Metallic Shoe DIY

25 Nov

This time of year is my favorite. Not just for the holidays, or the weather, or the Christmas decorations. But because it’s when all things sparkly and glittery come out. Shoes. Dresses. EVERYTHING.

Unfortunately, I can’t buy all the sparkles, because I’d have no place to wear them. And while there is always room for a few glittery things in your closet, sometimes I just want something a little toned down that will work for more than just a few occasions.

Example: I bought these shoes for a friends wedding. She said I could wear any kind of shoe, as long as it was silver, so I went for the glitziest thing I could find.

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I have worn them once.

I found these shoes on the clearance rack at Target a while back, and picked them up. I have a pair of nude heels for work, but these were a little bit too high to wear to school. I knew i wanted to jazz them up a little bit, but they sat in my closet for a long time until I decided what to do.

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Like I said before, I didn’t want anything too crazy, so I settled for just painting the toes with a metallic copper paint. To do this, I only needed a few things:
-Copper multi-surface/acrylic paints
-A small paintbrush
-Tape (I used the blue painters tape, it’s what I had and it worked well.)

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You want to start off by taping off the area you want to paint. You could measure to make sure it’s even on both shoes, but I just eyeballed it because YOLO. You want to make sure you tape off the soles as well.

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Then you paint. Easy peasy. I think all I needed was 3 thin layers of paint. My shoes were suedey, so the paint stuck well. If you’re using shoes that are patent you may want to scruff them up a bit with sand paper so the paint sticks. Otherwise, it’ll just scratch right off.

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Pro Tip: When painting on the taped line, paint down, towards the tip of the shoe. This will help prevent paint from leaking under the tape and giving you an uneven line.

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And ta-dah! Nothing revolutionary, and I’m sure you’ve seen similar DIY’s before, but they give you a little bit of metallic shine without making them only wearable once or twice. I wore these to a rehearsal dinner and they got lots of compliments : )

These are next on my list of shoe DIYs, I just need to make it to Old Navy to pick up some cheap, solid colored flats!

My next post will be all about food! I am definitly finding it much harder to eat healthy when I’m living alone. No one can see me eat half a pint of ice cream- so does that mean it didn’t happen? haha. Now that I’ve been on my own for a few months, I’ve got quite a few tips for not breaking the bank while grocery shopping and not getting too bored and eating the same thing every day. Stay tuned!

Have you done any fun DIYs lately? I haven’t been on Pinterest much lately, but you can bet I’ll be all over it during Thanksgiving break!

Moving on… up?

23 Nov

I don’t know if that’s really the best title for this post/my life, but we’ll keep it.

SOOOOO much has happened in my life since we last saw each other you guys! I moved out of my parents house and into my very own apartment in a questionable neighborhood. (Hence me wondering if I really did “move on up”)

Dwight even helped me pack!

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Here is my living room on my very first day…
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And of course, a first apartment ins’t complete without Ikea furniture…

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Dwight was so confused that he ploped down in his litter box because he just didn’t know what to do. (Don’t worry, I had just filled it with clean litter!)

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I started my new job as a high school teacher in August, and it has pretty much monopolized all of my time. Most evenings are spent like this:

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Am I in college still??? It’s a TON of fun, but a lot of work! Now that my schedule has slowed down a little and I’m getting used to things, I’m hoping to post a little more regularly! (Famous last words, I know)

Have there been any big changes in your life?? 

Summer Berry Floats

29 May

If you follow me in Instagram, (which you do, right?) then you know I’ve been drooling over this photo. It looks like the perfect summer cool down drink!

Although I know Martha can do no wrong (with food, you guys.) I had to change up the recipe a little bit of course!

I was inspired to change this up and make it my own by the Vegas Uncork’d event at the Aria Resort & Casino. I’ve never been to Las Vegas, but I’ve definitly always wanted to go, and not even for the gambling, but for the food and drink!

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Don’t these look like the perfect drink to sip on a hot day?

Summer Berry Floats

You’ll need:
4 cups berries (I used strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries) You’ll want to chop up the bigger berries.
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons agave syrup
1 pint so delicious coconut vanilla ice cream
1 liter seltzer water
Optional: whipped cream flavored vodka (For the adults! Also, why didn’t fun vodka flavors like this exist when I was in college?)

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(Vodka not pictured because I didn’t think of that awesome idea until the second time I made them!)

