Category Archives: health

wrap

Tessa and I have in recent months fostered a love for Satellite’s rabbit wraps. Though it always is incredibly difficult to justify paying $5.50 for some vegetables encased in a tortilla, we have faithfully forked over the money for the better part of the spring semester while complaining about it the entire time.
I have more than a slight hunch that they infuse the dressing with some crack-like substance because no matter how many times I tell myself that I refuse to pay for another one, my will power is absolutely diminished by the time lunch time rolls around and I find myself 9 dollars poorer (after mandatory additional coffee and tip) and once again ashamed that I paid such extravagant prices for something I could so easily make.
So, seeing as it is now summer and time is more readily available. I am no longer constrained to prioritizing convenience over all else–and therefore my first culinary mission was deemed to be the replication of this particular wrap.
The first step was to look up the ingredients used in the wrap, located on the Satellite website.
Next, necessary modifications were determined–lemon dressing to replace the pomegranate, omission of sesame seeds, and apples instead of jicama. Mainly, these modifications occurred due to the availability of products at Trader Joe’s. Post TJ’s frolicking session (which is usually a bi-weekly event at the very minimum) I had all the ingredients.
Finally, Operation Reconstruction officially commenced.

RABBIT WRAP:

Prep work:

Massage the kale with the juice of two lemons and 2 TBSP of olive oil, set aside.
Chop half of one apple, half of one roasted red pepper, and a handful of (pre) shredded carrots

Assembly:

Smear hummus on a tortilla
Layer kale on tortilla
then your chopped ingredients
don’t forget the artichoke hearts!
roll up and enjoy!
little bit of advice: buy tortillas large enough to hold all of your ingredients!
but if you fail to do so, as i did, you have no choice but to get another tortilla and eat it quesadilla style (which, actually, is quite awesome and some might say preferable from the start!)
put any leftover vegetables into Tupperware for future rabbit wrap assemblage ;)
The best part of all, is that the ingredients used to make numerous rabbit wraps all added together come out to be as much as a single lunch at Satellite so not only can you easily customize your own wrap but it is freaking cheap too (leaving you more money for wine, of course! I have priorities..).
edited to add: YIKES! need to use spell check for future posts hahah or just simply re-read what I write
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sunday

Sunday is known as funday for a reason.

It is the day of the week to wake up slowly, stretch out, take a long shower.

Pack up your bag full of homework and spend soy cappuccino-fueled hours at a coffee shop

Get a paycheck, baking sheet, and and a box full of oranges from your mom. Eat a generous portion of peanut butter filled pretzels while watching the Daily Show online.

Admire the cloudless sky and mild weather, take a nap, cook (and tupperware) a batch of veggies for the week, go see a movie.

 

Enjoy all the little things that this day offers. It is beautiful.

antsy

I often gripe about being too busy for my own good, but the truth of the matter is I get incredibly restless when I lack responsibilities. Due to this, although in theory finishing my Friday at noon is lovely–it leaves me with a fair bit of down time.

Today I decided, after fueling myself with a copious amount of green tea and almonds, to finally organize all the junk I have accumulated in my room over the past few weeks

One trip to World Market and the hardware store and I was all set.

BAM

SLAM

WHAM

…LAMB?

absolutely out of more rhyming words on this one…Wait!–FAM! DAM! CLAM! none of which make sense.

moving on, there are still many more things to be undertaken. The next of which include

replacing my ghetto substitute for a lamp with a proper light fixture.

hanging these frames

up on this wall

finding a less goofy yoga location

and loving on the coneheads!

OH wait, already did that ;)

 

so ready for an evening filled with wine, clothes swapping, beautiful ladies, and cooking.

changes

I’m nineteen, I am moving out, I have a wonderful life, and I am ready to put 2010 behind me and move onto 2011 ;)

shine

…and so begins my favorite week of the year!

Despite any misgivings I have about Christmas, this week is always so full of festivities and love and mistletoe I can’t help but smile about it.

Scroogey

it was kicked off by the obligatory ugly sweater party

excluding mine, of course, because it is exquisite.

Here’s how the week looks

Friday the 24th -Christmas Eve for most, but we are doing our Christmas celebration with my grandparents, dinner, presents, etc.. because my dad and step mom will be leaving town on the real day.

Saturday the 25th- I will have birthday cake and breakfast at home, then head into town and have Christmas dinner (again) with Jen’s family

Sunday the 26th- I will be 19!! Not sure what this entails, except being older and wiser but I think I can figure something out ;)

Monday the 27th through the 29th (or thirtieth) My girls (Kim and Jen) and I leave for Pagosa to hang with my mom. Skiing, hotsprings, and snuggling will be featured profusely, don’t fear.

