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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Ridiculous And Amazing: Ridiculous

Posted on October 22, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Because this post would be ridiculously long if I tried to cover my whole day(and because I’m going to be kicked out in T-40 minutes), I’ll talk about the ridiculous part of my day now and the amazing part in the afternoon.

In one word, my yesterday was ridiculous. As I briefly mentioned at the end of my post, I had ust found out I won a contest. The contest was to attend a dinner hosted by Green Mountain Fair Trade Coffee that featured local Boston chef’s making dishes with local products and coffee to be judged Top Chef style. Amazing, right? Well, after working out that my dad would pick me up from Providence, that became a reality and we had a plan.
What was also ridiculous was how much my feet killed after that run. The last 2 miles took a toll on my toes(say that 5 times fast) and walking to class was unbearable. Fortunately, I made it where I got to listen to my teacher talk to us for 50 minutes about a paper she’s writing on a 400 line poem we had to translate, but never actually translated in class–crap, I mean, ridiculous. On the way back to my dorm I picked up some of these:
Sweet potatoes, because they’re ridiculously good. I did a mad rush of email answering/microwaving/google reading right up until I had to run off to Greek History with this in my hand:
So so good. I love microwaved sweet potatoes better than oven roasted because the skin is firm and crispy and it reminds me of French fries. The sandwhich was perfect with the turkey/cranberry apple butter/cream cheese combo. The greens were meh but I had zilch all of yesterday so I felt I needed to add them back into my system. But the real ridiculous thing about this was that Thanksgiving is just a month away! Can you believe it? I am sooo psyched to get my pie-baking on(secret family crustless pumpkin pie recipe to be published? We’ll see…)
Class was ugh. My professor would just mention a historical fact and ramble on and on about his take on it and often completely wrong theory. The only ridiculous thing here was how much he’s like his wife, my Latin teacher. I’d be very disturbed but sadly not surprised if they were blood related.
When I got back to my dorm I knew I just had to work work work if I wanted to enjoy my evening. I had a really nutritious study snack:
We’re going to pretend this is healthy because it’s all natural and not just a diet soda. K? good. Picture me, furiously reading Ancient Greek, flipping back and forth between Heroditus and my dictionary, only to receive an email that my class tomorrow was cancelled again. Ridiculous. I was slightly annoyed, but this made my evening much easier. I knew my dad would be at my dorm in 30 minutes but my oat craving did not care:
Need I remind how soon Thanksgiving is? Pumpkin oats with almond butter never fail to disappoint, but the addition of this new cereal made it perfect. This is Nature’s Path Organic’s Crunch Maple Sunrise and, though I’m generally not a cereal person, I must say this stood out. I don’t want to review it yet since I’m sure being on pumpkin oats might have affected the flavor, but I could literally smell maple syrup as I opened the bag. Ridiculous, right? And it’s gluten free if that’s a care to anyone. At 4:45 I got a message that a package was waiting for me in the mailroom that closed at 5. Ridiculous. I hustled my way over there and was overjoyed to make it and find these waiting for me:
The kind people at Kardea contacted me about trying their energy bars. Kardea’s product are all natural with cholesterol lowering ingredients, a hefty supply of protein and fiber, and all low and naturally sweetened. Not to mention, the flavors sound ridiculous. Ex: Banana nut and chai spice. I could not wait to try them, but I also needed to hop in my car and go go go.

As I briefly mentioned at the end of my post, I had just found out I won a contest. The contest was to attend a dinner hosted by Green Mountain Fair Trade Coffee that featured local Boston chef’s making dishes with local products and coffee to be judged Top Chef style. Amazing, right? Well, after working out that my dad would pick me up from Providence, that became a reality and we had a plan.

What was ridiculous was how much my feet killed after that run. The last 2 miles took a toll on my toes(say that 5 times fast) and walking to class was unbearable. Fortunately, I made it where I got to listen to my teacher talk to us for 50 minutes about a paper she’s writing on a 400 line poem we had to translate, but never actually translated in class–crap, I mean, ridiculous. On the way back to my dorm I picked up some of these:

Farmers' Market Sweet Potatoes

Farmers' Market Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes, because they’re ridiculously good. I did a mad rush of email answering/microwaving/google reading right up until I had to run off to Greek History with this in my hand:

1/2 Turkey, Cranberry, And Cream Cheese Sandwich, 1/2 Sweet Potato With maple Syrup, Sesame Seed Savory Spinach, Steamed Broccoli

1/2 Turkey, Cranberry, And Cream Cheese Sandwich, 1/2 Sweet Potato With maple Syrup, Sesame Seed Savory Spinach, Steamed Broccoli

Yum! I think I actually love microwaved sweet potatoes better than oven roasted because the skin is firm and crispy and it reminds me of French fries. The sandwhich was perfect with the turkey/cranberry apple butter/cream cheese combo. The greens were meh but I had zilch all of yesterday so I felt I needed to add them back into my system. But the real ridiculous thing about this was that Thanksgiving is just a month away! Can you believe it? I am sooo psyched to get my pie-baking on(secret family crustless pumpkin pie recipe to be published? We’ll see…)

Class was ugh. My professor would just mention a historical fact and ramble on and on about his take on it and often completely wrong theory. The only ridiculous thing here was how much he’s like his wife, my Latin teacher. I’d be very disturbed–but sadly not surprised–if they were blood related.

When I got back to my dorm I knew I just had to work work work if I wanted to enjoy my evening. I had a really nutritious study snack:

Cola Zevia

Cola Zevia

We’re going to pretend this is healthy because it’s all natural and not just a diet soda. K? good. I was furiously reading Ancient Greek, flipping back and forth between Heroditus and my dictionary, until I received an email that my class tomorrow was cancelled again. Ridiculous. I was slightly annoyed, but this made my evening much easier. Despite the fact that I would be leaving my dorm in 30 minutes, my oat craving kicked in and did not care:

Pumpkin Oats With Crunchy Maple Sunrise And Almond Butter

Pumpkin Oats With Crunchy Maple Sunrise And Almond Butter

Need I remind how soon Thanksgiving is? Pumpkin oats with almond butter never fail to disappoint, but the addition of this new cereal made it perfect. This is Nature’s Path Organic’s Crunch Maple Sunrise and, though I’m generally not a cereal person, I must say this stood out. I don’t want to review it yet since I’m sure being on pumpkin oats might have affected the flavor, but I could literally smell maple syrup as I opened the bag. Ridiculous, right? And it’s gluten free if that’s a care to anyone. At 4:45 I got a message that a package was waiting for me in the mailroom that closed at 5. Ridiculous. I hustled my way over there and was overjoyed to make it and find these waiting for me:

Kardea Nutrition Bars

Kardea Nutrition Bars

The kind people at Kardea contacted me about trying their energy bars. Kardea’s product are all natural with cholesterol lowering ingredients, a hefty supply of protein and fiber, and all low and naturally sweetened. Not to mention, the flavors sound ridiculous. Ex: Banana nut and chai spice. I could not wait to try them, but I also needed to hop in my car and go go go.

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Stick To The List

Posted on October 14, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning. First off, I was very excited when Krystal from The Special K Treatment asked me to do a guest post a little while ago and now it’s up! Be sure to check out her fun and funky blog.

Yesterday morning my shorter run and hungry, hungry, hippo breakfast had me done awfully early. Usually I’m rushing out the door at 10:52 to get to class, but I had plenty of time. So much time I managed to squeeze a trip to the library(yuck) and grab a cup of coffee(yum) and still made it in before the teacher. After class I was excited because it’s that special time when the Farmers’ Market magically appears on my front lawn. I went straight to the creamery station and they had it!

Kefir From Narragansett Creamery

Kefir From Narragansett Creamery

How exciting. I was a bit disappointed when they forgot it last week. Unfortunately, they didn’t have fun and funky flavors like maple raspberry, but I took a leap of faith at guessing their plain was just as good. At $2 a bottle, it’s a bit of a splurge, but how often do you find homemade kefir? For some reason, I was not hungry during my usual lunch hour, so I just packed my lunch in all to-go containers:

Kale And Linguica Soup, Carrots And Broccoli In Mustard, Pineapple Chobani With Pumpkin Flax Granola

Kale And Linguica Soup, Carrots And Broccoli In Mustard, Pineapple Chobani With Pumpkin Flax Granola

This seemed like a smart idea. But by the time I got to history, I felt weird with 3 containers and a binder on my desk, so I wolfed down the veggies and soup and my bottle of water. After realizing I had sufficiently bloated myself with more water than I need in a day, I had to stop and recompose(I’m not really kidding here; I didn’t have another sip of water until 6:30 with dinner!). Thankfully, that meant I wasn’t hungry at all for my yogurt and I could sit back and enjoy it. The Pumpkin Flax Granola was sitting in there for 2 hours by the time I ate it and it still had crunch–now that’s one hell of a granola. At the end of my Epic Poetry class, I made a list and headed straight to Whole Foods since my dorm was the opposite direction.

