Girls Life Magazine Feature: Uncut Edition

I was featured in the October/November issue of Girl’s Life Magazine.

It’s on page 82; you should really check it out. You can find out super random information like my favorite food!

I was beyond excited when they asked to feature me and I sent them a ton of information for the potential article. Obviously, not everything I gave them (they asked for quite a few things and I’m not exactly concise!) could be published in the magazine. I’m incredibly grateful that they chose to feature me at all.

I thought it would be fun to share with you just some of the Q&A and pictures that weren’t printed. Here ya go:

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How would you describe your personal style? Casual and practical, yet fun and girly. I like to keep the basics pretty simple, but add fun touches to dress things up. I definitely believe that a cute scarf makes an outfit in the same way an interesting pillow transforms plain bedding into something personal and unique.
 
How would you describe your food? I strive to create food that is delicious and satisfying, yet nourishing and nutritious. There’s nothing worse than feeling sick or lethargic after eating a meal. I love making food that is both tasty and makes you feel good. I always use lots of fresh ingredients.
 How is the food you enjoy making representative of your personal style? My food is basically my heart on a plate. Just as I’m practical, yet quirky and fun, so is my food. I’m outdoorsy and active, yet girly; my food provides fuel for the body while delighting the tastebuds.
 
How has your blog changed since you started it? At the beginning I was all about healthy, healthy, healthy. If a food wasn’t totally 100% “healthy” and nutritious, I wouldn’t post about it. Now, I’ve realized that I can post whatever I want. If I make something delicious, I’ll post it no matter the nutritional value. A healthy life can include some not-so-nutritious indulgences.
When it comes to food, what is the most important thing? That it looks appealing! I know it sound superficial, but you eat with your eyes first, so if a food looks unappetizing you’re automatically going to not like it as much.
When did you start cooking? What’s your first memory of cooking, or being in the kitchen?
I’m pretty sure I was born with a spatula in hand! No really, every since I was itty bitty I’ve  loved to be in the kitchen. I was friends with these girls who lived two doors down from me and I remember when I would go to their house their mom would let us make muffins without a recipe. She would just put in some flour and sugar and let us add anything we wanted: cereal, marshmallows, whatever. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I think that is when I first realized how much I love experimenting and being creative in the kitchen. I was probably six at the time.
Who is your favorite chef/celebrity chef? What’s your favorite cookbook?
 I’m a bit of a food network junkie; I love so many different chefs. I’d have to say Emeril Lagasse though. He was the first chef I ever remember watching, when I was 8 or 9. I love the energy and life he displayed in the kitchen. He made me realize that the kitchen isn’t just a place to slave away, but rather a place to have fun and enjoy your time in.
I’ll be honest, I almost never use cook books. I could spend hours at Barnes and Noble perusing through cookbook after cookbook, but I never actually cook from cookbooks. I have issues following directions. I mostly use recipes as inspiration. Any cookbook with lots of bright, vivid pictures is a win in my book. Lately, I’ve been loving Peas and Thank You by Sarah Matheny; I’m no vegan but it’s fun to try new things.
 
What does cooking mean to you?
I see it as as an act of love. I may not go around telling everyone I love them, but I think the message is conveyed when I serve them fresh cobbler with homemade ice cream.

 
What else do you do, aside from cooking? So many things! I love to play tennis. I spend a lot of time at the lake and I love kayaking, wakeboarding, tubing, jet-skiing. Hiking and swimming are great also. I’ve recently started experimenting with photography. I’m on student council and help lead a youth group at my school. I’m also pretty involved at my church. Pretty much I’m one of those people who gets involved in every possible activity! I’ve learned that eating a nutritious diet helps fuel me for all of these activities!

Do you want to cook professionally? In some form, yes. The late nights and intensive labor of being a restaurant chef don’t appeal to me, though. I’d love to teach cooking classes, be a food writer or work on recipe development for a magazine. Nutrition research also intrigues me. Food will definitely affect my future career path in some form.
 
Why is it important for tweens and teens to get in the kitchen? I think it’s a great creative outlet. I’ve always been jealous of people who are really artistic as I can’t paint or draw to save my life. But, then I realized, I am artistic and creative! Food is my medium :)
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The pictures are of my Cinnamon Apple Crunch Bars (with peanut butter option) and my favorite parfaits. The recipe should be posted on GirlsLife.com within the next week or so. If you want it sooner, feel free to email me and ask for it.
When it comes to food, what do YOU think is the most important thing?

How would you describe the food that YOU make?

Feel free to answer any of the questions about yourself! I’d love to know more about YOU!

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Perfection +Things I’ve Learned

I just want to be one of those people who has it all together.

Ya know the type; the one who, when the teacher gives you 5 minutes to study before a test, doesn’t even look at their notes because they already studied plenty the night before.

The one who has never been late to anything in her life.

The one whose locker is totally organized and color coded.

The one who never seems frazzled or overwhelmed.

They’re probably ridiculously good at everything,

And their hair, always perfect. Like perfectly perfect.

And of course they always have plenty of time to spend doing all the things important to them.

I’ve discovered that person, that seemingly “perfect’ person, doesn’t exist. Even the ones who seem to have it all together, in actuality don’t. I need not strive for perfection. If I can simply be a little better, a little kinder, a little more organized, a little more loving each day than I was the day before, I am, in fact, succeeding.

But if she/he did exist, that person is so not me, like at all. I’m the one who takes my government notes with me to lunch because it just hit me how unprepared I am for the test next period. I have yet to remember to take that locker shelf to school that I’ve been meaning to take for the last 4 weeks. I get frazzled at the simplest things. You don’t even want to see me in my mad frenzy out the door in the mornings. I’m definitely not ridiculously good at everything. And I think my hair is going to stage a revolt if it spends one more day in a pony-tail.

