Mixed Berry Buckwheat Breakfast Muffins ~ Recipe

Hey, it’s Phi! I have been experimenting with buckwheat flour for the last few days. As a great gluten-free flour I decided that I wanted to master it! But I also wanted to find a new quick breakfast recipe I can make over the weekend to use during the week. And that is when this recipe came to be!

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour (I used Arrowhead Mills)
  • 1 1/4 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 6 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

 

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Steps: Makes 12 Large Muffins

  1. Firstly, you are going to want to pre-heat your oven for 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a muffin tray for 12 muffins.
  2. Next you are going to mix the maple syrup, vanilla extract and eggs in a small bowl, until well incorporated.
  3. In a larger bowl you are going to mix the baking powder, baking soda, buckwheat flour and gluten-free flour.
  4. Pour the small bowl with liquids into the large bowl with the flours. Mix until well incorporated. Now measure out the whole strawberries and then cut them into little bits (bite sized chopped strawberries- be careful they are harder to cut when frozen!).
  5. Measure out the frozen blueberries and put both frozen fruits in a bowl. Mix in a tablespoon of whatever flour your desire. Then pour the frozen fruit into the batter. Mix lightly and as soon as possible (so the fruit does not bleed into the batter).
  6. Scoop the mixture into the 12 muffin holes- is that what they are called? probably not…
  7. Now it is time for the crumble. In a small bowl mix the chia seeds, coconut sugar and oats. Sprinkle this mixture on top of each muffin.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  9. And enjoy!

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Hope you enjoyed this recipe!

 

Carpe Diem.

-Phi ❤

 

Favorite Books

You have no idea how long it took me to work out a title for this post. The struggle was due to the fact that this book post is not about the typical novels I enjoy reading. Instead it is about cook books, exercise books and coloring books that I have been enjoying recently.

Don’t get me wrong I love a good novel (and a post on those types of books will be coming soon) but I really wanted to share some of the other books that I enjoy using and perhaps you would to!

So here is my list of 5 books with some reviews for your reading pleasure!

1. Naturally Nourished by: Sarah Britton

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I saw this book at a Costco believe it or not and was instantly drawn to it due to the gorgeous photos on the cover and the inside. If you did not know already I love anything related to food and health and this book was the perfect mix. The author, Sarah Britton, is also the creator of the blog, My New Roots, another great reason to purchase the book- support the bloggers! I have already tried a bunch of recipes in the book, my favorite (so far) being the Pantry Pea and Dill soup!

2. The Women’s Health BIG BOOK OF EXERCISES

I love fitness, what I love about it is the way I feel afterwards- though I may dread it when it comes to getting up to do it! But like most people we face the trouble of finding the time to actually do it. Which is why I have been obsessed with this book lately! I actually got this book for Christmas but I only started really using it last month and I have been loving it. It is great for a quick rummage through before I go to bed along with some yoga (post coming soon on that as well!). If you are on the look out for a good quick workout guide with a ton of different exercises then this the book to get!

3. Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr

I love to bake-probably more than I love to cook so I am a fan of any book that has to do with baking. I also have a major sweet tooth so this is perfect to satisfy that! Tanya Burr also happens to be one of my favorite YouTubers/Bloggers so why not support them? Anyways if you are looking for a great book for baking desserts- with a section for special occasions (like Halloween, Christmas and Easter), which I love, then this is the book for you!

4. Color me Stress-Free by Lacy Mucklow illustrated by Angela Porter

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If you have not checked out my 5 Tips to De-Stress, then you would not know that I tend to get stressed out sometimes and am always looking for ways to de-stress! I love this coloring book, the templates are very beautiful and well done, overall this book is very fun to color in!

5. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz

You probably don’t know this. But I am a major fan of Harry Potter- from the books to the movies- I love it all! What you do know is that I am a big fan of cooking and baking so when I saw this at my local Barnes & Noble I freaked out. I had to buy it. I always love getting snacky bits out when I am watching a movie and figured this was the perfect book to take out when watching those movies. Favorite recipe so far: Hagrid’s Rock Cakes.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post!

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

 

Strawberry Smoothie Bowl ~ Recipe

When the heat hits I quickly change my go-to warm oatmeal breakfast to a cool and refreshing smoothie bowl. And, not to brag, but I am pretty sure I have mastered this ice cream textured smoothie bowl!

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Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

140 grams frozen mango

140 grams frozen strawberries

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

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Steps:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a NutriBullet or a Blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If the blender is having a difficult time mixing just shake up the fruits and add almond milk sparingly (you don’t want to make a juice!)
  3. Top the smoothie with your favorite toppings (I love coconut, muesli and fruit!)
  4. Serve and enjoy!

 

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Hope you enjoyed this blog post!

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Carpe Diem.

-Phi ❤

 

 

 

Words to Live by: Carpe Diem.

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Meaning: Seize the day.

You may have noticed the line I always use at the end of my blog posts and I felt that now was a good time to share my view on this life lesson.

Carpe Diem is something I personally live by and I feel as if sometimes people need to be reminded of its meaning.

Which is why I end my blog posts with it and am writing this one.

I live by the idea that life is short, we may try to elongate life or preserve our youth but ultimately we are confined to a few years on this precious planet. With that being said it becomes our duty to make sure that we can look back on the life we have been given and rejoice in the knowledge that you lived your life to the fullest. That despite the ups and downs, you learned from your mistakes and are content with the life you led.

