You Asked, I Answered

I woke up with a craving for oatmeal, but hubby offered to make scrambled eggs and toast. Who am I to turn that down? :D

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Scrambled eggs with a wee bit of cheese and Great Harvest honey whole wheat toast with a dab of real butter. Plus nice, hot, cozy coffee.

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So nice to enjoy first thing.

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I decided I wanted some more soothing hot liquids and went for tea.

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I brewed up more Amanzi Tea in Strawberry Magic with some organic cane sugar. Mmm…

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I have lot on the agenda this weekend, including catching up on some bloggie related business.

First up, you asked, I answered – here are some answers to my Formspring questions :

What do you value the most in life?

I value a lot in life, but mostly family (including hubby and Bailey) and health.

Do you ever find its hard not to compare yourself to some of the BIG TIME bloggers? You know and are friends with some of them, but you’ve not hit the “big time” yet. Are you ever jealous?

No, I usually compare myself to myself. I am very analytical, so I try to learn from my own experiences and see how things have improved over time.

How do you keep up with regular blogging. Do you have a schedule that you stick to?

I am working on getting on a better schedule, but I basically try to blog at least once a day. I usually don’t wake up early enough to blog in the morning, so I usually blog about the day after dinner. I best like days when I can do a couple shorter blog posts over the course of the day, but during the work week, it usually happens at the end of the day so I can recap everything in one post.

If you had $100 to spend on clothes, what would you buy?

Oddly enough, I do have $100 to spend on clothes! I got a Simon gift card from my company during the holidays, which I plan to spend at the mall…once I figure out what to buy. I’ll probably head to J Crew or Anthropologie and get a splurge item – something I wouldn’t normally buy. I like to buy my needs with my money but get fun stuff when I have unexpected gift money. I’m holding out for something cute from the spring lines.

What exactly do you do for work? It seems so stressful and draining. Is it related to what you studied in college?

I’d rather not say exactly what I do, but basically, I’m an IT Consultant, which is related to what I studied in college – computer science.

If you could wake up as anyone tomorrow, who would it be?

Myself! I may have imperfections and I may not be rich or famous, but I wouldn’t want to be anyone else. I think your imperfections and your struggles build your character and help make you YOU. Not to mention I could never give up my husband, family or Bailey! :)

If you had to throw away either your TV or your computer, which would you choose?

I’d throw away my TV. I’ve lived without cable before and it was fine, but I would miss blogging and email too much to give up my computer!

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I’m working on blog posts for some of the questions that I think would be best answered in that format, so if you asked a question and I haven’t answered yet, that could be why.

In the meantime, feel free to submit some more questions by visiting my Formspring page!

NOTE: I may choose to ignore rude or inappropriate questions.

Takin it Old School

I WFH Friday, which meant that I could slowly enjoy breakfast while working on my laptop.

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I made a pot of stove top oats for moi and hubby, along with some coffee.

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I kept it simple and just did Banana Oats.

Pre-Cooking Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup 2% organic milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup extra thick oats
  • 1 tsp flaxseed
  • 1 tsp chia seed

Cooked stovetop till thickened.

Post-Cooking Ingredients:

  • 1 sliced banana (stirred in at end while pot still on burner to warm through)
  • hemp seeds
  • drizzle TJ’s organic peanut butter
  • a dash of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (extra for hubby)
  • and for hubby – a sprinkle of sugar (I try to let my fruits be my sweeteners)

Hit the spot.

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I tried to subscribe to body + soul about a year ago. It never came. :(

After tweeting about how I never got my magazine, the nice body + soul official tweeter sent me a link where I could request a free trial issue, so I tried once again. This time…success! Except I got both my February and March issues at the same time. Kind of annoying, but at least I got them. Plus I got the Trader Joe’s newsletter…love seeing their new products and picking one the ones I want to try.

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For lunch, I took a queue from Dreena’s EDABV cookbook and used a saute pan and EVOO to heat up my vegan Quinoa Chick Pea Confetti Casserole .

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It was SO much better than heating it in the microwave. I always try to heat foods up stove top or in the oven over the microwave.

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One thing I definitely like about non-meat meals is how much better they re-heat. I am not a fan of re-heated meats…they just don’t taste right to me. This tasted wonderful!

The other thing I like about WFH is how much easier it is to enjoy hot tea. I can have all the hot tea I want.

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First cup – Yogi Tea Echinacea Immune Support sans sweetener.

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Yogi tea quote: “You can run after satisfaction, but satisfaction must come from within.

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I also got to try a new tea I got for Christmas.

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Amanzi tea in Strawberry Magic.

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Ingredients: Black and Green tea, papaya cubes, rose hip peels, sunflower petals, natural flavoring.

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Wow – this was one of the best teas I’ve had in awhile! So berrylicious and flavorful!

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My mom gave me a loose leaf tea holder with this cute chain and glass heart. Love it!

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This weekend is my sorority’s 30th anniversary at my alma mater. We are takin it old-school this weekend by visiting some of our favorite hang out spots and even having a semi-formal!

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Last night, we hit up a fave restaurant – White Horse.

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We split a couple pitchers of our fave old-school drink: Hop, Skip, and Go Naked (yes, that’s the drink’s real name). In the drink: a unique blend of rum, gin, and beer.

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I forgot how tasty and strong this stuff is!

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Next, I selected one of my old-school usuals: the Custom Combo Basket with breaded cauliflower, mozzarella cheese stix, vegetable sticks, and apple sticks (gotta have the apple sticks!).

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Sauces: marinara, ranch, whipped cream (for the apple sticks).

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I basically ordered a basket of deep-fried-ness.

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Cheese stix

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Breaded cauliflower

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Vegetable stick

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Apple stick (these were always one of my fave)

Anywho, no wonder I gained a freshman 15 eating this! lol I’m all about indulging once in awhile but an entire meal of deep-fried foods isn’t my cup of tea anymore. I was glad I ordered it for the sentimental value, though. Next time, maybe I’ll try to get some deep-fried foods and some not.

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After dinner we hit up a local bar where I watched ice dancing on the TVs, listened to a live band playing cover songs from the 80′s and 90′s, and enjoyed a bay breeze.

Just driving around and seeing all our old hang-outs brought back so many great memories. I miss my college days – they were some good ones!

So excited for tonight’s semi-formal! I still need to pick out something to wear!

What’s your favorite thing to eat when you visit your alma mater?

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