The first think you’ll want to do is put the water, berries, and agave syrup in a small sauce pot, and bring to a boil. You don’t need to leave it on the stove for long, just until the berries start breaking down and you get a little syrup. Take off the stove, and refrigerate until cool.

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You can see that the berries are still pretty whole.

Now for the assembly! It’s pretty easy. You just want to layer the berries and ice cream in a glass, starting with the berries. I think I had 3 layers of berries and 2 of the ice cream. The So Delicious coconut vanilla ice cream is my favorite, I think the coconut flavor goes really well with the berries. But, feel free to use your ice cream of choice!

If you are using the vodka, add 1 ounce on top of your last layer of berries. Then fill the glass up with the seltzer water. Make sure everything is cold before you add it!

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I have made this several times since I first posted the photo on instagram, and I can definitly see myself making it several more times over the summer!

Do you have any fun drinks you love during the summer months? I’m a big hot cocoa fan, but the moment it starts to get hot out, I trade it in for something cold! I actually only like my coffee iced, so I normally don’t drink it during the winter months, because it’s just too cold outside!

This was not a sponsored post, I did not receive anything for it. Vegas.com e-mailed me and asked if I would be interested in sharing a favorite summer drink with my readers and their social media team as a way to let people know about their new resort!

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Bars

27 May

While the name for this dessert may not be literal, it is definitly one of the more customizable dessert recipes I have, and you can really add whatever you want!

I used to make these when I was in middle school when I used to make the snacks for my church on Sundays, and they were a major hit! After the first week I made sure to bring some photocopies of the recipe with me every time I made them, because so many people asked. I was amazed when I visited once I had graduated from college and that same recipe was pinned up on the bulletin board in the church kitchen!

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Can you tell I had a little too much fun on PicMonkey.com? I normally use my iPhone to take my photos, so anything I can do to make them look a little better is ok in my book!

Like I mentioned earlier, these are completely customizable! You can make them vegan, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, however you want! You can do everything homemade, or you can go the quick and convenient route and buy some of your ingredients already made!

Since you really can do so much with this recipe, I’m going to explain what I used, and then at the bottom we’ll discuss substitutions! This basic recipe only calls for 5 ingredients: (although yes, I know, each one of these ingredients probably has a million things I can’t pronounce)

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Everything but the Kitchen Sink Bars
Yield: 20-24 bars

What you’ll need:

1- 18 oz. package refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow fluff
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cup chex cereal
1/2 cup m&ms

You’ll need to preheat your oven to 350*F.

Grease a 9×13 pan, and spread your cookie dough on the bottom of the pan. You’ll end up spreading it pretty thin, just make sure that there are no holes.

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Pop this in the oven for 12 minutes. It won’t be completely cooked, but we’ll be putting it back in the oven a few more times, so it will finish cooking.

When it comes out of the oven, immediately drop teaspoonfuls of the marshmallow fluff and peanut butter over the hot cookie base. It might make the cookie sink in because it’s so soft, but this is ok!

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You’ll notice mine were not quite teaspoonfuls, but it still turned out ok. Now put this back in the oven for 1 minute. If your globs of fluff and PB are a little bigger like mine, you may need to leave it in for an extra 30 seconds. We just want to make it melty so we can spread it out without tearing up our soft cookie.

When it comes out of the oven, we want to spread it out. Using a spatula or a knife, kind of swirl the fluff and Pb around so you’ll get a little of both in every bite.

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Once everything is spread out, it will look like this:

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Now, sprinkle your Chex and m&ms on top.

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You might feel the urge to press them down a little so they’ll stick to the fluff, but you don’t really need to. When we put them back in the oven it will remelt the fluff and they’ll stick nicely.

Put it back in the oven (last time, I promise!) and let bake for 7 more minutes. When you’re all done, you’ll get this:

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So delicious and so pretty! This dessert is great, because it has all the best dessert components. The cookie is soft and chewy, the fluff and PB layer is creamy and gooey, and the chex and m&ms add a nice crunch!

You’ll want to let these cool completely before cutting (It’ll be hard, I know). I normally cut them either 4×6, or 4×5, depending on how big I want the pieces to be.

Substitutions:

There is so much you can do with this recipe! Below, I’ve listed each ingredient and listed some alternatives you can use.

Cookie dough: If you want, make your own cookie dough! I have in the past and it’s worked great. You can do sugar cookie, oatmeal cookie, snicker doodle, or good old chocolate chip. If you’re aiming for gluten free or dairy free, you can use your favorite recipe.

