Friday, March 27, 2015
BANANA NUT MUFFINS

BANANA NUT MUFFINS

Friday, March 27, 2015
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Happy Friday, friends! I have been really good lately about not eating sweets. I was strong. I stood my ground. I fought back against temptations. Then I got a hankering for muffins.

The solution? 

Bake banana nut muffins. Surely the banana will make them.. healthy.. less fattening.. right? Oh yeah, they're gluten free, so that means I can eat at least five or all of them. You know me, I love to scratch bake, but, we don't always have time for that now do we. Prepackaged dry ingredients aka baking mixes can be so truly helpful. Being the gluten free girl that I am ( fist bump to all of my gluten intolerant friends ) I keep a Glutino baking mix or two in the pantry at all times. It's a great foundation for all kinds of delicious muffin indulgences. 

These gluten free banana nut muffins in particular are my absolute favorite. I don't care much for super sweet baked goods, so these lightly sweet muffins are just the ticket.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 BOX GLUTINO BAKING MIX

2 LARGE BANANAS

1 STICK UNSALTED BUTTER (SOFTENED)

2 LARGE EGGS

1 TSP VANILLA EXTRACT

1 1/4 CUP OF MILK

1 CUP OF WALNUTS ( ROUGHLY CHOPPED )

1 1/2 TSP PUMPKIN PIE SPICE ( OPTIONAL )


+ HAND MIXER WITH WHISK ATTACHMENT

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PREPARATION

Preheat over to 370˚ and line muffin tins. Mash the two bananas and set aside. Roughly chop walnuts, and any other nuts you would like to add, and set aside.

In a medium size bowl beat together the softened butter, two large eggs, and teaspoon of vanilla. The butter might not break down completely and that's okay. Add muffin mix and milk then beat on low speed until well combined. 

Fold or beat in the mashed bananas and walnuts (  or any nut you like ) until well distributed through batter. Add the teaspoon and a half of pumpkin pie spice and beat on low speed until fully distributed though batter. 

+ This is the point where you can add in any of the add ons that you like. Add some cinnamon for extra flavor, or honey for a little more sweetness. Cocoa powder is a really nice addition. Chocolate granola, I use Nature's Path, is an incredible add on. I strongly suggest it! If you don't want to add anything else into the batter, sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on top of each muffin before baking. 

ADD ONS:

1 CUP OF PECANS ( ROUGHLY CHOPPED )

1 TSP CINNAMON

1 CUP OF CHOCOLATE GRANOLA ( A HEARTY CUP FULL )

1 CUP OF FRESH BLUBERRIES

1 TSP COCOA POWDER ( UNSWEETENED )

1 CUP OF SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS

1/4 CUP OF HONEY (FOR ADDED SWEETNESS )


Spoon a generous amount of batter into each muffin tin. I use a soup spoon for this, and spoon in the batter twice for decent size muffins. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top of each unbaked muffin, and place in your 370˚ oven for 20-25 minutes.

My oven cooks low, so you might have to adjust the baking time depending on how hot your oven cooks. I do find that these muffins turn out best baked low and slow. When in doubt, look for lightly golden brown tops, and do the toothpick test. If the toothpick comes out clean, they're done!

These banana nut muffins are moist, flavorful, and just sweet enough! Our family loves them and I hope you do as well. 

+ Store the muffins in a airtight container. Baggies, I've found, will make them taste a little like plastic. You can reheat these muffins the next day, in the microwave, and add a little butter.. it's heaven!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
WEAR | THOUGHTS ON MODESTY

WEAR | THOUGHTS ON MODESTY

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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W E D G E S | JESSICA SIMPSON

C L U T C H  | C/O K. M. HUTTON

J E W E L R Y | BCC


Happy Friday! I’ve been posting a lot of style posts lately. I just seriously love clothes you guys. Working in a boutique fuels this. How I make any money working at BCC, I’ll never know. Is it bad that I calculate how many pieces I can buy with my paycheck? Yeah, I thought so.

So, with this warmer spring weather in the air I've been thinking about modesty. Warm weather calls for shorts, tanks, and a sundress or two. There's nothing inherently wrong with those articles of clothing, but every once in a while you'll come across a piece that just reveals a little too much. One thing that has always been important to me, as I've grown with my fashion, is modesty. There is nothing wrong with dressing fashionably, I whole heartedly encourage it! Dressing fashionably does not mean compromising our modesty though. There is a way to dress fashionably and remain ever so classy, ya know? Class garners respect. And you, young lady, deserve to be respected. 

