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Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Crab and Shrimp

When you are in college, you learn about – and are exposed to – a lot of new things. I am from a town of 199 people, so when I moved to the DFW area, I experienced a bit of culture shock.

Of all the new things I tried and loved, Vietnamese Spring Rolls are my favorite! There was a place called Viet Bites in Denton – and let’s just say I was a frequent shopper.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Crab and Shrimp

My favorite spring rolls had crab and shrimp in them, and of course, I ate a little too much peanut sauce.

Aside from the freaky rice paper, Vietnamese Spring Rolls looked like something I could easily make at home, so I ventured it out to try to make them at home.

The best thing about spring rolls is you can customize them into anything you want! Here is my favorite recipe to make at home:

Ingredients

10 spring roll rice paper wrappers

1 carrot, julienned

1 cucumber, julienned

Crab meat sticks

1 avocado, sliced

20 medium shrimp, cooked

5 lettuce leaves

Instructions

1. Prepare rice wrappers: Pour warm water into a bowl and dip each wrapper into water for 15-20 seconds, until the wrapper is soft enough. Place the wrapper on a cutting board and pat until slightly dry.

2. Take few pieces of carrots, cucumber, and cabbage and place on top of the rice wrapper.

3. Then place a slice of avocado and sprinkle cilantro on top.

4. Lay 1/2 of a lettuce leaf on top and 1 shrimp on top.

5. Roll everything up tightly, starting by rolling up the bottom of the roll and then roll over the filling. As you roll, make sure the filling is being tightly secured in.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Crab and Shrimp

Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Crab and Shrimp

What is your favorite Vietnamese spring roll recipes?

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Crab and Shrimp

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3 Planners to Keep you Organized in 2018

There are so many different types of planners, and I am guilty of buying every one of them! I want to keep my 2018 as organized as possible, so I am getting a variety of planners!

Day Designer

Planners to Keep you Organized in 2018




Planners to Keep you Organized in 2018

This Day Designer is my favorite all around planner ever! You are able to look at each day hourly, and you can write down your top three goals to accomplish.

You can also write down meal plans and bill dates!

Plus, you are able to write a weekly to-do list, and you can put down what you are grateful for the week.

Lulalu Weekly Meal Planner

Planners to Keep you Organized in 2018

Planners to Keep you Organized in 2018

If you love bullet journaling, the Lulalu Weekly Meal Planner is a great planner for you!




This planner shows you what produce is in season, has shopping lists and allows you to plan all your meals. You can also write down your cravings and recipe ideas!

Blog Planner

3 Planners to Keep you Organized in 2018

3 Planners to Keep you Organized in 2018

This is more for my fellow bloggers and creatives, but this blogging planner has everything!

Here are some details on this blog planner:

A 13-month calendar beginning on the month of your choice. (Please note that we have left the holidays unmarked) To indicate which month with which you wish to begin, please leave us a message at check out; otherwise, we’ll just begin with the current month at the time of your order.

The second part of the planner is devoted to your blog:

This section contains a number of pages to use for planning posts, keywords, and projects, as well as tracking stats, site traffic, and income. Specifically:

*Goals for each month
*Project planners
*Post planners with space for brainstorming keywords
*Video storyboard sheets
*Guest post notes

What are you favorite planners?

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3 Planners to Keep you Organized in 2018

 

 

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Workout your arms with this HIIT arm challenge!

When it comes to working out, I am great at getting my abs and glutes started, but my arms are always a no-go. Because of this, I have created an arm HIIT arm challenge to help burn arm fat and tone!

My family’s body type is an hourglass, so getting toned tummies is easy – but getting toned arms is a struggle!



HIIT is great because not only does it burn fat while you are working out, it keeps going after the workout is complete!

This is great for beginners because it requires no weights and little space. You can do this workout about anywhere!

Plus, this HIIT arm challenge only takes about 25 minutes to complete!

HIIT ARM CHALLENGE

Workout your arms with this HIIT arm challenge!

What is your favorite workout to tone your arms?



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10 Places to Visit in Texas in 2018

I have lived in Texas all of my life, except for one year. There are so many places to visit in Texas! I have gone to Six Flags over Texas, the Inner Space Cavern, the Magnolia Silos, the Dallas Zoo, the Fort Worth Zoo, the Capital, the Riverwalk, the Alamo – so so so many places – but there is still so much to do!

