Happy St. Paddy’s Day!
Like I said before, it’s not really a holiday that I normally celebrate, and green isn’t exactly my best color, but I do plan on throwing a couple extra spinach leaves in my salad later on in the day…
… so that counts for something, right? 😉 Besides, I have something else that I’d like to celebrate today:
Rules: Share 7 things about yourself and then nominate 7 other bloggers for the award.
Great friends. The lovely De @ Cooking for the Other Half nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award a little while ago, and you guys know I can’t pass up an opportunity to share some random facts about myself; so without further ado, a few random things I noticed about myself yesterday.
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1. I’ve only eaten fish once in my life, and I absolutely hated it.
I know that there are a tonne of health benefits associated with eating fish, and I admit that sometimes I get tempted to try it again for that very reason, but considering the fact that the smell alone makes me feel like I’m going to toss my cookies, I don’t think it’d be a good idea. I’ll get my omegas from sources that don’t assault my olfactory sense so violently, thank you very much.
2. While we’re on the topic of foods I dislike, I’m not a huge fan of eating nuts…
I adore nut butters, but eating nuts straight up? Ehhhh, not so much – they’re too dry, and I honestly find them really difficult to swallow. The same thing goes for eating shredded coconut – it’s a texture thing. I also don’t find nuts all that satisfying. All those diet mags that claim that 12 almonds or what have you is a perfect snack? Yeah no. Not only do I end up physically unsatisfied, but my brain just ends up floating around and thinking “But… but… where’s the good stuff?!” I’ll turn to them in a pinch, but they’re not high up on my list.
3. I can’t drive without my seat belts. It’s not even because I’m afraid of getting into an accident (although I would rather not fly through my windshield if I were to ever have one) – I just feel so… naked… without my seat belt. I like the feeling of being nice and snug like a bug in a rug – it feels like a hug… and who doesn’t love hugs? I really have no idea how people drive without them 😯
4. I used to collect beanie babies, and even though most of them are stashed away in boxes somewhere in my parents’ garage, I dug out one special beanie and took him (her?) with me when I moved out…
Magic the Dragon. This guy is super special. He (she?) was one of the more difficult to find beanies back in the day when collecting was all the rage, and the only one I ever saw was in a collector’s store and it cost a little more than my poor little girl pockets could afford. I remember asking for him (her?) one Christmas one year, not really expecting it to happen, and being completely floored when I did. Good times.
5. Speaking of my younger self, I once called 911 when my mom wouldn’t let me get up from the table until I finished my lunch. Let me explain. It wasn’t because I was all “Omigosh, child abuse!!” or what have you, but I wasn’t hungry and I ended up sitting there for probably close to an hour. My mom gave up and left the room, and I got super bored, and well… I was always curious what all the 911 fuss was about, so I gave it a call. Needless to say, I kind of freaked out when the operator answered and I hung up right away. Unfortunately, they called right back and my mom had to have a chat with them. Good times.
6. Considering the huge fear I have of getting food poisoning and throwing up, I have a really bad habit of ignoring expiration labels.
If it smells good and looks good, then I’ll probably eat it even if it’s a week or more past its expiration date. Yogurt, cheese, eggs, cereal… doesn’t matter. The one thing this doesn’t apply to, though, is meat – that’s one thing I just won’t mess around with. On a side note, do things like cereal, bars, crackers, chocolate, and oats honestly ever expire?! They may get a little stale, but I wouldn’t exactly call it expiring…
7. I really love doing the dishes when I’m cold. Okay, I genuinely enjoy doing the dishes in general, but especially when it’s cold. I suffer from chronically cold hands and feet, so being able to spend a little bit of time with my hands under warm water is a treat. For all those other times, I break out these bad boys…
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Aaaand that’s seven. As for the seven nominees:
Sam @ Better with Sprinkles
Lucie @ Fit Swiss Chick
Meghan @ After the Ivy League
Kat @ Katalyst Health
Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
Carly @ Snack Therapy
Khushboo @ Khushboo’s Blog
Hope you guys are having a great Sunday, and a Happy St. Paddy’s! And don’t forget to enter my giveaway if you haven’t already. I don’t have any real concrete plans for the day, but I’m thinking that I’d like to try my hand at baking up some Irish soda bread since I’ve been seeing it everywhere lately but I can’t honestly say that I’ve ever had any. See you tomorrow!
