RECIPE: PEANUT BUTTER PROTIEN BITES [GF!]

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wheat. it's a delicious ingredient. buuuut i also cut it out of my life approximately one month ago. it would make me so bloated + in pain + blah blah blah you don't need to know all the details, but i've made it my mission to find good, gluten free snacks that are easy to make + taste yummy! my sister + cousin actually made these bad boiz first, about a year ago, but i started making them much more often these past few weeks! they're small little balls of oats + chocolate chips + peanut butter + more goodness. recipe below!! :)

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DIRECTIONS for the bites

  1. mix all the ingredients together + adjust to taste/consistency
  2. roll into bite-sized balls + refrigerate or freeze
  3. enjoy! 

 

INGREDIENTS for the bites

  • 1 cup of natural peanut butter
  • 2 cups of steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips [or more!!]
  • 2/3 cups of honey
  • optional: coconut shreds! i've had different versions of these guys + they're all good, no matter what you add!
  • optional, pt. 2: protein powder! add some for an extra boost

guys - seriously, no joke when i say that i could eat a whole batch of these in one day. i usually make a double batch because they go. so. freakin'. fast. they're truly that good, + such a perfect gluten free snack when you're in a pinch. 

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do you have any snacks that you can't get enough of? anything with peanut butter is my weakness - add chocolate + oats into the mix + you've got yourself a budding addiction, haha! let me know if you try the recipe! cheers to gluten free snacks + protein bites + peanut butter :)


recipe adapted from bless this mess

post + images by molly garvin

CHICAGO DOUGHNUT CRAWL

guuyyyyyyyys!! we did coffee, we did ice cream, + now... it's time for donuts!! my friends claire, sarah, + i ran all around chicago to find the best donuts + tell you all about them! [even if you didn't want to know - haha!] i hope you'll watch the video of our whole adventure! you can also find a written review below :) happy national donut day friends!


THE DOUGHNUT VAULT

our first stop of the day was the doughnut vault! we made sure to go here first because once the donuts sell out, they're gone for the day! they have two locations, so that helps maximize your chances of getting donuts - we went to their franklin street one. it's a nice little walk in space with seating outside only, so in the wintertime things get a little challenging. the doughnut vault also switches up their donut flavors daily, + keeps you updated on twitter! the sales guys there was super nice + offered us extra donuts when we told him what we were up to for the day. overall, we rated the doughnut vault a solid 4/5!

DO-RITE DONUTS

our second stop was do-rite donuts. it was a little harder to find - we used apple maps for navigation + due to it being located in the heart of the city, siri had a little trouble getting us to the exact location with all the buildings blocking the signal. the parking situation is also a bit difficult, so be prepared to walk a block or two. as far as the donuts go, they were really great -- they have a lot of good gluten free options too! overall, we rated do-rite donuts a 3.5/5.

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THE DAPPER DONUT

the third place we tried was the dapper donut! they were previously called beavers donuts, + it still shows up that way on navigation. these donuts are mini + super good! i've had mini donuts before, but these guys were different! a little bit crunchy. there are a ton of different flavors to choose from, + you can either get 4, 6, or 12 mini donuts in a package. it's also inside a cute little french market that i've never seen before! the ordering process is a little difficult, but we all really liked the dapper donut. overall, we rated the dapper donut a 4/5.

BOMBO BAR

for our fourth stop, we went to bombo bar -- you may have seen bombo mentioned in our chicago ice cream crawl! i have said it before + will say it again - bombo bar is definitely one of the most instagramable places in chicago! as for their donuts, they're more like decorated fried doughs, but worth it if you're looking for those like-worthy social media posts! overall, we rated bombo bar a 3/5.  

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STAN'S DONUTS

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our fifth + final stop was stan's donuts! i have always loved stan's, + i snag a donut from them almost every time i'm in the city. we went to their wicker park location, but they have a decent amount of other locations all around the city! one thing that really makes stan's stick out is the offering of [really good] gluten free + vegan donuts - they really accommodate for different dietary restrictions. they also sell bagels, coffee, tea, gelato milkshakes, + more. overall, we rated stan's donuts a 4.8/5. 

PROJECT: SIMPLE WALL HANGING

it has been a hot minute (or a hot 10 months ago to be exact) since i posted a DIY on this blog. i used to only post DIY projects! but time has passed + things have since changed, but projects are still some of my favorite posts to come up with + create. when i was at the craft store a while back, i stumbled upon these gorgeous gold hoops + knew i needed to use them in some way! [the whole thing costs under $10 - so W I N !]

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DIRECTIONS for the hanging

  1. begin by brainstorming the layout of your rings + yarn. i wasn't 100% sure what i wanted my piece to look like, but with a little brainstorming i went with this simple option!
  2. cut your yarn pieces. i always cut them longer than i want so i can trim them to a more exact length when it's all said + done!
  3. fold your yarn in half + wrap it around the hoops to create tassels.
  4. use your creative imagination to arrange the yarn + hoops in any way your heart desires. this is where the hot glue may come in handy.

