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Here’s my weekly post sharing about what’s going on in the world of RecipeGirl, as well as some fun links to things I’ve come across lately. So here it goes: following are 10 things to share with you this week- everything from recipes to shopping to a few fun articles and more. There are a few affiliate links included here and there. Enjoy!
The Best Recipes for Easter!
- Overnight Blueberry French Toast is the best overnight breakfast casserole recipe! It would be great for Easter brunch.
- Hot Cross Bunsare traditionally served on Good Friday. This Hot Cross Buns recipe is made of sweet yeast dough and spiced with cinnamon and raisins.
- Bacon Balsamic Deviled Eggsare deviled eggs gone gourmet with the addition of a few special ingredients.
- Slow Cooker Ham turns out so tender and delicious.
- Asparagus and Carrots with Maple Butter Sauceis a simple and delicious side dish recipe that is sure to impress.
- Easter Bunny Cupcakesare super cute for the kiddos.
- Lemon Cheesecake Cakeis a beautiful and delicious, three-layer cake recipe to make for a special occasion!
- Classic Carrot Cakeis the perfect, simple cake to serve for spring celebrations!
Fun Shopping Finds:
- I found a beautiful dress at Anthropologie– it’s long, and it has spaghetti straps, but it can be dressed up with fancy sandals or dressed down with flip flops. I bought it in red, and I love it! Black would be a great color to have too.
- Another Anthropologie find is this more casual dress. I had it in my online shopping cart, and then I took it out. And then when I went to the Anthropologie store in person, I ended up trying it on and loving it! I sized down for this dress. I thought the dip in the back would be too sexy, but it’s really not. It’s a great dress for summer. I thought it was at a good price point too.
- Thought I’d share a link to my favorite bathing suit ever. Size up because it’s a bit snug otherwise. I do not find it sheer in the back at all as some of the reviewers have mentioned. It’s normal! I have it in black, and I’m considering getting the orchid color too. It’s so flattering, and I get a ton of compliments on it. On Amazon, you can order it in RED.
- I bought these totally cute sneakers! I spotted them at Nordstrom, but they didn’t have my size so I ordered directly from the brand’s website. I ordered my normal size for these. They’re darling, and they are really comfortable too. While I was trying on sneakers at Nordstrom, there were THREE women in the shoe department who were wearing Dolce Vita’s classic Zina sneakers. I love these too, and they are super comfortable… so I’m keeping an eye on them! I love that this style of sneaker does not tie. They have laces, but you simply slip them on.
Instagram accounts to follow:
- Follow @OverTheFireCooking for some pretty amazing food made over a fire!
- Follow @Vindulge for BBQ/Grilling recipes and wine!
What I’m watching and reading:
- I watched Daisy Jones and the Six on Amazon Prime, and I loved it! Interesting note: Lisa Marie Presley’s daughter Riley Keough plays one of the leads. She was terrific in this role.
- Audiobooks have been a fail for me lately. I’ll listen to about 20% of the book before I decide if it’s boring or interesting enough to continue. I’ve had two fails this week. So I opted to listen to a true crime podcast: The Deck Investigates. It kept my attention, and I enjoyed it. The only thing that was annoying is that the episodes were only 20 minutes each.
Fun Recipes I’ve spotted on the internet this week:
- Coffee Cake Donuts! Baked and ready in less than 30 minutes, these donuts are so delicious with a cup of coffee!
- Creamy deviled egg filling creates the dressing that coats every bite of this very simple Deviled Egg Pasta Salad. Pasta and eggs are tossed with the dressing before being sprinkled with onion for a bit of spicy crunch in each bite.
- Crock Pot Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham is a most requested EASTER recipe!!
- Easter Cake Pops are simply adorable, super tasty, and easy to whip up in time for this year’s Easter celebrations! A bouquet of cake pops would make an adorable centerpiece and an easy way for guests to grab one to go!
Here’s what’s going on in my life:
- I’ve been walking the dog for 5 miles almost every day for over a year. But now that seems like too much for the dog. So I walk her a mile or two, then drop her at the house and I continue on my walk. I’ve started running again- about half running and half walking. My body responds so well to running and hard cardio. I’ve definitely seen a change in my body because of it. No more love handles!
- On that note, the weather is really nice right now in Arizona. I’m not looking forward to the hot days ahead. That’ll mean getting up super early to get any outdoor exercise.
