Y’all. The first day of school is already done and I’m EXHAUSTED! I can honestly remember the last day of school like it was yesterday, which makes it so hard to believe that summer’s already over. The long, lazy days of summer are behind us, and are quickly being replaced by long lectures, homework overload, and late-night cramming.
On the flip side, I’m super excited to have a fresh start to a brand new school year. Fall is coming up, which is so so exciting because… BEET SEASON! Woo-hoo! I bet you nothing could top my excitement for the arrival for these exciting autumn veggies.I’ve been waiting a whole year for them, along with pumpkin, brussel sprouts, and eggplant, to come in season. Plus, beets have so many health benefits, including improved blood pressure, brain function, and liver function. Delicious veggies and a happier, healthier you? Sounds too good to be true. But it is :) Today, I used the Gefen organic beets, which come peeled, cooked, and ready to be dip-ified.
al•mond brown•ies: (n) a square of nutty, chocolatey goodness, where one bite takes you to a world of crunchy, fudgey, gluten free heaven, leaving you wanting more. In other words, these are not your average brownies.
First of all, let’s get a couple things straight. I’ve raved over so so so many chocolate flavor pairings before (y’all know my unconditional love for chocolate), namely peanut butter and chocolate. Oh, and we can’t forget about the raspberry/chocolate and pistachio/chocolate combos. But almonds and chocolate? Ho-ly crud. You’d expect it to taste similar to the peanut butter and chocolate, but the natural flavor and crunch from the almonds with the smooth, chewy texture of the brownie is something entirely different. For real! I can’t explain it… they’re just sooooo good!
Say hello to thick, chocolatey, chia pudding heaven! Yeahhhh, baby. Ever since I first read Cookie and Kate’s chia pudding recipe, I knew it was time for me to jump on the chia pudding trend. As usual, I’m late. They’ve been popular in the food/health world for quite a while, and since it’s such an easy and delicious recipe to make, I’m kind of surprised that I’m only now sharing this chocolate chia pudding recipe on the blog!
Thing is, I know most people out there enjoy simple, easy recipes that can be made in a flash. This chocolate chia pudding is made directly in a mason jar, so you can prepare the pudding, chill it in the fridge and let it do it’s chia magic, then take it out the next morning and add toppings! Seriously, when they say “under 5 minutes” I literally mean under 5 minutes. And if it’s a lazy Sunday morning, treat yourself by pouring the pudding into a bowl and topping it (so #fancy and #instagrammable).
Hello, friends! I’m coming at ya right at noon this lovely Saturday, with a brand new travel diary. Woo-hoo! First of all, a quick life update: I’ve been gone for a while because, last week, I’ve spent 12+ hours each day at my high school preparing for the upcoming school year. I mentioned this in my 5 ingredient cookie recipe a couple days ago (P.S. I’m so so sorry that post was so short!), which is why I’ve been so inactive lately. I’m dreading the next few weeks to come, but at the same time super duper excited for BTS season!
I mentioned in my London travel guide that, right after spending the last day there, we hopped on a train and traveled up north, to Scotland! I’m currently looking back at the countless photos and all the memories made during that trip, and seriously! The post-UK withdrawals are real. Although we only spent 2 full days there, we managed to squeeze a good amount of fun excursions into the time we had (hint: castles, Mexican food, and a whole lot of fun). So here’s part 2 of my summer travels for y’all. Enjoy!
Treat yo’ self is a motto that I live by on a daily basis, no joke. Chances are, if my sweet tooth cravings kick in, I’m gonna tell myself, “hey, just treat yo’ self!” This girl has no self control. The thing is, since I’m always craving sweets, somehow I gotta make sure I’m not eating too much sugar, right?
That’s where these 5 ingredient (!!!) chocolate peanut butter cookies come into play.
I’ve realized that even though chocolate and peanut butter are my all-time favorite food combos, I’ve only really done one post featuring them! These choc pb cookies are healthy. Crunchy. Chocolate-and-peanut-butter-y. All they y’s. Best of all, they’re only 5 ingredients! Actually, they’re technically six ingredients, but salt doesn’t count. Peanut butter, cocoa, an egg, honey, baking powder, and salt, then bake and eat. Ready to be devoured in a couple minutes’ time. You know what that means? MORE SWEETS FOR ME.