Most importantly, I’ve neglected you, my dear bloggy friends. In the frantic frenzy of school, homework, college applications, sports, life, etc., my blog has unintentionally been pushed down on my to-do list (not that I actually have one of those, see above). Sleeping has also been significantly moved down, so don’t feel too bad.

But, blogging it important. I miss it. Maybe I’ll never be someone who blogs everyday. I’m okay with that. But, posting at least weekly (maybe more often) is something I’m willing to commit to. This little month-long hiatus is not okay.

I may not have it all figured out, but I’ve certainly learned a few things in my years of living.

1. Teachers like it when you make a cookie cake documenting how much you love their class. It may or may not guarantee you an A for the quarter. You didn’t hear it from me.

2. Cupcakes are marvelous. I need a job at that place.

3. Friday night football games are funnnn.

4. Everything seems more funnnn if you type the last letter in a word multipleeee timessss.

First Day of School Lunch

5. I really don’t like packing lunches. But, I’m trying to come up with creative ways to make lunch packing easy and more fun. Ideas? I might just do a post on it in the future.

6. You peeps like recipes. Hence, I’ll post one soon.

Laterrrrrr.

Monday Matters

1. My brief lack of blogging is because I spent the weekend (err Wednesday through Saturday) in Keystone. My dad has a conference there, the basic theme for the event was “making Colorado the healthiest state.” There were a few sessions about nutrition and my dad invited me to attend snuck me into one of them. I’ll be discussing it more in a future post.  Look forward to that soon!

2. We climbed our first fourteener on Saturday! The atlitude + rockiness + steep incline made this a tough hike, but we made it!

3. I totally lied to you the other day when I said something about 61 songs. It was an accident. The number is actually higher. STOP JUDGING ME.

4. I start school in 11 days. Nooooooooooo. Summer reading, College apps, SAT stuff, and service hour sheets will be occupying my week. It shall be lots of fun (what is this, opposite day??).

5. I’m going vegan for the week. Actually, 5 days. The thing that is making it most difficult is I’m refusing to use any substitutes. No margarine, tofu, or soy yogurt for me. I’m sure if I was a long-term vegan I would use those things on occasion (except for margarine, I would NEVER cheat on butter like that) but I figure I can go without them for 5 days. I will be making lots of Mama Pea recipes.

Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love

6. I head back to Texas a week from Wednesday. I’m going to die in the heat.

7. I have a super easy, tasty, healthy, breakfast to share with you.

Trail Tacos

Whole-wheat tortilla + natural pb + granola + honey + apple slices + cinnamon

Try ittttttttttt.

Seal with peanut butter (it help it stay closed!) and love.

Make ahead, store in the fridge, grab when you’re hungry.

Perfect thing to eat while climbing mountains, listening to teeny bopper music, or reading borrrring books.

Can you believe it’s August 1st???

Favor Friday

So you may know that a weeks ago, I purchased a domain so that my blog is now. www.aflourishingfoodie.com. Ideally, I would have liked to have been theflourishingfoodie, but that wasn’t available. I had it set so that when someone went to theflourishingfoodie.wordpress it took you to afourishingfoodie. Anyway, when I commented on blogs it still showed up at theflourishingfoodie, I decided that was too confusing so Wednesday I switched my wordpress acount to aflourishingfoodie. After doing so, I realized now when someone goes to theflourisingfoodie.wordpress.com, it no longer links to my site and says it that blog was deleted. I kind of regret switching and wish I had just changed my display name, not my username. There’s no way to switch back though.

Continuing with yesterday‘s theme, it’s ultimately a good thing that I am switched fully over It’s a little confusing now, but once everyone finds the domain, it will umtimately eliminate confusion. There’s always a silver lining.

I now have a favor to ask you. If you have me in your google reader or on your blogroll or something as www.theflourishingfoodie.wordpress.com  please change it to http://www.aflourishingfoodie.com. If you know anyone who reads my blog, but now thinks I have fallen of the face of the planet, because when they try to come to my blog (theflourishingfoodie.wordpress.com) it says that site was deleted, please inform them of my new address and that I am very much alive and blogging. I’m trying to comment on as many blogs as I can with my new address, but I don’t know if I’ll get to everyone.

So, if you can do that for me, I might just reward you with, I dunno, a giveaway :)

Check back tomorrow for a recipe post!

Weekend Adventures

Greetings Friends!

I’ve had a fun, adventure filled weekend thus far. One which involved no picture-taking on my part (oops). Actually, I took a few today with a water proof disposable camera, but that does you no good.

Yesterday afternoon involved a beautiful hike. I forgot my camera at our hotel, fortunately my brother took some pictures with his phone…..

 

pretty beautiful huh?

I wish I could say I was just making this face to be goofy....I wasn't. I was really making that face. I call it my "Oh my gosh this water is cold, my feet are freezing, take the picture so I can thaw" face.

Today we went white water rafting…….so much fun!

This is just to give you an idea. This picture is not of our group. But, it is from another group from the same company. It was a ton of fun and surprisingly never scary, just fun and exciting. Of course, not all of it was like the above picture. Some was calmer. I loved it though, definitely something I would do again!

We got back home this afternoon and currently the family is downstairs watching a movie in the basement. I opted not to watch the movie as I’m just not much of a movie person. They’ve mentioned a couple times lately  that they want lemon bars and after dinner my dad said, “A lemon bar would be good about now.” So, I decided to surprise them and make lemon bars while they are watching the movie!

I’m off to clean the kitchen so it’s a, “Wow, you’re awesome. I love lemon bars,” kind of surprise. Not an, “Oh my goodness, this kitchen is such a mess,” kind of surprise.

What are you up to this weekend?

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