Pumpkin Pie

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This is not a drill.  I repeat.  This is not a drill.  I successfully finished a holiday recipe–complete with pictures!–before said holiday actually happened.  I think I can officially call myself a food blogger now.  Huzzah and let the merriment begin!

(Or something along those lines).

This weekend was Friendsgiving, which I still believe is a fairly new thing, or maybe I’m just becoming an adult.  Anyways, I was told to bring dessert, as I normally am, and so obviously I had to make stereotypical Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

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Growing up, my family always had chocolate pies at Thanksgiving, because many of my family members do not like pumpkin.  Therefore, I always thought that chocolate pies were a common American Thanksgiving tradition.  It wasn’t even that long ago that somebody clued me in on the fact that many people have never even had chocolate pie.  While this news deeply saddens me, I promise to post my chocolate pie recipe soon, and in the meantime, you should make this pumpkin pie.

The recipe itself is kind of a fluke.  While looking up pumpkin pie recipes, I realized that I didn’t have most ingredients that almost everyone uses in pumpkin pie.  In my mind, all I needed was a can of pumpkin and some common household ingredients to get this thing rollin’.  Sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, B grade maple syrup, freshly grated ginger?  Who has these ingredients just laying around their house?  In the midst of extreme laziness and procrastination, I decided against trekking to the grocery store in my pajamas at 11 p.m., and set out to create my own recipe.  It came out surprisingly delicious and it only takes about 20 minutes to whip up!  I got a standing ovation and everything.  Sometimes being irresponsible and unprepared really pays off!

The pie can be made a day in advance (I actually think pie is better when it’s been sitting for a day), so all you have to do on the day of Thanksgiving is whip the cream, which can be made in 4 minutes if your mixer has the will to do so and also if you don’t mind splatters.

Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. Tin pie pans are great for Friendsgiving (inebriated friends + glass pie pans = disaster, in case you’re wondering).

P.P.S.  If you’re interested in the velvet pumpkins, my aunt makes them!  You can buy them on her etsy site.  She also makes little acorns!  They’re super cute for fall decorating ūüôā

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*Song of the Day: People Help the People–Birdy

Fall Emeralds

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I find beauty in nature that most people disregard. ¬†I love seeing red, orange, and yellow leaves all over the ground that most people rake up as soon as the last leaf falls. ¬†In the spring, I love my overgrown rose bushes that most prune, throwing away hundreds of chiffon-like roses. ¬†I like it when the grass is a little shaggy and dark, dark green. ¬†I still like everything trimmed back eventually, but for that week that it is overgrown, it’s so neat to see my backyard as an enchanted forest or secret garden.

Right now my purple wisteria is a mess of dried up, flimsy leaves and my rose bushes are reddish brown and there is a small patch of leftover snow in the shaded corner of my yard. ¬†Fall in Reno is one of my favorite things in the world. ¬†In the morning, it’s a bitter, dry cold. ¬†The sky is a brilliant blue, cloudless, and bright from the sun. ¬†It smells like sagebrush. ¬†The city is covered in reds, oranges, browns, yellows, and greens. ¬†I drive to class in the¬†morning, hands cloaked in leather gloves, coffee clutched, waiting for my car to warm up enough to crank up the heat. ¬†I listen to The National or Bon Iver. ¬†This is how I remember Reno when I used to visit when I was a little girl. ¬†It’s my stereotypical memory of Reno, and I long for it every year.

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I feel like my personality is fall. ¬†My favorite colors, favorite foods, taste in music, etc. ¬†I picked this dress because it is my favorite color. ¬†I can dress it up or dress it down. ¬†It’s perfect for a chilly fall day.

Also, it makes me feel like a badass witch, and all I really want in life is to be Hermione Granger, so I think I’ve accomplished all my goals. ¬†I wore my moon necklace with it, because that’s probably what a witch would do.

