26 September 2014

20 Things You Might not Know About Me Tag

Hello All!  I was tagged by June S. at A Curious Pisces for the 20 things you might not know about me tag!  Thanks June!


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1//Copy and paste the questions below, then answer and turn them into a blog post. Or, record a video answering these questions and upload it to your blog post.


2// At the bottom of your post, tag anywhere from 2-10 bloggers you want to see answer these questions. (I also suggest hitting up your tagged people via social media just to let them know you tagged them to do this tag challenge.)

3// Use the title: 20 Things You Might Not Know About Me Blog Tag. Once you've hit publish, leave a comment below with the link to your post.

4// Use the hashtag #20ThingsBlogTag when sharing on social media so we can all find your awesome posts!


1. How tall are you?
5'3'' I believe...

2. Do you have a hidden talent?
I have no idea!

3. What's your biggest blog related pet peeve?
I'm not sure... maybe when it's hard to comment or something like that. 

4. What's your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
Bad spelling when chatting to people

5. What's your favorite song?
I don't really have a favorite song... although I like Nelly Just a Dream, and MKTO Classic.  Other than that I listen to Switchfoot and Michael Buble a lot.

6. What's your favorite Esty shop, besides your own?
I don't really do Esty

7. What's your favorite way to spend free time when you're alone?
Umm. Photography? Blogging?

8. What is your favorite junk food?
Oreos and Homemade Popcorn!

9. Do you have a pet, or pets?  If so, what kind and what are their names?
I don't personally own any... although we have chickens and my sister has a parakeet.

10. What are your #1 favorite fiction and non-fiction books?
See my chocolate book tag!

11. What's your favorite beauty product?
I don't wear make-up

12. When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
I dunno!

13. If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tea!

14. What's your favorite movie?
She's the Man, The Patriot... I have lots more ^.^

15. What were you in High-school? Prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?
Haha... Still in High-school.  

16. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
New Zealand, England, or Italy... possibly France?  They have really good food there and Italy.

17. PC or Mac?
Umm... I grew up with PC... so I guess PC?  I don't use Macs

18. Last romantic gesture from someone?
I have no idea... 

19. Favorite celebrity?
Lindsey Stirling, David Tennant... if dead people count I'd say Audrey Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne and Gregory Peck.

20. What blogger do you secretly want to be friends with?
I have a lot of bloggers it would be great to be friends with ^.^

I'm tagging Eve S., Sarah, Moriah, Paige, and Kate

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24 September 2014

Currently...


Music: Michael BublĂ©
Food: Tea and Pesto
Blog/Website: Beloved Bluebird
YouTube: Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Television: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2
Shop: Forever 21
Fashion: Wrist Warmers, Leg Warmers, Baggy Sweaters, Ankle Cowboy boots


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21 September 2014

Chai Tea Latte Recipe!

Once the cold weather started to set in I desperately wanted tea.  Not only tea, but autumn spices as well.  What makes a cold Minnesota day better?  A hot chai tea latte from scratch.


          Begin by measuring out 10 oz. of water and pouring it into a tea kettle.  Place your kettle on high heat on the burner that fits best.


   









   Next measure a rounded tablespoon of loose black tea into a small bowl.  You can use an actual measure spoon, or just a normal tablespoon like me.  Do the same with:  2 teaspoons of honey, 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ground cloves, 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg.  Then add one black peppercorn.  Once your kettle water has boiled, pour it into a saucepan and add your spices, heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

                 
Next comes the 10 oz. of milk.  You will want to steam the milk with your espresso machine if you have one-- otherwise if you don't (or if you're in a hurry) heat it in the microwave at high heat 30 seconds at a time for around 1:30.


Next you strain the tea.  You may either use one of these hand coffee filter holders with a coffee filter, or put a small sieve inside of a funnel.  If you choose to use the coffee filter be careful: it takes a while, and picking the filter up will not make it drain any faster- instead it could break. 