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What foods do you just really dislike? Some others that come to mind for me are: olives, eggplant, anything super spicy, and blue cheese.
Anyone else really lax when it comes to expiration labels?
Does anyone else suffer from constantly cold hands/feet? Or have any tips on things that help?
Cold hands and feet cold be a result of food allergy, or a combination of other unknown issues. I used to have cold hands and feet for years between 18 and 35 years old. Then it just went away. Never thought about the reason until recently, when I experienced it again. The latest experience was definitely due to food problem. I ate some expired eggs. that has to be it. After 35, I took up kickboxing, and my hands and feet started sweating, which never happened before. and the cold hands and feet problem haven’t resurfaced. for years. So, either its the exercise itself, or its because those years was when I stopped eating rice. And I limited my food to a few things. Eliminated pork, and soy products. I notice my body warms up after a bowl of ramen, mixed with my own powders, not the package that came with the ramen. I noticed an acquaintance started to get cold after drinking soy milk. So, food allergy is on top of the list. Watch and make a list of what you eat. Stop eating most of those you suspect would cause a problem. And see if you get cold hands and feet immediately after re introducing them into your diet, one item a week.
Oh man! I can NOT stand fish either. When I was younger, I used to like fish sticks…but now the smell just turns me right off. CAN’T do it!
However, I LOVE snacking on nuts! But when I do eat them…I eat A LOT. Nummers.
The beanie baby is so dang adorable! No wonder you took it with you!
And expiry dates, I’m obsessed with! Except for yogurt…it always lasts longer.
ALSO. That last picture is ridiculously cute…need those mittens
Ahhhh those mittens are SO CUTE!!! I want a pair!
kaity @ kaityscooking
lol i am the same way with my food expiration’s.. i neverrrr pay attention to it! That call is hilarious, I think we all did it once in our life. I def have and threatened my family a bunch of times that I would again haha I still have all my beanie babies upstairs, actually all my stuffed animals. So sad. My parents attic is my childhood in boxes because I refuse to get rid of stuff I won at carnivals lol. When I am cold I too like doing dishes! I work at a salon too so when I am starting to get cold and I get to wash someone I get so excited, burning water on my hands at its finest.
Awww thanks for the tag my love!! I will be sure to do it this week 🙂
Im with you on the nuts thing, but I love them in trail mix!! Maybe its the crunch? I dont know. Oh and if they are smothered in some kind of flavoring then all bets are off. Sugar coated almonds? I can eat an entire container of them!!
I actually also had a ton of Beanie babies. I actually had some in special cases too, like my Princes Di bear.
Meghan @ After the Ivy League
Yayy thanks so much for the nomination! I’ll definitely fill this one out this week. I love anything that lets me share random things about myself!
I also tend to ignore expiration labels. It’s probably bad, but I’d rather eat something slightly questionable than waste food. Unless it’s completely rotten or something. Now that I’ve typed that out it sounds really gross….haha
De @ Cooking for the Other Half
Yay! I loved reading this post. I always like surveys because I get to learn more about my favorite bloggers.
I was also obsessed with Beanie Babies as a kid, and still have my collection at my parents’ house. Magic the Dragon is awesome!!!!!
My hated foods are similar to yours: olives, eggplant, & mushrooms (sometimes). I also suffer from cold hands/feet all the time. Brr.
Lift, Sleep, Eat
I can’t stand celery!! Ewww even the thought of it makes me gag..and any cheese cold, the only cheese I can eat is mozzarella when its melted on something..anything else and its a no go for me!
