Favorite Finds #32

Happy Sunday! I can’t believe March is almost over and spring is officially in full swing with high 70-degree and low 80-degree temps here in the Bay Area. I hope that spring weather is pleasant where you live as well!

Here are a few posts that caught my eye online that I just had to share with you all!

Chocolate Chip Almond Waffles – As a fan of both waffles and chocolate chip pancakes, I’m a little shocked that I never thought to make chocolate chip waffles. I think I used to buy them in college from the freezer section as a quick snack but I never thought to actually make them myself. The best part about this recipe is that it uses vanilla almond milk, which will naturally sweeten the waffles too. AH I must try this ASAP!

DIY Tassel Sandals - Any simple pair of sandals can reach the next level with the addition of something like these cute tassels. They’re a nice sandal accessory and can be added or removed as you please. They look SO CUTE on! Check out the photos on HonestlyWTF.

How to Wrap a Bouquet – Important life skills here. Or florist skills. Or blogger skills. I don’t really know how to classify this. But with fresh flowers being especially abundant now that it is spring, it’s good to know how to wrap a bouquet of fresh flowers to ensure that the flowers stay fresh and to make sure they look pretty! It’s a good one to keep bookmarked/pinned.

DIY Wood Slab Table – I LOVE this DIY wood slab table! It has a simple, minimalistic look and it goes with just about everything. Check out this great tutorial on how to make one for yourself!

Thai Tea Chia Seed Pudding

Thai Tea Chia Seed Pudding
Yes, I’m still on a Chia Seed Pudding kick! I’ve been eating chia seed pudding almost every day for a while now, so I’ve been thinking up creative ways to add some flavor to my now favorite snack.

This time, I combined my liking of Thai Tea (if you’re a fan of Thai Tea, you should check out these popsicles) with chia seeds and ended up with a satisfying pudding that really packs a punch of flavor. Not only is it healthy, but it almost feels like you’re having a dessert instead of a healthy snack or light meal.

I’m not kidding, it’s the best of both worlds. You really can’t do better than this!

Thai Tea Chia Seed PuddingMaking this pudding takes a tiny bit longer than making traditional chia seed pudding only because you have to make the tea first and let it cool. Other than that, it’s the same drill, which of course means it’s insanely easy to make.

Check out the instructions below! Thai Tea Chia Seed Pudding

Don’t forget to check out these other Chia Seed Pudding recipes!

Thai Tea Chia Seed Pudding Thai Tea Chia Seed Pudding

Thai Tea Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 3-4 tbsp Thai tea (available in Asian grocery stores)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil and steep the Thai tea for a few minutes. Filter and strain the tea a couple of times to make sure no tea leaves remain in the tea. Let tea cool to room temperature.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add in the coconut milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and tea, and stir until incorporated. Then, add in the chia seeds and stir well to make sure there aren’t any clumps.
  3. Cover the mixing bowl with cling wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Overnight is best.
  4. That’s it! The hardest part about this recipe is waiting for everything to set in the fridge! Serve with fresh fruit, sliced almonds, chocolate chips, or whatever your heart desires!

Notes

This pudding is on the more "liquidy" side of the spectrum. Feel free to reduce the amount of coconut milk or add more chia seeds to achieve your desired consistency. If you find that the seeds aren’t fully incorporating into the pudding, you need to add more coconut milk. Try adding a 1/4-1/2 cup and see how it is.

If you find that you would like a sweeter pudding, add more maple syrup or feel free to just add a little sugar! You could also add fruit like strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries.

If you aren’t interested in using coconut milk (the pudding doesn’t taste like coconuts at all!!!) and would rather use cow’s milk, you can use the same proportions but the seeds might take much longer to expand. Allow the pudding extra time to fully form.

http://www.thesassylife.com/thai-tea-chia-seed-pudding/

PopSugar Must Have, March 2015

Popsugar Must Have, March 2015

I know it’s technically still winter, but it’s feeling a lot like spring here in California. Apologies to all those suffering the BRUTAL cold weather in the rest of the United States. If it makes you feel any better, we supposedly have only one year of water left.

Anyway, the pleasant weather we’ve been having means there’s a lot of thought going into spring cleaning, fresh flowers, and travel plans right now. Here to make all that more fun is my March PopSugar box!

In the box:

Bliss – Micromagic Microdermabrasion Treatment – $48 - This exfoliator by Bliss is formulated with vitamin E, volcanic pumice, and aloe, perfect for scrubbing away those old dead skin cells. I love trying out new exfoliators every so often, and I must say that I love how we got a full-size product! Retailing at almost $50, this one product makes this month’s box worth it.

Greenmarket Purveying Co. – The Archivist Lemon+Cucumber Reed Diffuser Kit – $20-
I wasn’t expecting this Lemon+Cucumber diffuser to smell so sweet, but its fragrance still makes any room inviting. Made with natural ingredients, this is a great diffuser to have around to welcome spring!

Samudra – Pink Piña Zip Pouch – $40 - The pineapple print on this zippered pouch is very cute, but I can’t say I’d pay $40 for this product. I don’t think I could even value this product at $10 (sorry, is that too harsh?). I like Samudra products and think this pouch is cute + functional, but the price tag puts this product in the “ridiculous” category. As a PopSugar exclusive, I would expect a little more. I’d say save your money or spend a little more and get something like this.

Knock Knock – What to Pack Pad – $7 - This What to Pack Pad goes perfectly with my Fresh Out Of pad I picked up from Anthropologie a year ago. It’s nice to have a checklist of all the travel essentials like clothing, accessories, and other miscellaneous items, but this notepad will last a homebody like me a lifetime.

Wet Brush – The Squirt – $4.99 - I’ve heard a lot of great things about this brush! Even though this is a mini version of the original Wet Brush, it’s the perfect size to throw into a beach bag or bring to the pool. I don’t usually brush my hair when wet but I’m down to give this hair brush a try.

Halfpops – Halfpopped Popcorn – $1.69 - Pretty sure I’ve had these before, and pretty sure they were amazing!

Benefit Cosmetics – Roller Lash Mascara and POREfessional - I’ve been seeing ads pop up everywhere for the new Roller Lash Mascara, so it’s exciting to get a deluxe sample of the mascara and POREfessional! Time to see what the hype is about with this curling mascara.

Total Value for this box (not including the Benefit products): $122. 

Seems pretty good to me!

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