I normally try very hard not to wish away time. In the grand scheme of things, I don’t have a lot of it, and I like to try and live in the moment and be thankful for what I have every day.
This is my last full week of classes (they give us next Thursday and Friday off for “studying”, even though I’m pretty sure 97% of the college population spends that time drinking or sleeping), and I have:
16 real days,
4 school days,
3 days of work,
3 poems and 1 short story to revise,
1 fifteen day unit plan,
1 inquiry project presentation,
1 critical analysis essay,
and 1 intervention research paper
before summer break!!! Hooray!
Actually, typing all of that out totally freaked me out. I didn’t realize I still had that much to do. Haha.
But considering all that I’ve done over the last four years, that list up there is nothing. Plus, now that I’m actually excited to student teach (I really like my coordinating teacher), I’m actually looking forward to the end of the semester for more than one reason!
Thanks for hosting, Jenn!
I actually had a different and exciting breakfast this week! On Sunday I woke up and decided that, gosh darn it, I was going to have pancakes.
I did make a few adjustments to the recipe, so here is my version:
Brownie Batter Pancakes (egg, nut, dairy free)
very slightly adapted from this recipe
– 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
– 1/4 tsp. baking powder
– 1 1/2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1 tbsp. brown sugar
– pinch of salt
– 1 1/2 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– 5 tbsp. coconut milk
- Stir together dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Add in wet ingredients, and mix everything together.
- Heat a griddle (or skillet) over medium-low heat. Coat with cooking spray.
- Dollop a few tablespoons of batter (per pancake), and cook until small bubbles appear in the middle, or about 3 minutes. Flip, and cook for a few more minutes.
- Serve with fresh berries, butter (or margarine), and/or sugar, and enjoy!
One amazing thing about this recipe is that it isn’t going to hurt you if you slightly undercook the pancakes…which I did and they were fudgy and melty and delicious. 🙂
That was one good breakfast.
At school last week, I made a huge amount of this Sweet and Sour Veggie Stir Fry that I’ve been enjoying as leftovers over the last couple of days.
On Friday, my mom and I went to Panera for lunch. For some reason I wasn’t really digging the thought of chicken, so I ordered a classic salad and a Caprese panino. OHmygosh those panini are incredible. A word to the wise, though: if you go there and are allergic to nuts, be sure to order the panino without the pesto!
Then later that night, my mom baked up some pork chops for dinner and I sauteed bell peppers and onions as a side. For some reason, I forgot to take a picture of that meal, but on Sunday, I incorporated the leftover peppers and onions in a bowl of quinoa pesto! I also chopped up some string cheese and topped the bowl with some Parmesan. Yum.
I had probably a gazillion tortilla chips over the course of the weekend, but I also whipped up this Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie…
…recipe can be found here!
I also had a few servings of M&Ms over the weekend. For some reason, when it comes to M&Ms, I can actually restrain myself from having more than a serving by portioning it out. When it comes to pretty much any other food (especially crackers…help me), I can’t stop after just a serving, but I guess with M&Ms it’s different…?
As I mentioned in this post, my parents and I enjoyed a nice evening in Ann Arbor on Saturday. Before the show, we went to Lena, a Cuban restaurant for dinner. There was a wait, so we went downstairs to the bar, which seriously reminded me of a pub I went to in London. It was so cool! (Although I’m a bit confused as to how “Cuban” this looks?)
This unexpected style was at least coherent throughout the restaurant…the upstairs looked like a modern lounge, and it was playing club music. Definitely not what I was expected from a Cuban restaurant!
When we were finally seated, we had to quickly order dinner because we were running late for the show. My dad and I both ordered the “grilled pork tenderloin with apple puree, creamed spinach, caramelized apples, bean stew and pork jus“.
It had deep flavor, mostly from the beans I think, and was really pretty good overall. My only complaint was that I don’t think there were any apples on the plate (I think they must have run out and thought I wouldn’t notice if they put sauteed mushrooms instead? I don’t know..) and I really missed that hit of sweetness. Anyway, it was a good and different meal overall!
That said, on Sunday night I made Savory Apple and Onion Pork Tenderloin, a variation on a previous recipe I’d made. Yes, there is pork under all of that topping.
I could have this meal once a week a never get sick of it!
As if the pancakes and my “snacks” weren’t enough, I also enjoyed a few bowls of chocolate ice cream with crushed pretzels and mini chocolate chips over the course of the weekend.
And on Monday, Dan baked me a 3-Ingredient Chocolate Berry Cobbler, which is super delicious. I’m not used to people baking me things, so the thought was very sweet as well.
Workouts April 14-20
Monday: 35 minutes elliptical trainer + strength training
Tuesday: 28 minutes jogging + 22 minutes walking on treadmill
Thursday: see Tuesday
Friday: P90X Yoga
Saturday: P90X Kenpo
In other news, thank you all so much for your support and well wishes regarding the test I took on Saturday! Despite all the love, I really did not do well (I don’t think). The questions were completely unexpected, and it was more a matter of you know it or you don’t know it. It spanned a wide range of subjects outside of English, like computers (what?), social studies, math, and psychology, and was 100 multiple choice questions. Which I hate…part of the reason I went into English is because we don’t take tests, we write papers! Ugh. What a nightmare. The bummer is that until I pass the test, I cannot be certified to teach anywhere, so it looks like I’ll be taking it again this summer and possibly even next fall if I don’t do well.
I’ll end this post with my favorite photo of the week:
Haha. I love dog noses!
Questions for the day:
What are your favorite kind of pancakes?
How about smoothies?
How do you feel about standardized tests? Yay or nay?
Have a wonderful Wednesday! 🙂