The holidays are finally upon us! This year has seriously been the most monotonous and eventless years of my life thanks to Covid, but it’s also flown by insanely fast. I honestly could only name like 5 specific events that have happened since March; the rest are all hard to remember–my memories blur together and sometimes I have a hard time differentiating between each one. Maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a rough time for all of us. I feel like that’s why Christmas decorations and drinking hot cocoa are giving me so much extra happiness lately. I really can’t wait to spend time buying gifts, wrapping presents, and bundling up to watch season 4 of Attack on Titan!
Even though Thanksgiving is over, it’s not December yet, which means pumpkin season is still in full swing for me. I’ve missed baking so much (it’s been like 2 months since I last posted…oops), and I’m back with these bomb pumpkin cinnamon rolls!! These rolls are insanely soft, sweet, and perfect to enjoy alongside a hot cup of coffee. With a slight kick of spice, they’re not overpoweringly pumpkin. Just a subtle addition to a classic recipe that will leave you in the mood to change into your PJs and infuse you with the holiday spirit.
Hello, sweet friends! In the midst of online school and the college application process, breakfast has been relegated to an area of my life of lesser importance, which is just so sad. Having a filling breakfast has always been a part of my morning routine, and I’ve been trying to be better about it. If I’m being honest, I think online school has made me lazier and more of a couch potato. Sometimes the simple act of getting up to make coffee is tiring. Yikes, I know. I’m working on it!
Oh, I got a job at Eatzi’s during the summer (I forgot if I’ve mentioned this before?), and I get a lot of free food–the stuff that’s close to expiring that has to be thrown out. I got my hands on a gorgeousss loaf of Challah bread last weekend, and I immediately thought of making some french toast for my parents and I to enjoy in the morning. As you can tell, I went all-out with this one: cream cheese filling, fresh berries, powdered sugar… all of my favorites! And the photos are absolutely stunning, yes?
The whole french toast process is messy, but actually pretty simple! It’s just a matter of making the filling and the milk/egg mixture, cooking it in some butter, and making a pretty little arrangement. This recipe is really everything I love about Sunday brunch: the bright colors of the fruits, the golden-brown bread, and the subtle maple syrup in the air. And then you take the first bite, and you get the soft, buttery bread, mixed in with the decadent cream cheese filling and maybe a blueberry or two. Literal heaven, I tell you!
Baking bread in general is a piece of work, y’all. If you’re planning on making just one recipe, be ready to devote at least 3 hours to kneading, proofing, and baking. Not to mention the subsequent clean-up process! On the flip side, I’ve found that it is pretty therapeutic, which is why I’ve been doing it a lot recently.
Most Asian breads utilize something called “Tangzhong,” a water/flour paste, which precooks some of the flour and allows the gluten to develop prior to kneading. It traps more water in the dough, which activates the yeast to a greater degree and also prevents it from drying out. This is what creates the elastic/stringy “pull” that you see in a lot of Asian breads. It’s a Japanese technique that results in the most incredibly moist, soft loaves.
I am OBSESSED with how they finally turned out: just look at those golden brown tops and light, fluffy interiors!!! This is yet another reason I want to move to Asia… imagine being able to find this kind of bread in literally every bakery. Heaven.
Hey guys! I hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas filled with family, desserts, and love. I know it’s been half a year since I’ve posted, but hey, I’m here now, with these gingerbread muffins that I’ve been dying to share!
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.
Long time no see, friends!
Um… it’s been a while.
“I’m busy” is such an overused excuse, and I really thought that was the reason I hadn’t posted in 3 months. But I’ve been doing some thinking lately, and I’ve come to the conclusion that my inactivity is simply because I’d really just lost the motivation to test and shoot recipes. It’s actually something I’ve read a lot about: blogger burnout.
If any of y’all have ever experienced utter lack of desire to absolutely anything, that’s basically what happened to me. It’s like when you’ve got a ton of schoolwork to do but you can’t help but put it off to tomorrow… and the next day… and the next day. I mean, there’s so much else to do other than writing blog posts, right? It’s so much easier to bake some cookies and not have to worry about taking pictures, or messing with lighting and editing. Most of the time, things like watching TV with my family or playing fetch with my dog are much more desirable than having your face buried in a screen for hours.
But this morning, my mom wanted something sweet for breakfast, so I wanted to whip up a quick batch of chocolate peanut butter pancakes. I went on my blog to grab a recipe, but I discovered that I’d never posted a pancake recipe before!! I was so disappointed in myself, and then realized how long it’d been since I’d posted. Gosh, I’ve actually missed blogging so much. I’m going to be so busy this summer, but one of my main goals is to seriously just try and fit in some time for baking and blogging. It used to be a much bigger part of my life than it is now, and I would love to start back up again.
Chocolate + coffee + waffles. Do I even need to say anything else? Waffles are inarguably the quintessential breakfast/brunch food in the entire world. When you think about waffles, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s a giant, perfectly set table with a humungous stack of waffles in the middle, surrounded by a plethora of syrups and toppings.
These chocolate mocha waffles are something I’ve been craving non-stop. I can’t stop making them! Obviously, you might not be able to make these during hectic weekday mornings, but you could literally just serve these for Sunday brunch and you’d be good to go.
Fun fact: I was actually looking through some of my older recipes, and I stumbled upon my chocolate raspberry waffles and my coffee cupcakes recipes. It’s crazy how fast time flies! Anyways, I felt it was necessary to combine the two into one epic breakfast food.
Sooooo 2018 is a couple days away…
So much has happened this year, yet it’s flown by so fast that I can honestly hardly remember anything! Anyone else? But I can’t wait for what the new year has in store. Even though 2017 has been a crazy year, I’m actually kind of sad that it’s ending. I’m grateful for all the excitement and adventure that this year has brought me. I wouldn’t go back and change anything!
Today, I’m partnering up with my girl Angie from Indulge Your Inner Foodie, to bring you some easy recipes to celebrate the new year with. I’m showing y’all how to make colorful confetti cinnamon roll muffins (!!), and over on IYIF, Angie is whipping up an some boozy Captain Morgan and Kombucha Shooter drinks (!!!!!!). What better way to end 2017 than with one last epic foodie collab? Make sure to check out Indulge Your Inner Foodie, as well as her Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.
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.
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.)