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I am so excited for some great fruit this spring and summer! Look at this plate of scrumptious fruit that my Grandma fixed up for me yesterday.

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She reads the blog whenever she can, so she made sure to make this fruit plate nice and pretty for me to take a picture.

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My family really so sweet and supportive of me.

This week has been Spring Break for me, and I’ve been having such a great time. Wednesday and Thursday were spent with my friend Krystyna at my Grandma’s house. We has such a great time just relaxing and watching movies and eating delicious food. We even went to the Whistle Stop Cafe, which is where Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed. I’ve been before and it’s such a neat little place to visit. Thanks, Grandma, for making our visit so much fun!

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Tonight is the neighborhood’s monthly Bunco night. Mom and I are taking a light version of Texas Caviar, and I’ll post the recipe if it’s a hit. For now, here’s what I had for dinner.

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I also want to thank you all for your sweet comments. I have gotten the kindest comments in the past few days, and I’m so thankful for you all! Have a great weekend, everyone.

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It feels so FREEING to be on Spring Break this week! I’ve done absolutely nothing today except rest and relax, and it feels so good ;) Tomorrow I’m actually going to school with my mom to observe a few teachers so I can see how short young quiet teachers can still be effective teachers. I’m excited about that, even though it means getting up early and packing lunch.

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Here are a couple meals from last week. Above is barley pilaf with a mashed baked sweet potato and black beans mixed in. Oh, and I learned my lesson: If you want one cup of barley pilaf, DO NOT POUR IN A CUP DRY BARLEY! It made probably about 3 cups cooked barley. Lesson learned. At least it still tasted great.

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I made this one with my mom. It’s just a simple Asian stir-fry. We made it with a pound of chicken, brown rice, and half a bag of frozen veggies. This was so so delicious. I could eat this every night (okay, I really couldn’t).

Have a great Monday!

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I’ve got to tell you all about these Pumpkin Muffins from Cooking Light I just made.

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When I saw Em’s green pancakes (made with spinach) on her blog last week, I was intrigued. I told her asked her to make them for me sometime. She happily obliged and made my mom and I a wonderful meal last night.

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We started out with POM Wonderful mocktails.

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Emily got the spinach ready for the pancakes.

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Mom whipped up a few egg whites to put in the pancakes, also.

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Here they are cooking up.

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Emily also made Biz’s Crustless Broccoli Spinach Quiche. Wow, this was sooo scrumptious! I’ll be making this on my own again, I’m sure. You should try it, too!

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The pancakes also turned out great. Emily and Mom said they could taste the spinach just a little, but I really couldn’t taste it at all. This would be a fun way to get kids to eat their greens.

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We also had a lovely fruit salad on the side.

Thanks, Em, for the wonderful meal! Here’s a picture for you from someone who misses you…

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Night!

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Thank you all so much for your support on my last post. I will admit I was a little worried that I may get some negative comments because I was being so vulnerable, but I really got nothing but a positive and supportive response, and I’m really so thankful for that. You all are the best!

Yesterday was not the best day for my self esteem. I am studying to be a teacher and in the fall I will be going into a middle school classroom 4 days a week. Well I got told yesterday by an advisor that I really need to get a more professional look and demeanor since I’m so young and short (I’m 5’1”).

I can’t really go into specifics, but it just kind of got me down. As cheesy as it sounds, I want to be the best teacher I can possibly be. This is all I’ve ever wanted to be, and I honestly can not even imagine myself as anything else.

So I learned a hard lesson through this, that even constructive criticism that you agree with is hard to hear. I know that I’m short and I know that will impact the way the middle school students see me. I know that I have a quiet voice. These are parts of myself that I’ve grown to love, and now I need to “overcome” them in order to do what I’ve always wanted to do.

The next few years are going to be years of growth for me. I’m going to graduate college soon and be more independent. I’ll be getting my first job and learning as I go. Who knows what other changes the next few years will bring me! I’m nervous, but excited. I know I can get through it because I have a wonderful support system of family and friends.

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Speaking of wonderful friends, Morgan was so sweet to send me a package of cookies last week. This definitely put a huge smile on my face! Thank you, Morgan!

I hope you’re all having a great week!

