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.

Easter/Birthday Style WIR, WIAW and Survey

Thanks for all of your birthday wishes on Monday! They were very much appreciated and each one brightened my day, especially in the midst of mundane college classes.

Now it’s time for another party hosted by Peas and Crayons. WIAW!

To start, a fun ABC survey that has been circling around the blog-o-sphere for awhile (and I’m sure you are all tired of by now!):

A. Age: As of 8:01 PM Monday… 19 years old!

B. Bed size: Twin loft bed at school. Queen at home.

C. Chore you dislike: There is not really a chore I dislike per say, but the context that it’s in can make a world of difference. For example, ask me to take out the dog during the summer and I’d say OK! Ask me in the winter and I’ll give you the death glare though. 🙂

D. Dogs: Love them. I have two right now, one inside and one outside. Our cairn terrier Lilly is inside, and Riley our mix is outside.

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E. Essential start to your day: My alarm clock, breakfast (no question about that, I would die from hunger without it), and brushing my teeth (<<< I hate going through the day with the feeling of having not brushed my teeth!).

F. Favorite color: Pink.

G. Gold or silver: I’m not much of a jewelry person at all really. I wear the same diamond earring studs everyday which are gold, but most of the time I tend to buy silver pieces because those seem to be younger/more modern.

H. Height: 5’6″

I. Instruments you play(ed): I can play the clarinet fairly well as I was in band for 8 years during school.

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J. Job title: Past job titles: Babysitter, Tutor. Current job title: Student. Future job titles: internist, accountant.

K. Kids: Well, I’m assuming this is asking if I have any kids, to which the answer is a definite NO. However, I love kids. My favorite thing to do at church is volunteer or supervise in the nursery. And every summer since eighth grade (not this year though… *sniff sniff*) I worked in the nursery for Vacation Bible School.

L. Live: Midwest United States. Our house is in the country surrounded by cornfields on some 15 or so acres of land.

M. Mom’s name: Eh, I would rather not share that right now 🙂

N. Nicknames: Maddy is the only nickname that people ever called me.

O. Overnight hospital stays: A few I think… I had jaundice when I was a baby, so I had to stay for awhile because of that.

P. Pet peeves: A few “ranty” ones: people who cheat/lie and get away with it, social media hounds, when someone is constantly on the computer or texting, and when people can’t see how fake some others are.

Q. Quote from a movie: 

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R. Righty or lefty: Righty.

S. Siblings: Brother (16).

T. Time you wake up: Weekdays from 6:00-7:00. Weekends from 5:30-8:30… It really depends.

U. Underwear: ?? Yes. Underwear is nice.

V. Vegetables you don’t like: Radishes and… That’s basically it!

W. What makes you run late: Anything and everything.

X. X-rays you’ve had: Do ultrasounds count? If so, I’ve had two of those.

Y. Yummy food you make: I would like to think that all of the food I make is yummy! 😉

Z. Zoo animal favorites: Monkeys! Before leaving the zoo each time I always begged my mom to buy one of those stuffed monkeys in the gift shop that you could attach around your neck with Velcro. It worked… About half the time.

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And it’s time for another Week in Review!

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  • I posted my usual WIAW last week with my favorite recipe for soup: Kabocha and peas.

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  • On Friday I skipped talking about food for once and wrote about something a little more serious. All of your comments were so supportive and awesome! Look for a response from me soon!
  • As I stated in my Wednesday post, I was rather busy with school last week. Three papers and two exams. I feel pretty good about them all!

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  • On Friday night I stayed in and watched this movie with my mom:

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  • Don’t hate on Miley Cyrus or Demi Moore as it was actually rather good!
  • During the day Saturday I did a little shopping and got together a little present for one of my friends whose birthday happens to be the day before mine!

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  • On Saturday night I went with my parents and met up with a few of my friends to the local Opera House to watch Oz: The Great and Powerful. 

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  • Sunday morning I woke up to find this large post-it taped to my door from the Easter Bunny. Yes, it’s extremely childish, but it’s tradition! My mom makes up a small Easter basket for my brother, my dad and I, then she goes and hides it somewhere.  Any guesses where I found mine?

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  • This year my mom was also inspired to do a little Easter egg hunt outside. My dad hid the eggs and my mom wrote down where they were (we’ve had trouble remembering in the past!). My brother and I each had six to find, his were yellow, green and blue, and mine were purple, pink and orange. At the end we were both left with one that we couldn’t find, and funny enough we both knew where each other’s was!

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  • I made my parents some waffles for breakfast from this recipe (I used 1/4 cup acorn squash, only 1 tbsp honey and ghee for the fat options).

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  • That morning we also got dressed up in our springy colors and went to church. Then afterwards we drove to a local Chinese buffet to have lunch with my uncle, cousins, aunts, and grandparents. (I had a bowl of soup on the way over and just a glass of water at the restaurant). 
  • Then when I got home I packed up everything for school and my mom gave me a small birthday present. Next weekend we’ll do our traditional shopping for real so that I can pick up a few things. 

