Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I follow a lot of other blogs that participate in Top Ten Tuesday and I finally decided that I wanted to join in. These posts are so much fun to read and I love seeing what everyone has on their lists each week.

So this weeks list is favorite things to eat or drink while reading. Now, I’ll read whenever I get a chance to but being able to sit down with a nice drink and a book is one of my favorite feelings in the world. I would say that I don’t tend to eat a lot when I’m reading but I actually read a lot of e-books during meals.

I’m going to split this up and do five and five, starting with my top five foods!

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Cheez-Its

Peanut M&M’s

Sour Anything

Fruit

Chips

And now for my top five drinks:

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Coffee

Chai Tea

Fruity Tea

Moscato With Lemonade

Pop/Soda

I feel like all this list has done is show how much of a bad eater I am… I swear I’m not (other than my soda addiction) most of these are just things I *want* to be eating when I’m reading… Half the time I’m reading books while working anyways!

I really like cold drinks in the summer and warm drinks in the morning. I almost always have to have something to drink while I read but I’m not a really big snacker anymore so I tend to not eat anything when I read. And if a book is really engrossing? I can almost guarantee I’m not going to consume anything until I’m done with it. I think my favorite combination is Cheez-Its and moscato with lemonade. Now that’s a great Friday night.

Now back to work, with no snacks… And lukewarm coffee because I didn’t drink it fast enough. Happy Tuesday!

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May Favorites

Well, May has come and gone and we’re now well on our way to official summer. Now if only the weather would cooperate and then maybe I’d be a little excited. But all this rain we’ve been getting lately has just left me thinking good weather will never show up!

Anyways, here are some things that I loved this past month…

Books:

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Lilac Girls… I can’t say enough good things about this book. Here’s a link to the review I wrote. I may or may not also gush about this book in tomorrow’s post as well. I swear I’ll shut up about this at some point (actually I can’t promise that… sorry!!). This book was just absolutely amazing and I want everyone to read it. Heartbreaking and riveting and all based off of real people, it’s just crazy what horrors have happened on this earth.

Other Media:

Lizzo!!! I’d never listened to her music before this month and I have to say I was definitely missing out!

Truth Hurts and Juice are my favorites of hers so far and I listen to both of them at least once a day during my drive to work.

Make-up:

I honestly did not wear makeup enough this month to really compile anything good enough for this category. I did however start to work more on skincare stuff, I even started wearing sunscreen everyday (wow, go me!). Might do an in-depth makeup/skincare post sometime this summer though like I did a few years back in this post!

Clothing/Accessories:

Scrunchies

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I think that scrunchies are so cute and I love wearing them. I tend to wear them more as a bracelet because I usually already have my hair up when I grab them but I really love them as bracelets too.

Heeled sandals & Midi-Dresses

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These shoes are hard to wear at work but I do it anyways! I love wearing heels because they make me feel just a little extra bad-ass every day. And wearing them with longer dresses just makes everything feel a little bit more stretched out and I just think it’s a really nice look. I really enjoy wearing dresses during spring and summer because they’re an easy outfit to just throw together and you need so few pieces to look put together. And when I’m rolling out of bed 20 minutes before I need to be out the door the simpler outfits the better! I got both this dress and these shoes from Target!

Food/Drinks:

Starbucks mango dragonfruit refreshers with lemonade. I’ve also gotten my brothers into them as well. Now I’m really not a big fan of Starbucks most of the time but I had to try this drink and it was SO good. I’ve gotten two so far and I really would get it every day if I allowed myself to.

So that’s a few of the things that I loved in May. I hope to, for June, make a better post. Go a little bit more in depth and have more items on the list. But I guess I really didn’t do much in May and I really didn’t take enough pictures to add things to this list. I’ll try to do better next time and work on compiling stuff all month, working on the post as things come up ­čÖé

Anyways, what were some things you loved in May?

My Favorite Self Care Tips

I think self care is really important. Especially during the times when you’re experiencing a really low point in your mental health journey.

