instant milk


POP STARS: Chill with homemade wholesome ice pops - photography: Blaine Moats - styling: Jennifer Peterson - text: Caitlyn Diimig, RD - recipes: Kelsey Bulat - recipes via Diabetic Living Magazine Summer 2017

  • Creamy Chocolate Pie: chocolate instant pudding, almond milk, whipped topping, dark chocolate, graham crackers
  • Peach and Cream: vanilla pudding, milk, fresh peaches, honey, whipped topping
  • Berry Lemon: lemon, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, water, honey
  • Iced Coconut Latte: can unsweetened coconut milk, sugar, brewed coffee chilled
  • Watermelon, Raspberry, and Lime: lime, chopped seedless watermelon, fresh raspberries, lime juice , lime yogurt
  • Pineapple, Kiwi, and Honeydew: water, sugar, cubed fresh pineapple, sliced kiwi, cubed honeydew
Bae Jinyoung Mafia AU

warning: violence, blood

  • you work at this convenience store in a not-so-great part of time
  • as a high-school-er, it’s not ideal to have a job, but you make do with what you have
  • you’re also like 95% sure that the bar next door to the convenience store sells some weird drugs or some shit out of the back
  • but you value your life, so you don’t press it
  • one night during your shift, you were managing the cash register when a classmate of yours, bae jinyoung, bought some energy drinks
  • he looked a bit surprised to see you, and you were surprised to see him as well
  • “do you live in this part of town?” he asked hesitantly, almost as though he was nervous
  • you explained that you didn’t live there, but you’d seen the job offering and taken it immediately
  • he bids you good night and hurries off into the night
  • (you totally weren’t watching where he went) but you could have sworn that he ducked into the bar next door
  • shaking the odd feeling off, you turned back to the book that you were reading, waiting for your shift to end
  • the next day in class, you see jinyoung and you make kind of awkward eye contact before turning back to your own work
  • he was fairly popular at your school, and people liked him, but he didn’t seem to have many close friends at your own high school, explaining to people that his best friend went to a different high school
  • when you were coming into school a few days later, jinyoung apparently wasn’t there because everyone was gossiping about him
  • someone in your homeroom had a friend at the other high school in town, and bae jinyoung’s best friend park jihoon was rumored to be in the 101, the mafia that held control over most crime in the area
  • you didn’t give it much thought, chalking it up to jealous teenagers, but that night when jinyoung stopped in the convenience store to buy energy drinks again, you couldn’t help but stare as he quickly darted into the bar
  • maybe he was in 101 as well as his friend from that other school,,,
  • no way, you scolded himself, this was the guy whose face was smaller than a lollipop, he’s not in the mafia
  • welp
  • a few weeks later, you were just chilling, restocking the magazines, when you heard the loud, telltale pop of rapid gunfire
  • someone burst into the convenience store and yelled for you to get down
  • you did as you were told, crawling over to where jinyoung crouched as well
  • “what’s going on? why is there shooting?”
  • jinyoung grimaced, peeking his head out of the window quickly before ducking down again
  • “is there a light switch or something that you can turn off?”
  • you nodded, reaching up to flick the lights off
  • “ok, do you have the keys?”
  • shakily, you reached into your back pocket and handed jinyoung the keys to the front door
  • he quickly darted over, locking the door before returning to your crouched position behind the cash register
  • “sorry about that,” he sighed, pulling his fingers through his hair, “i’m sure you’ve already figured this out, but i’m involved with 101. we have some operations next door, and someone thought it would be a good idea to try and raid our supply” he explained
  • “then why are you here?” you asked, still totally in confusion
  • jinyoung blushed a bit, looking down at the ground
  • “i-i mean, i knew that you were working this shift, and the guys attacking have a tendency to kill any witnesses, so i wanted to make sure you’d be safe.” he said quietly, not meeting your eyes
  • “oh,” you replied, nodding, “well, thanks”
  • the close proximity of the two of you definitely made your heart race
  • “yeah, no problem.”
  • after that night, you guys become friends obviously
  • he says hi to you in the mornings before class, and stops in more frequently to buy a drink or something, just to chat with you a bit during the shift since he knows how boring it gets for you
  • one day he doesn’t show up for school
  • and the teacher’s really frustrated and asks the class if anyone speaks with jinyoung
  • “oh, (y/n) is close with him!”
  • the teacher explains that jinyoung needs to finish a couple assignments by friday, otherwise he’ll fail maths
  • and she gives you the assignments to pass onto him
