Thursday, February 27, 2014

the wonder of - quotes on books

Tonight seems like a splendid night to post quotes about books. For quotes are jolly, and books are even better. Don't you agree?

I am in a particularly book-reading mood tonight, but unfortunately studying is at the top of my list (and alas, not the book reading type of studying).

So please enjoy some quotes on books by fantastic peoples. And should you have a moment, I'd love to hear what sort of books (I'll accept articles too) you're currently reading. 

heads up, a lot of the quotes may or may not be from by C.S. Lewis

>> You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” 
C.S. Lewis 

 >>One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” 
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 

 >> A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” 
G.K. Chesterton, Heretics 

 >> A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” 
C.S. Lewis 

 >> Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” 
Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel 

 >> Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
C.S. Lewis 

 >> The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” 
Jane Austen 

 >> It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.” 
C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

RECIPE || Banana Oat Pancakes (Gluten Free)

Golden and fluffy whole grain, wheat-free banana pancakes with sweet, creamy interiors. A delicious and healthy, naturally sweetened breakfast for lazy mornings (or any morning, noon, or night).

 2-3 small bananas (9.5 ounces), mashed
 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
 1 tablespoon lemon juice
 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup (depends on what kind of sweet taste you are looking for)
 2 eggs
 1 cup oat flour*
 ½ teaspoon baking soda
 ½ teaspoon salt
 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
 ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the mashed bananas, butter, lemon juice, and honey or maple syrup.
  2. Beat in the eggs.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  4. Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture. With a big spoon, stir just until the dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened. Do not overmix!
  5. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes. You may want to thin out the batter a bit with a touch of milk or water. << I added about ¼cup of Almond milk to my mixture.
  6. Heat a heavy cast iron skillet/non-stick pan over medium-low heat, or heat an electric griddle to 350 (medium) degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly oil the surface with coconut oil, butter or cooking spray. Even if you're using a non-stick pan, adding a little butter (my choice of "oil") to the pan is a good idea because it creates a really pleasant buttery outside to your pancakes.
  7. Once the surface of the pan is hot enough that a drop of water sizzles on it, pour ¼ cup of batter onto the pan/griddle. Let the pancake cook for about 3 minutes, until bubbles begin to form around the edges of the cake.
  8. Once the underside of the pancake is lightly golden, flip it with a spatula and cook for another 90 seconds or so, until golden brown on both sides. You may need to adjust the heat up or down at this point.
  9. Serve the pancakes immediately! 
:: NOTES ::
♦ Adapted from Cookie + Kate.♦ Yields about 9-10 pancakes.
♦ These pancakes are gluten-free, in so much as you use certified gluten-free oat flour or certified gluten-free old-fashioned oats.
♦ *To make oat flour out of old-fashioned oats (or quick oats), simply pour your selected amount of oats into a food processor or blender and blend until it is ground well. One cup before and after grinding measures just about the same. << An interesting tip I picked up from experience. This oat flour batter is definitely thicker than most, so it’s more difficult to gauge when the pancakes are ready to flip. A note from Kate: I learned that it’s easier to go by the timer: set it for for 3 minutes for the first side, then flip and wait another 90 seconds for the other side to finish. The time will vary depending on your temperature setting, but that’s about the time it should take for pancakes that are fully cooked and golden on each side. The consistency and outcome of your pancakes depends on what system you use to cook it with/on (griddle, pan, oven etc). I used a pan the first time making these, and they turned out not quite as fluffy as when I used a griddle. The importance with these pancakes is the heat they are cooked on. Medium-low to low heat is best for a pan, and medium for a griddle. There is always room for improvement when baking, so if you've learned any new or interesting tips for this recipe I'd love to hear them!

Enjoy these fluffy, sweet and spiced, delicious pancakes!

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Late Night Muses - Formerly Lists

Formerly lists as in relation to the past two weeks. A musings of my current life.

