This is Katy Bunny, the loyal rabbit that I stuffed at Build-A-Bear Workshop when I was 5 years old.
In August 2015, I started working at my school’s on-campus coffee shop, The Brewin’ Den. I loved that job. From behind the counter, I met so many students that I otherwise would have never talked to. I loved brightening each student’s morning by making coffee for them.
As a barista, I could be creative with flavors. The statement, “make me anything with an extra shot” made my day.
I got free food, and trust me — day-old scones are SO edible!
And I got paid. Yes, even minimum wage (plus tips) looks good as a college student!
It was an all-around great job.
Perhaps one of the biggest results of the job was that I slowly grew to like coffee. As I played around with flavors, I realized that black coffee is simply a canvas for flavorful artwork.
So step into my studio…
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon Blind Spot Peanut Butter Brownie
- 1/2 tablespoon honey, or more (depending on desired sweetness)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup fresh hot espresso or strong coffee
- In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine the milk, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla, stirring until smooth.
- When mixture is steaming, whisk in cocoa powder. Continue whisking until mixture is frothy.
- Pour the hot coffee into a mug.
- Add the frothy milk mixture and serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from I Love Peanut Butter.
My family does not have many traditions, but when it comes to Christmas, we always conduct our morning the same way.
We sleep in. That’s right. We don’t rush to the tree at three o’clock in the morning to open presents.
When we finally pull ourselves from our warm beds, we cook a delicious breakfast of bacon, potatoes, fresh fruit, and homemade waffles.
We eat together, do the dishes, and (finally) open presents one at a time.
I associate Christmas with homemade waffles, but a lot of people consider December the month of cookies.
Friends exchange cookies as presents. Because of family traditions, children decorate sugar cookies to look like Christmas trees and snowmen. Families bake cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.
In celebration of Christmas, I combined these two Christmas treats and created…
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 banana, mashed
- 1/4 tbs honey
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 tbs coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tbs Blind Spot Shortbread Cookie blended nut butter
- Whisk dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt) together in a small bowl
- In a food processor, combine wet ingredients (banana, honey, milk, oil, and nut butter).
- Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients
- Preheat waffle iron and coat with nonstick spay. Pour batter into prepared iron and cook 1.5 – 2 minutes.
- Top with the Oatmeal Artist’s Chocolate Sauce and sprinkles.
- Eat and enjoy (or leave out for Santa)
We were all starving, but we were also all in agreement that laundry HAD to be done before we went to supper. After a week of painting, running through the rain, and carrying dusty boxes to get everything ready for camp, we needed to clean our clothes before the laundromat closed. That is why five college girls were sitting on the floor of an outdated laundromat in Columbus, TX.
When I reached into my bag for my journal, I saw the holy grail: five homemade Honey Nut Cereal Bars, squashed and slightly melted. I handed one to each of my companions. Within minutes, our hands were covered in gooey peanut butter, but our stomachs were satiated enough to fold a few more t-shirts.
Honey Nut Cereal Bars
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup cereal
- microwave peanut butter and honey for 30 seconds
- stir in cereal
- pour into a small container lined with wax paper
- freeze for at least 20 minutes
- cut into several bars
- eat and enjoy (or store in an airtight container)
What would Sweet Potato Week be without a recipe for sweet potato casserole?
What would Kat’s 9 Lives be without oatmeal?
You may never know the answer to those questions.
For the sweet potato filling:
- 2/3 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
- 1 tbs milk
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/16 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
For the oatmeal topping:
- 2 tbs oatmeal
- 1/2 tbs water
- 1/4 tsp honey
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly coat a single-serve ramekin with nonstick spray
- Mix together all ingredients for the filling and scoop into the ramekin
- Bake for 5 minutes
- Meanwhile, mix together all of the topping ingredients
- Remove the sweet potato filling from the oven and top with oatmeal mixture
- Return the ramekin to the oven and continue to bake for 15-20 minutes
- Let cool, eat, and enjoy!
I pose the question: Is it possible to beat an egg for so long that it defies gravity?
Yes. Here is photographic proof:
What is even more amazing is that this egg can become a cookie with the addition of one other ingredient.
- 1 egg white
- 1.5 tbs honey
- 1/4 tsp lemon juice (optional, for flavor)
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Whisk all ingredients with a hand mixer on high until the eggs form “stiff peaks.”
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Using two spoons, place meringues on pan in small dallops.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until lightly browned.
On January 10, I received an email saying that January is National Oatmeal Month. I don’t know how I had missed this! I should have dedicated the entire month to this wonderful, warm morning treat.
I have had an abundance of oatmeal this month, but I haven’t made any new recipes since I have been at school. I couldn’t let the entire month go by without posting an oatmeal-related recipe, so I pulled this granola recipe out of the dark recesses of my drafts folder.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup chopped cashews
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt
- preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- toss oats, cinnamon, coconut, pecans, almonds, and cashews in a large bowl
- in a separate bowl, whisk honey and yogurt
- stir honey + yogurt mixture into oat + nut mixture until everything is well coated
- pour granola onto a lightly greased 13×18 rimmed baking sheet
- bake approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasional until granola has turned a light golden brown
- eat and enjoy