Back to school!

Welllll…. actually school started over 3 weeks ago.  I’ve been meaning to post.  Really I have!  We kind of hit the ground running when school started and I haven’t had much time to do anything since then really.  We had our first big exam today and it was a doozy! 

Gone are the days of multiple choice exams and we now have lots and lots of essay questions on our exams. 

Anyway, I think I have talked about it before but how my dietetic internship works is that we have 2 semesters of graduate course work then we start our actual rotations for our supervised internships in June, then we’re done with that in December and we can finish up our masters (probably a class or two and my thesis will be all I have left to do).  We also have a few projects and some professional and community nutrition hours that we earn along the way in these first two semesters of coursework so we’re busy busy busy!

This semester I’m taking 3 classes- Nutrition in Disease, Nutrition and Human Metabolism and Eating Behaviors and Eating Disorders.  I’m also working as a graduate assistant this year for two different classes- Nutrition Through the Life Cycle and Principles of Food Preparation.  Oh yeah, I’ve also started working on the study for my thesis!

So far it’s tough and I’m more busy than I’ve ever been but I love it!!!  I think that I picked the perfect internship for me and it was all just meant to be!


I’ll try to update as much as I can through this whole process and I still have some recipes that I’ve been meaning to post for like forever.   I’ll get around to it one of these days!  I am making a goal to blog once a week.  We’ll see how that turns out! 🙂


Till later!!


That new car smell

Hey!  Hope everyone is having a great summer so far.  I have to say that personally I hate summer.  The heat is oppressive and it completely drains all of the energy I have, which is part of the reason why I get absolutely nothing done during the months of June-August.  It’s funny that I hate summer so much because 1) I’m a summer baby and 2) I work on a food truck by choice (seriously a big metal box with a kitchen.  It is typically around 200 degrees on the truck.  It’s like roasting alive, no joke.)

So in summary I’ve gotten nothing productive done this summer.  I’ve started some of my internship homework that’s due in September, but yeah, that’s about it.  I had big plans for blogging this summer too, but it just didn’t happen.  I’m so exhausted from work all of the time that I pretty much don’t want to do anything when I’m not working.  Ah well.

One fun thing did happen recently though…


I wasn’t really planning on buying a new car at the moment.  I was planning on saving up for a year and paying cash for something newer.  (I hate having a car payment!)  But my beloved MINI Cooper just wasn’t going to make it for another year.  It had been having some problems over the last couple of years, but who could blame it.  I drove that poor little thing into the ground commuting 4 hrs a day for 3 yrs, plus it was 10 yrs old!  The latest round of overheating issues with it made us think that we may need to start looking for something newer.  I just felt like it wasn’t going to last much longer and it wasn’t going to be reliable for the next few years getting me to school and my internship rotations.

So I started looking around and I fell in love with the Kia Soul.  It’s adorable.  And Kia has the most amazing warranty (10 yrs bumper to bumper, and also tire and ding coverage).

We decided to go drive one and I immediately fell in love.  It drives like a dream!  I knew I had to have it.  So we had a decision to make.  We could buy now while we were sitting there in the office talking trade ins and prices even though we hadn’t intended to drive away with a car that day or we would be back in that same spot in a few months when my car had completely died.  So we drove home in my new car!!

Here it is! 


944227_905548566806_709142906_n954627_905547034876_1277398027_nP.S. If you’re in the DFW area looking for a new Kia, some of the dealerships are superrrrr sketchy.  Save yourself the trouble and go to Moritz Kia in Hurst.  Seriously.  You’ll thank me.


So it was out with the old and in with the new.  I miss my little MINI and it was really really hard to drive away from it (I think I have attachment issues haha)but I adore my new car and I feel so blessed to have gotten it!











Also, if you were wondering how to get rid of a drought, just buy a new car.  It hasn’t stopped raining for more than like a day since I got it.


Till next time!


Catch up post: graduation!

In my last catch up post I talked a little about going through the matching process for my dietetic internship.  Today’s catch up post is all about graduation!


Up until the week of graduation I had decided that I wasn’t going to walk on graduation day.  Honestly it wasn’t that big of a deal to me since this is my second bachelor’s degree and all.  But that week as I was studying for finals and celebrating with my classmates I just thought… what the hell… I should walk across that stage with my classmates. We’ve worked our asses off and we deserve to be recognized for that.  This degree is extremely grueling, let’s not lie!!


Anyway mainly the reason I changed my mind about walking is because of these three little words.


Magna Cum Laude baby!!!  I decided I still didn’t want to make a huge thing of it though.  I only invited my husband.  It was pretty last minute and graduation was on a Friday morning (seriously TWU that is so lame.)  Plus we only had 6 tickets and I didn’t want to have to pick and choose which family members were going to be able to come and which were going to get left out. 

So I scrambled around trying to find my cap and gown from my last graduation.  I couldn’t find it, so I borrowed one from a friend but it was about two inches too short so I went on a rampage tearing up the house looking for my old cap and gown and ended up finding it!  So all I had to actually buy was the tassel and my honors stole (which was ridiculously expensive for a piece of white fabric!)




The day of our MNT final (the last final for most of us!) a bunch of us decided to go out for drinks after the final!

Day drinking commenced.  Girly drinks were had.  Stories were told.  Lots of cheering and toasting was done. 




(picture credit: Jennifer Stringfellow- thanks girl!!  p.s. classmates if you don’t want to be in these pics on my bloggy just let me know and I’ll either take them down or crop you out!)


