Good Eats

Hey guys! For those who don’t know, I begin classes again next Monday! This week is the last of my month long break and I have kept it pretty busy. Tomorrow I’m doing some work at a regional audition, and Sunday, I have an ensemble audition myself (fingers crossed my Wagner, Bizet, and Mozart excerpts hold up well for it!).

This past week, I’ve been doing some crazy work in the kitchen. On Monday, I cooked some mushrooms and parmesan topped squash rounds (both were delicious, I may add, but unsuitably photographed). Finding suitable and delicious ways to cook vegetables is a big deal to me, and I’m looking to try another bake soon…

On Wednesday, I was expecting some company so I knew I wanted to bake something. Over the holidays, I was not particularly motivated to do anything so I let a bunch of good recipes get put to waste (sigh…). Fear not, however, I found some leftover pumpkin puree and decided quickly what I wanted to make: Pumpkin Muffins.

One thing you should know about me is that I am an avid Pinterest user… The vast majority of recipes I use are found on this site and the muffin recipe from The Frugal Girls is no different.

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I followed the recipe exactly, except baked them into muffins instead of the bread it had suggested. You could even add some pumpkin spice to it if you want more spice flavor. I used greased muffin pans and baked each pan for around 20 minutes. It yielded 30 muffins.

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These muffins were moist and full of flavor, perfect for breakfast, lunch, and even a snack. I will definitely be making these again.

Last but not least, I baked some bread yesterday. I love carbs, but I didn’t want anything too sweet. I had found a recipe for “Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread” that I wanted to try and I already had all of the ingredients on hand, so I figured why not? I even decided to bake two loaves. The result: delicious bread with little-to-no mess and great, cheesy flavor. The recipe, found on gimmesomeoven.com, will be definitely one I will make again.

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Ah carbs, I would be so lost without you…

-Emilee

Good Eats

Resolutions? Resolutions.

Okay, I’ll admit it. Another beginning to a year has come and gone and I’m a sucker for those New Year Resolutions that almost everyone claims to adopt only to drop them at least a few weeks later. There’s something refreshing and exciting about setting new goals that may just improve the quality of your life (fitness and financial resolutions, I’m looking at you). As for me, I also use them as a point of evaluation. How was the previous year of my life? Was it meaningful? Was I successful? What could have gone better? Some years, such as the last one; make me feel like I’ve won the jackpot. Others, not so much.

So what exactly are my resolutions this year? Most of them are pretty expected such as getting in shape, making money, and excelling in academic studies, etc. I had a standout year as far as health was concerned so I simply made a goal to just get stronger this year. I’m also going vegetarian for a month to add a little twist. My other resolutions are to curse less (sorry Mom!), simply improve my musicianship (we need a lot of this to succeed as music majors), and to keep more positive and healthy relationships not only with other people, but also myself. It also couldn’t hurt to read more; my bookshelves are looking a little sad right now.

Conclusion: So with a little more body awareness, self acceptance, and respect, I know that I am in for a stellar 2016. Happy New Years Guys!

-Emilee

Resolutions? Resolutions.