All posts filed under: Easy

Easy 2 Ingredient Oatmeal Banana Cookies

Originally posted on 28 and Counting…:
Trying to lose weight is not a lot of fun, especially if you have a big weight loss goal like I do. However, through trial and error over the years, I have learned that depriving myself of everything I love will not work for the long term and can lead to a binge of all things brownie. I think in the maintenance phase, the 80/20 rule works well (80 percent healthy food for fuel and 20 percent food for comfort) and in the losing weight phase, I raise that number to 90/10 or even 95/5 (sorry). The best approach is finding healthy food that tastes like comfort food so that you can make smart choices even when you’re “cheating.” I personally have never met a cookie that I didn’t like, so I decided to find a way that I could eat a cookie every single day and still find success with losing weight. Lo and behold, I have done it and now I’d like to share my easy 2 ingredient…

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Originally posted on Made By Meggs:
This post may contain affiliate links, read more about what that means here. This is my go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Growing up I wasn’t particularly drawn to the chocolate chip variety. I have a huge obsession with anything peanut butter, and still very much do! Hubbs on the other hand, lovessssss chocolate chip & so this recipe has become a major VIP in our house. I love warming the house up on a chilly day with the stove & these cookies. In the winter our neighbor does a lot of the snow removal in our driveway – so I always make sure to thank him the best way I know how. And that is either with these cookies, or my favorite banana bread recipe. Either way it’s a win for all! Original Recipe: AllRecipes.com The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Prep: 15 mins   |   Cook: 10 mins   |   Total: 1 hour 2 dozen  |   292 calories (printable recipe here) INGREDIENTS 1 cup Butter, softened…

When Simple isn’t Easy

Originally posted on Minimal Millennial:
Throughout the past few years, I’ve been moving towards a more simple life. I’m seeking less chaos, less clutter, less shopping, less spending, you get it – I want less so that I can have more of what really matters. More freedom, more mental space, more peace, more time. But that last one is interesting. What if simplifying leads us to do things…that take up more time? How simple can get complicated For starters, let’s make it clear: I don’t have any more hours in the day now than I did three years ago. None of us do. But I have found myself allocating those hours so differently these days, and not in ways you might expect. I clean more often (although it takes less time), I prepare food constantly (or at least it feels like I do), and I spend more time planning days than I have ever done before. So, what changed? Isn’t one of the driving factors of minimalism getting to the point of doing fewer chores? I think I figured it…

What’s In My Mailbox? | Washi’s Delivery Service

Originally posted on mailbox mermaid:
Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a very international week in my mailbox–pen pal letters from the UK, Germany, Australia, and Spain have all completed their journey to cold Massachusetts over the past few days. A certain Miyazakian stationery item pictured above inspired this post’s title, but there are many other treasures to be found in this mail haul, too: gorgeous gemstone stamps, summer memories, Van Gogh, book pages… I am completely in love with this Studio Ghibli washi tape featured on a letter from England–probably the most amazing stationery creation ever designed! It’s hard to tell which one I love more: how can you choose between Jiji and a witchy postmark or colorful, flower-power totoros? (Extra points for including the mid-sized teal totoro, my personal favorite of the clan.) My last post showcased all of the many books I’ve been devouring recently–and this letter from Germany coincidentally reflects my love of reading! I adore the veritable library of tape, and the book pages used to decorate the envelope. The inside…

Easy Peking Duck with with Homemade Mandarin Pancakes Recipe

Originally posted on Be Like Water:
Ingredients For the duck:   4 duck breasts (about 6 to 7 ounces each) with the skin on, rinsed and thoroughly patted dry with a paper towel 1/4 teaspoon salt  1 teaspoon light soy sauce 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine Pinch of five spice powder 1 tablespoon oil   For the mandarin pancakes: 1 1/2 cups flour  Pinch of salt 2/3 cup boiling water 1 teaspoon oil For the fixings:   1 cucumber, de-seeded and julienned 1/2 cup julienned cantaloupe (optional) 2 scallions, julienned 3 cloves garlic, finely minced and mixed with 1 teaspoon oil to make a paste (optional) 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce Directions First, marinate the duck. Mix the salt, soy sauce, wine, and five spice powder in a small bowl and massage into the duck. Leave the duck breasts skin side up on a plate uncovered, and let sit in the refrigerator overnight to marinate and to let the skin dry out. (If you don’t want to wait overnight, reduce the marinating time to 30 minutes). Next,…

Halloween Cupcake Baking!

