Monday, July 13, 2009


the other day i bought a bowl of TJ's Vegan Pad Thai[it comes frozen then you microwave it][and actually my mom bought it for me..just thought id give her credit lol].
it takes about 5 minutes in the microwave.
while i waited i did squats....haha

basically it was tasty and good if you dont have much time!....or if your feeling lazy.
i was happy to see nothing weird although there is kinda a bit much sugar.
one thing i was kinda sad to see was that it had 600 calories!! 600!!! and ok....this is crazy. 118 CARBS! one serving!
my original plan was to eat half but i ate the whole thing. it certainly didnt feel like 600 calories. it was relatively low fat though i guess.

heres a photo; i dont know how to link it to make it bigger and my bros bugging me to get off so sorry!

second up we have pancakes i made this morning...actually it was more afternoony since i woke at twelve....heheh
in the spirit of Chocolate Covered Katie's Pancake bonanza i decided to venture out and make some pancakes i never had before. i had great success previously using a WW recipe i found on the 'net a while back but im not gonna link cause right now i dont know where it is!!! maybe ill show you later or something.
anyways here it is beofore i devored them:
Double Chocolate Blackberry Banana Pancakes.
i used the recipe i had[a great one nice a fluffy] but i supped one of the TBSP's of flour for some cocoa powder[you should/could probably use more] and i added a few choc chips to the 'cakes. voila double choc pancakes. then i made a sauce like substance to top it off.
to do this i used half a banana mashed, some blackberries, some molasses[maybe like a TBSP, you could probably use somehting else if you dont like molasses, but i do], and water. i nuked it [microwaved] for a bit then dumped it on the pancakes. it was good!!
im trying to cut down on added sugar[really doesnt sound like it, huh? haha] and sweets/desserts. but that doesnt include fruit!! so basically if i wanted to kick down the sugar on this i could have probably left out the molasses in the sauce[berries are wonderfully naturaly sweet&amazing] and for the actual pancakes i could probably take out the sugar[the recipes calls for 1 TBSP of brown sugar] and just made regular ones without the chocolate chips and cocoa powder i guess.

ok im almost done. as you can tell my blog is kinda a myriad of things. things i like of course[hence the title..i know, uncreative]. and since im all about organization, ive been thinking if i start blogging more ill do like speical days dedicated to certain topics. like food thursdays or something. so well see!

ok thats all or now, possibly nonexistant readers! haha ;D

camp camp camp!


in a week i leave for summer camp with my youth group!
we leave on monday and return on saturday!
its going to be held at Biola University.
ive been there before in 2007 and to the same camp but at a different location in 06.
both were wonderful experiences and are helpful in growing as a chirstian. :)
the university provides the food sooo my plan is this:
when i went before the cafeteria had many different things to choose from.
i cant remember completely but i think they had a pretty good selection of veggies in their salad bar. it was a big station for making your own sandwhiches too.
i beleive oatmeals available in the morning.
so my plan is to bring a few packages of silken tofu to eat raw with dinner perhaps, a jar of peanut butter for maybe things like oatmeal and sandwhiches, and a package of some sort of bread/wraps. im thinking it might be a good idea to also bring some type of bars or trail mix as well.
at first when i went vegan i wasnt even sure how long id do it. and i was convinced for this week of camp i wouldnt be vegan.
its amazing though how much ive realized how great it is!
when im with family and their eating their cookies and meat and cheese im glad to not be eating the same thing! haha. i know this is a good thing im doing for the enviorment and MYSELF and its lovely! it has also helped me appreciate food and desserts. im striving to be a healthy happy me!
ok thats about it.
heres a self portrait back in april in L.A.
ps i have a flickr(here) and a tumblr(here)
where i post more of my photography!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

kindness and truth, kindness and mercy, love and loyalty, mercy and truth, love and faithfulness

i find translations of the bible very interesting. i love when pastors talk about the origins or verses and how it pertains to whats being said. like when the original hebrew words or greek words cant be expressed fully in english and how that effects the translation.
so i came accros this verse today in the Message and i really liked it.
then i ran upstairs to get my regular bible that had the NCV translation.

heres the message translation:
"Dont lose your grip on love and loyalty.[same as CEV]
Tie them around your neck, carve their initials on your heart.

and the NCV:
"Don’t ever forget kindness and truth. [same as ASV]
Wear them like a necklace.
Write them on your heart as if on a tablet."

the NLT:
"Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart."

and heres the KJ version:
"Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart."

the NIV:
"Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart."

"Let not mercy and kindness [shutting out all hatred and selfishness] and truth [shutting out all deliberate hypocrisy or falsehood] forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them upon the tablet of your heart."

I wonder in this particular case what made the authors of each translation choose the words they did.

either way i like them all. and i want to make a necklace with those words on it. :)
so i have love, loyalty, kindness, truth, faithfulness and mercy hanging around me wherever i am.

i also while looking for the NCV translation[not THAT popular] found this website:

pretty cool!
they have a little parallel feautre too so you can view two versions at the same time! i think im gonna sign up right now....

Thursday, July 2, 2009

dont ya

just love my new header :)
hehe. im happy i put the photo uup. its a crop of a photo i took a while back with my film camera.

i just took the vegnews contest poll thing and it made me realize i really need to branch out! haha
i only answered like 5 of the questions because i really couldnt answer them all. :(
well its not like im made of money and can go on huge natural food store shopping sprees and go to other towns and eat awesome food! haha
one day.....
i guess i still have a whole life time ahead of me :)

have a great night/day!