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paleta making, take 2

I am in full-on denial right now about summer ending. I know that fall sounds lovely (IN THEORY) to lots of folks, but I’m still clinging to these warm, sunny days like my life depends on it. I’m really hoping that Chicago will still be fairly warm (damn this unseasonably cool summer!) until late September, but that might just be wishful thinking on my part.

Anyway, last summer I went on a paleta making spree and this summer was really no different. I made some of my staples from last year, and also tried out a few new ones, including Maura’s vegan fudge popsicles which were of course, super delicious.

My most recent recipe was one I revisited and tweaked from last year. I was super happy with the results, so I thought I’d share it:

paletas

Coconut lime yogurt paletas
Makes 6 paletas
Adapted from The Corner Kitchen

Ingredients:
1 14-oz can of light coconut milk
1 cup of plain Greek yogurt (I used Trader Joe’s brand yogurt)
1/4 cup of agave syrup
1/2 cup of sweetened (or unsweetened) shredded coconut
Juice and zest of two limes

Blend together the yogurt and coconut milk. Once it’s fully mixed, add in the agave syrup and lime juice + zest. Either blend in or mix in by hand the shredded coconut. Freeze the paletas for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Run the molds under warm water for at least 30 seconds and then wiggle the paleta out. Enjoy!

Summer isn’t over yet, so enjoy it while it lasts! I know I will.

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five things friday – may 9th

Another Friday, another five things post! I really am attempting to make this a somewhat regular thing. So without further ado, let’s get this started:

So remember my whole treat yoself post? I’ve actually managed to stick to that, in small, minimal purchases. But I recently splurged on something that I’m currently considering a very early birthday present to myself:

everpursemini

I pre-ordered the Everpurse Mini a couple of weeks ago and I’m so, so excited to get it this summer. I’ve written about Everpurse before and I kept putting off investing in one. When I heard about the Mini, I realized that this would be perfect for me because I totally need to charge my phone on the go and I’m in dire need of a new wallet. My current wallet, which was actually a birthday present I bought myself when I was 23, is about the same size. I ordered mine in teal because it’s easily my favorite color. The low price I ordered mine for is no longer available, but you can still pre-order the Mini if you’re interested.

bourdain

Guys, Alex and I really love Anthony Bourdain. We’ve pretty much watched all his shows (No Reservations, The Layover, and now Parts Unknown) and Alex has read all his books. Now Bourdain has gone and cemented my admiration of him with this post about Mexico. I love the amount of respect and admiration he has for Mexican food and culture, and how he’s not afraid to call out America’s attitude towards its southern neighbor. His most recent episode of Parts Unknown takes place in Mexico City (there are clips up on CNN’s website). While the D.F. only gives a peek at what life was and continues to be like in Mexico today, it still shows that Mexico, despite the strides its made in the last few years in the face of danger and civil war-like situations, has a very long way to go.

This video has been everywhere lately but I feel compelled to share it here as well. ‘Look Up’ is a spoken word short film that talks about how consumed we are by technology today. And you know what? I’m TOTALLY guilty of this sometimes. It’s honestly become a tick; I’ve picked up and started scrolling through my phone without even realizing it. I do it when I’m bored or distracted, or even when I’m out with people. I love my phone, social media, and tech today as a whole, but I do think that it can be consuming at times. I definitely need to start paying more attention when I’m with my friends or out to dinner. Alex and I are going to get sushi tonight and enjoy the lovely weather we’ve been having, so I know that’s a place to start. I’ll leave my phone in my bag for once instead of having it within reach on the table.

overnightoats

[image courtesy of buzzfeed]

Although I’ve still been consistently baking my own granola (at least twice a month because it’s so freakin’ easy to do), I’ve been looking to mix up my daily breakfast. One of my new favorite things (which I actually just had for breakfast this morning) is overnight oats. I toss all the ingredients into a mason jar before bed, top with fruit in the morning and enjoy at work. I’ve been trying a few variations, including a recipe from Lauren Conrad, but my go-to version is: 1/2 cup of soy milk, 1/2 cup of oats, 1-2 teaspoons of chia seeds, and then add a handful of blueberries, banana slices, and a spoonful of peanut butter in the morning to top it off.

Last but not least, my latest music obsession: Lorde. I can’t stop listening to Glory and Gore; it’s easily my favorite of her singles. A close runner-up: Ain’t It Fun by Paramore.