2015 April

Sweet Blackberry Salad

I’ve had a busy few days meaning that I teach until around two o’clock then bustle over to Starbucks for an evening shift. Everyone wants Frappuccinos and I can’t really blame them. It’s sunny out and Frappuccinos generally put a smile on people’s faces. I generally stay away from Frapps because they’re loaded with sugar and they’re a pain to make, but I did try a sample size of the S’mores one and I’m in love. Marshmallow whipped cream. Graham cracker crumbs. Milk chocolate sauce. Keep it together, Erin. Keep it together.

 

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Petite Crustless Greek Quiches

If someone walked up to me today and asked me to choose one type of food to eat for the rest of my life, I would not stop to ponder my answer. Maybe it’s because I have pondered this subject from time to time. My answer would be eggs.

 

Have you ever seen those wacky guys on Youtube called Flynt Flossy and Yung Humma? They make ridiculous music videos that have the most insane lyrics. “How you like your eggs? Fried or fertilized.” My college roommate and I used to watch it and die of laughter at how absurd it was. The melody is catchy, so it’ll stick with you during the day. I think Yung Humma wears a bandana, too. I really can’t handle it. But, I digress.

 

Eggs are versatile. They taste different when you fry them versus boil them versus scramble them. They are amazing when fixed with herbs, cheeses, meats, or condiments. Generally, I eat eggs on the weekends when I have more time to cook. My boyfriend and I wake up in the mid-morning and his first question to me is, “What should we make for breakfast?”

 

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Funfetti Sugar Cookies

Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that really brighten my day and make me feel all warm and fuzzy. 

A card in the mail from a friend, a hug from Joshua after a long day of work, or a new vinyl record to play in my room. Currently, I’ve been playing Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life”. Everything sounds better on vinyl in my opinion, but maybe it’s just my inner-hipster talking. 

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Nutty Banana Pancakes

Hi all! Sorry that I’ve been kind of M.I.A. all week.

Let’s recap my week so far. Well, Sunday was my 24th birthday as well as my stepsister’s wedding shower. I got to wear some crazy party hats and make wedding dresses out of toilet paper. I also totally stuffed my face with gluten-free lemon poppy seed scones and blush wine. My night ended with an intimate family dinner and Game of Thrones season premiere. What did everyone think of it?

 

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Root Beer Muffins

As some of you might know, the boyfriend and I took a trip to Portland, Maine earlier this year. I surprised him with a beer bus tour and a two-night stay at a hotel right in the center of Old Port. If you get a chance to visit this quaint city, do so! Portland has a huge culinary scene including an entire bar themed around chocolate drinks and a restaurant in an old church. They also have things like potato donut shops and a speciality beer store. I basically ate (and drank) our way through the three day trip.

 

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Blueberry Kiwi Smoothie

As we reach the peak of this week, I remind myself that there are only two more full days of work until Spring Recess. Woohoo! For those of you who are teachers, students, or parents, you know that March is a LONG month. State testing used to occur in March, which allowed teachers to grade and prepare lessons. Now, the state has pushed testing into May, so there are literally no days off in March.

 

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Gluten-free Fiesta Salsa

Hi there! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and Passover weekend. This year, I was invited to my dad’s house for Easter. Cramming twenty five people into a raised ranch is not an easy task. Somehow, my stepmom, was able to do it. Twelve people in the kitchen and thirteen in my old bedroom (good thing two of the people were four-year-olds!).

 

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Frumpy Coconut Granola Bars

 

Frumpslyvania: a magical land inhabited by frumpy people who unintentionally cause messes.

Let’s travel back in time to my first day as a barista at Starbucks. I was wide-eyed and eager to impress the other baristas with my fast-paced learning style. I was able to grind and brew coffee. I learned that there are specific tea times for green tea that differ from black tea. I greeted customers, did a lobby slide, and took out the trash.

 

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