenge per day or a re-thinking of a negative thought. Or just one little thing that I was grateful for or made me happy that day. I’ll think on this.

Today though, I’m thankful for all of my readers. It means so much to me that you care enough to read my ramblings each day :)

Love, Hannah

ps: Picky Nicky is having an aweomely awesome life saver spread (nut butter) giveaway!

WIAW!! My First!

Hi guys!!

I’ve decided to do a WIAW today!! It’s late, however, because I’m not really sure how to do it. Is it supposed to be what you ate on wednesday or can it just be any full day of eats? This is what I ate today, May 18th, 2011, but perhaps next time I’ll pick another day of the week so I can actually get it up in a timely fashion….

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Breakfast began with a Banana Berry protein smoothie. So excited!


I love Spirutein Shakes. They come in so many flavors!

this sucker was huuge

1 packet spirutein Berry Banana Gold protein powder
1 cup Silk Soymilk
guar and xanthan gums

Perfection in a glass.

I loved this so much, that I had to make another one as a morning snack.

can you tell what flavor?

I made this one chocolate by adding unsweetened cocoa powder to a vanilla protein powder + silk.


These were tasty, but I still miss the spinach element. The spinach I had turned all mushy on me :(

Lunch was OOIAJ (overnight oats in a jar!) …or rather, two jars ;)

these were about ready

Filling? Chia Seed Oat Bran!

a la crock pot

Jar One: Chocolate Soy Nut Butter 

Jar Two: yogurt cheese

all filled up!

I was super psyched about this. The weather outside is frightful (sorry) but the oats were mmmmm delightful ;)

Jar Number One

Contents: 1/2 the oat bran, sliced strawberries, honey rice puffins, barbaras oat squares, soy nut butter, banana vanilla tofu pudding (a wonderful addition!), 1/4 a sweet potato, chocolate soy nut butter

Jar Number Two

Contents: 1/2 oat bran, barbaras oat squares, honey rice puffins, TJs Sunflower Seed Butter, yogurt cheese, 1/4 sweet potato and banana vanilla tofu pudding :D

So. Good.

lovely layers

I ate one of these at lunch time and saved the other for an afternoon snack. They were quite filling, as you all know :)


I guess I didn’t like it or anything….

Midafternoon, I took a break from cleaning/organizing my room to catch up on some of your WIAW posts and downed my other OOIAJ, cold from the fridge.

real classy-like

I like them both warm and cold, it turns out.

chillin' with the blogs

I made a compromise because of the weather and walked home only from my doctor’s appointment. I read like Freya while I walked :)

I couldn’t even decide what I wanted for dinner when I got home. Half of me wanted  a quesadilla….


and half of me wanted chili. I settled for both!


I steamed some fresh green beans and accompanied the meal with mustard dippage and salsa. Two of my favorite condiments, of course.


I loved this meal, let me tell you.

protein+fat+carbs=happy body :)


and of course, I had a salad with carrots and balsamic on the side. as per usual, I love my salads!


I had a couple spoonfuls of banana vanilla tofu pudding and yogurt with SSB and SNB for dessert. You know how I do.

All in all, a perfect delish day.

SIDENOTE: Not moments after I posted yesterday’s post, detailing how much I loved my Pufferfish Mug, I heard a huge crash from the kitchen. Yes, it was indeed my younger sister breaking my mug.

I cried.

for about twenty minutes

then I went to meditate for an hour and felt a bit better.

Rest In Peace

I’m going to miss it :(

Hope you guys all had a terrific wednesday,

Love, Hannah

Patty Cake Patty Cake….(TWO recipes!)

Bake me some cakes as fast as you can!

I got home from college for real for the summer last night and made myself a nice latte in my Pufferfish mug.

Mexican Organic Dark Roast, Soymilk, whirled up in our latte maker!

a joyful reunion ensued

although I look kinda serious...

Yes, my friends, I have been baking up a storm here on the home front :)

It is p.o.u.r.i.n.g. outside, and with my mom’s post-surgery bed/house rest mandate, I’m house-bound for about a week :(

No fear though, I’m all set with plans to keep me busy! I’m going to be doing some cooking, of course, as well as taking lots of walks (if the rain lets up a bit…), drinking lots of tea (duh), dancing around, cleaning my room, hand washing all my knit-wear, taking some bike rides (again, rain conditional) and walking to my doctors appointment on wednesday!! I’m really psyched for this last one, because it is a super long walk and I’ve never actually done something like this before. Where I live isn’t really near to anything so walking a half marathon distance to an appointment is a biggie!! Gonna fuel up right.

