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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Alright, friends. I have just one more final to do today, and then I’m off to Christmas break. Woot!

It is definitely a change of pace to be at college, as opposed to going to work every day like I did prior to this. Honestly, I am so glad that I decided to go back to school. I have been able to think more and more about what I truly want to be in life, and I am giving myself the opportunity to do it. But that is just the logical reason that I’m glad to be in school. The real reason I’m glad is because, without a perfectly clear-cut reason, I am so much happier now. I feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be in my life, and I feel like I am in control of my fate. I am so happy to be surrounded by likeminded people in my classes, to engage in mentally stimulating activities, and to be investing in myself rather than aimlessly and numbly going to work at a dead-end job.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that all jobs without education are dead-end (or that jobs that require education aren’t) but for me and the particular job I was around the particular people I was working with, I felt truly and deeply depressed. I was in a hole for those two years that I felt I was constantly digging myself out of, and I am so so happy to finally feel free. And I do feel free. I sing and dance for no reason, I take naps at my convenience and wake up feeling refreshed and open, and when I have clear free time (or sometimes when I procrastinate) I get to do something that I really love doing: blogging. I get to make new recipes, dance around the kitchen getting everything together and then cleaning it all up, try delicious food combinations, test lighting and angles in my food photography, and share this beautiful vegan lifestyle with all of you wonderful people. (more…)

Baked Strawberry Oatmeal

Friends, I am so excited! I have been in a little bit of a creative funk for the past few weeks, with little motivation to create or photograph new recipes, and I just hit a wave of inspiration. Maybe its just that I am finally feeling at home in our new world of California and our new lifestyle as college students, but I am feeling good and I am excited to share all of the goodness and happiness with you!

 

 

Up on today’s yummy food agenda is this warm baked strawberry oatmeal. It is so perfect for a chilly fall day. Plus, it is so much less labor intensive that stove-top oatmeal. With this one, you can just pour all of the ingredients into an oven safe bowl, pop it into the oven for 35-40 minutes, and prepare your cuddly warm reading space while it bakes. Then when its done, let it cool for about five minutes, and then dig right in.

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Chocolate Trail Mix Bites

So here is the New Years scoop: I made a resolution and broke it. Just like everybody else. But hey, just like everybody else, I will also defend my reasons for breaking it to make me feel better about it. You can tell me afterward if you think my excuse is valid or you can tell me what you are experiencing this year with resolutions or broken resolutions as well.

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