Shopping List

Shopping List

Half of the list has question marks, meaning I wanted them but knew I shouldn’t buy them, and the bottom says “You have a lot of food. Only buy what’s necessary/you need to eat the other food. No granola or bars.” I leave myself the best messages; but if I didn’t “remind” myself of that, I’d totally go nuts in the store. On the way I had to make a pit stop at Staples to send out a fax, and headed to F.Y.E. here they didn’t have the particular video game I wanted. Shame because it’s suppose to rain for 3 days and I don’t see myself leaving the dorm much. When I was in Whole Foods, I did a pretty good job of sticking to the list. The sales this week weren’t as appealing as usual, anyway. Although they did have those amazing cinnamon rolls by Zen Bakery that I didn’t stand near for long. I got back to my dorm at 4:20 with these:

Cream Cheese And Attune Bars

Cream Cheese And Attune Bars

I picked up some Attune bars with the coupons I was sent to review them, and 2 tubs of cream cheese. As you must realize, I go through cream cheese a lot 🙂 But wait, they are regularly 2.69 each, on sale for 2/$4, and there’s a coupon in the new Whole Deal for $1 off 2 Organic Valley products. All in all, I got both for $3 total, which made them cheaper than the non-organic store brand! My mom raised me well in that respect 🙂

Pumpkin Oats With Grain Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips And SB PB

Pumpkin Oats With Grain Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips And SB PB

I didn’t want something sweet, so this bowl was pretty perfect as an afternoon snack. The dark chocolate chips have a much more mellow flavor and the salt really gives your taste buds a kick. The fire alarm went off, but I didn’t budge at all. Is it just me, or do school fire alarm tests in Elementary School completely desensitize you to fire alarms later in life? Plus, Taylor Swift was on Oprah and she’s kind of my celebrity crush. I got plenty of work done. Oh wait, that’s a lie. That’s what I meant to do. Curse you, internet(jk, I love you and don’t ever leave me). Well I may not have gotten work done but I did get dinner.

Baked Sweet Potato, Garden Style Scrod, Veggetable Medley

Baked Sweet Potato, Garden Style Scrod, Vegetable Medley

Yikes. Sorry for the photo quality. In The Ratty I try to have my camera out as little as possible so as not to embarrass the non-foodies I eat with; those crazy people need to learn to love their food more 🙂 I was so happy to see fish on tonights menu(yes, that’s what’s under the tomato stuff). I scraped off the toping and whatever was underneath to just get a taste of the salty, salty scrod. I had to go into the vegetarian line to find the sweet potatoes, because apparently people in the meat line aren’t the same who want potatoes. And there was a vegetable medley I just couldn’t, but probably should’ve, said no to. How is it that some of those veggies come out cooked the right amount and the ones right next to it are mushy as a rotten banana? What a mystery. After my friend went to some lecture to not write his essay *tsk* *tsk* I went back to my dorm to write mine like a good student… and instead watched TV shows online. The internet is a slippery slope. For dessert course 1 I tried my new probiotic friend:

Attune Milk Chocolate Crisp

Attune Milk Chocolate Crisp

With coffee, of course, because that’s how chocolate is best. This was my first tasting of the Attune line, a Chocolate Crisp bar. Umm, yum! This has probiotics, fiber, and calcium? You had me at chocolate. I really liked this for its smooth flavor and you can see my full review by clicking on that link. Like I said, getting all my Product Reviews into that format is going to take a little bit of time. But I hope to get it done within a month because of how clean and efficient it is for myself and you all. That chocolate definitely got me into a mocha mood:

Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Mocha Peanut Butter, Milk Mocha Chocolate

Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Mocha Peanut Butter, Milk Mocha Chocolate

After this I have 4 slices of toast left. Is this really my dorm? What happened to when I had about 3 loaves? Also, it’s very tricky to stop at 1 of those Newman’s Own Organic chocolates. My best advice is break off a piece, toss the rest out your window, and run to a bomb shelter to avoid scarfing it all down, because it’s that crazy good. While I was translating, there was either a) a pep rally or b) a drunken frat party occurring outside. Really, they sound the same when you get right down to it. My roommate came back around this time and started “doing work” which really annoyed me. After finishing some work and ignoring the noise I think I made the best dessert ever:

Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

My fellow Peanut Butter lover, Jenny, is having dessert as her “Best Of…” theme this week. How awesome is that? I needed to get in on the action. I took a Zen Bakery cinnamon roll and topped it with low fat cream cheese mixed with vanilla stevia, and topped with vanilla bean sugar. This was like The Odyssey: Epic(that’s funny if you’re me and going cuckoo reading that book ;-)). On a sadder note, my bready carb stash is diminishing rapidly. I’m going to need to get some reserves flown in and fast to survive the rest of the week.

I talked yesterday about the importance of shutting down your computer and lights a while before going to bed. Last night could not have been a better example; I had my computer off 45 minutes before I planned on sleeping, and my lights 35, and falling asleep couldn’t have been easier. Unfortunately, I had some weird dreams about secret agents and a killing maid and… well let’s just not go there. All in all it was much better than usual and I was ready to run when I woke up. It clearly was, like usual, a treadmill morning; it’s about mid 40’s here for the next half of the week! Ugh, let’s not think about that. I decided 8 miles at a challenging pace was a good workout and ended up doing it in 63:57. When I got back to my room I was a little dissapointed to find that I didn’t have the ingredients or time for the breakfast I thought about in my mind running, so I had to work on the fly:

2% Greek Yogurt With Cocoa Beach Granola And Caramel Sauce, Vanilla Chip Bar With Vanilla Peanut Butter

2% Greek Yogurt With Cocoa Beach Granola And Caramel Sauce, Vanilla Chip Bar With Vanilla Peanut Butter

Before you think I’ve gone completely berserk, there wasn’t actually any cream cheese in that container; I merely needed something portable to put the yogurt in. I love the Trader Joe’s 2% because it’s a little bit richer and holds up well. The caramel with chocolate granola was heavenly–definitely a dessert tip to keep in mind. And you know I’m running low on bread when I use a granola bar to put peanut butter on. I might have to break down and purchase some english muffins later so that doesn’t happen again. In fact, today I’m expecting my shipment of Naturally Nutty seed butters, so I definitely need something for some good spreading! Is it wrong to be so excited about getting butter in the mail? If so, I don’t want to be right.

Xagave anyone? Oh the things I could bake with that…

Plus a Favorite Things giveaway over at FoodCents

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Let’s Just Not Talk About It

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

How about an entire post of things from yesterday we should just not talk about, shall we? Like let’s not talk about how sometimes I get a bit bogged down and end up writing to you about how The Iliad is ultimately a story of mortality equating to universal suffering and to my professor about how great last night New Adventures Of Old Christine were. But let’s do talk about how supportive and awesome you all are and how yesterday was the second most viewed day for my site, only passes by the day my refrigerator was on Carrots N’ Cake. Thank you so very much. All your comments mean a lot and I love reading them and finding new friends and new blogs.

Let’s not talk about all the horrible Latin jokes we made in class like “A good Latin student never declines sex”(sex is the latin word for 6 and all numbers after 3 are indeclinable) or “you always forget in the genetive”. If you get that last one, I’m sorry, it’s not even funny or dirty, it’s just educational. It felt like forever before the bell rang but it did at 11:50 per usual. Because it was Wednesday, the Farmers’ Market was back. I of course hit up the creamery station.

Narragansett Creamery

Narragansett Creamery Station

Let’s not talk about how disappointed I was to find out they made a whole new batch of kefir but didn’t load it in the van before leaving 😦 I did sample and end up getting suckered into some goodies, though.

Munchkin Pumpkin And Cumin Cheddar

Munchkin Pumpkin And Cumin Cheddar

Let’s not talk about how bad of a decision this was. I don’t eat cheese. I love it, but I let it go bad in my refrigerator and grow mold. Why did I buy this? Because I got a yummy free sample, but overall it was pretty stupid. Oh well, I’ll bring it home over the long weekend and somebody will get a kick out of it.

Let’s not talk about how much of a weirdo I must have looked like carrying my entire lunch plus a cup of shredded carrots(for oats) plus an extra container of just tempeh out of the dining hall. They almost never have tempeh so I loaded up like nobodies business and refrigerated a ton. Here was the lunch I made from what I didn’t save:

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lentil Chili, Tempeh

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lentil Chili, Tempeh

The chili was pretty good. I added some cinnamon and salt and that perked it up. I’m now convinced cinnamon is a necessary ingredient for anything involving soup or beans. And I just adore tempeh now. I didn’t even need to put anything on it; I don’t know how to describe the straight flavor other than tempehlicious.

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Let’s not talk about how I whipped out my camera in the middle of Greek History to talk a picture of this delicious Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie. My professor studied all our faces online so now he knows all our names and years. A little creepy for a lecture course with 0 class participation in my opinion.

