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To my dismay, I woke up this morning to a torrential down pour. My dad and I were going to go on a bike ride but had to cancel our plans due to the massive puddles that had accumulated. Instead, we decided to go to the local high school track and run. Before we left I had a pre-run banana.

When we returned, “Dad’s Breakfast Kitchen” was in full swing for another amazing Sunday brunch! This lovely omelet was made with 3 egg whites and 1/2 a run away yolk, stuffed with spinach and goat cheese, and topped with fresh tomato, basil and more goat cheese. On the side I had a piece of whole wheat toast with fresh strawberries, honey and cinnamon. Needless to say, I was in breakfast heaven.

While waiting for the rain to pass, I took another stab at baking Super Charge Me Cookies in my parent’s functional oven and they came out MUCH better than my little  disaster last time.

What an oven should look like.

Cookies that aren't burnt!

I used peanut butter and loaded them with dark chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, dried cherries and dried cranberries. I had one for a snack before heading out on a stroll with my parents. I think it gave me a fair boost of energy because I found myself dancing to non-existent music as we walked around the neighborhoods. It is a good thing that my parent’s love is unconditional because my dance moves are borderline embarrassing.

I had planned on returning to my apartment later in the afternoon but was running behind schedule so I stayed at home for dinner. Besides, birthday cake was involved and I am not one to turn down good company and dessert. For dinner “Cafe Mom” was open and we had leftover steak with horseradish sauce, oven roasted sweet potatoes, a mixed green and tomato salad and boiled carrots and broccoli.Today was my mom’s actual birthday so we celebrated with a small cake for dessert.I had a slice complete with MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP (!!!!I have been dreaming of mint chocolate chip and my parents bought some on their grocery store trip. I love them.) ice cream.This concludes another segment of “my wonderful weekend at home”. Gotta love family.

Another Week,

Nora

What is your favorite food?

**(I feel like this is the hardest question in the world to answer, but it is something people frequently ask me. I like so many things and have yet to find a food that I truly dislike, therefore; I had a very long internal debate about what was my all-time favorite food. My conclusion: Ice cream. Go figure.)


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Well, it finally happened. I graduated.

I couldn’t have asked for a better day for graduation. The sky was a brilliant shade of blue, the sun was shining and the temperature was mild. Our main ceremony lasted nearly three hours and I left thinking, “That’s it?”. Four years and it is over in the blink of an eye? My parents and brother joined me in the celebration and presented me with a beautiful bouquet of pink roses after the ceremony (THANK YOU!!). We went to brunch at a local cafe (a few minutes from my new apartment!) and I ordered a breakfast sandwich with two eggs, goat cheese, portabello mushrooms, tomato, basil and ham on sunflower bread. I have more pictures but unfortunately I left my camera uploader at my apartment, so I’ll have to post them on Tuesday.

After brunch, I attended my department ceremony to receive my diploma. It was a small ceremony and only lasted an hour. As soon as it was over I sprinted back to my dorm-apartment and went into a packing frenzy. I didn’t even stop to take my high heels off, I just wanted to GET OUT! I ate my last Jonagold apple and started throwing things here and there until everything was in the car. I have been ready to leave for so long and did not want to spend MORE time than was necessary. My parents joined me in the packing craze and we were out of there in about two hours. I think we were all surprised by the amount of  ‘things’, especially kitchen gadgets, that I have collected over the year. It barely fit into two cars!

The insanity continued as we hulled garbage bags full of random items in to my new apartment. It was such a long day and I was so thankful to have my parent’s help. When we finished, we were extremely exhausted and still had a 1.5 hour drive home. It was nearly 8:30pm when we finally got back and dinner was Chinese food. My dad and I shared some Middle Ages Wailing Wench beer as we settled down and we feasted on wonton soup, mixed seafood and vegetables, rice and fortune cookies with a glass of Dr. Loosen Riesling. (pictures will be  posted later!)

I fell asleep approximately one hour later and woke up this morning feeling refreshed. I’m glad that I was able to come home for a few days to spend time with my parents and organize myself before starting the next phase of my life. I know that if I stayed in my apartment last night  I would have been anxious about getting settled and entered into another sleepless night and unpacking furry. I’m the type of person that likes to be completely organized before I can relax and focus.

I was really hungry when I woke up and after searching the contents of my parent’s cupboards and fridge, decided to create a gigantic yogurt mess with Greek yogurt, sliced almonds, Cheerios, banana, strawberries and cinnamon for breakfast.

I spent much of this morning generating a to do list, doing laundry, and configuring my computer. My generous parents bought me a new computer for graduation (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and I am organizing files on my old one before the transfer. This has NOT been an easy task. Much like my room at school, my computer is packed full of random files and pictures in an extremely unorganized fashion.

After a few hours of stressful computer sorting I made a peanut butter, banana, strawberry and cinnamon sandwich on two slices of whole grain bread with a side of baby carrots. Shortly after, I snacked on vanilla yogurt, dried cranberries, sliced almonds and cinnamon. I’m basically eating whatever I can scrounge up in my parents fridge. I’m hoping dinner has some sort of vegetable because today has been a fruit, nut and dairy filled day (good thing that those are my favorites!).

