There’s a First Time for Everything

June 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Dinner, Recipe | 11 Comments
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And yesterday was my first time making a grilled cheese sandwich.

Yes, I know, grilled cheese is like THE simplest form of cooking out there, requires almost no skill whatsoever, and is a classic staple in a college student’s diet, but I just never got around around to making one myself.

As a kid, my mom would make grilled cheese sandwiches using Kraft American Cheese singles to have with tomato soup, and that was the extent of my grilled cheese experience… until now.

I’m pretty sure I gave Matt a heart attack when I told him I had never made my own, so after learning the basics (thank you wikiHow) and buying the “appropriate” cheese, I put my skills to the test.
 

First, a stop at Whole Foods…

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Millet bread topped with Gruyere cheese.

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Perfectly grilled, if I do say so myself.

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Finished product.

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Notice that string of melted cheese?  YUM!
 

Yes, I’ve now become a fan of grilled cheese sandwiches.  It was simple and SO good!  If you haven’t tried making one or don’t believe me, do it for yourself… RIGHT. NOW.  Winking smile

  

Have you made your own grilled cheese sandwiches before?  What do you like to put in them?

 

  

 

Heather

  

   

     

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The Comparison Game Part II – Whole Foods

June 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Dinner | 9 Comments
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When I was in Alabama last week, I got to experience the wonder that is Birmingham Whole Foods.

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Comparing Madison Whole Foods to Birmingham is like night and day. Basically, Madison sucks and Birmingham doesn’t.  Madison’s selection of every single food product from produce to cereal was put to shame by the variety at Birmingham. 

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In one full year of living in Madison and shopping at Whole Foods every week, I have not once tried their Hot/Cold Food Bar.  Honestly, it’s always looked totally unappetizing and sparse.

This is, quite literally, the extent of the Bar Area:

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Hot Bar…

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Cold Bar…

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Notice how there’s only one row per item?  In Birmingham there were two rows (aka twice as many items!).  Plus, the Madison Cold Bar didn’t have a SINGLE cold pasta item.  WTF???
  

I got about 4 items from each (Hot and Cold), and even that was forced.  Nothing really looked appealing!

Here’s what I ended up with:

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Cold is on the left; Hot is on the right.

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Looks decent enough, right?

The hot foods were ok and I finished them all off, but not a SINGLE cold food was anywhere near decent… the steamed kale literally tasted like dirtI couldn’t even finish the cold. 

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Needless to say, I supplemented my dinner – Helllllooo apple and peanut butter!
  

Bottom line – I’ll have to fly to Birmingham whenever I’m craving Whole Foods Hot/Cold Bar.  Totally practical, I know. Winking smile
 

How does your Whole Foods compare in regards to product selection and the Hot/Cold Bar?

  

  

 

Heather

   

     

   

Summer Shopping

May 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Posted in Dinner, Fashion | 9 Comments
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Summer break hasn’t been too “summery” or “break-like” for me as of yet.  The weather has been cold (50’s) and I’ve been keeping crazy busy! 

Today I finally had a chance to sell back my books and made $143.50 on them! 

It’s also my oldest brother’s 25th Birthday today, so I gave him a call this morning and we chatted for a good half hour or so.  He’s seriously THE most amazing guy ever – he’s stuck with me through a lot of tough times and I’ve done the same for him. Smile
  

I got started my summer shopping on this afternoon!  I love living within 5 miles of 3 different malls since it means I can go back multiple times and not have to make one huge, stressful shopping trip.  I had some luck today at Old Navy:

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I definitely need more shorts though!
 

I stopped at Whole Foods on the way home to grab a Tuna Avocado Roll for dinner.

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Now it’s time for some yoga.  I’ve been loving having a little extra time for that in my day now that school’s over! 
  

Hope everyone had a wonderful Monday!

  

  

  

Heather

  

   

    

Los Días Numeros Uno y Dos

May 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Breakfast, Dinner | 11 Comments
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Day 1 of Summer Vacation was definitely busy and productive!  I cleaned my entire apartment, ran errands, did laundry, sorted through all my school things, wrote a letter of recommendation for a yoga student, did a 75 minute yoga podcast (Dave Farmar – you are AWESOMENESS!), and even made time for Harry Potter #99238548934… aka The Deathly Hallows Part I

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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this newest Harry Potter.  The last couple just haven’t done it for me, but this one was actually really good!  It was almost 2.5 hours, which I could never sit still through, so I did take a “yoga intermission” halfway through the movie.  But other than that I was completely entertained and truly enjoyed it!
 

I had some eggs that needed using up, so for my during-movie-dinner I made 2 over-easy eggs; with organic baby carrots, a sliced organic pear, and a glass of unsweetened almond milk on the side.

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I woke up at 6am this morning to get a few things done before my parents came to visit.  Breakfast was a bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart (it’s been FOREVER since I had this cereal and it used to be a staple in my diet) topped with unsweetened almond milk, and an organic banana on the side.

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Apparently my parents and I are on very different schedules and my “Would 8am be ok?” text was answered with “No. Too early. Text in morning. Love u.” from my mom last night.  They ended up getting here at 9:30am and stayed until noon.  My dad fixed my bike, pumped up the air in my car’s tires, and cleaned out my computer.  It was nice to see them and catch up again!

I gave my parents a bunch of “stuff” that I didn’t want around my apartment anymore (The books in back are for me to return, not for the ‘rents to take, and the Barbies were for a Design Studies project, I promise!)…

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… and they gave me these goodies in return.

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My shaving cream that I can’t find in Madison, an ink cartridge since I use these things up way too quickly, and some coupons for summer shopping I need to do next week.

 
I’m going to try to keep the rest of my Saturday pretty relaxing – nap, going for a walk, returning my books from the semester, and teaching a yoga class tonight.  LOVE that I don’t have any more schoolwork to think about! Smile

  

  

 

Heather

  

   

Two Down, Three to Go!

May 5, 2011 at 9:52 am | Posted in Dinner, Review | 16 Comments
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Finals are in full swing!  I had my Design Studies exam yesterday, and finished my 10-page essay for Intro to Asia that counts as our final exam last night.  I have 3 more left – one on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday – and then I’m DONE with my Freshman year of college!!!  It feels like such a relief to have the first two accomplished, and I’m sure I’ll make it through the other 3 just fine!

 

With all the craziness of finals, I haven’t been all too creative with eats, but I did manage to make some FABULOUS sweet potato rounds a couple night ago…

Organic sweet potato rounds topped with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, with MaraNatha raw organic almond butter for dipping and a glass of unsweetened almond milk on the side.

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I also recently tried out Living Harvest Hempmilk after Matt recommended it to me.  Now, I will say right away that Matt told me to get unsweetened, but my Whole Foods doesn’t carry unsweetened so I just had to make do with the original.

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Honestly?  I wasn’t the biggest fan.  I’m not big on any sweetened milk product in general, and this hempmilk just had an “off” taste to me that could have been the sweetening or could have just been the milk itself.  That said, I’m always willing to try something new, and I’ve heard awesome things about hempmilk and its health benefits, so it’s totally worth a shot.  And I’ll obviously have to give the unsweetened version a try once I can get my hands on it!

 

Today’s agenda consists of a lot of studying and classes… can’t wait until I’m done in one week! Smile

 

  

 

Heather

    

   

      

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