Closing Comraderies: June {Top Ten Tuesday}

Closing Comraderies: June {Top Ten Tuesday}

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After a few months on the road, I will be home in less than a week!  For me, that means spending time with family and sleeping in my own room.  For you, that means the end of pre-scheduled posts.

Since today is the last day of June, it is time for another Closing Comraderies post.  However, I decided to do something a little different this month.  Below are ten of my favorite blogs (some of these have been comrades before, but they still deserve to be on the list).  Although I do not necessarily agree with everything that some of these blogs promote, I regularly frequent them and am inspired by their posts.  I hope you enjoy their pages as well!

My Ten Favorite Blogs

1. Refashionista

Refashionista is one of the first blogs I ever began following.  When I first found Jillian, I spent hours looking through her hundreds of refashions.  Here’s a fun fact:  before I had my own blog, I was featured on Refashionista!

2. What I Wore 2day

No one in the world dresses quite like Kasmira.  I admire her eccentric pairings and bold pattern mixes.  I will never pull off an outfit like she can!

3. The Oatmeal Artist

It was love at first bite when I tried Erin’s Orange Dreamsicle Overnight Oatmeal.  The rest is history.

4. Blogilates

I consider Cassey my personal trainer.  She posts new Pilates videos every Monday, and she regularly posts nutrition videos as well.  Unlike many online fitness instructors, Cassey is real and actually lives like a human.

5. North Western Images

Andy takes such gorgeous photos!  Every shot that he posts makes me want to pack up and travel to the North West.

6. Chocolate Covered Katie

Even though I don’t eat chocolate, I love looking through Katie’s gorgeous recipes.  In fact, I use her Voluminous Oatmeal Trick regularly during the school year.

7. Freckle Me Silly

With a balanced mix of humor and seriousness, Briana’s blog is sure to brighten your day.

8. Home-Made

If you are looking for simple, inexpensive DIY projects, this blog is perfect for you!

9. Eat, Pray, Work it Out

This recent college graduate simply posts about her day-to-day life.  The blog may be modest, but it is not mundane!

10. Laura Beth Eason

Like me, Laura posts about a little bit of everything.  One of the best lines I have read on her blog said, “If God is calling you to do something, then he already knows you are fully capable of doing it!”

I hope you enjoy visiting these blogs!  See you soon :)

Peanut Butter and Bacon

Peanut Butter and Bacon

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Many people believe that bacon is the holy grail of food.

 

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There is also a population which holds that peanut butter makes everything peanut better.

 

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Like most children, my brother and I suffered from “just right phenomenon.”  Almost every Sunday, we ate chicken nuggets and french fries for lunch.  That night at our paternal grandma’s house, he ate pieces of turkey and cheese cut into triangles while I slurped on Ramen noodles.  At breakfast-time, we ate plain biscuits.  Both of us were convinced that we did not like bacon.

I am not sure when I first tried bacon, but I do know that I was a bacon-vore before my brother.  By middle elementary, though, the two of us combined could do some serious damage on a pound of bacon.  I seem to remember one summer at my maternal grandma’s house when we ate something close to a pound of a bacon every day for a week (our arteries are probably still suffering).

My relationship with peanut butter has been on-again-off-again.  During my “just-right” phase, I refused the school-given meals, opting to wait until I could eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at home.  Then I went for a 10+ year stretch when I could not even tolerate the smell of a pb&j.  However, by last summer, it was not odd for me to go through a jar of peanut butter a week.  Obviously, my food preferences are dynamic.

So what happens when you combine bacon and peanut butter?  Something pretty awesome!

 

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Since you cannot call this a “quesadilla” (porque no hay queso; there is no cheese), I am calling it a “fold-over” (because that’s what you do–fold it over).

Peanut Butter and Bacon Fold-over

Ingredients

  • tortillas
  • peanut butter
  • bacon bits or chopped, cooked bacon

Directions

  • Coat a pan with non-stick spray, and bring the burner to medium-high heat
  • Place one tortilla in the pan
  • Spread 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on the tortilla
  • Sprinkle bacon onto the peanut butter
  • Let cook until the peanut butter is gooey
  • Fold the tortilla in half and transfer to a plate
  • Eat and enjoy

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Overall, I prefer peanut butter to bacon?  Where do your loyalties fall?

 

 

100 Ways to Show Your Love

100 Ways to Show Your Love

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This semester, I took a class about physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth from birth through the teen years.  In addition to our textbook, we were required to read The Five Love Languages of Children by Dr. Gary Chapman.

