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What is Your Snack Personality?

I just got off my cellphone from a phone interview for an internship. I think it went well, but does anyone else notice that they start to repeat words when they get nervous? It would be impossible to count how many times I said “so,” “or” and “in the end” during those 30 minutes. What I can share though is the advice to never schedule an interview at 7:30 in the morning. Your voice will crack and the interviewer will apologize for getting you up early (it was all said in good spirit though. I didn’t yawn or fall asleep during the interview!).

But now that is over and done with. Next Monday I have an in-person interview about 2 hours away so I’m currently figuring out how I am going to manage my last class of the day. It will all work out… in the end. Ugh. I seriously used that phrase more times in the interview than I have in my entire life. Stab me with a rod and stick my marshmallow brain over the fire, I don’t think it’s burnt enough.

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Speaking of marshmallows, do you like yours golden or black? I personally am a fan of catching mine on fire and waiting until the outside turns a deep charcoal. Yum. Over the weekend though I went to a friend’s cookout and I realized that everyone has a lot of different opinions on how marshmallows should be cooked. Very similar in all aspects of food really.

Since today is Thinking Out Loud Thursday with Amanda at Running with Spoons, I want to talk about the various food categories that people are passionate about. Perhaps passionate is the wrong word, but I think you know what I mean – everyone has that one type of food that is their favorite, that they LOVE to talk about. I believe that a person’s favorite kind of food can tell a lot about them.

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So, what I’ve devised for today is to break down these food categories and share my personality specialist opinion on what they really mean. And then, because this week I have been promoting an awesome cookbook kit (affiliate links), I am going to match your food personality up with which cookbook I think you would be most interested in. Obviously I’m going to try and sell you the kit because I think you’ll love it (and I’ll make a little money ūüėČ ), but even if you don’t buy the kit, consider purchasing one of the cookbooks individually. The whole package is a much much better deal and either way supports fellow bloggers just like you AND provides some delicious recipes in return!

First up, the categories… Muffins, Smoothies, Nut Butter, Granola, Chocolate, Crackers. Notice I didn’t include main meals. The main reason is that everyone has different opinions on what to eat for dinner. Meat, vegetarian, vegan, etc.? I just picked the options I see most frequently on blogs as snacks.

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Now, pick which category above is your favorite snack and read on to find out your snack personality!

Muffins

You want everything to be happy. If things go awry and people get upset, you are the first to jump in and try to provide comfort. You reach for muffins because they are sweet and well-rounded. In your day to day activities you don’t like having negative thoughts and try to be positive no matter the circumstance.

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Suggested Cookbook: Top 10 Muffins of 2013 by Fast Paleo Contributors

Recipes that sound amazing: Pecan Molasses Mini Muffins, Lemon Blueberry Nut Muffins, and Banana Vanilla Spice Muffins

Smoothies

You appreciate simplicity. Whether you are on the go or just wanting to take a minute to relax, you pick up a smoothie because you can get all of your nutrients in one sitting. Much like in life, you don’t like a lot of fluff and try to only commit to things where you are able to give 100%.

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Suggested Cookbook: Top 10 Smoothies of 2012 by Fast Paleo Contributors

Recipes that sound amazing: Green Frozen Lemonade, Chocolate Avocado No-Milk Shake, and Creamy Coconut Macadamia Coffee Smoothie

Chocolate

You like to indulge. Not only in the creamy blissfulness of nut butter, but you cannot go a day without your favorite activity. It doesn’t matter if it is running, baking, reading or watching your favorite show, your day is not complete without it. You believe that no matter what is going on in your life, it is important to make time to put yourself first and do what you love.

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Suggested Cookbook: 30 Minute Paleo Dessert Recipes by Louise Hendon

Recipes that sound amazing: Chocolate Coconut Fudge Cups, Chocolate Coffee Pot de Creme, and Chocolate Truffles

Granola

You like staying busy. While some people fail when life gets stressful, you thrive. Granola is perfect for batch-making and helps you to plan ahead for what you know will be a full schedule. To feel accomplished you want to be able to check everything off of your to-do list and get things done.

