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Strawberries and Cream Pancakes

Strawberries and Cream Pancakes

These strawberries and cream pancakes are a re-make of similar pancakes I made about a year ago. With a new site, a better camera, and a somewhat better idea of what I’m doing, I decided it was time to remake these. My roommates said these were the best pancakes they have ever had. So, I mean, I’m not sure what your weekend plans are, but I think they need to include these pancakes.

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Raspberry Lemon Mini Cheesecakes

Raspberry Lemon Mini Cheesecakes

Don’t you hate when you’re sitting around thinking you’re so on top of things, and then you double check to make sure that your Raspberry Lemon Mini Cheesecake post is still scheduled and good to go, then you just realize it’s straight up not scheduled? Oh, and also my green smoothie cap was screwed on funky this morning so that spilled. Honestly, it’s just a case of the Monday’s over here… I’m ready for Tuesday. And by Tuesday I mean the weekend. Is it Friday yet?

Rambling aside, I made these raspberry lemon mini cheesecakes for a friend’s 24th birthday. I also figured they would be the perrrrrfect Valentine’s Day dessert recipe. I’m not going to lie, with the amount these make, these are more perfect for any “Galentine’s Day” parties, because you will have a plate full of these little mini guys.

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Berry Mimosas

Berry Mimosas

Anyone who knows me knows that I loooooove Bloody Mary’s. 9/10 times I would pick a Bloody Mary over a mimosa. Today, that 1/10 time is the time where I choose a mimosa over a bloody mary. Becauuuuuuuse, these berry mimosas are fantastic.

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Friday’s Favorite Bits+ Bites

Friday’s Favorite Bits+ Bites

The first edition of some of my favorite bits + bites from around the internet

 

 

 

  • I have been meaning to start doing a quick yoga routine in the morning and this one looks so perfect
  • This Mushroom Agnolotti from RPM Italian… if there is such a thing as edible clouds, I’m like 99.9% positive these are that.

Catch y’all on the flip side! Enjoy your weekend!

 

Twentysomething’s Guide To: The Super Bowl

Twentysomething’s Guide To: The Super Bowl

If you won’t find yourself in a bar watching The Super Bowl, you might find yourself surrounded by friends, drinks and good food. Having good food and drink doesn’t take much effort at all. Like, seriously. Quit saying you can’t cook or you’re too lazy. You’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised at how easy the below recipes are. Trust me, I wouldn’t post them if they weren’t.

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book bits | january edition

book bits | january edition

January seemed as though it was the longest month, yet went by so quick. Maybe I’m also just saying that because I only read two books throughout January, and that is very unlike me. I was, however, all over Netflix and watched hours upon hours of various shows on there.

The first book of 2017 that I read was My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel. My mom and I shared my kindle account for a month or so, and we alternated what books we were each reading. This book is about a daughter who left her rural home and unfortunate life in Illinois to go live in New York. She gets hospitalized and her mom stays with her. When talking to my mom about it, I told my mom she would probably like it. I said “cause, you know, you’re like a mom. so you like those mom-ish things” Lone behold, she did really really like it. So, for any mother’s out there– I think this book is just for you.

The second book, that I just finished, was Trevor Noah’s book Born a Crime. This one was SO interesting. His story, from growing up in South Africa in the apartheid, to his relationship with his mom and how women are viewed in the South African culture, to so much more (I don’t want to give much away), his story is unbelievable. Occasionally, I catch myself getting bored at biographies. This particular book, I never got bored. It is insane to me that he is only 32 and already has the experiences and stories to tell that he does.

roasted garlic + bacon + jalapeno spinach and artichoke dip

roasted garlic + bacon + jalapeno spinach and artichoke dip

Spinach and artichoke dip is always a crowd pleaser. So is roasted garlic and bacon. Then for those who like it a little spicy, jalapenos are too. Not to mention all this goodness is just drowning in three different types of cheeses. This dip is incredibly easy to make, and should definitely be added onto your list of apps to make for the Super Bowl, or a lazy Sunday or literally whenever.

I made this recipe a year ago, and loved it so much I saw no need to make a change. Why fix something that isn’t broken???? With a better camera, and kind of better idea of what I’m doing, I wanted to re-make, re-write, and re-shoot this ahhhhhhmazing dip.

This is perfect for the Super Bowl (cause go sports, am I right?), because nothing says America more than drowning vegetables in tons of fattening ooey gooey cheese and bacon all with football on the TV. Plus, with the jalapenos, you can choose whether or not you want to seed them, half seed them, or fully seed them. No matter what way you decide to seed them, they still add a flavor and crunch to this dip that is phenomenal.

And yes, I am 100% that person who uses the Super Bowl as an excuse to cook for my friends and have a viewing party (by viewing party I absolutely mean my friends sitting on the couch talking with the background noise as the game). But, then again, you can’t NOT have the Super Bowl on.

