Try It Tuesday

So, you all know how I am OBSESSED with cheesecake, right?

I eat it.

I dream about it.

I may have even married it had Huff the Hubs not come along.

But, sadly, my love affair with the creamy dessert has come to an end now that I have baby weight I want to lose.

Or has it?

I found an AMAZING recipe on Pinterest and was super excited to try it out. Its healthy, packed with protein, AND low calorie. The best part? ITS CHEESECAKE.

All you need are three ingredients:

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~Sugar free, fat free Jello-O Cheesecake mix

~Milk (the recipe called for almond milk, but I used regular milk)

~plain yogurt (the recipe called for Chobani, but I’ve bad things about it so I bought Fage)

 

First, mix up 1 cup of yogurt, 2 tbsp of the Jell-O mix, and 1/4 cup milk until its creamy.

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Then, pour in a small dish (it makes 2 servings–each only 100 calories!) and poof! Done.

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See how easy that was?! And–best part–it actually tastes GOOD! I am so jazzed because now I can satisfy my sweet tooth and still stay on track to lose weight! *cue the happy dance*

Dad Life

Did everyone have a happy Father’s Day? Hopefully your dad’s day was better than Tywin Lannister’s. Huff the Hubs had a pretty good day—except that he had to leave on a business trip to California, womp, womp. I’ve been a little bummed since my better, bearded half is on the West Coast, so in an effort to buoy my (and I’m sure everyone else’s since its Monday and Monday is the equivalent of getting kicked in the shin) spirits and honor dads (a day late—whoops!) I found this hilarious video and thought I’d share it with you!

 

 

Peace.

Papa, Can You Hear Me?

As we all know, this Sunday is Father’s Day. I sincerely hope you’ve bought your dad something nice or at least got the poor guy a card, seeing as how he’s one half of the reason you’re here!

 

Some people think dad’s get the shaft on Father’s Day because such a fuss is made over mom’s on Mother’s Day which, honestly, I think it should be that way; but dad’s shouldn’t be forgotten. They are just as important as mom’s.

 

Mila Kunis (who is preggo with boyfriend Kelso, er, Ashton Kutcher’s spawn) was on Jimmy Kimmel earlier this week and did a hilarious PSA, asking men to no longer say the words, “We’re pregnant.” She argued jokingly: “You’re not pregnant! Do you have to squeeze a watermelon-sized person out of your lady-hole? No.”
Which is hilarious. Because yeah, the guy isn’t doing all of the major, heavy lifting. BUT I’ve learned that dads do do (heh, “do do”) a lot during pregnancy. At least, HtH did.

 

Huff the Hubs was so great during my pregnancy. Those first few months when I was nauseous all the time and couldn’t cook dinner because the smell bothered me, he really stepped up to the plate (literally!).

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He also started helping out a lot more around the house.

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He’d go on food craving runs for me.

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When I’d flip out and have crazy mood swings, he’d just let me flip out and then help me calm down.

 

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And when I’d get scared about having to push his love goblin out of me, he’d always know what to say to help me not be afraid. He’s basically my Disney Prince.

 

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Even after labor and delivery, HtH really took such great care of me (and Hermione). He was (and is) so protective of the both of us, its adorable. Bryan, you are—without a doubt—my favorite human being. You are kind, loving, generous, thoughtful, and loyal. You are the reason I’m a mom. And I’m so glad you’re my partner in this adventure called Parenthood. And when I see you with our daughter, my heart melts. You’re amazing. I love you and I like you.

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And Dad, thank you for setting such a great example of the kind of guy I should spend my life with and raise kids alongside. You have been the BEST dad a girl could ask for. I am so blessed to have you as my dad and even more so to have you as Hermione’s Papa.

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Fan Girl Thursday

I know its not Friday (full disclosure: I woke up this morning totally thinking it was!) but I couldn’t wait to share all of these geeky goodies to help you celebrate this Father’s Day weekend!

If you haven’t started shopping for your nerdy pop, have no fear! The monkeys over at Think Geek have got you covered!

 

Everyone thinks their dad is a superhero, but now every dad can feel like a superhero with this Batman hat! The bat signal even glows in the dark! (This way, you can find Dad while he’s waiting for his curfew-breaking teens on the front porch!) 1ba8_batman_glow_in_the_dark_hat

 

Now that summer’s here, show your dad he’s not just King of the Grill, but Ninja of the Grill with this tactical apron! There are pockets to hold anything and everything a true grill-master requires.

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If your dad is more of a gamer than a griller, you’re in luck! The largest collection of video games (certified by the people at the Guinness World Records) is up for auction!

video games The 11,000+ games have a starting bid of $750, 250.00, so you’ll need to dig in your pockets for this one. But, I think you’d solidify your favorite child status for the foreseeable future.

 

 

If you’re looking for a way to let your dad know he’s the best in all Westeros, take page from these parents! They threw their daughter a Game of Thrones-inspired birthday party! GoT Bday

I’m sure Dad would love such a celebration! Just, try not to make it as gory as the Red Wedding.

Dare to Dream…?