Once that is all finished, you are done!  And you can enjoy your latte!Here is the website which I found the recipe at:http://www.copycatrecipeguide.com/How_to_Make_a_Starbucks_Chai_Tea_Latte


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19 September 2014

Fantastic Fridays // 8

          Ah it is time again for another Fantastic Friday.  I've been ablt to skype chat my sister who moved out, and that has been wonderful!  Also, this week I've just been enjoying the gorgeous weather- Sweater weather, and tea weather (my favorite right now is Bigelow's Vanilla Chai) But right now is also great baking weather!  I got the recipe for the S'more cupcakes at Bread Brownies and Beyond



       Secondly I have been really appreciating sight, and the fact that there are all these beautiful things in creation to cheer me up during the harsh times of school and cold weather.




          Also I have really enjoyed all the great fall blooming perennials my mother has planted up here.  One of these being the pink (sedum?) bush below.  And!  How the Bumble Bees in the fall are so absorbed with their flowers that they are super slow and easy to take pictures of ^.^






          And right now at my home it is just about harvesting time- pumpinks, squash, potatos, late raspberries, huge carrots, volunteer tomatoes, and apples.






          Lastly I am super thankful for my mom and her Fantastic cooking and baking skills.  Wednesday morning before school she baked these amazing apple scones with a maple glaze... and they were so delicious!



          What has been Fantastic about your week?

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14 September 2014

Chicken Pesto Quesadilla Recipe

          Every year my family grows lots of basil, and each year my mom makes tons of pesto which we eat and freeze for later eating.  The other day she made some more after harvesting a huge bunch of basil.  She had the idea of making some kind of a chicken pesto wrap, and I thought "Why don't we make Quesadillas!"  So I did, and I thought I would share with you how I made it ;)  And pardon for the poor quality pictures... it was past 8:00 so there was no natural light and I was trying to take pictures without holding my camera too much because I was also making the food at the same time.

          First you take a tortilla and spread as much pesto as you want on it.  Fresh pesto is the best for it, but I think you can buy it in little glass jars at the grocery store.
          Then you take some baked chicken breasts (drumsticks work as well) and break up that chicken into strips as best you can.  As you can see, mine didn't turn quite into strips...
          Then you cut up some tomatos into little pieces about half the length of your thumb and sprinkle the tomatos (if you can sprinkle tomatos... is that possible?) over the chicken and such.
          Then you take some parmesan cheese and sprinkle that all over the rest of your ingredients... oh I didn't mention before (although you may have been able to see in the pictures) that you only put the ingredients on half of your wrap ;)
          Now you fold over the empty side of the wrap on top of your ingredients and bake on 350 for about 10-15 minutes.  You may have to watch it and see how long yours take to get a light brown color on the edges ;)
Voila!  You are done!

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12 September 2014

Fantastic Fridays // 7

          Hello all!  After starting school I not only am reminded of how blessed I am to be homeschooled... and not just that but to have a school type place in which I take classes.  Two such classes are some of the greatest things ever.  Flute lessons and French Class.



          First of all I around five years ago I wanted to play the flute.  I have no idea why, I just thought it was a cool instrument.  We were able to buy one, but the problem was we could not find a teacher.  A little less than a year later we moved and the next thing I knew was that we could not find my flute.  It was very sad especially since we found a flute tutor.  Thankfully a month or so ago, we were able to find the flute, and I just had my first lesson last Tuesday!
          French is another matter.  I took Latin the past few years and apart from having a great teacher, I did not enjoy it very much.  The foremost for this being that I could not go and speak Latin to anyone.  I would have been taking French those past two years however there was no French teacher where I took classes.  Yet again God has blessed my life and brought a French teacher to our "school".
        The last thing is a bit bitter sweet.  Oh bad I know... bit bitter.  My oldest sister moved out to go to a University in the cities and thus I am able to, for the first time in my life, have my own room.  It's weird to not have her around, but then again she has to move on in life, and now I get my own room!

