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The Call For More Blood Tests.

Hey My Beautiful Rain Drops and Lemon Drops and Gum Drops!

Thanks for all of your comments on my Carob Chip Cookies with Walnuts. Those were seriously gone in a matter of days. Carob is a favorite in my household!

I’ve been researching different books for good tips on healthy college living, and I’ve found two I would whole-heartedly recommend.

My girl Maria recommended The College Vegetarian Cooking by Megan Carle and Jill Carle to me after I had reviewed the One Bowl Cookbook, and I’m so glad she did! I put it on hold from my library and was so excited when it came in. I was literally leaping for joy past the point of happy – bursting with excitement!

I love how easy and group-friendly these recipes are and how low-cost and nutritious they are, too! Some of the recipes that caught my eye included:

  • Pasta with Broccoli and Caramelized Onions
  • Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomato Sauce
  • Vegetable Tagine with Couscous
  • Onion Stuffed with Quinoa and Mushrooms

I also found The Everything College Cookbook by Rhonda Lauret Parkinson at the library and just had to check it out. I love how this book has a whole introduction in the beginning with essentials for the college-room kitchen, pantry staples, tips on living a healthy lifestyle, etc!

Some of the recipes that caught my eye included:

  • Buckwheat Pancakes
  • Coconut Risotto
  • Tofu Burgers
  • Roasted Tomatoes
  • Tender Glazed Carrots

Overall, I would definitely want to get my hands on these books!

I was not paid to review these books; I just checked them out from the library, really liked them, and thought I’d share my thoughts on them.


Not my picture btw, but it’s from this lovely lady who made it into ice cream.

Butterfingers are probably the only candy bar I will risk the milk for once in a while. The fun-sized one still affects me, so I prefer not to have them very often (if it comes between having one of these and breaking out with acne, or not having it and having clearer skin, I’m going to pick the latter). I did have one the other morning (in my early morning scripture study class) and I did enjoy it (ha-ha, but I of course did not enjoy the consequences that came with it). My face and my stomach are both much happier when I avoid milk as much as possible. I guess it’s because there’s peanut butter in it that I’ll have it once in a while; maybe I should try to find a way to make a protein bar version of this that I can enjoy without the worry of breaking out! I bet that would taste incredible!


My Endocrinologist called a few days ago and said she wanted me to get some more blood work. (Yep, more.) She wants to check a certain aspect of my progesterone and see if I by chance have celiac disease (which I highly doubt, as I have none of the other symptoms; but there’s no harm in checking. My life would change if I had celiac… it wouldn’t be easy, especially at first…)

My dad drove me to the doctor’s clinic this morning so I could get my blood drawn, but they said that the blood work for the tests I was having done had to be done in the AM-time period (which kind of confused me, since we got there at 10AM); aka, I’ll have to get it done tomorrow. I was all prepared to have it done when I found out I had to get it done in an AM-period, which turned out to be before 8am. The clinic only opens at 7:15am, so that gives us only a 45 minute window to get it done. My dad and I (and my mom) were a little frustrated, but I’m sure it was just a simple misunderstanding; my endocrinologist may have just forgotten to mention it. My dad works up near there anyways. So my dad is going to take me up there again tomorrow morning to get the tests done (and hopefully these will be the last for a while).

I am getting a little tired of all of these blood tests. I just had some drawn this previous month, and I can’t even recall how many vials they did this previous year. I feel like they’ve already sucked out enough blood out of me for a lifetime… or two… But I guess that’s what needs to be done (whether I like it or not).


What’s your favorite candy-bar flavor combination? I love Almond Joy, Reese’s, and Butterfinger flavor combinations.

Do you like/use protein bars? Do you usually buy them or make them? I prefer to make them myself instead of having to always check to see if the bar has milk in it: making it myself, I can pretty much guarantee it will be milk-free for me. I also find that it is less expensive that way, too, as many dairy-free/vegan bars are pretty pricy. I wish I could have those yummy whey-based protein bars, but I’d rather not breakout.

