Here’s what you’ve missed in the #Mollidays2016… Days 1-4 here.
Now check out days 5 to 8…
Day Five :: Need some baking ideas for the holidays.. check out these cookies and printable recipe.
Day Six :: Be like Santa and make a list and check it twice.
Day Seven :: Forgot to buy Christmas cards? I got you covered.
Day Eight :: Many time people act like scrooges this time of year… leave them a note to lift their spirits.
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ONE :: After living in dorms/apartments for 10 years (!!!) I have finally moved into a real house. The house I moved into was bought by my great grandparents (my dad’s mother’s parents) 50 years ago. It was five years old when they bought it from the contractor that built it for himself. The house is pretty awesome and is in a fun/interesting neighborhood in Birmingham. It’s definitely been an adjustment going from an apartment to house but it’s exciting (for Sunny too!). I can really call this space my own (I’m still renting from my great aunt but she’s pretty much given me the go ahead for anything I want to do). The house has a finished basement, two fireplaces, three bedrooms, dining room, living room, a lot of closets and plenty of natural light. Right now there are less fun things I have to buy like a push mower and blinds but soon I’ll be able to get into the details and work on my interior design/styling skills. I did score a sweet deal on an antique dining table that I couldn’t pass up and splurged (relatively) on pillows for the couch. I can’t wait to share more pictures when I get things how I like them. If you’re ever in Birmingham, you have a place to stay!
TWO :: Within my moving chaos, I did manage to work with one of my longtime friends on an illustration for a sun and surf store at the beach. I’ll be sharing the full illustration and process later on the blog. I really like how it turned out.
THREE :: With the new house I have a much bigger kitchen than I have had in the past five years. Even though I’m not quite settled, I have been trying to a do a little bit of cooking again. My grandmother lives up the street and has been sending a lot of food, much of wish I cannot finish. I feel bad not finishing a delicious pound cake or a whole pan of cornbread so I decided to make the leftovers into a new dish. So far I’ve salvaged a not so sweet fresh pineapple and turned it into a classic southern pineapple casserole, pound cake into Tiramisu and cornbread into Mexican Sausage & Cornbread Strata.
FOUR :: I’m thinking about getting this print for the bathroom. Too creepy or just the right amount? I’m really digging black and white photography right now and I thought it was awesome. I also really like this one, too.
I don’t have time in the mornings to make a “real” breakfast so my go to option is greek yogurt. I have now upgraded to the greek yogurt smoothie (angels singing). It’s simple, it only takes about 3 minutes to make and it takes my breakfast to the next level. Here’s the break down….
First, I had to buy a blender. I don’t have a lot of counter space and I knew I would be using it for smoothies mainly so I bought this small one from Target (and it just went on sale). Next, I took my first (adult life) trip to Sam’s Club and snagged a huge bag of frozen mango chunks and a bag of blueberries.
My typical morning smoothie recipe goes like this:
1/2 cup of apple juice
1 5oz cup of greek yogurt (pick a flavor that you don’t have in frozen fruit form)
1/2 lemon squeezed
1 handful of mango chunks
1 handful of blueberries
I haven’t ventured out into making crazy green smoothies yet or anything but I have learned a few things.
- First and foremost coffee and vanilla greek yogurt is a bad bad idea. YUCK.
- The addition of lemon juice really makes everything taste more fruity.
- For added protein, add a scoop of your favorite vanilla whey protein.
- Finally, carrot juice is easily disguised but kind of makes the smoothie have a funny smell.
So just pick your fruit, yogurt and juice and you’ve got a smoothie!
For the adventurous smoothie makers, here are some recipes I rounded up:
40 Healthy Breakfast Smoothies via Whole Living
Directions on How to Make a Green Smoothie via Super Healthy Kids
Grab ‘n Go Smoothie Poppers via Betty Crocker
Snickerdoodle Cookie Smoothie via Fit Betty
I don’t know about you but I LOVE pancakes. I also LOVE apples. I eat an apple a day (and keep the doctor away). When I want both at the same time I make Apple Buttermilk Pancakes.
I stumbled upon this recipe when I was searching for a new one to make on National Pancake Day back in January (I’m serious). I have made them several times since then including this Mother’s Day for my own mama. (I even made a Vine about it!) They are always a hit. I have passed the recipe on to a few people and they have made them and everyone’s minds were blown.
I follow the directions pretty much as stated in the original recipe. Sometimes I make them with half whole wheat flour and half all purpose. Once I made them with all whole wheat flour and they were a little dense. I also use about 1/2 a cup of apple sauce compared to the 1/3 cup it calls for. They are thick pancakes so they need to be cooked longer on a lower heat.
I hope you make them. You will not be disappointed. I swear by it. The recipe makes about 10 pancakes. Just put leftovers in the fridge and they can easily be warmed in the microwave or by my preferred method of in the oven on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for a few minutes until warm.