Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pinterest Challenge - January 2017

I’m starting this off as a lie. These are all things I did in fall of 2016. But we’ll go with it. As you can tell, I got into some good breakfast routines. For a while, I didn’t work until Thursday evening, so I didn’t have anything to do in the morning. I was really into waffles for a while which is why you see so many here.

1.       Baked Bananas Foster Oatmeal

This was one of the best by far. I’ve been meaning to make it again, but it takes a long time, and I just have not had the time. It makes two portions, so I made some for my mom and myself, but you could 100% stick it in the fridge and warm it up the next day. Highly suggest this meal from Culinary Ginger.

2.       Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

Since I work in the mornings, I like grab and go breakfasts. Muffins and some fruit are perfect for that. I made these muffins, and I didn’t think I liked them at first. This recipe from Little Sweet Baker is actually better the next day in my opinion. I couldn’t resist having one fresh from the oven, but it was so sweet that I started regretting making it for my breakfast. However, when it came down to it, these were perfect. They’re maybe (definitely) not the healthiest but still delicious.

3.       Brownie Batter Breakfast Bake

Now THIS was a great breakfast. I’m a huge fan of chocolate, but having too much for breakfast is not a great idea. Running with Spoons suggests minimal chocolate. You get some cocoa oatmeal with the choice of adding more chocolate on the top. Actually, their recipe is good for vegans too! I’m not vegan, so I ignored all of those tips. I also added more chocolate chips on top than necessary. If you want to incorporate more chocolate into your life, try this recipe.

4.       Pizza Grilled Cheese

This originally came from Pinterest, but the domain has since been removed. Anyone who knows me well knows that I coined Grilled Cheese Friday. I rarely make grilled cheese on Fridays anymore due to scheduling issues, but I managed to pull it off one day to make pizza grilled cheese. All you need is bread, oregano (or Italian seasoning), pepperoni, mozzarella (or provolone) and a little bit of pizza sauce. I spread a little bit of the sauce on the inside of the bread and add the seasoning on top of that. The rest is all thrown together – definitely one of the best #grilledcheesefriday creations.

5.       Vanilla Cake in a Mug

This came out of a major craving for cake. Are mug cakes even a thing anymore? If they aren’t, why not? They’re perfect for satisfying those little cravings. Bitz and Giggles has a great recipe for an easy vanilla mug cake. It was delicious and fun and quick to make. The vanilla icing is definitely the best part, and sprinkles are necessary. It’s so moist and yummy, and not too sweet either (I’m starting to sound like my dad). I wish this picture turned out cuter, but oh well.

6.       Apple Butter Waffles

I love making waffles because they are so easy to make. My mom happened to have some apple butter in the pantry, and I thought of this recipe from Sugardish Me. I did not do the cinnamon topping they suggest. This was not my favourite recipe. I added cinnamon to the batter, and it needed more. The flavour from the apple butter didn’t really come across. Maybe it would have been better with the sauce, but I’ll pass on this in the future.

7.       Pumpkin Spice Waffles

These waffles from Just a Taste were pretty good. You can’t get through fall without doing something pumpkin spice related, right? The only thing I would suggest is adding pumpkin spice to the recipe. I added about a teaspoon, but you could go with even more. The way the recipe is simply does not have enough spice.

8.       Salted Caramel Waffles

This was a bit of a mix. I took the batter recipe from Cooking Classy and the sauce recipe from The Hungry Mum. I thought the sauce could have used a little more salt, but my dad disagreed. However, I LOVED the sauce. I put the leftover stuff in my coffee for a few days after. The sauce is completely versatile. The waffles were okay. They tasted more egg-y like a pastry than anything else. I’m still looking for the perfect waffle recipe (any suggestions?).

I was clearly all about the food last year. I want to try a few more things this month once I get this all going. I want to learn how to cook a little more. My dinner/lunch board has remained relatively untouched for a while now. I’ll get to it.

What have you tried from Pinterest recently?


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

16 Things in 2016

I guess it has been a while. I needed some time. I don’t know what it was, but last term was difficult. I know it happens to everyone. This seemed to be an epidemic (which I’m telling you right now is an over-exaggeration). I thought that maybe it had something to do with coming back from a year abroad or “senior-itis.” As it turns out, it wasn’t just me – it was everyone. It didn’t matter what year they were in, or what program they were in, but everyone had a rough time. As I found out near the end of December, one of my professors mentioned that students seemed to be more “on edge” this year.

This term is so far so good. I’ve been working out every day (save for a few where I had a nasty cold), and I’m relatively on top of my work. I cut down my hours at the pool so I can manage my time better. I still have a few things to touch up, but I’m feeling better. To start off a new year of blogging, I’m going to do a little reflection on last year. Yes, I’m aware that it is the middle of January. Anyway, I think it was the coolest year of my life. On a global scale, it will go down in history as one of the worst years. Personally, I think it was one of the most monumental. This isn’t anything deep. My sister came up with this idea with her friends in 2015, and she brought it to our family this year (last year?). So here it is: 16 things in 2016.

1.       I went to five different countries (France, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Canada).

2.       I booked a hotel for the first time by myself.

3.       I booked plane tickets for the first time.

4.       I hiked through the Yorkshire Dales.

5.       I went to the Canadian war memorial in France.

6.       I saw the British seaside.

7.       I did the most difficult walk of my life up Arthur’s Seat.

8.       I got to have a beer with my sister for the first time.

9.       I hosted a bachelorette party (and this will be the only picture surfacing from that).

10.   I stood in my best friend’s wedding.

11.   I was an Assistant Pool Manager (this is the pool cat we named Cairn).

12.   I sophed for my final o-week.

13.   I celebrated Brianne’s 19th birthday.

14.   I had the best visitor from England.

15.   I did a winery tour.

16.   I got to see Walk Off the Earth twice.

That was my 2016! It has been absolutely amazing to see what I did last year. I hope this year will be just as eventful and exciting.

What did you do in 2016?