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Marvelous Meals

15 Nov

Hello Friends!

I thought I would start off your Wednesday with some great pics of my eats this week. WARNING: it’s mid-semester paper time which means my photos aren’t the greatest quality.

First up? Crepes! I was supporting a friend who was leading a French Club meeting so, naturally, I had to help her out with eating the crepes that were served 🙂
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Awesome use of my leftovers: arugula (it’s been in the fridge for 2 1/2 weeks now, but I just can’t stand to part with it! In the mix: arugula, toasted almond rise (courtesy of Near East), canadian bacon (freeze the big pack from Costco, and pull out as much as needed).

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House night in with the roomies! Weird (but oddly good) baked brie and almond appetizers.

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Coffee (I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, coffee is its own food group)

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Eggs+potatoes+cheese+canadian bacon (also part of the roommate dinner, so don’t worry, I didn’t eat that all myself)

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The view. Love this city 🙂

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Happy Wednesday!

The Twins

Rad Wraps

2 Nov

I’m rad…about wraps! But seriously.

Wraps are such an easy way to eat on the go and, if you play your cards right, they can even be healthy (just depends what you decide to fill them with).

My favorites?

Breakfast Burrito (egg, peppers)

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Another Breakfast Burrito (egg, arugula, onions)

 

 

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Random stir-fry veggie mix!
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How do you wrap?

–The Twins

Risotto Master

1 Nov

It’s official. I’m a risotto master.

Jokes aside, I’m actually quite proud of how this turned out. Risotto isn’t the easiest thing in the world to make, BUT if you have a solid 1 1/2 hours to kill, I would highly suggest going for it.

Never made risotto before? Here’s how:

If you’ve been following our little blog for a while, you’ll know that I (Hanna) don’t really like to use recipes. Ok, so I use them more as “suggestions.” If you religiously follow recipes when you cook, here’s a great one.

Start with some chicken broth. Warm it on LOW while you chop up your veggies. You want it to be lightly simmering (not boiling) by the time you use it.

You’ll also want some arborio rice (risotto rice). Trader Joe’s has a great option.

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Chop veggies! Onions, garlic and mushrooms are great additions to risotto.

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This is a two-pan job. Use one to heat the chicken broth, and the other to cook the veggies.

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After the veggies cook down a little bit, add your risotto. Keep it in the pan for a good minute or two to get it nice and toasty.

THEN comes the difficult part. Add the chicken stock to the veggies/risotto in 1 cup increments, stirring until the rice absorbs it all up!

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Yum!

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Have you tried making risotto before?

–The Twins

This Week’s Eats

26 Oct

This week has been absolutely crazy! On top of not having a computer for the moment (long story), I’ve got midterms to deal with!

My eats this week have been kind of random, but I thought I would share them anyway.

Breakfast taco! (eggs, arugula, tortilla)

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Housemate dinner featuring: tofu, kale chips and mushrooms (so healthy, so good!)

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Leftover risotto (dressed up a bit)

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And again! It was so good, and leftovers do not go to waste in this house!

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What are you eating this week?

–The Twins

Sick Day

12 Oct

It seems like every year I get sick right before midterms. It just happens. No avoiding it.

However, 3 years into my college education, I’ve picked up a few tips along the way to make those inevitable “sick days” turn into “sick day” (as much as humanly possible).

Sick? Read on.

1. Catch it early. It never hurts to be prepared, especially when it comes to your health. When you feel a little tickle in your throat, think about running to the store to pick up the “sick essentials.” The last thing you want to do is wait until the cold/flu sets in hard core, and you are stuck walking to the store feeling like death. Believe me, NOT FUN! (Life is just a bit harder without a car!) #collegeproblems

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2. Emergen-C is your new BFF. Seriously. Whenever I feel a cold coming on, I make sure to take at least one of these packets EVERY-SINGLE-DAY. It pumps you full of vitamins and minerals and can get to work building your immune system (‘Cause let’s be honest, as a college student there are far more important things to worry about than being sick).

3. DayQuil is a life-saver. Especially when you have 8am classes. Why is it that you always feel worse in the morning when you have a cold? The last thing you want to do is drag your butt out of bed to sit in class. DayQuil can make that happen.

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4. If you think the cold might turn into something worse, tell your professors right away. If you go to a small school, consider talking to them after class. If you go to a bigger school, an email might be better 🙂 Staying in good graces with your profs will come in handy if you do have to skip class/reschedule a midterm thanks to your ill-timed cold/flu.

5. Dress warmly! The last thing you want to do is have a cold,,,and be cold. That cute new dress can wait for another day. My advice? Stick with yoga pants and a warm sweatshirt.

Stay healthy!

–The Twins

(Make Your Own) Pumpkin Spice Latte

11 Oct

Oh do we have a treat for y’all today…

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes. 

Yes, its a thing. As much as I do love Starbuck’s PSLs (it isn’t technically fall until they bring out the PSLs!), my campus (and house) is nowhere near a Starbucks location. Plus, poor college student, remember?

Last year, I experimented with recipes from the Kitchn  and the Creatively Living Blog, but this year, I decided to be a little more spontaneous…and try my own recipe (as it NO recipe).

I totally winged (wung) it. And it worked!

Here’s an Instagram video that captures my PSL experiment:


And, for those of you who are brave enough to try a PSL without an actual recipe, check out my step-by-step directions below.

Hanna’s Pumpkin Spice Latte

Boil some water. Preferably in a cute teapot.

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Make yourself some french press coffee. Instant coffee or regular coffee will work just fine in a pinch.

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Microwave a cup of milk. Add a generous scoop of pumpkin puree, a scoop of sugar, and the french press. Top with whipped cream (of course).

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Drink up!

–The Twins

Living in Perfect Harmony…Well, Almost.

4 Oct

Don’t get me wrong, I (Hanna) love my housemates. Sometimes though, living with other people reminds me how much I miss living with my sister. Haley is clean, organized, understands me, the list goes on and on. [Insert “awwwwwww” here].

I live with 3 other girls in a cramped two-story house, so we learned to get real close, real fast.

Whether you are getting ready to live with someone else (dorm, apartment, whatever), here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way on how to (sort of) live in perfect harmony:

1. Understand that not everyone will reach your level of “clean freak.” This has been really difficult for me to grasp. Haley is just as clean and organized as I am (if not more). Realizing that you may be surrounded by mess (this is college for goodness sake) is essential if you don’t want to be ripping your hair out at the sight of a pile of junk in the middle of your living room.

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2. On that same note, organization is KEY for a healthy, happy household. When you are living in a small space, the mess multiplies exponentially. Add 3 other girls in the mix, and you can see where I’m going with this. We have “Weekly Cleaning Parties” where we all pitch in to clean the common areas (kitchen, living room, bathrooms). It keeps everyone accountable for the mess and splits the work evenly so you don’t feel like you’re the only one cleaning.

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3. Take time to just TALK. My roommates and I are all very busy with school, work, and extracurriculars. Taking time to just talk is super important. Instead of taking dinner down to your room, eat with your housemates (whoever happens to be there). Nights bonding over chocolate and ABC Family shows (read: Greek) have made my housemates and I a lot closer–and we’ve only lived together for a month!

4. Be yourself. Be authentic. Your housemates/roommate will appreciate that. Who cares if you love blasting country music and dancing in the living room while you study (umm GUILTY). Chances are, they will too 🙂

What are your tips?

–The Twins