#30by30 Number 17: Marzipan

#30by30 Number 17: Try a new recipe every month.

IMG_7964[1]On my Italian side Marzipan is a bit of a tradition. Holidays usually included marzipan fruits, or if it was Easter it was usually in the shape of a lamb. My sister recently picked one up which inspired me to try and make it myself. I decided not to attempt to mold them and decorate. I will say I think I am going to stick with the bakery on this one. It was fun to make though!

-Elle

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#30by30 : Update Number One.

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Here is my 3 month update on my #30by30 list!

1. Read the Bible from cover to cover.

Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 Samuel

2. Volunteer 100 hours outside the church.

CYC: 20 Hours

3. Pay off credit card and at least one student loan.

This is been going slower than I was hoping.

4. Take a row class at the boat house.

3 Classes left to go! I will be sad when it ends!

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5. Lose Weight.

Down 4 pounds…I really need to buckle down on this one.

6. Learn to play an instrument.

7. Double Savings Account.

Slowly.

8. Read 100 Books of various genres.

1. A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck
2.Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey
3. Hawk by Ronie Kendig
4. Danger in the Shwadows by Dee Henderson
5. How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck
6. The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer
7. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado
8. Seasons of Fire by Lisa T. Bergren
9. Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren
10. Nourished by Becky Johnson
11. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
12. Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg
13. From the Start by Melissa Tagg
14. Taken by Dee Henderson

Currently Reading:

15. Unoffendable by Brant Hansen
16. A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade
17. Called to be Amish by Marlene Miller
18. Falcon by Ronie Kendig

9. Intentional Friendships/Relationships

This year I am committing to being more intentional about my relationships, instead of talking about meeting up for coffee I am going to schedule time. I am going to make sure to stay in better contact with friends, and reach out to good friends that I haven’t talked to as much as I would like.

10. Finish London/Wales Book

Still working…

11. Redefining Me

This is going to be a new year, the best year yet. I am updating my wardrobe and just overall making changes to my everyday.

12. Write a book

Not Started.

13. Finish Quilt

In progress.

14. Tithe

In progress.

15. Run Lights during an evening service of Youth America

Youth America isn’t here yet.

16. Blog twice a week

Failing…but getting better!

17. Try a new recipe every month

I want to try out a new recipe once a month.

18. Fear less. Love More.

March:

#30by30 French Macaroons

#30by30 French Macaroons

April:

#30by30 Crepes

#30by30 Crepes

19. 12 Trips in 12 Months

February: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Florida

March: Route 66- Oklahoma

April: Cruise- Long Beach, California, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan

You can keep track of the places I’ve been at #12Trips12Months

20. Learn to whistle

Because, why not?

21. Be more decisive

In Progress

22. Contacts

Soon

23. New York

Planned! July will be here soon!

24. Declutter

How have I accumulated so much stuff?

25. Be More Positive

This sounds so much easier than it is.

26. Make a decision on where to live/work/move

Ha. Ha. Ha.

27. Have a Small Group

After summer.

28. Travel

This is a constant in my life.

29. Slide the City

July 25. Slide the City.

30. 30th Birthday Trip

London? Hawaii? Florida? Australia?

Nerd Tours: Hay-on-Wye The Town of Books Part 2

I’ve been organizing my pictures lately and found more from my trip to Hay-on-Wye so decided to share them. See the first post Here.

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Nerd Tours Tuesday: Hay-On-Wye the Town of Books

Hay-on-Wye: The Town of Books.

We’ve all seen the pictures on pinterest. A town full of books, shelves indoors and outdoors, rows and rows of books in one small quaint town. This is the place only book-nerds dream of! And than the impossible happens! You discover that it exists! This is how your average book addict/travel blogger would respond.

giphyOnce more, once you discover this town and learn it is within 2 hours of where you are staying in Wales it is time to plan your visit. Hay-On-Wye is in Wales and literally translates as “The town of books.” The town is literally full of book stores, many of which are themed, mostly second hand and antique books but so much phone to get lost in. My only regret was that I was not there during Hay Fest in May, it’s a HUGE book festival that has hosted J.K Rowling, Steven Moffat and so many more! Some day I will be there for the festival!

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Also if you have time stop by one of the local restaurants for a meal, we were there on a Sunday and had there Sunday dinner special! It felt like a home-cooked meal and the restaurant felt like we were just hanging out at a friends house and enjoying a meal together.

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I loved my time and Hay and cannot wait to go back sometime to experience Hay Fest! The town is literally on the England/Wales border and although out of the way is a beautiful drive and so worth it!

-Elle

I’ve always wanted to travel…

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12 Trips. 12 Months.

12 Trips. 12 Months.

April Edition.

I missed my April deadline since it is now May, but I have not forgotten to post about my April Trip! This past month I boarded the Carnival Miracle out of Long Beach California. Our intinerary to us to Los Cabos, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. I’ve cruised many times before but this was the first cruise we’ve ever taken on the west coast.

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I’ve always enjoyed cruising, the ability to travel to multiple places without having to deal with the details of traveling to each place. I also love the water, saltwater runs through my veins and I find that I will never tire of the ocean. And no matter what, when ocean meets sky you are will always have an amazing view.IMG_7177Years ago I had traveled on the Carnival Miracle, but now it is evident that the ship is slightly run-down and often times felt understaffed in areas. The shows onboard were mediocre and not at the same level as previous Carnival Cruises (Disclaimer: I am big into theatre and entertainment so my standards tend to be higher than the average guest.) I was happy to see Carnival celebrating their 5 year anniversary as partners with St. Jude Children’s hospital.

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The ports were nice to see, not sure if I would really venture towards any of them again, if I had to choose one it would be Puerto Vallarta. We didn’t do an excursion in Cabo, and were bored after just a few hours. Mazatlan we did a land and sea excursion which was alright, not the best, not sure if it was worth the money but after seeing the town it probably wouldn’t have been worthwhile to not take part in an excursion. In Puerto Vallarta a last minute decision led us to board a pirate ship for a show, beach time and a meal. By far this was the best part of the entire cruise, the crewmembers were amazing, the food delicious, and the beach private with no one trying to sell you a bunch of junk.

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I enjoyed my time away, and having the chance to relax as much as possible. For how much I love the ocean I am not sure if I will be booking another cruise anytime soon. This trip was a bit disappointing and not on par of what I have come to expect from Carnival.

-Elle

#30by30 Number 17: Crepes

#30by30 Number 17: Try a new recipe every month.

April: Crepes

Apparently I am on a French kick lately. March was macaroons and now it’s time for crepes! Maybe this means I will be venturing to France some time soon!

I was considering a dessert crepe, and than I realized it was dinner time and I didn’t want something sweet. They may not look very pretty but they tasted great (my room mate can vouch for me!)

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The filling is sauteed mushrooms, spinach, bacon and ricotta! I also added parmesan to the crepe batter. These were actually really easy to make, and I am sure that I will be making different types of crepes in the future!

Any suggestions for next months Time to try something else…maybe a different country theme?

-Elle