American Version of Ireland

It’s 12:15am and I’m eating frozen bananas while standing in front of my radiator.

But I wanted to blog! My brain can only organize things into an incoherent list right now though, so that’s what we’ll work with today.

This past week:

1) We had a snow day on Tuesday and it ruined everything.

My gross anatomy lab practical that was supposed to be last Tuesday is now tomorrow, the same day as the gross anatomy lecture exam. #ILoveEverything.

2) I can’t complain about sleeping in and having warm Slytherin socks though (thanks, Fiona ♥︎).

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3) Megan and I also made a mini snowman after Mass that day.

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same.

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we named him Stello, the counterpart to Stella the storm

3) Megan, Briana and I were craving a taste of Ireland on our snow day, so we baked Irish brown bread (one of our favorite foods when we were abroad) using this recipe. It ROCKED fresh out of the oven with butter and jam/honey. *Irish jig*

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3 mini loaves

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we have finally mastered the art of baking in our hell-hot box of an oven

4) Another low regarding the snow/ice was that I walked 30 minutes to dance on Wednesday morning (and royally wiped out on the ice on the way there) all to find out that class was cancelled. ‘Twas totally my fault for not checking the facebook page for an update after the large snow storm.

5) I forgot how much I liked getting sandwiches/wraps at the dining hall until I ordered this beauty last week.

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roast beef, provolone, roasted veggies, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, honey mustard on whole wheat wrap

6) Some of my favorite moves and grooves from last week:

Wednesday: 10-1 pistol squat/burpee ladder (10 of each, then 9, 8,7…1) + squat clean practice

Saturday: 5 rounds of this functional workout from Peanut Butter Fingers + overhead squat practice

Friday: alllll the dancing for St. Paddy’s day!

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ugh this night was so fun!

7) I tried making a healthy homemade shamrock shake with peppermint stevia drops that had been sitting in my pantry unopened for ages.

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milk, yogurt, oats, chia seeds, frozen banana, 1/4 avocado, greens, vanilla protein powder, peppermint stevia drops

My friends hate me for making this.

It was tasty and creamy, but I should have just left out the stevia because it wasn’t that strong, so I kept adding more until it just left a nasty aftertaste.

At least it wasn’t as sickeningly sweet as the McDonald’s version? And it’s green!

8) I helped out with a high school confirmation retreat on Saturday and the church spoiled the volunteers by inviting us to their St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s potluck dinner!

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salad, lobster ravioli, jambalaya, clam fritter, eggplant parmigiana, shepherd’s pie, soda bread

#global.

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all the boxed baked goods!!!

I also ate Welch’s fruit snacks and Cheez-Its earlier in the day during the allotted snack time, and I was on cloud nostalgia.

9) Despite the complain train of this post, I am truly grateful for the many wonderful people and privileges I have in my life. And especially this week, I am grateful for the little trials and heartaches that God uses to teach me how to be better.

I hope you all have a fantastic Monday. Go get ’em!!!

So tell me:

How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Danced and snacked the night away with my friends (and watched them drink because I’m still a baby here in America).

Two things you’re grateful for.

The best thing you ate this weekend. That one lobster ravioli (raviolo?) I ate at the potluck was smashing.

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Feelin’ Lucky {MIMM #28}

Good morning and…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Fun fact: St. Patrick’s original associated color was actually blueSo if you accidentally wear blue today, you can tell people that.

I hope you all had a fun weekend filled with some luck and {root} beer (as my Economics teacher says)! I wouldn’t say my  weekend was filled {root} beer, but it was definitely filled with loads of smiles, tears, and delicious food, which always makes me feel lucky. And marvelous!

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We’re lucky to have Katie as the fabulous host of MIMM!

It’s becoming one of the most (if not, THE most) hectic times of year with school, dance, and church events, so it’s easy to overlook all the blessings right in front of me. We’re all doing ten things at once at any point in the day, but it’s a wonderful thing to just reflect on all the things we’re blessed to have. So here’s to all the blessings from this weekend! But for the sake of St. Paddy’s day, we’ll just say lucky. 🙂

Friday

We were lucky to have a chilly, but absolutely gorgeous day on Friday. I couldn’t fathom the idea of cooping up in the gym for a workout, so I opted for a refreshing outdoor workout.

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Moves consisted of several plyo exercises (jumping jacks, high knees, burpees, jump lunges/squats) and different variations of pushups. I took sufficient breaks and took it easy, but it was nice to get the blood flowing in the great outdoors… of my backyard.

I’m lucky that coconut oil tastes good. I tried that trendy oil pulling technique (inspired by Gina and Katie) on Thursday. Basically, you swish around a vegetable oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes every day, and it’s supposed to aid in teeth whitening, gum health, and have some other health benefits. I’m in it for the teeth whitening. I still haven’t done it again since Thursday though…

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Let’s face it. Swishing oil in your mouth for twenty minutes is kinda nasty.

I’m lucky to have had another smooth evening babysitting my company director’s little guy. I fed and changed him, and then he went to sleep in no time. All I had to do was check on him every once in a while, watch Youtube videos, read blogs, and do homework. Is that what motherhood will be like?? 😉

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I’m also lucky that they had watermelon popsicles in their freezer.

