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Lots of Eats… Not So Much Sleep

You know it’s going to be a long week when you already start off Monday sleep-deprived. All last week I did really well with going to bed at a decent hour and being fully rested. Then Sunday night when I was working on a group project from home, my teammates were just not responding via e-mail like they needed to. Since our decisions were due at 7:00pm I had to be at my e-mail constantly checking for a response from them. In the end only one of them e-mailed me back. *Sigh* This is why I hate group work.

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Nevertheless, the decisions were in on time (Just 8 more rounds to go. Yippee!…). But that left me still at home at 7:00pm with a few more things to pack. Realistically I wouldn’t have gotten back to my dorm room until 10:00pm or later. And there was still another assignment I had to do for Monday…

So I decided to stay home, do my homework, and leave early Monday morning to be back in time for my 9:30am class. Those two hours were tough as I was extremely tired and I had to stop half way there because I was worried I was going to fall asleep. Never again (you can quote me on that one!).

Now I am typing up this WIAW at a ridiculous hour because I just got back from watching Divergent with a few of my friends. Yes, I already saw it last Saturday, but I rarely have time to do anything social because of all of my schoolwork so I decided that I would take a quick nap after my Accounting class… and gear up to watch the movie at 9:40pm. Yikes.

This is going to be a quick post today, and my posts will probably be staying sparse in the foreseeable future with more exams and group projects this week.

I’m linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons, sharing all of the food I made on Saturday and Sunday!

Breakfast

One day for breakfast I made my dad a super simple stack of pancakes. 1 1/2 bananas + 3 eggs + 1/4 tsp baking powder. The texture was surprisingly better than normal and not quite as eggy as when I’ve made them in the past. They will never be quite as perfect as James‘s though 😉

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 Lunch

I had every intention of going to church this Sunday, and was even completely dressed and ready to head out. Then my new medication from my doctor kicked in and basically left me tied to the house for the rest of the day. Fun. It’s kind of on-and-off with whether it sort of/doesn’t work. Anyways, I felt awful because I was supposed to help my mom with the nursery that morning. To make up for it, I cooked her lunch that was ready when my dad and her got home.

First I made a simple homemade BBQ sauce. No crazy ingredients here!

Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

Adapted from this recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  •  2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small pan and heat on the stove for a few minutes until ready to serve.

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Then I forked a few sweet potatoes and microwaved them. While the potatoes were cooking I mixed a few cups of homemade shredded chicken and heated it up on the stove. To put it all together just slice open the sweet potatoes, fill with the BBQ chicken and voila!

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Snacks

These below are homemade plantain chips that I made in the microwave. Super easy and I’ll experiment a few more times before sharing the directions.

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I already shared the recipe for my yummy Paleo Peppermint Patties. You need to make them STAT.

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Over the weekend I experimented with one more dessert recipe. I made a pecan honey no-bake base, put a layer of homemade vegan caramel on top, and then a layer of homemade chocolate on top of that. It all tasted great but I think the caramel could be put to better use. More experimentation required! 🙂

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And that sums up everything I made over the weekend! Off to get some ZZZs and I’ll catch you all later!

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Questions for you:

Do you prefer group or single projects?

What is your go-to quick breakfast recipe?

Have you ever made your own condiments before?

Chocolate/caramel OR Chocolate/mint?

Genuine with All of the Faults In-Between WIAW

Recently I’ve realized that I all of my posts are starting to sound like a whiny college student. I guess that should be fine since I AM a college student who occasionally likes to whine banter diplomatically. A while back though one of the bloggers that I follow mentioned that once they left college, they really didn’t like reading blogs written by college students anymore because they couldn’t relate any longer. For me, I read blogs from people of all age groups and interests. If someone is interesting or seems like a genuine person I’ll follow along no matter the age or topic.

With that said, I believe that blogger’s statement has stuck with me because it serves a reminder that not everyone reading is in college or can relate to being in college. And as I am so much more than just a typical “college student,” I don’t want every post I write to be weighed down with my talk of exams, homework and sleep.

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Something that I know you all can relate to though is technology. Social Media. Let’s talk about Instagram for a moment. Have you ever heard of F4F, L4L or S4F? If not, then skip down a few paragraphs to the food pictures because it’s not important. If you have heard/seen or even experienced the profound meaning behind F4F though… Please explain why this even exists?