When you’re at your lowest, it’s hard to do anything sometimes other than lie in bed and stare at the walls. Despite these feelings, it’s extremely important to get out of bed and take care of yourself.

Before I get into my own favorite self care methods, here’s a video by Lucy and Rosianna, who are awesome, talking about self care.

(Also I wrote this before making Wednesday’s post so hahaha, enjoy┬áanother┬ávideo).

So moving into my four favorite self care tips, tricks, and methods if you want to call them that.

1. Hydrate yourself

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Drink a glass of water, I love to drink a glass of ice water, or at least cold water of some sort in order to wake up a little and almost jolt me out of whatever funk I’m in at the moment. It’s definitely not a cure all but it helps immensely with motivation to then do other things.

2.Clean yourself up

Shower, brush your teeth, wash your face, put clean underwear and pajamas on or actually get dressed. Sometimes I’ll even put makeup on just because it’s something to distract me and I also love the process of applying it. It’s really important to prioritize personal hygiene when you’re feeling low. Leaving yourself dirty and feeling grimy can often make yourself feel worse than normal just because you do feel gross. It’s hard to actually care about yourself as a human being if you’re not feeling quite human.

I also think it’s important to have a cleanish space. I would change my bedding and pick up the biggest messes on my floor (probably all clothes). If you have a dishwasher, definitely put any dirty dishes in there and if you don’t, don’t feel like you have to wash them all right away however, getting that task done would be a big accomplishment. I know finishing a task always makes me feel better since it gives me less to do some other time, and I feel productive!

3.Eat something

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Eat something small and snacky if you’re not feeling up to cooking, or make yourself a nice meal and store the leftovers for the next few days. I personally like to bake when I’m sad. Sweets are kind of my weak spot. Right now I have a ton of extra peanut butter in my cupboard here at school (because I got a jar in my stocking for Christmas) and I definitely think I’m going to make some of the peanut butter balls from this┬ápost┬áthe next time I need something distracting and worthwhile to do.

I think it’s important to get your blood sugar up and some nutrients into your body. I know I can always tell a huge difference in my mood when I eat something. Carbs are my friend when it comes to being sad and I love pasta for meals. A smoothie is always good too. I tend to lean towards a chocolate protein smoothie with frozen bananas, chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, and almond milk when I’m sad. It tastes like ice cream and always makes me happier because it doesn’t come with the lovely stomachache that real ice cream gives me.

4.Do something you enjoy

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Now when I say do something you enjoy, I mean do something that you absolutely can’t mess up no matter what that you actually like doing. Like reading, or watching YouTube, or for me I really enjoy to stress crochet. I find that it’s better not to do something that could possibly be messed up, you don’t want to end up getting angry with yourself or even more sad because you can’t do what you want to do. This is not the time to start a new hobby! That is definitely a task for a different day! And don’t try to deep clean anything either, if things do need to get cleaned, see my above cleaning category.

When I do stuff like this, this is when I like to also treat myself. Usually this means drinking a soda, sometimes even a Diet Coke (because honestly I never drink diet soda).

So, when you’re really feeling down and getting out of bed is almost impossible, I really encourage you all to form a simple routine that you follow when you need some structure the most. The four things in this post are pretty broad and there are so many different things that you can do to take care of yourself.

I hope you all have a great Friday.

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

I love cooking. Following recipes and having a bunch of random ingredients turn out into something delicious is so gratifying and it’s awesome! I’m not the greatest at cooking but I’m hoping that this semester I can fall into the habit of meal prepping and experimenting with new recipes.

The other day I made these delicious no bake peanut butter balls with my best friend, Katie. They’re really simple to make and they’re a great treat! It’s so hard to stop eating them once they’re all done! I looked up some other recipes yesterday and found most of them followed a similar pattern to this one but I figured I would just share with you all the recipe that we used.

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Ingredients:
1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon butter (or substitute vegan butter)

1 cup peanut butter (of your choice, we used a smooth one)

2 cups rice krispies

2-3 pieces of chocolate almond bark

So when Katie and I decided to make our peanut butter balls we figured that since we were making some for both me and her family that we had better double the recipe. But the list of ingredients is for just one batch!

