Blue Hats, Nose Pickers, and Name Tags

It’s been awhile since my last post. I haven’t deserted this blog though. Lately I’ve been keeping busy with day-to-day life and school and sports. I’ve been actively writing, attending Muay Thai classes, and I’m in the thick of a psychology course online, all of which have been engaging and refreshing. Learning new things is fascinating.
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In fact, I have decided today’s post will be about learning. I recently read (in the psychology course) that there was a psychologist who stated that to learn was to observe. And I’ve found that to be true. Just observing small details around us can enrich everyday experiences and tune your perception to a level that even you may have never thought possible. Supermarkets, sidewalks, and streets are perfect to use to exercise your mind. As a test, look around for a moment, then close your eyes and try to remember how many blue hats, nose pickers, or name tags you saw. Call up random questions to keep your mind on its toes. If that were possible.
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The act of being aware of your surroundings, however pointlessly dull or exceedingly paranoid it may seem to you, may actually serve to save your life or another’s one day. It’s worth the ongoing practice. After all, we learn from the second we are born to the second we die, so why not make it a better overall experience?
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One never knows their own limits until they are surpassed and a new point is set forth, this time a goal.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Pancakes

For breakfast this morning, I decided to make pancakes with nutmeg, vanilla, a mini chocolate chips. I used Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking Mix for pancakes and the recipe on the back of the package. Instead of water, I added milk. Then a handful of these tiny chocolate chips.
Photo by thescribblingpixie.wordpress.com
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Cinnamon Apple Muffins, Hot Chocolate, and Cold Weather

A while ago, my mom made gluten free cinnamon apple muffins and I took a photo. The photo, until now was buried under others in my phone’s photo library. So here it is!

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We also went to Starbucks and my hot chocolate was looking especially post-worthy…

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And last, but not least, I captured the great cold weather that I love in a photo from the car yesterday.

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Now back to school.

Utah Road Trip

My family and some of our friends went on a road trip to Moab, Utah last month. We hiked around the Arches National Park and got some amazing photographs. Everything was breathtaking. One of the hikers we chatted with summed the place up perfectly: “No matter where you look, there is always a great view.”

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In addition to the awe-inspiring, massive fins of solid rock and thin, fragile arches, the people who we encountered were also really fascinating. There were Russians, Swedes, British, who all came to experience the Arches National Park. They were so diverse, people from all over the world. Experienced hikers and ones who had no previous experience with hiking. People of all ages and walks of life. And although each person there was completely individual and unique, we were all at the same place in a kind of anonymous unity. We were strangers to one another, but all here to experience the Arches. It was amazing.

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Spiced Greek Yogurt

I’ve got my brain working and thought up another recipe for fall. Instead of having cereal or a piece of toast or plain yogurt or nothing for breakfast, why not try some spiced yogurt? It’s full of protein and healthy fats. Here we go…

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Spiced Greek Yogurt

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Any Greek yogurt

Liquid sweetener (optional. Use if you want a sweeter yogurt.)

Ground ginger, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground cardamom, ground cinnamon (*use a pumpkin pie spice mix if you don’t have each individual spice or want the recipe to be a lot easier to make*)

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Mix together the yogurt and a VERY small amount of each of the spices, or a couple shakes of a pre-mixed pumpkin pie spice. If you’re using individual spices, take caution in adding only a VERY small amount. (If it’s overdone, the yogurt will taste similar to the smell of Hobby Lobby around Christmas and Thanksgiving. ) Add a dime-sized amount of liquid sweetener. I used agave syrup, but honey will give the yogurt a better flavor. Mix again and top with nuts. Enjoy!

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This is really simple to make, and if you want to have some in the morning before work or school, make a larger batch on the weekend and store it in your fridge.