In Need of a little Comfort Food

This morning, I realized just how much money school costs. I have always had a full tuition scholarship, but it runs out after a certain number of hours. Well four years later… that time has come. I used to get money back every semester, and this semester I have to pay… alot.

Not having a job at the moment doesn’t help the situation. I plan on feeling out this first week, and assessing my time management and financial situation. School HAS TO come first. I have worked my butt off for four years, and in one year, I will graduate and hopefully have an amazing job that pays more the $5.00 per hour. I have to press on, and realize that this is temporary!

While I worked on some financial garb, I munched on kettle corn. I was already starving by 9:45 am, and knew that waiting until lunchtime was NOT an option.

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Tuesdays and Thursdays I don’t start classes until 6:00 pm. That means I am home for lunch. YAY!

I was really craving Soup today. Homemade soup is one of my comfort foods. It’s my go to food that always makes me feel better. Maybe it reminds me of when I would stay home sick from school and my mommy would take care of me! Hence… comfort food!

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I kind of threw it together, but it tasted really good! I was impressed enough to share the recipe with you…

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Chicken Pesto Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 chicken breast- cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 zucchini, cut into small cubes
  • 1 yellow squash, cut into small cubes
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into bigger cubes
  • 1/2 can of white beans (I had to use up leftovers from yesterday)
  • sprinkle of ground pepper
  • parmesan cheese
  • pre-made pesto

Boil 2 cups chicken broth, add chicken cubes. Bring back to boil, add beans and veggies. Simmer for 10 minutes, or chicken is not pink and veggies are tender. Serve with teaspoonful of  pesto and sprinkle of Parm.

Try it! It’s really good!

I ate half and saved the other half for Jason’s dinner because I love him! 😀

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I also didn’t want to waste the rest of the chicken broth, so I put the leftover into an ice cube tray and froze them. When I need more stock, I’ll just pop these out and let them thaw! Each one is about 2 TBL worth.

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My tummy is warm and happy!

What are your comfort foods?

Any civil engineers out there need an intern 😀 ?

❤ MegaNerd

Attitude Adjustment

Sigh.

Sometimes its hard to seem cheerful everyday. If I have seemed grumpy on the blog lately (ex: yesterday’s Disney post) I’m really sorry. In all honesty, I’ve been having some rough days lately. I try to put on a smile and make things seem all fine and dandy, but I’m a real person and sometimes I have stuff going on in my life.

I finally broke down this morning. After spilling my cereal bowl directly into my Coach purse (the only remotely nice thing I own other than my bike or car) I found out I have a cavity which basically means is crushing news.

Things could definitely be ALOT worse then they are. I decided to go for a run and let off some steam. I think that it was just what I needed.

I waited for the clock to strike 9:35 to eat a snack. My half bowl of cereal was not enough and I had to wait half an hour from the time of fluoride to eat or drink. I had a banana with almond butter and then ran out the door.

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Even in the 92 degree heat, I managed to get a decent run in. I didn’t care how far or fast I went, all I wanted to do was avoid the treadmill and let some steam out. Running on the treadmill when I’m mad or upset makes things worse, anyone agree?

I finished 5 miles in just under 50 minutes. I had to stop to walk and drink some water a few times, but that’s the farthest I’ve run in about a month. I’m still working back up from my injury, but I have continued to stay 100% pain free.

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It was a sweaty run, but I definitely feel much better about things! It’s seriously amazing what a run can do to lift my mood. 😀

For lunch, I decided to use up some leftovers in the fridge:

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  • 1 cup leftover couscous (with veggie broth, mushrooms, green onion)
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • Broccoli

I have figured out that couscous tastes much more moist reheated if you add some a tid bit of water before microwaving!

For a second pick me up (and to satisfy the craving…) I had a piece of Dove Dark chocolate. YUM!!

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I’m going to try to bounce back from this lame-o morning and have a great rest of the day!

How do you deal with bad days? For me, running, surfing, and chocolate usually help. Even baking!

❤ MegaNerd