Easter/Birthday Style WIR, WIAW and Survey

Thanks for all of your birthday wishes on Monday! They were very much appreciated and each one brightened my day, especially in the midst of mundane college classes.

Now it’s time for another party hosted by Peas and Crayons. WIAW!

To start, a fun ABC survey that has been circling around the blog-o-sphere for awhile (and I’m sure you are all tired of by now!):

A. Age: As of 8:01 PM Monday… 19 years old!

B. Bed size: Twin loft bed at school. Queen at home.

C. Chore you dislike: There is not really a chore I dislike per say, but the context that it’s in can make a world of difference. For example, ask me to take out the dog during the summer and I’d say OK! Ask me in the winter and I’ll give you the death glare though. 🙂

D. Dogs: Love them. I have two right now, one inside and one outside. Our cairn terrier Lilly is inside, and Riley our mix is outside.

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E. Essential start to your day: My alarm clock, breakfast (no question about that, I would die from hunger without it), and brushing my teeth (<<< I hate going through the day with the feeling of having not brushed my teeth!).

F. Favorite color: Pink.

G. Gold or silver: I’m not much of a jewelry person at all really. I wear the same diamond earring studs everyday which are gold, but most of the time I tend to buy silver pieces because those seem to be younger/more modern.

H. Height: 5’6″

I. Instruments you play(ed): I can play the clarinet fairly well as I was in band for 8 years during school.

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J. Job title: Past job titles: Babysitter, Tutor. Current job title: Student. Future job titles: internist, accountant.

K. Kids: Well, I’m assuming this is asking if I have any kids, to which the answer is a definite NO. However, I love kids. My favorite thing to do at church is volunteer or supervise in the nursery. And every summer since eighth grade (not this year though… *sniff sniff*) I worked in the nursery for Vacation Bible School.

L. Live: Midwest United States. Our house is in the country surrounded by cornfields on some 15 or so acres of land.

M. Mom’s name: Eh, I would rather not share that right now 🙂

N. Nicknames: Maddy is the only nickname that people ever called me.

O. Overnight hospital stays: A few I think… I had jaundice when I was a baby, so I had to stay for awhile because of that.

P. Pet peeves: A few “ranty” ones: people who cheat/lie and get away with it, social media hounds, when someone is constantly on the computer or texting, and when people can’t see how fake some others are.

Q. Quote from a movie: 

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R. Righty or lefty: Righty.

S. Siblings: Brother (16).

T. Time you wake up: Weekdays from 6:00-7:00. Weekends from 5:30-8:30… It really depends.

U. Underwear: ?? Yes. Underwear is nice.

V. Vegetables you don’t like: Radishes and… That’s basically it!

W. What makes you run late: Anything and everything.

X. X-rays you’ve had: Do ultrasounds count? If so, I’ve had two of those.

Y. Yummy food you make: I would like to think that all of the food I make is yummy! 😉

Z. Zoo animal favorites: Monkeys! Before leaving the zoo each time I always begged my mom to buy one of those stuffed monkeys in the gift shop that you could attach around your neck with Velcro. It worked… About half the time.

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And it’s time for another Week in Review!

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  • I posted my usual WIAW last week with my favorite recipe for soup: Kabocha and peas.

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  • On Friday I skipped talking about food for once and wrote about something a little more serious. All of your comments were so supportive and awesome! Look for a response from me soon!
  • As I stated in my Wednesday post, I was rather busy with school last week. Three papers and two exams. I feel pretty good about them all!

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  • On Friday night I stayed in and watched this movie with my mom:

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  • Don’t hate on Miley Cyrus or Demi Moore as it was actually rather good!
  • During the day Saturday I did a little shopping and got together a little present for one of my friends whose birthday happens to be the day before mine!

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  • On Saturday night I went with my parents and met up with a few of my friends to the local Opera House to watch Oz: The Great and Powerful. 

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  • Sunday morning I woke up to find this large post-it taped to my door from the Easter Bunny. Yes, it’s extremely childish, but it’s tradition! My mom makes up a small Easter basket for my brother, my dad and I, then she goes and hides it somewhere.  Any guesses where I found mine?

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  • This year my mom was also inspired to do a little Easter egg hunt outside. My dad hid the eggs and my mom wrote down where they were (we’ve had trouble remembering in the past!). My brother and I each had six to find, his were yellow, green and blue, and mine were purple, pink and orange. At the end we were both left with one that we couldn’t find, and funny enough we both knew where each other’s was!

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  • I made my parents some waffles for breakfast from this recipe (I used 1/4 cup acorn squash, only 1 tbsp honey and ghee for the fat options).

