Nice to Meet You

Hello, and welcome to my blog! I’m super excited to share my thoughts, adventures, DIY’s, and everything else that I happen to blog about on here. I think this will be a really fun experience and I hope to stay on top of it, posting something at least every other day. I love to write and be creative, so I figured “Hey, why not start a blog?” This should be very fun indeed. Enjoy!

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A (Hopefully) Delicious Journey

Hi all! So I’m back from college for the summer and find myself looking for lots of things to keep myself busy. I’ve been cleaning around the house, I applied for a few jobs (and got one!), I’ve been reading, and I even got a gym membership. While all these things are great, a strong desire of mine has been to learn how to cook!

A little background: I’m quite possibly one of the world’s worst cooks. Seriously. One time, I was trying to cook my brothers popcorn chicken in the oven, and managed to set off all the smoke alarms. The fire department came and I had to reluctantly explain that there was no fire except for the one in my face, which I’m sure was bright red from embarrassment. The point is, my chef skills, or lack thereof, could use some fine tuning. That’s why I’ve decided to do just that this summer! And I’m excited to document my journey for my minimal viewers, which I’m still hoping will increase- fingers crossed!

The very first thing I decided to make was sweet tea! I know, I know. It’s not QUITE cooking, but I figured I needed to take some baby steps and luckily, it was super easy to make! All I had to do was boil water, let the tea steep, then stir in ice until it cooled. The result was a delicious, super refreshing pitcher of sweet tea. Not a bad start to my journey, if I do say so myself.

My next idea was to make brownies… from the box. It took me a while to figure out what pan to use- my kitchen has so many, and I wasn’t sure which were meant for baking- but I eventually figured it out. After following the instructions and getting everything in the oven, I noted that that wasn’t too bad! Soon after, I realized that the hardest part of cooking is definitely the clean-up. Not a huge fan of doing dishes or wiping brownie mix off my countertops, but the end result of a clean kitchen smelling like brownies was totally worth it. I even plated them up with ice cream and strawberries for me and my brothers, and it was a total treat.

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That’s all I have for now! I’m super excited to continue to try new recipes and HOPEFULLY end up with something DELICIOUS.

Thanks for reading.

Wavering Thoughts

Good night! Good morning!

I believe either intro will suffice since I’m posting this at just past 1:00 in the morning. I was looking at emails from an account that I don’t frequently check, and found my eye caught by some emails from WordPress, so I decided to take a look at my blog. One thing led to another, and here I am preparing a post for my very few readers.

I have decided to post a poem that I wrote my junior year of school because… well, why the hell not? It’s one of the only poems I’ve ever written that I believe to be worth sharing, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do- share it! I hope you enjoy, and maybe find yourself inspired to jot down a few words of your own.

Wavering Thoughts

Not broken, but still.

Still the same being,

Deluded by an emptiness of heart.

A puzzle pieced together,

But not quite solved.

Completion and finality remain untouched in the distance,

As an idle fog approaches to replace the void.

Self-doubt is asphyxiation.

Lost purpose: a knife.

Past impure, present danger,

The future is a billowing, white flag.

-Erika Michael

Thanks for reading.

College = Tired

So I’ve been in college for about a month now, and it’s been pretty amazing. I have more friends than I’ve ever had, I have an extremely fun social life, I’m doing well in all my classes. I couldn’t ask for anything better. Obviously, I’ve had plenty of stressors, but I’ve really been doing pretty well.

I’ve taken so many naps. My sleeping schedule is kinda weird. For a week or two I couldn’t fall asleep before 2 am, so I had to take melatonin for a couple of days to get back on track. It’s okay now; I go to bed anywhere between 11 pm and 1 am, which is just fine for me considering I usually don’t have to be up until 8:30-9:00 am. I love how late I get to sleep in. It’s so refreshing since I used to have to get up so dang early in high school. I remember back in freshman year when I had to take the bus every day, so I was getting up at 5:00 am in order to have enough time to get ready. And even then I didn’t have enough time to get breakfast. It’s hard to shower, get ready, and eat all in one hour, so I usually had to skip eating. It got better junior and senior year though when I was able to drive myself and didn’t have to leave until about 6:55 the latest in order to make it to class on time. College is much better because I don’t have class until either 9:30 am or 10:00 am (depending on the day).

Let’s see. What else?

