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Rest Day Reading

Rest days are important for many reasons; they can help with muscle recovery, mental health and mood. I consider rest days an important part of self-care and self-love, you can’t push your body to its limits all the time. As a congenital heart defect survivor I know just how important a rest day can be and just how drastically one day of rest can affect your whole body. One of my favorite rest day activities is lying by the pool or lying in bed with a good book. However, as an avid reader I also know just how hard it is to find a great book. Here are my must-reads for your next rest day:

Tuesday’s With Morrie: This s a great quick read by one of my favorite authors of all time, Mitch Albom. It’s based on a true story about the relationship of a young man and a former university professor. They explore the up’s and down’s of life and a bond that will last a lifetime. Make sure you have your Kleenex handy when reading; this book can be a tearjerker.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven: This is another quick read by Mitch Albom. The author explores the idea of heaven and the people you meet before you get there, through the lens of a war veteran. Who are these people? What do they mean? And what did they teach this man? Again, keep your Kleenex handy this book can also be a tearjerker.

Picking Cotton: I learned about this book during a psychology and law class I took as an undergraduate, it sparked my interest and I just had to read it. I will warn you this book can be very graphic at times. It will challenge you think about eyewitness identifications and the physiological affects crime can have on victims. It will keep you turning the page till the unexpected end.

In The Dark, Dark Wood: I read this book at the recommendation of a friend and was skeptical at first but after the first 3 chapters I was hooked. A bachelorette party gone wrong and a mystery as to who did it will keep you turning the page. The author Ruth Ware has written other books also, if you like this one I recommend reading some of her other work too.

Defending Jacob: If you’re looking for a suspenseful crime thriller this is the book for you. Defending Jacob was the book that got me hooked on reading crime thrillers; I read this book in 4 days. A book about the dark side of teens and the life they live within their cell phones and social media has a dark ending.

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Spicy Pickled Cucumbers

I recently discovered pickling. It’s easy to do, most recipes have great clean ingredients and pickled items are great to have on hand to add to things like tacos or salads. Pickling is also a great way to reduce your food waste in your household (many pickled items can be stored for up to a year). These spicy pickled cucumbers will add flavor and spice to any dish your making this week.

 

What you will need:

1 large Mason jar (I use 2 ½ cup size Mason jars)

Distilled white vinegar

8-10 small cucumbers

½ tablespoon of pickling spice

½ tablespoon of red pepper flakes

 

Start by washing and chopping your cucumbers. You want your cucumber slices to be fairly thick otherwise they will loose their crunch when you’re ready to eat them. Once your cucumbers are chopped add half of them to your mason jar and fill up your mason jar halfway with vinegar. Then add the pickling spice and red pepper flakes. Add the rest of your cucumbers and fill up the rest of the jar with vinegar. Seal the jar tightly with the lid and shake the jar to evenly distribute the spices. Refrigerate for 7-10 day before using.

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Lifestyle

Rest Day Reading

Rest days are important for many reasons; they can help with muscle recovery, mental health and mood. I consider rest days an important part of self-care and self-love, you can’t push your body to its limits all the time. As a congenital heart defect survivor I know just how important a rest day can be and just how drastically one day of rest can affect your whole body. One of my favorite rest day activities is lying by the pool or lying in bed with a good book. However, as an avid reader I also know just how hard it is to find a great book. Here are my must-reads for your next rest day:

Tuesday’s With Morrie: This s a great quick read by one of my favorite authors of all time, Mitch Albom. It’s based on a true story about the relationship of a young man and a former university professor. They explore the up’s and down’s of life and a bond that will last a lifetime. Make sure you have your Kleenex handy when reading; this book can be a tearjerker.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven: This is another quick read by Mitch Albom. The author explores the idea of heaven and the people you meet before you get there, through the lens of a war veteran. Who are these people? What do they mean? And what did they teach this man? Again, keep your Kleenex handy this book can also be a tearjerker.

Picking Cotton: I learned about this book during a psychology and law class I took as an undergraduate, it sparked my interest and I just had to read it. I will warn you this book can be very graphic at times. It will challenge you think about eyewitness identifications and the physiological affects crime can have on victims. It will keep you turning the page till the unexpected end.

In The Dark, Dark Wood: I read this book at the recommendation of a friend and was skeptical at first but after the first 3 chapters I was hooked. A bachelorette party gone wrong and a mystery as to who did it will keep you turning the page. The author Ruth Ware has written other books also, if you like this one I recommend reading some of her other work too.

Defending Jacob: If you’re looking for a suspenseful crime thriller this is the book for you. Defending Jacob was the book that got me hooked on reading crime thrillers; I read this book in 4 days. A book about the dark side of teens and the life they live within their cell phones and social media has a dark ending.

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Spicy Pickled Cucumbers

I recently discovered pickling. It’s easy to do, most recipes have great clean ingredients and pickled items are great to have on hand to add to things like tacos or salads. Pickling is also a great way to reduce your food waste in your household (many pickled items can be stored for up to a year). These spicy pickled cucumbers will add flavor and spice to any dish your making this week.

 

What you will need:

1 large Mason jar (I use 2 ½ cup size Mason jars)

Distilled white vinegar

8-10 small cucumbers

½ tablespoon of pickling spice

½ tablespoon of red pepper flakes

 

Start by washing and chopping your cucumbers. You want your cucumber slices to be fairly thick otherwise they will loose their crunch when you’re ready to eat them. Once your cucumbers are chopped add half of them to your mason jar and fill up your mason jar halfway with vinegar. Then add the pickling spice and red pepper flakes. Add the rest of your cucumbers and fill up the rest of the jar with vinegar. Seal the jar tightly with the lid and shake the jar to evenly distribute the spices. Refrigerate for 7-10 day before using.

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