Nothing comes between this guy’s love for pizza.
M: Hey guys! Come listen to my aortic stenosis!
F: Are you serious? Why do you already have aortic stenosis?
I: It’s probably because he eats a pizza a day.
M: Hey, that’s not true! I haven’t had pizza in forever!
F: …you had pizza yesterday at lunch.
M: Shhh, Farrah! I’ve been cutting back! When’s the last time I had pizza? Aside from yesterday?
M: Aside from today and yesterday!
F: …you’re really not building a very good case for yourself.
That was last week.
M: Hey Farrah!
F: Is that a pizza box in your hand?
M: …No! It’s a salad.
F: Really now.
M: On bread.
The recipe is adapted from here. The changes I made were really just because I dislike using salt and I didn’t happen to have any nutmeg. This does indeed have an egg-y sort of taste to it despite there not being any in it. I bought a tapioca loaf the other day (it was on sale and I was curious) so I used that. :] The original recipe called for 6 slices of bread, but I had enough left over for the whole loaf, so why the hell not, right? :O Waste not!
Vegan French Toast
-1 cup unsweetened Almond Breeze Almond Milk, vanilla
-1 tbsp maple syrup
-2 tbsp almond flour
-1 tbsp nutritional yeast
-1 tsp cinnamon
-12 slices tapioca bread
1) Whisk together almond milk, maple syrup, flour, nutritional yeast and cinnamon.
2) Coat each slice of bread thoroughly.
3) Heat coconut oil in large pan over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, place the bread slices in and cook for a few minutes per side until golden brown.
4) Top with powdered sugar, vegan butter, maple syrup, coconut butter, fruit butter, fresh fruit…the possibilities are endless!
(They’re pictured here with maple syrup and coconut butter.)
Is there a fault to being “too nice”?
I love where I am right now. One could argue that it’s just because of the quality of the people I choose to surround myself with, and while I agree that there will always be the gems (…) that slip through the cracks, the overwhelming majority of the people here are truly amazing. During the open house, I signed up to be one of the greeters for prospective students and one of them asked me what I didn’t like about the school. I didn’t really have much of an answer for him. There are minor annoyances for sure (e.g. “I wish I’d gotten a better grade in this class”/”I wish the test had been scheduled on this day instead so I could go here”), but there will always be something to complain about, and on the whole, there are no dealbreakers. (Perhaps talk to me again about this after boards though.)
People smile at you here, ask you how your day’s going, and actually care about your answer. I’ve randomly befriended one of the guys who works at Kroger. The people I talk to in chorale remember things I told them weeks ago and remember to ask me how things went. The locals that I’ve gotten to know tell me to call them if I ever need anything at all (help with moving, food, company, anything).
When I was hanging out at a friend’s place over break and we were chipping in money to get pizza, they told me I didn’t need to pay.
F: But I eat a lot. :O
M: You have boobs, Farrah. That means you don’t need to pay. You’re gonna have to get used to that. :O
Sidenote: We had Halo night and watched Monday Night Football. (I have not watched football since I broke up with secondary ex, haha. I’m not even sure who won since I wasn’t really paying attention. :x ) We lost miserably at Halo (I got one whole kill! I’ve never played before.), and the other team eventually gave up on us and left.
T: Well, UNLIKE YOU, WE HAVE A GIRL HERE!
I’ve been looking after the cat shelter for the past week or so and what she texted me was really heartwarming. (“You are amazing and special, and you have a special place in my heart. Those people are rewarded on earth and in heaven. I’m the earth dudette.”) I think she’s an amazing lady and really admire her for everything that she does. For someone I really care about that I really look up to think so highly of me makes me feel all kinds of awesome. :]
One of the ladies at my church has offered on multiple occasions to make me food throughout the week so I wouldn’t have to worry about cooking anything, and the other day, I was meeting up with a friend to practice for special music. I mentioned that I was slightly low on gas so I was hoping we could meet downtown (less ground for me to cover on foot!) and he offered to get me gas.While I can’t bring myself to take them up on said offers because I’d feel really guilty, I am extremely appreciative of all the kindness I’ve been met with over here.
My friend was also working in the thrift store the day before I was going to head in there, so he asked me what I was looking for and scouted a bunch of awesome things in my size for me and texted me pictures with prices. I ended up getting a sweater, a really comfortable hoodie, a winter jacket, a warm vest, a genuine leather jacket, 2 pairs of black leather boots (ankle + knee-high), a pair of red heels and a pair of brown heels that I can wear to clinic. < $35. Yepyep.
Seriously, guys, what world have I stepped into?
