Monday, April 29, 2013

Google Reader & Friend Connect might be kaput, follow on Bloglovin instead

I've just found out that Google is going to be retiring Google Reader. NO! And, as though that wasn't already bad enough, rumor has it that Google Friend Connect might be next.


Google Reader and Google Friend Connect are the two main things that I use to keep track of all of the blogs I follow, besides bookmarking them in my browser. However, using Google Reader and Google Friend Connect means that I not only get to follow my blogs, but -- with Reader -- I get to follow them all on one page, scrolling down in order to peruse them all. It's SO convenient! And this way I'm able to increase the volume of blogs I'm able to read and comment on per day.

Well, there goes that, I guess. :(

HOWEVER, there is Bloglovin. I've been a member for a while, but never really made it my main place to go for tracking my blogs -- until now. Thanks to this blog post I found, and especially this one, I figured out that I could import all of the blogs I follow into Bloglovin.

Yay! I can still follow all of the blogs I love!

Go to Bloglovin, sign up, import! Do it before it's too late :)

And while you're there, why not Follow my blog with Bloglovin too? ;)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (gluten-free, no sugar added)

Garlic... cheddar... biscuit? I'll admit when I think of biscuits I don't really think of garlic OR cheddar. I think of plain biscuits slathered in butter with maple syrup, honey, and/or fruit preserve. My mind goes more sweet than savory. But holy crap the first time I tried this Gluten Free Cheese Garlic Biscuit recipe, I was amazed AND hooked. Thank you Betty Crocker. Thank you Gluten-Free Bisquick mix.

My entire family loved them as well, even my mom -- and she NEVER eats breakfast! But I've made these for breakfast 4 times this past week-and-a-half and every single time the biscuits disappeared SO fast.

I followed the recipe exactly as stated on the original recipe page, except substituted a mix of almond milk and heavy cream for the milk.

Here's a copy of the recipe below, and you can also check it out at the Betty Crocker site.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits  

Preheat oven 435 degrees F.


2 cups Gluten-Free Bisquick mix
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) Butter, cold & firm
2/3 cup Milk of choice or Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Cheddar, shredded
3 Eggs

Mix Bisquick with garlic powder, then cut in butter with a fork or pastry mixer (I sometimes use a cheese grater). Mix until mixture forms large crumbs. Now add the eggs, milk, and cheese and mix everything until it makes a soft dough.

Drop onto a baking sheet with a spoon, and bake for about 10~15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown (makes about 10).

Garlic Butter Topping

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) Butter, melted
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
Mix melted butter and garlic powder together. Spread onto biscuits. Let biscuits sit in oven for another minute before removing. Let cool slightly & eat (I particularly enjoyed mine with some grape jelly and honey~ savory AND sweet).

Love these!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

There is no elevator in life. You HAVE to climb.

Okay, saw this on Fab Kate's blog and just HAD to repost!

Seriously, must remind myself of this every, single, day. THERE IS NO ELEVATOR IN LIFE! You have to climb. The sentence that stands out the most to me is: "You have to try to do whatever it is, and theres no jumping over something you really have to climb." (emphasis added by me, because it's SO TRUE!)

It's such a simple fact that you have to actually DO things to GET THINGS DONE. But even still, the realization of this can still come as an epiphany to me. ;)

Let's do things~

Friday, April 05, 2013

That Awkward In-Between & Updates

School & Writing

So I'm at a transitional point in my life. It's an awkward in-between kind of moment. Previously I had quit my part-time job to focus full-time on school. But after being a full-time student for a while, suddenly... I was approaching the end. I had only a handful of classes left, and I was feeling the pressure. I started to wonder what I was going to do after graduating, where I was going, and what I was going to take with me after graduating. I started to think about what it was I really, truly wanted to do. What did I want to do? Where did I want to go? All of this combined with other personal conflicts in my life, and I came to a conclusion...

I needed to take a break. I had only a few quarters left of school, and I decided to take a break. It's crazy and seems like a lack of follow-through... but honestly, it feels right to me right now. I'm taking a break to really focus on where I want to be, where I want to go, what I want to do. I'm taking a break to focus on my writing most of all, because this has and always will be a passion of mine. To me, being a published writer (especially a self-published one) means self-sustainability without needing to rely on a boss or having to work for a company. In our day and age, especially with the innovations that Amazon and Amazon Kindle provide, being a self-published author is not only doable, but lucrative. I want to write, I want to publish. I want to build my brand (whatever that might entail). I don't just want to graduate with my degree and work for a television or film company, scraping by, maybe being able to work on my own projects every now and then. I'm definitely still invested in the world of film and television, but it's being a self-published writer that I really want to do. It fits with what's going on in my personal life right now, and is something I've had my sights on for years.

Part of me is super anxious because this seems like a set-back, but another part of me realizes that this is something I need to do. I can't wait to share my stories with as many people as I can, and hope that people will enjoy my stories as much as I love writing them. So... I'm taking a few months to get some things sorted, and will be returning to school later on this year to produce a commercial, complete my senior film project, and finish my degree.

I'm not a surfer, but this feels like a wave... and you can't be too early or too late to catch one, right? :P

 Weight-loss & Paleo

I still eat gluten-free, mostly grain-free, and a combination of low-carb & paleo. BUT I honestly have not worked out in a loooong while! And for a few months I really let my low-sugar/sugar-free slip. When you're not eating totally clean, and not working out at all, well... you gain weight. I still feel better and healthier than before I started eating more clean, but I gained some weight (noooooo!) So working out, here I come!

I have some awesome, yummy paleo and low-carb recipes that I want to share, and can't wait to share them. Like some delicious Brussels sprouts with tomato sauce that I made the other day (mix Brussels sprouts with Mrs. Dash seasonings, or other seasonings of choice, along with generous amounts of onion powder, garlic powder, and ground black pepper, pour canned tomato sauce on top, and add a few tablespoons of butter on top. Bake at 350 degrees F until Brussels sprouts are tender and cooked all the way, then take out of oven. Mix in some raw olive oil, and let sit until slightly cooled. It's really yummy!)

Can't wait to share more recipes, and food pictures. :)

Book Reviews

I'm so behind in my book reading & reviewing! I looooove reading, and I absolutely love to share how I feel about what I read. I also love reading others' reviews and commenting on their reviews. I love the mix of it all, the debates that spring up, and how all of the discourse furthers more conversations about the books, etc. I especially love Goodreads and book blogs. I've even won a few free books and, while it's not required to leave a review for these won books, I always feel like it's my way of paying it forward, or giving thanks (reviews are free advertising!) So while I'll be writing more, I also want to be reading and reviewing more. :)


So THOSE are some things that I'll be working on.

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