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,
CHECK BELOW FOR SOME SCREENSHOTS OF THE NEW BLOG(:
Before continuing to read this post, I would like to place a fair warning. This place is weed related. No, none of it was used or smoked or whatever else you can do with weed but be warned, the food names and the decor was all related to that. If you couldn't tell from the name.
Onto the food bit!
This sandwich shop has been open for a few months. One day Felicia and I were driving past it and decided we wanted to try it but never actually got around to until the last day of finals. I was hesitant to try it because of the name and I knew what they stood for and such, but now I am really glad to have tried it. Sure the decor doesn't quite please my eyes, but the names are funny and the food is delicious.
Definitely a weird restaurant. You first sit down, take a look at the menu than go back to the counter and order your whatever your little heart desires, and turn right back around and sit and wait for your number to be called. While we waited, the waiter was sweet enough to bring us the daily soup and HOLY GUACAMOLE! That was some delicious soup! It was chicken and rice and it was the perfect opening to our lunch. The soup had a nice little spice to it and I am surprised Felicia and I both didn't down it right away.
Eventually our numbers got called, and I ordered the 3 Egg Omelet with onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and turkey while Felicia ordered a burrito called The Fatty. Yes, the omelet was good, but I probably would have been happier with a sandwich or burrito. While we waited for our food, we discussed plans for the following hours before I had to go take my last final and Felicia about died laughing at the Sweet Tea and Unsweet Tea containers.
All in all, a great restaurant with a staff with a sense of humor. Felicia already has plans to bring her mom again.
Until next time,
Now that classes are finally winding down and we are finishing up the last of our finals, and counting down the days left until we are officially in summer mode, I've gotten more chances to actually make breakfast for myself. And we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
This recipe isn't really a recipe, but this is literally my go-to item for an early meal. It's also really simple to make. You just need 4 ingredients and they are:
1 Avocado (cut in half)
First you're going to cut the avocado in half and then wrap one half in foil and pop it back into the fridge for leftovers. With the half you are going to use, take a knife and slice across it, and once that is done, you can take a big spoon and scoop out the slices easy-peasy. (Thanks to Ella Denton for teaching me how to do that)
Next, after buttering (lubricating) your pan with a small slice of butter, I take both my tortillas and heat them up a bit in the pan. After that, you take your two eggs and crack them chicken fetuses. I crack both of my eggs together because it's quicker to scramble them that way. You don't have to do that but you can.
Once scrambled, I divided the eggs between my two tortillas and spread some cheese on them. I didn't say how much because I am a huge fan of cheese on anything so I do how ever much I like.
With you cheese added, all you have left to do is placing your avocado slices on the pile, fold the tortillas like breakfast tacos and you are good to go!
Like I mentioned earlier... Quick and easy for a delicious breakfast.
Until next time my lovelies!
I love anything sweet... Seriously, ask my best friend. So when she told me that she found the perfect brownie recipe (From a little site called Sweet Anna's; recipe can be found here), I was all for it. It was made even better when I found out we were going to put chocolate chips into them. Seeing as how they came out amazing (like holy moly!), I decided to share with y'all the recipe.
The following are the ingredients you will need:
First you'll need to set your oven to 350ºF (which is 176ºC for all my lovelies who don't live in America), and then go grease up your baking pan, start to boil your water and melt your butter. You can do this while you have a random dance party or when you're singing songs with your best friend. Just have fun.
After you have greased up your pan, head to the mixing bowl and ingredients. In said bowl, you will stir together the cocoa and baking soda, adding 1/3 of your melted butter to this dry mix until it is smooth. After the butter, soda and cocoa are mixed, add in your boiling water, and stir until this mixture is smooth and thick.
Following the previous steps, you are going to dump in your sugar and crack open your eggs as well as the rest of your melted butter. Once that is all mixed together in a beautiful mess, you will add in the vanilla and salt.
