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I don’t know if it’s my subconscious saying, “you have to go back to work soon so take full advantage of your vacation days,” or what, but I slept in again today… to am embarrassing 10:00 am.

Needless to say, breakfast also served the purpose of lunch.

Luckily it was filling and delicious!


Vegan Blueberry Pancakes

Makes 8 pancakes


1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup spelt flour

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 1/2 cup soy milk

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 Tbsp. raw sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. ground flax seed

1 cup fresh blueberries


  1. Whisk together the flours, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the soy milk, coconut oil, and sugar. Microwave for 1-2 minutes or until the coconut oil is melted. Whisk together then incorporate the vanilla and flax to the liquid ingredients.
  3. Carefully pour the wet ingredients into the dry while whisking. Mix together until combined, the mixture may be a bit lumpy, but that’s ok. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  4. Preheat a non-stick skillet for at least 2 minutes then pour 1/4 cup of the batter onto the skillet. Cook until bubbles begin form in the middle and the edges are set then flip and cook the other side.

Tomorrow, my job as a teacher officially resumes.

To be honest, I’m excited to go back. I really miss being around kids and look forward to jumpstarting my creativity once again.

All day today, I did school-prep work on the computer. I also planned 2 new bulletin board displays that I’m really excited about. I’ll show you guys the finished product in a week or two.

Around 4 o’clock I was hungry again but didn’t want to eat anything too heavy before going to the gym, so I sliced up an apple to eat with a beautiful heap of peanut butter.


It has been raining all day today so getting out of the apartment and going to the gym took quite a bit of personal encouragement. But as they say, you never regret a workout, you only regret skipping one! This is true.

Once home, it was time to really feed my hungry body.

You’ve got to love a good stir fry!


No recipe here, but the veggies included 1/4 block smoked tofu, 1 carrot, 1 small zucchini, 3 mushrooms, 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 red chili pepper, 2 small cloves of garlic, a nub of ginger and 1/4 red onion. The sauce was just soy sauce, agave nectar and a splash of orange juice.

Ok, I guess that is kind of a recipe. Oh well.

So, I’m off to bed, wish me luck tomorrow as the teachers all gather back together. This will certainly be a productive week before the kiddies return!


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It’s that time of year that all teachers dread.

The time of year where my words can either make it or break it for the kids I teach.

It’s the time of year where I have to think about my colleagues who will teach my students next.

I have to think about the schools these kids will attend.

I must think about the futures, both right around the corner and down the road.

It’s the awful time of year where only one thing is on my mind


I was trying to explain to Sebastian the pressure behind writing reports but he got it before I even finished and said,

“You have to write each report like it’s the first and the last.”

Perfectly said. Yes, even though I’m writing 13 reports, they will each be read independently by one family effecting the future of one child.

Serious business needs serious food.

Let’s hope I had the right food for thought today!

Afternoon Breakfast

When I went to bed last night, my head hurt so bad that I knew I’d still be in pain the next morning. It’s a good thing we had today off otherwise I would have had to call in sick. I woke up at 9 with a terrible migraine. My teeth and eyes even hurt. I took two Excedrin Migraine pills and went back to sleep until 1 pm. When I woke up, the pain had reduced to a slight headache, thank God. Needless to say, breakfast was had around 2pm.

3 mini rolls with smoked cheese, peanut butter and blueberry jam, and nutella and cottage cheese.

Break time Snack

I took a little break after about 2 hours and made some fresh juice. One of the best combinations to date.

2 oranges, 2 carrots, 1 apple, 1 beat, 1 inch nub of ginger

I worked for a few more hours then took another break.

Sugar and Protein Fix

One of my mother’s best treats- peanut butter and chocolate chips.

Trust me, my students will benefit from this unhealthy mess.

I then extended my break by forcing encouraging Sebastian to go on a walk with me.

While walking, we organized a bet. Whoever lost was responsible for organizing a date night next week. It must be something new, interesting and exciting for both parties involved. Sebastian bet I wouldn’t be able to meet my goal of completing 8 reports before midnight.

Once back, I continued to work until 9 then took another break for dinner.