The dining hall food sucks. I mean, it’s good enough. But I definitely miss chicken cutlets and quality pasta and Doritos. I don’t get to eat chips anymore unless I buy them, and I’m too broke to buy them. There’s this place called Einstein Bros that sells really good bagels, so I usually get one every two weeks or so. I’d go more often but I only have a limited number of “bucks”. I think I’m going to switch meal plans next semester so I have less meals and more bucks. That would be a lot better for me. I could buy so many more bagels!

I’m really excited for spring break. I plan on working all of Christmas break so I can afford going somewhere awesome. Although if I want to go somewhere with my friends, I still can’t spend that much because they are only able to afford so much because of their limited savings. That’s okay though, as long as I get to travel somewhere warm and spend the entire week at the beach, I’ll be a-okay. I just need to start working on my beach body. The goal is to not gain anymore weight than I’ve probably already gained. It makes sense that I’ve gained weight though. This is the longest amount of time in my entire life where I haven’t had a commitment to dance, cross country, or track, where I’m required to exercise. It’s definitely nice to be able to relax though. I just need to start working out at the gym more. I have a few times already, I just need to go at least every other day (which means I’m going to have to go tomorrow). I don’t mind though, the hardest part is just making myself go. Once I’m there I do a good job and workout for about an hour. Although I think that if I really want to lose weight, I need to go running outside. There’s something about running on a treadmill that just isn’t quite right. I just need the weather to be consistently cooler. Running in the heat is just too awful; although, it burns more calories, so maybe it’d actually be a half-decent idea…

Alright, I need to go finish an essay now.

Thanks for reading.

An Apple A Day

Hello everyone! It’s 7:30 on a Thursday, which means that I’m in a hurried frenzy trying to set myself up to watch Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve finished all my homework, I’ve  done all my laundry, I have snacks. Tonight is going to be good.

If you somehow haven’t heard of Grey’s Anatomy (which I doubt), you should know that it is one of the most glorious shows ever created. Shonda Rhimes, the writer, is an absolute genius. Every time I watch the show, I find myself at the edge of my seat and hanging onto every word. Each character is developed with such depth and originality; there is no other show like Grey’s Anatomy. It even has HUMOR. It just doesn’t get better than that.

Just wanted to spread my love for the greatest show ever!

Thanks for reading.

Advocating for Global Change

Education for women is just as important in today’s world as it ever was. In many countries throughout the world, women lack the understanding that they are worth more than their cultural traditions indicate, and can only obtain this knowledge through specific policies and programs to ensure their education. This is why I feel it is extremely important to allocate resources to lesser developed countries to assist in female education. Here is a list of a few points to be considered in order to effectively increase female education, and therefore female equality.

  • Training for teachers
  • More new schools in regions without them
  • Refurbishing of old schools that may be run down
  • Funds to provide pencils, paper, and shoes for those that must walk to school
  • Ending any/all violence surrounding education
  • Focused education for boys to teach them the importance of equality as well. Men are leaders in most parts of the world and if they aren’t made aware of the necessity for equality, it will be that much harder for women to get it.
  • Increasing worldwide awareness

There are, in fact, countries already following my aforementioned points. In Liberia specifically, a policy was launched by the country’s first female leader- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The Girl’s Education National Policy works to provide training for teachers, counseling and increasing small-scale scholarships for young girls, and ending sexual assault and abuse in schools. Another organization also taking part in these endeavors is the Council on Foreign Relations. This organization has done research to increase awareness that enhancing girls’ education around the world has a huge turnaround in economic growth, political participation, disease prevention, and women’s health. Providing this general awareness to the world is what makes the organization quite beneficial in women’s equality.

Knowing all of this, it is time to take a stand. I’m calling out to all people to take some time, do the research, and find organizations and programs out there pursuing women’s equality, and join them. The more people contributing to this ideal, the sooner it will be a success. And everyone knows the sooner, the better.

When Life Gives You…

Good morning! Well technically it’s the afternoon, but I still haven’t gotten out of bed so for me, it is definitely morning.

ANYWAYS.

I feel like this blog has become more of a journal of sorts because nobody reads this. I really don’t mind though because I’m just doing it for fun; I don’t advertise it or anything.

What I want to talk about today is kind of a sucky topic- college. More specifically- not getting into college. It’s my senior year of high school so naturally I applied to multiple schools. I have good grades and everything so I got into some, but I got deferred from my number one school and weight listed from the honors program of another school. Of course I’m disappointed, but I’m trying to look on the bright side of things. I still have plenty of options, and I can always transfer.

