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 I've…

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Fancy Plaited Challah Bread

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #5: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK) Episode 2: Technical Challenge– 8-Plait Bread Loaf The technical challenge for this episode is an 8-strand loaf, in other words, a giant 8-piece braid. I think they just did a regular loaf of bread on the show, but I decided to do challah because it’s delicious and I’ve been wanting to make some lately. 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…

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Semi-Homemade Chocolate Oreo Trifle

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. 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 CakeChocolate PuddingWhipped CreamOreosChocolate Cake: You can use a store bought mix to save time, but I…

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Meditation to Reduce Stress

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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An Easy Basic Flatbread

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #4: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 2: Signature Challenge– Two Flatbreads: Yeasted & Non-Yeasted Non-Yeasted: I decided to go with a really basic flatbread for the non-yeasted bread. I’m not too experienced in this area, so I wanted basic. I planned on adding some Italian spices to the dough, but of course forgot to so it ended up being completely plain, but the dinner I made to go into the flatbreads made up for the lack of spice. The recipe I found really is an easy basic flatbread with only 4 ingredients…

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Garlic Buttered Naan

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #4: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 2: Signature Challenge– Two Flatbreads: Yeasted & Non-Yeasted Yeasted Bread: 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 and smothered in garlic butter for this challenge.  All the contestants on GBBO that made naan bread added a little spice to it like cumin, or coriander. I decided to keep it a little simple since it’s my first time, and we always get garlic naan or keema naan…

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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

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #3: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 1: Showstopper Challenge– Hidden Design Cake My first showstopper challenge was definitely a challenge for me! 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 cake because I wanted to use the rainbow cookie recipe my grandma just…

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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 Bake Off. 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

     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.…

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