48 hours in bath.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014



I suffer from a serious inability to edit myself when it comes to photos! I want to share them all! So...I will. (It is my blog, yes?)

A few weeks ago I was approached with a few very cool opportunities to explore one of my favorite cities, Bath. Luckily, the timing worked out perfectly and I was able to squeeze some great stuff into a fantastic 48 hours! I'll have more on my time with Vale House Kitchen, The Francis Hotel, and The Roman Baths coming up, but first I'll share a few photos from our time walking around the city!

I warn you, this post has a lot of photos (26! I'm sorry!!) but I'll break them up so that your computers don't crash (hopefully)!












More after the break!

eat well | seeded banana loaf

Tuesday, August 19, 2014



Today, we have a guest post from my sister! She's an absolute wizard in the kitchen and is the first person I call when I embark on a new baking journey only to end up with a flour-coated kitchen and dough in my hair!



When trying to wrest this recipe from our Dad, I couldn't believe that he has ever baked this bread the same way twice. Forget about precision measuring of ingredients. This is baking gone rogue. The original bread calls for a coffee grinder (yes) and measurements in soup spoons. Aside from serving a coffee addiction to rival Bobbi's, it serves as a mill for finely processing seeds and grains! For those who don't have a coffee grinder, a mill, or assorted jars of seeds at home, I found a perfect shortcut in my local supermarket called Linwoods that is a mix of flax, sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds plus goji berries already finely milled. Works for me!



Dry Ingredients

4tbps quinoa (ground in a coffee mill or with a mortar and pestle)
2tbsp oatmeal (ground in a coffee mill or with a mortar and pestle)l
1.5tbsp milled seed mixture (equal parts flaxseed, sunflower and chia but the packaged mix is great)
1tsp baking soda
2 heaping tablespoons flour

Wet Ingredients

2 large eggs
2 large overripe bananas
2tsp vanilla

Assembly

Preheat oven to 350F/175C. I use an oven thermometer which tells me that my electric oven just gets up to 350F when the dial reads 190-200C.

Combine the dry ingredients and set aside. Beat the eggs, add in the banana and mash well, add the vanilla and mix until well blended. Add the wet mix to the dry ingredients. Pour into an ungreased loaf pan lined with thick baking paper.

Bake for 10 minutes in the middle of the oven then move to the lowest shelf, turn the heat down about 25F to 325F and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until a toothpick (or handy stick of spaghetti) comes out clean when inserted into the middle.

My loaf pan is petite 1lb loaf pan, or normal for my petite oven. For a 2lb loaf pan, double the recipe and keep in mind that the time needed for baking on the lower shelf will be more like 50 minutes.







I hope you enjoy it! If you have any transatlantic baking questions feel free to pop me a question on Instagram while we work on my website re-launch!

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Thanks for stopping by, Shelly! Happy Tuesday!

notes to my younger self.

Monday, August 18, 2014



I'm a huge fan of Sarah from Yes and Yes and have been for ages. She's a great example of a smart, capable, (funny, gorgeous) woman who saw what she wanted and made it happen. Sarah seems to have the Midas touch when it comes to inspiring women to do big things, so when she asked me to be a part of Notes to My Younger Self to spread the word about The Post College Survival Kit, I fangirled a bit, said YES, and began to think about all the things that I would say to a younger version of myself to save her a bit of grief. It's a common thing now to think that the good bits of "being an adult" kick in after you hit 30 - but why wait until then to feel financially comfortable, stable in love and life, and at peace with yourself?

Ryan is a few years younger than me, and I find myself giving him (and his friends, sorry, guys!) a lot of advice that I wish someone had told me when I was their age. And now I get to share it with you? (You're welcome or I'm sorry...I'll let you decide!)

Dear Baby Bobbi,


First, stop making that stupid peace sign with your fingers when you pose for photos.

You look ridiculous. In fact, take a good look at yourself and see if you can figure out the triggers that cause you to do something to make yourself look "better". Cooler, cuter, stronger, smarter, whatever. I'm a huge fan of "faking it until you make it", but there's a difference between that and being untrue to yourself (and the people that you care about). Taking a photo with your girlfriends? Cool, put your hands in your lap and smile like a normal person. Life amongst the people you care about is really and truly not a competition, and the sooner you realize that, the more joyful you'll find your relationships while you're being yourself.



Stretch more

Your mind, your body, your horizons. Travel sooner. Take care of yourself in the off-season as much as you would in the on-season. Take more classes outside of your concentration. (But maybe not that one on Dinosaurs, because when have you ever used that information??) Feed yourself in every possible way. It will make you whole and proud.



Relax

There is no need to be so stressed out about your future career path. Looking at what you're doing now and obsessing over how that will translate into your career prospects in 5, 10, and 20 years? That's the stuff that will drive you nuts. That's the stuff that will make you burn out. Take it as it comes, work hard, play fair, and you'll get to where you're going.



