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Third Weekend on Campus (Nostalgia!)

Thanks for all of your awesome comments on my Labor Day WIAW!


Happy Friday everyone! (Written on Friday Night, posted on Saturday morning… WHOOPS.)

And what a Happy Friday it is! Today I only had one class (Intro to Business… also my shortest!), it isn’t too hot (although it just started raining now… fine with me!) and I am geared up and ready for the weekend.

I’m not going home this weekend because: 1. It isn’t extended like with Labor Day. 2. I’m trying to go home only every other week. Space is good.

This morning I woke up bright and early at 6:00 am.

Read some blogs.

Congratulations Kath!

And made myself a ginormous bowl of quinoa porridge!

Directions to come later!


Then I read some articles for my class today, ate lunch, and then headed out to talk with my professor before class.

Source: via Madison on Pinterest



Tonight I don’t have much planned except going to eat with one of my friends.
Tomorrow and Sunday is going to be jam-packed with an Arts Festival, homework, homework, homework, homework (4 classes worth) and episode 5 of Sherlock on Sunday night.

As I mentioned before, I read a lot of blogs this morning, and one was somewhat new-ish to me. I’ve read it before, but not on a daily basis. It was Beyond-Bananas. Such a great name. And looking through her past posts like the good little bloggity-stalker I am, I happened upon this awesome idea: Childhood Food Favorites.

Here is my version:

When I Was A Child…

1. I loved Scooby Doo.

Source: via Madison on Pinterest



I may or may not have had a Scooby Doo Birthday Party that you can read about on my old blog (???).

2. Pokemon was awesome.

Add to that Power Rangers, Digimon, Yugioh and Dragon Ball Z and you have basically got my Saturday mornings.

Source: via Hailey on Pinterest



For a little girly flair, I also watched…



3. My favorite combo was Keebler and the Olsen Twins.


Let me explain before you start going off on some rampant/crazy notions. One of my favorite treats as a youngster were the Keebler Fudge Sticks Peanut Butter Cookies.


And then I would lounge on the floor, rereading The New Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of the Cheerleading Camp Mystery. Most of the time I actually read this book by the door, so if anyone were to come in I could quickly hide the Keebler cookies.

I was a sneaky one.

4. Wild Watermelon Pop-Tarts

Do you remember these? Maybe not because they discontinued them, but they were the best! Like, even better than Frosted Wild Berry.

I’m serious.

5. Furbies may have been the best/worst thing ever created.


This post has got me thinking of all my favorite childhood food that I will never be able to eat again! I’m thinking a WISH-LIST food page is in order. I’ll make a list of my old favorites, and then slowly overtime I will recreate them to be healthier and allergy-free. WHAT-DO-YOU-THINK?

Tell me at least one of your favorites: childhood favorite food, tv show and toy.

What are your plans for the weekend?

My LABOR-ous Weekend in the Kitchen (WIAW)

Happy Belated Labor Day!

First I want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments and likes for my posts for the past two weeks. I know they haven’t been exactly revolutionary or thrilling but I appreciate your support all the same 🙂

It’s safe to say that I love being in college! The freedom of being on my own. The ability to go wherever I choose!

Sadly though, baking and whipping things up in the kitchen is just not on that list of college LOVES! If you read my last Friday Food Finds post however, you would know that I got to go home over the weekend!

My awesome dad picked me up on Friday after my class. That night I went with my mom to a football game and watched my brother march in the band. Over the weekend I went grocery shopping, watched a movie (Bernie… Do NOT recommend.) and today went to a Chinese restaurant to celebrate Labor Day with my relatives.

The kitchen was my main point of focus though, and I’m pleased to say that I made it through a lot of my Friday Food Find recipes! The next time I go home, I plan on finishing off the list… And maybe starting a new one!

First on Friday was Pumpkin Cookie Dough:

Here is my version….

Pumpkin Cookie Dough

High in protein, sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, high in fiber


1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup quinoa flakes (or oatmeal)

1/4 cup brown rice protein powder (any protein powder should work)

1 packet stevia

dash of salt

*optional add-ins: raspberries, chia seeds, chocolate chips, nuts, fruit…


Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for a few minutes. OR eat right then and there.

Next I whipped up some homemade rice milk:

Homemade rice milk

Soy-free, nut-free, vegan,  sugar-free


3/4 cup cooked jasmine rice (any rice will work)

3 cups water (use less or more for desired thickness)

*Optional: sweetener, salt, vanilla


Place ingredients in a blender or high-speed food processor and blend for 4 minutes or until smooth. (You may need to drain off leftover rice that does not get blended up.)

On Saturday evening I made QIAJ:

QIAJ (Overnight Quinoa in a Jar)

For the “nut butter” I combined 1/4 cup protein powder, 1/2 packet stevia, a dash of salt and water as needed.


1/3 cup quinoa

1/2 cup rice milk

1/2 tbsp chia seeds


*Optional: mashed banana, stevia, salt, yogurt…


Place “nut butter” at the bottom of the jar. Then in a small bowl, combine the quinoa, rice milk and chia seeds. Here you have two options: Either cook the mixture in the microwave for two minutes and place in the jar, or mix it up in the bowl and place it directly into the jar (either method should work, but the second method may be more liquidy). Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Top with fresh fruit and enjoy!

Then on Sunday night I baked some Quinoa Muffin Tops:

Quinoa Cookies

No sugar-added, high in fiber, nut-free, vegan


2 Tbsp chia seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 small banana

1/2 cup quinoa flakes

1 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

2 packets stevia


Microwave the chia seeds and pumpkin puree for two minutes until thick. Mash with the banana. Then, add the remaining dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Scoop out onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes.

NOTE: The light colored cookies were made with the recipe above. The orange, pumpkiny-looking cookie was an experiment of mine. I need to try it out another time before sharing the recipe.

I ate my other meals like normal, except with a lot more fruit and a lot less veggies. Let’s just call this my “splurge” weekend. Except it kind of sucks stinks that I’m allergic all real splurge food. (Who am I kidding? It’s a great excuse!)

For reference, I “indulged” in: frozen bags of raspberries and blueberries, cans of pumpkin puree, protein powder containers, lots of bananas, bags of baby carrots, a can of lean chicken, quinoa flakes…

And some other random stuff that I can’t remember. This was over the course of Friday Night, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.


When I got back to my dorm room it was raining!

Time to put on the jacket on, oh, and my imaginary rain boats 🙂


The theme of this week’s WIAW is Fall into Good Habits. What a great idea Jenn!

Go check out the other wonderful WIAW-ers and what healthy habits they are making.

Here are my healthy habits that I am trying to do:

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.

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.

What new recipes did you try out over the weekend?

Did you get a lot of rain as an effect of the hurricane… or Did the hurricane hit down close to where you live?

What is ONE healthy habit that you are going to make this Fall?