A Weekend in Columbus, Ga.

This past weekend, Jacob left me for Ranger School. Although this isn’t the happiest moment for me, I am proud of him and I just can’t wait to see him again.

In preparation for Ranger School, Jacob and I ate…. A LOT.

Here are some of the places we visited.

Coffee Shops:

Iron Bank Coffee

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of this place! (Maybe next time) This place made me fall in love with lattes! I’ve never had a latte before, I am your boring regular hot coffee or iced coffee girl. But no longer! They had a Dominican banana split latte and it was perfect. Inside it is so beautiful and they have meeting rooms that were actually old bank vaults. This is one of my favorite coffee places, period.

Midtown Coffee

This place was extremely cute. Around the shop were Christian-like quotes and Bible verses, which is so refreshing. They also have a wall of games such as jenga and other board games. The coffee was really good and they even poked some fun at Jacob for getting a decaf.

Breakfast:

We only went to one breakfast place because for the most part we cooked breakfast. Eggs are a must for me and we ran out of them! So we headed to Ruth’s Ann’s. This place a classic diner kind of restaurant. It was Saturday so the wait was probably 20 minutes, which wasn’t too bad. I had a classic two egg breakfast, Jacob got an omelet and we shared Cap’t Crunch French Toast, yeah, you read that right. We stuffed ourselves and it was awesome.

Dinner/Lunch:

We indulged in some amazing ethnic cuisine.

Rose’s Caribbean Restaurant

I was a little apprehensive to try this place. Coming from South Florida, I have had amazing Caribbean food so I wasn’t so sure that this place could measure up. Well, they did. It was so flavorful and everyone working there were so sweet. I ordered the jerk chicken with veggie rice, plantains and green beans. Jacob ordered the curry chicken, yams, jerk rice, and plantains. And to go we had a jerk chicken patty. It was so good!

Lemongrass Thai & Sushi

We decided we needed some good Thai food. Here I ordered red curry with chicken and Jacob got green curry with chicken. It was refreshing and they even gave us a scoop of sherbet with the bill.

Mr. Pizza Brick Oven and Tap

This place is fairly new and we were excited for some good pizza. This was our last meal out. We were starting to feel crappy with all the food we’ve been eating. But we were determined to get Jacob all the food he can get before leaving. We ordered wings as a starter, half garlic parmesan and half spicy bbq. We ordered a custom pizza with jalapenos, chicken, tomatoes and black olives. Honestly, the food wasn’t that good, it was like bar food and we weren’t impressed. But that’s okay, sometimes that food is necessary!

Although this was an amazing weekend, we learned that we cannot eat out a lot. We both started feeling so crappy and over food in general. Eating out a lot and not sticking to our ‘little to no dairy’ is not the life for us. But it was fun exploring different restaurants in Columbus, Ga.

If you know of any other places in Georgia that you love, let me know!

Love,

Homemade Poptarts

Yes, I finally did it! I don’t know why but I have always wanted to make poptarts (I don’t even like the store bought ones that much!) Well, anyway, I finally made them and they turned out amazing.

This recipe will make 9+ poptarts, depending on how big or small you make them. It took AT MOST 1 hour. Also, you can add any filling you want! The next flavor I’m going to make is guava!

Ingredients:

For the pastry crust:

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, cubed and cold
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons of milk (I used an almond/coconut milk mix)

For brown sugar mixture:

  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Brown sugar poptarts icing:

  • 3/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon milk (again, I used almond/coconut milk mixture)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla

For raspberry filling:

  • raspberry jam
  • zest of 1 lemon

Raspberry poptarts icing:

  • 3/4 cup of powered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon milk (again, I used almond/coconut milk mixture)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon

Recipe:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

  1. Make your pastry crust! In your bowl whisk together your flour, salt and sugar. We used a pastry blender to add in the butter to this mixture, you can use a fork if you do not have one. Or you can click
    (pastry blender) and order one from Amazon.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the egg and milk and then add this to your flour mixture. Knead this mixture on your countertop with extra flour until the dough is completely mixed.
  3. Roll out your dough (wooden rolling pin) into two rectangles, we cut our rectangles to be 4 inches high and 3 1/2 inches wide, but of course you can make them whatever size you want.
  4. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper (we had two sheets because I was afraid I would mix the two flavors up!). Transfer half of your rectangular dough to your sheets.
  5. Use a pastry brush, (if you don’t have one click pastry brush to order one from Amazon) to brush an egg wash mixture (1 egg & 1 tablespoon of milk) over your rectangles.
  6. Add a tablespoon of mixture to the middle of each rectangle on your baking sheet. Make sure you avoid the corners because the mixture will ooze out when cooking!
  7. Next take your remaining rectangles and cover the ones with the mixture, using a fork pinch together your two rectangles.
  8. Use extra egg wash to brush the top of the poptarts so they’re flaky and have a nice crust.
  9. POP THEM INTO THE OVEN! It’ll take roughly 20 minutes for them to get golden brown and cooked all the way.
  10. While the poptarts are cooking make your icings. For this, literally all you have to do is mixed the ingredients together in a bowl.
  11. Once the poptarts are done and slightly cooled down add your icing!
  12. And YOU’RE DONE!

Let me know if you end up trying it or if you have any other fun recipes!

Love,


2019 – A Year to be Better

Happy New Year!