Fluff and PB: If you want it to be vegan, I believe that Smuckers makes their fluff without egg whites, but I’m not 100% sure. Most fluff is at least vegetarian, unlike marshmallows which contain gelatin. Also try out some fun nut butters! I bet almond butter would be great, or even get adventurous and try some cookie butter!

Chex and m&ms: I used chocolate chex here, because I didn’t need the whole box and I knew I would be more likely to eat the chocolate chex as a snack than the regular corn or rice chex. You could really use any crunchy cereal that you like, the possibilities are endless! I think even granola would work, if you wanted to try and make this a little healthier ; ) As far as the m&ms go, you could use just plain chocolate chips, I’ve used Enjoy Life (free of every major allergen!) chips in the past on this when I was making it dairy free. Really though, any type of chocolate or candy would be good!

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If any of you try this recipe using any substitutions (or even as is) you’ll have to let me know how it turns out!

Stay tuned for later this week, I’ll have a fun summer drink recipe to share!

 

 

Guacamole Bites

14 May

When I was student teaching or working during the day, I always wanted a lunch that was easy to eat, and didn’t require any extra prep/assembly during my lunch break. But now that It’s my summer vacation, I don’t mind spending a few extra minutes preparing my lunch. But only a few.

That’s where these guacamole bites come in! They are not extra fancy, and to be honest, guacamole never looks very good in a photograph. I’m also positive that I’m not the first person to discover this idea, but it was fun, easy, and delicious, so I wanted to share it.

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Nachos are on the dinner menu this week, so I bought an extra avocado to eat with my lunches. (Nachos are my favorite. Nachos with guacamole are my super favorite.)

I feel stupid even posting a recipe or how to make these. You just slice some cucumber, slather it with guacamole, and top it with a slice of cherry tomato. I wanted to sprinkle some green onion on it as well, but I was too lazy for that. But never to lazy to make guacamole.

I won’t claim that my guacamole is outstanding (I know someone who mentions they make THE BEST guacamole every time someone mentions the word avocado). I just mash up half an avocado, a little lime juice, and then some spices. Salt, pepper, chili powder, and garlic. If I want my guac to be fancy I’ll mince up some red onion, tomato, and jalapeño and mix it in, but I was really just into the avocado today.

You could make this even easier by using your favorite brand of store bought guacamole as well!

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I ate this with a mixed green salad and some leftover steamed edamame. Perfect lunch!

What have your lunch cravings been lately? 

 

DIY Polka Dots

3 Feb

Since I’ve had quite a few days off recently because of the frigid weather, I’ve had the time to do some fun DIY crafts and sewing projects!

I’ve been loving polka dots lately, and have been pinning lots of things that I figured I could make myself.

The first one was this top-

I thought it was super cute with all the colorful dots. When I was at Target a while back I picked up a 3/4 sleeved boatneck white shirt, and I thought it would be perfect to try and replicate this project!

Here is how mine turned out:

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It’s kind of wrinkly, and it looks much better on. The only photo I have of me wearing it isn’t a very good one, because there is a scarf in the way. (Another DIY! I told you, I’ve had a lot of free time on my hands)

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Either way, I love it! It was pretty easy, I just used Martha Steward Multi-Surface paint and dipped the end of a small hot glue stick in the paint, then pressed it on the shirt. (I put cardboard between the layers of the shirt so it wouldn’t bleed through.)

The second polka dot craft I posted on Instagram a while ago. I’ve been eyeing patterned tights for a while, but I just have soooo many plain colored ones I couldn’t really justify buying another pair. I have 3 pairs of black tights, so I just decided to put a pattern on them myself!

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I literally used the exact same method that I used for the shirt. I can’t remember where exactly I got this idea from- but it’s all over the internet and pinterest.

Here are a few other polka dot crafts that I have on my list of things to make, but haven’t gotten there quite yet:

With this, you could either take an infinity scarf that is already made and add polka dots, or sew the scarf yourself!

I don’t claim to be fashion savvy in any sense, but I love this bright neon skirt with the polka dot top! I have tons of sweaters that I think I could easily add polka dots to, now all I need is that skirt!

I’m sure there are other polka dot inspired things on my Pinterest boards, but these are the ones that are near the top of my list.

Are you more of a polka dots or stripes person? Or maybe just solid colors? 

Red Potatoes with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

31 Jan

I mentioned on my Appetizer Roundup post that I would actually be posting a recipe today, one that you could definitly serve at a super bowl party. The men in my family loved them, so to me that automatically means Super Bowl food. (That may be kind of sexist… my brother doesn’t even like football.)

