Do you ever just go to sleep with every intention in the world of going to your 8am Psych lecture but then your husband accidentally sets alarms for 5:00am AND 5:30am, waking you up both times; when you finally fall asleep again, your husband has a sleep spasm and accidentally flails his arm into your face to jolt you awake again; you decide to just wake up a little later and skip a shower to get to school on time; and you wake up for a last time to your dog literally vomiting on you (he ate too much too quickly -_-), THEN PEEING ON YOU?
Because I just had that morning. It sounds like a goddamn movie right? A goddamn horror movie. (more…)
Since moving down to California, I have been downright lonely. I have my husband, and he is pretty fab, but nothing beats the happiness of hanging out with a group of friends. Luckily for me, one of my best friends in the world has been preparing to move from our hometown down to California as well, and not just anywhere in this massive state. She moved in thirty minutes away from us. HOW IS THE WORLD SO BEAUTIFUL?
After giving her over twenty fours to unpack (more than enough time), we pleaded her to come hang out with us for an afternoon. Which turned into a night. Which turned into three nights. And I had so much fun with her that I’m experiencing a kind of post-fun blues now, but I’m resolving some of that blues by doing some of the fun things that we did together, like working on our Etsy accounts (mine is filled with food puns, hers with vintage sweaters) and eating these black forest pancakes. (more…)
I don’t know about you, but the best kind of meal is one that gives me an excuse to add gravy to it.
For example, the mashed potatoes that I have had as its own meal three times this week (so far). I’m showing you today my absolute favorite gravy recipes that I add to just about anything that I can, including mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, and everything served on a thanksgiving plate. Sure, it’s long past thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean it’s ever a bad time to share a cool gravy tutorial.
I wasn’t sure what to title these because I know that there are so many different names for the same bars: magic bards, hello dolly bars, and seven layer bars. But more than name confusion, I didn’t even know if I should call them by their original name because at this point they are WAY more than that. In addition to the traditional chocolate, pecans, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk, I packed in here some peanuts, almond slivers, pretzels, white chocolate chips, and caramel. PLUS, I exchanged the graham crust for a gluten free almond-date base.
But the real star here is the sweetened condensed coconut milk.
Did anyone else love malt-o-meal like it was candy when they were younger? Because I did. If my mama asked me what I wanted her to make me for breakfast, I would either tell her
brown sugar oatmeal, or
That warm, creamy texture makes me all cuddly and fuzzy inside.
Even now, I find myself craving a bowl of creamy hot cereal when I wake up to a cold, rainy morning or when I’m feeling particularly under the weather. It is the ultimate comfort food for me.
Comfort foods are actually a thing I’m working on, because it seems like depending on foods for comfort can be a little bit dangerous, but in the meantime I suppose that this comfort food is not the worst for my health.
Unfortunately, I never ever remember to grab some malt-o-meal while I’m at the store, so over time I have found a simple, delicious, and accidentally gluten-free replacement for it using only one ingredient, oats, to replace the original wheat substance. An even more not-the-worst-for-my-health alternative! (more…)