God Bless the PJ Pants

IMG_0905I’m not sure why I am so infatuated with garments of the lower body this week, but I can’t help but express my appreciation for PJ pants this evening. Today was a rainy and humid day, with far too much puddle jumping, and slipping among the cobblestones–in short, it was icky. The torrential downpour began just as I was to deliver my vegan pumpkin bread. Although I contemplated skipping it and just saving the loaf for my own enjoyment, my conscience piped up, and I headed out into the tumult. After trudging around campus in my cherry rain boots, I returned home and  immediately jumped into my cherry PJ pants. Add a mug of tea, and I am one relaxed (albeit soggy) chica. How do you unwind after a stressful day, whether it be weather-related or work-induced? Do you have a set of  preferred “bum” clothes?

In contrast to the crap-tastic weather, my eats today happened to be quite delectable:


This smoothie ended up being especially voluminous. Oh darn…

strawberry-peach smoothie with berry HempShake, soymilk, & Pumpkin Flax granola

strawberry-peach smoothie with berry HempShake, soymilk, & Pumpkin Flax granola


I don’t know what I did differently this morning, but the texture of this batch of oat bran was perfect. Almost pudding-like. Perhaps it was due to the banana brulee technique? Anyway, the inspiration for this bowl was banana nut bread. I couldn’t decide between nuts and chocolate chips, so I had both:)

oat bran cooked in banana, almond milk, & vanilla extract, topped with walnuts & vegan chocolate chips

oat bran cooked in banana, almond milk, & vanilla extract, topped with walnuts & vegan chocolate chips

IMG_0882This hummus reminds me one big glob of spicy peanut butter–so creamy and thoroughly nutty. Visit the never-ending hummus page for the recipe.

Peanut Sesame Hummus with veggies & whole wheat pita; orange

Peanut Sesame Hummus with veggies & whole wheat pita; orange


I entered the kitchen tonight with no real idea of what to make for dinner. What I ended up with was a fantastic homemade veggie plate, complete with super-fast baked beans, sweet potato + cottage cheese, and veggies. To make the baked beans, I simply combined reduced sodium canned pinto beans with organic ketchup, mustard, steamed onions, and cider vinegar. After about 15 minutes in a 375-degree oven, I had a tasty stand-in for slow-cooked baked beans. I must admit though, that the star of the show was that sweet potato. Yep…I think it merits a HOLY YUM.

quick baked beans; green beans; sweet potato with cottage cheese, cinnamon & almonds; spinach with dried berries & more almonds

quick baked beans; green beans; sweet potato with cottage cheese, cinnamon & almonds; spinach with dried berries & more almonds

beans with organic ketchup, mustard, onions, & a touch of cider vinegar

beans with organic ketchup, mustard, onions, & a touch of cider vinegar


Another highlighting session awaits me. Ta-ta for now.


29 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    ADORABLE PJ PANTS!!!!!! Great looking eats too🙂

  2. 2

    April (Foods of April) said,

    That sweet potato looks excellent! I should try the cottage cheese on it for some protein!

    I’m wearing the exact same pj pants except mine are white! They are so comfortable and warm😀

  3. 3

    Evan Thomas said,

    I’m pretty much the same way. After a rough day I just want my pajamas and the remotes and no one around to judge me when I raid the fridge🙂

  4. 4

    Caroline said,

    I am ALWAYS in comfortable clothes when I am home. I can’t stand wearing “normal” pants especially when I could be lounging in comfort! Your pants are super cute by the way. I just discovered lululemon this summer and have one pair from there that I wear constantly, so comfortable but flattering at the same time! I am gearing up to make that cashew tofu tomorrow (if all goes according to plan)🙂

  5. 5

    “I couldn’t decide between nuts and chocolate chips, so I had both:)”

    I like your thinking. You are one smart (chocolate chip) cookie, Caroline!

  6. 6

    Maria said,

    Mmm, sweet potatoes + cottage cheese + baked beans = comfort food at its best! I’ll have to recreate that meal sometime soon🙂

    I like to jump into my “home clothes” (separate from PJ’s) which are my UW sweats and t-shirt. During non-summer days, I will have to pull on a sweater too! I also like to wear my glasses at home, gives my eyes a nice break!

    To me there’s nothing like a delicious dinner, piece of chocolate, kombucha, or all three at the end of a hard day.

  7. 7

    Mitri said,

    Mm baked beans are so good🙂 especially with sweet potatoes.

    It rained all day here too! Luckily I had left an umbrella in my backpack from the last time. How nice of you to deliver that pumpkin bread! Love the PJs x)

  8. 8

    PJ time is my favorite time of the day.