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Dress: Thrifted, Bad Apple Vintage, Reno    Shoes: Old    Tights: Target    Necklace: Premier    Rings: Old, various

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*Song of the Day: Lemonworld–The National*

Black and Denim

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I swear, one of these days I’m just going to start a blog called “Shit my Professors Say”.

Example entries:

“I’m going to apply some marketing concepts toward owning a coffee shop all semester. Although, if all you want to do own a coffee shop, you should just leave. You can do so much more fun things with these 4 years” (I want to own a coffeeshop).

“Now, this financial formula¬†is quite simple, but I’m going to show it you guys¬†in detail, because I oftentimes get a lot of students confused on how to compute it. ¬†Although I’m pretty sure they’re all marketing majors” (I’m a marketing major).

“People normally consume their products quite publicly. ¬†Unless you buy, say, a¬†Playboy¬†magazine, and then you might consume that alone in your closet…” (What?)

Anyways, it’s pretty clear my professors are on some kind of level that I’m not quite following, but I have to stay in college, because someday I might have a dog to support.

But in the meantime, I’ll just pretend like I understand my crazy professors and continue to work towards good grades. ¬†I think that’s the goal in college. ¬†Just go with the flow. ¬†(Right??)

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In general, college is going pretty great aside from the fact that I have 4 tests next week (but let’s not talk about that quite yet). ¬†Living in Reno is simply amazing, which is why I was super excited when my little brother was in town visiting me. ¬†We took a nice stroll along the river (or stream practically ūüôĀ ), and he got a few shots in for fun. ¬†In case you’re unaware, my little brother is a really great photographer, and I like to use his work whenever I can. ¬†Here’s some more pictures by Garrett¬†here and here.

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I’m also pretty excited, because I wore my new shoes on this particular day, so they got some spotlight. ¬†They were freshly thrifted ($5) so of course I couldn’t wait¬†to wear them! ¬†I think that black and denim is such a classic look, and the mary-janes added a nice touch.

I also used my new backpack bag that my mom bought me while she was in Italy! ¬†Isn’t is so cool?

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Shirt: Forever 21 Jeans: Lucky Shoes: Thrifted Bag: Gifted Bracelet: Gifted Earrings: Fossil

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*Song of the Day: Snap Out of It–Arctic Monkeys

My Happy Things 7.14.15

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I’m back from London ūüôĀ

I’m so sad, but I also figured that I would make myself happy by posting my last “happy things” London edition. ¬†After some very spotty wifi services, I can finally show you guys all the cool things that I did!

I had the most amazing trip, and I can’t wait to show you all more pictures as I download and edit.

I’m on to Utah to spend some time with my family at our cabin, but I will post right when I get back!

Here are my happy things for the week:

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Going to Abbey Road!  This was the coolest experience.  I almost died trying to get this picture, but luckily the cars stopped for half a second to let me get this.  It was truly magical.

Also, this group of three people randomly walked up and asked me to be their fourth Beatle which was kind of fun. ¬†I didn’t get to be Ringo, but I think I’ll let it slide.

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The vintage teacup exhibit at the V&A Museum! ¬†Oh my gosh guys. ¬†This was my dream. ¬†I’m not kidding. ¬†There were rows and rows of teacups like this. ¬†Six rooms full. ¬†It was my heaven.

And yeah, that little blob on the end is me. ¬†That’s how many teacups there were.

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The ceilings at the Courtauld Gallery.  They were so beautiful!  I was almost as excited about the ceilings and walls as I was about the art.  I saw some Monet, Van Gogh, and Degas which was amazing!  I could have spent all day in there.

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Going to the Harry Potter Studio Tours in London.

I can’t even explain this one. ¬†It might become a whole post in itself.

I’ll just say that if you’re a Harry Potter fan, this is something you can’t not do in London. ¬†It was one of my favorite activities I did while I was there. ¬†I may have cried at one point (but that’s not something we need to talk about).

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It took me the whole month to find a pour over, but I did it! ¬†The CoffeeWorks Project saved my life. ¬†I am forever grateful. ¬†It was the raddest little coffee shop, and I’m so glad I got to go. ¬†You guys are the besssss.

