Recent Eats

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I made fermented jalepenos!

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Ice cream keeps me sane.

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Butternut squash, baked balsamic tofu, quinoa, pecan/walnut combo and Surrealism. The perfect lunch.

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Some of the best vegan mac and cheeze I’ve ever made! Gluten free too!

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Epic, EPIC burrito bowl.

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I’m not the only one whose sanity depends on cookie dough…

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It’s baaaaaaaaack! Threads is back! I’ve missed doing these posts but the past 6 months have been so up in the air filled with insanity that the threads sabbatical has been quite nice. It’s usually easier for me to get on board with Fall as opposed to Summer fashion any way. It’s been fun to look back at last year’s posts and see how much my wardrobe has changed. I can say with confidence that I’m super please with my clothes these days. Nearly all of them I’ve purchased specifically to clothe myself in my new life–this life. This wonderful crazy, somewhat, ok very stressful graduate school life I’m now living.

It’s so funny how much my wardrobe will fluctuate in terms of colors patterns etc and then return to it’s resting state: black. Yes, black is my favorite color. Not in a morbid, goth, or I-hate-the-world way but in a… comfortable state of self kind of way. Good gravy, I really do love the monochrome.

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On this particular day, (last Sunday to be exact) it actually felt like Fall in sunny Florida. There was a touch of cool in the air, and the light had that beautiful autumn paleness to it. My favorite. I went to campus to study with some colleagues in the art library. So I was going for comfort and a slight deviation from my day to day. (I don’t wear jeans when I’m working or in class)

Jeans- Levi Strauss

Top- H&M

Hat- H&M

Pleather jacket- thrifted

Necklace- Etsy

Knife- Spyderco

Not pictured-some vegan pleather biker boots, origins unknown (meaning I forgot where I got them…)

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I’ve taken to wearing a knife in recent months. I honestly consider it just as much of an accessory as a scarf or bangle. A good friend gave it to me as a going away gift and I can’t even begin to list the ways it’s been incredibly useful to me since. Slicing up my snack fruit plums or apples is a cinch and opening all the boxes and packages I need to in my admin job couldn’t be easier. My mom always carried a Swiss army knife with her in her purse when I was a kid and it helped out so often with all the little things I’d need opened or sliced here and there. If you’re looking for a solid little pocket knife, I highly highly recommend this one. Also makes a great gift.

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The cat who matches my wardrobe…

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Assembled, in an Instagrammed car selfie. New cut too! I’m loving it. And I loved wearing this outfit. The perfect combination of cute and comfortable, campus and weather appropriate while fitting into my current style aesthetic. Who says that vegans can’t be edgy and fashion forward?!

Can’t wait for more days like this one. It’s been around 90 degrees here lately, but is going to get down into the upper 70’s this week. I can’t believe that’s “cool” for me now! :)

Blood Moon Smoothie

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It’s witchy wednesday! (Check out the hashtag on instagram) And, there was a blood moon out last tonight. I can’t wait. A total lunar eclipse is an amazing thing to witness, and I’m bummed that I didn’t get the chance to see this one myself. It’s so delightfully witchy. In honor of the blood moon I made a dark and delicious breakfast smoothie this morning.

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Blood Moon Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 frozen banana

1 plum, stone removed

handful greens

hefty scoop protein powder/supplement of your choice

1 heaping tablespoon almond butter

Blend until smooth. Suck out of a glass. Like a plant vampire.

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This smoothie is delicious and the perfect start to my day. I drink one nearly every morning that I’m on campus. Luckily, they keep me full enough until snack time (usually nuts and fruit or a bar).  For more on my usual grad school eats, check out this post.

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Through the Looking Glass: Typical Grad School Eats

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Be sure to check out the latest episode of Our Hen House, I’ve got a mention on the podcast for a NPR article I shared with them recently!

I haven’t done one of my Through the Looking Glass posts in quite awhile. A travesty for certain because I adore them. I chose to document my eats last Tuesday, as my foodstuffs that day gave a pretty accurate picture of what my diet looks like on the weekdays. I typically have long days–early mornings and I sometimes don’t get home until 9 in the evenings, depending on my work schedule for the week.

Luckily, I found a food formula of what works for me pretty quickly: coffee, smoothies, healthful lunch, several easily accessible snacks, hearty dinner. The trick for me is not allowing myself to get hungry (which can lead to hangry). Since I’m still learning about my vegan options in my new town, I tend to bring in just about everything that I need each day, but as always my mornings start with a pot of french press.

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Typical morning still life: laptop, vegan boots, green smoothie, coffee.

I usually drink about half the pot at my apartment while I get ready for the day: make my smoothie, put on my face, the like. The other half goes in my trusty to-go cup and gets hauled with me to campus.

Breakfast: during the week it’s nearly always a green smoothie. I’ve never been much of a breakfast person, but I do love a good smoothie to get me going in the morning. It’s usually some combination of almond/coconut milk, greens, 1 banana (usually frozen), yogurt, and lately I’ve been putting a chia/flax/cocoa/coconut blend in.

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Full calavera smoothie glass, when it’s barely light outside.

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Obligatory adorableness.

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Cat photo bomb and drinking my smoothie down as it finally gets light outside. He’s nearly always within about 10 feet of me when I’m home. I love it.

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Lunch: on Tuesdays I typically come home for lunch as I’ve got a four hour break in between class and work. On days like these, I come home and work out, hang out with the gato and leisurely fix myself some food before heading back to campus around 4. On this particular Tuesday, it was a left over salad: romaine and mixed greens with tomatoes, red bell peppers, shredded carrrots, and my favorite oil and vinegar dressing topped with leftover eggplant curry and quinoa.

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I typically follow a similar formula when I’m on campus for lunch: some sort of leftovers/salady combination in my little collapsable to go container. This one was romaine and spinach with all my usual salad fixings with leftover soyrizo, black bean relish, and a bunch of avocado.

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Made some dandelion tea to take with me to work.

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More books for my research arrived in the mail. A pretty standard picture of my car these days.

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As I work from 4-9 at my second job (also with the University) I usually bring some sort of snack to tide me over until I get home. A lot of times I’ll end up eating lunch late enough that with the snack I’m totally fine until I get home later in the evening. I munched on pecans and sliced up a fresh plum while working on my readings for class.

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When I got home: an epic pile of tofu scramble with lots of kale atop sprouted grain toast with fresh tomatoes, avocado, red peppers and onions. Delicious.