It's Just Puppy Love

Montana

Montana

Naturally, I’m talking about him. I don’t know why, but yesterday morning I was struck with a little homesickness for him. First, on my way back from the gym, I saw a squirrel on a trash can whose expression instantly reminded me of him(weird, but true). Then I got the most hilarious email from my mom saying he bit her toe last night. Okay, maybe that shouldn’t be funny, but I have an awful sense of humor. From what I gather, they were both sleeping in bed and she kicked him. The whole thing sounds like the episode of Everybody Loves Raymond where they get into an argument because Raymond doesn’t like to be cuddled. Why is that show not on anymore? :-( Oh the things I miss…

Anyway, class yesterday was dullsville. I got a horrible craving for chocolate chips in class which then led to the challenge of fitting them into my lunch somehow. I also swung by the dining hall to find something a bit more substantial. It turned out to be tempeh day on the vegetarian line! I filled up a container, some for lunch and a lot leftover, and then made the rest in my room.

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Maple Mustard Tofu, Plain Tempeh, Broccoli

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Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt With Chocolate Chips

This was definitely a protein overload(aka it sat like a brick in my stomach) but all tasted soooo good. I like the tempeh just plain; I think the flavor is so interesting on its own. It must be the whole fermenting thing. Of course, the yogurt was what really hit the spot :-) I’m pretty sure my friend Alex in Greek History class couldn’t tell what flavor Chobani I bought but was too afraid to ask.

I didn’t actually do the reading for Epic today(oops) because I figured 6 pages of writing was torture enough. It worked out fine because we didn’t cover everything we were supposed to and what we did I read in the original Latin all 2nd semester of last year. When I got back to my dorm, I found out when exactly my roommate sleeps: 3pm. I think we’re just a little off in our schedules. I started working more on my paper and Greek(the only homework I have for today), and snacked on this bar:

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KIND Almond And Cashew Bar

This has easily been one of my favorite bars all through Summer. I’m so glad they sell it at campus stores where I can use my points! It has a honey and date base which is nice and sweet, and the nuts taste really rich. I don’t know why but whole nuts are always more desirable in bar form than on their own with me. Plus it has Omega-3 from flaxseed(which is why it’s called KIND Plus…). This was very tasty while I watched about the woman who was torn apart by a primate. Did anyone else see that? It’s so sad, I couldn’t imagine an animal doing that much harm or a person living through it. I made some oatmeal after Oprah.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal With Mocha Peanut Butter

I don’t eat it much, but every so often I get an urge for this Naturally Nutty peanut butter. I figured the earthiness of it would work well with some pumpkin oatmeal. I added in nutmeg to deepen the flavor, and it was really strong. For dinner, I met with Adam at The Ratty.

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Lentil Chili, Carrots And Zucchini In Garlic, Cooked Spinach, Raw Tomatos

This was definitely a “take the picture fast and don’t look too odd” picture, lol. The chili was OK, but not great; it needed more chili powder I’m guessing. I always like that carrot and zucchini medley, and the rest was pretty simple. I’ve stopped looking at what’s in the non-vegetarian line pretty much because I’ve expected weird stuff. Tonight, I got to see what it was via my friend’s dish: “paella” with fried chicken and unopened mussels. First of all, since when does paella have on-bone chicken in it? I’ve been to Spain and that’s not how they roll. Also, unopened mussels? Not smart. That pretty much describes why I pick up quality meat at Whole Foods to make dinner for myself some times. Meat and these:

 

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Ginger Ale Zevia

This one I think had one of the weaker flavors, but maybe I just feel that way now that I’ve had ginger preserves which are spicier than all hell. Of course, by 8 I was watching the CMA’s. Go Lady Antebellum for single of the year and best group! I think any of those were good songs(like Chicken Fried!) but they deserved to win something. I think the entire show was just awesome.I’m not so secretly a country addict, with half of my itunes library being Sugarland and Taylor Swift alone. I had a little of this mid-broadcast.

