University Crunch Time: Energy Balls of Brain Food

Its that time of year that happens before the most wonderful time of year - crunch time. I have so many essays to do and exams to study for, and quite frankly I need some brain food. Today I made these little energy balls of brain food within 5 minutes. They're delicious, nutritious, and make for a great snack, pick-me-up, or quick breakfast. IMG_3467 You will need:

1/2 cup of dried, pitted dates

1/2 cup of dried cherries (any type of dried fruit can work)

1/2 cup of pistachios (any type of nut)

1/4 cup of oats

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of chia seeds

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

1 tablespoon of nut butter (I used peanut butter)

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To start, prep all of your ingredients except the nut butter and place them inside your food processor. Whiz it up until everything becomes small bits. Add in the nut butter, and again, whiz it up! The mixture should become one big ball and when that happens, its done! Make smaller balls out of the mixture into whatever size you like. Put them into a container and pop them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to let them chill and come together. You can enjoy them for up to two weeks. IMG_3492

These little balls of nutrition are vegan, gluten free, and so healthy for you. They're all natural and make a great snack between all of the craziness of university crunch time. Try them out and let me know how you like them!

Ps. those lights in the background are from my cute little christmas tree. There will be holiday posts coming soon!

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DIY Gallery Wall

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Hello my fellow InBetweeners! Today's post is about a gallery wall that my mom and I put up in our new house. It was a weekend project - from putting the photos into the frames to measuring on the wall to actually putting it up. It takes a little bit of patience, but it is definitely worth it in the end! We decided that 12 frames was a good number to have on our size wall. We did 3 frames that hold an 8x10'' photograph, and 9 frames that hold a 4x6''. The frames are sitting on slender wall shelves that allow for us to change them up from time to time. The shelves were $9.99 each from Ikea. The frames are Ikea RIBBA white frames. The larger ones were $9.99 each and the smaller ones were $4.99 each. At the end of it all, it was a little costly since we decided to do 12 frames, but was definitely worth it! (Think of it as an investment to your living room) Also, by putting in your own photos (that you can get printed by Blacks for a steal or print yourself), you'll save yourself a lot of money. My gallery wall features the photographs that are up for sale on my Etsy shop melodyanneprints.

Ultimately, art gives life to spaces, especially smaller spaces! Hopefully this can give you some inspiration for a gallery wall of your own, whether it is smaller or larger!

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