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Suggested Cookbook: Paleogasm by Camille Macres

Recipes that sound amazing: Banana Blueberry Breakfast Bars (like granola bars) and Pumpkin Flax Granola

Nut Butter

You enjoy down-time. Just like everyone else you like to be involved and finish your work, but you truly appreciate taking time out of your schedule to just relax and relish in a peaceful hour or two. Nut butter is the perfect snack for you because it is simple to scoop out and enjoy while taking your mind off work.

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Suggested Cookbook: Caveman Feast by George Bryant and Abel James

Recipes that sound amazing: Pumpkin Pie Espresso Hazelnut Butter, Cocoa Espresso Almond Butter, and Almond Coconut Chocolate Drops (with almond butter)

Crackers

You are a multi-tasker. Crackers are the best choice for you because you take on a lot of responsibility both at home and at work/school. You don’t always have enough time for everything you would like to do during the day, but when you do get the chance, you know what you love. In the meantime, staying involved is enough to satisfy you.

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Suggested Cookbook: The Paleo Snack Recipe Book by Suzanne Crawt

Recipes that sound amazing: Coconut Chips, Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips, and Sweet Potato Crisps with Rosemary Salt

If any of these recipes or cookbooks sound like something you would be interested, check out the Primal Life Kit page to find out more. There are more than 49 products included at a value of over $1500. But the cost to you is only $39. That’s a 95% discount. So far over 2,000 kits have been sold! There is no limit; however, the sale is only running until April 28th (Monday) so you need to jump on this deal now ūüėČ Yesterday for WIAW I posted a few recipe reviews for what have tried out so far from my personal purchase of the kit and the cookbooks inside. Pancakes and Sweet Potato Chili. Definitely worth it.

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Questions for you:

So, how did I do? Is your “snack personality” anything like your real personality?¬†

Do you think what someone eats says anything about them as a person?

What is one recipe that you would like to try from this list?

Take a look at the Primal Life Kit and tell me which product you’d be interested in! (I need some help on deciding what to read/try next ūüôā ).

A Broken Kind of Beautiful

Today I have something a little different and non-food-related to share! You know that I am a huge book lover and last week I discovered a great website called Blogging for Books where you can discover brand new releases and get a free copy to review. This is basically perfect for me because I rarely get the chance to tell you all about the newest (not cookbook) books I’ve read. This way I can! So without further ado, I present…

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What is the book about?

A Broken Kind of Beautiful is a sweet story about the journey of Ivy Clark, a high fashion model in New York City. After attending her father’s funeral in the southern town of Greenbrier, most would except her to stick around and grieve with her family. Even while her father was alive though, Ivy never felt like she belonged down there. Born as the result of an affair, Ivy has really not felt at home anywhere. Instead she drowns herself in modelling work and focuses all of her attention on the goal of becoming a supermodel immortalized in time.

With her 25th birthday just around the corner though, Ivy is no longer the young and fresh model desired by the industry. In a last desperate attempt at regaining her traction in the modelling world, she hesitantly agrees to be the new face of her stepmother’s wedding dress boutique line. In what started as just a few short weeks in Greenbrier quickly turns into a much larger project than Ivy had planned to take on. During the whole time Ivy tries her best to put on an uncaring exterior, but those around her have larger plans.

A highly talented photographer should care nothing more than to make sure that she poses well for his pictures. And the photographer’s younger sister, tragically blinded year’s previous, has no reason to feel for the gorgeous model that is just trying to make trouble for her brother. Yet all three continuously surprise Ivy with their constant faith in her abilities.¬†They see through her pretty exterior to what really lies beneath. They believe that Ivy can still be redeemed and if she were to just open her heart. God is what she needed all along.

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What is the author’s background?

