Archive for November, 2010

Thankful Family

Sorry I haven’t been around so much lately.

There’s been the holiday traveling and extra working.

Then there’s the internship researching, working on applications, and getting stuff ready for letters of recommendation.

And I’ve also signed up for a last minute GRE test this Thursday.  By last minute, I mean I signed up this past week. 

Which means I need to spend every extra minute I have reading the study book and learning as much as I can in a few days.


But I quickly wanted to give you a glimpse into my Thanksgiving before it becomes December! Winking smile

I worked 6 am-2:00 that day (got off early – yay!)

Enjoyed my Thanksgiving meal #1 (lunch at work):


BEST SWEET POTATOES EVER.  They were so good.

This is how I got through the afternoon during a 2+ hour drive after my 8 hour shift:


Iced coffee.  Diet coke.  And an apple that I didn’t eat.  Probably would have been the healthiest source of energy of the 3.

Siblings reunited for the first time in over 3 months!


It takes my family approximately 22 minutes to get settled for a picture.
















I enjoyed leftovers for days 2 days.

My “day-after-Thanksgiving-diet” consisted of:

  • Candied sweet potatoes
  • Turkey
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Stuffing
  • Pie
  • More Pie
  • Ice cream
  • More pie
  • Pumpkin whoopie pie
  • Frozen yogurt

It happens.




And now I’m back at school and trying to clean up my eating before I head home for Christmas and do it all over again Winking smile


Now I must go and read up on my integers, diving fractions, and multiplying exponents!  All those wonderful thing I haven’t thought about in like 8 years.


PS: The winner of the shake & bake giveaway has yet to contact me, so Eliza – please email me!!  If I don’t hear from her by this Friday, I’ll pick a new winner!


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Shake & Bake Winner

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

My computer is freaking out again, so I can’t do much posting as of now, but I wanted to let you all know the winner of the Shake & Bake giveaway!


My favorite sport to watch is definitely baseball. Better yet, watching a baseball game LIVE at the field with a bud light in hand :) Thanks for the giveaway!”


Congrats lady!  Email me your info and I’ll get the giveaway sent out to you Smile

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Thanksgiving Baking

I volunteered to bring a few dishes to Thanksgiving dinner this year and I whipped them up last night and today. 

But what oh what did I decide to make??




I spent last night whipping up some sweet potaoes.  And today baking and sampling a delicious dessert.  Plus some cranberry sauce.


I decided on pumpkin whoopie pies!  Following Angela’s recipe but with a few alterations.  I added an egg (not sure what that did to the recipe).  And added a tad more cinnamon to the batter (it didn’t taste pumpkiny enough to me).  The frosting was super dee duper sweet.  I ended up using about 2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice in the frosting.  And added a teensy bit of almond milk.  It was slightly thicker than I wanted – I don’t think I used quite enough butter.


Homemade Cranberry Sauce:

  • 1 12-oz bag cranberries
  • 1 peeled apple, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • Cinnamon

Boil water, cranberries, and apple until cranberries pop.  Add agave nectar and some cinnamon and reduce to simmer.  Simmer 15-20 minutes, or until sauce it thickened.  Remove from heat and let cool.


Candied Sweet Potatoes (will show picture with dinner – not quite done with them yet!)

  • 3 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (I used more)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • Salt

Microwave sweet potatoes until cooked.  Let cool.  Scoop out the insides into a bowl.  Mix in egg, seasonings, and brown sugar.  Spread in baking dish, top with marshmallows, and bake until warmed through or marshmallows are golden.


I’m actually working tomorrow morning (6 am-2:30 pm shift).  I’m glad to be working Thanksgiving, because that means I get Christmas off(!!).  And I’m lucky to be working the morning shift, because that means I get to hit the road immediately after, and meet my family halfway home at my aunt’s house! 

I’m excited to see my whole family –it’s been over 3 months since we’ve all been together, and since I’ve seen my brother and sister.


