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Final Exams + WIAW + My Favorite Christmas Movies

Two classes down. Three more to go!

I finished my Business Class last week with a presentation on Accounting. My last Critical Thinking class was today, and I received my final grade. All A’s so far!

On Wednesday I don’t have any classes or commitments, so it will be full of me studying, studying, studying. And oh, okay, maybe a few snacks and Netflix indulgences sprinkled in here and there.

On Thursday I have my two final exams in Ethnic Studies and Microeconomics. Spaced only 30 minutes apart… Ugh! Then right after my Microeconomics exam is scheduled to be over, I have to make a dash to the English building to pick up my graded Writing Portfolio.

Then right after that I have to get ready to head out to The Hobbit midnight premiere. I’m starting to have doubts about going though. It’s just so late, I’m afraid I’ll fall asleep. Plus, Thursday is my last day of exams, so I could actually go home that night!

As you may remember, watching The Hobbit midnight premiere was on my 13 Things to Do in the 13 Days Before the World Ends Bucket List. If I do end up skipping it though, I’ve already made plans to watch it with my friend from home on the following Saturday. We’ll see what happens!

Enough school talk. You probably don’t like reading about exams any more than I like taking them! Instead, let’s talk a little bit about food, and also I’ll share a (long) list of my favorite Christmas Movies.

Disclaimer: These posts do not reflect everything that I eat during a day. There are a lot of unpictured snacks like fruit and vegetables, as well as undocumented nibbles as I’m making my meals.


On the drive up to school last week with my parents, we stopped at our mall’s GNC to buy some probiotics because I was almost out. While there, my mom happened to notice that they sold my favorite brown rice protein powder, so of course I had to pick up some of that as well! A one pound jug on Amazon can sell for as much as $20.00, but GNC had them priced much lower, and one of the two jugs that we bought was actually 50% off!

My breakfast for most of the days last week was my banana protein bread of course! One day all my dining hall had was teeny tiny bananas, so I bought two instead of a large one like I usually do. One banana went into the bread, and the other one I sliced up on top.



The all-you-care-to-eat dining halls actually post their menus on Monday for the entire week, so I can always plan out when to go. For this lunch I took advantage of the fact that they already had some plain grilled chicken on the menu, so I didn’t have to special order it. On the side I had a salad of lettuce, carrots and cucumbers. I also sprinkled the chicken with just a little salt because my body just seemed to be craving the sodium!


Snack #1

I love rice. I really really do.

That’s why I was so excited to see a box of Minute White rice on the shelf at one of my college’s convenience stores. I have over $170.00 left for this semester and only three more days to use it (the money does roll over, but being realistic, if I have money left over this semester, then I’m probably going to have money leftover next semester as well).

So I bought the super-overpriced box of rice and have since used it all up! I’ll be buying another box tomorrow for sure.

I’ve been eating it plain and also mixed with chicken. I also like to mash the rice and add a little extra water to make it into a porridge. Fruit seems to be another great addition to rice, and for my snacks on Monday and Tuesday I cooked up a cup of rice and topped it with a large sliced banana. Full of carbohydrates and the perfect energizing snack.



Nights lately have been getting so cold. Some it has even dropped as far as the low 30’s. This weather makes me hesitant to leave the nice, warm comfort of my room, so I’ve been finding myself going out for lunch, but staying in for supper.

This was one of those nights where I just heated up a few servings of chicken with a can of unsalted green beans.


Snack #2

These pictures will be the last that you see for a while of my protein powder adventures (probably). I’m going to be visiting a new holistic practioner who can hopefully give me some aid in figuring out new things to try for my digestion, and I’m pretty positive that cutting out grains is going to be a big part of it. From my stint with Paleo I know that quinoa does not bode well with me. I also know that rice both in its “pure state” as well as in its protein powder, while not as bad as quinoa, isn’t too good for me.

So, enjoy this last recipe!

It’s pretty similar to my Microwave Protein Crisp, but in a much larger and more delicious form!