Today I woke up and “slept” until my sibs got on the bus to avoid being in our *tiny* kitchen while they were scrambling to get ready for school. Mom called “thank you for waiting!” after they’d gone, and up I got. Shower, dressed while dancing (a MUST DO!) and hopped downstairs to make myself the brekkie I’d planned out the night before:

Sweet Potato Protein Cake
-1/2 sweet potato
-1 tbsp wheat bran or flour (I use wheat bran)
-1 egg white or egg substitute (I am going to try to veganize this, I imagine you could use Ener-G egg replacer? I’ll try this)
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp nutmeg
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tbsp soy milk
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Pop into a bowl  

like so

it was quite large!


and microwave for 3 minutes, or until done. Will be kinda spongy? 


Makes ONE LARGE cakey for one hungry Hannah :)


But you’ve gotta plate it right girlllll

4 strawberries, soymilk/greek yogurt dippage

see the rain?

cut yourself a wedge and dig in!



Sorry. The pics were all too pretty to not put on here.

Of note: this thing sits well in the stomach. Very filling and very proteinous. 11g? I think yes!

I may have mentioned about my friend who is teaching in Korea. We met last summer while we were both studying on a program at Oxford University and I really miss him. I recently asked him in a oh so secret way what his favorite cookies were. He replied by sending a blog recipe (!) of some chocolate oatmeal freezer cookies. My mom said non-cooked cookies don’t send well (and neither do cookies, for that matter) so I decided to make him chocolate bar cookies, modeled after the recipe he sent me.

bad picture butttt

Chocolate Oatmeal Squares
~based off of these recipes  

**these are not vegan because I made them for this friend and I wanted to make sure they were guaranteed to come out perfect. also I don’t eat vegan 100% of the time, although I often do :)

-3 cups oats
-1/2-1 cup flour- depending upon how much your oats decide to stick together for you :)
-1/2 cup sugar
-4 tbsp cocoa powder
-1 cup butter
-1 egg
-2 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 cup chocolate chips
-dash of salt

Preheat oven to 350°
Mix the butter and sugar together in a fancy mixer thing a la above!
Add the egg and vanilla, mix well
Combine dry ingredients and mix. Add to the wet and whip around until combined.
Add in chocolate chips and spread into a pan (medium sized, this doesn’t fit in an 8×8″)
Bake for 60 minutes, until it passes the knife test. 

chocolately chocolate

I think they came out quite well.

now for your close up

It is coming down out there. Gosh, if we could harvest -and clean- all the water that is pouring into my backyard right now, I bet we could solve the world shortage problem. Either that, or this is the reason we have that problem. I’d be happy to share!!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day. I’m going to go read now and perhaps check off some of the things on my to do list- namely the cleaning the room part. Does anyone else have trouble with this? 

I want to do a Q&A post, so ask me some Qs!!–>HERE


Hi y’all.

I’ve been slacking with my posting lately which is mainly because I’ve been strung between finals and home and being back at school to record for a cappella 6 hours a day. Needless to say, I’m exhausted and can’t even make straight thoughts.

Today’s recording session was awful. Our pitch yelled at me again and this time I broke. I apologized to her between hands I held to my face as if they could stop the tears. She didn’t even apologize or listen to me. She walked away.
I left the room and found another member of our group outside who sat me down and rubbed my back while I tried not to lose it completely.

I’ll give A (the pitch) the benefit of the doubt. I was having low energy (I have NO energy today and yesterday….) and because of that, I might have not had the most positive attitude. But I also hate feeling needy or drawing attention to myself, so I wouldn’t  tell anyone even if I was feeling seriously ill for fear they wouldn’t care or would think I was trying to get attention. During recording, I could barely keep my eyes open, but I said nothing. Not to mention that I kept falling asleep on my feet. I was just miles away.

As you know, the struggle between this pitch and I is not a one time thing, it has happened before. Perhaps it all stems back to my general lack of social abilities, I don’t know. But it is certainly making spending multiple hours with my a cappella group- a pastime I used to so enjoy- kind of dreadful.  I’ve been thinking a whole bunch about what it is that makes people drop me. I don’t have any answers yet, but I’m trying to be mindful of how I act around others so I can read their signals if I’m doing something wrong. Regardless, I don’t think she has any right to berate me every time she’s feeling down. She does it in private, maybe so people can’t stick up for me. Luckily, a. she is graduating on sunday and b. I still know that I’m a worthwhile person. You all follow my blog, so I must have some redeeming qualities. haha.

