Berry Delicious SmoothieSuper simple with a totally creative name
Ingredients:
2 Cups frozen fruit of choice: I used mixed berries. 
1.5 Cups milk of choice (or water if you’re bland): I used almond milk. 
Steps:
Blend everything
BRAIN FREEZE
Smoothie Making Tips: 
If you want your smoothie to be pink or red, use few or no blueberries. They will dye your smoothie dark purple.
Starchier fruits will make your smoothie creamier and sweeter: Bananas, mangos and pineapple are go-to’s. 
Apples are difficult to blend and will often leave a fibrous residue.
Extra liquid will make blending much easier but will thin out the flavor. 
Brave souls out there: Add frozen vegetables for a vitamin boost. Depending on the type and amount, you probably won’t be able to taste them! 
This is a picture from my instagram account that I haven’t updated in ages because I’ve been swamped with studying for the LSAT and traveling. My family moved! My life is moving! I’ve had this blog for a few years and this summer was the first time I really looked back and asked myself why. I decided that part of this blog comes from my fear that my hobbies aren’t productive. By that I mean they don’t add anything to the world. Reading, cooking/eating, wandering around my city, the things I love doing make me worry that I spend a lot of time consuming and end up with nothing to show for it. I used to admire people who spent time alone and cultivated themselves, but at some point I started to see the value of sharing and communicating your passions with people. You improve! They improve! You create a network for exchanging beauty and love and it’s all very fun and validating and leaves you with nice pictures. I’m not 100% sure my insecurity about being unproductive is valid, but I am sure that I enjoy having a platform to share my thoughts every once in a while. 
Happy eating!Donna  
  • Camera: iPhone 5s
  • Aperture: f/2.2
  • Exposure: 1/60th
  • Focal Length: 4mm

Berry Delicious Smoothie
Super simple with a totally creative name

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups frozen fruit of choice: I used mixed berries. 
  • 1.5 Cups milk of choice (or water if you’re bland): I used almond milk. 

Steps:

  1. Blend everything
  2. BRAIN FREEZE

Smoothie Making Tips: 

  • If you want your smoothie to be pink or red, use few or no blueberries. They will dye your smoothie dark purple.
  • Starchier fruits will make your smoothie creamier and sweeter: Bananas, mangos and pineapple are go-to’s. 
  • Apples are difficult to blend and will often leave a fibrous residue.
  • Extra liquid will make blending much easier but will thin out the flavor. 
  • Brave souls out there: Add frozen vegetables for a vitamin boost. Depending on the type and amount, you probably won’t be able to taste them! 

This is a picture from my instagram account that I haven’t updated in ages because I’ve been swamped with studying for the LSAT and traveling. My family moved! My life is moving! I’ve had this blog for a few years and this summer was the first time I really looked back and asked myself why. I decided that part of this blog comes from my fear that my hobbies aren’t productive. By that I mean they don’t add anything to the world. Reading, cooking/eating, wandering around my city, the things I love doing make me worry that I spend a lot of time consuming and end up with nothing to show for it. I used to admire people who spent time alone and cultivated themselves, but at some point I started to see the value of sharing and communicating your passions with people. You improve! They improve! You create a network for exchanging beauty and love and it’s all very fun and validating and leaves you with nice pictures. I’m not 100% sure my insecurity about being unproductive is valid, but I am sure that I enjoy having a platform to share my thoughts every once in a while. 

Happy eating!
Donna  

Crunchy Quinoa Bowl for Cool Kids Make this in 20 minutes for a refreshing summer meal. It takes just 5 minutes if you already have quinoa on hand. Let’s get crunching! 
Ingredients:1 Cup quinoa1.5 Cups waterGreen onion, choppedRed onion, dicedCucumber, dicedSalt, pepper, olive oil, oreganoServe with: Spinach, hummus, carrots (preferably purple because they look cool) 
How To: Add quinoa to water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. When all the water is absorbed, fluff the quinoa with a fork and add the oregano, green onion, red onion, and cucumber. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or chilled on a bed of greens with hummus and carrots on the side. Bonus points: dice up the carrots and add them to the quinoa for extra crunch. Kick back and enjoy! 
  • Camera: Nikon COOLPIX S3100
  • Aperture: f/3.4
  • Exposure: 1/50th
  • Focal Length: 5mm

Crunchy Quinoa Bowl for Cool Kids 

Make this in 20 minutes for a refreshing summer meal. It takes just 5 minutes if you already have quinoa on hand. Let’s get crunching! 

Ingredients:
1 Cup quinoa
1.5 Cups water
Green onion, chopped
Red onion, diced
Cucumber, diced
Salt, pepper, olive oil, oregano
Serve with: Spinach, hummus, carrots (preferably purple because they look cool) 

How To: 
Add quinoa to water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. When all the water is absorbed, fluff the quinoa with a fork and add the oregano, green onion, red onion, and cucumber. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or chilled on a bed of greens with hummus and carrots on the side. Bonus points: dice up the carrots and add them to the quinoa for extra crunch. Kick back and enjoy! 

Basic But Classy Green Smoothie I recommend drinking green smoothies for breakfast. When you get hungry later, it’ll be an epic kind of hungry, the kind of hungry that you’ll want to satisfy with a giant salad or a bowl of of steamed broccoli. The kind of hungry that still allows you to run around energetically. I can’t explain it. It’s awesome.  
Ingredients
1 cup milk of choice1 banana (frozen bananas make smoothies thicker and creamier)2 handfuls of spinach or other greens Optional: cinnamon, ginger 
Instructions
1. Blend everything. I find that smoothies blend better when you put the greens in first and press them against the blades. 2. Drink3. Rejoice
  • Camera: Nikon COOLPIX S3100
  • Aperture: f/3.4
  • Exposure: 1/50th
  • Focal Length: 5mm

Basic But Classy Green Smoothie 

I recommend drinking green smoothies for breakfast. When you get hungry later, it’ll be an epic kind of hungry, the kind of hungry that you’ll want to satisfy with a giant salad or a bowl of of steamed broccoli. The kind of hungry that still allows you to run around energetically. I can’t explain it. It’s awesome.
  

