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Foodie Friday: Meatless for Lent

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/20/2015 at 09:40

Happy First Ash Wednesday of Lent 2015!

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Starting out the day with fiber and flavor from this fruit-&-berry-packed steel-cut oatmeal!

We can’t go wrong with our meatless options …

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Then my greens & dairy in this veggie soup + P.I. cheese on toast!

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Thanks to Maggie, I got my fave flavor of Girl Scout cookies!

Both in our meals and our snacks!

Remember to do your Stations of the †Cross†

Study Saturday: Starbucks before Bucks Stars

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday on 02/14/2015 at 08:15

Before I got ready for the ♥Sweetheart♥ Ball

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Brain Food: Egg white & lean bacon breakfast sandwich of Healthy *Champs* from *Starbucks$

I had a Starbucks Haul!

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Cooling refreshmentOrange Mango Banana Smoothie to energize yours truly as I go scholar mode!

I stayed focused that day as I always †pray† everyday!

Foodie Friday: Fight Night & Game Grub ~ SBXLIX Edition

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 02/06/2015 at 11:45

With last weekend being full of festivities, we were in great food and company! My LMT girl Lisa and her hubby hosted Fight Night (UFC main event: Anderson Silva post-2013 leg injury) on Super Bowl Sunday Eve! Then I watched the Big Game with my Papa Jun!

The commonalities between both meals were:

    • pizza (Little Caesar’s & Pizza Hut)
    • dip (Ranch & Nutella)
    • oodles of noodles (post-fight & pre-game)
    • veggies (fresh & roasted)
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Fight Night Feast: {clockwise from top L} Little Caesar’s Pretzel Pizza from yours truly * fruit w/chocolate fondue made by yours truly (Nutella & Philadelphia Cream Cheese) * veggies w/Ranch dressing * slider sandwiches w/Dijon mustard, turkey & cheese (either Swiss or Munster)

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Portion control: Lisa sliced the pizza into smaller pieces, so more could be up for grabs!

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These slider sandwiches were a hit! Hands down: they scored a touchdown @ this table!

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Fun fact: Did you know that you burn more calories than you consume when you munch on celery due to the crunch? Challenge accepted!

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After the fruit was gone, a fellow cat mama & I turned to the carrots to dip into the chocolate!

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To top off my plate, I had my green drink to toast!

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Post-Fight: Rice Noodles w/meatballs ~ looks like this yummy bowl is Lisa‘s version of Pho!

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Pre-Game: My Ramen w/Salsa + P.I. Cheese on Toast

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Yes’sir, I AM the Ranch B*tch: from my salad to pizza (Supreme from the Hut)

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Almond Joy Pie: filled w/Nutella but bittersweet due to the Seahawks’ SB loss

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This post-game croissant-reminiscant breakfast: Cookie & Cocoa Butter Swirl goes nuts w/pecans & almonds ~ shaped like a ♥heart♥ for ♥Valentine’s♥ Day!

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Coffee pairs well w/Cookie & Cookie & Cocoa Butter Swirl + croissant!

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My Nanay satisfied my chili craving with this Super Bowl Southwestern-Style Chili Bowl! Maraming Salamat Po, Mommy Aya! Ma sarap!

 

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Add cheese to the mix!

 

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Dallop of Daisy: Add sour cream to the mix!

 

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Add avocado to the mix!

 

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Spoon ready to scoop ~ so ladle it on to lick!

 

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Let’s double-dip those chips!

 

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Chili Chip Pie, oh my!

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My mom went happy on kale, both in the chili & in these chips baked in EVOO + in this green drink complete con más avocado!

 

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Again, Context Media Health has been on point, as if it’s been reading my mind ~ this time, about Black Beans & Avocados!

 

Foodie Friday: Croissant’s What I Want

In ♥ & Soul, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/30/2015 at 19:00

Happy National Croissant Day!!!

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Almond Croissant Blossom from *Starbucks$

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Some timing: Context Media Health sent me this text tip after I ate the aforementioned croissant!

