Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Let's Do Lunch: Black Bean & Chicken Quesadillas

I have a confession to make. I haven't really done much cooking the past month. I don't know how I've been managing to eat (I think most of my meals end up being family meal at the restaurant) and I haven't really been eating out. I guess I've been scrounging? Well hopefully that changes soon, though with my trip to San Diego this weekend and then going home next week for my grandfather's memorial, I doubt much cooking/grocery shopping will happen.

But never fear - I have this quesadilla recipe that I made for a week for lunch. I LOVE quesadillas, mostly because I love melty cheese and carbs. Who doesn't? And quesadillas are great for lunch. They're personal sized, take almost no time at all to cook, and the possibilities are endless. I apologize in advance, in case let's do lunch becomes let's do quesadillas for lunch instead.

Friday, July 11, 2014

No Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

In case you didn't know, July is National Ice Cream month which I am looooving right now. According to google, Ronald Reagan made July 1984 National Ice Cream Month which has somehow held up (not surprising, because come on, ice cream?).

But before we talk about ice cream, I want need to talk about Sweden. More specifically, the show that just aired last night called "Welcome to Sweden". I remember seeing part of an episode when I was in Sweden, but it finally aired in the US. I watched it this morning and I was dying. It was funny, true, and makes me want to move to Sweden even more.

I know at some point in my life I will live in Sweden, even if it's just for a year or so. I just need to figure out when this will be, but being a citizen makes it easy. No visa needed! Anyway, if you haven't watched the show, you should. Yay Swedes! Back to ice cream.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

thursday things

1. My 4th of July week was wonderful. I went to San Diego last wednesday for about 24 hours to see a bunch of my guy friends who were down there visiting. I spent a few hours on the 4th with girlfriends on the beach. I worked a lot but made good money, and got some color! Yay summer.

2. 17 Products for the booze lover. I particularly like the full bottle wine glass!

3. I love old photos that offer a glimpse into what life looked like before.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Chocolate Dipped Cones

July is National Ice Cream Month and I intend on taking full advantage of that. The only problem is that LA doesn't really have ice cream places as much as frozen yogurt places all over the place. The solution? I'll just have to make my own ice cream which is a challenge I will gladly take on.

But today's recipe isn't about ice cream. It's about what you put the ice cream in. While I generally eat out of bowls, mostly because I eat ice cream slowly and don't want to make a mess of myself, sometimes you just want a cone. But not any old plain cone. You want a cone dipped in chocolate and covered with sprinkles. Then, maybe then, the cone is worth making a drippy mess for.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Chocolate Frosted Donuts

Sometimes when it's the weekend and you've been having an extra rough couple of days, it's definitely acceptable to make donuts for breakfast. Because it's Saturday. Or at least that was my reasoning behind these donuts this past Saturday. And honestly? I'm happy I did so, because these were awesome. Though you could make these for breakfast during the week because they're baked donuts which means they're kind of healthier. Or you can just eat them just because.

I am always wanting donuts. It's honestly kind of ridiculous because now people at work will just offer me donuts if I'm having a rough day (which has been basically every day the past month). And they're delicious. There's nothing better than a freshly fried donut covered in a sugary glaze and some toasted coconut. Sigh.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thursday Things

1. I saw this sign in a little art store in Laguna Beach yesterday and I really needed to see that after the month I've been having.

2. I know it's been a few weeks since my last Thursday Things but I should hopefully be back on my regular posting schedule soon.

3. This past weekend was Swedish Midsummer and it was so much fun celebrating with some Swedish friends. Oh, and Isabel Adrian was helping out at the event with the entry fee and I almost lost it. Love her.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cookie Butter Swirl Brownies

This past weekend was Swedish Midsummer and it's one of my favorite holidays of the year, Swedish or American. It was on Friday but this year the Swedes in LA decided to celebrate on Saturday, I guess to make sure people didn't have to work and everyone could come. The celebrations in LA are pretty tame, mostly because I think it's still just starting out and the park's space is limited. I do have to say, I absolutely LOVE the celebration in Battery Park in NYC.

Two years ago, you could see the storm clouds slowly moving through the sky. When it finally hit the park, we hid under our picnic blankets, sang snaps songs and took shots of Aquavit. Once the rain passed, we just continued on singing, eating, and dancing. Oh, and drinking. I just love my Swedish side.

The funniest part is hearing Swedes try to explain the holiday. I don't really know how to. We celebrate the Friday of the summer solstice, dance and sing around a Maypole, eat, drink, wear flower crowns, and celebrate the longest day of the year. It's amazing and so much fun.