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Liebster… Why Not? (Marvelous in my Monday)

So there once was a day not quite so long ago… Where a super kind, super lovely girl nominated me for an award. The Liebster Award, if we are being specific (which I am).

Usually I am very good about completing surveys as soon as they come up because I dearly love them. This time though it took me awhile, but I’m not putting it off any longer!

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Here is how the Liebster Award works…

The nominated blogger has to:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers. They should be bloggers that you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers that you nominated to answer.
  6. Let all of the bloggers know that they’ve been nominated.  You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you.

Off we go!

11 Random Things About Me:

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  1. I love anything smelling/tasting like black licorice.
  2. Up until high school I thought wearing socks to bed was strange.
  3. I really really want to have hardwood floors when I get my own place.
  4. Black and blue are the most common colors in my wardrobe.
  5. I rarely ever clip my fingernails.
  6. Chomping/Slurping/Chewing loudly is the grossest noise ever.
  7. My ultimate horror movie would have to be Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (please never make me watch this again).
  8. I stick out my tongue or look to the ceiling when I think really hard.
  9. If I had to pick between going bald or getting a Mohawk, I would go bald.
  10. Large dogs scare me.
  11. I have strange dreams when I am sick.

11 Questions from Ksenija:

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  1. What has blogging taught you? Blogging has taught me that there is nothing better than being yourself and being honest.
  2. How would your perfect day look like food-wise? Being able to eat whatever I wanted without any consequences. Breakfast- peanut butter toast. Lunch- Chicken Dumpling Soup. Dinner- Bubble Pizza. Dessert- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream/Blizzard.
  3. What is your favorite movie? Right now I am going to say Harry Potter since I just watched The Sorcerer’s Stone last night.
  4. Share a childhood memory! Friday movie nights with my family 🙂
  5. What is your dream career? I would love to be New York Times Best Selling fiction writer.
  6. If you came into a fortune – what would you do with it? I would save most of it, give some to my family, and use the rest to pay for a full array of medical tests to figure out what is wrong with my stomach.
  7. Where in the world would you love to live? California if we are staying in the United States. Greece perhaps if we were going global.
  8. Which celebrity (or character) would you love to meet one day and why? I would love to meet Leonardo DiCaprio. Just because.
  9. What makes your blog special? Nothing. I am who I am on here but I don’t think my blog is any better than anyone else’s.
  10. Play favorites! Which of your posts did you like the best? I really like all of my protein powder posts if we are going to be honest. I seriously miss being able to make protein powder breads in my microwave for breakfast. *Sigh* So delicious. (Recently I would go with my cinnamon rolls 🙂 ).
  11. You are invited to my costume ball! What costume will you wear? I would want to be the masked beauty that everyone pauses to stare at as she glides down the cascading steps.

List 11 Blogger Nominations:

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  1. Meghan at Clean Eats Fast Feets
  2. Davida at The Healthy Maven
  3. Liz at I Heart Vegetables
  4. Olivia at Liv Lives Life
  5. Sarah at Slices of Sarah Pie
  6. Arman at The Big Man’s World
  7. Jessie at Jessie Bear What Will You Wear
  8. Alex at The Run Within
  9. Shawn at Fruity and Nutty
  10. Katherine at Peanut Butter Lover
  11. Anna at Anna the Apple

** I’m pretty positive that all of you have been nominated for this award at some point or another because simply put, you are awesome! But that shouldn’t stop you from getting nominated again, right? I mean… Celebrities get nominated at The Oscars and Emmy’s repeatedly. And you all are superstars to me 😀 **

11 Questions for You to Answer:

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  1. What is your least favorite movie? The Back Up Plan… Napoleon Dynamite… The Clash of the Titans. Several.
  2. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Excluding flip flops probably 10 or so.
  3. What is a phrase/saying that you’ve picked up from a family member? Good gravy.
  4. Are you afraid of the dark? It depends on the context.
  5. What is your favorite recipe blog? PaleOMG
  6. Which actor/actress do you admire most, not for their acting, but for the way that they handle themselves professionally? Jennifer Lawrence.
  7. What new TV show are you most excited to see this fall? The Crazy Ones or The Tomorrow People.
  8. How many siblings do you have? One brother.
  9. Is there any person that you would die to meet? See actor/actress mentioned above!
  10. What would your friends say is your most annoying habit? My bluntness and aversion to hugs.
  11. Can you drive stick shift? Yes 🙂

Interested at how the Liebster Blog Award originated? I found this really well researched post by girl detective Sopphey.

Quite the marvelous way to start off the week, wouldn’t you agree? Check out other marvelousness at Healthy Diva Eats.

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Answer whatever questions you want from above!

Share what is making your Monday marvelous.

Easter/Birthday Style WIR, WIAW and Survey

Thanks for all of your birthday wishes on Monday! They were very much appreciated and each one brightened my day, especially in the midst of mundane college classes.

Now it’s time for another party hosted by Peas and Crayons. WIAW!

To start, a fun ABC survey that has been circling around the blog-o-sphere for awhile (and I’m sure you are all tired of by now!):

A. Age: As of 8:01 PM Monday… 19 years old!

B. Bed size: Twin loft bed at school. Queen at home.

C. Chore you dislike: There is not really a chore I dislike per say, but the context that it’s in can make a world of difference. For example, ask me to take out the dog during the summer and I’d say OK! Ask me in the winter and I’ll give you the death glare though. 🙂

D. Dogs: Love them. I have two right now, one inside and one outside. Our cairn terrier Lilly is inside, and Riley our mix is outside.

