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Marvelous in my Monday (11/05/12)

Hi everyone!

I don’t have much time to write today because I have two huge papers due tomorrow (yikes!), but I did want to at least pop in, and I figured a short Marvelous in my Monday would be the perfect way.

Marvelous is…

Getting to go home for the weekend and experiment in the kitchen.

Yep… Another Squash recipe coming at ya!

Apple-y goodness.

Marvelous is…

Spending some time with my family, just sitting and relaxing on the couch, watching some movies.

Marvelous is…

My roommate who is way more prepared than me. And kindly “lent” me an antihistamine for my allergy shot-swollen arm. Even if it did knock me out at 9:30… At least the swelling went down.

I may look happy, but trust me. I WAS NOT HAPPY… I mean, L@@K at my arm!!

Marvelous is…

Seeing something catch on that you started (or… Restarted I should say!).

The accent vlog has kicked off once again since I did this post.

So far I have only seen Bec, Jess, Chelsie and Sloane do Accent Vlogs, but if you did one too, let me know! I’d love to watch it!

Here is mine again in case you missed it:

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Marvelous is…

All of the wonderful and generous people who are starting Sandy Relief funds and giving a helping hand to those in need. One such fund was the Sandy Telethon which raised around 23 million dollars!

Here are just a few of the other ways that people are helping out:

Angela at Oh She Glow’s Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fundraiser. As of 7:56 AM today her donation page as raised $7,970!!

Katie at Chocolate Covered Katie’s clicks-for-cash-esque fundraiser. Basically, ever dollar that exceeds her revenue last month will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Anne from fANNEtastic Food is having a Hurricane Sandy Relief Auction Fundraiser, and all money (excluding shipping) will be donated to the Sandy cause.

And finally,

Marvelous is…

My parents, who spent four hours of their day driving me up and back to college yesterday. And they didn’t get back until 8:46 PM… Love them!

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If you want to learn more about Marvelous in my Monday, you can go to Healthy Diva Eats and read all of the details.

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What did you do for fun this weekend? Watch any good movies?

Did you participate in Marvelous in my Monday?

Have you done the accent vlog yet?

What have you done to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy?

Another Edition of Friday Food Finds (#6)

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a marvelous Friday so far.

You guys are simply amazing, do you know that? I loved all of your comments on my Accent Vlog from last week, and everyone was so supportive and helpful on my 5 Day Paleo Post (look for a recap soon!).

Last weekend I didn’t go home, but in just a few hours I’ll be making the drive back to my house with my mom. And you know that that means… It’s time for another edition of Friday Food Finds.

You can read all about Friday Food Finds and my past posts here:

Friday Food Finds #1 (Mission Accomplished)

Friday Food Finds #2

Friday Food Finds #3

Friday Food Finds #4 (Mission Accomplished)

Friday Food Finds #5 (Mission Accomplished)

Now, take a seat because I have some amazing recipe ideas to share with you!

First up is a recipe that I found on Chockohlawtay. Upon seeing the word “Blondie” on a food blog, I automatically assumed that it would contain beans (how sad is that?). And that’s no good because I can’t eat them. But, this recipe was bean-free! Hip-hip hooray! Sure, I’ll have to make some substitutions, but the important thing is that these are full of pumpkin. And you all know how much I love pumpkin! So here they are: Pumpkin Blondies.

On Wednesday, OhSheGlows posted a giveaway for a free Blendtec blender. To get an entry you had to pin a recipe, so I went to her Pinterest page to scope out something that I could make. What I found was this delicious looking recipe for Apple Butter.

How great is WIAW? Well, I think it’s amazing! It gives me the chance to see tons of healthy food bloggers post their best and most creative ideas. One such idea I stumbled upon on Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish. Such a simple concept, but it sounds like something that I would love: Pumpkin Protein Pudding.

Another WIAW find: Spaghetti Squash, Chicken and Greens. Again, simple ingredients that when mixed together makes something oh-so-good. I may just have to save this recipe for next week when I’m back in my dorm room!

My next food find is a recipe that I found on Pinterest for Squash Lasagna. Now, I can’t eat it because of the tomato, but I can use it as inspiration for my own pasta dish. Squash Pasta? Yes, please!

As you can probably see, a lot of these recipes involve vegetables. I’m really trying to make an effort to eat more vegetables and less fruit, but it is just so hard! Here is a recipe that may just help with that. It’s a Microwave Pumpkin Muffin. With a few adjustments, this will be a perfect replacement alternative for my protein banana bread (not replacing, just getting some different options). I love the fact that it doesn’t have any baking powder, which is full of starch and is non-Paleo. I plan on still using baking powder, but again, this just gives me another option!

Like I said before, you all are just amazing. When I clicked submit on my WIAW post, I was kind of feeling yucky and overwhelmed with the whole Paleo thing. By the end of the day though, I was re-inspired by everyone’s helpful comments and thought, “I can do this!” (I mean, it’s only five days, right?). One such comment came from Just Add Cayenne who said: I can’t give up having things with a cup and spoon, and without cereal to pour, I would chop apples and carrots and keep in the freezer to use as a crunchy “cereal” in almond milk and a little squash puree to thicken things up. Uh, can I say brilliant? Other than the almond milk, that idea of cereal would be great for me at school. Thankfully he already had a post of ideas on his blog. Seriously, check them out: Non-Traditional Grain-Free Cereal Options.

My last food find for today is again a simple one, and something that I saw pop up on a lot WIAW posts this week: Apple chips. Now, most bloggers just bought their apple chips, but I knew that there had to be someone out there who made their own. Here is the post that I found on Henry Happened called How to Make Your Own Apple Chips.

And that wraps up another Friday Food Finds!

Olivia from Liv Lives Life is participating again, so check out her second FFF post! If you’d like to join us in some Friday fun, leave a comment on any of my FFF posts and I’ll include a link to yours!

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Any recipes that have caught your eye lately? Let me know!

It’s really hard for me to find recipes that don’t need adapting, so any tips are appreciated. Here are my criteria just in case you have a recipe in mind: MUST BE egg-free, milk-free, gluten-free (no oats), peanut-free, corn-free, celery-free, tomato-free. For the time being, I am also avoiding all nuts/oil/seeds, beans, and a few fruits/veggies that cause me stomach problems.

If you find a recipe that meets some or most of that criteria, post a comment on here! Also, if you see something SUPER AWESOME that is a great “concept” post a comment. I love experimenting in the kitchen!