pinterest challenge: february '15

Another month bites the dust! I can't believe how fast the month of February goes by! I also can't believe classes will be done for the year shortly after March finishes! February has definitely been another exciting month and another opportunity to try out some new pins from Pinterest!

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Original Pin (left), My Attempt (right)

It has been record breaking cold temperatures where I'm living for the past few weeks now, so there's still been a need for warm beverages! I tried this recipe for Nutella hot chocolate, and I was NOT disappointed! I must say though, I would've been perfectly content with only half of a cup of this stuff! It's very sweet and thick and a bit much for one person (in my opinion). I'm still very pleased with how well this turned out!

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Original Pin (left), My Version (right)

It's that time of year where it seems as though everyone is getting sick! My boyfriend's dad and sister both had surgery done last week and then he caught the flu! I figured it was the perfect opportunity to create a get-well-soon card for them all. I had originally used this Pinterest idea to make a gift tag addressed to Cory's dad and sister, but then I added him onto the greeting when I found out he became ill too. I wrapped the tag around a tin full of healthy cookies for them all and they really appreciated it! I made my card so that the band-aid had a happy face because I thought it looked cuter that way - not to mention more cheerful!

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Original Pin

Lastly, I thought I'd share another workout pin that I've been loving! I like to mix up my workout routine so things don't get boring and also so that I'm not always working the same muscles every time. I liked doing this torture-by-tens workout because I was able to make it through one round and accomplishing all of the tasks. The second round I struggled with the push-ups, so I just adjusted this workout to suite where I'm at with my fitness level!

What have you been loving on Pinterest lately?

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food files: German currywurst

Currywurst, Bread and Riesling
I was feeling a little nostalgic a few days ago and wanted to recreate one of the last meals I enjoyed on my study abroad trip to Germany last summer: currywurst. The town of Konstanz was filled with delicious food joints and one shop had a sign that basically said they sold the best wurst, so I had to try it! One of the most effective ways to recall memories is through senses like smell and taste, so I really wanted to get the flavour of this meal right!

I searched for currywurst recipes online and found a handful of good ones. I chose a more basic recipe to use for my first attempt, but the only problem was that it used European measurements instead of cups and teaspoons like I'm used to working with. I'm not 100% sure if my Google measurement conversions were accurate, but if any of you are up for giving this meal a try, my measurements were as follows:

2 c. Ketchup
1 c. Water
1 tbsp. Butter
1 small Onion
1.5 tsp. Paprika
4-5 tsp. Curry

The original recipe can be found here. I ended up with about twice as much sauce as I needed (this is why I suspect my measurements were off), but I know it will keep well to use again. I recommend halving this recipe if you use the measurements I came up with!

Aside from the abundance of leftover sauce, I'd say this recipe was a success! It tasted just how I remember it being in Germany! I sliced up the sausage into a bowl and smothered it with the sauce and served this meal with warm bread and butter - delicious!

Have you successfully recreated a foreign meal?

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blind date with a book

I love being part of the Arts and Humanities faculty at my school! Studying languages is so much fun to me! But the reason I love my faculty so much is because it hosts really cool events on campus. This is the second year where the Arts faculty has hosted a special book sale called "Blind Date with a Book" to raise money for a local charity called Arts 4 All Kids. The best part is the unique way they did this book sale!

There was a big table set up covered in used books and DVDs that were wrapped in brown paper with a few clues about the book or movie written on the outside! No more judging a book by its cover! It was really cool trying to guess what sort of book you'd end up with - it was like a mystery game. I also loved that 100% of the money raised went to the charity!

I'm really intrigued with the picks I ended up with! My clues for the book were that it's a young adult novel, in New York high society, includes a suicide or murder and is written by a New York Times best selling author. Sounded pretty interesting to me. The novel is called The Heiresses and is written by the same author that wrote the Pretty Little Liars series. For the DVD my clues were that is was a romantic comedy, had a highschool sweetheart, with a love triangle, is "cheerfully crude and way over the line" and has some questionable facial hair choices.This movie turned out to be There's Something About Mary (which I've never seen before).

What I love the most is that I ended up with a book and a movie that I never would've chosen to read or watch! Now I just need to read and watch them!

Would you blindly buy a book?

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mushy gushy valentines


February always seems to be a mushy gushy month and I know some people are all for it and others can't wait for the month to pass. For me, I look forward to February more because it's my anniversary with Cory on the 4th. We just celebrated four years together! Valentine's Day  though... I could take it or leave it. It's definitely not my favourite.

I personally think Valentine's Day is a little silly and a bit of a money grab. Sure it's an opportunity for the shy to have an excuse to branch out and do something sweet to someone they admire, but I think if you really care about someone, you shouldn't need a special day to show them how you feel! You can send sweet notes or buy someone flowers any day of the year!

One of my favourite series growing up was the Junie B. Jones series and one of the books was call the Mushy Gushy Valentine. The title itself sums up Valentine's Day perfectly, in my opinion. Things are just overly mushy on this day.

Here's an idea: if you're single, don't take on the whole singles-awareness-day routine. Instead, make the most of the 14th this month and have a get-together with your best (single or not) gals! Make silly cards for each other, watch chick flicks and buy cheap candy once the sales start! Beat the system and have fun with it!

Would you host a Galentine's party?

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