September 26, 2016

Simple Spinach Pie (family recipe)

Hey there, my lovely Internet family.
I'm just getting over a head cold, so today I have a quick and simple recipe, a family classic, and a meal oft-requested throughout my brother's and my childhood. It's a birthday staple, even now, served with a side of broiled salmon or king crab legs. And, it's inexpensive, painless to make, and oh-so-delicious. I do hope you like it, too. So without further ado...


September 19, 2016

stars burn out

But even if these stars burn out
Leaving me with nothing at all to sing about
Even if my whole life I never find the place where I belong
You are still my song

Happy Anniversary, my love. It's been a fantastical year.

September 12, 2016

Easy & Affordable Skincare Routine: Morning, Post-Workout, Evening

Hey there, Hanlin family!

This just in: For the first time, Hanlin has officially lost all the content for one of her blog posts, with no warning, can't figure out what happened or how to undo it, and because she's a genius and didn't back it up, she has to rewrite the whole thing. So, I'm banging this out for a second time, and I apologize for any typos or grammatical errors. I'm annoyed at the moment. Ugh, technology.

Anyway. (ughthat'ssofrustrating)

I'm a simple gal when it comes to my skincare routine. I followed the same one from the beginning of high school through my sophomore year of college, using solely Clinique's products. But, as much as I love Clinique, their products are expensive, and that adds up for a college student. So, I switched over to Johnson's Baby Head-to-Toe Wash - it was easy and cheap, and it worked. In December of last year (2015), I decided it was time for a change, so I began using a few different and simple products that I have grown to love: Neutrogena, Burt's Bees, one from my kitchen, and Carmex.

So here you are, my super easy and affordable skincare routine: morning, post-workout, and evening.

August 29, 2016

2. What I Eat in a Day || Sunday Brunch Recipe Ideas

Salutations, Internet Family, and welcome to the second What I Eat in a Day, this time in video form!

If you're unfamiliar with WIAD, this is a type of video where I bring you along with me and show you what I eat. I usually do bring you along in vlogs on my channel, but for these I plan to amplify the focus on the food aspect of my days. I massively enjoy watching these types of videos on other channel, aaannnnnd I massively enjoy eating, so I thought I'd try one out here.

Last Sunday morning, my roommate and I had around 20 folks over for brunch after Mass - and this was our menu. Hopefully you'll be able to gather a few recipe ideas.

August 22, 2016

I never want to leave here. {video blog}

Gooday, my lovely Internet family, and happy Monday morning!

You may have seen on my Instagram (*cough* you should find me there if you haven't already) that I spent half a week in my favorite place in Michigan earlier this month. Amalie came with me, and our men drove up on Friday evening after work. It really was a fantastic week. I never get tired of this place. Never. I love it.

I know my vlogging consistency trailed off toward the end of the trip - for that I apologize - but I hope you enjoyed it just the same. Once my guy arrived, I was too busy enjoying him and the time with him to consider bringing out the camera. Also, it rained for almost two days, so I didn't want to get my fancy new camera wet. It's an expensive toy.

August 15, 2016

Swedish Meatballs (Gluten & Dairy Free Options)

Hey there, Hanlin family!

I love meatballs. This is no secret to anyone who knows me well. Usually I default to Amalie's Italian-style meatballs, but I recently stumbled upon a recipe for Swedish meatballs, and decided to try them out. A scrumptious blend of ground beef, sautéed onion, garlic, and mushrooms with a rich and creamy gravy... must I say more? Let's jump right in.

Ingredients for meatballs:

August 8, 2016

73 Questions

Hey there, Hanlin family!

I was bored and lonely on 4th of July weekend, so I decided to sit down and film this video. Annnnnnd promptly forgot about it until last week. Hope you enjoy!

August 1, 2016

Lemon Bars (Gluten Free, Paleo-Safe)

Cheers, Hanlin Family!

Lemon bars. I love them.

In a moment of weakness a month or so ago, I nabbed some Kroger-made lemon bars from the store's bakery, and was thoroughly disappointed. They were pretty bland and unimpressive, so I turned to one of my cookbooks to make some of my own. Success! I've eaten too many already. Oh well. Anyway, without further ado... here is the recipe I used. And loved.

*This product has been tested on boyfriend and roommate, with good reactions and no adverse side effects.

Ingredients for crust:

July 25, 2016

Easy Mushroom & Egg Breakfast Scramble

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Howdy, Hanlin Family! I promise you this is much more delicious than it looks. By golly, it's difficult to photograph scrambled eggs.

I'm not typically one to eat breakfast food for breakfast (I'm a breakfast for dinner kind and vice versa of gal), but while walking back from a morning run/walk/hobble a few weeks ago, I somehow developed a craving for an omelette. I had some leftover mushrooms from when I made the Creamy Mushroom Soup and Swedish Meatballs (to be published 8/8/16), and scrounged around in the fridge for a few other simple additions. My exorbitant love of mushrooms and garlic was satisfied for the day, and it was simply delectable. I must say that I was quite pleased, and I've whipped up the same recipe for post-workout breakfast a handful of times since then.

By the way, this happens every time I step foot in the kitchen. Every time. Baby just wants some love... at the most inconvenient times. (#lifewithcats, am I right?)

July 18, 2016

Currently (July 2016)

Salutations, Hanlin Family!

I've been too busy playing Pókemon Go! last week to write anything substantial - just kidding... actually wait, no, I'm not kidding. It's so fun.
Anyway, I have a wee daybook for y'all today.

This is what I'm...


July 11, 2016

Creamy Mushroom Soup Recipe

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Hey there, Hanlin Family!

I don't know about y'all, but I love me some creamy mushroom soup. Every Wednesday, the café down the hall from where I work has mushroom bisque as their soupe du jour. So rich and creamy and delicious. I rarely eat down there, but that soup is always my first choice if I ever happen to be working late on a Wednesday. I found myself craving that mushroom soup recently, so I decided to make some for dinner, and was very pleased with how it turned out. Fortunately, I ended up having enough left over to separate into portion-sized containers and put in the freezer for later. 

Hope y'all like it.