Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Let's Do Lunch: Chopped Salad

I am a burger girl through and through. I love burgers and could probably eat one every day if I could. However, sometimes I love a good salad. Crisp vegetables topped with all sorts of delicious things. When I was little, I looooved getting side salads with whatever pasta dish I got out at family dinners and I would drench it in creamy blue cheese dressing. So good. I'm also a vinegar person. The tartness is just amazing.

Anyway, because my schedule is always changing with work, it's hard to sometimes properly plan out meals. Instead of just defaulting to a burger nearby or at In-n-out, I've started going to Chop Stop. It's honestly one of my favorite places to go to get a quick and healthy meal (to go). You can get a huge salad or wrap for $7 filled with a bunch of toppings. It's easy, fast, and a better alternative for days where I haven't had any vegetables.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mini Chocolate Muffins

...otherwise known as mini chocolate cupcakes that are acceptable to eat for breakfast.

That's really what muffins are, right? They don't have frosting, though sometimes they have a glaze or a streusel. They're typically denser so they're heartier. They're allowed to have fruit without being scoffed at (like blueberry or apple muffins - though I tend to avoid those anyway).

These muffins came about because I was meeting for my tutoring training and I wanted to bring something, considering I had already mentioned that I was a baker a few times. We were meeting in the morning, before lunch, so I didn't know if cookies or cupcakes were the way to go. Plus I had run out of quite a few baking staples in my cabinet and needed to replace them.

Friday, August 29, 2014

S'more Cheesecake Bars

You know what?

Sometimes it pays off to spend 2 hours reading about different cheesecakes, mini cheesecakes, and chocolate cheesecakes to figure out a way to properly adapt my cheesecake recipes to a mini chocolate cheesecake. And when paired with a graham cracker crust and toasted marshmallows on top? It REALLY pays off.

I wanted to make something delicious and cold for book club this week. It's almost the end of summer and I haven't taken advantage of all the different baking and dessert opportunities. I have about 5 other s'more ideas now that I finally bought a mini kitchen torch. I have ideas for ice cream, fruity things, and basically anything that you could and should eat during the summer. Thankfully, the weather in LA tends to get warmer in August and September, so I still have some time.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

thursday things

1. I played Cards Against Humanity for the first time last weekend and oh. my. god. SO fun. I don't know how I've made it this long without really understanding it/never playing it, but I'm happy that's changed.

2. I also bought a mini kitchen torch at Sur La Table and I am head over heels. It's so much fun torching marshmallows and I'm excited to see what else I can use it for.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

thursday things

1. How cute is Molly? I miss her. Being home for 5 days and cuddling with her for all 5 of them made me so incredibly happy. She's the best.

2. These tilt shift pictures of cities are SO cool. They make them look tiny and toy-like and adorable and I love the ones of Stockholm. Duh.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Overnight Oats

Breakfast, meet my friend(s) (is anyone actually reading this little blog of mine?). Invisible friends, meet a super easy breakfast that requires about 30 seconds of actual work. Your mornings will be changed.

I love breakfast and if you knew me at all in college, brunch was my favorite meal. We would literally be in line at 11 am when the dining hall opened. A typical brunch involved the most delicious made-to-order omelet, half a bagel smothered in cream cheese, some bacon and sausage along with a pancake or french toast if I felt like it, a bowl of fruit (aka just the honeydew pieces), and chocolate milk. And then if I wanted more, I went back for seconds. I don't know how I didn't really gain weight in college because I ate like a horse.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mini Raspberry Hand Pies

Let's talk bucket lists. I've been talking about making multiple ones for quite some time now. Things I want to do while still living in LA, general things I want to do sometime in my life, places I would like to travel, things I want to bake/try out, etc. I think this stems from my love of making lists.

The only problem is that I actually haven't started writing them down, which is strange because I write down everything else. Maybe because then I would have things actually down in writing and it would make it real? Well, I've finally started working on a 30 before 30 list because I turn 25 this year and that is overwhelming. I know it sounds absurd and everyone says the same thing, but time is only moving faster and faster, and there are so many things I want to do.

I'm keeping a note on my phone as I brainstorm. Some things that will definitely be on the list? Go orca whale watching, live in and explore Sweden, and take a road trip along the coast - specifically the PCH so I can watch many beautiful west coast sunsets. Any suggestions?