Jul 16, 2010

let's get real, folks.

you know how sometimes you love reading a blog, but you realize you don't really know anything about the person behind the food?

(or maybe that blogger is you...?)

i hate that! i want to get to know the heart and soul behind the posts. i can find recipes anywhere, but personality? that's a rare gift.

because of that, i aim to be as transparent as possible here at Clarity in Creation... even if it's not a pretty sight!

so in the spirit of full disclosure, here are a few honest statements that have been floating around in my heart and brain here recently...

thank you all so much for your sweet comments on my fibro diet post! i'm definitely not an expert by any means, but if someone else can learn from my mistakes and hard-earned lessons, i'm all for that!

if anyone ever has any tips for me (concerning anything!), i'd be honored if you'd share them. i love new experiences, recipes, and any tidbits of information that could help others. or if there's something i should know, fill me in!

when i remember, i've been trying to post Operation Beautiful notes at the gym, grocery store, etc.

i haven't been taking pictures of them because i'm not concerned about sending the pictures in... i just want the ladies i cross paths with to feel special, for only for one minute of their day.

have you written any Operation Beautiful notes? or have you found any?

since my orientation on monday, i've been working on my class schedule, and i think i finally got it organized! it's not exactly how i could have chosen it, but i think it's going to work out :)

as of right now, i have one class on mondays, and three classes on wednesdays and thursdays. i'll also be lifeguarding for my college pool, so it's nice to be able to work a few hours in between classes.

i've been designing my next tattoo! it's a compass rose (similar to the picture) - my daily reminder that Christ is my guide for life, so i never need to worry about where i'm headed next.... i go to a consult at a local parlor today!

i can't decide if i should add on to my first tattoo (on the inside of my right arm, working towards a half-sleeve), or get the compass on the inside of my left wrist (my original idea).

thoughts??? i'll let you know what i decide! i'm getting inked the second week in august with my freshman roommate who will have just gotten home from her honeymoon!!! eek!

i went to the library... can you tell? i love books (especially free ones!). 

i also put a bunch on transfer, including Thrive, Eat Pray Love, Food Rules, and Veganomicon!

do you use your library? have any book suggestions for me?

finally, a recipe!

i got off my lazy rear and made a chickpea/quinoa salad, looking to Jess and Ashley for inspiration.

i just used what sounded good, but you can adapt it however you want! i'm broke, so i scrounged around until i was satisfied :)

chickpea salad - basic recipe:
- 1 cup quinoa, cooked according to directions (subbing veggie broth for water)
- 1/2 cup dried beans, or open, drain, and rinse 1 can of choice (i used chickpeas)

let cool slightly, then stir in:
- chopped veggies: i grated 3 cloves of garlic, chopped 1/2 a small red onion, and grated a carrot, but cucumber, strawberries, and/or avocado would make an awesome salad, too!

now, the fun stuff... add:
- 1 cup dried fruit (i used craisins)
- 1/4 cup toasted nuts (walnuts for me!)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- a few tablespoons of your favorite salad dressing, or EVOO + basalmic vinegar (i used a new find, Trader Joe's Raspberry Viniagrette)

and what would wrap up this ridiculously random post better than a picture of my scraggley dawg?
- rebekah

p.s. - check out Mama Pea's cookbook giveaway, y'all!


  1. I have a tattoo on the inside of my left wrist. I got it in Thailand and it's the Thai symbol for honesty.

    I love the library! I have three books out and am currently reading "Lunch In Paris" it's a love story with recipes at the end of each chapter. Check it out!

  2. I love that you are thinkin of working towards your half sleeve. I think tattos are beautiful and so interesting. Unfort, I dont think they fit my personality, but I love them on others!

  3. I agree, Rebekah. I love to get a feeling of the personality of the blogger too. Maybe we are just two nosy people? :p

    The tattoo is really cool, and the idea behind simply beautiful. What a great way to honour your belief, and remind yourself of the support and love religion give you.

    I love the library, haha! Free books, good good good :D Right now I am reading about South African history and culture, just to get a better understanding of the pictures I've seen from the world championship in football.
    Enjoy your weekend my beautiful friend!

  4. I've got a cliche tattoo (butterflies carrying a heart) on my lower back. But, the one that really means somehting is Kanji on my neck that says "Student of Life."

  5. I LOVE TATTOOS!! I have a tiger paw on my butt.. haha, seriously, i really do have one. and i love it!

  6. Wow, girl. I totally love your meaning behind the next tattoo you're planning on getting. Really beautiful. one of the hardest things to do is stop worrying about the future and surrender our will's to God's plan. He'll never lead us astray, and as long as we let Him guide us, we'll end up going in the right direction. Thanks for that reminder :)

  7. I really like your point about getting to know the person behind the food. There are so many recipes and food pics/suggestions about, but it's nice to hear more about the person posting, because we all have such interesting tales to tell.

    Sarah x

  8. mmm your quinoa salad looks great, i've never had quinoa as a savory dish!! i always think of your wonderful posts on my way to work..they really are inspirational...and i hope all is well! :)

  9. I can't wait for you to get your new tattoo so that I can see pictures! I'm planning on getting my first one soon and I know exactly what I want.. but it has to wait. I want to get it asap but I'm thinking I might as well just wait until I get back from traveling in the Fall because apparently the sun is bad for it? Boo. I am SO ready for it though and I feel antsy putting it off.

    I love getting to know the bloggers behind the blog! That's what keeps me coming back to a lot of blogs and what determines my favorites.

  10. I am quite aware you must be talking about me! My blog lacks personality and pizzazz like yours >.<. I need to wor on letting my personality and feelings out, not just recipes, I am getting there I posted a video today :D. That salad sounds good! I love going to the library for books, but EVERY time I go they never have the books I want and it is so frustrating, I as to be notified when they are returned, but either miss the notification or they don't send it ahaha. I still try though in hopes they will have the books I want! I love the compass idea on the wrist it is unique and classic

  11. 1. I totally agree on the wanting to know ABOUT the person. I used to just go "heres the food. it was good." now I hope I'm a little more...open? I think? :P and that's why I LOVE your blog. So much variety!! I wish I was as creative with topics.
    2. oh my god, a half sleeve would be so awesome. i demand to know how the consulting went today :)
    3. sounds like an awesome class schedule!! i always try to arrange mine so i have all my classes on tues and thurs OR m-w-f. Then I get the remaining days to work!
    4. I love the chickpea/quinoa salad idea. Such a fan of the savory/sweet :) Glad I could offer some inspiration :D

  12. i think the idea of your tattoo will be something you WONT regret like many people may later on. its got a neat concept with the guiding light and direction and i know its something that will serve as a constant reminder of your faith and as a piece of who youre/where you want to be. i think its beautiful!


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