Daily Archives: August 7, 2010

College, Running, and Nica Night

Hoooooly man, I have been so busy! I can’t remember the last time I was this busy, except maybe during the school year when I don’t even have time to sleep. As I mentioned earlier today, I’ve been taking a college essay-writing class which was SO helpful. I got my Common App essay done as well as my activity description. Now all I have to do is my supplement essay! Boo, more essays…

Well, I usually feel this way, anyways. I actually really enjoyed writing my Common App essay. It came so naturally and everyone loved it! (not to toot my own horn at all, I was surprised when they liked it so much!) I really hope the acceptance officers like it. I wrote about my passion for cooking and nutrition and how it’s driven me. I’m not going to put up a copy of my essay (ever! I don’t know why people do that), but it sounds exactly like me and rolls perfectly. Ahh, one less thing to do for college 🙂 I’m planning on applying Early Decision, so being proactive is really important. I’m also almost (half-way) done with the Common App!

Do y’all have any stories about applying to college or advice for applying and essay-writing? All suggestions are welcome 🙂

Not only am I slowly getting back into the swing of the Blogosphere, but I got back on running today! I started off my workout with 2 miles on the tread, then 20 minutes on the elliptical, stretching, abs, and arm weights. Ahhh, it felt so good! 🙂 My legs thanked me.

I wasn’t very hungry after working out, so I grabbed a juicy farm-fresh peach. It was so good! It’s the little things in life that make us happy… 🙂 for me, it was a juicy peach. I haven’t had a brightly-colored fuzzy-fresh peach (with a large paper towel for catching juice!) in a very long time. I like to rotate my fresh fruit that I keep in the house to keep from getting bored. But, there are some fruits I always keep in the house:

  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • cameo apples
  • grapefruits

What fruit do you always keep in the house? I’d like some funky ideas to add to my kitchen 🙂

Right now I have a watermelon, two mangoes, peaches, bananas, The Staples (see above), cherries, and blackberries. I love cherries!! So much. I used to not like them, but now I can’t get enough of them! Funny how taste buds change over the years.

I’ve also discovered my love for brussels sprouts. Most people would make an “ew!” face at the sound of “brussels sprouts” but I love them! I preheat the oven to 350F, trim and slice the brussels in half, and put them on a lightly olive-oiled baking sheet. Then, I drizzle olive oil, sprinkle some sea salt, and grind some fresh black peppercorn on top. They are good in the oven for about 15 minutes, or more if you like them crispier. I like them crispier 🙂

I’m currently “watching” Star Wars (the first one). Rebecca and I are sitting in my room watching it, and I love this movie! I just watched about half of it a few days ago though with a friend, so I’m blog blog blogging until we get to the part I stopped at.

I used to poo-poo this movie because of all the dorky hype that’s been made about it, but it’s actually a really good movie! I have yet to finish it, but I’m sure the second half is just as good as the first.

Tomorrow is Saturday! Yayay. I had a great Friday. I went to class, had breakfast in the sunshine (outside on the patio, obvs), and then went to the gym. When I got home, I took some surrious “me-time” and read tons of blogs, which always makes me feel energized.

For dinner, I cooked up some plantains, but this time they were ripe 🙂 This means they were sweet! Definitely different than tostones, but I love them so much. They’re the ones we usually get at breakfast in Nicaragua, but I couldn’t resist making them for the whole fam at dinner.

Quick note: do not make plantains with olive oil to make it healthier! It completely compensates for taste. Canola/vegetable oil is the only way to go. It’s not as nutrient-rich, but since plantains are a delicacy in my house, it’s definitely worth it to make it with canola oil.

Of course, I paired this with brown rice and black beans (a killer combo), fresh salads, and cooked veggies. I love Nica Nights 🙂

Tomorrow I’ll try to get up all of my birthday pictures. I am such a lazy blogger 🙂 Yes, my birthday was a whole week ago. I’ve been a busy busy little bee. Shame on me.

You’ll die when you see the pictures of my birfday carrot cake. Not only was it my first vegan birthday cake, it was AMAZING. And when I say AMAZING I mean I had a huge slice and somehow that wasn’t enough..so I sneaked some crumbs (okay, more like chunks) later on. And we enjoyed delicious carrot birfday cake for dessert for the next two nights until the last piece was devoured. And I mean devoured.

Happy weekend! Have a blissful Saturday 🙂



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On Taking “Me-Time”

I’m going to start by giving the best piece of advice I’ve ever given myself: Take some me-time. Every day.

What is me-time, you might ask? Taking time for yourself. This can mean many things for different people, but it’s often sleep, reading, journaling, and just sitting and listening to your own thoughts. Take time to take care of you. Paint your nails! Make some dessert 🙂 Listen to some music, go for a run, watch some tv or a favorite movie but just do something every day that’s for you.

I’ve always been adamant about taking my “me-time”, but lately it’s been very difficult: college essay class, applying to college, filling out job applications..it’s all very stressful, time-consuming, and totally necessary. The only problem is I got too caught-up in my work. Many of us do this, doing extra paperwork or homework just to get it done…but this isn’t always good when you forget to listen to your own needs. I’ve been bogged down, unenergized, and unfortunately, totally uninspired. But once I took the time to have some me-time, I feel a thousand times better! Energy, inspiration, passion..haaay! 🙂

You may notice that this blog post is different from ones I’ve written before. I’ve decided to try writing a little differently, making this more about health and life so that people who are not vegan don’t feel like this blog isn’t for them. I finally made this decision after spending an extensive amount of time reading this blog and realizing that it’s the right way to go for me and for my readers. Notice how I said “me”? 🙂

I want everyone to be able to read this and feel at home, even though every recipe and photograph will be completely vegan! 🙂 I’ll encourage everyone to make them, not forcing the fact that it happens to be vegan and super-healthy (which, of course, everything I make is) :).

So that’s enough for now, I’ll reflect more on my day later!


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New Blog, One Step Up

Ahhh, I love the smell of a new blog (okay, there isn’t really a smell). I’ve been a blogger for awhile now, starting one awhile back with some friends, then going solo, then making a vegan blog with my sister, and now stepping it up to another new one on my own!

Why am I a blog schizo? I’ll tell you why. As with any other 17-year-old you might meet, my interests, ideas, and style change dramatically over time. My last solo blog was from last summer and has a totally different vibe than what I’m working now. The blog with my sister (check it out here) is a vegan blog that I will continue writing on, but for all things vegan.

This blog, on the other hand, is going to be for life blogging. And by this I mean my everyday life (and crazy adventures 🙂 ), nutrition, fitness, wellness/health, advice, recipes, and my thoughts.

Having the blog with my sister is so much fun, but I figured it would be better to have a separate blog of my own where I can ramble (or articulate) on my life instead of just veganism. Don’t get me wrong, being a vegan is amazing! It’s the best choice I ever made for myself, my health, the environment, and animals. But now I have a place to talk about everything else while still being a vegan.

So, I’m going to make sure I add a picture to every blog post, for the sake of your enjoyment. Be sure to check out my “Chef Katelyn” page to learn more about me.

Animal Kingdom at Disney!

Time for brunch! More posts later 🙂 xoxox

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