If you’ve been paying attention to a couple of previous blog posts, you’ll find out that I started the TV show Supernatural in the middle of this past semester. And I had fallen in love with the cast and crew as well as some of their significant others, because many of them are literal definitions of couple goals and family goals.
Recently, Genevieve Padalecki- who is not only Jared Padalecki’s (who plays Sam Winchester) wife, but also portrayed one of the villains in season four of the show, went live on her very own blog, called Now & Gen. I loved following her Instagram because it is soooooo gorgeous so I was very excited when she announced her blog was finally live.
I am so excited to finally share this recipe on the blog. I have been wanting to do it for a while but every time I made the dish, I never got photos or I was making it as a quick treat to take to a party. But I had some free time (and a vegetarian friend to feed) so I decided now was the perfect time!
During our weekend in Beaumont, the three of us (Kaci, Bri and I) knew we wanted to have brunch on Sunday morning for our final thing, even if it was just for fancy mimosas and girl chat. After discussing it with her co-workers, Kaci had given us two options and Madison’s is what stuck out for us. Once we arrived, all three of us agreed that we loved the vibe the restaurant had.
One of my favorite things about the Halloween holiday (well actually... Any holiday in general) is the food! I am a huge foodie so anytime there is a special occasion, I am down to whip up something. For Halloween, I added a tasty twist to one of my favorite appetizers.
Finals are just around the corner which means countless hours spent studying and finalizing projects. The majority of the time is spent huddled in the quietest corner of the library or hunched over your desk in your bedroom only venturing out for water and chips.
I am one of the people who will go without food for several hours just so I can cram in extra studying time, but I have recently realized how unhealthy that is, both physically and mentally so I have taken a different approach.
Being back at school, I am kicking myself for taking 18 hours this semester. It has seriously cutting into my eating time, and for anyone who knows me personally, when I get hungry, I get mean. What usually helps is having a bag of snacks, prepared either the night before or right before I head to school and I'll snack on that during the day until I get a break for lunch or I'll snack through lunch to get school work or posts for this blog edited.
Some of my favorite snacks for on the go would be ranging from healthy to not very healthy.
Apple slices are an easy fruit to cut up the night before, stick in little baggies and pop in the fridge to grab as your rush out the door the next morning. You can even mix it up a little by placing some grapes or chocolate covered almonds into the bag as well.
Popcorn is probably the most common snack food (not counting cookies!) and probably the most easiest to take with you. Pop the corn, stick it in a ziploc baggie (possibly toss in some M&Ms as well) and you are good to go!
Strawberries are most definitely my favorite fruit of all time. There are just so many things you can do with them! Snacking wise though, there are several possibilities. You can eat them with nutella (YUM), although that tends to be more of an at-home snack when you're studying, sprinkle some sugar on them and chomp at them like that.
People have such a wide variety of taste that some of my favorite snacks don't even make someone else's top 10! So I wanna hear from y'all. What is your favorite on-the-go snack?
When I was making a list for Christmas-y snacks/foods for the blog, I will admit these were never on my list to try. But I recently had a thought and this idea was born. I was really excited to make these because it was my first time using a bain marie (which is basically just a pot of boiling water and a bowl over it with the chocolate to melt).
Besides having a fun time making these, they were actually really easy to make and cheap. You only need two ingredients which are candy canes and chocolate chips.
Simple, festive, and delicious! I am so excited to share these with my family and get their reactions to them!
Merry Christmas everyone!!!
Decorating for Christmas can always be a tedious task, especially if it is an all-day thing. And I always seem to get hungry when we decorate so this year instead of taking time to eat huge snacks and not be hungry for lunch or dinner, I decided to make a Christmas trail mix to snack on while we decorate the tree and the house.
This recipe is really simple and easy to make. I absolutely love trail mix, especially with chocolate and raisins so you can bet that I fell in love with it right away and I hope y'all do too!