NYC Baby by Karen O is one of my favorite songs!  I had it stuck in my head for the last few days I was in London (???), so I figured it had to be added.

Thank you to London and to the amazing people I met while I was there.

It was truly incredible.

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Song of the Day: posted above

My Happy Things 6.28.15

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Bonjour! (I think that’s spelled right).

I have some really fun things to share with you guys this week, because¬†I just got back from a weekend in Paris with my best friend! ¬†(Shout out to my BFF Hannah. ¬†She’s my #1 reader).

Unfortunately, I did not get as much time as I wanted in Paris (there’s so much to do!), but I will be going back in the near-ish (?) future, and I will definitely get everything accomplished on the next trip!

Paris is pretty much exactly what you want it to be, which means that¬†I may have eaten my weight in cheese, bread, and wine. ¬†But it’s fine.

Probably.

Maybe.

(RIP cholesterol.)

I also found chocolate croissants.  I died a little.  Seriously, the hype is justified.

And I don’t just say that about any croissant.

Really I don’t…

Here are my happy things for the week:

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Rave bathroom!  When we got to our hostel in Paris, we immediately noticed that the bathroom was bathed in black light.

(Haha, get it?  Bathed.  Bathroom.  Okay.)

Anyways, it was really fun to take pictures in.

And also made it really hard to put on eyeliner…

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Macarons!  Please note: this is a macaron.  The yummy little coconut balls are macaroons.  And it is an important difference for somebody who loves baking as much as I do.

Anyways, I really wanted to get some macarons in Paris before I left. ¬†This morning, I took two metros, got lost, and walked for half an hour to find Laduree, which I’ve heard so many rave reviews about.

I haven’t tried them yet (I’m trying to wait until after dinner!), but if the price speaks for the quality, then they’re probably pretty damn good.

I’ll update you soon.

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Fancy drinks with glow sticks!  Perfect for our rave bathroom!  We ended up at this fun little bar last night around happy hour.  Happy hour = 5 euro Cosmopolitans that taste like really delicious cranberry lemonade.

They’re dangerous, and also taste much better with a glow stick.

Plus, the bartender let us have 5 euro drinks even after happy hour was over.

He was quite a guy.

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Basque food!  Somehow, we randomly ended up at this little French/Basque restaurant.  Coming from Reno, where Basque food is suuuuper popular, I was stoked!  It is one of my favorite cuisines, and I actually got to have it in France!  Very exciting day for Sara.

Also, we sat next to legit Basque guys.

They told us all about being Basque.  We pretended that we understood them.

It was a perfect night.

Last but not least…

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/us/supreme-court-same-sex-marriage.html?_r=0

Gay marriage is legalized in the U.S.!!! ¬†I’m so proud of our country. ¬†I wish I could be there to celebrate but since I’m not, I’m sending my love and support from the U.K.!

Go America and love and equal rights!

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Song of the Day: Can’t Take my Eyes Off You–Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons

(Which is actually being played live outside of my dorm window right now.  Cool!)

My Happy Things 6.19.15

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Hi hi hi hi hi!!!

I’m super stoked¬†about doing my second “happy things” because I’m finally in London and I have soooo much stuff to share with you!

For now, I’m only going to share my happy things, but when I get back from London expect a really long, detailed London post (or two). ¬†I’m having the best time here making friends and exploring London. ¬†Not to be too cheesy here, but London is very serendipitous. ¬†Also, most of the pictures aren’t great because they were taken on my iPhone, but you get the idea. ¬†I’ll have better pictures later, but for now I’m just too antsy to edit!

Can you tell I’m a little excited?

I’m kind of really excited!!!

Here are my happy things for the week:

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What you see here is me in the midst of utter joy, because I was standing right in front of Big Ben. ¬†Also the London Eye. ¬†I’m so in love with it that I actually want to go back just to get more pictures like this. ¬†No, I don’t have a problem. ¬†Not one that I’m willing to admit to anyways.

