With spring break over, the end of the semester is so close I can taste it! Although I don’t take summers off, they do tend to be a bit less intense. And with the end of this semester comes this:
Yes, I am participating this time. I kind of burned out on the me-made challenges and didn’t do the last few. But right now I feel like I need some accountability in how I dress – what with being in class with 20 year olds all the time, I find it very easy to just wear jeans and still feel overdressed (I don’t remember everyone wearing sweatpants when I was originally in school, but perhaps I didn’t notice, as I can’t remember what people wore at all.)
I plan to do weekly posts here, and to post daily to the flickr group.
I have a few things going on in may that I want new dresses for. They are:
The Kentucky Derby: Yes, it’s true, as a local the derby is pretty unexciting to me. That doesn’t mean I don’t have things to do! I’m singing/playing for a fundraising brunch on Oaks day (the race the day before derby, or “derby for locals” as we usually call it.) I also have a few Derby parties to attend, though those are more casual. Here is what I’m thinking:
Amity at Amity Originals actually went back and reviewed this pattern for me, years after she made it. Thank you so much – it did help, and now this is up next! Assuming, of course, that I can actually figure out where my pattern is. I think I cut it out, but now it is lost in my house (it’s just barely possible that I am not the neatest housekeeper ever…) I’m hoping to find it soon so I can get started. I’m planning to use self-fabric covered buttons up the back. Don’t you think it will be very “day at the races” with a fancy hat?
Graduation: Next up, I need something to wear when I graduate (well, we are gowned of course, but there are other events!) I want something fun and summery, but still dressed up:
Simplicity 1803 – As you can see, I was originally planning on this for Easter, but I never got to it. I’m leaning towards the dots, which is becoming a bit of a theme for me. The floral is a bit more faded looking in real life, but I like it!
These are hopefully my next two projects. I should have considerably more free time in May, so I may get some more done (not before though – I have so much to do right now!)
Updates on my other random hobbies:
Yoga: Thank you for all your suggestions for yoga I might enjoy! I ended up joining My yoga online – it’s only $10 a month, and they have a ton of very well produced practices. I’m a fan of streaming services (we went all streaming last year, and don’t miss cable tv a bit!) I hook my laptop up to my tv with an s-video cable, so it’s very easy for me to use these workouts.
Cooking: I’m still making an effort to cook more. I have several days a week when I have to eat out due to my schedule (and because I want to socialize) so if I don’t make the effort to cook the other days then I never will. I feel like I’m starting to get better at this! Here are a few of my recent favorite recipes:
Tahini roasted broccoli over bulgur from Vegetarian Times – I’ve actually made this twice now. I replace the raisins with dried cranberries (I don’t like raisins) but other than that follow the recipe. It seems simple, but it’s so good – and roasting broccoli makes it great even for broccoli haters (my husband calls this “hummus broccoli” because that’s what it tastes like.) Broccoli is my favorite vegetable, so obviously I like it.
Chocolate coconut “luna” bars – I have an obsession with luna bars, but they are so pricey! This is a great copycat, which I actually prefer to the luna coconut flavor. My alterations: I used agave nectar instead of the brown rice syrup, chocolate peanut butter (Justin’s brand,) no protein powder, and dark chocolate chips (Hershey’s special dark) instead of the vegan ones in the recipe. They turned out really well!
I also made up a recipe for chocolate waffles. I love the chocolate chip pancakes at IHOP, but I prefer waffles, so I used a few different recipes to work with what I had to make my own. I know the yogurt sounds weird, but I always use it in baked goods – it’s healthy, and it doesn’t alter the taste like applesauce does. Yes, my parents were hippies, and I picked these things up from them! My Mom used to make her own yogurt all the time. I’m not that hardcore, but I usually have yogurt around. I got so used to eating it growing up that I don’t like to be without.
These waffles are nicely chocolate without being too sweet. If you like, you can use chocolate chips in the batter instead of mixing them in, to get chocolate chip waffles.
Chocolate yogurt waffles (makes 4)
1.5 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
6 oz vanilla almond milk or soy milk
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
5 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla milk)
2 oz greek yogurt (I used Stoneyfield farms Oikos chocolate flavor, to give an extra chocolate boost to the batter.)
2 Tbsp chocolate chips (I used Hershey’s special dark)
Powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat dry waffle iron.
Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside
Whisk together almond or soy milk and vinegar in another bowl. It will curdle – do not be afraid! Let this sit for a few minutes.
Combine cocoa powder and chocolate in a bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup boiling water in until melted. Stir milk mix into chocolate. Add in brown sugar, vanilla, and yogurt. Add the dry mixture to this bowl and stir until combined.
Spray waffle iron with non-stick spray. Cook 3 minutes or until done (my waffle iron has a light that goes off.) Dust with powdered sugar and serve! These go really well with a berry topping (I like raspberries.) Mmm… breakfast for dinner. My favorite!