Songs I've been listening to (pretty often)
Leaving Eden by Brandon Heath
Love Me Again by John Newman
Young Dumb And In Love by Matt Kearney
Soldier by Gavin DeGraw
Who We Are by Imagine Dragons
O Sleep (feat. Ray Lamontagne) by Lisa Hannigan
Beside You by Phildel, James McWilliams
Somewhere Only We Know by Lily Allen

Books I am Reading (when I have the time)
The Style of a Law Firm by Anne Hobson Freeman
The Man Who Was Thursday (reading again!) by G.K. Chesterton
Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
A Better Freedom by Michael Card
Guest of Honor by Deborah Davis
Whose Body? - Lord Peter Wimsey by Dorothy L. Sayers

Things I should be doing right now
Prepping for an exam I've got to take in a few hours
and did I mention sleeping?

Oddities on my bed stand

Notebook pages of mused writings on a manner of things
Stack of index cards
Mint chocolate scented candle from my sis (smells ahhmazing)
Future adventure story synopsis (about 6 pages of in-the-moment inspiration)
24+ books (ask me which ones :)

Future Blog Posts (within the next week)
Summer Bucket List - 2014
Gluten-Free Banana Oat Pancakes - RECIPE
Pride and Prejudice PARTY Details (REVISED - and with lots of goodies!)

So, these are my formerlies. What are some of your lists?

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Friday, February 21, 2014

February Muses - LINKS

This new year has been quite a thrilling one, all things considered. And not just thrilling for me, but also it seems for the world. What with the Seahawks absolutely decimating the Broncos 43-8, the Olympics in Sochi (and all that comes with it, #SochiProblems), the horrific and heartbreaking events in Kiev, all this crazy weather the east coast has been getting, and numerous other big headline news stories. 

Well to add to all that, I've compiled a small list of less significant (much less significant) events and reads that I've found interesting. So stay a minute or two, and browse my indie link selections.

My Findings (L to R, top to bottom):

1. I have been browsing (and loving) some new typographic quotes. Love the lettering and text of this particular one: Running Into Your Arms - Wilderness Love (WL Music) [2013] From the album “Awake My Soul” by Wilderness Love.

2. This is an incredibly horrific and heartbreaking before and after shot of Keiv's Independence Square. << It just makes you think...and personally, it reminds me to be thankful for the democratic government we have in place (despite all the problems we do have with it). It also burdens my heart to see such devastation, but furthermore reminds me that we have a God who cares. We often think, why do bad things happen to good people? But that's just it, there was only one good person and he died for us.
"Why do bad things happen to good people? That only happened once, and He volunteered." -R.C. Sproul Jr
It's for us to look to God and trust Him in those difficult and overwhelmingly hard times. I don't know why God has allowed so much hurt and turmoil in Kiev, other than that we are sinners. But truly it isn't my place to wonder why, it is my place to simply trust him with it and to lift up Kiev in prayer.

^Sorry about that little spiel right there, I think my heart is just profoundly heavy.

3. Really interesting Economist article about using words properly. Definitely an interesting read // Johnson: Lexical Clean-Ups. If you're interested, I'd love to discuss this article with you.

4. A really fantastic interview from Archery 360 with one of my beautiful, dear friends Emy // Emily Hyland: "I Don't Know How Katniss Does It". You've also got to watch the video embedded in the post, featuring Emy and talking about how anyone and everyone can do archery. #Adventure, anyone?

5. This is a very interesting read from Andy Greenwald (Grantland) on the BBC TV series Sherlock and it resurrection of series with its 3rd season. Greenwald discusses how Sherlock belongs to each of us, and the correlations between the timeless classic and the modern retelling. Be sure to take a look // ‘Sherlock’: Resurrection: The miraculous return of television's true detective.