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This bakery & coffee shop is called Bloomsbury Coffee House. ¬†It’s pretty close to my dorm, so after class I decided to stop by and grab a coffee. ¬†They really know what they’re doing, and I will be visiting again. ¬†I plan on writing a review of the coffee shops I visit while I’m in London, but for now just look at this cute little set up they have going.

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Gelato!!! ¬†Just go to Scoop if you’re in London. ¬†Okay? ¬†Just do it.

I got amaretto and pistachio. ¬†I almost always get nutty “old-people” flavors. ¬†It’s actually a joke in my family.

This demo version of “You Only Live Once” by The Strokes. ¬†I actually like this version a *little* better, but don’t tell anyone. ¬†I’m posting this because I SAW THE STROKES LAST NIGHT AND IT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE BEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO ME.

But that’s a story for another day.

For now, have a lovely weekend, and I will update you soon, soon, soon!

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Song of the Day: posted above!

My Happy Things 6.11.15

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Hello friends.

I hope you are all having a wonderful Thursday night. ¬†(It’s Thursday right??) (Probably).

Anyways, I am currently in Las Vegas for a night before I leave for London. ¬†Even though I’m not there yet, I thought I would start with “my happy things” to kick things off and prepare for blogging abroad.

Here are my happy things for the week:

The trailer for Inside Out! ¬†Like many people (mostly kids, I presume) I’m obsessed with Pixar/Disney, so I was super stoked when I first saw the trailer for this. ¬†That was about a year ago, so this movie is a long time coming. ¬†I’m not sure when the release date is in London, but since my mom is also crazy about kids’ movies, I’ll probably have to wait to see it with her anyways.

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These tulips in my kitchen. ¬†I’m not sure where they came from (I imagine my roommate got them for his girlfriend), but I don’t care because pinkish purple tulips rock regardless of where they came from.

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Spending a day at Tahoe with one of my best friends! ¬†I have a theory that there is no way to be sad if you are in Tahoe. ¬†It’s just not even a possibility.

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Drinking coffee and reading my Bon Appetit at my favorite coffee place.  This is totally the usual, but I never complain when I have a pour over and a magazine full of beautiful food pictures.

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The pretty quad at UNR. ¬†My iPhone does it no justice, but it’s truly one of the most amazing places on campus.

Fun fact: Every single time I walk through the quad, “Campus” by Vampire Weekend pops into my head. ¬†Without fail. ¬†Every time.

This video of one of my favorite bands/albums. ¬†The Lonesome Crowded West¬†is an amazingly nostalgic album even if you’ve never heard it before, and I always find it very raw and emotional. ¬†Lately, I’ve really been on a Modest Mouse kick (actually, when am I not?), so I was really excited to stumble upon this video. ¬†I haven’t watched the whole thing yet, but I definitely will be tomorrow during my 2 hour layover.

Other random things that made me happy this week:

Eating Mexican food with my dad and grandpa tonight after my plane landed.  Going home to the house I grew up in and seeing my puppy.  Finding a really amazing thrift store dress at half price (will make an appearance soon).

More happy things to come soon!

I can’t wait to show you all of the amazing things I find in London and Paris! ¬†Ah!

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Song of the Day: Long Distance Drunk–Modest Mouse

P.S. I made the header picture from scratch all by myself using PicMonkey!  That website roxxxxx.

The One Where Sara Spent Her Spring Break Watching Too Much ‘Friends’ and Strolling Around SF

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Hallo friends!  Happy Easter!

My spring break was¬†last week two weeks ago, but I’m just now getting to posting about it¬†because I’m busy and in college because I spent my weekend getting tattooed, working, and¬†volunteering at the art museum.

(So I’m not a total shit.)

But anyways…the title pretty much explains it all. ¬†My spring break included watching a whole season of Friends and hanging out with some aunts and cousins in Napa and San Francisco.

A whole bunch of candid photos of myself and some random pics of San Fran is pretty much what you can expect of this post. ¬†Someday I’ll get back to blogging like a real blogger (probably when my geography test this week is over and I don’t have to stress about that).

