Easy Foods When Car Camping

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Chillin’ while Sam makes food 🙂

There’s just something about being in the middle of no where enjoying food you cooked on a little stove with a view. Setting up your camping spot and settling in a totally different spot than before is what makes our hearts happy. Being able to go on adventures in each area and exploring our options in person with our pets, nothing else can give us this satisfaction (guaranteed). This was just such a beautiful area we did not want to leave!

When we got ready and planned (thanks to Sam) for this mini two-day trip, we thought of the food first. Sam is a lover of something extremely easy and I like to make food with more effort. We agreed that easy was better, which worked out well. We are both vegetarians (congrats to him for just going vegetarian!), so we chose accordingly. We decided on two lunches and one dinner one breakfast. Since it is winter we wanted dense carbs for our foods. For our first lunch we had the vegetarian version “Walking Tacos”.

Sam looks so content, enjoying his food. Haha.

 

 

 

 

I pre-made (before we left) the “meat” part of this meal by throwing a half cup of Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) and a can of chickpeas in a pot and added seasoning (pink salt, pepper). We bought two small bags of Fritos (I got original flavor and he got chili cheese flavor) When we cooked it at the campsite we used almost a whole packet of taco seasoning with water (depending how strong you want the taco taste). We threw it in the bags and muched on them and threw some mild and fire hot sauce on top (We throw a lot of things), It was super tasty! You can add lettuce and cheese, we were fine without.

When dinner came around we made pasta (as easy as it gets). We had Alfredo sauce and the small “sea” shells with slices of baguette (pre-sliced). We didn’t make as much as we needed , in my opinion, for a cold winter night. Because I woke up super hungry in the middle of the night. So make way more than you would any night.

 

Making Coffee on the edge

For Breakfast we wanted pancakes and made coffee in our little “Primula Stovetop Espresso Maker” with regular coffee grounds and added hot cocoa and Stevia to sweeten it. For camping, I put the pancake mix in a mason jar so we can just add water and mix. I put the syrup in a small old blue agave bottle and for our oil we had a little jar we put our used oil in. (coconut oil and olive oil) Believe me reusing oils helps us save money AND we are not wasting.

Zzzing.
Pancakes are my favorite breakfast when camping.. SO EFFIN’ GOOD.

When it was lunch time we wanted some chili with more slices of baguette. We got a vegetarian one. You can get at any grocery store even walmart. This time I wanted toasted slices of baguette so I used that old mixed oil in a pan and set the slices in there then flipped when browned. Perfect lunch for a cold sunny day!

Later I will list the most helpful items we had while car camping.
Thanks guys!

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How I got my skeptic boyfriend to like Tofu

Before, I wanted to try to do my “Lazy Saturday Munch” mini blog series but decided I wanted it to be more open with no deadlines. Since then, I have explained that I went Vegan, but now I am back to being Vegetarian BECAUSE my boyfriend, Sam, has just become Vegetarian at the same time. Which is a HUGE success! He loved eating meat for the longest time and I became Vegetarian two years ago… he has been inspired to really take on his own opinions and standards of food.

Going on into the foods I have tried to get him to eat before his lifestyle change, which he did not agree with was tofu. I have tried to just jump in and add it to our meals right away and people said it was a little hard to get used to but I tried anyway. He did not agree with it whatsoever.

After some time I would still try it for my own meals because he refused to eat it. Then I discovered the “eggs” you can make out of tofu. I tried it at restaurants and then started buying tofu more and more. Finally, I started to try to make them yesterday. First time, was a success! So, I wanted to make them for you guys and I hope this helps!

Here it goes.

I started with putting a tablespoon of oil in a pan on low while I cut up the tofu.

I like the extra firm tofu. This is a little harder to shred up!
I cut what ever was left of the tofu in half, so realistically it was a third of the whole tofu.
I sliced it so it was a lot easier to shred to make it look like eggs. Yes, this makes you put in work. But so worth it!
Should look something like this.
I cut up green onion and yellow onion for that oniony flavor.
I turned the stove on a low medium and let the onion turn transparent before adding the shredded tofu.
Then when adding the tofu turn up the burner to solid medium.
So, these are all the spices I used. (from left to right) 1 TSP Black pepper, 1 TBSP cumin, 1/2 TBSP garlic powder, 1 TBSP onion powder, 1 TSP basil leaves,  1/2 TBSP turmeric, 1/2 TSP paprika, 2 TBSP nutritional yeast and 1 TSP pink salt.
After adding all the seasoning put about 1/4 cup water or veggie broth ( either one works well)
and keep burner on medium. mix well and let the juices soak until water dries up.
It should somewhat look like this (eggs) I did add water twice and added more onion and garlic powder with a pinch more of salt. I like it super-duper flavorful.
I warmed up some flour tortillas (small ones) on a burner and used kale for the lettuce. Sam tried one with Cholula and one without. To my surprise he loved it without Cholula!
MMMMM…. Don’t mind his PJ’s lol

