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I am officially starting to move in to my apartment this afternoon, which means I had to clean and organize the contents of my pantry and refrigerator yesterday. I woke up yesterday morning CRAVING cold cereal. It was a blessing in disguise because I was able to finish the last of my Kashi Heart to Heart and an aging banana.This bowl contains about 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch, 1/2 cup Kashi Heart to Heart, 1 large banana, 1 cup vanilla soy milk and cinnamon. I haven’t had cold cereal for breakfast in a really long time and it hit the spot. I was hungry shortly after and had a big, crunchy Jonagold apple.

As I began the cleaning process, I had to face the reality of my snack bar collection. I have been trying to go through it for a while now but some how always manage to purchase more. Give and take a few bars that are hiding in my car, this is my collection at it’s finest:Lunch was a production that I like to call “contents of my fridge”. I made a big spinach salad with goat cheese, broccoli, sprouts, strawberries, button mushrooms, cucumber, 1/3 block of tempeh and balsamic vinaigrette. I had two carrots and an unpictured apple on the side.After lunch I decided I needed a bit more fuel before I started packing and heated up a Medjool date with crunchy almond butter. I seriously love this combination. Midway through eating I came to the realization that I needed another stuffed date but this time tried something new: a Medjool date with MaraNatha Chocolate Almond Spread. Needless to say, it was divine.

Last night was our Senior Ball. It was a really lovely evening at a hotel with about 600 members of the Class of 2010. It reminded me of highschool prom amplified by 100. Before leaving my roommate and I prepared a fancy swordfish dinner. I pan-seared the swordfish and we had leftover pesto pasta and a mixed green, cherry tomato, feta cheese and avocado salad dressed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I absolutely loved the combination of the three elements, and the salad was creamy and delicious!To honor our wine tour earlier in the week, we had a glass of Anthony Road 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling with our meal.

I’m off for a day of moving and graduation rehearsal! I can’t believe how quickly this week went by!

Nearing The End,

Nora

Do you tend to go out for a meal before a nice evening or do you prefer making something at home?

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Despite the fact that I have had such crazy sleep this week, I still managed to wake up this morning at 7am! I went to bed around 11:30pm last night, so I got my required hours worth, but you can imagine my shock when my body naturally woke up at such an early hour. I have never been the typical college student who sleeps until noon anyways and find that no matter what time I go to bed I am always up before 9am. I’m such a morning person though, so no complaints! I love the peace and quiet before a crazy day.

Going back to sleep was not an option at this point so I decided to get a jump on my day. It STILL hasn’t hit me, am I really done? My laundry basket has clothes beyond the brim and I have piles of papers and books to sort through, so I immediately made a to-do list for my day. The weather was going to be in the 50’s and raining so I figured that it was a perfect day to attempt my cleaning/reading lists.

Before yet another home-bound day I went to a Vinyasa Yoga Class. I haven’t been to a class in weeks, and my body felt so sore when I woke up from sitting hunched over my computer multiple days in a row. The class started at 10, so I decided to have a refreshing Lemon Zest Luna Bar and Jonagold Apple while catching up on emails.

This bar had me feeling rejuvenated. I love the fresh lemon flavor in the morning because I can’t always stomach chocolate first thing.
The class was amazing but made me realize how stiff I have become. Hopefully I can get back into yoga this summer. On the topic of summer…. I HAVE A JOB! The HR representative called me when I was on my way to yoga, and I sat down to fill out paperwork after class. Don’t worry I thoroughly apologized being a com for being a complete sweaty mess. I applied for this position in late December and have had two interviews, so the anticipation was killing me. I shed a few tears when I found out I finally was granted the position. I don’t want to go into details quite yet, but essentially it is a paid summer marketing position in the food industry!

When I got back from yoga/paper signing I made exactly what I was craving: A Green Monster with Granola Bowl.


Into my blender went: 5 ice cubes, 1 large frozen banana, 1 scoop chocolate whey protein, 1 scoop Amazing Grass Green Superfood, 3/4 cup vanilla soy milk, 1/4 cup water, cinnamon and spinach.

I topped it with a bit of Nature’s Path Vanilla Almond and Flax Granola. Adding the extra ice cubes today made it more like an ice cream, it was so thick! I forgot to add peanut butter to the mix today, and found that I really prefer the flavor and feel more full when I add it.

Shortly after I made myself a snack plate of strawberries, MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread and 2 carrots while browsing for apartments! I’M LOOKING FOR APARTMENTS!?! I never thought the day would come when I would be searching for a place of my own. The only difficult part is that I’m not sure how long I will be here for, and I have to move in one week. YIKES!

I had another Jonagold later on…I have a thing for apples :).

