Squashed: Two Busy Weeks

Hi everyone! How are you doing? I hope you’re all having a super delicious week so far.

I had my Chemistry midterm yesterday (don’t you hate it when you THINK you know the answer, or you think you SHOULD know the answer, but just absolutely cannot solve it?!) and have my Biology midterm on Saturday morning. I should really be studying right now, but looking at food pictures is just so tempting!


Recent Eats

Whole wheat toast (this week I’m using Silver Hills Sprouted Bread: The Big 16) topped with avocado, truffle salt and pepper, egg, and brie

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Plus sliced apple with melty almond coconut butter

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Creamy cocoa-banana oatmeal with chocolate chips and peanut butter (speaking of oatmeal, I really have to update that page!)

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Couscous and veggie stir-fry with a fried egg, brie, and avocado

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So easy to make, and really filling and delicious

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Nighttime outside the University of Waterloo. I took these while waiting for the bus after an awesome photography workshop

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Pumpkin oatmeal with pumpkin seeds and chocolate chips on Halloween {inspiration}

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Chickpea coconut curry with butternut squash and peas, roasted cauliflower, quinoa

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Pumpkin oatmeal with sunflower butter and yogurt with cinnamon

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On my bed on a sunny morning

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Quinoa in Thai coconut veggie soup with spinach stirred in, with roasted cauliflower (leftovers)

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Mexican quinoa bake: loaded with black beans, zucchini, peppers, green onions, corn, mushrooms, squash, and lots of cheddar on top

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This made great leftovers!

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A sliced avocado made this a perfect dinner.

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Pumpkin-ricotta pancakes with chocolate chips hidden inside, yogurt blobs

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Leftover chickpea and butternut squash curry with peas, spinach stirred in and served over quinoa

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One of my favourite dinners. Look how soft the squash looks!

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Creamy pumpkin oatmeal topped with pumpkin-apple muffin, chocolate chips, and hemp hearts

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Quinoa with zucchini and mushrooms and peas (in Thai green curry sauce), topped with a fried egg for a light dinner

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Why a light dinner? Because… decadent chocolate cake topped with chocolate chips and peanut butter. I halved this recipe.

Decadent 2-Minute Chocolate Cake for One
  • 2 tbsp spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter for topping
  1. Whisk dry ingredients.
  2. Add wet ingredients.
  3. Whisk until batter is smooth.
  4. Pour into 14 oz microwave-safe mud with straight sides.
  5. Microwave on high for 1 minute and 10 seconds.
  6. Cool for a couple minutes before serving. I inverted mine onto a plate and failed ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. Top with peanut butter, and berries/banana/chocolate chips/whipped cream. Enjoy! I liked mine with mini chocolate chips sprinkled on top.

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Creamy chocolate-banana oatmeal topped with nut butter, chocolate chips, hemp hearts

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Princess Cafe sandwich day: this beauty was filled with Harvarti, goat cheese, walnuts, rosemary, and honey. Served with creamy pumpkin soup.ย iPhone photos because I forgot to take my camera to school with me!

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Beautiful pumpkin oatmeal topped with muffin and chocolate chips, with hemp hearts

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Multi-part dinner of fried salmon, butter-sage mushrooms with parmesan, and zucchini and potato gratin with goat cheese mozzarella, sliced avocado with truffle salt and pepper

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Blueberry banana oatmeal, yogurt and nut butter

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Spinach-ricotta ravioli with spinach, sage, goat cheese, and peas

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Mmmm. This was such a simple and satisfying dinner. Frozen ravioli is so convenient to have on hand.

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More blueberry banana oatmeal, topped with sunflower butter and hemp hearts. I just love this colour!

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Crackers, brie, and goat cheese with grapes for a snack while making lunch

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Cheesy lemon spinach scramble a la Jacklyn, with whole wheat toast and sliced avocado. I love, love, love this egg recipe and will be making it over and over again in the future! Since I’m into sweet breakfasts (read: oatmeal), eggs are already a lunch staple. These are now on my weekly rotation. Thanks Jack! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thai-style fried rice with shrimp, egg, pineapple, peas, scallions, and soy-lime sauce, served with garlicky broccoli

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I enjoyed my dinner with Mom ๐Ÿ™‚

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Flourless pumpkin-almond butter bars with chocolate chips, inspired by Ambitious Kitchen’s recipe. I omitted the coconut since I didn’t have any, and replaced the dark chocolate chunks with semisweet mini chocolate chips.

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Flourless Pumpkin Almond Butter Bars with Chocolate
  • 1/2 cup natural almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8×8 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients except chocolate. Once ingredients are well combined, fold in half of the dark chocolate.
  3. Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly golden brown on the edges. Place pan on wire rack to cool. Once cool, cut into 8 squares. Enjoy!

Terrible photos because I was too excited to dig in. These were eggy, creamy, soft, and so pumpkinny and chocolatey. I’m going to play around with the recipe a little bit because I’d like the texture to be a bit firmer.