 

Before I go into today’s post, I want to preface with a few things. First, let it be known that I’m really not trying to be a Debbie Downer. And second, I’m not fishing for compliments. This is genuinely me trying to work through my thoughts in blog form. Get it? Got it? Good.

 

Here lately I’ve been feeling pretty forlorn. I’ve had my YA novel completed for months now, and reaching out to literary agents to get some representation but to no avail. I’ve been getting rejection after rejection.

 

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And I know that, as a writer, you’ll get a thousands No’s and you only need one Yes. But dang! when am I going to get that Yes?! I have an email folder and a file folder full of rejection letters (that I will use to wallpaper my office in my mansion after I become a famous author so I stay grounded) and I’m getting a little sick of it.

 

I’m starting to doubt my abilities as a writer (even though my manuscripts have all been critically-acclaimed by ME) and I’m starting to wonder if I need to keep pursuing this dream. Maybe I’m not as good of a writer as I think I am.

 

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But then I think: “No. You don’t suck. JK Rowling was rejected twelve times before she got an agent, and Judy Blume spent two years getting nothing but rejection letters. You can do this.”

 

 

People always ask me, “Why not self-publish like you did with The Speaker?” Self-publishing costs a pretty penny if you want to do it right. Books aren’t necessarily always in the stores, and plus, with the marketing you have to do (all on your own, I might add) it basically becomes your life. Can I really do that with a full-time job, a husband, and a kid?

 

 

I just don’t know what to do. I guess I’ll keep pursuing this crazy dream until I either find an agent or get tired of trying. I hate to think of me giving up, though. I hate giving up. I mean, I wanted to give up so bad during the marathon but I didn’t. I just don’t know if this particular marathon is worth running.

 

I guess I’ve got a lot to think about.

 

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What about you? Do you have any goals you’re working to achieve? Do you want to give up? Are you? Why or why not?

 

Try It Tuesday

Its Tuesday! And you know what that means! I’ve got another tasty treat to tempt your taste buds!

This Try It is actually pretty easy and looks yummy!

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What you’ll need:

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1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 tbsp vanilla extract

3 cups Honey Nut Cheerios

1 cup raisins, nuts, craisins, or whatever floats your goat!

1/2 cup mini M&M’s (I used mini Reese’s Pieces)

Pinch of salt (which I just now realized I forgot to add in, lol)

 

First, line a pan with aluminum foil, spray it with Pam and set it aside. Then, in a large microwave-safe bowl, toss in the butter, honey, and brown sugar and then microwave it on high for 1 minute.

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When its done, stir it and then microwave for another minute. And then do it again. When the mixture has been microwaved three times, it will be pretty bubbly and foamy.

 

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Stir in the vanilla. Be careful, though because the mixture (which is basically caramel) bubbles and splashes.

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Add in the cereal and then your other fixin’s.

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Pour and press the mixture into the prepared pan, packing down firmly with a spatula.

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(I put the Craisins on only half of the bars because I’m the only one who likes them)

 

Cover the pan with foil and refrigerate for about 2-3 hours. Then take out and slice!

 

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They were pretty yummy! But, they were also SUPER sweet. I think they might be better with just plain ole Cheerios. These would be great for camping; just throw some almonds or peanuts in there with raisins and M&M’s, and you’ve got trail mix to go!

Austenites Unite!

If you remember, I am working on completing my 30 by 30 list (30 things I want to accomplish by the time I turn 30 in December). One of those goals was to read every Jane Austen novel.

I. Love. Jane. Austen.

I know I’ve mentioned this before. She is seriously my soul sister.

When my actual sister and I went to England, we went to Jane Austen’s house in Alton. It. Was. Awesome.

I can’t think of any other way to describe it except that it was a “spiritual experience”. I credit visiting her home as the genesis of my desire to be a writer by trade.

Look how happy {and thin, I might add!} I look!

Look how happy {and thin, I might add!} I look!

Anywhoo, back to the 30 by 30…

I finished Northanger Abbey a few weeks ago and started on Mansfield Park soon after.

Of all of Austen’s novels, I have to say that these two are my least favorite…why? I’ll tell you. {Warning: slight spoilers ahead}

Northhanger’s protagonist, Catherine Morland, is a sweet girl. She’s friendly, kind, has good manners but she’s…how do I put this diplomatically? Um…simple. Yes, that’s it: simple. She’s easily persuaded by everyone around her and incapable of seeing people’s true intentions. She doesn’t stand up for herself, nor is she decisive. It drives me batty!

Mansfield‘s leading lady, Fanny Price, isn’t much better. She’s a lot like Catherine–sweet, kind, caring–but does not let her feelings show and is almost forced into a loveless marriage because of it. She allows herself to be pushed around by everyone (including her beloved cousin, Edmund) and its incredibly frustrating for this reader.

I guess I’ve been spoiled by other books that have “look-at-me-wrong-and-I’ll-kill-you”, strong female leads. Or maybe I’m turned off by the meek and mild main character because I was pushed around a lot in a past relationship. Whatever the reason, I find myself internally chastising the Catherine’s and the Fanny’s for not standing up for themselves (and likewise punching the other characters in the face for walking all over them).

 

What about you? Have you read any Jane Austen novels? Which were your favorites? Why?