by Holly on March 20, 2013

in links i love,randomness,recipes,TV appearances

Can I tell you the best thing about going back to school and being surrounded by students 10 years younger (and 10 years more emo) than you?

Two words: SPRING BREAK.

The past couple months have been a bit of a whirlwind, and I feel like I haven’t had a chance to sit, relax, eat some homemade nachos and drink a cold brew (except for that one Sunday afternoon when the manfriend + I actually did that while watching Argo, which was so good). There’s been a lot of intense school work going on, which has involved lots of drawing. Drawing is something I’m a bit rusty at, so it’s been taking me more time to do my work and hone my skillz (see my jellyfish here or my drag queen version of Lana del Rey here or my bird sketch here).

But I love it, and I love school, and I love spring break, and I love being a student again.


Anyways, in the midst of the whirlwind, I forgot to mention I was on TV! It had been awhile since my obnoxiously fast-talking face had made an appearance, so when they asked me to come on last Monday with some spring recipes, I simply couldn’t refuse. And since it feels nothing like spring here in Wisconsin (it was 19 degrees today), I decided to feature two recipes that use late winter produce: one Conscious Cleanse Kale Salad + a newbie, Blood Orange Coconut Bars.

If you can’t see the link below, here is the link to view the video.

Since no whirlwind is complete without some mindless (and mindful) Internet reading, here are some links that have been getting me through the days as of late:

01 / Instagram. Must follow @dailynibbles, @realbrookewhite, @yesiwantcake + @designlovefest.

02 / I made the life-changing loaf of bread, and while I can’t say it changed my life, the loaf has been completely eaten just three days later. That says something, right?

03 / Just in case you missed that, that photography e-course I blogged about (complete with Gluten-Free Trail Mix Muffins) is now only $19.99! Sign up here now.

04 / I literally was crying laughing reading this article. If you’re from the Midwest, you’ll appreciate.

05 / Kelsey just kills me with her writing. It’s raw, genuine and beautiful. This one’s a must-read.

06 / This is my new jam. I had a piss poor day today + this song single-handedly turned it around.

07 / If you’re mourning the loss of Google Reader, I highly suggest Feedly. Sleek interface, same concept, good stuff. Plus, they can transfer your subscriptions from Google Reader.

08 / And oh yeah, that Blood Orange Coconut Bar recipe! I apologize in advance for my lack of photo, but that means you’ll just have to watch the video to get a good view.

Blood Orange Coconut Bars
adapted from here and here
prep time: 20 minutes
cook time: 35 to 40 minutes

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or spelt flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 t salt
3/4 cup butter or vegan Earth Balance buttery sticks
6 extra large eggs
3 cups coconut sugar or regular white sugar
2 T grated blood orange zest (about 4 to 6 oranges worth)
1 T grated lemon zest
1 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice juice of
1 lemon
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or spelt flour
powdered sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, almond flour, coconut, sugar and salt. Cut in butter with your fingers, until dough is crumbly. Press firmly into the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside and cool.

In another medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, zest, juice and flour until combined. Pour over the crust, ensuring mixture is evenly distributed throughout the pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until filling is set in the middle. It will be firm to the touch. Let cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar, cut and serve!

Makes 12 giant bars or 24 smaller bars


Allie March 21, 2013 at 12:13 am

You’re so good on camera! What a natural! Loved it. xx

Lindsey Frank March 21, 2013 at 12:29 am

Going back to school is the best! I’m also one of the oldest ones in my program, but I wouldn’t trade getting back in the classroom for anything. Thanks for sharing the links and recipe!

Katie March 21, 2013 at 5:40 am


So great to hear you are doing good! I miss ya girl! Sounds like all is fabulous!

Happy Wednesday! <3

Clair March 21, 2013 at 6:25 am

I loooove spring break. A big part of it is that the undergrads disappear, and at BC (no offense to any BC undergrads reading this), that makes for a much different (better) place.

I’m loving seeing all your wonderful drawings on instagram…it’s come back to you quickly!

Amber@Sleep.Eat.Heal March 21, 2013 at 9:21 am

You are really getting comfortable in front of the camera! Awesome job. Those blood orange bars look amazing!

Adj (Tattoos & Champagne) March 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

Agh, dang it, woman! Now that song is going to be in my ear ALL. DAY. (*grumble*) (*breaks into impromptu office dance party*)

Katharine March 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

Holly! I think my sister (Emily, of Chobani fame) has been trying to put us in touch. So I thought I’d leave a comment here instead :)

Wonderful drawings!

Kelly March 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

DRAG LANA. I love her.

Claire @ Health Nut Claire March 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

Can we get a homemade nacho recipe, too? Those look incredibly delicious and I’m drooling.

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance March 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

The life-changing bread recipe looks really unique . . . and good! I’m tempted to try it out. Fun to see you on camera–nice!!

Madeline March 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I miss you!

Sarah March 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm

HOLLY! Thank you. And if I can find whole-wheat pastry flour (or spelt flour) over here, I’m-a-gonna make those blood orange bars. Nomnomnom.

Katie March 21, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Thank you for the instagram shout out!!

And that life-changing-bread…my life IS changed. I make it weekly and have stopped buying bread. I love it so. And you…love your face and your voice SO.

Danielle March 22, 2013 at 9:57 am

L-O-V-I-N-G spring break! This should be an annual thing – grad school or not. Agreed? :)

Megan (Braise The Roof) March 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I really want to try that bread – I AM Danish, after all. I appreciate the dense breads. Another awesome TV appearance. What a pro. :)

Kait @ yogabeautylife March 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Oh girl I hear you about spring break! Its soooo delightful.

Also that song…is amazing. I love you for sharing it.

And finally, your doppelganger lives in Baltimore. And probably thinks I’m creepy for staring at her repeatedly yesterday because I swore she was you and kept glancing back to double check. :)

(Un)intentional Happenings March 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm

That jam = fabulous. The video = priceless.

The Marcy Stop March 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Jealous of your spring break! And definitely going to try out this recipe asap!

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Jo Jackson March 27, 2013 at 4:43 am

I’m going back to school in September after 25 years ( can’t believe its been that long). I’m really excited and scared at the same time. But just can’t wait. Good to see others doing the same thing as we should never stop learning.

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