Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, friends, or internet friends! I’m so thankful that you have taken the time to read my blog, use a recipe I’ve posted, or left a comment. You make me feel so very special and warm my insides.

Now go stuff yourself with too much pie or gluten-free pumpkin bars!

xx

Candice

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What I’m Reading Wednesday – Old Man’s War series

Last year when I finished reading Insurgent I started looking for a new series to dive head first into. I decided to let Amazon help me and took a look at their suggested reading list and found Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. I’ve always been a fan of science fiction movies & tv shows after growing up with Star Wars & Star Trek, but I mostly read fantasy, so this was my first introduction into science fiction novels.

10316763I am so happy that I found John Scalzi! His Old Man’s War books are exactly the kind of stories I like to read. There’s action, adventure, humor, technology, crazy aliens, and even some romance. But really I love that he tells stories about how humans react to being in space and fighting a war for the first time. This isn’t some hard sci-fi with no emotions, Scalzi has created characters that you care about book after book.

The books mostly follow a man named John Perry who signs up for a chance at a new life. On Earth once you turn 75 y/o you have the opportunity to sign up for the Colonel Defense Forces. You’ll be taken to space, given a whole new super body, and look & feel like you’re 22 y/o again. Just one catch, you have to fight a war against alien races in a difference universe. If you can survive as a CDF solider you’ll be rewarded greatly, but surviving is key. Some alien races are far more technically advanced and not everyone makes it out of every battle alive.

7513983662_1eaf161b40_zHuman Division is the 5th book in the series and I’m a little over 50% done with it. So far it is just as funny and captivating as the others. The books don’t all follow John Perry’s story, but he is a key character. Each books takes you deeper and deeper into this new universe and it’s great to see so many different perspectives. Much like Earth, every planet has it’s own problems. There’s mystery and corruption peppered throughout the series, but it’s all done with a lot of humor. These are great books if you’re looking to get into science-fiction for the first time. It’s not intimidating, and I promise you’ll end up falling in love with John Scalzi’s work and will probably read all the other books he’s written outside of this series.

I will be spending the next few days soaking in this book before I have to return it to the library. I’m really hoping that they’ll turn the series into a movie because I actually think it could be done really well. Plus I’m selfish and just want to have it in as many forms as possible.

What books will you be enjoying over this Thanksgiving holiday?

xx

Candice

Make Some Monday – Chocolate Peanut Butter GF Granola Bars

Being gluten free is expensive. Baking mixes, special flours, cookies, pasta, the list could go on forever. I love granola/breakfast bars because they’re a good pick me up in the middle of the day, but paying $5 for 5 bars at the grocery store is crazy. So this past weekend I started searching the internetz for a GF granola bar recipe that I could bake at home and lucky me found the jackpot.

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I came across this recipe on treehugger.com for 5-ingredient Breakfast Granola Bars. These bars are not only gluten free, but you can make them diary free or vegan as well. I picked up some Bob’s Red Mill GF Rolled Oats and then used chocolate chips, peanut butter, & agave that I had on hand to complete the recipe. The great thing about these bars is that you can customize them however you like and they’re also a lot more natural than granola bars you’d pick up from the store which is great for people with allergies.

If you’re not GF you can also make these with regular rolled oats which will make them even cheaper than store bought bars. So why not whip up a batch for your lunch this week?

What flavor combinations would you include in your granola bars?

xx

Candice

Friday, I’m in love: 11.22.13

Fridays, I’m in love is a new weekly mash up of awesome things I love on and off the internet.

 

The Onion Reviews ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ had me cracking up all morning.

I love Improv Everywhere and I’m so happy they’ve tackled the world of Harry Potter!

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Speaking of Harry Potter, this ring by EmmyEffDesigns is on my holiday wish list.

♥ Rock & Roll Bride has been doing a Marriage Mantras series and it’s pretty fantastic. This week she dishes out 50 Pieces of Advice for a Happy Marriage. ♥

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Anna Ladd is an amazing artist and did this series called things i told the internet, but didn’t tell my mom that it hits me right in the feels.

The deleted scenes from last weeks Parks & Rec are hilarious. I really wish I could live in Pawnee & work for the city government… and be best friends with Leslie Knope.

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Nate & I have been laying low since our trip to New York and started looking for fun things to do on these freezing cold Fall nights at home. Enter LEGO! We both stuffed our Christmas wish lists with some pretty cool sets and now I can’t wait until Christmas Day because I’m sure we’ll spend all morning building whatever news sets we decided to get each other.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

xx

Candice

New York, New York

Nate & I were lucky enough to be invited to his friends wedding in Brooklyn last month. It was our first time in New York and as you might suspect we fell in love. Not ‘I’m gonna sell everything and move there right now’ kind of love (we may have done that after we visited Portland for the first time), but if an opportunity arose and we could move there I’d do it. That’s my favorite part about traveling! I like seeing what it would be like to live in a certain city for a few days. We have a short list of places we’d like to call home one day and I really hope New York becomes a reality eventually.

The wedding was fantastic! Miguel & Jon have been together for a long time and their love made the day so special. My favorite part was Miguel surprising Jon with his a capella group singing “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys. Everyone was in tears by the end of it. We spent the afternoon dancing, drinking fancy signature cocktails, and eventually made our way to their bar in Park Slope. It was a great night!

The rest of our trip consisted of mostly sight seeing around town. New York is too big to see in one visit and I hope that we’ll be able to go back next year for a longer trip. I wish I had taken more pictures of everything but sometimes when I travel I get too caught up in soaking up my surroundings that I forget to take out my camera. It was really a magical trip and I’m so glad I got to experience NY for the first time with Nate.

What’s your favorite part of New York?

xx

Candice