Lemon Tea Cookies

December 19, 2010

This is one of the best cookie recipes I’ve discovered in a long time. The cookies come out, and stay, very soft–almost cake-like.

I adapted the recipe from the one at vegweb.com. I skipped the lemon rind because I didn’t have any and added lots more lemon juice. (I wanted to be sure to have a strong lemon flavor.) Everything else I left the same.

I highly, highly recommend this recipe. If you like lemon-flavored baked goods, you will not be disappointed.

I have been doing a lot of baking lately, and I have even more recipes to try. I will try to remember to take pictures so that I can share my favorites with you!


Weekend Productivity

September 19, 2010

I loooove the weekends. Not only because I don’t have to go to school or work, but also because so far I have been able to be very productive. This weekend, I wrote two essays, finished an exercise for class, and did some reading. The weekends are also my cooking/baking time!

I made pad thai today!

It was a lot easier to make than I expected. Yesterday, I made bean & rice burgers, curried millet, and pizza crust. I made enough of everything to last me at least through the first half of the week (the pizza crusts will last at least a couple of weeks though because I made three).

So I have this thing where if I’m reading for class, I can only listen to instrumental music (usually movie scores, but sometimes classical), but when I’m writing I can listen to music with words or, even better, watch movies/tv as long as it’s something I’ve already seen. So since the weekends have been my writing time, I’ve been having some very fun marathons. Today, I’ve indulged in Bones and Chuck dvds while I finished my essay.

Speaking of tv, happy premiere week! I’m so excited for all of my shows to return this week even though I will be in class during most of them. Thank goodness my computer doubles as a dvr. When I get back from class tomorrow night I will be watching Chuck and Castle. Thankfully, I have Tuesdays off from work, so I feel like I can indulge a bit and watch both Monday night.

It’s Friday!

August 20, 2010

Don’t you just love the weekend?

I think I’ve already covered my major goals for this weekend in previous posts. I’m just hoping I stick to them.

My mattress is getting delivered tomorrow morning. I am so, so excited to sleep on a real bed again. I figured out a way to make the sofa a little more comfortable, but 5 nights on that would be a bit much for anyone.

Today was a fairly short day at work. I got trained in using the online scheduler and then I typed up and turned in my work plan. I also found out some more activities I will get to work on throughout the semester in addition to the ones I already knew about. I’m a little nervous about actually starting this job–after all, it does consist of a lot of things I have never done before at all. But for exactly that same reason I am very excited about it. The things that I will be doing are experiences that I want to have and skills I want to develop. I feel they will make me more well-rounded and complement quite well the skills I have already garnered through past jobs. It will be a learning process for sure, but I think I am up to the challenge.

I would like to put some pictures up in my office, but unfortunately I left all of my prints back at home. I knew I didn’t want them in my apartment and I didn’t even think about bringing them for my office. Labor Day is soon though so I will try to remember to pick them up then.

Today six of my school books arrived from Amazon. Originally I purchased my books from the campus bookstore because I thought I had checked and determined the prices were not that different from ordering online. However, once I looked more closely, I realized I could save myself a ton of money ordering through Amazon.

Also today, my headboard arrived from sears.com. I was going to put it together tonight, but, sadly, one of the pieces is cracked. I already ordered a replacement part though so hopefully it won’t take too long to come.

Tonight for dinner I made myself a grilled veggie sandwich with hummus. It was delicious. If I get my act together tomorrow I may make homemade pizza crust. I have never made it before so wish me luck.

It’s All Coming Together

August 19, 2010
  • This afternoon I finally got my clothes put away and my closet organized. I love my closet here. It is very spacious and I have room for everything.
  • Tomorrow’s after-work activity is going to be organizing my desk. Once that’s done everything will be in its place and I can begin the fun activity of decorating.
  • Tonight I made the most delicious smoothie ever: frozen mango, pineapple, and berries with rice milk and peanut butter. So amazing!
  • Tomorrow is the last day of orientation for my job, though there are still a few training activities to be completed over the next week or so.
  • I’m hoping to make the most of this weekend–my last real “free” weekend before classes begin and my job starts for real. I want to do some cooking/baking. In particular, I want to make things that can be frozen for later when I have less time.

Sara Made Dinner

April 6, 2010

And look how good it was!

Traditional Spanish Lentils served over brown rice

w/ homemade bread

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

March 23, 2010

I no longer eat any animal products for health reasons, but that doesn’t mean I’ve had to give up one of my favorite desserts: ice cream.

I’ve recently discovered the joy that is coconut milk ice cream. Companies have been making frozen desserts out of soy for years, but I avoid those since too much soy really is not healthy. Desserts made from coconut milk are relatively new and they are delicious.

If you tried the ice cream bar pictured on this page without knowing it contains zero dairy, you probably would never guess.

Dairy-free desserts do, in general, cost more than those made with dairy products. However, I have found that when eating healthier overall I crave sweets much less. This means I can afford to pay a bit more for dessert (since I consume less of it) and it also means I can eat dessert guilt-free (since it isn’t something I have everyday).

Even if you love dairy products and have zero intention of ever giving them up, I recommend that you try coconut milk ice cream for the novelty if nothing else. It is always good to branch out and try new things and you may discover a new favorite in the process!

Check out the Turtle Mountain website to view some of the other products they offer.

Special thanks to eceldridge for inspiring this post after a phone conversation last night!

I Made Dinner

March 16, 2010

Last night I made dinner for my family: Curried Millet, Glazed Root Vegetables, and Apple Salad. I had made those last two before, but I did make some slight modifications to the recipes this time around.

The meal turned out delicious. We enjoyed it as we watched the latest episode of Chuck, which was also terrific.