The recipe I used was from the same book as my Maple Glazed Carrots. I switched it up a little bit though, obviously I didn’t add any bacon.

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Yum! Don’t they look good? The potatoes get all crispy and the filling is super creamy and cheesy. The walnuts adds a nice crunch as well, and the chives add a pop of color!

I apologize, some of the measurements are by weight. : (

Red Potatoes with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

Red bliss potatoes- 10 ea.
Salt- to taste
Pepper- to taste
Thyme, fresh- 1/2 teaspoon
Olive oil- 1 tablespoon
Cream cheese- 2 oz.
Gorgonzola cheese- 1/4 cup
Liquid smoke- 1/4 teaspoon (A little goes a long way, but it adds a nice smoky flavor to give a bacony feel)
Sour cream- 1 oz.
Walnuts, chopped- 2 tablespoons
(vegan) worcestershire sauce- 1/2 teaspoon
Tabaso sauce- to taste
Chives, fresh, chopped- 3 tablespoons

Preheat the oven to 400*F.

Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out a portion of the inside with a melon baller. (If you don’t have a melon baller you can just use a regular old spoon.

Toss the potatoes with the salt, pepper, thyme, and oil. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake until brown and cooked through (but not mushy) about 15-20 minutes.

For the filling: soften the cream cheese, add the gorgonzola, liquid smoke, sour cream, and walnuts. Mix using a hand mixer, stand mixer, or your hands/a spoon.

Once the potatoes are done, take them out of the oven and arrange them on your plate/platter with the flat parts that have been scooped out facing up. Spoon about 2 teaspoons in each one.

Sprinkle the tops with chives and enjoy!

Do you have any fun recipes you like to make for the super bowl? Are you planning on watching it, or do you have other fun plans for the weekend? I’ll be watching the puppy bowl myself : )

Appetizer Roundup

29 Jan

So… the super bowl is coming up! And of course, me being me and having no clue about sports related things, didn’t even know until this week. oops.

I was thinking about all of the appetizer like recipes I’ve made over the time I’ve had my blog, and I figured I would do an appetizer round up. All of these recipes are something I would serve at a super bowl party. If I ever went or had one. haha. I’m more of a puppy bowl kinda gal.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy! I’ll have an actual recipe posted on Friday!

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Peanut Butter Banana Bites- These were a huge hit on the blog, and somewhat healthy too!

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels- Here is another chocolate covered treat!

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Lemon Meringue Tartlettes- I don’t know if mini pies are really a super bowl treat- but I always think of mini things that are easy to eat when I think of the super bowl. And these are just that!

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Whole Wheat Soft Pretzel Bites- It’s super easy to make since you use store bought frozen bread dough. And it’s whole wheat, so it’s healthy, right? (haha)

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Sun Butter Bites- Great if there are peanut allergies! I made these for Christmas (Obviously) But you could add sprinkles in the colors of your favorite team!

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Vegan Slutty Brownies– Because, obviously.

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Corn Salsa- My aunt makes the best corn salsa! it’s filled with corn, beans, red pepper, onion, avocado, and more! It’s the beeesstt with tortilla chips.

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Baked Veggie Egg Rolls- I love me some egg rolls, but I hate deep frying things at home.  These baked ones are a great, healthy alternative!

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Sundried Tomato Bean Dip- Definitly a healthier dip, instead of using chips you could serve it with a plate of veggies.

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Taco Dip- I have both a vegan and vegetarian version of this, it’s probably one of my most favorite foods on the planet.

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Brie and Candied Walnut Flatbread- This is another one of my favorites. So many different flavors in this one! A lot of people think this one may not be a dudes cup of tea- but my brother looooves it.

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Ginger Limeade- And obviously you need something to drink, besides alcoholic beverages, of course ; ) The ginger flavor in this limeade adds a little somethin-somethin.

After looking at all these recipes, I realized that I don’t have a lot of “manly’ recipes in my repertoire. But they are delicious, and that’s all I care about!

Do you watch the Super Bowl, or are you like me and prefer the version with the cute puppies? 