I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow, wonderful family time, and safe travels.


And don’t forget about my giveaway ending Friday evening at 6 pm!

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Shake it

My breakfast was bomb.

Yes bomb.


I knew I wanted to use my near-empty pumpkin butter jar for something.

Yay for yogurt messes!  Rather than cereal, I found some old old Heart Thrive bars in the freezer.  Yummy.


So pretty.  Reminds me of sand art.


Lunch was pumpkiny as well.  Surprised?  No?  Really?  Why not? Winking smile

Pumpkin pancakes.  Topped with peanut-butter-pumpkin-maple-syrup (peanut flour + syrup + a scoop of pumpkin butter).  And pumpkin cream cheese.

Oh Lord.  Even I’m pumpkind out by that description.


Ugly.  But soooooo good.


And for dinner….

A few weeks ago, I was sent some Shake ‘n Bake to try out.  Shake ‘n Bake makes it easy to coat your chicken with delicious crispy flavor. 

The box comes with a plastic baggy and seasoning to shake shake shake!


After baking in the oven, and served on some adorable football plates (perfect for football parties!):


I also had some laughing cow and masala dip on the side.  IMG_1769-1

And black beans.



Actually quite tasty!  And not too spicy either, especially for buffalo chicken seasoning! Winking smile

I ended up with crispy chicken tenders for dinner in an easy 20 minutes (5 minutes prep, 15 minutes cooking!).  And it was delicious.  This was definitely a delicious low-fat alternative to buffalo wings.  I do wish, however that the ingredient list wasn’t quite so long.  But you can’t be too picky about those things all the time!


Want to try out Shake ‘n Bake for yourself? (Please note that this was sent to me for free, and Shake ‘n Bake is supplying the products for this review and giveaway).

The winner will receive:

  • A sample of NEW Shake ‘N Bake Crispy Buffalo
  • Football-themed serving plates
  • A tip sheet that includes tips on how to host the perfect football party
  • A $50 American Express gift card to outfit the rest of your party


I’m not a big football fan, but this would be perfect for any sports game watching.  I served it during baseball World Series time Winking smile

To enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me your favorite sport to watch
  • Spread the word and link back to the giveaway

With the holiday coming up, I’ll give you some extra time and will pick a winner on Friday November 26. 

Ready…set…get shakin!!!

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The Season

Tis the season!  For….

Pumpkin spice loaf cake (from work).


Starbucks holiday cups (which they changed this year!!  Waaahhhh).  Totally not worth $3.75 by the way.  Ridic-u-lous.  But took advantage of the “Buy-1-get-1-free” with the roommate.


That would be a 1-pump peppermint 1-pump mocha with foam.  Still super sweet.

And peppermint hot cocoa. 


In my graduation mug Smile Thank you sister!!

It’s also the season for:

  • Holiday music
  • 25 days of Christmas movies
  • Falalala Lifetime
  • Pounding rain (keeping you from sleeping)
  • New winter coats (which I don’t get much use out of here in CA)
  • Nsync Christmas CD



Don’t deny it.  You love that CD too.


I know it’s not even Thanksgiving and many people say you can’t celebrate Christmas season until after Thanksgiving.  But c’mon.  Show me some Thanksgiving music then.

That’s what I thought.

Therefore, we have the right to listen to Christmas music now.

Besides, the 4 weeks between the two holidays goes too fast anyways.


What’s your favorite aspect to the “season.”  (Not the holiday itself – but the whole season!).  I love the tree.  Our tree at home is always so beautiful. 


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Soup’s on!

Yesterday was a little better in the hunger department.

I started off with pumpkin yogurt topped with a crumbed muffin, almond butter & pumpkin butter.


No more muffins…. Sad smile


After a couple of errands, I came home freezing and remembered I’ve been wanting to use my butternut squash to make soup!

Simmer simmer!


I microwaved ~ 1 lb. of butternut squash cubes.  Then mashed them before putting them on the stove with about 3 cups of low sodium chicken broth.

