One time in college, a friend said to me, "Sometimes I just get so caught up in what I'm doing that I forget to eat."

You just forget to eat?! I was reeling from this remark. I think about food all the time. Even when I'm concentrating really hard, no worries...good ol' stomach reminds when I've got to stop for some brain food.

So I didn't get it. At all. But this week, I had an experience that helped me understand, maybe, just a little teeny tiny bit, how one might forget something important when otherwise occupied.

A lot has happened since we got back from Mexico. My sister celebrated a birthday. I overprepared for Irene (positive thoughts to all those affected more than we were). And I took an exam I'd been preparing for all summer (whew). And so, for the past week, I totally forgot a big event that happened while we were gone...I was published!

Ok, it's only a book review. And it was published in an academic journal, not the New York Times. But still, it's published. And that means I now get to say, "I am a published author!" If you'd like to check it out, it's available online here.

And guess what else? J got his name on a paper too. We left for Mexico as two lowly grad students, and returned as famed authors! Or something like that...

But I didn't forget to eat. And it's easy to slip a mini celebration into busy days when you've got a recipe for a micro-cake!


The 5-minute mug cake is sort of an Internet phenomenon. It's such a great idea, but I was determined to give it a healthier twist. This recipe fills my little Pyrex bowls (pictured), but could be doubled, or even tripled, to better fit a mug. I like this little serving.


1 tbsp oat flour
1 tbsp almond meal
4 tsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp coconut oil
20 drops vanilla stevia
1 tbsp nuts, chocolate chips, or cacao nibs (optional)
1 tbsp nut butter of choice (optional)

In a small bowl or mug, combine the first five (dry) ingredients. Then add the almond milk, oil and stevia. Be sure to add the milk first, as the oil makes the dry ingredients clump. Stir until well mixed. Then stir in any of your optional ingredients (I'm loving peanut butter and cacao nibs). Microwave for 1 minute.

You may need to adjust the cooking time for your microwave, and be careful...it's hot, delicious, and way too easy!


  1. Hey, congrats on your publication! I've already read half of it, but I couldn't wait until I finished to say it's fantastic. You go, girl!

  2. Eee! Thanks! Means more coming from a real writer. =)


Thanks for making me smile. =)