Monthly Archives: January 2013

Peach Blackberry Baked Oatmeal

I’m kinda addicted to this whole baked oatmeal goodness. Next week’s project is probably going to be strawberry banana because strawberries are on sale. <3 The batches I’ve been making tend to be enough to basically have it for breakfast every morning until the next weekend comes around. This makes my whole “make meals ahead of time for the entire week” planning a billion times easier. Aside from being a whole lot more convenient, it also deters me from grabbing junk food because these (and other stuff, e.g. the gigantic meatballs) are ready-made and portioned into containers. :O It helps with the whole healthy eating process. I’ve actually been expelling most of the not-so-healthy food in my place by bringing it to potlucks. heh heh heh…

 Peach Blackberry Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:
-1 can sliced peaches, drained + chopped (mine were in pear juice concentrate :O )
-1 small container of blackberries, chopped
-3 cups rolled oats
-1/2 tsp salt
-2 eggs
-1/3 scant cup brown sugar
-2 tsp baking powder
-1 1/4 cups soy milk
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-small handful of white chocolate chips
-walnuts, crushed

Instructions:
1) Preheat oven to 350.
2) Combine oats, brown sugar, baking powder + salt into a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until blended together.
3) Let the mixture sit for ~5 minutes, then add the blackberries and peaches.
4) Pour into a baking dish, spread it evenly and sprinkle chocolate chips and walnuts on top. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
5) Serve! (I usually drizzle soy milk over it.)

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International Festival 2013

Our school had an international festival over the weekend to raise money for the students who are going to the Dominican Republic over spring break to provide free medical care and medications to the people there. I’m not actually a part of the club, but wanted to participate anyway, so I volunteered to model for the fashion show (gotta get some use out of my qipaos!) and to perform a hula for the event. It was super fun, and I think the turnout for the event is actually the most it’s been all year (especially considering the fact that the roads were still kinda snowy). We apparently raised double the amount raised last year, which is pretty spectacular in my book. :]

This is us repping a bunch of different cultures for the fashion show.

Apparently, there was some mild confusion as to what “Farrah’s hula” was actually going to entail. Several of my friends/a lot of our classmates thought I was going to be hula hooping, so when I showed out without a hoop, they were somewhat mystified (aka “Farrah forgot her hoop! How’s she going to perform without it?”). We got a good laugh out of that. :D

Here’s us with our anatomy professor! (He teaches TKD. I frequent his place to learn BJJ, haha.)

I’ve never actually taught a hula before, let alone choreographed anything in my life…but we got glowingly positive reviews! Everyone seemed to really like it, and several people told me our performance was their favorite out of all the ones they had. A couple of my friends also told me afterward, “Farrah, you have a really big butt. We couldn’t stop staring at it. What was the song about?”

;_;

There were also suggestions raised that I teach a weekly hula, since we currently have a second-year who teaches Zumba every week, but will be leaving after this semester for rotations, so they thought I should take over. I’ve actually been wanting to do that since I really miss it (and being able to drag my billion interests into med school with me is pretty awesome, not gonna lie). I didn’t seriously look into it because I wasn’t sure how much interest there would be, but apparently, the performance generated quite a bit of interest. :D! I’m hoping to teach a hula and also a Tahitian piece for next year, and having weekly sessions would make it monumentally easier (Monika and Hira learned this in basically a month). I guess we’ll see?

It’s almost slightly weird, because now, a bunch of people know who I am (either as the hula girl or the girl who lifts really heavy things/goes hard at the gym; I take both as compliments) but I have not a clue as to who they are. ._. My brother says it comes with the burden of being famous. I am not famous. (That’s just an odd thought. ._.)

Berrylicious Microwave Muffin

I got this recipe from blogilates and while I realize my version didn’t turn out to be the prettiest thing ever, it only takes about 2 minutes to make/”cook” and it’s super healthy, so why not? :D! (In all honesty, if I put more effort into it, I could probably have made it look a little more appealing, but…meh. It was my study break.

Berrylicious Microwave Muffin

Ingredients:
-1/4 cup rolled oats
-1 egg
-small handful of blackberries
-1 tbsp soy milk

Instructions:
1) Mix all the ingredients up in a coffee mug and microwave for 1 minute. If it doesn’t look firm, microwave for 30 seconds at a time until firm.
2) Flip mug upside down and slice some berries to decorate. (Clearly, I did not do this. :x )

horses for healers (funding!)

Once upon a time (last year), I got to be a part of a pilot program at Spring Reins of Hope’s medical student course on learning the importance of nonverbal communication and body language in an effort to improve students’ bedside manner. Although I wasn’t a medical student then, I do think I managed to take away a lot from the program and I absolutely loved the time that I got to spend there. I wish I could have been a part of the whole thing (I had to miss the first shadowing day because of a midterm), but it was super fun. :] They’re currently trying to raise funds to keep the program going, so if you have any spare change at all, please consider donating to them! <3 They are wonderful people and the horses were amazing.

Here’s a link to a more eloquent description…

I think they were explaining how to play horse billiards here. :D

Tending to OJ’s needs.

Playing horse billiards. We weren’t allowed to touch him, so I was standing on his other side to deter him from leaving us.

…and that’s me doing a happy dance because we succeeded in our mission to put Cosmo in his pocket. Please don’t judge me.

Our group! :] Four of us were grad students and the rest are med students. :D This was definitely one of my favorite days spent in grad school. <3

And here are the two posts where I actually talk about it in more detail. :D I didn’t want to completely repeat myself in this post, har har.

Honey Wheat Sandwich Bread

Say hello to my second breadmaker recipe! (This was the first one.) I have yet to figure out a good way to make loaves that are more friendly towards the whole slicing into sandwich-sized pieces bit, but I suppose it isn’t too big of a deal. I may just switch to eating more open-faced sandwiches, haha. I sliced it shortly after it cooled this time, so it should make life a lot easier.

I’m probably not going to do anything all that fancy with this. Aside from the apple butter my neighbor gave me, I went a little crazy at Trader Joe’s over Thanksgiving break, so I now also have mango butter, fig butter, honey apple butter and pumpkin butter. :X The possibilities are endless!!! Recipe obtained from this site.

Honey Wheat Sandwich Bread

Ingredients:
-4 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 1/2 cups warm water (not too hot or it’ll kill the yeast)
-1/4 cup honey
-2 tbsp EVOO
-2 1/2 tsp yeast

Instructions:
1) Add ingredients into the bread pan in this order: water, honey, EVOO, flour, salt.
2) Make a small indentation in the flour and add the yeast, making sure that it doesn’t come into contact with the water.
3) Plug in the breadmaker. Select the whole wheat option, crust color (I chose light) and loaf size (I chose 2 lbs).
4) Press start. :D!

An example of what my church feeds me…
Vegetarian sloppy joes, vegetarian lasagna, homemade wheat roll, split pea soup in a bread roll, peas/corn, pasta, salad with onion vinaigrette dressing, a cookie, a date, a small brownie, a slice of cherry sponge cake and a cup of strawberries/blackberries/blueberries/pineapples. Saturdays are definitely my cheat meal days. I ate that all in one sitting. :x