June 30, 2014

eat less more often - i can do that {recipe}

Eat less more often. So say many health "experts" about methods of staying fit and/or losing weight. So, that's what I've been trying to do, and not only do I feel stronger, lighter, and more energetic, but I now have a handful of fantastic one-person recipes to pass on to y'all! All of which are absolutely delicious, and some of which I figured out/invented all by my lonesome! How I love food experiments.

Here's one of my most recent favorites: blackened pan-grilled shrimp on lettuce with strawberries. Much less weird than it sounds, I promise you. Just look at the beauty.

June 28, 2014

half-year highlights

I'm finding it hard to believe 2014 is almost halfway gone already. Pft. June 30, just like that.

Anyway. Here's a simple post for today.

Since said year is halfway over, I thought I'd highlight my favorite posts written by fellow bloggers, and then your favorite posts of mine from January to now. (Your favorites are chosen by recent page view stats, provided by my hosting domain.)

Here goes!

First, my favorites of yours (not in any particular order):

June 26, 2014

catholic radio and artsy friends ~ 7qt (vol. 41)

HelLO there, friends and readers! Happy Friday! By now, you've probably noticed the new art on my blog banner... all thanks to my lovely artist and photographer friend (both in-real-life and otherwise), Mary B. L. of The Fraying Scarf. Her older sister, Josie, took my senior portraits back in '12. I tell ye, this family is ludicrously talented. Last Wednesday (or was it Thursday?), I hailed my artistically inclined friends via my personal page on the Book of Face, and sent a few of them an idea that had been floating around in my head for a while, but one I couldn't make a reality on my own, thanks to my astonishing inability to draw anything other than inanimate objects and stick figures. And, Mary sent this image back:

June 23, 2014

ordinary, beautiful days

Over the past few weeks, I've come to realize the stress and tension creeping into my life. Actually, the stress and tension has been forcing its way past my barricades like an extremely super-charged Grond the Warhammer. From dawn until dusk I'm either interning or petsitting or driving back and forth between the two... not that I'm complaining. Having work is a tremendous blessing. Just a little exhausting, though. (C'est partly why - you may have noticed - I haven't written anything of substance for quite a while.)

June 18, 2014

homemade, naturally-sweetened strawberry sorbet

I love strawberries. I love sorbet. And, strawberry sorbet? Sugar-free, healthy strawberry sorbet? Love. Today, I'll show you fine folks how to make it.

(This one's especially dedicated to Josie.)
Could it get better? I think not.

June 17, 2014

featured blogger: call her happy

Call her Jenna. Call her your daily dose of Catholic living. Call her mom. Call her funny, approachable, curious, and a lover of beautiful things. Call her what you will, but always Call Her Happy.

Welcome to Featured Blogger at Country Girl's Daybook. 'Twas a freezing Sunday morning, when I sat in the pew after Mass and glanced up to notice a familiar-looking blonde lady coming straight toward me with some of the cutest kids I have ever seen. 'Twas Jenna, a blogger friend I'm now blessed to also know in real life - I mean - IRL. That's what the cool kids say. Turns out, she goes to my church. (And to my favorite bookstore.)

Q: How did you first get involved with blogging, and what inspired you start your own?

I first started blogging when I found out I was pregnant with my first. I wanted a way to keep my family informed about the pregnancy because I hate repeating myself. But, I started reading other blogs and found out that blogging could be so much more. Then, evolution.

June 16, 2014

go green {outfit post}

Thrift stores rock. I found this dress downtown a few weeks ago, and it has been lovely. This one also may be one of the best swing dancing dresses ever.

June 12, 2014

hedgehogs & painting ~ 7qt (vol. 40)

1. In an effort to stop snacking between meals, I've been trying to be as creative as humanly possible in other areas. Having something to do with my hands distracts me from joy-munching. Plus, I have so many ideas which have yet to come about, so I figured, why not try a few?

This is one of them:

June 11, 2014

a lovely combination || bison + bruschetta {recipe}

Remember when I made the best bruschetta on the planet on New Year's Eve? Well, little did I know at the time it works as a wonderful topping for ground bison! Bison, as I have discovered through a reasonable amount of research and experiments with eating (yes), is much healthier than the average meat. It's lean, but a terrific source of protein, omega-3s, and all that good stuff I won't bore you with here. It's quite simple to make, which I greatly appreciate.

And, it's delicious.  Bam.

June 10, 2014

tea talk 01

I'm starting this thing, y'all. Starting it so hard. Things I want to share with you but you might not see on the Facebook, but definitely don't need to have a single post dedicated to them. Grab a cup of tea, and let's chat (and browse).

+ THANK YOU to my friend Jenna (Call Her Happy) for helping me out with the Tea Talk graphic after I fussed over it for a day and got absolutely nowhere but deep in frustration. She rocks.

+ Check out these beautifully decorated stairways across the world. I'm tempted to do something like this in my house.

+ This list of 30 untranslatable words has come around my end of the interwebs for the second time since last summer, and I'm determined to use them in everyday conversation.

+ Have you seen BuzzFeed's latest hedgehog article? Here are 15 hedgies "in a real big hurry,"and they are adorable. As a fellow hedgie mama, well... near and dear.

June 8, 2014

around the grounds

This post has been in my draft box since April, and I'm tired of seeing it. So here you go, fine folks!

My photo class had the opportunity to wander around campus one gorgeous evening, and these are some of the shots I took.
(I love this duck...  He be like: "Whatchoo lookin' at?")

answer me this (vol. 6)

Happy Pentecost, friends and readers! 

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in us the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit, and You shall renew the face of the earth.

Wishing all my dear friends and readers a beautiful, and Spirit-filled Pentecost.  And now, for another quick round of Answer me This with Kendra at Catholic All Year, because who doesn't enjoy a little Q and A? 

June 5, 2014

7qt ~ in which I sing at the end (vol. 40)

1. For the past week and a day, I've been working inventory for a small, darling, local Catholic bookstore, an entirely unique experience for me. I must say, I really enjoy spending my afternoons knee deep in Catholic books. My job consists of going through each category and their subsections (books, gifts, holy cards, etc.), and ensuring the records in the computer are accurate to what we have in stock. I'm beginning to know that store inside and out...

And, the list of books I'd like to read and/or buy has grown about 75 entries since Saturday.
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