KIND Fruit & Nut Bar

KIND Fruit & Nut Bar

Let’s not talk about how I should have gone straight to my room to do work after Epic Poetry but decided to go out grocery shopping instead and snack on this KIND bar. I like nut bars because I almost never have nuts, just nut butters. I think they’re a little less convenient, unless they’re in bar form.

My Big Shopping Bag

My Big Shopping Bag

Let’s not talk about how ridiculous I mist have looked with a bright yellow shopping bag over my shoulder, or about how I managed to spend 90 minutes of my afternoon grocery shopping.

Pumpkin, Oikos, Pumpkin Peanut Butter, Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffins

Pumpkin, Oikos, Pumpkin Peanut Butter, Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffins

Let’s not talk about how much this cost. Let’s just not. But let’s talk about how amazing some of these finds were. Oikos + Libby’s pumpkin you should just expect at this point. You know how much I love my healthy muffins, so I was dying to try the blueberry raspberry oat bran flavor, which have 270 calories, 8g fiber, 8g protein, 7g healthy fats, and a super simple ingredients list per muffin. And that peanut butter is gourmet organic pumpkin peanut butter!! That was really the splurge here, but it’s made by a local company and I couldn’t resist it at all. It’s pumpkin peanut butter, people.

Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese

Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese

Let’s not talk about how great a study blog snack this muffin was with some cream cheese. It was pretty much what I was hoping for: super soft and berrylicious. It’s also vegan and gluten free because it uses rye flour, too cool.

Let’s not talk about how I was going to ditch my friend for dinner again so I could keep working on my essay, but decided that two times in one week wouldn’t be cool. Then about how he called me saying he couldn’t get dinner with me, essentially ditching me first. Isn’t that the worst? When someone beats you to the ditch? Clearly we’re besties enough to make a sport out of screwing with each other.

Sweet Potato, Chicken With Steak Sauce, Cooked Spinach, Carrots And Zuchinni

Sweet Potato, Chicken With Steak Sauce, Cooked Spinach, Carrots And Zuchinni

Let’s not talk about how much of my mother’s son I am for this meal. She was always about having a protein(aka meat in her mind but she said protein), starch, and vegetable on the plate. That always bugged me since those aren’t even part of the same verbage system and a vegetable could fill all the spots, but I tried not to give her too much grief over it. Anyway, I was at The Ratty and got a real craving for chicken with steak sauce. My first reaction was “It’s just chicken, don’t bother. Put some steak sauce on a flame grilled veggie burger”. But then I thought about it again; the whole reason I don’t properly align myself with veganism or vegitarianism is because I know there will be times when I just crave meat, pure and simple, and now was one of those times. I listened to my body more than my head and that was definitely the better decision here.

Peanut Butter Oikos With Vanilla Sugar

Peanut Butter Oikos With Vanilla Sugar

Pumpkin Oats With Pumpkin Peanut Butter And Dark Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Oats With Pumpkin Peanut Butter And Dark Chocolate Chips

Let’s not talk about how amazing all this was because I’m a food blogger and that’s what I do. The peanut butter Oikos + vanilla sugar has just become a staple. I might havegot a little carried away with playing around with settings on that photo, but it’s all to show how dramatically good it is. I like to think of the vanilla sugar as “sand”. Did anybody else grow up playing with colored sand in glass jars? Wow, I was easily amused… And to not have made those oats last night would have broken the 11th commandment. Seriously? That bowl had me wanting to curl up on a couch and watch Charlie Brown And The Great Pumpkin Patch or whatever that special is that’s on each year. The pumpkin peanut butter was 110% what it sounded it would taste like. The ingredients are just peanuts, pumpkin pie spice, canola oil, salt, sugar, and stevia. It was very thick so it didn’t melt over the hot oats, but with a little spoon-action I managed to spread it out and each little bite was nice and chewy like real peanuts. Thankfully no regrets whatsoever on buying that jar.

Let’s not talk about how distracted I’ve been writing this to this Food Network bombshell on the Today show.

Let’s not talk about how sore I was this morning from yesterday but rather the fact that I got out there and ran 7.26 miles in an hour. The gym was oddly empty for a Thursday, which was very convenient since I had some air to work out of my system if you catch my drift.

French Toast Oatmeal With Cinnamon And Vanilla Powder, Carrot Muffin Bottom Yogurt With Vanilla, Cinnamon, Flax, And Mighty Maple PB

French Toast Oatmeal With Cinnamon And Vanilla Powder, Carrot Muffin Bottom Yogurt With Vanilla, Cinnamon, Flax, And Mighty Maple PB

Let’s not talk about how intricate the seasoning was for this breakfast but rather how good it tasted in the end. I was thinking about it on the treadmill this morning(because that’s what I do) about how long it’s been since I had French Toast Oatmeal, so that was pretty much a no brainer. The vanilla powder and cinnamon really spice it up. Well, aside that I needed to make what has to be my favorite yogurt mess of all. I take the butt of a carrot muffin, warm it in the microwave, and mix it with plain organic yogurt, flax, cinnamon, and vanilla stevia, and I swear it comes out like carrot cake. You can try this with any muffin or muffin butt. Personally, I love eating muffin tops(as in the ones from an actual muffin) but that leaves a lot of waste, so this is a great “leftover” recipe(although in this case I’m eating the butt before the top).

Let’s not talk about the fact that I’ll be late for class because I was blogging if I don’t get a move on it! Yikes!

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How To Ace An Exam

Posted on October 6, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning, good morning 🙂 I have a Greek test in less than an hour(Yikes!) so the end of this may be a little rushed, but bear with me.

Tip 1: The day before, avoid being killed by the creepy girl in class

Yesterday the girl who sat next to me in Latin class sharpened her pencil with a pocket knife. Who does that? This was also the same girl who complained about getting a shoe thrown at her by her old roommate. At first, I was on her side, but now I’m wondering what the real story behind that room situation was. And why this girl can’t get a 2 dollar pencil sharpener like everyone else. After class I went on a mission to get some new batteries for my food scale, but when I got to CVS I realized I had no idea what size I needed: bad Evan. The trip wasn’t a total waste because I took the Via challenge.

Via Taste Test

Via Taste Test

Tip 2: Load yourself up on caffeine

Do I fail, or does Starbucks win, because I thought the regular Pike’s Place was nasty and the Via was at least palatable. I normally get Pike’s Place decaf which I swear tasted better than that regular. I think Via will be a great thing if it’s widely available and affordable. I also grabbed lunch around this time:

Black Bean And Sweet Potato Ragout, Sunny Sprouts, Broccoli, Carrots, Mushrooms

Black Bean And Sweet Potato Ragout, Sunny Sprouts, Broccoli, Carrots, Mushrooms

Tip 3: Eat plenty of beans so you can let out a big toot mid exam

This lunch was full of surprises. Surprise one was the ragout; I thought I’d hate it because it looked like it came back out of a dogs mouth and I have bad memories of black beans from my trip to Costa Rica in 8th grade. Actually, this was really good and had a nice, potato flavor to it. The sunny sprouts were anything but sunny. They actually tasted a little soapy, which I think was the mustard/margarine on them. Besides that everything was good stuff that I grabbed from the salad bar.

After that I had 2 classes per usual. I gave my friend in Greek History a vegan pumpkin molasses cookie. At first she didn’t want it because she thought I found it on the floor, but when I told her I made it she took a bite and said “That’s a freakin awesome cookie” Couldn’t have said it better myself 🙂 Up next was Epic Poetry which I got a bit hungry during so I had a peanut butter Z-Bar I had in my pocket. After class I went back out to CVS to get the batteries.

Tip 4: When in doubt, take a Whole Foods trip

While I was 1/3 the way to Whole Foods, rather than do my homework like a good student, I felt like grabbing some essentials. When I got there I was pleasantly surprised with this:

Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market

I forgot that the Farmers’ Market that’s on my quad on Wednesdays is at this Whole Foods on Mondays. I grabbed a Macintosh apple because I was super snacky. I actually kept it really brief in Whole Foods because I felt bad about being there in the first place. I think I was in and out in 10 minutes!

Shopping Loot

Shopping Loot

I picked up my favorite Greek yogurt, my favorite plain yogurt, batteries, and a yam from the Farmers’ Market. The yam and apple together were only 1 dollar, which was a pretty great steal. Not to mention it’s adorably sized and perfect for 1 person. I needed 2 things when I got back to my dorm: to pee like a race horse and get some food in me.

Pumpkin Oats With Maple Almond Butter And Sliced Almonds

Pumpkin Oats With Maple Almond Butter And Sliced Almonds

Tip 5: Go nuts. They support the healthy fats in your brain

Once the former was taken care of, I plugged in the batteries to my food scale and got to work with some grains–perfectly cooked this time. This is my original pumpkin oats that I was making way back in July: oats with Libby’s canned pumpkin, Justin’s maple almond butter, and sliced salted almonds. It’s a great salty/sweet almond dish. And I must have been hungry because I scarfed this down(eating a bowl of oatmeal in under an hour is scarfing for me). I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me so I called the person I was planning on meeting for dinner to reschedule. Instead I got take out from the dining hall, got some stuff accomplished, and made my meal:

Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Beets, Vegan Taco Beans, Orange Zevia

Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Beets, Vegan Taco Beans, Orange Zevia

Tip 6: Blow off your friend to study, but end up blogging

Eating in my room might not be something I want to get used to, but it’s damn good when I do. For instance, I can tap into my small hoard of Zevias 🙂 The beets and broccoli and sweet potato were all great, plain and salted with a little cinnamon on the sweet potato. The taco filling wasn’t bad, it was just interesting. I liked it more than I was expecting to, but it mostly just tasted like seasoned black beans and didn’t have the flavor or consistency of taco filling.

