Sunday, January 26, 2014

Reasons I love being a Nutrition major part 1

Writing a blog post at 6:30 AM on a Sunday morning?
I blame my upstairs neighbors who woke me up with their extremely loud fighting at 3:00. Ugh.
Currently I am 4 cups of coffee deep for the day and well into a few episodes of Gilmore Girls.
In other news, have I mentioned that I love my major?!
On Friday I made oatmeal for breakfast, put some almond butter and bananas in it and then checked Instagram while I ate. Turns out that Friday was National Peanut Butter Day! Only nutrition majors would celebrate that. Of course I then had to document.
For homework this weekend, one of my assignments was to write a paper about the KitchenAid mixer aka my favorite appliance ever!
And to be educational, I am really enjoying my nutrition through the life cycle class. 
So interesting!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

random thoughts

First day of classes and I come down with a cold!
Ugh, at least it is almost the weekend already.

Here's what's going on in my world...
-I can't wait to make this recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod. Yum!
-Makeover week on Biggest Loser. Of course I cried.

-Eating this with Sarabeth's preserves. Don't like the maple as much as the classic flavor, but it's still good!

As you can tell, nothing huge going on.
Just trying to get straight A's while eating healthy.
How about you?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

dreaming of summer

All of this cold weather has me dreaming of SUMMER!
Even more so, taking spending some time cleaning up my diet from the 5 week holiday break that I was on. Ugh-Don't wanna talk about it.

I am also trying to be a smarter grocery shopper (ha) and be more creative in the kitchen to utilize what I have without breaking the bank.
Today I had a quinoa bowl for lunch-my fave!
I kept it simple with black beans, spinach, salsa and some greek yogurt.

From Pinterest-here's what I want for dessert today: summer fruits!

Berries that are actually in season!
I can't wait.

Monday, January 20, 2014

spring semester goals

And a new semester has begun!
I am excited for this one: Nutrition Through the Life Cycle, Food Prep, Microbiology and Organic Chem. While doubling up on sciences will be tricky, I am going in with a confident mind-set!

Last semester was a stressful one and I am determined to handle school-stress more efficiently this time. Here's how:

1. Go to spin class 3 mornings a week
2. Meal plan and prep every week
3. Go for a run when feeling stressed!
4. Allow some downtime-not always go-go-go
I am feeling good about this semester already.
Bring it on!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

golden globes pizza

My best friend and I have held a tradition for the past few years of making homemade pizza and watching the award shows together. Sadly, she was cruising the Caribbean tonight, but I still made our pizza without her!
I like to load my pizza with whatever vegetables I have on hand-I even like black beans on it. Also, the original recipe calls for oil but I use applesauce instead. Try it!

Golden Globes Veggie Pizza
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons of applesauce 
2 1/2 cups flour

dissolve yeast in the warm water. add the rest of the ingredients and let rise for 5 minutes.

diced tomatoes
1 bell pepper
1 onion
crushed red pepper
salt & pepper
mozzarella cheese

spray a 11x7 pan and spread the pizza dough.
Add your toppings and bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Back to the Globes...I wasn't too impressed with the dresses this year but this was my fave.
No surprise here-I love her style!

Did you have a favorite?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

January Blues

My mom and I share a disdain for the month of January.
I'm not sure if it's just the post-holiday blues or the bitter cold, but either way you slice it, January stinks. Along with the rest of America, I will be upping my workouts and focusing on my diet to get things in line after the holidays. Fun stuff, right?
If only this was my view each day....

I still have two more weeks of winter break-YES!-and I am trying to savor them. 
I have been cooking a lot for my family: this weekend was cream of wild rice & chicken soup, biscuits, taco salad another night..watching father of the bride pt. 1 and pt. 2, and just relaxing.
Honestly, as much as I have realized that I am not a 'college person', I am thankful in many ways that God changed my views and that I decided to go. I never would have realized how important it is to actively spend time with family.
That is another thing that I want to focus on this year. Being present with my family and my friends, and anyone that I encounter really. 2014 is the year that I am leaving the past behind, baby!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

hello 2014!

Here we are in 2014-how did that happen?
I spent the last few weeks enjoying time with family and friends over the holidays. 
I rang in the New Year last night in Washington D.C. with 1000 other college students praising the Lord. It was the best NYE that I have had.
Great Gatsby theme:)

I have never been big on resolutions and truthfully, I didn't even think about any this year.
I always have goals for myself:to spend more time in the Word, to run faster, to be nicer...and it seems silly to wait until January 1st to start these things.

2013 was a year of changes for me.
I quit a job that I loved and learned how to say no.
I transferred to a new college full-time and made great friends.
I'm sure there were more, but that's all that is coming to mind right now.

For 2014, honestly I just want to be confident with myself.
I have realized that I lost my confidence three years ago and it is slowly coming back.
I want to look in the mirror and think "I feel pretty!" instead of seeing what is wrong.
I want to talk to people without worrying if they noticed that I forgot to pluck my eyebrows.
I just want to be confident, happy and free.
I know that my confidence comes from the Lord.
I love this verse:
This is my prayer for 2014: I want to be a Proverbs 31 woman.