bake, brunch, pack

This morning I woke up and thought, I’m allowed to eat ice cream again – yay!  Naturally, the only way to celebrate that was by eating ice cream for breakfast.

There were fresh berries and the waffle was whole grain plus, I opted for frozen yogurt so it was a semi-balanced breakfast, right?  Okay, I’m not fooling anyone.  This wasn’t the healthiest start to the day but it sure was delicious.

Actually, before I even had breakfast I mixed up the dough for Toffee Studded Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies a la Lauren from Keep it Sweet.

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

a pinch of salt

3 cups of quick or old-fashioned dry oatmeal

1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chunks (I like lots of chocolate so I went to 1 1/2 cups per Lauren’s suggestion)

1/2 cup toffee bits

Directions:

Mix together flours, cinnamon and baking soda.  Set aside.


In large bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy.

Beat in eggs and vanilla. 

Make sure to scrape sides of bowl and mix some more.

With mixer on low, carefully add in flour mixture.  

Once all ingredients are well-combined, stir in oats.

Stir in chocolate chunks and toffee bits until well-mixed.

Now, refrigerate your cookie dough for 2 hours or overnight.  This is necessary to avoid flat cookies.

Once you are ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. 

Drop heaping tablespoons of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.

Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes or until centers of cookies appear cooked and edges are light golden brown.


These bad boys are delicious!  I love the chunks of chocolate, they always taste so much more substantial than chocolate chips.  If these are decadent enough for you, Lauren also has a recipe for a sandwich version of these cookies with peanut butter frosting.  Sounds pretty tasty, no?

While these cookies were chilling in the fridge, I went to meet my parents for an Easter brunch.

We had a long leisurely meal which was really nice.  I don’t have a meal alone with my parents that often and it was really good to just chat with them.

After brunch my mom came over to help me with packing for the move.  She’s a good person to have around when you need to get things done.  We worked for a few hours and made a lot of progress.  You should see the pile of boxes that are ready to move – not to mention the 3 or 4 trash bags and 3 or 4 more full of donations.  It feels so good to get rid of so many things that I don’t need anymore!

Also, Todd was home by the time I got there so he filled me in on all of his bachelor party shenanigans.  It sounds like they had a great time and it made me really excited for my bachelorette party next weekend in Chicago.

All in all this was a really nice, laid back but productive weekend.  Now only 8 more work days until I’m off for the wedding!  It couldn’t be here soon enough.  I’m ready to be a missus.

P.S.  You have to try Jess’s Hobo Margaritas.  I made one last night and it was so yummy!  I even bought festive cups to drink them out of, delish!

Hope you all had an amazing weekend!

How was your Easter?

Did you celebrate with family today?

one last single girl weekend

No, Todd and I did not break up nor are we going to BUT he is gone for his weekend-long bachelor party.  That means I get the house all to myself.  Don’t get me wrong, I love living with Todd and coming home to each other at night but there’s something to be said for just being home alone every once in a while.

I plan to get a lot done this weekend.  Here’s my list:

1) Pack. 

We move into our new apartment on May 1st and I’ve got a lot to pack up, throw away and donate.  Even though we won’t move in until after our honeymoon we want to get as much done as possible ahead of time.

2) Write Thank You Notes

I have to finish all of my thank you note from the two showers that were thrown for me last week plus those for the wedding gifts we’ve started to receive.  I’m thinkful to have this task on my list, we’ve been really blessed.

3) Yoga

A weekend at home means a weekend that I can fill with hot yoga in the mornings without worrying about having to get all ready to go somewhere right afterwards.  It’s time to sweat!

4) Pack

This time for the honeymoon.  I’ve got a suitcase just itching to be filled with bathing suits, shorts and sundresses.  And the big, floppy beach hat I bought for my Mexican honeymoon.  I cannot wait to live in the sun for a week!

5) Easter Brunch

My parents and I will be having Easter Brunch together,  just the three of us (maybe four if my little brother can make it).  It will be nice to have some quiality time with them before the wedding.  And who doesn’t love brunch?

6) Grocery Shopping

I’m working on a meal plan for the next two weeks.  I don’t need to lost any weight and can’t lose any weight for the risk of my wedding dress falling off but I’d like to treat my body well so I feel great on our wedding day.  So, I’m planning meals and want to have things prepped and ready to go so that I stick to my plan.  Wish me luck, I find junk food really hard to resist.

7) Eat Ice Cream

I saved the best for last.  I gave up ice cream for lent this year and it has been rough.  I even forgot the first day of Lent and ate a delicious spoonful of Mackinac Island Fudge ice cream before I realized what I was doing.  Since then, I’ve been pretty good.  During Lent I have eaten frozen yogurt.  Twice.  But that doesn’t really count, right?  Either way, I plan to eat my body weight in ice cream on Sunday and I cannot wait.  The meal plan will begin on Monday.

I’m really looking forward to a quiet weekend.  And sleeping smack dab in the middle of the bed.

What are your weekend plans?

Do you like having the house to yourself?

lovely saturday

This morning I was the guest of honor at a brunch shower thrown by some of Todd’s mom’s friends.  She has many friends who have been in her life for a long time and it was so sweet of them to throw the shower.  We had a great time getting to know each other over brunch and the brunch was delicious to boot.

Fruit salad, egg casserole, yogurt with fresh berries and granola, scones and baked french toast made for a perfect brunch.

After breakfast we shared some stories and then opened gifts.  Once again, I’m blown away by everyone’s generosity.  It’s really been amazing.

(My mom and I at the shower)

It was a really lovely way to kick off my Saturday.

After the shower, I drove to Portland, MI to meet up with my friend, Jess and have a snack with her and deliver her bridesmaid’s dress.  Jessica lives in Eaton Rapids which is about an hour and a half away so we don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like.  It’s always great to catch up and hear about her life and her sweet son, Owen.  He’s such a cutie!

(Jess and I as bridesmaids at our friend, Sarah’s wedding)

After chatting for awhile we headed back to our respective homes.  She’s attending my Chicago bachelorette party in two weeks and I’m so glad that she (and all of the other girls) are making the trip for it.

This was a very busy week for me, I didn’t make it home before 9:00pm any night and right now, I am sitting.  And relaxing.  I was going to cook dinner but I think I’ll just eat hummus and crackers for dinner, because I can.  All in all, a lovely Saturday.

How are you spending your weekend?