Pin Around the Rosie

Hey everyone! I’m just popping in for a quick post today to participate in Lindsay’s Pin It Party over at The Lean Green Bean.

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Today I am sharing five recipes that you can easily pin on your Pinterest boards.

For ease of use I included a Pin It button to the right of each recipe title so that you can add the picture to whatever board you like. To see the recipe itself you can either click on the recipe title or the picture itself. After pinning one recipe just hit the back button in your browser and it should take you to this post again so that you can pin even more! 😉 (Let me know if there are any technical issues or mistakes on my part with the pins/links!).

Easy enough, right?

Make sure to link-up your top five posts for Lindsay’s link-up today!

Grain-Free Cinnamon Roll Bread 

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Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls pin-party-cinnamon-rolls-final-2

Grain-Free and Vegan Biscuits 

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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins 

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Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls (Grain-Free and Vegan) 

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And if you’d like to follow me on Pinterest for my most recent food finds, funny memes, and all around interesting stuff, go here!

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If you’d like me to take a look at your Pin It Party post leave a link in the comments.

If you have a recipe that you think I’d enjoy and would like me to pin you can leave a second link and I’ll make sure to pin it!

Marvelous is One Week Left

As per my title, I am one week down with one week left to go until my internship! This week I’ll be cleaning up all of my stuff from college while simultaneously packing in preparation to move into my new apartment.

Here’s how I spent last week, courtesy of Week in Review with Meghan:

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I wrote a total of four posts in the last week- Marvelous is my First Week Off, WIAW: Simple Homemade Ranch DressingBooks, Blogs, and Baking, and There’s Nothing Like a Mother.

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On my Monday post I shared a recipe for Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash,

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And for WIAW I shared a very simple and clean homemade ranch dressing recipe.

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The weather was so beautiful and warm all week long. Even though I didn’t make it into town much, I made sure to go outside everyday and soak up the sunshine. Some days I went out on our deck to read the two books that I mentioned on Friday (I am actually half way through another book that I’ll share about soon!).

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On Thursday I finally ventured out into the real world to get a much-needed haircut. Here’s a before and after for comparison. Even with a nice trim though, my hair is still quite frizzy from all the heat. (Any tips to combat the humidity that doesn’t involve a full bucket of hair product? 😉 )

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Friday morning I got ready earlier than usual to to attend my brother’s National Honors Society induction ceremony at 8:00 AM.

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Then after I had lunch on Friday I drove into town to hang out with my friends at Taco Bell. We chatted for a little while and I headed to my old high school to help out with a track meet. Unfortunately it was raining so not many people came out for it, but fortunately for me that meant they had plenty of people in the concession stand and didn’t need my assistance!

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I could definitely feel the effects of being cooped up all week in the house so come Saturday when my mom was home we went shopping!… Okay, so it was mostly grocery shopping, but it was still a bunch of fun. Here are a few things that I found at Meijer that I got quite the kick out of:

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Later Saturday we also went looking for Mother’s Day presents for my grandma and aunt at the local nursery. I picked out the bottom purple/white hanging basket and my mom found the top basket full of red/pink/white flowers.

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With my brother gone to a friends house and my dad asleep on the couch, my mom and I were free to pick whatever we wanted to watch on TV. We pulled up our instant cue on Netflix and found a pretty good movie to watch: My Boyfriend’s Girlfriend. Overall it was cute. Nothing spectacular. Just an overall feel-good film (shout out to Alyssa Milano from Charmed— one of my favorite tv shows in Middle School!).

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Come Sunday morning I whipped up a new batch of pancakes for Mother’s Day (my dad got some too 😉 ). They’re really versatile and are great with pretty much any type of fruit!

Grain-Free Coconut Banana Pancakes

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian, High Fiber, No Sugar Added, Paleo, GAPS-Friendly

Makes Two Servings (4-6 small pancakes each)

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Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp coconut flour
  • Optional fruit: blueberries, bananas or apples

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Directions:

  1. Separate the eggs placing the egg whites into a food processor and the yolks into a small bowl.
  2. Whip the egg whites until they are white and stiff. Then add the remaining ingredients (including the yolks) until smooth.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Coat in ghee or coconut oil to prevent sticking.
  4. Using a 1/4 c. measuring cup pour out the batter into the skillet. Cook for approximately 2 minutes until the uncooked side is bubbly. If you want to add blueberries put them on the pancakes now.
  5. Flip the pancake and cook for an addition 1-2 minutes or until done.
  6. Repeat with the remaining batter and top with pan-seared apple slices, fresh banana chunks, and/or a drizzle of honey! Enjoy.

