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Sorry to yell, I just wanted to catch your attention! Yeah, you!

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Daniel Fast Vegetable Soup

I hope you guys are all doing well! I have had an absolutely crazy, hectic week and this weekend is going to be even busier! I have a photo shoot set for tomorrow (SOSO excited!) and Celina has a singing showcase. Sunday we’re playing worship at church and then I’m going to do do several of my photo concentration pictures done! My concentration for my photography class is “self portraits.” So obviously I’m going to be in every picture but I am also using them as a commentary on social issues.

I’ve been working on my college application. I have one more month before it needs to be done. It’s stressful and I’m just ready for it to be over. I am so exausted right now…

So here’s a Daniel fast recipe for you, lovely reader! One of my favorite things I made while on the Daniel Fast was soup. I made several different kinds and they were all delicious! It was a great comfort food for when I wasn’t feeling very good. I don’t actually have any pictures of the soup I made…I always forgot to take one and I doubt it would have looked very delicious anyway. But here’s how I made it:

1 carton of Vegetable Stock

2 chopped potatoes or sweet potatoes

2-3 chopped carrots

1 can of rotel (tomatoes with green chiles)

1/2 cup frozen corn

That’s it! Just dump it all in a pot, add any spices you want (salt, pepper, cajun spices ;) And cook it until the potatoes and carrots are soft, 10-15 minutes.

Another kind of soup I made was sweet potato and quinoa. For this one, I put 1/2 cup of already cooked quinoa along with 1 chopped sweet potato in a smallish pot. I then added 1/2 cup of veggie crumble and some chopped bell peppers. I then added enough vegetable stock to cover all the ingredients, plus a little extra (like how precise this is?). And then I just cooked it until the potatoes were soft. This was so easy to make but beware that the quinoa, even though it’s already cooked, will expand more and take away all the liquids. My soup ended up not being soup as a…thick stew? I don’t know how to word that…there wasn’t much broth anyways. But it was really good!

Sorry these directions are vague but I would encourage you to try different soups if you’re on the fast- it’s easy and a nice break from grapes and carrots and triscuits.

Have a fantabulous weekend!

I have nothing to talk about but Christmas!

So I haven’t posted in a while…and I don’t know that I have anything interesting to post.

I really only have one more day on my Daniel Fast and I’ve hardly posted any of the recipes I’ve made or talked about the fast at all! I’ll do that in the next couple of days.

I’ve been so busy and sick. The past 3 weeks have been pretty miserable. I dealt with a week of migraines, then a week of a bad cold, and then yesterday my tummy started to not feel good. I spent all today on the couch feeling miserable. Yep…feel sorry for me ;) What else have I been up to the past couple of weeks?

  • I accidentally used wax paper instead of parchment paper. Even though they look similar, they don’t yield similar results. Just trust me on that one.
  • I got an account on Pinterest and spent a lot of today “pinning” Christmas pictures.
  • I counted down the days until Christmas (106) and started planning all my crafts and baking!
  • I wrote essays and did math problems and took pictures and did portfolio entries and wrote more papers and read a lot poems and short stories and books.
  • I cleaned my room and then it got messy again.

Yeah..it hasn’t been that exciting. So I’ll talk about something that is a little bit more exciting: baking! I have a lot of things I want to try to:

  • Find the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. I have a lot of different ones to try and I am determined to find the best one! I think I’ll do this over a weekend and have a big taste testing party!
  • Make bread. And bagels. And tortillas. These are 3 things I LOVE to eat but have never made. I think it’d be kinda tricky but I wanna try!
  • I don’t like peanut butter cookies. Yeah I know…I love peanut butter soso much but I’ve never had a peanut butter cookie I was crazy about. I want to try out some peanut butter cookie recipes and perhaps make my own to see if I can find one that I like!
  • Make more fall-type recipes like pumpkin muffins….mmm :)

And so much more! So yeah that’s pretty much all I have to say for now. Sorry if it wasn’t very interesting.

Here’s a picture of Christmas tree…are you as excited about Christmas as I am???

Probably not…that’d be really difficult to top :D

Alright…School.

I really truly had one of the greatest summers ever and I am so grateful for everything I got to do and experience. Even after I got home and wasn’t doing anything, I enjoyed just relaxing. I didn’t really want school to start because a lot of times it can be not so enjoyable and stressful. But school started again…as it does every year. And, you know what? It’s gone pretty well so far! For the first year in a long time, I don’t have a teacher that I sense is going to be bad- so far I like all of them!

