Archive for November, 2009

Yes, I made it back to school alive, thank you for asking πŸ™‚ Sorry for my random and non-existent posts back home, but when I’m off my normal schedule, my routine just goes out the window. With blogging and eating. I can’t even tell you how much I ate last week, and I’m not talking about Thanksgiving food. When I come home to a FULL cupboard and foods I’m not normally around, I go crazy munching. Add that to the 3+ servings of ice cream, cake, and pies each night…and you get a wee bit bloated Tay-Tay.

So now I’m focusing on getting back into my normal routine and will hopefully feel back to normal by the end of this week!

I will also return to normal blog reading and commenting, I promise πŸ™‚

Breakfast was the last of my frozen pumpkin pancakes topped with plain yogurt, pumpkin butter & syrup.

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I was starving by the time I got home for lunch.

Black bean burger topped with leftover cranberry sauce & guacamole. Leftover turkey with BBQ sauce for dipping. And mushrooms mixed with cranberry sauce (sounds random, but was quite delicious).

*Please bear with the camera pictures. Β Update on new camera coming soon*

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I mixed up some leftovers for dinner as well. I stir-fryed up some onions with some turkey, tofu, and pumpkin seeds. Towards the end, I added some Annie’s Raspberry vinaigrette for marinating and cranberry sauce.

Served with black beans, quinoa, cauliflower, and more cranberry sauce.

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The black beans with the sweet flavor of the stir-fry was delicious!

Dessert was a nibble of this fair trade dark chocolate I received during a presentation in class. However I think it was spiced with curry and I wasn’t a fan.

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Since I left my memory card at school last week, a few past eats went unblogged about, I wanted to show off some yummies πŸ˜‰

Last week I stopped at Einstein’s to restock on pumpkin cream cheese, and I had to try the pumpkin cream cheese muffin.

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I’m not even a fan of muffins, but this was a-mazing.

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Dessert I forgot about on Thanksgiving – pumpkin caramel turtle.

Salted peanuts, caramel, & pumpkin fudge all drizzled with chocolate.



And an itsy bitsy ice cream cone (guess what flavor! πŸ˜‰ ) at the local Avila Valley Barn.

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Perfect portion πŸ™‚

And best burrito ever on the drive back yesterday.

Brown rice, chicken breast, lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream, and the star of the show – mango vinaigrette (which they cook the chicken in).

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It’s also Monday, which means my weekly “Ripples” email (a ripple of quotes). I’ll leave you with the one from this week:

May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

What I got from this was to live in the present. Not the past, not the future. Don’t dwell. Don’t regret. Don’t wait for the day when your life is going to magically become “perfect.” Sure, you can learn from the past, learn from things you’ve regretted, and look forward to the future. But you will never get these current moments back. So live and love!


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Happy Thanksgiving to all my blog friends!

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Today I’m thankful for:

  • Having a family and house to come home to
  • Having all my siblings together again πŸ™‚
  • The opportunities I’ve been given in life
  • My beautiful, strong self – because we’re all beautiful!
  • Cranberry sauce & pumpkin πŸ˜€

Sorry I have been MIA the past few days – it gets tricky at home, especially with no camera! I also meant to post this earlier today, but got sidetracked halfway through writing!

This morning I woke up with an awful stomach ache, and really wasn’t hungry hungry all day long – what a perfect day to feel that way! :-/ I fit in a 4.25 mile run at the track, hoping it would make me feel better and rev my appetite.

Pre-run was a WW enlglish muffin – half with pumpkin cream cheese & bananas, half with sunbutter, Tayberry jam & bananas.

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Post-run and pre-Thanksgiving meal, I snacked on a bit of carrots, pita chips & hummus.

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We had a little alteration to our Thanksgiving day. My grandpa has been extremely sick lately, so he can’t make it over, and my grandma doesn’t want to drive at night without him. So our dinner time was changed to 2:00, and sans Papa :-(. But I knew it would all work out, and what’s important is the fact that we’re all spending time together, whether we’re eating at 2:00 or 4:00.