Catch up on food-related news of the week:
- New cookbook release > RecipeTin Eats DINNER (150 Recipes for Fast Everyday Meals) by Nagi Maehashi. This is a highly anticipated book release by the founder of the RecipeTin Eats blog. I got it in the mail last week, and I have to say that it’s the best cookbook I’ve seen in a long time. I want to try so many of the recipes! And the photos are completely gorgeous too. If you get any new cookbooks this year, make sure you get this one!
- The CDC is warning of a salmonella outbreak linked to flour. Be careful about eating that raw cookie dough!
- Have you heard that TSA considers peanut butter a liquid? I guess you can’t bring a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on your flight!
- Here’s an interesting article about common food allergens and their symptoms.
Products I’m loving:
- I wrote about this before, but now that I’ve finally had a chance to use it… I have to bring it up again. I bought the NodPod (the weighted blanket for your eyes), and I’m just crazy about it. Read through the reviews- I’m not surprised that they’re great. If you have trouble sleeping, this might be something to try. It just lays on your eyes and has gentle pressure as you drift off to sleep. When you turn on your side, it stays in place. I can’t wait to try putting it in the freezer before bed when we have our warmer summer nights!
- I haven’t tried this yet, but someone suggested to me to try using the egg wraps from Costco (in their refrigerated section)to make enchiladas for a lower carb meal. I think this is an interesting idea, and I plan to try it!
- Here’s a cute (and inexpensive) jewelry idea for Mother’s Day (or for yourself).
- I wouldn’t be too upset if my kiddo or my husband gifted me this wine purse for Mother’s Day!
- Pistachios! I’m currently addicted to having pistachios as an afternoon snack. I eat about 20 pistachios and a zero sugar root beer. That’s a good treat that isn’t at all indulgent so close to dinner. I know soda isn’t great for you, but I enjoy the zero sugar root beer so it’s my guilty pleasure! Oh, and I always get the pistachios with the shells on. If I buy shelled pistachios, then I eat too many.
- Do you have these Cutting Board Flexible Mats? I use these every single day for chopping veggies and cutting meat. I love the convenience of them being flexible. They’re so easy to add to a pot or a bowl because you just bend them and scrape the food in. They can be washed by hand, or you can put them in the dishwasher. The best part is, they’re so cheap that I order a fresh new set about once a year!
- Don’t forget to look for Lindt chocolate bunnies for Easter. They’re so cute, and they’re delicious too.
Bake some quick bread this week!
- Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Breadis the next loaf of bread you should be baking!
- Applesauce Oatmeal Breadis a delicious and easy quick-loaf recipe.
- This recipe forRaspberry Lemon Loafmakes a lemon bread studded with raspberries that is so delicious it’s hard to believe it’s low fat!
Next Week’s Recipes:
- On RecipeGirl: Sautéed Peas with Basil and Bacon, Rosemary and Garlic Leg of Lamb Roast and Deviled Eggs Deluxe
- On RecipeBoy: Nutella Brownies
- On RecipesForHolidays: 21 Best Deep Dish Pizza Recipes for National Deep Dish Pizza Day!
Have a wonderful week!
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What's on the ACT Reading Test? There are four ACT reading passages of about 800 words each, always in this order: prose fiction.Which of the following countries supplies the most liquid natural gas to the United States? ›
In 2021, about 99% of U.S. total annual natural gas imports were from Canada and nearly all by pipeline.How many questions can you miss on the ACT to get a 20? ›
|Scale Score||English Raw Score||Math Raw Score|
The English section is what I would consider the most straightforward, easiest-to-study-for section on the ACT. Most students find meaningful score gains on this section even with a small amount of preparation. The ACT English test consists of five passages, throughout which you'll be asked a series of questions.Where does the US get most gas? ›
The top five source countries of U.S. gross petroleum imports in 2022 were Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Colombia. Note: Ranking in the table is based on gross imports by country of origin.How many years of gas is left? ›
Assuming the same annual rate of U.S. dry natural gas production in 2021 of about 34.52 Tcf, the United States has enough dry natural gas to last about 86 years. The actual number of years the TRR will last depends on the actual amount of dry natural gas produced and on changes in natural gas TRR in future years.Is a 25 good on ACT test? ›
Earning an ACT score of 25 puts you above average, making you eligible at a wide variety of schools and competitive at some selective institutions. To put this accomplishment in another light, a 25 ACT score puts you at the 75th percentile — that means you scored higher than 75% of all test takers.Is a 25 on the ACT easy? ›
With a score of 25, you are in the 79th percentile of all test takers. More likely than not, with a score of 25, you'll often be in or near the commonly accepted range at selective colleges.Does a 36 on the ACT mean you got every question right? ›
Based on the ACT practice tests, most sections require you to miss 0 questions to receive a score of 36. However, in the Math section, you might be able to miss 1 question and still receive a 36. Receiving a score of 35 most often entails missing 1–3 questions in each section.How much can I realistically raise my ACT score? ›
Many students can improve on average 150 to 200 points on the SAT and three to five points on the ACT with hard work and tutoring."