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My aunt and I drove from her house in Napa Valley (where I spent the first few days of my spring break) to San Francisco. We ended up at Flax, which is the coolest art store I’ve ever been to. ¬†If you’re ever in San Fran and really like art stuff, you need to go to Flax. ¬†You have to!

Their stamp selection alone is worth a visit.

(Yes I just got really excited about stamps.)

(Yes, I’m still single.)

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Then we went to a few little shops around the block…..

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And then we ended up at Sight Glass.

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Which was my haven.¬† (I could almost hear “Smelly Cat” walking through the door…)

Seriously though, just leave me here with a few pairs of oxfords and some of my favorite CDs and I’ll be the happiest girl in the world.

(Sight Glass. ¬†Thank you for your amazing coffee and amazing boys. ¬†Also, thanks to the super nice employee who geeked out about coffee with me, gave me coffee bags, and kept his judgments to himself. ¬†You’re a swell guy).

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Next was lunch at The Rotunda in Neiman Marcus.

I literally ate a cheese plate for lunch.

(Now accepting applications for boys who enjoy¬†stamps, coffee, Friends and cheese. ¬†And girls who wear overalls…)

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Chinatown was the next stop.  I heart Chinatown.

A lot.

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Nothing makes me happier than doing touristy stuff in San Francisco.  Even if I move here someday, I will probably spend my weekends in Chinatown.

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And at Mocca. ¬†A must stop lunch place if you’re ever in town.

Get the turkey sandwich with brie and cranberries.  Get iiiiiiit.

Remember the episode of Friends where Monica gives Ross her last leftover Thanksgiving sandwich? ¬†The one with the “moist maker” in between? ¬†The turkey sandwich at Mocca is a fancy version of that sandwich.

Also there’s no “moist maker”.

Which is fine with me.

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Random hallway in Chinatown.

Dress: Thrifted / Sweater: Old / Shoes: Aldo / Purse: Leather Shop / Sunglasses: Ray Ban
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For my trip,¬†I decided to wear my new (old) thrifted plum-colored velvet dress. ¬†It’s a new fave, and it looked great with my grey sweater. ¬†(SF is chilly!)

Thanks for reading my weird post about San Francisco, my clothes, and way too many Friends references.

What’s your favorite place?

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*Song of the Day: I Left my Heart in San Francisco–Tony Bennett

(I really did.)

Girl Scout Samoa Nanaimo Bars

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Hihihihihihihi.

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like nothing goes right?

And then you realize that literally everything you’re sad about is just a bunch of first-world problems, and nothing is actually wrong and you’re just being a princess about everything…?

Because I had that kind of day on Friday.

First, I woke up really early (at like, 6 a.m. ¬†On my day only day off…) and could literally hear my next door neighbor’s TV. ¬†Please note: I live in a house. ¬†Not an apartment. ¬†Not a condo. ¬†A house. ¬†And I could hear their TV. ¬†Because only at 6 a.m. do I have superpower hearing. ¬†After laying in bed staring at the wall for a few hours, I got up and *attempted* to do my hair and makeup, but no matter what I did, I looked like a hot mess. ¬†After about 1 1/2 hours, I finally was able to make myself look how I do every single day. ¬†It just took twice as long.. ¬†I finally decided that I would grab lunch and watch movies. ¬†But then I dropped my lunch on the ground 1 bite in (and ate it anyways because at that point, I had no limits). ¬†I also couldn’t find half of my Disney movies. ¬†So to solve that problem, I had a meltdown.

I am almost 20 years old and I cried over not being able to find my Disney movies.

Eventually, I decided to go grab a coffee, talked to a cute barista, and ended up at an 80’s party wearing a Risky Business costume.

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Me attempting to accomplish Tom Cruise’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” dance in my costume. And failing…

The day ended up pretty great, and I realized that I just needed to take a deep breath, and understand that my problems were really not that bad.

Because they weren’t.