Sometimes, I’m genuinely concerned that when I leave, I’ll be too spoiled to function in the real world. I do think karma exists and that a lot of the time, you reap what you sow. I try my absolute best to be nice to everyone, regardless of how they treat me (although if there are repeated incidents where they offend/hurt the people I care about [or me], I will generally just cut them out of my life if that’s a viable option). I think it’s worked really well and I’d love to believe that it’s how the rest of the world will operate, but I guess we’ll see. I hope I’m not in for a rude awakening once I step out of this bubble.
and it’s especially weird because when i talk to a lot of other people here, they do not have such experiences.
Adam made maple syrup somewhere last week and gave me some (along with pumpkin pie, homemade whipped cream w/ Madagascar vanilla, and a fruit glaze for meat) because he is full of awesome. Last year, he left me a container of this and some homemade goodies on my porch and texted me something along the lines of, “If you were a regular female, you’d probably propose.”
Damn straight! :O The best way to get to my heart is definitely through my stomach (or, well, my tastebuds, really). I’m really gonna miss having him as my neighbor. :o I’ve been so spoiled.
-1 cup water
-1 1/4 cups brown sugar
-3/4 cup white sugar
-1-2 tsp maple extract (~1 1/2 tbsp if it’s imitation)
-a couple drops vanilla extract
1) Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Cook and stir until sugar has dissolved.
2) Remove from heat + stir in maple + vanilla extract.
I mentioned in passing that I promised a date to one of the fighters at the competition last month, and I’m not one to go back on my word, so we made plans to hang out while he was back for Thanksgiving! He asked me what kind of activities and/or food I wanted to do/get so he could think up something special. I figured livening up my life with a bunch of stuff I’d never done couldn’t hurt, so I suggested going shooting (I’ve gone to a shooting range once in my life, but I’ve never fired a rifle before :O ) and going out on his 4 wheeler because that sounded rather intriguing. (I had no idea what a 4 wheeler was. ._.) :O He lent me a ginormous jacket, coveralls and gloves since I really only have just one warm jacket that gets me through the winters here and was somewhat hesitant about possibly murdering it.
I can probably officially say now that I’ve shown up to a date (of sorts) in clothes covered in mud (and possibly also dog poop).
What can I say? I’m awesome.
Kidding. But in my defense, it was because Mike and I went to the dog shelter the day before to take the dogs out on runs and I figured I’d wear the same clothes since I’d probably be getting all muddy anyway. And really, he’s already seen me parading around in a bikini. C’mon now. We bumped into his cousin along the way and he told us his wife was out tracking a deer, so he gave us a vest, which he put on me so the chances of me accidentally getting shot would somewhat decrease. (Whatta nice soul. :O )
I’ve since discovered that 4 wheelers are a type of ATV and holy effing crud, they are a ton of fun! :O! He used to race with em’, so that’s probably why we’re still alive and everything, despite blowing through the snowy countryside hills the way we did. I’m very glad that I didn’t fall off. I think that summer I spent taking horseback riding lessons and my rolling sessions with Dan and Mike definitely came into use there. It was super pretty out there (he says it’s even more beautiful in the summer, but hooray for seasons?). I will admit that it definitely made me enjoy the snow more. I wish I’d taken more pictures (when we were stopped, of course), but sometimes you just gotta enjoy/live in the moment! He also told me that his parents hold horseback riding workshops/lessons. Where was all of this during my childhood?! (Oh right. I lived in the suburbs. Although said suburbs = 4x more people than the biggest city here. It all makes sense now.)
I sometimes wish I’d been raised on a farm. I feel like I have absolutely no practical knowledge or streets-smarts, and I don’t really consider myself to be very book-smart either (I just work really hard), so holy crud, there’s gotta be something. :O Would’ve been cool, but as it is, maybe I’ll just make a list of things I want to do before I leave WV.
In other news, my blanket fort (aka piles of blankets on the floor of my study room with the space heater aimed at said pile) has returned because it’s cold as shit over here.
My quest to obtain recipes for awesome foods from my church are at last coming into fruition! There may be a cooking class starting in January, so I’m rather excited. :D In the meantime, I have a bunch of recipes to tie me over til then, heh heh heh. You can double/triple/quadruple this if you’re bringing it to a potluck or something, but if you’re feeding just yourself, this recipe should do the trick!
-1 russet potato, peeled + thinly sliced
-7 oz. soft silken tofu
-2 tbsp vegan margarine (e.g. Earth Balance)
-3 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
-1/2 tsp turmeric
-1/2 tsp onion powder
-1/2 tsp garlic powder
-1 onion, chopped
-1 zucchini, shredded (or carrots*, or spinach!)
-1 small heirloom tomato, sliced
-fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional; could use dried basil)
1) Place sliced potatoes in a small saucepan and fill to cover water. Bring to a boil + let cook until potatoes are just fork tender. Drain + set aside.
2) In a blender, puree tofu, margarine, cornstarch, baking powder, pepper, turmeric, onion powder + garlic powder. Set aside.
3) Preheat oven to broil.