While I didn’t get a picture of everything, here were some highlights!

My mom got to work on her mashed potatoes. (note my dad in the back carving the delicious juicy turkey)


The marshmallows on my sweet potatoes started to explode/overflow in the oven. Whoops!


My sister jokingly requested my other sister to carve a turkey out of the butter. Here is what she got:



Very artistic turkey carving πŸ˜‰



The table was beautifully set.


The spread included above mashed potatoes & sweet potatoes (made my moi) plus turkey, my homemade cranberry sauce, canned cranberry sauce (my dad refuses to eat anything else), William Sonoma homemade stuffing (delicious), Costco dinner rolls (my family loves them), green beans, & of course gravy.


I had a little bit of everything (minus the green beans & dinner roll) plus seconds of turkey and sweet potatoes. I know most people’s healthy eating philosophy is to fill up on vegetables first, but I honestly wanted to save as much room as possible for the good stuff. I could have plain green beans any old day! πŸ˜‰

For dessert, we celebrated the “November birthdays” (my brother, dad, and grandma). My grandma requested an ice cream cake, so my sister made a GINORMOUS one!

3 gallons of ice cream, 2 cake mix boxes, and a box of Oreos later…




I was served the biggest piece imaginable.


But since mint ice cream or cake really isn’t my thing (and I knew there were pies ahead), I shared half with my sister.


Later in the evening I popped my dessert contribution into the oven. Angela’s vegan pumpkin pie !


I think something wrong happened while making it, because my filling was much more liquid looking than her pictures, and it turned out massively undercooked. But the crust was sooooo good. And I still devoured almost a quarter of it πŸ˜‰ I even got my brother (the pumpkin pie obsessed) to try it, and he didn’t think it was bad! Β He still prefers his Costco pie though πŸ˜‰

I also had a slice of this amazing apple streudel from Safeway.


My siblings and I spent the rest of the night playing board games (Monopoly and Clue) and watching Love Actually on TV. And I went back for more ice cream cake later in the night πŸ˜‰



How did I feel at the end of the day? Β I actually really liked eating at 2:45ish because it kept me full for the rest of the day, and I didn’t end up stuffed late at night. Β I ended the meal overly full, but not uncomfortably stuffed to the brim (like in past Thanksgivings). Β I did overdo it on desserts, but that’s okay! Β What’s important is that today was a day of delicious food, family and fun, and I’m very happy how it turned out πŸ™‚

I may or may not be going out shopping tomorrow – we’ll see!

I know you were asked this on other blogs already, but what were you thankful for today?

How was your Thanksgiving? Any highlights? Special or funny moments?

Who’s shopping tomorrow?!

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What’s up doc?

First off, I want to say Happy Birthday to my wonderful Daddy!! πŸ˜€ I’ve done a previous dedication post on Father’s Day, but I want to say I love you and thank you for all you’ve done for us πŸ™‚

One of my favorite things every is the “kissy face” my dad does in pictures. Trying to be a 13-year old girl at heart, Dad? πŸ˜‰

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Love you mucho.

Eats have been typically unexciting, especially since I have no cam cam. 😦 But yesterday morning, I did enjoy a delicious spelt maple pecan scone. Wow.

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I ate half of it (aka the frosted top portion πŸ˜‰ ) before completing some strength training and heading to a sports medicine doc appointment for my knee (I’ve lost count as to what number appointment this was).

I really liked this doctor. Right away she watched the way I stood and inspected my orthotics and shoes. She seemed much more concerned and knowledgeable about my problem, and seems very determined to help me get to the bottom of the pain. I had another x-ray done, and am scheduled to get a second, more powerful MRI done halfway down my tibia bone. I guess last MRI was only taken of the actual knee, and she’s curious about the pain at the top of my tibia. I’ll keep you all posted.

