Currently #3

Before getting into today’s post I just want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts on Friday’s post. It means a bunch to me.

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Right now I am riding a holiday high. Even though I am up to my eyeballs in tests, reports and presentations (3 in one class for example), the thought of Thanksgiving being only just over one week away is keeping me going. Then after that there’s only one month until Christmas. CHRISTMAS.

Just the word evokes a smile and the image of a million twinkling bulbs on a tall green tree. You know that feeling, don’t you?

Well, right now I am kind of in a positive mood, very unusual for a Sunday night, so I decided to skip any serious posts for the moment and instead update you all on some of my favorite things currently. Edition #3.

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Current Book: Bitter Kingdom. The third book in Rae Carson’s series that I mentioned a few weeks ago. I actually went to a book fair recently and got to meet her in person so that she could sign my copy!

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Current Music: All things Christmas. All the time. Scotty McCreery’s album in particular though. He has such an amazing low voice.

Current Guilty Pleasure: Facebook and Blog stalking. So thrilling, I know.

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Current Nail Color: Does orange and yellow count from where my squash stained them? 😉

Current Drink: Water from my Brita Pitcher. No nasty city water for me.

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Current Food: Same old, same old.

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Current TV Show: Arrow, and Nashville.

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Current Wish List: So many things… Right now though I’ve been looking for some local doctors as I’m getting the courage to visit one again and see if a different perspective has any new insights.

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Time travelling is NOT on my list of requirements though for potential picks…

Current Need: Thanksgiving break.

Current Triumph: Making a dent in my homework. I didn’t finish as much as I would have wished, but certainly more than I expected being that my weekend was full of tempting distractions.

Current Bane of my Existence: Teachers who think we only have one class.

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Current Celebrity Crush: Leonardo DiCaprio will always remain #1 for me, however I should probably diversify some. I’m kind of crushing on Josh Hutcherson right now. Watching his interviews he just seems tp have his act together. Pretty refreshing.

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Current Indulgence: Cinnamon. Ya. I bought some at the grocery store this week and kind of have been sprinkling insane amounts on my food. I probably should stop because my stomach doesn’t seem to be dealing well. It’s just so good though!

Current Blessing: My parents for giving the gentle (and sometimes not so gentle) nudges to do things that I know I need, but do not want, to do.

Current Slang: Oh goodness. Not really slang. Almost the opposite of slang in that it makes me sound like an old granny.

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Current Outfit: Blue Adidas athletic pants and a Minions t-shirt. (Remind me to take a picture and show you!)

Current Excitement: Catching Fire this weekend with my best friend!

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Current Mood: Worn out.

Current Link: Recipe Redux. Among many.

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And today I’m linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Eats for Marvelous in my Monday!

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Questions for you:

What have you been loving currently? Answer some (or all!) of the subjects above!

Are you part of Recipe Redux? Ready for Thursday?

Who is ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas?!

Friday Food Finds #14- Buried Alive

GRRR. So I was seriously hoping that I was going to be wrong with this whole buried-underneath-the-rubbles-that-are-midterms. Will someone come pull me up?

And bring a forklift.

Or a shovel.

Both would suffice.

Umm… Moving on.

A good blogger would push through and write up a fantastic post (or better yet plan in advance and have one all ready to go). Today I am not that blogger though and while I have a few recipes that I would love to share, I really don’t want to worry about getting all of the formatting and picture editing perfect. And you wouldn’t want me to forget an essential ingredient like the flour that holds everything together, right?

I thought so.

Instead, I’m going to let the spotlight shine on some bloggers who DO have their act together with another Friday Food Finds!

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You can read all about Friday Food Finds and my past posts here:

Friday Food Finds #10

Friday Food Finds #11

Friday Food Finds #12

Friday Food Finds #13 (Mission Accomplished)

Cashew Caramel Apples

For some reason growing up I only ever ate caramel apples in public at the fair. This would have saved a lot of teeth-picking embarrassment.

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Blueberry Muffin Bites

Blueberry muffins are my favorite type of muffin ever. A no bake, healthy version that is quick and easy is a dream come true.

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Homemade Twix Bars

I’ll admit that I’m not a big fan of Twix candy bars, but I know some people in my family who would love to have me make this for them.

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Chocolate Bark

This how-to is super fast and simple. It’s also really customizable so you can include whatever add-ins you want.

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And… here are some links that I think you should check out as well!

5 Ways to Deal with Fat Days

There’s no denying that we all have them, so we might as well learn to get through them with the least amount of tears as possible.

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Masking Issues with Macros

This has been on my mind a lot lately. I won’t say which way I am on the subject right now, but I love the discussion going on.

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Why I Stopped Posting Recipes

You know me and my love for recipes; however, I think this post is great in getting us to think about why we post what we do.

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How We Are Adjusting

No matter what stage of life you are in, this post is a must-read on why communication is so important.

