Education & Edu-haze-ation

Today – a small rant on education and what I call edu-haze-ation.

Education is great. Edu-haze-ation is not.

Eduhazeation is a phenomenon where people that you are not close to suddenly decide that today will be the perfect day to interrogate and belittle every bit of your current (or lack of) educational/life plans.

You will be told in an underlying tone or in bold words just how very wrong you are, how you need to get it together, how you will not be making a difference in life (or anyone else’s) unless you do “x, y, z” in alphabetical order, and insinuate your imminent demise into the Great Abyss of Nothingness because of your terrible flaw of not having it all “together.”

If you have done this to someone, STOP IT. Seriously. Stop now. You are not helping, you are hurting. Ask yourself these questions before forcing your opinion on the next unsuspecting victim of your haughty disdain:

1. Do I know this person?

2. Do I genuinely care about this person, or is the first time I’ve ever “cared” about their life now that they’re disagreeing with me?

3. Am I being a hypocrite or speaking from experience?

4. Am I forcing my life, abilities (/lack of), and opportunities (/lack of) onto theirs?

We’ve all been through this I’m sure, and we can all do something to prevent this from happening again.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1

I’m not even close to perfect in this area, but if we all spoke out of love and not judgement the world would be a much grander place. That’s all.

Sincerely,

Your Ranting 20-Something

Vegan Pancakes!

Vegan Pancakes!

Today has been a food hunting day.
Food hunting days occur when there seems to be nothing to eat in the house, and yet I know that with all these random ingredients there has to be.

And voila! Supercook.com to the rescue!
I highly recommend this for any and all pantry hunters, you get to add whatever ingredients you have onto a list, and as you add it pulls up recipes that coincide with those ingredients.

Grocery store trip/eating out = eliminated!

You can also put “restrictions” on so recipes you don’t want don’t pop up.
Ex: Gluten-free, Don’t eat meat, don’t eat fish, etc.

This website resulted in a food discovery treasure – vegan whole-wheat pancakes.

This was my not technically my first attempt at this perfectly simple recipe, (coconut whole wheat pancakes previously!), but its been about 1-2 years.

I put in a smidge too much salt by accident, but there’s plenty of these ingredients so I’m going to try another batch and see how it goes.

This original recipe is from holycowvegan.com, I made 1 or 2 modifications:

Ingredients

Dry:
1½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
3 tbsp sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
Mix the dry ingredients well and set aside.
Wet:
1½ cups soy milk (I used coconut milk instead)
2 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 6 tbsp water (Didn’t have this)
3 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

1. Mix together the wet ingredients and add to the dry. Mix gently until the dry ingredients are just moistened. There should be some lumps remaining in the batter.
2. Heat a nonstick or cast-iron griddle. Smear lightly with a few drops of canola oil. Pour about ¼ cup of the batter on the griddle and let it cook until bubbles appear at the top of the pancake and the underside is golden-brown. Flip over with a spatula and cook the other side until it is lightly browned.
3. Serve hot with a pat of vegan spread and maple syrup. (And I topped mine with either local Texas honey or homemade multi-berry jam from one of the neighbors)

It’s THAT simple!

(Devoured the third before picture could be taken)

Now of course these are not the healthiest thing ever, but they’re a nice treat every now and then 🙂 Definitely going to add cinnamon next time as well.

Ate some celery and a clementine to recover – ha!

Signing off for now,

Your friendly neighborhood 20-something

Resolution Week 1

Resolution Week 1

First off I’m usually awful at doing things like this, but this year it feels different. It feels – natural 🙂

When it comes to resolutions I tend to set massive, very specific goals that I easily fall short of within a few weeks. Thankfully this year has started out on the right note.

A simple “deciding of” rather than “resolving to” and “wanting to” taking place of “needing,” for some odd reason, has made it easier.

As far as I can be I want go vegetarian, eventually transitioning to vegan (while avoiding as much dairy, sugar, and gluten as possible).

My reason for this is mainly all the lovely benefits:
– healthier organs
– more energy
– maximum nutrients
– taste buds readjusting to experience full flavors in veggies/fruit
– enhanced immune system
– weight loss
on and on and on they go! 🙂
And major bonus: minimizing the risk for diseases that have sprung up in the lives of my amazing grandparents.

Living in Texas makes it a bit challenging, living in the city makes it a bit easier, living on a tight budget makes it financially smarter.

The most wonderful bit about it is that with God’s help I know I can do it.

Since I finished (for the first time beginning to end!) my favorite journal last year I’ll be using this as a sort of food diary to post when I can.

This week has consisted of:

Juicing:
– Apples
– Kale
– Carrots
– Limes

– Cucumber

Eating:
– Hearty Vegetarian Chili w/ extra cilantro
– (on the transition day) Lean Turkey Black Bean Chili/Chili Blanco
– 3 slices cheese pizza (and 4-5 pepperonis – eek!)
– A chai cupcake (mega sugar and gluten gift haha)

– Banana, Coconut milk, and strawberry smoothie

Snacking On:
– Carrots

– Edamame Hummus

– Some Gluten-Free cracker-but-definitely-not-cracker thing from Trader Joe’s?

Drinking: Water, Peppermint, Green, and Chamomile Tea in place of usual coffee binge (slipped a Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Frap – another gift from a generous friend! Eeh!)

Honestly I feel pretty great. My body seems to be doing its detox thing already, and hopefully with the next paycheck I can buy more in-season fruit/veggies in bulk to keep costs down and veg/fruit meals in!

I’m also starting up classes again on Monday, which thankfully includes a (hopefully) fabulous nutrition course. So stoked.

That’s it for now! Have a happy weekend!

Sincerely,

The friendly introvert 20-something

P.S. – Anyone know how to turn off the large one line spacing?