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?

holding on

I’m making some progress on packing.  I have things in boxes, full trash bags and more things strewn about the floor.  Moving makes me feel like a hoarder.  Why did I keep that receipt?  Did I really need to save that letter from my health insurance company?  Is that gum?  When did that shirt ever fit me?  But such is life.  We hold onto things because they mean something to us.  We hold onto things because we think we might need them later.  Sometimes I feel bad about holding onto things but sometimes I remember exactly why I did.

Today I found an envelope full of pictures that my grandmother had saved of me.  My mom separated a package for each of us kids when she passed away.  I love seeing those pictures and remember how much fun we had with her and knowing that her children and grandchildren brought her so much joy.  It makes me sad that she and my grandpa won’t be at our wedding – they would have loved it.  Grandma would’ve loved the whole process and put Martha Stewart to shame with all of the projects she would have come up with.

I also found the first picture that Todd and I ever had taken together.  It seems so long ago now but I love that picture and I love remember how much fun we had that night.

Anyways, I’m getting sappy over here.

It’s time for a packing break so I just ordered a pizza and am going to run to the (neighborhood) grocery store – we’re running low on trash bags and I forgot to buy more this morning – then pick it up.  And then I think I’ll mix up a little cocktail.  Yum!

Do you hold onto things that seem silly later?

Have you come across any gems lately?

happy birthday to em and happy saturday to you!

First of all, happy happy happy birthday to my big sister, Emily!  She’s off in LA celebrating her big day and I wish I could be there.  It sounds like she is having so much fun, I think she’s at the beach right now.  Keep celebrating your day sister, I love you!

This morning I didn’t wake up until 8:34.  It was glorious.  I slept for almost exactly 8 hours and it felt great to not have anything to get ready for.  I had a quick bowl of cereal (in bed) and then putzed around until I had to leave for yoga.

Yoga class was hot and sweaty today.  Well, that’s kind of a given.  Today’s class was exceptionally hot and sweaty and it felt so good!  I left feeling stretched out, firm and loose.  I also left feeling pretty disgusting, sweat-wise and not smelling very good.  That didn’t stop me from stopping by the grocery store on the way home.  The big supermarket I like to shop at is a solid 15 minute drive from the house and I didn’t see the point in going home and showering and then making a special trip back when I have to pass it on the way back anyways.

When I got to Meijer it was a madhouse.  I didn’t realize that everyone would be doing their Easter shopping today.  I had to park my cart and wait for people multiple times and was almost run into a bunch of times too.  No big deal though.  I was grocery shopping and I loved it just the same.  Plus, I left the grocery store with a cart full of goodness.

Yes, there are three pints of ice cream in the corner.  After 40 days without ice cream, it was hard for a girl to decide what to start with.  I can’t wait to dig into those tomorrow!

When I got home I was staaaaaarving.  I had a craving for watermelon while I was at the store so I threw together a little fruit salad and ate it with a Think Thin bar.

The fruit was delicious and the bar was…a meal bar.

I’ve come to that conclusion that  I don’t like meal bars in general. They always taste a little chalky.  The flavor of this was okay but I didn’t even finish it because I figured I’d rather eat some chips and hummus or something after I shower.

So that’s where I am right now.  Post-lunch, pre-shower and putting off packing and thank you notes for now.  But only until after I shower, I swear.  Then it’s pack, pack, pack and thank, thank, thank.

Happy Saturday everyone!

Do you know of any really good meal bars?

Do you like grocery shopping or is it a chore for you?

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?