Tip 7: Unwind to your favorite television programs

For Monday Television I had to decide between CBS and NBC. Since HIMYM is only 30 minutes and Heroes is an hour, it made sense to go with Heroes for night. While it was on I talked to my parents and heard I have a package waiting from Nature’s Path back at my house(!!). Way to not help me concentrate for the rest of the night. This also didn’t help me concentrate on anything but how delicious it was:

Fig And Almond Blondie, Figs In Yogurt With Vanilla Sugar

Fig And Almond Blondie, Figs In Yogurt With Vanilla Sugar

Trader Joes All Natural Halloween Gummies

Trader Joes All Natural Halloween Gummies

Tip 8: Suuuuugar

This used up the last of my big container of plain yogurt; see why I have to go out to Whole Foods every day?(Besides the fact that I love it, of course) The figs were more than ripe being almost 2 weeks old, but a go in the microwave made them soft and juicy. And if I’m only ever going to have sugar in moderation, I choose this vanilla sugar from Whole Foods. It has real vanilla beans! How cool is that? The gummies from Trader Joe’s were also decent; I think they’re more of a novelty for your average 5 year old who refuses to eat artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

Heroes was OK. Next week looks a bit better, especially with the preview about Claire and her roommate(what on earth could that have been about?) After that I watched Two And A Half Men. When did the boy in that become older than me? And yet they pretend like he’s still 12. It doesn’t work. And after a month or so I’m ready to confess how much I love the 10pm Jay Leno show; it’s so nice to have a program that you can count on being at least halfway decent every night at the same time, that isn’t a rerun.

Carrot Ginger Muffin Top With Smart Balance Peanut Butter, Deep Chocolate Vitatop With Cream Cheese

Carrot Ginger Muffin Top With Smart Balance Peanut Butter, Deep Chocolate Vitatop With Cream Cheese

Tip 9: Eat your fats, too.

Something was telling me I didn’t eat enough fuel during the day so I didn’t hesitate to load up before bed. I think this was the first muffin where I’ve eaten the bottom part before the top. Oh, and clearly I buy cholesterol free chocolate brownies to smear cholesterol directly on it. JK. I love my cream cheese and could/would never think of giving it up. I liked it here because it tapered the sweetness of the chocolate, which was nice right before bed.

Tip 10: Early to bed, early to rise.

I was able to fall asleep pretty well because my roommate was off working on a project with his friend(or maybe just partying, who knows) and was up by 7. It was pretty easy to decide today’s run: until the machine turns off or 8:30, whichever comes first. I got to the gym early so I knew I had a full hour in me I felt great and ran a strong 7.48 in my hour. I could have gone a full 10 miles this morning I think but I didn’t want to be late fore anything.

Tempeh Bacon, Toast With Mighty Maple, Blueberry Chobani With Pumpkin, Flax, And Holly's Cookie Crumble

Tempeh Bacon, Toast With Mighty Maple, Blueberry Chobani With Pumpkin, Flax, And Holly's Cookie Crumble

Tip 11: Eat a healthy, nutritious, and delicious breakfast

I was really feeling oats on this cold October morning, but I didn’t want to be running to class with a bowl in my hands so I kept it portable. I think Chobani tastes good but they go a bit sugar happy in their yogurts; when I have fruit sweetened yogurt I want all the sugar to come from lactose and the fruit, and would rather have a little cream in their instead of plain nonfat. To thicken it up, I added a tablespoon of flax and 1/4 cup canned pumpkin And I topped it off with a vegan pumpkin molasses cookie because… well why would I not?

Hope you liked all the, err, study tips(yeah, that’s what we’ll call them.) Oh, before I forget, like Justin’s Nut Butters or just want to try them for the first time? Check this blogger giveaway out. The same blogger has an awesome giveaway for NuGo bars. Never had one but I’d love to try ’em!

And here’s a fun, very different contest. The Unbake Off. Get your brains turning for that one.

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Tempted By Tempeh

Posted on October 1, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If you’re thinking you’re reading yesterdays post, don’t worry, you’re not. I just have such a repetetive(yet delicious) life that everything seems the same… because it was sort of. After comparing my breakfast yesterday that would have had Dr. Atkins rolling over in his grave to the protein-fest from the day before, I’ve came to this conclusion: carbs make me satisfied, protein makes me full. What’s the difference? I don’t feel stuffed on carbs, but I can go a long time without being hungry or having all my thoughts go to food(well, they do this anyway, but some things can’t be changed ;-)). Protein, on the other hand, I eat and it feels like a cement mixer emptied into my stomach–not so fun. That being said, it’s good to reach a balance which is something I’ll try to work out better with my breakfasts/meals.

On my way to Latin yesterday I saw Hermoine Emma again. She asked the person in front of me where a dorm is. Had I been 10 seconds ahead in my day, I would have been that direction giver. FML. The day was almost ruined then, but totally saved later on. After Latin I popped by the Farmer’s Market that’s here every Wednesday:

Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market

I didn’t get anything this time, sadly. The kefir was a one week only thing apparently. The creamery still makes AMAZING other cheese products and had a homemade ricotta, but I really didn’t want to buy something I didn’t think I’d eat all of before it goes bad. Besides, I still had hopes that I would end September without going over my food budget(oh how naive). Instead I popped in the dining hall to get some food and went to my dorm to dress it up:

Maple Mustard Tofu And Tempeh, Broccoli, Japanese Veggies, Polynesian Ragout

Maple Mustard Tofu And Tempeh, Broccoli, Japanese Veggies, Polynesian Ragout

Mustard Maple Tempeh And Tofu

Mustard Maple Tempeh And Tofu

Kath’s maple mustard tofu was really a hit with me(and apparently some of you, too). So much so that I needed to make it again. This time I used tofu from the salad bar and tempeh from the cafe a few nights ago and doubled the sauce recipe. Holy yum. I don’t think people around me in my Greek History class knew what the hell I was eating but it didn’t matter. There was also cold Japanese veggies, steamed broccoli, and Polynesian vegetable ragout to round out the meal. I think tempeh is a lot more nutrient dense than I realized because this REALLY filled me up and had my stomach begging for some fluid, which ended up completely making my day.

Remember how I saw Emma between classes on Monday? Well, I figured out she walks to class the same time and direction that I do. i.e. We’re class walker buddies. When I saw her today, I kept walking, again, that tempeh had me feeling the coffee, so I went to The Blue Room. Guess who was in line 5 people in front of me? Yep 🙂 Thank you, tempeh. Emma was getting her lunch: a sandwich, a brownie, and a Nantucket Nectar. I’m glad to see she eats things like brownies and doesn’t fall into the pitfall of other teen celebs. She even had to walk past me to get the Nantucket Nectar and said “sorry” when I moved out of the way; I might have almost fainted at the cute little British accent 🙂

So I think it’s pretty understandable I couldn’t focus at all during my Epic Poetry class. We’re now starting The Odyssey while writing an essay on The Iliad. In my classicist opinion, Odyssey kicks Iliad booty. Afterward, I went back to my room and Google Readered it up the wazoo. But it wasn’t too long until the Whole Food bug bit me–don’t you hate that guy? I stepped out and ate this on my walk to the store:

Spooky Smores Z-Bar

Spooky Smores Z-Bar

Walking, Whole Foods, Spooky Smores–I told you it was Tuesday, but again, it’s just me living every day like ground hog day. It’s getting so depressingly cold in NE already; I almost lost circulation in my fingers on the walk. I lose circulation pretty easily, but it’s not a good sign that that’s happening in September. After I got out of their with what I could in my wallet, I stopped by the dining hall to pick up dinner ingredients and a snack. Of the whole trip, this is what I came back with:

Trip Loot

Trip Loot

The Oikos and Fakin’ Bacon were my Whole Foods loot. I had hopes of not going over budget this month, but in fact I did by 2.88. That’s not that bad considering I’m not counting the numerous $$’s slipped to me by the ‘rents and grandma; it’s just not fun to know overall how much I cost to feed. From the dining hall I picked up some stuff for dinner as well as an afternoon snack, because who said snacks need to be oatmeal and peanut butter or cost me money? I got some ‘fu because I’m a sneaky sneaky dining hall theif. And I also found a heart thrive cookie in the trash by the mens room. Now, normally I don’t condone taking things from the trash to eat, but since I’m in and out of there all day I know it wasn’t there for more than an hour, plus it was still in the wrapper. If ya’ll don’t care too much about mold, I can’t imagine you being too appalled at that. Speaking of my snack, voila:

Honey Roasted Sweet Potato, Chicken Stir Fry

Honey Roasted Sweet Potato, Chicken Stir Fry

This sweet potato was actually cooked to perfection, which you never find at the Ratty. And normally I don’t go for chicken, but that stir fry looked and tasted just like good Chinese food so I didn’t mind it. I finally caught up with Google Reader after 10 hours–oh how good that felt. I pretty much knew last night I was not in the mood to “eat out”(at the dinner hall). It just felt like such a long day all I wanted was to eat in my room near my computer. And thankfully, because it’s college, I can do that. So I used some of the food I got at the dining hall earlier with what I had lying around to make this taste of delight:

Mac N' Cheese, Tempeh Bacon, Sauteed Peppers, Green Beans

Mac N' Cheese, Tempeh Bacon, Sauteed Peppers, Green Beans

My first reaction to the tempeh was a bit disappointing. That was until I got the after flavor. Again, holy yum. It’s not quite bacon, but it is delicious(and I’m guessing sodiumrific). I only wish I could properly pan fry this to get a better flavor, but this was quite amazing and might just become a staple in my house. And what goes better with bacon than melted cheese over carbs? I used TJ’s instant mac n’ cheese, which I absolutely adore. They come prepackaged so it’s the perfect size for a side, and you can make it with just a microwave. Best of all, it has that weird, instant mac n’ cheese guilty flavor that makes you feel like it’s something naughty but it’s all naturally and has healthy nutrition; Trader Joe’s is clearly run by the Gods who make things they know we’ll like. This was probably one of my favorite dinners of college yet and inspires me to make more meals for myself(so long as my wallet allows it!).

Wednesday’s are really hyped up as comedy night for most of the broadcast TV stations but I just wasn’t feeling it. The New Adventures of Old Christine and Modern Family were funny but not laugh out loud. I suppose that’s a good thing since I hadn’t done any homework until 8pm all day. I mean, how could I with Emma Watson and tempeh on the brain. I was reminded to call my grandmother who turned 70 yesterday so that ate up some time as well. After 9 I sat down with some poetry and made the snacks desserts that had been on my mind all day:

Oikos With Peanut Flour And Midnight Moo Sauce

Oikos With Peanut Flour And Midnight Moo Sauce

Cinnamon Sugar Oatmeal With Raisins And Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

Cinnamon Sugar Oatmeal With Raisins And Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

Ok, all day’s a bit of an exaggeration, but these totally hit spots that needed hitting. The peanut butter yogurt is, as you can guess by its numerous appearances on numerous blogs, a God send. I’m almost out of the peanut flour The National Peanut Board sent me since I’ve had so much fun baking with it; I think I’ll be purchasing another 1lb online from the same company, Byrd Mill. And normally I’m not a raisin person, but clearly I was just repressing something that exploded into oatmeal. I made a base adding 5g turbinado sugar and a ton of cinnamon, and topped with Newman’s Own Organic raisins and Cinnamon Raisin PB. I loved how the sugar slightly thickened up the oats, and the raisins were plump and delicious. Should I be cooking them along with the oats? I just added them on top at the end, but the former would also make sense. I also devoured savored a TJ cinnamon raisin english muffin with cream cheese right before dozing off, because evidently I wasn’t down with my cinnamon raisin kick(it’s a good kick).

Today I planned on doing 6.3 on the treadmill. Even though I didn’t get the best night of sleep, I felt super energized this morning and loved it. That’s why I mentioned the cinnamon raisin english muffin, even though I don’t always mention everything I eat: because proper fueling has its perks. I got to the gym a bit early and ran my little heart out. A funny thing happened: 45 minutes in I broke the treadmill. I noticed it was not going 7.5 mph like it said, and when I tried changing the speed I realized it dropped to about 6.5 and stuck. I calmly hopped off that machine and moved to the one over and continued, going 7.13 miles in 58 minutes. This was a case of man vs machine where man clearly one. When I got back I had the weirdest idea for breakfast:

Elvis' Yogurt Parfait, Blueberry Muffin Top With White Chocolate Peanut Butter

Elvis' Yogurt Parfait, Blueberry Muffin Top With White Chocolate Peanut Butter

That stuff on top of the yogurt is not granola, my friends(well, a granola of sort). I was really insppired by the Peanut Butter & Company cookbook to make their Elvis sandwich into Elvis’ Yogurt Parfait: yogurt with peanut flour, flaxmeal, and banana jam, topped with bacon(or, in my case, fakin’ bacon). Umm, Elvis, you might have been known for your singing but you’re taste buds were freaking incredible. If you want you can use diced bananas, too, but bananas are not one of my favorite fruits. The muffin top, which was literally the severed top of a muffin, was equally delicious; white chocolate and blueberry just go together like Pam and Jim.

Lastly, check out this amazing pumpkin giveaway over at Danica’s Dailies. So much pumpkin and Trader Joe’s goods it warms my heart!

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Open Wallet Day

Posted on September 24, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning? Ever have one of those days when you just need to buy things to make yourself feel better? Well yesterday felt like that day, but I kept it pretty modest(just not entirely on budget). The second I got to Latin class I realized I completely forgot these in my room:

Dorm Keys

Dorm Keys

How could I forget something so adorable? Well that was on my mind all Latin class, speaking of which, yesterday’s discussion was which sounds like a bigger insult: slut or whore. I would feel more offended by slut(though neither term really bothers me because a) I’m a guy and b) I don’t think either really applies). Which do you think? The solution to the problem in class was to just use the Latin word and get the sense. When I got out of class I was so excited that it was Wednesday which meant the Farmers’ Market was on my quad:

Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market

They have a great system where you can pay 200 dollars and get a bag of local products delivered each week. I would love to do that but I’m on a pretty all-inclusive meal plan and wouldn’t know what to do with extra heads of lettuce in my room. What I did get was these guys:

Maple Raspberry Kefir

Maple Raspberry Kefir

Local Corn

Local Corn

Yep, that’s local kefir. I’ve never tried the store brand or any kefir before, but I had to grab this. I can’t wait to try it, since I always try and eat 2 sources of probiotics a day. I can’t decide whether it’d be best straight or with cereal or some other way. How do you eat kefir? Needless to say, kefir wasn’t what was for lunch.

Hugh Jass Salad, Stir Fried Tofu And Veggies, Bean Casserole

Hugh Jass Salad, Stir Fried Tofu And Veggies, Bean Casserole

I’ve definitely picked up a pattern: The lunch room is for protein and veggies, and my dorm is for grains and treats. That’s what makes sense/tastes good to me, so I’ll stick with it while it works. I wasn’t jazzed to try the stir fry again because it upset my stomach last time, but this one was sans noodles and a little less oily, so it wasn’t an issue. The beans were beany(aka good). And I think I got my servings of leafy greens, don’t you? I’m not a big raw broccoli fan because it’s so fiberous; I chew it about 50 times to make sure it doesn’t give me bowling ball stomach syndrome.

This didn’t seem like a lot at the time but it actually held me over through my 2 classes and more. I was thinking of eating something at 3 because that’s my routine, but I decided to try and listen to my stomach, which said it didn’t need/want anything. With that in tummy mind, I went to where not thinking about food is impossible: Whole Foods. Again, I could spend about 30 minutes just browsing the aisles, and I think I did. I ended up with way less than usual but spending a bit more:

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream And Blueberry Bran Muffins

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream And Blueberry Bran Muffins

I definitely set out with hopes of snickerdoodle in my future. When I got there, I had to look at EVERY flavor and change my mind about 100 times. But once it started getting ridiculous, I decided to take what I intended to all along and be happy. Which I was. Very very happy. The muffins were a bit of an “impulse buy”, and an expensive one at 6 dollars. In hindsight, I don’t like the idea of paying so much for something which main ingredients are water and oat bran, but I’m a sucker for a healthy muffin 😦 And at 22o calories, 10g fiber, and 6g protein per muffin, these definitely make the cut. I managed to spill my water bottle all over my bed after taking this photo, but kind of ignored it so I could eat this:

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Since I spent longer grocery shopping than I planned, I was actually pretty famished when I got back. This definitely hit the spot, and there were so many cookie dough chunks in the scoops I gave myself(not even on purpose!) that it ate like a meal. Let’s just say I was very very pleased with this “investment”. I figured my diet had been severely lacking in grains since breakfast and was easily convinced into this:

Kashi Mountain Medley Granola

Kashi Mountain Medley Granola

Normally I don’t eat granola except for on yogurt. But like I said, I was jonesing for some grains, and what’s a better source than granola? I didn’t like how this was more chewy than crispy, but it sufficed while I was doing Greek homework. I met up with some of my high school friends for a special local dinner at the Ratty; everything was local from the veggies to the meat–how cool is that? While we were waiting for Mike I had my 4th siting of Emma Watson! I was wicked excited. We even were in the same line inside, and technically ate under the same roof! Anyway, that excitement aside, here was the eats:

Cilantro Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, Turnips And Beets, Stuffed Bell Pepper, Corn On The Cob, Crude Salsa

Cilantro Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, Turnips And Beets, Stuffed Bell Pepper, Corn On The Cob, Crude Salsa

What tasted better than this meal was knowing that it supported local farmers, and that everyone in the Ratty was doing the same, whether they make that their mission or not. I’ve always tried to eat local veggies, which are generally more nutritious. I was excited to try local protein, too, to see if it would feel different eating it. It tasted the same, but felt a little more special, ya know? I don’t think I would have taken the stuffed pepper if I knew it had copious amounts of cheese in it, but I’m glad I did because copious amounts of cheese are always delicious. And one thing I’ve never had to be forced to eat are brussel sprouts; I just love them!