6. I've been particularly longing (my own sehnsucht) after the sea the past few days. What with the weather being a wonderful mix of frosty, rainy, and foggy (probably 3 of my favorite types of weather), I've had the great urge to travel to the seashore and drink in the fresh, cold, and salty air. All that to say, I'd like to share with you some of my wanderlust through some inspiring images of the sea (and all things related). The particular image in the collage above is one I took of the book cover of The End of Barbary Terror (one of the books I read for my book challenge).
"The cure for anything is saltwater — sweat, tears, or the sea." -Isak Dinesen
7. "The terror of poverty lies in the poor person's vulnerability to violence." << Yet despite this, we have the opportunity to CHANGE THEIR EVERYDAY! How, you ask, can we change their everyday? By awakening the world to the hidden plague of violence! The Locust Effect is a book by Gary Haugen (President and CEO of IJM) and Victor Boutros is an eye-opener to the atrocious forms of social injustice happening worldwide. More specifically, it addresses the issue of violence, and how the end of poverty requires the end of violence. Please just take a minute to read more about the Locust Effect. And for anyone who is interested in justice, I HIGHLY recommend you pick up this book!

8. This is a video about an honest conversation on Beauty and Body image by SoulPancake + Darling Magazine >> We truly need more of this!

9. Here's a really fantastic desk I found through Pinterest, of course! ;) I could see myself doing some serious creating at this desk

And there you are! Enjoy all these wonderful, obscure links! Please feel free to comment about anything having to do with anything I just posted or said. I welcome comments, discussion, questions, and creativity!

all the best,
All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography, or sourced appropriately through aforementioned links.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Steampunk Inspiration - PHOTOSHOOT MUSES

So, although very belated, I am finally planning for and doing my senior shoot! I graduated Spring 2013, but wasn't able to do my shoot until this year (March). I am quite incredibly stoked. 

And guess who my photographer is? If you've been following along on this blog, than you'll know I am interning with Jewel Peach Photography. It has been an absolutely fantastic experience, and I've learned so many useful and insightful photography tips, tricks, and muses. More importantly, Jewel has become a very dear heart to me. So yes, you guessed it! The incredible Jewel Peach is going to be the photographer for this shoot! :: commence partying :: I'm really darn exited, and so blessed that Jewel is doing this for me. 

Stay tuned for shots from the actual shoot sometime in March! And while you are waiting, get excited over a few steampunk muses I've put together for the shoot.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

4 Ways to Love a Little More this Valentines (Part 4 of 4)

4. Get into the Valentine's Day SPIRIT. 

A few ways I've found to get into the Valentine's Day spirit:

      a. Listen to some classical music (all these are on Spotify): Joshua Belle (Violinist, just splendid music), Josh Groban (favorite album this Valentines: Illuminations), Russell Watson (Love Story), Jonathan and Charlotte (La Prima Volta), The Tenors (Lead with your Heart album), and others. If you have any favorite classical listens, I'd love to hear them!

     b. Create some love themed artwork or writings. I've found that painting in reds and pinks, with hearts and swirls, or any other love-inspired themes as greatly helped me to get into the love and giving spirit of Valentines. A plus would be to create some artwork/writings and give it away to your friends, or strangers.

      c. Bake. Try baking some yummy sweet treats (tarts, fudges, sweet cakes, etc) for your family, friends, or just for yourself. Let that sweet aroma fill your week this Valentines.

      d. Read stories/poems of love. Don't just pick up a sappy romance novel from you local bookstore. Try instead to read stories of true love: charitable love, brotherly love, unconditional and selfless love, etc. Check out Joe Wheeler's Heart to Heart series (specifically Heart to Heart Love Stories) for some old and beautiful stories of love. Have any suggestions for good love stories?

Also be sure to check out: PART 1PART 2, PART 3

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

GIVEAWAY + 4 Ways to Love a Little More this Valentines (Part 3 of 4)

3. DO a VALENTINES Challenge (and GIVEAWAY) (borrowed from Sincerely Kinsey): 

I'm made this "Random Acts of Kindness" list I plan on accomplishing during the week of February 14th! It would be fantastic if you joined me on this challenge!

1. Send a hand-written letter to your best friend.

2. Buy the coffee/lunch for the person behind you in the drive-through (this week I am going to intentionally go to a drive-through just so I can pay for someone's order).

3. Surprise a friend or co-worker with flowers!

4. Tip 100% of your bill

5. Visit a place you regularly go to (post office, grocery store, coffee shop, etc) but don't know the folks personally. Bring someone there a small gift (flowers, coffee, chocolate, card, etc), and tell them how you appreciate what they do.

