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Deceptively Delicious

Can’t believe¬†another weekend is over already! Boo. ūüė¶

As of today,¬†I’m exactly 5 weeks away from starting full-time school again. The countdown is on! I honestly can’t wait!

My first college experience.

Somehow I don’t think my “mature student” experience this time around¬†is going to involve¬†late nights and Smirnoff Ice coolers…

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Last night, my roommate and I were both in a baking mood and decided to tackle some relatively healthy treats from a cookbook that’s been collecting dust in the cabinet above the microwave. Isn’t that where all neglected cookbooks are kept?

Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. Yes, that would be Seinfeld’s wife.

I’d heard of this cookbook several years ago when I was ill and couch bound, and had all the time in the world to catch episodes¬†of Regis & Kelly. I remember thinking “oh, that’s neat,” and then¬†(honestly) forgot all about it. I love that I ended up coming across it because I¬†really love the whole concept of this book!

Basically this cookbook is full of sneaky ways to get¬†fruits, veggies, and legumes¬†into homecooked foods, like macaroni and¬†cheese and cookies,¬†that might otherwise not be so healthy. It’s written mostly for young families, but hey, us adults can always use some sneaky ways to get our 8-10 servings of fruits and veggies too!

First off, we tackled¬†the Brownies¬†(with Carrot and Spinach)¬†recipe, which includes pureed carrots and spinach in the batter. We substitued the all-purpose flour with gluten-free all-purpose flour (for me). I wasn’t a huge fan of these brownies; whereas my roommate loved them. They tasted a bit dry and not sweet enough to me, and I don’t even like my desserts super sweet! On the upside, unlike most gluten-free brownies I’ve tackled, these ones actually held together.

Just OK.

Next we tackled¬†the Chocolate Chip Cookies with Chickpeas (no recipe). I was a little skeptical that cookies with chickpeas could actually turn out to be edible, but we were eager to give it a shot! We debated whether to add the chickpeas in whole (as called for in the recipe), but decided to puree them instead. We weren’t brave enough to stomache eating whole chickpeas inside cookies!

I was the official cookie dough taster, and my verdict was the dough was the bomb dot com! I knew these were going to be delicious little baked gems.

We were both in agreeance this time. These cookies turned out so well! They were¬†perfectly soft and¬†not too sweet, but had just enough sweetness from the chocolate chips. Plus, they’re packed with protein from the walnuts and chickpea puree.

Overall, our Sunday night baking fest was a success! I think the chocolate chip cookies were some of the best I’ve ever made, and it’ll definitely be my go-to cookie recipe in the future. The rest of the recipes in her book seem pretty easy, and I’m eager to try out¬†a few more… Like the Coffee Cake with Butternut Squash. Yum!

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Question:
Have you ever tried sneaking fruits or veggies into your baked goods?

PB Cup Balls & Life Changes

Last night I got mad cravings for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, which I always associate with this time of year (i.e. around Halloween).

I contemplated running the whole 150 metres to the grocery store to grab some. But my guilty conscious pulled me back. Oooooooh right, I’m not supposed to be spending money on putting CRAP into my body!

Sugar and multiple syllable things made in a lab? I’ll pass.

I also¬†really didn’t¬†feel like spending the night with a massive lactose-induced tummy ache.

So I broke out the food processor and whipped up my own substitute.

This one is out of the park good!

PB Cup Balls

Gluten- and dairy-free. Pretty sure this is what a PB cup would taste like if you smashed it and rolled it into a tasty little ball.

1/2 cup of peanut butter
5 tbsp pure maple syrup
3 heaping tbsp coconut flour
1/4 cup of cocoa nibs (or dairy-free chocolate chips)

Put the first three ingredients together in a mini food processor. Grind until consistency is smooth and dough-like. Add in cocoa nibs. Chop until chips are small chunks.

Scoop out dough with a spoon and shape into small balls with hands. Makes 6-8 small balls. Place on plate and freeze for 1/2 hour. Serve.

Friggin’ yum!

