Category Archives: Dessert

Whirlwind

Man, where have these past few days gone? They’ve flown by so quickly!
Where did I leave off? Oh yeah, Saturday night. These are the munchies I snuck into the movie theatre.

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Pistachios (from forever ago- they’re safe), grapes, and carrots. Great snacky foods- not so great movie. Skip Adventureland- all the funny parts were in the commercials and it was pretty boring & slow moving. I usually like movies like that, but not this one.

Sunday:

I honestly don’t remember much about this day, but here are the eats.

DSCN0489Breakfast: Oatmeal with Clif Bar crumbles

DSCN0493Lunch: Jamba Juice Strawberry Nirvana & Oatmeal w/banana slices

DSCN0498Dinner: Broccoli, Sweet Potato, and Cajun Catfish

DSCN0500 I’ve only eaten and like Salmon before, but felt like being brave and bought some catfish at the store. It was pretty good, I’m still not used to the fishy texture- but definitely could get used to it!

Snacks: unpictured, and I don’t remember what they were, but I’m sure it included lots of grapes

Monday:

DSCN0515Breakfast: Oatmeal with caramel chip trail mix

DSCN0516 Lunch: Cosi signature salad, tomato-basil soup, & 1/2 whole grain bread

DSCN0518 Snack: Fruit Bowl

DSCN0519 Another snack: Chocolate Chip cookie, Newman’s Own PB cookie, a few Trader Joe’s peanut butter cups

DSCN0523 Dinner: Applebee’s Apple Walnut Chicken Salad w/o bleu cheese

DSCN0525 Nighttime Snack: Grapes!!

Tuesday:

DSCN0526 Breakfast: Bear Mush Cereal. I had never heard of it, but saw it at the grocery store & thought it looked interesting. It’s hard red wheat & I cooked it just like oatmeal. The consistency was pretty mushy, but I guess that is kind of a given with the name 😉

DSCN0529 I didn’t love it, but the verdict is still out- I think I need to get used to the texture just like I did with oatmeal.

I started school yesterday so lunch was eaten in my car before class.

DSCN0531 Grapes & Yogurt

DSCN0534Salad with grapes & carrots

DSCN0537  Apple while studying (It’s sooo true about being more hungry when you are using your brain!)

DSCN0538 Snack: Clif White Chocolate Macademia Nut Bar I had been reading about forever in blogland and finally found. It was very good like everyone’s said- but pretty sweet. Definitely a great treat to keep me entertained in class.

DSCN0542 Dinner: Everyone had already eaten or wasn’t hungry so I was on my own and tired after my first long day at school so I just made a turkey sandwich, sweet potato, & reheated Cosi soup.

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DSCN0546 Dessert: 2 bowls of unpictured grapes, Trader Joe’s flattened banana, & a yogurt pretzel

So, as you can see things have been busy and eats have been pretty boring. Times like these make me admire food bloggers more and more. My aunt and Gramma came into town today so we have been hanging out with them and don’t know what is up for the rest of the day. I just know I have some homework to do before the day is over- oh the joys of being back in school. It is good to be back though and now I’m moving on with my life! I am so excited to become an RD someday or be in the health/nutrition field, so I just have to keep that in mind and it will be all worth it. My statistics teacher mentioned RD’s and health professionals since it’s geared towards health science majors and that alone made me excited. I can’t wait to actually be in classes relating to my food science and nutrition major!

Well happy humpday everyone, it’s all smooth sailing from here!

I’ll leave you with pictures of the red velvet cupcakes I made on Chris’ request the other day:

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Even too ripe for me…

The timings of my meals have been pretty screwed up lately, but I guess that’s what happens when I don’t have a job or school schedule to stick with for now. (Only 3 more days until school… eek!) Dinner last night was simple but enjoyable. I wasn’t feeling too creative so I went with the classic dinner at my house: chicken and/or salmon on the grill, vegetable (asparagus), and sweet potato.

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My Plate, with no foods touching of course 😛DSCN0461

Sweet potato! I swear I could (and practically do) eat one every day.DSCN0463

Altogether, eaten at the “bar”/counter. My dad & I watched the end of Biggest Loser and Unwrapped while we ate.

I had been thinking about frozen yogurt all day, so after we cleaned dinner up I asked my dad if he’d like to come watch me eat some. I prefer to have company when eating, especially dessert. He just likes to go and sample all the flavors since it’s serve yourself and they don’t seem to mind. I made myself a delicious combination of my favorites.

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Yogurts: Peanut butter, Cake Batter, & Chocolate

Toppings: butterfinger, carob chips, reeses crumbles, cookie dough, mini-non perils, BANANA SLICES 😀

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It hit the spot and was the perfect ending to my relaxing Friday night. Afterwards, I headed over to Chris’ to spend the night there and may have snacked on some of his curly fries from Jack in the Crack. hehe.

Chris and I sort of have an odd living arrangement for the fact that we live together but switch off nights between his parents house and my parents house. It’s pretty cool but sometimes can be a pain when we forget things at one house or whatnot, but it works out the majority of the time. The last 2 weeks though his family has been out of town and their house is too big and creepy to stay there alone, so we spent every night at my house.

Well, this morning I was rummaging through my food cabinet they let me keep at his house (stocked with the essentials: Kashi cereals, oatmeal, a vast array of nut butters, & bananas when I’m there since they disappear super quickly at his house).

