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Fall Flavored Breakfast

29 Sep

Disclaimer: Fall is my all time favorite season. Chapel Hill is truly stunning this time of year- it just doesn’t get better than bright clear blue skies above you and every color imaginable in the trees around you. We have so many trees here it’s like an explosion of color when they change. Right now it’s still mostly greens but I’m seeing some yellows and getting excited!

Anywayyys, my flat mate is a pretty big fan of fall and all its accompanying benefits, like fall flavored food! The pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks and now at every other place that serves coffee. I have discovered the caramel apple spice drink at Starbucks which, for the record, is apple pie in a cup. We have a large tin of pumpkin spice tea in our apartment. A couple of weeks ago we had a large amount of pumpkin bread in the apartment. I’d been looking up recipes for other fall themed food, and it was all either desserts involving pumpkin or large dinners.

Well, yesterday I was having my daily struggle to NOT go buy biscuits for breakfast, when my flat mate suggested I eat the sweet potato I’ve done nothing with for 3 weeks for breakfast. I gave her a look saying “sweet potato for breakfast…what…” but I let her explain because she definitely knows more about cooking then I do. She went on to say if I just mashed up the sweet potato, spread butter and sprinkled brown sugar/cinnamon it would be really good and a perfect brunch dish since it was about 11 am. It was REALLY good.

My only issue is that it requires using a proper knife. Which clearly I can’t handle that early in the morning because I managed to slice my finger cooking breakfast. I think midterms drain my ability to do anything other than school work.

Nevertheless, without further ado, my fall flavored breakfast.


1 sweet potato

Small amount of butter

Sprinkling of brown sugar and whatever flavor you want

(I actually used apple spice which had cinnamon in it so I didn’t add more but you can use whatever flavor your heart desires)


Pro tip 1: Check what side of the knife you’re holding. Don’t press down if your finger is on the sharp side of the blade.

1. Cut the sweet potato up. Or not actually. It probably cooks and mashes quicker if you cut it up into chunks but I gave up cutting the potato when I couldn’t even cut the whole way around, so I microwaved that baby whole and it was just fine.

2. Microwave for 5 minutes on high. (Really just until it’s soft enough to mash)

3. Mash.

4. Throw into a bowl, add your butter, sugar, spices or whatever you want, toss, and enjoy!

I’ll admit I was a little skeptical about having it for breakfast, and I think I’d still prefer my oatmeal with a sprinkle of brown sugar if I wanted something sweet, but if you’re craving something fall flavored, try this out for any meal or snack and let me know how it goes! I’m curious as to what other flavors people put in.



“You must forgive me if I’m up and goin’ to Carolina in my mind”

18 Jun

“In my mind I’m goin’ to Carolina
Can’t you see the sunshine
Can’t you just feel the moonshine
Ain’t it just like a friend of mine
To hit me from behind
And I’m goin’ to Carolina in my mind”

– James Taylor

You guys, I’m home. Well, one of my homes. I have many, but right now, Chapel Hill feels a lot like home and man have I missed this place. It is SO good to be back in this beautiful town. I had an amazing 5 months abroad that I wouldn’t trade for the world, and all you college students thinking about studying abroad: DO IT DO IT DO IT. I had an amazing time and have made best friends I will treasure for the rest of my life.


Sunset on the river Lee near my *former* apartment in Cork. I will always love this beautiful place.

Nevertheless, I am loving the heat, the blue skies, the scorching sun, the endless tree cover, the ridiculous thunderstorms, driving my bug again, living in a proper house with a real kitchen and no flat mate, and did I mention the fact that it actually feels like summer? I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for warm weather.

I actually go here. And yes, it’s actually this beautiful. (Not my picture)

Alright, enough gushing about how Chapel Hill leaves a stamp on your heart. You guys get the picture. I’ve actually been back for a solid 2 weeks if not more but it’s been a crazy time involving dance competitions, catching up with friends and family, birthday parties and readjusting to American life. This week is finally looking like it’s settling into normal life, so I figured I’d kick it off by getting back to blogging!

