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Genuine with All of the Faults In-Between WIAW

Recently I’ve realized that I all of my posts are starting to sound like a whiny college student. I guess that should be fine since I AM a college student who occasionally likes to whine banter diplomatically. A while back though one of the bloggers that I follow mentioned that once they left college, they really didn’t like reading blogs written by college students anymore because they couldn’t relate any longer. For me, I read blogs from people of all age groups and interests. If someone is interesting or seems like a genuine person I’ll follow along no matter the age or topic.

With that said, I believe that blogger’s statement has stuck with me because it serves a reminder that not everyone reading is in college or can relate to being in college. And as I am so much more than just a typical “college student,” I don’t want every post I write to be weighed down with my talk of exams, homework and sleep.

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Something that I know you all can relate to though is technology. Social Media. Let’s talk about Instagram for a moment. Have you ever heard of F4F, L4L or S4F? If not, then skip down a few paragraphs to the food pictures because it’s not important. If you have heard/seen or even experienced the profound meaning behind F4F though… Please explain why this even exists?

Upon joining Instagram I thought it was a way to quickly share and express yourself through images. Whether that be with pictures of food, beautiful scenery, workouts, pets, or a combination thereof, I believed that Instagram was all about showing what is unique about YOU. Other than adding the filters, how much more raw and real can you get than sharing captioned images of your everyday life? You leave yourself open to comments from people literally all around the world. You connect with people from EVERYWHERE.

I thought it was truly an amazing thing. Until I started seeing those hashtags I mentioned above. Follow for Follow? Like for Like? Shout out for shout out? I have issues with getting mad about things having nothing to do with me, but these hashtags just made me downright angry. Almost to a ridiculous point I was furious at these Instagramers. How dare they disrupt this beautiful thing going on with commercialism? By asking for an undeserving follow, like or shout out they are just superficially inflating their accounts. I’ve seen people with thousands of followers getting less than a dozen likes per picture. Not because the pictures were horrific or anything like that; it was because those followers weren’t following them for THEM. Just for the reciprocated “follow,” “like,” or “shout out.”

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As I said, in reality it is my fault for expecting social media to be anything other than social media. Even on blogs I will get the occasional comment where the only thing someone says is “Love your blog! Will you check out mine?” To me this discredits them on my second requirement for following a blog- BEING GENUINE!

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There is so much more to be said on this subject and yet, right now if I continue I think I will start to sound like my scratched up Backstreet Boys’ Millenium CD. After awhile from so much abuse it could barely get through the first track of “Larger than Life” without repeating the manical laugh of A.J. McLean. One thousand times over.

Similarly, I don’t think any of you want me to repeat myself one thousand times over, creepy laugh or not.

(I just realized that this is way more “thinking” than I had planned for a simple WIAW post. I’m also going to be linking up with Amanda at Running With Spoons tomorrow for her Thinking Out Loud link-up!

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Now for an entirely genuine WIAW with all of the faults in between, here is some food of recently… some mine, mostly not 😉

Hey! I can actually use this WIAW button and tell the veggie truth this week 🙂
I have been absolutely terrible about posting recipes lately, and it’s not for lack of edited photos or having the time to write them up. In fact, there are currently three complete recipes just waiting to be published in the queue. It’s just the “other stuff” that needs to be written along with them. The “life” stuff. Example number 3 is below for a new cracker recipe I just made over the weekend. They are nut-free and are packed with tons of flavor.

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The next recipe I need to share (oh wait, that means I actually have 4 recipes all typed up! These two plus a vegan banana bread, and a smoothie recipe 8o … Alright, I will be sharing at least one this week!) is for some apple bread that I baked up in small ramekins. They are kind of a coffee cake/cinnamon heaven. I’m not sure what to call them yet. Now though I feel like “heaven” should definitely be included somewhere in the name?? They made my house smell absolutely wonderful.

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Now for something that I have been snacking on:

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Green… Ice cubes?

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Yes, those would be green ice cubes that I brought back with me from home to eat during the week. I took about 5 cucumbers, peeled them (the skins bother me), ran them through the juicer and then froze the juice into ice cube trays. All of the juice made around 30-something ice cubes in all. When I’m home for the weekend I like to make fresh cucumber juice, but during school that’s not possible so frozen is the next best thing. Originally I planned to thaw them out the night before and have a glass in the morning. Then I forgot and decided to eat them like Popsicles (or ice cubes… Since I really do just eat plain ice cubes. I’m not the only one, right?).