Do you have any advice? 

Our glee club had the senior banquet last night. I went, sat with K and C, ate 2 plates of salad, buttered broccoli and mashed potatoes (poor veg options!) and then we left. We just weren’t feeling it and it was C’s birthday so we walked around in town a bit before going to get her the free Sundae that you get on your birthday from  our local ice cream joint.
Town hosts two markets each week which is really fun. The saturday morning farmers market and a smaller scale tuesday market which is the one we encountered quite by accident while walking the back way so as not to walk around the restaurants huge glass windows and be discovered/shamed for our leaving the banquet. Wow that was a long sentence.


I love free samples, so we tried some different spreads. I think this one was like maple gooseberry? I liked it. I’m not sure K did though…

maybe not?

that face says I'm just smiling for the photo

C liked it!


and the best part was that there was a cute little black lamb for petting/nuzzling. I did the latter, of course.


but it walked away and wouldn't pose with me

We tried some cheese. I have got to say, anywhere where samples are, samples of cheese are my favorite. Whole Foods shout out??

although I wasn't so fond of these

something funny happened; I tried some goat cheese that I liked!! Strange, I usually find it too bitter. It contained honey, which I usually find too sweet, but this cheese was to die for, seriously! There may be hope to me visiting the land of goat cheese yet!

C for her birthday sundae.

very cute

and some chocolate all over her lips.


All in all, we agreed it was better than just sitting at senior banquet.

Time for retro pictures!

Sunday began with a run. I was feeling ambitious/not tired as usual, and woke up to some nut butter covered dates- of course!

best combo ever!

is there even a date under there?
It was sunday and E and I (being the earliest risers in the house) made breakfast in bed for my mother on Mother’s Day. Guess what I made?

Happy Mother's Day Mom!


all trayed up

My mom shares my love of oatmeal, which makes everything easy :)
we didn’t want to make Dad feel bad, so we whipped him up some rather ugly lookin’ pancakes from the leftover batter in the fridge. Sounds terrible, but I tried one and they weren’t bad.

a tad lumpy

Then I went on my run.


I love my mother photo bombing in the background.
Had myself a delish vanilla protein shake.

thick and creamy and cold

I was amazed at myself. I’ve been feeling really tired lately, but since I’ve been home I’ve been eating better (more carbs!) and I did my whole run without stopping which was pretty big for me and the fatigue I’ve been feeling. I knew I wanted a big refuel when I got home!

fooling around....

Yes, I looked terrible and put on some snazzy sunglasses ;)

I had another one later.


Do you ever get on two smoothie day kicks?

Now I’m going to go get some lunch and read a bit before our senior banquet tonight- a cappella style! I hope it turns out okay. I’m singing “Slow Pony Home” by The Weepies which is the senior song. I have the solo but I’m not sure how comfortable I feel singing it to A. I feel like maybe I’m not the one she’d choose….ugh feelings! slow pony home. Nice song, really.
See you tomorrow!! a review of some yummy things is coming, as well as a recap of senior banquet!

Love, Hannah

After long silence

So hey guys, remember me? I’m finally done for the year, which is such a relief, and I’ve got a couple days worth of photos for you!! I’m going to just do a bit of recap with photo captions and then tell in glorious detail the things that need telling, of course.

one pale green monster- check!

eating some SNB

desk before moving out

desk after moving out

I seriously notice a clothing-color trend...remember this shelf? empty!

home, sweet home!

I thought I wouldn't open this. WRONG.

Nothing wrong with having two  jars of nut butter open at once, right?

protein shake?so much green in the back yard!

I got a little mail...

just a little ;)

so I opened one- gosh, I am so glad I ordered some packing filler....

I came home to my long expected packages of things to review for you all!! I am so psyched to try everything and give you all my two cents. OH WAIT – seriously, here is the UPS guys RIGHT NOW.

sepia? package?About Time protein powder!! SO EXCITED!

and yes, I am fully aware of how pale I am. My mother told me to get some sun while we were at Target today. I’ll get some sun when it comes out from behind those ominous clouds…


Eden Foods was lovely enough to send me this package of Rye Noodles. Review later in a delicious recipe from my Happy Herbivore cookbook that I got from Jessica’s giveaway!

packing peanuts!

