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Fire Alarms + Exams = …..?

Fire alarms + Exams = Madison REALLY needs Spring Break right now.

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Last night at 12:30-ish we had another fire alarm go off, and once again I was already fast asleep in bed. This time I was too out of it to remember to bring my scarf or hat and I suffered the consequences. My roommates also took it upon themselves to keep me awake while we waited for the 20 minutes to return to our nice, warm dorm. I’ve said this before- I can fall asleep anywhere. And I do mean anywhere. When my friend looked over and shouted, “Madison, are you falling asleep?” causing five sets of eyes to turn towards me, I couldn’t deny it. I was nodding off while standing up.

Then for the second part of that evil equation, I have two exams tomorrow in Supply Chain Management and OR. I’m feeling “eh” about both of them, so this post will be very quick. Pictures, words and I’m out of here, off to finish my flashcards and get (hopefully) a fire-free sleep.

Today I’m going to try and kind of follow the rules for What I ate Wednesday for once. Except I didn’t get a chance to take pictures of most of the main meals from my cooking weekend, just the good stuff. So I still sort of failed…

Come Saturday morning I discovered that not only were we out of coconut flour and almond flour at home, but also yogurt and bananas. BANANAS? That is basically my #1 favored ingredient for making breakfasts. With basically nothing I was able to scrounge around for some random gluten-free flours and came up with a pretty passable pancake recipe. I added blueberries to the batter and then to make them even more blue-rific I also added a blueberry maple syrup sauce to the top. They weren’t as fluffy as I would have liked because we were also out of baking soda (how do these people survive without me?). I’m going to do some future experiments before posting any official recipe.

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I’m embarrassed to share this next picture. Not because it’s hideous. On the contrary, I think they sound amazing. It’s because it’s another….

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 PANCAKE

On Saturday morning my brother had basketball shooting practice so I offered to make him breakfast before he left. Usually we make his pancakes with chocolate chips… However, you guessed it! We were once again out of an essential ingredient. Instead I found some peppermint Hershey kisses, broke them up into tiny bits and BAM. Instant success.

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I did make one non-pancake recipe for WIAW and that would be this Pina Colada Smoothie. It is is so incredibly easy, healthy and fun to make. Plus it’s delicious. I don’t care if we are getting another winter storm soon, smoothies are good in any weather.

 

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And that concludes my semi-following-the-rules WIAW for the week. Thank you to Jenn once again for hosting this link-up party and don’t forget to comment on the other bloggers who joined in!

I’m not sure if you will hear from me again before next Wednesday because my schedule also includes more exams next week too. Three weeks of straight exams is just way too much if you ask me. Unfortunately my teachers don’t really care what I think. Oh well! 😉

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Questions for you:

Tell me your equation for the week! _______ + _______ = how do you feel?

What is your favorite addition to pancakes?

Have you started drinking smoothies yet? Did you ever stop? Haha.

What is the first thing that you do when Spring comes around? Take a nice walk outside and soak up the glorious sun!

 

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Just this week and next week and I will be over the hump of midterms! It’s actually kind of strange since I’m only in my sixth week of school in 2014. I usually associate midterms with “half” so that would mean that midterms should be at week 8… Maybe it’s always been like this and I don’t remember? It’s entirely possible.

Anyways, do you know what stinks about living in a dorm?

Fire drills.

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Not even fire drills specifically though because the second word “drill” implies that they were planned. Fire alarms are really what I have a gripe with. On Sunday night right after I was walking back from the parking lot where I leave my car for the week, the fire alarm in my dorm went off. Okay, so I had to wait outside for 15-20 minutes in the freezing cold at 8:00pm. No biggie.

But then it happened again! At 12:30pm that night, after I was already in bed for over an hour and completely out of it. I literally stumbled out of my room into the common area pulling my pajama pants down over my (fake) tan ugg boots. Classy.

Like I said, I was out of it; however, I distinctly remember one of my suite-mates laughing as I tumbled out, eyes squinting and saying something along the lines of “Awww…. Madison.” Needless to say my suite mates were hardly put out since they were still awake (crazy, I know), except for the one who was in the shower when the alarm went off. Yes, I suppose I was better off than her.

