Today a couple friends and I went to visit some of our friends at a different university. It was so awesome seeing them. I haven’t been around that many girls in a while, but since I’m so close to those guys it felt nice.
We ended up eating so many times. Every time I inspected one of their menus (this particular university has a lot of restaurant-style eateries), I didn’t see any dishes that actually contained tree nuts… But they didn’t have comprehensive lists to find out about traces in the ingredients. At the first place I asked the cashier and she sent out a chef. He was a nice guy and he showed me all the packages for the ingredients for their pizza. I could eat it! Fantastico! Channeling my inner Italian there. But after that, I threw a little caution to the wind. I had an ice cream sundae (dangerous!) and some fries (at an ice cream place…what is wrong with me?). Seriously dude, what is up? You said you weren’t going to be one of those people who just doesn’t care and eats whatever, saying “it probably won’t kill me.” You’re prone to that because you went so long and clearly didn’t die, but it made you sick so you need to BE CAREFUL. It’s not worth it at all.
In other news, this song has been bringing me to the verge of tears lately. Me! I don’t cry over movies or anything, but I guess a song is more likely to do it for me than anything else. Maybe like, the verge of the verge of tears is more accurate. Either way, it’s making me emotional because I can relate to it lately. I never thought about the words at all before I heard it the other day. I keep hearing songs that relate all to well to my life at present, and that freaks me out a little and they usually make me sad. I should just get happy. I’m not constantly unhappy, so you know. I’m worried, but not in the physically painful, anxious way. It’s a different kind of worry, one where you aren’t hurt yet but you think you’re about to be so you just live in fear of it. Like when you know there’s going to be a fire drill but you don’t know exactly what time. But sad instead of scared.
I have a concrete reason to be worried about one friend too. Sometimes I’m not sure what to do, so I just pray that we can all make good decisions, find our sanity when we need it, and come through in the clutch. I just turned that into a sports metaphor…
Hello internet! Stosh here. I realize I haven’t posted anything in over six months, so I thought I’d drop by and say hello. My life has been incredibly hectic and stressful this year, so I haven’t had much time to post all of the waffles I’ve made. But in honor of St. Patty’s Day, I’ve decided to postpone my stress inducing work and make a beautiful new waffle instead. I present, the Shamrock Waffle:
As you can see, I got a new waffle iron. I got this adorable little waffle iron for my birthday that makes five heart shaped pieces. I cut one of the pieces to be the stem of the four leaf clover, and the others make the leaves. I also added green food coloring. And let’s not forget the potatoes. You can’t have St. Patrick’s Day without potatoes, right? (Actually, you probably shouldn’t have any day without potatoes.)
Of course, no waffle is complete without whipped cream…
Next time on the Weekly Waffle:
The Valentine’s Day waffle I didn’t have time to post from last month!
Until next time,
Hey everyone! I know my “Weekly Waffle” segment hasn’t been so weekly. Maybe I should call it the “Bi-Monthly Waffle,” but that’s not nearly as catchy. Don’t you hate it when life gets in the way of your blogging?
Anyways, even though I haven’t exactly been keeping up with blogging, I have been making waffles pretty regularly. So hopefully within the next few days I’ll be able to share my newest creations with you. The first one is the S’Mores Waffle, as promised. I made this one in early August. At this point, I basically stopped trying to make a healthy waffle. So this is a waffle for anyone with a sweet tooth.
I used the basic Whole Foods waffle mix that I’ve been using with the same recipe. I put chocolate chips in the batter and topped it with several different ingredients: marshmallows, powdered sugar, chocolate whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and more chocolate chips (I really like chocolate). The marshmallows were the first toppings I used , and I actually put the waffle in the microwave for about 15 seconds with the marshmallows so that they would get all warm and puffy. I would have loved to put some marshmallow sauce on it as well, but unfortunately, I didn’t have any.
The marshmallows were from Whole Foods as well. They are called Dandies and they’re entirely vegan! I hadn’t eaten marshmallows ever since I found out they had gelatin in them, so I was ecstatic to find these. And they taste just as delicious as regular marshmallows, so I definitely recommend them. The rest of the waffle isn’t vegan, though. It contains eggs and dairy products (I’m not actually vegan, I’m just one of those vegetarians who doesn’t eat gelatin).
Thanks for reading. I hope to be back soon with more waffles. I’d love to see all your waffle recipes/creations!
Hi everyone, Stosh here. I’ve decided to expand upon my earlier post about my new-found love for waffles because of Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope. I’m starting this new segment – The Weekly Waffle – to document my waffle-making journey. This week, I decided to try my hand at the ever popular blueberry waffle:
(There is also a very unflattering picture of me devouring the waffle, but I decided to leave that one out of the montage.) For the recipe, I used the same ingredients as last time – 365 brand Whole Wheat Organic Pancake/Waffle Mix, organic milk, Smart Balance oil, eggs, and organic brown sugar. But this time I added some blueberries to the batter. After I took the waffle out of the waffle iron, I topped it with powdered sugar, fresh blueberries, blueberry syrup, and whipped cream.
The waffle was delicious, as waffles normally are. The blueberries inside of the waffle were warm and gooey and tasted significantly sweeter than the blueberries sprinkled on top of the waffle. However, I did like the combined taste of the sweet, baked blueberries and the more sour fresh blueberries. The syrup was probably the most unhealthy ingredient. It was extremely sweet, probably much sweeter than it needed to be. If you’re someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, I would suggest making your own blueberry compote according to your own personal preferences.
I did find a way to combat my whipped cream dilemma. I absolutely love whipped cream, but I hate it when it melts on top of my waffle or pancake. So this time, I only put whipped cream on the piece of the waffle that I intended to eat first (to avoid the melting). Then, I added more whipped cream to the waffle as I continued to eat it. Since it was fat free and low calorie whipped cream, I felt much less guilty about it.
The final verdict:
The waffle was good, very good. But I still prefer the taste of the chocolate chip waffle I had last week. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every last bite and I do recommend making it, especially if you are a fruit person. I guess I’m just more of a chocolate girl:)
If anyone has a healthier recipe I could try out, or just another recipe you feel the need to share with a fellow waffle lover, I would love to hear it! It doesn’t have to be a blueberry waffle; I just need to find a way to get rid of some of the extra calories in my recipe.
For some waffle flavors, healthy is really difficult to do. Speaking of unhealthy waffle varieties, be sure to check out next week’s flavor: The S’mores Waffle