I&S Bakes: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love to bake. There is something so therapeutic about it. Plus, you get to enjoy something delicious at the end!

Recently, I wanted to make some vegan chocolate chip cookies. I’m not 100% Vegan, but I like to try to eat Vegan majority of the time.

I found this simple recipe from Buzzfeed Tasty. It was fairly simple, however I did make some substitutions.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup organic raw sugar
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt (you can eye this, doesn’t need to be exact)
  • ½ cup (105 g) refined coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 Cup walnuts

What To Do:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the organic raw sugar, coconut sugar, salt, and coconut oil until well combined.
  2. Whisk in non-dairy milk and vanilla, until all sugar has dissolved and the batter is smooth.
  3. Ass the whole wheat flour and baking soda, then fold the mixture with a spatula, being careful not to over mix.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chunks and walnuts evenly.
  5. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F
  7. Scoop the dough with an ice cream scoop onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Be sure to leave at least 2 inches of space between cookies and the edges of the pan so cookies can spread evenly.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cookies just begin to brown.
  9. Remove from oven, allow to cool, and enjoy!

Note: do NOT attempt to speed up the cooling process of the raw dough by placing it in the freezer, it will make the dough too hard to work with. Trust me, I made this mistake.

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Jean Jacket Round Up

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Jacket: J. Crew Factory (old) Top: Madewell Jeans: J. Crew Sunglasses: Ray Ban

 

About 5 years ago, I purchased my first denim jacket. And from then on, I don’t know how I ever lived without one.

  1. It goes with literally EVERYTHING and EVERY color
  2. It keeps you warm AND it keeps you cool
  3. It’s easy to carry around JUST IN CASE you need it

Although this specific version is no longer available, I’ve rounded up some great ones below.

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Clockwise from Top Left:

  1. Oversized Icon Denim Jacket from the Gap (on sale for $63, plus and extra 20% off with the code: FORYOU)
  2. J. Crew Classic Denim Jacket
  3. J. Crew Factory (on sale for $42.30 plus an extra 20% off with code: SQUEAKY)
  4. Zara Jean Jacket
  5. J. Crew Denim Swing Jacket (I love this since it seems to be a softer and more flexible feel to a traditional denim jacket)

 

photos by: Julia D’Agostino

 

I&S Spring Reading List

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I love to read. And I love to read a variety of things. Most likely though, you can find me reading either a thriller or some kind of self-improvement book.

Below is a list of some of my favorite books of all time AND some books I plan on reading myself in the next couple of months.

What is the best book you have ever read? Are you drawn to a particular genre? Tell me in the comments! I’ll need some books for my Summer Reading List as well 🙂

  1. SweetBitter by Stephanie Danler – Currently Reading and Loving. It will be premiering soon on Starz as a series.
  2. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll – One of my all time favorites. Waiting for enough time to go by so I can read it again!
  3. Any Book Written by Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, Dark Places…They are ALL good, though I did tend to like Sharp Objects the most.
  4. Heart Talk: Poetic Wison for a Better Life by Cleo Wade – You’ve probably seen her short, handwritten poems somewhere on Instagram at one point or another. Although this isn’t a novel, it is nice to change to reading poetry once in a while.
  5. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – Speaking of poetry, Milk and Honey is always on my nightstand just when I need it.
  6. 1776 by Dan McCullough – I know, I’m such a history geek. One day, I WILL finish this book without falling asleep. Until then, it will be omnipresent on my reading lists.
  7. All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – On my list to read next after SweetBitter.
  8. How to Be Well by Frank Lipman – Dr. Lipman makes wellness so easy to implement into your life. I love reading his simple and easy to follow books on all things wellness.
  9. The Judgement Detox by Gabby Bernstein – I started this book in the beginning of the year and never got around to finishing it. I’m hoping to finish it before summer begins.
  10. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks – Out of ALL the Nicholas Sparks film adaptions, I am still so surprised this has not been made into a movie. I’ve read a lot of Nicholas Sparks books, and this one is still my favorite.

Spring Workwear Edit

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I know, I know. It snowed this morning. BUT – Spring IS around the corner. TRUST.

I put together 3 outfits that are perfect for when Spring DOES come around.

Are you asking where the dresses and skirts are? Personally, I prefer pants in the spring and save the dresses and skirts for summer. Even in the Spring, it is still too chilly for me in the mornings and in the office to have my legs exposed..but don’t worry, I’ll share my favorite workwear dresses once the weather really warms up!

P.S. Everything above is majorly ON SALE right now…EVERYTHING…

From Left to Right:

Outfit 1 –

Top: I love bowed tops. There is just something so classic and refined about them. I especially love this white one from Banana Republic that can be worn year-round.

