I guess I should acknowledge that my blog turned a year old the other day! Happy Birthday Pencils and Pancakes! It’s weird that I’ve more or less been documenting my life on the internet for a year. Sometimes I feel self conscious. A lot of people who have never heard of what a blog is or are unfamiliar with it don’t understand why anyone would want to do post their life on the internet, or constantly be taking pictures of food to post….but all I know is I enjoy blogging, reading others’ blogs, and writing. So I’ll keep doing it for now!!! I know…you were worried 😉
Since my blog is a year old I though I’d run down some of my favorite and most popular posts from the last year:
Sometimes I doubt if I should continue blogging about teaching, since I feel like the blog has morphed into more of a food blog, but teaching posts continue to be what people searching come for. So I’ll be happy to throw up a couple teaching related posts a month.
How to teach counterclaim
Book unit on Micheal Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma
Over the past year I have been experimenting with the Paleo diet. I love how it makes me feel! Although I don’t stick to it 100% of the time. Here are some of my favorite recipes from the past year (not all of them are Paleo).
Butternut Squash and Chicken Curry over Coconut Cauliflower Rice
Spinach and Garlic Pizza
Grilled banana and peanut butter stuffed french toast
Spicy Roasted Carrot Fries <<I make these at least once a week
Game Day Treats: Roasted red pepper poppers
Quest Bar Review
Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant Review
Pros and Cons of planning a wedding on Pinterest
Rustic Wedding Crafts
Ceremony and Bridal Party
Miscellaneous Favorite Posts
What to buy organic
How to grocery shop on a budget using coupons
Working out in the morning: pros and cons
How to change your mindset and become happier
WOW it’s kind of fun to look at all the posts and reflect over the past year. I haven’t really taken the time to re-read much of my blog. Anyways, for the 2-3 people that might read this blog 2 of which include my husband and mother, thanks for reading! Next goal is trying to get this baby self hosted. It scares me whenever I think about it…any tips?
Do you ever go back and read your own blog posts?
How hard is going to self hosted? BE HONEST!!!
I was so excited when Leslee at Her Happy Balance nominated me for a Sunshine Award! I’ve never done one of these survey things because I didn’t think anyone actually cared that much about my personal life but……it’s definitely fun to do one once in awhile. Anyone remember those email surveys from middle school? I used to be ALL about them!
If nominated for this award, you must include a link in your blog to the person/blog that nominated you. You must also answer some questions about yourself, nominate fellow bloggers, link their blogs in your post, and inform them that they have been nominated.
- Who is your favorite philosopher? Ummmmm….this one?
What is your favorite number? I don’t really have a favorite number, but right now my favorite number is 08-02-13..my wedding day!
What is your favorite animal? Easy.
What are your Facebook and Twitter? I don’t have a Facebook for my blog yet….it’s a current goal of mine. I think I am putting it off because I’m too embarrassed to see how many people actually won’t follow it. No confidence. Follow me on Twitter!
What is your favorite time of day? I really like mornings. I don’t know when I established myself as a morning person but I think it’s partly because of breakfast….and coffee.
What is your favorite holiday? Christmas is always cool……presents and crap. But my absolute favorite holiday has to be the 4th of July. Summer. Sun. Friends. Family. Food. It doesn’t get any better.
Austin and I 4th of July 2012
What is your favorite physical activity? Going to the gym mainly. I also go biking. We’ll see how that goes this year with my back and all. I’m mad because my Dad got me all this cool biking stuff for Christmas and I’m just hoping I get to use it by summer and my back will be all better!
What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? COFFEEEEEEE. And water. I know I’m boring, but my philosophy is this: if it’s not alcoholic and it has calories, why even bother?
What is your favorite flower? Any flowers would be nice. You know that great feeling when you get flowers just because? >Hint Hint<
- What is your passion? Recently, with the help of the blog community I’ve become extremely passionate about food and healthy living! I love everything about the blog community and how it inspires and supports this lifestyle!
Running on Peanut Butter
Lessons Life Teaches Me
Cookie Dough Katzen
I also wanted to share what I have been eating for my late night snack every.single.night. this week. Yeah, it’s becoming a problem. A problem because I am going to use the last of the cottage cheese as I make this dessert AS SOON as I am done with this blog post.
It’s a spin off a dessert I posted about a couple of weeks ago, Almond Joy Protein Pudding.
PB & J Protein Dessert
1/2 cup of fat free or low fat cottage cheese
2 tbsp PB2
1/2 packet of stevia
1/8 tsp of vanilla extract
Toppings of choice: I top mine with berries, peanuts, or sugar free jam to make a PB & J flavor!
Just blend everything up in a food processor and spoon the yummy-ness into a bowl with a spatula. So addicting and a good dose of protein before bed! It is 125 calories without the toppings and it fills me up. I promise I’ll stop with the PB2….I know I’m obsessed with it. It’s just so delicious and versatile!
What snacks/foods do you get addicted to and cannot stop eating? Tell me I’m not alone!
Hope everyone had a better Monday than I did…..have to admit it was a rough one. Well- it’s almost over so I’ll look on the bright side. Today I just wanted to write about a couple of things I discovered over the weekend.
My French toast coffee got me through the morning.
One of the recipes I made last night was some peanut butter granola from Peanut Butter Fingers, and it turned out great!!! I’ve made more of her granola recipes and even though I burnt the first batch it was a winner. It was the perfect accompaniment for my morning snack.
Another winner for the weekend:Peanut Butter Protein Cookies via Dashing dish. Sorry- no pictures, I scarfed them down quite rapidly. They are a keeper recipe for sure. I might use these as the base for the kiss cookies I want to make for Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, I was actually able to get some wrapping done this weekend!
Anyways, I thought I’d share the challenge I joined on Saturday- I’m actually quite excited about it. I heard about it from Emily’s blog and turns out the leader of the challenge is from a blog I regularly read, Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. The challenge is to do 2012 different body weight reps by the end of December. I chose:
I simply divided 2012 by four which works out to be 503. So I will do 503 reps of each exercise by the end of December. It’s do able. It works out to about 13 reps of each a day. Piece of cake. I have been doing 25 reps a day so far because you never know when you might need a skip day. I decided that no matter what my workout is, I am going to do these in addition to whatever is included in the workout. Like today my workout included mountain climbers and push ups, but I did the ‘challenge set’ at the end just to add to my overall workout. It’s fun! You should click on Courtney’s site link if you want to sign up!
Question: What gets YOU through Monday?