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Yeah, I raided their freezer (with permission).

Saturday

I’m lucky to have peanut butter, oatmeal, and Greek yogurt. As if I haven’t made that very clear.

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I’m lucky to have lunches on the go. This was eaten at dance: spinach salad with curry chicken and grapes + BelVita biscuits.

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I’m lucky to have a dad who loves taco night as much as I do. We had a fiesta in honor of St. Patrick’s Day because we’re multicultural like that.

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Whole wheat tortilla, lean ground beef, cabbage, avocado, cheese, cilantro, pineapple salsa, and squeeze of lime.

It had beef and cabbage, so it’s sort of like corned beef and cabbage, right?

Sunday

I’m lucky to have 14 dance company girls and an amazing company director who made my last company rehearsal EVER pretty darn great. My feet hurt and we were sweaty beasts, but I’m glad to have spent it with such beautiful, hilarious, loving ladies. I didn’t cry, but the waterworks are guaranteed to come during our last show in less than two weeks.

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I WON’T CRY NOW.

I’m lucky to have a dad who will run to the store to pick up some buttermilk for Irish soda bread. I’m a huge fan of the stuff, so of course I had to make some for St. Patrick’s day! I used this recipe (I used half whole wheat flour), which is a fun twist on the traditional Irish soda bread with raisins. This one has dried apricots and orange zest!

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Sample with some buttah. The crispy crust— DUDE.

Lucky. Lucky. Luckkkkyyy. I’ve been saying it in my head a billion times, so now it has lost its meaning and it sounds weird.

I hope you all have a great day!

So tell me:

Did you do anything for St. Patrick’s Day this weekend?

What is your favorite St. Paddy’s food?

Ever tried oil pulling?

What are you feelin’ lucky about?

Fascinating Friday Links #28

Good morning!

Alright so the warmth was only playing hide-and-seek, because it has returned with a high of 45*F today. Yesterday’s high temperature was 20*F, and the wind was out of control. Not hurricane status, obviously, but it was strong enough to throw me off balance when I was getting the mail.

I think Thursdays are currently one of my most relaxing days of the week (I’m tellin’ ya— it’s the new Friday!). Of course there’s still school, homework, and dance, but for some reason, I feel like I have a lot of down time in between all the activities. I’ll take it 🙂 Tonight I’ll be babysitting my cute Valentine’s date, so my plans will involve diaper-changing, burping (the baby), and maybe a little yoga again. Just being domestic, right? I should just become a housewife right now and call it a life. That requires a husband though, so I guess I’ll stick to college first. 😉

And here are this week’s Fascinating Friday Links! Enjoy!

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Health & Fitness

[Learn about it] Why Being Overweight Might Not Matter As Much As You Think via Greatist

[For running or LIFE] 3 Strength Moves to Improve Your Run Form via Cotter Crunch

[Love that she calls these guidelines] 6 Nutrition Guidelines to Follow Whether You Want to Lose Weight or Not via Your Trainer Paige

[The “dreadmill” ain’t so bad] Reasons to Love the Treadmill via Olive to Run

[I like to move it, move it] 400 Heavy Rep Workout via Nutrition Nut on the Run + Upper Body Workout Roundup via Peanut Butter Fingers + Hard Core Plank Towel Workout via Purely Twins

Food for Thought

[“Allow life to happen like it’s supposed to”] 30 Must-Do’s While You’re Young Enough to Read This via Marc and Angel

[Do what you love TO DO] What You LOVE vs. What You Love TO DO via Fitting It All In

[Educating ourselves by just doing] 13-Year-Old’s Amazing TED Talk on Health via Greatist

Food for Belly

[Too much goodness, it should be illegal] Sweet Corn Cake Eggs Benedict with Avocado Hollandaise via How Sweet It Is

[I like easy and I like mac and cheese] Easy Southwest Mac n Cheese via Budget Bytes

[Yes!] Baked Onion Rings via Damn Delicious

[I don’t even like chocolate chip cookies, but I want this] Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie with Caramel and Sea Salt via Pinch of Yum

[Tropical food is calling my name] Pineapple Coconut Tacos with Mango Salsa and Toasted Coconut via Fabtastic Eats

[Dreaming about these] Bananas Foster Crepes via Produce on Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Specials

[Check out ALL her green foods from this week!] Paleo Peppermint Donuts with Green Coconut Frosting via The Healthy Maven

[Great recipe ideas] 32 Healthy Green Recipes to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day via Greatist

[Cute!] Bell Pepper and Potato Frittata via Skinnytaste

[I must try these] Cinnamon Raisin Irish Soda Muffins via Chocolate and Carrots

Miscellaneous Fun

[Basically] 10 Ways You Know Winter Owns You via The Lunchbox Diaries

[So hilarious] You Might Be Married to a Dietitian If… via The Lean Green Bean

[Just a black umbrella— neat!] Food Photography Tip 1 via Edible Perspective

[I started doing this trend yesterday. We’ll see if it whitens my teeth!] The Deets on Oil Pulling via The Fitnessista

Happy Friday, everyone!

So tell me:

What are your Friday night plans?

Which links did you enjoy the most?