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Merry Christmas Eve! Are you ready for all of the festivities to begin?

These past few days have been a whirlwind and I cannot believe that Christmas is tomorrow.

Yesterday was a pretty good day of eats. I have been working on getting more variety into my diet and trying to break the habit that I have or eating the same things Every.Single.Day. I did fairly well yesterday. On to the eats….

Breakfast:

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I started the day off with a nice and comforting breakfast. I made Amanda’s gingerbread pancakes. The only changes I made were substituting applesauce for the banana and omitting the chocolate chips because I am not a fan of them in my pancakes. I know. Craziness.
The pancakes were really good (like all of Amanda’s recipes), except I don’t think they can be eaten without syrup. The greek yogurt can be tasted, so the sweetness of the syrup is a MUST.

Lunch:

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I never know what to eat for lunch. I am not one for waiting an hour while something cooks, so I usually need something quick and easy. When I am hungry, I am hungry now.
I made Angela’s Tortilla Soup (from the Oh She Glows cookbook) for dinner last week, and pulled some of the leftovers out the freezer for a quick and delicious lunch. I topped mine with tortilla strips and green onions.

Dinner:

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We went out for pizza with some friends as an early Christmas celebration. I ordered a mini veggie pizza, but ate the entire thing before realizing that I forgot to take a picture. Whoops.
Afterwards, we went bowling. I haven’t bowled in FOREVER and man am I awful. Oh well. It was fun anyways🙂

There were lots of snacks involved in yesterdays eats as well, but those were eaten so fast that pictures were not involved. Sorry. I really need to get better at that. New Years Resolution perhaps?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Enjoy your loved ones and eat some good food.

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Weekend Recap

I have officially finished the fall semester! I cannot be more excited. Its bittersweet I guess. One more semester until the real world hits. Ewww. adulthood.

My sister and her boyfriend flew in on Thursday night and then they headed for Arizona with my mom to visit some family. I stayed home to babysit my dad🙂 he doesn’t know what to do when he is by himself. haha

We tried to keep the weekend full and exciting while trying not to get on each others nerves and kill each other. We managed pretty well!

Saturday we went to Knotts Berry Farm. It has been FOREVER since I have been there, so it was pretty fun. You know you are getting old though when you get off every ride super dizzy though. #grandma

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On Sunday I was given the task of entertaining the dogs all morning because they were keeping my dad awake and he wanted to sleep. Life’s rough. We were out the door and on our walk by 6:15. Dogs are like little kids. They don’t ever leave you alone🙂

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On Sunday night, we went around and looked at all of the Christmas lights. There were some really well done houses.

We have already been scolded for going without the rest of the family, so we will be going again in the next few days.

My mom and sister are back in town now, so we are in full swing Christmas craze mode. Two more days!

How was your weekend?

Have you finished all of your holiday shopping?

Thinking Out Loud- 12/11/14

Hello friends! I am currently in a mind fog fueled by lots of caffeine and lack of sleep. Oh finals. The joys of being a college student. On that note though….

1. I have 5 more days of this semester and then Christmas Break!!!!! I cannot be more excited. Actually I will be 10000000001 times more excited next Wednesday when it officially break, but until then….
And after that, I will only have one more semester left of my undergraduate degree. Can someone find me a decent job please? Thanks!

2. Can I have the life of [one of my] dogs? They have it so rough. People making you every meal, cleaning up after you, sleeping all day, and then playing at your leisure! Life’s rough🙂

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The red eye remover didn’t work so well….

3. Gold nails. Love or hate them? I am torn on this color. I usually go for the unusual colors, but I am not so sure this one is working for me. Thoughts?

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4. Today is the first day I have been able to wear boots this season. Exciting stuff! We are supposed to get a major rain storm tonight, so everyone and their brother are in panic mode. We’ll be okay. I promise. Well, hopefully.

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5. Crows. I am not fond of crows. There are a lot of crows this time of year ALL.THE.TIME!

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My mind is all over the place. Currently, I am repeating economics graphs in my head trying to make some sense of them.

Have a good weekend. Christmas is officially two weeks away! Where has the time gone?

Any plans for the weekend?

What’s the weather like where you live?

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Thursday Thoughts- Its Christmas Time!

I have one more full week left of school, before finals week, and I couldn’t be more excited…except for the finals part. Can we just skip over those? Yes. Ok good. Moving on.

Thanksgiving is over [and I forgot to take any food pictures. GASP!] and now it is all things Christmas. My family is HUGE on Christmas, so, tons of decorations are a must.

1. We put our tree up this week, which is my absolute favorite! I love having it all lit up at night with all of the colorful lights. Ahhhh. So fun.

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2. It finally rained this week. Like a lot. I don’t like rain. Well, it’s fine when I can cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a movie, but not when I need to look presentable and spend  a full day of school. I had to do a huge presentation yesterday, and I looked like a wet dog, because I seem to think I am above mother nature and immune to getting wet. I was wrong. Fail.  We need rain though. A lot of rain. Here in Californialand, we have a huge drought, so it was okay this time. But now I’m over it again, so I hope today is the last day.

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3. I really want a DSLR camera for Christmas, so I have been crazily searching for good deals on them. Best Buy had one on black friday, so I had the intention to wait in line on Thanksgiving day to be there when they opened at 5pm. My mom wasn’t so thrilled with that idea, because she doesn’t agree with stores being open on Thanksgiving. I mean, I agree with that, but its a sale, so….🙂 I ended up waking up at 3am on Thanksgiving morning to order it online. It worked and I got it. Problem solved.