Dinner time

Brown rice, grilled asparagus and Asian marinated grilled salmon

I was hungry for rice-a-roni so improvised and added some vegetable bouillon soup mix to the rice. Although it wasn’t the San Francisco treat, it beat plain brown rice.

Asian Seafood Marinade


  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 thin slices of ginger, 1/2 inch diameter
  • juice and zest of one lime
  • 1.5 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 salmon fillet


  1. Combine garlic, ginger, lime and soy sauce. Pour over salmon in a tight-fitting container.
  2. Marinate for a minimum of half an hour.
  3. Grill fish as desired.

It’s now 11:47 and I’m ready to call it a night.

Remember that bet I mentioned earlier? Well drum roll, please!

I’ve completed 9 reports! I can’t wait to find out what Sebastian has planned! I love surprises!

Tomorrow I have a staff in-service. We’re discussing EAL (English as an additional language.) The kids won’t be at school but the teachers will be. Hopefully I’ll finish the remaining reports tomorrow afternoon.

Have a nice night, all!

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Today has been one of those busy days. I feel like everything involving food has happened in 5 minutes- flat.

Starting with my first rushed meal of the day.


Rye English Muffin-like roll, 1 whole egg, goat’s cheese, Italian seasoning, strawberries & raspberries.

While making breakfast, I realized I had nothing for lunch. Hmm… I have a bunch of vegetables, cheese, and whole grain tortillas. A wrap it is! Heck, while I’ve got everything out, I’ll make two. One for me and one for my hard-working boyfriend. Lunch was packed up in 5 minutes-flat.


1 whole grain tortilla shell, cream cheese for sticking power, lettuce, radishes, shredded carrot, cheddar cheese and raisins. 1 pear.

Not only was lunch made in 5 minutes-flat, it was also consumed in the same fashion between sending the kids out to play and heading to rehearsal for our “teachers’ band.” I joined the group just for fun but it has turned into the performing type of band. From garage band to stadium. Well not quite. From basement to Wednesday’s assembly. I hope I don’t embarrass the other band members with my singing!

After-school Snack

I hurried home from work only to realize that I’d forgotten my cell phone in my PE bag. So, I quickly packed my gym bag, made a toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and rushed out the door heading back to where I’d just come from. It took me less than 5 minutes to quickly snarf the sandwich down.

At the gym I did Body Pump again. I was feeling really good today. Full of energy, lunging like there was no tomorrow! The class was great and since it ended right when my favorite German tv show began, I hopped on the treadmill. Flipping my personal treadmill tv on, I walked hills for 45 minutes while watching a 20 year old au pair cook a Turkish inspired appetizer and main dish for her 4 guests. I must recreate her dessert on a hot summer day, margarita sorbet. Yummy!

Watching people cook and eat while you’re at the gym is one way to build up an appetite. I was hungry, dinner had to be fast. Luckily I was able to whip it together in 5 minutes-flat.


5 Minute Tuna salad salad.

Lettuce, 1/2 tomato, 1 shredded carrot, 2 radishes, tuna salad (tuna mixed with mayo and Italian seasoning,) and 2 slices of pumpkin seed whole-grain bread- misted with olive oil and toasted on the stove. Sprinkle everything with Italian seasoning.

“What with all my body-building lately, I thought I could use a little more protein in my diet.” (I hope you could all tell I wanted that to be read in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice.)

I didn’t post yesterday but wanted to share a beautiful photo of my after-school snack.

Plain yogurt, strawberries, raspberries, granola.

Question to all readers who are foreign residents of Germany– have you donated blood here? I’d like to donate at a drive next Monday but I can’t find any information saying that I’d be allowed as a foreigner. Any personal experience?

A day of cooking done in the quick, hurry method means that I have a hue pile of dirty dishes to attend to.

Unfortunately, this is one task that will take more than 5 minutes-flat.

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You may recall an earlier poetry post. This week, my students are learning how to write Haikus. A haiku follows a 5-7-5 syllable pattern. In true teacher fashion, I present to you my Food Haikus.


