December in an Instagram

This is it! The final hours of December and 2014 are ticking down. December was certainly a good month for me, heck, most of my months are good for many reasons and the good outweigh the bad in 12/12 months this year! I have come to enjoy doing these monthly photo posts to help remind ME that I’m fortunate, grateful, and dare I say it: blessed?

December was certainly no exception.

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

I love decorating for the holidays. Even though I have a small space (thanks to large furniture), I do my best with a table top tree and put out the whole deal. I also celebrated an evening of Hanukkah with friends this year. Lighting the Menorah, eating the latke’s, and spending time with friends was a welcome evening during the last weeks of the semester.

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

I started making scarves for my girlfriends last year and they went over well. This year, I upped my “a” game and went with complimentary color combo’s, and a mix of jersey and cotton fabrics to add some textural interest. I blocked off a Saturday and went crazy! 16 scarves later, I had one for each of my girlfriends, my sister, and my mother (and a few for me). They went over quite well this year and the mixed prints were a hit! I enjoy giving a homemade gift when I have the time.

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

I blocked off plenty of time to meditate, practice yoga, walk, and swim. It’s become important to me to stay active and keep moving and also slow down to breathe in a quiet space. I’ve started spending about 10 min. each morning meditating and stretching out from the night before beginning the day.

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Christmas brought a trip home to the farm. A warm Christmas brought a hike to the waterfall on the property. The calves always like to see me. They don’t care if I published, they only love me!

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

I’m obsessed with my dog. I’d apologize but I don’t feel bad. She’s my favorite girl. She also loves to spoon people. I find it hilarious. You might not, but I do! Love this dog!

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

2014 Year in Review

Another banner year on ye’olde food blog! Thank you so much for stopping by and viewing these darn MUFFINS!!! The Power Muffin reigns supreme yet again with a massive following! With 270,000 views this year, I could not be more thrilled! I take no sponsors, I do it for the fun. I cut back on recipes in the latter half of the year due to work changes and frankly: I want to put the time and effort into quality recipes for you. New responsibilities didn’t lend themselves to more time to cook but less. I’m hoping to balance it back out in 2015. I also started stitch fix this year and LOVE the service, highlighting my boxes each month.
2014 in Review {Domesticated Academic}

Want the recipe for these fabulous muffins?

Power muffins | Domesticated Academic

You’ll need:

makes 12 regular muffins (depending how full you pack your muffin tin)

  • no-stick cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oats–quick or regular oats, plain
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces honey nonfat greek yogurt or 1 1/2 cups (Chobani)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Coat muffin tin with cooking spray or liners.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  4. Combine yogurt, eggs, butter, and vanilla in a second bowl.
  5. Fold yogurt mixture into dry mixture; stir to combine completely.
  6. Gently fold in blueberries.
  7. Spoon into muffin tins.
  8. Bake until top is golden and springs back when you gently touch it, 20-25 minutes.

Pinterest, foodvee, and a host of other sites pumped out my work to the ether. Thank you for a great year! 2014 in Review {Domesticated Academic}

Cheesy Olive Bread

Cheesy Olive Bread {Domesticated Academic}

You’ll love this cheesy, warm, ooey, gooey, wonderful appetizer because it’s comes together in a snap, takes little effort, and people will think it’s extra fancy. And who doesn’t like that kind of compliment?

I saw a recipe for some olive dip but being an incredibly lazy creature, I thought about it and I thought about it….and I decided that I should just put the dip on the bread and bake it. Less work to eat it in the long run 😛

Cheesy Olive Bread {Domesticated Academic}

I added some hot pepper jack cheese to mine instead of all mozzarella, but feel free to go forth and experiment with your preferred cheese of choice. There’s probably no “wrong” answer here in terms of what you want to melt. 20 minutes in the oven and you’ll be waiting with breath that is baited.

You’ll need:

  • 1 French bread baguette (or loaf of French bread)
  • olive oil
  • 2 stalks green onions (about 1/2 cup), sliced into thin pieces
  • 1 block of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 c. green olives, roughly chopped
  • 1 c. black olives, roughly chopped
  • 1 c. mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 c. pepper jack cheese, grated (or you choose your combo
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Split the bread lengthwise with a serrated knife.
  3. Hollow out the bread ‘boats’ with your fingers to give you more room for the amazing cheese mixture.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil (or spread some softened butter).
  5. Mix the cream cheese, green onion, mayo, both kinds of olives, cheeses, pepper, and garlic together in a mixing bowl until it all comes together.
  6. Smooth spoonfuls of the mixture into the hollowed out bread.
  7. Bake on a cookie sheet for 20 min. or until the bread is golden brown.
  8. Serve warm.