Christmas is in two days. Whaaat?
This year has been especially weird, because Christmas is on a Monday, and we don’t get out for winter break until literally the week before Christmas. The sad thing about that is, I’m so preoccupied with studying for exams and finals, that I don’t really get the chance to get in the holiday spirit! aka lounging around my house in fuzzy socks, sipping hot cocoa, and just enjoying the season. Which is why things like peppermint sugar cookies, drinking eggnog, and catching up on Youtube vlogmas are the only things keeping me from becoming a grinch.
Oh yeah, and speaking of eggnog, let’s talk about these eggnog scones. Because that’s really why you’re here, right? They’re chewy, yet with the perfect hint of the buttery flakiness that everyone loves when it comes to scones. Filled with thick, velvety eggnog instead of traditional milk, these pastries are the epitome of the holiday season. I guess I know what I’m having on Christmas morning! YUM.
Thank you to Nielsen-Massey for sponsoring today’s post! I recieved a product from Nielsen-Massey’s Vanillas to help develop this recipe. Remember, I only support brands I truly believe in!
My ideal day: wake up at 6AM, make myself some of Lindsay’s peppermint mocha, eat a nice hot plate of eggs and toast with peanut butter, get ready for the day in about 20 minutes, and watch some vlogmas and Christmas movies with about 30 minutes to spare before I have to head out the door. Then, when I come home from school in the afternoon, I spend a good hour taking pictures for my blog, about another hour doing homework, go on a run, eat dinner, and get ready to go to bed at 9:30.
Reality: wake up at 7:30, spend 95% of my morning making and eating breakfast, and the other 5% doing everything else. No time for YouTube… laziness strikes again! I come home from school, rush to get those food photos taken before the sun sets at like 4:00PM, then spend the rest of the evening drowning in homework. Oh yeah, we can’t forget about editing pictures until 10:00 PM and then taking a nice, long shower (aka one of the only stress-free parts of my day). Bedtime’s at about 11:00.
I hope y’all had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving! Filled with lots of stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie, I hope. This year, instead of traveling anywhere (we went to Florida last Thanksgiving), I’ve been picking up the slack and really getting to work on my blog. And taking a long-anticipated break from schoolwork, of course.
To be honest, we aren’t much of a traditional-Thanksgiving-food type of family. My parents are both Chinese, so things like turkey and creamed corn aren’t exactly their favorite. However, for some reason my parents love stuffing and we made Tieghan’s butternut squash n’ mushroom stuffing which was SO GOOD. Let me just say, our fridge is stuffed. We’re going to be having stuffing for leftovers for two weeks straight, I swear!
Soooo my calendar is telling me it’s t-minus 4 days until Thanksgiving day… How crazy is that? All of October feels like a blur to me, which is so weird. My dad has already been splurging on some pre-holiday gifts for himself, which has been kind of funny to watch. Which means November is almost over, and the countdown to Christmas has already begun. Where has time gone?
(I haven’t posted in forever, so this is my lame attempt to start up a conversation, if you haven’t already noticed.)
Oh, hey there👋🏻Don’t mind me… just writing these last minute #Choctoberfest blog posts at about 1 AM, in addition to the sea of homework I’m currently drowning in. Productivity? Yes. Procrastinating? Absolutely. But a full 8 hours of sleep? Nahhhh.
But today, I’m sharing this crazy amazing, grain-free, refined sugar free GIANT chocolate skillet cookie, so isall good💆🏿♂️ (<— also that was supposed to be an “ok” emoji but I’m just gonna leave that there because, honestly, who cares? a guy getting a head massage is way more interesting)
(You can tell when I’m on coffee overdrive and wayyyy past my bedtime when I start doing things that I normally would never put on this blog. Like for real. You’re seeing a really different side of me today.)
However, I’m going to try and smile through the exhaustion, because I’m kind of addicted to this humongous skillet cookie and I’m really excited to share this recipe with y’all. Hope y’all will give it a try!
IT’S OFFICIALLY FALL HERE ON THE BLOG!
Y’all have no idea how excited the idea of sweater weather makes me. Ever since school started, I’ve been packing away my shorts and tank tops, and replacing them with blanket scarves and chunky sweaters. The 90 degree weather here in Texas makes it kinda hard to wear them, but they make me really really happy. Can you blame me? My local Whole Foods has a giant pile of mega sized pumpkins for sale, and I’m obviously already stocking up on apples, squash, and of course, canned pumpkin. And guess what? This apple upside down cake I’m sharing today is loaded with soft, cinnamon-y apples, and loads of pumpkin pie spice (which, btw, is homemade and smells SO good).
One reason I’m sharing this apple upside down cake with y’all is because of the new season, but the more important one is it’s my bestie’s birthday today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY @LIVETHEPREPLIFE!!! We’ve shared so many memories together (including our obsession with fall and christmastime), and it’s hard to believe you’re already 15. Just add some virtual candles and ice cream, and enjoy :) Go send her some love on her special day today!
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!
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!
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.