For 2018, I wanted to create a bucket list of the things I want to do in Texas. Although there are so many things, I wanted to limit it to just 10 (for financial and sensible reasons of course)!

Some of them may seem silly, but as a native Texan, they have always been on my list!

Here are my 10 places to visit in Texas:

Family Business Beer Co.

As a major Supernatural fan, I have to visit Jensen Ackles’ new brewery. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. This is going to happen.

I honestly know little about it, except for that Jensen Ackles owns it. That’s honestly all I need to know – besides that it is outside of Austin.

Shiner Brewery

Speaking of breweries, one beer, in particular, changed my outlook on beer. This beer is Shiner.

I have always wanted to go on a tour of their brewery, but their times are so weird! I am going to make time to go this year!

Enchanted Rock

I love the outdoors, but I hate snakes. So this creates a lot of mixed feelings for me, and I end up being too afraid of going to beautiful places.

NOT IN 2018.

I am going to finally conquer my fears and go camping at Enchanted Rock.

My 2018 Texas Bucket List

Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs is a pool fed by natural spring water in Austin. It has an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming.

It is fed by the Edwards Aquifer – which I have visited.

My 2018 Texas Bucket List

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Okay so this is cheating – I have been here when I was little. However, I can’t remember any of it!

I would love to go walk where the dinosaurs have walked!

My 2018 Texas Bucket List

Mother Neff State Park

This place is right in my area, and I need to see it! I follow their Facebook page, and I am always amazed by all the creatures they find!

My 2018 Texas Bucket List

The Last Drive-In Picture Show in Gatesville

This isn’t the actual last drive-in picture show, but it is in my area, and I have always wanted to go!

It is also something my mom has always done, so I am thinking it’s something to do when they come visit!

The Branch Davidian Site

This one is a given – I live in Waco, and I am in news. I honestly don’t know why I have not gone there yet.

This is the site of the Waco Siege at Mount Carmel.

Go on a Texas Wine Tour

I don’t have a particular wine tour in mind, but I love beer as much as wine, so if I go to a brewery tour, I have to go on a winery tour.




My 2018 Texas Bucket List

Visit the Authentic Czech Bakery in West

I have been to the touristy part of West, Texas – but I haven’t gone to the real deal yet. I heard that if you venture a little into the city, you will find authentic Czech food!

What are some things you have always wanted to do in Texas?

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10 Places to Visit in Texas in 2018

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Copycat Hibachi Mushroom Onion Soup Recipe


When I was thirteen, my parents brought me to a Hibachi grill for the first time. I remember the how everything was so put together, and I remember how fun the experience was.

I kept going to the same Hibachi grill for my birthday with my family, and although I loved the fried rice, I really loved the mushroom onion soup.




Copycat Hibachi Mushroom Onion Soup Recipe

Copycat Hibachi Mushroom Onion Soup Recipe

When I started dieting this month, I looked for foods that were good for you, but could keep you full if you got hungry. This brought my mine to the mushroom onion soup.

I always go through an adjustment period on my diet where I am working on detoxing all the bad food I was addicted to. I usually slip up a few times before my brain switches over to healthy living.

When I did Jenny Craig, I learned that chicken broth was a great tool to try to quench that hunger when you are coming off a sugar and carb high.

I wanted to try to create my own mushroom onion soup to keep on hand for those hunger pains!

Ingredients

6 cups vegetable broth

2 white onions (chopped)

2 carrots (chopped)

2-3 green onions




1 tsp of diced garlic cloves

1/4 cup mushrooms (sliced)

Salt and pepper

Soy sauce

Instructions

1. Saute onion in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil. Wait until the onion has browned a little.

2. Add carrot, garlic, and vegetable broth.

3. Bring to boil, and simmer for 30 min. Add salt, pepper and soy sauce until you achieve the right taste

4. Strain the veggies from the vegetable broth and add mushrooms and scallion. Serve or freeze for later!

Copycat Hibachi Mushroom Onion Soup Recipe

Copycat Hibachi Mushroom Onion Soup Recipe

Copycat Hibachi Mushroom Onion Soup Recipe

Copycat Hibachi Mushroom Onion Soup Recipe

Copycat Hibachi Mushroom Onion Soup Recipe

What is your favorite healthy snack to have on hand when hunger strikes?

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Copycat Hibachi Mushroom Onion Soup Recipe