Blueberry Muffins

“I Found My Thrill On Blueberry Hill.” ~ Fats Domino

Let’s Blog Over Blueberry Muffins…

Nom Nom Nom! Just thinking about these muffins make me excited. Lots of blueberries makes these muffins especially delicious, and this is my go to recipe year round. I make these a lot during the school year for Skylar and Aven. Sometimes I don’t feel like cooking them a big breakfast, but I still want them to have something healthy and yummy. Try making these. You won’t be disappointed.

What You’ll Need:

  • 8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 3 equal pieces
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries, rinsed and dried

Directions:

Put the butter pieces in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon until melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set the butter aside to cool.

Preheat an oven to 375°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix with a table fork.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the milk, egg and vanilla. Using the same fork, beat until well blended.

Add the milk mixture, melted butter and blueberries to the flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, stir gently until the ingredients are just blended.

Spoon equal amounts of the batter into the muffin cups. Sprinkle the 2 teaspoons sugar evenly over the tops.

Bake the muffins until they are golden and have risen nicely, 18 to 20 minutes. To test, insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin. If it comes out clean, the muffins are done.

Remove the muffin pan from the oven and place it on a wire cooling rack. Let the muffins cool for at least 15 minutes before removing them from the pan. Gently turn the pan over, letting the muffins fall out onto the rack. Makes 12 muffins.

Monday Motivation

“Learn To Say “No” To The Good and The Advantageous, In Order To Receive The Best.” ~Sunday Adelaja

This past week was a tough week for me, but it was also extremely productive and has given me the opportunity to receive clarity on so many different things that I really needed to see clearly. It has been very energizing for me. I was able to say nope to so much. Nope to old habits. Nope to bad relationships. Nope to sleeping in. Nope to distractions. Nope to negative talk. Nope to being unproductive. Nope to interruptions in my daily schedule. Nope to not being happy. Nope to anything that are just not of God. There is so much virtue in saying yes, but also in saying no, and if you’re anything like me, sometimes you forget that, and it’s so important to know. It’s not easy, it can be an uphill battle, but it’s so worth it. It’s a misconception, subconsciously saying yes to the same old things and expecting change. There is power in your no! Expect growth. Be growth. Happy Monday!

~Xo

Riley

Back To School

“I’ll Be Famous One Day, But For Now I’m Stuck In Middle School With A Bunch Of Morons.” ~ Greg Heffley

Let’s Blog Over Going Back To School…

When I was young, I had two choices for summer. Go to summer school or travel. Considering I spent most of my year in school, I always chose to hop on a plane and jet off somewhere. Looking back I was afforded many opportunities to travel and experience so many different places and cultures that so many people never get to experience. I’m grateful.

Now that I’m older, not much has changed. My family and friends always tease me when they see me. “Oh you’re in town?? I can’t believe it. You’re not in some random place on the planet, but you’re here???” They have jokes! If anyone is traveling the globe it’s Skylar and Aven. From random towns like Carrizo Springs, to Chicago or Alaska. From Puerto Rico or Mexico to Cuba. These kids are living the L I F E! But then I woke up and it was August which means it’s time for them to take their ass back to school!

It always gets really busy once we start school and I like to stay really organized and have my Bay-Bays well prepared for the upcoming year. I rounded up a few of my favorite things that I snatched up for my kiddos.

I swear by Pottery Barn Backpacks. I bought Skylar and Aven one in Kindergarten, had it personalized with their names, and it lasted through the sixth grade for Sky. However, she’s in that tween stage so I picked this one up for her. It’s cute and girly. So her!

Just in case it gets chilly, I got Sky this bomber.

I love sweaters. Skylar LOVES this one!

I thought these jeans were so cute! I got a few different pairs for her.

Sky and I both have these. They go with almost everything. I also grabbed these for her for gym class.

I thought this memory board for Sky would be so neat for the upcoming year.

I got Aven these kicks. He loves them.

I love the bows on this shirt. I have one just like it actually…

Simple goes a long way. I picked up this shirt in every color.

I LOVE this skirt. It looks so cute with Sky’s Dr. Martens.

Picked Sky up this laptop in Rose Gold. We called it a birthday present.

Aven has a cool backpack from Pottery Barn, but he doesn’t like batman anymore so I grabbed this one. It’s so him!!!

Aven loves his boots. I found these black ones.

Nothing like a nice cardigan. This one is one of my favorites, and I got this one too!

This is so Aven! I love denim shirts.

Aven usually likes to wear athletic gear everyday. I made sure to pick up these Nike fleece pants and this hoodie.

 

~XoXo

 

 

 

30 Reasons To Love 30

“Time and Tide Wait For No Man, But Time Always Stands Still For A Woman Of Thirty.” ~ Robert Frost

Let’s Blog Over My Dirty 30…

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Cheers to two weeks into a new decade of my life and so far it’s been the B E S T!!! I spent a week in Mexico for my birthday. I was on a private beach getting some serious rays when I really started to reflect on what was to become of me during this new period of my life. I’m the youngest of most of my friends. They’re all in the 30’s club, and they were really looking forward to me joining the ‘clique.’ I’ve heard so many great things about being in your thirties that I was kind of excited about this new era of life. Then… there were a few who kind of made me nervous about it just because they were having some sort of quarter-life- crisis before and after they hit thirty. (Rolls eyes so hard I see my brain). Although, I can agree that time is passing by so much faster as I get older, and I suppose if you haven’t hit every goal or pinnacle you thought you’d reach by the end of your twenties, this milestone birthday can bring up a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions… but I TRULY believe that most of us are aging like the finest of wines, and thirty is the brighter, better version of twenty.