It’s extremely hard to find motivation to head to the gym at home since our gym is a good 15 minute drive away. So today, I ran/walked .8 miles with my mom to the track at the nearby middle school where I did 2.5 miles track running. Then walked .8 miles back home. It felt good!!

Pre-run was 1/2 of my mom’s toast with PB:

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Post-run was a giant fuji apple and one of my new cereals!

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A few weeks ago, I won 2 Nature’s Path giveaway, so I had one box mailed home so I would have cereals when I came home, and to share with my family. I was excited to try out this new Vanilla Sunrise flavor!

With yogurt and a banana.

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Unfortunately, I was disappointed. It wasn’t bad, just slightly bland and had a weird overall taste in my opinion. Definitely not one of their best flavors.

In other news –

In my weekly quotes email last week, there was a quote from someone with a letter to themselves:

I promise you that I will help you whenever you are troubled.
I will do everything in my power to make things better for you.
I promise you that I will be there for you whenever you need me.
I will help care for you and keep you healthy.
I promise you that I will get up everyday with a positive outlook, with my chin up and I’ll never deprive you of hope.
I promise that I will love and respect you and never take you for granted.
I will remind you each day that you are a child of God, that there is a purpose for your life and will spend my life helping you discover that purpose.
I promise that I will listen to you when you need someone to talk to, I will not pass judgement or condemn you for mistakes you make.
I promise that I will always forgive you and I! will not let past problems overshadow our relationship.
I promise that I will be a true friend to you and love you always, no matter what.

In a similar note, make sure to check out my guest post on over on Danica’s blog today! It highly relates to the above letter πŸ™‚

All right, I’m off to whittle my middle, then head to pick up my dad a birthday burrito lunch. Hopefully he hasn’t eaten yet!

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RIP Celeste

So we have a problem.

1. My camera broke. Yup. Dropped it last night and now the lens is stuck halfway open and won’t budge.

2. I had pictures of my Saturday eats pre-camera dropping, but I left the memory card on my desk at school. And I’m now home.

So….that’s that. I’m sorry guys! What a slacker blogger I am! And I can’t tell you how upset I am about my camera. Here’s the picture my roommate captured post-dropping to prove it.


In the midst of crying right there as I cradle my baby and try to fiddle with the lens. No joke. Also please ignore the couple behind us getting mighty close back there.

I’ll probably head out to get a new camera sometime this week, but please bear with me while I go through this mourning period! Celeste (my camera’s name) gave me a good 4 years. She will be missed.

To entertain you all for the moment, here are some pictures from our night out Saturday night.

My roommates got new boots that day, so we went out with ourΒ boots on.


But then I changed into my red high heels.

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(Yes – we took a picture for both shoes. Shush)

Took a few drinky drankies.


And just danced away. Please note that this is not our normal dance routine. Β We were completely mimicking our friend’s hilarious dance move here.


It was definitely a good night.

Then today (Sunday), I packed up, and hit the road home for Thanksgiving break. All of my classes were canceled on Monday and Tuesday πŸ™‚

I’ve also heard so much about this pumpkin pie Blizzard at Dairy Queen lately. I knew there was one on my 3 1/2 hour drive home, so I planned to get one the trip. Unfortunately, they said they stopped selling them last month! What? Last time I checked, November definitely = pumpkin pie month. Bummed out, I settled for a Tagalong blizzard.

(Phone picture)

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This was my first blizzard, and I have to say I was a little dissapointed. I actually only ate about 1/4-1/3 of it. It tasted bland, if that’s even at all possible? It needed fudge or peanut butter ripples throughout! πŸ˜‰

For those of you who have enjoyed Blizzards, what’s your favorite flavor that you recommend to a newbie for next time?

In home news – it was nice to come home to BBQ chicken (which I ate 2 full breasts of for dinner. Yes – it’s my favorite) and a working washing machine. Ahh the life πŸ˜‰

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TGIFF (Thank God it’s Flashback Friday).

My eats today are a little short of exciting, so bear with me.