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E. Essential start to your day: My alarm clock, breakfast (no question about that, I would die from hunger without it), and brushing my teeth (<<< I hate going through the day with the feeling of having not brushed my teeth!).

F. Favorite color: Pink.

G. Gold or silver: I’m not much of a jewelry person at all really. I wear the same diamond earring studs everyday which are gold, but most of the time I tend to buy silver pieces because those seem to be younger/more modern.

H. Height: 5’6″

I. Instruments you play(ed): I can play the clarinet fairly well as I was in band for 8 years during school.

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J. Job title: Past job titles: Babysitter, Tutor. Current job title: Student. Future job titles: internist, accountant.

K. Kids: Well, I’m assuming this is asking if I have any kids, to which the answer is a definite NO. However, I love kids. My favorite thing to do at church is volunteer or supervise in the nursery. And every summer since eighth grade (not this year though… *sniff sniff*) I worked in the nursery for Vacation Bible School.

L. Live: Midwest United States. Our house is in the country surrounded by cornfields on some 15 or so acres of land.

M. Mom’s name: Eh, I would rather not share that right now 🙂

N. Nicknames: Maddy is the only nickname that people ever called me.

O. Overnight hospital stays: A few I think… I had jaundice when I was a baby, so I had to stay for awhile because of that.

P. Pet peeves: A few “ranty” ones: people who cheat/lie and get away with it, social media hounds, when someone is constantly on the computer or texting, and when people can’t see how fake some others are.

Q. Quote from a movie: 

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R. Righty or lefty: Righty.

S. Siblings: Brother (16).

T. Time you wake up: Weekdays from 6:00-7:00. Weekends from 5:30-8:30… It really depends.

U. Underwear: ?? Yes. Underwear is nice.

V. Vegetables you don’t like: Radishes and… That’s basically it!

W. What makes you run late: Anything and everything.

X. X-rays you’ve had: Do ultrasounds count? If so, I’ve had two of those.

Y. Yummy food you make: I would like to think that all of the food I make is yummy! 😉

Z. Zoo animal favorites: Monkeys! Before leaving the zoo each time I always begged my mom to buy one of those stuffed monkeys in the gift shop that you could attach around your neck with Velcro. It worked… About half the time.

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And it’s time for another Week in Review!

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  • I posted my usual WIAW last week with my favorite recipe for soup: Kabocha and peas.

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  • On Friday I skipped talking about food for once and wrote about something a little more serious. All of your comments were so supportive and awesome! Look for a response from me soon!
  • As I stated in my Wednesday post, I was rather busy with school last week. Three papers and two exams. I feel pretty good about them all!

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  • On Friday night I stayed in and watched this movie with my mom:

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  • Don’t hate on Miley Cyrus or Demi Moore as it was actually rather good!
  • During the day Saturday I did a little shopping and got together a little present for one of my friends whose birthday happens to be the day before mine!

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  • On Saturday night I went with my parents and met up with a few of my friends to the local Opera House to watch Oz: The Great and Powerful. 

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  • Sunday morning I woke up to find this large post-it taped to my door from the Easter Bunny. Yes, it’s extremely childish, but it’s tradition! My mom makes up a small Easter basket for my brother, my dad and I, then she goes and hides it somewhere.  Any guesses where I found mine?

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  • This year my mom was also inspired to do a little Easter egg hunt outside. My dad hid the eggs and my mom wrote down where they were (we’ve had trouble remembering in the past!). My brother and I each had six to find, his were yellow, green and blue, and mine were purple, pink and orange. At the end we were both left with one that we couldn’t find, and funny enough we both knew where each other’s was!

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  • I made my parents some waffles for breakfast from this recipe (I used 1/4 cup acorn squash, only 1 tbsp honey and ghee for the fat options).

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  • That morning we also got dressed up in our springy colors and went to church. Then afterwards we drove to a local Chinese buffet to have lunch with my uncle, cousins, aunts, and grandparents. (I had a bowl of soup on the way over and just a glass of water at the restaurant). 
  • Then when I got home I packed up everything for school and my mom gave me a small birthday present. Next weekend we’ll do our traditional shopping for real so that I can pick up a few things. 

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  • Two episodes of Duck Dynasty were thus consumed rapidly by the family– None of them had ever seen it before!

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  • And for those that worried about my lack of cake… I had some. Sort of. I had to get a little creative and made some flour out of dehydrated peas. Try it. Green pea flour is awesome!
  • To make the “cake” it was quite easy and for those needing nutritionally-dense food on the go, I would say it was rather good. Like a single-serving green monster cake!

Single-Serving Green Monster Cake

High protein, grain/gluten/wheat-free, egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free, paleo/Gaps-friendly

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup green pea flour
  • 1/2 cup mashed acorn squash (banana or another mashed squash would work well too)
  • 1 tbsp organic honey
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients well. (I used a food processor- It will be a rather thick batter)
  3. Scoop into a 1-cup sized ramekin. Bake for 25 minutes. Eat warm or cool. This would also be awesome topped with a nut butter!

Hmm… Strange But Good worthy, no?

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  • I took a few bites to satisfy my (green) cake craving, but no more because I didn’t want to be sick on my birthday from deviating from my regular meat and veggie routine! 😉
  • Boring-ness resumed just minutes later as I made my way back to school listening to some audio books in the car.
  • Then April Fool’s Day.

And that’s last week in review. I hope this one goes just as well, and I can’t wait to celebrate my birthday for real this Saturday!

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QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

Share a few ABCs about yourself!

How did you celebrate Easter?

What was the highlight of your week?

Have you seen LOL or Oz yet?