6. Bring in some yummy baked treats for your co-workers

7. Email someone online whom you don't know, but who has inspired you in some way.

8. Bring in a little gift for the person who's cubicle/office is right next to yours (or who shares your work shift with you).

9. Create a piece of artwork or a poem (of the love variety), and give it to someone (stranger or someone you know).

10. And as my last act of kindness, I will be giving away a jolly package full of lovely things to one of you, my dear readers. Just leave a comment sharing how you have or are planning on showing a random act of kindness this Valentines. Or share a story of how someone else impacted your life by reaching out in love. The winner will be announced Monday the 17th!

Also check out PART 1, PART 2, PART 4

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

4 Ways to Love a Little More this Valentines (Part 2 of 4)

2. Host a Valentine's Day Party/Bash/Celebration

I generally host the Valentine's "Tea" my family and I have every Valentine's DAY (or the weekend of Valentines). 

      a. Family or Husband/Wife Celebration ideas: Be creative with this celebration. Be sure to have plenty of lovely DIY projects (always adds a touch of handmade love to a jolly celebration), include some yummy munchies and at least one semi-elaborate Valentine's themed dessert, and a healthy dose of Valentine's decorations (all simple, but lovely). 

      b. If you don't have a lot of family close by, or aren't celebrating Valentines with them, try hosting a Valentine's bash during lunch hour at your office! When I first started working at HSLDA, I was invited to a monthly Lunch Bunch with a few ladies from the different departments (mine being Communications). It was a monthly lunch (usually during the middle of the month) where a bunch of ladies would get together at lunch hour, share yummy foods, and talk! <I loved it! But the lovely lady who hosted/planned  it (2 ladies were scheduled each month to bring the main meal, and the rest of the ladies brought sides/desserts) was also in charge of just about EVERYTHING to do with HR, and so had to opt out of hosting the Lunch Bunch. I loved it so much I decided to take on the job of hosting it, and have now been doing it for over a year! Anyway, all that to say, hosting a Lunch Bunch type Valentine's Day bash would be a splendid (and fairly easy) way to give a little more and to show a little more love this Valentines. 

>> Consider sending out a little email/event update to a few of the ladies you know in your office and ask them if they'd like to meet-up for lunch hour this Thursday (or the Monday after Valentine's Day) to celebrate Valentine's Day. You can make a simple main meal, and ask the ladies to bring a side or dessert. Added fun would ask the ladies to bring some handmade valentines (just for fun). 

Also check out PART 1, PART 3, PART 4

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

4 Ways to Love a Little More this Valentines (Part 1 of 4)

1. Send Valentines to Strangers

Now this Idea is completely new to me, and I've only started this year. But I love writing letters, doing typography and sketching, and creating inspired heart. And what I love more than that is giving that art, inspired designs and musings away! I was perusing twitter (if that's even something you can do) and I came across a tweet someone tweeted about sending handmade valentines to strangers. 

Julia Parris started a site called Handmade Valentine Exchange, where you sign up with your name and address and then are given a list of names/addresses to send handmade valentines to. The deadline to sign up for the 2014 exchange was Feb. 5th (so mark your calendars for next year). I barely got in to sign-up for the exchange. I've already sent out 4 valentines, and am sending the other 5 out today! I've also received my first Valentine yesterday, and it was SPLENDID (it's that fantastic banner in the photo above: "Here's looking at you kid" scrolled on glittery hearts stringed with twine). 

^ So be sure to mark you calenders for next February, and put on your list to send a few handmade valentines. ♥

Also be sure to check out: PART 2, PART 3, PART 4

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

A Valentines Challenge & Giveaway + 4 Ways to Love a Little More this Valentines

Valentine's Day is one of those days: you hate it or you love it. And then there are the few and far between who don't really care one way or the other. 

Well for me, Valentine's Day (and the whole week surrounding it, for that matter) is a time to celebrate love and giving. Pretty much, I LOVE Valentine's Day! I see Valentines as a time to give a little more and love a little more. I truly hope to love more throughout the entire year, but Valentines is that very special time that almost seems to be designated for loving, and through loving: giving. So in the light of that, I've taken on a few projects that will help me to love and give that much more this Valentines.

