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Testing, testing

Posted Jul 07 2011 11:46pm

Welcome back to my blog. After an extended, extended vacation I am entering the blog world once again.

Since I have last written I have

1. Finished my job of two year at

2. Written a 100 page thesis over a pre-teen health and fitness program implemented in the public school system

3. Graduated from Eastern University with my Masters in Urban Studies

4. Received a pair of Timberland boots from Eastern University upon my graduation.


5. Been to Korean Karaoke approximately five times

6. Witnessed the engagement of my dear friend Kelley Nease and my dear sister Deborah Welch

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7. Ran my 2nd half marathon alongside the wonderful Bre Schiffer and Sarah Welch


8. Spent a wonderful extended vacation in Amarillo, TX that spawned a Dr. Oz obsession

9. Started my earnest search for a ‘real’ job, which has been eye-opening to say the least

10. Traveled to Memphis, TN for a dear Mission Year roommates wedding

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11. Traveled to St. Louis, MO for two dear Mission Year friends wedding

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12. Lost 2 camelback water bottles on two consecutive weekends

13. Started a new obsession with

14. Spent a glorious weekend on the beach with the family (Welch’s and Sauer’s) in St. George Island, FL


My sister took this beautiful picture of me cooking. My eyes are not usually crossed…


Mom and the sisters


Me, Stephen (future brother-in-law), and Deb-tastic interacting with one another…

In Florida my family and friends told my since I am unemployed and am no longer a student that it was time I started this blog up again. I told them it would take $14 to renew my domain name and if they were willing to spot me the cash I was game. So here we go.

My recipe of the day is

Cold Udon Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Vegetables

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inspired by Vegan with a Vengeance


Peanut Sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

2 tsp minced garlic

1 cup water

1 TBL soy sauce

2/3 cup natural smooth Peanut butter

1 TBL maple syrup

2 TBL rice wine vinegar

1 tsp sriacha (optional)


In a small saucepan heat the sesame oil and saute the garlic. Add water a soy sauce and bring to a boil. Then add peanut butter and turn the heat to low. Whisk well and add other ingredients until well combined. Let cool to room temperature.


One package udon noodles prepared according to the package. Rinsed and set aside


1 Head broccoli florets

1 red bell pepper

1 seedless cucumber sliced into matchsticks

3 cups mung bean sprouts

1 cup scallions

lime wedges for serving

Steam the broccoli until tender and the bell pepper if desired. Chop the rest of the vegetables to your personal liking.


Assemble the bowl with the noodles on the bottom and the vegetables on top. Pour peanut sauce over the top and serve.

Until next time!

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