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I had bought this book a while ago and was afraid to actually read this book.  I was afraid that it would just be another one of those cheesy Young Adult type of books and even after reading the first couple of pages I was thinking the same thing.  All of a sudden everything changed for the better.  As I read through this book it just kept getting better and better.  I would like to say first of all even though this good is great I don’t see this being a book for 12 years and up.  I would say that this should geared toward ages 15 or 16 and up.  There are some situations in the book (without giving anything away) that would be more appropriate for a little bit older person but that is just my opinion.

This book is seriously addicting… I read it in a day!!  I just couldn’t put it down!  It just draws you in!!  The story line is amazing and the characters are relatable.  I just can’t wait to get into the second book of this series.

If you would like to pick this book up you can check out my eBay items… I am selling my paperback copy of this book (and some of the other books in the series). I loved the book so much that even though I bought all the books in paperback I just had to go back and buy them in hardcover.  I want them to last forever and I know that I will be reading them over a million times so I thought they would hold up better.

MIA!!

Sorry I have been MIA for an extremely long time!  I just haven’t had very much time to do anything other than homework and studying! I am going to try my best though to get back into the swing of things and post more frequently.

This morning was an early one as you can tell by the post time.  I woke up to watch…

Murray and Djokovic go head to head in the semifinal round of the Australian Open.  I am cheering for Murray 🙂

Who do you want to win in this round?!

Week 2 RFC Highlights

Well, week 2 of the 100 Days of Real Food Challenge has come to a close.  Here are some of the highlights 🙂  Hope you Enjoy!!

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Bulgur (recipe from Emily @ DailyGarnish.com).  I also had a salad on the side with a little of the same lemon vinaigrette that was in the bulgur. The bulgur was amazing!  I can’t wait to have it again!  Definitely staying on my list of go to recipes.  Also, look what I got…

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Ball canning jars!!  I bought these to make my pantry more organized…  Thank Emily for the great idea!!

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I also made some…

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Homemade granola… This stuff is addicting! (Adapted from 100 Days of Real Food). I did everything the same I just added some walnuts and I used whole flaxseed.  I also skipped the seeds because I just didn’t have any at the time.  One morning I added a banana to the granola and added some milk..  Yummy!

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For lunch one day I had a salad…

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With homemade hummus! So good (for the recipe click here)!!  For dinner that night I made…

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Black bean tacos on homemade tortillas (recipe here).  My tortillas where a little darker because I used 100% whole wheat flour.  Next time I am going to use 100% white whole wheat flour.  To the tacos I added a little rice, black beans, onion, yellow pepper, cheese and greek yogurt! Yum!  For dessert that night I made…

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Banana Bread (recipe here)!!! Really good just out of the over but…

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So much better the next day when it sat in the refrigerator all night!!  Another night for dessert I made…

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A fruit smoothie… In the mix was orange juice, banana, and frozen raspberries and blueberries. I love fruit smoothies!!

For lunch one day I had…

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A waffle peanut butter and honey sandwich with a days worth of fruit! I was starving that day!!  I loved that I could freeze the homemade waffles and all I had to do was pop them into the toaster!

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For a snack one day I had the left over hummus and made some pita chips from some Whole Wheat pitas I had in the pantry and I also had some yellow pepper too…

Saturday morning I was trying to find something fast for breakfast…

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Oatmeal with milk and the toppings were unsweetened coconut, almonds, and a little drizzle of honey!!  Later the day I made…

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homemade bread and some (recipe here)…  For my first attempt at making bread it turned out pretty good although it didn’t rise much in the oven but it was still really good!! and while that was cooking I also made…

Peanut butter and honey blondies (recipe here)…  They are pretty darn good.  I also added some fresh whipped cream with a little maple syrup added to it.  It was so good that I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture.

