Yup school has started

School has indeed started. I have taken 2 exams and I am now studying for two more this week (one today actually). I think I mentioned that school takes over my life, but I want to show you all some glorious moments from the past two weeks. Birthday, epic eats, parents visiting, studying…

Cue snapshot of life pictures since turning 21!

I have two awesome best friends! And Rebekah came from her college for the weekend! We went out to dinner the night before my special day, and tried out a new restaurant (to us) and it was amazing! I went back the next weekend with my parents as you will soon see.

SOOOOO we were supposed to go hiking… This is not hiking??? Yeah we got lost on the drive there and decided the mall would be a better bet. There is nothing like shopping in your hiking clothes to make you lose all caring about what people might think!

        My friend Stephanie (really tall one!) from way back in middle school goes to Tech now and Kailey got to meet her and Rebekah and I got to relive middle school memories with her for a little bit! Wow I feel old! Good thing I am still the same height!

Apple Pie martinis! First drink folks!

                  These were made with vanilla vodka that I bought! I did indeed call my mommy at the ABC store because I was so confused as to what to buy. That’s what happens when you wait to drink until you are the young and legal age of 21 🙂

Can you say sugar overload? So the waffle is four different flavors: Buckwheat, cinnamon buckwheat, chocolate buckwheat, and sweet potato. Topped with nuts, maple syrup, bananas, chocolate chips, and unpictured ice cream. Then we attempted to eat the pineapple cupcakes from my edible arrangement, BUT it was too much sugar for two of us (Rebekah and I, Kailey can put down some sugar! I admire this o so much!) and we refroze two of them (more for later!), Finally, Reese’s PB martini... Pretty, but TOO strong. Once diluted with milk I am told it was much better. I was done at this point, my stomach does not have a high sugar tolerance.

Gift from my best friend. Trashy romance to get me through stressful school? YES PLEASE!

My parents came last weekend and we had a blast! Being an only child, I really miss them when I am at school. I have to say though I am feeling more and more like an adult these days and the transition to a new “home” is going really well. But they are still my mommy and daddy and always will be.

Pizza and Beer. Classic. And I can split a pumpkin ale with my mom now! weird…

Fly over at a Virginia Tech football game. Seriously I love my school!

Night out with my parents! I ordered my first drink at a restaurant. I had no idea what I would like so the waiter kindly suggested a Pomegranate Cosmopolitan. Pretty good! I finished it, and was a tad loopy by the end of the night. It feels weird. Not sure how I feel about it, it won’t be happening frequently. Because honestly drinking doesn’t make me forget about the food, the calories, or the ED. I know some people who say it does. Not me. But I will enjoy an occasional drink for fun and celebration!

Speaking of food, do you see those beautiful risotto cakes? OMGsh as my roommate would say, “Party in my mouth!”

And so begins the study tales. And the end of this post. My mom gave me the idea of banana sandwiches- PB between banana slices. I love them and they are a cheap breakfast because bananas are so cheap! I am going to try to freeze them next so I will let you know how that goes! That is a letter my awesome pen pal of an old dance teacher sent me! She is so creative! like wow! Saving that for a long time. And finally that big white stack? Those are my flashcards for my metabolic exam today. Extreme? Maybe, but this is how I learn and I am not messing with what I know works. I am loving metabolic by the way, and all things chemistry. So now I am looking into graduate programs more than RD internships because I want to do more with metabolism and science. This morning in the shower I thought about how cool it would be to do research for my career and teach at the college level! Yup my dreams just keep spinning! I love it and can’t wait to look back 10 years from now and see where I really end up!

Wish me luck be back soon promise!

Off to College Waffle

I am about to head off to college again tomorrow.

Yes I have done this twice before and should be an old pro by now. But each year is always different- new classes, new activities, in my case a new townhouse and living situation… So naturally I am all giddy and slightly nervous inside. On the outside I like to believe I look like this is not big deal. But just so you know on the inside it is more like OMGsh what if I screw up… I am so excited!… What will I do first!?!… 

I am excited to get to my new apartment, but I am sad to be leaving home. I have quite honestly had the best summer ever this year. I will miss my mom and dad and my summer routine. I already miss my best friend (she started this week). But I am trading that for school and studying (which I adore!), my epic roommate of a best friend, and brand new experiences that come with junior year of college.

So I spent all morning yesterday packing away my life into two plastic bins and two rather large suitcases and hoping that all of the stuff will fit in my car! I need room for that, a cooler of shelf stable food, cleaning supplies, perhaps my stability ball, and o wait ME. I also went to my grocery store for basically the last time until November (OK I may go back for a banana or two because I buy them by the one since the heat turns them ripe so quickly). That means use up the food you have in the fridge Shannon! I am not sure how well I am doing with this. I still have an entire eggplant, a zucchini, brussels sprouts, and carrots that need to be eaten + some eggs and yogurt and cheese. All I can think about is if I don’t eat this food it will just sit there, no one will throw it out if it expires and no one will eat it! And then I remember O wait, my parents aren’t going anywhere. I need to remember that except for the brussels sprouts and yogurt, my parents both like those foods too and would happily eat them when I am gone!

So instead of freaking out and making myself eat a breakfast, lunch, or dinner I didn’t really want I decided to just go with the flow and eat what I want even if it doesn’t contain the “must use foods.”

Enter my waffle for dinner!

This is the first time I made myself a waffle since coming home this summer! I loooove breakfast for dinner and I love waffles when they are made just right. This was my first experience cooking with Almond Meal and I LOVED it! The waffle was so sweet and nutty and grainy tasting. I know a lot of people like their waffles light and fluffy. Not me. I used a recipe from here and chose to use my real Vermont Maple Syrup instead of honey (actually my honey expired so it chose for me). I also added 1/2 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil because I have done a lot of experiments with my waffle maker and the waffles always come out better when there is oil in the recipe.

Pre-topping

I promise it is not burnt. I was worried too when I opened the waffle maker. One taste and I figured out it is just the Almond Meal that makes it darker. Fun fact though the inside is almost pink! It looks cool, I didn’t take a picture, so make this for yourself and see!

Post-Topping

I topped my Almond Meal waffle with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and Fage Greek Yogurt. I am not a big syrup girl but if I had wanted syrup it would have definitely been my Vermont Maple. But since it was already in the waffle I was good to go.

Seriously though. I am so glad I went with what I wanted and not what I thought I should have. Yes, wasting food is not a good thing, but it’s not like no one else in my house will eat the stuff when I am gone so nothing is wasted, the food just won’t be in my belly. Stress makes food no fun. This meal was fun.