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Snow in Arizona

Besides the fact that it SNOWED today here in Tucson, this video is a fairly accurate depiction of my everyday life, living with two beautiful and crazy roommates.

Enjoy.

xoxo

MM

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This weekend was incredible.

I was surrounded by beautiful people with hearts, minds and souls that glow with the most positive of energy you could ever imagine.

Someone told me recently that nothing in this universe is meant to be forever so we have to love everyone as much as we can for as long as we possibly can and when the love for one person ends because the universe made it so, you will find yourself faced with other loves and challenges that will complete you and teach you the true meaning of love.

With this is mind, the past few weeks I’ve been deterring my energy away from any negativity and embracing life as much as I can. It’s been wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

The past couple of days I’ve slept on a twig bed under the stars and danced around a campfire in bare feet with micah glitter on my face. I’ve woken up to a lovely, homemade french toast breakfast by an incredible cook who has also spoiled me with homemade mashed potatoes, homemade pasta with a homemade, vegetarian spaghetti sauce and copious amounts of vanilla chai tea.

I’ve sat on the floor of a living room, upon a bed of soil and potted seeds for cucumbers, onions, lettuce, watermelon, honeydews and many more.

…and I was given one of the most lovely gifts I think I’ve ever received.

A sunny sunflower to brighten up my day, everyday.

I hope everyones weekends were as relaxed, grounded and fun-filled as mine was.

A few recipe ideas are in the works. Check back soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Song for the evening:

xoxo

MM

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The past few days

have consisted of the following:

1. School, school, school and…oh, more school.

2. Scouting out every last children’s nutrition book within the city of Tucson trying to find some decent ones to read to the kiddies at the museum. Apparently I might just need to write one myself because what I’m finding is quite limited.

3. Grilled cheese and Tofurkey sammies

mmmm gooey

4. Playing with friends ๐Ÿ™‚

My friends tend to get a kick out of the food puppets I use with the kiddos at the children’s museum…

And then there is numero 5

5.ย 

Oooooh yes.

Homemade peanut butter cups.

For Valentine’s Day I made these little puppies for all my ย Valentine(s)<—Who says you can’t have more than one? ๐Ÿ˜‰

It started off as so:

I lined a cookie tray with mini paper cups that I thought would be so darn cute when used with baby peanut butter cups.

Next, I mixed the filling of the pb cups using all-natural peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar, a few teaspoons of real butter and a pinch of salt.

I then began working on the chocolate part of the little cuppies by heating the chocolate in the microwave at 20-25 second intervals and stirring in between. I started with a little bit of chocolate and then kept adding more to the batch as the chocolate became nice and melty. Then, near the end, I added some more peanut butter to make it extra peanut buttery and thick.

Finally, I layered the chocolate into the cups with bits of peanut butter filling in the center and topped it off with more chocolate and a dash of playful sprinkles.

Once finished, I popped them into the refrigerator for a few hours (just make sure they’re set before you take them out).

All the people I shared these with on V day really enjoyed them and the best part is they’re made with natural ingredients and darker chocolate. They may not be deemed “healthy” but I’d say they were “healthier” than you’re average Reese’s ;).

Of course they can always be made year round and you can change up the sprinkle colors depending on the occasion (think orange for halloween and red and green for x mas, etc.)

Now, before I further induce you into a chocolate coma, I’m off to finish my last class of the day before I head out for Thursday night get-away into the wilderness. I’ll leave you guessing as to what I’m up to by hinting that it ย involves a sleeping bag, Brazilian drums and face paint.

That is all ๐Ÿ™‚

xoxo

MM

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cuplets

derived from this recipe:{http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Homemade-Peanut-Butter-Cups}

Ingredients to yield ~36 cuplets:

-1 cup of all-natural peanut butter

-4 teaspoons real butter (I used light because it’s what we had on hand)

-1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

-About 3 ounces of extra dark chocolate (in bar or other form)

-colored sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 of the peanut butter with the sugar, butter and the salt. In a separate bowl, heat about 1/4 of the chocolate (both chips and chunks of the bars) in the microwave, stopping to stir every 20-25 seconds. Keep adding the rest of the chocolate slowly in until almost all chunks and lumps are gone. Near the end, add in the last 1/2 cup of peanut butter and heat and mix until nice and smooth.

