Sunday, January 12, 2014

wheatgerm and wandering

Hey everyone!  Today I'm going to give you all a super quick and dirty blog post.  I am in the middle of exam week right now (two down, three to go), so although I've still been making a mess procrastibaking in the kitchen, I don't have time to write about it all at the moment (don't worry I'll be back before you know it, and have a super cool post coming up on Friday!).  So here's a run-down of some cool links I've found on the internet while trying to avoid studying.  Enjoy!

take me back to when I had less paper-cuts and a less pasty-white complexion
  1. This song almost brought me to tears because it reminds me of wearing shorts and how the air smells in the summertime -- and I'm currently sitting here at my desk wearing P.J. pants with birds on them and drinking luke-warm almond milk from a Disneyland mug.  Also it's just a great song.  Have a listen.
  2. My mom made this fool-proof no knead bread today and I can't stop sneaking downstairs to rip off another piece.  Carbs are great fuel/motivation to get through another set of flashcards.
  3. My first article for the Huffington Post was posted today! Check it out here. More to come!
  4. Recently I have been obsessed with this blog Wander Onwards. Vanessa is wandering around the world (currently in Beijing) and has a contagious sense of adventure and spark for life.  Her blog really puts things in perspective when I almost rip all of my hair out when my printer jams while printing out my physics study guide. 
  5. Wheat germ is amazing I've been pouring it on everything (it also makes this granola recipe super good)
With love,
Erica

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

homemade muesli

I would have thought that all of the "healthy new years resolution" buzz would have slightly died down by now (i.e. some people would have already given up).  But no, everything is still in full swing.   People are bumbling left and right carrying yoga mats, Safeway is totally sold-out of kale, and I have to elbow through people while trying to run my normal (usually very uncrowded) loop around the block.  Right now, everyone is so focused on what they want to change about themselves/their routine. 

What about the things that we actually like about ourselves?  What about our little daily rituals and routines that make us happy?

I think that this whole mentality that we need to "fix" our bad, former ways, and "totally revamp" our routine is problematic.  So Dr. Oz told you that the gingerbread latte that makes you smile is going to slowly and painfully kill you, or your neighbor told you that Cross Fit is so much better for you than your weekly Friday night yoga class.  Do you need to switch your gingerbread latte for celery juice?  Should you tone your booty with jump squats instead of utkatasana?

Personally, I don't think so.  New Years is a great time for trying new things, and sometimes they work out (I recently became re-obsessed with green smoothies).  But why be miserable for the entire month of January? A little bit of familiarity and routine is important to hang on to in this crazy, unpredictable world that we live in. 

Right now, things are a little crazy for me (exams, track starting again, new semester... not to mention that it's beyond freezing outside).  This is a recipe that I've been making forever, it's a little bit of familiarity in this otherwise chaotic time.  My special muesli has powered me through many English exams, track meet, and chilly days -- I know it'll still work.

What's a familiar thing that you're going to hold on to in the new year?

With love,
Erica

 
Ingredients
  • 1 gala apple, grated
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup juice (I love Odwalla!)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • Large pinch ground cinnamon
  • a dash of cloves 
  • 1/2 cup nuts and dried fruits of your choice
  • 1 Tbs. chia seeds (optional)
  • fresh fruit (for serving)
Combine all of the ingredients except for the fresh fruit in a container with a lid. Place in the fridge overnight.  In the morning, scoop into bowls and top with fresh fruit.

raspberry jam crumble bars

"An artist is nothing without his or her obsessions, and I have mine."
-Andres Serrano


In English, the word "obsession" has a  negative connotation.  

From Mariah Carey taunting us all with "why you so obsessed with me?," to the fact that being "obsessive" seems synonymous to having a "disorder."

Who said being "obsessive" is a bad thing?  Does being "obsessed" with something make you a crazy person?

I don't think so.  In fact, I think that I can be an "obsessive" person, and it's one of my favorite things about myself.