Books & Recipes

Isn’t it Ironic?

First and foremost we must address the irony here… YES we are recommending a book about minimizing technology/social media use and YES we are doing so through our Blog and Instagram. Isn’t it Ironic? – Alanis Morissette.

the book: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

Moving on… Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport was actually a fantastic read. 10/10. This book is timely, informative, and at points… mind-blowing. Like, did you know that Instagram has hired psychologists that come up with ways to reinvent the app so that users spend Mucho time on there? Did you also know that they HOLD BACK LIKES on your posts, strategically notifying you in little clusters so that your brain gets a little hit of dopamine?

Whether you are looking for a guide book to release yourself from the daily pull of social media, or just want to learn more about the way tech has shaped our society, Digital Minimalism is an enlightening read.

the bite: Pumpkin Spice Cookies

In the spirit of being tongue-in-cheek about our recent read, we decided to go with the social media trend-heavy Pumpkin Spice. 

There are two ways to make these mouthwatering, fall favorite treat of ours…

The PSL Cookie

Ingredients 

  • Any spiced box cake mix
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 TBS instant espresso powder 
  • mini chocolate chips, melted for drizzle 

Steps

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the box cake mix, pumpkin puree, and instant espresso powder
  • Using a wet spoon, drop heaping spoonfuls of batter onto a greased baking sheet
  • Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes or until golden brown at the edges (they will be more like a cake consistency rather than a crisp cookie) 
  • Once the cookies have cooled, use a spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate for flare 😉

The Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookie

Ingredients

  • Any spice box cake mix 
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (not filling) 
  • Mini chocolate chips

Steps 

  • Follow the same directions as above; however instead of adding espresso powder, mix in the mini chocolate chips!