So here's my list of 4 ways to LOVE a little more this Valentines:

Well there you are, lovely readers! A jolly great list of Valentine's Day muses! 

I'd love to hear what you're doing this Valentine's DAY!

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Monday, February 3, 2014

Will You Change Their Everyday? | The #LocustEffect

December 30th, I had the immense honor to be asked to be part of The Locust Effect Launch team. When I received the email in my inbox, I was ecstatic! But little did I know that opening that email, and accepting the invitation to join the team, would change my life foreverin just little over a month.

The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, by Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros launched TODAY! For months now the staff at International Justice Mission (IJM), as well as all the members of the launch team (and I am sure many others) have been anticipating the launch of this life-changing, truly world changing book!

The Locust Effect is an eye-opener about the hidden plague of violence that is devastating the developing world in more ways than you can imagine. 

When I first started reading The Locust Effect, I was taken aback by the outright, malicious forms of social injustice that happen worldwide―but more specifically, how corrupt the government systems of the world are. Those who promised to protect the vulnerable and the weak were the very ones who inflicted so much pain on the poor. Without the enforcement of protection for the poor, the perpetrators will continue to oppress and violate the poor. 
"But in many settings in the developing world, the working parts of the criminal justice systems are so corroded and frayed that violent abusers of the poor don't need to worry about the justice systems at all."
They are cowards, and more importantly they know that the government and criminal justice systems won't do anything about their acts of violence. How incredibly heart-breaking is that? Even if that little girl who was raped on her way to school had the courage to tell someone about her abuse, their would still be no justice for her. 

At the beginning of The Locust Effect, Gary told horrific stories of atrocious forms of violence committed against the poor―where the perpetrators weren't brought to justice. At the hands of the unjust, the poor always suffer. Reading those awful, heart-breaking stories, I was filled with such a vengeance for justice―and my heart ached for those people, those little children, those precious girls who suffered so horribly at the hands of their oppressors. 

But even with all this hurt, and violenceand the despair that comes from the realization that there are so many people suffering simply because they are poor and taken advantage of―I found that we still have hope. 
"We have come to see with some urgency that criminal justice systems are indispensable for the poor, and we know from history that it's possible to build them."
It is possible to restore the criminal justice systems, even if that means it'll take a long time. 

Are you ready to make a difference? To do SOMETHING about the violence millions of people around the world face daily? Who can change their everyday? Do a Little Good says that the answer is YOU:
"The short answer is you. Me. Any of us. All of us. We all have a voice. We all have spheres of influence. We all have networks. Whether you are a stay at home mom connecting with friends and other moms on Facebook, or a work away from home mom connecting with colleagues over lunch meetings, this conversation is for you. Whether you are leading an NGO overseas or a local non-profit in your community, this conversation is for you.Whether you are feeding the homeless or feeding your family, this conversation is for you" (Do a Little Good).
You, right where you are and with what you have―YOU can change their everyday for good! 

Get in on the conversation about The Locust Effect! Be a voice for the voiceless. 

>> Want a chance to change the poor's EVERYDAY? I'm giving away The Locust Effect this week on the blog! ENTER the giveaway February 3-9! Be the change that we pray to see in the world.

SHARE about the #LocustEffect on social media:

TWITTER: sample tweets (can also be shared on facebook):

-The Everyday Film
-Buying The Locust Effect
-#LocustEffect trending

Far below the headlines, a plague of hidden, everyday violence — like rape, trafficking, and police brutality — is devastating the developing world and undermining our efforts to end poverty.
BE SURE TO check out all these amazing posts from my fellow members of The Locust Effect Launch Team:
"The terror of poverty lies in the poor person's vulnerability to violence." << Yet despite this, we have the opportunity to CHANGE THEIR EVERYDAY!

What are you doing to spread awareness about the atrocious forms of social injustice happening worldwide?

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | 1st Image © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Images  © 2014 IJM