Orange Almond Poppyseed Yogurt Cake. That name is a mouthful. This is an orange cake. An orange loaf. An orange pound cake. Orange poundcake is the best description – like the thing they’d sell at Starbucks if they sold anything this deliciously moist and tasty.

Orange Almond Poppy Seed Yogurt Cake

It was my turn to make a tea time snack for the office. I’ll be honest with you guys, I’ve been a total slacker. I keep buying pre-made things, or making things out of box cake mix. I haven’t been proud, but today. Today I was proud.

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I combined the powers of two recipes. This delicious looking Orange Almond Poppyseed Loaf and this equally delicious looking Orange Yogurt Cake. I loved the flavors of the Orange Almond Poppyseed loaf – orange, poppyseed, almond yum – but it made two loaves and had butter extract in it, which is too many loaves and an ingredient I did not have. The Orange Yogurt cake looked deliciously simple, but I wanted to pump up the flavor.

Orange Almond Poppy Seed Yogurt Cake Side

And so the Orange Almond Poppyseed Yogurt Cake was born. It was destroyed by the office and many compliments given because it’s incredibly flavorful. Nice and citrus-y, tangy from the yogurt, with the almond and poppyseed adding some more complexity.

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Seriously, this is so good.

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Other Sweets

If you’re anything like me, you love artichokes. These things aren’t the cheapest – I could get a bunch of kale, a bunch of spinach, and a bunch of collard greens all for the same price as one can of artichoke hearts… or just one artichoke out of the produce section. Still I find myself obsessed with this delicious, healthy vegetable.

Unfortunately, these are most commonly used in spinach artichoke dip. Don’t get me wrong, I love spinach artichoke dip, but it’s kind of amazing how we can take these two really healthy foods and turn them into such an unhealthy dip, and then keep that unhealthiness in so many recipes. So without further ado, I give you 15 artichoke recipes (and not all of them are spinach artichoke!)

Crispy Artichoke Hearts with Horseradish Aioli

Crispy Artichoke Hearts with Horseradish Aioli

Simple, delicious, healthier appetizer option than spinach artichoke dip. Did I mention simple? All the time is spent waiting for the oven and chilling.

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Fix #19 – Late January 2016

Stitch Fix Box #19

My second fix of the year! I asked for some long tops in this fix, because when I wake up it’s COLD in my house. So cold that I wake up and put on the warmest things I own – fleece lined leggings. They’re like a sweater for my legs and I own 6 pairs in various colors. Judge all you want, they’re amazing. I have a long torso (to make up for my short legs), so most of the sweaters I own aren’t long enough to wear with leggings. So I opened the challenge to Margaret and this is what she came up with!

Stitch Fix Stylist Note from Margaret
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Happy almost Halloween! To celebrate I’ve made some BOOzy cupcakes! But seriously, when I say these are drunken, I don’t mean there’s a bit of alcohol that bakes off and you can’t even taste it, I mean these are drunken. Deliciously, deliciously drunken. I made two batches and used up all the rum I intended to drink at the party I was heading too. But they’re delicious. You can for sure taste the spiced rum and the pumpkin and the Marshmallow frosting pairs with it perfectly.

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Cupcakes Drunken Desserts

A friend at work and I have implemented Tea Time. Which basically means every Wednesday one of us will bake something and we’ll put out a kettle with tea and tell the office to take a break for 5 minutes and eat and have tea. It’s very cute and a nice thing to do to break up a Wednesday.

So it was my turn to make something and I wanted the easiest thing possible to make and turns out this was it. Cheese-y, green oniony, beer bread from here. I made it in little bread pans so it would serve a large group of people. It turned out delicious. My boyfriend and I pretty much ate all 8 butts of bread because it was so good.

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Bread Drunken Desserts

Cabbage is cheap. Like $.35 a pound cheap. Like I just got a really nice size cabbage for $1.25 cheap which will be used for many many meals. I pretty much constantly have cabbage in my house but I always sit there and stare and think “What am I going to make with this?” But cabbage can be treated in so many different ways! It’s amazing I ever get stuck.

So here’s a list of some amazing cabbage recipes that I love. Whether you want it cooked, slawed, saladed, or just used as a crunch, there’s something for everything.

Roasted Cabbage

roasted-cabbageHere’s a super simple, super delicious meal side. Just top, rub and cook and get a deliciously healthy cabbage steak.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

stuffed_cabbage3Stuffed cabbage is an involved process but there’s a reason it’s a classic dish. Stuffed cabbage is delicious and if you have some time and the desire to do something intricate, you can’t go wrong here.

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Unstuffed-Cabbage-Casserole-1Alternatively, if you’re totally lazy like me, make some unstuffed cabbage rolls. You get all the deliciousness in way less time.

