Monday, February 18, 2013

My New Cake Substitute

I just discovered the best thing ever. 

Vanilla Almond Granola Cereal + Greek Yogurt = Vanilla Cake 

I have a serious sweet tooth and would eat cake all the time.
I'm also boring and LOVE vanilla. It's definitely one of my favorite flavors. 
Given the choice, I'll get the vanilla ice cream every time. 
(Unless I feel guilty about not getting a "fun" flavor, which is more often than I'd like to admit.)

Luckily, this does not spoil as quickly as real cake.
And the rich creaminess of the Greek yogurt makes it seem less like a healthy substitution.
(I have to trick myself into any attempts at being healthy.)

Given that granola has a high fat content and this cereal has a bit of sugar in it, this isn't the healthiest if you, say, eat the entire box in one sitting. I usually go for about half a serving of the cereal with just enough yogurt to coat all the granola and feel satiated enough. 

Do you have any health(ier) substitutes for dessert?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Patterned Walls

I have never been brave enough to paint a wall, er, rather... I've never had a wall that I could paint. One can still dream, though. One day, when I find a place to stay for more than 10 months (woes of a wanderer), I will paint a wall. Since I'm pretty sure that I'll still have an irrational fear of painting a wall fire engine red or mustard yellow, I'll probably go with something similar to one of these toned down, but equally amazing walls. The most amazing part? There are both DIYs!

- AND -

They definitely took a good bit of effort,


But  the results are AMAZING and completely worth it, don't you think?

The most inspiring part is that these women are both really busy; Andrea is a busy young professional in Washington D.C., and Laura is a brand new mother. If these two can take on such big projects for their abodes, I can probably do something far more simple- like clean my room <insert look of shame here>.

You can read more about their inspirations for these walls and how they went about completing their projects here: Stripes by Andrea and Stars by Laura.

Note: The photos in this post have been taken by the respective authors of the original posts and have been used with their permission.