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Hehe, I like chocolate.

Yesterday morning I decided to give the pumpkin oatmeal another go, using VeggieGirl’s method of banana-nut butter-pumpkin oats, and it turned out fabulous! I used peanut butter in place of hazelnut butter because unfortunately I don’t have any hazelnut butter. Thanks VeggieGirl!

Then this morning I literally woke up craving chocolate oats. Which is weird, because I don’t think I’ve ever had them before. Anyway, we finally had chocolate soymilk in my house that hadn’t already been drank by my chocoholic family, so I greedily used up the rest of it making choco-banana oats! 1/4 cup oats cooked in 1/2 cup water, then cooked again in 1/2 cup chocolate soymilk (I use Soy Slender brand- 70 calories a cup!) mixed with a tablespoon of flax and a sliced banana. By the end of cooking, the banana was broken into tiny pieces and dispersed throughout the oats, making for a delicious, thick, gooey bowl. It tasted like dessert for breakfast. It’s a must try!

Verse of the Day: “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?'” Hebrews 13:6

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I’ve got to find a thesaurus! With this lack of pictures, I have only my keyboard with which to show you my decadent eats!

For lunch I whipped up a tofu scramble. It wasn’t completely vegan, however, because toward the end of cooking I added 3 egg whites. The minimal amount of tofu wasn’t going to be substantial enough. Into this scramble I also threw in some sliced onion and 3 cloves of garlic. Yes, three. I’ve become immune to the taste of garlic. On the side I had a piece of Ezekiel bread with Smart Balance.

Ok, silly question. Is Ezekiel bread supposed to be refrigerated? When I bought it it was frozen, so I’m thinking maybe it’s supposed to stay cold, because it’s made of beans, etc.? Or am I crazy?

At about 5:00 I got super hungry while baking whole wheat dinner rolls (wait for future post!) so I snacked on a Darigold All-Natural peach yogurt with a tablespoon of flax mixed in. Yogurt and flax are a great combination, the flax sweetens it almost like sugar!

No dinner tonight; just snacks. I had a great dinner planned (hence the whole-wheat dinner rolls) but then I had to drive my sister someplace and ended up not returning home until after 9 o’clock. Luckily I brought a Clif crunchy peanut butter bar with me to munch on. Which means…

Bar Review: Clif Crunchy Peanut Butter

There’s only one thing I can say: A++++++++. This bar tasted like eating bite after bite of pure peanut butter. It was so dense and rich; it was like an entire meal in its 2.4-oz self! At only 250 calories, it does not make a sufficient meal replacement, but with 11 grams of protein, sure makes a fine snack! Peanut butter lovers, be aware of this decadent energy bar! You will not be disappointed!

That being said, I’m going to go finish my report on the presidential debates, then dream about peanut butter all night!

Finally! I found pumpkin at my grocery store! So I went on a pumpkin baking spree! Last night I made
vegan pumpkin muffins
. The flavor was good, but I accidentally added 3 x the amount of oil the recipe called for, so they were a little..um..moist. I also baked a loaf of molasses bread.

I’ve been waiting to make pumpkin oats for a long time! This morning, the mix was 1/4 cup oats, heaping 1/4 cup pumpkin, 1/2 water and 1/2 cup soy milk, tsp agave nectar, cinnamon, vanilla, and cloves. I have to admit I wasn’t impressed. Maybe I did something wrong? The pumpkin flavor was too strong and it tasted more like a soup.. than oatmeal? At any rate, it sure was pretty in my new fall-colored yellow bowl! To make up for the lack of flavor I also had a slice of molasses bread with peanut butter.

Verse of the Day: “But I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44

Oy! For the past two days my camera has been acting up. I’ll take a picture, then it will “not appear on card,” then it won’t load on to the computer, etc. You name it, my camera has done it. It’s time for a new camera!

That being said, what do you recommend as a good, low-budget of course, camera? What kinds of cameras do you guys use?

In the mean time, I’d love to at least describe what I’ve been eating these past couple days. Yesterday I had a wafflewich for breakfast :]. Those always put me in a good mood. Lunch was pb & agave, a pear, and a banana. Dinner was- ohmygoodness- the best homemade whole wheat waffles I’ve ever tasted! My friend’s mom made them and I watched. She ground the wheat herself in this big noisy grinding machine! She used butter and eggs- yuck- but after tasting the waffles, I didn’t care! Asking for the recipe ASAP.