 

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Greek Yogurt With Cherry Butter, Dried Cherries, Vanilla Sugar, And 2 Goji Gourmet Cherry Cacao Cookies

 

These have to be my favorite cookie of all time. I’m definitely placing a big bag in my shopping cart from Goji Gourmet. By the way, congrats to them for being a Rachael Ray snack of the day! I hope that episode airs on a Tuesday or Thursday when I can watch it. I also now need to restock on cherry preserves; do you think I can get the register attendant to ring it up as cranberry butter like with the dried ones? ;-) Back to television, I was standing on my feet when Taylor won; that was so exciting for her! And of course I was rooting on Sugarland, too.  Afterwards I made some breads & spreads(why haven’t I used that phrase in a while?).

 

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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Ginger Cream Cheese And Mushed Banana With Baker's Chips, Chocolate Fig Vitatop With Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter

 

I really didn’t know what to do with this flavor vitatop but I think it worked well with chocolate sunflower butter for an odd but attractive duo. I either burn through english muffins or have to force myself to want them. Good spreads like this help with that, though. I think when Taylor won entertainer of the year that pretty much summed it up. Her reaction was priceless, and this definitely was her year.

This morning has just felt so “on” so far. I woke up at 6:20, and then decided another 20 minutes of sleep would be just fine :-) On the way out of my dorm I grabbed a new Larabar.

 

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Peanut Butter And Jelly Larabar

I don’t quite have time to write a review at this moment, which would be here once I set it up, but this was awesome. I really did not expect to like it so much and I hate relying on new flavors of bars when I’m out of the house but this was so dead on. This really powered me through 11 miles in 90:36. It must have, because I was only planning for 8, but I think I was meant to do 11. In that time I listened to every Taylor Swift song I have(which took 88 minutes) and got to watch a segment on the Today show about childhood diabetes and the foods we can use to prevent it. They didn’t promote oatmeal and pumpkin but I’m going to bet those are good ones :-)

 

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Pumpkin Oatmeal With Mighty Maple And Maple Syrup, Eggnog Oikos With Nutmeg

I think I’ve rightfully stopped fooling myself I won’t be having oatmeal and yogurt, even on days when I’m short on time like this morning. Silly me should have stocked up on Oikos last sales period but now I’m out :-( Hopefully I’ll make it down to Eastside Market today for that and pumpkin, which I’m also low on(surprise, surprise).

 

 

These aren’t quite giveaways but I wanted to clue ya’ll in on some coupon codes I know. If you love peanut butter like me, check out P.B. Loco and all their fun flavors. Spend $30 or more and get a free “P.B.Loco Dreamy Creamy Peanut Butter” with the coupon BLOG1209. Also, if you spend $50 dollars or more, you can use the coupon FREET2009 to get a t-shirt! Clearly it’s worth it to pick out a bunch of fun and funky jars for yourself and Christmas presents and place a big order for all these freebies.

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  1. Holly 12. Nov, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    i love ginger ale zevia, PB+J laras, maple mustard tofu (recipe by chance?) and KIND bars. these are my kind of eats sir!

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    The maple mustard tofu is a KERF recipe that ideally would involve some form of baking but I just toss tofu with about 2tsp mustard and 1/2 tbsp maple syrup and microwave it for a minute or so

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  2. VeggieGirl 12. Nov, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    Hope that you and dear Montana are reunited soon!!

    I watched the CMAs too :-D

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  3. Abby 12. Nov, 2009 at 11:57 am #

    “This was definitely a “take the picture fast and don’t look too odd” picture” HAHAHA love that quote.. I feel like that ANYTIME I eat out in public or in close proximity to other people.

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  4. marathonmaiden 12. Nov, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    heh to listening to taylor swift. i totally got a huge craving for her music the other day! and now i’m bummed i missed that segment on the today show as i’m trying to do research for an independent project that will include diabetes!

    great running — just curious: how many miles a week do you run? i feel like youre always going out for at least an hour — definitely not a bad thing because running = amazing. especially in the weather new england has been having lately!

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    I think I’ve been running about 70 per week recently? That’s definitely high for me. The POTM challenge has really revved me up.

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  5. Kasondra 12. Nov, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    I agree with the nut comment. I also like my nuts in bar form or nut butter. I rarely eat nuts alone! They are far superior in things!