But they were kind of funny and now you can mock me a little.

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Plus, I had these sitting in my fridge, so how bad could my day really be?

Since I know most of you are probably thinking, “What’s a nanaimo bar”, here’s a brief history:

The Nanaimo bar was invented in none other than Nanaimo, Canada. ¬†That’s about all I know. ¬†The actual dessert is made up of 3 layers. ¬†The first is a no-bake crust made with chocolate, nuts, coconut, and graham crumbs. ¬†The second layer is traditionally a custard buttercream, and it’s topped with chocolate.

But since it’s Girl Scout Cookie season (because obviously that’s a season), I decided to make them using Somoa cookies. ¬†Which already have chocolate, coconut, and a graham-like texture.

Plus caramel which is never a bad thing.

As previously stated, traditional nanaimo bars have a custard buttercream filling.  Which is really good, but really rich, and really sweet.  To make it a little less dense, I decided to make a swiss meringue buttercream filling.  And add caramel to enhance the Somoa theme.

Result = something you need to make now.

Note: Please don’t be scared. ¬†3 layers sounds like a lot. ¬†Swiss meringue buttercream sounds intimidating. ¬†SO NOT. ¬†These are very easy and don’t require that much time. ¬†Be brave, bakers.

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Ingredients:

Bottom Layer:

1/2 c. unsalted butter

3 Tbs. sugar

1/4 c. cocoa powder

1 egg, beaten

1 1/2 c. Samoa cookie crumbs, crushed + 1/2 c. chopped roughly for garnish

1/2 c. almonds, chopped

1 c. sweetened coconut

Caramel SMB:

3 egg whites

1/2 c. sugar

1 1/2 sticks butter, softened

Pinch salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 c. caramel sauce, homemade or store bought

Top:

4 oz. baking chocolate

1 Tbs. butter

For the bottom layer, melt the butter, sugar, and cocoa on the stove over medium heat. ¬†When it’s combined, mix 1/4 cup of the mixture into the egg to temper. ¬†Add egg mixture back to the chocolate mixture and stir over the heat until slightly thickened. ¬†Remove from heat and stir in Samoa crumbs, almonds, and coconut. ¬†Press into a greased 8×8 or 8×11 baking pan. ¬†Freeze for 20-40 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat 1-2 inches of water in a medium sized sauce pan on the stove until it starts to simmer.  In a heat-proof mixing bowl, combine the egg whites and sugar.  Place mixing bowl on top of the sauce pan and stir the mixture until a candy thermometer reads 140-150* F.  Remove from heat, and whip egg mixture until stiff peaks form and mixture is cooled.  Add butter, 1-2 Tbs. at a time until frosting forms.  If it appears curdled, keep beating until it forms, or add butter 1-2 Tbs. at a time until the texture is creamy and smooth.  Add vanilla extract, salt, and caramel sauce.  Pour mixture and spread evenly over the crust layer.  Refrigerate until buttercream is firm.

While the buttercream firms, heat the chocolate and butter over low heat until melted.  Spread chocolate evenly over firm buttercream layer.  Sprinkle chopped cookies over the top, and refrigerate until chocolate is hardened.  Cut into bars, or bite sized pieces.  Bring to room temperature before serving.

Makes 16 large bars or 64 bite sized pieces.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday.  I laid in bed until 11, went to my favorite coffee place, and watched Friends for hours.

What did you do?

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*Song of the Day: Pedestrian at Best–Courtney Barnett

DIY Reversible Coffee Sleeve

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In case you’re wondering if it’s a good idea to drink coffee anytime after 4 p.m., the answer is no. ¬†It’s not a good idea.

Even if you have a test the next day and¬†plan¬†on spending the whole night studying (and don’t), maybe just fight the sleeping pains, and don’t drink coffee.

Or you’ll be writing on your blog at midnight when you still have to pack for vacation.

Uhhhhh.

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Anyways, I made these for my friends for a “Merry Late-mas” gift. ¬†That’s when it’s February and you still haven’t given your friends their gifts.