I hope this helps any skeptics of tofu out there believe that it can be made really delicious if you just put in work. This recipe was the best one with any tofu dish so far! ENJOY! If you like this post please let me know by liking it and sharing it, along with nice comments! Thanks guys! Much love!

(all the photos in this post are mine!)

Remember, BREAK FREE. The more you do things that make YOU happy the closer YOU are to creating yourself/ your life. Purely just owning every aspect of your life makes a HUGE difference!

Lazy Saturday Munch: 

Welcome back to my mini blog series! Remember, all the food I show is vegan. When I mention items that usually aren’t vegan, I have the vegan version. I am NOT an expert or a nutritionist! I just thought I’d share what I’m eating as a new vegan with you guys because everyone is different.

Okay. I was going to do this on something else, but I burned it. Of course, right?

The original idea: Eggplant slices with pesto, jackfruit, mozz and seasoning

I haven’t been eating many sweets since going vegan. So, After I BURNED my original masterpiece, I thought I’d switch to something sweet.

Today’s Lazy Munch:

Acai berry and Banana pancakes with a sprinkle of sliced almonds on top.

I used pre-made pancake mix because, well, it’s a lazy day. Hence, the title of this blog series. BUT, if you’d like to use a very simple pancake recipe that only requires 4 ingredients, click here! (pinterest)

The Acai packets I used I got from Trader Joes. They come in a pack and they are for smoothies, but I’m a rebel. I only used half of one (defrost it in the microwave for 20 – 30 seconds) with one whole banana and a half cup of the pancake mix. The Banana sweetened the pancakes up because there is no sweetness in the Acai. Then I sprinkled some sliced almonds on top for a crunch. Along with a little tiny bit of syrup… ( Pictures lie ) 

There you have it! Simplicity at its finest.

I was thinking of adding in snacks and other meals throughout the day because obviously I don’t eat one meal a day. If you guys have ANY ideas/ requests let me know by commenting on this post. Please like and share if you enjoyed this mini post. Thanks so much guys!

 

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To go to college or not?

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Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

You may have wondered this or you are debating whether you should go back to school. I’ve been there plenty of times. I’ve made impulsive decisions along the way. I’ve tried college right out of high school (which didn’t work for me) which I’ve done multiple times and always dropped out because I got bored and it became the same thing over and over again.. I’ve tried trade school (extreme impulsive decision I thought would help me). I always loved learning about different subjects, it was never just one. Don’t get me wrong, I learned new things when I was in school but I felt limited. That’s why now I have accepted school isn’t for me.

If you are someone like me, that always felt in between going to college or not, have you looked at the pros and cons?

Everyone’s looks different. I’ve beat myself up over not going because I might regret it in the long run.. but that’s because I thought that’s what I was supposed to do. I thought that was a given – you go to school, you get a degree, you get a job, you live a happy life. What it looks like for me is – you go to school, you stress the fuck out, you need to stay motivated, get a degree, now you are in debt, get a job to pay debt off, you live a stressful life. Who wants that?

 

 

 

 

So, I thought I’d put together a mini list if you are in the same mindset

1. If you can make something out of nothing, you can do anything!

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Photo by The Creative Exchange on Unsplash

Every single one of  us has the skills to push ourselves through with trial and error. If you are creative and ALWAYS have ideas flowing in your brain, then why not do it? You can create your own business online just doing what you normally do. Oh you paint? Then sell your paintings. Oh, love fashion? Then write about it. Oh, you like DIY crafts? Then post your creations. If you feel like you don’t know enough to do so, there are many free online courses (some with certificates and diplomas!). While you are learning things online you may find more interesting topics that you find useful for your own goals. Here are two main free online courses (websites) that I have tried and found useful for me:

https://alison.com/– This website, in my opinion, seems like the most put together. The courses are easy. It tells you the length and what you are studying in each module.

https://www.coursera.org/– This one I haven’t used as much but still a great site to learn on.

