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My Favorite Foods~Day 5 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge

Hello lovely readers and followers! Welcome back to Day 5 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge!

Today’s Topic: My Favorite Foods and Why

My Favorite Foods

I kind of consider myself a foodie, as I love to eat. I am a picky eater though. My stomach only tolerates bland foods, so some people may think my tastes are rather boring. These are five of the most interesting and tasty dishes that I love!

1. Breakfast Food

I have a thing for breakfast food–it’s almost like a romance really. I’m definitely not a morning person, and sometimes the thought of breakfast is the only motivation for me not to hit the snooze button! I love cereal, oatmeal, eggs, toast, and muffins. I love french toast and bacon–especially at Cracker Barrel. And if I could,  I would live off of McDonald’s breakfast biscuits.

(Cracker Barrel is bae)

2. My Mom’s Meat Balls and Spaghetti 

I really wish I had a photo of my mom’s amazing cooking! You know it’s a holiday in my house when you wake up to the smell of sweet and sour meatballs in the crock pot. My mom’s spaghetti is also amazing and tangy–great comfort food on a cold winter night.

3. Sweet Potatoes

Inside of me is a southern girl trying to get out. Let’s face it, sweet potatoes are the candy of the vegetable world.


4. Ice Cream

Although my IBS says no, my heart says pretty please (with sprinkles!). Ice cream is my food of choice all spring and summer. Cookies and cream is my favorite, but I also love Fruity Pebbles or vanilla with sprinkles.


5. Subs

My obsession with sub sandwiches started with my digestive issues. Subs are bland (when they have no sauce), and contain all of the food groups you need. They are easy on my stomach and so delicious. I love trying new sub shops and putting chips on my sandwiches!


Thanks for reading! What are your favorite foods? Tell me in the comments below!

Make sure to check out Courtney at 1Timothy4:12Girl as she partners with me in this challenge! I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 6 of the challenge 🙂

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My First Experience at Chic-Fil-A!

Hello lovely readers and followers! Today is foodie Friday (at least for this post). We just got a Chic-Fil-A where I Iive, and it’s so packed! The line is so long it wraps around two buildings!

I heard that they’re a Christian company, and my siblings (who live in the south) say the food is addicting. So last weekend my Mom and I braved the crowd and waited in line for 20 minutes for our food!


The line really didn’t seem that long to be honest. The staff was really nice and directed the traffic well. I ordered their original Chic-Fil-A sandwich (without pickle, bleh!).  And of course, their famous waffle fries!


The food was really good! It was the best chicken sandwich I ever had, and it was super big. The fries were very tasty and not greasy. It really wasn’t like fast food at all.


A close-up of the waffle fries–because #FriesBeforeGuys 😉

Although I may not be going back until it gets less popular (if that’s even possible), I will be eating there again! I can see myself getting addicted, but I think next time I’ll try the grilled chicken nuggets.

Thanks for reading! I hope you all enjoyed this random review. My friends liked my pictures so much I thought it would be fun to blog about.

Are you addicted to Chic-Fil-A? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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(Note: I am not being paid for this review. All opinions are my own).


Low FODMAP Diet Hacks

Happy Friday! Sorry about missing last week’s post. But I promised to make up for it so here it is.

As many of you know, I have IBS (irritable bowl syndrome). Although I manage by medication and yoga, I still struggle with colon pain and major bloating (sorry for the tmi).

Recently I saw a dietician, who put me on the low FODMAP elimination diet. Now you may be wondering, what in the world is a FODMAP?! It’s kind of a lot to explain, but you can read more about it here.

In a nutshell, the goal of the elimination diet is to remove different types of carbohydrates (such as wheat, lactose, and fructose) that tend to ferment in the gut. These carbs can cause symptoms such as bloating, gas, and cramps in people with GI issues.

I’ve been on the elimination diet for over a month, which is much longer than normal (because my system is so slow). Currently I am adding challenge foods back in to my diet one at a time to see what I can tolerate. So far it looks like wheat is good!

Anyway, this is a challenging diet, and I have slipped up a few times. But it has helped my symptoms improve a little bit.
For this post I’m going to show you some awesome foods that have helped make this diet a little easier. Now there are many *natural* foods like meat, rice, potatoes, and certain fruits and veggies to eat. But let’s face it, sometimes we need something fast and fun.

Even if you’re not on the low FODMAP diet, since wheat and lactose are not aloud on the elimination phase, all of these products are gluten and dairy free. If you’re on a gluten or dairy free diet, then these may benefit you as well!

