10.15.2014

Pumpkin Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread

Well.. It certainly has been awhile since I've been around these parts. I just wanted to throw together a quick post to share a recipe that we made this week. So yummy! :)
recipe adapted from: Greens and Chocolate
Ingredients:
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar

- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

- 2 cups zucchini, shredded
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

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1. Prep two 9x5 loaf pans and set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
3. Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves in a medium bowl. Set aside. 
4. In a large bowl beat eggs, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer.
5. Add pumpkin, greek yogurt, and vanilla extract. Beat until well combined. 
6. Slowly add dry ingredients (from step 3) until combined.
7. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.
8. Pour batter evenly into prepared loaf pans.
9. Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
10. Cool in pan for 15-20 minutes. 
11. Remove from pan and move it to a wire rack to cool completely. 



Hope everyone is doing well!! :)     


3.17.2014

Stepping Away...

Today is the two year mark from when I published my first blog post and Rays of Purple was born. And with that, I've made the decision to step away. At the end of January I wrote this post and committed to posting every Tuesday and Thursday. I was hoping that the consistency might ignite that spark in me again. From the date of that post and today, I have kept that commitment. But, that spark just isn't there anymore. I don't have the patience or desire to play the social media game that blogging requires. I also feel like blogging isn't the community it once was.. With technology and social media constantly changing, I do feel like blog land has lost some of the true connections we used to make with each other. Don't get me wrong, I have connected with some amazing, beautiful, women who I do plan to keep in touch with. The thought of writing and posting used to excite me, now it almost feels like a burden.. and that's not what I want Rays of Purple to be.

I don't think I'm stepping away forever, and I will still post if I feel like sharing a new recipe, or want to share something.. I just know I can't make the commitment anymore to consistently post.. And I'm okay with that. Pinterest has changed the game a little bit for me because I know I can still upload things there and share them. We're also planning to buy a house later this year and maybe I'll come back and post things about that. But, as of now, I'm just ready to step away from feeling like I have to post and build my numbers. I thank each and every one of you who have ever read a post, commented on a post, pinned a post to Pinterest, or supporting me in some way. I love you all.

The best way to keep in touch with me is definitely Instagram (username: Tybabess), so feel free to follow me there! I'm also on Pinterest a little more than I probably should be, so check that out as well.


Until next time my loves, whenever that may be.
XOXO


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3.13.2014

Target Haul



I picked up a Complexion Brush from E.L.F. Cosmetics, and a No 205-Crease Brush and No 110-Concealer Brush from Sonia Kashuk. I think I'm pretty much stocked up on makeup brushes now ;)
I wanted to try a new powder as well, so I went with Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder in the color 50 - Soft Beige. It's supposed to have microclear technology to help combat breakouts, and it actually seems to be helping. I've been looking for a new concealer to try, so I grabbed this CoverGirl Fresh Complexion Concealer in the color 640 - Natural Beige. I actually am loving this stuff so far.

Have you guys tried any new products you love lately? Let me know! :)