Space Cadet {MIMM}

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday. I’ll be honest, mine has been a little rough.

I’ve been a total space cadet today. I even mixed up the bus times for the bus I ride every single day and managed to get to campus 15 minutes after my class was supposed to start. I took that as a sign from the universe that it was okay to take the afternoon off class. I think it was much needed. Luckily my Monday still had some highlights.

(Thanks Katie!)

Marvelous is… Internship applications! I was pretty productive in my afternoon off from class and applied for several internships. Which is good considering I need one this summer to graduate and the only thing I have at the moment is a less-than-promising phone interview from last week. Help me out internship gods.

Marvelous is… Fresh juice! My parents gave me a juicer for Christmas and I finally took it out of the box for a test drive.

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In the mix: 1 beet, 3 small carrots, 0.5 apple and a little bit of ginger. Delicious. Too bad the clean up wasn’t so fun, there has to be a way to make a juicer that is easy to clean. One of my roommates is a product design major and I will get her on that one ASAP.

Marvelous is… Sneaking kale into cupcakes.

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We had an early St. Patty’s Day party, which was actually turned into more of a low key get together, so of course I had to make cupcakes. I look for any excuse possible to make cupcakes. I made these cupcakes which are actually muffins (and grain-free!), but I put frosting on them so that makes them cupcakes. They were less sweet than typical cupcakes but they still got devoured so I don’t think anyone minded. By the way, if you baked that recipe in a loaf pan I bet it would make AMAZING grain-free peanut butter banana bread. I will definitely be trying that out in the future.

For the frosting, I used this frosting:

It was the only frosting in the grocery store without trans-fat so I shelled out $5 for the container. It was more glaze-like than frosting-like, when I bought it I didn’t realize it was allergen-free frosting, I was just desperate for something without trans-fat but it still tasted fine. I added a little cream-cheese to make it some a little more normal and added some sneaky kale juice to dye it green. I added a little too much and things got a little grassy-tasting so in the future I will go for spinach, but kale was just what I happened to have in the fridge.

Marvelous is… It snowing much less than I thought it would. It still snowed for four days straight, which is no bueno, but we only got a couple of inches so I was actually able to leave the apartment. If I get snowed in for another weekend I might go crazy. Where are you spring?

Marvelous is… Dinner and lunch out this weekend. Friday night my roommate and a friend went to Cha Da Thai for a super tasty Thai dinner. I got the Pad Khing Sod with tofu:

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Stir-fried with fresh ginger sauce, mushroom, onion, bell peppers, baby corn and carrot. It was pretty good but I will definitely go for curry next time, my love of curry far exceeds my love of ginger. While I was eating this I thinking that it would be awesome to have ginger sauce and curry sauce on the same meal, but my friends thought I was crazy. I’m sorry that I have an unnatural love of curry.

Marvelous is… Espresso News, AKA the best place to get coffee in Boone.

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They even roast their own beans

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Amazing.

Marvelous is… Art crawl! One of my roommates had her work in two different galleries and it was really awesome to go see them. She’s seriously talented! You can check out some of her work here.

Marvelous is… My first drink in a bar! I know I am a crazy 21 year old, waiting 10.5 months for my first bar experience. I had a Foothill People’s Porter and it was quite tasty.

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I usually drink IPAs so this beer was super smooth in comparison and I will definitely be having it again in the future. Not to mention they’re a local brewery (Winston Salem, NC – just 1.5 hours away!), which is always a plus.

Marvelous is… FRO YO! Enough said.

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Peanut butter and chocolate fro yo topped with Reeses, dark chocolate chips and Nutella. Pure heaven.

Marvelous is… One more week until spring break! In less than a week I’ll be home and in 1.5 weeks I’ll be at the BEACH. So pumped.

Marvelous is… A super sweaty spin class! My knee/calf (I still can’t figure out which body part this issue is with, it feels like it’s right where my calf muscle hits the back of my knee, so I’m not sure it the issue is behind my knee or in my calf) is feeling better, but it still doesn’t feel quite right so I’m being good and spinning instead of running. This is a huge accomplishment for this lady, I’m stubborn and always try to ignore injuries but I’m listening to my body for once. Plus I want to get better so I can get in a good, long run over spring break and go running on the beach!

And finally

Marvelous is…

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I’m getting certified!!! I decided to go with Balanced Body University and this weekend I’ll be doing the Mat 1 Certification! I’m so excited! My bank account is not excited about it, but I’m looking at it as an investment 🙂

What made your Monday Marvelous?

Do you have any St. Patty’s Day plans?

What’s your favorite style of cuisine? Thai is definitely pretty high up on the list for me!