Don't settle (he's not worth it)

No matter how much you try to convince yourself that he is. The one you're meant to be with is on his way, and he's getting to you as fast as he can.


Be kind to yourself

You really and truly are your own worst critic, but you're doing just fine! You don't need to feel sad and scared, you don't need to feel like you aren't doing enough, like you aren't good enough, like you aren't smart enough. Feel good about who you are and the person that you'll become. You're doing just fine.

Love,
The older you, who, if I do say so myself, has a pretty nice life.

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If you'd like to read other entries in the Notes to My Younger Self series, you can find them below!

  • "Be a friend a friend would like to have. Follow that golden rule." - Kate
  • Study something you love, but make sure you can support yourself. - Carly
  • Start NOW. No matter the project or how small the step. - The Small Change Project
  • If you're just graduating and you can't find a job you love, you can CREATE IT! - The Nectar Collective
  • Embrace free time! Pursue passion projects! Stop with the Splenda! - Elise
  • Beware the expensive apartment! - Dana 
  • It's totally okay to be 22 and love knitting + nights in over rowdy clubs. - Kim
  • "Don't waste time worrying that people know things you don't." - Braid Creative
  • "Learn to say no, tell people what you need, and ask for what you want." - Sarah
  • "Money is just money. It does not reflect failure or worthiness. Do not shrink from it." - Halley
  • "You are your own best friend. You are in very capable hands." - Danielle

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Happy Monday!

this and that.

Friday, August 15, 2014



Happy Friday, folks! This week has been pretty shit, no? The news could not have been worse and the clouds seem to be capable of producing an endless amount of rain. I've been looking forward to the weekend so much and I'm so glad that it's finally here.

I'm out and about for the next two days, taking an amazing cooking class and exploring Bath, but let's start the weekend off right with some links, yes?

Shameless Self-Promotion


+ I had a launch on Monday that was a labor of love, let me tell you! So thrilled with the way Becki's new site came out! We're still working out a few details, but have a look!
+ I don't think that I mentioned this, but this image is going to be making its way to print! How fun is that? I'll be sure to snap a photo when the magazine lands on my doorstep!
+ I'll be taking part in the blog crawl happening in support of this (post is going up on Monday!) so make sure that you check back!
+ Also, my dreams have come true and I'll be the Head of Gryffindor House for Xandra's project!



Blog Love + Things I'd Like to Make


+ My sister keeps dropping hints that I need to let her know something (anything) about the desserts that we'll be wanting at the wedding! I think I'll be adding these to the list!
+ The Semiotics of Like.
+ The discussion on this post is great. I think it's pretty obvious that I share my life on this blog, but by no means is it a complete reflection of my personal experience. It makes me sad when Ryan asks, don't you want a photo of this?, because some things really (I feel) should just be lived and not photographed or shared.
+ So many memories!
+ Ryan and I read Game of Thrones books 1 + 2 together and loved talking about what we were reading when we set the books down, so I loved to see that we're not the only ones!
+ YUM.



Simply Delightful (We Need Something to Make Us Smile This Week, Right?)


+ Danielle Radcliffe, you are a treasure.
+ If ever there was a week where the world needed puppy and kitten videos, this is the one. To start.
+ And another.
+ Teamwork!
+ Literary cats!
+ Puppies!
+ And this will just melt your heart.



Worth the Read


+ Some great tips for marriage.
+ And another from Salon...ugh.
+ Okay, I swear I wasn't just roaming Salon for content, but this made me cry. RW's death rocked me hard this week. I really and truly hope that he found what he was looking for and that his family and friends can find a way to heal.
+ Related. If you or someone you love needs help, here's a US resource and here's a UK resource.
+ "I went 7 days without complaining."
+ The fashion designer taking his heritage global.
+ I just picked this up. Can't wait to dig in.
+ I look up to and admire Karen for so many reasons and I was deeply moved by this post. If you read nothing else today, make this the one. I've had many talks with Ryan about this (namely when I mostly flat out refuse to raise any future Bobbi or Ryan Jrs in the States because of, well, events like this week's) and it's just...exhausting. This part Karen's post particularly resonated:

I'm tired of walking through the world constantly aware of how my blackness is being perceived, how my interracial marriage is being perceived. The fact is, whether it is being perceived positively or negatively, if I'm in the United States, I am always aware of it, and I'm tired.

It's really tiring to be hit with these stories (feels kind of like banging your head against a brick wall), to be followed (even in England!) while you shop, to be talked down to or touched (I honestly do not get why people do this) by strangers in ways where I'm forced to think, you really would not be doing this if my skin was a different color. For many of the same reasons as Karen, I don't generally discuss race on this blog. But I guess I couldn't really not say how tired (and sad) I am. I'll leave it there, but...damn. It sucks, you know?


+ I don't want to leave you on a down note, so here's my favorite Instagram of the Week via @wideeyedlegless.


And here you go, play this and smile! (And have a great weekend, guys!)

Everything's Okay by Lenka on Grooveshark
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