Let’s Talk Technology

Today’s post is a bit more serious than usual–I want to reflect on how the blogging world has bloomed and how the technology has made an impact on my life.

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I first discovered the blogging world a few years back, and I remember being blown away the first time I “got hooked” by a blog. I loved the platform: the writer could share anything with the world, including thoughts, photographs, recipes, tutorials, and videos. It was so personal–through the content shared, the reader could take a little peek into another person’s life–and I remember loving how simple it all was. One web page could open the gates to someones world. And unlike magazines or books, anybody can get their hands on a blog. A blog is a place where people can share ideas, be inspired, meet friends and colleagues, without even having to be in the same part of the world.

Blogs have helped me to explore my world, and I love that finding a new recipe or being inspired to create something are accessible through the click of a mouse. I’ve been able to connect with people across the country, whom I wouldn’t have had the chance to meet before finding their blog online. I’ve shared ideas with others, found new ways of doing things, and been able to express myself through the blogging platform. With the internet and blogging, the possibilities of where I can go are limitless. Blogging is an invaluable technology, and I look forwards to the evolution of the blogging world as technology continues to grow. 

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Kale Chips

I’ve always been pretty crazy about vegetables. Even as a kid, I only had a few veggies I wouldn’t eat! But I think that it can be pretty hard to get enough servings of vegetables every day. In an effort to eat more greens, I’ve been buying kale at my local farmers market. Kale makes a great addition to romaine lettuce in a salad, and tastes fabulous in stir fry dishes. I even sneak it into spaghetti! It’s yummy stuff.

I do think that kale can be kind of hard to get used to. It’s not a sweet veggie, which can put some people off when they first try it. But if you try to keep sneaking it in, I bet you’ll start to love it! When I first tried kale (only a couple of years ago, I’m a recent fan!), I decided to make kale chips–it was something I’d seen on Pinterest, and people raved that they were “as good as potato chips.” I thought to myself, “I’ll be the judge of that,” and I whipped up a crispy, salty batch. I ate the whole batch within a couple of hours.

While I love kale chips, and I love bringing them as a snack for lunch, I hate using my oven in the summer. It’s hard enough to keep the house cool, am I right? Don’t fear, kale lovers: I’ve found that using a skillet works just as well as the traditional oven method!

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Stove-top Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • A few stalks of kale, torn into large bite-sized pieces
  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • pinch of salt

Directions

1. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in your skillet, depending on how much kale you’re cooking. You don’t want too much, just enough to coat your kale lightly. Don’t turn on the stove yet!

2. Add your kale pieces to the pan. Using your hands, massage the oil into the kale.

3. Add a dash of salt.

4. Cook kale on medium-low until crispy, stirring occasionally. When the kale reaches your desired crispy-ness, remove from heat and allow to cool.

5. Snack away! Go ahead, try not to eat the whole batch in one sitting. I dare you.

 

I hope you love this easy recipe. Do you have any good ways of incorporating more greens into your diet? I know a lot of people love green smoothies, although I’ve never been able to get myself to do that. Something about the color freaks me out a little bit. I also kind of prefer to eat my food, rather than drink it. I don’t know, maybe I’m weird!

XO

DIY: Five Minute Bookmark

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It feels a little bit silly writing a post about this project–I had a little scrap of paper left over   from one of my recent paintings, and I don’t like to waste things, so I made a little bookmark!

Even though it was an easy project, and took less than 10 minutes for me to do, I wanted to share it with all of you. I think that it would make a really fun gift for any book-lover, and you could really put a lot into making bookmarks. You could definitely get more creative than I did! It might be fun to use some pretty scrapbook papers to doll it up a little bit…

DIY: 5 Minute Bookmark

Supplies:

  • Cardstock or a heavier-weighted paper
  • Paper, markers, stickers, glitter, or any other craft supplies that you might want to use!

Steps:

1. Decide on the size of your bookmark. I made a very skinny and long bookmark, mostly because I used a leftover scrap, but I actually really love the look of it–something about it is very dainty!

2. Decorate your paper. I used Sharpie markers to create a simple hearts pattern, and I like the way it turned out. I think it would be fun to make a more intricate bookmark next time, with a more creative pattern.

3. Start reading (so that you can show off your new DIY bookmark, of course)! I checked out 4 new books from the library this week, because I can’t control myself in the library, and I’ll let you know what I think of them. What have you been reading lately?

Picks from Pinterest: Dog Days of Summer

I can’t believe that we reached August this week! While the summer is slowing down for most people, I feel like my summer is just starting. I just finished my summer semester a week ago and I’m enjoying having a little more free time (and earning a little money at a part-time job! Grad school is expensive, you guys…). Here are some of my recent Picks from Pinterest:

1. Summer Squash Bread – I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m still drowning in squash (the squash plant in my garden is exploding!) and I’m having trouble finding friends to take some of it off my hands.

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2. This gorgeous pineapple bikini.

3. I love this beautiful pendent light.

4. I’m still obsessed with a good pattern pant. I will never be over it.

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5. This print is both wise and beautiful.

I hope the first couple days of August have been wonderful for you! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

XO.