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My Weekend Baking Adventures

Did anyone else’s school have fundraisers growing up? Wrapping paper. Candles. Frozen pizzas. Chocolate. Magazines.

My brother is currently in the midst of a magazine fundraiser to raise money for when the high school band goes to Disney this next Spring.

I’m kind of a magazine addict. Really, I should show you all my stacks and drawers of magazines sometime. It’s ridiculous.

Currently I get Eating Well, Cooking Light, Seventeen and Nutrition Action. In the past I’ve also gotten Fitness Magazine and a few other less than stellar choices like Discovery Girls and some dog magazine… From library sales I’ve acquired back issues of magazines as well like Shape, Self, Prevention, Weight Watchers, Health, etc.

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The main point of all of this is that I need some advice this year on what to choose. I’m looking for any suggestions on magazines that you’d think that I’d like. Whether they be food, fitness, fashion, whatever. Just leave your suggestion in the comments and I’d be really appreciative!

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Now onto my Week in Review and MIMM post to link-up with Healthy Diva Eats and Clean Eats Fast Feets. Let’s start listing, shall we?

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  • At school before I left for home on Friday I downloaded Part 1 of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire on audiobook.

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  • Unfortunately I didn’t get to listen to it much though because I was too busy trying not to crash while it rained like crazy. Eventually I had to pull over at an exit and wait for the storm to calm down a bit.

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  • When I finally got home I was a little wiped out and decided to not go with my parents to the away football game. Instead I stayed in and made a new recipe. Pumpkin Pie Bars!

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  • Saturday was spent just lazing around and hanging with Lilly.

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  • We also did some grocery shopping and bought some delicious squash.

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  • Later my dad rented Now You See Me from Redbox. It was just as good as I expected!

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  • Sunday morning I made another pumpkin recipe… Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Rolls.

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  • And promptly burnt my arm when removing the cookie sheet from the oven. Drat.

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  • Before I left for school again I also made some roasted chicken and vegetables. I had a bite of the squash from the vegetables, and some of the chicken de-skinned and it was so good!

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  • My parents were super nice and decided to drive part of the way back with me later that day. Surprise surprise though when it started to rain again. Hard. Like on Friday we had to pull over. My dad took the lead and my mom and I followed him in my car until we made it until the half way point where we go our separate ways. We stopped at Wal-Mart while there to get some new windshield wipers for my car.

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  • Thanks Dad for installing them for me!

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  • I didn’t get back at school until it was already dark so I didn’t have any time to write up this post last night and instead focused my efforts on Accounting and Astronomy.

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In other news, I only have a three day week thanks to a Fall Break at my school. One day down. Two more to go 😀

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Magazine recommendations please!

What did you make over the weekend?

Was there any ridiculous rain where you live too?

The Way the Frozen Banana Blends

I’m almost caught up with my comments! I know that this will sound like a broken record, but I really do appreciate how patient everyone has been with me the past few weeks. Obviously it’s not a requirement to respond to all comments; however I like to show how much I love each and every one of them so I try to reply every time. Personally I’m thrilled when a blogger responds to my comment on their blog, even if it’s just a little smiley face 🙂

On the other hand, when a blogger doesn’t respond to someone’s question in the comments that really irks me.

Another thing that irks me?

Driving in cities.

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A lot of you are probably rolling your eyes right now thinking to yourselves “Duh Madison! That’s how our whole lives have been. We’ve grown up in the city, we’ve driven in the city since day one. Deal with it.”

But I haven’t grown up in a city. I have rarely driven in “downtown” areas EVER. Where I come from the only time traffic gets backed up is when there is construction.

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When I drive somewhere, on a really slow day I may pass a total of ten cars on my way into town (15 minutes). And that would be a “town” of 20,000 people maybe. Not 20,000 people in one block but 20,000 people TOTAL. When I look for a parking spot I sometimes have to park a little ways from the store (like 15 or so rows in a parking lot). I DO NOT ever NOT find a parking spot anywhere.

By now you may have tired of my rant, but I promise, it’s just getting good. Are you in a bad mood? Feeling a little down? Well– prepare to laugh because I’m about to make a fool of myself by sharing an embarrassing parking story on the world-wide web.

Today my fellow interns and I got out of work 1 hour early so that we would have time to make it to a local meet-and-greet for local interns. Theoretically one hour should have been plenty of time to drive there and find a place to park. Starting from work my GPS said that I would arrive at 5:01. That was before construction/city traffic ate up all of my time and I ended up arriving at 5:20.

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Add another five minutes when I realized that I had entered the wrong address from the e-mail notification.

Add another 20 minutes until I found a parking garage.

I entered said parking garage and received my ticket (also where I come from there are no “tickets” to park. You just park. Plain and simple). Then when I realized that there were no spots to be seen I circled back around ready to head deeper into the garage. That’s when I passed a parking attendant in a little look-out booth and I realized that I probably was heading the wrong way.

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Too late. I then realized that I had left the parking garage and there was no turning back so I made an awkward turn up to the pay station. Except I was too far away to reach through the window so I had to get out and wave apologetically to the man in the car behind me. Then I proceeded to put my ticket and credit card in the wrong way and have it flip in and out, in and out like a man-eating machine. I seriously feared that I would never get my credit card back AND be stuck inside the parking garage gate.

When I realized I had put the ticket in upside down I promptly did it correctly, paid $1.20 for a total of 30 seconds of “parking” (really just a nice little drive through) and literally jumped in my car because I was worried the gate’s bar would lift and close before I had a chance to cross over into freedom.

At this point my little parking escapade had cost me another 10 minutes, making it 6:05 and me being royally late to the intern meeting.

Oh, and I still had no where to park.

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That’s when I decided to:

1. Give up, go home, and get something for supper (driving sure has a way to make a girl hungry!).

And 2. Call my mom and rant, much like I’m doing now, about how I hate driving in the city and how I will never ever live in one again.

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Hmmm…

This may possibly be the strangest lee-way ever into the most untraditional WIAW ever, but, that’s the way the cookie crumbles folks.

Or the way the frozen banana blends, seeing as how that’s what I’m currently chowing down on. 😉

For today’s WIAW I wanted to do something kind of different. Perhaps now though, since I never follow WIAW rules anyways, this is actually not “different” but normal? Eh, who cares really?

Today one of my favorite authors, Sarah Dessen, came out with a new book called The Moon and More. I’m so excited to read it that books have been on my mind all day! In keeping with the book theme I thought that sharing meals based on famous children’s books would be a fun way to go. I even included some snacks at the end to keep with WIAW‘s theme. Definitely my favorite snacks of all time!

Breakfast: Eggs, Ham, and Fresh Blueberries

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

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Blueberries for Sal by Robert McLoskey

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Lunch: Soup and a Glass of Milk

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

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It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

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Dinner: A Big Bowl of Spaghetti

On Top of Spaghetti by Paul Brett Johnson

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Snacks: In Moderation of course…

Cookies

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Donuts

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Cupcakes

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Pancakes

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Muffins

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Now I’m off to prepare my meals for tomorrow, get ready for bed, and snuggle in with my book Kindle app to read!

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Do you like driving in the city or country better?

Is it difficult to find parking where you live?

What is your favorite children’s book involving food?

Are there any new snacks that you included in your WIAW today?