To-go breakfast of:

  • Strained homemade greek yogurt
  • Crumbled banana bomb muffin
  • Kashi golean (for crunch)
  • Sunbutter
  • 1/2 banana

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My knee has been bothering me since Sunday’s hike (seriously, even hiking really flares my knee pain). After the 30 minutes stairmaster (level 10), I did an easy 1 mile walk on the treadmill. I wanted to go 2 miles, but knew I shouldn’t push through the knee pain. Followed by 6 minutes of whittling my middle.

Post-gym, I was hangry, and came home to the last of my pumpkin soup (besides what I froze), and the other half of my butternut squash.

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I still wanted a little something sweet, so I went to have a couple bites of this mini-apple pie I couldn’t turn down last night at the store.

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Soon, almost the whole middle was hollowed out. Then I came up with the genius idea to warm it in the microwave and top it off with a little pumpkin ice cream.

It all went downhill from there.

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And then it was gone.

I know these are “individual” sized, but it was still at least 2, probably 3 servings worth of apple pie. I’m all for desserts and treats in moderation. And Thanksgiving is definitely a time to splurge and enjoy your pies πŸ™‚ Key word: Thanksgiving. Not the whole week before, or the whole week after. Oh well, what’s done is done. I just know I can’t continue my multiple servings of ice cream and apple pie eating on a regular day-to-day basis over here, like I have been doing!

The roommates and I hit up Forever 21 for a bit of girl time shopping around 6:00. So I didn’t get home to eat dinner until 8:00…starving!! And you all know how it goes when you’re that hungry. Everything in sight gets devoured…unpictured 😦

First, I grabbed a banana bomb muffin + sunbutter. Next I heated up my remaining 2 buffalo chicken meatballs. Then came an egg + 2 egg white scramble. And finally greek yogurt & pumpkin mixture topped with a bit of cereal to finish off my meal. If you can call that a meal? haha. I just kept eating bits of random food until I felt satisfied.

Oh – and can’t forget the brownie batter as my roommate prepared some birthday brownies πŸ˜‰

But I was super excited to receive a package from this special lady.

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Yay for giveaways πŸ˜€ I’m excited to try the Green bars and banana carrier! And the steamer container. Thanks Paigie – you’re awesome πŸ™‚

To make up for my lack of photography, how about some Flashback action? For as long as I can remember, Thanksgiving break has been the time for my family to take our Disneyland trips. We don’t go every year (usually every 2-3 years), but we always went during this time of the year. Less crowded, but you could still enjoy the holiday decorations!

I don’t have pictures on this computer prior to 2004, so here we are at our last November Disneyland trip – 2005 (which also happened to be the 50th Anniversary year)!


I took the bus down from school to meet them in LA. I was so excited to see my family during my first quarter away at school πŸ™‚

I don’t think I’ve ever gotten this wet on Splash Mountain –








I love my dad in the background waving over my head πŸ™‚


First time in California Adventures!





This is one of my favorite pictures of my parents. They look so happy πŸ™‚



I’m so used to Disneyland at Christmas time, I couldn’t even imagine it without all the beautiful decorations.






And “snow” (soap bubbles)…



The shooting gallery is definitely one of my favorite attractions. It’s a tradition for my brother and I to take turns shooting a target and trying to get the other person to shoot the same thing.


Disneyland trips hold a very special place in my heart, with lots of family time and special memories. Whenver we manage to make a trip there, a certain familiar feeling overwhelms me. My family is always in a good mood, and gets along – which is very rare! πŸ˜‰ It was extremely hard for me to take my first non-family Disneyland trip this summer since I’m so used to it being a family tradition!

What family vacations do you hold dear? Any vacation traditions you guys have?

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How was everyone’s Thursday?

My vegan morning started out with my usual oats with a few substitutions and additions.

