WIAW: ABC Survey

Howdy! It’s that special time of the week where we all gather together and share our wonderful eats! Today I’m going to again combine two link-ups, Together Tuesdays and What I Ate Wednesdays and intersperse in my post some recipes that I’ve seen from fellow bloggers that I think look share-worthy.

The meat of this post is going to be comprised of that ABC survey that you’ve seen from a gazillion and one other bloggers already. (I’m not going to apologize though because surveys make me happy 🙂 ) Thanks to Alex for tagging me and fueling survey addiction!

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A- Attached or single?

Single.

B- Best friend?

I have a group of a few really close friends that I’d call my “besties” (if I was one to use that word 😉 ). We actually did a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-esque thing this past year where we each had a blue notebook for a week, wrote in it, and then mailed it down the line. We were supposed to do it over the summer too but someone (me) has had it since Memorial Day and I keep on forgetting to write in it and send it. Whoops.

Speaking of best friends, I actually just posted this link in the group my friends and I created on Facebook to stay in touch. I found it via Bean Bytes:

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C- Cake or pie?

Why choose? Why don’t you just eat a cherpumple?

Totally kidding. But isn’t that one of the craziest creations you have ever seen? It’s a three layer “cake” with a pie baked into each cake portion.

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Apple pie in spice cake. Pumpkin pie in yellow cake. Cherry pie in white cake. (Click picture for link to blog post)

D- Day of choice?

Ummm. Saturday? I won’t think too hard because that’s a tough one.

E- Essential item?

I’m going to be practical here and go with my contacts. I hate wearing glasses because I feel like I’m always looking out of a window and I get headaches whenever I have to wear them for very long. My contacts are my savior. (See glasses picture farther down for another reason- no matter how many times I get them adjusted they just won’t stay on my nose!).

F- Favorite color?

Pink. I also like purple, lime green, teal. Classic girl colors, I know.

G- Gummy bears or worms?

It would have to be sour gummy worms. Those are addicting.

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H- Hometown?

Super small with less than 1000 people. Surrounded by corn fields and farms. Your classic one stop light country town.

I- Indulgence?

This probably makes me a total nerd but the first “indulgence” that popped into my head was books. Go ahead, laugh all you want. I considered posting something classier but I’m trying to keep it real.

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J- January or July?

Definitely July. January is pretty depressing because it’s right after Christmas and the whole month I’m just thinking, “I can’t believe I have to wait another year until December 25.” Oh, and the obvious thought of “It’s cold.”

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K- Kids?

I know that just because the answer to A is “single” doesn’t guarantee that the answer to K is “no.” But there really should be a “If you answered ____ to Question A, then skip question K. Ha 😉

L- Life isn’t complete without…?

Love. Happiness.

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M- Marriage date?

If you answered “single” to A then skip this question. (See? How hard was that?)

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N- Number of siblings?

One brother. He just turned seventeen about a month ago.

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O- Oranges or apples?

Apples. You can’t make a pie out of an orange. Actually, you probably can, but nothing beats apple pie.

P- Phobias?

I’m sure I have one, but I can’t think of any right off the top of my head. Here’s a good one though: Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. A fear of long words.

Q- Quotes?

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt (repeated by Joe from The Princess Diaries 🙂 )

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R- Reasons to smile?

It’s almost time for school again! 😀 (Reason I’m a nerd Numero Dos).

S- Season of choice?

I have such a hard time picking. There are parts that I like about them all!

T- Tag 5 People…

(I just picked bloggers that I hadn’t seen do the survey yet. If I missed you, you are officially “tagged” and if you already did this, consider yourself “untagged”).

Andrea @ Pencils and Pancakes

Anna @ Anna the Apple

Diane @ Life of Di

Rebecca @ Half Baked Bec

Chloe @ My Search for a Healthier Life

Fiona @ Fit Fiona

Jessie @ Jessie Bear What Will You Wear

Meghan @ Clean Eats Fast Feets

U- Unknown fact about me?

I’m super woman!

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Bahaha. Or not.

