The Swing Of Things

Good morning! In case you were travelling over the weekend, there was a new recipe dreamed up on Black Friday, a review of Clif bars, a day that had me blushing beet red, and a 2nd, meatless Thanksgiving.

After that awesome lunch, I needed time to digest on the couch with Montana, and then got to work on my next project.

Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree. After chopping it down yesterday and leaving it in the cold overnight, we finally brought it in. Traditionally, I do the lights and the cranberries while my mom does the ornaments afterwards; since I was moving back to my dorm I needed to do this snappily. I was happy at the end :-) I love the lights on a Christmas tree. I think the ornaments are always nice and personal but it’s just not a tree to me if it doesn’t light up.

Afterwards we got to packing up. I dreaded this. It always feels like I have more going back than coming home, and this time I knew I did because of all the leftovers and extra clothes. Ugh. Thankfully with enough helping hands in the house this wasn’t too bad and shaped up pretty quick.

Packed Bags

I think it was a backpack, 3 bags of food, 2 of laundry, 2 of random machinery, and a stevia plant. Because, really, how could I live without all of that? We swung by my grandmother’s apartment to pick her up because she likes to come “just for the ride”. Wouldn’t it be nice to have time to go for a ride just because you have nothing else to do? 60 more years and I’ll be there.

Double Chocolate Pillow

Of course before hitting the highway we wento McDonald’s for some decaf and I broke out one of these cookies. I think it’s always the case that things grow on me after a few days, because 4 days later and I’m now becoming obsessed with them. Seriously, just smelling the cocoa–bliss. On the way down we stopped at Target looking for a movie. Alas, no luck :-( But underwear was on sale and that’s close enough to grab, right?

Moving back in was actually quite quick and painless with enough helping hands(again). The rug looks awesome since my mom brought down her vacuum to clean it up(thanks!). I definitely lost track of time in all of this and realized I was hungry. A little cookie is not a substantial afternoon snack, but you know what is?

Laloo's Strawberry Darling Goat's Milk Ice Cream

Ice cream. I’m surprised this has survived the common freezer for so long, but yesterday I decided it was time to polish it off(only about 1 serving left anyway). I love the tang of the balsamic vinegar in this. Something tells me adding balsamic vinegar, even an organic one, to strawberry chobani wouldn’t work the same. When all the groceries were away I enjoyed staring at a full fridge.

Full Fridge

Really? Is there anything more blissful? I’m surprised I managed to cram it all in there; it looked like it might not make it and I’m glad I left some tofu at home for another weekend. I also found this which I snuck into my bag:

The Killer Angels

I don’t really “pleasure read”, and if I had time to, I’d probably choose a book I haven’t read, so I’m not sure why I brought this. But I do love and recommend this book for anyone wanting to read a psuedo-historic novel. I did a huge paper on it and the battle of Gettysburg in 11th grade. As you might know, I’m a Classics major, but besides that American history 1640-1865 is my other area of interest. There’s a movie, Gettysburg, based on this book I have yet to see but I can’t wait to find it some day.

Dinner started off a little disgusting; I went to get one of my sweet potatoes and found it covered in mold–yuck! That’s actually never happened with the food I keep under my bed but I guess there’s a first for everything. Instead, I had to improvise.

Broccoli, Turkey Breast, Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Lightlife Breakfast Sausages And Maple Syrup

You know how sometimes your eyes are bigger than your stomach? Yeah, story of my life day. First there was being stuffed from a stuffed tofurkey and acorn squash, and then there was this. The turkey wasn’t anything special, I just wanted to eat it up before it got moldy like a sweet potato. The english muffin with sausage was the real money maker here. Does anybody else remember McGriddles from McDonalds? That’s EXACTLY What this was like, except with infinitesimally less trans fat. Oh my God, so good. Rest assured it will be made again. Unfortunately, there was one casualty during dinner.

 

Broken Amazing Grass Bottle

 

My Amazing Grass bottle :-( I dropped it on the floor while it was full and water went pretty much everywhere–fun. After cleaning it up I went to the bathroom and tried refilling it, wondering why it kept being empty. Smart one, Evan. I think they carry these at Whole Foods? That’s what I’m hoping at least. After getting ahead(ahead! not catching up!) on work I made a snack and settled in for A Dog Named Christmas.

 

Peanut Butter Soy Yogurt With Fig Jam And Peanut Butter Chips

 

I don’t expect much from cheesy, holiday, made-for-TV movies, but this one was even below expectations. I expect them to suck, but to also be cutesy, and the child acting in this was not cutesy. This snack also did not disappoint even though I was iffy on the flavor combo. I think I forgot to sweeten the base but thankfully I bought a Vanilla flavor. I completely forgot I even had fig preserves but they were still just as good. And the pb cheeps were nice and sweet, nothing at all like real peanut butter and yet just as magical :-)

After I’d put up with bad child acting for an hour, it was time for a new Brothers & Sisters. Last weeks episode was not on because Adam Lambert needed to whore it up at the AMA’s, but this week there were supposed to be great plot twists and secret revealings–it did not disappoint. Midway, I snacked on this:

 

English Muffin With Pumpkin Cream Cheese And Honey Maple Peanut Butter Topped With Me And Goji Granola

2 english muffins in one day? I was on a roll. I liked the crunch from the granola. And the gojis I’m sure were some decent brain food. I also love “rediscovering” peanut butters I forget about. Brothers & Sisters I thought was awesome–can’t wait until the wedding(or will there even be one?) next week.

