Oh heyyyy banana bread! It’s been a while… I’ve missed u :)
I’m going to have to say, this summer has been pretty rough in terms of my health and well-being. Don’t get me wrong: I’ve been having so much fun traveling (hereee), hanging out with friends, and relaxing by the poolside. However, I have literally destroyed my diet. I’ve been eating tons of ice cream, burgers, and chocolate… last month, the only things I ate one day were french fries, a couple cubes of watermelon, and a giant ice cream sundae! My body did not like that; I felt sick and bloated from the ice cream, and I could barely function because I had literally no energy.
So, this past week, I’ve made it a goal to eat healthier and work out a little more in preparation for my upcoming #summermarchingbandgrind. I’ve been following a couple workout videos on YouTube, going on walks outside (yes, even in the crazy 100 degree Texas weather), and cutting out a lot of sugar from my diet. Obviously, I still treat myself, but I’m making sure not to skip meals and putting only wholesome foods into my body!
I ended up purchasing a ton of bananas to use for acai bowls and smoothies. However, of course there was no way I was going to eat so many bananas myself, so the first thing that came to mind was to whip up a loaf of banana bread! Overripe bananas are perfect for banana bread. This is a recipe I’ve had saved in my notes app for the longest time! I was so so excited – I hadn’t made banana bread in ages.
Right after school let out, we hopped on a 14 hour flight to spend the next 2 1/2 weeks visiting my relatives in China. I know it isn’t exactly most peoples’ ideal summer destination, but I always look forwards to the visit. Honestly, if you need any reason to fly overseas to China–literally any reason at all–it would have to be for the food. My family and I ate out for almost every meal… I must have gained at least 5 pounds! Unfortunately, most of the time I’d forget to snap a picture before I ate, so today I’m going to be sharing the collection of Chinese foods I was able to capture on my iPhone. It’s still a lot of pictures, but if I’m being honest: we ate a loooot more than what I’m sharing today!
I feel like I haven’t typed up a blog post in ages. I wrote my latest blog post a while back, but I never got around to posting it until recently. It’s been a hot minute since truly written anything! I really missed y’all ;(
Also, I should probably mention a little disclaimer: I also couldn’t tell you the English names of most of the things we ate in China. The Chinese names don’t translate so well, so I’ll try to describe them as best as I can (sorry… heh)
Hey guys! I’m so excited to be sharing this What I Ate In Houston post… it’s really long overdue. Like 3 months overdue. These photos have been sitting in my drafts folder for the longest time, and it’s seriously about time that I write something and share these delicious restaurants with you guys!
After stopping by Waco (see my last post for what we ate there), we headed down to Houston to visit Rice University and explore the downtown area a little bit. I actually enjoyed the city a lot! We toured the Rice campus, which I absolutely fell in love with, saw a Houston Symphony Orchestra concert (featuring Joshua Bell!), and obviously ate a lot of food. Even though I had a couple more stops planned, the places we went to were pretty great. Be sure to stop by a couple of these places if you’re ever in the Houston area :)
You guys… I’ve had one of the craziest spring breaks of my life this past week! Starting on Wednesday, I left school early and headed for Disney for a fun 6 days of staying up late, riding crazy roller coasters, and taking lots of cute pictures with my friends. I ate SO much junk food and was completely worn out from all of our excursions, including the 20 hour bus ride back to Texas. I literally slept for 12 hours after I got back home!
Almost right after I got back from the Disney trip, my parents and I packed our bags for yet another road trip. We drove down to Waco and Houston to attend some college tours and explore the cities. I was especially eager to visit Baylor and my dream school, Rice University. Getting a feel of what the intellectual/social lives of those colleges are like was so much fun!
Today, I’m going to be sharing all of the places we stopped at on our trip to Waco. Even though it’s a small town, we were still able to find a bunch of yummy restaurants in the area. If you’re ever in need of a couple restaurant recommendations, I hope this food guide helps you find at least a couple places to stop at for some good food!
Thank goodness I’ve got these delicious pictures of the queso I made this weekend to get me through this Monday. However, it does remind of the painful stomachache I experienced last night and this morning because of all the queso I ate yesterday. Yikes, that was pretty bad… but this queso is just SO. DANG. GOOD!!
How do you guys feel about all the Superbowl festivities and, in general, everything that happened on Sunday? I’ve never been one to enjoy sitting through an entire football game, regardless of the hype and all of my friends’ excitement. I was at orchestra rehearsal anyways, so I wasn’t able to catch the first half or the halftime performance, but everyone’s been saying how boring the game was, how lame the commercials were, and how garbage Maroon 5’s performance was. What did you think? Did any of y’all enjoy this year’s game?
I personally enjoyed Superbowl Sunday with a bowl of queso, Gilmore Girls, and snuggles with my dog, so I am definitely not complaining. I’m sure most of you can relate to the fact that I was most certainly 100% there for all of the food, and 0% there for the game! It’s always an excuse for me to make a bunch of junk food and not get disapproved for eating so unhealthy (although I could honestly care less, heh)
It’s been a while since I’ve had cheesecake, and I’ve definitely made up for lost time this past month. Ever since I got back from California, I’ve been making cheesecake basically non-stop. I’m not kidding! The first one I made was in Santa Barbara (I made it for Christmas dinner), and I’ve made three more after that. That’s 4 cheesecakes in the span of three weeks!
I’ve come a long way, and I’m so excited to be sharing the final product of all of the dessert I’ve been making this January.
If you’ve seen my Santa Barbara food guide I posted a couple of weeks ago, then you’d know I went to California over winter break. After we spent a relaxing few days with family, my parents and I headed to the big city of Los Angeles. It was such a huge change of scenery from the small, quiet little city we were just in, to the loud, bustling atmosphere in LA!
I visited so many amazing restaurants and cafes, and I’m so excited to be sharing my Los Angeles food guide. Enjoy!
Happy 2019!!! I hope you have had a great start to the new year so far. Like every year, I made a list of my intentions/goals for this year, and I’m really really trying to accomplish them. I’ve made some progress already!!
I’m starting the new year strong with a big batch of these cute peanut butter donuts. You’re going to love them!
These donuts are soft, sweet, and so easy to make! I’m always looking for a fun way to whip up a quick recipe when I’m craving something sweet – these yield 28 mini donuts in under 30 minutes to make. And since I always have peanut butter in my fridge, I know I’m going to make these a loooot more!
The title says it all! This past week, I’ve been having such a great time hanging out with my extended family in Santa Barbara, California! I haven’t seen most of them in close to a year. All of us have such busy lives, but I’m grateful that we get to come together for a week and spend some time together before we go our own ways once again. We’re trying to make annual family reunions a thing… did you see our trip to DC last year?
We stayed in a super nice Airbnb with a whole kitchen filled stocked with a giant refrigerator and all sorts of kitchen appliances, so naturally we headed to the supermarket and bought a ton of ingredients so we could cook some nice meals. Usually when we are with family, we don’t eat out as much, just because it’s much easier and cheaper to make a ton of food for our large group to enjoy.
However, we did end up stopping at some pretty yummy restaurants. They were all so good! If you’re ever visiting the Santa Barbara area, you HAVE to stop by and try out some of these places.
Hey guys! Happy 2 days ’till Christmas! It’s so crazy how fast this holiday season has gone by.
This year, I haven’t been in much of the holiday spirit at all, mostly because of this year’s crazy exam season (I’m a sophomore in high school). Even though we’ve decorated our house and put up our inflatable snowman outside, the stressing about studying for finals and trying to keep my grades up has honestly made me forget how soon Christmas is (and how soon it will be over!)