November 26, 2016 by pb&v
It’s Fall! Ok, so I’m a bit late, but I’m giving you this fantastic pasta recipe, so please forgive me. It’s that time of year when everyone is making pumpkin everything and going nuts over what the new holiday Starbucks cup will look like, ah what a wonderful time ;P. But seriously I do love this time of year, but only until it gets so cold that I refuse to leave my warm bed in the morning, then it’s gross and I’m ready for warmer weather again.
All the fun Fall produce is in season, and of course the biggest one is pumpkin! I love me a good pumpkin muffin or donut or what have you, but I also have been really wanting to use pumpkin in a savory way. The thing is, I don’t really like pumpkin all that much. I know, I know, I must be insane. Luckily this pasta doesn’t really taste too strongly of pumpkin, yet is still cozy and comforting for the cooler weather.
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September 3, 2016 by pb&v
It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted a new recipe! This summer I spent my time working at a local vegan bakery and I’ve absolutely loved it. So much that I actually did tear up a little bit once the week before classes rolled around because I just didn’t want to go back to school and not get to spend everyday at the bakery! I’ve learned a lot of new things over the summer and it’s just overall been really great.
Anyway, back to the point of the post. I discovered sometime within the past year that I really love making bread dough, there’s something so therapeutic about the whole process; it helps me relieve stress and relax a little bit. That being said, I’ve often thought, surely there are things to make other than bread, pizza, and cinnamon rolls, I just didn’t know what to make! That is, until last weekend when I woke up on Sunday morning and thought to myself, “I think I’ll try and make pretzels today!”
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February 1, 2016 by pb&v
I have a ton of smoothie recipes posted, so I was a bit hesitant to post another, but you can never really have too many smoothie recipes, am I right? Smoothies have become one of my favorite things and I don’t think I could ever go back to a smoothie-less life. They’re just such perfect meals or snacks and a great way to get in fruits and veggies!
I’ve honestly had this recipe sitting in the “notes” on my phone for well over a year, so I figured it might be time to actually post it. I have a bad habit of doing that actually… There’s a whole list of recipes on my phone or various pieces of scratch paper floating around the house that I just haven’t gotten around to photographing and posting. Ah, but that is the life of a busy college student I suppose. After doing homework and taking notes all day on my laptop, the last thing I really want to do is sit down and stare at the screen for even more time, even though I truly enjoy writing these posts. My eyes just can’t take so much screen time! I know, what kind of 20 year old doesn’t want to spend all day everyday in front of technology?
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September 13, 2015 by pb&v
I started writing this post weeks ago and never actually got it posted…. I started classes again a few weeks ago (boy, that 2 week summer vacation flew right by!) and I am now commuting to campus, which is roughly 25-30 minutes away (without traffic). Which means I don’t have time to eat breakfast at home in the mornings, at least not if I want a decent parking spot. I have class until 1:50 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from 8am – 11:50 on Tuesday. I also work from roughly 12pm-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I don’t get to go home for lunch either. Thus, I have started actually doing some meal prep for the week on Sunday. I’m pretty bad at planning out meals because I’ll usually plan something and once it comes time to eat it, I’m really not in the mood for it at all. But I’ll try to stick with it this time. (Also let me know if you’re interested in a post about my weekly meal prep??)
The mornings have been all about overnight oats. I’m a huge fan of oatmeal for breakfast because it’s so versatile. You can change the flavor up so easily, plus it’s super quick and easy to make, especially if you grind up the oats prior to cooking them. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to actually cook oatmeal in the morning anymore, so I’ve switched it over to overnight oats, which I’ve actually been enjoying quite a bit. I thought I would hate eating cold oats, but they’re actually really refreshing on these crazy hot and humid mornings. And if you want a warm breakfast, you can just pop the whole jar in the microwave for a minute or so!
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August 1, 2015 by pb&v
I should really be studying for my exams on Monday and Tuesday, but this is more fun. My summer classes will come to an end on Tuesday, August 4th and I will get to have almost 3 whole weeks of summer vacation! Hopefully I can get out and do everything that I had planned on this summer in the span of 3 weeks. There’s this place called Cloud 9 around here that is basically a giant trampoline playground type thing and I’ve been dying to go for over a year, but haven’t been, so that’s on my summer list. Taking Rory camping, going to the beach, traveling, all kinds of things I want to do! Get ready for the adventures.
This week’s adventures included peach picking with a few pounds of blueberries thrown in because, why not? We ended up picking 101.5 pounds of peaches and 3 pounds of blueberries, which is the most amount of peaches we’ve ever picked at one time. We managed to pick them in about 15 minutes, which is about the time it took us to pick 63 pounds last year. This year was a little different though because we were constantly being attacked by flies and we were picking as fast as we could, running between trees. Oh, and if you’re wondering, yes we managed to fit all of this in my little tiny smart car.