I’m off to finish up some laundry and then dinner with my roommate who I haven’t seen for an entire week! I can not believe this fact, but we have had such crazy and opposite schedules. It will be good to finally catch up and relax.

Really,

Nora

What are your plans for the Summer?

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Did I really just complete my undergraduate college education? Ladies and gentleman, at 4pm this afternoon I emerged from the confines of my minuscule apartment looking half-human and walked to campus to hand in my last college paper ever. It still hasn’t hit me yet. Do I really not have any readings to do? Tests to study for? Papers to write? As I sit in my room and type this I am in disbelief  that the past four years have finally come to an end.  It has been an interesting ride to say the least. The knowledge I have gained at this institution expands far beyond the classroom. I have learned a lot about myself and have grown tremendously. I have to take a moment here to pause and thank my parents.

Mom and Dad- Thank you so much for every opportunity you have provided me with. I am so grateful to have your love and support in my life. The road hasn’t always been easy, but you never stopped having faith in me and I appreciate that more than you will ever know. Thank you for never doubting me and encouraging me to pursue my interests. You are my best friends and every day I truly feel lucky to have you in my life. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

On to my day:

Today was such a scramble. I’m always such a mess during finals week between little sleep, weird eating and stressful studying. I’m glad that this marks the end of it! I started today around 7am and was under lock and key paper writing in my apartment until 3:30pm. I literally moved from my floor (everything was spread out on my floor…I couldn’t sit at my desk anymore!) to the kitchen all day long and finally sat in bed for some final editing and to provide relief to my numb “bottom” that suffered from my harsh floor all day. Yeah, it wasn’t a fun time.

Breakfast was exactly what I was craving: Berry Oats. Last night for dessert I had some luscious local strawberries with MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread.

I knew that I needed to have these again for breakfast, so I made a big bowl of oats for breakfast with strawberries and blackberries.Into my bowl:

Base: 1/4 cup oat bran, 1/8 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 sliced banana, 2 tsp chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla extract.

Toppings: ~1/4 cup Chobani Greek yogurt (last of it!), 3 strawberries, handful of blackberries and almond butter.

This was SO delicious. I really liked the melted Greek yogurt on top. It made my bowl so creamy and I loved the sour contrast with the berries. When I get more yogurt, I’m going to incorporate it into my warm oats more often!

This is the only meal that I was 100% certain of all day. As I got into paper writing the rest of my food was completely random and consisted of “I can’t focus, go make food” dishes. They were all consumed sporadically between the hours of 10am and 3pm. I really hate mindlessly eating, I never feel wonderful when I do and today was no exception. My stomach was…let’s just say a bit bubbly, but it got me through the day. I’ll try to categorize as best I can the randomness of food:

Morning Snack: Jonagold Apple with Almond Butter.

“Lunch”:

Lunch was a compilation of everything in my room/fridge/freezer that I could think to put together. I’m not sure what time this all actually took place, but I think it was a few hours after breakfast when I was getting into the really tedious part of my paper. I spotted a Luna Cookie Dough Protein Bar and decided I needed a little cookie dough to chug through more work. I ate half of it before lunch and the other half later in the day. Shortly after I decided that I needed to refocus and make myself a snack. I went back into my kitchen and prepared a plate of watermelon and pineapple. I wasn’t full and it was almost lunch time so after maybe 30 minutes I went back into the kitchen to make some real food. Remember that Multigrain bread I picked up at the bakery a while ago? Well it also comes in a Multigrain Currant variety(be still my heart, I’m in love with this bread), and I happened to have a few pieces in my freezer from a long, long time ago 🙂 . The pictures above are a before and after shot. I topped my toast with some natural crunchy peanut butter. After I made my toast, I thought to myself, “Nora, you can not live on nut butters, fruit and carbs alone.” And decided to make a plate of sautéed spinach topped with a runny fried egg, extra sharp cheddar cheese and hot sauce. Maybe I should just call this breakfast number two! It was so delicious, and held me nicely through the majority of my paper writing! I really love the combination of egg yolk and extra sharp cheddar cheese, it is so creamy and flavorful!

I finally completed the bulk of my writing around 2pm and determined I needed some editing food.I needed some greens so I made a mini “sludge” monster with 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk, 5 ice cubes, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 scoop Amazing Grass GREEN Superfood, 1 heaping TBS Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa, and a big bunch of spinach. It looks like sludge, and wasn’t as good as my protein packed monsters, but it was still refreshing. After this freezing beverage I needed something warm so I microwaved a Medjool date with almond butter and cinnamon. I microwaved another unpictured date with just cinnamon after this. Still not satisfied, and now wanting chocolate, I used a random (embarrassing purchase… my campus store sells them so I picked up a bag a while ago.) rice cake as a vessel for MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread and Raspberry Jam.

