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Worth Mentioning- Friday

Posted Oct 19 2012 7:15pm

Weeee it’s Friday Friday Friday!

This day of the week feels that much more earned now that I am supppaaa busy, but I can tell you I am enjoying the feeling! As I have told you a seemingly relentless amount, I become much more anxious and hi-strung (whaaa me?!) when I feel as though I’m not really doing anything. Whether that is in regards to school, blogging, working out, etc, my brain is wired to be “on the go” otherwise I, well stress levels increase.

Blahh you already know that and before I go on a tangent that I have talked about many times over, how about I get into my Friday post! I haven’t done one of these random…. I-love-bullet-point-posts-because-I-don’t-have-to-make-my-writing-flow.., in quite a while now! I have a few things to update, ramble on about, so let’s just get to it!

1) I hope you’re not getting sick of Caleb pictures yet. If you are, sorry about that, because more comin at ya!

We have had this delightful animal for just about a month now, and I cannot believe how big and fluffy he is getting! They grow up so fast huh? ;)

Seriously though, this cat is an eating/pooping/cuteness-overload machine (in the litter box now, yay!) and is bursting will energy errr all of the time. Very often cute, however when I am trying to sleep and he is burying his head into my ears and hair… not so adorable anymore! We seem to have established a schedule where he always falls asleep with me and around 2 or so hours later, he wakes me up, I go and feed him and then quickly run back upstairs and shut my door. Otherwise he will follow me and want to play play play! I love him, but I do value sleep just a tad more at this time :)

As always though, I cannot possibly stay mad at him, even when he sits on everything I am trying to read or simply wants to be on me at all times…

This particular silliness I found on Pinterest the other day goes along nicely with how I treat and talk to my dear kitten, I know he is thinking it! Every time I say his name, enter baby, high-pitched, goo-goo voice.

 

2) I made this soup for the first time a few weeks ago, and since then, have made it THREE more times! Yes, it’s that good and also been making for a very convenient on-the-go, healthy and filling meal.

I Suggest Making Several Batches Soup (yes, an obnoxious name and slightly adapted from Angela’s recipe! )

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground corriander
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper + 2 red pepper, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (not low sodium suggested)
  • 1, 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1, 15 oz can of Basil, Oregano, Garlic tomato sauce (optional, I just like the hint of these flavors, of course you can add these spices separately and to taste)
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (or grain of choice)
  • 1 cup black beans (or bean of choice, but black beans are my personal favorite)
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt (optional, but me and MA are obsessed)
  • 5-10 shakes red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt + Black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pot over low-medium heat (you will likely just need low heat, but our stove sucks), add 1 tbsp olive oil and the chopped sweet onion and minced garlic. Heat over low-medium until translucent, about 5-8 minutes.
  2. Stir in coriander, cinnamon, and two bay leaves and heat an additional minute or two. Now, add in the chopped vegetables (zucchini, peppers, carrots, mushrooms) and cook for about 5 more minutes. Add a bit more oil if necessary.
  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth,quinoa and black beans (or grains of choice). Simmer on low-medium heat (dial 3-4) for 20 minutes, checking often to make sure it doesn’t burn or thin out too much. Add a bit more broth or water if necessary and reduce heat when needed.
  4. After 20 minutes, add in the lemon juice and additional seasonings- all to taste (garlic salt, red pepper flakes, and salt & pepper).  Cook for another few minutes, remove bay leaves, and serve immediately or chill for later.

I have been enjoying the soup both cold and hot, and I like them equally… plus a few additions of regular old pretzels completes this delicious, comforting and nutritious soup.

I wish I had a better picture than this… ahh well, repeat from my on-the-go WIAW last week!

3) I stopped at the mall the other day to pick up a few things, and when I walked by the Yankee Candle Store, I felt compelled to pop on in there and bet my sniffing on. As usual, I smelled some pretty glorious candles, the new fall ones were great, but then fell upon this particular bad boy,

Now some of the food-smelling Yankee Candles are actually quite gross and immediately induce a headache upon sniffing (I am looking at you Pumpkin Pie! Surprising I know), but this Chocolate Layer Cake scent? Well let’s just say I was ready to get a spoon to dig into the candle wax and take a bite. I did in fact resist.

4) Anddd another foodie note, I have been getting my baking on more and more these days because it really does help with stress levels. Plus the flavors of fall baking are hard to beat… enter Apple Cake!

Cinnamon Apple Streusel Cake (slightly adapted from Cooking Light )

  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups chopped apples, I used Fuji! (about 2 large)
  • Cooking spray

Streusel Topping

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional, yet I deem necessary!)

Read more at: http://www.food.com/recipe/streusel-topping-127724?oc=linkback

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Beat 1 1/2 cups sugar, cream cheese, butter, and vanilla at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 4 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition; set aside.
  3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, and beat at low speed until blended. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Combine 2 tablespoons of the cinnamon mixture and apple in a bowl; stir apple mixture into batter. Pour batter into an 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray, and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon mixture.
  4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until cake pulls away from the sides of pan. Cool cake completely on a wire rack, and cut using a serrated knife.