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Pumpkin oatmeal with yogurt, addictive maple nuts, and peanut butter

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Scrambled eggs and veggies on avocado toast

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One topped with brie and the other with goat cheese

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Amazing ricotta-tomato pasta with butternut squash and baked with mozzarella cheese on top

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Served with butter-fried sage and lots of parmano cheese

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Leftovers for two more meals, served with broccoli

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Banana oatmeal with almond butter, yogurt, sliced banana and crushed nuts

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Blueberry banana oatmeal with banana, hemp hearts, sunbutter

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Sandwich with grilled zucchini, goat cheese, avocado and pesto, roasted red pepper

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Crispy bread is the best! I wish I had some brie in here, but I found little black spots on one corner of the brie and decided to play it safe.

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Creamy banana oatmeal topped with crumbled pumpkin-apple muffin (recipe in the works!), hemp hearts

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With a big scoop of almond butter and lots of crushed nuts and hemp hearts

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Things from the Internet

Found these on a friend’s Facebook “Likes” page. What do you think?

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This was interesting! I rarely have swiss chard, lentils, or apricots. Need to add some of those into my life. I think I’ll also pick up some raisins at the grocery store this weekend.

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I agree with most of the points here! Do you?

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Back in BC

Mom made my favourite banana muffins, topped with coconut and chocolate chips. She enjoyed hers with some peanut butter. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mom also bought Ladyfingers and made pasta with tomato beef sauce. This was a hit at my house!

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And she made dinner rolls! With yeast! That’s a dreaded word in my vocabulary because I associate it with “time-consuming”, “fungi”, and “can turn out to be a major failure”. I am so impressed, since I could never bake with yeast and come up with these fluffy-looking bread balls. Mom is such a talented baker!

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Mom and Seline have been enjoying lots of chips… and apples ๐Ÿ™‚

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More delicious baked goodies that Mom brought to Grandma’s house to share. They look so yummy! How other people make their iPhone photos look amazing I have no idea. I think my mom is so pretty. Who else wakes up looking like this?! โค

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Bites of Life

Every Sunday morning I volunteer from 9:00 to 12:00 at the Grand River Hospital, which is a 20-minute bus ride from my house. The hospital is massive compared to the hospital I volunteered at in Coquitlam, and it’s 9 stories tall! I work in the children’s inpatient department, where terminally-ill children and kids who are recovering from surgical procedures, stay. I’ve been doing lots of toy cleaning and book-organizing. Last time, I met couldn’t stop gushing over a 3-day old baby!

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I joined the Running Club and did a fantastic 5.3K with the leader Katja. She was so enthusiastic and an incredible runner. I was huffing and puffing after a couple minutes, but she was able to run and converse with another girl (hi Rumi!) without a problem. We did the run in about 35 minutes. I was so proud afterwards (and at the same time, ready to collapse). The weather was beautiful that day!

Katja is also the leader of our school’s Henna Club. She made these incredible rocks and provided fabric paint for other club members to experiment with.

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I made this one, below, inspired by Katja’s stunning rock in the top right hand corner above. This looks so much better fromย far away. Like, really far away.

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And that inspired me to henna my hairbrush one afternoon! I was so sick of reading about adenylyl cyclase and phospholipase C that I started doodling on this dollar-store brush. It was fun! Then I went to buy groceries. Then cleaned my room. Anything to avoid studying, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

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I also visited the Women’s Centre at my school for a fun Crafternoon, where I made some new upper-year friends and knitted this little… thing. I don’t know what it is. Maybe a bookmark? My grandma is a MASTER knitter and makes it look easy. It’s so not easy!

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I also bought a shoe tag from the athletics office, which is a pass to do any drop-in fitness classes at my school. I did a FitExpress class, but I’ve also done pilates, cirque yoga, and power yoga in the past. Having a shoe tag is great because I can come in whenever convenient. ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, it was half-price since half the semester is over! Win. I can’t wait to do more classes, since I really like the pilates and yoga teachers.

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Crafts for Charity, as you guys might know, is one of my all-time favourite clubs! We did polymer clay again, and I made this little bottle of stuff (I don’t even know what it is. Looks like candy cane loops?!), a blue macaron that was supposed to go into the bottle (too fat) and a random banana. Love bananas.

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This is probably the most exciting little bit of news! I was selected for the Altitude Mentorship program, for which I am matched up with a medical student who will guide me into the world of paediatrics and maybe help me make some decisions about my future along the way. I am so excited. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will also be taking part in the Cascading Mentorship, where I will go to high schools to talk about the program and life as a first-year university student.

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That is it for today, everyone! Whew, what a long post. I always get a little too excited to share my photos with youย ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay, I’m off to review my monomeric GTPases! Exciting stuff for an exciting evening, right?

How has your week been? Any more plans before the weekend?

16 thoughts on “Squashed: Two Busy Weeks

  1. Wow, you are involved in lots of stuff, you go girl!! I can’t even remember everything I wanted to comment on but THANK YOU for the 2 minute brownie because I need things like that in my life!!! (baked chocolatey goodness ready in minutes is what I live for ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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    1. Hahaha that happens to me all the time! I always have to scroll up and down to look at something then write what I was planning to say.
      Everyone needs an instant brownie recipe! It’s the perfect pre-midterms snack. Which is something I need… now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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