  9. 9

    burpexcuzme said,

    You call that bum clothes? I shall proudly wear it to my class lectures, they are SO adorable and people will be jealous!😀

  10. 10

    Taylor said,

    sweet potatoes and cottage cheese are my two favorite foods! no lie! i’ve never thought of combining them though…definitely hittin that shiz up soon.

    and i have a massive hoodie that’s super warm and fuzzy that i wear on blah days to make me feel cozy. the only problem is is that it has hello kitty’s face in hot pink right on the front of it so public outings are a no-go when it’s on. oh well.

  11. 11

    Okay, seriously? Now we have the same fav smoothie flavor? This is getting freaky!!

    I’m impressed that you manage to eat all your meals at your apartment dining table!! I’m jealous!

    I think it’s time we take our encounters beyond the Central walking route and our classroom🙂

  12. 12

    janetha said,

    dude, my PJ pants go on before i can even kiss the dogs. seriously i LOVE pj pants! yours are so cute. i have missed your blog🙂 those toppings on your potato look great and seem like they would fuse together nicely! xo

  13. 13

    Little Miss Sunshine said,

    Love ya cherry PJ pants … looks comfy. For me, I changed into comfy clothes as soon as I stepped into the house.

  14. 14

    julia said,

    I’ve never heard of the combination sweet potato and cottage cheese. But I love both seperately, so will try this for sure! Thanks!:)

    I love PJ-pants, I always buy them in the US!

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  15. 15

    Shelby said,

    I always change into my yoga pants or soffee shorts. Then I’ll put on a big t-shirt that I usually use for workouts. Comfy!

    Chocolate Chips + Nuts = Wise Choice😉

  16. 16

    VeggieGirl said,

    Rockin’ PJ’s + eatin’ “holy yum” sweet potatoes = my life, haha!😀

  17. 17

    balancejoyanddelicias said,

    that’s such a cute Pj. Nice way to de-stress after a long stressful day. I do the same, when i come home the first thing I do is change to comfortable cloth, wash my face and then sit on the coach with my laptop!🙂

    Like your nut theme oat bran, need to try creme brulee technique.

  18. 18

    ksgoodeats said,

    I ALWAYS wear my PJ pants! I seriously don’t wear jeans in my house. As soon as I get home I change, even if I’m going out later in the day.

    Love the cinnamon/sweet potato!! I’m so happy it’s fall so I can justify my sweet potato addiction again!

  19. 19

    julie said,

    for sewious you are a blender genius🙂

    love those pants! haha they remind me of my holiday pj pants with reindeers. I’m thiiiinking its time to bring them out sooon

  20. 20

    I have a serious weakness for cozy PJ pants, too! In the midst of my illness this weekend, I definitely thought: at least I have nice PJs to lounge around in.

  21. 21

    verbalriot said,

    First thing I do when I get home from class or anywhere for that matter is put on PJs or sweats! I’m just so much more comfy.

    I have this pair of purple Victoria’s Secret pants and I LOVE ’em!

  22. 22

    Holly said,

    please come be my personal chef…it all looks amazing, as usual. i am at work and wish i was at home, in my PJs, under the covers🙂

  23. 23

    ahh the power of the pajama pants! i’m totally with you on this one girl–my favorite way to unwind is get into my XXXL sweatpants and embarrassingly fuzzy socks with animals on them (that i get from my grandma every year!) and enjoy some tea! especially on rainy days! that peanut sesame hummus sounds deeelish, and i kind of wish i was the one receiving that vegan pumpkin loaf😉 enjoy your day🙂

  24. 24

    Heather said,

    I change into my comfy clothes almost as soon as I walk into my apartment – even if my work clothes are pretty comfortable. My favorites are a pair of Peace frog pj bottoms my best friend Mallory gave me!

  25. 25

    totally loving the jammies🙂 I have a similar shirt!!

    ahh your baked beans sound so warm and comforting right now!!

  26. 26

    ~Jessica~ said,

    Confession: it’s hard to get me out of my ‘bum’ clothes. I just value comfort over style a little too much, but it’s something that I’m working on.

    Yet another brilliant addition to the hummus variations…and breakfast looks just delectable.


  27. 27

    You give me deja vu of my college roommate! She was similarly bedecked in cherry paraphernalia. I’m pretty sure I’m absolutely incapable of wearing “real clothes” inside my apt. The second I walk in the door, everything comes off, including jewelry, and sweats go on for the remainder of the day. Everything’s better that way.🙂

  28. 28

    lilveggiepatch said,

    Those are the cutest PJ pants! I’m the biggest fan of patterned thermals. I am currently sporting blue flannel penguin pants… pretty sexy.

    Happy highlighting!

  29. 29

    veganhomemade said,

    Agreed, it’s one of the best feelings to get home at the end of the day and change into pj’s. Especially when it’s rainy and cold!

    Your banana oat bran and pb hummus look particularly delicious!

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