Once the mixture is smooth and you really want to lick the spoon (or stick your face into the bowl), you're going to add in the flour and chocolate chip at the same time. Thankfully, Felicia and I were making these brownies together so I didn't have to do some fancy maneuvering to get both ingredients in, but if you are baking these by yourself, just put the flour on one side of the bowl and the chips on the other. Now you are just going to stir, stir and stir until it is one big gooey mess.
After the mixture is all together, you're going to take your pan and pour the batter into it. Try to scrape the sides and such to get all the batter (although we did save a tad bit to drizzle on the plate to make it look semi-fancy). Now pop your pan in the oven and let it cook for 35-40 minutes. We cooked ours for 35 and then came back and checked to see if it was done. Also, they were a tad under-cooked but it was still delicious. I think it added to the gooeyness of them.
Trying to eat them right after we took them out of the oven was very hard. But we lasted... For about 3 minutes than we cut into them and ate one....
Holy moly... I loved them!
Definitely leave a comment down below and tell me what sweets you love or just whatever food in general(: Or even if you tried these!
Photos taken by myself and Felicia with a Canon EOS 70D
Recently Felicia and I haven't gotten to hang out because her family came into town and I was working a lot but that changed the day after Easter. She had a meeting and I didn't have school until 2, so I texted her asking if she wanted to hit up our favorite little restaurant. She of course said yes and we carpooled to the place, jamming to Fall Out Boy.
Maggie's is a little Italian restaurant we discovered over our Fall semester, and we have loved it ever since. It has all the makings of a tiny family place and I think that's what we love most about it (besides the food!). We made it a tradition that we would visit once a week and we did pretty well on that for the Fall and a little bit of the break but unfortunately with our schedules not quite lining up this semester and work overflowing with our lives, we had to stop that which was quite sad.
Luckily though, they still remember us! (Which if you ask Felicia is one of her dreams that we become regulars at a restaurant). But back to the most important stuff...
When we arrived, we immediately sat at our little table in the back corner. It never fails that this is basically our table. The waitress, the same one we always have, already knows our drink orders (Sweet tea for me and water for Felicia) so she us those rather quickly.
Plus she knows our appetizer! We get the same appetizer, mozzarella sticks, all the time just because they are the most awesomest I have ever had. The perfect quantity of fried bread and cheese. And we always split them. You get a total of six in an order so three a piece is perfect for us because we usually get full because of these, our salad(s) and our meal.
Felicia, who has been getting the same thing for the past couple of trips, knew right away what she wanted to order but I was having a bit of trouble. I knew I wanted something with pasta (duh), but I also wanted something substantial. And after asking our lovely waitress, I decided on a Chicken Parmesan but on fettuccine pasta instead of spaghetti, and Felicia got a sandwich called the Citizen Kane which had turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, avocado, tomato and ranch dressing on a white hoagie. With each of our entrees, we got a choice. I chose salad with ranch and Felicia chose fries.
Thankfully, seeing as how we were only ones in there, we got our food rather quickly... But now that I am thinking about it, the wait time for food is rather small compared to other places so there is another plus. Anyway, the pasta and sandwich and we both couldn't wait to dig in; thankfully we held back long enough to get a few photos... Or well at least I did... Felicia immediately dug into it, pausing for me to get a photo quickly.
Besides the pastas and sandwiches, they do have burgers (which Felicia has gotten) and pizzas. I have tried almost all of the pastas on the pasta side so I can definitely account for those. (BTW: All delicious!). And when the check comes, they give you an Andes mint to go along with it, but Felicia (who is obsessed with these mint chocolate things) snatched it up before I could say 'Thank You'.
All in all, a perfect lunch restaurant. The food is delicious, the staff is amazing (they were so intrigued by my Polaroid camera), and the atmosphere is just so quaint. I am so excited to start going back!
Leave a comment below and tell me about some of your favorite little restaurants! Or if you have ever been to Maggie's, what do you love there?
Photos taken with a Canon EOS 70D by Felicia DeMartino
Also check out the daily vlog that kind of goes along with this post below(:
Hey everyone! So as you can probably tell by the title, this post is going to be a pretty short and sweet one. I know I have links all over my blog, but I just wanted to take a second to tell everyone.
