Archive | October, 2009

Newman’s Own Organics

31 Oct

Good morning! I’m pretty tired this morning after staying up til almost 4. I woke up at like 9:40 and was STARVING and just had to get out of bed. Luckily, I had something goooood waiting for me to devour.

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Pumpkin oats topped with some bran muffin and almond butter. Soooo creamy and delicious.

Okay, Newman’s Own Organics is officially the greatest company EVER!!!

Last night, I got an e-mail saying I had a package waiting for me. Getting packages at school is basically the best thing ever.

Thank you so much Sally of Newman’s Own Organics, for sending me an incredible package of basically everything you guys have. I can’t say enough how grateful I am for all of it! I’m honestly set food-wise for months now.

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I honestly think I got one of every single thing they sell. I was not expecting such a wonderful sample of products.

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Do you see this beautiful array of goodies?! I haven’t even seen some of these things before. I’m especially excited for the Hermits, dried fruits, peanut butter cookies (!!!!!), bars of dark chocolate, and Soy Crisps. I used to eat those White Cheddar Soy Crisps ALL the time, and I’ve missed them. Thanks again Sally!

A view from the top:

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Haha, my roommates are like, “How do we get all this free food?!?!” Maybe I’ll share a little with them πŸ˜‰

Oh yeah, I had the best lunch yesterday!

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Sorry about the blurry picture. I made falafel using the Fantastic Foods mix and it turned out awesome. I broiled it in the oven, and it smelled and tasted wonderful. I put it atop a salad of Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, and a little cheese. I also had half a toasted pita on the side.

I wanted to use up the rest of my plain yogurt, so I made a makeshift tzatziki sauce with what I could scrounge up. I mixed the yogurt with some chopped cucumber, and some random jalapeno. Not exactly traditional, but it tasted great. And of course, falafel isn’t complete without a little hummus.

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I loved this new meal, and can’t wait to eat the leftover patties I made. And I only used half of my box, so I can make them again later!

Alright, I think I’m going to hit the gym so I have energy for today. Not exactly sure what’s on the menu for tonight, but it’ll be a fun night πŸ˜€

Have an amazingly fun Halloween everybody!!!

German Night (Finally!)

30 Oct

I have some extra time this morning, so I thought I’d put up some pictures from the German Night that was more than a few weeks ago now!

We have a few German guys in our dorm, Claudius and Holke, so my committee (we’re in charge of food events, perfect right?!) decided we should have a German night.

On the menu were Bavarian meatballs, German potato salad, and a radish type salad. And then of course, my apple dessert!

Claudius made the meatballs and he said it was a recipe his mom taught him. How cute, I know πŸ˜›

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The chef! He’s a funny guy. He’s a grad student, and very smart. It was cool seeing that he knew how to cook!

From this:

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To this:

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These were beef meatballs. We also had pork ones. They were full of onions, and were perfectly crunchy on outside and cooked on the inside. Salty and good! And that takes a lot for me to say beef is good πŸ˜‰

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The giant bowls of potato salad. German potato salad is different in that it is made with chicken broth, not a gross mixture of mayonaisse and sour cream. I think there were pickles and onions in here as well.

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Radishes and onions. I guess Germans really like onions or something…?

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The apple cake pre-oven. I just found a recipe online and went off that. I made Claudius verify that it was actually German, haha. I think it’s called Apfel Kutchen. Something like that. Basically, apple cake. Everyone loved it and ate it SO quick. I barely came out of the kitchen! And I made two of them.

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My labor of love.

And a close-up:

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Simple and delicious! The crust was buttery and crumbly, and how can that be a bad mix with apples and cinnamon? That’s right, it CAN’T! If only there were some peanut butter…now that would be perfection.

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The spread of goodies.

And that’s it! I hope you all enjoyed it. I can’t wait til our next dinner night. We have so much fun in our dorm, celebrating all of the different cultures. And if it involves food…even better. When the words “free” and “food” are combined in an event, you bet that everyone’s coming out of their rooms and seeing what’s up.

I’m doing some laundry now, and am brainstorming a lunch. I think my friend and I are volunteering at the co-op this afternoon. And then I’m going to a Haunted Forest tonight! Woooooo!

Have a great Halloween weekend everyone!

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29 Oct

Describes my mood today. I’m not 100% sure why, but it’s just been a quiet day. Having two roommates is tiring, especially two roommates who are best friends. And ones that act as though they are so much older than you (try months!). Ugh. It’s all part of the wonderful college experience though right?! One of my close friends hates her roommate and we are basically dying to live together. Now I just have to get rid of mine…

Not everything has been a downer though! Yesterday I had a leftover pupusa for lunch, and that was a big highlight.