4. I cannot wait for this semester to end. December 19 cannot come soon enough. I contemplated not going to the last two weeks of class and just showing up for finals. Sounds like a good plan right? Jay. Kay. Well maybe…

Happy Thursday. The weekend is so very close.
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What are your weekend plans?

Are you a fan of Black Friday shopping?

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends! And to all of my international friends, please go make yourself some stuffing and potatoes and join in on the celebration🙂

So far this morning, I have been running around like a mad woman trying to get everything prepped and ready for the gang to get here. The turkey is roasting away, the potatoes are peeled, the appetizers are set, the desserts are made, and I finally put some presentable clothes on. Now, it is time to count my blessings.

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Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks. So many times throughout the year, I [and many other people] forget how fortunate they really are. Here are some things I am thankful for…

1. My family: They are truly amazing. They are the most supportive, nonjudgmental, funny, crazy, silly, and loving humans I know. Maybe I am biased…but they are great! Love you guys!

2. Living in Southern California: Seriously though, this place is paradise. Today it is 90 degrees. In the middle of November. While I have never been able to experience a white Christmas, or the changing of the leaves in the Fall, I truly do love the sunshine. The environmentalist in me is kind of worried about this kind of weather though. Global climate change!!!!!

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3.Completing my bachelors degree in May: I have one more semester until I am finished with my bachelors degree. Now I have to find a job…Lets pray for that to happen very soon!

4. Health: Health is SO important. We take for granted the everyday things we are able to get done. This past week, my mom has been hit with a serious case of vertigo for the first time ever. It has been awful and really taken a toll on her. It made me realize how important taking care of ourselves really is!

5. Internet shopping: I am NOT happy about all of the stores opening on Thanksgiving day. I think its sad actually and do not want to participate. Although, I am a crazy Black Friday shopper. I usually don’t even buy anything, but I love to be out with the masses! Its so exciting! This year though, I really wanted to buy a DSLR camera, and Best Buy had a crazy sale on one. It turned out that they offered the same sale online, so I woke up early in the middle of the night and got it ordered. Mission accomplished!

6. You! Anyone who reads my blog means so much to me! I am a new blogger and just getting a start, so anyone who cares to listen makes my hearts smile! Thanks so much. It means more than you could imagine.

There are so many other things that I am thankful for, that I could be typing for days on end.

Happy Thanksgiving or Thursday everyone. Remember to reflect on everything you are thankful for.

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WIAW- My Thanksgiving menu

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow. It seems as if just yesterday was Halloween.

Thanksgiving is a very stressful holiday for me.
1. It’s food centered.
2. It’s meat centered
3. It involves a lot of people.

Last year, I didn’t plan anything in advance and then figured out when it was time to eat that my options were pie, mashed potatoes, salad, and rolls. Ummmmm yeah. It wasn’t the best situation. My family tends to enjoy their meat on this holiday and want to put meat in EVERYTHING.

Bacon in the green beans. Turkey broth in the stuffing. Turkey drippings in the gravy…

So this year, I am more than ready. Instead of focusing on the anxiety it might cause me, I have learned to plan ahead.

What will be on my Thanksgiving plate:

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Banana Streusel Muffins

Cauliflower steak with Mushroom Gravy from Vegan Richa

Simple vegan stuffing from Minimalist Baker

Thanksgiving Loaf from Fat Free vegan

Mashed cauliflower from Detoxinista

We will be having a lot of family over for Thanksgiving day, so it will be a full day of cooking and eating.

Happy [early] Thanksgiving!

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Banana Streusel Muffins

A non-pumpkin recipe… in the middle of November? I know, I know. It’s slight craziness. Do not be disappointed though. These banana streusel muffins do not disappoint.

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Now, normally I am pumpkin all the way. Bread, pancakes, muffins, donuts, etc. I want all the pumpkin I can get my hands on. Until, I run out of cans of pumpkin. And I am too lazy to go buy some more. But I want some muffins. Oh, the dilemma!

But then, to my surprise, two way overripe bananas are sitting on the counter. You see, I do not eat overripe bananas. If they have the slightest hint of brown on them, there is no way I will be the one to consume them. Unless, they are in baked good form. Then I am game!

So, with my lack of pumpkin, and overly brown bananas, these muffins were born. And they sure did satisfy.

They are perfectly fluffy with big round tops, and a crunchy brown sugar topping that puts them over the edge. They are also made partly with wheat flour to give them some extra fiber. Because of the sweetness of the banana, and the addition of applesauce, not much added sugar is necessary. Hooray for healthier baked goods, that take care of any cravings you might have. These are definitely a winner!

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Banana Streusel Muffins:
adapted from Damn Delicious
-1 cup all purpose flour
-1 cup white whole wheat flour
-1/4-/1/3 cup sugar (depending on your desired sweetness)
-1.5-2 teaspoons cinnamon (depending on how spicy you like)
-0.5 teaspoon nutmeg
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-0.25 teaspoon salt
-2 large very ripe bananas
-0.5 cup applesauce
-2 eggs
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Streusel Topping:
0.25 cups flour
0.25 cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter (I believe coconut oil would work as well)

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a jumbo muffin pan with 6 liners. A standard 12 size muffin pan would work as well.
2. Prepare the streusel topping by by combining all streusel ingredients in a small and working together with a fork or your hands to make sure butter is incorporated.
3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. In another bowl mix together the banana, applesauce, eggs, and banana.
5. Combine wet ingredients with the dry and stir until just combined. Do not over mix.
6. Scoop batter into muffin pan and sprinkle streusel over top. Use fingers to press gently into batter to make sure it sticks.
7. Bake in oven for 25-20 minutes for jumbo sized. Baking time will be less for standard size muffins.
8. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
9. DEVOUR!

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