There are a lot of things I should be doing right now. Packing, studying, packing, trip planning, packing… did I mention packing? It’s almost 9 p.m. and I just set my alarm for the ungodly hour of 4:45 a.m. Way too early, even for this early bird! I am so excited to be flying to Colorado tomorrow! In addition to exploring Denver, a friend and I are going to Fort Collins for two days to meet with a counselor to discuss transferring next fall. My friend has done all the planning that involves the school. I’ve done all the planning that involves food. Our hotel in Denver doesn’t serve breakfast (boo!) and I was looking for a place to eat on our last morning. God bless Iowa Girl Eats for this post about this restaurant! I am salivating looking at this menu. I don’t care if the restaurant is far from our hotel… nothing will stop me from getting these pancakes!
My breakfast this morning was a little less exciting. I had my daily pumpkin yogurt. Typical!
Lunch, however, was not typical. I normally throw together a quick lunch because I’m starving when I get home, but I got out of class a little earlier today and was in the mood for something different. Oh, and I was trying to avoid writing my research paper. When you combine procrastination and a little extra time, it equals one of the best lunches I’ve had in a while!
I made (never home)maker‘s savory corn pancakes and pan-browned brussels sprouts. All I can say is… wow. Make these immediately! I made the following changes, and they turned out great-
- Water instead of almond milk (I’m out!)
- 1/2 cup of egg whites instead of two eggs
- No egg yolk
- No pepper (forgot!)
- Chives instead of scallions… I didn’t have any!
I topped them with (an insane amount of) brie on half, and goat cheese on the other half. Raspberry jam all around. I didn’t do anything fancy to the brussels sprouts, just sauteed them plain. Yup, this is a keeper! I graciously offered the other half (it made 12) to my sister for dinner and was relieved to find out she didn’t eat them. I’m packing them up and taking them to Colorado with me! They will make a great lunch tomorrow
Because I had my normal after-lunch yogurt for breakfast instead, I was in the mood for a little something sweet. Enter banana soft serve! Don’t ask why, but I refer to this as “frozen banana treat.”
Rather than mix peanut butter into the bananas, I prefer to put it on top. Or bottom. That’s what she said. I use peanut flour from Trader Joe’s. The key to making the peanut flour delectable is adding a little flavor! I added pumpkin pie spice, a little sea salt, and took Kath’s lead and added a vanilla extract.
Stir stir stir!
And then plop it on top of the bananas. I prefer a lot of peanut butter, clearly.
I normally let my bananas get really brown and soft before I freeze them, but my banana-hating family always complains about the smell of them ripening, so I stuck them in the freezer as soon as I got them. The texture and taste is better with ripe ones, in my opinion. Still good, though!
In order to put off finishing my research paper as long as possible, I turned on my oven and made pumpkin bean bars!
I followed the directions, but I left out the brown sugar and used only half a tablespoon of peanut butter. Since I only have a three-cup food processor, I could only blend half a time. I only added a little peanut butter at first because I wanted to be sure it wasn’t overpowering, and I totally forgot to add it to the second half of the mix!
These were great… as evidenced by the fact that I ate half the pan before they cooled, despite the recipe advising me to wait until they had cooled. It did say they are better the next day, so the other half is sitting in my fridge, and will be my breakfast on the plane tomorrow.
I was seriously full after all of this. In addition to eating a lot, I think the huge amount of cheese with my lunch hurt my stomach. So, dinner was an apple. To my surprise, it didn’t even sound good, but I knew I should eat something. My stomach still hurts! I think I need to cut back on the cheese consumption a little…
This picture makes it look like I work in an office, but if you look closely, you can see a Spongebob sticker on the keyboard. I actually work in the daycare of a gym. I had to eat that apple fast before the kids come up to me and beg me for a bite
Okay, I really need to go finish packing now. See you on Tuesday!
Are you a procrastinator when it comes to trips, or do you like to get things done early?