I was exhausted so I knew I wanted shut eye but for some reason, as tired as I was, I wasn’t getting to sleep. I don’t know how much I slept overall or how many times I woke up/had weird dreams. This was one harsh “welcome back” to the swing of things. When I woke up, though, I was ready to meet my old friend–the gym. I made a quickie snack.

Kashi Strawberry Flax Waffle With Banana Peanut Butter

Normally I like bars that I can take on the treadmill but for some reason this was what appealed to me best. When I got there, it was packed for 6:50am(read: 3 other people). But then it quited down and the regulars started showing up. I didn’t concern myself too much with pace or anything; I was plenty happy to be back and watching the Today Show(does anybody care about Tiger Woods’ car crash at this point? really?). In the end I did 12 miles in 1:38:59. That’s almost exactly like yesterday, which is good because I tend to be slower inside than out. When I got back, I relearned how to make a dormroom breakfast.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Pepita Butter And Maple Frosting, Eggnog Yogurt

This microwave just ain’t the same as the one back home. For the oats I used Caitlin’s pancake frosting recipe with a little vanilla stevia. I think my cooking skills were on vacation and are just getting back, too, because everything was underseasoned/sweetened. Afterwards, I added more stevia and cinnamon to the yogurt and some vanilla sugar and salt atop the oats and that perked things up.

And so, clearly I’m relearning dorm life after a week of bliss. I suppose with finals and papers coming up I won’t even notice the time between now and Christmas vacation, right? Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s cyber Monday, and as dirty as that sounds I have some deals to catch.

 

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18 Responses to “The Swing Of Things”

  1. VeggieGirl 30. Nov, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Christmas tree + full fridge = beautiful sights :-D

    Sorry about that film – at least you lived through it, haha.

    Good luck with the upcoming finals and papers!

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  2. eatingmachine 30. Nov, 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    yay for christmas trees!

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  3. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is 30. Nov, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    Love your tree! I also dread packing to go home. I always have so much junk.

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  4. Jenn@slim-shoppin 30. Nov, 2009 at 1:25 pm #

    I’ve never heard of egg nog yogurt! I have to check that out. It sounds like you had a busy weekend. And with great stuff to bring back with you!

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  5. MelissaNibbles 30. Nov, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    Wow…the Adam Lambert comment took me by surprise, but anyway….your family tree looks beautiful.
    Egg nog yogurt sounds interesting. If you put alcohol in it, I’m game.
    Have a great week!

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  6. Graze With Me 30. Nov, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    I wouldn’t be surprised about the goat milk yogurt surviving the common fridge. I’m not sure how many people have access to it but I know only a foodie would go for something with goat milk, balsalmic and fruit!

    My sweet potatoes go bad in record time, I hate it. I think I’m going to start storing them in my basement.

    Cyber Monday does sound bad….someone should rename it.

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  7. Graze With Me 30. Nov, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    *I typed yogurt but meant ice cream….

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  8. kbwood 30. Nov, 2009 at 1:58 pm #

    oh my gosh.. PB SOY YOGURT? where idd you find that? yumm!!
    and i love a full fridge..mine is totally empty dangit

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  9. marathonmaiden 30. Nov, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    definitely going to have to look up that book: looks like a good read!

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  10. ksgoodeats 30. Nov, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Love the tree!! Glad you liked the PB chips – I’ll admit, it took me a while to genuinely like them. Sorry about the sweet potato! That would be a tragedy!

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  11. mayapamela 30. Nov, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    I find it pretty hard to run as well on a treadmill, not sure I could do 12 miles!

    A fridge full of goodies is a beautiful thing.

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  12. Jenny 30. Nov, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    wow! you guys certainly wasted no time in the christmas decor – the tree looks great!

    aw, your poor amazing grass bottle — RIP!

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  13. nutritiousisdelicious 30. Nov, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    That pumpkin yogurt action looks goo-oood!

    I didnt have time to help put up the tree before I left… :(

    I spot Almond Milk! Haven’t had that in forever, but LOVE it!

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  14. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) 30. Nov, 2009 at 9:59 pm #

    Epic post, love it!!!!
    THe Double Chocolate Pillow cookies…OMG I need those.

    The PB Chips? God again, need those.

    Your broken AG container….:( that sucks. And yes, I love that choc AG stuff. Very yum. Good to hear you buy the big container. Cool I may indeed do that.

    Before I realized i couldnt eat gluten, I was an eng muffie addict :)

    And glad you liked my don’t starve yourself and “save up” your calories tip. And I can’t wait to hear how your naturally-flavored holiday cookies go over this year! That’s awesome you’re making them!

    Sorry my comments are always like 12 hrs late….busy freak I am :) And your cream cheese frosting…yeah decadent and awesome I bet!

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  15. Naomi (onefitfoodie) 30. Nov, 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    ohh no sorry to hear about your amazing grass container! thats a bummer :( I always had more coming back to school thatn going home, I always shopped out of my house :) and my mom always made me some more food to bring back which was a BONUS!

    love that fig jam mmm its so tasty!!

    thanks for the heads up on the honey maple PB-I am in love with cinagro!!

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  16. Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) 01. Dec, 2009 at 12:36 am #

    Egg Nog yogurt? That sounds amazing!

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  17. Melissa S. 01. Dec, 2009 at 2:53 am #

    your christmas tree looks great and what a great grocery haul to take back!

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  18. brandi 01. Dec, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    i hope you can find another bottle! I love that thing.

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