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home sweet texas

home sweet texas--Journey for JessiI took my last final Friday morning.  After a grueling week of being held up in the library and stressing, it was so nice to finally be finished!  Now all that was left was packing and waking up at 3:30 am Saturday morning to catch my flight.  All that was standing between me and Texas was the dreaded packing… oh, how I despise packing…  Continue reading

eggnog protein shake

eggnog protein shake--Journey for JessiFun fact about me?  I absolutely love the “nog”.  I am all about that creamy, sweet holiday goodness. Just talking about it gives me happy feelings inside.  I know what you might be thinking if you know me, “Emily, what about your nonexistent dairy tolerance?”  It is true, dairy hates my insides–milk, cream, cheese, and the likes.  After the great Sonic debacle of 2014 (not kidding), I swore off all dairy in any amounts.  So where does this leave me in terms of my favorite holiday treat? Continue reading

the jam plan

the jam plan--Journey for JessiThis has been me.  Not kidding.  Just ask my roommates.  When I get stressed or sad or depressed, I bake–I bake a lot.  But with all of that baking comes recipes, and a lot of them.  So this is beneficial for both you and I.  The recipe I am posting here is for Orange Blueberry Oat Muffins–yum right?  You can also substitute cranberries for the blueberries for more of a winter take on this recipe.  That is what I did for my secret santa in Nutrition Club.  I subbed cranberries for blueberries and made the muffins into a loaf. Continue reading

rum truffle macaróns

rum truffle macaróns--Journey for JessiMy favorite thing in the world to make?  French/Italian Macaróns.  I am definitely not talking about the coconut macaroons most Americans think of.  These delicate confections are made with a light almond flour (making them gluten-free), fluffy egg whites, and some kind of cream or filling between.  I first fell in love with this dessert when I went to France in 2009.  My first bite of a macarón was pure heaven–chocolatey, crisp, yet gooey on the inside, and filled with all different textures and flavors that just seemed to kiss my palette.  Every since then, I have been receiving macaróns for birthdays and holidays, but a a few years ago, I embarked on a journey to make these splendidly tricky desserts. Continue reading

chasing happiness

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I started this blog as a health blog in memory of my best friend Jessi a few months ago. Jessi was the best friend that I waited to emege all my life, and the two years I knew her, though short, I felt like we were friends our whole lives. She was the one and only person I could relate to 100%. I knew she would always understand and help me through difficult times. It has been seven months to the night now. Seven months since I lost my best friend, confidant, and sister in Christ. I miss her every single day, and it still feels as fresh as the night she passed. I have been lying to myself thinking that things have been better. But the truth is, I am very lost.
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back from break

back from break--Journey for Jessi

Well, it was great while it lasted–my Thanksgiving break that is.  At least I got a full week off at home to relax, enjoy the warm weather, spoil my tummy (maybe a bit too much), and decorate the house for my favorite holiday!  ‘Tis the season.  My home in Houston just explodes with Christmas spirit and I soak every moment of it in.  This is everything holly and jolly that happened in just the two days after Thanksgiving.
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