CHanneling My Inner Chai


Yes, I know it’s Chi, but today I bought a Chai Latte from Starbucks, and it was one of the better beverage decisions I have made in a while. It was like drinking Pumpkin Pie, and I love all things Pumpkin Pie. The only problem was the milk: my stomach is still bloated from the dairy, but that can be easily fixed with soy!

And, I was searching through my cupboards and found two containers of Chai! Guess what I’ll be having tomorrow morning…:)

 

Also, it’s fun to give the barista a fake name when he/she asks. Today, I was Norah. I always thought I could pull  off that name. I wish I had saved the container as a souvenir..

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I Got Class.


My books arrived yesterday! Here’s a look at four of the five classes I am taking:

 

It should be a fun semester 🙂

 

At Home ‘Bucks


I don’t think I’m alone when I say that paying 4-5 dollars for a coffee drink is a bit ridiculous, especially when it might cost someone that same amount to get to the coffee shop! Coffee prices and gas prices seem to be correlated, so I did a little research and found an easy way to indulge in the same coffee treat, minus the logo and cost.

All you need is brewed coffee, milk, ice, and any sweet add-in of choice. I went for an Iced Mocha, but instead of chocolate syrup, I used a bit of Nutella 🙂 It tasted chocolaty, and had a good amount of protein for the start of the day.

Just add the ingredients together and blend. Mine created a frothy mixture at the top, just like any frozen Starbucks specialty drink, which made me excited. I think next time I’ll add some chocolate chips.

Another great part of this at-home drink is that you know the nutritional content of each item. Many specialty drinks are loaded with calories and sugar, but I used fat-free milk, and a small spoonful of Nutella, so mine was fairly low in that area.

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New Year’s Resolution


Because it’s the beginning of a new year and because everyone else is doing it, I thought I would share my own resolution for 2012. It’s not unique by any means, but I thought it was good for me none the less. For my resolution, I am going to make an effort to budget. I have a student loan that can and should be paid off, and trips to save up for, so careless spending needs to sit in the back burner…at least for now.

What are your resolutions?

Mmm…Banana Bread :)


If you’re anything like me, a cold, rainy day is best spent inside watching movies, reading, and baking. Well, on this dreary morning/afternoon, I baked. With three frozen bananas in the freezer and a craving for something warm, I decided to bake banana bread. I’m always searching for new recipes to try, so I rarely bake the same recipe twice. Today’s banana bread was the “low-fat” type, which means no butter, no oil, and about half the sugar as a regular recipe. This bread also called for egg-whites, but because I don’t even know what egg-whites are, I substituted for regular eggs instead. And in case you’re wondering, one egg may be substituted for two egg whites. Luckily for me, this was a clean substitution; my recipe called for two egg whites. If yours calls for one, I’d just double the recipe. Less thinking and more baked goods! 🙂

Anyway, the bread turned out delicious, if I do say so myself. Even without the sugar and fat. Here’s a link to the recipe,

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/almost-no-fat-banana-bread/detail.aspx

and the picture below shows two out of the three loaves. ( I doubled the recipe). Enjoy!