wiaw #14 – sweetness

Holy school rules my life batman.

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I seriously am so freakin’ busy studying/reading/studying/reading/studying/studying/studying I really feel like it has taken over my life!

Good and bad. It’s definitely a positive thing in my life right now, but thank goodness, it’s the only thing going on.  We are required to do 40 hours of volunteer work, which I need to get on top of and find a place, because as classes progress they will be harder, so it would be better to get it done with earlier rather than later.  This is a good mental reminder!

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So I really apologize for my MIA status. I really miss blogging and I really miss reading a lot of blogs that I love so much, but seriously I have no time.   I feel though like I can not neglect What I Ate Wednesday.  It’s my time to catch up with all of my loves. ♥ (that’s you guys. duh)

So please comment and tell me how you all are doing, because I want to know and I miss you all so!

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So before I begin let’s head over to the wonder Jenn’s at PeasandCrayons and thank her for hosting What I Ate Wednesday.  Because honestly right now without her, I might not be blogging at all!

But of course as I have said and made the excuse in my past few posts, these are not my meals from one day, but highlights that I was able to capture!

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I have been doing quick easy breakfasts lately, basically due to me being so rushed in the morning.  I actually find I can concentrate better in the morning, so I sometimes try to hit the library on my way to school, so I am having to leave the house earlier, and don’t have as much time to dilly daddle around.  Which also means breakfast. So bear with me on the boredom of them.

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I have always seen people make their egg sandwiches, with the addition of jelly.  Something I had never done.  Usually when I make eggs, I slather them in salsa, well because I love salsa, and I’m still not a huge fan of eggs.

yum yum yum yum!! i love salsa. and apples. and banana's.

  I actually found the I prefer the egg white beaters over the regular, so that has helped a bit.  But I need to get my protein in, so eggs are making more of an appearance.  Well I love jelly, and I figured this was a nice way to make a savory dish a bit sweeter, because we all know I love my sweet.

Remember this guy? Man. It’s been a while. Maybe I should make one soon.

i really think one of these are in order soon. so yummy. i miss them.

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Anywho. Back on to the current.  I decided to finally add a little sweet to my eggs instead of the standard savory.

so.glad.i.did.

This was good.

i apologize for the bad lighting. toasted english muffin with egg whites and blueberry jam. most people i see skimp on the jam. there is so skimping here as you can clearly see.

Seriously I don’t know how people lightly spread jam and jelly. I love the stuff.

no really. look at the amount of jam. love it.

this was a tasty little treat. might make more appearances.

I do believe I also had some Chobani blueberry yogurt on the side. Did a little dippings. Yea. I went there.

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And with this breakfast. Came another breakfast.

So yea I like to slather on the jelly. Ok by me, because it gave me the opportunity to make this little guy.

again i know oiaj is not everyone's cup of tea. but. i.love.them.

Now nothing beats a good nut butter OIAJ, but I fancy the jelly ones as well.

Obviously.

i also love fall fashion. -le sigh- why do i not have more money.

Going back to school is an amazing thing. Not having a job and now having a monthly school payment. Not so amazing.

a girl can window shop right? at least i have my delicious oats.

see that dress. me likey. me wants.

i know i know this blog is about the food. but how cute is that sweater? and those boots?

Oh! So in my last post I had a few people recommend the Trader Joe’s peppermint tea. Now we all know my love for Trader Joe’s and my current obsession with holiday tea.  I forgot about it on our trip to TJ’s, but thankfully saw it on an aisle end cap. Into my cart it went!

another success by trader joes. like i had any doubt. this may even be better than the other candy cane tea i got. again. no real surprises. thank you to those that recommended it to me!

I also made a comment about how I am jealous of Matt’s meals.  Some of them are ones I cook for him.

One downfall to an ED is you tend to “shove” food on others, so Matt actually hasn’t been letting me cook for him lately. Unless it’s dinner and we eat the same thing.  That’s kind of his rule.  But I had a triumph against ED one morning and he let me cook him breakfast!

and yea i was a bit jealous of this. i made him a vietnamese coffee, country potatoes and a pb&j. i actually finished off his pb&j which i was pretty proud of myself for doing. the potatoes were the envious part!

He said everything was pretty tasty, so it made me happy!

