I think I prefer making baked goods from scratch. As grateful as I am that premixed flours exist my personal choice is that, if I can somehow duplicate a baked good with minimal ingredients and a little practice then it seems worth it in the long run. Even though it’s September, it’s still summer but I’m still over here playing some old Taylor Swift jams and of course paying an homage (like please go away hot weather) to summer!!
These muffins are so fluffy and a really proper way to end out summer. I had these strawberries from Trader Joe’s I wanted to use, leftover lemon from a previous baking session, and some nighttime inspiration – side note if you haven’t read Jenny Han’s book series To All The Boys I Loved Before, or its Netflix film counterpart then you’re truly missing out. Lara Jean Covey is a literary icon who you’d find sipping strawberry milkshakes at a 50’s diner or baking, baking all the time. So basically take your pick: binge the book series and then watch the film or the other way around and have your heart restored with joy and hope.
Its that time: September skies and the dip of the weather. October and its orange and warm tones start creeping in. When you live in LA and it really gets going in the midst of October. But always comes down to “pumpkin spice everything” when Fall hits. There’s something about the warm, toasty flavors that evoke fall, the change of seasons, the whisper of magic in the air…or is that just me?
I remember back when bookstores where the place to get lost in. There was something extraordinary about getting wrapped up in cozy knitwear and heading to the bookstore for a warm cup of coffee and looking for a good read. It was an autumnal rite of camaraderie or time to yourself. It was a warm cup of pumpkin spices wafting its spell.
In fact I still feel this way and it has affected in the way I choose to spend my Autumnal days (pumpkin patch anyone?) I think it’s beautiful to live amidst the seasons and bring in it’s abundance of flavors. Enjoy!!
After a long work week sometimes you need a bit of downtime to yourself. I repeat: take time to do your own thing. Never feel like you can’t dedicate some time to unwind, especially on the warm sunny summer days. Because ideally, I would be taking a languid stroll through the lake but you know, I can dream. While August is wining down (but those darn templates still rising!) I wanted to take it easy. Like maybe embrace the summer day. You know?
So onto this easy dusk-time meal. Pizza is one of my favorite things in life, you can top it with whatever is local, whatever is a bulk find, and its quite easy of a recipe because the weekends are(should be) for chilling (and getting down to relaxing). I added a plant based + vegan ricotta cheese but feel free to change it up! I ended up making this roasted summer veggie pizza to split with my mum + some galaxy (flower) iced lemonade that is a radially beautiful, albeit not traditional lemonade color!
You guys, homemade waffles are so easy to make! Earlier this year my beau bought a mini set of cookware, which had a waffle maker! I have wanted a waffle maker for quite a while but never it never seemed to happen, however I do have this mini one now and I happen like its size, its a bit smaller than your typical waffle but I prefer them! Its even portable for travel or if you live in a smaller space.
Waffles in the morning are my jam because, when made with a nutritious flour like the one I used here, they are particularly filling – the buckwheat flour is a boost of nutrition and the remaining 5 ingredients are plant based. I kept mine basic vanilla but you can certainly add your favorite spices + natural flavors like cinnamon, chocolate chips, bluebs, etc!