Summer Peaches and Cream Smoothie Bowl

Another delicious smoothie bowl! I’ve always enjoyed a good smoothie in the summertime because they are light and fresh. I recently switched from smoothies to smoothie bowls because I love that you can put in add ins such as fresh fruit and nuts that add a little crunch rather than just drinking something that’s basically liquid. It ends up being more filling while still being refreshing and nutritious. It’s definitely peach season in the south and these peaches that I picked up from one of the locally grown farms were sweet and delicious!

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Summer Peaches and Cream Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup fresh (or frozen) peaches
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt (Greek Gods Honey Vanilla yogurt paired perfectly with the peach flavor)
  • splash of milk
  • optional swirl of strawberry jelly
  • optional 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • toppings: I used chia seeds, pistachios, strawberries, and cut fresh peaches

Instructions:

  • Blend ingredients together in a blender or Magic Bullet. Add toppings and enjoy!

Mermaid-Approved Blueberry Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Continuing with the blueberry theme of this week, I’m posting about this delicious smoothie bowl I had for lunch recently. It’s easy to make this recipe with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge or freezer, and you can change it up depending on the season or your mood. I’ve started putting bananas that are starting to go brown into a bag in my freezer, so that I always have them on hand. Just make sure you peel them first – definitely haven’t made that mistake before…. 🙂 I added a little something extra to my smoothie bowl for a wonderful afternoon anti-oxidant matcha pick-me-up! The cool blue-green color of the mixture got me wanting to be relaxing on a beach somewhere!

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Mermaid-Approved Blueberry Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • Yogurt of choice (I used Siggi’s Blueberry Yogurt)
  • Handful of blueberries (I used fresh, but frozen works too)
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk of choice
  • 1-2 teaspoons matcha powder (depending on your taste buds)
  • Toppings: I used blueberries, oats, slivered almonds, and coconut chips

Instructions:

  • Blend banana, yogurt, fruit, milk, and matcha in a blender – I used a Magic Bullet.
  • Add toppings and enjoy!

Quick and Easy Blueberry Crumble for Two

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I’m back again to share one of my favorite recipes with you! If you know me at all, you know that I love desserts. You could give me pretty much anything with sugar in it and I would love it. So I find myself trying to make recipes that are lower in sugar but indulgent enough to feel like a dessert – and this recipe definitely delivers. The best part about it is that it makes only two servings, so I don’t have an entire pan of blueberry crumble to eat. It can be made with pretty much any fruit, and this recipe is even delicious with a mix of berries such as blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

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Pictured above with a delicious scoop of Halo Top vanilla bean ice cream.

Blueberry Crumble for Two

For the blueberries:

  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries (can use frozen, but omit sugar)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 tsp corn starch

For the topping:

  • 1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1-2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 3 tablespoons oats
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • drizzle of honey
  • dash of cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix the blueberry ingredients together in a small bowl
  • Melt butter and then add the other topping ingredients and stir.
  • Stir blueberries and divide between two greased ramekins. This also works in a muffin tin.
  • Divide topping between two ramekins.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until crust is brown and berries are bubbling.

Enjoy!

 

DIY Photo Wall

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Today I am sharing my wonderful DIY photo wall. Having a feature wall is a great way to spruce up an otherwise boring hallway without spending a ton of money. I spent < $10 on mine. I love the versatility of changing out the pictures over time as I take new ones.

Right now mine rotates between Christmas cards, wedding photos, pictures of my family and nieces, etc. It this setup can be used to hang paintings, children’s drawings, artwork, in-progress projects, amongst many others!

Instructions below:

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Instructions:

You will need:

  • One package of Eye Hooks with a screw end
  • Durable thick (won’t droop with a lot of photos) but pliable wiring
  • A ruler

To make the wall:

  • Measure out where your screws will go. The width of your project will vary depending on the width of your wall. I measured from the outer walls as well as the distance in between the pegs just to make sure that I was staying in the same vertical plane
  • Measure the distance between the two rows. This will vary on how big your photos are. Mine was approximately 8 inches apart.
  • Attach the eye hooks by screwing them into the wall
  • Thread your wire through the eye hooks, snaking the wire across until you get to the end. You can tie off the wire by wrapping it around itself.
  • Attach photos. Be creative! You can do a variety of colors and sizes as I did or go for a very uniform look – such as with square black and white photos. I used office clips to keep my photos on just so I could easily rotate out my photos but you can use string, more wire, colored clips, or clothes hangers.

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diy photo wall

Enjoy!

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Hi All!

I’ve been going back and forth trying to decide whether to write a blog for a while now, and I finally decided to go for it. I love that we live in a time when we can browse the internet and become inspired by others and inspire others in return. This will be the place where I will be able to share my crafting ideas, photography, recipes and many other hopefully inspirational things with others! Please enjoy!