I have taken a tiny hiatus because I was spending some quality time with my fiance (it was amazing). But now school is starting back up and it’s time to get back into the rhythm of things.

Now, I’m not one to make resolutions but there are some things that I have been wanting to change in my life and I’m going to share those with you!

  1. Read a book a month
    1. When I write it down or say it out loud it doesn’t really sound like much of anything, but it is. My fiance has this amazing ability to read through so many books and honestly, I’m jealous. I used to be that little girl in elementary/middle school that had the biggest & heaviest book bag because it was filled with books. But that’s just not the case anymore. My room is still filled with books, but now it takes me so long to get through them. Now I am determined to finish one book a month. For January I am starting with Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer. I’ll let you guys know how it is in Feburary!
  1. Go to more fitness classes
    1. Thankfully, I have access to free gyms and free fitness classes and I haven’t taken advantage of them. So for 2019, I want to get into shape and be the best that I can be physically. So classes that I will be attending with be TurboKick, Cycling and yoga!
  1. Maintain control of the food I eat
    1. This one is hard for me, I love to eat…. EVERYTHING. But it is important to me to eat foods that are good for my body. So my fiance and I have eliminated bread (except sourdough), dairy, alcohol and desserts. So we are loving sourdough bread and eggs right now.

I hope you all have an amazing New Year and if you have any resolution type ideas for this year feel free to share!

Love,

Yes to Homemade Pickled Jalapenos!

Guys! This is a must!

I have recently discovered that I am obsessed with pickled jalapenos, my family goes through jars like water. So I decided it was time to make some myself. My brother and sister in law were actually raving about how good homemade jalapenos are so it was time to try it out.

Okay so you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • about 8 jalapenos
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Mason jar

Honestly this is the easiest thing I have probably ever made.

All you do is add all of your ingredients except for the jalapenos into a pot and bring it to a boil. Once it starts boiling then you can add your jalapenos and remove it from the heat. I left it for about 10 minutes.

And once its cooled you can just add it to your jar. Make sure you first add your jalapenos and then as much of the brine as you can.

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I hope you guys try this out! What I love about this is that you can add anything you want in it like the red pepper flakes, oregano, and sweet peppers.

Enjoy and have a great Monday!

Love,

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Carrot Banana Bread Cake

I am all about making non-conventional food, so when I came across this carrot banana bread cake recipe I was extremely excited. This recipe is easy, I didn’t have to buy anything extra, we had all these ingredients in the pantry! (Always a plus when you don’t have to make a trip to the store.), and it is the best mash up of banana bread and carrot cake. This recipe is NOT mine, I am always on Pinterest and I came across this from http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com I will give credit where credit is due, so thanks Monique!

Ingredients:

  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup of quick oats
  • 2 tablespoons of applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of pecans
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup of almond milk

Seriously this is so easy.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, while that is happening get all your ingredients ready. Simply mix your flour, oats, baking soda and powder, cinnamon and salt together. In another bowl mix together your bananas, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, applesauce, almond milk and carrots. Add all your ingredients together (wet & dry) and fold in about half those pecans. You can use a bread loaf pan, I actually didn’t have one so I just used the pan I usually use for brownies. Once your ingredients are ready and your oven is heated, prepare your pan, I coated mine with coconut oil, and pour your mixture in there and pop it into the oven. It took my bread about 35 minutes to cook completely. But while that was cooking I got my frosting ready. This was honestly my favorite part, I LOVE cream cheese frosting. For this part you just beat all of your frosting ingredients, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and your done with that! Easy right?

Once your bread is done, let it cool before adding your frosting on top (So it doesn’t melt all over the place). When it is cool and you added your frosting throw some chopped pecans on top!

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I hope you guys try this out, it’s a unique take on both banana bread and carrot cake and I am sure you’ll love it!

Let me know what you guys think! I can’t wait to hear your feedback!

Have a great Wednesday!

Love,

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Blueberry Crumble

So one of my good friends (Kat) A Sample of Alex texted yesterday asking if I’ve ever made a blueberry crumble and I haven’t (Or at least I can’t remember ever making one). She told me I should make one or some blueberry pancakes. I was confused, it was out of the blue (haha) that she’s telling me to make some blueberry thing and she told me I needed to update my blog, and well she was right. So thank you Kat!

Anyway, I made this pretty cool crumble that I actually really like.

Just so you guys know, I don’t really have a sweet tooth, rarely do I crave sweets. I’m more of a savory girl. So this dish is not super sweet, of course you guys can fix the recipe to your liking but I’ll tell you guys how my crumble went.

Ingredients:

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  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
    • You can use any kind of nuts, I only had walnuts. But almonds would probably be incredible in this.
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  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 of maple syrup + honey
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 pint of blueberries
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  • juice and zest from 1/2 a lemon
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This is probably is one of the easiest, if not the easiest dish I’ve ever made.

Step 1: Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Coat your pan with coconut oil.

Step 3: Put your blueberries and lemon juice into pan.

Step 4: Mix all your other ingredients in a bowl and place on top of the blueberries.

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Step 5: Place in oven.

And after about 25-30 minutes it’ll be done!

I scooped myself a spoonful and drizzled some extra maple syrup over it.

It was nice, light and refreshing.

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If you guys try this out let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear all about it!

I hope you guys have a great Tuesday!

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