What I’ve Been Up To (MIMM)

Catchy title, no? A lot of blogging experts say that the best title is concise and straight to the point. You can’t get much more accurate than that.

Thanks to Katie at Healthy Diva Eats for hosting the fun, weekly Marvelous in My Monday blog party where I am going to share what I’ve been up to for the past few days.

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The Iron Daughter

A modern fantasy novel about faeries, love, and adventure (sequel).

How Too Much Omega-6 and Not Enough Omega-3 is Making Us Sick

An interesting read for those health conscious individuals who consume nuts and oils on a daily basis.

The Honesty Dilemma

This post really made me stop and think about what it means to tell the truth.

I Never Got to Say

Alex wrote a really touching reflection post about how her friends helped her in the toughest of times.

I’m Not Lying

I think everyone needs to keep this in mind whether no matter the situation.

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The Glades

“Sunny with a chance of homicide.” What more do I need to say?

Rookie Blue

*Sigh* This is one of my favorite shows of all time. Andy + Sam forever.

Camp Rock 2

Sometimes you just need a movie that’s light and cuss-free. My brother and I watched this last night.

Goosebumps

I sat through maybe 5 minutes of this show before going to bed. I tried but I still am not a fan of the creep factor.

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Much less creepy. Apparently I fell asleep while watching it though and my brother said I was “out like a log” with my headphones still on.

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  • Going to a baseball game with my brother
  • Spending time with my family
  • Buying/watching a new movie
  • Seeing the local sights
  • Learning about history
  • (more about these later on in a recap!)

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A cinnamony, grain and dairy-free bread with vegan and nut-free substitution options.

(I’ll be sharing the recipe on Wednesday. It’s a good one ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

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I want to know- What have you been…

  • Reading?
  • Watching?
  • Doing?
  • Making?

My Brother’s Birthday Party (WIAW Edition)

Some of you may have seen my taunting pictures on Monday and have waited to see the inside of the fabulous cookie dough cake that I made. Well, you are going to have to wait just a little longer (read: middle of this post for all of you desperate cookie dough lovers). ๐Ÿ˜‰

This weekend we finally got to hold my brother’s birthday party since we had to cancel the original date on account of him being sick.

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I spent most of Saturday making the birthday cake, doing some last minute shopping with my brother for ice and frosting, and doing a little tidying right before all of the teenage boys came!

For supper on Wednesday we ordered pizza. Lots and lots of pizza. Not for the faint hearted either with double pepperoni and bacon.

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Later on that night after it stopped raining all of the boys went swimming while my mom and I snuck upstairs to watch some Netflix.

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When they were done outside it was time for cake!

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Cutting the cake… Almost there…

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And finally the inside, complete with an amazing thick layer of buttercream frosting and cookie dough balls.

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Setting up an assembly line my mom sliced the cake, my dad plated them with forks and I… took pictures ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Just one more shot.

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Okay. One more…

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After the cake my mom and I watched another video, this time Rookie Blue, one of my favorite tv shows ever.

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Soon after I hit the hay but I’m pretty sure a majority of the house stayed up much later. Doing what exactly? My guess- watching horror movies and playing video games.

The food of course didn’t end with cake though. As soon as my parents were up we got to work on breakfast.

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My dad cooked up the bacon on our griddle.

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My mom baked the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls.

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And I helped my mom cut of the bottoms when said cinnamon rolls got burned. ๐Ÿ™‚

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All turned out well though!

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And that wraps up this special edition of WIAW!! Thanks to Jenn for hosting.

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For those of you interested in making the cookie dough cake (and why shouldn’t you be? ๐Ÿ˜€ ), here are the basic pieces:

1-2-3-4 Yellow Cakeย ย from Something Shiny Blog

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Butter Cream Frosting from Betty Crocker

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Chocolate Chip Cookies from Tollhouse

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Cookie Dough Filling from Something Shiny Blog

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Here are a few suggestions for those with food allergies:

Cake- Egg/Nut/Soy/Milk-Free from Love Living Simple andย Grain/Nut-Free from Artistta

Frosting- Dairy/Soy/Egg/Grain-Free from Delia Creates and Paleo/Egg/Grain-Free from Real Food Forager

Cookies- Egg/Nut-Free from Liv Lives Life and Gluten-Free from After the Ivy League

Cookie Dough- Grain/Egg/Dairy-Free from Texanerin Baking and Nut/Dairy-Free from A Dash of Compassion

Mini Chocolate Chips for topping- Nut/Egg-Free from Nestle and Top 8 Free from Enjoy Life

 

And here are the basic assembly instructions: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake

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What is your favorite birthday party food? Before my allergies I would definitely have said cheese pizza!

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake? White sheet cake, strawberry, funfetti… Or this cookie dough cake I imagine if I was able to actually take a bite! ๐Ÿ˜€

How do you celebrate your birthday these days? Mine was spent at school. Nothing fancy whatsoever.

Have you ever been to a birthday party where either the host or guest had food allergies? I have never, but as an allergic girl myself I’m of course curious!