Cocoa Acai Bowl

A few weeks ago, I shared a picture of my cocoa acai bowl on Instagram, and I had a few people message me about the recipe. I decided to do a quick little blog post on it so everyone could access it, and because it is a delicious and easy recipe for college students! Plus, this is way cheaper than buying an acai bowl at a stand that sells them, which is always a bonus.

What You Need: 
1 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp honey
1/4 cup milk
1/2 frozen banana 
1 100g packet of acai 

coconut, honey, berries, or any topping you want!

Add everything into your blender and blend well!

First things first, you need to make sure you have acai packets. I found mine in a 4 pack at Trader Joes, but you could probably find some at other stores like Fresh Thyme or Whole Foods too. I also recommend running the acai under some warm water to melt it just a tiny bit so it is easier to blend. If you put it in straight from the freezer it takes a looooong time to blend everything well. You also can totally add in more banana if you like bananas, or substitute honey for maple syrup if you have that on hand!

Overall, this recipe is great if you want a filling snack in the afternoon or if you need a quick lunch. I love how customizable it can be too, depending on your ingredients.

Do you ever make acai bowls at home? Let me know what recipe you use in the comments!
xo, Scarlett


Recently Reading: October 2017

October was a great month for reading, and I ended up reading quite a few books that I enjoyed! This month I made a conscious effort to read more in my free time instead of watching tv shows, and I often read while I was eating lunch or dinner as a break. I am definitely a strong believer in the fact that everyone can make time to read, but few actually do.

original image via Pinterest

Also the first two books in this post I actually finished towards the end of September. But I didn't have time to put them in September's post before it went live, so I am adding them into this months!

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks-
Slowly but surely making my way through the Nicholas Sparks books that my library has available for my Kindle. I had seen the movie Dear John before, but honestly I barely remember what happened during it so the ending of this book was still a surprise to me. Honestly, I liked the first half of this book way better than the last half. And the decisions that some of the characters made really pained me even though they were mostly realistic. Overall, I would still recommend this book, especially if you are a Nicholas Sparks fan.

Choosing To SEE by Mary Beth Chapman-
I am always trying to find books to get me to read non-fiction books, so when this one popped up on my library's website I was intrigued since I grew up listening to Steven Curtis Chapman's music. His wife wrote this book and I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. I liked her honesty about her struggles with depression, adoption, the loss of her daughter, and trusting in God and His word. Everything wasn't sugar coated, and I appreciated that. But I will admit by the end I was getting a little bored and may have skipped over a few pages here and there. Overall, still a good book that I would recommend if you like reading memoirs

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen-
For my new 101 in 1001 list, I am trying to finish reading all books by Sarah Dessen. This one made me one closer, and I finished it in only 2 days! I think I only have 2 or 3 left now, which is really exciting! Anyways, back to the book. I really liked this one, and immediately was rooting for Ruby, the main character. I just love how genuine Sarah Dessen's books are, and honestly once I finish one I usually wish there was a sequel so I could keep following the characters. Yes, sometimes her books are cheesy and melodramatic, but sometimes I enjoy a lighter read like this between thrillers. Overall, if you like Sarah Dessen I would definitely recommend this book!

I Found You by Lisa Jewell-
I had not read a book by Lisa Jewell before, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one and added her other books to my reading list. I really like mysteries that go back and forth between time, or between two narrators. This one went from present to about 20 years before, and I loved the seamless transition between the two and the multiple points of view you got because of it. It is a great psychological thriller because I was able to piece together some parts, but I also did not see many of the twists coming. Overall, I would highly recommend this book!

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane-
I went into this book wanting another good psychological thriller, but this one fell short in many cases. The beginning was painfully slow, and the only reason I kept reading past the first hundred or two hundreds pages was because I read reviews that it got better. In some aspects, it did get better and I was enjoying it. But it also felt like this book contained multiple different stories that were supposed to cohesively come together, but it did not come together in the end. I also was not satisfied with the ending and I felt it left too many things open. It is an okay novel, but as a thriller I would maybe recommend, but it would not be my first recommendation.

Uninvited by Lisa TerKeurst- This book was one of my favorites that I read this past month, and I have been recommending it to so many of my friends. TerKeurst walks through how to overcome the pain of past or present rejection, and how to in turn live loved. If you've ever tasted the bitter sting of being rejected (and who hasn't?), I strongly recommend you pick this book up. I found myself writing down so many lines from this book in my journal so I could remember them and come back to them later. I would definitely recommend this book! 

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware-
I was hesitant to pick up this book since I had heard very mixed reviews about this one. Many people seemed to love Ruth Ware's first two books, but then they found that this one fell short. The book tells the story of four friends who met in a boarding school as teenagers almost 20 years prior. They played "the lying game" until something happened and they were withdrawn from the school. Seventeen years later the last lie they told has come to haunt them. I really liked the atmosphere of the book that Ware created, since it felt foreboding and like something was about to happen throughout the book. I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you enjoyed either of her previous thrillers. 