I don’t really pay attention to expiration dates either (other than meat or fish)..I’m like you, as long as it smells and tastes ok I’ll eat it..I figure I’ve got a strong digestive system and I’m not gonna throw away perfectly good food.
I’m always cold too! It’s awfullll…I pretty much just live in big fluffy socks + a dressing gown when I’m at home (I’ve been known to do the dishes in my dressing gown) haha!
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
There honestly aren’t any foods that I strongly dislike – I will seriously eat anything haha! That being said, I’m not the biggest fan of fois gras and I never choose to eat it.
I find raw almonds kind of boring too. But you need to go out and find yourself a container of Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds. I can never keep my hand out of the jar when I buy them!
Haha I’m really bad about expiration labels too. I tend to buy things and put them in my pantry, then completely forget about them for months. I need to start keeping an inventory of my food. 😛
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
I’ve tried a few different flavored roasted almonds but had the same problem 😕 I’m thinking that it might have something to do with the almond skins – I’ve heard soaking them helps soften them up, so there’s always that option.
I reallllly dislike salmon. I’ve tried and tried, but like you I just can’t stand it. Plain fish is fine, though. Especially covered in tartare sauce.
I HATE celery. The texture and taste makes me gag. And blue cheese. That stuff smells rank.
Sara @ Nourish and Flourish
Haha, reading about your “let no food go to waste!” approach to eating brought a huge smile to my face, as I literally just finished baking…with coconut flour that expired a year ago. (!!!!) Since when does flour go bad? Sure, the coconut variety might be a little bit different than wheat, but it smelled okay, which in my book means that it is okay. My roommate freaked out when I told her what I was doing, which may or may not have been intentional. Now I know I have the pan of pumpkin bars to myself. 😉
Oh, Beanie Babies! I was completely struck by the craze in the 90’s, and owned an embarrassing amount. I actually have no idea where they are now; that’s a question I’ll definitely be asking my mom when we chat on the phone tomorrow. Tears will especially be shed over Patti the Platypus (one of my favorites!), if she in fact is missing.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend, Amanda! <3
Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover!
Magic the dragon was my absolute favorite!! I think I still have him/her in my collection of stuffed animals at the parents house. Magic was most definitely my most-loved beanie baby :-). Oh, and I’m horrible about expiration dates. As long as it looks/smells/seems okay, I’ll probably eat it.
Also, I love doing dishes, especially when it’s cold (and in general! my friends & fam think I’m nuts). Which is weird, because I don’t get cold that easily.
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It’s so interesting to see what toys were IN during our generation when we were children and see the differences between different countries~In Argentina we had other things that were collectibles. 😀 And I love your little gloves! They’re so~”Korean” because Korea has lots of cute little stuff like that. And as for cold hands and feet, my mom says that ginseng is really good for that because it has properties that help the body retain and catch heat; therefore, it’s only good for people with cold extremities and bad menstruation cramps, but not for people with really warm bodies or else it miiiiiight make them overheat! At least, that’s what I’ve learned from different people. Have a great evening Amanda!
Totally with you on the “handful of nuts as a snack”…um, no, not tasty at all. I think I’m a bit of a volume eater to be honest so a handful of nuts just doesn’t feel like a big enough amount of food….but eating too many nuts makes me feel SO sick. Yeah, I’ll just stick with the almond butter…lol. No worries about the fish – my dad hates it too, he says he can smell us grilling it from like….the entire length of the house away haha my mom and I only eat salmon when he’s gone! (I love living alone haha). And expiration dates…I actually read an article where “if it looks good and smells good, its fine” – and as for cereals I have no idea! I think you and me both probably finish that stuff off before it would ever expire though lol….sometimes in my kitchen at home we get moths in our food so in that case yeah – not eating it haha. and OMG YOU HAD MAGIC THE DRAGON……I’M SO JEALOUS. I never found him!!!!
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
I love you just a little bit more for knowing about Magic <3 And I think my parents were secretly happy when I moved out because they're big time fish eaters and I was always complaining that they were stinking up the house 😆