Do You Feel Confident in the Content? Obviously, it's not a good idea to take the ACT® unless you have a good grasp on the content that will be tested. The ACT® Reading and ACT® Science sections are both the hardest and easiest to prepare for.What month is the ACT easiest? ›
Origin of the Myth
But here's the thing: While there were studies done that showed higher scores in one month than another, those months changed year to year. First experts would cry “December is easiest! Take it in December!” and a few years later they'd swear “May is by far easier!”
A score of 23 on the ACT is above the current national average and will make you a strong applicant at many universities, but it may fall below the average score for accepted students at more selective colleges. The higher your ACT score, the more options are open to you.Does the ACT have more reading passages than the SAT? ›
Length and Timing of SAT and ACT Reading Tests.
|Number of Passages||5||4|
|Number of Questions per Passage||10-11||10|
|Time Allotted||65 minutes||35 minutes|
A score of 14 is definitely low. It places you in the bottom 13th percentile nationally out of the 2 million test takers of the ACT entrance exam. The score indicates you've done a very poor job answering the questions on the English, Math, Reading and Science sections of the test.Are SAT reading passages harder than ACT? ›
If you struggle with interconnected questions or having concrete reasons for selecting a certain answer, you may find the ACT easier since it's Reading section doesn't include these types of questions.Has anyone ever gotten a 1 on the ACT? ›
The absolute minimum ACT score you can get is a 1, although this is very unlikely to happen. You might be more worried about getting a score high enough to get into college.Is 25 an average ACT score? ›
Of the two million students that take the ACT each year, the average national score is a 20.8, sometimes simply rounded up to a 21. Earning an ACT score of 25 puts you above average, making you eligible at a wide variety of schools and competitive at some selective institutions.What's a good ACT score for Ivy League? ›
An SAT score of 1555 (out of 1600) or ACT score of 35 (out of 36) will place you right in the top 25% for most Ivy League schools, whereas an SAT score of 1455 or ACT score of 33 would put you at the boundary of the bottom 25%.Which is the hardest SAT or ACT? ›
Both ACT and SAT scores are used for college admissions decisions and awarding merit-based scholarships. Most colleges do not prefer one test over the other. Neither the SAT or ACT is harder than the other.
While there are similar mathematical concepts on both tests, students might find one or the other more difficult based on their own math skills. This is true of the tests themselves as well. The ACT isn't harder than the SAT or vice versa, despite what the myths say.Do some schools prefer ACT over SAT? ›
In reality, all colleges and universities that require standardized testing accept both the ACT and SAT. And college admissions counselors have openly stated they do not prefer one test over the other.Is 15 in ACT math bad? ›
15 ACT Score Standings
Out of the 1.91 million test-takers, 1589292 scored the same or higher than you. You can apply to 16 colleges and have a good shot at getting admitted. You have a very low chance of getting into 1483 schools with this score.
Is 25 ACT Score Good? With a score of 25, you are in the 79th percentile of all test takers. More likely than not, with a score of 25, you'll often be in or near the commonly accepted range at selective colleges. The exception may be the highly selective colleges.Should I retake ACT with a 33? ›
Should I Retake the ACT with a 33 Score? With a 33 ACT score, there's no need to retake the exam. The only reason to consider retaking the ACT is to increase your competitiveness at the most elite colleges. Because competition for elite schools is fierce, every extra point both on your ACT score and GPA will help.Which is the easiest SAT or ACT? ›
Is ACT Easier Than SAT? The ACT tends to be the better fit for students who struggle with word problems or algebra in general. While the ACT does test algebra, the broader array of concepts tested gives weaker math students or students with quick recall of long-since-memorized concepts an advantage.Is the math easier or harder on the ACT? ›
Section Summary: The material tested on the SAT and ACT is almost exactly the same, as are the formats. The ACT math material is slightly more challenging, but not by much. The science section on the ACT has nothing at all to do with science.Why is ACT reading so hard? ›
So what makes it (seem) so hard? Timing: The ACT Reading section has 40 questions and a 35 minute time limit. That give students less than one minute per question and does not even factor in time to read the passage. In other words, the ACT Reading moves at a blistering pace, and it can be hard to keep up.