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So here we go…

  1. You can buy the shoes or anything else you may want and still have money in your accounts because you actually know how to save now. 
  2. You’ve figured out what you truly want.
  3. You definitely know what you don’t want and won’t tolerate.
  4. You’ve (finally) learned to appreciate the value in healthy eating.
  5. You’ve suddenly gained this oddly gratifying solid nighttime routine that you look forward to.
  6. You get that your gut is a real thing and you stop questioning it.
  7. You’re not hungover every weekend. (although… hangovers do get harder to actually handle. Just drink wine or champagne. No one wants to spend 3 days recovering).
  8. Your circle gets a bit smaller. Which is actually a good thing. You understand and value the true meaning of friendship and know you don’t need certain relationships that you once broke yourself to keep around. I’ve noticed life has a way of weeding out a lot of things by the time you reach thirty.
  9. Your relationship with your parents is new now that you’re viewed as a real adult.
  10. Your house is clean!!! Or you know- you hire someone to do it.
  11. You notice your body changing and you make it a priority to change it.
  12. You’re in charge of your own decisions, but still young enough to make a few mistakes. However, you’ve made enough mistakes on your own in the past decade to know what not to repeat and to apply those lessons moving into your thirties.
  13. You know what a good bottle of wine tastes like.
  14. You’ve established what your own home feels like.
  15. If you’re smart (like i know you are) you’ve gained a few passport stamps and soaked in irreplaceable cultural moments.
  16. Sex gets SO much better.
  17. You value your sleep. It’s the new black.
  18. Internally you calm down.
  19. Fear of anything has less impact. You give no fucks about anything you realize you cannot control.
  20. Your heart and mind begin to balance.
  21. Confidence begins to organically exude from a genuine you.
  22. Curiosity gets you into less trouble, and more ways to serve yourself and your future.
  23. You’re so busy that you finally learn to appreciate the importance of down time and self love.
  24. You can remember the 90’s.
  25. You are totally comfortable admitting you hate clubbing (I’ve always hated it).
  26. People take you seriously.
  27. You understand what it means to invest in YOURSELF, DAILY, & CONSISTENTLY.
  28. You become unapologetic for exactly who you are.
  29. You know to stand up for yourself.
  30. L I F E just inexplicably makes more sense.

 

~XoXo

Riley

 

Gruene, TX | Travel Diary

“You May Go To Hell, & I Will Go To Texas.” ~ Davy Crockett

Summer is the season for birthday’s…

It’s taken me a little while to get around to this post. I’ve been doing some nonstop travel. I recently did a travel post on L.A., and as soon as I got back to Houston, I was already preparing for another quick getaway. Another one of my BFF’s, (Kelly) turned 30. We’ve been friends since we were 11. She’s a wonderful person in every aspect of the word.

She decided that she wanted to celebrate her birthday 3 hours down the street in New Braunsfel’s to see The Natural Bridge Caverns. It’s about 30 minutes away from San Antonio. I was super excited. I was able to go to the caverns last year in Virginia, and I had the BEST time.

I left Friday evening right after work, and to say I was tired would be an understatement. I stayed with some family and was greeted with fajitas, margaritas, and trés leche. If you know hispanic families, you know eating is a necessity when arriving. You can’t say no! I never turn fajitas or margaritas down anyway. However, it put me in a food coma.

The next day my friends drove down and we met in Gruene. I LOVE Gruene!!! It’s a small, beautiful town. Once a significant cotton-producing community along the Guadalupe River. The town is brought to life by the music you hear at Gruene Hall. It was built in 1878, and is one of the oldest dance halls in Texas. The entire time I was thinking ‘Why did I leave my cowboy boots? Why don’t I have a pair in the trunk?’ I couldn’t wait to stomp and make some noise.

We ended up having lunch at the Gristmill Restaurant. This place is gorgeous. It’s surrounded by Oak Trees, and sits right on the river. It’s kind of like a tree house. The food was served in a big portion. I had Salmon, salad, and grilled veggies. It was really hot out, and I didn’t want to eat anything heavy, but I did want something that would give me energy for the walk we were going to be doing at the Caverns.

Once we got to the Natural Bridge Caverns, we were all pretty psyched. We did have to wait an hour before our tour started, so we did what any group of people would do. We bought cards and wine and played Gin until it was time to go!!!

The caverns were really beautiful on the inside. We couldn’t touch anything because that was a 3rd degree felony. I’m a little rebellious so I have a tendency of doing the opposite of what I was told. I don’t do bars though. Kelly also reminded me that my’ASS’ would go to prison and even if she did defend me in court I would serve time. Some lawyer! lol.

Towards the end of the tour we went up an incline that had my my body BURNING. I could feel my muscles breaking down. It was a real workout. Once we saw the light and stepped outside, Texas disrespected us with 105 degree weather. By the time we got to our cars we were all exhausted and in need of a shower and a nap. We had the absolute best time though.

~XoXo