V- Vegetable?

I think I like most vegetables. The only kind that I’ve tried and didn’t particularly like was a radish.

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But how good do these radish chips look from Clean Eating Veggie Girl? (Click picture to be taken to recipe)

W- Worst habit?

Saying “sorry” all of the time. I apologize out of habit, even when I’m not at fault.

X- X-rays or Ultrasounds?

X-Rays most definitely (at least in my experience so far). I had to have an ultrasound of my bladder and as such wasn’t allowed to use the restroom all day because it had to be “full.” Oh goodness was that fun.

Y- Your favorite food?

Seeing as how this has no other stipulation I am going to go with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

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Homemade chocolate chip cookie dough bites (with peanut butter) from Julianna Bananna! Grain-free, dairy-free and egg-free! (Click on picture to be taken to recipe)

Z- Zodiac sign?

Aries I believe. However I don’t think I really match up with the Aries (March 21-April 19) description. I was actually born 3 weeks early so I’ve always wondered if I was more like a Taurus (April 20-May 20). Can zodiac signs work like that?

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Questions for you:

Have you ever had a cherpumple before?

What zodiac sign are you? Do you read your horoscope frequently?

Have you linked up at Together Tuesdays or What I Ate Wednesday yet? What recipes did you share?

What Other People Ate #2 (WIAW)

Just for the record, I have held off on doing a sequel to the original What Other People Ate that I posted in May. The main reason being that I was worried everyone would think I was being lazy and using other people’s gorgeous photography. Maybe I am being lazy. But I truly do just like sharing the love and linking to the often downright inspiring recipes of some of my fellow bloggers.

Today just feels like the right time for a second edition. As I shared in my post this past Friday, my life has been a little less than perfect lately with my never-ending stomach problems (I’m finding out the results hopefully tomorrow… although my mom and I have agreed that they will most likely come back normal). In addition my grandma’s recent surgery which you all so sweetly prayed for on Friday, as well as another tragedy this past weekend when my Great Uncle died.

I didn’t know him very well. Actually, to be honest, because he didn’t live extremely close, I don’t actually ever remember meeting him (although I’m sure I did when I was much younger). Still, a loss is a loss and I have been hearing from my mom all of the wonderful things that he did in life. He held a host of interesting jobs including being a well-recognized costume make-up artist and also an expert gardener who crossbred flowers to make up his own original species. I have thought of him more than once over the past few days and how admirable he was for following his passions and living life to the fullest.

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Enough sappy talk for now though- it’s time for another mash-up of Jessie’s Together Tuesdays and Jenn’s WIAW. Once again making the impossible possible as Tuesdays and Wednesdays collide!

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I present…

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ATE (and what I not so secretly

wish I could be eating right now too) PART TWO:

Breakfast

Paleo Cookie Crisp Cereal from Real Sustenance

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Who else loved having an excuse to eat cookies for breakfast when they were younger?

Snack

Homemade Nut Cheese from The Fitnessista

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This recipe sounds like it would be absolutely perfect paired with some crispy crackers. This recipe is made even better by the fact that it’s dairy-free and vegan!

Lunch

Vegan Carrot “Hot Dogs” from Clean Eating Veggie Girl

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Seriously? How real do these “hot dogs” look? Amazing.

Snack

Basic Acai Bowl Blueprint from Bittersweet Blog

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Acai bowls are always just so pretty and I love the idea of having a basic blueprint recipe to be able to customize to your liking.

Dinner

Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs from Skinny Taste

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Skinny Taste always has such simple and tasty recipes. This one is no different with a delicious and easy to make pesto sauce marinade.

Dessert

Almond Butter Banana Cookies from Civilized Caveman Cooking

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Another super simple recipe, these cake-like cookies are free of refined sugar and packed full of delicious, whole ingredients.

My last What Other People Ate post ended with me commenting that my eyes were drifting closed… Sadly not much has changed because before adding in the images tonight I took a short and unplanned 15 minute cat nap.

Whoops.

Hope you all have a great and productive Wednesday!

