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Throughout any day I find myself often searching a variety of different news mediums to find out what is going on locally, nationally and world wide. From Twitter to CNN.com and even a little bit of Reddit mixed in there, I consume all sorts of different types of news.

For Arizona news I often turn to azcentral.com because I like to be able to go to each of the city sub headings and see what is going on in each area. I do trust azcentral.com because they are a credible news source, I have not seen many corrections made and it seems pretty objective from the articles I have read. Sometimes I will go to valley news organizations websites such as CBS5.com and ABC15.com, however I mostly stick to azcentral.com because I honestly prefer their websites organization better than the other state news websites.

I also use Twitter quite often throughout the day, and this medium helps me to follow all of the state news organizations so I don’t have to go to their websites and skim through a bunch of article titles to find out what is going on. In 44 characters news organizations can give me latest headlines, which is very convenient.  I can just skim through their tweets, and click on the linked articles if I am really interested in the story. I would say that Twitter is where I get most of my local/national/world wide news because it’s quick, simple and to the point. For example while I was writing this post, I saw an ABC15 breaking news tweet that said: “@UofA there’s a report of a man with a rifle in the administration bldg. UAPD is on the scene. Please stay away from the area.” Just by reading that tweet, I texted some of my friends who attend U of A to make sure they were aware of the incident. This news outlet is such a powerful tool because it is immediate, and that is why I chose to use Twitter. I trust the news sources I follow on Twitter, such as Arizona Newsnet. However I am still very cautious if I do read a piece of news that comes from a different outlet on Twitter to ensure I’m not getting the wrong information. 

For entertainment I go to sites like Reddit, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter too sometimes. Reddit has all kinds of video (that link to Youtube), photos, articles, AMA (ask me anything posts from celebrities/politicians/interesting people, and links. This website is geared by “redditers” so any information that is news worthy, I am sometimes hesitant about. But the reason I enjoy this website is because often this is where CNN will find original videos, photos or interesting stories. I am cautious about the information I receive, but for example a few weeks ago there was a meteorite hit Russia and people who caught it on tape posted it to Reddit, then hours later CNN tweeted the same video. 

I keep up on news, and don’t think I am missing out on too much. I follow hard news, sports and entertainment organizations on Twitter so I try be in the loop about what is going on. I really do care about what’s going on around me and I guess that’s what makes me a news junkie, and one reason why I want to become a reporter. 

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Spooky Halloween appetizers!

The perfect appetizers!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! My family has an annual Halloween dinner and pumpkin carving contest, so this year I decided that I could bring some tasty treats to the feast! My mother always makes a delicious corn salsa and pairs it with a guacamole, so I took the recipe and switched it out with some low fat ingredients to make them a little healthier and more guilt free. They ended up being pretty successful, as there were zero leftovers at the end of the night. They were simple recipes that anyone could make for any kind of party or event.

Guacamole:

What you’ll need:

  • 1 medium avocado, ripe, peeled and pitted
  • 1 15-oz. can young peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatillos
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Labane Yogurt Cheese* or fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • – salt and pepper to taste

Zesty guacamole!

Directions:

Put peas in a medium bowl and mash with a fork until almost smooth. Add in avocado and mash that into the peas until smoothAdd remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Cover surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 1 day.

Nutrition:
Calories: 52 • Fat: 1.8 g • Fiber 2.6 g • Protein: 2.3 g • Carb: 6.8 g

Corn Salsa: 

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups cooked corn kernels (about four ears) or thawed frozen sweet corn
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice

Corn salsa!

Directions:
Combine cut or thawed corn, tomato, onion and pepper in a medium bowl. Add cilantro and lime juice. Toss well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition: 
Calories: 67 • Fat: 0.5 g • Protein 2 g • Carb: 13.5 g • Fiber 1.7  g
Steals & Deals: 
I had lucked out this time! When I arrived to my parents house, the fridge was fully stocked and the pantry was over flowing with everything I needed for my recipes. My mother ensured however, that she bought everything at wal mart- and it was definitely within a college students budget!

Photo Story

Choosing which size cup I'd like to devour at the Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt shop at the Arizona State University Tempe Campus location.

The best part of the process is picking out my most favorite toppings.

Weighing in at .78 oz, this delicious treat was a nice end to my day.

I went to class today.