This morning’s breakfast was simple, but very pretty, because I bought new white plates! The food stood out beautifully against the white background. Two FlaxPlus waffles with SmartBalance and ground flax sprinkled on top, alongside a sliced nectarine, and a glass of soymilk in an old-school Coke glass.

I think I might actually go to the gym today! *Gasp* It’s been almost two weeks! Boy do I feel la-zy!

Verse of the Day: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18

A quick post this morning. Wanted to show you all my breakfast! Inspired by Katie’s amazing bowl of cream of wheat, I bring you:

Apple cinnamon oats!

The usual mix of oats (oats, water, soymilk, peanut butter, flax) with a heapin’ helping of applesauce mixed in! And of course, extra cinnamon, because what’s oats without cinnamon? I just don’t know.

Verse of the Day: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7

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Happy Humpday everyone! Mine was drenched in sleep and sprinkled with Physics homework. However, I did manage to eat delicious meals along the way. 🙂

My camera died right after I prepared the most beautiful breakfast I’ve ever made. It was a Fage with honey stirred in, and topped with banana slices, warm blueberries, and cinnamon. The fruit shone like gems! No picture, sorry, but it will be in my memory for ever! Can’t wait to recreate it.
In the meantime, here’s my breakfast from yesterday:

Oats with a little less peanut butter than I usually add. I almost like it better with less peanut butter; it lets the other flavors stand out.

My lunch wasn’t quite worth photographing today; I had a wrap with just a tortilla and Muenster cheese, and also half of a refried-bean sandwich. Random, I know.

This afternoon I ate a peach Darigold yogurt and half a graham cracker before falling asleep for almost 2 hours! That was one of today’s shorter naps. In all I took about 4.

America’s Next Top Model was on tonight! I’m not one to get super excited over TV shows (although I will admit- I was nearly obsessed with Smallville for over a year) but since it was on, I watched it with my sister while eating dinner.

Barbecue tofu on a bed of Romaine and leaf lettuce, with grilled onions, bell pepper, and three (!) cloves of garlic. For dessert I had a piece of bread with peanut butter, chocolate chips, and powdered sugar. This was not photogenic. My belly sure liked it though!

I lied; I don’t have any book reviews to give you. I actually only two halves and a book prediction. See, I’ve been reading, for quite some time now, Lady In the Tower: The Wives of Henry VIII by Jean Plaidy. It’s the life story of elegant Anne Boleyn, beginning in her childhood, and (probably) ending when she dies. It’s written in first-person. Right now I’m halfway through and contemplating whether it’s worth finishing. It seems like the character has reached her goal, she married the king, and now it’s just a little boring. Has anyone else read this book? Up until the boring middle, I rate it a 6.

Another book I’ve been nosing is purely for Honors History, but happens to be entertaining. The No Spin Zone by Bill O’Reilly, I’m sure many of you have read or at least heard of. This guy is so satirical and in-your-face, but in a respectful way, that sometimes reading his interviews just makes my day. He’s so sharp, too! I could never think of interview questions like he asks!

Last but definitely not least is my book prediction for the night. A Walk West (A Walk Across America 2) by Peter Jenkins, is a continuation of his book about walking from New York to Louisiana with his dog. Well, to make a long story short, he has now replaced his dog with a girl (got married!!) and now the two plan to walk to the west coast. I highly highly highly recommend the first book and I predict the second will be even better. It’s sitting on my desk, calling my name.

Thank you for making it through my endless post! I’ll see you all in the morning!

Verse of the Day: “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not you own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20

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Guess what! Today I tried Greek yogurt! And wow- that stuff’s good! It has the consistency of custard, with the flavor of yogurt. Actually, mine was fruit-and-agave-flavored, because I mixed in banana and pear slices, and agave nectar! Fage 0% is officially on my shopping list.

Along with this afternoon snack I had a slice of many-grain toast with peanut butter, and a slice with Smart Balance and raspberry preserves:

Dinner was very simple: tofu marinated in honey dijon mustard, ginger, and a few other spices (I must start writing these down!), then sliced into strips and baked it for 20 minutes, 10 on each side, at 400 F. I used these as a salad topper along with some black pepper, and they made it dee-licious. The mustardness (a word?) tasted like salad dressing.

I also had eight cherry tomatoes and a Honeycrisp apple, as dessert I suppose!

I’m already dreaming about breakfast 🙂 Don’t know what it will be yet, but I tell you this: it will be good!

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