On the Run Tour Beyonce and Jay-Z, Brunch, Family Time | The FifiCakes Replay

This weekend on the FifiCakes Replay I got some quality time in with my best friend as we attended the amazing concert with Beyonce and Jay-Z! In addition to this I went hiking, to brunch, and to my sister and mother’s joint birthday party at my grandmother’s house.

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I really had a blast chasing my little nephew around the house. Trust me when I say, the weekend was epic! You’ll just have to see for yourself. :-)

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The FifiCakes Replay

I’ve always been kind of vlog-shy even though I’ve had a YouTube channel for two years now. I prefer the more scripted and choreographed cooking video, or a prepared quick talking one. Lately though, I feel more comfortable with the camera and as long as I’ve had a channel (and blog) I’ve come to call many of my subscribers friends! So, I’m happy to share more of my life. The FifiCakes Replay will be a recap of my weekend. Expect to see workouts, food, restaurants, people I hung out with, places I traveled and more. The schedule is every Monday at 4pm. Here’s the latest!

The Acquired Taste of Healthy Foods

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This week I was told twice that my last name is the exact same name as someone’s favorite drink: Buchanan. I had to google it to find out that it is scotch whiskey.

Alcohol is a funny thing– it takes years to acquire the taste for many, and mixed drinks are truly an art form. People boast of the best ones by saying “you can’t even taste the alcohol!” When enjoying the finest of drinks, you will see some of the liquor connoisseurs take their time, maybe take a whiff, and savor each sip as they note hints of flower, fruit, wood, and smokiness.

Don’t be fooled– when someone describes the drink as smooth, it’s smooth relative to other alcoholic drinks and would still most likely feel like fire going down with a lasting burning feeling in the chest for the novice drinker.

There are some brands so distinctly known that people drink them to be seen, not because they enjoy the actual taste. I marvel at all of this- the cost, need for acquired taste, the social aspect and I think we put a lot of effort in to enjoy alcohol. With the exception to wine, these drinks do nothing to benefit long term health.

Now, enter the green juice and smoothie trend we’ve recently seen taking off. Not everyone is doing it. Green veggies taste gross to some. Too much broccoli or kale on the drink tastes swampy. Oh, but the effects! What I’m wondering, is why can’t we put the same effort to acquiring a taste for something that gives us life as we do for something that takes life away?

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20 Ways to Relax

Lately I have really been into candles. I like different scents ranging from fresh linen, to citrus, to soothing lavender. There was a time when any candle gifted to me would just collect dust. I’ve really been missing out! It got me thinking, what else do I usually do to relax and unwind? Here are my top 20 ways to find peace and relaxation. What are yours?

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  1. Take a bubble bath.
  2. Do yoga.
  3. Read a book.
  4. Call a close friend.
  5. Write a nice hand-written note to a loved one.
  6. Clean something.
  7. Watch a children’s movie or a cartoon.
  8. Journal.
  9. Cook.
  10. Sing!
  11. Dance!
  12. Do a deep stretch session.
  13. Do arts and crafts.
  14. Take a nap.
  15. Burn a candle with a soothing fragrance.
  16. Go for a drive.
  17. Go for a walk.
  18. Pray.
  19. Do something for others in need.
  20. Listen to music.

Mason Jar Berry Trifle

Is it just me, or are mason jars STILL all the rave?? I really thought this was a passing trend, but it looks like they are here to stay. I have to say, I am here for it! They are super cute and make food very portable. Of course, the original purpose of mason jars was to have an airtight container to preserve foods, but now they are used in so many instances.

Many will be heading outdoors for 4th of July festivities and whether it is to the park, beach, or to a neighbor’s backyard barbecue, making dessert in these cute little containers come in handy.

As for the trifle, I added my own flare and made it a but more healthy. These aren’t made with traditional lady fingers and custard, but instead angel’s food cake and yogurt, and then no added sugar. It’s yummy and it’s the kind of treat that won’t have children bouncing off walls, or adults feeling the guilt from over indulging. I highly recommend you try this– it’s really perfect for any time this summer, not just the holiday.