What Makes A Good Day?

Posted on November 19, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Is it setting a distance PR?

Is it starting the day off with this Amazing Grass bar?

Decaf Coffee And Plain Chobani

Is it abusing using your meal plan to hook yourself up with coffee and greek yogurt before class?

Is it getting an email that you have a package waiting for you in the mailroom after Latin class?

Wildwood Sample Products

Is it getting a great box of soy products from Wildwood including burgers, yogurt, and baked tofu to sample and review?

Is it making lunch with a new condiment?

Wicked Natural Caramel Mustard Dip

Caramel Mustard Tofu, Broccoli And Sliced Carrots, Flamegrilled Gardenburger

Is it having a lunch that tastes almost like a dessert, except with a vinegary kick to it?

Is it vegetables that taste fresh with a little salt even though they’ve been in the dining hall God-only-knows-how long?

Is it an old, favorite vegan veggie burger with a smoky kick?

Lemonade Vitamin Water 10

Is it standing 1 foot next to Emma Watson when you go to the convenience store in the mail room to grab a drink between classes?

Epic Poetry Paper

Is it getting an A you totally didn’t expect because, even though your work kind of sucks and you gave up hope half way through a paper, the teacher sees enough progress and takes enough pity to give a damn good grade?

Peanut Butter Chip Cascadian Farm Granola Bar

Is it eating a granola bar with very low fiber and protein and no fortified vitamins or minerals but that has peanut butter chips in it?

Is it forgetting your water bottle in Greek History class, invading the room and another class 2 years later, and getting mistaken as an “escort” for a sick girl?

Is it watching Oprah, but an episode that unfortunately has no porn stars, ex-vice president nominees, or ex-vice president nominee’s grandbaby’s daddy who’s becoming a porn star?

Pumpkin Oats With Cranberry Frosting And Cranberry Vanilla Peanut Butter

Is it having a colorful bowl of oatmeal that reminds you you don’t need artificial ingredients or colors in your life for edible things to look and taste amazing?

Is it being inspired by New England to make a dish with pumpkin, vanilla, and cranberry as the flavors?

Carrots And Caramel Mustard Dip

Is it dipping carrots straight into the jar?

Is it convincing yourself that this is better than just eating straight caramel because there’s mustard and vinegar in their, too?

Local Products

Is it a day when, despite the fact that the Farmers’ Market ended two weeks ago, local companies arranged to send their products to Josiah’s for a special night?

Is it buying more caramel mustard for Thanksgiving and a new jar of local jam and paying with 2 breakfast meals because you eat oatmeal in your room every morning?

Baked Scrod, Sweet Potato, Steamed Vegetables

Is it the dining hall having fish, sweet potato and steamed vegetables all on the same night?

Is it laughing at how the one night that you don’t get food from the vegetarian line your friend, a completely careless meat eater, won’t touch the fish?

 

Greek Yogurt With Raspberry Chocolat Jam And Shaved Newman's Own Organic Super Dark Chocolate

 

Is it having a dessert with fruit and chocolate that clocks in with 20+ grams of protein?

Is it being convinced that because fruit is the first ingredient, jam with chocolate is still reasonably good for you?

Is it having no unread emails in your mailbox for the first time at 8:45pm?

 

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And A Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

 

Is it having your favorite bowl of oatmeal, with the same exact combination of ingredients/nut butter/topping that you’ve had umpteen times?

Is it watching a new Modern Family and laughing a little too hard at “she came to the Halloween party as Sigfried and half of Roy”?

Deep Chocolate Vitatop With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter

Is it eating one of your favorite desserts ever with a blend of chocolate, peanut butter, and toffee just because you can?

Is it getting 50% your daily value of iron in said dessert?

Is it knowing and respecting your body well enough to listen to it when it says it wants to go to bed at 10:20?

Amazing Grass Chocolate Whole Food Energy Bar

Is it waking up and feeling energized, and grabbing this bar you’ve been dreaming about on the way to the gym?

Is it watching television shows you’re about 8 years too old for because they make the treadmill an enjoyable experience?

Is it running 10 miles in 83:41 when you only planned to go 7 miles because you feel so darn good?

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Pepita Sun Butter, Nog And Cinnamon Soy Yogurt

Is it that your room smells like fresh cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg at 9am?

Is it when you realize that you won’t have to give up anything going vegan for a day–again–but rather just find different ways to love the food you normally eat?

 

Is it the thought of winning this amazing coffee filled giveaway?