And below you can see a glass of cucumber juice in all of its glory. That is about 1 cucumber juiced, and then diluted with an equal amount of water. Delicious and refreshing. My mom was intrigued and asked to try some. She commented that it was surprisingly sweet, and I’d have to agree! I never considered cucumbers as being sweet before, but the juice definitely is.

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Just for the fun of it, I decided to throw in a random picture of me to prove that I am in fact alive (Just in case there was any doubt). I’m also going to break my sort-of-vow above and acknowledge that I look a little worn out in this picture. I’m just plain tired t0 tell you the truth and am aiming for a full 8 hours tonight (I usually get about 7). Spring Break next week will be very welcomed indeed!

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Questions for you:

Do you have an Instagram? How do you feel about the follow for follow trend that has emerged?

What recipes have you made recently? And have you posted about them (FAIL for me 🙁 )

Have you ever snacked on ice cubes before? I can’t be the only one!

Do you still hold onto your old scratched CDs? I’m sure I could rummage around and still find that old Backstreet Boys CD if I tried!!

Fire Alarms + Exams = …..?

Fire alarms + Exams = Madison REALLY needs Spring Break right now.

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Last night at 12:30-ish we had another fire alarm go off, and once again I was already fast asleep in bed. This time I was too out of it to remember to bring my scarf or hat and I suffered the consequences. My roommates also took it upon themselves to keep me awake while we waited for the 20 minutes to return to our nice, warm dorm. I’ve said this before- I can fall asleep anywhere. And I do mean anywhere. When my friend looked over and shouted, “Madison, are you falling asleep?” causing five sets of eyes to turn towards me, I couldn’t deny it. I was nodding off while standing up.

Then for the second part of that evil equation, I have two exams tomorrow in Supply Chain Management and OR. I’m feeling “eh” about both of them, so this post will be very quick. Pictures, words and I’m out of here, off to finish my flashcards and get (hopefully) a fire-free sleep.

Today I’m going to try and kind of follow the rules for What I ate Wednesday for once. Except I didn’t get a chance to take pictures of most of the main meals from my cooking weekend, just the good stuff. So I still sort of failed…

Come Saturday morning I discovered that not only were we out of coconut flour and almond flour at home, but also yogurt and bananas. BANANAS? That is basically my #1 favored ingredient for making breakfasts. With basically nothing I was able to scrounge around for some random gluten-free flours and came up with a pretty passable pancake recipe. I added blueberries to the batter and then to make them even more blue-rific I also added a blueberry maple syrup sauce to the top. They weren’t as fluffy as I would have liked because we were also out of baking soda (how do these people survive without me?). I’m going to do some future experiments before posting any official recipe.

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I’m embarrassed to share this next picture. Not because it’s hideous. On the contrary, I think they sound amazing. It’s because it’s another….

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On Saturday morning my brother had basketball shooting practice so I offered to make him breakfast before he left. Usually we make his pancakes with chocolate chips… However, you guessed it! We were once again out of an essential ingredient. Instead I found some peppermint Hershey kisses, broke them up into tiny bits and BAM. Instant success.

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I did make one non-pancake recipe for WIAW and that would be this Pina Colada Smoothie. It is is so incredibly easy, healthy and fun to make. Plus it’s delicious. I don’t care if we are getting another winter storm soon, smoothies are good in any weather.

 

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And that concludes my semi-following-the-rules WIAW for the week. Thank you to Jenn once again for hosting this link-up party and don’t forget to comment on the other bloggers who joined in!

I’m not sure if you will hear from me again before next Wednesday because my schedule also includes more exams next week too. Three weeks of straight exams is just way too much if you ask me. Unfortunately my teachers don’t really care what I think. Oh well! 😉

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Questions for you:

Tell me your equation for the week! _______ + _______ = how do you feel?

What is your favorite addition to pancakes?

Have you started drinking smoothies yet? Did you ever stop? Haha.

What is the first thing that you do when Spring comes around? Take a nice walk outside and soak up the glorious sun!