So graduation day came and since I have the most awesome luck in the whole world I forgot to grab my husband’s ticket off of the refrigerator before we left the house (our ceremony is ticketed).  And I didn’t notice until we were there at graduation (we live 30 mins away so he couldn’t have gone home and gotten back in time).  I sent him to the viewing area where they were televising the graduation ceremony but I felt like crap because the only person I had invited to my graduation wasn’t going to be there.  And he had scrambled to get someone to cover for him at work that day at the last minute so that he could come.  I was freaking out as we were lining up in alphabetical order to go into the ceremony and one of the girls in line by me was like I have an extra ticket!  Hooray for random kind acts from a stranger!  So Justin got to see me graduate after all!




I have some super sweet hat hair from my graduation cap!!




And since I waited so long to write this blog post, my diploma has actually come in so I may as well show a pic of that too!




Even though I didn’t make a big deal out of graduation I still wanted to celebrate a little.  So I invited a few friends out for Mexican food that night to have some drinks and relax!  We took a few pics but unfortunately they didn’t turn out.  Bad lighting and a camera on a phone don’t tend to bode well.  Ah well, it was still fun!

Bachelor’s done!!  Next up, Master’s and internship and then I’m done and I can have a real job with actual monies!  Can’t wait, being a broke student is starting to get a little old! Smile


Till next time,


catch up post: Matched!!!

I haven’t posted in a very long time (obviously haha!).  I wonder how many posts I’ve started with the phrase It’s been way tong since I posted?  Probably all of them within the last year at least.

My last semester of undergrad has come and gone.  I didn’t blog once this semester, so that should be a pretty good indication of how rough it really was.  Not only did I take the hardest classes that I’ve taken in my academic career, I also worked my butt off to pay for said classes.

But I made it through in one piece and it’s now summer break!!!


I’ve decided to try to do a few catch up posts in an attempt to recap the semester.  So here we go with the first one!


I got matched to a dietetic internship!!!!


This is no easy feat!  Internships are very competitive and the match rate is only 50% nation wide (at my school the match rate is 60%.  We had 28 people match this year (that I know about. Go T-dub!)  The matching process is computerized and it’s a very nerve wracking process!

You submit your application in February and you don’t find out if you matched until April.  And match day is pretty much the worst day ever.  I was completely useless that day at work and I ended up going home early, haha!  That actually ended up working out well because I got home at 5:55 pm and logged in to the matching website and just kept hitting refresh over and over again until the matches came up at 6:00 pm. I heard that some people who tried to log in right at 6 pm couldn’t get in and had to wait until 9 or 10 to find out if they matched or not. YIKES!

I honestly didn’t expect to get matched this round because the match rate is so low.  I had planned to use this round of matching as a kind of practice so I knew how the process went.  I looked at several different internships, a few of them were out of state.  I felt a bit limited in what I could choose to apply for because some of the internships are VERY expensive and there was no way I could pay out of pocket for an internship, no matter how great or prestigious the internship may be.  So I narrowed it down to some that had financial aid attached to them and some that had enough of a stipend to pay for living expenses, while still having an emphasis in the area I want to spend my career as a RD in(Medical Nutrition Therapy- mostly clinical).  In the end I always kept coming back to the TWU internship and I decided to put all my eggs in one basket and only apply for the TWU internship.  They recommend that you apply to at least four, but I really felt that this internship was where I was supposed to be.  And if I hadn’t matched I was 100% okay with my back up plan, which was to start grad school and reapply for internships next year.


But match day came and I got my match!!Picture14






(I still smile when I look at this screen capture from the matching website!)

I am completely over the moon with the choice I made for my internship and I am so honored to have been chosen for one of the spots in this internship (there are only 14 spots).

For most internships you go in, have an orientation, and get started on your internships right away.  They typically last around 10-12 months, depending on the internship.  Mine is just a bit different.  I start in August and I take graduate courses in the fall and spring semesters. In the spring semester I have an internship orientation course that will prepare me to start the actual rotations for my internship.  During this time I will also start work on my thesis (some people wait until after their internship rotations are over to start their thesis and there’s also a coursework option for those that don’t want to do a thesis).  I actually already have a research study lined up with one of my professors and we’re going to start the study in July.  I’m pretty stoked!

Anyway, after my first two semesters in grad school I’ll start my rotations for my internship in June and be finished with the internship and able to sit for my RD exam in December!  After that all that will be left are a few more classes and finishing up my thesis, then I will have my masters in nutrition science along with being a Registered Dietitian.


It’s always been a dream of mine to get my masters degree.  The day I got this letter in the mail I was almost as excited about this as I was about my match for my DI!














I’m so very excited to start the next portion of my journey toward becoming a registered dietitian and also fulfilling my dream of earning a masters degree.  Tune in come fall as I start this wild ride! Smile


oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

These cookies! So very good! Nice and chewy with just the right amount of melty chocolate. Perfect with a nice glass of my favorite almond milk!


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Sarah Collins Chapman

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 10-12 min

Keywords: bake vegan cookie


  • 1/2 cup butter (or earth balance)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 flax egg (1 T ground flax seed + 3 T water)
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup oats (quick oats or rolled oats will both work)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 F

Whisk flax egg (1 T flax + 3 T water) together and set aside

Beat butter and sugars together (I used a hand mixer) until creamy

Add flax egg and vanilla and beat until combined

Beat in remaining dry ingredients except for chocolate chips

Fold in the chocolate chips by hand

Drop by the tablespoon onto a prepared baking pan and bake for 10-12 minutes

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mmmmm… just look at em!