Rollin’ with the punches

My last post was about the weirdest day of my life. A day or so later I had one of the worst evenings of my life. It is a long story, but basically one of my friends chose something material over me. Has that ever happened to you?

Maybe you haven’t been left in the ghetto of LA for hours at night during a major music event, but perhaps you have been ditched in some other context by a…friend?

I really can’t even wrap my mind around what happened. But something good did come out of the experience! My other friend, Emily, drove all the way from Huntington to LA to pick me up and rescue me! I didn’t even call her. She heard via text from a girl who was with my friend that I had been left. She dropped what she was doing, got in the car, and just drove. So caring and selfless!

And now I am back in Austin, Texas! THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. I have missed the people, the shopping, the food, the heat, the swimming holes, the events, the weirdness, the gigantic flagship Whole Foods…

I know this is supposed to be a food and health blog, but I haven’t worked out since that weights workout, or been able to make my own meals! This summer may be a bit challenging as far as cooking goes because I don’t actually have a home here anymore. When my mom got married to Steve, they moved to Waco. This is very unfortunate because Waco sucks. However, I make do by subletting or couch surfing. I am a very experienced couch surfer and can live out of a suitcase for months on end. But I hate it! I feel so guilty and never completely comfortable. Currently, I am staying at my friend Courtney’s house and I was able to bake muffins tonight! They are really good and a bit different from my original banana muffin recipe.

Nana-Flax-Yogurt Muffins

Recipe: Makes 6 muffins

Separate the wet and dry ingredients into separate bowls. Pour the wet over the dry and stir with as few swoops of a spatula as possible. Divide into 6 muffin cups. Bake at 400 for 22+ minutes. You definitely need to do the toothpick test because the yogurt makes the muffins cook slower. Mine were actually a little undercooked… So check them before taking them out for good!

Dry ingredients:

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup brown sugar (use a bit less because I used almost 1/2 and they were a little too sweet for my muffin taste!)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder  (I used almost a tbsp, way too much)

1 tbsp ground flax meal

a dash of salt

a few shakes cinnamon

Wet ingredients:

1/2 cup milk (of your choice)

3 tbsp vanilla greek yogurt

1 1/2 super ripe bananas

Benefits:

Flax * contains lots of fiber and omega 3’s (the healthy fats)!

Bananas * one of the best sources of high-resistance fiber and potassium.

Greek yogurt * has more protein than regular yogurt and is a good source of calcium!

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15 thoughts on “Rollin’ with the punches

  1. i cant even tell u how many times the same thing with friends or a certain friend has happened to me! its such a pet peeve and so degrating in my opinion. not cool right!

    loving the flax muffins! i usually choose a banana if it has bananas in it.. its such a secret muffin weapon, since it adds a lot of moistness and fluffiness when its baking!

    and the proof is in the batter (bad pun).. u can tell how nice ur muffins rose! 🙂

  2. Wow. Glad you got picked up in LA. Totally scary place to be by yourself, if you’re a girl…alone. Yeah. Scary. Thank goodness for lovely friends!
    Have a wonderful time @ home in Texas 🙂

  3. You can email me about your bad day if you want. I’m here for you, Lauren! 🙂 I hope you feel better and move on – that friend doesn’t deserve you.

    Wei-Wei

    PS: Muffins look amazing 😉

  4. Yo, friends can blow sometimes. I feel ya. Sorry to hear that. I got your back. I have a hard kick, ha know.

    Also, don’t feel bad about the workout. I feel bad reading other blogs, b/c I try to be active, but I am by no means hardcore! They are all like “I ran 20 miles this morning!”

    What? I don’t even know what 20 miles looks like!

    Thanks for your honesty, though! Keep on bloggin!

  5. Hi sweet little lady! Sorry you had a bad experience but glad you have a good friend who came to your rescue and even MORE glad that you are back in the ATX! You are just right down the road (ok, 3 hours but whatever) 🙂

    I’m so obsessed with that Whole Foods – Dallas has some great locations, too but nothing beats Austin’s.

  6. baby love your blog is so professional looking! im so proud of you. and im glad weve become so close. i heart you alot ❤

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