What books did you read in October? Share in the comments below!
xo, Scarlett


How I Organize My Recipes

Since I moved into my first apartment in September, I knew I needed a way to keep all of my favorite recipes organized. I will be cooking for myself for the first time since I lived in the dorms the past two years and had a meal plan. But this year I don't have a meal plan, so I knew I needed to have some good recipes on hand!

I spent so much time looking into how other people organized their recipes, from binders to photo books to boxes. As I am sure you know, Pinterest can be a dark hole sometimes lol. In the end, I decided a recipe box would work best for me, and I ended up ordering this one from Rifle Paper Co. I debated for about a month whether I should buy it or not, but in the end I am so glad I purchased it! I love the pattern so much, and I can tell this box is going to last me many years.

It also came with cards and dividers, which I was not expecting at all! I guess from now on I should read the product description better...

But these cards are super cute, and all of the recipes I copied from my mom fit on them so that made me happy! I will have to buy some new cards soon since I almost ran out, but I was so glad I didn't have to purchase some right away.

How cute is this pattern? I love almost any pattern by Rifle Paper Co, but this one is so simple and cute! 

My only complaint is that a few of the dividers are labeled things I won't use. For example, I don't eat seafood so I will probably never have a recipe in there. But overall I am so excited to be using this recipe box, and it has been working out great. I love how easy it is to find what recipe I need because of the labeled dividers. One of the main reasons I decided on a box was because you could keep it super organized, and you can easily take the recipe card out when you want to cook something. I can't wait to try even more new recipes and add them to my trusty box in the years to come. 

How do you organize your favorite recipes? Share in the comments below! 
xo, Scarlett


Sit Down With Scarlett: 10.23.17

I wanted to do another laid back post to catch you guys up with what has been going on in my life! Last week I had my last two midterms back to back, so it was a stressful week to say the least. But I was able to drive home after classes on Thursday, and it was so nice to relax and spend a few days with family. Plus, it was in the upper 70s on Friday and Saturday, so the weather was amazing!

One of my favorite parts of this semester has been observing in the clinic. I am in my last year of undergrad, so one of my classes involves observing a first year grad student in the clinic on campus. The client I am observing is a pediatric client, which has been great since I originally went into speech pathology thinking I wanted to work with kids! Even though we have only had a few weeks of therapy, it has been awesome to see the great progress my client has already made.

Going along with that, my favorite class this semester has been child language development. So far I have learned so much in that class, and I find myself analyzing random kids who speak in public. Is that weird? Maybe. But many of my speech path friends say they do this too so I don't think it's too bad lol. After our midterm in this class, one of my good friends and I went to an apple orchard to celebrate with donuts and cider. While we were there we overheard a baby babbling and we both identified what stage of babbling he was doing at the same time since it was fresh in our mind from the midterm. I love that with speech pathology I have been able to apply so much of what I have been learning this year, either with my client or when I am out around other people.

Also does anyone else feel like this semester is flying by? I can't believe we are already past midterms and that it is almost November! I also start a bowling class today that I have for the rest of the semester, so I am excited to start that and hopefully get better at bowling?

One thing that has been taking up a bit of my time the past few weeks is getting allergy shots. I began getting them at the end of September, and I have had to go get two shots every Monday and Friday. Basically, I have had really bad allergies that have gotten even worse over the past few years, so after getting tested this summer I decided to start allergy shots. It is a long process (3-5 years), but hopefully it will be worth it in the end!

What have you been up to this month? Let me know in the comments below!
xo, Scarlett


Baked Cinnamon Vanilla Donuts

It has been way too long since I shared a good recipe on the blog, so I am back today to share this delicious baked donut recipe! 

On my new 101 in 1001 list, one of my goals was to bake my own donuts. I love donuts and I wanted to attempt to make some myself. Then a few weeks ago I found a recipe that looked great on Pinterest, so I decided to make them on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Except I didn't own a donut pan. Luckily, I found a way to make your own donut "mold" out of foil, and it included another yummy donut recipe that I decided to try. 

I got the recipe and the DIY donut pan idea from Top With Cinnamon, but I did one thing differently. Instead of rolling the foil into a donut shape, I just used a bagel I had and wrapped foil around it to create donut molds. I ended up just make 4 larger molds, so I got 4 giant donuts, but if you make smaller molds then you will get more donuts! 

