swamp cakes

Hi friends,

The lovely Katie is hosting a give away that I really want to win!  In order to enter, we needed to create some pancake roll ups.  After discarding some obvious choices (blueberry pancakes with banana butter filling!), I came up with these guys.  Despite the shockingly green color, they are tasty!

In to my blender went to extra-large handfulls of spinach and 1/4 cup of liquid egg whites.  After mixing them up, I stirred in a 1/4 cup plus a tablespoon of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour and 1 tsp baking soda.  While the pancakes were cooking, I lightly sautéed half a pink lady apple and 1/2 cup of broccoli slaw with a little cinnamon.  Once the pancakes were done cooking, I topped with mustard, a little feta, the apple broccoli mixture, and dried cranberries.   Perfect mix of sweet and savory! 

I kind of forgot about the whole “roll up” concept and made pancake tacos instead.  I should have made two bigger cakes opposed to three smaller ones to get sufficient rollage.  Katie, I hope that doesn’t disqualify me :)

Happy Saturday friends!


old and boring?

Hi friends,

Sorry for the lack of a post last night.  I need an evening to chill so I filled with some of my favorite things, a trip to Target and baking.  I made a so so batch of breakfast cookies that were not good enough to share the recipe with you all.  Watched some Olympics and went to bed early.  It was glorious.  About five years ago, I never would have thought that those things would have constituted and an exciting evening.  Does this make me old and boring?

Successfully completed my first week of my cousin’s vegan challenge.  As of breakfast today, I have eaten 14 vegan meals or snacks.  Here are photos documenting the vegan meals from yesterday and today. 

This weekend should be a busy one.  My parental units are in town for the weekend at a work conference so I’ll hang out with them and do some socializing with friends, included these lovely ladies!

Ok, I picked up a shift in the after school program today so I should my butt in gear.  It is hard to get motivated to work on a Friday afternoon :(




Hi friends,

I think Wednesday is most tired, uninspired day to the week.  I’m run down from two night plus early mornings in the before school program and the weekend still seems so far away.  At the coffee shop this afternoon, I was so tired that I brewed a batch of coffee without grinding the beans.  Didn’t realize it until I was done pouring a cup and saw that it was the color of dirty dish water.  bah!  Does anyone else drag in the middle of week?  If so, what do you do to pep up in the middle of day.  My iced soy latte did nothing to energize me.

Vegan meals/snacks eight, nine and ten today!

Same old breakfast.  Wild Wood Plain Soyogurt, strawberries, Kashi Go Lean, Almonds and ground flax.  I finished off the strawberries today so tomorrow’s breaky will be different.

Lunch and snacks pre lunch bag to be consumed while in the car or working.  The veggie wrap feature Trader Joe’s Horseradish Hummus.  YUM!

I enjoyed my favorite animal products for dinner tonight.  Micro steamed broccoli with feta and sriracha with an egg white, mushroom and spinach scramble.  About 2/3s of the scrambled got sandwiched in an Earth Grain’s Thin bun.

I should really go straight to bed but Olympic skiing is on. Yehaw!


Telling Stories

Hi Friends,

As I sat in my Spiritual Wellness class last night, I has so many moments “I NEED to blog about that!”  So to spare you from a novel, I decided to go with our discussion about the importance of story telling in the meaning making and healing process.  I probably don’t need to convince any of you bloggers about this.  There is something very therapeutic in blogging about my day and sharing the highlights and struggles with all of you.  It really helps me gain perspective and organize my thoughts.

What I found more interesting was the role of the listener, or in the case of the blog world, the reader.  It takes courage to share your story with others and sometimes this sharing comes with a great deal of fear.  As I read blogs, it becomes very apparent when people are sharing things that are hard for them.  We talked last night at length about the difference between supporting the storyteller in what they want reaffirmed and imposing our judgements on what we are hearing.  That is really tricky!  How do you censor yourself when you believe that you have the best intentions of the storyteller/writer in mind?  Does the storyteller want to hear your opinion or do they just want to be heard? 

I’d love to hear thoughts on the above paragraph. I think it is a tricky relationship to navigate.  As we discussed in class, there is no storyteller/writter without a listener/reader!