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Questions for you:

What recipes have you been eyeing this week?

Have you had any family members die that you weren’t very close to? How did you react?

Do you ever feel lazy when it comes to blogging?

Summer Loving Survey (WIAW)

I wish I could say that I spent my weekend relaxing like so many of you kindly suggested on Friday. While I did lounge around for most of the weekend, it was anything but relaxing with our air conditioning being broken. The thermostat stayed around 86-88 degrees from Saturday morning when I woke up to Sunday afternoon when I left.

Call me a wimp, however since I am used to a cool 70 degree atmosphere in both my apartment and office the heat at my house was basically unbearable. My fingers and toes were bright pink and swollen. It doesn’t really help that all of our fans are in my mom’s classroom at school since we never need them. I guess we should have realized that the air conditioning wouldn’t last all summer because every year something breaks.

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Eventually I pulled out an unopened fan… Only to find that it didn’t come in one piece and I proceeded to spend 30 minutes with a Phillips head screwdriver putting it all together. Multiple episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer were consumed while I assembled the fan and later laid in its direct path with a bag of ice at hand to cool down.

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On Friday I mentioned that this week I would share pictures from a few birthdays over the weekend- my mother’s on Friday June 21st and then my brother’s on Monday June 24th. Unfortunately though my brother woke up on Saturday sick and later on we found out he had strep throat so no party for him. Hopefully this coming Saturday he can have his friends over like planned without any glitches.

Speaking of all things summer, I’m finally getting around to this neat survey that I saw on Sarah’s blog last month. Created by Abby at Abby Eats Almonds, this survey is so fun to fill out.

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1. Describe your perfect summer day.

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I am not one for calling anything “perfect” because to me a good day can comprise of so many things. Friends or family. Inside or out. It’s all about the right combination. One example of an ideal day for me would be a trip to the park complete with a big ice cream cone and later on a good movie with my favorite people.

2. Favorite BBQ food.

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Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans from Better with Sprinkles

Nothing brings back memories like a plate full of grilled hotdogs, homemade baked beans, homegrown corn on the cob, and freshly baked rolls topped with butter and jelly.

3. Favorite article of clothing to wear in the summer.

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Shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops.

4. What color is your favorite swimsuit?

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Black. Judge all you want but bathing suits (does anyone else call them that?) make me very self conscious. That will never change. It’s not entirely a body image thing for me. It’s more a I-don’t-like-feeling-like-I’m-not-wearing-any-clothes issue. Until full piece body suits become the acceptable fashion in swim wear I am always going to roll with the two piece tankini in the boring color of black.

5. Ice cream or Popsicles.

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Cookie Jar Ice Cream from Koko Cooks

I have to be honest- when I saw the choice I just laughed. Is this really a tough decision for anyone? Right now if offered the two I would have to choose a Popsicle for the sole reason that the ingredients in ice cream wouldn’t settle well with me. However, ice cream will also be my #1 food. In particular, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream served in a cone.

6. Which is better 65-degree or 85-degree weather?

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As long as I have a functional air conditioner I would pick the 85-degree temperatures. If some type of cooling machine was not included though, I would greatly consider picking the 65 degree option.

7. Pick one- a day spent hiking or at the beach.

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Since I am allergic to mosquitoes and swell up terribly when bitten, I am going to have to say the beach. Who wouldn’t want to get tan, swim in the ocean, and collect seashells? If only there was some way to prevent all of that sand from sticking to you and from accidentally swallowing sea salt water every time you enter the ocean.

8. Current favorite song of the summer.

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.

9. Favorite summer workout.

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Even though it will sound completely cliche, swimming is definitely my favorite workout of all time no matter the season. Sadly I haven’t had a chance to swim in our pool yet this year because of the weather, being away from home, and my brother being sick this past week.

10. Baseball games or music festivals.

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There is a local band shell at a park that puts on events every week during the warm season months. They showcased blue grass bands and local music groups. At the end of the summer they also hold a ballet put on by the premier ballet studio in town. The ballet includes the oldest and most experienced dancers in a combination of classic pointe work as well as modern freestyle. One year they had a few dancers do an entire set using desk chairs. It was so well-choreographed and fun!

