Five for Friday

I haven’t completely given up on Friday Faves posts, even though it probably seems like it! I just felt like going with a different approach this Friday so hopefully it’s just as fun as usual!

Five Things I Have to do This Week

1) Call in for jury duty. Ummmmm, yeah, I totally got assigned jury duty next Monday. No bueno, but luckily I don’t have any major assignments due then. I am really really hoping I don’t actually get called in because it’s super inconvenient, probably boring and I have to pay $1 an hour for parking. Uh, what?!

2) Write a 2100 word paper. I know I’m doing a liberal arts major and minor, and I don’t mind writing, but that’s a lot of words, plus it requires research. It’s a little dumb too because it’s for a journalism class and I know for a fact that as someone going into the broadcast field, I will never have to write anything even close to that many words. Try more like 50 words or less per story. Oh well…

3) Prepare my first weather forecast. I am really pumped for this one! Because of special programming the last two weeks, I wasn’t assigned to do weather on my news night. But this week is my first week going live, and I’m super excited. Hopefully I can write up a script that is at least somewhat decent…but honestly, I’d rather ad lib the weather like I did for our practice week.

4) Grocery shop. Is it lame that I’m excited about this too?! Whatever, I like to go grocery shopping. I have to finalize my list tonight and then tomorrow’s the big day. I’m hoping I won’t stray too far from the list…

5) Meal prep. Another exciting one, and my first time actually purposely prepping food for multiple meals. I don’t always have time during the week to whip up a single serving lunch or dinner, so making some things ahead of time will be a big time saver. A few things on my list to make: tofu nuggets, pumpkin maple bean cornbread casserole, pineapple coconut flour shortbread squares and dark chocolate-covered edamame. Yes, I realize two of those things on that list are desserts–gotta keep my priorities straight, right 😉

Don’t these look amazing? Photo courtesy of The Veggie Nook.

Five New Finds I’m Loving

1) Whole Foods vegan chocolate mousse. Okay, if you see a little cup of this in the prepared desserts section of your Whole Foods, buy it. Immediately. I’m not kidding. This stuff is straight-up, chocolate-y crack. It’s mind-blowingly creamy and rich, so you only need to eat a little at a time. And it’s only $2.99, so it’s fairly cheap. I’m thinking it’ll make the perfect frosting for my protein microwave cakes.

2) Mrs. Dash fiesta lime seasoning. This stuff is a great way to add Mexican flair to everything (I love it on black beans) without any salt.

3) Coconut flour. I got mine in bulk from Sprouts, so it was extremely cheap. It works great in protein cakes, smoothies and I want to try it in pancakes and waffles. I know it’s hard to use in vegan recipes, but that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna try to make it work.

A protein cake made with coconut flour, flax, vanilla protein powder, almond milk and topped with raisins and cacao nibs.

4) Almond Breeze unsweetened almond coconut milk. I’ve been on the lookout for this since I first heard about it and I finally found it at Target. It’s a little thicker than almond milk, with a hint of coconut taste. I really wish they’d come out with an unsweetened vanilla version in refrigerated though.

5) Kelp noodles. I’ve enjoyed these three ways: Italian (red sauce, nooch, olives and crumbled veggie burger), Asian (peanut flour sauce, peppers) and cheezy (nooch, cashews). The Italian was definitely my fave, but I really loved them all. The noodles really take on whatever flavors you mix them with, and they’ve got a slight crunch which is cool.

Five Frustrating Things

1) Bicyclists who run red lights. Seriously, guys, us drivers have to constantly be watching out for you, and it’s not cool when you ignore traffic rules.

2) Having random pains. Since Wednesday, my right ankle hurts when I go downstairs, and now my lower back aches, and there’s some pain behind my left knee sometimes when I walk or workout. Yeah, I’m kind of a mess right now. Luckily I can still do all my normal stuff but it’s just annoying.

3) So many assignments due next week. I get it, the semester’s already underway and all that, but I’d like a little break from all the homework, readings and papers.

4) Getting sucky parking spaces. I’ve actually been pretty lucky this week with parking. I parked in the garage most of the week for school and usually got a space on the third level, so it was nice and covered. But parking at the apartment complex can be hell. I lucked on out Wednesday night and got a decently close spot, even though I got back around 8:45 pm. But most days, if I get back anytime after 3 (which happens pretty much every day), I have to park kinda far away. Not a big deal, just annoying.

I don’t like having to park Alejandro far away from me…

5) Super hot classrooms. Seriously, I have class in this one room that feels like 110 degrees. No joke. It’s hot enough outside but even hotter inside. We should just have class outside. I always crank up my A/C once I get back to my apartment after that class.

What’s one thing that’s frustrated you this week? What’s your favorite alternative flour (like nut or gluten-free flours)?

 

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21 thoughts on “Five for Friday

  1. Alexandra says:

    That’s so cool one of your to-do’s is to prepare a weather forecast–that sounds so official and grown up!!! 😀 And I didn’t know Sprouts sold coconut flour in bulk…adding that to my shopping list RIGHT NOWWWWWWWW

  2. caloricandcrazy says:

    A 2100 word paper?! Good luck :)!
    The grocery trip does sound exciting. I think I actually love grocery shopping more than clothes shopping :P!

  3. Emily says:

    I finally bought kelp noodles for the first time this week too- I’m in LOVE! They’re so versatile and delicious.
    Good luck prepping for your weather forecast! You’re going to rock it. And, even though a 2,100 word paper sounds overwhelming, you’ll get it done and I’m sure it will be amazing.

    Have a beautiful weekend! ❤

  4. Eww sorry to hear about the lengthy assignment, I hope you bust it out fast though! Also, I know you are going to rock the weather forecast, you are prepping for something you are good at my friend 🙂
    I have never tried kelp noodles, haven’t even heard of them as a matter of fact!

  5. The other day I was just kind of lamenting over the fact that I won’t be going to school this year, but when I think about all of the reading and papers I’m kind of glad for the time off lol. Good luck with your paper, hun. I’m sure you’ll rock it 🙂

    The weather here has been driving me nuts lately. It’s been cold, rainy, and windy ever since September hit. And when the sun comes out, it’s only for a few hours before it gets nasty again. But it’s supposed to be nice this weekend, so I’m hoping they’re right!

  6. Kat @ a dash of fairydust says:

    Why is it still so hot where you live?! This weekends,it’s fairly warm here as well,I admit,but next week it’s supposed to cool off remarkably… Not sure if I like that or not. :/
    However,I love grocery shopping as well! It’s awful though the only store around here that carries almond & hazelnut milk is closed for two weeks now. 😦

  7. Meal prep has been saving my life lately! And my school is sooo hot, too! Back in high school I was freezing everyday now I’m always sweating! It sucks. Especially because most of my ward worbe is sweatshirts and long-sleeve shirts from high school.

  8. Jury duty? Yuck! I hate random pains. They’re annoying. It got pretty hot here this weekend. I’m ready for autumn now. Cold weather please.
    Grocery shopping sounds awesome. I can’t wait to have to grocery shop for myself. Haha!

  9. Totally agree with you about the bikes thing. I was driving yesterday behind a bike and they ran a stop sign right in front of me. Like… c’mon. Don’t drive in the road if you’re not going to follow the road rules. Just because you’re on a bike doesn’t mean it’s not a vehicle.

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