Friday, November 25, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide Under $50


I'm not really good at participating in Black Friday, so I don't have a good roundup of sales for you today. However, I did come up with this list of some awesome gifts under $50, so you can treat yourself or somebody else on your gift list. I hope you find something you like!

 1. Turtleneck Sweater
I cannot stress how much I love me a nice turtleneck sweater. This one from H&M is a steal at only $35!

If you have a friend who loves things that are both cute and quirky, this banana key chain is the right gift for them. 

This backpack is super cute and convenient, and perfect for anybody on your gift list who is always on the go. 

This is the perfect gift for any badass woman in your life!

Cute accessories to keep you warm are necessary this time of year! This chunky beanie comes in three different colors, so it will make a great gift for several people on your holiday gift list.

I've heard such great things about this journal and it's a great gift for somebody who wants to practice being more optimistic in the upcoming year. 

I recently purchased this hair clip on Etsy and it's such a great accessory for when you don't want to put too much effort into styling your hair, but still want to look cute. 

These unicorn slippers are the perfect gift for somebody in your life who is still a kid at heart (like me). The most amazing thing about these slippers is that they are also USB-powered foot warmers, so they're perfect for those really chilly days.

I love the colors and bohemian style of this scarf. Another great thing about this purchase is that it benefits a wellness charity!

This cute planter will add life to any space! This versatile piece makes a great gift for friends, family or even coworkers.


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I hope you all enjoyed this wish list, and that you have a great week ahead of you! It's the end of the term for me, so I'll be swamped with final essays and other school work the next two weeks. Wish me luck!

xoxo,

Helen

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Joseph Woodhill Park


In an effort to escape our apartment a few weekends back, my roommate Candace and I went out for brunch and then decided to drive up to Joseph Woodhill Park, a nice little spot hidden at the top of Rocky Butte. If you've never heard of this place before, I would recommend making your way over here if you're in Portland. The park is enclosed and looks like some sort of gothic castle from the outside. Once inside, you get some of the most amazing views of the city. Candace and I drove up hear on a pretty dreary day, so the city had a very cool and dark vibe to it. However, I'll be coming back at some point in time because I'd also love to see what type of view I get on a bright and cheerful day.

If you're looking to make up your way to this vista point, I would recommend driving or biking up, because it is not very pedestrian friendly.  I tried hiking up here when I first moved to Portland, and ended up giving up and turning back because I felt unsafe walking on the side of a very windy road all by myself. I hope that little piece of advice makes your visit a bit more enjoyable. Until next time!

xoxo,

Helen

Monday, November 7, 2016

Glazed Persimmon Pancakes


I would never describe myself as a picky eater, but there are definitely foods I tend to avoid due to bad experiences, one of those being persimmons. My family used to have a persimmon tree when I was younger and my tongue would go numb whenever I tried to eat one. I interpreted this numbing sensation as an allergic reaction and soon gave up on ever enjoying this bright and colorful fruit. However, I recently had a change of heart when I came to find out that the reason that your tongue goes numb is because the fruit contains tannins whenever it isn't ripe enough to eat. I  decided to give persimmons a second chance upon finding out this fun fact, and I'm glad I did because they're absolutely delicious! To celebrate my newfound love for this delectable fruit, I've put together this easy Glazed Persimmon Pancake recipe, which I hope you will enjoy. 



GLAZED PERSIMMON PANCAKES
Serves 2

INGREDIENTS FOR PANCAKES
Recipe Adapted from The Baker Upstairs

1 cup of flour
A pinch of salt
A pinch of cinnamon
2 Tbsp of sugar
2 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1 egg
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup of olive oil
Butter to coat your pan

INGREDIENTS FOR GLAZED PERSIMMONS
2 Persimmons (chopped into small cubes)
1 tsp of Butter
1 tsp of sugar
A pinch of cinnamon


DIRECTIONS

Combine the dry ingredients into a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, vanilla extract, milk, and olive oil and beat the mixture until smooth. Pour the dry ingredients into this bowl and continue to mix everything together until the mixture appears creamy and you've gotten rid of most of the lumps from the dry ingredients.

Once your pancake mix is ready, preheat a pan over low to medium heat, wait until it's warm and lightly coat it using a stick of butter. Pour the pancake mix into the pan, making sure to form a nice round shape. Cook on one side for 2-3 minutes, and flip it over once you've noticed most of the bubbles in the mixture have popped and the edges of the pancake are lightly browned. Cook on the opposite side for 1-2 minutes. Repeat these steps until you've used up all your pancake mix.

To make the glazed persimmons, peel the persimmons and chop them into tiny little cubes. Preheat a pan over medium heat--you can use the same one in which you made the pancakes. Once your pan is warm, melt a tsp of butter. Place the rest of the ingredients in the pan and toss until they are mixed well together and the persimmons have started to brown.

To finish things off, top the pancakes with the glazed persimmons and a bit of maple syrup (optional) and you're already to serve!

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This recipe is pretty simple and a great way to make weekend brunch a little more special. I've already made this twice and it's quickly becoming one of my favorite brunch recipes, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 

xoxo,

Helen

P.S. Since I know somebody will probably ask, the "Love Potion" mug is from Ban.do. :D

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