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Think Before You Judge

We all need to do this.

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Also, just because I want to make you smile, these are my top Buzzfeed reads of the week!

“Brides Throwing Cats” Is The Wedding Tumblr You Didn’t Know You Needed

My favorite professor, being a cat-lover, posted this link of Facebook.

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17 Reasons You Wish Giles From “Buffy” Was Your Dad

Giles just always knew the right things to say and how to say them as intelligently as possible.

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The Guy Who Did Rebecca Black’s “Friday” Made A New Song Called “Chinese Food” And It’s So Embarrassing

I love Chinese Food as much as the next person and even I can’t stand watching this video (the Panda Bear is just too much to take).

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This Is The Most Over-The-Top Wedding Proposal Of All Time Ever

While I had to fast forward through a few parts because of the above mentioned midterm studying, I still teared up. Future husband take note.

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Five minutes until my blogging cut off point so I’m going to wrap this up. Look for new recipes next week (I see some more cinnamon roll recipes in the future! 😉 ).

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the cookbook giveaway that I posted on Monday! If you didn’t get the chance yet there are five ways to enter and you have until Sunday night.

Also, I just got permission to share ANOTHER recipe with you all from ANOTHER vegan cookbook (my meat-loving friends may groan, but my allergic foodie friends are probably extremely happy right now 🙂 ). I’m joining forces with BenBella Books once again to share a chocolate chip cookie recipe from Lindsay at the Happy Herbivore’s upcoming cookbook Happy Herbivore Light and Lean. It’s part of her pre-blog tour so no cookbook review yet, but like I said, I do get to share the cookie recipe.

In addition, I’m able to ask Lindsay a few questions which I have to send to her by Monday. To make the interview more interesting I’d like to get your input on what you want to know! Everything is fair game and I will pick a few to have answered. Thanks a ton! 😀

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No questions for today except for those coming from YOU on what you want me to ask Lindsay.

And let me know what you think about all of the links I shared today!

Liebster… Why Not? (Marvelous in my Monday)

So there once was a day not quite so long ago… Where a super kind, super lovely girl nominated me for an award. The Liebster Award, if we are being specific (which I am).

Usually I am very good about completing surveys as soon as they come up because I dearly love them. This time though it took me awhile, but I’m not putting it off any longer!

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Here is how the Liebster Award works…

The nominated blogger has to:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers. They should be bloggers that you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers that you nominated to answer.
  6. Let all of the bloggers know that they’ve been nominated.  You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you.

Off we go!

11 Random Things About Me:

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  1. I love anything smelling/tasting like black licorice.
  2. Up until high school I thought wearing socks to bed was strange.
  3. I really really want to have hardwood floors when I get my own place.
  4. Black and blue are the most common colors in my wardrobe.
  5. I rarely ever clip my fingernails.
  6. Chomping/Slurping/Chewing loudly is the grossest noise ever.
  7. My ultimate horror movie would have to be Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (please never make me watch this again).
  8. I stick out my tongue or look to the ceiling when I think really hard.
  9. If I had to pick between going bald or getting a Mohawk, I would go bald.
  10. Large dogs scare me.
  11. I have strange dreams when I am sick.

11 Questions from Ksenija:

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  1. What has blogging taught you? Blogging has taught me that there is nothing better than being yourself and being honest.
  2. How would your perfect day look like food-wise? Being able to eat whatever I wanted without any consequences. Breakfast- peanut butter toast. Lunch- Chicken Dumpling Soup. Dinner- Bubble Pizza. Dessert- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream/Blizzard.
  3. What is your favorite movie? Right now I am going to say Harry Potter since I just watched The Sorcerer’s Stone last night.
  4. Share a childhood memory! Friday movie nights with my family 🙂
  5. What is your dream career? I would love to be New York Times Best Selling fiction writer.
  6. If you came into a fortune – what would you do with it? I would save most of it, give some to my family, and use the rest to pay for a full array of medical tests to figure out what is wrong with my stomach.
  7. Where in the world would you love to live? California if we are staying in the United States. Greece perhaps if we were going global.
  8. Which celebrity (or character) would you love to meet one day and why? I would love to meet Leonardo DiCaprio. Just because.
  9. What makes your blog special? Nothing. I am who I am on here but I don’t think my blog is any better than anyone else’s.
  10. Play favorites! Which of your posts did you like the best? I really like all of my protein powder posts if we are going to be honest. I seriously miss being able to make protein powder breads in my microwave for breakfast. *Sigh* So delicious. (Recently I would go with my cinnamon rolls 🙂 ).
  11. You are invited to my costume ball! What costume will you wear? I would want to be the masked beauty that everyone pauses to stare at as she glides down the cascading steps.