#SnowDay

27 Jan

Snow days for days, is what we’re getting. They aren’t even actual snow days- but just cold days. The school district I work in posted this on their site over the weekend-

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(Name of district blurred out for obvious reasons)

So far this semester has been ridiculous, and I’m sure a lot of you are experiencing the same weather. The first week back after the break was all snow days, then we had one week of actual school, and then last week every day was canceled except for Wednesday, which had a 2 hour delay. It’s looking like we’ll get tomorrow off as well, and at least a delay on Wednesday. I’ll get to student teach someday I guess!

Anywho, my plan for posts this week was a compilation of quick breakfasts I eat before work and lunches that I take with me, but since I haven’t been going to school I haven’t really needed a quick breakfast or a sack lunch.

While I have been eating my peanut butter greek yogurt, I’ve also been craving smoothies lately. Which is odd, since it’s so cold!

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This one has frozen blueberries, strawberries, banana, almond milk, and because all those frozen fruits made it wayyyy to icy, I added a few spoonfuls of what else- greek yogurt. I normally like to add silken tofu to my smoothies, but I didn’t have any.

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I also made this Smashed Chickpea Greek Salad (Recipe here!) to hopefully take to work- but that never happened. I left out the olives and feta cheese, and just added some cut up grape tomatoes to the mix instead of putting them on the sandwich separately. I love greek salad, so this was perfect.

I put it on bread with lettuce for a few days (I packed my lunch up the night before… then ate it at home the next day, haha) but then switched over to lettuce ‘wraps’. The wheat bread I have is really good, but it’s really heavy, and I wanted something a little lighter.

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Served with some cucumber slices. And my favorite Trader Joe’s caesar dressing. (Vegetarian!)

Also another breakfast eat, some scones my students made in class last week!

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This isn’t the more classic scone recipe I’m used to, that has heavy cream in it. This one had buttermilk and sour cream, so they came out with a super tangy flavor. They had dried cherries and chocolate chips in them, yum!

I’ve been thinking about how to do a dairy free version of these, and I know I can just use Earth Balance (Or some other non dairy butter/margarine) and for the buttermilk I can use almond milk with a little vinegar, but I’m at a loss for the sour cream. They do make soy versions, but those I feel like are more protein and not as much fat (I could be mistaken though) and cashew versions are all fat but they don’t have that tangy flavor I’m looking for.

If you have any ideas I’d love to hear them! I definitly want to veganize this recipe and share it on the blog one day soon.

Welp, that’s it for today, I’m not sure how I’m going to spend the rest of my day, (I didn’t think to bring home all the things I’ll need to plan my next unit- I didn’t think we’d have so many snow days!) but I’m sure it will either involve food or a fun DIY project! (Or binge watching netflix….)

Have you been enjoying snow days, or do you live in warmer weather?? 

A Favorite Breakfast

22 Jan

Howdy Ya’ll! (Apparently I’m from the south today…)

Thank you so much for your kind words on my last post, student teaching can get super stressful, especially when I’m trying to stay in remission for my UC. We actually had a snow day yesterday, so it was fun. (Fun Fact: We’ve had more snow days than actual school days so far this semester!)

I just stopped by really quick to share a breakfast that I’ve been loving lately. It’s super easy, and I normally prepare it the night before when I’m getting my lunch ready.

You only need a few ingredients!

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Peanut Butter Yogurt
Yogurt of choice- about 6 oz.
PB2- 1 heaping tablespoon
Stevia or other sweetener- to taste

To make, you literally just mix everything together! You can use dairy free yogurt, soy yogurt, regular yogurt, or greek yogurt, which is my favorite. (I’m a HUGE Chobani fan!) You can buy the individual containers, but the bigger ones are cheaper.

You can also use the plain PB2 or the chocolate kind, I’ve used both and love them both. I have little stevia packets, and I normal add half a packet per 6 oz. of yogurt. The PB2 does have a little sugar in it, and I don’t want to mask the tang of the greek yogurt. You can use regular sugar, but it’ll be gritty. I’m sure honey or agave would do nicely!

If you don’t have PB2 near you, you can melt peanut butter and mix it in, but that just adds another step and I’m lazy.

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It doesn’t necessarily look the greatest, especially in photos, but it’s amazing! I’ll keep making it until they come out with a peanut butter yogurt, haha. If you use greek yogurt, there’s also quite a bit of protein in it, combined with the peanut butter powder.

I’ve definitly been known to eat this for breakfast, and then take it for lunch as well… It’s that good!

Welp, I’ve got lesson plans to finish up, so I’m off. Have a lovely Wednesday everyone!

Is there anything special you like to mix with your yogurt, or any fun toppings you think I should add to this?

 

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