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What’s Your Vice?

Hey there,
Today is turning into one of those lazy afternoons. It’s nice and cloudy outside. With the fog rolling in, I did not feel like doing much of anything, but I convinced myself to go to the store (pjs & all). I was fresh out of fruits and veggies, and planned on coming back with lots of healthy and delicious treats. Instead, sadly, I got stuck in the snack aisle, and ended up bringing these bad boys home:

Why am I so addictive?

Cheez-its. My vice. Ah, how I should not be allowed to shop by myself, or go to the market hungry. I just love these little squares of salty and cheesy goodness. And of course, the problem is that I can never have only one. Alas, only thirty minutes after returning from the store, I have a measly amount left.  (I did have a little help from friends, but seriously, who eats that many Cheez-its besides me?)

Oops. And then there was none...

So, partially in order to make myself feel a little bit better, and because I am quite the curious person, I must ask: What is your food vice? The one (or two) thing(s) you try your hardest to resist, but indulge in a moment of weakness? Maybe we can trade… 😉

Happy St. Patty’s Day! Stay safe & have fun.
Dani

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Midterm Study Break: Baking at its Finest

Good morning/day/night (depending on when you’re reading this). Well, hopefully someone is reading this. Besides myself.

Anyways, instead of studying for midterms, I decided to once again start browsing food blogs. Over the year, I have been reading my friends blogs who are studying abroad. Although I am currently not abroad and probably will not be in the near future, I figured I can add my eating/cooking/baking expeditions to the blogging world, so here goes my first “real” entry!

For some reason (consciously or not), I was determined to use all the flour in my apartment today, and all of the eggs in various recipes. I succeeded in using all the flour while only spilling a minimal amount, but still have a sad egg left over. My baking expeditions involved running to the store for various ingredients (loading up on extra butter, sugar and milk never hurts, right Paula Deen ;)).

For my first recipe, I decided to make Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Surprise Cookies. Lengthy title, but relatively easy to make!

The recipe:

1 1/2 c sugar (I used regular granulated sugar because I ran out of brown sugar)

3/4 c butter (melted — microwaved for 30 seconds)

2 eggs (beaten)

1 tspn vanilla

1 tspn baking soda

1 tspn baking powder

1 tspn salt

3 1/2 c flour

1/2 c dried cranberries (or any other dried fruit you desire)

12-15 chocolate cooking disks (I used the ones from Trader Joes…picture to come)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Mix all the wet ingredients together (butter and sugar first, followed by eggs and vanilla). Fold in dried cranberries.

2. Add in dry ingredients

3. The trick: take a chocolate disk and wrap the dough around it, so the chocolate disk is covered.

3. Bake for 12-15 minutes until browned at the edges. Cool & enjoy.

As a novice blogger, I did not think to take pictures along the way, but here is the final result!

Happy baking!

So you had a bad day? Join the pity party.

Today, was awful. Not in a dramatic my period is due tomorrow way, but in a life questioning way. The day starting off great: I had to get up incredibly early for my first day of work this week, and I am not a morning person to say the least. After barely dragging my half dead body out of bed, I thought that today would go swell. But, boy, was I wrong. After venting about doing poorly on a very important exam to everyone who would listen and even those who would not, I did what any self respecting female would do, and I ate my feelings. Perfectly toasted open face tuna melt with melted provolone cheese on a hearty slice of Whole Foods whole wheat. Delish, and relatively healthy. After properly washing away my feelings with a nice cold tonic water, I proceeded to browse food blogs. The delectable pictures and witty banter always cheer me up, and then I figured, why not start my own blog? I love to eat more than any normal human being, and I can more or less string a coherent sentence together, so why shouldn’t I, write a blog? So here I am, sitting at my computer, attempting to navigate what should be an easy internet site with the technological savvy of a bed ridden great grandmother. I invite you to join me as I share my overly hyped and vaguely boring daily tribulations as I attempt to navigate life, moving back home for law school, and getting back in shape while never giving up my first true loves: cooking and eating.