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The Perfect Study Snack: My mini croissant is packed with flavor, filled with Cocoa Cookie Butter Swirl for a sweet treat complete with coffee!

Also, with Mardi Gras on the way …

We still can eat, drink and be merry!

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And YES: just like its previous counterpart, this bad boy also is *Gluten FREE*

A moderate way to do it is through this mini croissant Cajun-style sandwich ~ simple yet savory!

Cajun Croissant Sandwich

Cajun Croissant Sandwich: Aren’t these mini croissants absolutely cute?

Snack-Happy!

Foodie Friday: Military Meals

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 11/14/2014 at 16:15

Happy Veterans Week!

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This past week, I have celebrated my Airman dad and our armed forces through fun feasts!

Taylor County Taphouse (Military Discount)

Taylor Co. on Tap

Dallas Blonde & Pear AleCHEERS!!! — at The Taylor County Taphouse.

Taylor Co. Taphouse's unique array of appetizers & entrées

Unique array of appetizers & entrées: CFS * Waffle Wings 🍗 * Texas Craft Beer & Cheese Soup topped w/ Chili Dusted Popcorn — at The Taylor County Taphouse.

Coldstone Creamery (Military Discount)

Sundae Sunday: This Marine deserves a Military Discount!‪#‎DISPObustAFlow‬ ‪#‎DISPOsAlwaysFly‬ ‪#‎SaluteThisMilitaryGuy‬ ‪#‎SemperFi‬ ‪#‎Support‬ ‪#‎Honor‬ ‪#‎Remember‬ 🇺🇸🎊🎆🎇🎂🍨🍮 — at Cold Stone Creamery.

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Oreo Overload in Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cone w/ Rainbow Sprinkles at Cold Stone Creamery.

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Pumpkin Pie in the Sky in Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cone at Coldstone Creamery.

Fazoli’s (Military Discount)

Fazoli's Military Meal

Military Monday: Build-Your-Own Pasta Bowl * Strawberry Banana Minute Maid Smoothie * Breadsticks * Classic Cheddar Pasta Bowl * Ghirardelli Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake — at Fazoli’s Italian Restaurant

Fazoli's Ghirardelli Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

Irresistible Ghirardelli Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake — at Fazoli’s Italian Restaurant

Ghirardelli Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

1 photo couldn’t do justice: Ghirardelli Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake — at Fazoli’s Italian Restaurant

Olive Garden (FREE Military Meal on Vets Day)

Olive Garden on Veterans Day

*Veterans Day* full of festive flavor: Strawberry Passionfruit Limonada * Orange Cranberry Limonada * Porto Vita Rossa * Smoky Mozzarella w/Chicken Gnocchi * Grilled Chicken Butternut Squash Fettuccine Alfredo w/Zuppa Toscana — at Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

Our servicemen and –women deserve our highest respect and honor.

*CHEERS to our Military*

Foodie Friday: PTL for PhD ~ Victory Meals

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/24/2014 at 07:00

To celebrate my Ph.D. progress, I had championship pre- and post-workout meals!

Cypress St. Station & Abilene Brewing Co. (Downtown Abilene)

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Black Box Pizza (Dyess Air Force Base)

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2:22 ~ make a wish!!!

HBD, PAPA JUN!!!

Foodie Friday: Birthday Grub

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/22/2014 at 09:00

Happy Morning After My Birthday!

Since I always care to share my wealth of health, my family and friends deserve honorable mentions for feeding me for my BiG 3-3. Two weeks ago, I left the Valley with a bang when I my classmates celebrated with me!

One week before my birthday, my Church bestie Evie took me to brunch at Hickory Street Café.

Hickory Street Cafe

Hickory Street Cafe: Spinach Quiche & Salad with Raspberry Vinegarette + Raspberry Tea ~ Raspberry Good

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Hickory Street Cafe: Tomato Basil Soup

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Hickory Street Cafe: Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake ~ Just how this Bday Girl likes it!