Wednesday nights and quality TV weren’t besties last night, so I started out with some modest google readering homework and a nice muffin:

Blueberry Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese And Chocolate Chips

Blueberry Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese And Chocolate Chips

Here’s a life lesson: Anything healthy tastes better under cream cheese. Take notes, children. This muffin was OK but it wasn’t stellar like the carrot ginger ones from Trader Joe’s, which I think are actually made by the same Massachusetts bakery. These tasted a lot… branier? No, Microsoft, I refuse to believe that’s not a word. One of my biggest qualms in life is that nobody makes blueberry chocolate chip bagels or muffins. What’s with that? I think the two are a match made in heaven. Take a lesson, Panera. I tried to get in to the new ABC show, Modern Family. I have to admit I laughed a lot during it, but it felt like most of the funny moments were from the previews and I’m wondering how it’s going to keep up. More study snackage:

English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Blueberry Jam With Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Cream Cheese

English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Blueberry Jam With Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Cream Cheese

Please excuse me while I eat through my entirely too big stash of bread. Bread’s my number one thing to buy at the store, always, which is a little ridiculous since I usually microwave my grains in water. I still have 3 english muffins, parts of cinnamon raisin and 10-grain loaves, and a whole whole wheat loaf in my freezer, plus 3 bran muffins. Need bread? I’m your boy. I figured why change up the flavors of the night and stuck with blueberry, cream cheese, chocolate chips, and maple. Can’t go wrong with any of that. My dad sent me a funny article around then telling me I worked at the most dangerous college in America over the Summer; of course Emerson has to report a high amount of crime because it’s right on the common where all the crazy shitstuff goes down, but it’s a legit college I promise.

This morning was a treadmill morning on account of my early class. I resolved to go 6 miles before I got on. Can I just say this morning was absolute torture; I don’t know why, but my body never fully got into and I felt like I was fighting a snail’s pace the whole time. With .3 miles to go, nature was calling–loudly. Amazingly I just kept running, finished the 6, and then ran another .05 to the bathroom. I did the 6 in 51 minutes flat, which I wasn’t jazzed about but more happy that I stuck it out for that long and got a good run in. When I got back it was time for a little inspiration to strike for Miss PB&Jenny’s oat’s round up.

Almond Encrusted French Toast Oatmeal, Plain Oikos With Raspberries And Maple Syrup

Almond Encrusted French Toast Oatmeal, Plain Oikos With Raspberries And Maple Syrup

I love my Oikos, but even better is fruit sweetened greek yogurt. Not the kind you can buy, but using actual fruit from your store(or in my case, the freezer). And let’s just call these oats one for the record books, my friends; I feel as though I’ve perfected them and here’s the magic formula,

20g(1/4 cup) oatmeal

20g(1/4 cup) oatbran

160g(2/3 cup) unsweetened vanilla almond breeze

1 egg

15g(1 tablespoon) maple syrup

7g(1 tablespoon) sliced almonds

Cinnamon

Sea Salt

Were you taking notes? Cook the oats in the almond breeze for 2-2 1/2 minutes. Crack in an egg and swirl until broken but not completely mixed. Microwave for a further 1-1 1/2 minutes and top with maple syrup, almonds, cinnamon, and sea salt. If Julia Child ever made oatmeal, this is how she would have made it.

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Meet Steve

Posted on September 17, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday’s breakfast of pumpkin oats put me in the best mood for the morning; I’m so happy it’s that time of year again. What didn’t make me happy was my class, which we covered about 1/4 of the homework we were told we needed done for class. Ugh, times like that always bug me. Now I know to lower my expectations. Before going to the dining hall, I stopped at the farmers’ market on my quad.

Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market

I’ve got to say I’m loving this. There’s even a program you can sign up for to get a bag of locally grown food waiting for you when you get there. Now if only they took dining points instead of my money. *Sigh* I just limited myself to what I considered “essentials”.

Steve And Peaches

Steve And Peaches

Meet Steve. Steve is my new stevia plant. I love the stuff so much in my coffee I just jumped at the chance to buy my own. And he was only 3 dollars; that’s a good price if you ask me. I’m not quite sure what to do with him, though. So far I’ve just been eating the leaves straight and they’re ridiculously good. I’ve heard you can bake and powder them, so I might try that next time I go home. I also got some peaches I think are organic. I missed my peaches, but does that seriously look like 2.80’s worth? I think I got gypped by a farmer. 😦 I also grabbed lunch out of the dining hall.

Corn, Zuchinni, Cooked Spinach, Seedy Bread, Refried Beans, Guacamole, Vegan Taco Filling

Corn, Zuchinni, Cooked Spinach, Seedy Bread, Refried Beans, Guacamole, Vegan Taco Filling

As my friend kindly pointed out when I got to Ancient Greek History, I was eating mostly mush. To be fair, by that time I had finished the corn(from last week’s farmers’ market) and bread(which they were selling at the farmers’ market but I wasn’t going to pay for what I can get free). And then I realized that, yes, this was mostly mush. The spinach with sesame seeds was quite nice and zesty. The guacamole was a little weird–I’ll stick to avocados whole, thank you. I didn’t really feel like dessert after this because beans do that to me(you do not want to run behind me tomorrow fyi). My breath was a bit narsty, though, so I had one of these.

Newman's Own Organic Peppermint Mints

Newman's Own Organic Peppermint Mints

These are from the lovely box Newman’s Own Organic sent me over the Summer, and I’m really liking them. Take this scenario: you’ve got funky breath and want something to clean it up. Do you need weird artificial things? No. Just peppermint and sugar and you’re good to go. I’m happy they sell these at the campus book store, too, so now I know when I run out I can pick up more.

Class was a bit of dullsville. When I got out at 3 I was really feeling energetic enough for a walk to Whole Foods, but my wallet was not jiving, ya dig? I ended up going back to my dorm and having a bit of a study party… minus the party.

Herodotus And Newman's Own Organic Popcorn

Herodotus And Newman's Own Organic Popcorn

But there was popcorn, and that’s always a party! I felt a little gypped(again) by how much unpopped kernels there were the first time around, so I shoved it back in the microwave because I figured “what do I have to lose?” BRILLIANT. I ended up getting about 1/2 of those to pop. They were a little burnt, but I really felt like I got my money’s worth(even though this, too, was part of the box Newman’s Own Organic sent me).

For dinner we hit up the Ratty per usual. It was uncharacteristically uncrowded, which my friend hypothesized was because fish and not chicken or meat was the main protein.

Green Beans, Beets In Orange Sauce, Cod With Cheddar, Potato, And Chives, Acorn Squash With Spinach And Cheese Stuffing

Green Beans, Beets In Orange Sauce, Cod With Cheddar, Potato, And Chives, Acorn Squash With Spinach And Cheese Stuffing

Could you imagine people avoiding a meal with fish? Ridiculous. Fish has me sprinting. I was a little nervous about the “Cheddar, potato, and chive” cod, but I realized quickly that the sauce was really liquidy and easily slipped away. The beets were amazingly sweet and tasted like they’d drank a cup of OJ. And the squash was equally delicious, though most cheesy things are. I got to catch up a lot with my friend, Adam. He’s walked past Emma Watson twice in the past two days. Wtf?! I’ve been in a rut since my 3rd sighting, and it’s not due to lack of effort. I also found it amusing that he didn’t think 3 hours of ping pong club would get boring until after he sat through the first 2 and a half hours. Oh brother.

Now, I’ve got to admit, as far as dining hall goes, the Ratty’s pretty legit in that it offers a dessert every night. Do I ever take one? No. But I think it’s sweet that it offers one, even if the state of America is so that we definitely don’t need a dessert at every meal for health and economical reasons. Wait. I’m diverging. What I wanted to point out was this:

Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter And White Chocolate Chips

Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter And White Chocolate Chips

Now this is my kind of dessert. White Chocolate Wonderful and Smart Balance are two of my favorite peanut butters if you haven’t noticed–and for very different reasons. I wanted a bowl that captured both, and this was a winner. Note: Be careful when buying white chocolate chips not to get the cheap kind. White chocolate is pretty much one of the most unnatural things out there(I mean, it’s not even chocolate technically), so a lot of companies use this as an excuse to use unnatural ingredients that have trans fat. Go with 365 Brand or Ghiradelli to get actual white chocolate, and it’ll be much better.

