Snack Attack {tastes like childhood}

 

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Who says snack time is just for kids? We all enjoy the afternoon or after-dinner/before-bed snack time! Two of my favorite things in this world, and one of my very favorite combinations, are bananas and peanut butter. When I have a sweet-tooth I try to combine fruits with something sweet, like peanut butter or dark chocolate chips, rather than grabbing the pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Today I, of course, had a giant sweet-tooth. So I decided to take a walk down memory lane and whipped together what I like to call — a smudgie!  This is a super healthy snack that is easy & delicious!

 

 

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Ingredients: 
1. Banana
2. Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy, your choice)
3. Graham crackers (I used the low fat kind to save calories)
4. Whatever else you’d like to add! 

 

Directions: 
1. Mash up banana with a fork 
2. Add a few heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter 
3. Mix banana and peanut butter together
4. Spread mixture on one side of a graham and place the other on top, creating a sandwich
5. Place in the freezer for a few hours
6. ENJOY!
 

Somehow…this didn’t TOTALLY suffice my sweet-tooth craving, so I melted some dark chocolate chips in the microwave and simply dunked my smudgie into the chocolate. Perfection! 🙂

 

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New Year, New Obsessions

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Happy Weekend! Most of you were probably delightfully enjoying this phrase yesterday, on a normal person weekend start day, but working for a newspaper means you get really weird hours/schedules. SO. TODAY is the beginning of MY weekend.

I don’t know about you, but I go through phases when it comes to my favorite things. Mostly with food. Once I find something that I love, I can’t get enough of it, and eat pretty much every day for like…a month. My current obsession for January: OATMEAL!

It all started with the obligatory New Years Resolution of being healthy. I usually  don’t make New Years resolutions because I break them before the end of the month, so this year I’m taking the approach to just simply live healthy. Oatmeal is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. I’ve always LIKED oatmeal, but I never loved it. And that’s probably because I never realized how FUN it can be! I’ve tried about a trillion different things in my oatmeal (some successful, some not so much) and have found that this tasty treat has a little something for everyone.

Baked Oatmeal:

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Strawberry ,banana, peanut butter:

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berry fruity:

 

Homemade Prints!

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As a graphic designer, I have a passion for typography, colors, layouts, and pretty much everything else design-related. Last Christmas while trying to brainstorm thoughtful gift ideas for my loved ones, I came across a brilliant idea to design them prints of their favorite quotes. There’s no better feeling than seeing someone’s reaction as they first glance at something you created, just for them. It all started with a poster for my mom (#5), which she hangs above her drawing table in her art room. The first print is for my brother, who is an English nerd…err…teacher. (haha) So the E.E Cummings quote was pretty much spot on. The other prints were for my college roommates and best friends. I love designing these quote prints because I have complete freedom…it’s exhilarating!

Like what you see? I’d be more than happy to design a quote print for you! If interested — please contact me at brittanymt24@gmail.com.

Caprese Skewers

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Yesterday was the Christmas potluck at work! So many delicious goodies. I made caprese skewers. These cute treats are so super simple to make, and only require a few ingredients. I got all of my ingredients at my favorite store in the world, Trader Joes!

All it takes is: 
* 1 pint cherry tomatoes
* 1 pint yellow tomatoes
* 1 pound fresh marinated mozzarella (I used two containers)
* 1 cup fresh basil leaves, gently torn into 1/2-inch pieces
* Pinch red pepper flakes, to taste
* Sea salt, to taste
* Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
* Wooden skewers, for serving
 
1. Beginning with a fresh basil leaf, spear the basil, followed by a cherry tomato, mozzarella piece, and yellow tomato, as center. Repeat with each additional skewer.2. Lightly drizzle the assembled skewers with extra-virgin olive and sprinkle with red pepper flakes and sea salt.

Food Truck Friday

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Friday’s are always everyone’s favorite days for many different reasons, right? Well one of the reasons it’s my favorite day is because it’s Food Truck Friday! When I moved to a Phoenix, I was wondering where all the food trucks were hiding! Well, I finally found out! Every Friday at the Phoenix Public Market food truck vendors from around Phoenix congregate and serve their specialty item. There is everything from jambalaya, burgers, creme brûlée  and pizza, to hot dogs, cheesy tater tots, pulled pork, and my personal favorite — the “un-bun veggie burger”. I always order from the Uprooted Kitchen. They specialize in vegetarian and vegan items. Their food is always so fresh, and they have a new addition to their salads every week! This salad I have here is the Mediterranean bowl. Being a greek food fanatic, I really enjoyed the different tasty vegetables and the spicy hummus dressing. Yum! Happy food trucking 🙂

Polka Craze!

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Lately I have been really into fun, crazy patterns, especially polka dots! They seem to be taking the fashion world by storm, one new novelty at a time. I’ve found that polka dots add the perfect mix of fun & playful. I have to admit, I didnt think I would love polka dots this much beyond the age of 8-years-old, but I absolutely adore them and cannot get enough!

1. Madewell sweater
2. Kate Spade clutches
3. Etsy shop pillows (1 & 2)
4. Bow ties 

That’s a wrap

With the Holidays right around the corner, basically all I can think about is what gifts to buy, what gifts to make, and how to wrap them! I’m really into the hand-crafted look these days, and most of these gift wraps can be done with just a few items from the craft store. After much research, mostly thanks to Pinterest, I came across these beautiful wrappings. There’s something about a gift with homemade wrapping that adds that extra heartfelt something, and really shows someone you care. Happy wrapping!