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  • Two episodes of Duck Dynasty were thus consumed rapidly by the family– None of them had ever seen it before!

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  • And for those that worried about my lack of cake… I had some. Sort of. I had to get a little creative and made some flour out of dehydrated peas. Try it. Green pea flour is awesome!
  • To make the “cake” it was quite easy and for those needing nutritionally-dense food on the go, I would say it was rather good. Like a single-serving green monster cake!

Single-Serving Green Monster Cake

High protein, grain/gluten/wheat-free, egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free, paleo/Gaps-friendly

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup green pea flour
  • 1/2 cup mashed acorn squash (banana or another mashed squash would work well too)
  • 1 tbsp organic honey
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients well. (I used a food processor- It will be a rather thick batter)
  3. Scoop into a 1-cup sized ramekin. Bake for 25 minutes. Eat warm or cool. This would also be awesome topped with a nut butter!

Hmm… Strange But Good worthy, no?

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  • I took a few bites to satisfy my (green) cake craving, but no more because I didn’t want to be sick on my birthday from deviating from my regular meat and veggie routine! 😉
  • Boring-ness resumed just minutes later as I made my way back to school listening to some audio books in the car.
  • Then April Fool’s Day.

And that’s last week in review. I hope this one goes just as well, and I can’t wait to celebrate my birthday for real this Saturday!

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QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

Share a few ABCs about yourself!

How did you celebrate Easter?

What was the highlight of your week?

Have you seen LOL or Oz yet?

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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?

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WIAWs get better week after week, am I right? If you missed mine, check out What I Read On This Fabulous Wednesday. I also shared a new recipe made of cauliflower rice. It’s the first thing on my list to make when I get home tomorrow!

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But WIAW is in the past for now. How about something more current? Like this super cool idea that I saw on the blog Chasing Chels yesterday.

The idea is to respond to all of the categories with what you’re loving most this minute. Think on some of these things as you read and enjoy!

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Current Book: As I shared on Wednesday, I’m reading two right now. Frankenstein and The Search for Meaning. I’m also supposed to participate in a book discussion next week for Life of Pi, but that isn’t very likely to happen (it’s not for a class, so no penalty).

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Current Music: At school- nothing. On my rides to and from school- whatever country music station is in range. Or I just sing to myself. Favorite song to belt out- Everytime We Touch. Such an amazing ballad line.


Current Guilty Pleasure: Army Wives on Netflix. I’m always a sucker for romantic war stories. I watched part of this series when it first came out, but had to stop because I was “too young.” Maybe 12 or 13?

Current Nail Color: All natural. It’s the new chic, or haven’t you heard?

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Current Drink: Peppermint tea. Good for soothing my stomach. Speaking of which… I should go make some right now!

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Current Food: Would it surprise you if I said soup?

Just call me Souper (Wo)man!

Current TV Show: Same as above. Toss in the occasional ABC Family drama (Pretty Little Liars or The Lying Game) or an something on antenna (New Girl, Big Bang Theory or The Mindy Project). Over the weekend I watched a few episodes of That 70s Show with my brother when he was sick.

Current Wish List: More time.

Current Need: A nice restful nap.

If only I was this cute when I’m asleep!

Current Triumph: Keeping up with all of my school work and not procrastinating too much.

Current Bane of My Existence: All of the boy-obsessed giggly girls on my floor.

Because one can never have too many quotes from the likes of the Foremans.

Current Celebrity Crush: Forever and Always. This guy:

SWOON.

Current Indulgence: Coconut Oil. On Everything.

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Current Blessing: My sweet dog waiting at home to greet me.

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Boy, doesn’t that face just say a thousand words?

Current Slang: Chill out. I say this to my dad on a daily basis when I’m at home. He hates that phrase… Then my brother started using it.

Current Outfit: A Snoopy T-Shirt that says “Futbol,” a pair of maroon Nike sweatpants, and red/white fuzzy socks.

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Current Excitement: The fact that I get to go home tomorrow. I know, I know. I’m supposed to be making friends, having the time of my life, and “experiencing the world.” I do that for five days a week. Give me a break.

Current Mood: Laid back. Not a care in the world until I have to start my MIS assignment. Let the stress begin!

Current Link: In order from the top of my internet window: PeasandCrayons.com, WordPress.com {this post specifically}, Youtube.com {Cascada}, ChasingChels.blogspot.com {looking at what “current” thing I need to write about next for this post}, Yahoo.com, UrbanDictionary.com.

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Does anybody else read WIAWs like it’s their job?

So, now what to leave you with?

Have a terrific weekend and Martin Luther King Jr. Day for those of you who do (or don’t) have off. For me that means three days of no school, but still tons to do. I hope everyone can find some time to take a break and just enjoy.

Happy Friday!

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Pick a few of the “currently” survey categories above and answer them!

What is your favorite kind of tea?

What one ingredient do you put on everything?