Asheville and French Parties {WIAW}

Happy Hump Day! I hope your week is going great! I’m feeling much better than yesterday, I think getting things off my chest really helped. A special thanks to Jessie and Alex for the helpful tips and sweet comments. I love this blogging community 🙂

This What I Ate Wednesday is coming to you weekend style, because I had some really fun eats this weekend that I haven’t gotten the chance to share yet

(Thanks Jenn for hosting!)

Let’s start with Friday…

My roommate needed to take a trip to Asheville to pick up some clay for an art class, and since Asheville is a little bit of a drive, she invited the rest of the roommates and we made a day trip out of it. Asheville is one of my favorite cities, it’s funky, cool and full of hippies (I fit in quite well), so it didn’t take much convincing for me to tag along.

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Oh did a mention it snowed Thursday night? But not enough to cancel any of my classes. Thanks App. At least it was pretty the next day!

After picking up the clay (all 300 pounds of it, holy cow) we explored the downtown area, including a stop at Urban Outfitters, I love the store despite it being a trendy hipster magnet and how overpriced everything is. The sale rack is my friend. Anyway, a few sights downtown:

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How cool is that architecture, way prettier than Raleigh, that’s for sure.

Now for the food, and let me tell you it was some DANG GOOD food.

We ate dinner at Green Sage a cute little Cafe in the downtown area.

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This place was like my own little heaven. Almost everything could be made gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian. Whattttttt!!! I know you guys in big cities have probably have lots of restaurants like this but they are a rarity in North Carolina. It took me so long to decide what to order because I could actually eat 90% of the menu, instead of the 5% I usually get.

Can you tell I was a little excited? Because I was, if you weren’t sure.

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After taking way too long to decide I finally settled on the Coconut Curry Rice Bowl which included Stir Fry Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Peppers, Kale, Coconut Curry Sauce, Cashews, Raisins, Cilantro served with Tempeh over Black Beans and Rice. Yes, yes, yes and yes. I never wanted the bowl to end. So. Damn. Good.

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I also treated myself to a Red Planet juice which was made with beet, apple, carrot and ginger. So worth having pink teeth for.

Did I mention this place had GREEN SMOOTHIE on the menu? But it was $6 so I refrained. And can I also mention that they had a dessert case full of tasty looking vegan and gluten-free goodies. Seriously? My roommates were laughing at me because I couldn’t contain my excitement. I didn’t bring home any desserts though because I had lots of baking planned for a birthday party on Saturday (more on that in a second).

Oh and my whole meal was under $13, CAN I JUST MOVE IN?

After dinner we hit up one more fun place before leaving town.

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A double decker bus. That serves coffee.

I. Love. Asheville.

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Of course we had to take our drinks upstairs.

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How adorable is this set up? And you get a beautiful view of downtown Asheville while you sip your coffee.

I’m not sure whose idea it was to turn a double decker bus into a coffee shop but it was a genius one.

And onto Saturday…

My Saturday started with a 7.5 mile run, in 40 degree weather with snow on the ground. I’m proud of myself for trucking out in the snow and for a new PDR. Despite the cold I felt really good and the cold weather meant minimal sweating. That means I don’t have to shower afterwards right? Kidding.

Saturday night my friends had a triple birthday party planned. Two of my friends and one of my roommates had a birthday over Christmas break (including some 21st birthdays!) so we decided to celebrate all in one night, the more birthdays the merrier right?

Someone decided on a French theme, which basically translated into wearing stripes and decorating our friend’s apartment in broken French.

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I think I’m the only one who had actually ever taken a french class and that was back in high school so my french knowledge is long gone. Thank you Google Translate.

We also had french music playing:

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and dancing?

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And a Yule log DVD to help set the mood.

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And lots of (somewhat) french inspired food.

I made chocolate cupcakes

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(I used this recipe and topped it with TruWhip mixed with cinnamon, easiest gluten-free cupcakes ever)

I also made some peanut butter cookies because I’m a dessert over-achiever:

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(I’m holding out on a recipe for you guys because tomorrow is National Peanut Butter)

Neither of those desserts are even remotely french, but I made them anyway. Rebellious.

We also had some much more french-themed foods:

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Crackers and cheese, college style. Wheat Thins instead of fancy crackers and Cheddar, Colby Jack and Gouda cheese. Very french.

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French bread, croissants, home made whipped cream (fancy!) and strawberries.

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Grapes, you know to go with the cheese.

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My roommate’s fancy croissant

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And Champagne! And even more un-pictured wine. Isn’t that the point of a French party?

We also had a rousing game of Telestration (basically a fancy telephone pictionary):

My phrase was “Old Greg” (seriously if you haven’t watched it do it, you will laugh and be highly disturbed at the same time):

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And it ended as “angry man with a boner” nice. Not sure how that happened…

Have you ever played Telephone Pictionary? Any other favorite party games?

Do you like themed parties?

What’s the last restaurant you went to that you fell in love with?