I ate/packed vegan meals and snacks five, six and seven today.  I’m already at half my vegan meal goal and it is only Tuesday.  I’ve always been a bit of an over achiever :)

Breakfast – Wild Wood Probiotic Soyogurt, strawberries, Kashi Go Lean, almonds and ground flax.  Exact repeat of yesterday.  I noticed that I took my breakfast yesterday and today at 5:24 am.  My birth month and day happen to be 5 and 24.  Does it make me really dorky to admit how happy that makes me?!

Lunch – Broccoli slaw with dried cranberries and Whole Foods Ginger Soy vinaigrette and perhaps the best sandwich I have created to date.  I grilled a slice of eggplant and red pepper in my cast iron grill pan.  I stuck some feta, spinach and kalamata olives on an Earth Grains Thin Bun, added in the grilled veggies, and let the whole thing get all warm and melty in the grill pan.  YUM!  I warmed up a little Newman’s Own Marina for dippage.  über tasty.

Snacks and dinner are repeats from last night but I subbed out the broccoli slaw for broccoli tonight.  The Galeo’s Ginger Wasabi Miso dressing still hold the top spot in my heart.  The Dijonnaise variety was good too but didn’t have the same zip.  I think it would make a good egg or tuna salad dressing.  (I’m hoping that if I keep linking to Galeo’s they will offer to do a give away on my blog!  Their products are tricky to find so this would be a great way to spread the word.)

Well friends, thank you for reading.  Again, I wouldn’t be able to write my stories if you didn’t read :)


4 Vegan Meals Down

Hi friends,

Decided to do a quick post before I crack into homework and class today.  First off, THANK YOU to those who left supportive comments on my post yesterday.  It is really, really nice to read those.  It is so helpful to have a supportive outlet to share things like that.  You all are the bestest :)

I think I am going to rock this vegan challenge my cousin posed to me.  I knocked out four vegan meals/snacks today!

Breakfast – Wild Wood Plain Probiotic Soyogurt, strawberries, Kashi Go Lean, almonds, flax and cinnamon.  The soyogurt was surprising good.  It was less creamy than regular yogurt but had a fairly mild taste.  I was expecting something that tasted like tofu and that was not at all the case.  For the duration of the vegan challenge, I am going to pretend that I didn’t notice that honey is like the 10th ingredient in the Go Lean ;)

Lunch – Sunshine Falafel patty, Trader Joe’s Horseradish hummus, spinach , cucumbers, carrots and onion.  How can you go wrong with Sunshine patties and TJ’s Horseradish hummus in the same meal.  It’s not mold on the carrots, btw.  I stuck them in the pan with the Sunshine burger to soften them up a bit and they got a little white.

All this is packed in my lunch bag for snackage and dindin this evening.  I’ll eat the peanut butter and celery for snack and have the crackers and salad for din.  I have high hopes for the salad.  In the mix : spinach, broccoli slaw, a stalk of celery, chick peas, and grapes topped with Galeos Miso Dijonnaise!  I replenished my Galeos supply at the Whole Foods this weekend.  I have yet to actually sample the Dijonnaise variety but I am sure it will fabulous.  I’ll leave you another shot of the salad for your viewing pleasure.

According to the news, we are supposed to get snow starting around midnight.  Boooooooo!  I have been loving the sunny, warm weather.

Take care bloggy friends,


Vitamin D

Hi friends,

It was a lovely, sunny weekend here in Minneapolis.  Not gonna lie, I spent most of Saturday indoors being lazy trying to shake my hang over from Friday night.  I have not had a hang over in so long and am not quite sure why my Friday booze hit so hard.  I didn’t have that much to drink so I am thinking it may had something to do with my Thursday ice cream cake incident.  Yikes!  Keep reading.  It wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  I am feeling very refreshed this evening and attribute it to the sunny dose of vitamin D I got this afternoon.

