My First Ever Smoothie Bowl

Sunday, January 18, 2015




First post of 2015!!! How was your new years?
Around here it's midterm time at my school, so I've been doing a lot of studying, cramming, and staying up way too late.
My exams are almost over (Tuesday they end) but it feels like they have been going on forever.
Hopefully when they're done, I can spend more time on here and in the kitchen.

So, I just recently learned that smoothie bowls were a thing. One time my friend Jessie first told my other friend and I that she loved eating smoothies out of a bowl with a spoon. I remember thinking that was the weirdest thing ever, but then I started seeing smoothie bowls all over the internet. My favorite part of the smoothie bowl are the toppings because if you're good at arranging them, smoothie bowls can look like a work of art.






Lee Tilghman is my favorite person to go to for smoothie bowls, I think she makes the prettiest bowls that are on her instagram (I actually adapted the recipe from her).

One things to remember is that consistency is key with these bowls. If your base is too thin, your toppings will be heading right to the bottom.



Makes 1 bowl
ADAPTED FROM LEE TILGHMAN
To make the base:
1/2 of a banana
Handful of frozen strawberries
1/4 cup almond milk 
1 tsp organic cinnamon
Blend until smooth. Make sure it is thick & creamy.
Toppings:
1/2 sliced fresh banana
Handful of dried, reduced sugar cranberries
1 tbsp chia seeds (soaked in almond milk over night)
Handful of slivered almonds
1/4 cups of granola (any kind!)


I'm really happy with how these pictures came out:) I got a pastry marble for Christmas and I can stop taking pictures with it, so expect it to be in the background for many future posts
XO
Lauren

P.S. I added a cool little gif I made with some of my favorite cookbooks, it's on my "about me" page!


Hot Chocolate Cookies

Friday, December 26, 2014




Hi everyone! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Merry Kwanzaa! (that's probably not what you say, but oh well)
I had some family come over for Christmas at my house, so I decided to try something new in the cookie department. Usually my family makes the traditional, chocolate chip, gingerbread, and sugar cookies. Instead I wanted to make these hot chocolate cookies, mostly because I thought they were so pretty with the marshmallow and chocolate shavings on top:)

FWI: these make a great gift for those people that you have no idea what to get. Just put them in a bag and tie a cute ribbon on top and BAM you got a insta-present.

Recipe: here

Hope everyone had a happy holidays!!



Super Cheesy Quick Breakfast Potatoes

Monday, December 15, 2014




 Hi all! It's been super hectic lately around here, but I am really happy with how these photos came out so I just wanted to share them with you before I head into Christmas everything (spoiler alert: upcoming posts are going to involve a ton of cookies).

I'm so sorry but I do not have an exact recipe for these potatoes because honestly I just kind of threw in a dish: cheddar cheese, grated potatoes, and sour cream. Before it hit the oven I finished it off with a cornflakes mixture on top to give it a crunch. Last but not least, I threw some chives on.
That's all... I'll be back super soon...

XO
Lauren



Dutch Baby (German Pancake)

Monday, November 10, 2014




This was such a last minute breakfast to be completely honest. I woke up Saturday morning and I had no idea what I was going to eat, and then I thought pancakes? But I thought that was too basic and plus pancakes are always my go to breakfast. I wanted to step it up, so then I came up with the whole dutch baby idea. I've only had this once before and I had zero experience making it. Of course I was like what the heck and I took the plunge.












Just to mention, I know this totally completely off the blog topic, but did you check out my confectionary sugar shaker!? Fun fact: actually I got this when I was taking a pizza making class and it was originally created for semola, but I thought it would be more useful if we used it for confectionary sugar instead. It is actually hilarious that such little things like a sugar shaker can make me so happy. It's honestly so much neater and easier than using a sifter, which was what I was using before. UGH I just love it so much






So, as I said before, I have never made this, and when I first took it out of the oven I thought I completely messed it up. The reason behind this is maybe the fact that I used too small of a pan, but my sides of the pancake blew up and the sides were very very tall. BUT for future references if this happens to you, do not worry, the sides will go down once it starts cooling. 






This pancake is insanely thin; it is no way like your average pancake. I highly suggest this if 
1. you wake up late (because it takes less than 1/2 hr)
2. you literally have no 'special' ingredients (it's basically flour, sugar, eggs, and milk, oh and butter)
3. you're a wee bit tired of your basic, typical pancake

Go for something different today:)

RECIPE: Simply Recipes Dutch Baby

Butternut Squash Soup

Monday, October 27, 2014




So.. Halloween's literally in four days, and that means that there's only one more month of fall left..
*quietly whispers* 57 days until Christmas. I kind of think it's insane that that's the way we think, but it honestly is. We are always looking forward to what's next, and when that comes by, then we immediately move on to the next chapter. It's sad that we never cherish the moment. but hey always looking forward to something makes life more interesting. 

This weekend I took advantage of the few moments that butternut squash is in season, and made one of my favorite soup. That's right it's...
Rich.
Creamy.
Sweet.
Savory.
and bonus it makes a really cold, rainy day x10 better (just make sure you wear warm socks when eating for best results)















Also be prepared to mix everything with your hands, because hands are much more effective than spoons, in my opinion. 







If you have a normal sized blender, like me, you may have to blend the soup in batches.





Recipe --> here

XO
Lauren

 
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