That’s how I felt this morning when I woke up. Inspired, and ready to take on the day!
Despite having trouble falling asleep the night before, I laced up my shoes and hit the gym, study sheet in hand. I find I can read on the CrossRamp a lot more easily than I can on the elliptical (which I find incredibly tedious), so I spent 30 minutes studying while I got my sweat on. After, as a reward for my hard work, I finished my book-for-pleasure for 30 more minutes while I biked at a leisurely pace. I felt so accomplished by the time I left the gym!
Another reward? A relaxed breakfast, inspired by my Chocolate Covered Twin, Katie. I’ve had her Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes bookmarked for a couple weeks, and what better way to fuel up for an exam than with a stabilizing chocolate feast? I halved the recipe, made one cake, and topped it with Greek yogurt. For “syrup,” I heated frozen raspberries in the microwave for 45 seconds, than poured it on.
I’ll let this photo speak for itself.
Munched on an apple while I did some last-minute studying:
I think the exam went pretty well, and the best part about it? I’m now done with the spring semester! Summer session doesn’t start until next Wednesday, so I’ll feel a little more relaxed until then. I’m most excited to read, see friends, and experiment in the kitchen!
After the test, I had my last on-campus lunch until the fall (I’m taking a morning class over the summer). I brought Lori & Michele’s Leek Zucchini Pasta Salad, which I’ve also had my eye on for months. I didn’t have any romaine, so I used wakame seaweed instead. I also added lemon juice and a little nutritional yeast. It tasted like a fresh bite of spring!
On the side, pita chips and water. Has anyone else been really thirsty lately?!
I left school to get a few groceries for the week. I tried really hard not to go too crazy and stick to my list. A few erroneous items found their way into my cart, but I know I’ll use them within the next week or two.
Trader Joe’s haul:
- Oat ‘n Wheat Bran Swirls <–alternative to Quaker Oatmeal Squares, for my yogurt bowls
- Nature’s Path Hemp Plus Granola <–have been meaning to try this, but it’s so expensive at my grocery store! Also for my yogurt bowls
- bourbon vanilla extract
- anchovies <– have a few recipes bookmarked in this month’s Bon Appétit… I’m determined to like these!
- goat milk yogurt <– found a big tub for $5.49!
- goat milk sliced cheese
- Kerrygold Irish butter
- almond milk
- goat cream cheese (recommended by this lady and this lady)
- Greek yogurt
Total: $41. Not my best, not my worst. But why is EVERY grocery store out of Bakers unsweetened chocolate?! I used to be able to find that orange box anywhere!
The farmers market proved even harder to show restraint; I am so overjoyed with the arrival of spring produce, and everything just looked fabulously lush and vibrant. Still, I had to watch my pennies, and only bought what I knew I would use this week.
Farmers Market Haul
- Crispin apples (4 HUGE)
- red Russian kale (1 bunch)
- spinach (1 bunch)
- asparagus (1 bunch)
- Breakfast radishes (1 bunch)
- heirloom carrots (7 loose)
- German Butterball potatoes (> 1 lb)
We shared a trio of three appetizers to start: white bean hummus and Brooklyn pita, fava arancini and mint chive pistou, and roasted beets. All delicious, but I think the arancini was my favorite! Such an interesting mix of flavors with the fava and the mint.
For our entrées, we both ordered the Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad with grilled tempeh crouton, garlic lemon dressing, and fried capers. We both LOVED this… so hearty, filling and flavorful! We did have two small complaints: the salad was a tad on the salty side, and by the end of dinner, we had raging garlic mouth. (Good thing we weren’t on the prowl .)
Caitlin and I both work and go to school, and are both enjoying not having to think about homework for a couple days. For dessert, we walked up to 16 Handles for frozen yogurt and a little more outdoor chitchat.
I could get used to this.
Quick! What’s inspiring you right now?