However it seemed way too thin, so I had the brilliant idea of overloading it with pumpkin.  Then decided to add the rest of my broth to make TONS of soup.  Simmered for 20 minutes.  Took out the chunks and pureed them in the blender.  Then I seasoned it with nutmeg, pepper, and a bit of sugar and cooked a tad bit longer.

At first I didn’t really like it, it grew on me and ended up having 2 huge mugfuls.  And croutons put it over the top.  I ended up declaring this soup delicious.


This is all I had leftover.  Whoops! Winking smile


I spent a bit of the afternoon at work hanging out with this guy.


Spread on carrots, no less.  + a giant apple.


Dinner was inspired by the fact that I needed to use my sweet potato.  And since I was too hungry to wait for sweet potato fries to bake, microwave it was!

Topped with pineapple flavored cottage cheese.  I also sprinkled the actual potato with cinnamon and spread some pumpkin flavored cream cheese on there.  Delish.


And I admit I devoured a can of green beans while I was waiting for the potato to cook.  I like canned green beans.  Guilty.



I would thinking of something interesting and/or creative to say right here, but it’s late and we’re about to watching Harry Potter #6 (in preparation of seeing Harry P in the theaters tomorrow!). 

Are you a Harry Potter fan?  If you are, do you like the books or the movies? Or did you cheat and only watch the movies? Winking smile  The movies are okay, but I honestly find them rather boring.  The books of course were excellent!!

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Has anyone seen my appetite?

More accurately, I’m missing my hunger.  He seems to have ran off.

Maybe this is what it feels like to be a sedentary non-exercising American?

The fact that I’ve cut out all exercising has made it difficult to tell if I’m just not hungry because I’m not exercising.

Or if I’m not hungry because my ab/rib injury is suppressing my hunger somehow (I mean, it is possibly causing swelling and inflammation in the stomach region). 

Either way, the only meal I’ve actually had hunger signals for is breakfast!  Obviously.

Here we have hot pumpkin custard oats topped off with some cinnamon toast crunch (my roommate was eating her cereal and I “borrowed” some from her Winking smile).  And pumpkin cream cheese.


I’m obsessed with eating in mugs lately.


Yesterday I even remembered to celebrate Waffle Wednesday!  2 whole wheat Egg-o waffles topped with PB maple syrup (syrup + peanut flour).  Then I topped it off with some cream cheese.  Another obsession.


But after these meals, I’m not hungry for 4…5..even 6 hours.  Which is not normal for me.  I’m usually starting to show signs of hunger even 2 hours after breakfast.

The other day I had leftover beet, pecan, and goat cheese salad from work (so good).  Along with avocado-cheese toast.


Avocados were on sale for .77 cents (yes please!!).  And cheese was an excellent addition.


And this amazing salad was leftovers from work.  Holllaaaa.


I was beyond stuffed after this meal.  For a good hour I was uncomfortably full.  Although this large carbonated drink might have helped.  McDonald’s "’$1 any size drink’ has been my downfall lately.


And again, yesterday over 6 hours went by, and I still wasn’t hungry.  At all.  But I knew I needed to eat before work.

Egg scramble to the rescue!


I sauteed some butternut squash chunks with seasonings (I think garlic salt, paprika and pepper were in there).  Then added in 1 egg + 2 egg whites and some steamed broccoli.  With avocado on the side.


That’s better.


Hungry for dinner?  Nope.  Not even sure why I chowed down on this.  It’s hard at work because we all take a break and eat. I need to get better about only eating if I’m hungry, and bringing home leftovers.  It’s hard when it’s all there for free! 

Roasted rosemary potatoes, carrots, asparagus, & chicken picatta.


Shortly regretted.

And dinner the other night was just a salad.  + 2 mini egg rolls.


I know it happens…it’s just odd.

Do you go through periods of hunger followed periods of non-hunger?  Do you still tend to eat according to schedule?  Or do you go hours and hours without eating?

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