The first bowl of overnight oatmeal I ever made was The Oatmeal Artist’s orange dreamsicle overnight oats. I fell in love instantly. It was like my mouth had found an old friend.
This is Katy Bunny, the loyal rabbit that I stuffed at Build-A-Bear Workshop when I was 5 years old.
I just found this post that has been sitting in my drafts bin for two years. No joke, TWO YEARS!
…can a blog post grow old???
What was my life even like two years ago? Spring of 2015 was my first semester as an RA. I was working weird hours at a daycare (6:50-7:50 am, 2:30-6:00 pm). I had never been to Texas. I didn’t like tomatoes.
I think that it is about time that I share this recipe.
In August 2015, I started working at my school’s on-campus coffee shop, The Brewin’ Den. I loved that job. From behind the counter, I met so many students that I otherwise would have never talked to. I loved brightening each student’s morning by making coffee for them.
As a barista, I could be creative with flavors. The statement, “make me anything with an extra shot” made my day.
I got free food, and trust me — day-old scones are SO edible!
And I got paid. Yes, even minimum wage (plus tips) looks good as a college student!
It was an all-around great job.
Perhaps one of the biggest results of the job was that I slowly grew to like coffee. As I played around with flavors, I realized that black coffee is simply a canvas for flavorful artwork.
So step into my studio…
Recipe adapted from I Love Peanut Butter.
Baking in the dorm kitchen is always an adventure for several reasons:
Yet, I love to bake, and my hall loves cupcakes, so I find myself vigorously stirring batter every few weeks.
Several weeks ago, I bought bananas for ten cents a pound. Like all discounted bananas, they were mushy before I could eat them all. Nonetheless, I believe that it is an unpardonable sin to throw away bananas because you can always bake with overripe bananas. I also found powdered peanut butter at a discounted price. I decided to combine the two ingredients, and this simple banana bread was the result.
You may have noticed that I tagged this recipe as vegan. The truth is, I am only 99% sure that the recipe is vegan. Since I am not vegan myself and never will be (it is a proven fact that my body needs dairy to function), I do not know what vegans exclude from their diets other than meat, dairy, eggs, and honey. I do know that bananas and powdered peanut butter do not contain animal products. If someone wants, they can enlighten me on the unpronounceable ingredients of boxed cake mix:
Whether it is vegan or not, this cake tastes delicious, costs less than $3 total, and is simple to make. I hope you enjoy!
We were all starving, but we were also all in agreement that laundry HAD to be done before we went to supper. After a week of painting, running through the rain, and carrying dusty boxes to get everything ready for camp, we needed to clean our clothes before the laundromat closed. That is why five college girls were sitting on the floor of an outdated laundromat in Columbus, TX.
When I reached into my bag for my journal, I saw the holy grail: five homemade Honey Nut Cereal Bars, squashed and slightly melted. I handed one to each of my companions. Within minutes, our hands were covered in gooey peanut butter, but our stomachs were satiated enough to fold a few more t-shirts.
Happy Pumpkin Spice Day!
I warned y’all awhile back that I came late to the pumpkin spice party last year. Here is a second recipe that I created far too late into the season.
Last December, I decided to take my pumpkin cheesecake dip to a Christmas party. As I was mixing ingredients, a thought came to me – pumpkin spice latte dip! I had to try it.
I grabbed another bowl from the cupboard and set to work creating this recipe. After just a few taste tests, it reached perfection.