Originally posted on The Flower That Blooms:
Halloween is just around the corner and what better way is there to celebrate than baking cakes?! Everywhere you look there are Halloween cake cases, cake decorations, jelly moulds you name it they probably do it! With all of this stuff reminding us how much we love baking, we recently made some Halloween cupcakes so we thought we’d show you how they turned out! We are lovers of a good chocolate cake so of course we decided to bake chocolate cupcakes! Now we’re no professionals and half the time we just guess and experiment but cupcakes are so easy to make so why not give it a go yourself? The cake recipe is a one by Mary Berry that we always use and the icing is from an old book, we’ll post them below so you can try it! Cake Ingredients 4tbsp Water boiling 40g Cocoa powder 3 Eggs 175g Softened Butter  165g Unrefined golden caster sugar 115g Self-raising flour  1tsp Baking powder Chocolate Icing Ingredients 60g Butter 30g Coco Powder About 175g Icing Sugar 3tbsp Milk Method…

DIY pencil cup holder (collab blog post )

Originally posted on thetaslifestyle:
Hello readers, welcome to my first collab blog post on DIY  pencil holder. i am doing my collab with paleandinterestingblog, check out her blog post on DIY tea candle. So lets get started Equipment . Glue . A book you don’t read anymore or fashion magazines and newspapers.  .Paint (not water colours) .Thread ( any colour) .scissors . Paint brush ( big and small) . A hard plastic cup    . Firstly, you need to get a hard plastic cup . next, you can use newspapers ,fashion magazines and a book you don’t read anymore. . Rip the paper your going to use in strips or in any shapes and stick it outside of your plastic cup. . Continue to rip and stick the paper on the plastic cup until your done sticking the paper on the cup . . Make sure you over lap the paper to make a little collage. It should look like this .After, get a string or thread and measure the size what ever you want. .Next, make…

DIY: Updating Plastic Bins

Originally posted on The HardKnock Diaries:
Last week, I was in the process of moving out of my parent’s home for the first time. With the lack of space in my dorm, I needed drawer space that came on wheels and was easily accessible. To combat my problems, I decided to purchase plastic bins to hold all of my necessities. The only problem was the terribly ugly appearance and lack of privacy of the bins. Watch me transform my bins from… This: To This: What You’ll Need: Plastic bins or drawers Double Sided Tape (or an adhesive) Scissors Scrapbook Paper ( wrapping paper or liner can also be used) Steps: 1.) Measure your scrapbook paper against your plastic bins. I was lazy with this step, but you can certainly use a ruler if you like. 2.) Once, your paper is measured, put medium sized tape pieces along the four corners of the scrapbook paper. I have seen others actually cut a slit where the handle should go, but again I am lazy and this covering…

2 Ingredient High Protein Ice Cream Sandwiches 

Originally posted on a health & fitness blog:
This is a simple, yet delicious and awesome high protein dessert.  You only need two ingredients:  a quest bar and Arctic Zero   see my previous post My Favorite Products to find out where to get these.  1. Warm up a quest bar of choice in microwave for 10-15 seconds on a microwave safe dish (just enough for it to be easy to work with and malleable)  Split the quest bar in half and roll two balls from the dough.   2.  Form the balls into flat cookies.  Here is a total of 2 quest bars–4 total cookies made.  Bake this in the oven at 350F  for 5-7 minutes.   Or you can Broil for 3-5 minutes.3. Top one cookie with a serving size of Arctic Zero Ice Cream 4. Put another  cookie on top and ENJOY!! Look at the macros: 245 calories with 23 g protein!!!  And it’s actually healthier than it appears here because of those 24 carbs in the questbar, 19 of them are FIBER!!! So…