I also won a NuNaturals giveaway from Meg’s blog! So excited. It came wrapped in tons of these packing peanuts. BUT my mom tried and they’re the kind you can dissolve in water and are therefore environmentally friendly!! So excited to put them in a huge bucket and watch them disappear….

can't wait!

Newman’s Own Organics sent me a huge box full of goodies that I can’t wait to try but there are so many, I’m going to have to make a separate blog post for that sucker. Thanks NOO!!

see Emma? I told you we had some....

I dug out the jar of Marmite, after seeing Emma talk about it on twitter. I don’t know friend, I’m still not sure I’m convinced.
Have any of you ever had Marmite? How do you like to eat it? 

butternut squash with cinnamon, celery, mustard, green beans

a little lunching occurred yesterday.

Mom made this!

This cake was for my brother E’s Boy Scout cake derby. Looks beautiful but the mix had beef lard in it!! YUCK. We don’t usually (read: ever) use mixes, but this one wasn’t going to us anyhow. Besides which, it was a style contest. and yes, my mom made real buttercream frosting!

Under the Sea cake!

E poses with his cake entry

The cake derby was really fun, each cake we saw was creative and brightly colored anddddd something I’d probably never eat. But the kids sure loved them!

Would you like fries with that?

the cake train's a comin'

life's a beach!

G helped judge the cakes.

picking the prizes


E’s cake won 3’rd prize for most creative.

come on! give us a real smile

We won this cake.


G and E dug right in when we got home. I abstained. Tub frosting and I, we’re just not meant to be. 

more RCIAJ

This happened this morning, quick, as mom and I had to head to school for banking with the kids, then off to Target. I’ve missed that place, for serious.

At Target I saw the most amazing catch I could ever hope to make. He’s powerful and handsome….oh man oh man. Let me introduce you to my love.


This guy screams Hummus and Nut Butter. Our current food processor holds about 1 cup. Not doin’ it for me. I need a stronger man in my life.

Mom took me to 16 Handles for lunch!! I’ve been wanting to try this place- it’s self serve FroYo with 16 different flavors at once!!


Needless to say, I tried (almost) all 16.

so much funnnnn

before toppings. Yes, it's ugly, I know

I was a little nervous for this, I’ll tell you. If only because it was something new and it was a little overwhelming. But I tried a dot of everything, which was a bit crazy.

self serve toppings too

basically 1 piece of each kind of fruit and a sprinkle of granola

I think mom’s looks a bit more picture-worthy. 

But I liked it!! Next time though I won’t be getting so many flavors. It is hard to be mindful if you’ve forgotten which ones you’ve chosen.


I home and got cozy with the oven! G had been begging me to make cornbread and we had some Bananas that were a lovely chocolate brown that were on the way out. I made some Banana Cornbread. Mom said it’s the best thing I’ve ever made- I’m so proud.

the little one is for G

and yesterday while packing, I shut my finger in my packing trunk.

sad pinky :(

If you know me, you’ll know that blood/injury type things make me want to pass out/vomit. So this had a bandaid on it before I even looked at it. and I had to sit down.

So for dinner last night, I did A CHALLENGE!
Once upon a time, there was a girl named Hannah. She used to love spaghetti and meatballs (before she was veg) with her family. They made their own sauce with tomatoes from their garden and the whole wheat pasta was truly nourishing as she enjoyed it with her family.  Flash forward a couple of year and this girl won’t touch pasta and has a hard time with carbs. It doesn’t help that her college only serves refined, white pasta smothered in oily sauces. Flash forward a couple weeks. The girl receives a package in the mail….. 


The folks over at Eden foods sent me Rye pasta to try. I was actually a bit excited about this, hoping that the pasta would have a flavor that would cause me to like pasta again or to want to re-friend it. I decided on Broccoli Pesto from the Happy Herbivore Cookbook.

all ready- Martha Stewart-wise

I loved the sauce on this recipe. It was recommended that you use twirl pasta so the sauce stuck inbetween the curls. It definitely did here!!

So good!

Seriously? Where has tofu been all my life??? or rather, all my life lately.

I added more broccoli because I just like it. Steamy love affair, basically.

broccoli= love

close ups!