List 11 Blogger Nominations:

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  1. Meghan at Clean Eats Fast Feets
  2. Davida at The Healthy Maven
  3. Liz at I Heart Vegetables
  4. Olivia at Liv Lives Life
  5. Sarah at Slices of Sarah Pie
  6. Arman at The Big Man’s World
  7. Jessie at Jessie Bear What Will You Wear
  8. Alex at The Run Within
  9. Shawn at Fruity and Nutty
  10. Katherine at Peanut Butter Lover
  11. Anna at Anna the Apple

** I’m pretty positive that all of you have been nominated for this award at some point or another because simply put, you are awesome! But that shouldn’t stop you from getting nominated again, right? I mean… Celebrities get nominated at The Oscars and Emmy’s repeatedly. And you all are superstars to me 😀 **

11 Questions for You to Answer:

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  1. What is your least favorite movie? The Back Up Plan… Napoleon Dynamite… The Clash of the Titans. Several.
  2. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Excluding flip flops probably 10 or so.
  3. What is a phrase/saying that you’ve picked up from a family member? Good gravy.
  4. Are you afraid of the dark? It depends on the context.
  5. What is your favorite recipe blog? PaleOMG
  6. Which actor/actress do you admire most, not for their acting, but for the way that they handle themselves professionally? Jennifer Lawrence.
  7. What new TV show are you most excited to see this fall? The Crazy Ones or The Tomorrow People.
  8. How many siblings do you have? One brother.
  9. Is there any person that you would die to meet? See actor/actress mentioned above!
  10. What would your friends say is your most annoying habit? My bluntness and aversion to hugs.
  11. Can you drive stick shift? Yes 🙂

Interested at how the Liebster Blog Award originated? I found this really well researched post by girl detective Sopphey.

Quite the marvelous way to start off the week, wouldn’t you agree? Check out other marvelousness at Healthy Diva Eats.

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Answer whatever questions you want from above!

Share what is making your Monday marvelous.

Currently #2

Next week I have plans for tons of exciting posts. Mostly food of course.

There are the promised recipes for these:

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And these:

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I also created a new recipe yesterday that I’m positive you all will love.

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It includes chocolate. And peanut butter.

There’s also some pictures from a trip that I’ll share either on Monday or Wednesday.

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But… for now I just want to enjoy the rest of my Spring Break, free from the woes of photo editing and proofreading recipe instructions for accuracy.

Today I just want to share an update of a post I did in January about all of the things that I am loving currently.

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Current Book: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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Current Music: Country radio station. In particular, I’m really digging the song Merry Go Round from Kacey Musgraves. My favorite line is: Mama’s hooked on Mary Kay/ Brother’s  hooked on Mary Jane/ And Daddy’s hooked on Mary two doors down. I love play on words.

Current Guilty Pleasure: Pretty Little Liars. What did you all think of the last episode. I’m conflicted because I’m glad Spencer is getting a little more air time, but I also feel like the episode went absolutely no where. Kind of a place filler. This girl was right.

Current Nail Color: I always go the cheap route… None.

Current Drink: H20. (I’m very particular about what kind though)

Current Food: Right now my favorite soup combo would have to be chicken soup with kabocha squash and peas. Yum!

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Current TV Show: I’m about half way through the first episode of Bunheads on Hulu. I’m not sure what I think about it yet.

Current Wish List: Another week of Spring Break.

Current Need: A full 8 hours of sleep. Hmm… Pretty similar to last time. It doesn’t help that no matter how hard I try, I’ve been waking up at 5:30-6:30 every morning on break so far. That’s just not normal.

Current Triumph: I’ve kept pretty busy all break, no slouching off just because I don’t have school. Everyday I do about an hour or two of cleaning around the house. On Tuesday I went to the Dentist, dropped off something to my brother at school, went to the local butcher to purchase some chickens, and that night I drove about three hours to another state with my dad. On Wednesday I had my internship interview and then we drove another three hours home. Thursday I got a haircut (two whole inches. Yay!), went to a Chinese restaurant with my friends, and proceeded to do a little shopping. My splurge purchase? Dish washer soap.

Current Bane of my Existence: Those people who are all about themselves. You know the ones.

Current Celebrity Crush: Leonardo DiCaprio. Again. I’m not sure this will be changing anytime soon.

Current Indulgence: Not anything really that I’ve been eating. Just all of the baking that I’ve been doing for my family.

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Current Blessing: Realizing that I have three more days of break. Better make the most of them!

Current Slang: “He’s a bum” when referring to my brother. I think it was when he refused to go shopping with me or something. Or maybe when he didn’t want to take out the dog…

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Current Outfit: Maroon Nike sweat pants and old high school t-shirt (Old pic. Same shirt).

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Current Excitement: The prospect of watching Silver Linings Playbook this weekend.

Current Mood: Tired. Is that a mood? Hmph. I’m too tired to care. Ha.

Current Link: Chowstalker.com. Two more recipes accepted!

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What’s on your current wish list?

What has been your guilty pleasure recently?

Am I the only one who hasn’t seen Silver Linings Playbook yet?