What is in My Pantry?

Everyone has those foods we can’t go a week without. Those ingredients that always make it back on our lists of things we need to pick up at the store on a monthly (if not weekly) basis. Although I don’t have as much space in my dorm for a ton of ingredients and food, I always have the basics. If I need something extra, I can go out and get the smallest container available so that it doesn’t go bad waiting to be used again. Here is my grocery list of must haves that get me through my week of tests, homework, classes, work, and late nights.

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Cinnamon Rolls in a Mug

I am a cinnamon roll connoisseur. You can’t beat a warm sweet roll with the spice of cinnamon and enough icing to send you running to your insulin. That is exactly how I like them. Obviously I can’t have them all the time and I try to avoid buying the Pillsbury tubes because I know I will end up eating all of them in one sitting. That is where this recipe comes in.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Irish Scones

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind always be behind your back, and may your St. Patrick ’s Day be filled with drinks, friends, and good food. March 17th is the day that everyone is Irish, and we all can come together and celebrate. My grandparents came to America from Ireland when they were about my age, so St. Patrick ’s Day has always been prominent in my household.

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Double Chocolate Truffle Cake

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Prepare your insulin shots ladies and gents, it doesn’t get much better than this. Chocolate cake with chocolate chips and a pool of chocolate truffle poured over the top to take the place of icing. This recipe is not for the faint of heart.

This recipe takes a typical box chocolate cake mix and doctors it up into something decadent. Nobody would ever believe you if you told them it came as a mix, so you might as well call it homemade.

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Sundried Tomato Parmesan Garlic Wreath Bread

In my family, everyone loves to cook with the exception of my younger brother. My dad has really taken on the chef role for several years now, and is always working on his bread recipes. From homemade soft pretzels, to pizza crust, to no knead bread, my dad does it all! This recipe is one of his more recent creations that he made for my last night home for spring break. It tastes even better than it looks, and would be a great item to bring or serve at a party or get together if you are trying to impress a crowd. The fancy shape of the bread is actually very easy to accomplish, and can be done with any combination of bread and filling recipes. So without further ado…

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Pancakes in a Mug

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I personally don’t understand how so many people are able to skip breakfast and function normally for the first half of the day. Ever since I was in high school, breakfast has been a necessary start to my day. If I don’t eat something before I leave for my classes, my morning feels thrown off and my stomach is loud as hell until I eat lunch.

Breakfasts and desserts always end up being the best “in a mug” recipes for me. One Sunday morning, I was trying to decide if I was willing to get my pans dirty and clean up the mess from a round of pancakes. My laziness won and I ended up just heating the batter in the microwave to see if the results were edible. A great idea was born that day. Continue reading

Making Recipies Vegan Friendly

I like to think of myself as a vegan wannabe. Although I am not vegan (or even vegetarian for that matter) I try to make my food vegan friendly as often as possible. If there is no actual meat in a recipe, substituting out the other animal products can make your food significantly healthier. Using less butter, less sugar, and less processed foods, I challenge myself to take my recipes to the next level without losing out on flavor. Doing this is actually much easier than you would expect once you have the basic substitutions down. It is all a matter of tweaking your recipes to your tastes

My most commonly used vegan substitutions:

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