I have a problem. And I’m willing to admit it, because heyyy girl, TREAT YO SELF!
Heya, friends! If you’ve been following my Instagram stories lately, I’ve hinted a little at where I’ve been these past couple weeks. I know I’ve been MIA for a while now, but I have a preeeetty reasonable excuse (if I do say so myself)🤷🏻♀️.
I’ve been in LONDON!
Y’all! Ever since I was a little girl, my absolute dream destination has always been someplace in Europe. Italy, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, whatever it might be, I’d always envisioned being able to fly across the ocean and explore a whole new part of the world. And after being obsessed with the history, Harry Potter, and obviously the basic tourist attractions, London jumped up to the tippy-tippy top of my bucket list. I mean, the British accents, gorgeous architecture, and centuries of the royal monarchy had me hooked. I couldn’t wait to experience the city itself.
And now? I’ve been so incredibly blessed with this life changing experience, and I want to share my memories with you. I believe that you, if you ever decide to travel to London, should be able to make use of the time spent abroad to the best of your ability. It goes by FAST. Seriously. As you walk through the city, explore what it has to offer, hours turn into days and suddenly you’re back on an early morning flight home. In this London travel guide, I’ve spent a few days gathering together basically every single thing we did in London and shoving it into one giant blog post. Well, not shove (this post is practically my baby), but it’s a crap ton of information.
So, sit back and relax. Let’s spend six days in London together, shall we?
You guys… this is by far one of the most genius recipes I’ve come up with. Just imagine: key lime pie, crunchy granola, and a sweet, fluffy muffin. That’s basically what these coconut lime granola muffins are: a key-lime pie, transformed into muffin form, topped with crunchy coconut granola and packed with summery, citrusy flavors.Best part? They’re health-ified and gluten free.
They can be a quick, grab-and-go breakfast, afternoon snack, or even dessert! Hey, I’d even eat them for dinner. Not kidding, these are that good.
Oh! And I’m bringing back the good ol’ recipe videos (woo-hoo!) I’m really really trying to be consistent with these, seriously. Even though I haven’t even attempted to make another one since my carrot cake bread post back in April, one of my goals this summer was to make more videos. Summer’s over half way over and this is the first one I’ve made😂 It’s all about the baby steps, I guess. Enjoy!
Fireworks, cool summer nights by the lake, makeup sweating off my face… Happy happy fourth of july, friends! Today I’m making these dense, fudgey s’mores brownies. And they’re a teeeeeny bit healthier than your average brownie (just a smidge). Because is there any better way to celebrate America’s 200+ birthday, than with these oh-so-decadent s’mores brownies? If so, tell me ASAP, because your girl seriously wants to know.
It’s hard to believe that the last day #cookoutweek is finally upon us. This entire week, I’ve had so much fun coming up with yummy, summer-themed recipes, and being able to collaborate with some pretty cool food bloggers. I’ve covered a delicious classic tomato bruschetta appetizer, green grilled pizza entreé, and finally, I’m sharing a strawberry peach crumble for dessert! Cobblers/crisps/crumbles have been super trendy this summer (well, basically every summer), and I’m completely loving it. Baked to bubbly, golden brown perfection, this crumble is the dessert for any outdoor summer get together.
This post is sponsored by Smokin’ O’s. All opinions are my own (I pinkie promise).
I’m kinda sorta freaking out over this grilled pizza right now. For one, I actually grilled the thing. Me! All by myself. Before getting into all of the food blogging shenanigans, I would have never even gotten close to a grill! But, eventually, after watching my dad cook meat countless times on our outdoor grill, I decided to try something new.
Allow me to introduce y’all to my second recipe of this years #cookoutweek: GREEN grilled pizza! Major emphasis on the word “green,” because do I even need to explain? This pizza is the real MVP of any amazing summer cookout – fresh, vibrant, and packed with tons charred, fresh-off-the-grill flavors. And can we take a moment to appreciate how flipping amazing Trader Joe’s is? I mean, what other grocery store sells pesto gouda cheese? Pesto gouda cheese!!!