Well, that was my week all wrapped up into one post!! I am trying to get all of this homework done and it is just crazy!  And the craziness is going to continue because I have decided to take a spring class and two summer classes!  I am just ready to get out of school and start my career.  Well, I am off to get some more homework done! Later 🙂

*xoxo* Crystal

Coming To An End

I just thought I would let you all know that I may not be able to update my blog for the next month and a half.  I am coming to the end of my school semester and I have so much work that has to get done.  I have assignments/quizzes due every week and then (due at the end of the semester) I have a…

  • 3 – 4.5 page paper due for sociology
  • 5 – 7 page paper due for American Government
  • 7 – 10 page paper due for my Internet Law class

I will try to do at least one post once a week but I can’t guarantee anything.  I am going to be a busy bee until the end of the semester.  I wish I could do everything, blog twice a day and get all this school work done but I just have to focus on my schoolwork.  Don’t worry if I do not post I will be back April 20 for sure.  While I am away though I will still be taking picture of my eats and I will have posts of all the highlights while I’m away.

Breakfast

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This morning I was looking for something fast.  I don’t have a lot of time to cook today so I went with some eggs.  On the side I had some honeydew and cantaloupe, by the way the cantaloupe is already gone.  I think I am going to have to get another one today.  Also, I had some left over waffles from yesterday so I threw them in the freezer, wrapped in plastic wrap.  I thought I would try and put one in the toaster(hoping that it would come out good).  Let me tell you, it was great!  I am definitely going to make and freeze some more.  To wrap up the whole meal I had a glass of milk (it was a whole glass but by the time I finished cooking the eggs it was only half full).  This meal was so easy and with school coming to an end I definitely need some quick ideas for meals.

Well, I am off; I have some much needed grocery shopping to do, laundry and I also have some homework that is due tomorrow that I have to work on.  Have a wonderful Monday!

*xoxo* Crystal

Ps.  I almost forgot… At the beginning of the 100 Days of Real Food Challenge I thought I would weigh myself to see how much I could lose throughout the 100 Days.  Well today ways that start of week 2 and I am already down 2.75 pounds.  It is just so exciting and I have been eating awesome food and have not been depriving myself with not enough food.  I also feel like I have more energy throughout the day.  It is amazing that eating whole foods. for such a short time, can change the way you feel almost instantly.

Lazy day

Breakfast

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This morning I decided to make some more waffles.  They were just so good, my mom wanted some more and I wanted my dad to try them also.  This time I thought I would just have them with some strawberries and maple syrup.  I also had an organic orange on the side.

Today I didn’t end up eating lunch.  The waffles filled me up and I was munching on some cantaloupe and honeydew melon while I was cutting them up and I just wasn’t hungry.

Dinner

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Dinner tonight was simple.  Pasta with mushroom and onion tomato sauce.  I had a couple cans of plain tomato sauce in the pantry so I just sautéed up some onion, cremini mushrooms and garlic.  Then I just poured the mixture into a sauce pan with the tomato sauce and added oregano, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  So good!

For the rest of the night I am going to be looking at recipes and trying to figure out a meal plan for this week.  Also, I am going to finish watching Monsters Inc.  So cute!  I also have to get ready to start school again tomorrow.  I had a week off because of spring break but the semester is almost over.  April 19 and I am free for the summer; I can’t wait!!  Have a great Sunday night!

*xoxo* Crystal

Quick Post

Ok, I have changed my mind about going to the store tonight.  The roads are horrible!  Last night it rains then it turns to snow.  Now it’s snowing like crazy and the roads are not in good condition so I am hopefully going to get to the store tomorrow.  Definitely depends on the road situation then too but I am sure they will be much better then they are right now! Well, I am off to sip some tea and stay warm.

*xoxo*  Crystal

Running out

So we are starting to run out of everything in this house so tonight I am planning on going grocery shopping in a little bit so this post is going to have to be a fast one.

Dinner

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For dinner I threw together some potatoes and onions with paprika and then I threw in some lentils.  I know it’s not much but it was really good and I couldn’t find anything else.  Well, time to do some grocery shopping.  Have a wonderful Saturday night!

*xoxo* Crystal