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  6. Graze With Me 12. Nov, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    Oh crap I missed the CMA’s?! Good for Taylor though!

    “take the picture fast and don’t look too odd” Hahaha. That’s me in every public situation.

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  7. Julia 12. Nov, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    You’re killing me with those chocolate chips. They look so yummy!
    Have a great Thursday!

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  8. eatingmachine 12. Nov, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    zevia ginger ale isn’t too spicy, but few are!
    if you want some spicier stuff (and are willing to have some full sugar stuff) vernor’s is amazing

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  9. Naomi (onefitfoodie) 12. Nov, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    lol I so know those times whre you have to snap a fast shot and not try to look awkward! on the plane, i snapped a shot of my bf’s plane food and I was getting the wierdest looks from the lady next to me on the other side! oh well!

    your meals look fantastic thats so great they offer tempeh and other vegetarian goodies in your dining hall. I have never asked before ut I am gessing you are vegetarian right?

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    Nope! I love meat just as much as the next guy :-) Haha, well maybe not that much, but I definitely eat it when I want it/crave it, and usually only if it was wild or organic or local. In the dining hall though I usually eat vegetarian because the meat they have is always fatty and ill-prepared

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  10. eatmovelove 12. Nov, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    Do you eat cold cereal as …or always just oatmeal?? Well…not just :)

    If anyone likes HOME-MADE PIZZZZZAAA – check out my blog – Evan, you’ll be glad to know the WW crust was all-natural, no artificial flavors and colors haha ;)

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  11. luckytastebuds 12. Nov, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    you are DEFINITELY the ultimate spokes person for oatmeal. hahaha and peanut butter for that matter too.

    I can’t believe you guys have take out containers in your dining halls. We get yelled at for even ATTEMPTING to bring a bagel or a 2 pieces of fruit out of ours.

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  12. ksgoodeats 12. Nov, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    That maple mustard tofu always gets me! It looks delicious!! KIND bars are one of my favorite brands – I need to eat them more often!

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  13. blueberrymuffins 12. Nov, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    Aww! I hope you get to see your puppy soooon!

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  14. jon 12. Nov, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    have you ever gone a day without broccoli?

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    Yes, this past Sunday :-) But I do admit it is one of my favorite veggies and the easiest to prepare

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  15. Michelle 12. Nov, 2009 at 8:20 pm #

    Haha I love Everybody Loves Raymond!

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  16. Peanut Butter Bliss 12. Nov, 2009 at 9:29 pm #

    your school has tempeh!? thats amazing!!
    so your pumpkin oats are kind of making me hungry – love that you added mighty maple; sounds like a great combo

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  17. Errign 12. Nov, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    Soo random, but I thought that last bowl of oats had like marinara on it or something when I first looked…

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  18. Emily 12. Nov, 2009 at 10:24 pm #

    Gosh…..it all looks sooooooo good! Love the little trio of open faced “sammies” with the vita top and eng muff! : D

    p.s. I miss my pups too! :(

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  19. ohhmay 12. Nov, 2009 at 11:28 pm #

    Montana is adorable! My dog ran away today and I chased her for 45 minutes… ugg! She NEVER runs away.
    Was your dog half bald in this pic? I was trying to figure out why she has pink patches…

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    He has skin issues and scratches himself there which pulls all the hair out. To be honest I don’t even notice it anymore until he’s standing next to other dogs because I’m so used to it. Then I wonder why they have hair there, haha

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  20. burpexcuzme 13. Nov, 2009 at 1:14 am #

    LOL, I would have giggled to find out my dog nibbled on my mom’s toe, too. What does that say about us? ;-)

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  21. kbwood 13. Nov, 2009 at 3:22 am #

    mustard tofu sounds delicious! i cant find the PB n Jelly lara anywhere around here…but im on a mission!

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  22. brandi 13. Nov, 2009 at 10:16 am #

    man, I wish we had a good caf here – your food always sounds great!

    yeah Lady Antebellum :)

    Have you ever heard Old Crowe Medicine Show or the Avett Brothers? They’re amazing.

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