Peanut butter toast

Layered German whole grain bread

Strawberry jam drips

Mother Nature’s juice

grapefruit, orange, apple

carrot, ginger too


Glorious lettuce

A bed for veggies and fruit

Summer’s nearly here

After School Snack

A slice of plain bread

Sliced gouda cheese quickly tops

No time for photos

Snack #2

My mom’s special treat

Peanut butter chocolate

Unhealthy but good


Potatoes baked soft

Creamy tuna salad stuffs

Baked beans like frosting

A small side salad

No dressing, only veggies

Too full to eat all

I hope you all have a poetic day!

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Yes, I am attempting to make a pop-culture reference to an MTV produced tv show which I have never, in fact, seen.

Something I do know a lot about is oatmeal. I also know that sometimes keeping it simple creates the best results.

Good ‘ol Banana Oats

1/3 cup oats, water, and milk

1 tsp. wheat germ

dash of salt


1/2 banana, smashed

1 Tbsp. ground flax

1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter

I also know a lot about reading. How appropriate that today is World Book Day! This week my reading instruction is focusing on reading graphic novels aka comics. I’ll say it again, I have the best job! It is so easy to get kids to read if you introduce them to books you know they will love.

Another delicious White Chocolate Macadamia Bar morning snack.

School was a joy. Nothing too spectacular except that I’ve found the secret weapon against noisy classroomsEnya. Yes, Enya as in the Irish vocalist who is famous for her soothing melodies. I am a firm believer in the power of music on concentration so always have something playing in the classroom.  I had Enya loaded on my school computer for me to listen to while marking work after school. Purely by mistaken playlist clicking, I let her do her thing while the kids were in the classroom. Boom! Just as Enya’s beautiful voice hit our classroom sound waves, the kids went on mute. With that, I decided it wasn’t so bad for me to share Enya after all. For over an hour, the only sound in my classroom was Enya’s voice. With great concentration, the kids worked away on their timber-framed house research. Amazing. Enya, you are my new best friend!

Lunch was a surprisingly successful concoction of fresh and frozen left-overs.

Whole wheat couscous, frozen spinach, cottage cheese, Italian seasoning all warmed up and mixed together.

Fresh snack this afternoon consisted of carrots, cucumbers, and tons of fresh pineapple! I was secretly glad when I noticed the huge bowl of unwanted pineapple once the kids chose their snack. Heck ya! I’ll eat that!

I taught art after school then hit up the grocery store. Somehow, a bag of cheddar cheese Snyder’s pretzels found their way into my basket.

By the time I made it home,  it was nearly 6:00! Where did the day go? After my super expensive dinner last night, I decided to pinch pennies tonight. A box of 3 plain cheese frozen pizzas cost me €1.99. That’s 3 meals for two people right there!

Pinching Pennies= Pimp My (Frozen) Pizza

I pimped my plain cheese pizza with fresh mozzarella (€0.25 and about to expire in the fridge,) goat’s cheese (about €0.47 worth,) last-leg cherry tomatoes, frozen “fresh” chopped Italian herbs, and fresh arugula (probably costing about €0.37.) Final product was delicious! You can pimp my pizza any day!

Delicious Italian dinner for two- €1.75.

While whipping up that beauty, I also tossed together some lingering refrigerator odds and ends into a florescent hummus! I’ll give you the recipe now but promise better photos tomorrow! This will be lunch for me and hopefully enjoyed by my colleagues as well! We’ll see how adventurous they are feeling. Green Monsters are sadly unwelcome- what about Beetroot Hummus?

Beetroot Hummus

All measurements are estimates as I simply tossed together whatever I had on hand.

1 ¼ cup jarred chickpeas

4 small cooked beets (not pickled,) quartered

1 large clove garlic, chopped

1 scant tsp. coriander

1 scant tsp. cumin

Juice from 1/2 lemon

2 heaping Tbsp. Tahini (would have used more but that was all I had)

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup low-fat plain yogurt

1 tsp. horseradish- the secret ingredient that makes any hummus!

Put all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend until you’ve achieved a bright and creamy mixture!

That will do it for me tonight! I’ll see you all bright and early tomorrow! It’s Friday y’all!

Question: How much does appearance affect your food choice?    Knowing that something is a vitamin power-house is usually enough to get me over any strange looking food. I have a hard time eating anything that looks too similar to beef though!

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