I also had this while watching the tube:

Plain Oikos With Vanilla Chip Granola Bar

Plain Oikos With Vanilla Chip Granola Bar

This was one of the Oikos(which means house in Greek if anybody ever wondered) I bought with the coupons Katherine sent me, plus my last and favorite “candy bar granola bar”. I don’t think I’ve had plain Oikos before so I was really curious how it’d be. I loved that it was tart without having any sort of bitterness, and how epicly thick it was. And it packed 15 grams of protein into an 80 calorie serving. Not to mention the part that it’s organic so you know it’s quality. My one gripe was the odd serving size: 5.3oz. Could they please of picked a weirder number; was 5.267oz taken or something? Anyway, this has me excited to try one of their flavored Oikoi(it’s the plural).

Now let me tell you a story I would at one point have been embarrassed about. At around 10 my roommate left so I had the room to myself: Score. What did I do? Put on some PJ’s, make a snack, and turn on Leno. What can I say, I like to get to bed nice and early and be an old man. At about 10:40 my roommate came back with some friends who I knew to drop their things off while they went to play beer pong, and there I was in my pajamas ready to hit the bed. One of them as they left even apologized for the loud music and said he hoped I could sleep through the party downstairs(fyi, I can sleep through a hurricane). Myself just a few months ago might have been embarrassed by the situation, but I’m happy to say I’m at a point where I feel comfortable being me, and me is an 87 year old who turns lights out at 11. So if you ever feel embarrassed for being you, I say keep marching on, because we’re all a little quirky and that makes life great.

Well, the party must have affected my sleep a little, because I slept through the first 15 minutes of my alarm. When I got up, I really didn’t feel like running the same old running route, so I checked out the satellite gym right near my dorm for the first time. This was me:

There’s a lot of dreadtreadmill hate, but I’ll stick up for the lil’ buggers. Sometime’s it’s just not an outside day, and that’s what today was. To be honest, I quite enjoy the gym. I mean, exercise AND TV? That’s just mind blowing. And the treadmill is a great way to get yourself to run at a slightly faster pace. In the end I did 7 miles in 57:10 while watching the Today show. Good exercise calls for good fuel afterwards, of course, so I slapped this together back at my dorm:

Apple Berry Vitatop, Peanut Pumpkin Flax Yogurt With Crazy Richards Peanut Butter And Cinnamon Roll Granola

Apple Berry Vitatop, Peanut Pumpkin Flax Yogurt With Crazy Richards Peanut Butter And Cinnamon Roll Granola

I’m not really a fan of the “one bowl breakfast”. I like to have as many, simple foods on a plate as I can usually. But seeing as how I have class in less than 30 minutes I needed something 1) compact and 2) portable. But that yogurt is DEFINITELY something I’m adding to my repetoire because it’s delicious. All it is is 6oz plain yogurt with 90g pumpkin, 2 tablespoons peanut flour, 1 tablespoon flax, 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup, and cinnamon, plus the toppers. Not only is it this and luxurious, it tastes like pumpkin pie and has plenty of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Not to mention, you control the sugar with the maple syrup. Aren’t you all excited it’s pumpkin season again? I can tell I’m going to have to fight you one day for the last Libby’s pumpkin can, haha. This was also the first time I tried out that vitatop and that peanut butter, but both reviews will have to wait lest I be late to class.

Today might or might not hold a Whole Foods trip; it depends on how generous my wallet’s feeling. It’s also supposed to be chilly(50’s). Now, I love Fall for all the familial holidays and delicious food. But I’m a Summer temperatures boy at heart. How cool/hot is it where you live?

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A Room Of My Own

Posted on September 13, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning. I feel so much more chipper today than yesterday. Maybe it was the not running in the rain, maybe it was the sleeping in my own bed. I’ll get to all of that later.

The ‘rents came down to Providence around 11:30. I loaded up a cooler with half the vitatops to bring home in case my school freezer wouldn’t cut it. On the way home we had a few stops, the first being here:

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market

This is part of the same Farmer’s Market loop that comes to my quad on Wednesdays. There were a lot more vendors today but nothing peaked my interest(except specialty jams which ALWAYS do except they’re so expensive). Afterwards we went to the Whole Foods which has an exceptional collection of ice cream–but more on that later. It was lunch time and I needed a snack or a full blown meal to keep my crankiness down so we went with the salad bar:

Salmon, Sweet Potato Tempeh Taco Filling, Lentils With Brown Rice

Salmon, Sweet Potato Tempeh Taco Filling, Lentils With Brown Rice

Salmon is always a good choice, no? It was a bit dry, and cold, but you know how I am about salmon: just say yes. I also got some hot sweet potato/tempeh taco filling and some cold lentil/brown rice concoction. I put them in the same container because I didn’t realize one was hot and one was cold wanted to spare the environment. Again, these were pretty damn good. I was so happy to see this lil’ bugger when I got back:

Montana

Montana

He was happy too, and I’m taking sniffing my leg, itching himself, and falling asleep as happy signs. Remember when I mentioned that ice cream? Well let’s just say I didn’t ask my parents to come down to Providence and bring a cooler for nothing.

Laloo's Strawberry Darling Ice Cream

Laloo's Strawberry Darling Ice Cream

I came across Laloo’s on my goat’s milk kick(which I’m totally still on). It’s an ice cream made of goat’s milk that comes in fun and interesting flavors. It’s carried at a few stores such as Whole Foods and a pint costs around 7 dollars. I was immediately drawn to Strawberry Darling–juicy strawberries in cream married to a graceful swirl of balsamico. Um, yum? This totally lived up to its description and more. The sweet strawberry flavor with the natural tang of goat’s milk was wonderous enough, but the balsamic swirl really set it over the edge. It added a savoriness that half made me want to stop eating it and half shove the whole thing in my mouth. Yes, it’s expensive and I probably wouldn’t buy it for more of the plain flavors; but I think for some of the more extremes it’s a must go-to.

Afterwards we went out for a bit more errands. My mom made it expressly clear that if I planned on staying we needed yogurt and bread. Yogurt, I understand, but why does no one buy bread once I leave? They clearly can’t function without me. First we stopped by a small store where I couldn’t help picking up these:

Indigo Rabbit's Gingerlicious Cookies

Indigo Rabbit's Gingerlicious Cookies

I love these little cookies. They’re soft and delicious and taste like they’re from the oven of a happy, healthy home–better yet, not mine. We also worked our way down to Trader Joe’s where I was jumping up and down the aisle at the sight of these:

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter

They’re baaaaack. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter has hit the shelves again. I got 2 jars and I’m already regretting not getting more; I’ve had other pumpkin butters that taste like baby food but this is the real spiced-up deal. I can’t wait to bring one back to my dorm. When I got home I knew just what I wanted for a snack.

Snobby Joe

Snobby Joe

Properly cooked lentils. What can I say? I’m a man of healthy tastes. Having lentils so much at the Ratty that were cooked only OK made me really want to bust out the pans and start simmering. I made a batch and added snobby joe sauce. Believe it or not, this was only OK. I had to use Market Basket steak sauce instead of 365 since I stole that for my dorm room; I never realized just how much of the flavor it brought.

For dinner we tried something a little different and sort of special?

Tomass's Margharita And Eggplant Pizza

Tomass's Margharita And Eggplant Pizza

We ordered take-out pizza from this place. I love Tomasso even though I’ve only been there once. It was such a great experience that took me back to Italy. I’m tantalized every time I get a facebook update about their specials for the night. That being said, getting their take out just did not make the night feel special at all. It tasted blander than when we ate it fresh out of the oven; I would have rather a good homemade dinner even if it was just something bland like chicken. To make things worth, no one said a word during dinner. Not a word. There were a few little nuisances earlier in the evening that caused a little awkward anger–not the way anyone wants to spend their time “home”. Oh well, I happily left the table and moved to the fridge to get a little more Laloo’s.

Laloo's Strawberry Darling Ice Cream

Laloo's Strawberry Darling Ice Cream

I really love this flavor. The pint’s almost gone 😦 I’ll need to try their seasonal flavor, pumpkin! I can’t even begin to imagine how that’ll be 🙂

I needed some totally-different-carbs to get my mind off dinner.