  • and ur like um i don’t really know where he is but OK
  • you bring the assignments home with you, thinking that maybe he’ll stop by the convenience store
  • all during your shift, you’re hoping that he’ll stop by, but of course he doesn’t
  • when you’re done with your shift and changed back into your school uniform, stepping out onto the street, you can’t help but stare at the bar next door
  • after contemplating for a bit, you march over there, determined to not let jinyoung fail his class
  • the bouncer stops you and is like
  • “girl you’re not even trying to pretend to be of-age”
  • and you sort of huff and glare at him “i’m with jinyoung,” you said confidently, hoping that would get you in
  • for some reason, it actually does, and you quickly slip in, not really sure what you’re looking for
  • your uniform and obvious young age draws you a lot of attention
  • “hey there, young lady,” a man with a charming smile approaches you “are you here to inquire about the job?”
  • “j-job?” you stammer  out  “no, i’m from jinyoung’s high school, i’m here to deliver an assignment”
  • the guy looks you up and down, eyes flickering to your name tag before grinning
  • “ah, so you’re the infamous (y/n),” he gestured for you to follow him “how convenient, we were just talking about you”
  • he leads you to a back hallway, and was about to open a door when you heard glass smash against a wall
  • the guy winced at that “sorry about that, i guess they’re still talking about you”
  • “hyung, if you think i’m really going to put my entire life on the line for some stupid gang of yours, you’re sorely mistaken”
  • “you took the oath, jinyoung, you have to. besides, we already gave you an alternative”
  • “oh, drag (y/n) into 101? hell fucking no, I’m not a fucking asshole”
  • the man standing next to you knocked on the door
  • “jinyoung? someone’s here to see you”
  • “no dear, i think you’ll want to see her.”
  • jinyoung stuck his head out of the room, clearly pissed off
  • as soon as he saw you, his anger melted into concern
  • “(y/n), what are you doing here?” he asked frantically, looking at you, “you shouldn’t come here, it’s dangerous!”
  • “oh, i just wanted to give you your math homework,” you stammered, reaching into your backpack, “teacher says that if you don’t turn it in by friday, you might fail the class.”
  • “OH, AND YOU’RE FAILING MATH. JUST GREAT, JINYOUNG” someone yelled from inside the room
  • you frowned, looking in the direction of the room
  • “hey, i didn’t say he was currently failing math, i said he might, there’s a big difference,” you folded your arms after handing him the packet of work. “if you want, i can show you a few of the problems tomorrow before school?”
  • “Jinyoung,” the man standing next to you said in a low, almost threatening voice
  • jinyoung turned to you, teeth gritted
  • “i’d love to”
  • “great! i’ll see you tomorrow morning, then?”
  • you hurried out of the bar, wanting to get away from that intense atmosphere
  • the next morning, you ended up being the first person to arrive to your classroom
  • jinyoung showed up with some breakfast bread and steaming hot coffee, setting one down next to you
  • “hey, (y/n), i actually kind of need to talk to you about something other than math,” jinyoung sighed, taking a sip of his coffee before continuing, “i’ll just cut straight to it– I like you, a lot. My hyungs know it too, and I was planning on asking you out a while ago, but ever since you found out about 101, they don’t want me involved with you, since someone could use you as leverage over me. basically, they said that the only way i could date you is if you agreed to work in association with 101.”
  • you frowned, trying to process everything
  • “y-you like me?”
  • “yeah,,,” jinyoung smiled at you, “i know it’s a lot to think about, and i definitely don’t expect you to change your whole life just for some guy. I just wanted to tell you I liked you while I still have the chance.”
  • “Jinyoung, I like you to,” you told him, smiling widely, “we can figure something out, but for now, just know that I like you.”
  • after trading smiles, the two of you start working on math again
  • you two weren’t calling what you had dating, but it was dating
  • he would buy you food in the morning, walk you to work
  • if he had a rough day, or if he knew you had a rough day, you would call each other on the phone and just talk for hours
  • your first kiss was in the back room of the convenience store, next to pallets of instant ramyeon and soy milk cans, but it was perfect
  • his best friend, jihoon, helped jinyoung convince his hyungs to let him date you, and eventually they agree as long as you get some training from them (like self defense)
  • the guy who had been yelling at jinyoung (who he loving referred to as “auntie) even bought you a thing of pepper spray to always carry around
  • jinyoung always makes sure to treat you right and that you’re safe and comfortable while still maintaining your own independence and respect

Originally by @langsandlit here with a few additions.  