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  • That morning we also got dressed up in our springy colors and went to church. Then afterwards we drove to a local Chinese buffet to have lunch with my uncle, cousins, aunts, and grandparents. (I had a bowl of soup on the way over and just a glass of water at the restaurant). 
  • Then when I got home I packed up everything for school and my mom gave me a small birthday present. Next weekend we’ll do our traditional shopping for real so that I can pick up a few things. 

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  • Two episodes of Duck Dynasty were thus consumed rapidly by the family– None of them had ever seen it before!

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  • And for those that worried about my lack of cake… I had some. Sort of. I had to get a little creative and made some flour out of dehydrated peas. Try it. Green pea flour is awesome!
  • To make the “cake” it was quite easy and for those needing nutritionally-dense food on the go, I would say it was rather good. Like a single-serving green monster cake!

Single-Serving Green Monster Cake

High protein, grain/gluten/wheat-free, egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free, paleo/Gaps-friendly

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup green pea flour
  • 1/2 cup mashed acorn squash (banana or another mashed squash would work well too)
  • 1 tbsp organic honey
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients well. (I used a food processor- It will be a rather thick batter)
  3. Scoop into a 1-cup sized ramekin. Bake for 25 minutes. Eat warm or cool. This would also be awesome topped with a nut butter!

Hmm… Strange But Good worthy, no?

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  • I took a few bites to satisfy my (green) cake craving, but no more because I didn’t want to be sick on my birthday from deviating from my regular meat and veggie routine! 😉
  • Boring-ness resumed just minutes later as I made my way back to school listening to some audio books in the car.
  • Then April Fool’s Day.

And that’s last week in review. I hope this one goes just as well, and I can’t wait to celebrate my birthday for real this Saturday!

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QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

Share a few ABCs about yourself!

How did you celebrate Easter?

What was the highlight of your week?

Have you seen LOL or Oz yet?

WIAW- Holy Cow (Is this a Photo Dump?) Edition

So… just so you are aware, I decided that this post would NOT be a photo dump edition. I mean, I have all of these wonderful pictures to share, but why not use them up in two posts instead of one? As my microeconomics teacher would say, that would be more efficient…

Along the production-possibility frontier… Wait? Did I just lose you?

Let’s get on back on track with a picture of my nice, long nails:

See? Nice long. Maybe too long, I don’t care.

But then this happened, and I do care:

Basically I had to rip off cut all of my long nails to make up for that stupid, short thumbnail who decided it would be a great time to break. But I digress!

After viewing photos of my nails, you may be kind of wondering if this post will feature any real food. Yes. Yes it will.

And to “organize” my thoughts, here is a WIAW to guide you along. Thanks once again Jenn! Check out the other amazing bloggers here.

Breakfast:

I have been loving a hot bowl of cream of rice every morning (and night) since I bought the small box at Kroger’s on Saturday. Sadly I ran out of quinoa flakes and walked 2 miles to the store, looking for more, and they didn’t have any! So, I settled for gluten-free cream of rice, which I’d never had before.

It tastes just like cream of wheat, which was my favorite breakfast when I was younger (see note below). Cream of rice has no fiber, less protein, and more calories than quinoa flakes though, so as soon as I get home, I’m stocking up!

In this bowl I added 1/4 cup pumpkin to a serving of cream of rice made with water. Not the best decision ever, but not the worst decision either. It was just “okay.”

Honestly, I much would have preferred this bowl of oatmeal that I made my mom before I left:

KERF’s whipped banana oats mixed with pumpkin, stevia and cottage cheese. Topped with pecans, maple granola, and a tablespoon of almond butter.

Keep DREAMING!

Favorite breakfast as a child?

So I know I said before that this post wasn’t going to be a food dump, but I have just decided that it is going to be a word dump. I saw this awesome food questionnaire on Half-Baked Bec and thought it was a great idea! You all know how much I like SURVEYS (ABC and Nostalgia… check them out!).

As I mentioned above, my favorite breakfast as a child was Cream of Wheat. Whenever it got cold outside, my brother and I would beg our dad to make us his special “homemade” cream of wheat. Basically he just made a huge pan of cream of wheat cooked in water, then added a ton of milk and sugar. My brother and I gobbled it up. My dad was the only who could make it perfectly creamy without a single lump (my mom’s on the other hand was quite lumpy and inedible). 

This one of my favorite memories as a child: Sitting on the kitchen counter near the stove, my dad making Cream of Wheat, and him singing what he dubbed “the cream of wheat song.”

Cream of wheat, cream of wheat. Nah. Nah. Nah. Nah. Nah. Cream of wheat…. AHHH! (<<< Our favorite part was the end!)

