Three Things I’m Loving

Whoops, guess I never published this on Friday so you all just get an extra treat today.

Are you enjoying the weekend? I know I am. I’m enjoying this beautiful weather and the start of fall wayy too much, I just want it to stick around forever. Which is probably reflected in what I’m loving right now:

1) Honeycrisp Apple Yankee Candle

Apple candles are my favorite especially in September/October when the weather is still a little warm but cool and crisp in the morning and evenings. I love me some pumpkin spice and similar scents but it’s not quite the right season for those just yet. In a couple weeks, yes. For now, I’m just being patient and loving this candle.

Wow- sorry for the rant. Also, this is the first time I’ve lived off-campus and can burn candles, woo-hoo!

2) Acorn Squash

So I know I touched on this a little yesterday, but I had it for dinner again and omg so good. This time it was just baked with salt and pepper but just as delicious. Acorn squash is also a little more manageable than butternut or spaghetti squash (mainly in size) but I’ll be breaking out those soon too.

3) My clean yoga mat.

Since I’ve been practicing yoga a lot more recently, I noticed how dirty my mat was (and am ashamed to say it hadn’t been cleaned since I received it for a couple years. Last weekend, I scrubbed it with good old soap and water and now am noticing a new gleam to it plus it smells fresh! Definitely something I plan on doing a lot more often now.

Now tell me: What are you loving?

Have a great weekend!

A Fall Favorite: Acorn Squash

Yesterday I needed some home comfort.

I took an exam last night that just threw me off. I can’t even tell you how, but it just got me into a funk. I’m not usually like this and felt prepared going in so this was a weird situation.

I came home and baked my brains out making a version of these. So delicious and even though I didn’t have powdered sugar, I just made a brown butter glaze for the cookies (Oh my goodness, brown butter is SOOO amazing). And I might have consumed a small handful.

But that’s not the best part of last night.

This is: Acorn Squash

This weekend I saw some acorn squash at the grocery store and picked one up. My favorite way to eat them is baked with a little butter and brown sugar in the middle. It’s still healthy and just a little sweet and luscious.

A little while later, it occurred to me that this was one of my comfort foods. The first time I had an acorn squash was cooked like this, my freshman year of college. I was home on fall break and having a touch time adjusting to school. Being 5 hours away was tougher than I thought and while I managed, it was just so comforting to be home.

That cool October night, my mom pulled out some acorn squash, and when I gave her a strange look, she explained what she was going to do. The way I remember it, she acted as though she’d done this plenty of times before but honestly this was the first time I ate this deliciousness.

Just cut your acorn squash in half, scoop out the seeds and bake cut side down a baking sheet for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Take them out, flip them over, and put a pat of butter and sprinkle some brown sugar in the middle. Bake for an additional 30 minutes and enjoy!

Look at all that deliciousness

Back to last night: Looking back at my little evening treat made me smile and realize that something so small can provide so much comfort.

That and ten cookies. 😉

So question time: What’s your comfort?

What I Ate Wednesday: Coffee and Candy

Hi all! Time for another WIAW! Head over to Peas and Crayons to check out the other great WIAW posts.

Mine’s from this past Monday again, and it was a busy day! Maybe not the “best” fall habits but there is healthy balance.

So breakfast started with some oatmeal that I had soaked overnight in water and then added a splash of silk to in the morning. I love it like this, it gets so creamy.

Mid morning I grabbed a coffee from Starbucks and headed to one of the business buildings to help out at an information table for the firm I interned for. They had little bags of candy so I munched on some sour ones. Yum!

Lunch was with my professional mentor for a scholars program I’m in for school. I didn’t snap a pic, but it was a perfect sized portion of a grilled chicken salad with pecans, craisins, and balsamic dressing.

After a long lunch, I had to hurry off to class. I was so hungry when I came back that I made dinner at 4:30 even though I had about an hour and a half before I had to go to my night class.

A nice healthy salad with colorful tomatoes and udon noodles with meatballs. Satisfying and delicious.

Before going to class, I brewed a cup (or two!) of this coffee I purchased at T.J. Maxx’s this weekend. I love random finds there, and I love pumpkin spice coffee even more! Oh, and I ate an apple to try and tame my sweet tooth.

Can you tell I love my coffee?


After class, I did some studying for the exam I have today and opened another pack of the candy I snagged this morning. I just couldn’t get enough of the sweet stuff today. This was the perfect portion though and a good study sugar rush.

Are you able to resist candy?

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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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.