I loved the book, and I read it within only a few days (even though we were supposed to read it throughout the whole semester).  As I read, I started thinking of ways that people have shown me love throughout my life.  I also pondered how I show my love for them.  Parents, extended family, significant others, children, and friends all need to feel our love.  The problem is that the words “I love you” sometimes seem inappropriate or inadequate.  Thankfully, there are hundreds of other ways to tell somebody that you love them.

 

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Acts of Service

1. Make supper

2. Clean their room Read more

DIY Headband Holder

DIY Headband Holder

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While looking for images to use in another post, I came across a few step-by-step pictures from when I made a headband holder for my dorm room.  I am a hair-accessory-lover, and this simple hanger has kept my headbands in line for the past two years.  With just a few quick stitches (and even less if you use grosgrain ribbon instead of a fabric scrap), you can have your own headband organizer!

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Supplies

  • fabric scrap cut 2 inches by 30 inches (or a 30-inch strip of ribbon)
  • coordinating thread
  • sewing machine
  • scissors

Directions

If you are using ribbon, skip to step 3.

1. Place the fabric horizontal in front of you.  Starting at one end, fold the two long sides in so that they slightly overlap.  Pin the sides in place.

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2. Run the entire piece of fabric long-ways through the sewing machine to make a long strip, removing pins as you go. 

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3.  Fold the strip in half by placing the two ends together.  (Sadly, this is where my pictures end!)

4. Sew a short, straight stitch across the folded strip every 2-3 inches.

5.  Hang and slide headbands into slots.

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How to Treat a Introvert

How to Treat a Introvert

Hello.  My name is Kat, and I am an introvert.

It’s true.  I fit the description to a T.  As a broad generalization, introverts are labeled as moody, self-critical, and introspective.  However, introversion at its core is characterized being drained by social events and recharged by spending time alone.

Due to the numerous common misconceptions that extroverts have about introverts, I made a list of six principles for dealing with an introvert.

  1. Introverts are not necessarily “antisocial.”  I like being with people.  Sometimes, though, simply sitting and watching the world will fulfill my social needs.
  2. Introverts do not always know how to tell you that they need you.  If they ask you what your plans are, they may be wanting to join you.  Invite them.
  3. Introverts are not “quiet.”  I can laugh, talk, and yell as loud as the next person (I was a cheerleader, after all).  Usually, though, my brain is loud enough that I don’t need external noise.
  4. If an introvert is staring at the floor, they are probably: finding the cure for cancer; creating a portable, lightweight, solar-powered water purifier; or mentally saving the world in some other way.  Just let them zone out for a while.
  5.  If you ask an introvert a general question (i.e. “How are you?”), you will receive a general response (“Fine”).  If you want to know the truth, look them in the eye.
  6. Respect an introvert’s personal bubble, but do not act like they are invisible.

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Psalm 20:7

Psalm 20:7

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Some boast in their…

     Aesthetic beauty,

     Charming demeanor,

     Exuberant friendships,

     Glowing health,

     Illustrious job,

     Kind lifestyle,

     Mighty nature,

     Obvious popularity,

     Quantitative riches,

     Scholarly teaching,

     Upcoming victories,

     Whimsical xenoglossy,

     Youthful zeal.

But I will boast in the Lord, my God.

1 Ingredient 3 Ways: Acorn Squash {Oatmeal}

1 Ingredient 3 Ways: Acorn Squash {Oatmeal}

squashoatmeal2So far, I have tried two conventional methods of serving an acorn squash: stuffed and mashed.  Today, though, I am uniting acorn squash with my true love–oatmeal!

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When I tasted this oatmeal, I was a bit disappointed that it did not taste more squash-y.  In my opinion, it tastes just like any other bowl of oatmeal with nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon (not that I’m complaining–I do love oatmeal!).  However, the texture was thicker and creamier.  As I ate, the bowl seemed unending – I just kept eating, and eating, and eating…

Acorn Squash Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup cooked acorn squash (unseasoned)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

  • Bring water to a boil.
  • Stir in oats and reduce heat to medium.  Cook 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in squash and return to boil.
  • Add cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg.
  • Cook approximately 5 minutes, or until you are pleased with the consistency.
  • Transfer to bowl, eat, and enjoy!

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Flavor-wise, my favorite recipe was the garlic mashed acorn squash.  Which recipe was your favorite?

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What should I experiment with next?