2. Many people with the drive and motivation have made it without college.

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Photo by Andreas Klassen on Unsplash

I’m sure you’ve heard this time and time again. Seriously though, look at these people. They dropped out of college. They worked their butts off towards being their own boss, and they flourished! How did they do it? They did things not everyone can do. They persevered through their discomfort and made it happen. Go getters.

“Michael Dell, Dell founder, dropped out at 19

Steve Jobs, Apple founder, dropped out at 19

Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, dropped out at 19

Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, dropped out at 20

Evan Williams, Twitter co-founder, dropped out at 20

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, dropped out at 20

Larry Ellison, Oracle founder, dropped out at 20

Jan Koum, WhatsApp founder, dropped out at 21

Travis Kalanick, Uber founder, dropped out at 21

John Mackey, Whole Foods founder, dropped out at 22″

(found above info from this website)

3. Don’t be afraid what others think. That’s a very hard cycle to break!

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Photo by Philipp Kämmerer on Unsplash

I do know this from personal experience. I’ve always asked for others opinions then made my decisions on what THEY had to say. If they thought something was a dumb idea, I would drop it and not think of it again. You know how that made me feel? Like I was living in a shell, built with bullshit. I didn’t feel like myself at all. I have gone through so much of this SO MANY TIMES and it was really hard for me to start trusting my own opinions and thoughts. Each one of us are so unique in our own way. Some of us are better in one area that others lack. And that’s okay! Learn what your own strengths are and you can do anything you put your mind to! So, with that being said, If you feel like you don’t want to go to college because you feel like there’s something bigger in life, trust your intuition. You want to travel instead? Do it. Anything is possible if you believe it is.

Some articles I found:

8 Reasons to Choose Travel Over Going to College

College is Bullshit; Travel instead

I want to travel instead of go to college

Why you should skip school to travel the world

If you want wisdom, ditch college and travel instead

I want to travel instead of go to college. How do I tell everyone else this? What are some pros of traveling instead of college?

 

Friendly Reminder: I am not against people who are going to college or people who graduated. They have the skills (that I am well aware I lack ) which is self-discipline. I respect them very much! This article is for anyone who wants to make a life without college. I want to motivate and inspire you guys to live your life the way YOU want to! Please like and share! and leave positive comments. Thanks guys!

( NOTE: links and photos in my articles are not mine unless clearly stated )

Lazy Saturday Munch:

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Photo by Imani Clovis on Unsplash

I usually run into being hungry and not knowing what to make.As do most of us, right? I’ll usually make something easy like quesadilla or grilled cheese. Since I became Vegan 6 days ago, I’ve noticed I have been making unusual but tasty foods, and it’s all been working for me! I’m going to share one lazy food (vegan) each week, starting today. I hope you guys like!

So, today’s lazy choice of food is already my favorite (previously made vegetarian versions)

Flour tortilla pizza

Why is this my favorite? Because it’s easy! All you have to do is slap some of your favorite toppings together and TA-DA! You can use any sauce such as vegan pesto sauce, marinara, BBQ, ranch etc. (get creative!)  You can also use any vegetable or fruits like broccoli, pineapple, cauliflower, peas, corn, kale, lentils etc. (the list goes on) and to add to those delicious sounding options you can use vegan cheese an/ or seasonings! mm…

This is how I made mine:

Preheat oven to 350-400° depending on how burnt you want yours and how long you want to wait. Apparently, I like mine super burnt..

steps

I had smaller flour tortillas
Sauce: I used Vegan BBQ sauce

Toppings in order: light Vegan Mozzarella, sliced onions, sliced eggplant, chopped up kale, drizzled Vegan ranch over all that then I put some garlic and onion powder and popped that in the oven for 15 minutes or until you get just the right amount of burnt like I did c:

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MmmmBurnt.

Results: I got lucky on this making. Usually, I’ll put things together that don’t make sense and it’s 50/50. This blended so well together! The BBQ and ranch always go well together then the onions, eggplant, kale and spices were an added bonus of taste. Give it a try! I’m sure you’ll love this flour tortilla pizza recipe!

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post If so Like , share, and leave positive comments! Thankyou!

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What Does Nicole really want in life?

Stansbury Island, Utah 💜

That’s the question it really comes down to, huh? I feel that the more research I do on trying to find a job/ career that will suit me, the more frustrated and hopeless I get. I thought I was on the right path with a decent paying job about nine months ago. So, here it goes..