Pants: I love J. Crew’s work pants (so much so, that all 3 pairs in this post are from there!). Switching to grey is perfect for when you’re sick of your all-black winter ensemble, but are limited on color options for work.

Shoes: Black Leather Mules, with a BOW. Can’t go wrong.

Bag: I love letter my accessories be the POP in my outfit. This Kate Spade bag is SO cute and is the perfect POP for your corporate dress code.

Outfit 2 –

Top: The J. Crew Tippi Sweater is my favorite of all time. It’s so soft and perfect for Spring/Summer/Fall weather. I have about 5 of them. This color allows you to embrace the pastel trend taking over.

Pants: How CUTE are these ELEPHANT trousers!? They are MAJORLY on sale ($30!!!). And I can personally attest that the Martie Pant is the most flattering of all work pants.

Shoes: These Talbots gold heeled sandals offer just the perfect amount of height and can practically go with anything!

Bag: I love this Navy Bag from Mark & Graham, plus you can get it monogrammed!

Outfit 3 (Casual Friday) –

Top: I just bought this Navy/Ivory striped top with ruffle sleeves and can’t wait to wear it. I have one in Black/Ivory too and it was one of my staples for Spring and Summer last year.

Pants: GREY CHINOS! I love the color of these (is there anything more appealing to the eye than white and grey??). They also look sooo comfortable.

Shoes: I love these Navy Loafers from J. Crew Factory.

Bag: Again…Grey is always a keeper in my book! And I love the look of this Mark & Graham bag.

I&S Bakes: Vegan Banana Crumble Muffins

Anyone else constantly have a stack of rotting bananas on their counters?

My favorite way to use bananas past their prime is to make banana bread. But the other week I wanted to make something different…MUFFINS.

I found this recipe from Minimalist Baker and they came out SO GOOD. I’ve been eating them as dessert after dinner. Thinking back, I should have added chocolate chips to them!

Below is the recipe with the switches I made. If you would like to view the original recipe, click here.

Ingredients:

Muffins:

Crumble Top:

  • 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 5 Tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp vegan butter (such as Earth Balance)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease a standard size muffin tin with coconut oil.
  2. Prepare chia egg in a large mixing bowl. Let set for 5 minutes.
  3. Add banana and mash, leaving just a bit of texture.
  4. Add coconut sugar, baking soda, salt and whisk for one minute.
  5. Stir in vanilla, melted coconut oil and mix.
  6. Add flour and oats and stir with a spoon or spatula until just combined. Lastly, fold in walnuts (optional).
  7. Divide batter evenly among 10-11 muffin tins, filling a generous 3/4 full.
  8. Prepare crumble top by mashing ingredients together with a fork until crumbly like wet sand. Generously top muffins with streusel.
  9. Bake for 17-22 minutes or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick or knife comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes, remove from muffin tin and serve warm. Once completely cooled, store in a covered container at room temp for several days. Freeze for longer term storage.

 

I&S Weekly Coveted

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All the ladies that fill up their shopping carts online but don’t buy any of it say I!

(( hundreds of women yell I ))

Above are the items I am currently lusting over (ok, it’s only some of them). I don’t think I can hold back from purchasing those red ballet flats for much longer though (sorry, husband).

Clockwise from top left:

  1. Crystal Infused Water Bottle
  2. Free People Tunic
  3. Havana Slides
  4. Mark & Graham Striped Shirt (with monogramming!)
  5. Pretty Pink Lip from Mac
  6. Pink Bowed Blouse from Zara
  7. SKII Essence (have heard that this can literally transform your skin)
  8. Pretty Clutch from Roller Rabbit
  9. Pink Patterned Scarf from Tuckernuck (under $50!)
  10. White Gucci Bag
  11. Red French Sole Ballet Flats

 

 

I&S Favorites: Bath Essentials

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If you are ever looking for me in the evenings, you can most likely find me in the bath tub.

Working in a stressful environment, I need something that can help me decompress FAST.

The moment I get into a steaming hot bath, I completely relax. I may only stay in for 5-10 minutes. But once I come out, I am ready to put on my PJs and have a restful night of sleep.

Now, you COULD take a bath with just water, nothing else. But what’s the fun in that?

Above and listed below are my favorite bath accessories.

Clockwise from Left to Right:

  1. Dry Brush for Body Brushing Pre-Bath
  2. Aura Cacia Lavender Essential Oils
  3. Palo Santo Le Labo Candle to eliminate ALL the bad energy
  4. Bamboo Tray
  5. Josie Maran Body Butter for Post-Bath
  6. A Good Bookcurrently indulging in SweetBitter by Stephanie Danler
  7. Herbivore Coconut Bath Soak
  8. Goop ‘The Martini’ Emotional Detox Bath