My First Avocado Toast


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This year I want to add more plant-based meals in my diet.  I've been watching hoards of YouTube videos of plant-based meals, including avocado toast.  Jenné a.k.a. SweetPotatoSoul, one of my favorite vegan Youtubers, isn't shy about her love for avocado toast, so I decided to give it a try as she recommends....sprinkled with fennel seeds.

Such a simple breakfast - mashed avocado with salt & pepper, spread on toasted oatnut bread, and sprinkled with fennel seeds.  The first avocado toast was so good, that I made another.  And drank it with a cup of rosy earl gray tea.  You guys know how I feel about my tea.  Yum.


Did I mention that I'm attempting to grow an avocado tree...indoors?  Ha Ha!  No, but seriously, my students from last year wanted to plant my avocado see in water so I let them.  And this is where I am with this tree at this point.  I need to place it in soil and see what happens.


So what simple breakfasts do you enjoy?  My morning prep time is super limited (like practically non-existant) and I need ideas. Do share...

xxx,

Happy New Year! {2017}


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And finally...by God's grace, I was able to press "submit" for my research paper, presentation, and post survey!  Finishing unfinished business has been a test of faith in the midst of extreme fatigue, oral surgery, and life happenings, but it's done!  As soon as it's official, completing this work means that I can prepare for my comprehensive exams this spring semester.  

So thankful for the support of friends and family and a jovial, yet competent oral surgeon who understood my sudden request for fried rice and caesar salad.  Thanks, Mom, for making two food runs to ensure my health, well-being, and sanity.  And special thank you to my friend who encouraged my heart, this morning, through the voice of Daryl Coley.  And now my vacation (of 1 day) can begin...(starting with shutting this computer off!)


I wish you all health, peace, love, and the blessings that only God provides during the coming year. 

Happy New Year!  

xxx,

It's Christmas Time! (2016)


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Hello my lovelies!

For all those who celebrate, I hope you had a marvelous Christmas! Due to a different set of circumstances, this year my immediate family was able to travel to my grandma's on Christmas morning!  Now that, my friends, is a rarity.

We traveled to Small Town, USA and surprised my grandma at church. I must admit that I haven't been to her church in such a long time.  It was nice to be able to visit there once again.  Is it terribly shameful that I had to use the hymnal for almost all of the Christmas songs!  Oh my goodness....and I was at the front of the church.  In my defense, typically you sing these only once a year and although I knew all the songs, I didn't remember all the verses by heart.  So, I grabbed the hymnal!

After church, we had dinner and I was able to spend some time with cousins whom I see maybe once or twice a year.  It was good to catch up with them.  I didn't take a lot of pictures, per my usual.  Folks get a bit camera shy these days.  But not these folks...

You know me.  Then there's my brother.  And the rest are cousins.

In between chatting and meals, I spent time writing a final research paper for my internship course. In fact, I'm still writing it, but I'm super hopeful that all course requirements will be completed by this weekend so that I can claim at least one full day of vacation.  (Pray with me please!)

I'm also presently recovering from yet a third oral surgery procedure (from today actually).  In spite of medication, my body refuses to shut down so here I am am filling you in on the details of my life. lol  Truth be told, I think it's because that paper is not done.  I've got two sections remaining and as I worked on one of those sections, I could feel my body say, "Sleep is around the corner."  So, my friends, I will take heed.  Hopefully by the time I post pre-New Years, I can tell you that I've satisfied all of the course requirements.  After such (and 5 credits I am taking in the spring semester), I can take my comprehensive exams, which basically is the next step towards dissertation and graduation!  :-)

I am very thankful for so many things, but as I have somehow shifted from Christmas at grandma's to grad school, I want to let you know that I received two A's this term.  Yay!  I thought I would literally run around the building when I saw the registrar's post.  To celebrate the end of a semester, my grad school friends and I spent hours laughing and catching up with each other over a fabulous meal at a downtown restaurant.  As I am the furthest one out, it was worth the drive!



So, bringing this post back to Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas season with your family and that you were able to reflect upon the true meaning of the holiday.

How are you spending these last few days of 2016?

xxx,