It doesn’t really feel like school has started yet. This weekend feels like it’s just part of my summer vacation :) Thursday was my first day and it was a half day. After school, Celina and I went out and got pedicures! A pedicure was my birthday present for her (in June) but because summer was so busy, it hadn’t happened yet. We decided to do it for the start of school! It was a lot of fun and I love how my toenails turned out. Oh if anyone in the Spring Hill area needs/wants a place to get their nails done, I would totally recommend Luxy Salon in the Crossings. I’ve been there twice now and they’re always really nice and do a great job!

See my super awesome tan line on my feet? I know you’re jealous.

So that night, my family went to the fair! It was so much fun :) I had been planning on going to the fair just to take pictures and eat food. And that I did! I also caught part of a very interesting hypnotist show!

Mmm…funnel cake :) So tasty!

To see all my fair pictures go to http://www.amiliaphotography.com/?p=766 :)

Friday was our first full day of school…and it went well too :) Some things aren’t great yet…I don’t know where to sit in some of my classes and I don’t feel motivated to do any homework..but I’m hoping everything will start feeling more normal soon. Friday evening I returned to the fair with my friends and rode some rides! That was pretty awesome too :) Oh and I had a deep fried oreo which was super yummy!

Then on Saturday I baked banana bread and went and saw The Help at the movies. So yeah…still feels like I’m doing things in summer mode! Even as this year gets going and school becomes more hectic, I’m hoping to maintain a positive attitude. I would love it if I liked my senior year!

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Things we forget or never really knew

Failure is an event, never a person.- William D. Brown

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now, and do it– William Durant

Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality– Les Brown

Never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. People will take you very much at your own reckoning. — Anthony Trollope

Take control of your destiny. Believe in yourself. Ignore those who try to discourage you. Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits. Don’t give up and don’t give in. — Wanda Carter

There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less. — Kurt Hahn

“Each body has its art” – Gwendolyn Brooks

“I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament” – Alanis Morissett

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.- Picasso

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.

I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being. ~Hafiz

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.
~Yogi Bhajan

Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves. ~Nathaniel Branden

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you will ever own. ~Mary Schmich

Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it. ~Thaddeus Golas

You are as amazing as you let yourself be. Let me repeat that. You are as amazing as you let yourself be. ~Elizabeth Alraune

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.  ~David Brinkley

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.  ~Author Unknown

Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.  ~Mary Kay Ash

People are crying up the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock, and he is himself blushing at the sight of his ugly feet.  ~Sa’Di

It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.  ~Sally Kempton

Never dull your shine for somebody else.  ~Tyra Banks

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.  ~Thomas Alva Edison

A gold medal is a nice thing – but if you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it.  ~From Cool Runnings

Once you become self-conscious, there is no end to it; once you start to doubt, there is no room for anything else.  ~Mignon McLaughlin

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.  ~African Proverb

The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.  ~Author Unknown

Be proud to wear you.  ~Dodinsky

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.  ~Sonya Friedman

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs.  Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees.  ~E.F. Schumacher

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.  ~Marianne Williamson

SAT, Snow, and Six Pack Abs

It’s been storming in Middle Tennessee! We had a snow day this past Friday and the week before we had 3 snow days in a row. Ahhh that’s the life! School has been crazy, working on registering for classes next year. I’m not sure how to reach the balance of challenging myself senior year and absolutely going insane with a massive work load. Hopefully I find the perfect equilibrium!

Today I took the SAT this morning. It definitely wasn’t as bad as I thought…but I doubt I did stellar. I’ll find out on February the 12th! Then I came home and lay down on my bed and watched part of season one of Grey’s Anatomy! I love Grey’s Anatomy…it’s a guilty pleasure up there with the Bachelor and Private Practice. Hehe..dont judge me.

I’ve been doing Jillian Michael’s Six Pack Abs workout. Man is that tough! Everytime I do it I feel like I’m going to die…but I don’t! And I know it really is making a big difference. It’s not just an ab workout, it has high intensity cardio worked into it. Which makes it crazy difficult! But I’m gonna stick with it and hopefully not die and stuff…

I’ve been looking up healthy recipes…and there are some good ones I think I’m gonna try! Mmm I’m in a muffin mood. I think I’m gonna make Pumpkin Muffins tomorrow. Haha my recipe for pumpkin muffins is not necessarily healthy..but it’s yuuummmyy! I have to make a dessert for a competition. It’s a crazy intense competition. It’ll take lots of training. Or it’s a contest at my church’s Chili Cook-off between the jr. and sr. high. It’ll be fun! But I don’t know what to make…maybe those cupcakes I made before? What do youuu think? (I say this as though I have people who regularly read this blog and will comment on this post. ha. ha.)

Tomorrow I have church. I need to clean my room…and vacuum. And clean the bathroom. And finish my homework. It should be a FUN day! Haha :) Hope all my avid readers are having a wonderful weekend :D

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