What has been Fantastic about your week?

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10 September 2014

Back to School Tips

          Today I have a couple of back to school tips!  If you are like me, notebooks are nicer to use than folders... However!  If all of your subjects have notbooks, where are you going to file all of your assignments/handouts?  I saw a friend use a file folder last year and I thought "what a great idea!"  Now, some of you may think, "well a lot of notebooks have a folder in them for loose papers, so why not just use those?"  I can explain.  I get so many handouts and loose papers that they end up bulging my notebooks, and then if they get picked up the wrong way then everything goes kaplut all over the floor.  And that was a super run on sentence.



          Secondly, have you ever tried to get off those notebook stickers and they leave glue all over the front?  I have, and on one of the said notebooks the glue would not leave even with goo gone.


I then took my pocket knife to it, and that worked.  You just have to be really careful when doing this so a. you don't cut yourself, and b. you don't cut the notebook.  You can also use a pearing knife if you don't have a flat pocket knife.  *note* You should wipe your knife on a napkin or tissue after every one or two swipes to remove the goo.


           Your notebook might look like this now... and that might not bee exactly what you want.  And it also might smell like a gross citrus goo gone and feel all oily.


           All you have to do now is scrub some dish soap on it with a dish scrubby and voila!  You have a clean notebook, that hopefully didn't get scratched like mine ;)


I also love pens.  Colored pens, and sparkly gel pens, and all the rest.  (my friends know me to have pens at all times as well.)  Of course because of this I always will need a case big enough for all these pens.  So what I did is, since I don't use make-up, I converted this cute make-up bag into my pen case.



And last but certainly not least I have my Every-thing-in-your-purse-pouch.  This is just a life saver.  Since I don't want to carry a purse and a backpack I can just throw this into my backpack and voila there's everything I need!  Here is a list of what I have in it:
Gum, cough drops, chapstick, coconut oil for moisterizer, burts bees hand salve (which I put on my temples if I have a headache), cream for bug bites, pencil refill lead, tea, a usb, an eraser pen, bobby pins and hair binders, and hand sanitizer.  


          Hope you enjoyed this!  And let me know what your favorite back to school tips are!

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08 September 2014

Tag: Tour Through Blogland

(I found the bycicle clip art online)

Hello Everyone!  Last week I was tagged by wonderful Sarah at Creativity Avenue to do the Tour Through Blogland Tag.  So let's jump right in!


What am I working on?
My latest project I've been wanting to make for a while and I'm still not finished... anyway I'm (from scratch) my own messanger/camera bag!  I will most likely have a tutorial post on that.  Other than that I'm trying to get my photography skills wider.  To help with this my mom just gave me a couple more photography books dealing with lighting and stuff like that!



How does my work differ from others from its genre?
I'm not sure- I've wondered that before and actually would appreciate comments to let me know how my blog is different!

Why do I write/create what I do?
I suppose it's because I have so much fun with ideas and creating things.  I also have always loved writing and the freedom it brings.



How does your writing/creating process work?
I get inspired randomly. Literally I'll think Oh!  That's a good blog post, and then create a draft of the title with a little bit of what I want to write in that post.  I have more than ten draft posts right now actually.  Also during the school I year I post some of my essays.  See these posts for some of my favorites: 1. // 2. // 3.  If you want to see more of my papers just click the review/analysis category on my sidebar and you will find some in there scattered between my program and website reviews.


          I am also going to tag three people... as you are supposed to in this tag ;)  Here we go!

Eve from Eve of Womanhood- She has great posts and also does free blog designing and I've been able to get html advice from her!
Maiya from Wispy and Willowy- She just has an overall amazing blog and yeah.  It was one of the first blogs I read when I started doing a public blog.
Moriah at Purely Being Her- her blog is just really cool and she has great tips for healthy living and the like.
Have a wonderful weekend!

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