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Introduction

          Hello there! Welcome to Riding With Esther! My name is Amelia, and I will be your guide through this blog. The life that I live is crazy, exciting, and delicious. I like to ride horses and watch sunsets. My favorite weather is rainy and cloudy, and my favorite ice cream flavor is cookie dough. The horse I have never seen but always dreamed about is named Esther, and she and I go on many journeys and try cooking all sorts of food. I hope you enjoy reading about our culinary, imaginary, literary, and lively adventures. The goal I have for this personal blog is that you, whoever and wherever you are, you will find our experiences helpful and hopefully just a bit inspiring. 

 

 

  P.S. I love watercolors, matte nails, ombre hair, sunsets, sunrises, sunshine, cookie dough, cheesecake, Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream with cheesecake core, vanilla, coconut cream cake, sugar snap peas, starbucks, cinnamon raisin bagels, coconut oil, shea butter, lavender essential oil, espresso, birds, getting motivated, getting inspired, getting excited, Disney movies, baby bunnies, baby porcupine, deer, albino tigers, bangs, forelocks, gypsy vanner horses, pretty much any draft horse, white noise machines, the color white, the color mint, the color coral, the color lavender, anything creamy, protein powder, mug cakes, overnight oats, and sitting down on a tidy desk with a cup of coffee and blogging. (<- it never happens)

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Watermelon Smoothie

With school starting up soon and summer winding down, It’s time to bring in my most refreshing beverage yet. This sweet and slightly tangy smoothie gets a kick of both protein and flavor from the yogurt, with a lovely sweet flavor from the fruit. Some ice gives the smoothie an almost slushie-like consistency that I adore. What a wonderful drink to enjoy by the pool or on a porch. I especially love this because it is surprisingly light. I hope you love it too!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup fresh watermelon, cubed.
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup ice cubes
  1. Blend the watermelon, almond milk, greek yogurt and strawberries together until smooth and creamy. Add the ice and continue blending until the smoothie is without chunks.

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Cafe Latte

I love this drink a latte! Okay, okay, so I get that this joke is not original, but you will get what I mean after a sip of this tasty coffee. The only supplies necessary are a coffee maker, a french press, and a large mug. That’s pretty much it! No fancy shmancy espresso machine needed. I like to make a french vanilla latte by adding a tablespoon of french vanilla coffee creamer at the bottom of the mug before the coffee is poured in, but that’s up to preference 😉 Without further adieu, let’s check out the recipe!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup strong coffee or espresso.
  • 1 cup whole milk (you can use any milk, but full fat milk froths best)
  • 1-2 T creamer (optional)
  1. Start by pouring the creamer into the mug. Pour the coffee right on top.
  2. In a glass microwavable measuring cup, add the milk. Microwave for 1 minute or so until it starts to bubble slightly. Remove from microwave.
  3. Add the warm milk into the french press and place lid on top. Pump the plunger slowly up and down for 45 seconds or so. You will notice the milk doubling in volume. Remove lid and pour slowly into the coffee mug. The thick milk will go in first, followed by that lovely, velvety foam.

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Cake Batter Overnight Oats

Sometimes we all need a little treat now and then. However, enjoying something sweet doesn’t mean breaking the calorie budget. Plus, as a super satisfying bonus, you can enjoy these tasty oats for breakfast! *collective gasp from audience* Well… Now that I think about it, it isn’t super surprising considering all overnight oats are meant for breakfast. It’s still cool though! Are you ready to dive into these cakearific amazing oats? Let’s do it 😎

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 2 T plain greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract (optional)
  • 2 T sprinkles
  1. Combine yogurt, milk, vanilla, and almond extract together in your jar. Stir in the rest of the ingredients except for the sprinkles. You can either lightly stir in the sprinkles after the rest is combined and risk the colors bleeding, or you can wait until the next morning and make your oats picture perfect. Let oats sit overnight.

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Microwave Single Serving Rice Pudding

This INCREDIBLE rice pudding is going to amaze you and astound you. A classic dessert in under 2 minutes. It is creamy, sweet (but not too much!) and super easy to whip up late at night. Plus, this recipe is a great way to use up that leftover rice from the chinese food you had last night. Did anybody think “win win”? I know I did! Anyways, let’s get working on this fantastic recipe. Need I say more?

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 T granulated sugar (I use white)
  • 3/4 cup white rice (fully cooked)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 T whole milk
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Simply stir together milk, sugar, salt, egg yolk, and vanilla. Add in the rice and cinnamon and mix until it is evenly combined. Microwave for 15 seconds at a time, stirring occasionally. After about a minute, the pudding will be thick and creamy. Let cool and carefully remove from the microwave. Garnish with whipped cream if desired and enjoy!
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Non-Alcoholic Cranberry Lime Spritzer

I don’t know about you all, but summer is surprisingly busy for me. Those few moments of relaxation are precious, and I like to savor them. Nothing beats relaxing by some water with a glass of this refreshing “mocktail” of seltzer and cranberry juice. With a hint of lime and plenty of ice, this spritzer doesn’t need any spirits to be delicious! Are you ready to get shakin’? Great! Me too 🙂

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 part seltzer (lime, cranberry, or plain)
  • 1 part cranberry juice
  • lime juice to taste (I just use a couple drops usually)
  • 1 tsp white sugar or 1/4 tsp stevia (optional)
  • ice
  1. Pour lime juice and sweetener over ice, followed by the cranberry juice and finally the seltzer. Sip and enjoy 🙂

~Amy and Esther ❤

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Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

This smooth and creamy treat is packed with healthy fats from the avocado that will keep you going until lunchtime. Something crazy happens when you add avocado to smoothies. The smoothie develops a rich and almost unrealistic creaminess and velvety texture. So thick and rich, this breakfast drink is easy to throw into the blender, blend up, and pour into a glass or thermos. One tip I have for you is to make sure to blend the smoothie as much as possible before finishing, because nobody likes chunks of avocado and cocoa in their smoothie. Comment if you disagree 😀

Look how rich and smooth it is!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2/3 cup milk (any kind will work well, it’s all up to preference)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 T cocoa powder
  • 1-2 T honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2-1 frozen banana
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy, and no chunks are present.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick for your taste, add 2 T more milk until desired consistency is reached.

~Amy and Esther ❤

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Vanilla Maple Overnight Oats

These simple, wholesome oats are satisfying and tasty. Sweetened with a touch of vanilla and a spoonful of maple syrup, my vanilla maple oats are going to astound you with their simple yet delicious flavors. This overnight oatmeal is going to become your new pancakes with syrup. Except these oats are so much healthier than the tasty classic. I hope you are ready to enjoy!

These oats may look a bit chunky, but they are pretty soft.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Pinch Salt
  • 2 tsp chia seeds

1. Stir together oats, salt, chia seeds, and protein powder.

2. Mix in the wet ingredients until well combined. Scoop into a jar and refrigerate until morning. Then, dig in!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

Serving Size: 1

Calorie Count: 278