30th-31stish Moving into my new house, perhaps. Maybe just hanging out and NEW YEARS!

As of now, I had the obligatory shopping excursion in which I deftly avoided the mall choosing to support local businesses instead

that done, all that was left was my least favorite elf activity..

Wrapping. Blech. I just dont have the patience for it.

To say that I am a fan of the giftbag would be an understatement. I would willing to wrap my life up in a giftbag with a giant sparkly bow. I did manage to wrap a few things in the end though, somehow.

I have a gift for the art of wrapping, clearly ;)

Now the cookies are baking, the presents have been given, and the wine is being consumed.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

jingle

A fair amount of things make me uncomfortable.

It comes with the territory of being a socially awkward human being I suppose. I highly dislike talking on the phone, being in the vicinity of a needle, being in pictures, and eating mayonnaise.All of which is relatively normal, in my opinion, but I think what makes me most uncomfortable is taking complements and or gifts.

I’m not sure why, but when someone says something nice about me or does something nice for me I just feel really uncomfortable. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the giver’s generosity, but for some reason I just don’t feel like I deserve it and I just feel guilty that someone would do something for me.

Maybe this is why I don’t like Christmas as much as other holidays.

“WHAT?!” you might be thinking in a concerned tone right about now, “How could someone NOT like CHRISTMAS?!”

all horrors aside, I really do have some logical reasoning behind my semi-grudge against Christmas.

‘Tis the season to be overrated.

1) It excuses supreme tackiness. I mean, honestly reindeer horns on your car.

Seriously? Excuse me while I puke a little.

2) People begin to equate their affection for one another with material items. At Thanksgiving people only give each other company and thanks–over food–what more do you need?

3) Petty arguments involving religion are annoying and more predominant around the holidays. Kind of ironic to say the least, but even that doesn’t make it acceptable.

The funny thing to me is that the people who tend to take the ‘religious’ stance on the issue seem to think that participating in the capitalist enterprise that is America, spoiling their kids with goodies from Toys R US and cartoons, somehow celebrates Jesus’ birth? It is just ludicrous to me.

CLick this for more on that. Can’t we just all get along?

4) My neighbors put up THE most annoyingly garish display of lights that shines directly into my window and makes it seem like daylight at three in the morning.

I like lights and all, but is a ten foot star hanging off your balcony really necessary? Obviously they don’t mind because they don’t have to look at it. Or the field of bushes covered in lights either.

5) I just really hate Christmas music. Not all of it, but the majority definately and you cannot escape it anywhere you go. It’s on in coffee shops, the mall, the radio, your house, it’s like a musical stalker.

If I hear jingle bells one more time, I will punch an elf.

6) Tsk, Tsk Target. You are an enabler. Now, you can pay 349.99 for a lovely seven and a half foot spiky grape to represent the holiday!

Not hip enough for you? No worries, Target has got you covered.

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any weirder, this happened:

8) I do enjoy Christmas day, and ultimately I do enjoy everything that goes along with it but it just seems a little silly for adults without children to partake in it. We all spend so much money buying each other gifts…wouldn’t it make more sense to not do that, take that money, and buy whatever we want for ourselves and then spend the day with family and friends?

 

I rest my case.

Besides, we all know the day after is the best anyways ;)

project

Well there is some bad news, some good news, and some cookie news!

Without a doubt cookies get their own category.

Good News:

  • I managed to sever the bond the couch had made with my ass.
  • I had a great hour at the gym
  • I know what I am doing for everyone for X-Mas! I will need some help for a few of them so I’ll let you all know soon ;)

Bad News:

  • Lowes is out of baby cactuses
  • I did not get anything else done that I wanted to today
  • I set out to buy x-mas presents, but instead bought 26 dollars worth of baking supplies for..

Cookies News!

I used THIS RECIPE. best. cookie. ever.

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more good news

  • i did not eat my weight in cookies and only feel minimally sick to my stomach. My strategy? I countered any cookie consumption with equal fruit and tea

Can you spot the cookie?

  • Also, there was only one isolated crumble incident..

Don’t fret–I took care of that ;)

A bit more of bad news

MOM CLOSE YOUR EYES

  • the room remains a disaster zone to be tackled at a later date. tomorrow possibly…probably not though.

AH out of control!!!

In the forecast for tomorrow

1) more baking–for lobo holiday party

2) cycling class possibly

3) room cleaning..maybe

4) work..maybe

5) make secret santa present!

6) holiday party

7) staying fly