I HAVE A YOUTUBE CHANNEL! AHHHH!
I am still kind of freaking out about it because originally I hadn’t wanted to start one because although I love filming and everything, I kind of wanted to be a behind the scenes girl and was content helping my best friend with her channel. But after some time, and watching Louise (a.k.a. SprinkleOfGlitter) and Zoe (a.k.a. Zoella), I realized that both of them ran blogs (which are adorable) AND had channels, and while their main concerns are their channel, I realized that while my blog is a pretty great thing for me to start on, a YouTube channel would help benefit me and help me reach other audiences.
So now I am making it official. I already have several videos up and I have others planned, so I hope you enjoy not only the blog but also the videos!
Plus don’t forget to check out the above mentioned blogs and channels, and I will link them here!!:
Louise’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Sprinkleofglitter
Louise’s blog: http://sprinkleofglitter.blogspot.com/
Zoe’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/zoella280390
Zoe’s blog: http://www.zoella.co.uk/
Thank you all so much and until next time my lovelies!
With 2015 opening up just right, a bunch of people will attempt to make new year resolutions and then not keep them. Not me and my best friend, Felicia. We decided to start the #28JumpstartChallenge given by Fit Girl's Guide! (Check them out on their Instagram).
Not only does the book/guide come with all the recipes you need, it comes with the grocery list, the work-out schedule and all that fun stuff! [It even comes with vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free friendly substitutes!] Plus the food that we are going to be making, looks absolutely delicious!
Now we have officially started it, we prepped some of our first week dishes, mainly our breakfasts for the first 3 days, and our lunches, and some of our dinners. And they look absolutely delicious! When we first finished prepping our breakfasts, we immediately wanted to eat them! They looked killer.
So my first food post will be about the healthy and awesome breakfast we made!
Now that everything is in your jar or bowl, take a butter knife, and stir, stir, stir! Once everything is stirred together, then pop it in the fridge and now you'll have a quick, healthy breakfast to munch on the next morning. Say hello to an extra 30 minutes of sleep/make-up prep!
Welcome y'all to Sweet Tea & Storms! I really wish I could say that this has been in the works for sometime, that a lot of planning and thinking went into it...
But in reality, it was kind of a spur of the moment thing. Something that you're thinking of right as you fall asleep and your brain is like "That's a wonderful idea! You can do it!" and it won't let you sleep until you put the basics down on paper.
I am so excited to actually start it though! I have been thinking of one for sometime, but it's always been in the back of my mind. Once I got started on my photography website and blog, I got all these great ideas that wouldn't quite fit into that one so I decided "What the heck!?" Ideas for posts that involve fashion, food, traveling, and other fun stuff. I wanted a place where I could pass out style tips, my favorite fashion steals, food recipes and restaurants that are huge on my list, and all other sorts of neat stuff.
And that's how 'Sweet Tea & Storms' became a reality.
Now for the name: 'Sweet Tea & Storms', or as my sister likes to dub it, 'STAS'. I definitely have to give some credit to not only my sister, Kelsey, who was my bounce board on several name ideas, but also my mom. Seeing as how this blog was going to reflect me as a sort, I wanted a name that was ME. But also spoke for where I came from.
Seeing as how we are from South Texas (my mom and I; my sister resides in the lovely state of Nevada), sweet tea is a staple in my life. Seriously, I cannot go a day without sweet tea. And I am so picky about how sweet it is. It is a well known fact that if my friends or family go out to eat with me, sweet tea is what my drink order is.
The storms part comes in because they are my favorite nature occurrence. I am not happy unless there are darkening clouds in the sky, which brings on the joke in the family that I must have been born on a stormy day in April. Not all storms are bad. Besides it was a storm that caused Noah to build the Ark, and the Earth to flood so we could begin again.
So as I was sitting in my bedroom, in my sky blue polka dot robe with Pokemon sweatpants and a Forever 21 workout shirt, 'Sweet Tea & Storms' was born!