I woke up relatively early today, made my cup of coffee, and finished my speech and powerpoint for class today. I had two apples for breakfast but still had this empty feeling. Does that happen to anyone else when they eat apples? So, I headed out to print my speech outline and then to the dining hall for an early-ish lunch which was more fruit and a giant salad.
The apples in the picture aren’t the apples I had for breakfast. These babies were being smuggled out of the dining hall along with my water bottle filled with ice and half apple juice half watermelon infused water. I’m trying to get out of the habit of buying bottled water, especially with fruit infused water at the dining hall.
Caity and I were going to go to the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center but eventually decided against it. That’s okay with me, tonight will just be relaxing. I have no class tomorrow but will be attending some Discover New York research presentations by other students and writing a response to them for extra credit! My professor for DNY is holding me accountable for the lecture I missed when I went home for election day so the extra credit will make up for that.
Finals are coming up so quickly, I am nervous/anxious/excited for the semester to be over! Only 17 days and I will be hopping on another plane to come home for Christmas. 17 is my favorite number.
Question: Do you use a refillable water bottle or do you buy bottled water?
Now that I’m back in a routine, it is time to clean up my diet. I had an apple this morning, fruit salad and spinach salad for lunch, and Kashi Heart to Heart with a sliced banana for dinner. In between I had a couple of the banana muffins I made before coming back to school and now I’m snacking on a box of Kashi Go Lean.
I better snack carefully with ten grams of fiber per serving… 🙂 Kashi is quickly becoming my favorite brand of cereal, the Honey Toasted Heart to Heart is delicious and how can you beat 10 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein in the Go Lean?
I had a History quiz today and a great American Government class after that. Now I’ve got to figure out what to do about my speech for tomorrow.
Question: Do you go through cereal phases?
My Contemporary Government professor sent me a link to the Op-Ed article “A Stale Food Fight” by two of my favorite authors, Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser. He knows I’m interested in this stuff because I wrote a ten page paper about the FDA’s current ineptitude to protect American citizens from the foods that they are consuming.
A Stale Food Fight
Remember the peanut butter and egg scares? The gist of the article is that the senate will soon be voting on a bill to modernize the FDA’s system and improve the ability to regulate the safety of our food supply.
Question: Do you support strengthening the FDA’s authority to regulate food?
My first bus trip ever went surprisingly well. At first I was kind of upset that I wasn’t flying but it turns out that riding the bus is okay with me. I was able to use my phone, and listen to music whenever I wanted, and the bus even had Wi-Fi so I was able to use the internet! Now I’m back in the dorm with my roommate and we just ordered sushi because neither of us had eaten yet.
They seriously packed those veggie rolls with avocado, yum! And the eight pieces were only $4.15. Can you beat that? I didn’t think so.
Well, I should review my history reading assignment before I head off to bed. Tomorrow I will be up bright and early with classes starting at 7:30!
Question: Do you like sushi?
My Sister and I went to get haircuts today! I took off FIVE inches and my hair is still long. After that we went shopping to get my dad some warm flannel shirts. When we came home my Mom and Sister wanted to go grocery shopping but I stayed home and baked more Sugar Peanut Butter Chip Cookies for them and half/modified recipes of Banana Muffins and Pumpkin Cookies for me.
I am kind of ready for this weekend to be over so I can stop making up excuses for eating like a PIG. Seriously, I didn’t know so much good food could fit into just a few days… 🙂
I went to our local Christmas tree lighting ceremony with my Dad because he was playing in the band there. It was freezing, thank God it didn’t last long. After that we came home and had another family dinner although before we left I had made a small tofu scramble and eaten my fair share of pumpkin cookies (I added chocolate chips, how could I resist?) and banana muffins. For dinner my family had ravioli and I made broccoli soup with a side of mixed baby greens and whole wheat toast. Some leftover stuffing may have also been involved.
After dinner I headed over to one of my best friend’s house to hangout with some friends. I love my college friends but there is something about high school friends that just doesn’t compare.
Besides feeling like I’ve gained ten pounds in four days, I have loved this break. I go back to school tomorrow and then its only nineteen days until Christmas break! Where did the semester go??
Question: When is the last time you got your hair cut?
Today for the first time ever, my Mom, my Sister, and I went shopping on Black Friday. No we weren’t up at 5:00am, or waiting in lines wrapped around the block in an attempt to get the best deal on whatever the latest technology is. We actually didn’t leave until about noon and decided to avoid the mall at all costs. We hit up TJ Maxx, Christmas Tree Shops, Old Navy, and Marshalls instead. I ended up simply getting a black patent tote bag with a little pocket for my computer, and a grey cable knit cardigan. My Sister got tons of much-needed clothes and a new coat.
By the time we got home we were starving. I didn’t take many photos all day but for dinner my Mom had made turkey soup for her, my Dad, and Liv, and I heated up the leftovers and created something new out of the old.
Stuffed Mushrooms! This photo was taken just before I put them in the oven. I had bought two pints of mushrooms (one white and one baby portobello) from the store wednesday and only ended up using the baby portobellos for Thanksgiving; this was the perfect recipe to use up the white mushrooms.
1 Pint Whole Mushrooms
1/2 Stale Roll or Piece of Bread
1 Tsp Nutritional Yeast
Old Bay Seasoning
Apple Juice (or Water)
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Stem the mushrooms reserving half of the stems. Place the mushrooms cap-side-down in a small baking pan. Finely dice the reserved mushroom stems and combine with the finely crumbled roll or piece of bread (I used a slice of the Sweet Potato Pull-Apart Bread). Add nutritional yeast and about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning. Add a splash of apple juice or water to moisten the mixture and fill each mushroom cap allowing the filling to overflow. Sprinkle with Daiya Cheddar Cheese and bake for 20-30 minutes.
Question: What do you do with leftovers?
I am so full! I had a full day of baking and cooking and then sat down to a beautiful feast with my beautiful family. I’ll let the photos speak.
So from top to bottom: Mixed Candied Nuts, Apple Crisp, Sweet Potato Pull-Apart Bread, Sweet Potato Rolls, Sugar Cookies half with peanut butter chips for the nonvegans, Pumpkin Oat Bites, Corn Spoon Bread, Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Gravy, Mashed Pumpkin, and Cranberry Sauce. Nonvegan food included the mashed potatoes and turkey which is my Dad’s territory.
The dishes that aren’t linked are my own or are excessively adapted and are attached as a file here: Emily’s Thanksgiving Recipes.
The gifts I brought home for my family included a bath bomb from Lush and an organic lavendar olive oil soap for Liv, apple cinnamon sachets for her sock drawer or suitcase (or anywhere) for my Mom, and warm American made socks for my Dad.
I am so thankful for my family and good food!
Question: What was your favorite dish today?
Edit: The Sweet Potato Pull-Apart Bread is adapted from here and here.