So I guess the moral of this story is that I really can’t wait to move into an apartment next semester. That was actually one of the things that the realtor mentioned on Friday as we were looking at places. I had never even thought about it, but as soon as I did my face spread into this wide grin that probably stayed on for hours.

Say it with me: NO FIRE ALARMS.

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Sweet freedom friends.

Now I just have to hold out, oh, 10 more weeks…

Lucky for all of you though, the twice-in-one-night(mare) of fire alarms didn’t occur until this week. Before that I was a bit more rested and knocked out three new recipes during the weekend. First up are these Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Muffins. Biscuffins as I like to call them. 😆 I took the biscuit portion of the muffins from a previous vegan biscuit recipe of mine. Then I molded them into silicon muffin tins, sprinkled in some cheese, poured in an egg mixture, and topped with super crunchy bacon.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Before getting into the recipe I have a tip on how to cook your bacon Mess-Free! Seriously. Zero clean up.

How to Bake Bacon in the Oven (mess-free!)

What you need to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees, line a baking sheet with foil, lay out the bacon into one layer, and cook for 20 minutes or until crunchy. After the bacon is consumed throw away the foil and your baking sheet is as good as new! (I used turkey bacon because that’s all we had. Regular bacon may be slightly more fatty and therefore a little more messy). I’ve also seen where some people baked the bacon on a cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet to catch the fat below. I think I’ll try that next time if we use full-fat bacon. Let me know if you try out this method because it is seriously genius and results in way better bacon than making it in the microwave! (My other mess-free method 🙂 ).

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Paleo/GAPS Diet-Friendly, Nut/Dairy-Free Options, Meat-Free Options

Makes 10 Biscuits/Muffins

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Ingredients:

  • Grain-Free and Vegan Biscuits
  • about 1/2 cup cheese (approximately 2 tsp per muffin tin)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk (dairy or nut milk would work as well)
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 4 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and get out 10 silicon muffin tins + a baking sheet to hold them on. (If you don’t have silicon muffin tins get out enough muffin pans for 10 muffins and coat them with oil to prevent sticking).
  2. Mix together the ingredients for the biscuits. Divide the dough among the muffin tins and using your fingers flatten them against the sides of the muffin tins to make a cup shape. Sprinkle in a little cheese into each.
  3. Then whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, and sea salt/pepper as desired. Divide the egg mixture among the muffin tins as well. (I filled mine about 3/4 of the way up. They shouldn’t be completely full because they rise some while baking.).
  4. Finally sprinkle the bacon on top of each and place them in the oven. Cook for about 25 minutes or until the centers are fully cooked.
  5. Remove, cool slightly and enjoy! These are great for a quick breakfast and heat up nicely a day or two later.

Substitution notes:

  • You can in theory use any biscuit recipe that you’d like in this recipe. Just make sure that it is of an equal volume to my biscuit recipe. I can’t guarantee any other recipes but most should work fine.
  • The biscuit recipe originally calls for almond flour, but if you are allergic you can replace it with another nut or seed flour.
  • If you want this to be dairy-free omit the cheese. You could alternatively sprinkle on some almond cheese, nutritional yeast or even a few teaspoons of sauteed vegetables (onions or peppers would be wonderful I think!).
  • If you can’t have coconut, you can instead use a nut milk or even dairy milk in place of the coconut milk.
  • While bacon is one of the key ingredients in this recipe, I do understand that not everyone likes bacon or eats meat. If you eat meat but don’t like bacon, you could probably also top the muffins with some homemade sausage, ground beef, sliced pepperoni, salami, trail bologna, etc. If you don’t eat meat you can omit it and the muffins will still taste great. I’ve also seen where some people have made homemade vegan bacon from coconut flakes and that would be very interesting! If omitting the bacon entirely I would recommend sprinkling on a little sea salt to replicate the salty taste.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Thanks to Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday this week. Don’t forget to check out all of the other fabulous bloggers!

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Questions for you:

  • Did you have a lot of fire alarms go off in your college dorm?
  • What was the #1 cause? Ours is usually some freshman messing up Mac and Cheese (by forgetting to put water in it 😯 ).
  • Have you ever made a “biscuffin” before?
  • What are you linking up today for WIAW?