I made this for my usual taste-testers, my mom’s co-workers in the Labor and Delivery department (at the same hospital where I do clinical!) and everyone apparently raved about it! Plenty of recipe requests and everything :) I thought it was great too, although they only change I would make is to add more streusel topping, because let’s all agree, that is the best part! Sugary and buttery= perfection. (We can agree to disagree if you like the cake part more ;) )

5) I just realized while attempting to type out the word STREUSEL, that a) WordPress apparently does not recognize this word and b) I could not spell this word correctly for the life of me and had to Google it. As I did this, I began thinking of a few others terms that I can’t seem to write out correctly, even if my life depended on it. For example,

Nausea, definitely, diarrhea (gross fo sho), separate, rhyme, vacuum

Those are a few that first come to mind and are a thorn in my side… made even deeper when I spell them out incorrectly! The english language man, sheeshe!

6) An unusual event went down in the Northshore, parts of NH and Portland, ME area this past Tuesday, a 4.0 Earthquake!

Now I realize this is a no-big-deal to many of the West Coast (and other areas of course) bloggers and readers out there, but in these parts, it gets headlines! I was attempting good student status that night and was camped out at the library, studying for an exam. Suddenly around 7:15, the whole building started to shake and lasted about 10 seconds. I am a dummy and attributed it to the wind, which had been fairly strong earlier that day. However, some sense was eventually knocked into me and WIND would not have shook the enormous brick building I was in… low and behold an Earthquake! This gets my end of the world radar going.

7) It takes me too damn long to create posts… I have been writing this particular one for basically TWO hours by now, and yet I am still not done! Now I am certainly not sitting down and just writing, but find myself distracted by the endless, captivating abyss of the internet. I type one sentence, go browse another site, type another, click to a blog for a half hour or so… snack time, Caleb time…MUST FINISH NOW!

8) So far I have had two weeks of clinical and overall, I proclaim that it’s going well! I find that I am comfortable introducing myself to patients, talking with them and meeting their needs based on the condition they have and my newbie abilities. The first day I was out-of-my-mind nervous, but each clinical since then has been mentally easier.

I will say a few things I would like to improve on though, CONFIDENCE! Confidence with my actions, confidence when asking people for what I need help with, confidence in the fact that while I am very new to all of this, I have knowledge on this all, and am capable of many things. I also feel that I am often a burden and in the way more than anything as a nursing student (to the other nurses), yet I must remember that while some may be grumpy at our presence, everyone has to learn somewhere and boo-friggety-hoo if some medical personnel are irritated by the nursing students.

9) So as we all know, Halloween is fast-approaching. While most people are excited to find the perfect (revealing) costume, get dressed up and party somewhere, I find this event at my age way more stressful than anything. It stems from being an undergrad at a large party school where Halloween was THE NIGHT to get shwasted and “dress up” and amount to your inner errr promiscuous self, females that is. So why was this stressful and remains to be?

Because it’s an ultimate FOMO situation- Fear Of Missing Out. I was so worried about missing out on the crazy shenanigans that Halloween was at my school that I would get beyond nervous about finding the perfect plans, the perfect outfit, and the perfect people to venture out with… I had better have a good time, it’s expected! At the risk of sounding like a 100%, lame, grumpy-pants person, I rarely (but did some years!!) had a good time on these “epic” Halloween nights and they often played out similarly… I slut it up with other ladies, walk to “a party somewhere” in the freezing death of late October, squeeze my half-naked self into a room with fellow nudies, and DRINK AND RAGE.

Last year’s costume, I do enjoy getting into the actual dressing up! Bitter? Maybe. Realistic, yet wanting to be a part of it (FOMO, damn you!)? Yes. This year though, I WANT to WANT to go out, get dressed up, and have a great time with friends.. but part of this is being spurred by the FOMO thought. I just wanted to get this out for now, and I will be dealing with it the closer we get to the date!

Enough with my random thoughts and rambles, I have gone on long enough! Plus I am starvin-marvin and am thinking breakfast for dinner is a most perfect idea for this rainy Friday night…. mmm pumpkin pancakes…

1) Does feelings/thoughts of “fear of missing out” convince you to go out, do things that you normally would not? Does this play a positive or negative role?

2) What is your favorite Yankee Candle Scent? A food one too?! So hard to choose… but Clean Cotton is a top one for me, along with Lemon Lavender! As far as the foodie ones, the chocolate cake is a new addition for me, also Blueberry Pie rocks.

3) Have you ever experienced an earthquake? My first time and yes, felt midly in my area, but definitely scary!

4) Are their words you cannot spell even if your life depended on it?

5) Share any and all plans that you have this weekend! For me, nothing tonight, study group with friends tomorrow, and uhhh that’s it as far as “plans” go lol. Ragin lifestyle over here.

Enjoy the rest of your night and of course the weekend as well :D

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