I think it’s all of those things(especially the Emma Watson one ;-)) What about you? What makes it a good day?

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Productivity

Posted on November 8, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I guess my productivity is like condensation in New England: when it rains, it pours. Before i had showered, eaten, blogged, or even stretched yesterday morning, I had my laundry going. At 12, it was done and my bed looked like this:

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Unfolded Laundry

Amazingly, I resisted the urge to put on freshly washed pajamas. Don’t lie; we all want to do that when it’s fresh out of the drier. Instead, I folded and put everything away, and worked on the first of my 3 history midterm essays while I waited for my dad to come at 2. I would have thought I’d get hungry by then but I think I was so immersed in writing I didn’t notice anything. I did grab this for a little pep:

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Zevia Cola

Did you know all of Zevia’s sodas are caffeine free except this one? That’s because it’s naturally flavored and the kola nut naturally has caffeine. That really is making me wonder what’s in caffeine-free coke, though I suppose that’s so unnatural to begin with it doesn’t matter. When my dad did show up, we had a good laugh.

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Frying Pan

He brought a package that came for me in the mail over the week. Neither of us knew exactly what it would be or who it was from. It turned out to be a frying pan I won last month; doesn’t everybody need a lightweight frying pan for their dorm? We put it back in the box to bring home. Because it was 2pm, I started wanting lunch, so we stopped at Whole Foods to hit up the salad bar.

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Grilled Peppers, Lemon Rice, Gobhi Matar, Aloo Baingan, Chicken In Chettinad Sauce

Weighing food is the worst idea ever; don’t let me know if I’m about to eat well over a pound of sauce-laden goodness. This is actually one of the first times I ever had Indian; it’s not a common cuisine around my town and it smelled so good I thought I’d try it. I liked it but I bet there are better dishes out there to try. My favorite was probably the chicken, which was a very fatty cut of meat but very delicious as well. I consider eating ethnically to be productive because it’s expanding my horizon. I didn’t actually finish it all. I intuitively ate the first half, then ate another 1/4 because it was damn good 🙂

On the way home we also stopped by Market Basket; no matter when you go that store has the longest lines, and everybody’s cart looks like they’re coming from BJ’s. They didn’t have vitatops this time or the bread I was looking for, but we did get something for dinner, pumpkin for baking, gardenburgers, and Oikos and soy yogurt from Whole Foods. In the car ride I wasn’t able to write but I did come up with a decent thesis for my Epic Poetry paper.

When we got home I plugged in my computer and got to work(there might have been some Montana scrubbing in there somewhere). I finished my first essay and started on the next. Along the way, I needed a study snack.

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Vitabrownie And Plain Soy Yogurt

The hug was entirely K inspired. Note: soy yogurt doesn’t hug quite as well as regular yogurt, but it kind of looks like a pillowy cloud if you ask me. This vitabrownie definitely needed a hug because it got a little squished in the freezer. Time in the microwave was totally the medicine for that. I was a bit more productive(get the theme of this post?) until it was time for dinner.

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Mahi Mahi With Soyaki, Corn On The Cob, Beets

Wow is all I can say. It seems so simple and like the dishes I had all Summer but for some reason this was so much more welcomed yesterday. I think I haven’t had corn on the cob in months; talk about your whole grain. And the beets were fun if only because I haven’t had any in months again. They left behind a lot of red juice and I joked with my mom(sort of serious, though) that she should collect it to make red velvet cake. Did you know Whole Foods sells natural food coloring for the holiday season? Expect to see some come Christmas time. Also, the mahi mahi was much better than Friday’s chewier fish, and the soyaki sauce put it over the top.

Well what helps productivity more than a full belly? After dinner I finished my second essay(booyah) and printed some recipes I was planning to make, as well as catch up on DVRed shows. Like I said, when it rains it pours. Ice cream was a well deserved treat.

 

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Purely Decadent Snickerdoodle Soy Ice Cream

Unfortunately, I finished off this flavor. This was definitely my favorite find from the Summer. And it seemes like they carry it at more and more stores these days! How exciting. I also had some coffee and worked on this blog post(see how productive I am doing things ahead of time :-)) Unwrapped was having a marathon on The Food Network = heaven. Heaven like these oats:

 

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Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Maple Syrup, And Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Chocolate, maple, ginger, peanut, pumpkin, etcetera, etcetera. These were delicious fuel for… well lounging around and translating Latin. That takes energy, and plenty, trust me. My dad bought an 8oz container of chocolate butter toffee when he placed his Naturally Nutty order(ps. If my dad has placed an order all his own, what’s slowing down you cool cats?). It’s ok, but I think I like butter toffee peanut butter and chocolate chips better for the contrast.