Ingredients

1 cup milk of choice
1 banana (frozen bananas make smoothies thicker and creamier)
2 handfuls of spinach or other greens 
Optional: cinnamon, ginger 

Instructions

1. Blend everything. I find that smoothies blend better when you put the greens in first and press them against the blades. 
2. Drink
3. Rejoice

I-RISH I had some soda bread! 
This Irish Soda Bread recipe is no joke. If you want to sink your teeth into some thick, warm, homemade bread without waiting for a sad lump of dough to rise, make this bread right now. Bring it to a summer picnic and everyone will think you are filled with mad skills.P.S: I always leave out the caraway seeds (because who has time for that?) but my Irish friend tells me that they are a traditional ingredient. 
  • Camera: Nikon COOLPIX S3100
  • Aperture: f/3.2
  • Exposure: 1/125th
  • Focal Length: 4mm


I-RISH I had some soda bread! 

This Irish Soda Bread recipe is no joke. If you want to sink your teeth into some thick, warm, homemade bread without waiting for a sad lump of dough to rise, make this bread right now. Bring it to a summer picnic and everyone will think you are filled with mad skills.

P.S: I always leave out the caraway seeds (because who has time for that?) but my Irish friend tells me that they are a traditional ingredient. 

noodles-jp: You have such tasty and colorful and bright food pictures and you should never stop posting as long as you are alive! That is all. :)

Your blogspot is beautiful! 8O 
It looks like a professional website. 

Elaborate Bowl of Oatmeal, Part 2Oatmeal w/ strawberries and chocolate. I’m pretty sure even picky eaters would devour this. (Small children or big babies)
NEWS: I made an Instagram account for Paninitime! Follow me here. 
  • Camera: Nikon COOLPIX S3100
  • Aperture: f/3.4
  • Exposure: 1/40th
  • Focal Length: 5mm

Elaborate Bowl of Oatmeal, Part 2

Oatmeal w/ strawberries and chocolate. I’m pretty sure even picky eaters would devour this. (Small children or big babies)

NEWS: I made an Instagram account for Paninitime! Follow me here. 

Yam + Yamming I just found out that a famous basketball player named Metta World Peace will be coaching my friend’s high school basketball team. “Metta” is a Buddhist word that means “loving kindness and friendliness towards all.” I find it fascinating when people change their names. It’s such a commitment! I can’t even commit to calling sweet potatoes “sweet potatoes” or “yams.” See?Salad w/ tomatoes and roasted sweet potato. Click link above for pro roasting instructions. 
  • Camera: Nikon COOLPIX S3100
  • Aperture: f/3.2
  • Exposure: 1/250th
  • Focal Length: 4mm

Yam + Yamming 

I just found out that a famous basketball player named Metta World Peace will be coaching my friend’s high school basketball team. “Metta” is a Buddhist word that means “loving kindness and friendliness towards all.” I find it fascinating when people change their names. It’s such a commitment! I can’t even commit to calling sweet potatoes “sweet potatoes” or “yams.” See?

Salad w/ tomatoes and roasted sweet potato. Click link above for pro roasting instructions. 

Anonymous: Hey, just wanted to second the anon asking for cooking tips/recipes/whatever and also say your blog is gorgeous! Great job!

Thank you!!! This made my morning.

In return, I will share with you this incredibly adorable and relevant link that I just found. May it serve you well.

Elaborate Bowl of Oatmeal, Part 1 
Oatmeal w/ apricots, cinnamon, chocolate 
  • Camera: Nikon COOLPIX S3100
  • Aperture: f/3.2
  • Exposure: 1/1000th
  • Focal Length: 4mm

Elaborate Bowl of Oatmeal, Part 1 

Oatmeal w/ apricots, cinnamon, chocolate 

Healthy Spiced Hot ChocolateSweetened naturally. Like a baus. 
Ingredients:1 cup milk of choice1 banana (you won’t be able to taste it) 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tsp each of cinnamon & nutmeg1 tiny pinch of salt & cayenne powderoptional: other sweeteners to taste
Steps: 1. Blend! 2. Microwave for 2 minutes and then blend again. Or heat it on the stovetop while stirring vigorously.Optional step: Burn your tongue while trying to drink this and watch TV at the same time. 
  • Camera: Nikon COOLPIX S3100
  • Aperture: f/3.2
  • Exposure: 1/500th
  • Focal Length: 4mm

Healthy Spiced Hot Chocolate

Sweetened naturally. Like a baus. 

Ingredients:
1 cup milk of choice
1 banana (you won’t be able to taste it) 
2 tbsp cocoa powder 
1 tsp each of cinnamon & nutmeg
1 tiny pinch of salt & cayenne powder
optional: other sweeteners to taste

Steps: 
1. Blend! 
2. Microwave for 2 minutes and then blend again. Or heat it on the stovetop while stirring vigorously.
Optional step: Burn your tongue while trying to drink this and watch TV at the same time. 

I got a summer salad w/ red quinoa, squash, sweet peas, green peas, and corn. 
  • Camera: Nikon D3000
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Exposure: 1/60th
  • Focal Length: 50mm

I got a summer salad w/ red quinoa, squash, sweet peas, green peas, and corn.