Reducing Techno

August 2, 2011

I did something shocking while I was on my girls only trip.

Something that I didn’t think I could do.

For 48 hours I did not use my cell phone, I didn’t watch TV, and I didn’t listen to the radio!

Sounds crazy, right?!

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The first few hours of no cell service kind of irritated me, but after I realized that wasn’t going to change I just let it go. Instead of texting there was lots of talking. Instead of TV watching there was game playing. Instead of pop jams there was laughter.

It was actually very peaceful to not worry about checking emails, tweeting my daily plans, and scrolling through the latest Facebook gossip.

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I realized that I rely way too much on technology to keep me entertained.

I’m not trying to say that I’m giving up on technology! Let’s get real. We know I could never give up The Real Housewives Series or Instagram on my iPhone.

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I just want to be more conscious of how much time I’m spending in front of the TV and texting away.

With that being said I am enjoying a heavenly slice of Cinnamon Chip Coffee Cake while sitting out on the porch and reading my Nook. One goal I’ve made now is to try and read at least once a day, whether it’s for ten minutes or for hours.

My current read is Year of Wonder. What’s on your summer reading list?

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Cinnamon Chip Coffee Cake
From Hershey’s

Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup applesauce
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

10 oz package Hershey’s Cinnamon Chips

Directions
Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

Beat butter and granulated sugar in large bowl on medium speed of mixer until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix in applesauce. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in cinnamon chips. Spread in prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

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