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I omitted the egg, but added a scoop of flaxseed and chia seeds. Both can be used as egg replacers if prepared correctly, but I just added them right into the cooking oats on the stove. I always use almond milk in my oats and coffee anyways, so that was simple enough!

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Topped with sunbutter, granola, crumbled vegan muffin I had in the freezer, and Quaker oatmeal squares.

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Then my larabar tricked me again! I thought I grabbed a PB&J this morning, but it turned out to be cherry pie. I ate 1/2 pre-gym and 1/2 post-gym.

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Run total: 3.5 miles TM

10 minutes whittle my middle. I completed a 3 minute plank today (on my elbows – I find elbow planks harder than staright arms). That’s the longest I’ve ever gone πŸ˜€ I’ve been doing 90 second planks, but today decided to go for 2 minutes. By the time I looked at my timer it was 2:20, so I thought “go for it!”

Decaf Americano + 1 pump peppermint syrup with soymilk while waiting for a meeting on campus. (I almost put half & half in, but caught myself just in time!)

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Vegan lunch was kind of random. Unfortunately, I didn’t have too much to work with today since I’m trying to dwindle my food stash down in preparation of leaving town next week.

Cocoa chia pudding topped with agave, sunbutter & bananas.

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And french fries (just sliced potato tossed with olive oil, garlic salt & pepper then baked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes).

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However it didn’t hold me long at all, and I was starving for dinner around 5:00. I had an apple to hold me over while I ran to the store to pick up a butternut squash (on sale this week!!). And I couldn’t resist the day-old Vegan berry strusel muffin. It was a sign! Although delicious sounding, it was actually very dry and bland tasting.

(I guess my camera liked the muffin because she ate the pictures)

Dinner was another stuffed butternut squash. This time stuffed with a quinoa mix of:

  • Quinoa
  • Sauteed cinnamon apples & onions with brown sugar
  • Applesauce
  • Cinnamon

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I also topped it off more sunbutter (I think I’ve had 5 servings of sunbutter today).

All followed up by a mug of hot cocoa. Made with almond milk, real cocoa powder(vegan!), and stevia.

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I also had random handfuls of these chips all day.

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I’ve been crazy munchy lately.

Thoughts on Vegan for a Day:

While I completely understand and respect everyone who follows a vegan lifestyle, I highly doubt I will ever decide to follow one myself. I’m sure it would be much easier if I actually converted to the lifestyle, and it was my permanent diet everyday, rather than trying to pay attention to it just for one day. Since I’m not used to eating this way, I had to check every label, and even thought of the fact that my gum might not be vegan!

Anyone else who particiated have any thoughts or opinions?

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Are you participating in Vegan for a Week or Vegan for a Day?

In preparation of tomorrow’s Vegan for a Day, I made sure to incorporate dairy into all my meals today!

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Yogurt in my overnight oats.

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Also topped with Quaker oatmeal squares & Udi’s granola.

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Milk in my post-gym cafe soy misto with 2 pumps pumpkin spice (which I was disappointed didn’t have foam. Soy mistos are just coffee and milk?)

Unpictured cocoa almonds & Element bar mid-class (but that’s okay, since no dairy was involved).

Oikos yogurt + blueberry preserves (delicious combo) and Kashi Heart 2 Heart.

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And a small bit of chinese chicken salad (okay no dairy in this one).

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Milk chocolate in 1/2 of this cookie

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Garlic cream cheese in my grilled avocado, cream cheese, & pear sandwich.

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Along with a side of green beans (yes – I love ketchup on my veggies).

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Ice cream in my 2 bowls worth of pumpkin ice cream (as I went through almost 1/2 the carton. Pumpkin ice cream is not safe around me! My sister said I’m going to cause a world shortage of pumpkin.)

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Few! Talk about carbo dairy loading πŸ™‚

I also thoroughly enjoyed my night of laughing and Glee watching. My roommate is dying to somehow tell Finn there’s no way he got Quinn pregnant. Hilarious. Β Love that show.

See you maΓ±anaΒ πŸ™‚

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