I’m off to do more computer work. I’m heading  into the real world tomorrow to face my apartment mess and work. I’ll be sure to post but I can already tell that insanity is in store.

Crazy,

Nora

Are you an organized person? What are your tips and tricks?

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When it comes to making sandwiches and wraps, I am full of issues. I want to add so many topping that I can hardly close them and eat them in a civilized manner. Some examples of this are:

This is BARELY closed.

I will never learn... Could not get it closed.

How many things can I put between two slices of bread?

Today, I didn’t even try. It was one of my rare days where I had time to make lunch at home and I wanted to take advantage of my warm toasted bread. As soon as the bread popped out of the toaster I slathered Cedar’s Original Hummus on both sides and added slices of Swiss cheese to melt on top. I added my other toppings: turkey breast, spinach, mushrooms, Roma tomato, sprouts and cucumber and ate it as is. I decided that it would be much more enjoyable to eat it like this rather than trying to push it down and wrap my mouth around it. I ended up cutting each slice in half to reduce the mess-factor and happily ate my “sandwich” (can you still call it that if it isn’t actually sandwiched together?). This was to die for. I LOVE (strong emphasis) toasted bread. It brings out all of the flavors in the nutty grains and has the best texture, that is sturdy enough to hold all of my toppings. I also think there is nothing like warm hummus and melted cheese. It is so…cozy, I only wish I had some cool avocado to lay on top of it, then it would have been the ultimate sandwich. I had some green grapes and a big carrot on the side. It was such a relaxing and delightful lunch.

In fact I was so relaxed that I ended up having a piece of chocolate and a cup of tea right after then promptly took a nap! I NEVER take naps, but it was just one of those days. I’m getting ready to go to the etiquette dinner this evening, which should be entertaining. To be honest, I’ve never really learned what all of those forks and spoons are for. I’m sure my bad table manners don’t stop there either. In fact I know they don’t. If you were sitting with me eating that sandwich today you would have probably been repulsed by my messiness, as my toppings were falling EVERYWHERE!

Living and Learning,

Nora

Have you ever learned proper dining etiquette?

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On our last day in New York City, it rained, and rained, and rained some more. BUMMER! We had a free afternoon, and were lucky enough to be able to take a tour of NBC Studios, and see Mama Mia! Both were so much fun, and we were happy to be indoors and out of the rain. Our eats reflected those of our first day: Deli Sandwiches and Pizza.

For lunch, we ducked into a place near Broadway to get out of the rain. It was another “tourist” type eatery, and although the food was okay, it wasn’ t spectacular and the dining environment was less than pleasurable. The dishes were spectaculars: oversized and overpriced. My brother ordered a turkey club, which had  well over a pound of deli turkey, a ball of bacon wrapped in tomato and lettuce, and was about a foot tall. Needless to say, he had an interesting time attempting to eat it. All of the tables were placed so close together, that I felt involved in other conversations. The service was slow, and after sending me the wrong meal, took an additional 25 minutes to deliver the correct dish. By this time, my entire family had finished their lunches and I was starving.

Wrong Sandwich

Right Sandwich

I ordered the Caprese Chicken Sandwich on Rosemary Foccicia. When our order came, the sandwich they gave me was a plain toasted sub roll with dry chicken, lettuce and tomato. Normally, I wouldn’t complain about a mix up, but this sandwich did not look appetizing. When my correct lunch came out, I was less than impressed. The bread was okay but not fresh, the chicken was dry, the tomato flavorless, and topped with plain iceberg. The mozzarella was the best part of the sandwich, but was minimal. The bread was dressed with balsamic, which ended up making the bottom piece of foccicia soggy. I had to add ketchup to it so it wouldn’ t be so dry! I NEVER do that to rather complex sandwiches because I like to taste their flavor, but this was so bland and dry I had to!

Dinner was an improvement! THANK GOODNESS! I hate leaving a meal unsatisfied, unhappy or wishing I had ordered something else. Lunch was one of those “unhappy” food moments, and I needed something for dinner to boost my mood. Since it was raining, we decided to grab food to bring back to our room. My brother wanted pizza, so we set out in search of some GOOD slices, determined not to make the same mistake twice. After looking at a few places, we found a small pizza place that seemed to be very popular. From their slices, to impressive dessert selection, this place was the “Taste of New York” we were hoping for. When I walked in, the first thing that caught my eye was the dessert case. It also caught my dad’s eye, and we ended up getting our favorite Italian dessert: Cannoli. I ordered a slice of Margarita Pizza and had half of a Plain Cannoli and half of a Chocolate Covered Cannoli for dessert.

Still in the box!

YUMMY GOODNESS!...yes, the plate is on a hotel bed.

My dessert ...on paper towel.

PIZZA PERFECTION!!! It was huge and had a thin, crispy crust. There was still a “doughy” texture on the top of the crust, and was dressed with the perfect amount of homemade sauce (heavy on oregano!), fresh mozzarella and Parmesan melted with garlic, and finished with fresh pieces of tomato and whole basil leaves.

The cannolis…..just look at them. There are no words. They were generously filled and topped with chocolate chips—I savored every last bite. It was the perfect way to end our trip to the Big Apple.

Vacation Complete,

Nora

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

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