11. What is your favorite month of the summer?

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June is probably my favorite month because summer is still fresh and new. July just drags on and August goes by way too fast!

12. Favorite summer memories.

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I was really lucky growing up that both of my parents were teachers so they didn’t have to work over the summer. That meant that almost everyday we were all home together (except for my dad who sometimes picks up extra college classes over the June-August months). This gave us plenty of time to go on day trips to the zoo with my cousins as well as the best vacation of my childhood- Disney World! I went with my parents and brother, as well as my aunt who helped watch over my brother and I while my Dad was in class (he was on a business trip and wasn’t able to go to the parks with us every day).

I am linking this post up with both WIAW at Peas and Crayons

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and Jessie Bear’s Together Tuesdays because of all of the fun recipe recipe links that I shared!

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Random fact: There is a thunderstorm going on right now. I LOVE thunderstorms.

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Answer any of the summer questions above!

Do you call it a bathing suit or a swimsuit?

Do you have either an air conditioner or fan at home?

Are you a wimp when it comes to the heat?

Friday is so Pinteresting

So right now I am majorly enthralled with this book. I’ve been reading it during all my free moments at work. So far I really like it even though it’s a lot different than Sarah Dessen’s usual story plot lines.

I’m actually gearing up for bed right now and ready to read another chapter or two before I hit the sack. Most of my posts lately have been rather short-winded (except for Wednesday’s where I rambled on and on about traffic and children’s books… what a weird combo) and this one will be no different.

Actually, to be completely honest, I almost forgot that tomorrow was Friday and thus I needed to write up a post still. Thankfully I don’t have to look too far for inspiration seeing as how Jessie at Jessie Bear What Will You Wear was awesome enough to host another Together Tuesdays link-up this week. Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean is also hosting her second Pin It Party, and instead of sharing my own recipes/links, I figured I’d just give a shout out to the same five posts from Together Tuesdays!

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First up is Caitlin at Chasing Chels’s Frozen Salted Caramel Pretzel Pie. As I stated in her comments, this is a recipe that only needs only one picture because it basically speaks for itself. Oh my gosh- yum!

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Next on the list is a Chocolate Bundt Cake from Michelle at Peachy Palate. This girl certainly knows her way around wheat, dairy and egg-free dessert recipes!

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Another blogger who always knows how to catch my eye is Jenn at Peas and Crayons. This week it was with her homemade Cherry Chocolate Lara Bars. She had some really cute pictures of them all rolled up into fruit and nut balls, but I think this picture of the dough just screams, “Take a bite of me!” Don’t you think?

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The fourth recipe link that I have to share was made by Tina from Carrots N Cake. She has some great paleo recipes these days and this one is no different. Super simple, this Chorizo and Rotel dinner topped with eggs looks great!

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Last but not least is a sweet, single-serving Strawberry Ice Cream recipe from Lisa at Lisa Lately. As she says in the recipe description, it’s “single serving, vegan, gluten free, and super duper easy.” Sounds good to me!

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Also, I have a few more links to share of non-food-related topics that I have particularly entertaining/interesting this past week.

50 Things That Look Just Like My Childhood– I miss the simpler days of choker necklaces, Pokemon cards and VHS tapes…

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30 People Who Should Have Thought Before They Posted– No words…

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100 Best-Ever Teen Novels– I’ve read about half of the books on this list! Sparked even more to be added to my list as well…

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27 Things That You’ll Only Know if You Were Raised by a Teacher– All too true. Some good. Some bad…

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And that concludes my thoughts for the night! I had way more links than I thought. Sarah Dessen may have to wait until tomorrow morning 😦

Until we meet again blogworld!

Happy Friday.

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What is your favorite food link from this week? 

Can you relate to any of the 50 childhood things?

Did you have a parent who was a teacher?

Have you read a lot of the books on that top 100 list?