What you will need:
Taking yoga for a class this semester was a last minute decision made my literally a week before classes start. (Ahhhh. The joy of college) There are obviously pros and cons about it: Cons-8am class, there is actual learning involved (i.e: we're learning about the science of it), it is killer on all the muscles I never really use (i.e: my upper body arm muscles, my diaphragm, etc.), did I mention it was at 8? Pros-It is an 8am classes which means I start my school day actually rejuvenated and awake, its an actual exercise so I can say that I exercise twice a week for an hour, I am actually learning about something that I enjoy (seriously, I've always wanted to take a yoga class and now I am getting graded on it? Heck yeah!).
Back to the point of this post though. With yoga, I have been feeling good, mentally and sometimes physically, the burn on the arms and legs are so worth it, and I have been wanting to keep that feeling, whether it was eating healthy or going for a short time at the gym, so that's where this comes in.
I have always loved smoothies, especially strawberry-banana ones, so when I get the chance to make them (which has actually been quite often these days), I jump at it. So I decided to share with y'all my favorite homemade smoothie recipe today!
half a bag of frozen strawberries (you can use refrigerated as well, frozen was what I had in stock)
2 bananas, sliced
1 cup milk
1 tsp of sugar (to give it a little added sweetness)
Honey, will be drizzled to the fruit
Making this smoothie is insanely easy. First you place your strawberries in a microwave safe bowl and pop them in the microwave for 25-30 seconds. While they are defrosting, measure out your milk, pour and put a handful of ice cubes into the blender.
Taking your banana, peel it and start slicing into average size slices. I realize that slicing bananas is harder than some people make it look, so feel free to peel it all the way and slice it on a cutting board if you want to. Add these slices to the blender.
Once the strawberries are unfrozen, go ahead and slip them into the blender as well.
Now while the strawberries and bananas add a natural sweetness to the smoothie, we do want to make it just a tad bit sweeter. I use a drizzle of homemade honey (that my mom's neighbor is so kind to make for us) and a teaspoon of sugar. So while it gives the sweetness, it isn't a whole bunch of sugar.
The final step, once you have everything in your blender, cap it and start it up. Make sure you hold the lid down because blender caps are known for flying off with the high speeds. I set my blender to 1, blending it for 15 seconds, speed it up to 2 for 10 seconds, then back down to 1 for 30 more seconds. After that, I pop the lid off and see if it's runny or thick. If it's thick, you can close it and blend it for 15 more seconds, or if you like your smoothies thick, you are good.
Grab your glass and drink up! I absolutely love this smoothie, and now that I have not only time to make it but also space to make it, I have been making them more often.
Now I have a challenge for all you lovelies out there! If you make this smoothie or any other smoothie, tweet (@mikaylaMOG) me or tag me on instagram (@mikaylaoelschlegel) photos of all your gorgeous and yummy smoothies. Show me your smoothie face!
This isn't a recipe post but this is a food post. So one of my favorite bloggers is Emma Bates (closely behind Alyssa Campanella), and she just recently went public on a new site. And it's all about food and travel! Y'all have no idea how much I loved learning about this and I immediately had to pop by and scan through it.
The name of this adorable and amazing blog? Kuidaore.
Now you're probably thinking what the heck does that mean? Well Ms. Emma Bates kindly explains what the name means in the English language as well as for her self.
"It's a a Japanese word which means "to eat oneself bankrupt." I chose it because that is quite literally what I end up doing most of the time, I adore treating myself to weekly shops at Whole Foods, brunches out and basically anything to do with food."
Now you can see why I just had to tell y'all about it! This lovely lady is not shy about her foodie addiction and I, for one, am excited to start ticking off some of her recipes. Fellow foodies are always the best people because they have a huge heart and just that much more fun to be around. Speaking of her recipes! I have actually gotten around to making the Apple Cinnamon Porridge, and let me tell you. It is delicious! I am really wanting to try her Stuffed Pepper recipe and I am oh so tempted to tick off her Acai bowl recipe as well.
While I loved My London (which was Ms. Bates previous blog), I think this one will definitely be a hit and I cannot wait to see where this takes her.
Cheers to you Emma and have fun on your new adventures!
Until next time lovelies,
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