Or something.

They were super simple to make, and I think they turned out pretty cute. ¬†I actually like to put them around my coffee mugs at home as opposed to actual disposable coffee cups. ¬†1. Because I always forget it when I go to a coffee shop, and 2. Because I’m one of those weird people that grabs the actual coffee mug and not the handle.

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Coffee places are actually one of my favorite places in the whole entire world.  You can catch me at a coffee house at least twice a week, maybe even more.  At one point, I went to my favorite place five times in one week.

It’s not something that I’m proud of, but I have to accept my flaws.

Also, as many of you know, I plan to open a coffee shop after I graduate from college.  So really, my nonsensical coffee obsession is all in the name of research.

My favorite place to research is called The Hub, and it’s a local place here in Reno. ¬†They roast their own coffee beans, and their coffee actually saved my life.

They’re the kind of coffee place that make you realize the reason that Starbuck’s puts so much sugar in their coffee is to mask the taste of their sub-par coffee.

Sorry Starbuck’s. ¬†It’s nothing personal really. ¬†I still hit you up sometimes when I have a giftcard or something.

Anyways, back to The Hub. ¬†If you’re ever in Reno, it’s a must stop. ¬†I prefer their location on Riverside (by the Truckee River…amazing!) but they also have a location on Cheney, which is the OG Hub. ¬†Order a pour-over (my favorite) or a latte (my second favorite) and you’ll be the happiest ever.

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I really love their logo, which is why there’s so many pictures of it on here. ¬†Also, I have to show some coffee shop love for all the time they let me spend there studying.

P.S. These photos were not taken in The Hub. ¬†Partially because I didn’t have my camera when I went to there on Tuesday, and partially because sometimes I just don’t want to be “that girl taking pictures of her food” in public. ¬†I like to keep my food picture-taking a private affair.

But I did do my best to make my house kind of look like a coffee shop. ¬†Which really isn’t too hard, because it already kind of looks like a coffee shop. ¬†I mean, we have a Chemex, an Aeropress, a coffee grinder, the scale, the mugs…all we’re missing is the espresso machine (we’re taking donations). ¬†(6.11.15 Update: We now have an espresso machine…)

Plus, when I was setting up my coffee table for the pictures, I realized that my Fleetwood Mac “Rumours” album was the perfect accessory. ¬†My favorite coffee + one of my favorite albums ever = very happy Sara.

Unfortunately, I’m still trying to figure out my camera, so many of the pictures came out blurry ūüôĀ ¬†Boo. ¬†Hopefully when I visit my family this weekend, my brother can help me figure it all out.

Alright, sorry for talking so much. ¬†Here’s how to make these:

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Materials:

2 different fabrics (about 1/4 yard each to be safe)

1/4 yd. iron on adhesive fabric (I got the medium kind for insulation)

Elastic

Button

Thread, needle, sewing machine, etc.

Begin by taking a coffee sleeve from your favorite coffee shop. ¬†Trace it onto some printer paper, and cut out. ¬†(These were the blurry pics, so I didn’t post this step. ¬†It’s pretty simple, really).

Trace the shape on to your two different fabrics and your adhesive fabric.

Iron the adhesive fabric onto the wrong side of one of your fabrics.  Lay your two fabrics good sides together.

Cut a two inch piece of elastic, fold, and place between the fabrics so a little bit is peeking out.

Sew around, the sleeve, making sure to back stitch over the elastic to ensure it stays in place.  Make sure to leave a two inch gap.

Flip the sleeve inside out.  Fold the seam in around the two inch gap, and top seam around the whole sleeve.

Fold the sleeve around a coffee cup, and mark where the elastic should meet the button.  Hand sew the button in place.

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These are the ones I made for my friends.

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And if you want, you can flip it inside out and make it reversible.  Or you could sew a button on the other side if you feel so inclined.

(I did not).

(But I may in the future).

Goodnight beautiful people.

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*Song of the Day: Never Going Back Again–Fleetwood Mac*
(obviously)