SUPPLIES for the hanging

  • gold hoops in varying sizes
  • yarn
  • scissors
  • hot glue [if desired]

+ that's really it! sorry for the vauge-ish instructions but [as stated in the name] it's pretty simple! i'm all for cute, inexpensive pieces that add life to a space - this one has made it's home here above the desk very quickly - i hope you can find one for yours, too! happy creating!


diy concept by molly garvin

post + images by molly garvin

ON A MISSION | A GUIDE TO SAN FRANCISCO'S MISSION DISTRICT

hi! my name is molly! + i really suck at posting about things after they happen! but now that i have a reasonable amount of free time again, i decided it was time to buckle down + get this guide posted! a few months ago for spring break, i headed up to san francisco to visit some friends. while there, we took one day to explore the mission district + we were NOT disappointed :) even though it took me a few weeks to get it all together, here is the guide, complete with a video! 

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ritual coffee roasters

we started off the morning with a stop at ritual coffee for some snacks + fuel for our day of exploring. they've got the cutest interior with pretty natural light + a gorgeous neon display hanging over head. the coffee ain't so bad, either :) it was reasonably crowded in there, even on a thursday, but we didn't have to wait long at all for our drinks. 

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benny gold

once we finished with our coffee, we headed down the street just to see what we could find, + stumbled upon benny gold! when we first walked in, we were overcome with the amazing smell of homemade chai. this place sells all different odds + ends, clothing, bowling gear, + homemade chai lattes + coffee! sadly we were already sufficiently caffenated, but the smell alone almost made us reach for a new cup!

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after life

the next place we stopped was after life, a cute + high-end resale shop. we had a lot of fun browsing around -- there were a lot of great pieces in there. all these places are on valencia street, which is one of the things that makes the mission district so great! these stores all basically all right next to each other, so once you are finished exploring one, you go out + right back in to another next door!

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dog eared books

we stopped in here just to take a look around [+ smell that amazing new book smell, haha!] it turned out to be the cutest little store for photos! if i had enough time around then, i would have definitely searched for a new read! does anyone else look at the cover art + then read the synopsis on the inside? so much for not judging a book by its cover, haha! 

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ampersand

this place has been on my "must visit" list for years + i'm so happy i finally got a chance to visit it! i didn't have any reason to buy flowers, but their open door studio is just gorgeous + it smells amazing! there were a few people in there + it seemed like them most amazing atmosphere. they didn't mind us taking photos in there either, which was really nice :)

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little paper planes shop

this place is the cutest! so many fun treasures, the prettiest white space, + the nicest owner! she talked to my friend + i for a while + we found out that she hosts classes in the back space! if you're local to SF, you need to check this place out! 

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tacolicious 

a few days before adventuring around the mission district, i was visiting my friend lauren in san jose + she introduced me to tacolicious! when natalie + i passed by one in SF, we had to stop by for lunch! [it's seriously so good that i'm craving it right now as i type this ha!] the atmosphere is so great, they have amazing drinks, + THEIR. TACOS. the definition of to die for. i got a fried avocado one + one with shredded chicken + grapefruit aioli + they were both incredibly amazing. 

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boba guys

after lunch, we stumbled upon a boba guys. i had heard of it before but had never tried it, so we stopped in! we have a local boba place near school that everyone loves to go to, so it was fun to grab boba in a new place! it might just have to be a new tradition :) anyway, the boba was super good. + the line was out the door!

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clarion street alley murals

kinda sketchy, but wooooorth it. the artwork is so pretty + really ranges in style. make sure to keep a close eye on your stuff + walk back out to valencia street when you leave - one block over is a bit dangerous. we learned this the hard way but it was okay! sadly just a lot of the homeless population is congregated around the mission district. 

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smitten ice cream

if you've been reading this blog for a while, or knew me remotely at all, you'd know that i never pass up a chance to et ice cream, especially when it's smitten!! i can't remember exactly what flavor it was, but it definitely had something to do with peanut butter ;) i splurged on a waffle cone, because, ya know, you're only in the mission district once! [okay not true but it works as a good excuse you know!?] 

so that's it! that's the gist of our day in the mission district! we stopped at a few other places + wanted to stop at a few other places, but ran out of time! so i thought i'd list out some honorable mentions below :) let me know if you've been to/are planning to visit any of these places soon, + what you think!  

STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM FOREVER

strawberry fields forever? try strawberry ice cream forever! MY/MO mochi ice cream [in the ripe strawberry flavor of course!] is the perfect summer snack, morning noon + night! i've worked with MY/MO before, + i seriously love them, + so does my family! they're so fun to eat, taste amazing, + are perfect for every occasion - from a simple lunch at home to graduation parties to movie nights. have you had mochi ice cream before? let me know your thoughts!! + be sure to check out MY/MO here! happy wednesday! :)

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film + post by molly garvin

this post is sponsored by My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream but the content and opinions expressed here are my own