Monthly Archives: November 2011

Saturday Morning Links

Whew! Thanksgiving break is finally hear, and I couldn’t be more excited. Sure I have the usual homework/test/project/paper madness to complete, but at least I also have time to relax. However, I think I’m most excited about my aunt, uncle, and only cousin (she’s 3 years old and absolute ADORABLE) coming for a visit. The holidays are really all about the loving company!

 

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? 

 

To get in the holiday mood, I thought it would be fun to do a little Thanksgiving inspiration post. And what better time than a Saturday morning, when you can sit back, relax, and sip your coffee (or tea!) while you ogle over all of the yummy recipes that have been popping up in the blogworld.

 

Choosing Raw’s Banana Carmel Bread Pudding (I can’t wait for the gluten-free version!)

Date’s are nature’s candy! And I can’t wait for the GF version, Gena :).

 

OhSheGlows’ Holiday Salad with Cranberry Apple Orange Vinaigrette

I don’t even usually like salad dressing, and I’m excited to slater it all over my Thanksgiving salad

 

Pumpkin Apple Harvest Rice by Happy.Healthy.Life

Apples, butternut squash, and caramelized onions? Count me in!

 

Cinnamon Cider Brussels Sprouts, Apples, and Pears by Daily Garnish

I’ve been wanting to do apple cider + brussels sprouts for a while. Adding cinnamon and fall fruit takes it up a notch!

 

Herb Baked Stuffing by Edible Perspective

This recipe is sure to convert even stuffing skeptics (like me!). Seriously, who can say no to hearty cornbread?

 

What’s currently inspires the foodie in you? 

 

Have a lovely Saturday!

 

 

 

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Oh Hey There

Oh hey there! Remember me? I know, I know; it’s been awhile. But I’m finally back to stay! These last two months have honestly been the busiest I have ever been in my life. Ever since I got my wisdom teeth out, I’ve been consumed with mountains of homework (that’s what I get for taking so many APs!), work at my new job, and, of course, college applications. College apps almost deserve there own sentence. Seriously. They were a job in and of themselves!

Anyway, through these two months, I’ve gotten into some bad habits that I’m not particularly proud to admit. I have been consistently running on 6 hours of sleep and subsequently have fallen pray to caffine to keep me going. I have also been in a bit of a food rut, feeding my body the same thing time and time again. Luckily my veggie quota and yoga practice haven’t suffered. If anything, I’ve been eating more fresh vegetables to keep my energy levels up and even been practicing stronger in yoga to keep my mind focused.

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But what does this all mean? Fortunately, all of my hard work and sacrifices have paid off so far. I found out two weeks ago that I was accepted into the first round of a scholarship program that would absolutely change my life. I am able to apply to 8 colleges early for a full-ride scholarship for my undergraduate education. On December 1st, I will know the decision (and if I am accepted, I will also know where I am going).

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Needless to say it is going to be a nerve-wracking month while I wait to hear my decision. Aside from praying profusely, I’m keeping my mind relaxed by doing what I do best: baking. Thank goodness I’m back in the kitchen! It’s been much, much too long. Last night I kicked off my newfound freedom by baking Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple and Nutmeg.

 

My kitchen smelled like HEAVEN. Seriously. I have no words.

 

I’ll have that recipe coming soon this week. However, I should apologize in advance for not having light for my photos. It gets dark at 5PM now!

 

But know that you know what I’ve been up to, tell me how you’ve been. What did you dress up as for Halloween? Have you been doing any seasonal things, like going to the cider mill, taking a hay ride, or stuffing your face with pumpkin?

 

Have a lovely day!

Mandiee