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Foodie Friday: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 10/23/2015 at 11:00

What’s better than carving and painting jack-o-lanterns?

Eating pumpkin … At least for yours truly!

I’ve already gone PSL-out and then some:

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Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake dessert cookies & Pumpkin Spice Milano + Blue Diamond Pumpkin Spice Almonds from CVS | Quest Bar Pumpkin Pie energy bar (which we used to give away from Pretty Fit) from Market Street

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  • I’m nuts for pumpkins!
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Dynamic Dessert Duo: Olive Garden‘s Pumpkin Cheesecake

In fact, I used to buy a full pie for the fam to celebrate Halloween/Thanksgiving/my sis‘ birthday since college

(the Fazoli’s Ghirardelli tops a close 2nd)

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  • Even Yogurt!

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I’m flipping over this YOLOyo!

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TGIF *Friday Night* Addendum

Now I’m somewhat relieved that this weekend’s Halloween party has been canceled/postponed due to t-storms (Hurricane Patricia’s just further down south) ~ so in addition to preparing for my next round, I also can have some down time …

Bring on the cozy comforts of hot cocoa & mac ‘n’ cheese, please!

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Working Woman’s Wednesday: Dissertation Declutter

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/14/2015 at 19:00

Happy National Dessert Day!

Carrot Cake topped w/Cream Cheese & Pecans

C is for … Carrot Cake * Cream Cheese * Chopped Pecans

My peers who’ve preceded me in finishing their doctor of philosophy degrees can agree:

Cleaner and clearer are better.

That means: clean desks and clear minds

Plus clean PowerPoints to clear our minds!

Two of my esteemed classmates who graduated a few years ago and whose guidance I sought for my paper and slideshow both explicitly pointed out that I most certainly must cut back

Down to 120-140 slides, no more than 150!

As the ☼summer☼ drew to a close ~ during my most recent hurdle (that lasted four months as we entered fall term), my statistics ~ I already reached 300+ slides and reached 300+ pages of my dissertation

Yet that’s way too many to fit into a two-hour presentation (including professors‘ Q&A) ~ so I’ve reduced down to almost ½ so far!

Declutter Dissertation

This slide: an indicator that I measured a TON of stats! I ended up taking out 50+ slides last night … Shooting to eliminate more. Next issue: making sure that the fewer slides that I look less cluttered!

Just as I’ve had to minimize my clutter-bug and shutter-bug ways, I’m also de-clutteringcleaning and clearing up my PowerPoint

That way, I can advance into the next round!

Foodie Friday: Banana Ice Cream

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 07/03/2015 at 12:00

♪This sh** is bananas ~ B-A-N-A-N-A-S!♫

Gwen Stefani‘s ♫Hollaback♪ (2005)

Throwback from my first Myspace song …

… Which is the inspiration behind my most frequent ☼summer☼ dessert lately:

🍌Banana Ice Cream!!!

Here are a few different from-fresh-to-frozen banana batches from this past week:

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Banana Honey Walnut

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Chunky Monkey: Banana + Jif Mocha Cappuccino Hazelnut Spread & Chocolate Cookies

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Butter Pecan: Banana + Cocoa Cookie Butter & Butterscotch Morsels & Pecan Chips

More music inspiration from Jack Johnson

Happy *4th of July* mañana!!!

Foodie Friday: SDJ

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/16/2015 at 12:55

TGIF!

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Red & Purple: Color-coordinating with the Paris-inspired wall!

Last Friday night, my Church💒 Bestie, Evie, and I were in for a treat …

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Sweets du Jour🗼, my favorite 🍩bakery🍮 in town, offered dinner, so we’re were honored to be their first evening guests!

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Appetizer: Tomato Basil Mozzarella Tart

We indulged in a five-course meal.

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Soup: Italian Sausage Tortellini

All of the flavors were mighty tasty …

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Salad: Pear Walnut with Dijon

From savory to sweet, it couldn’t be beat, as we needed the heat from the cold, even if it was bold!

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Main Course: Asparagus Lasagna

Meanwhile, we enjoyed having it to ourselves!

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Sweeten the Deal: Caramel Apple Cheesecake for Dessert

Hopefully, this eatery will open its doors again for more dinner parties!

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Complete with Coffee!

Bon apetit! 👌

Foodie Friday: Faves for this Quarter, TGIF YOLO

In ♥ & Soul, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 03/29/2014 at 04:59

Happy Meatless Friday!

My Top Tasty Treats to satisfy my sensation for sweets since ringing in 2014 are {drumroll, please}

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  • Siviero Maria Tiramisu Gelato 

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What’s better than these two edibles? 

Lacey's & Sierra Maria

Eat in moderation … Limit your portions!

How about both of them put together?

And to top it off …

Cookie&Gelato+Berries

Now this is berry healthy!

Strawberries sweeten the deal.

Enjoy your weekend! Happy Early April Fools’ Day ~ start planning your pranks!!! 

YOLO: Valentine’s Day Eve

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/14/2014 at 05:11

On this night before VDay, I wish to pass along these items in my Counting BlessingsGratitude Journal:

First of all, I started Thursday with my Adoration Hour. Then, I went about my day…

Excellent Service

  • nice baristas at Starbucks
  • positive consultant at LensCrafters (where I found a new pair of specs), who commended my vision insurance and struck up a conversation about cats with me after seeing my feline on my credit card
  • cheerful friend who was featured twice in the Abilene Reporter-News yesterday, including the article that I wrote about his dad
  • accommodating family who I interviewed at their business, AM Donuts, to feature their location’s offering of boba tea (only one in Abilene) ~ the owner gave me this box of assorted flavors on-the-house!

YOLO: Valentine's Day Eve

Perks of Journalism: Trying New Things!

Don’t these babies look yummy? Among the pastries in this package, I see AM’s exclusive chocolate cherry fritter and red velvet cake donut, so what great ways to ring in Valentine’s Day with these sweet treats from the sweet for the sweet!

11:11 ~ make a wish!!! 

Happy St. Valentine’s Day/Singles Awareness Day!!! 

XOXO ~ Elaine & the Double-A Team