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My best friend Morgan loves to take pictures. That’s actually probably an understatement. You’d really have to talk to her to understand exactly what photography means to her. I’m really just telling you this because I realize it may seem strange to some people when Morgan takes pictures of me.

So whenever she gets the pictures developed (yes, she still uses film; you’d have to ask her about that to understand that, too), she gets them put on a CD and will email them to me. I always have mixed feelings about the pictures. Morgan takes beautiful photographs, there’s no doubt about that. Still, I find myself picking out the flaws in me. Every single time, I’ll find myself thinking I really should lose at least 20 pounds before I let her take more pictures of me. And somehow, those 20 pounds have just not come.

This post is really hard for me to write because I’m just not used to being completely real to very many people. There are probably only a couple people who truly know me and everything about me. My heart is beating faster just writing this (does that count as a workout? sorry, I make stupid jokes when I’m nervous, apparently). This is going to sound really strange, but sometimes I’m just not honest with people because want to spare them any worry or pain. It’s like that old scenario where you’re friend buys a really ugly shirt and asks whether you like it or not. Do you tell them the truth and hurt their feelings or lie and say it’s a nice shirt? Well I’m the kind of person who would tell them it’s a nice shirt. Not really sure what that says about me? I’d like to think of myself as a good person, but we all have our faults.

I know it seems like I got off topic but I promise there’s a connection, so back to the pictures. I think the one above really tells something about me. That’s one thing Morgan is really good at—telling stories with her photographs. In the picture, I’m kind of hiding. I hide a lot in life. I hide my feelings from my family because I don’t want them to worry. I hide things from friends because I don’t want to burden them. Even on this blog that is supposed to be all about me, I’ve hidden things because I don’t want to be that girl that you roll yours eyes at.

Well I’m going to try not to hide anymore. That’s not going to be an easy thing for me. It’s not going to happen overnight, over a week, or even over a month. It’s how I’ve lived my life for the past 21 years, so it’s going to take a while to quit.

My first confession: I’m addicted to food. That was hard to write, but it probably doesn’t come as a surprise. I’m overweight and it’s not because of anything medical, so of course I’m addicted to food. I’ve been afraid to write this because I don’t like being vulnerable. I don’t like putting myself out there to possibly be criticized. I don’t do well with criticism, which is another one of my faults (but really, who likes criticism?).

Well, that’s about all I’ve got for now. I’m wrestling with the idea of posting my weight on here. I’m really not sure what I weight right now. I haven’t weighed since January. I’m a little scared. I know it’s not the number that’s important, but how you feel but I really think posting my weight for anyone to see could help me.

If you’ve read all of this, thank you.

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Mom’s birthday was a few days ago, but we weren’t able to celebrate ‘till last night because of school and then snow.

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The snow is pretty, but I’m ready for SPRING!

Last night, Emily and Andrew brought the appetizers, including chips, salsa, and jalapeño poppers.

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My grandma made the salad.

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My job for last night was to make the enchiladas.

I used this recipe from Cooking Light for Chicken Enchiladas and used corn tortillas for Andrew.

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And La Tortilla Factory tortillas for the rest of us.

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This was my first try at making enchiladas, so I was glad when everyone said they loved them.

I also made the cake. I used a boxed yellow cake mix, but made the chocolate frosting from scratch, using this recipe from Hershey’s.

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I hope we made your birthday a fantastic one, Mom. Love you!

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I’ve been craving Chinese all week, and finally gave in and made my homemade version.

I used some Udon noodles (I think they were Udon, maybe lo mein?) from the Super H Mart, some frozen mixed veggies, and some chicken.

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In the sauce:

Rice wine vinegar

Low sodium soy sauce

Honey

Garlic powder

Onion powder

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I could not have been happier with how this turned out!

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Craving curbed!

I think Asian stir fry is one of the most hardest things for me to make, mostly because it’s hard for me to get the sauce right, but I always love it once I’ve made it.

Do you ever make Asian food at home? Any easy recipes you use?

P.S. Stonyfield is hosting a contest every day from not until March 1st, with two winners every day. I am so excited because I was one of the winners yesterday! If you have a Twitter account, you should definitely enter! Here are the rules.

P.P.S. Vitalicious is also hosting a contest in honor of February being National Heart Month. Here’s where you enter that contest.