Baked Cinnamon Vanilla Donuts:
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup (2 oz / 55g) granulated sugar
2 tbsp + 1 tsp brown sugar
1 large egg
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 – 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg, to taste
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups (6 oz / 170g) all purpose flour
1/2 cup (125 ml) milk

3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup (2-4 oz / 55-110g) sugar
1- 2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp vanilla sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Spray your (diy) donut pan(s) using non stick spray or brush with oil using a pastry brush. If you’re using the diy donut pans, place them on a cookie sheet.
In a bowl, cream together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugars till smooth.
Add the eggs, beating to combine.
Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla.
Stir the flour into the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour and making sure everything is thoroughly combined.
Spoon the batter into a disposable plastic sandwich bag. Cut off the tip of one corner and pipe batter into the prepared pans, filling each cavity 2/3 full.Bake the donuts for 10-18 minutes, or until they’re a pale golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the middle of one of the center muffins comes out clean.
Remove them from the oven, and let them cool for a couple of minutes, or until you can handle them. While they’re cooling, melt the butter for the topping (this is easily done in the microwave), and mix cinnamon and sugar(s) in a shallow, wide bowl.
Remove the donuts from the foil/donut pan. Use a pastry brush to brush the each donut with the melted butter, then roll in cinnamon and sugar.
Serve warm, or cool on a rack and wrap airtight. Store for a day or so at room temperature.
Not too shabby for my first try at making donuts. I will probably buy a donut pan sometime soon since I would love to try more recipes now that I liked these. I just didn't want to splurge on a pan that I would only use once or twice! 
Have you ever made your own donuts? Share in the comments below! 
xo, Scarlett


My Current Favorite Hair Products

I know I don't typically do hair/beauty posts on the blog, but I have been loving a few of the products I have been using recently, and I wanted to share those with you!

1. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Hairspray-
I definitely do not use hairspray every day, but when I need to keep some baby hairs down or keep some curls in, I reach for this spray. It doesn't leave my hair feeling crunchy afterwards, which is always a plus. And it actually works really well at keeping my hair curly, which is saying a lot since my hair is naturally very straight and curls usually fall out within a few hours. I also like the smell of this spray, and I don't find it overpowering like the scent of some hair sprays.

2. Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo-
I didn't start using dry shampoo until college, and I have no idea why it took me that long because it is a life-saver. I usually wash my hair every third day, and this stuff keeps it looking good on day 3 before I wash it. If you find yourself washing you hair every day because it looks greasy, I definitely recommend trying some dry shampoo!

3. Pantene Expert Intense Hydration Conditioner-
I was sent this conditioner and it's matching shampoo in an Influenster box a few months ago, but I didn't start using it until I moved into school this year. The shampoo is fine and I will use it, but the conditioner is really good! I love the subtle scent of it, and my hair always feels very soft after I use it. Obviously most conditioners do that, but I swear this completely smooths my hair.

4. Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo-
Maple Holistics reached out to me about a month ago and asked if I would like to try their tea tree shampoo. I was excited to try it since tea tree is known for clearing dead skin cells from hair follicles and combating dandruff. I have dry skin in general, but it gets even worse during the colder months. I am happy to report that this shampoo has been keeping my hair flake-free and it smells amazing! Tee tree, rosemary, and lavender are three of the main ingredients, so it smells like you are having a relaxing spa day every time you shower. It is also sulfate free, and is all natural, so if you are trying to find great natural beauty products, this is one you have to try!

What are your favorite hair care products? Share in the comments below!
xo, Scarlett


A Day In My Life - Fall 2017

This semester has been one of my favorites so far, so I decided I wanted to do another day in the life post so you guys could get a glimpse into what one of my days is like! This semester I don't have any classes on Fridays and only 1 on Mondays, so most of my classes are crammed into Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Today I am going to give you a glimpse into what a typical Tuesday/Thursday looks like for me this semester, but I might share my Wednesday before the semester is over!

7:40: wake up, eat breakfast, and get ready for class

8:25: Leave for class

8:35: Religion class

9:50- study between classes in a lobby on campus

10:30- Audiology

11:45- Go back to my apartment and eat lunch. During this time I usually do devotions too, and clean up the kitchen or my room if it needs it. If I have extra time, I will work ahead on homework or watch a show.

1:00- Go study before class with one of my speech path friends.

1:30- Child Language Development- this class is probably my favorite this semester. It is so interesting, and we get to watch a lot of videos of children talking lol.

2:45- go back to my apartment and eat a snack.

3:00- go to the gym with K- this is something we try to do every Tuesday/Thursday since we have the class before together, but if something comes up it isn't a huge deal if we skip a day. I began getting allergy shots in September, and sometimes I end up getting shots during that time instead.

4:15- shower (if I worked out) or do homework.

5:00- start prepping dinner/ eat dinner. Sometimes I make something simple like pasta or chicken, but often I have leftovers on weeknights so it doesn't take too long to get together!

5:45- work on homework or the blog. The rest of the evening I usually spend in just working on stuff. Sometimes I have a meeting or event to go to for an hour or two, but for the most part it is pretty chill. If I need a change of scenery, occasionally I will go to one of my favorite study spots on campus or off campus to a coffee shop with a friend.

11:00- Get ready for bed. This almost always includes writing my to-do list for the next day and reading for at least a few minutes before I fall asleep!

If you want to learn more about speech pathology as a major, read this post I wrote last spring!

What does a typical day look like to you? Share in the comments!
xo, Scarlett