I’ve not really cooked much since getting home since my mother dearest is home and she is an amazing cook (thanks for nothing on those genes, mum) so she kind of just does everything for me food wise because she assumes my state of uselessness in the kitchen. I’m trying to do more, but it won’t be as frequent as when I was in Ireland. That being said, as a result of the various parties, I’ve done a fair amount of baking, which I happen to be really good at, so don’t be surprised to see some yummy baked goods in the next few recipes. I can’t promise they’re healthy but they’re really quite easy, and everything in moderation, right? đŸ™‚

Alright, no recipes today because I’m still recovering from a tummy bug and don’t even want to think about food right now, so instead, I’ll leave you with picture highlights of my month abroad, and a little note that while I will try to post consistently over the summer, I’m actually leaving the country (again) for 6 weeks at the beginning of July! This time I’m off to Asia… but more on that later!


Cork at christmas!


St. Finbarre’s Cathedral in the winter


London in January snow


London from the top of The Shard over Easter, equally as cold as when I was there in the snow in January!!!


Heineken Cup quarterfinals at Twickenham!


Buckingham Palace, half mast for Margaret Thatcher


more London ( I could’ve gone on forever with my pictures from London, really, it’s probably my favorite city ever)




Streets of Malaga


Streets of Malaga


Panorama Malaga from the Alcazaba- Moorish fortress


View of Puento Neuvo from El Tajo Gorge in Ronda. Prettiest place ever.


View of Granada from the Alhambra


St. Finbarre’s Cathedral in the Spring (this was actually late May so almost summer but it was the first time it felt like spring in Ireland!!!)


Celebratory post-finals drink at the college bar. Woo!

Apple Sauce Heals All

15 Feb

It’s true. I have never had a wound that some apple sauce cannot heal. The past couple of days , well I’ve needed my apple sauce. This is fact, has nothing to do with Valentines day. This is stemming from the 13th.

Ok, so if you haven’t gathered by now, I’m living in a foreign country- Ireland to be precise. I’m studying abroad here for the semester, and I love it. I really do. But it’s been a long time since I’ve lived on this side of the world, and for the past 8 years of my life I’ve been in America. Back in America I go to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is a truly wonderful school. Chapel Hill is heaven on earth. I love it there. That being said, Ireland is just fantastic too. I’m a keen traveller, so I pretty much love everywhere. This week, I had my first bout of homesickness. First off, wednesday was my dad’s birthday, and this was the first time that neither my brother nor myself were with my parents for it. Growing up sucks sometimes. Secondly, it was the Carolina vs. Duke game.

Ok, so first thing you should know about UNC- it’s a really, really, really big college basketball school. I don’t even like basketball but I know so much about UNC basketball because I just can’t avoid it. Duke is about 7 miles down the road from UNC, so it’s a pretty big rivalry, as they’re both huge basketball schools. Ok- pretty big is an understatement. It’s quite possibly the biggest rivalry in college basketball. I have many friends at Duke as well as UNC, so you can imagine my facebook newsfeed for the past week. Relentless, scathing, hatred. Constantly. And believe it or not, this made me miss Chapel Hill. All the fierce carolina pride reminded me what a phenomenal school I go to, and what an incredible bunch of people I get to associate with every day.

Needless to say, I got pretty homesick. And after staying up to watch the game (it started at 2 am my time) UNC lost by 5 points. Cue the apple sauce. I ate apple sauce nonstop for a month last year when I got mono. I eat it when I’m sad. I eat in when I’m happy. In the south, I consider apple sauce a delicacy. So imagine my horror when I couldn’t find it in Ireland! It’s probably somewhere, but not at a price even close to what I could afford. And with that, I bring you to my recipe for homemade apple sauce. Actually the best thing in the world.

Ingredients: makes 4 servings (or 1 if you’re coming off a devastating UNC loss)

4 apples- peeled, cored, and chopped

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

*1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (didn’t use it, didn’t need it, could be nice if you liked cinnamon)


1. Prepare the apples as stated above and throw the apples, water and sugar into a pot.

2. Cover and let it simmer on medium heat for 15-20 minutes, or until apples are soft.

3. Allow to cool, and then mash the apples.

4. Serve and wallow in self pity- if it’s that kind of night.


Yeah, it’s actually that easy. Preparing the apples actually took me the longest, but set up camp in front of your laptop and with netflix on in the background, it goes by in no time.

And even though apple sauce can’t reverse the score of the game, I will ALWAYS love my tar heels.



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