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Shared on Fat Tuesday

After breakfast my dad, mom, brother and I got ready and met up with about 15 other family members to celebrate Mother’s Day at a Chinese buffet again. Then the four of us watched Iron Man 3! If you haven’t seen it, you should. It wasn’t as good as the first Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man, but it was way better than the sequel. Plus, Gwenyth Paltrow’s role as Pepper Pots takes a pretty interesting turn in the movie! (No Spoilers here 🙂 ).

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Now it’s Sunday night and I’m about to hit “Publish.” Tomorrow my plans include some more unpacking and watching The Great Gatsby with some other friends at a matinee.

*Edited to add (because it was late and I forgot…):

I also wasted many (try six) hours this week watching The Voice and American Idol with my fan-girl mother. Here are a few of my thoughts in bullet form:

  • Nikki Minaj just needs to go.

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  • Keith Urban is so cool with his Aussie accent.

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  • The Voice beats out American Idol 10 to 1. No question.
  • Mariah Carey– what kind of music video was that? I didn’t even realize until half way through that she hadn’t even sung a note until my dad commented on it. And then she just flung up her skirt and sang a few lines for the rest of the time. No words.
  • Now I remember why I stopped watching these shows.
  • Please don’t ever bring back Christina or Cee Lo. It’s so refreshing to have genuinely nice people (Usher and Shakira).

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  • Why is Nikki Minaj still here?

Also, we had a momentary freak out when my dog ate a coffee bean last night when as my brother was trying to glue some down to his poster about Brazil for Spanish. A quick search confirmed that yes- coffee beans are toxic to dogs, but alas our puppy is still alive and kicking. All good here 🙂

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Have a Marvelous Monday! 🙂


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1. What was one highlight from your week/weekend?

2. Have you seen any of the movies that I listed. What did you think?

3. How did your Mother’s Day go?

Books, Blogs, and Baking

Usually I would post some opening about being excited that it’s Friday and I’m so glad to be done for the weekend, but since I’m on break right now that wouldn’t be very applicable to me 😉 However, I will say that I’m excited for the weekend because I will finally be around REAL PEOPLE. It gets a little lonely staying at home all day without any friends or family around. Thankfully I have my pets to keep me company, but it would be nice if they could reply back with something other than barks or meows.

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The only things that have kept me sane are books, blogs and baking!

Books

I’ve read two books in the past four days: Divergent and its sequel Insurgent.

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The books are part of a dystopian trilogy by Veronica Roth. Set in Chicago these books depict a fictional society that is divided into five factions, one for every type of person- Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). The main character Beatrice has reached the point in her life where she is given the choice of which faction she wants to live in. Nothing is as it seems though, and soon Beatrice is discovering that what she thought she knew about her society is wrong, and what she learns may lead to the end of life as she knew it.

The final book is coming out October 22, 2013 and I am beyond thrilled to find out what happens.

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Blogs

Here are some new blogs that I’ve discovered recently, mixed in with a few of my favorite posts from blogs that I already read on a regular basis.

Road to RD’s And This is Why We Shouldn’t Compare Ourselves to Celebrities

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Clean Eats Fast Feets’ One Year Blogiversary Giveaway

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Jessie Loves to Run’s Thursday Thoughts

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Peace Love and Oats’ You Do You

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Eat Pray Tri’s Snap to It Photography Program

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Baking

Here are some of the recipes that I have made in the past week. Some I came up with myself and you may see on the blog soon!

Banana Nut Bread (with pecans)– Recipe adapted from my great-grandmother’s classic banana bread to be grain-free.

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Avocado Chocolate Mousse– My parents just raved about this chocolatey dessert (they said you couldn’t taste the avocado!).

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Lemon Poppy Seed Bread– Roughly based on a poppy seed cake in a cookbook at home.

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Homemade Applesauce– Only one ingredient and very smooth!

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Coconut Flour Biscuits– I altered this recipe slightly by whipping the egg whites and removing the baking soda.

