WIAW: Inspiration from Julia

I truly enjoy being in the kitchen, chopping and dicing, tasting and testing.  Cooking calms me…  When I have time.  During the week 30-minute and semi-homemade meals are more my style.  Just because something takes hardly any time to make or uses no more than 3 ingredients does not mean it isn’t tasty!

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty What I Ate Wednesday link-up :)

Comforting. Convenient. Healthy. Hearty. Simple. Satisfying. Scrumptious.


Folgers vanilla biscotti cappuccino, frozen berries, & a pumpkin pie spice waffle topped with pain yogurt + peanut butter frosting + pistachios + raisins

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” ~Julia Child

Mid-Morning Snack

sugar-free Starbucks peppermint coffee

“Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.” ~Julia Child


simple spinach salad, red Anjou pear, & acorn squash + baked chicken tenders + slivered almonds

“One of the secrets, and pleasures, of cooking is to learn to correct something if it goes awry; and one of the lessons is to grin and bear it if it cannot be fixed.” ~Julia Child

Afternoon Snack

green apple, light mozzarella string cheese, & Kashi Go Lean + Peanut Butter Puffins

“You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” ~Julia Child


cauliflower loaded salad, sunny eggs with parm cheese, & cranberry walnut bread with a schmear of peanut butter

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ~Julia Child


[unpictured] Deep Chocolate VitaTop & popcorn

“It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it.” ~Julia Child

Yesterday…  #elf4Health 11/27 Day 2:  Send a card or handwritten note to a friend.

“Remember, ‘No one’s more important than people’!  In other words, friendship is the most important thing–not career or housework, or one’s fatigue–and it needs to be tended and nurtured.” ~Julia Child

Today…  #elf4Health 11/28 Day 3:  Try a new workout today!

Tomorrow…  #elf4Health 11/29 Day 4:  Get up 15 minutes early to meditate and reflect.

Question:  Cooking- yay or nay?  *Regardless of whether you think you’re good or not!*

Question:  How do you take your eggs?  Sunny and runny, hard boiled, over easy, poached, or scrambled?  Sunny or hard boiled for me please!

— Allison


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  1. Hi! I love your blog and just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a fun award thats going around the blogosphere. It’s the Liebster Award and all the details are on my page if you wanted to check it out :) http://www.itsabeautylife.com/2012/11/28/a-big-surprise-the-liebster-award/

  2. I love the wisdom from Julia in this post. :)

    I love to cook so I try to make the time to cook 2-3 more elaborate meals per week and then eat simple meals/leftovers for the other days. I just love the feeling of cooking myself a good meal after a long day!

    As for eggs, I like mine fried with a runny yolk or scrambled, as long as there’s no milk added in. They taste better when they’re made of just eggs!

    • It sounds like we have similar cooking styles 😉 I need to get better about eating leftovers… I’d rather make something quick and simple than eating leftovers, but I should start cooking more basics such as pasta, etc. and making a new a meal out of them!

  3. I wish I had time to cook more, you make me want to. i really only eat a full meal for dinner and I don’t really cook it, i mean i usually roast veggies but the rest is either heated or oven baked. one day I will get really into cooking. I love doing it so when I am home i take full advantage of it. also doesn’t help that i have a bare kitchen.

    • That still counts as cooking! If you’re doing something = semi-homemade 😉 There’s no problem with getting a little prep help from the grocery store such as pre-cut veggies or pre-baked chicken breasts!

  4. You make cooking look so easy and fun. But when I get in the kitchen I feel like a trapped and confused puppy! The Julia Child quotes made me smile – I’m putting the last one up at my desk at work :)

  5. I love all of the Julia Child quotes!

    As for eggs, I prefer mine scrambled or hard boiled. Not a fan of the runny yolk!