I’d give you guys a fork-shot here, but I licked it :)
and some SNB/SSB-celery-dried cranberry action for a mini dessert!

this is a winning combo

Ookay. I’ll be honest with you guys. I loved this. and it was frightening, because it has been SO LONG since I’ve eaten pasta. I loved the rye flavor, it was just unlike any pasta I’ve ever had and oh, so much better. It had a definite whole wheat/nutty flavor to it that I loved and the texture was somewhat more substantial than normal pasta. The lovely rye color really lent itself well to the green of the broccoli pesto, as well. Hands down guys, this pasta is a winner!!
Thank you so very much Eden Foods for providing me with this wonderful challenge and delicious pasta! Oh, and just in case you guys don’t think this was actually my own review; Eden didn’t tell me to talk about this. I was totally down for the challenge and my taste buds judged for themselves. 5/5 for sure.

Alright, I’m off for the night. Hope you guys enjoyed my LONG post.

What is a challenge food for you? Something you used to love as a kid that you haven’t had lately? Have you ever had Rye pasta? (go try it NOW!) What is your favorite thing to do with pasta? Were you a boy scout/girl scout?  

Love, Hannah

Crock around the Clock!

Good Morning! I always start like this and should change up my greeting, don’t you think? But in all seriousness, it is a good morning. I spent all night in a room that smelled lightly of cinnamon. Why? Because I’ve been crockin’ around the clock!

first time used!

also a first!

I was so so so excited for these Chia Seeds but I told Tessa I’d try them this weekend so I took a break for it and just did it!

major excitement right there folks

ain't she a beaut?

I honestly had no idea (and really still don’t) how to use this thing but I tried anyway!

this stuff has a nice chew to it

Overnight Crockpot Cracked Wheat! 

-1/4 cup Hodgeson Mill Cracked Wheat Cereal
– 2 cups water
-1 tbsp Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds

Into the pot overnight on low with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

in they go!

I actually cooked it a bunch in the evening, turned it off out of paranoia for peace of mind while I slept and then turned it back on this morning. 

a bit later?

I’m a really bad example of “a watched pot never boils” and the proper use of a crockpot. I couldn’t help but take off the lid and see what was happening to the chia seeds!

this morning!

I scooped these into a nearly empty Once Again Sunflower Seed Butter (to die for!) and layered it with about 2 tbsp Stonyfield Farmsyogurt.


But it actually wouldn’t all fit in the jar!!


So I definitely ate it for awhile out of the pot with a couple bites of banana. Finally, I put it into a little bowl.

much better

I know Kathdid a video post once about making perfect oats and mentioned that she always liked to eat the film that is left at the end- I do too!!


Back to the jar.

love this stuff!

see that glob?

What does the test panel say?

thumbs up!

Chia seeds? People are right, they don’t really taste like anything at all but they add majorrrr volume to your breakfast. Sign me up.
Cracked Wheat? I’m a big fan of oats, and I don’t think CW will be taking their place anytime soon, but it did have a really nice, wheat-like flavor and a bit of a chewy texture to it that I really liked and that complemented the chia seeds.  I’d have it again, especially since I have a box….Hodgeson Mill doesn’t disappoint either; they’re pretty serious about their grains. Gotta love it!

I will admit to being a little nervous about this breakfast.
1. Chia seeds? Something new, a nutrient dense thing that added *gasp* calories to my breakfast
2. Carbs!! (I’m having a thing with them lately) in such a small serving size.
3. Nut Butter? Always scary but always worth it
4. Would I feel full? I always worry about this for no reason.

Some answers for myself.
1. Chia seeds are amazing and I don’t know where they’ve been all my life, honestly. Welcome to the breakfast club, Chia. And those calories? They’re just energy. I’m burning them all off laughing at myself now anyways.
2.  Carbs = brain fuel. I’m writing essays today and they’re gonna be FAB because of all the carb-y goodness I had this morning. Also of note: the serving size was perfect- I don’t know how it multiplied so much, but where can I get some more???
3. Nut Butter? This stuff is great and I’m still the same size after I’ve eaten so many jars. I’m fine
4. Yes. I feel full. And my thoughts are not consumed with thoughts of food? What? Sometimes I wonder if I know what full really feels like and how to respond to it properly.

So all in all, I’m really proud of myself although I’m currently resisting the urge to use this newfound energy to go for a run. My ankle is still wrapped in it’s ace bandage of glory so that won’t be happening. Perhaps a walk later is in order? I think yes.

oh, and I forgot to mention:

I think she liked it

Love ya!


What are your favorite things to do with Chia seeds? Any good recipes for me to try?? 


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