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Ohhh, so cheesy and good. I tried toasting it on the stove instead of in the microwave to crisp it up a bit. It kind of worked. On the side I just had some random mixed veggies and a lil blob of hummus.

Last night was International Movie Night, and we watched Sin Nombre. It was about gangs and immigrants. Uhhhh…it was very gory. But I was definitely on the edge of my seat the whole time!

Breakfast this morning was inspired by none other than the wonderful Kailey, aka Snackface. I wanted a change from oatmeal (even though I could happily eat it everyday), so I tried her yogurt + pumpkin +banana mixture for a delicious bowl this morning.

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I mixed 1/2 c yogurt with pumpkin and cinnamon, and a touch of honey to chill overnight. In the morning, I added a sliced verrryyy ripe banana (so sweet and creamy), a handful of Nature’s Path Maple Pecan Crunch cereal. I definitely recommend this cereal. It stays really crunchy, has the perfect touch of sweetness, and has whole pecans and clusters in it. It went perfectly with the bowl. Topped off with a spoonful of peanut butter and a shower of cinnamon, my breakfast was filling and satisfying.

After two classes I came back, g-mail chatted with my mama, made some art history notecards (exam on tuesday…grrr), and then was off to sociology. I sat by my friend, and we just barely clung to consciousness as my teacher went on and on about the closing gap between men and women.

I was absolutely starving when I got out and had created this meal in my head during lecture:

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Not the prettiest picture ever, but this was so good. I even texted my sister and mom letting them know how much I was enjoying it πŸ˜›

You can’t see it, but on the bottom of the bowl was quinoa, and then topped with broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, cucumber, carrots, a few beans, and chicken (surprise!). I haven’t had any meat from the school since I’ve been here. My mom’s been encouraging me to get more meat (concerns of lack of iron) so I got a rotisserie chicken breast. It wasn’t too bad! I just tossed the skin, pulled pieces off the bones, and warmed it up with the veggies.

I also made another delicious peanut sauce. I didn’t measure obviously but it had about 2 TBS peanut butter, squirt of honey, dash of vinegar, pinch of salt, squeeze of hot sauce (are you loving all these different measurement descriptions?), and hot water to thin it out. I used to make bowls like this ALL the time at home. They’re so warm, filling, and nutritious.

I just got back from a lovely sweat session at the gym. It was very needed to clear my head. Now I think I’m going to buy some food for some hungry boys who have run out of dining points πŸ˜€ I have too much to spare!

Here’s to a great Friday with no drama!!! πŸ˜€

 

Latino Night!

28 Oct

Last night in our dorm, we had a Latino Night for everyone to come enjoy. There are about 5 other Latin girls in the Global Communities program, and we wanted to have a Latin night soo badly! A couple weeks ago we had German Night (which I still haven’t put up the pictures of…I will I promise!), and so we wanted Latin night next!

On Monday night, my friend Tiara and I made two Tres Leches cakes. If anyone hasn’t had a tres leches before, it’s essentially a vanilla cake that has been poked with holes, and then soaked overnight in a combination of three milks (i.e. tres leches). The milks are whole milk, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed. Most recipes used heavy cream instead of whole milk but I thought that was a bit much πŸ™‚

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No KitchenAid in this kitchen πŸ˜‰ I wish!

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Yes, those are XL sweatpants I believe. Haha. Look at all that flour! I wish I’d have taken a picture of the cakes soaking, but I totally forgot. You’ll see the finished products later on…

So fast forward to the next day, and we are all getting our dishes ready. I chose to make a delicious quinoa dish because quinoa is the ancient grain of the Incans, i.e. my (kind of) homeland of Peru! Or my mom’s homeland at least πŸ˜› And since I absolutely love quinoa and know how to make it, I thought it would be perfect.

Chopping up some veg:

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Sophia and Tiara (my roommate apparently doesn’t know how to take clear pictures hahaha):

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Sophia is from Guatemala and Tiara isn’t actually Latina but she’s still awesome.

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The makings for the [virgin] mojitos. I actually didn’t get to try these!

Decorations:

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Andy, the Brazil sarong came in handy last night!

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My buddy Thai playing some bongos!

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Hilina and I trying them out!

Now for some FOOOOOD!

Pupusas:

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If you don’t know what a pupusa is click here. It’s made from corn and is filled with cheese. So freaking good!!