Today was a whirlwind, and I had a bunch more “finger swipes” of almond butter, some raw almonds, another apple and a big carrot somewhere in between. I think it’s safe to say: my paper was a nut butter fueled production.

It was a bit cool out when I finally left my apartment, but the walk was welcome. I was in need of a good leg stretch, and it settled the random bites of my day. I was fortunate to get to the Political Science Department mere MOMENTS before they locked the doors. My professor told us that the paper was due at 5pm, and the department locks  down at 4:30pm! I don’t know what I would have done if I left my apartment 5 minutes later.

I haven’t had time this week to exercise so I did a light 50 minutes on the Pre-core machine before heading home. I was planning to run but was felling a little “blah” when I finally got to the gym. I’ll tell you, paper writing + sitting + eating = exhaustion.

I wasn’t particularly in the mood for anything fancy for dinner, and wanted to continue my fridge cleaning so I used the remainder of my Bush’s Baked Beans for another Baked Beans and Sweet Potato dish. I served it with a fresh green salad and the last of my watermelon. I decided to cook my sweet potato in the microwave for the sake of time, and it wasn’t very photogenic. I ended up mashing it and topping it with cinnamon and Crofter’s North American Superfruit Spread (cranberry/blueberry mix) before adding my baked beans, which was delicious :).

For dessert I had a few squares of Green and Black’s Mint Dark Chocolate and a cup of Decaf Constant Comment Bigelow Tea. I needed something a little cozy to curl up in bed with because The Notebook was on and I had some blogging to catch up on :).

Hopefully, normalcy will resume tomorrow. I still think it is SO strange that I do not have anymore school work to accomplish. I have some personal projects and fun books to read, so I’m sure I’ll find a way to stay occupied. I think the most exciting part about finishing is that I now have time to do the things that I really like. I’m all for academics, but when it is a struggle to love and appreciate the material you are learning the work is tedious and stressful. I’m really looking forward to reading for fun and continuing my food/wine aspirations.

I have MANY more thoughts, but until I gather them I’m going to leave this rather long post be. I have one more week on campus for  “Senior Week”, which is filled with senior class functions (Finger Lakes Wine tour Monday…stay tuned!). I’m officially out of here after our graduation ceremony next Sunday. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Surreal Life,

Nora

Have you ever had a moment or experienced an event that seemed unbelievable?

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I wasn’t planning on writing another post today, but I ate some food that HAD to be written about. First up Dr. Kracker Klassic 3 Seed Snackers. I mean, just look at them. These satisfied every crunchy,  carby, nutty craving I was having. Where have these been my whole life? I had a serving of these babies with dinner tonight (dinner was too messy to be picture worthy but was a big HUGE salad with a base of mixed greens and spinach, sliced button mushrooms, 1 large carrot shredded, 1/2 a medium roasted beet, 1 golden beet, 1/3 block tempeh, cucumber, clover sprouts, and asparagus dressed with a red wine vinaigrette if you were wondering) and I think they were the highlight of my meal! I loved the sesame and sunflower seeds that are fused on top, they give the cracker amazing flavor. Honestly, these are so decadent that I think I would prefer these crackers naked. No cheese, no hummus, just the good old cracker. Wait…I take it back, I bet jam would be AMAZING on these!

Next my dessert. What is this monstrosity you ask?  I call this dish “Hot Mess”, which would be ~3/4 cup chunky natural apple sauce mixed with cinnamon, 1 chopped medjool date, ~1 TBS Maranatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread, and a Big Scoop of Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt. I heated everything together, and finished it with the cool and creamy yogurt. I didn’t really need dessert but I was cold, and this just sounded amazing. I love warm apple sauce and the date gets extremely soft, “melt in your mouth” if you will, and sweet. The Greek yogurt played with the sweet flavors and warmth perfectly. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t go back for a tad more before settling down for the night ;).  Simple throw togethers like this make me happy.

Fun Life Facts: Because I am a loser, I tend to eat dinner at my desk. Not the most ideal setting but it meant that I was able to catch up with my mom via Facebook Chat. Yes, ladies and gentleman, my mom has a Facebook page. And, I happen to LOVE IT!  Technology is an amazing tool to stay connected. The other day was my cat’s (Rose) birthday. Naturally she created an album complete with 5 whole pictures to document the occasion filled with captions such as, and I quote: “Ah, you feed me too well. Just look at my tummy. People are beginning to mistake me for Garfield!” I love my mom! Things like this really make me miss home. Good thing she is just a phone call, or Facebook chat away!

Stolen from my mom's Facebook. THANKS MOM!

Staying Connected,

Nora

What types of technology do you mainly use to stay in touch and connect with people?

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