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I’m in the midst of contemplating a big, big life change. It’s been on my brain for awhile because¬†I’m just not happy where I am right now. I’ve been really unhappy in my career for sometime, which I decided to deal with by going back to school. I’m also unhappy living where I live. With my brother moving up to Dawson Creek, a town up north,¬†it really got me thinking if maybe I just need a huge change of scenery.

We shall see. Moving wouldn’t be cheap. I also know that if I moved it would make it a whole lot easier to pursue the career I ultimately want to do. That makes me think that I should really just do it. And do it now while I have the chance.

It also means going somewhere I don’t know anyone, that’s really far away from my family, and having to completely start fresh. But I did that a couple years ago when I moved up north, and it was the best experience of my life.

What do you think… Is the financial cost worth completely changing my life and starting fresh in a new place? Anyone else been in my position before?

It does mean I can’t buy this:

Boo. ūüė¶

Ch- Ch- Changes!

Change #1: This past weekend I made a change from blonde back to my natural hair colour.

I’m not sure I dig it quite yet. But I know it’s the best decision financially. Keeping up the blonde on hair that grows like a weed is expensive!

Speaking of “expensive” things…

Change #2:¬†I’m going to be going back to school soon. Things aren’t completely set in stone at this time and I’m still looking at a variety of options, but I have been accepted. So, I will for sure be returning to the world of academia this winter, it’s just a matter of where exactly. My hope is to be able to return full-time (minimum of three courses), but that may mean having to make some even bigger and much more complex life changes than just¬†colouring my hair!

To be honest, I have a lot of anxiety, doubt, and apprehension around my decision to return to school. It’s a huge commitment of time and money, and years of my life to get to where I want to go. And there’s a huge part of me that feels as though I’m 24 and I’m getting¬†too old. I don’t know how that’s a rational thought, but I think seeing everyone else my age being happy in their careers and starting to settle down is making me feel as though I should be doing that too.

But here’s the thing… I’m not happy in my career. Sure, it pays the bills, but it hasn’t fulfilled me in the ways I’d hoped.¬†I thought I could find a way to be happy in this career. I thought it could challenge me enough. But it just doesn’t. It’s a shame that I knew a few years ago, in the midst of my degree,¬†that this wasn’t the right place for me. But it was close enough for me to keep going and finish. I don’t regret my degree or the¬†path I’ve taken for a second because ultimately it’s leading me to where I need to be.

I have been just reading this quote over and over, trying to remind myself:

“Follow your passion, follow your dreams, and the things you need will come.” – Elizabeth Taylor

Change #3: I have plans to change the name of this blog. As much as I thought the name “Eats, Sweats, Peas” was cute when I was just starting (a whole two months ago), it doesn’t fit where I want to go with¬†this little¬†blog. I love to eat, and I enjoy sweating, but there’s more I want to share. I want something broader. So expect to see a change of name pretty quick here. ūüôā

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Now, onto something of a much more serious matter… (Not really.)

The Rooms

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a roommate who happens to be my brother.

Living with him is easy. I know what to expect because, well, we’ve been there, done that for many years prior!

He keeps the kitchen clean and on occassion he makes dinner. He does his own laundry, and has even graciously driven for me so I could enjoy wine with some friends! I really can’t complain!

But, when I went to my hair appointment this past weekend, the hairdresser (who happens to do both mine and my brother’s hair) informed me that he told her I am “messy.”

Say what???

I guess the two whole days I was¬†feeling under the weather¬†last week and didn’t pick my mugs up off the coffee table officially made me the “messy one” in this household.

So, the ultimate sibling war stands… Who’s really the messy one?!

I took those pictures because I was planning to show them to said hairdresser. You know,¬†get the truth out there! But after contemplating it, I realized it’s not a¬†big deal and definitely doesn’t warrant risking this hairdresser running her mouth (again) and starting a real sibling fight. I love my brother to pieces and enjoy having him as a roommate. Plus, we all know who the messy one really is!

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Have you ever changed your blog name? What prompted the name change?