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My quinoa! This had chopped onion, red bell pepper, zucchini, cilantro, queso fresco, and a lime vinaigrette. The vinaigrette was a mixture of the juice of 2 limes, a touch of honey, Dijon, olive oil, salt, and pepper. People loved this πŸ˜€

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This coleslaw went over the pupusas.

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This was a Chilean salad made of just tomatoes and onion, and probably salt and olive oil.

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Chicharones. In Latin culture these are popular and made fresh. In America, we just call them pork rinds πŸ˜› This girl ate one and I guess she didn’t know what it was because she goes, “Wait, I don’t eat pork.” And I couldn’t help but answer, “Well…you just did!” Hahaha.

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Giant bowl of tortilla chips.

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This was also for the pupusas! Sorry these pics are all going to be off-centered, I was in a rush!

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Guacomol y Frijoles. It was really funny because Sophia made the guacomol and she doesn’t believe in putting tomatoes in onions in it, as I don’t believe to either! The other Latin girls and everyone that’s only had “American” guacomole were all wanting their tomatoes. We had to tell them the right way to do it πŸ˜€

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The spread!

It was such a great success! Everyone just loved the food, and it was all completely gone by the end. Not a crumb was left of anything. But dessert came next…

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This was a dish that I guess is eaten in many South American countries. The cheese is queso blanco, which is a wonderfully salty, soft, and fresh cheese. On top is guayaba, or guava paste. I’m sure everyone’s heard of the guava fruit, and guava paste is just that. It’s really soft and sweet, and is a delicious pairing with cheese. I’ve put it in sandwiches before, and it’s just awesome.

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On top of the Tres Leches (yes, it’s that special it deserves Capital Letters), we put terΓ³n. I probably spelled that wrong. It’s basically a Latin version of meringue. It was sweetened with honey and had a touch of lime. Words cannot describe how GREAT this cake turned out. I used this recipe. Everyone looooved it, and some came back for seconds and thirds.

As is custom at a Latino party, salsa and reggaeton music was turned on, and we danced! It was so much fun. I love just goofing off with all my friends.

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Tiara, Jes, Iliana, Me, Natalia, y Sofia.

Such a great night, and I think Japanese night is next πŸ˜‰

I’m back!

25 Oct

It felt pretty nice to take a couple of days break from blogging. As much fun as it is, it does take a lot of time, and sometimes I just don’t feel like taking pictures of everything I eat. Well, I already don’t take pics of EVERYTHING but you know what I mean. I may start only posting new meals and not every single one. Just the good one from the day. I’m going to think about this…

It’s Sunday morning, and I’m just going to do this post before a looong day of studying for a history midterm tomorrow.

First, on Thursday, I received my sample pack of PB2 I ordered. After seeing so many people try this, I wanted to see what all the hype was about!

Breakfast on Friday:

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I made mine pretty thin so I could drizzle it all over. It was good! Definitely not the same as real peanut butter, and I would never completely sub it out but it was cool to try. And it would definitely be good as a peanut sauce for savory dishes. I can’t wait to try the chocolate flava!

I kept it in a little bowl on the side and drizzled on more after every layer. By the end, I realized I had a lot left and dumped it on.

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There seems to be some oatmeal in my peanut butter bowl…haha that was yummy.

Friday night I went to Georgetown with a few friends. I was absolutely dying to go to J. Crew and Anthropologie. My two fave stores! Even though I can barely afford either one. We ended up leaving a little late, so we didn’t have time for a lot of shopping. I did go to both stores but didn’t try on anything in either. But at Urban Outfitters they were having a 50% off clearance sale. So basically everything that was already way marked down, was 50% cheaper! I got 3 things for like $22.

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This simple tank was $5.

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And this was $10. A steal, right? I also got this funky pair of sweatpants for $5. I probably shouldn’t have bought them, but oh well.

Georgetown is such an awesome place, and I would love to live there. They just have tons of great stores and little restaurants.

Yesterday was spent just in my room, studying. It was incredibly rainy and plain gross out. Luckily, I made it out early to the gym before the bad weather hit. I’m glad I went because I sat at my desk all day, ugh. And that’s basically what I’ll be doing today as well, but it’s nice out so I’ll be missing that 😦

I did make an awesome lunch yesterday though.

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First, a roasted acorn squash. So glad I have another half to enjoy today. I could just live off roasted squash in the winter, I swear.

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My favorite 365 WF Asian mix vegetables. Frozen vegetables are a lifesaver. These remind me so much of home because we’d go through 2 or 3 bags of this in a week. One of our favorites! I also had some tempeh.