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As you can see I’ve been keeping very busy 🙂 I’m hoping to respond to all of your comments sometime this weekend, but Friday morning I’m attending my brother National Honor’s Society induction ceremony at school, and I’m hanging out with some friends at the park tomorrow. Hope everyone has a great and productive weekend! 😀

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Share something in each of the categories: Books, blogs, and baking!

Friday Confessions: Fast and Furious Edition

Alright. More homework. So little time to blog.

Ready, set, go!

Confession #1: A few weeks ago we had a warm Sunday. We’re talking REALLY warm, like 6o degrees. Anyways, when I got back to school that night I realized that I had forgot to take my winter coat with me. Usually I’m wearing my coat, so leaving it behind has never been an issue before. If the weather had stayed in the 60’s all week I would have been fine, but NOOOO…. It decided to snow and drop down into the 30’s as soon as Tuesday hit. And I didn’t have a winter coat. Combine that with 10-15 minute walks to class with some of the breeziest winds in the state = One cold Madison 😦 Thankfully my parents felt my pain and on Wednesday night we each drove 1 hour to meet up in the middle so that they could deliver that salvation of warmth! (Along with some much needed food…)

Here is my makeshift cold weather outfit (Note: NOT as warm as it looks!)

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Confession #2: I don’t really know how you all do it. That posting everyday stinkin’ day thing. It makes me feel like a major slacker. Especially when you are able to respond so quickly to everyone’s comments as well. I still haven’t gotten to WIAW yet… I used to pride myself on  being so quick to respond, but man have I gotten lazy! Anyways, major props to you all. Maybe someday I’ll be that put-together.

Confession #3: Another jealous moment that I had this week was reading about all of these races that everyone has been completing. Splits of 7 minutes flashed across the screen and it just made me feel even guiltier that my fastest mile time ever was like 8:30. And I about died after that. Today I think I would be able to (maybe) run a mile in 9:30. I always got super bad chest pains and had a hard time breathing whenever I ran in gym class during school. I would love to be a runner because I definitely need to do SOMETHING for exercise… but I don’t know. I just don’t know.

Confession #4: When I should have been working on homework (actually I should be working on some right now too…) I instead was watching the season finale of Pretty Little Liars. I swear, that last part gave me the heebie jeebies and I jumped just like every other teenage girl in America. I can’t wait for the next season! Plus, a lot of couple drama in this episode, which made me feel much better about my lack of couple “status.” 😉

Final Confession #5: I love PicMonkey. It’s just so amazing. Whenever I think I took a photo that looks good, I pull it up on WordPress and realize that a) It’s way too dark. b) It has that fuzzy quality to it. c) The picture looks like I was on a moving freight train when I took it. Or d) All of the above and much much worse. PicMonkey is my saving grace. My magic genie. My… Okay, I can’t think of any other catchy nicknames, but you get my drift. Even still with the amazingness of PicMonkey my food photos look nowhere near professional. After all, I take every single one of them with my phone. But, PicMonkey takes them as close to perfection as they are ever going to get until I am able to afford one of those expensive cameras that all of the fancy bloggers have… (Hint. Hint. Birthday coming up! 😉 )

BEFORE and AFTER’s to prove PicMonkey’s brilliance:

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I also promised a certain recipe this past Wednesday, and I almost always deliver, so here you go!

Coconut and Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins

Makes 6-8 muffins depending on size (I made 6 muffins and 1 ramekin)

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Dairy and Nut-Free Options, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly

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  • 1 cup almond flour (replace with sunflour for nut-free option)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp ghee (or coconut oil)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen works)

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Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease your muffin tins with ghee (or other baking oil).
  2. In a medium-sized bowl combine the first three dry ingredients.
  3. In a food processor whip the four egg whites until stiff. Add the honey, banana, ghee, and vanilla and combine until smooth.
  4. Divide the batter among the muffin tins (approximately 1/3 cup of batter each). 
  5. Then drop a few blueberries to each tin and press down so that they sink into the batter.
  6. Bake for about 40 minutes (oven temps vary greatly as does the recipe if you use fresh vs. frozen berries so be forewarned!). 
  7. Let cool before removing. Enjoy!

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What do you have to confess this Friday?

Don’t you just love PicMonkey? What’s your favorite feature?

Did you watch the season finale of Pretty Little Liars? What did you think of it?