cafe de olla <3

Currently laying in bed, typing this on my WordPress app, because the exhaustion is too real…

I made cafe de olla today! It was amazing. My roommate Kyle and my BFF Britt both approved! Holllaaaa.

I drank a lot of this in Mexico and got a bit hooked so I had to figure out how to make it myself… I compared a few different recipes and ended up with this:

FIRST, in four cups of water, dissolve a little less than 1/3 cup of  this:

 
Also throw in half a stick of Mexican cinnamon or whatever cinnamon you can find.

Bring that to a boil or at least cook it until all the sugar cane is melted in. 

  
  
Take the pot off heat and then use 4 Tbs of pretty seriously ground coffee and throw it into your sugary water and cover the pot to let the coffee steep for 5 minutes. Side note: I think a darker roast is a better choice than a breakfast blend because the stronger, more intense flavor of a dark roast would balance with the sugar in the drink. But if you just want caffeine and sugar, then by all means use a lighter roast!

Next is the hardest part in my opinion. You have to strain out the coffee grounds. 

  
I used a French Press for convenience! (Also please don’t mind the background… I was making lunch… More Mexican food!)

I know the coffee looks dark and scary and bitter but it’s actually so smooth and just sweet enough that coffee afocionados and “coffee” (aka milk) drinkers alike will love it!

Not the most nutritious drink ever, but whatevs. It’s tasty and amazing and should be made and shared every once in a while!

Come on over for breakfast some morning and I’ll make us cafe de olla and chilaquiles.

Food is a part of my love language.

Love,

Jules

Be here // Go do

Hey guys, it’s honesty hour. Since I’ve gotten home from Mexico, I’ve been in a very real slump. It’s the first time in a really really long time that I haven’t had a set agenda and schedule. It’s been making me feel very low energy, unproductive, and honestly pretty sad.

I’ve been thinking a lot about it and yesterday I talked to one of my wisest friends, Marissa. You guys. Mar knows all things and she has a heart of gold. Go befriend her asap.

Basically, she reminded me that it’s okay to slow down. And then I fell asleep and dreamt a lot. 

I had dreams about things that I actually don’t remember anymore, but when my alarm went off at 6 am for my long run I rolled over, saw that it was storming outside, and went back to sleep.

It’s a sign from the universe to take a chill pill.

I have two pictures in my room that I loves lot. One says “be here” and the other says “go do”. If you know me even a little bit, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I do not like to stay still. I constantly crave action and newness and adventure and spontaneity. Therefore, this last week has been difficult.

I’m also hilariously terrible at resting. Back in January my IT band got all janky and I should’ve just rested it. Did I? No. And the issue lasted much longer than it probably would’ve. I need to learn.

So, in order to survive the next week and a half before school starts, here’s my mission: do whatever I want. 

A lot of the time I compile lists in my head of things that I’d like to do, recipes I want to attempt, people I want to see, crafts I’d like to botch terribly… But I never actually do them because I’m always so wrapped up in my plans. I’m all for doing things on a whim, but sometimes things fall to the wayside…

THEREFORE! These next 11 days are going to be about:

Enjoying workouts

Recipes I’ve always wanted to try -> so far: salsa, peach cobbler, zucchini banana chocolate chip muffins

Delivering newly baked food goodies to friends -> its my love language

Attempting crafts -> medal hanger today!

Extravagant breakfasts and French Press coffee

Galveston trip and maybe some camping

Finishing a book or just scrapping it and getting a new one

Decorating my room and setting up the house

Volunteering at the food bank

So mostly just doing stuff that is good for my soul. Finding the balance between “be here” and “go do”.
With hopefully some fun blog posts as well! 

Here’s to the next few days and the peace it will bring..
Love,

Juliana

Little Things.

Hey hey hey,

Just popping into to say that I just got my butt whooped at Saturday morning strength training and it was awesome! Over the last couple weeks I have noticed changes in my body and it’s really really cool. Who would’ve guessed that consistence strength training would give you results!? ;]

Oh, and also another small little thing, I’ll be spending July in Mexico teaching English…. I am so incredibly excited — you have no idea! 😀

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Feliz Sabado!

Tengo hacer tarea!

Love,

Ju