Mindfulness: Live in the Present Moment!

A mindfulness practice could help you live a more positive and fulfilling life. A basic definition of mindfulness would be: living in the present moment; but there is so much more to it than that. It helps you live in the present, but it also helps you live with gratitude, kindness, curiosity, and self-compassion. I really got interested in the practice of mindfulness when I came across a new book on the topic at the library. I ended up buying it and highlighting it like crazy because the things the author talks about are so so important. The book, which…

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Fancy Plaited Challah Bread

I 've always wanted to make bread and try my hand at yeasted bakes, so when they made Challah on the Great British Baking Show, I had to try it myself. I also plaited it like they did on the show. Let me tell you, I definitely felt accomplished after finishing this fancy plaited challah bread. I ended up using a video from the YouTube channel of one of the GBBO contestants, Mat Riley to do the braid because I definitely needed the visual element to do this braid. I’ve done braids before in my hair, and I’ve even done…

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Chocolate Oreo Trifle (Vegan & Gluten Free Options!)

Where are all my chocolate lovers?! This amazing chocolate oreo trifle is filled to the brim with chocolatey, creamy flavors and has a little extra crunch from crushed up Oreos. The best part? It can be thrown together in less than an hour, semi-homemade style. It's also dairy-free, and can be made gluten-free and vegan depending on your dietary preferences. This semi-homemade chocolate oreo trifle is a must have for everyone who wants a mind blowing throw-it-together dessert for special occasions. Prepare the Layers There are four different layers to this trifle: Chocolate Cake Chocolate Pudding Whipped Cream Oreos Chocolate…

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Meditation to Reduce Stress and Relax

Meditation is a proven way to reduce stress. And in the stressful society we've been living in nowadays, I feel like more people should be open to the practice. I've known about meditation for quite a few years, but I only really started practicing it regularly when my anxiety kind of flared up last year due to a stressful situation. I've been practicing almost daily now for several months and have started noticing some real benefits from it. Meditation is great for my mental health, and it can be for yours too. Benefits of Meditation Meditation has become an ingrained part…

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Garlic Buttered Naan

My husband and I love Indian food. We especially love naan bread when we eat out, so I decided to try and make some naan at home. I got the idea of course, from the Great British Baking Show, my endless source of inspiration. They had to make yeasted and non yeasted flatbreads. Naan is yeasted which I was unaware of until I tried to make it. We’re already addicted to it, so I’m sure I’ll be making more soon! I looked at several different Garlic Butter Naan recipes online and I decided on trying the naan recipe on Host…

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Easy Homemade Donuts

So I finally got a deep fryer which I am super excited about. Of course, I had to make donuts. I have always wanted to make them and it turns out they are actually very easy to make!I actually read this guide on Food52 which explained all the different types of donuts before I started. It was super helpful. The following easy homemade donut recipe I will show you how to make is a basic yeasted donut.This donut consists of simple ingredients you should have on hand (except for maybe the yeast which is hard to find these days) and…

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Hidden Design Cake: Chocolate Rainbow Cookie Heart

So I attempted to do a showstopper cake like they do on the Great British Baking Show. It was definitely a challenge for me! I decided on trying to make a hidden design cake which is the challenge for one of the episodes. I decided to try and make a chocolate cake with a hidden rainbow cookie heart design inside. There are plenty of things I would do differently next time, but I am definitely very happy with the rainbow heart I saw when I cut into the cake. All that work was worth it! I decided on this particular…

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Apple Crumble Tart

 This is not your typical Apple Pie recipe. Dare I say it, possibly even better than Apple Pie! Who doesn't love a crumble topping?  The source of this brilliant recipe is the amazing John Whaite. He is the winner for Series 3 ("the beginnings" collection on Netflix) of the Great British Baking Show. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, John has been home quarantining and he's been posting new bakes on his Instagram stories practically everyday.I, of course, have been watching them all religiously. He gives great little tips during his baking demonstrations. I feel like I learn a lot from watching him…

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Cookie in a Cup (With Vegan Option)

I found this lifesaver of a recipe on Pinterest several years ago and have used it on the regular ever since! It's just a handful of ingredients that you will most likely have on hand already and if you make it enough like my brother and I have over the years, you'll even memorize it!  There can be pros and cons to a single serving cookie though. Pro: the immediate satisfaction of a hot gooey chocolate chip cookie in under 10 minutes. Con: it's so easy you will make it all the time. I mean it. All. The. Time. It's…

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My Skin Care Routine with Essential Oils

I'll start off by saying it took an awful long time for me to actually be interested in keeping my skin looking good. After much persistence from my lovely mama, I started trying some skin care products she raved about and now I have an ingrained routine that I never miss a single day of. I have to give a huge shout out to my mom for all her skin care wisdom. She loves skin care as much as I love baking, so she pointed me in the right direction for taking proper care of my skin.  Using Essential Oils The…

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