Trader Joe's Carrot Ginger Muffin With White Chocolate Wonderful

Trader Joe's Carrot Ginger Muffin With White Chocolate Wonderful

I picked out the Carrot Ginger Bran Muffins from Trader Joe’s. These totally have that healthy-muffin taste which is what I love about them. A muffin SHOULD be healthy. Otherwise it’s a cupcake–nuff’ said. My big box o’ PB was back at my dorm, but luckily I left a little White Chocolate Wonderful back home for just such an occasion. Yum. I was thinking about trying out Skippy Natural which was a new find in my pantry(can I just say how proud I am of my parents for actually learning something about nutrition from me). But I thought “If I’m going to have a peanut butter with sugar in it, I might as well have a flavored peanut butter”. Speaking of peanut butter, I gave this a try while catching up on television shows via Tivo and the internet:

Crazy Richard's Chunky Peanut Butter

Crazy Richard's Chunky Peanut Butter

How was it? You’ll have to wait and see until I try both varieties and write a full review. But I think it’s clear from the picture that, when Crazy Richard’s says chunky, they mean ChUnKy. This was more like smooth peanut butter + whole peanuts than coursely ground peanuts. Can I reiterate what a blessing tivo and internet television sites are? I’m still having trouble tracking down a lot of my Food Network shows(oh, Unwrapped, where art thou?), but otherwise I’m almost caught up.

This morning I hoped to do 8.5 miles on my own turf. I realized I just wasn’t feeling it towards the end and took a turn that landed me at 7.5 miles. But I did do this at sub 8:00 pace and finished a little under 59 minutes, which I loved; it’s so hard to go fast on those Providence hills but it really helped on the flats here. When I got back I showered, had a bit of an identity crisis, and made breakfast… we’ll get back to the middle part after breakfast.

Peanut Butter Muffin Tops With Honey Almond Butter And Strawberry Jam, Cherries With Chocolate Yogurt And Chocolate Chips

Peanut Butter Muffin Tops With Honey Almond Butter And Strawberry Jam, Cherries With Chocolate Yogurt And Chocolate Chips

The yogurt and cherries is my excuse for getting potassium. There’s potassium in there, it’s just under the chocolatey goodness. The peanut butter muffin tops are from the batch I froze and taste just as delicious, although I prefer them as “pancakes”. They’re light and airy and the peanut flour really pumps the protein. Both the spreads were new; I really loved the strawberry spread. It tasted like the smuckers that you would slather on toast at Denny’s except it’s organic and the first ingredient is strawberries, just as it should be. The honey almond butter was a bit of a disappointment. It was like almond butter-light, meaning the flavor was really neutral and almost unrecognizable. I added some salt which always perks up almonds, but I probably won’t buy this again.

Like I said, I had a bit of a moment, and I’d love to hear any thoughts you guys have on this. The weekend home really wasn’t what I thought it’d be; it didn’t feel at all special really since we just grocery shopped and watched the rain outside, and at times it didn’t even feel like “home” since half of my stuff is back at my dorm. That being said, my dorm doesn’t feel like a “home” either. I mean, how could it when I have half a room to call my own and pretty much rely on the college for everything else including food, cable, and entertainment, as hit-or-miss as those all may be. A lot of you have probably gone though this experience and felt the same way at one point or another, so I’d really appreciate any advice/stories on how you dealt with the transition.

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Farms And Libraries

Posted on September 10, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday morning I had my first–and, as would later be the case, last–math class. It was so full I ended up on the floor, and it’s basically the exact same material as I took last semester. I figured I either needed to take a high level course or give myself longer to forget the old material.

I’m very lucky in that every Wednesday there’s a farmer’s market literally outside my window.

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market

Not only is this close, but it’s legit; there were way more vendors than most of the ones back in Marlborough. I picked up this little beauty:

Narragansett Plain Whole Milk Yogurt

Narragansett Plain Whole Milk Yogurt

Locally made yogurt? Does someone else hear harps? The same tent also was selling a ton of different types of cheeses, but since I don’t know much about cheese/can’t go through a brick by myself I stuck with the yogurt. For my post-run eats I like a  low-fat or greek non-fat style yogurt, but for dessert I never mind a good cream top. I also popped into the dining hall for some real lunch.

Salad Bar Veggies, Cooked Carrots, Vegan Sloppy Joes, Corn

Salad Bar Veggies, Cooked Carrots, Vegan Sloppy Joes, Corn

I don’t know how real this was; what do people thing are in vegan sloppy joe mix? It wasn’t bad, just… different. THE CORN ON THE OTHER HAND. It wasn’t from the cafe; I bought it from a farmer’s market vendor, wrapped it in a damp paper towel, and microwaved for 2 minutes. It came out juice and delicious and perfect and inspired me to go buy 4 more before my next class. Lunch was so rushed, I wanted a little something to sip and enjoy, so I grabbed a Zevia on my way to Greek.

Orange Zevia

Orange Zevia

Apparently I won a case of these on I’m An Eating Machine but was a spaz and didn’t notice. Now I’m super psyched to get these in the mail(and a stylin’ t-shirt, too!). Back to class, it was also another dud. I took intro to Greek last year but I thought I might need it again to let the material sink in. But as we were reciting the alphabet(the Greek one, not the English one), I realized I couldn’t do a year of review and went ahead and signed up for 3rd semester. Hopefully it won’t be too too rigorous.

After that I had my Epic Poetry class. This is one that I feel genuinely good about and can’t wait to start even though I know it will eat me alive be a challenge. The instructor is foreign and has a thick accent, which I find really endearing with old women. I can tell she’s going to be a hoot. The only thing is it’s an essay-heavy class and those are NOT my strong points. Maybe I’ll do the Brown version of Pass/Fail, but any way I feel good about it. This class was in the same building as the mailboxes, which I check regularly just to be let down, but amazingly something was there for me!

Mail

Mail

It was from my grandmother and had 10 dollars! How great since I spent 5 at the farmer’s market, haha. Seriously, though, they could have just saved the postage and drove it down or gave it to me next time they see me. They’re so funny pretending I’m far away. I got an email from my mom about how my dog goes room to room looking for me apparently. Wow. Way to break my heart. Now I feel like I need to go back over the weekend. When I gotback to my dorm I remembered that Frozen Yogurt I bought.

Elan Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Elan Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Sadly it melted in my freezer but I transferred it to the basement fridge. It’s not as good after it’s ordeal, but I payed for it so I’m eating it, damnit. We had the traditional walking through of the Van Winkle gates to affirm our transition in to College:

Walking Through The Gates

Walking Through The Gates

It felt…official? Honestly it went on a bit too long and I ended up snacking on a Z-Bar during the keynote address which was basically a shut-down of Creationism. Welcome to Brown.

I headed back to my computer and promptly dropped 3 classes/picked 3 more up. Right after that I was back to the bookstore. I returned 2 books, and brought back… way more than 2 books:

Books

Books

Yikes. Maybe repeating two classes wasn’t a bad idea. Oh well, I’ll be getting a good education for my money. The lines in the bookstore were Ridiculous(see how I capatlized the R there? It means business). So by the time I got back it was dinner and then some.

Green Beans, Veggie Melange, Sweet Potato, Baked Scrod

Green Beans, Veggie Melange, Sweet Potato, Baked Scrod

I’ve been a little hard on the cafe but I must admit they know how to make some good veggies that aren’t drowned in heavy sauces. And I was so excited to see fish on the line; I feel like my omega-3 stash must be depleted after being from home for so long. And apparently sweet potatos are my version of pizza, because I think even when it’s not good, it’s still pretty good(this does not apply to pizza in my opinion). I grabbed another sweet potato on the way out and ate it like an apple 🙂

After some exploring/getting his dinner with my friend, Adam, we landed back in my dorm room. All night I was having peanut butter cravings. I’ve realized since moving I only have about 1 tablespoon all day and that’s at breakfast leaving a lot to love at night.

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Strawberry Marmalade And Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Strawberry Marmalade And Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

Call me unpatriotic, but I was very annoyed when the president wouldn’t stop talking. I’m trying to catch up on last seasons Grey’s Anatomy and it wasn’t even on because of him. Grr, hopefully they’ll put those episodes on TV soon. This jar might also have been twice as full before I went to bed.

Cocoa Roasted Almonds

Cocoa Roasted Almonds

Dangerous yet delicious to keep around. Actually, they’re quite healthy because they aren’t coated in chocolate but cocoa, making these low sugar, high fat, fiber, and protein. I read a bit of the Iliad before going to bed; I forgot how challenging that book was. I ended up falling asleep way before I expected. I’ve been so tired lately but I guess that’s to be expected.

This morning I ran 5.5 miles. I’m definitely annoyed by these hills and not knowing the good running paths but that will all improve in time I suppose. When I got back I was definitely on a cinnamon-raisin kick. I could have taken a bunch of raisins and shoved them in my mouth if I had any. Instead I settled for what I had on hand:

Yogurt With Mushed Banana And Mountain Medley Granola, Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Cherry Butter And White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter

Yogurt With Mushed Banana And Mountain Medley Granola, Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Cherry Butter And White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter

I opened the Mountain Medley granola for the first time and it was granola-great. I love how the sweetness comes from raisins and craisins and not sugar roasted in–that’s the way granola should be. It’s a little light on the NUTrition, though.

Today I have 3rd semester Greek, which I’m hoping I’m prepared for. After that, though, my day is open(thankfully). I think I’ll try and get some laundry done and some grocery shopping. The latter I have MUCH more experience at than the former. Hopefully there won’t be a “why is this sock bright green” moment.

Dark Chocolate Almonds

Dark Chocolate Almonds

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