Drop teaspoons of chocolate into the bottom of the mini paper cups and top each chocolate layer with a teaspoon of the peanut butter mix. Finally, top all of the paper cuplets off with more chocolate until they’re about 3/4 of the way full. Top all of the cuplets with sprinkles and put them in the fridge until they harden.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Gypsy Nights

It’s been five days since I’ve posted anything on here and, I won’t lie to you, I have absolutely nothing of extreme interest to post about.

I’ve been finding myself in a cooking rut the past few days. Okay, so it’s not a rut, I’m just lazy. Dinner last night consisted of Tofurkey and cheese with mustard roll-ups and other days I’ve debated how nutritionally-balanced a pint of coconut milk ice cream is for a meal.

As for other shenanigans, I’ve been having a spectacular time living life and taking advantage of every vintage thrift shop, library and late night bonfire parties this town has to offer.

Simply put, life is good ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all for now!

xoxo

MM

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Flower Child

Last night as I was lying in bed with my lights off, pretending that I was on a warm, sunny beach with a margarita in my hand (my roommate is the heater nazi and refuses to let me turn it on in order to save money), I made a small list of things in my head that I’m looking to work towards this semester.

I suppose you could consider it a New Years resolution but I never make those and well, we’re in February so that’s all shot to hell now. Not that I’m not late to everything, anyways.

An old friend recently told me that I am a flower child. I suppose this is because he has always known me as a vegetarian that surrounds herself with friends who like to play with war paint and make flower headbands…which is a different story for another time….

…but I embraced his remark as a compliment and would like to think that this little list of personal goals justifies his little flower child view of me.

1. Eating wholesome, colorful foods and cutting out processed CRAP.

Ya, I said it. Crap. I’m not one to eat it often but ever since Spain, certain foods have crept back up into my life that really have no reason for being there. Don’t get me wrong, I am not one to sit down and eat a snickers a day and I’ve always been mindful of what I put into my body but lately I’ve gotten a little…eh…lazy. I’m not a believer in diets, I don’t believe in restriction but I do believe in proper nourishment and not over-indulging. That being said, I’m cleaning up my eats a bit and trying to fulfill my life with luscious, bright foods that give me the energy I need to get on through my day.

For instance, today’s lunch was a splendid, little salad that I threw together in a matter of minutes and was absolutely delicious.

Watermelon, Avocado and Cucumber Salad

For this recipe you will need:

-1/2 cup chopped cucumber

-1/2 cup chopped watermelon

-1/2 ripe avocado

-1/2 lemon

-salt

To make: Peel the cucumber and chop it up into small squares and set in a small bowl. Chop up the watermelon into equal-sized chunks (more or less) and add to the cucumber. Slice the avocado into small squares, as well. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the melon, cucumber and avocado and sprinkle salt (to taste). Mix well and serve immediately.

If you’d like, a little sprinkle of feta would be a great add-in to these simple salad.

Some other things I’m irking to try to make this week include seaweed (wakame) salad and vegetarian lettuce wraps. So stay tuned ;).

2. Start composting.

The roomies and I have begun to save all our eggshells, coffee grounds, banana peels, etc. and keep them in a separate bag for our friend to pick up who has his own compost ditch in his backyard. He offered to take the extra, rotting foods off our hands and we openly accepted the offer :).

3. Travel (as if this comes as a surprise). One thing is for sure this summer, Anna needs to get the hell out of dodge. Between the gruesome, Arizona heat and just plain boredom, I’ve decided there’s no way I’m sticking around come June. I’ve been looking into working/volunteering abroad, specifically in the global health or medicine fields. We’ll see where I end up but as of right now I’m thinking of applying for a volunteer position in Thailand or Indonesia working with children. Of course, South America, Central America…or anywhere else in the world is always an option.