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I also made a little peanut sauce. After reading Sarah’s post, I commented saying how much I miss peanut sauce, and how I wished I had a blender or food processor to make some. She kindly e-mailed me and told me I definitely didn’t need one! She was totally right, and I made a really great sauce. Not my best, but as best as I can do.

It had about 2 TBS unsalted peanut butter, a couple squirts of honey, a little salt, hot sauce, and water to thin it out. I beleve that was it. I’ll definitely be eating the rest of it today πŸ™‚

I’m really tired. I had pretty much the worst sleep ever last night. It doesn’t even feel like I was ever asleep. I stayed up until about 2:30am watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I really liked that movie. Definitely a long one, but so interesting and the makeup is crazy! After I watched the movie I was so tired but of course couldn’t fall asleep. I was definitely still awake at 4:30. Ughhhhh. And of course the sun is bright and shiny this morning, and I wake up around 9 and can’t fall back asleep. I have a headache, and need to study all day. Awesome.

Sorry, that was a bad way to end a post. Anyways, I hope everyone has a good Sunday πŸ™‚

Crab Feeeeast!!

22 Oct

First: check out this sweeeeet giveaway!

Before I get to the title of my post, let’s go quickly through everything else shall we?

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Pumpkin Oats. The same mix as yesterday but I kept it simpler and put some Kashi on top and a tiny of bit of blueberry muffin. And of course a drizzle of peanut butter!

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Snackie before sociology. I mixed some plain yogurt with a little pumpkin, cinnamon, and honey. Topped with a chunk of muffin and tiny bit of almond butter, and this was delicious. It would be sooo much better with some Greek yogurt though. I’m just trying to get through my icky fat free container though :/

The sun was shining again today, and I snapped some photos of the beautiful trees and scenery on my campus.

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I pass this on my way into math in the morning, and isn’t it just so gorgeous!? It’s a vibrant orange, red, and yellow and I just adore it. I don’t want the leaves to fall off!

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This is what I see when I go outside…

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Am I lucky or what? I have the most gorgeous campus, I swear.

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Boring lunch. I’m getting tired of this chili, but luckily only one more serving left!

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At least the edamame was new and delicious. Not that the chili wasn’t good, but I’m ready for something new!

Okay, sooo back to the title of the post! Everyone knows Maryland is famous for their crabs, and every year my school has a student crab feast. I bought my ticket two weeks ago, and I was suuuper excited. I’ve had crabcakes in Seattle before, but I know MD crab is much different. Plus I’d never experienced the fun (and extreme messiness) of breaking open your own crabs!

I went with a bunch of friends and we had a great time. Here’s how it was all set up:

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Just tons and tons of tables all set up so we could eat side by side. Of course they were all covered in paper!

You turned in your ticket to get 4 or 8 crabs (depending on the cost of your ticket) and then there was also a buffet of side dishes. We all got our crabs and were ready to go!

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Old Bay is the BESTTT seasoning. Especially for crabs. It just goes wonderfully. Actually, over the summer the school sent all new students crab mallets, bibs, and a bottle of Old Bay. It was awesome.

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This was one of my friend’s plates. She had cornbread muffins, some kind of coleslaw, and chicken. There was also corn on the cob (I was excited about this til I saw they were literally soaked in butter, bah!), crab bisque, and I think that’s it? Oh, chocolate cake for dessert. I just picked up a muffin. It was actually quite delicious, but I only had room for a few bites.

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That’s Lauren and Jon. Lauren’s actually my RA (best RA evaaa!) and Jon lives upstairs. He’s from Denmark and had never had crab before! Lauren was pro and had to show us all the best ways to open it.

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Doris and Su listening carefully to Lauren’s instructions. Doris is my friend from Holland and this was her first crab experience too!

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Man, it’s time for a haircut!

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The guy seducing the camera is Shunske. He’s from Japan, and is such a funny and nice guy! Living with the exchange students is the best, and I’m soo glad for the opportunity everyday. I love my foreigners! πŸ˜›

I’m surprisingly not that full after 8 crabs…yeah someone had an extra ticket so I jumped on that. I wasn’t expecting the crab to be incredible since you know, they had to buy hundreds of them for the students. But it was really delicious! A lot of work for lots of little bites. No wonder crab meat is so expensive!

I’m off to study for a math exam, but I hope you all enjoyed that. I absolutely love my school, and am having so much fun here.

Thanks Mom and Dad πŸ˜€ MUAH!

