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Roasted Banana Pudding Milkshake


Aaaannnd just like that I signed a lease! The craigslist ad had two sentences, “NO PETS!” (as one of the two sentences) and no pictures, but I went to look at it anyway. It was perfect great. I talked the landlord into fixing a few things, got him to approve my future dog and even got him to drop the rent by a few bucks. Aaaaand just like that I signed a lease, wrote a check and got my keys.

While I’m so stoked to have a new place that’s bigger and better, in a neighborhood I’m really excited about, part of me is a little sad to be leaving my old apartment.

I’ve lived here for almost four years, and so much has happened and changed in that time. It was in this apartment I thought to start a blog–and in its tiny kitchen is where I cooked up and shot my very first blog post (found it! also: embarrassing). I moved into this apartment with my then boyfriend…and after six years of dating, it’s the apartment we broke up in. In this apartment I experienced my worst heartbreak…and subsequently learned what the term “pick yourself up and dust yourself off” really feels like. So many memories, good and bad. I’m excited to move on and leave them behind. In celebration of signing on the dotted line, I ate two (crazy/amazing) burgers in less than 24 hours…and then made myself a milkshake.

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Five Minute Breakfast Ideas!


I dig breakfast more than most. I’m the girl that wakes up early to make pancakes on a random Wednesday morning. But, you know, sometimes I need it to be fast and delicious…super fast.

I also don’t want it to create a mess or dishes. That’s for pie and cake. When I make a pie and make a mess, that’s expected. Dishes aren’t appropriate for a Monday morning breakfast.

So…I wanted to share with you a few of the things I’ve been eating for breakfast during the week. No pancakes, no elaborate egg sandwiches, just a few ideas that’ll take you five minutes or so.

The first one is my new obsession: Quinoa Oatmeal. I’ll make a big batch of quinoa and put it in a tupperware in the fridge.

When I’m ready for breakfast, all I do is heat it up with a splash of almond milk, spoonful of honey, dash of vanilla and cinnamon and top it off with some fruit and yogurt. Delicious. Warm. Crunchy. I’m in luuurve! Carrot and Grapefruit Juice

Carrot and Grapefruit Juice!! All sorts of delicious. And surprisingly filling. Citrusy, sweet carroty, and healthy, obvi.

Broiled Grapefruit with brown sugar and a teeny-tiny bit of ground ginger. It’d been wanting to try it ever since Joy posted it. This week I finally got around to it. It’s a little citrusy, a little spicy and whole lot of sweet…all in a good way. 

This doesn’t take five minutes–it takes two minutes…if even that. Muesli with almond milk and raspberries. Totally not a recipe.

I’m digging muesli way more than granola these days–it’s less sweet and apparently a bit healthier? P.S. I totally eat this for dinner, too.

Peach and Banana Yogurt Smoothie. I did a really bad job with selling the peach part in that picture, didn’t I?

But you can see it peaking through the almond milk at the very bottom. Do you see the orange?! Barely, right…sorry! But it’s there. It tasted peachy, and all banana like.

I think a scoop of protein shake would make this a total winner.

What’s your fav fast breakfast meals?



P.S. I included a few loose recipes after the jump!

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Spicy Banana Fritters


Let’s do some food math.

In the above picture there are seven pretty banana fritters. Below are two bananas, sliced into eleven pieces.

Eleven minus seven equals four. Now you know how many banana fritters I stuffed in my mouth before I forced myself to stop.

I had to a get a decent picture. When I loaded the pictures onto my computer I noticed that I only took three photos of the final fritters. THREE! I was so psyched about them that I didn’t even have the patience to take photos.

All this just means that you must make them and forgive me for the sorta out of focus shot above. I had fritters to eat.

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Banana Bread Cupcakes with “That’s the Best Frosting I Ever Had”

Cakes, Desserts

I’m well into my 20s and just now learned how to properly peel a banana. How I went all this time not knowing the proper way is beyond me. A few weeks ago, I was working late and decided I needed a snack. I went to the kitchen, grabbed a banana and tried to open it. Not wanting to give, I dug my nails in. I tried snapping off the stem. Still no luck. Then a co-worker of mine walked over, turned the banana over and peeled it with total ease. It totally blew my mind. I thought he was a genius. I mean, it’s sort of a life changing revelation. I’ve been eating bananas since I was a kid, quite often actually, and just now learned this. I feel like this is the type of thing you learn along with tying your shoes, folding clothes, opening a door–it’s like an essential piece of information as a human being. Apparently this is the way gorillas and monkeys peel bananas. I love that I open it the same way they do now. I think it’s pretty cute. I feel like it makes us friends now or something. I feel like if I bumped into them in the jungle and we both picked up a banana, they’d respect me, you know, ’cause I know how to do it the right way. They’d give me that nod of approval they’re always doing.

Anyway, in an attempt to exploit my new banana peeling skills, I decided I was going to make lots of stuff with bananas. I made a few banana milkshakes, and those were cool, but not really anything too exciting. And sure, banana bread is cool too, but I mean, the internet is filled with recipes of banana bread. Then I remembered these awesome little cupcakes I made awhile back for a brunch I went to. They’re disguised as cupcakes but really banana bread, and what makes them even more awesome is that they have icing on them.

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