Don’t get me wrong, I love ripe bananas and love when they get spotty for their sweetness and softness. I also get excited when they get old because it’s instant baking opportunity. However, the banana I found this morning was even too ripe for my liking:

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I laughed pretty hard when I found this and thought it had to be documented. I completely forgot I had left a banana in there for 2+ weeks… oops!

Luckily, I had brought a banana perfect for adding to my oatmeal this morning.

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Much better 🙂

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This morning (afternoons?) oatmeal had a nut theme goin’ on:

-1/2 cup oats, water, chocolate almond milk

-banana, cinnamon

-1/2 TBSP chopped walnuts, cooked in

-heaping spoonful of Barney Butter on top

-1/2 mini pb clif bar crumbled on top

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I’d definitely recommend this on top, it was perfect. Nothing better than the peanut butter/banana combo in my opinion.

Today’s agenda includes hitting up the gym after this post for a quick sweat session & then a day full of clothes shopping- yay! I need new clothes pretty badly.

Hope everyone enjoys their Saturday, any fun plans??

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

I’m so happy right now because I came home to this tonight:

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Sarah and I did a little food swap & she had mentioned a mystery baking treat she had in store for me, so I’ve anxiously been awaiting for it to arrive and it totally surprised me how fast it got here! Since my birthday is tomorrow I was going to wait until my special day or at least midnight tonight- but once my sweet tooth and curiosity couldn’t take it any longer I ripped into the box.

The amazing goodies were:  Arnold Sandwich Thins I requested (can’t wait to try finally try these!!), Homemade Ginger Date Cookies, Cranberry Strawberry Trail Mix Crunch bites, and an awesome chocolate covered pretzel with M&M’s. Of course I had to sample everything right away:

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Holy Yum is definitely appropriate here!! First off, the cookie was the chewiest one I’ve ever had in my life– seriously! I even tried to break off a piece and it wouldn’t crack in half! It was also super moist and sooo delicious. Go ahead and be jealous and drool:

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The rest was amazing as well & totally satisfied my sweet tooth. The trail mix bite was yummy- I loved the pistachios in it. And the pretzel didn’t disappoint either- the chocolate got a bit melty when I tried to break off a piece- but that made it even more delicious. THANK YOU AGAIN, SARAH!!

Well I had some of my own kitchen adventures today- I was in the mood to bake and also wanted to make something for Chris’ sister whose birthday is next week but she’ll be out of town. I made her puppy chow, or muddy buddies as Chex calls it. I made it for Chris at Christmas and remember her liking it a lot so I thought it’d be a good food to bring on her trip.

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I also made some Rice Krispy treats for my neighbors & family with green sprinkles for St. Patty’s Day.

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DSCN0265And a bag of Jelly Bellys & chocolate gold coins for Chris’ 5 year old niece.

And since I was in the mood to bake, I asked Chris if he wanted anything and he requested tuxedo brownies. He picked out a recipe that had strawberry slices:

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It was a great day for sure and tomorrow will hopefully be even better since it’s my 21st BIRTHDAY!! Woo Hoo! Oh yeah, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone! 🙂

I Eat A Lot

Dang man, I feel like I eat a lot when I photograph everything I eat. Or at least it seems like I’m eating all the time when I keep whipping out the camera.

Today was a good day- not the most productive, but hey, I’m unemployed. I’m entitled to be unproductive. 🙂

In the afternoon my tummy started rumbling again so I warmed up a PB clif z-bar in the micro- it totally felt like a dessert- delish!DSCN0142 

Grr for blurry pictures.

I spent the afternoon doing some baking and was planning to make myself dinner when my mom offered to go out for dinner. It’s hard to turn down a free meal. We went to my new favorite restaurant lately, Red Brick Pizza. For some reason I really love their Chicken Caesar Salad more than other places. It’s HUGE for the price- so maybe that’s why. And they have good croutons.

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I also had half a slice of Chris’ Veggie pizza which I forgot to photograph. It was good though and I normally don’t like things with that many veggies on it. Then even though I was content, my bad-influence wonderful mother suggested frozen yogurt from Yogurt Land across the street. Now how can I turn that offer down?!

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I got non-fat chocolate/butterfinger swirl fro-yo topped with banana slices (!!!!), peanut butter swirl chocolate chips, brownie bites, cookie dough, and peanut butter cup. It was amazing.

I’ve been listening to Pandora radio all day and I love every song they’ve played so far– how come I haven’t done this earlier?!

I’ll share what I baked tomorrow. Goodnight!

Best Cupcakes EVER!

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I’ve found the best cupcakes ever and can now die happily. I found out about Sprinkles about a year ago when I saw them being featured on a food show. I’m not sure which show it was, but they mentioned they make cupcakes from scratch throughout the day with the finest ingredients in the world. They have several locations, but I remember them saying on was in Beverly Hills. I made a promise to myself that when I moved back to CA I would go there for sure and that’s sure enough what I did.

Luckily Sprinkles is two hours away, otherwise I’d probably gain about 200 pounds and be there everyday. My all time favorite is peanut butter chip which is to DIE for. What could be better than chocolate and peanut butter?! Nothing in my book. If you ever get the chance to visit a Sprinkles bakery you must do so, I promise you won’t be disappointed.