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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
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.
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:
but this wasn’t good enough. so I added 1/2 a banana.
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.
This was even a bit scary because it was
a. tons of protein
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:
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!
made some sweet Edamame dip!
and I had some down right delicious mushies:
AND I tried my first marshmallow in 6 years!! This thing. I’m telling you!
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!
and I grew my relationship with this food:
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.
peanut butter sauce with cinnamon.
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.
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!
where’s mah hummus?
Seriously people. Now I can eat the triple flavor hummus from TJS. Any other fans out there?
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:
Who says you can’t have two hummus containers open at once?
and some Lunas:
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.
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.
We left the store by accident with this:
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.
and some overexposed strawberries (it makes them look SUPER red)
so the chopping up everything.
and put them in a bowl!
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.
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!
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.
I decided to make Carrie’s Voluminous Oat Bran for breakfast. That took care of my oat bran though.
I decided to add some chia seeds but added too much water.
and wontcha look at that volume!
can’t get enough of my toppings either:
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:
Paired with my Pink Lady!! Cut like Kaila!
what would make it better?
It was copacetic, seriously!
One more goody for you, since I’ve been LOVING on Parsnips <3
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!
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 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:
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.
Dinner that night was pretty tight.
Then another day held deliciousness in the form of Chocolate Cherry.
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…
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:
It was tough work. But eventually, they were all (unevenly) sliced and ready to go!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
And even if you can’t see a smile….
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.
and spotted others so they wouldn’t fall.
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?
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!
Done and Done.
2. Write 3 things you like about your looks.
Exhibit A: I like my curly hair!
Exhibit B: I like how when I smile, I look truly happy:
Exhibit C: I like my arms.
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:
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?
It had a darker color than most milks I’ve tried
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.
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.
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:
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?
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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!
Perfection in a glass.
I loved this so much, that I had to make another one as a morning snack.
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 ;)
Filling? Chia Seed Oat Bran!
Jar One: Chocolate Soy Nut Butter
Jar Two: yogurt cheese
I was super psyched about this. The weather outside is frightful (sorry) but the oats were mmmmm delightful ;)
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
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
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.
I like them both warm and cold, it turns out.
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.
for about twenty minutes
then I went to meditate for an hour and felt a bit better.
I’m going to miss it :(
Hope you guys all had a terrific wednesday,
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.
a joyful reunion ensued
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
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
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.
**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
-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.
I think they came out quite well.
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
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…
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.
We tried some cheese. I have got to say, anywhere where samples are, samples of cheese are my favorite. Whole Foods shout out??
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.
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!
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?
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.
Then I went on my run.
I love my mother photo bombing in the background.
Had myself a delish vanilla protein shake.
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!
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!
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.
Nothing wrong with having two jars of nut butter open at once, right?
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.