Pumpkin Day

21 Oct

I had such good eats today. Everything I had was so satisfying and delicious. And a few things were pumpkin filled πŸ˜›

It was the most beeeautiful day today! It was in the 70s and hot out. I almost forgot what natural heat felt like. The trees are incredibly beautiful right now. They are bright red, orange, and yellow and just full of leaves. Hopefully it’s nice again tomorrow so I can take some pictures.

Breakfast was delicious beyond words today. Oh my, I can’t even describe how good my bowl of oatmeal was today.

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Pumpkin oats with crumbled pumpkin bread and a drizzle of almond butter.

Take a moment and appreciate that.

Soooo good!! Last night I combined 1/2 c oats, 1/2 c water, 1/2 c almond milk, 1/2 supaaa ripe banana, TONS of cinnamon, and maybe 1/4-1/3 c pumpkin puree. And when I say a TON of cinnamon, I really mean a ton. I was pouring it onto my oats as I usually do, and the cap came off and maybe 2 or 3 TBS came out. Ah! I mean…I like cinnamon, but that would just be a little too much spice for me. Plus, I’m pretty sure cinnamon is toxic in large quantities?! But I was crafty and a crisis was diverted. My oats were definitely a little spicier than normal today though πŸ™‚

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In the morning, I added a tiny bit more water, and microwaved it for 3 minutes. When I got back to my room, I added a spoonful more of pumpkin, and crumbled a small slice of bread on top. Topped with a little drizzle of almond butter, this was perfection. It was creamy and rich, and just completely fall-esque. I can’t wait to have it for breakfast tomorrow πŸ™‚

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it but I’m a volunteer for a program called ESOL. That stands for something but I don’t actually know what. Anyways, once a week I meet with my four “students” and give them a little English lesson. There are 2 from China, 1 from Taiwan, and 1 from Japan. It’s so great! I love learning about their culture, and teaching them about ours. It’s helped me to be patient and learn to listen. The program goes until December, and I’ve just had fun already. My students say the funniest things sometimes. One of the guys from China today was telling us how it is polite to smell people when you first meet them. Apparently it says a lot about a person! Oh and part of the lesson was to play “Would You Rather?” Let’s just say they didn’t quite understand why I was asking them whether they’d rather eat soap or drink dish washing detergent…

I made a quick lunch upon my return:

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A Dr. Praeger burger, half of which I stuffed into a pita. I put some hummus and Dijon in the pita too. And on the side:

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The juiciest and most delectable Fuji apple, some hummus and babaganoush. That apple was just the epitome of fall. And that was only half of it!

I was actually planning on volunteering at the co-op today, but then I saw some friends hanging out outside and I realized I wanted to spend this beautiful day outside. The weather’s not looking great for the weekend, and I just want to take advantage of what I have now. Winter’s coming and we know I won’t be seeing any more 70 degree days! So I just sat outside on some picnic tables for a few hours with friends and had a good afternoon. My roommate and I were going to play tennis but all the courts were full! I was bummed, but we’ll make it there someday!

Dinner was nourishing and pretty similar to yesterday’s lunch:

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A stir-fry with tofu, broc, cucumber, cauliflower, red onion, green pepper, kidney beans, jalapenos, and some hummus and hot sauce on the side to dip. Simple, yet so good.

I kind of lazed around for a bit, got a little homework done (emphasis on the little), and my friend Doris and I decided to hit up Late Night at the diner. Basically, it’s from 9-midnight and they have just a ton of unhealthy food. Nachos, hot wings, cheesesteaks, you name it! I’m wayyy over on my dining points (since I obviously make a lot of meals!) and need to get down to $560 by Oct 30. Before tonight I was at $750. Haha, $200 in less than 10 days on dining hall food? I don’t think so! I enlisted the help of the guys upstairs. 4 of them were headed to Late Night as well, so I told them I’d pay for everyone! That definitely made them all happy πŸ˜› But the total only ended up being $35. What the heck?!! The boys all got nachos, waffles, pretzels and cheese, etc. I don’t know how they eat like that at 10:30pm and aren’t waddling around. They’re awesome though!

As another way to get pumpkin today, I got pumpkin ice cream. It was really good! And luckily not extremely bright fake orange like some can be. My school is actually pretty well known for their ice cream, and I hadn’t had any before tonight. Definitely good, but I still prefer my Ben and Jerry’s.

I’ll leave you with a beeeautiful sunset picture that I captured this summer:

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Bianca and Grace, I miss our Kirkland summer nights getting frozen yogurt and watching the sunset so much! We’ll just have to do it in the winter when I get back πŸ˜‰

Alright, I’m off!