peach pancakes

peach pancakes | the thoughtful plateLife is so full right now, I’ve hardly had the time (or the need) to cook anything, let alone photograph and write. I hate that I’m not blogging as often as I would like, but when I’m at college group on a Thursday night or having a spontaneous afternoon yogurt with my best friend on her lunch break or swimming with my cousins at my grandma’s house, I’m just so thankful for this beautiful season and time I get to spend with the people I love. I hope you understand. Continue reading

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watermelon lemonade

IMG_5103-5Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth like that last week! I didn’t really… I was just traveling halfway across the country all weekend. My computer stayed stowed away in my backpack for three days while my brother and I took turns driving the almost 2000-mile route. When I wasn’t behind the wheel, I was either sleeping or endlessly scanning the radio for decent music (a lesson in futility). Anyways, I’m so glad to be here, and over the next few days I’ll be easing back in to school and blogging with the welcome additions of friends and swimming :) Now onto the reason we are all gathered here: watermelon lemonade! Continue reading

cherry limeade

cherry limeade | the thoughtful plateThe afternoon mood just naturally lends itself to sipping on something. In the winter, hot chocolate, cinnamon coffee, or hot tea do nicely. In the warmer months however, it needs to be something bright to (hopefully) match the sky. Continue reading

cherry pie bars

IMG_4533-6I have two different approaches when it comes to composing blog posts.

Sometimes, I write the body text first. Words come, I type them, and it feels really good. When that happens, all that’s left are the parts that come easiest to me: recipe + photos. Blogging is fun when this happens.

Other times, I write the recipe first. Then I go fiddle with the photo editing. All the while, my mind is turning. Words, where are you?? Continue reading

banana ice cream

banana ice cream | the thoughtful plateI’ve talked about my love for Bi-Rite ice cream many times before, whether in person or online (see: here and here). This love is partially based on appreciation of quality ingredients, on friendly employees, on location, and majorly based on roasted banana ice cream. This love even compelled me to create a Yelp account– I don’t know… I just needed to give it 5 stars somehow, and Yelp seemed like the best way. (I haven’t written another review since.)

I realize that Bi-Rite is most famous for their salted caramel ice cream, but- BANANA. Unless you have a serious aversion to the fruit, you should be eating this. Continue reading

food snapshots.

I’m back and thought I’d share all of the food-related Instagrams from my trip home! I had the best time and felt so refreshed. During my break, I went over 20 days at one point without checking Bloglovin’ or Pinterest. The extended time with friends and family was much needed, but it definitely went by too fast!

Western Civilization I is staring me in the face tomorrow (and I sort of dread it), but I’ll be back soon with new recipes :)

01 | This meal screamed “welcome home”.
02 | My favorite fruit stand.
03 | Perfect golden cherry tomatoes.
04 | Breakfast smoothies in the morning light.
05 | Lunch at La Mo. Coconut crusted mahi taco.
06 | Dinner party. Pizza for four.
07 | My favorite burrito.
08 | Everyday lunch.
09 | Lunch at La Mo. Wedding chicken and a blue crab tamale.
10 | Cheese Board Pizza.
11 | Ice cream at Bi-Rite. Roasted banana and chocolate.
12 | Dinner picnic in the Presidio. Sandwiches from Bi-Rite.
13 | Breakfast. Granola, strawberries, bananas, and milk.
14 | Tamale wrapper litter in the Mission made me laugh.
15 | Afternoon snack. Blue Bottle Americano + macarons from Miette (chocolate and pistachio).
16 | Afternoon fro yo.
17 | Lunch with friends.
18 | Spontaneous Thrifty’s ice cream.
19 | This sope felt like my last meal.
20 | More fro yo with friends.
21 | Peaches from the tree. Whipped cream.

P.S. If you’d like to see a little more of what I’ve been up to, head over to my personal blog.

baked nectarines with gluten free crisp

IMG_2460I have so much love for stone fruits. Pretty much every summer of my life I try to decide if I like peaches or nectarines better, but I never come to any conclusion. I just love them all! Continue reading

sparkling strawberry lime agua fresca

agua frescaThis year I have zero fun summer plans until the very last week of August. It’s the first year of my entire life that the definition of the word “summer” will not be “that time of year in which one spends 90% of their waking hours in the swimming pool”.

No, instead I’m going to be spending 90% of my waking hours studying (well let’s be honest, not quite 90%… studying just doesn’t have the same grip on me as swimming does).

To cope with this thing called adulthood (the period of one’s life in which they are not able to swim all summer long) and remind myself that it’s summer outside despite the fact that I’m inside studying human behavior and mental processes, I plan on making this agua fresca frequently. Continue reading

“we were berry picking!”

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I went blueberry picking today and, between my mom, my brother, and I, arrived home with over 5 beautiful pounds of fresh organic blueberries.

All the way home I tried to decide in what form I would like to eat blueberries tonight. Eating them straight out of a bowl would give me pleasure, but I knew my family would enjoy muffins, so that’s what I made :)

I’m posting about it because I updated this blueberry muffin post from January. I gave it a new picture, and I also solved the problem of the purple tops! Yay!

So if you’re looking for a yummy use for an abundance of berries you might want to head over to the original post.

P.S. In case you were curious, the title of this post is indeed from The Sound of Music… I like that scene :)

gluten-free banana bread

gluten-free baking

I’ve been dabbling ever-so-slightly in gluten-free baking lately, as a result of my recent decision to eliminate as much gluten as possible from my diet. I know there’s really no such thing as an almost gluten-free diet, and I can certainly tolerate gluten, but I simply feel better and more energetic on the days that I don’t consume any. So, as often as possible, I avoid it.

I find the challenge of baking gluten-free exciting, though there’s definitely a lot of trial and error involved. My most recent baking experiment was with banana bread. I even made my own coconut flour for it, which was a rewarding but slightly time consuming process. I enjoyed it though, and the bread turned out very good.

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