Upon joining Instagram I thought it was a way to quickly share and express yourself through images. Whether that be with pictures of food, beautiful scenery, workouts, pets, or a combination thereof, I believed that Instagram was all about showing what is unique about YOU. Other than adding the filters, how much more raw and real can you get than sharing captioned images of your everyday life? You leave yourself open to comments from people literally all around the world. You connect with people from EVERYWHERE.

I thought it was truly an amazing thing. Until I started seeing those hashtags I mentioned above. Follow for Follow? Like for Like? Shout out for shout out? I have issues with getting mad about things having nothing to do with me, but these hashtags just made me downright angry. Almost to a ridiculous point I was furious at these Instagramers. How dare they disrupt this beautiful thing going on with commercialism? By asking for an undeserving follow, like or shout out they are just superficially inflating their accounts. I’ve seen people with thousands of followers getting less than a dozen likes per picture. Not because the pictures were horrific or anything like that; it was because those followers weren’t following them for THEM. Just for the reciprocated “follow,” “like,” or “shout out.”

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As I said, in reality it is my fault for expecting social media to be anything other than social media. Even on blogs I will get the occasional comment where the only thing someone says is “Love your blog! Will you check out mine?” To me this discredits them on my second requirement for following a blog- BEING GENUINE!

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There is so much more to be said on this subject and yet, right now if I continue I think I will start to sound like my scratched up Backstreet Boys’ Millenium CD. After awhile from so much abuse it could barely get through the first track of “Larger than Life” without repeating the manical laugh of A.J. McLean. One thousand times over.

Similarly, I don’t think any of you want me to repeat myself one thousand times over, creepy laugh or not.

(I just realized that this is way more “thinking” than I had planned for a simple WIAW post. I’m also going to be linking up with Amanda at Running With Spoons tomorrow for her Thinking Out Loud link-up!

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Now for an entirely genuine WIAW with all of the faults in between, here is some food of recently… some mine, mostly not 😉

Hey! I can actually use this WIAW button and tell the veggie truth this week 🙂
I have been absolutely terrible about posting recipes lately, and it’s not for lack of edited photos or having the time to write them up. In fact, there are currently three complete recipes just waiting to be published in the queue. It’s just the “other stuff” that needs to be written along with them. The “life” stuff. Example number 3 is below for a new cracker recipe I just made over the weekend. They are nut-free and are packed with tons of flavor.

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The next recipe I need to share (oh wait, that means I actually have 4 recipes all typed up! These two plus a vegan banana bread, and a smoothie recipe 8o … Alright, I will be sharing at least one this week!) is for some apple bread that I baked up in small ramekins. They are kind of a coffee cake/cinnamon heaven. I’m not sure what to call them yet. Now though I feel like “heaven” should definitely be included somewhere in the name?? They made my house smell absolutely wonderful.

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Now for something that I have been snacking on:

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Green… Ice cubes?

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Yes, those would be green ice cubes that I brought back with me from home to eat during the week. I took about 5 cucumbers, peeled them (the skins bother me), ran them through the juicer and then froze the juice into ice cube trays. All of the juice made around 30-something ice cubes in all. When I’m home for the weekend I like to make fresh cucumber juice, but during school that’s not possible so frozen is the next best thing. Originally I planned to thaw them out the night before and have a glass in the morning. Then I forgot and decided to eat them like Popsicles (or ice cubes… Since I really do just eat plain ice cubes. I’m not the only one, right?).

And below you can see a glass of cucumber juice in all of its glory. That is about 1 cucumber juiced, and then diluted with an equal amount of water. Delicious and refreshing. My mom was intrigued and asked to try some. She commented that it was surprisingly sweet, and I’d have to agree! I never considered cucumbers as being sweet before, but the juice definitely is.

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Just for the fun of it, I decided to throw in a random picture of me to prove that I am in fact alive (Just in case there was any doubt). I’m also going to break my sort-of-vow above and acknowledge that I look a little worn out in this picture. I’m just plain tired t0 tell you the truth and am aiming for a full 8 hours tonight (I usually get about 7). Spring Break next week will be very welcomed indeed!

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Questions for you:

Do you have an Instagram? How do you feel about the follow for follow trend that has emerged?

What recipes have you made recently? And have you posted about them (FAIL for me 🙁 )

Have you ever snacked on ice cubes before? I can’t be the only one!

Do you still hold onto your old scratched CDs? I’m sure I could rummage around and still find that old Backstreet Boys CD if I tried!!