WIAW + WHAW(What Harley Ate Wednesday)

Hey friends!!!  School is officially back in session and I have a few random thoughts on my classes/teachers…

1. One of my teachers might be insane.  Literally.

2. I HATE classes that are all interactive/group workey.  I like to go in, sit down, listen to an amazing lecture and take notes.  That’s the kind of class that I enjoy and I learn better that way because I’m not thinking about how much I hate doing stupid activities and group work the whole time.

3. One of my teachers is making us sit in assigned seats.  In alphabetical order.  I’m not even kidding.  I’m 31 years old people and I’m in COLLEGE- not elementary!

4. My GTA for food science lab is maybe the funniest and craziest people I’ve ever met and I want to be her BFF!

5. I’m already in love with my Sports Nutrition class.  I’m totally obsessed with it and I’ve already read several of the chapters in the textbook even though I don’t need to read them yet.  This is a career path that I am definitely interested in learning more about.  The subject is fascinating.  I just wish the class was a lecture class instead of online.


I took my WIAW pics yesterday so I could show some examples of some typical school-day meals.


For breakfast I usually stick to toast/cereal/fruit type things because it’s easy and quick.  But since it was the first day of school I decided to actually make something.  I made the pumpkin cream pie oats from the Peas and Thank You cookbook. (p.s. this cookbook is amazing- you should get it ASAP!)

I topped it with some Barney Butter from my HLS swag bag and a drizzle of agave nectar- it was SO good, but I think I’ll appreciate it more when the weather cools off a bit(it was 106 yesterday!!!)

(oh and p.s. I took all these pics from my new cell phone (the Samsung Infuse).  It has an amazing camera for a phone!!)


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I packed up a nice assortment of goodies for lunch/snacks for school.

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Lunch was a PB&J on whole wheat, carrots + cukes + pretzels with hummus for dipping.  The apple slices and blueberries and dark chocolate almond milk were for between class and driving home snacks.


Dinner was easy thanks to all the preparation I did for this week by pre-chopping all my veggies!

Portobello Peppersteak stew served over Caulipots(mashed cauliflower+potato) from the Appetite for Reduction cookbook.  I used all portabellas instead of the using seitan and portabellas because I’m not a huge fan of seitan.  Oh. My. Goodness. This was sooooo good!  Definitely will be making this again!

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I also thought I would include a What Harley Ate Wednesday in this post.  She decided one of my textbooks looked tasty. 

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The cute face is deceiving people.





Things I’m Obsessed With!

I get into obsession mode sometimes when it comes to my favorite things.  I usually yammer on about my obsessions on Facebook, but today I was thinking why not just bring it to the blog?!  I’m going to try to keep it around 5 things each time I do one of these- because honestly I could go on and on!

So here we go…

Things I’m Obsessed With, Edition 1

#1 Taking pictures of my dog

I. Cannot. Stop!  She’s so darn cute!  And the look on her face is usually like “pleeeease stop!”  Haha!



#2 Iced Green Tea


Cannot stop drinking it!  Multiply this times like 5 in one day and you’ll understand just how deep the obsession is!


#3 Sprouted Grain English Muffins


LOVE!  English Muffin Pizzas?  Yes please!  Breakfast Sammies?  Yes please!  The ideas are endless and this particular brand is the best- so hearty and grainy! 


#4 Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips



Oh my word these are insane!  I really don’t like the semisweet chocolate chips very much(they taste weird!), so when I came across these I was super excited!  Honestly, they are an extremely good quality dark chocolate- they’re better than a lot of the really expensive “fancy” dark chocolates I’ve had and they’re around $3 for the bag!  I like to keep a bag around and have some as an after dinner sweet sometimes.  If you stick to a serving, they’re pretty decent on the calorie budget- only 70 cals per serving!  Can’t beat that with a stick!


#5 Mama Peas New Cookbook


I cannot seem to put this down!  The recipes are fab- I made the teriyaki tofu last night!  And I can’t wait to try some of the desserts! (my oven is broken, so It will have to wait till I have time to go shopping for a new one!)  And it is SO funny!  Seriously if you don’t have this, you should really go out and get it- you will definitely not regret it!


Well, those are my top 5 things I’m obsessed with! What can you not live without right now?


Lazy day

Yay- day 2 of spring break!

Harley had a nice relaxing day today.  She did some napping on the couch…


“Mom, stop taking pictures!”



Silly gal!

Not much on the agenda today except cleaning- wow this place was a mess!

The kitchen got scrubbed, some laundry got done.

I tackled the big pile of napkins that have been needing to be ironed and folded.  (I got these as a wedding gift- so cute right?!  And they match the colors of all my fiestaware!)




I had a good run before lunch- did my own little 5K and cut a minute and a half off of my personal best 5K time! 

And a yummy wrap for lunch…  A leftover veg burger, a little Daiya, rolled it up and seared it in a pan, then opened it back up and stuffed it with spinach and romaine, pickles, and some mustard.  NOM!


And the same juice I had yesterday (carrot, apple, orange, ginger)…


And then I made cookies!!!

They’re dark chocolate chip cherry!  And they’re amaaaazing!

I followed a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe (subbing a flax egg for the chicken’s egg), I also did just 1 cup of chocolate chips (I used the extra dark chocolate ones!) and I added 1/2 cup of chopped dried tart cherries.





See you tomorrow!  Till then…

Happy snacking!


Snow Day!

No school, classes were cancelled last night so this girl got to sleep in- yipee!

I was craving oatmeal so bad when I got up this morning.  Decided to make my oats taste like starbucks oatmeal this morning. (you know with the brown sugar, mixed nuts, and dried fruit…)

Into the pot… (for me and the hubs)

! cup of rolled oats
1 cup almond milk
1 cup water


handful of chopped dried cranberries and cherries
sprinkle of chopped walnuts and pecans (I pretty much always have these hanging around in my freezer)
sprinkle of brown sugar
sprinkle of ground flax and chia seeds

Better than the bucks!



With a new local coffee roaster that we just started carrying at the store- Katz coffee.

Texas chocolate mudslide… to. die. for.


all together…


Next was a short walk in the winter tundra!  (Hey it’s Texas- this is the winter tundra to us!  Especially since it was in the 70s this weekend and I wore shorts.)

Harley likes the snow, but she has such a thin coat that she starts shivering pretty much immediately.



From the patio…






The road in front of our house (no sanding/salting trucks in our neck of the woods!).




Then to do what a Texan does when they get snowed in… crank the heat up, dream about a scorching TX summer, and make some picnic food!

Leftover black bean burgers on sourdough and potato salad!





Taxes were done, then I started some studying for a test tomorrow that’s postponed because we have ANOTHER snow day tomorrow!  Now there’s nothing left to do but snuggle up with the hubby and watch a movie… wonder if he’ll go for Twilight?

Have a happy snow day!


peanut butter jelly time

(that’s for you Shannon B!)

Today was work work work.  I feel like I haven’t slept a wink this week!  After work I hit the gym.  I decided to rejoin the gym.  I cannot work out at home!  I’ve tried and failed several times.  There’s just something about the gym.  I love the classes, mostly kickboxing.  Today I jumped on the elliptical with the newest copy of VegNews! 

Then I hit up the Costco for some fresh fruit and veg for next week.  Got em all prepped and ready to munch!

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Big dog in a little chair!

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Cherry chocolate chip granola bars!  They’re still cooling off, so I don’t know how they taste yet.  We’ll see tomorrow.  If they turn out good I’ll share the recipe!

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Another early early morning tomorrow.  Night!