We’ll see where I end up.

4. Achieving peace of mind. Whenever the semester starts fresh, I am all over the place getting back into the swing of things. This semester has already proven to be no different from the others with cramming for exams and waking up late for classes. I’m trying to do a little each day to bring a sense of calm back into my life. Yoga has helped a ton, along with this blog (whoever is reading this, you’re keeping me sane) and simple meditation and encouraging mantras.

Hey, if writing “You are wonderful, you are strong and you will kick ass today” on your mirror everyday helps you to be motivated, I won’t be the one to stop you. In fact, I’m all for it.

5. Blending the cultures. I’ve already expressed my great desire to return to Spain (I can almost feel you rolling your eyes on the other side of the computer and muttering, “oh, here she goes again…” but obviously pretending to be in Spain while living in the US is not really practical. Apparently taking a three-hour siesta interferes with school. Who knew?

BUT…this will not stop me nor my roommates from having a good time and including a lot of the Spanish lifestyle into our lives on an everyday basis. We are constantly listening to Spanish music, looking up Spanish recipes (we’re slowly starting to miss Spanish cuisine again) and try not to take life as seriously as we did before we went through the “study abroad experience.”

Like now, when I’m off to study drug-nutrient interactions for a therapeutic nutrition class, while refraining from slamming my head periodically against my wall and wishing it were Friday.

Good thing I have some good music to keep me company.

Have a great rest of your Mondays, peaches.

xoxo

MM

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Last Night

consisted of a little bit of this…

This…

aaaand this…

I’d say it was a grand time.

I realize I’ve been lacking on all things concerning food these days. No worries, I’m thinking of things as we speak ;).

Hope everyone has a great super bowl weekend!

xoxo

MM

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Brrrr

Let me tell you a story of a little girl who lived in Tucson, Arizona and woke up one morning to the coldest day of the year.

Having just returned from a far away place called Europa, the girl was no novice to the cold weather but this weather was still enough to chill right down to the bone. In fact, on this particular day, the weather was COLDER than the weather reports for the day in Madrid, Rome and even Amsterdam.

The little girl woke up early this very cold morning to go to a certain social statistics class that she liked to refer to as (the class that sucks…um…lemons). She found her pipes had been eaten by the big, bad evil frost monster and she was unable to take a warm shower like she had hoped.

So, the girl went on her merry, unbathed way and arrived to class finding herself to be the only person in the room. It was then that she realized she had gotten to school at the time of her Monday/Wednesday classes and could’ve slept an extra 45 minutes that morning instead of heading out into the blistering cold.

The little girl was PISSED.

But never fear, the magical shop of Starbucks is near, the girl thought to herself.

The girl faced the windy cold once more and made her way to the magic coffee shop (not quite as magic as the ones she had found in Amsterdam, unfortunately) and ordered herself a magical, warm potion called a soy latte…

…that she spilled down the front of her warm wool coat on the way back to the stupid class that sucks…lollipops.

Disgruntled, freezing and covered in her no-longer-magic potion, the girl made her way back to the class that she had planned on going to in the first place.

The girl sat herself down in the coziest seat, next to a few other freezing students and awaited their professor who would teach them wizard-like tricks, like how to find frequency distributions and central tendency, amongst other things that this little girl planned on never using again in her life.

They waited…

and waited…

and waited…

…until the wizard professor’s assistant entered the room and announced that class had been cancelled for the day.

The girl decided that she would’ve been better off staying in bed rather than attempting to have a functional day in Tucson when the temperature is in the 20’s with a windchill that makes it feel as if it’s 8 degrees outside and set off to find herself some hot chocolate, Baileys, a heater, a blanket and a Spanish movie to finish off the rest of this day in Antarctica Tucson.

The End.

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