Cabbage Roll Soup

Cabbage-Roll-Soup1OR you can just toss it all into a soup you lazy, lazy human (like me!).

Amish Ground Beef and Cabbage Skillet

amish-skilletThis is just a standby recipe for me now. It’s so easy and quick and it’s all in one pan so clean up is simple. Plus, it’s just absolutely delicious and requires very few ingredients. I tend to toss a bunch of spices in mine so don’t be afraid to pump up the flavor here.

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Overnight oats are all over the place right now, and as they should be. They’re an incredibly healthy breakfast and a nice, cool, portable option for mornings. I have been eating these every weekday morning all summer and I love them because they’re hearty enough to fill me up until lunch and help me recuperate after a workout. Plus, I don’t give myself much time in the morning so the grab and go is key. After much much practice I finally feel I’ve perfected these oats.

Just want some inspiration? Check out these awesome recipes.

So let’s break them down.

The Oats

I use Rolled Oats – I buy Bob’s Mill at ThriveMarket (a wholesale, socially conscious, online, organic store. There’s a yearly $60 subscription fee but I love it for getting soy free chocolate, oats, and coconut aminos on the cheap). Some people like steel-cut oats for the crunch. I used quick oats once and didn’t hate it but rolled oats are significantly better.

The Liquid

Dairy/non-dairy milk or yogurt.  Milk is going to result in a thinner cereal, while yogurt will result in a thicker product. Using just greek yogurt will result in a very thick, custardy result. Mix and match as you please as you follow..

Oats:Liquid Ratio

This is subjective. My favorite ratio is 1:1.25 Oats:Yogurt. When using milk it’s 1:1. With greek yogurt I follow the 2:1:1 oats:milk:yogurt. Basically, it’s a play until you find the best ratio for you. I like mine creamy and not running. a 1:1:1 ratio makes for a more runny, thin oat mixture, which I am not a fan of.

Base Mix-Ins

Chia Seeds (I use 1tbsp) are my go to base mix-in. They absorb excess liquid and make a pudding/custardy consistency. Plus, they pump up the nutrients and help keep you fuller longer.

1/2 a Banana is optional. Bananas tend to smooth it out and make the consistency creamier but yogurt does the same. The banana flavor is definitely there and adds a nice sweetness, but if you don’t like banana, leave this out.

Mix-Ins

This is where the fun and creativity come in! Fruits, chocolates, nuts, nut butters, coconut, seeds, protein, spices… the possibilities are endless.

My favorite, easy combinations

1/2 banana + 1/2 mango + almond butter + unsweetened coconut shavings (full recipe below)
1/2 banana + 1/2 cup strawberries
3/4 cup mixed berries (easy and delicious)
1/2 banana + 1/2 cup watermelon + mint blended with a little greek yogurt (for this recipe I forgo any other liquid. Just the fruit/yogurt blend and oats+chia seeds)

Have you tried Overnight Oats? What are your favorite mix-ins? Do you do anything special to yours? 

Banana, Mango, Coconut Overnight Oats

Banana, Mango, Coconut Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1/2 a mango
  • 1/2-2/3 cup rolled oats (I do a heaping 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2-2.3 cup plain yogurt
  • Sunflower seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut up the banana and mango into cubes and mash them together.
  2. Add the oats, chia seeds, almond butter, and coconut flakes and mash the ingredients together. You want to distribute the fruit over the oats.
  3. Add the same amount of yogurt as oats and stir, if it's not easy to stir and the mixture looks too thick add more yogurt.
  4. Store in a sealed container in the fridge overnight (or for at least a few hours).
  5. In the morning add some sunflower seeds if desired and enjoy!
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Some Further Inspiration

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Breakfast

I went to Denver this weekend for the first time for a wedding and wow, this place is beautiful. 
Mount Falcon looking out at DenverI hardly went into the mountains but they were beautifulMount FalconAnd you could just see forever. Eagle Outlook on Mount FalconI swear the whole city seemed like it was painted. Sunset in Cheesman ParkThe mountains in the skyline. The sunset. Everything.Sunset over Cheesman parkI’m sad to be back really. Especially because this city is stifling hot and humid. I’m already missing the idea of walking/biking everywhere and having a million amazing hikes just an hour away.

On the bright side, I actually know how to bake here. No elevation to take into account. So the first thing I did when I got home was whip up some bread since I finished my last loaf.  Read More 100% Whole Wheat Bread for people who suck at making bread

Bread

I’ve been using Stitch Fix for a while now. I love it, I have so many new pieces in my closet and it stops me from having to shop myself… which I hate and I’m terrible at. So I have someone do it for me and sent it to my door. I really wanted to start getting more out of my fix and I think the way to do that is to start reviewing them here. Letting my stylist see me in the clothes she picks out will help her learn my style and will allow you guys to see what’s out there and pin things for your stylist!

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