 

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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Cream Cheese

One last snack and I was done. I wanted to try my dad’s maple butter he’s always loved that comes from our grandparents. There’s no butter in maple butter, it’s basically just crystallized maple syrup you keep in the fridge and spread like maple syrup. It was awesome! Though I could easily see myself going a little overboard with a tub of this in my dorm, haha.

Well remember how yesterday morning I had hoped to write 2 essays, pick a thesis, and translate 3 odes, and I thought that was a crazy amount? Well, I did everything but about 30 lines of poetry! I had no idea I’d actually get that much done. But I’m glad I did. What should I set myself for today? 1/2 my Epic essay sounds like a good goal. Let’s keep the productivity rolling. But first, this welcomed sight:

 

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Recipes

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Ingredients

 

 

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Time Crunch

Posted on October 17, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Thank God there’s so little expectation to get anything done on Friday because I certainly didn’t(anything productive, that is. Plenty foodie). Yesterday morning I was in a bit of a downer mood after my not-so-splendid 10 mile run. After I thought about it, I realized how great it was that I’ve come to the point where I can run 10 miles and became thankful for that, forgetting the rest. 1 bad day can never spoil the week. It also might of helped my mood when shy, slightly uptight girl who sharpened a pencil with her knife(remember her?) felt extremely uncomfortable translating a poem with the words “sex session” in it. After everything that was translated in that class, she could have gotten much worse. I didn’t think anything would top the vitatop with chocolate sunflower butter I had for breakfast, but the lunch room certainly did a good job trying:

Portabella Mushrooms In Sauce, Vegan Chana Masala, Broccoli

Portabella Mushrooms In Sauce, Vegan Chana Masala, Broccoli

I’m not sure I know what Chana Masala is other than magical and Indian. Best yet, I know if the lunch rooms version is this good, the authentic stuff must be amazing. I’ll have to track that down. The mushrooms were meant to be stuffed in a hoagie bun but I liked them straight up with a fork(plus, the buns in our lunch room, despite being whole wheat, have partially hydrogenated oils in them. No thank you). I love a nicely cooked mushroom for all its earthiness and thought this was excellent, although the dried herbs were a little tough to get between the teeth. Between Greek History and Epic Poetry I checked my mailbox and was excited to find these!

Mail

Mail

The tiny package was some samples of Barney Butter. I see that brand all the time on Carrots N’ Cake and I can’t wait to try it out. The other was a letter from my Aunt Leslie who I saw over the weekend. It was a thank you card and picture from the birthday party and she even slipped a little present in to buy “yummy food” with. Oh, I will 🙂 At Epic Poetry we got the essays from last Friday back. I didn’t even look at it all through class and later until 5. Frankly, the grade didn’t matter to me when I realized I think I’m the only Freshman in that class and I haven’t taken a formal English course since 11th grade. It’s a class I’m taking because I want to, not because I need to, and the important thing is enjoying it. I actually did better than I expected: a B. That’s somewhat what I was used to in High School English class, which was always my weakest area. I think she went a little lenient on me because she knows I’m under prepared compared to the rest of the class.

When I got back to my dorm, I had an itch to go see the weekend sales at Whole Foods. It was a bit of a cold walk but thankfully not raining? Looking on the bright side here. I perused Whole Foods and Eastside Market. Seeing swordfish on sale is like a knife in my heart with no way to cook it; I should man up, buy a pan, and make use of the communal kitchen in my basement. What I did end up getting was just as good, though:

Grocery Loot

Grocery Loot

The Oikos and Attune were from Whole Foods; I found the dark chocolate flavor! Can’t wait to give that one a taste and review. Vitabrownies were “on sale” at Eastside Market(though not for cheaper than I could get them at home) and I had such a hankering for them recently I needed to grab them. I also got a jar of my favorite Banana Pineapple Rum Jam. At 7.19 a jar, it’s definitely a luxury. I decided to forgo getting a cupcake for Cookie Friday and just be content with the money I spent. I did get my cookie on in another way, though:

Oatmeal With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

Oatmeal With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

Close enough, right? I spent way too much time walking around, so I didn’t get to eat this until around 5, at which time I had a ton of online reading and reviewing to get done(did you catch my seed butter reviews?). What happened here? Like I said, thankfully there’s no expectations for the first day of the weekend in my book. I was honestly not feeling up to eating at the dining hall; they didn’t have anything I wanted, it was freezing out, and I was still feeling overwhelmed. Instead I decided to make a mess of what I have:

Vegetable Mess And Maccaroni Mess

Vegetable Mess And Maccaroni Mess

I’m not nearly as talented with yogurt messes as some other bloggers, but I think I make up for that with these. The vegetable mess was with a medley of peppers, zuchinni, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, plus a sliced sweet potato. The macaroni was Trader Joe’s instant microwave mac n’ cheese with 1/2 can tuna and 1 1/2 strips tempeh bacon. Basically, it was one big salty delicious mess, especially with added sea salt. I caught up to The Office and 30 Rock. I love that that show’s back. Bring it on, Liz Lemon. I hope Pam and Jim get back soon, though. She needs to have that baby!

Ghost Whisperer was touching, as usual. I love it when that show doesn’t try anything fancy but just goes with its regular formula. I might or might not have had this dessert planned since Wednesday:

Caramel Walnut Vitabrownie And Narrangasett Creamery Kefir

Caramel Walnut Vitabrownie And Narrangasett Creamery Kefir

I never did the brownies and milk thing as a kid, but this is definitely my style. I took a regular vitabrownie and added caramel sauce after microwaving it. I couldn’t microwave the kefir without killing the probiotics, so instead I let it sit at room temperature for the afternoon which got it warm enough. Yum! That’s my milk and brownies for ya. I’m still on the look out for a good store bought kefir. I love the tang to it and want to find one like that. Something tells me the Farmers’ Market one is whole milk and it’s a little heavy for a nutritious drink. In fact, it was so heavy I didn’t bother with the last 1/3 of the glass; that was more than enough for me. With my sample of Barney Butter, I needed to give the oats I drool over on Carrots N Cake a try:

Banana Oats With Barney Butter

Banana Oats With Barney Butter

For this I whipped half a banana until the fiber was practically gone, cooked the oatmeal in that like usual, and topped with Barney Butter. I was so impressed how thick 1/2 a banana made the oats! I’m not a huge banana fan, but if I was it really would have given pumpkin a run for its money(watch out, Libby). I loved how much of a melting butter Barney Butter was, but I’m not sure I got a good sense of the flavor. My first impression was a little bland, which was unexpected for a nut butter with sugar and sea salt. I added a ton more sea salt and enjoyed the bowl that way; I’ll have to give it a second taste before reviewing. I also figured I’d end the day the way I started it for good measure:

Bread With Chocolate Sunflower Butter

Bread With Chocolate Sunflower Butter

I say “bread” and not “toast” because I was too impatient to eat the sunflower butter to make toast; what can I say? It’s good and I’m lazy. I forgot I’m not the only member of the blogosphere who loves Vermont Co. Bread; it’s one of pbandjenny’s favorites. We have good taste 😉

This morning I got to sleep in until 8:30 since the gym won’t open until 9. I actually got such a good nights sleep that it was hard to sleep in. Can you imagine that? Oh what a hard life I live… I was the first one in, obviously, and got some good running in to the tune of Saturday morning cartoons(much funner than CNN in my opinion). I broke the machine again. Broke as in it wouldn’t go as fast as it said it was after a while, so I jumped ship and moved to another. Overally I did 8 miles at a challenging pace and finished in 64:33.

Nature's Path Organic Multigrain Raisin N' Spice Oatmeal With Cinnamon Raisin PB, Peanut Butter Oikos With Dark Chocolate Chips

Nature's Path Organic Multigrain Raisin N' Spice Oatmeal With Cinnamon Raisin PB, Peanut Butter Oikos With Dark Chocolate Chips

When I got back and showered I didn’t sit down to breakfast until 10:40! Well now I just feel lazy. For a quick breakfast I went for quick oats–quick cooking that is. I tried out one of the new oatmeals Nature’s Path Organic sent me. I’ll be sure to start my next post with a review, ya know, once I actually get a chance to eat it and all 😉 And of course some Oikos with peanut flour was welcomed to the table. My Oikos didn’t have a code under the lid 😦 Does anyone know if it’s because it just wasn’t new enough a container or are they only under Stonyfields lids?

Chobani giveaway over at Hop Skip Leap. Another yogurt always welcome to the table.

And a vitatop giveaway! How lucky could the winner of this one get?

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