4) In a 9 in. oven-safe nonstick skillet, heat oil over med-high heat. Add onions + let cook until soft + lightly browned. Add zucchini + potatoes and let cook a couple more minutes. Pour in tofu mixture + turn heat to med-low. Turn the contents of the skillet a few times until all veggies are coated. Smooth the top with a spatula + decorate with tomato slices. Let cook for 15 minutes.
5) Place skillet under broiler and let cook for 3-5 minutes, or until top is nicely browned. (Check every 2 minutes to make sure it doesn’t brown.) Remove from heat and serve!
*The carrot one is my favorite!
So this is a late post, but…oh well. :O Better late than never.
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to spend Thanksgiving with my family, unless you count the fact that two years ago, I had a med school interview in socal the weekend before and they drove down to hang out with me. Including this one, I’ve spent the last three in completely different states. In 2011, since I was in New Jersey, I decided to trek to Boston to hang out with Keat. Last year, I went to North Carolina to hang out with my cousins, but Jonathan has since finished his fellowship and they’re now living in Missouri, so I opted to stay here this year because traveling home would basically eat away 2 days out of my break.
The president of our school does a Thanksgiving dinner each year for students who aren’t going back home, so I decided to partake in that this year. :D
Here’s the menu:
Valley Salad with Tangy Ranch Dressing
Traditional Oven Roasted Turkey with Gravy
Savory Fresh Herb & Oven Roasted Garlic Stuffing
Sweet Potato Casserole with Cinnamon and Caramelized Marshmallows
Green Beans Casserole with Mushrooms & Crispy Onions
Red Bliss Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Fresh Orange & Cranberry Sauce
Sweet Southern Cornbread with Rosemary infused Honey
Assorted Desserts from B Sweet Confectionary
I basically lived at Sean & Isaac’s apartment for most of last week because there was a storm advisory for Tuesday night/Wednesday morning (hooray for snow and sleet :’( ). I didn’t want to drive home because ginormous hills and black ice aren’t exactly my idea of a good time (and let’s be honest–it was just so much easier to live next to the school ._.). It was rather fun (we spent most of our time studying/eating/talking/having impromptu band practice). I was all set to cook up a storm on Wednesday so we could have “family dinner” together, but then Sean ditched us for his actual family (aka drove up to Morgantown to hang out with his aunt/uncle), and we have yet to collectively take our awkward family portrait together (sigh). On the other hand, the fact that he disappeared meant that I got (a) a key to the apartment and (b) to sleep on his bed instead of the couch, so I guess it worked out. (Thanks, good sir!)
Well, that was a rather trying time.
If I’ve never mentioned the process behind how we get our base sites for third year, it’s a pretty simple process, and is basically equally unfair to everyone. There are a certain number of spots open at each base site. If the amount of people that want to go to that site is equal to or under the amount of spots they have, you’re safe. If not, you go to lottery and basically end up in Logan if you don’t get chosen in the lottery for that site.
It’s really stressful in the sense that there is absolutely nothing you can do, and the mock signups tell you nothing, since people have all these weird “strategies” or randomly change their minds and dick you over on the day of.
However, it all turned out okay! All the couples in my class got to stay together and I think(?) all the families got to reunite or go/stay where they needed to. My group got really lucky as well, and I think the situation for us turned out to be the very best it could have been. All four of us made it into our first choice, so we do indeed get to stay together! :]! We signed our contracts on Monday night.
The four of us are currently discussing logistics in terms of living together or near each other and all that goodness right now (we’ve already divided up all the chores). If all goes well and I pass my boards (please, please, please let me pass ;_; ), I’ll be in Ashland, Kentucky next year! Slowly but surely, I’m moving back west, hahaha.
First and foremost…the band is staying together!!! :D! All four of us made it into our first choice! :D!!!
I dragged myself out of bed early (6:30 a.m. :’( ) to help out with Thanksgiving breakfast at church last week. We made decorations, set the tables and cooked up a wholeee bunch of food. :] Kester was making this tofu scramble in the kitchen while we were making decorations and it was complete torture sitting there and smelling the delicious awesome-ness but not being able to eat any of it. The wait was worth it though.
This recipe makes about 2 1/4 cups! Kester got it from this book, which I think the church’s thrift shop sells. I really need to go there one of these days.
-1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
-1/4 cup water
-2 tbsp EVOO
-2 cups tofu, mashed
-4 tsp country-style seasoning (obtained from my church’s thrift shop downtown)
-1/2 tsp onion powder
-2 tsp nutritional yeast flakes
-1/4-1/2 tsp garlic powder
-1/4 tsp salt
-2 tbsp chives or parsley (or 1/4-1/2 tsp thyme!)
1) Rinse tofu in cold water. Drain + mash w/potato masher or fork.
2) In a skillet, saute onions in water + oil until soft. Add remaining ingredients and stir together well on medium heat for 5-10 minutes.