Cinnamon Apple Muffins, Hot Chocolate, and Cold Weather

A while ago, my mom made gluten free cinnamon apple muffins and I took a photo. The photo, until now was buried under others in my phone’s photo library. So here it is!

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We also went to Starbucks and my hot chocolate was looking especially post-worthy…

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And last, but not least, I captured the great cold weather that I love in a photo from the car yesterday.

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Now back to school.

Utah Road Trip

My family and some of our friends went on a road trip to Moab, Utah last month. We hiked around the Arches National Park and got some amazing photographs. Everything was breathtaking. One of the hikers we chatted with summed the place up perfectly: “No matter where you look, there is always a great view.”

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In addition to the awe-inspiring, massive fins of solid rock and thin, fragile arches, the people who we encountered were also really fascinating. There were Russians, Swedes, British, who all came to experience the Arches National Park. They were so diverse, people from all over the world. Experienced hikers and ones who had no previous experience with hiking. People of all ages and walks of life. And although each person there was completely individual and unique, we were all at the same place in a kind of anonymous unity. We were strangers to one another, but all here to experience the Arches. It was amazing.

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Spiced Greek Yogurt

I’ve got my brain working and thought up another recipe for fall. Instead of having cereal or a piece of toast or plain yogurt or nothing for breakfast, why not try some spiced yogurt? It’s full of protein and healthy fats. Here we go…

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Spiced Greek Yogurt

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Any Greek yogurt

Liquid sweetener (optional. Use if you want a sweeter yogurt.)

Ground ginger, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground cardamom, ground cinnamon (*use a pumpkin pie spice mix if you don’t have each individual spice or want the recipe to be a lot easier to make*)

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Mix together the yogurt and a VERY small amount of each of the spices, or a couple shakes of a pre-mixed pumpkin pie spice. If you’re using individual spices, take caution in adding only a VERY small amount. (If it’s overdone, the yogurt will taste similar to the smell of Hobby Lobby around Christmas and Thanksgiving. ) Add a dime-sized amount of liquid sweetener. I used agave syrup, but honey will give the yogurt a better flavor. Mix again and top with nuts. Enjoy!

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This is really simple to make, and if you want to have some in the morning before work or school, make a larger batch on the weekend and store it in your fridge.

Dairy Free Bhakti Chai

Although I’ve been counting the days until sweater weather, I can’t think of anything to post that’s autumn-y. All I could think of is fruit and iced teas despite the fact that it’s already October. As the weather got colder and leaves began to fall, I finally, finally, had an idea. Why not post a chai recipe? I was making some today and decided to share it.

 

Dairy Free Bhakti Chai

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Bhakti chai concentrate

Silk PureAlmond almond milk (vanilla)

A teacup

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Mix together a 1:1 ratio of chai concentrate and almond milk. If the concentrate is sweetened, then there’s no need to use additional sweeteners. However, if it is not sweetened, add a small amount of honey or stevia. Heat the chai mixture over medium heat in a pot on a stovetop for hot chai. Pour hot chai into teacup and enjoy!

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I have to admit — I’m a sucker for hot drinks in fall. So fill up your coffee mugs and pull on your sweaters to help me ring in the chilly days ahead!

My Favorite Kind of Weather…

The weather has finally been getting colder! I went out on a walk before school and took some pictures.

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My favorite fall tea is pictured second. It’s like cider in a bag! It’s the Hot Apple Cider Tea by Republic of Tea. Speaking of favorites, I’m thinking about doing a monthly Favorites Post with my favorite nail polish, hand cream, hair product, school subject, tea, snack, movie, and song.

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Above are some nature photos I took on early morning walks, along with some pictures from my life: my dog, an antique coffee box, and our family’s aprons.

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I will be sharing a recipe soon! Maybe a nice cider.

Big Healthy Salad and an Update

It’s been a crazy, fast summer and I finished my first week of school. It all went by so fast but it was very fun. We went to a water park, amusement parks, ate watermelon and played dominoes, went back to school shopping and finished unpacking our house. Although summer was a blast, I’m ready for fall. I haven’t been posting lately, however I’ll start blogging more in the next few weeks as school progresses. So to make up for the lack of posts, I decided to share a recipe with you! This salad is full of natural vitamins and fresh produce and it’s easy to make.

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Big Healthy Salad

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You’ll need:

One bowl or plate full of fresh, chopped romaine lettuce or fresh spinach leaves

A small handful of…

  • fresh corn
  • fresh chopped tomatoes
  • parmesan cheese, grated

Half a cucumber, sliced

Half a fresh bell pepper, chopped

A few slices of pickled beets (optional)

Dressing

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Combine all ingredients and enjoy!

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I’ll also post an entry with photos from the summer. 😉

Summer Is Here!

 

Today is the first official day of summer! And I have taken the time to upload three images.
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I will be posting a how-to for the Summer Flower hairstyle soon. The macaroni and cheese is a recipe that we have been working on for a while, and I will hopefully have time to post a recipe for that in the future. I also would like to post a how-to for the clay plate, but that will have to wait until later.
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Strawberry Lemonade
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You’ll need:
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1/4 cup chopped fresh strawberries
3 very thin slices of fresh lemon
5 cups water
1/2 cup lemon juice
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In a blender, process the strawberries until they are all the same consistency. Add 1 tablespoon of water and blend until thin and smooth. In a large bowl, mix the lemon juice and water together and add 10 drops of liquid stevia. Mix the blended strawberries with the lemon, water, and stevia. Stir until combined. Pour into glasses. Place a slice of lemon on top. Serves three to four. Enjoy!
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Happy summer!

 

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Vanilla Crumb Cake

Okay, I finally uploaded pictures  from the past few weeks. My brother’s birthday cake, which was made by my mom, of course, had a vanilla cake inside, topped with whipped chocolate frosting and curls of white chocolate.

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It was delicious!