Coco-whattt?

Okay, so along with my addiction to peanut butter and oatmeal, I have this new kick lately that just might make it onto my permanent list. It’s sweet, a little fruity, and also oh-so versatile. And tropical. Behold the mighty coconut!

The coconut adds just the right chewy texture to the foods I already love. Plus, I’ve been really wanting to buy some coconut oil for quite some time so I broke down and bought a jar at Walmart a week ago (you can never underestimate Walmart, I got this jar for seven bucks versus the eleven that I’d spend elsewhere for a jar of the same size). Since I had shredded coconut and coconut oil, plus a couple of dates and unsalted cashews on hand, I decided I wanted to make some raw “energy bites.” Adapted from SweetPhi.com (okay, maybe I followed it almost exactly), I decided to give it a try. I also realized just how much I needed a food processor. I had a tiny one-two cup chopper that I used and it was barely sufficient enough for the project. Long story short: I really need a food processor. And my birthday is in a month if anyone is curious…

These coconut-date balls are moist and chewy, and the unsweetened coconut is perfect because the balls are sweet enough. My only problem with this recipe is the yield, so I’ll probably be doubling it in the future.  

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I actually didn’t roll them in the coconut flakes and used it all inside by mistake. Oops, they tasted fine anyway…

Oh, and each ball is around 50-60 calories, and is chock full of nutritional value (you got your omegas and potassium, perfect for a workout!).

I wish I could say my coconut obsession stopped there, but it didn’t. My sweet tooth took over and I found this recipe from lilluna.com that was for chewy oatmeal and coconut cookies. Oh. My. God. These turned out amazing. And they were bae and family approved. How couldn’t they be? Oatmeal and coconut work together so perfectly, and the texture was on point. I think I’ll be adding pineapple and macadamia nuts next time…

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Note: I am sucky at taking pictures of the baking process. Sorry!

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Last of all (Did you think I was done yet? Think again.), I had wanted to try coconut water for a while as well, so I had picked some up on my last beach trip at Whole Foods. It was… interesting. Honestly, I gagged at first, but I was sooo thirsty. It eventually became better with each sip and the flavor got even better after refrigeration. Being the stubborn, weird person I am, I then wanted to try other flavors, so I just bought a peach and mango flavor, and another one infused with pineapple. Will update after I try them.
-Emilee

Coco-whattt?

The Reality of My Blog

Hi guys! Yes, I know. No post in five months. FIVE. Well, if I was going to be totally honest with myself from the start, there was absolutely no way I had the time to make regular posts on here. However, this blog is and will be something that I refuse to give up on. I will continue to write about my hobbies, experiences, and thoughts, but it will be at my own leisure and on my own time.

With that being said, with all this time between posts, I have now been able to generate more of an idea about what it is I will be posting. Along with my typical posts about food (because let’s face it, food is life…), and other hobbies, I also decided that I will be posting a couple of super short essays about various topics that are important to me. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy writing them!

Here’s to the revamp, and I cannot wait to start posting!

-Emilee

The Reality of My Blog

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.