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July 26, 2015 by pb&v
So this week wasn’t exactly exciting or anything, other than a few trips on the boat. I spent most of my week being a giant ball of stress because I had 3 tests in 3 days, which wasn’t exactly the most fun, but I survived! We had planned on going peach picking at some point during the week, but those suckers just won’t ripen up!
So anyway, since I didn’t really do much this week I decided to share my tofu scramble recipe. You’ll have to excuse the really crappy pictures of this recipe- tofu scramble is one of the least photogenic foods out there, plus I don’t have a fancy camera or anything.
Oddly enough, I was never a fan of eggs before going vegan. They were pretty nasty and I would usually have whatever sides we were having with the eggs and just pass of the eggs themselves. The taste and texture really didn’t appeal to me, and now even the idea of eggs disgusts me. I would occasionally eat a few bites of scrambled eggs, but I couldn’t stomach more than a few bites, and I definitely wouldn’t eat a fried egg. Ever. Tofu scramble to the rescue! While I do use black salt in my tofu scramble to add a more eggy flavor, it still doesn’t really taste exactly like scrambled eggs, which is totally ok with me! I actually like tofu scramble way more than I ever liked any kind of egg dish.
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July 13, 2015 by pb&v
I’m a bit late for this one, but eh, it’s aight. This week was extremely busy with school, but on Tuesday we went back up to Williamsburg and bought our very first boat! We went for a little sunset sail and it was a lovely evening. After a few more practice sails we will be ready to sail her down to her new home!
Then on Friday we got to go blueberry picking, which made the entire week better. It even happened to be National Pick Blueberries Day, what a coincidence! Last year we went picking twice and got 15 pounds each time, for a grand summer total of 30 pounds. This year we want to pick even more since we had to start rationing the ones in the freezer around February to make sure they lasted until the summer!
On our first picking trip we ended up with about 22 pounds, so we are definitely going to beat last year’s total!
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April 12, 2015 by pb&v
I had all intentions of making this a lazy day, but I ended up spending the majority of the day doing homework and chasing around an energetic Rory. I also intended on doing a nice long run in the morning, but got a little over a mile in and my hip started to hurt, so I immediately turned around and went home. No hip bursitis for me! One good thing about the morning though is I changed up my oatmeal flavor, *gasp*! And I mean I completely changed it up… I made carrot cake oatmeal! I probably added way too many carrots, but hey, you learn from your mistakes. I also probably should’ve measured the shredded carrot before I just threw it all in the pot…
I’ll still give you the recipe though because I thought it was deeeeee-licious. Although, not very braces friendly.
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April 10, 2015 by pb&v
Day 9! Another Thursday, which means Chemistry at 8am again… but it also means I finished classes at 12 and got to spend the rest of the afternoon hanging out with the coolest mom ever. Since day 9 wasn’t particularly interesting (we spent the afternoon out and about because it was a cold and yucky day, not ideal for gardening), I’ll give you a little post about how I prepare my breakfasts and lunches throughout the week!
My breakfast is 9 times out of 10 some flavor of oatmeal. As of now you’ve probably caught on to what my top 2 favorite flavors are. Those are my favorites because apples and bananas are 2 fruits that I just absolutely love. Occasionally I’ll make blueberry or strawberry. Peach hasn’t been made in a long time because I used up my whole bag of chopped peaches from the freezer already! I need to pace myself next time and not eat them all so quickly. Or freeze 2 bags of them instead of 1… I think I like the second option better. I decided to have banana oatmeal before class because it’s a lot quicker than the apple one since the apples need to be washed and sliced, then chopped. Plus, the banana one keeps me full longer, which is a plus since I eat around 7:15 am and don’t get home for lunch until 12:15 or later. So here is my basic banana oatmeal recipe:
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April 6, 2015 by pb&v
OK, so I already missed a post, but it wasn’t on purpose. Plus, day 4 wasn’t all that exciting because I got addicted to those soba noodle salads and have basically been eating them for every single meal except breakfast. Day 5 however, was extremely exciting! I even switched up my oatmeal flavor in the morning! Ok, so I only switched it up because I ate all the bananas, but it still counts. I got the hint though and we got 3 bunches of bananas for the week instead of just 2, which got us plenty of weird looks at the store, but who cares.
So anyway, back on track. Yesterday I had some apple pie oatmeal for breakfast, then my mom and I headed out to do our weekly grocery shopping. Every Saturday we sit down with a notebook and write out a list of 7 dinners and a grocery list to go along with them, including any other household staples, like bananas ;). This is our way of budgeting and so far it seems to be working out really well. With the exception of our loading up on Whole Soy yogurts (no, I haven’t been eating them this month, but you bet I was that last week of March!) because they are going out of business and we are devastated.
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