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,
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