I’ve heard people on gluten free diets say it’s hard to find good bread. Udi’s is what my dietician recommended since it’s wheat, dairy, and soy free. It tastes just like any other bread, and the burger buns and bagels are life savers! As you can see, I eat a lot of it 🙂 #carbsoncarbs

For some reason I have been craving Nutella–which contains dairy unfortunately. This dark chocolate peanut butter actually tastes better, and satisfies my sweet tooth in a nutrious way.

A lot of gluten free pretzels have high FODMAP ingredients like inulin or soy flour in them, but these don’t and taste better than regular ones! It’s a nice way to get something salty when potato chips get boring.

I love ice cream. I’m actually obsessed with it. I found out that I am a little lactose intolerant (thank the Lord for lactaid pills), but this Breyers lactose free ice cream is perfect for low FODMAPers (sorry it’s not completely dairy free). It tastes just like regular ice cream, and has a very rich vanilla flavor.

Although bananas are my favorite snack, sometimes granola bars travel better. Unfortunately, a lot of them contain hidden FODMAPs like honey. The Nature Valley peanut butter bars are amazing (but crumbly). The Nature’s Path Chococonut bars are a little bland, but the more I eat them the more they grow on me.

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have IBS and are having trouble with symptoms, you may want to talk to your doctor about the low FODMAP diet. However, it is best not to do this yourself, as it is somewhat complicated and restrictive. Also, you need to be careful when choosing food products as we all react differently to foods. In other words, find a good dietician to guide you!

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to comment and share. I love hearing from you 🙂
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*Note–I am not being paid or endorsed by any of the companies listed above. I just love these products and wanted to share


Pineapple Crush Cake Recipe (And Awesome News)

Happy Friday…I mean Saturday x_x I’m so glad to share the awesome news I received this week…I have 50 followers! Now I know that maybe this isn’t a lot of followers for more “seasoned” bloggers, and that maybe I have accumulated you all quite slowly, but nevertheless I am still so excited and happy!

You all have no idea how much I love you! I appreciate your likes, re-blogging, and thoughtful commenting. It’s a real joy to interact with you and read your posts as well. I love everyone who stumbles upon my blog and gives it a chance! Just the idea of touching one life through my writing makes it all worthwhile. I can’t wait until I reach the 100 follower milestone 🙂

In honor of such an occasion I have decided to give something to you (sorry, but it’s not an actual gift). I have a recipe to share with you! It really is just a simple twist on your regular pineapple upside down cake, but hey, it’s a summertime favorite and recipe twists are fun! It’s very easy to make, and will be a favorite at any event you go to this summer.

Basically, I wanted to make pineapple upside down cake but didn’t have any pineapple rings or cherries. So what did I do? I Improvised with diced pineapple and strawberries! I really like the way the strawberries made it taste. It added a fresh sort of sweetness. I call it…Pineapple Crush Cake!

And the best part is I uploaded PICTURES! (As if it weren’t already simple enough)

Pineapple Crush Cake!


1 box yellow (or white) cake mix

eggs, oil, and water (as the package directs)

brown sugar

1 20oz. can of diced pineapple (drained)

5-6 strawberries cut into quarters

Step 1:


You will need a boxed cake mix–either yellow or white, but I prefer yellow (Pillsbury for life!). And eggs, water, and oil as the recipe on the box calls for. Mix it all up like the directions say.

Meanwhile: Get out your cake pan and line the bottom with about an inch of brown sugar (no one said this was healthy). There’s no need for cooking spray as the sugar will caramelize. Then take your pineapple and DRAIN THE JUICE in the sink. Spread the pineapple slices evenly on the brown sugar. Next lay your strawberry slices on top and set aside.

(It should look something like this.)


Step 2:

Once your cake mix is all made up, pour evenly over the pineapple/strawberry layer. Then bake in the oven for however long the box directions say. A good tip is that the cake should spring back up in the center when touched. If it does that, then you know it’s done. If it sinks, then it needs more time.

(Right before we hit the oven!)


Step 3:

Once the cake has cooled down, you will be ready to do the fun (and sort of tricky) part: flipping it! To do this you simply set another pan or same sized tray over the cake and hold tightly. Flip it really fast and set it on the table or counter. Make sure you pound the bottom of the first cake pan in order to get all of the cake out (sorry I don’t have a pic for this).

(I did it!)


Now you have a delicious, gooey, super sweet summertime dessert. Hungry yet? Lol, this is my first time posting a recipe, so I apologize if anything is unclear. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask me in the comments section. 

Have a great weekend, and as always, thanks for reading 🙂

Love, Emily <3

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