Carpe Diem is especially important to me since it is the reason I created this blog in the first place. I have always enjoyed writing and sharing my thoughts and insights on all things that I enjoyed or I felt needed addressing. And have always felt that a blog would be a fun way for me to do this. But I never felt that I had the courage to it, or the power to take charge and follow a passion of mine. Whether I was scared of what people would think or whether I personally thought I could not do it, I determined that I could not do it.  Until two years ago when I wrote my First Post, and after a year and a half of bouncing back and forth about ideas of what I wanted to write about I kickstarted my blog 6 months ago and began this journey.

This is just one example among many of the impact Carpe Diem has had on me. Carpe Diem embodies so many things I believe in and I hope you see the benefit of living a life in which you are grasping opportunities, taking chances, and going on adventures.

I hope this little post has inspired a few of you to take charge of your life or to take charge of it even more than before. Make choices, make mistakes, but ultimately live your life to its fullest. Don’t hesitate or live in the what if’s it is time to recognize that it is your duty to live your life, don’t worry about what others will think or how they will respond. It is your life and you are the one who will look back on it, nobody else.

So go out and live your life and do what makes you happy or start doing things that can lead to your happiness.

It is your time. It is my time. It is our time.

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

 

Pear Almond Spelt Cake

I recently found myself in quite the predicament… I had a bag of spelt flour in my house and two enormous ripe pears… what to do what to do….

And then I did what I always do… I got into the kitchen and started to experiment.

Creating a Pear Almond Spelt Cake.

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Ingredients: Makes 12 Loaf Slices***

For the boiling pears:

  • 2 Large Pears
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup

For the Spelt Mix:

  • 2 cups Spelt Flour
  • 1/3 cup melted non-dairy butter (I used Earth Balance-Organic)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • pinch Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg

For the Almond Mix

  • 2/3 cup Almond Meal (I used Trader Joes)
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 4 Tbsp Almond Milk

 

*** calories listed at the bottom of the post

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Steps:

  1. First we begin with the pears, fill a medium pot with water and the spices and maple syrup. Bring to a boil, while you prepare your pears.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a loaf pan (either grease or line with parchment paper).
  3. Peal the pears and then cut them in half. Once in half remove the cores.
  4. Slide the pears into the boiling water and bring to a medium to low heat, keep them win the water for 10-12 minutes or until soft. Remove from the liquid once the time is up.
  5. Then we get to the spelt mix, combing all the ingredients for the spelt mix into one big bowl. Mix until your dough becomes elastic.
  6. After the spelt mix we go one to the Almond Mix, again mix all the ingredients into a bowl, the mix will be a little watery (that is okay!)
  7. Now it is time to prepare the cake. Put roughly half the spelt mix at the bottom of the prepared loaf pan. Atop that pour the entire almond mix. Atop the almond mix add the remaining spelt mix (creating a sort of almond sandwich). After you have made your ‘sandwich’ add the 4 halves of poached pairs.
  8. For the final touch I added a sprinkle of cinnamon and coconut sugar (completely optional!)
  9. Bake in the oven for roughly 45 min or until a skewer comes out clean.
  10. Enjoy!

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Calories: 283 per serving

 

Hope you enjoyed!

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

 

Easter/Brunch Outfit Idea

With Easter coming around the corner – or just a cool brunch- I figured I would show a cute little outfit idea to wear for either Easter or a simple Spring Brunch.

During a trip to New York City I stopped by an American Eagle Store and came across the cutest romper ever…. I knew I had to have it.

With it’s unique retro vibes I knew it was the perfect outfit option for either a Spring/Summer brunch or Easter. Also the fact that it is a romper is amazing because it is so comfortable!

Rompers are always a good option, they have the class of a dress but also allow you to be active without the fear of a little undergarment situation 🙂

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I paired the White Polka-dotted romper with brown flip flops from Target and ta da!

That was my outfit 🙂

 

Hope you enjoyed this post!

(And if you want me to do more outfit related posts comment down below!)

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

 

How I Curl my Hair:

Curling my hair is absolutely my favorite way to style my hair, when I have time. But I can be pretty picky about how it looks…

I have always wanted those thick, volumizing, wavy-curls. And when I found the perfect wand and the perfect way to do my hair I figured I would share it in case anyone was looking for the same look!

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What wand I use:

Remington CI9538 T|Studio Salon Collection Pearl Digital Ceramic Curling Wand, 1-1 ½ Inch, Pink

I ordered mine off of amazon.

How I do it:

  1. First I do a half up hair do and curl the leftover hair that is not in the updo.
  2. Then I put that curled hair into a little bun and the nape of my neck.
  3. Then with the hair I put up I part it again, to create an even smaller bun.
  4. With the hair that is not in the bun anymore I curl that as well, and once it is curled I put it into the tiny bun and the nape of the neck.
  5. Then finally with the tiny bun of the uncurled hair at the top of my head I curl it as well.
  6. Then I spritz my dry shampoo into the roots of my hair for volume.
  7. I turn my head upside down shake up my curls and then ta da! Gorgeous thick hair!

 

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Hope you enjoyed this post!

 

Carpe Diem.

-Phi ❤