A Weekend in Illinois

A Weekend in Illinois - My Southern Sweet Tooth

As y’all know, finals and graduation season are currently in full swing. Although I’m nowhere near graduating any time soon, this past weekend, I had the privilege of attending my cousin’s graduation from the University of Illinois. I had one of the most memorable weekends of my life and I thought I’d share my experience with y’all. Walking around the campus and witnessing the beginning of many people’s lives was an unforgettable experience.. Here we go!

A couple hours beforehand, we packed and got my cousin’s graduation present wrapped. Then, we headed out the door to catch our flight. After we got past airport security, my dad and I sipped on some yummy green juices from Red Mango. Champaign, Illinois is a small college town a couple hours from Chicago, which means the airport was super tiny and the airplane we t0ok getting here was even smaller! We were both exhausted by the time we arrived at my cousin’s house. I had trouble keeping my eyes open! We had a quick dinner, took a shower, and went straight to bed.

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Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes | My Southern Sweet Tooth

When life gives you lemons, you trade them for coffee. Afterwards, scroll down to the bottom of this post and make my chocolate coffee cupcakes. It should be a basic rule of thumb in our everyday lives, in my opinion. Why not incorporate everyone’s favorite morning drink with everyone’s favorite sweet treat? These cupcakes are basically a match made in heaven.

Mother’s day is coming up, which gave me the perfect opportunity to try and create the perfect dessert that all moms are sure to love! They’re infused with a freshly-brewed coffee flavor, filled with melted chocolate and topped with a generous amount of chocolate-coffee buttercream frosting. I even made it a little bit better by incorporating one of my all-time favorite ingredients ever… coconut oil. What’s not to love? Be sure to treat your moms this weekend with a nice brunch, lots of flowers, and these delicious chocolate coffee cupcakes!

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Banana Nut Smoothie Bowl

Nutty Banana Smoothie Bowl | My Southern Sweet Tooth

Happy Sunday y’all! It’s been a pretty hectic couple of days, and now that all the craziness has somewhat subsided, I’m completely exhausted and in need of a nice, long nap. A good solid 9 hours of sleep is all I really want! Nonetheless, I’ve still got tons of chores and things to do around the house. Because I’ve been so busy, this banana nut smoothie bowl has really been a life saver for me in the mornings, and a great afternoon snack for when I get home from school. I love throwing all of my ingredients in my Ninja the night before, refrigerating it, and it’s all ready to blend and go. When I have the time, I’ll pour it into a bowl and make it fancy with nuts and bananas. It’s creamy, energizing, and super duper healthy!

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Classic Tableside Guacamole

Classic Tableside Guacamole | My Southern Sweet Tooth

It’s hard to believe that May is already here… like whaaaat?? Where did April go? I feel like I’ve said this at the end of every month, but 2017 is already moving so fast. Before we know it, summer will be here and I’ll be sitting outside, in 100 degree weather, eating a big slice of bright red watermelon. I can’t wait! The first “official” day of summer is sometime in June, but here in Texas it’s going to feel like it a whole lot sooner. But first, before I get ahead of myself, we have to make it through May. Obviously because Cinco de Mayo is in a couple days, it’s only fitting that I share my classic tableside guacamole recipe with y’all!

One of my all-time favorite restaurants, Mi Dia From Scratch, serves this phenomenal tableside guac. They add in all of the essential ingredients needed to make basic guacamole (onions, avocadoes, tomatoes, etc.), but they throw in sundried tomatoes, bacon, and a whole bunch of other genius add-ins. Although I didn’t add anything fancy this particular batch, I listed them in the recipe below. Feel free to give them a try!

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Apple Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Ever since I posted a picture on Instagram a while ago of my favorite oatmeal recipe, I’ve been eating it almost every day in the mornings. It’s super quick, healthy, and what’s not to love about apples and peanut butter? It’s one of my all-time favorite food combinations, and putting it into my morning oats is absolutely amazing. I was on Pinterest the other day, and I found this snickerdoodle baked oatmeal from The Seasoned Mom. The idea of baking oatmeal and having it for breakfast in little bars is genius. I honestly can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before… it really never occurred to me to make oatmeal in baked form until now. Thank goodness for Pinterest!

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