Thing I am thankful for/really like

1.  My self-confidence.  This was something that was gone for a while but is back know and I am so grateful for it.  As I alluded to above, I did some damage on the ice cream cake that my landlord dropped off on Thursday night.  I cut myself a piece, then a little more, and a little more.  I finally stopped myself after I consumed about a 1/4 of the heart shaped cake.  I was full from dinner and the dessert I had already eaten.  I ate the cake anyway and then got nervous that I was eating the cake and kept eating.  YUCK!  That ugly old pattern surfaced.  BOOOOO!  Anyways, two things happened on Thursday that didn’t happen in the past, I was able to stop myself before I felt like utter crap and I didn’t beat myself up about it the next day.  I attribute this to my self-confidence.  I knew I was stronger than that crazy urge to eat a ton of ice cream.  I am better than that but I also like myself enough so forgive myself for my slip up.  It happens once and awhile, but doesn’t define who I am or what I do.  Oh self-confidence, it is so good to have you back :)

2.  Running.  It is rare that I get the urge the to run without forcing myself.  Today was one of those days and it felt great.  It was a balmy 34 degrees today according to my car thermometer and it felt great to be out in the sunshine moving my body.  I went along at a comfortable pace and slowed frequently while on the sidewalks so I didn’t ass plant in a puddle.  It was also really great to encounter the other joggers around the lake today.  Everyone was smiling which was contagious.

3.  Red Box.  The bf and I stayed on the couch last night as we were in no mood to do it up again after a crazy Friday.  I totally forgot about how great the Red Box is.  Pay a dollar and get a movie for a night.  Easy peasy.  We walked the four blocks to the closest Red Box and picked up Julie & Julia which was super cute.  All food bloggers should see this movie!

4.  Pizza Luce.  We ordered food from the Luce on Saturday to accompany our Red Box find.  Pizza Luce is my neighborhood pizza joint which serves really creative, uber tasty pizzas, salads, and sandwiches.  I appreciate the number of vegetarian and vegan choices that they have on the menu.  My personal fav is the Ruby Rae.  I really should experiment more but why mess with perfection?!

5.  An extra nudge.  My cousin is going vegetarian for Lent and contacted me this weekend to see if I wanted to try it with him.  I feel like I am more a less a vegetarian currently so I decided to take things to the next level.  I usually eat three meals and an afternoon snack each day, which means I eat 28 meals each week.  Starting tomorrow , I am going to challenge myself to eat 14 vegan meals/snacks each week.  My grocery trip this weekend wasn’t too different from when I am not trying to eat vegan.  I bought soy yogurt and didn’t but more feta as my block was running low.  I am curious to see how this goes!  Thanks cousin Leo for the extra nudge.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  I am going to watch the Olympics and finish up some homework for class tomorrow.  Is anyone else loving the Olympics as much as I am?  I am fascinated with speed skating.



breakfasty kind of day

Hi Friends,

This week has flown by.  I cannot believe that tomorrow is Friday but I am not complaining either :)  I am really enjoying my time in the before school program but the coffee shop is super boring in the afternoon.  We are nowhere near as busy as in the morning which makes for lots of standing around.  My coworkers are fun to chat with but I keep think about all the other things I could be doing with my time.

Breakfast – Vanilla Oikos, blueberries, half a banana, flax, Kashi Go Lean, and a few walnut pieces.

I wasn’t feeling the lunch I packed to eat while traveling from job number 1 to job number 2 today so I stopped at grabbed grocery store salad bar and a Kombucha.  Salad bar was delish but now I have my lame-o lunch sitting in my fridge.  Don’t want to eat it but feel guilty for throwing it away and wasting food.  Sigh.

Dinner – two scrambled eggs with mushrooms and spinach.  Topped with feta a salsa verde.  I made another carrot cake micro baked oatmeal.  I used Vanilla Oikos and cinnamon for topping.  Breakfast for dinner is so satisfying sometimes!

Not much else exciting to report.  Anyone have fun plans for the weekend?  I am hanging out with all of the bf’s friends on Friday.  I have only met a few of them so I am kind of nervous.  I will just be my charming self and hopefully I shall win them over :)



****  My landlord just stopped by and dropped off a Dairy Queen Cake as a “thanks for living here” present.  DQ cake is my weakness!  Best landlord ever!  If anyone is looking to rent in Minneapolis, let me know and I will hook you up with him. ****


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