everyday food made simple

I know I haven’t done one of these in months and months – will you forgive me? My last quarter in school was so hectic and busy that it seemed like my life was on autopilot – I simply went through the same motions every day in an attempt to stay above water.

Going to class, full time internship, studying for exams, getting homework done, finding (healthy) things to eat every day, coming up with ideas for blog posts, making food for blog posts, taking pictures for said food, finding time to blog about them, and taking care of the house and family (furry babies)… I barely had enough time to sleep. Someone told me sleep is for the weak. Who needs it anyway?!

Boy am I glad my life is kind of getting back to normal – here are some things that have been going on in my life latley…

1. 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS

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Who else is excited for the XXII Olympic Winter Games that’s coming up in less than 10 days?! This girl sure is. I look forward to the 17-day festivities every four years – it’s way more exciting than any major sporting event in my little world. Forget the Superbowl, forget the Summer Olympics, and forget the FIFA World Cup – the Winter Games rank #1 on my all-time list. Short track and long track speedskating are definitely my two favorite events. It was the whole reason I got into the sport of speedskating to begin with 12 years ago. I remember watching the 2002 Salt Lake games in high school and immediately falling in love with the sport – I thought to myself, “this sport is so cool. I want to do that.” A few months later, I owned my very first pair of speedskates and never turned back since. What are your favorite events to watch? Snowboarding, skiing, bobsledding, skeleton, and luge are some of my other favorites… basically any sport that involves going down a track/slope in insanely fast speeds. (logo from thelogofactory.com)

2. READING FOR FUN

It has been a long time since I had the chance to sit down and read books “for fun”. I used to feel guilty about sitting on the couch for a few hours every night reading on my Kindle, simply because I felt like time spent reading should be better spent doing homework or studying or something “productive”. I have come to the conclusion that I simply cannot sit and relax for a night without feeling guilty. It’s a serious problem and I hate it. I hate sitting on the couch doing “nothing” (reading, watching TV) because I feel like I’m wasting time. Time that could be used to do productive things like studying, doing laundry, cleaning the kitchen, brainstorming recipe ideas, writing blog posts, or organizing my life. These two books are new additions to my Kindle library. I’ve already finished “The Husband’s Secret” and have just started “Divergent“. The Husband’s Secret is a super easy book to read – it’s one of those that you can finish within a day or two and will leave you thinking. Divergent is the first book of a trilogy, and it is coming out as a major motion picture this March, so I figured why not give it a try… supposedly it is sorta similar to the Hunger Games trilogy, which I liked, so I’m hoping I’ll like this one too.

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3. KITCHEN MAKEOVER

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that we are currently in the process of giving our kitchen a makeover. A few months ago, it started with new appliances after our refrigerator decided it was time to die on us. Then a few weeks ago, we installed our new granite countertops along with a new sink and faucet. Then we bought a few dozen sheets of glass/stone mosaic backsplash, so getting that installed would be next on the agenda.

4. MY INSTAGRAM ADDICTION

“Hi, I’m Amy. And I’m addicted to Instagram.” Seriously, out of all the available social media networks that I’m a part of (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn), Instagram has got to be my favorite. I love being able to document my everyday life through pictures with a simple caption. I also love following a variety of people that I normally wouldn’t follow on Twitter simply because, who would want to scroll through a bunch of words when they can scroll through a bunch of fun pictures instead? It’s fun to show friends and family a glimpse of my everyday life, and seeing what other people’s lives are like in return. (that sounded just a tad creepy, but I promise I’m not a stalker!)

5. LIFE PLANNER

Even though I’m now done with school and it seems like there’s nothing worth writing in a planner other than the days that I work, I still catch myself feeling lost and overwhelmed without one. Although I consider myself a tech savvy individual and it’s easy and convenient to simply put things down on my computer’s calendar and have it synced to my phone, there’s still something about being able to physically write things down on a traditional planner that makes me feel a little bit more organized. Like I have my life together. And for that reason, I decided to get a Life Planner this year, after hearing so many wonderful things about it from the blogging world. It doesn’t hurt that the pretty colors make it that much more inviting and fun to use…. not that that was a factor in determining which one I ended up getting………[ahem]

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6.  SUPERBOWL SUNDAY

Who will you be rooting for this Sunday when the Broncos take on the Seahawks? Our house is rooting for the SEAHAWKS, since, well, we’re practically in love with that city. We also have a few delicious finger foods planned and while Brian watches the game, I will be looking forward to all the commercials!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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