Last weekend, my childhood friend/fellow August baby Dee cooked lunch, and my mom cooked dinner for us and our dads, and our Pinoy homeboy Vince joined us with his kids! We celebrated more last night to wrap my birthday up right!

Birthday Feast

Birthday Feast for this Beautiful Beast!

Rigatoni

Rigatoni tossed in Pesto with Marinara by Bday Girl Dee

Strawberries & Watermelon

Red & Ready: Summer Strawberries & Wonderful Watermelon

On my birthday eve, my gym rat/fellow mama of a cat and August baby Lisa had us over at her house to wine and dine, and I brought cake!

Carne Asada

Carne Asada Simmering

Comida Mexicana

Traditional Mexican made by Lisa

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Photo Cake c/o Snowhite Bakery

After my Birthday Blessing, my Church buddy Joe cooked me yet another bodacious breakfast.

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato Steaming

The Incredible Edible Egg

Sunny Side-Up, if you please

Blessed Birthday Breakfast

Blessed Birthday Breakfast, thanks to Joe!

Last night, we wrapped up my birthday with another family night plus making music time!

Nanay's Bomb Diggety Spaghetti

Noodles for Long Life from Nanay

Birthday Feast

Beautiful Feast for this Birthday Beast

Grapes

Grapes for GOOD LUCK!

TGIF for Thank GOD It’s Friday * Thank GOD I’ve got great Family & Friends!!!

Foodie Friday: TGIF Twists on Treats

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 05/23/2014 at 20:22

Thank GOD It’s Friday for Food!

Today’s Foodie Friday is devoted to concoctions that combine different edibles into one, such as cake and cookies and fruit and more fruit. I’ll rate them on a scale from 1-5.

Tiramisu Cookie Sandwich = 4 points

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A dozen SDJ Tiramisu Cookie Sandwiches, STAT!

Sweets du Jour, my favorite new bakery in Abilene ~ which is now offering a limited-time 15% discount off online orders from the SDJ app ~ has created an innovative addition to its menu: Cookie Sandwiches! I got a dozen of the Tiramisu flavor for my mom’s birthday.

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Cookie Close-up!

    • Pros: sweet mascarpone cheese filling (+5)
    • Cons: cookies remind me of Snickerdoodles with espresso dusting, yet the softness makes up for that (-1)
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Slam Dunk into Coffee or Cocoa!

Brunch of Champions = 5+ points / 100+%

Brunch by Joe

I was just expecting “eggs and fruit,” but this is a whole different ball park here (clockwise): Buttered Toast + Spiced Sunny Side Eggs meets Steamed Banana complete w/Banana Leaf, Refried Black Beans, Steamed Sweet Potato + Pineapple & Mandarin Oranges

When I met with my Church friend after Adoration yesterday, he cooked up a storm! And I, as usual, got camera-carried away with this eye candy that tasted as picture-perfect as the presentation looks!

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Brownies baked with Waffle Batter … I’m in Chocolate Heaven!

  • Pros: the BEST brunch I’ve ever had, both home-cooked and at a restaurant, beats everything out by far, bar-none (+10)
  • Cons: NONE whatsoever
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Deer Droppings ~ Joe’s Homemade Candy, as he says: they’re better than the real thing!

Grāpples = 3 points

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Grab a Grāpple!

Grape … I mean, Great News: I’m going to teach at the college level again!!! You know what that means: an apple a day scores yours truly an A! This is a batch of grape-flavored apples, enough said.

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2 of my favorite wine vine fruits in 1!

  • Pros: sweet fruit fix, hence delicious and delicious (+5)
  • Cons: artificial grape flavor, so what’s the point? (-2)

TGIF Brunch

Avocado for Brunch

Avocado rounds out this meal in a Shake & as a Spread!

Today was my only day to sleep in, so I was grateful for a second day in-a-row to enjoy a savory meal and take my time without being in a rush!

Avocado & Spinach

Lean Mean Green Machine!

Happy ***Memorial Day*** weekend, including to y’all Kings & Queens of the Grill!