Before becoming a full-time writer, Kate Ganshert graduated from the University of Wisconsin and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years. She currently lives in the midwest with her husband, son, and their black lab, Bubba. Her previous books Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows, are both Christian romance novels and very popular with book clubs. You can learn more about Kate on her press page, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

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What did I like?

Having read very few Christian fiction novels before this one, I’ll admit to starting A Broken Kind of Beautiful with a slight bias. Most Christian novels that I have read previously were kind of dry and lacked any serious difficulties aside from the main character slacking on their prayers. While that is a reasonable struggle in life, it is not necessarily one that I want to read about for an entire book.¬†A Broken Kind of Beautiful’s main character, Ivy Clark is the kind of character that you cannot help but feel for. Also, despite her completely different social circle and life goals than me, I found myself compelled to hear about the difficulties that she had experienced, and hope with all of my heart that she would have the strength to overcome them.

Often a main character is so wrought with wrongdoings and feeling sorry for themselves that it is hard to see them as anything else. From the first glimpse of Ivy at her father’s funeral however, there were slight slivers of the truth, rippling beneath the surface, waiting to break free. And with the help of Ivy’s love interest in the story, Davis, break free they did. While Ivy played the perfect strong female lead, Davis was a great, if not entirely unconventional, counterpart. Most lesser male characters would have given up on Ivy. Davis not only stuck with her to the end, but he actually prayed to God for the strength to continue. Actually, several of the main characters would just pray to God right in the middle of their monologues. Explaining it offhand in a review may make it sound like an annoying thing; however, to me it was genuine. Prayer does not, and should not happen only at night before you go to bed. If I’m in a particularly rough spot during the day or need extra strength to get through something, I shoot up a quick one sentence prayer, just like these characters, asking God for help.

While the story-line was smooth and satisfying, my favorite piece had nothing to do with the plot. In every book where humans are involved, they are introduced with a physical description. While Kate Ganshert gave sufficient descriptions to help me picture the characters, she did so in a non-offensive way. First think about this- we are taught from a young age that you shouldn’t judge someone by appearances. It’s unfair and the comparison, while it may make us feel good initially, is just superficial and harmful. Why I ever thought that character descriptions in a book should be any different is beyond me. I loved that Kate Ganshert did not describe the particularly unpleasant actors as ugly, fat, hideous, gross, grimy, pitiful, or creepy. With just a little starting detail we should be able to quickly determine a character’s true outline by their actions and words. This, along with a lack of explicit sexual activity, really marked this as a true pleasure (non-guilty) read.

What did I not like?

I have very few complaints about this novel. Only one really. While I loved the climax and conclusion of A Broken Kind of Beautiful, I was not a fan of the epilogue. The writing style seemed to disconnect from the rest of the novel and could have been left out. There wasn’t any essential additions to the story and although I usually love to have a story tied up neatly in a little bow with all of the details explained, there is something to be said to leave things a little messy. Just enough to leave you thinking, if that makes sense. Still, that was less than 1% of the book and otherwise it was pretty perfect.

What do you need to know?

Whether or not you like Christian books I think you will still like A Broken Kind of Beautiful. If you enjoy books about heroines who overcome obstacles to succeed, or even just sweet love stories, get this book. The only thing I will say though is do not get this book if you are not comfortable in reading a book that mentions God. To get a better taste if this is the next book for you, the publisher has released two full chapter excerpts.

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If you want to find out even more about Kate Ganshert and her new book, she has a great website and blog that you should definitely check out. I loved having the opportunity to read A Broken Kind of Beautiful and really like being able to hear words from the author herself as well. 

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review, but all opinions are completely my own. If you think this sounds like a book that you would love, I encourage you to check it out on Amazon or Barnes and Noble now! I literally finished this book in two sittings (split in two only because I finally decided that at 2:00am that morning I should finally get to bed!).

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Questions for you:

What was the last book you read?

Will you read A Broken Kind of Beautiful now?

Do you ever read Christian-based novels?