Day 6: Braided Bread

Only 4 more days till I go back to school and I am starting to freak out a little.

I feel like I’ve really committed with this pin-a-day thing and I’m starting to get nervous I won’t be able to keep up with it so I’m doing like 29103847 pinterest projects at home everyday to try and prepare for the busy semester when I won’t have time and supplies to do them. It’s reeaaally keeping me busy.

This semester is going to be absolutely nuts for me. I’m taking 18 credit hours, I’m working, and I have a research position. It’s gonna be a rough one, but I guess I’ll be really improving my time management so there’s a plus.

You’ll most likely be hearing lots of venting about my stresses during the semester here on the blog, so brace yourselves!Braided Cinnamon Bread | Beautiful Disasters

On a yummier note, I made this braided bread which looks so much more complex to make than it actually is! This is like a loaf of cinnamon rolls. I don’t really have any other way to describe it, but it’s incredibly tasty and it needs to be in your tummy like yesterday. Check out the links below for the step by step directions and recipe!

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Day 5: Apples in a Bag

Today I’m sharing with you guys a super simply and yummy pin!

I’m so excited about this one because I can forsure seeing myself making this snack again, A LOT. It’s super healthy and super quick and if you’re a poor little college student like me, you can make this in your dorm, sorority house, or apartment!Apples in a Bag | Beautiful Disasters

You really only need a few things to make this. Basically the only things that I think a typical college kid wouldn’t have on hand are cornstarch and maybe ground cinnamon. But those are easy to get and cheap!


I would say this pin was a major success :)

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Day 4: The Miracle Mask

I don’t normally do anything to really “treat” my skin. I pretty much just always go through the basic routine of washing my face in the morning and night with Cetaphil face wash.

To be honest, face masks really freak me out..

I’ve done them a couple times before. Mostly at those birthday parties some girls would have where they’d have a “spa makeover” and I was forced against my will to get my nails painted (I usually chose clear polish  lol), get our hair done in some crazy braided almost dread-like up-do, get our make up done which I felt like was just as torturous as a sitting with a face mask on my skin.

However, I’d like to believe to that I have matured and I’ve seen now how beneficial face masks can be so I thought I’d give it a go.

Miracle Mask | Beautiful DIsasters

This one that I tried I kept on for 30 minutes. THIRTY MINUTES. It was rough, but I actually grew to not hate it. It was super easy to make, just 3 ingredients and no cooking or heating or weird stuff. Then I just slathered it all on my face and made myself busy for a half hour.

Miracle Mask | Beautiful DIsastersI’d definitely recommend to wear an old t-shirt, sweatshirt, or something you don’t absolutely adore because I did drip a little of my “miracle mask” on one of favorite sweaters and I had mild freak out.

Don't mind my facial expression here. NOT a selfie expert!

Don’t mind my facial expression here. NOT a selfie expert!

All in all, I think I actually enjoyed the mask and I would do it again! After I stopped stressing about stuff sitting on my face, the spices in the mask were relaxing and after it was washed off it left my skin quite smooth. It also has a few other benefits that you can read on the post that I got this pin from!

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Pumpkin Streusel Crumb Cake

Maybe I’m a weird college student, but I find it incredibly easier to control my eating habits away at school than I do when I am at home.

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This is not meant to bash my parents’ home in any way.

Pumpkin Coffee Cake | Beautiful Disasters

The thing is, everything here at home is just so available. I’m able to bake all day, which of course involves endless “sampling” of dough, batter, frosting, and finished goods. On top of that…they just have SO MUCH FOOD!

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In my itty bitty dorm room I have about 1 drawer of food and my fridge is basically useless because we hardly ever have anything in there.

Pumpkin Coffee Cake | Beautiful Disasters


The main place I eat is at the dining hall and they’re usually only open for 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours for each meal. So if I miss the lunch time, I’m basically starving until dinner time unless I want to go out and buy food. And buying food just requires so much time, energy, and most importantly, money.

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At home I have also noticed that my diet is so much more carb-centered, whereas when I am in the dining halls at school my plate is almost 90% veggies. I’m starting to realize as I type this how weird of a freshman college student I am…

Pumpkin Coffee Cake | Beautiful Disasters

Anyways, here is one of my carb-loving creations I have come up with this week on my Thanksgiving break at home. I love pumpkin-EVERYTHING, and I have always been a huge fan of coffee cakes covered with a huge crumb layer, so this recipe was destined to pop up on here. This is a perfect cozy, fall recipe that would be awesome for Thanksgiving breakfast, or just any winter day.

Pumpkin Streusel Crumb Cake

1/2 c. butter, softened

1 1/2 c. white sugar

15 oz. can of pumpkin

3 eggs

2 c. all purpose flour

1/2 c. whole wheat flour

2 t. baking powder

1 T. cinnamon

1 1/2 t. ground ginger

1/2 t. cloves

1/2 t. nutmeg

1/2 t. salt

for streusel topping: 

1/4 c. all purpose flour

1/4 c. whole wheat flour

1/2 c. white sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

2 t. cinnamon

5 T. butter, melted

2/3 c. pecans, chopped

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 8-inch glass baking pan.
  2. With a mixer, blend together the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the pumpkin and the eggs, blend on medium speed.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the flours, baking powder, salt, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin/butter mixture on low speed until combined. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan.
  4. To make the topping, combine the flours, sugars, cinnamon, and melted butter until it comes together. Stir in chopped pecans. Add mixture to the top of the batter in the baking pan. Bake 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Random Fact of the Day: Parrots have 500 pounds per square inch of pressure in their beaks.

Amish Cinnamon Bread

I think if I was to get rid of one organism in the world forever, it would be the mosquito

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I really feel like it may be one of the most worthless things on Earth (no hard feelings mosquitos). This may be harsh, but hey the truth hurts sometimes.

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The only legitimate reason why I think they may have any purpose here is to be something else’s food, and in that case, somebody out there is seriously slacking at their job. I currently have more mosquito bites than I can count. Every one of those little tricks that supposedly help keep the skeeters away have done next to nothing for me.

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And yes, I do have my negative nancy pants on today in case you were wondering.

But whatever, we have amish cinnamon bread to save the day.

Amish Cinnamon Bread | Beautiful Disasters

I’ve always been a fan of that cinnamon swirl loaf bread that I believe Pepperidge Farm makes, that they sell in the grocery stores (to be clear, NOT the one with the raisins). While this bread is not really the same thing, it has the whole cinnamon bread concept and I can totally dig it. It also has loads of sugar, so I mean, how can you not totally love it?!

Amish Cinnamon Bread


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup milk (I used skim) mixed with 1 Tablespoon vinegar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture

1/3 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and grease a loaf pan.
  2. Using a mixer, cream together butter, sugar, and egg. Mix in vanilla extract. Beat in flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix in milk-vinegar mixture until fully combined. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon-sugar mixture ingredients (1/3 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon) using a whisk or fork until fully combined.
  4. Sprinkle about 3/4 of the mixture over the half of the batter that has been poured into the loaf pan. Pour the rest of the batter into the loaf pan. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture over top. Using a knife, swirl the batter by putting the knife in the loaf pan and using back-and-forth motions.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for about 15-20 minutes, then let finish cooling on wire rack. Enjoy!

Amish Cinnamon Bread | Beautiful Disasters

Random Fact of the Day: Rain contains vitamin B12.