      I’ve been in mostly just Retail and food industry my whole work life. The farther I got into working different jobs, the more I realized what kids in my class of highschool were doing with their lives. Some became Entrepreneurs, others traveled, some married with kids and a house.  While I’m here feeling bad for myself, I got so fed up I started looking for school. I eventually made an impulsive decision to start vocational school for Criminal Justice. After graduating, with exceptional grades, I looked into different jobs. I was a security guard for a bit ( wasn’t really for me ). I went back to my old job as a delivery driver at Pizza Hut. Which made me extremely miserable. 

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When I started my Loss Prevention job. Super happy with my life.

 

        I eventually quit Pizza Hut and became jobless for three months (mind you, I lived with my boyfriend, dog, and my rabbit in our studio) before finding a job in loss prevention for a very well known company. They gave me tons of recognition and made me feel very appreciated. I got three promotions and was employee of the month a couple of times within a year. I moved from California to Utah and felt even more appreciated. My Area LP manager said he had huge plans for me so he worked with me on being included in manager meetings, safety meetings, conference calls, reviewing video footage on internal/external theft trends, writing emails, and meeting important corporate “big dogs”. I was so excited for what was to come! He kept asking if I were going to sign up for school to earn a degree. That’s the only way I can move up with no delays. Honestly, That’s all I wanted was to move up no matter what and super fast. I wanted more than anything to find my place in this world. Then something clicked.

        Talking to counselors making appointments, totally ready to start school. I wanted to ask my Area LP Manager for advice. I asked him if he thought going to online college or going to traditional college at a campus would matter. “Online classes are faster.” The response I got hit me like a ton of bricks. It wasn’t easy for me to accept it knowing I’m not just going to complete school for him to be promoted. I don’t want to be tied down if I spend more money on school. Maybe this isn’t for me and maybe my mind is on a completely different page than my heart. 

         

When Sam and I visited our home! San Diego, Ca

A few months go by and I still feel the same way, except it’s getting worse. I dread going to work every single shift. I’m here now dreading to go back to work tomorrow. I know many people feel they have to or think they want to live by society’s idea of life. To work a full time job and make that “cash money”. It is awesome to have the nicer things in life. Don’t get me wrong. I just find it hard knowing that I’m not doing what I love.. what does Nicole want in life? I want to express creativity with what I have to offer. Most importantly, I have a Strong, magnetic desire to travel. All it takes is one small action towards your goal, towards my goal. Who knew the hardest part was the first step.

 

Unprepared Vegan

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Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. My favorite place here!

So, if you have been reading my posts, you know I changed my lifestyle as far as diet. Since yesterday I am now vegan! Sam and I made some ricotta stuffed shells (Sams favorite dish! It’s to die for. Let me know if you want the recipe!) the night before and we were just about to eat the leftovers and I realized when he handed it to me that I couldn’t eat it! I started to realize all of the things that were in my fridge and pantry that I couldn’t have. Here is what I ate my first day:
Flour Tortillas and homemade Guac

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I almost had pieces of lettuce with this but it’s not for me.

Guac: 1 avo, salt, pepper, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and chives

Note: I found out I hated the Garlic powder in my guac.

Easy vegan peanut butter mug cake

Then I wanted something sweet

I looked up a recipe and this is what sounded and looked appealing

Recipe from Kitchen Treaty is here

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The ingredients I used
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The results

I did also quit drinking alcohol for “Dry January” with Sam

I try to drink more teas during this time. My favorite right now is coconut tea by CAcafe. I absolutely love coconut anything. So, if you are the same you will most likely love this! You can buy it from Walmart as well. sometimes I will just have it plain, nothing else added or I will add a splash of almond milk and some cinnamon.

For dinner, Sam steamed some veggies. Made Brown rice. Baked some spring rolls and made some home style vegan beefless tips.

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As it states I am unprepared and making it work! I haven’t gotten overly hungry and mostly snacked on peanuts and crackers. I will soon start incorporating smoothies daily. I will do an update to show you guys how it’s going because I’m kind of just diving in! For me that’s exciting. I do take vitamins daily so I don’t feel like crap. Also, my point of view states their is no one correct way to becoming vegan. It’s all trial and error from here on out. I will find what works for me.

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Friendly Reminder: I am not trying to disrespect anyone nor change any ones mind NOR make anyone feel bad about their lifestyle. I try to have an open mind while maintaining my own beliefs. I have nothing against Omnivores. My own boyfriend of five years ( and counting) is NOT vegetarian/ vegan. This post is for anyone that is already thinking about changing their diet. I am NOT an expert in any way shape or form. Just a human being that did this on her own. I’ve had nothing but positive lessons from this and I hope this will help you on your own path. Remember, BREAK FREE.

(The links and images used in my posts are not mine unless clearly stated!)