Coffee or Juice?

Coffee. As a kid I love orange juice, but I would much prefer a cup of plain, black, decaf coffee. (As one of my friends put it, “As black as your soul.” Really? Too kind).

The one food you eat most often at breakfast?

Bananas. Banana ice cream. Banana “cookie dough.” Banana protein batter. Banana protein balls.

Snack:

Speaking of bananas and cream of rice cereal, the recipe I have for you today contains both!

Breakfast Cereal Microwave “Bake”

Sugar free, gluten-free, vegan, microwave

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Cream of Rice

1/2 large banana

2 Tbsp water

1/8 tsp baking powder (corn-free)

Toppings

This is after it is cooked without any toppings.

Directions:

1. Mash the banana into junks and mix with 2 Tbsp of water.

2. Then add the cream of rice, baking powder and stir.

3. Place in the microwave and cook for 2-4 minutes (I have a weak microwave, so it may take less time for you).

4. Remove when it is somewhat cooked, but still a little soft.

5. Add toppings and enjoy!

I topped mine with fresh blueberries and the remaining banana mashed with 1/2 tbsp of chia seeds.

Look at those gorgeous blueberries! I had to dig them out of a fruit salad on the cafeteria’s fresh produce bar… Hehe. There were barely any left when I was done with them!

Lunch:

Here is another recipe, but that’s for another day!

Microwave pumpkin “bread” slices with chicken.

Pumpkin recipe to come soon.

Sandwiches are generally considered a “lunch food.” If you had to choose between a grilled cheese and a peanut butter and jelly, which would you pick?

Peanut butter and jelly. Grilled cheeses always contained too much cheese. Except now this would have to be almond butter and fruit-only jam on gluten/yeast-free bread. YUM.

You can only put four ingredients in your salad (not including greens); what do you throw in the mix? Additionally, which greens and dressing do you pick?

These toppings are all slightly boring, but they are what I put on my salad basically every day: Cucumber slices, shredded carrots, and sometimes grapes/steamed rice.

One food you can’t live without at lunch?

Grilled chicken. It’s what sustains me throughout the day. I need my protein!

Snack:

A 2 lb pound bag of carrots that I bought on Saturday.

It lasted me until Monday I do believe…

Ohh… and look what I found:

A carrot ball and bat, which I now appreciate thanks to Kat and Katelyn.

Dinner:

Salad and grilled chicken like always. This time my salad also included radishes. Oh, I do not like these! Way too bitter, but if it is the only vegetable other than lettuce that I can eat again, I probably will get these little suckers.

Do you see this HUGE plate of veggies and chicken, or am I just imagining things? The chef today gave me five.. FIVE pieces of chicken. WHY???? I only ate the broccoli because cauliflower hurts my stomach… and now I know so does broccoli!

It’s the end of the day. You’re tired, hungry, and your fridge is empty. If a fast food (from a chain) is your only option, where do you go and what do you order?

A bottle of water. Or apple slices. I’m boring.

TV/computer on or off while you’re eating?

Most of the time my computer is on as I’m looking at blogs or doing homework. In the dining halls though I don’t watch the TV.

The one food you eat most often at dinner?

Can this be the same as lunch? It can? Okay, thanks… CHICKEN!!

“Dessert”:

Another bowl of cream of rice (3/4 serving) with stevia and sliced bananas.

Choose between these two American desserts: cheesecake or apple pie?

Apple pie. I have never liked cheesecake; I personally think it is one of the most disgusting desserts ever created (and I’ve even tried the cookie dough kind from The Cheesecake Factory- I had to spit it out- SO GROSS!). Apple pie is awesome. Now I just need to make an allergy-free version of my Low-Cal Apple Pie recipe on my old blog.

Choose between these two foreign desserts: tiramisu (Italy) or flan (Spain)?

Tiramisu (One of my mom’s favorite desserts). Flan contains eggs and has a weird texture. We made it in Spanish class and I wasn’t impressed.

Ice cream: cone or cup?

Cone. I think ice cream is meant to be in a cone. No debates.


Now for progress on my Fall Habits… (Going to look up what goals I made NOW).

1. Limit my intake of fruit. I just eat way too much! I think yesterday I consumed 4 or 5 bananas? Totally unnecessary. Instead, I am going to try and snack on more vegetables. I am doing better with this, but the main reason is because the dining hall is always out of bananas.

2. I am going to go on walks just “to go on walks.” Not for any classes, and not because I am going to a dining hall. I am going to walk just for fun. For me and my health. EPIC. FAIL.

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So check back in tomorrow for that Pumpkin Sandwich recipe! HAPPY WIAW.

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