Apple Banana Microwave Protein Crumble

High protein, high fiber, no sugar added, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free



  • 1 banana
  • 1/4-1/3 cup brown rice protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • splash of water
  • stevia (optional, but I didn’t use)
  • 1 apple, sliced


  1. Slice the apple (peeled or unpeeled) and layer into a small microwaveable container.
  2. Mash the banana in a separate bowl. Add the protein powder and combine.
  3. Sprinkle the baking powder on top. Then, quickly pour a little water directly onto the baking powder until it starts to fizz.
  4. Stir it up fast as the baking powder will cause the mixture to expand. Take advantage of that volume and carefully pour the banana bread mixture over the apple slices and put the container in the microwave.
  5. Cook the crumble for 4-6 minutes until no longer gooey. Time will depend on size of banana, amount of water/protein powder used, and the strength of the microwave.
  6. Enjoy!


So last week I posted my favorite Christmas music, but this week I’m going to share with you some of my favorite Christmas movies.

I know that Elf and The Grinch are common “favorites,” but I honestly don’t like them all that much… But here are the ones that I grew up watching, and also some recent additions!


Not Your Typical Christmas Movies: Die Hard 1 and 2, Batman Returns


TV Specials: Snowglobe, A Golden Christmas: The Second Tail, Christmas Cupid, Desperately Seeking Santa, Santa Baby, Christmas Caper


Cartoons: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, A Year Without a Santa Claus, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, The Polar Express, Beauty and The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Scooby Doo’s A Nutcracker Scoob


Live Action: Home Alone 3, Santa Clause 2, To Grandmother’s House We Go, Twas the Night, The Ultimate Christmas Present, The Family StoneThe Nutcracker, Scrooged, The Holiday, Four Christmases



I may not post again this week because of my exams, but I wish you all the best of luck on your challenges this week, whether it be in or out of the classroom.


Do you like tests? I may be in the minority here, but I actually kind of like them!

What is one food that you’d hate to give up? Protein powder for me.

What Christmas movies would you have on your list? I’m probably forgetting some… Always do!

Makes You Go “Huh?” (MIMM)

Happy Monday! Only 2 weeks left to go until Christmas Break. Wahoo!

If you missed my last two posts, check them out here: WIAW and Allergy-Free Soup Round Up.


My weekend was super fun, but probably not too exciting to read about.

Instead, I’m going to do a Marvelous in My Monday post on what makes me smile… “Search terms.”

I’m sure that you have that one search term everyday that makes you go “HUH?”

So, today I want to share the love and give you all something to smile about.

Here are some of my favorite, funny searches that brought people to my blog:

  • today im awesome- Yes. Yes you are. Add an apostrophe and you would be marvelous!
  • waffle pizza- Genius. Or not… Could you elaborate?

*Edited to add this awesome video I found online of… Yes. There IS such thing as a pizza waffle!

[vimeo 33259522 w=400 h=300]

  • cheezit box- Oh boy. That’s what I get for putting the picture of a Cheez-It box on my blog.

  • And just to be nice, I’ll spare you the heartache of running across more cheez-it searches and just paste them here in all their glory: cheez-it box, cheez it box back, back of cheezit box, and back of cheez it box.
  • is quinoa excepted on paleo diet- Besides the need for a dictionary (where I think you will find that excepted is not the word you are looking for…) I will give you the short answer and say NO. Quinoa is not “accepted” on the Paleo diet.
  • Again… saving-the-heartache-here: are “quinoa flakes” paleo, can i eat quinoa flakes on paleo diet, and quinoa flakes paleo desserts. You can’t eat quinoa flakes when Paleo. It’s as simple as that.
  • alice no pais das maravilhas 1951– For those of you not fluent in Portuguese (or not in-the-knows of Google Translator), this means Alice in Wonderland 1951. Okay???
  • target black friday $8 appliances- Did you get one? If so, tell me where you live and I can totally take it off your hands for you. I mean, who wouldn’t want a beautiful, turquoise blue waffle maker for the convenient and oh-so-low price of $8?


  • walmart black friday vacuums $8- Score.


  • baking powder protein powder and water- Been there, tried that.
  • adorable prairie dogs eating soup- Although I will admit that could be adorable, I’m not sure you will be successful in finding a picture of that. In the meantime though, here is the picture that brought you to this place:

Sorry. No soup in sight.

  • high protein microwave recipes- I like the way you think. Tag: protein powder


  • healthy single serving bun- Right on! (<<< I now realize that phrase makes me sound childish and totally stupid… But I’m leaving it up because I love you all oh so much!)

Now, make sure to go and check out all of the other Marvelous in My Monday posts at Healthy Diva Eats.


Did those make you laugh and/or smile? They sure did for me!

What is the wackiest search term that you’ve seen so far?

How is your Monday going to be Marvelous?