Wednesday

Let me start by saying that I really hate when people complain about the cold, then immediately complain about the heat as soon as it warms up. I try my hardest not to do this because it’s absurd. I love how warm it’s been lately.

But ohmygosh. It was absolutely scorching at the law school today. It was probably 70 outside but I swear it was like 90 degrees in our office. My face was flushed and I felt like I was about to combust. Seriously. I can’t really explain it, but being so overheated all day made me enraged. I seriously HAD to leave at 3 because I was about to freak out. I came home a cranky, sweaty mess.

Then, we went to pick up our taxes. Ugh. On top of every other horror in that packet, the CPA spelled our last name wrong. Again, ugh. Hopefully that will be a quick fix.

Andy and I were thisclose to just grabbing dinner out but I decided to just run into the grocery and get what I needed to make dinner.

Still enraged and on the verge of hangry, I whipped up this recipe for buffalo chicken quinoa bites that I pinned on Pinterest forever ago. I had leftover chicken and quinoa cooks quickly, so the recipe came together in no time. I made some homemade fries to go with the bites and dinner was on the table in less than an hour.

The chicken bites were really good- I’d definitely make them again. I’d recommend broiling them for the last few minutes until they get nice and crispy.

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Okay so after dinner I was admittedly a little calmer but still pretty cranky. I decided what I really needed was a workout, so I grabbed Andy and we went to the gym.

I did 30 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill then lifted weights for a little while. After a quick 45 minutes at the gym, I was feeling like a million bucks.

Working out isn’t always the answer to a bad mood, but it certainly helps most of the time. Plus, afterwards, you get to eat delicious things like banana soft-serve.

I used to make this all the time but forgot about it until I randomly saw a picture of it the other day.

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Sorry for this horrific picture.

Anyway, all you do is blend a frozen, sliced banana with a tiny bit of milk until it’s smooth and creamy. That’s it. You can add whatever you want to make it a little more desserty if you like. I added a few strawberries, a teaspoon or so of sunflower butter, and a little bit of chocolate sauce. You can really do this with any frozen fruit.

It seriously tastes like icecream, except it’s much much healthier. Perfect for a healthy, refreshing nighttime snack.

There’s an appliance you can buy to make this stuff, it’s called Yonanas, but I feel like it’s mostly a gimmic. Your blender will do the same thing without cluttering your kitchen with another appliance.

Now, I’m going to put myself to bed and hope I don’t spontaneously combust at school tomorrow. Have a great night!

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Orange Marmalade Pork Chops & Flourless Cookies

One of my favorite ways to dress up average dishes is by adding a quick, flavorful sauce. I’ve found that orange marmalade is an excellent addition to pork chops and chicken. I simply add a tablespoon or two on top of each cut of meat, add a little water to the pan, and let everything simmer until it’s done. It creates a great sauce while also keeping everything moist (Ugh. I hate the word moist. Apologies for using it).

I really like the Smucker’s Simply Fruit preserves, as they don’t contain any high fructose corn syrup or other strange ingredients. Bonus points for Smucker’s being an Ohio company. As I said, orange marmalade works really well and it’s what I used tonight. You can also use apricot preserves for a slightly sweet and sour flavor.

I served our pork chops with brown rice and asparagus, which I also coated in some preserves.

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After dinner I baked some cookies to take to one of my classes tomorrow. I have a presentation and I decided that instead of making a boring power point, my time would be better spent making a batch of delicious peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Hopefully my class, and my professor, agree.

I followed this recipe for Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies and they came out as amazing as they look. I was a little wary of the lack of flour, but I promise you won’t miss it. The cookies are so chewy and have a great peanut butter flavor. Definitely give them a try, I know they are a new favorite of mine. Note: I sprinkled a little sea salt on top of each one before baking, and I definitely suggest doing that.

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I took this picture on the floor because the sun was setting and that’s where the best light was. I promise no cookies came close to touching the carpet! Haha. But let’s be honest, even if they did, I would still eat them. Not much comes between me and chocolate chip cookies.

Now I should probably go work on my actual presentation, rather than just the dessert I’m serving along with it.

Have a great night!

Saturday Crafting

I supposed to be spending my weekend working on a presentation and a paper. I’ve always been a bit of a procrastinator, but add in the fact that I’m done with school (forever) in 3 weeks, and good luck getting me to focus. Instead, I’ve spent the weekend coming up with other projects.

I did the laundry, cleaned the apartment, and finally got around doing a craft I meant to do in August.

I bought paper in the colors I’m using in my bathroom, yellow and gray, and found some funny/clever/inspirational quotes and sayings on Pinterest. I stamped the sayings onto the paper, which I cut in half to fit in a picture frame. Then, I added these cute little flowers I found at Michael’s, by Martha Stewart.

I think the end result is really cute. I might do a few more as I have additional paper and flowers. I still have to pick up some frames, then I’ll be ready to go.

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Have you done any fun project lately?