I think it’s important that people focus on the bright side, no matter how dark things get. It may seem like everything is going wrong, or that life is just flying by while you struggle to even decide what to eat for dinner, or maybe you just feel completely lost. But life is all about picking yourself up and moving forward.

When life gives you lemons, make pancakes!

Thanks for reading.

Break Your Mother’s Back

Hello! I’m excited to announce that my car windshield cracked! What a day!

All I wanted to do was drive to Sheetz to grab a smoothie (and I did still do that) but on the way there, something hit my wind shield while I was driving and left a wonderful nickel-sized crack in it. Naturally I freaked out and called my dad, who was actually not very mad, which I was very relieved by. Anyways, I drove home. On my journey, my car encountered a lovely bump and the crack got even bigger.

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You guys might be interested to know that this is going to cost me about $350. Although on the bright side, at least I’m safe. What a day!

Thanks for reading.

Food for Thought

So today I was browsing one of my favorite forms of social media (YouTube) and happened upon a really insightful channel on being vegan. The girl to whom the channel belonged posted a lot of videos on what she eats throughout the day, and all of the food looked amazing. I’m not a vegan myself, and I don’t know if I could cut out chicken wings and sliced cheese from my diet (especially because I work at a Zaxby’s), but I think it’ll be cool to share with you guys some vegan recipes I found online. For my personal health’s sake, I’m dying to try out some of these myself. I’m not an unhealthy eater, but there is definitely room for improvement in my diet. I don’t think it’s socially acceptable to eat Cheez-Its as a snack between every meal.

Alright so for breakfast, I looked toward peta.org; they are the source of this recipe.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 tablespoons vegan margarine, melted (try Earth Balance brand)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla syrup
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin spice

How to Make

  • Combine the almond milk, vinegar, pumpkin purée, vegan margarine, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and vegetable oil in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients, then let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Spray a skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter into the skillet. When the batter starts to bubble, flip and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve with maple syrup and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice for a delicious breakfast!

Makes 12 Servings

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Link to the recipe online: http://www.peta.org/recipes/vegan-pumpkin-spice-pancakes/

 

Now onto lunch! I found this recipe on allrecipes.com; they are the source of this recipe.

Vegan Lentil Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound French green lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15.25 ounce can low sodium corn, drained
  • 1 15 ounce can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons raw sugar
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

How to Make

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil; add lentils. Cook until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and rinse.
  • Combine corn, kidney beans, and parsley in a bowl. Whisk olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper together in a separate bowl. Add lentils and dressing to corn mixture; stir to coat.
  • Chill in refrigerator before serving, about 1 hour.

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Link to the recipe online: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/223578/vegan-lentil-salad/

 

Last but not least, dinner! I found this recipe at realsimple.com; they are the source of this recipe.

Asian Hot Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 3.75-ounce package cellophane (bean thread) or thin rice noodles
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps thinly sliced
  • 6 cups vegetable or low sodium broth
  • 2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce or hot pepper sauce to taste (optional)
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces

How to Make

  • Prepare the noodles according to the package directions. Drain and cut into 3-inch lengths.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.
  • Add the broth, soy sauce, ginger, and chili sauce (if desired) and combine. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the scallions, carrots, and green beans. Simmer until the vegetables are tender, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Divide the noodles among individual bowls and ladle the soup over the top.

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Link to this recipe online: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/asian-hot-pot

These recipes all look absolutely delicious and nutritious, and I hope you’re as excited to try them as I am!

Thanks for reading.

Books Still Matter

Alright so for my first blog post, I want to talk about one of my favorite things to do- read. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been known to spend excessive amounts of time curled up with a good book. There is nothing better than being so completely absorbed into a novel that it begins to feel like reality. That being said, I feel as though it’s my personal duty to share with the world some of my favorite books.

  1. The Catcher in the Rye -J.D. Salinger
  2. I Hunt Killers -Barry Lyga (this one is the first book of a thrilling trilogy)
  3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes -Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  4. Paper Towns -John Green
  5. The Best of Me -Nicholas Sparks

Each and every one of these stories completely captured my mind and made it impossible for me to stop reading their pages. They’re all amazing works of literature that I’d recommend to anyone!

Thanks for reading.