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!

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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.

Fall Decoration Ideas

As the leaves begin to turn and fall and the temperature begins to cool off, I can’t help but get excited for the colder months ahead. To get in the mood for autumn, I decided to share some of my own bedroom decorating ideas for fall.

First collage:

1, 2 – Use Christmas lights. To create a soft glow, use white Christmas tree lights. If you want, paint a sheer coat of an orange or golden yellow heat resistant or outdoor paint. Dry fully (about 1 day) and then use. If you do this, do NOT leave the lights on for an extended period of time.

3 – Make paper trees. Make trees out of brown paper bags. To learn how, click here.

4 – Hang autumn-inspired art. Nothing says ‘fall’ more than golden, orange, red, and brown leaves and pumpkins.

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Second collage:

1 – Use natural wood bowls to hold makeup brushes or jewelry. Natural brown is a characteristic of fall and winter.

2 – Show off traditional folk and Russian patterns. Drape a Russian patterned shawl or scarf over chairs and beanbags.

3 – Display dried and hollow gourds and squash. To preserve the gourd longer, paint Mod Podge over the entire surface after it is completely dried out. To see if it’s dry, shake it gently. If you hear seeds ratting, it’s dry. Also, tap on the side. If it sounds hollow and dry, it’s ready for Mod Podge.

4 – Use baskets to hold accessories. The basket is kind of a “fall symbol”. They’re also great for organization.

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Third collage:

1 – Use lava lamps. If you don’t have Christmas lights. lava lamps also create a soft glow and they are a retro and fun replacement.

2 – Find golden/orange/brown accented mirrors, brushes, and decorations. Candles are also a must.

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Thank for reading. Happy fall!

New Book Recommendations

I just wanted to make a quick post to say that I recently finished Insurgent, the second book in the series by Veronica Roth. I absolutely LOVED both Divergent and Insurgent! They are thrilling, captivating, and throughly engrossing books. I would recommend them to teen readers looking for a kind of sci fi and dystopian book. There’s action, suspense, and both books are written with much imagination and creativity. I can’t wait for Allegiant to come out!

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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. 😉

Packing Techniques

Hello there! I am on a different computer today, so I don’t have any of my photos. In fact, I am visiting relatives in a different state. When I was packing, I watched Meghan Rosette‘s video on packing on YouTube. I thought that her idea of sealing each outfit in gallon-sized Ziploc bags was worth a try, and sealed each of my 10 outfits in bags, squeezing the air out. I had a very small suitcase and if I hadn’t done that, I would have had to use a different case. I would really recommend watching her video on packing if you are going on a trip, and all of her videos for inspiration and if you want to learn how to do makeup, hair, or just have a little extra time to fill. That’s all for this post because I don’t have any of my pictures!! So go check out Meghan Rosette’s channel on YouTube. 

Happy 4th of July

I just wanted to post an Independence Day recipe today! This fruit salad is perfect for cookouts and small parties.
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Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad
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You’ll need:
1 can of whipped cream
1 1/2 cups washed, fresh blueberries
1 1/2 cups washed, fresh, and cut strawberries
a large bowl for preparing and one for serving
a large spoon for mixing and one for serving
1 or 2 mint sprig for garnish
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Gently combine the blueberries and strawberries in a bowl. Add 1 1/2 cup’s worth of whipped cream. Mix carefully. Empty into serving bowl. Garnish with extra whipped cream and mint sprig(s). Chill and serve cold. Enjoy!
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This recipe is sort of based on a family recipe that we’ve used for Christmas, birthdays, and other holidays. The version we make uses grapes, melon, strawberries, and other fruit. Also, freezing this recipe will make a great frozen dessert.
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Have a great 4th of July!

My Online Class and Summer Prints

Although it’s summer, and I don’t have school anymore, I wanted to share a little bit of my writing experience with an online class. I finished my third online writing class with Stanford University on June 21st. At my first class in 2012, the experience as a whole was above my expectations. I thought that it would be difficult to work with, and that I probably wouldn’t learn much since it would be online and distant. Not at all! I learned a lot about writing advanced expository essays, my subject in the essay, and made friends who lived in Hong Kong. The teacher was very nice, explained everything thoroughly, answered every question, and showed us exactly how to use the online class program. My positive experiences haven’t changed since the first class. I continued to take international classes and kept in touch with the students from China. My overall experience throughout the three classes was fantastic to say the least. I highly recommend online classes with Stanford to anyone wanting to try new things, learn, and enhance their learning experience.

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Since it is summer, I decided to collage some of my favorite summer clothing prints…

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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!