(this was my OIAJ day so I was pretty happy with my breakfast as well)

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This is my last week of class. Well this class. Phew. I made it through one!

So this weekend I will actually be able to RELAX.

Hopefully I will be able to get some real cooking done and will have something more interesting to share with you guys next time.

Until then know I love and miss you all dearly.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

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What do you make when you are short on time?

Do you have go to foods? Meals?

Any quick dinner ideas?

refusal

September is upon us and pumpkin is popping up everywhere.

Pumpkin Oats

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Soups

But I refuse, REFUSE I say to make any warm pumpkin in any way until my temperatures are below 100 degrees.

Yes your pumpkin oats looks absolutely delicious. Yes your pumpkin spiced coffee tempts me with its frothy creamy lather. And trust me those pumpkin pancakes topped with warm maple syrup make my mouth water.  But no pumpkin, I will not fall to you just yet. (please ignore my previous post of my pumpkin hummus quesadilla. it was a moment of weakness.)

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Fall is truly the one thing I miss about living in Indiana.  We had beautiful falls there.  The changing of the leaves. The bright colors of the trees. The crunch of the fallen leaves under your feet.  The slight cool breeze that requires only a small hoodie.

Beautiful.

But alas I live in hot hot hot Arizona now where the season fall does not exist. So pumpkin you will just have to wait.

While everyone else I’m sure has enjoyed their warm pumpkin oats and gooey pumpkin pancakes for breakfast, I enjoyed something else. Something cool and refreshing and honestly quite fun!

I decided to make Ashley’s at the edible perspective’s Banana Split Oats.

I really apologize for the pictures. I was extremely lazy, I’m not even going to lie. Please check out Ashley’s if you want better ones because hers are of course amazing.

She actually makes hers overnight oats, but I made mine hot oats, either way I’m sure is delicious. In my oat mix was:

1/4 cup steel cut oats

1 scoop Tempt Vanilla Spice Protein

1 tbsp vanilla

dash of cinnamon

After my oats had cooked I started to assemble!

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Step 1: Place banana in bowl. Easy enough. So I thought.

oops. banana fail. he broke.

Step 2: Pour oats over banana.

mmm just look at those oats.

Step 3: Pour banana/cherry mixture over oats.

so i've never attempted the whole make ice cream out of a frozen banana so i was really excited. i used a frozen banana and frozen cherries and it still kind of just turned into a puree? not sure if i did something wrong, but it was still tasty! duh.

Step 4: Add what ever banana split toppings you want!

i added a sprinkle of whole foods granola and an extra cherry on top! divine.

As are all her recipes, this was very tasty. I’m pretty much obsessed with bananas. And oats. So…this as really going to be a win win for me to begin with. I wasn’t that worried. And again. It was from Ashley. She hasn’t let me down yet.

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So while my oats were cooking I was busy doing something else.

MY KEURIG CAME!

If you didn’t read my previous post I had one delivered about 2 weeks ago and it was stolen off my patio! I made sure to stalk the FedEx guy this time around.

And it came just in time. Yesterday I went to make a small pot of coffee in my french press and came back to a huge mess.

a nice big crack 🙁 i haven't even had this for that long but of course i didn't save my receipt. -le sigh-

But look at my beautiful new Keurig in all it’s glory. I spent about 10 minutes just trying to get the thing out of the box! Thankfully I was the only one home and the pup was the only one who got to witness my struggle and fight with the box. The box almost won. But alas.

look at it in all its glory

I feel kind of bad for my coffee pot, the Keurig can be kind of a scary neighbor.

i thought i was suppose to get a sample pack of the cups, but i didn't. i dont know if it was because i had to reorder or what, but i was sad. coffee pot, you got one more day!

So that’s that. I’m on a pumpkin strike. But with all the tasty posts going up, I don’t know how long I will last. I still have half a case of pumpkin laying around after all. And sometimes when I walk past it, I feel it’s stare.

oh case of pumpkin. you waited all summer for me. but i'm just not ready. call it fear of commitment. but don't worry. i will come around soon, i only hope you are still waiting for me. thank you for understanding, but i just can not truly appreciate your warm, filling, savory taste until i am no longer sweating while i prepare meals in the kitchen. thank you for understanding, but it really is me not you.

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Have you started cooking with pumpkin yet?

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?