Fail lemon muffins & weekend Boston trip.

Last week I wanted to bake some lemon muffins as a birthday present for my good friend Mary who I went to visit in Boston for the weekend. I planned to try a new recipe with coconut flour and baked with Catherine. The following are pictures from my lemon muffin attempt:

lemonmuffins1I had never tried this recipe before, and it didn’t state how many muffins the recipe would make, so it should have then be alarming to us that four eggs were used for 6 muffins. Key word: should. lemonmuffins2The lemon juice and lemon zest smelled so nice though!lemonmufins3The batter was very easy to make, but I wanted at least 12 muffins, so we made another batch, and then put them in the oven.lemonmuffins5They look great, right?lemonmuffins6So how did they taste?

Let’s judge from some first bite reactions:

“You know Fiona, I usually like what you bake… But this is absolutely terrible.” -Darien

“WHAT THE **** IS THIS? *spits out*” -Lisa

“It’s… moist?” -Steven

Catherine even wanted to take 3 home with her to give to friends, but after trying one she decided not to. Wise decision, Catherine. Everyone including me thought they were disgusting except for my boyfriend and Connie. Apparently they like moist eggy muffins.

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I’m sorry guys, but these were pretty terrible. I therefore regret to inform you that there will be no recipe in this post.

However, I did eat some amazing food on my weekend trip to Boston!

bostontrip1For Mary’s birthday dinner, we ate at her uncle’s restaurant with her family. Though I did not eat any of this sashimi, it was definitely picture worthy. bostontrip5A vegetarian roll with sweet potato made for me. (So filling!) bostontrip4Mushroom flatbread from Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen.  bostontrip3

Delicious Belgian waffle with chocolate and strawberries from Zinneken’s. Highly recommend going there. Very cute and cozy too. Not a biased opinion by the way… okay maybe it is. (I’m half Belgian and I love Belgian food, okay?!)bostontrip6Cool graffiti wall and a big YES.bostontrip8Rahul and his new friend. ;)

It was a fun weekend! A happy birthday again to Mary, and sorry about the muffins! Hopefully my next post will have a successful recipe. Fingers crossed.

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PB & melted banana oatmeal (V, GF)

For the past 6 months, I’ve been eating oatmeal for breakfast on an almost daily basis. Not those instant oatmeal packets filled with sugar and artificial flavoring, but good old fashioned rolled oats. Why, you may ask? Don’t worry, I got you. ;) Here’s a list for you:

  • Oatmeal is packed with soluble fiber. Meaning: it will keep you full for a long time.
  • There are so many possibilities! Add whatever toppings to make your bowl more exciting.
  • It’s fast. It can be made in 2 minutes or less. (no excuses for skipping breakfast!)
  • It’s CHEAP. Like, really cheap. Approximately $0.15 per serving!
  • Oats are a kitchen staple. They can be used in so many other great recipes.

Basically, oatmeal is like a savior for anyone, especially college students or any busy person.

One of my favorite blogs I have been (silently) following since last summer is www.theoatmealartist.com She has hundreds (literally, hundreds!) of oatmeal variations. She is clearly an expert at making and eating oatmeal, so definitely check her blog out. (:

So here is my favorite way to make oatmeal! Peanut butter and melted banana oatmeal. It can look pretty messy compared to these pictures, but it tastes amazing and I love all the different textures. Also because bananas can be found year-round for cheap (or free if you steal them from your dining hall…), and I also steal peanut butter on the regular (shh, I’ll talk about that later) this is my go-to breakfast. And yes, I know it’s a little ridiculous the number of pictures I took for such a simple recipe.

pbbananaoatmeal1 ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • dash of cinnamon
  • splash of almond milk

directions:

  1. Add oats to bowl.
  2. Slice banana into bite-size pieces and add to bowl.
  3. Add peanut butter.
  4. Add dash of cinnamon.
  5. Pour as much milk as you like, but enough to at least cover the oats.
  6. Stir and microwave for 2 minutes.
  7. Add toppings if you like.

pbbananaoatmeal2I usually just divide the banana pieces by hand because it’s faster, but for presentation reasons, I nicely and evenly cut them for you. You’re welcome. pbbananaoatmeal3Add a big glob of peanut butter. Mmm, peanut butter.pbbananaoatmeal4As you can see, I like a lot of cinnamon.. I also love using the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice interchangeably.pbbananaoatmeal5Add whatever liquid you like, but I prefer unsweetened almond milk. The almond milk gives it a delicious creamy taste. pbbananaoatmeal6Stir, pop in the microwave, and eat! I added a spoonful of chia seeds, blueberries and granola as toppings after for decoration.pbbananaoatmeal9

BAM! oatmeal. yum.

DIY Honey & Green Tea Face Mask

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It’s midterms exam week! You’ve been studying like crazy. Your skin has also been going crazy from all that stress. Now what do you need? You need a face mask! But why waste money on pre-made, full-of-chemicals face masks when you can make a better-for-you, easy (and yummy!) face mask at home with ingredients you probably already have right in your kitchen? That’s right, I’ll show you how to make an amazing, simple, moisturizing and anti-acne DIY Honey & Green Tea Face Mask!

I know, that sounded too much like a commercial.

But seriously, this face mask is pretty great. A while ago, I got together with my friend Alexis. We like to use different face masks, and since I got Matcha green tea and knew of this recipe, we decided to try it!

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All you need is 1 bag of green tea, and 1 tbsp of honey. I recommend Matcha green tea, as it is a very fine powdered, high quality green tea. It is full of antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory, so it’s great to drink and put on yo face! However, any green tea would be fine too. For honey, the best to use is local raw, organic, unfiltered honey. Honey is also full of antioxidants, is suitable for all skin types as it is incredibly moisturizing, and acts as an anti-fungal and antibacterial agent.

Now cut the tea bag open, and mix the powder with the honey in a small cup. Note that this makes plenty for 2 faces! Then simply apply the mixture to your face with your fingers and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Be careful of it dripping though. Have a paper towel nearby! Or just lick it while it drips like I did. (Just kidding.. But not really.)

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After 10 minutes, wash your face with warm water and use a soft towel to scrub everything off. This may take a while, but your face will feel like a baby’s bottom after, so everything will be okay.

greenteahoneyfacemask4Enjoy this pretty close-up picture of my face. Mmmyeah, lookin’ good. ;)

Thank you, Alexis, for your fine photography skills!