Roasted Garlic + Bacon + Jalapeno Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. Cream Cheese, half a block
  • 1 c. Greek Yogurt, plain
  • 1 c. Mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 c. Parmesan, shredded
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 7 oz. Artichokes (roughly 4-5 hearts), chopped
  • 1 c. Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • 4 slices Bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno, chopped

Instructions

  1. Using a large frying pan, cook your bacon. Once cooked, place on a plate covered with a paper towel. Let the bacon cool. Don't touch the grease in your pan.
  2. While the bacon is cooling, chop your garlic and jalapeno into tiny pieces.
  3. Your bacon should be cooled enough to chop. Chop your bacon into tiny pieces.
  4. Dump the grease into the garbage. Leave whatever grease residue there is left over on the pan.
  5. Using your bacon-greased pan, dump your garlic, jalapeno, and bacon onto the pan.
  6. While this that mixture is cooking in the pan, get a large pot out.
  7. In the large pot, over medium heat, heat your cream cheese, greek yogurt, mozzarella, parmesan and coconut oil. Stir until the mixture is completely melted together.
  8. Stir in your artichokes and spinach
  9. Stir in your bacon, garlic, and jalapeno mixture
  10. Stir for a few more minutes, add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!
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ham sliders- 2 ways

ham sliders- 2 ways

So do I start off by saying that there’s like an entire stick of butter on top of all of these ham sliders? Cause there is. Is it necessary? Yes, don’t ask stupid questions.

These sliders are both ham + provolone. What is different, and what gives me the right to say “2 ways” is the fact that I used  a combo of two different sauces in them.

Combo numero uno- spicy brown mustard + poppy seed dressing

Combo number two- sriracha + honey mustard

When I was looking online for ham sliders, some of the sauces were kind of complicated. By complicated I mean they were more than 2 ingredients so I was like “lol, no thanks.”

I went to the store, and spent probably too much time in the dressing aisle. A lot of “wait, no” “wait, yes” and “ugh”‘s were mumbled and probably heard by the other shoppers.

Plus, these are sliders, sliders are mini, mini things don’t have calories- right? So you can eat a million.

ham sliders- 2 ways

Ingredients

  • 1 package Hawaiian rolls
  • 1/2 lb ham
  • 1/2 lb cheese
  • for spicy brown mustard + poppy seed sliders:
  • 1/3 c. poppy seed dressing
  • 1/3 c. spicy brown mustard
  • for spicy brown mustard + poppy seed slider topping:
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp poppy seed dressing
  • 2 tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • for sriracha + honey mustard sliders
  • 1/3 c. honey mustard
  • 1/4 c. sriracha
  • for sriracha + honey mustard slider topping
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 2 tbsp honey mustard

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350
  2. slice your Hawaiian rolls in half, coat all of the rolls in the dressing of choice.
  3. Place a layer of cheese, then layer your 1/2 lb of ham, then place another layer of cheese.
  4. On the top half of your bun, spread the rest of your dressing mixture.
  5. Create your butter topping, and pour over the sliders.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, and enjoy!
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dark chocolate + walnut banana bread

dark chocolate + walnut banana bread

I’m not kidding when I say this dark chocolate + walnut banana bread was gone within hours after I made it. I’m also not kidding when I say that this bread is 100% gluten free, and it doesn’t taste like cardboard.

Personally, I do not live on a gluten free diet. However,  I have had this Betty Crocker Gluten Free Rice Flour Blend sitting in my cabinet. I had a few bananas going old, some left over dark chocolate from my overnight oats, and some walnuts…… sooooo obviously I had to make banana bread.

I’ve used the gluten free rice flour blend before to make these amazing gluten free, dairy free peanut butter cupcakes, that I still have not posted. What I love most about this flour is the fact that it is a 1:1 substitute. Knowing that baking is such an exact science, I get spooked when looking for healthier flour alternatives. Maybe this isn’t the healthiest alternative, but I know that my ratios and everything won’t get all messed up.

dark chocolate + walnut banana bread

Ingredients

  • 1/3 c. oil, I used coconut
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2c. gluten free rice flour blend
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 c. ground flaxseed
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts + dark chocolate chips, plus more for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and grease a bread pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, on slow speed, mix together your oil, honey, brown sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Once all these ingredients are mixed together, beat in your egg.
  4. In a separate large bowl, combine your flour, baking soda, baking powder, flax seed and salt.
  5. On slow speed, pour your dry ingredients in your wet ingredient mix. Mix until the dry is just incorporated.
  6. Fold in your mashed bananas and 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. Pour in bread pan, sprinkle additional walnuts and chocolate chips, and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  7. Once you can stick a toothpick in the center and have it come out clean, take it out of the oven, let cool, slice and enjoy!
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vibrant health ginger green smoothie

vibrant health ginger green smoothie

My mom got me hooked on Vibrant Health’s Green Vibrance. I take it every morning with some water and fresh squeezed orange juice. It is a green powder, and phenomenal. My skin is clearer when I take this, I have energy and I just overall feel so much better. I like putting a scoop in smoothies as well. This particular ginger green smoothie involves lots of green things, ginger, some banana, strawberries and orange.
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