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How to Make Almond Milk (From Scratch!)

Making homemade almond milk is so surprisingly simple that I may never buy another carton from the store again. I tested out the recipe for the first time last weekend. We all assume that almond milk is such a complex recipe but it actually only contains three ingredients: almonds, water, and sweetener. Homemade almond milk is incredibility nutty and creamy. Many of the store varieties are overly processed and contained added ingredients. Since being on Whole 30, I’ve found it challenging to find store varieties of almond milk that don’t contain additives or have a bunch of sugar in them. So that’s why I decided to try to make my own almond milk for the first time. 

almond milk

Homemade Almond Milk (From Scratch!)

Serving Size: Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup of raw organic blanched almonds (Trader Joe’s variety recommended)

2 cup water, additional 2 cups for soaking

3 pitted dates or vanilla bean

2 nut bags or cheese cloths

Directions

1. In a large bowl, soak almonds in water at room temperature overnight. The longer the almonds soak the creamier your almond milk will turn out.

2. After your almonds have soaked, drain and rinse them in cool water using your strainer.

3. Place almonds in your blender with 2 cups of water.

4. Blend on high for 5 minutes. The almond mixture should like white and milky.

5. Line your strainer and a bowl with the nut bag or cheese cloth. Pour the almond mixture into the bowl.

6. Press the liquid through the cloth into the bowl. You should have about 2 cups.

7. Rinse out your blender and add the almond milk back into the blender.

8. Add your dates or vanilla bean into the blender and blend for 2 minutes. This will lightly sweeten your almond milk.

9. Repeat step  6.

10. Refrigerate almond milk into a sealed container.

Spring Awakening

Spring Style from Old Navy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is officially here! I guess? Last week, the weather was in the 40s and this week the weather is in the 80s in Atlanta. Atlanta is known for is unpredictable temperatures. You never know what you will get when you walk outside. So right now I am wearing lightweight layers that are easy to peel off as the temperature rises.  Spring Style from Old Navy

This outfit from Old Navy is perfect for wearing on a weekend trip to the farmers market or for grabbing coffee with friends. The military style jacket is lightweight and can be thrown into a large tote bag toward the end of a busy day. 

Spring Style from Old Navy

Spring Style from Old Navy

Outfit Details// Jacket//Blouse//White Jeans//Tote Bag (similar)

Whole 30: Week 1 & 2 recap

The Whole 30 Book

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I started the Whole 30 program two weeks ago. After hearing so much positive feedback from friends who tried the program, I decided to do the Whole 30 for lent after I returned from Charleston. I was a little nervous at first about the fact that I would be giving up dairy, grain, sugar, legumes and alcohol for 30 days. I normally eat pretty healthy but with the stress of work and graduate school, I had pretty much detailed my diet. So I thought the Whole 30 program was just what I need to detox and reset my body before summer started. 

Week 1: 

How I prepped: On Sunday after returning from Charleston, I headed straight to Costco. I stocked up on all my meats at Costco. Next, I headed to sprouts and aldi for my vegetables and fruit. 

Mood: The first day I felt like a truck hit me. But the rest of week one was uphill after that. I’ve had so much energy and my mood has improved. 

Breakfast: Eggs, Eggs, and more eggs. I don’t think I’ve ever gone through a dozen of eggs in one week but on Whole 30 I have. I paired my eggs with avocados and potatoes most days.

Lunch: Lunch during week one was the most challenging for me. I usually eat out or have sandwiches for lunch. I’ve found most restaurants have sugar, grain,legumes and dairy in their foods. So I only ate out one day on Week 1 and made my lunch on the other day. When I did eat out I played it safe and went for potatoes, chicken, and veggies. When I did bring my lunch I brought leftovers from dinner.

Dinner: Dinners weren’t challenging because I love to cook dinner. I made spaghetti with spaghetti squash, Turkey burgers and potato wedges sans the bun. Seafood became a staple for me week one because it’s so easy to cook.

Snacks: Fruit and Lara bars

Week 2: 

Whole 30 Approved Tessemaes Caesar Dressing

Mood: My mood and energy was still on the uphill. One of my friends said Day 10 would be the worst. But I didn’t feel tired on Day 10. 


Breakfast:
More eggs… to mix things up during week 2, I made a huge frittata. This lasted me through Thursday.


Lunch:
I’m not a huge salad person but I decided to test out this new tessemae’s Caesar salad dressing during week 2. It was Lifechanging. I’m lactose intolerant and I hadn’t had a Caesar salad in about two years. I also brought leftovers for lunch.


Dinner:
My crockpot is going to be my lifesaver during Whole 30. Last week I survived on slow cooker dinners. I made Butter Chicken im the crockpot and served it over Zuchinni. 

I had dinner with my family last Thursday and I definitely at something non-compliant. Let’s just say my stomach was upset after. Lesson learned to play it safe when eating out.

The one thing I love the most about #Whole30 is testing out new recipes, so I’ll be sharing a few of my favorites over the two weeks. 

 After week 1 & 2, I feel great! I’ve got more energy, I’ve lost several inches, I’m sleeping better, and my mood is just overall happier. 

Baby it’s cold outside

Anyone else caught off guard by this cold swoop of weather? Last week the highs in Atlanta were in the 70s. This week the highs are in the 40s. Yesterday I was so rushed to get out the house for work I forgot to bundle up. Lesson learned! Let’s just say, baby it’s cold outside!

I’m better prepared today. I had a feeling old man winter wasn’t gone for good. I have been saving this post to the share with you on a cold day. 

The one thing I love about winter is the layers of clothing you get to wear.  This blanket scarf from old navy has become one of favorite winter staples. It’s not too heavy but easily pairs with a lot of classic pieces in my wardrobe. 

 Photography by Amber Corbi

Road Trip Diaries | Charleston, South Carolina in Photos

Just a quick 5-hour drive northeast of Atlanta sits Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is a great coastal city filled with excellent food, beaches, and lots of great shopping. You can get there from Atlanta on one tank of gas and its only a quick flight from most east coast cities.

My best friend Jessica and I decided to take a quick weekend road trip to Charleston for the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. This year the festival partnered with Nikon and Saveur magazine to host a photography tour around different parts of the city. Nikon loaned us their Nikon 5600 DSLR camera and gave a guided photography tour around Charleston. I’ve been to Charleston before for work and pleasure but this time it was nice to view the city from a different lens. I needed a brush up on my photography skills and have been in the market for a new camera. This was a great experience to enjoy some great food and wine and learn something new. 

Check out my photos from the trip below and tips on things do during your next trip to Charleston. 

Rainbow Row Charleston South Carolina

Kayaks Shem Creek Marina Charleston South Carolina

Lighthouse Shem Creek Marina Charleston South Carolina

Shem Creek Marina Charleston South Carolina

Fisherman Shem Creek Marina Charleston South Carolina

Lifesaver Shem Creek Marina Charleston South Carolina

American Flag Charleston South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina City Guide

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(Breakfast/Brunch)

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit 

The Obstinate Daughter

Hominy Grill

(Lunch/Dinner)

Husk

Butcher & Bee

Edmonds Oast

FIG

Blossom

Leon’s

The Ordinary

(Dessert)

Carmella’s Dessert Bar

Wildfire Pastry

Sugar Bakeshop

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Candlefish

Teal

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