    • Thank you! My momma was a big fan of scrambled style so that’s what I had most often while growing up… I think I got a little scramble overload 😛

  6. I love cooking, too! But during the work-week, I rely a lot on what I call KISS meals: Keep It Simple, Silly!

  7. OH girl all your food and photos are amazing. What kind of camera do you use?

    • Um, THANK YOU?! No way jose haha 😛 I’m guilty to admit that 90% of my pictures are taken using my handy dandy iPhone. I have 2 Sony’s [a DSLR and a point-and-shoot] that should get more use…

  8. That little pouch holding your panda puffins – so cute! Where did you find it? How do you wash it?

    • Thanks! I got it a few years ago on Etsy [I need to get more!], they’re reusable lunch bags :) Just run them under the faucet and ta-da, clean! You can also put them in the washing machine.

  9. that is SUCH a cute little bag holding your cereal.

  10. I love this post! Does Starbucks have sugar free peppermint syrup? I have to get some! I bought the Target brand but am not sure I’m loving. I just ordered peppermint stevia and am hoping that will be good!
    I’m a scrambled egg white only fan. Ever since being pregnant, I can’t handle the yolk!

  11. I should NEVER come to your blog when I am hungry, just not a good idea! YUM! You always have the best looking meals that are actually MEALS! You sometimes see meals on other sites and it makes you think you eat way too much because their plate seems so little and little food, lol!

    I love your dinner, looks amazing!! <3

    • Thank youuu 😀 Haha, I know what you’re talking about and I always wonder how those people function on such little fuel?! I should note that I *try* to take a picture of all my eats for WIAW but sometimes I give into my rumbling stomach without thinking [aka the unpictured VitaTop]…

  12. Holy.wow. So I’m suddenly really hungry 😛 Thank you for that. Seriously, though, your eats look -amazing-. Looking for a roomie? Ryan wouldn’t mind, right? 😉

    I used to kind of love cooking, but lately it’s become the bane of my existence. I love to -eat- home cooked meals, but I don’t much enjoy having to put the work into making them 😆

  13. cooking calms me too! I love it. I would cook all day if I could. :) I love me some scrambled eggs… I can’t do the drippy egg. I just can’t bring myself to eat it! lol

  14. Cooking is my stress relief! I could spend all day cooking! Eggs for dinner are AMAZING!! Actually breakfast food is amazing for any meal of the day! All your meals look delicious! Have a great night girl! :)

  15. Some of the best meals are only 3-4 ingredients.

    I love my eggs hard boiled but when I feel like treating myself I make soft boiled eggs and load them with pepper.

  16. I love that little snack pouch that you kept your cereal in. So cute! :)

    I absolutely love to cook but never really realized it until I became a vegetarian this year.

    My favorite way to eat eggs are sunny-side up or scrambled.

  17. LOVE your snack bag/pouch! It’s too adorable girl. Where in the world did you find it?

    I either like my eggs scrambled or in the form of an omelet. I’ve tried the runny eggs, and ehh just not a fan.

    • Thanks! I ordered a few on Etsy a few years back and think I should get a few new ones soon… Ooo, yes, omelets are a fave too! Load up those veggies + a sprinkle of parm cheese + salsa 😀

  18. wow all looks delicious! your eggs look so incredible as well..the yolks are so yellow!!

  19. Yum, waffles! I envy you that you like to cook. I guess I feel like I have to cook so it’s a chore. I do like to bake though…probably because I like to eat sweets!

  20. Yummmm waffles :) All of this food is making me hungry! Too bad, too, since I’m about to go work out. You’ve given me lots of inspiration for foods I can make though!

    • Haha, I seem to always look at food-related posts right before I workout and suddenly would rather snack than sweat 😛 Orrr watch the Food Network while I’m working out and I cannot wait to get home an into the kitchen!

  21. I really enjoyed the Julia quotes! She is such a inspiration for those who love to be in the kitchen :)

  22. That bag for your Kashi is TOO CUTE. Everything you eat looks gourmet, I swear, even if it’s simple food a la Julia Child. IDK how you do it. I feel like you eat like a queen!

    • Thank you for the sweet comments, you seriously are wayyy too kind! I often think I eat too plain or too simple to keep up with all of the delicious looking recipes I see online 😛


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