Birthday Birthday Birthday!

Friday was my birthday! And it was the best birthday/birthday weekend ever. Not only did my mom come out to celebrate it, but I got to spend it with other family member and the best friends/roommates I could ask for.

Birthday breakfast! (plus a crumpet)

I also made a trip to Whole Foods (because what else should you want to do on your birthday?) and shared a beer and sandwich with my mom in their little brew house. (Btw, I’m now in love with Whole Foods).

Dinner was at a Tex-Mex cafe and delicious food and margaritas were consumed.

Also, my roommates made me this awesome cake trifle which was so delicious and decorated our apartment all out. I also picked up a little raspberry cream cake from Whole Foods which was equally as good.

All in all, I had a terrific weekend and couldn’t have managed to spend it with more awesome people who made my birthday what it was!

Absentee and Pancakes

Oops, I didn’t mean to be gone for this long…

Last week was super busy, and it didn’t help that I bruised the top of my foot which resulting in major swelling and bruising. Nothing’s wrong but it did impair me for a while which didn’t help with my schedule.

Saturday was another busy day and included an upset stomach.

Sunday I woke up feeling like a cold was coming on (in April, seriously?) so I treated myself to some apple cinnamon pancakes. They didn’t make my cold go away but did make me feel a little better.

I’m slowly on the mend but need to take it easy so I can have a fast recovery. Maybe I’ll make some more of these delicious pancakes.

Makes 3 pancakes

1/2 cup pancake mix

1/4 cup milk

1 T egg white

1/2 T cinnamon

1/2 chopped apple (save other half for topping your cakes)

Mix well and make on stove. Drizzled with honey and leftover apple

Have an excellent day!

A ‘Hot’ Spring Dinner

Yesterday was a scorcher.

I walked outside and immediately regretted not putting sunscreen on….and I only had to walk to class. My workout had me sweating five minutes into it and the rest of the day was no better! (I love a good sweat but it’s tough when you have to rush somewhere right after).

But on a day like yesterday, I combined an easy summer style dinner with springy foods. That is, lemon-pepper chicken with kale and mushroom couscous. Chicken is such a summery dish to me (especially when it’s grilled but sadly no grill here!) and lemon-pepper adds a springy touch. Mushrooms also had a hint of spring and the vibrant leafy greens pulled everything together.


I just marinated my chicken in a mixture of water, a splash of vinegar and  about 1 tsp of lemon-pepper. Later, I baked it at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (this could vary, my chicken was really thin).

With the kale, I heated a pan with olive oil, tossed the kale in and let it get nice and green. Then I sprinkled it with some pink salt (but any salt will do).

My couscous was from a box (shhhh) that came with the mushroom seasoning but was tasty none the less. In my apartment, water takes forever to boil so our secret for heating water quickly is to heat it in the electric kettle. It takes mearly minutes (and save a dish).

Have a wonderful day!


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Hi! I'm Kristina and a college student who loves food, eating, fitness, and variety of other fun things! I have a combined love of food and fitness and trying to balance it all into my busy life. FoodNook is my way of documenting my experiences and adventures in navigating healthy living on my own and trying out new things.