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mother’s day weekend

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that’s yours truly on the flute!

Where do I even begin with this weekend? On Friday afternoon I presented my Senior Thesis at my school’s annual Steinmetz Symposium. It went really well and both my father and The Boy were able to attend. It was so great sharing my work with my old professors, family, and friends. Then I had my last orchestra concert ever on Friday night. We played Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 — a real favorite.

The Boy and I after my Prize Day ceremonies

me and The Boy after my Prize Day ceremonies

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yummy homemade chocolate covered strawberries for my momma!

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the whole family (minus cali twin) at the Tulip Fest

On Saturday I was inducted into Union’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. It was a really special honor as my mother and both of my grandmothers are also members. Afterwards the school celebrated with a beautiful brunch. Then that afternoon was Prize Day. Every year Union holds Prize Day in order to recognize special seniors (and some juniors and sophomores!) for their excellence and contributions to the school and community. The ceremony holds a lot of suspense as none of the recipients are announced until they have to walk up to the stage to receive their award! This year I was honored to receive three awards: the Andrew W. Archibald award “To the senior earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with the highest scholastic standing,” the John Iwanik Prize “to an outstanding Russian language student” (and two of my other Russian language friends won with me!), and the Horatio G. Warner award “to a student of high personal character who has the highest scholastic standing in the Bachelor of Arts program.” It was a beautiful and exciting ceremony.

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Finally, Sunday was Mother’s Day! I spent the day with my mom (and my family) at the Albany Tulip Festival. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. The weather was beautiful, the tulips were incredible, and with good food and good family there were lots of laughs 🙂 At night The Boy and I celebrated our one year anniversary by satisfying our Chinese food cravings at P. F. Chang’s.  I hadn’t been there in a really long time, so it was a nice treat.

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such a cutie!!

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YUM.

I can’t believe my weekend is over already! I had such an incredible time and although the weather is gorgeous today, it’s tough getting back to the grindstone. Anyone else missing their weekend?

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cookies & cream

cookies&cream

I’m always down for a delicious recipe and if it includes chocolate? Then definitely count me in! The other day I was scrolling through Pinterest and stumbled upon this amazing cookies & cream frozen hot chocolate recipe. Perfect hot chocolate twist for the spring time (yes, my fingers are still crossed for this warmer weather that will be here any day now)? YES and YUM! Can’t wait to try it out, plus it fulfills two of my college student recipe requirements: cheap and easy!

protein pancakes

protein pancakes

Who doesn’t love a good pancake? Such a sweet comfort food, but definitely not the epitome of a healthy breakfast. Luckily, the girls of Tone It Up have come to the rescue with amazing, delicious, and (best of all) super simple protein pancakes! I whipped up a batch for myself one morning last week after an early work out and before heading off to class. The recipe was so easy to follow and SO tasty! Treat yourself here:

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredient:

– 1/4 cup egg whites

– 1 scoop protein powder (I used chocolate flavor — talk about taking amazing to the next level!)

– 1/2 banana

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1/2 tbsp almond milk

Directions:

Mash banana in a small bowl. Stir in almond milk and mix in remaining ingredients. Coat small pan with cooking spray and set over medium heat. Pour batter into pan (about half works well) and cook until you see bubbles rising. Flip pancake and cook all the way through on the other side. Serve with fruit (or plain!) and enjoy!!

(Thank you to Karena and Katrina of Tone It Up for this delicious recipe!!)

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Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers! Love and let love today 🙂

hot cocoa

hot cocoa

It’s officially winter time. You know what that means: HOT CHOCOLATE. While you could simply boil water and throw in a packet of hot chocolate mix, why not mix it up this season and add a little finesse to your holiday classic? Here’s my little sister’s secret to scrumptious hot cocoa:

INGREDIENTS:

– water

– hot chocolate mix

– half & half

– mini marshmallows

– chocolate syrup

– candy cane

DIRECTIONS: Bring water to a boil. Add boiling water to hot chocolate mix in a mug and stir in a splash of half and half. Gently arrange a layer of mini marshmallows on top and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Let marshmallows melt slightly and use candy cane to stir. Sip and smile!

sweet & cinnamon-y

sweet & cinnamon-y

The other day I went on a Pinterest binge looking at recipes (check out by newest board ironically titled “hungry hungry caterpillar” for all of my delicious finds). I am not as much of a cook as I would like to be (although I try here, here, here, here and here), but I am certainly a lover of food and would like to try cooking a lot more. During my hours of mindless searching (when study breaks outweigh study time…oops!) I was inspired to create a breakfast experiment of my own. I tried the combo the next morning and it was remarkably delicious! For a sweet and cinnamon-y surprise, try the following:

Prep Time: 10 min (mostly due to seeding the pomegranate)

Ingredients:

– Non-fat plain Greek yogurt

– 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate seeds

– 1 tsp ground cinnamon

– a pinch of dry, unused coffee grounds

Directions: Cut and seed the pomegranate. About half of the pomegranate will yield a healthy number of the sour seeds. Add pomegranate seeds, cinnamon, and coffee grounds to yogurt. Mix and enjoy!

breakfast

This was such a delicious breakfast, and something with tons of potential in terms of other creative combinations. I especially enjoyed the addition of the coffee grounds because it added a different, almost chocolatey flavor to the mix. I could also imagine making this same meal with yogurt, coconut shavings, vanilla powder, and cocoa powder for an even sweeter treat, or with yogurt, a little olive oil, small heirloom tomatoes, and fresh basil for a simple lunch-time version. How would you put a spin on this sweet snack?

odwalla

odwalla

The other morning I picked up an Odwalla protein bar for myself on my way to an orchestra rehearsal. I’ve been trying to avoid chemical-y food recently, but upon reading the ingredient list for the bar, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of recognizable components there were to the food: organic rolled oats, brown rice syrup, peanuts, salt, organic soy nuts, organic sunflower oil, vitamin C — not too shabby! Clocking in at 230 calories, 8g of fat, 33g of carbs (14g of sugar), and 7g of protein, the Odwalla protein bar might not be as good for you as a lean chicken breast or a delicious salad, but for a meal on the go, you could do worse!