I was scrolling through the countless notes on my phone ( I save a lot of quotes ) and I came across one of my favorite quotes:


" Feminine beauty was once compared to a candle. There's nothing wrong with it, but you have to treat it carefully when walking through a room full of gunpowder. "


I think that so wonderfully sums up our responsibility as women. We should be chaste and not put ourselves on display. It's really easy as a woman to react against the burden of expectation, the fear you will fall short of the desired standard. There's a lot of pressure on us girls to look a certain way. We must be skinny, but also toned. We must have perfectly tousled waves, and flawless makeup, but not look like we have any makeup on. Don't forget the perfect golden tanned skin. These standards are ridiculous. We, women, are created by Christ to reflect grace and beauty.

" For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.." - Psalm 139 13:14a

When the pressures of society weigh heavy, remember, God your Creator and Savior has made you in His image. Your worth and value come from Him. Remember that, and be women of virtue, for you are worth far more than jewels. 

That's my pep talk for the day! I hope it encourages your heart. You stay classy now!




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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
WEAR | WHY BEING A FASHION BLOGGER IS EMBARRASSING

WEAR | WHY BEING A FASHION BLOGGER IS EMBARRASSING

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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T H E  G O O D S

S W E A T E R | LOFT

D E N I M | LOFT

S C A R F  | LOFT

H A N D B A G | FOSSIL

B O O T I E S | SOLE SOCIETY

J E W E L R Y | CHAPMAN JEWELRY (ETSY)

Can I be really honest for a minute? Being a (fashion) blogger is embarrassing. It's a wonderful creative outlet and something that absolutely I love doing, but let's face it, it's kind of embarrassing. There's that posing on the side of the street for a fashion post while people watch, thing. THAT is terrifying. The best looks come from the guys. Genuine confusion is written across their faces, tinged with intrigue. Women get it. They just know what'a going on. That doesn't make it any less embarrassing. I have so much love for the fashion bloggers that make it look easy.

When that camera lens is pointed at you all sense about how to pose just.. leaves. There are so many questions racing through your mind. What am I supposed to do with my hands? My feet? I'm pretty sure that pigeon-toed, slumped over look doesn't work outside of high fashion magazines. Should I look pensive? Maybe I should smile.  The struggle is real.

We are our own hair and makeup team which makes for some interesting outtakes on shoot days. I don't know how many times i've shouted to my mom: "The wind!! Hurry, take the picture. Take it!". Being über sensitive to the blinding rays of the sun is fantastic too. Raccoon eyes. Curse the raccoon eyes!

In the end though, we fashion bloggers are part of an outstanding community of women that support one another and spur each other on! That makes the embarrassing things about being a blogger totally worth it. This blogging world opens up creative avenues that wouldn't be possible otherwise. Then there's you. The readers. Both blogger and non-blogger alike. You make this blog life so much fun! There literally wouldn't be any point in being a blogger without you. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for joining me on this fashion filled, slightly embarrassing journey!

Any bloggers out there that can relate? What embarrasses you about being a blogger?





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Monday, March 9, 2015
WEAR | TAKING A STEP BACK

WEAR | TAKING A STEP BACK

Monday, March 9, 2015
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T H E  G O O D S

C O A T | LOFT

T O P | LOFT

D E N I M | LOFT

S C A R F | BCC

H A N D B A G | FOSSIL

B O O T I E S | B.O.C.

J E W E L R Y | BELK

Brisk days are an everyday thing right now, and quite frankly, I love it! It's cold, but the air is fresh, and it makes you feel alive. If I could live in chilly weather all the time I would. 

I am officially on hiatus from my college classes. Ancient near eastern history was stressin' a girl out. I'm pretty sure that if you end up weeping over the mere thought of even logging-in to your online classes, you've chosen the wrong major. History is the bane of my existence. I need a more creative route, where I can play around with photography, blog design work, and just blogging in general. If I had a life quote for the current stage of life i'm in it would be this little dud: "If you don't build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs." 


So i'm taking some time to do what makes my soul happy. It is easy to fall into a pattern of actions that don't necessarily suit you. Our lives can seem small sometimes. I think that's when discontentment sets in. We all have different gifts and talents, and so much of the time we do not use them. We should pursue our interests and use our God given talents. That is exactly what I intend to do with the time i'm taking away from classes. I'm jumping into the things that I love, wholeheartedly. Do you guys feel boxed in sometimes too? I say, climb out of that box, and go after the things that bring you happiness and spur on your creativity. There are lots of opportunities out there. You just have to go after them.


To quote Tom Hardy in Inception..



 "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling." 






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