en amerikansk pannkaka, amerikanska pannkakor - american pancake, thick pancake

en avokado -s/-sar/-or/oer - avocado

ett bacon - - bacon

en bagel -s (?) - bagel

en banan -er - banana

en brioche -er - brioche

ett bröd -en - bread

en brödrost -ar - toasteren chokladmjölk - chocolate milken croissant -er - croissant

en engelsk/amerikansk frukost, engelska/amerikanska frukostar - english/american breakfast 

en fattig riddare, fattiga riddare - french toast

en fil(mjölk) - fermented and soured milk, used as yoghurt

(en) flingor - cereals
en frukost -ar - breakfast

en frukt -er - fruit

en fruktjuice - fruit juice

en gröt - oatmeal

en havremjölk - oat milk 

en honung -ar - honey

ett jordnötssmör -en - peanut butter

en juice - juice

ett kaffe* - coffee

en kaffekopp -ar - coffee cup

en kaffelatte - milky coffee
kaka -or - biscuit, cookie

en kanel - cinnamon 

en kaviar - caviar, sandwich caviar on tube

ett koffeinfritt kaffe - decaffeinated coffeeen kontinental frukost, kontinentala frukostar - continental breakfast

en korv -ar - sausage

en lättmjölk - semi-skimmed milk

en lönnsirap - maple syrup

en marmelad - marmelade

en mellanmjölk - skimmed milk

en mjukost -ar - soft cheese on tube (in a great variety of flavours)

en mjölk - milk

en morgon, morgnar - morning

en muffins -ar/- - muffin

en mugg -ar/en kopp -ar - mug

en müsli - müsli/muesli

en nöt, nötter - nut

en O’boy - O’boy, Sweden’s most popular instant chocolate milk powder 

en ost -ar - cheese

en osthyvel, osthyvlar - cheese slicer 

en pannkaka -or - pancake, thin pancake

ett rostbröd -en - sandwiches bread

en scones - - scones 

en skinka -or - ham
en skorpa -or - rusk

ett smör -en - butter

ett socker - sugar

en sojamjölk - soy milken sylt - jam ett te, teer* - tea
en tekanna -or - teapoten tidning -ar - newspaper

en torkad frukt, torkade frukter - dried fruit

en varm mjölk - hot milk

en yoghurt -ar - yoghurt 

ett ägg - - egg, eggs

en äggröra -or - scrambled eggs

äta (åt, ätit) frukost - to have breakfast

*If you want to order a cup of coffee you’d say “en kaffe” because you are referring to “en kopp kaffe” while “ett kaffe” is more like a type of coffee. Same goes for tea

  • Sun Jing: Hey babe.
  • Qiu Tong: Yea, babe?
  • Sun Jing: I love you, babe.
  • Qiu Tong: OMG babe, I love you, too, babe.
  • Qi Fang: Hey guys, can you shut the fuck up please?
Java Chia Pudding

December was a very busy month for me (that whole graduating college thing) but I’m settled back in snowy Boston now and ready to focus on ONLY the most important things. You know, like breakfast. And ways to cook with coffee.

Chia seeds are full of fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium and lots of other nutrients to make your brain happy. This is an easy breakfast to mix together the night before, and devour the minute you wake up.

Serves 2


  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or other sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 banana (for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut shreds (for garnish)


  1. Mix all ingredients except banana and coconut shreds in a jar or bowl, stirring thoroughly to make sure maple syrup is distributed evenly.
  2. Chill in fridge for at least one hour, but overnight is best.
  3. Top with banana and coconut shreds! Of course you can use whatever fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand, like berries or apple slices.

Note: If you don’t have instant coffee on hand, the pudding still tastes great without it.

Coffee Ideas

  1. Instead of using premade sugary flavorings for your coffee try grinding in some natural flavors like mint leaves, orange rind, nutmeg or cinnamon.
  2. When faced with a bitter brew use a tiny pinch of salt to block the bitterness. You won’t taste the salt unless you use too much. So go very sparingly. 
  3. Want a latte at work but can’t get out? Shake some milk in a jar for 30 seconds then microwave for another 30. Voilà instant latte milk and foam.

I got creative with the blender and goats milk and whipped up these amazing caramel frappes!

Made with Sanka (we wanted caffeine-free but you can use any instant coffee crystals), milk, ice, and flavoured syrup, dressed with whip cream, cookie, and caramel. They were identical to a fancy coffee shop drink for a fraction of the cost and from the comfort of our homestead!

May 18, 2017.