“I thought you were nuts, but you’re really really really nuts….”

“You’re so annoying you pitiful old man.  I’d like to help you but I don’t
know if I can.  I thought you were nuts, but you’re really really really nuts….”  —Nuts, Adventure Time

While I was working at the College Bookstore last summer, I was given a large pile of peanuts in-shell—obviously, the vegan needed the protein! Over time, they got to the point that they weren’t bad, but they just weren’t fresh anymore.  So, they became squirrel food.

The Gettysburg squirrels are fearless and absolutely adorable.  Whether they’re scurrying across the sidewalk or carrying a slice of pizza in their wake, the squirrels are a staple of GBC.

So, when I went to the Seminary for this summer, I had a pile of peanuts in tow.  Throwing a handful under the tree outside my window, I whiled away the hours watching the little fluffy tails scamper around.

Eventually, one specific squirrel decided to take this relationship a step further.  One morning I awoke to the sound of movement.  Wasn’t I surprised when it turned out to be a little furry friend tapping on the window!

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Slowly but surely, this became a ritual:  Kennedy the squirrel coming to the window to wake me each morning, my giving him a few peanuts as a thank you.

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He soon showed a preference for stopping by when I had music playing, especially Taylor Swift!

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One day, while I was at work, Kennedy decided to take matters into his own hands.  He had chewed a little hole in the plastic that surrounded the air conditioner, taped over with a pile of duct tape—that day, he decided to crawl through it, knocking things off the table as he went.

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Somehow, he got in and out by himself, before I got home.  Of course, I checked excessively.  My mom had a whole rant from me as I stood in a panic.  She sent me to a restaurant downtown to calm down, with a pile of peanuts waiting in the center of the room, across from the webcam, waiting just in case I’d missed something.

Upon coming home, the peanuts were in place and the webcam’s footage didn’t show any furry visitors.  In fact, Kennedy began avoiding the window.  I put peanuts at a farther distance, just in case.  But he was still my favorite little visitor!

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August Goals Collab!

Angela and Jazmine, of The Clutter Box and Fairy Lights & Dreams, respectively, came up with the brilliance of a Monthly Goal Collaboration, and I’m thrilled to be joining them and the other blogger s yet again this month!

Looking back on July:
Some high points:  
  • I scheduled a decent number of social media posts for TO&E, Hanging in There, and HC @ Gettysburg.
  • I successfully moved into my housing for the remainder of my internship.
  • I found myself spending time with friends outside of my apartment!
  • I’ve worked more at networking with my fellow bloggers.

Needs improvement:  

  • I began reading at a great pace, but it slowed down as the month progressed.
  • I still haven’t been blogging at the frequency I’d like to be.

So, looking forward:  some monthly goals!

Pick up on reading

I’m going to finish at least four books before school starts again.

Update TO&E

I’m going to blog more frequently and keep up the social media pages!

Get a schedule for the fall.

I’m currently lacking a list of classes for the fall.  Need to fix that.

Get Rachem ready for high school.

As much as I like to deny it, my little sister is starting high school later this month.  The least I can do is help her prepare.

Spend time with my family.

I’ll be home for a few weeks this month, so I plan to make the most of it!

Finish my internship with flying colors.

There are just a few more days of work and a single essay keeping me from being finished.  Time flies!

So…here’s hoping the gals of this collab can keep my motivation high! Feel free to let me know if you have any tips!

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Vegan Cooking with Jules: Peach Muffins

*I received this item for free or at
a discounted rate in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own and completely honest.*

 

I have a friend who works for a local fruit company.  When he sent me home with half a bag of peaches the other day, I was ecstatic.  Free fresh fruit (try saying that five times fast!)??

The same day, I was thrilled to receive a new silicone muffin pan from Keliwa.

I texted my mom—what should I make in my new pan?  After hearing about this and my peaches, she suggested what, in retrospect, should have been the obvious answer:  peach muffins, of course!

So, like any good internet user, I headed to Pinterest.  I quickly fell upon Multi-Testing Mommy‘s recipe and was psyched to try it out.

The changes I made to MTM’s recipe were subtle, and primarily due to my wanting to use ingredients I had on hand.  With egg replacer, applesauce (and a touch of water) instead of milk, and unskinned peaches, these were absolutely amazing.

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A friend inquired as to how the muffins turned out.  My response pretty much says it all.

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In short, the pan worked perfectly and the muffins were to die for.  What more could a girl ask for?

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