To begin, we mixed the butter, powdered sugar, and peanut butter together in a standing mixer. We then slowly added in the rice krispies just because I wanted to make sure they were all evenly coated with the peanut butter mixture.

Before we started the rest of the process, we took a kitten break.

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Isn’t he precious? His name is Louis!

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He was just curled up on the blanket watching us from the living room so we had to go play with him for awhile. He’s so sweet and also so mischievous.

Okay! Back to the peanut butter.

After we mixed everything together, we started to roll everything up into bite sized balls. Heads up: you will get peanut butter all over your hands and probably under your nails too. On another note it does make your hands pretty soft.

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Since Katie and I made a double batch, and made our balls bite size, we ended up with about three trays full of them. Of course this all depends on how big you roll them and if you make just the original recipe or more.

Now I’m jut imagining how it would’ve turned out had we made one giant peanut butter ball, haha.

Anyways!

After we rolled out a bunch of them, Katie and I melted down some chocolate almond bark in a bowl. The two of us just used the microwave although if you want to get fancy I’m sure you could use a double broiler or something. (If either of the two of us tried that something would go incredibly wrong. Like we specialize in microwaved soup and very crispy grilled cheese).

If you are like us and decide to go the microwave route it should take about a minute, depending on your microwave of course, to melt down the few pieces of almond bark you use.

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┬áAfter you’ve melted the chocolate, start coating the balls. We just drop them in the bowl, scoop chocolate over them until they’re completely covered and then tap off the excess after scooping it up with a fork. This was probably my favorite part of the process just because I didn’t have to get my hands coated in peanut butter again.

Once everything is covered in chocolate, eat any leftover chocolate and then put the trays into either the fridge or freezer to set the chocolate. They shouldn’t have to be in there for more than an hour and on a side note, they taste really good when they come right out of the freezer!

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There’s a look at the finished peanut butter balls.

These are really simple to make and took us about an hour from start to finish. The rolling and coating are the most time consuming parts but again, the size and quantity of what you make definitely plays into that.

If any of you decide to try this recipe let me know! I’d love to hear what you all think of it!

Have a great week!

Adventure Duluth: Fitgers, Malts, and the Lake Walk

Quite early on in the school year, one of my youth group leaders surprised me one Saturday and took me out to lunch with one of her friends. They were going to the hot air balloon festival and Dianna figured she might as well treat me to some real food while she was at it.

We went to Fitger’s and I ordered a bacon cheeseburger (my staple at most restaurants) and a root beer. Dianna’s friend ordered a beer and the waiter asked to see her ID which led us all into a conversation over ID’s and being carded. The waiter thought I was at least 21, which I thought was really funny, you know, being 19 and all.

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There you have my delicious plate of half eaten food. It was so good, I was so excited to have gotten out of having to eat in our dining room on campus. Thinking back to this meal so many months later I would probably rate it a 4/5 stars. Definitely a really good burger, not dry at all, and the fries were really good too! I also really enjoyed the root beer they had there as well.

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There’s a picture of me at the restaurant. Funny story about this picture actually, Dianna took it so that she could send it to some of the other people from the youth group and she only sent the caption “Lunch date” without attaching the picture. That definitely got some questions from the other leaders.

After we finished up at Fitger’s, we walked over to the Portland Malt Shoppe.

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Dianna and I split a cookie dough malt and it was really good! The shop is now closed for the season but I know I’ll be bringing people there when it reopens next spring. I highly recommend it if you’re in the Duluth area.

After all of this food we headed down to the Lake Walk and just spent the afternoon talking and walking along Lake Superior.

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┬áI had such a good day that day. I’m so thankful to have people in my life like Dianna.

So if any of you are around Duluth definitely check out Fitgers and if you’re there in the spring/summer definitely check out the Portland Malt Shoppe!

Have a great day everyone.

I’ll talk to you all soon.