Any thoughts on a good pre-blood-lab breakfast? I know I will be drinking lots of water between now and 8am so my veins will be nice and big before the lab occurs. (I don’t want them to miss!)


25 thoughts on “The Call For More Blood Tests.

  1. Oh man I love butterfingers too, if you ever find a way to make a protein bar that tastes like that, I think I may literally die with happiness haha! I love making my own too– some of the sugar alcohols and freaky ingredients in store bought bars make me oober queasy.
    Sorry to hear you have to get more blood tests, you’re quite the trooper. Wishing you the best of luck with that tomorrow! 🙂

  2. Oh girl, I am so sorry about all the blood work. I was going through that last month when my doctor suspected that I might have a tumor. Hopefully you will be done with all of this soon and have answers!

    1. I was so glad when you mentioned that the doctor found you clear of the tumor — that was such a relief. 🙂 I hope they’ll find out whats going on, too. At least it’s not like a mosquito taking my blood — I have a harder time with that then even a needle!!!

  3. Oh, that is sooo frustrating! Blood tests are so tiresome… I’ve had to get a lot recently, too! And do they want you to have your test in the morning so it will be a fasting blood test? Because if so, then don’t eat breakfast until afterwards!! 🙂

    1. It was kind of confusing, as they had mentioned to have it done int he morning, but when I asked they said it wasn’t a fasting test, but a morning test nonetheless. So I did get to eat beforehand. 🙂


  4. For those early morning blood tests, don’t they usually ask you not to eat breakfast? I know for my Nutritional Microscopy clients I prefer them to see me 3-4 hours after their last meal, then let them grab a bite as soon as we see their blood cells clearly on my screen. They often eat while we discuss their blood health and nutritional observation. (Especially when they see me at the restaurant.) I would suggest taking one of your favs with you to eat after the test. Drinking plenty of water is always a great idea. At least a full quart between waking up and when you get your blood drawn : )

    1. They said it wasn’t a fasting test — though they did take five vials. I do find that if I drink TONS of water beforehand it really helps. I still usually get a little lightheaded just from how anxious I get around needles. He just kept me talking and kept me calm and I was able to get through it. 🙂

  5. Aww thanks for the shout out! You are the sweetest. 🙂 Sorry you have to get more blood tests done! That really stinks. I like Luna protein bars, and I don’t know if they are vegan or whey. I love butterfingers too! I hope your blood test goes well. Happy Friday!

        1. I looked them up and they DON’T have milk in them!!!!! You have no idea how excited I am. 😀 We have to go grocery shopping this weekend (or early next week — I’m out of bananas!), so I’ll have to see if my HEB (which has a nice bulk/protein powder/bars section) has them. 😀

          Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!

  6. You should try making homemade butterfingers!! I know there are ways to make them without milk, and that would make it so much more pleasant for you. They are definitely one of my favorites too! I also really like pretzel m&m’s, heath, and take 5. Well I really like ’em all to be honest!

    I hope all the bloodwork comes back okay!! You’ve been through a lot with this and I know how frustrating it is!

  7. I’m sorry to hear about all the blood work! I hate getting blood drawn. But you’re such a trooper! Hopefully after this they won’t need anymore 🙂 good luck!

    1. I hope so, too. But I guess if it comes down to it, I’ll do it again if they want me to. I always prefer not to as I always know what I go throughevery time, but I just press forward. Thanks for always being there for me,Brittany! 🙂


  8. I love your comment for nice big veins by drinking water! When you’re continually having tests done, there is nothing more horrible then when they miss 😦
    Loving your growing college cooking book collection too, I own the The College Vegetarian Cooking and it’s just so simple and delicious in it’s choice of recipes. I don’t think you’ll have any issues feeding yourself delicious grub with that 🙂

    1. I don’t think so either! It has so many delicious recipes in it, so I know I’ll be quite satisfied all of the time. 🙂

      How ironic that I have good veins but don’t like having blood drawn. It’s more mentally challenging then anything else.



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