Hello There friends!
I am currently blogging from home and am of course more than thrilled to be here! Today I am getting my cooking and baking for the dishes I decided to bring for the Easter celebration that will soon take place (the goal: sans guilt of any kind!). I am STILL NOT sure of what I will make (sad I know) but whatever I decide on will (hopefully) turn out well… and you shall the final result on Monday!
Since it is Friday and my brain is pretty much mush at this point in the week, it’s time for a random post- one full of items that tickle my fancy and I feel the need to share, information I want to bring your attention to, and whatever else I feel like blurting out. Okay great, let’s get to it!
1) I found this article somehow (I really cannot recall how) and it sure did make me smile and laugh… titled “Simple Steps To Get You Through a Rough Day“, well it worked
My favorite section is the “be glad this is not you” one! A few gems:
2) Soooo remember a few weeks ago when I wrote a post about how much I respected and applauded Runner’s World for writing a post about disordered eating and bringing awareness to it and all of that? Well not going to lie, I take back some of my praise as THIS issue was published the very next month!
Sigh. I mean I get it… it’s what people want to read, especially with the summer and “bikini season” (not a fan of that term) coming up rather soon. But still, I am somewhat disappointed in this… I mean it was the very next month! No wonder there are countless misconceptions, misunderstandings, and skewed views around all of this junk. Oi vey.
3) And more random made-me-laugh stuff to throw at you! Oh and apparently I am feeling quite immature right now….
LOLzzzzz. Sorry had to Laughter is the best medicine in the world after all.
4) Last time I was home, I made a recipe with red quinoa I stumbled upon at Whole Foods. Silly me forgot to share it though!
Quinoa Pilaf with Peas, Raisins and Sliced Almonds (adapted from this recipe)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onions
1 clove minced garlic
1 cup uncooked red quinoa (or use regular, that is totes fine)
2 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth (I used chicken for the flavor)
¼ teaspoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ cup raisins
½ cup lima beans (I used canned. You could sub in edamame, I bet that would be tasty)
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, lightly toasted if desired
½ teaspoon honey
1. Heat olive oil over medium-low heat in medium pan. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add quinoa and cook, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes, then add chicken/veggie broth, curry powder, cumin, salt, cayenne, raisins, and peas and bring to a gentle boil. Cover tightly with lid and turn heat down to a simmer; cook until quinoa is done, about 15 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the grains become translucent, and the white germ has partially detached itself, appearing like a white-spiraled tail.
2. Add honey and almonds, stir and fluff with a fork, then season to taste with salt if necessary.
An easy, flavorful and light lunch, side dish, snack, whatever.. it’s good
5) Finally and most importantly (to me anyway) is….
I GOT INTO MY TOP CHOICE NURSING SCHOOL! Caps are necessary m’dears, I am beyond thrilled, happy, relieved… just feeling awesome about this! I have seriously been having (what it feels like) heart palpitations, overwhelming anxiety for the last few days or so, because I knew the letter was coming at the end of this week…. it’s been a rough few days!
Nursing is what I have always wanted to do, but the particular area I have been hoping to make a career in has changed over the years. My own experience with eating disorders has allowed me to understand that working with patients with such issues is the area I plan to engage my skills in. It’s a major reason I chose to do my internship this semester and what an enjoyable experience that has been.
Now I just have to get that degree.…
I am starting in the fall and it’s quite close to my home here, which means I am living at home for the next two or so years! This is a-okay in my book- I love my town, my mom and I get along wonderfully, and it’s what I have been wanting! I do have more to say on this whole situation… but right now is not the time, it’s Friday and I am emotionally pooped!
-What simple steps do you use to get yourself through a rough day? This article is my current favorite way
-What are your thoughts on Runner’s World publishing a weight-loss special RIGHT after the disordered eating article?
-Do you eat quinoa? Do you use it for savory or sweet dishes more?
And just one last thing… well YAY for being accepted! I just feel like screaming with glee… finally my hard work is paying off and it feels really nice
Have a most glorious weekend everyone!