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A Slight Deviation

Our original weekend agenda included going to see Trainwreck on Friday and spending a few hours at the beach on Saturday. 

Well, let’s just say there was a slight deviation in plans…

Vishnu was totally game for going to the movie theater, but after hearing about the Lafayette shooting, I just wasn’t up for it.  I told him I’d rather stay at home and watch a movie.  But we didn’t end up doing that either.  After a quick dinner at home, we met up with some of Vishnu’s co-interns at a local bar.

Angry Orchard

It was fun listening to all the crazy stories and hearing everyone’s experiences so far.  I do sometimes feel like the odd man out, but Vishnu does a good job of checking in every now and then.  And it helps that I find medicine an interesting topic overall and have a lot of the lingo down!

We slept in a little on Saturday but had every intention of heading to the beach as soon as possible.  The weather, however, had different plans.  It rained all morning/afternoon, so the beach was a no go. 

One of Vishnu’s friends was planning a trip to Topgolf, so we decided to do that instead. 

After a delicious early dinner…

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The Topgolf menu was impressive!  I decided to go with their veggie burger and a side of sweet potato fries.

…we played two games of golf. 

Topgolf Tampa

Check out the MIS Facebook page to see a video of just how good I am! Smile

Topgolf is what you get when you combine a regular driving range and the game of darts.  I am by no means good at golfing, but I had an absolute blast.  The dim lighting and fun music gave the whole experience a very hip club-like vibe!

By the time we got home and went to sleep, it was past 2 am.  Who are we?!

Sunday started off with the usual – cleaning and Trader Joe’s.  But it ended with an at home wine and cheese dinner date, Katie’s black bean brownies, and multiple episodes of Friends.  So pretty much perfection!

wine and cheese

And with that, Monday is here.  Make it a great one!

Thanks for reading!

Have you ever been to Topgolf? 

Three Things Thursday (14)

You guys, our apartment finally looks like a home!  I credit that to both mine and Vishnu’s intense dislike for clutter.  He may not be crazy like me in most ways, but he definitely hates a messy/unorganized living space!

Anyway, enough moving/packing/unpacking talk…until next June when we move to Chicago!

This week’s Three Things Thursday post is as random as they come.  Enjoy!

3 Things Thursday1. The Chocolate-Covered Katie Cookbook

Chocolate-Covered Katie Cookbook
My sister bought me this cookbook for my birthday because she knows I’m a huge fan of Katie’s blog and recipes.  I’ve made several of her dessert recipes (multiple times!) and am always blown away by how her healthy swaps result in such delicious foods.  I HIGHLY recommend both her blog and cookbook for anyone who loves desserts and wishes they could eat them everyday (because you can)!

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I made chocolate chip cookies from the cookbook last night (only half the recipe), and in less than 24 hours, there is not a crumb in sight!

2. Saucony Kinvara 5 running shoes

Saucony running shoes
I’ve been on the hunt for new running shoes for a couple of months now.  And when I saw that these shoes were on super sale on 6pm.com, I jumped on the deal!  I knew they would work for my feet because they are similar to my old running shoes in terms of fit, width, etc.  And so far so good!  I really like how lightweight and supportive they are…and I LOVE the bright pink color!

3. Trader Joe’s Sparkling Mineral Water

Trader Joes Sparkling Water
Ever since our trip to Italy, Vishnu and I have been on a sparkling water high!  So when he saw a 12 pack of Sparkling Mineral Water at TJ’s, we rejoiced and have been drinking a bottle a day ever since!  There’s something about those bubbles that feels so fancy.

Your turn to share – what are three things you’ve been thinking about/doing this week! If you’re a blogger, write a post and link back to one or all of the hostesses: Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance. Then share a link to your post (not your blog’s home page).

And thanks for reading!

The Best Little Snack

I’m decent at coming up with meal ideas for lunch and dinner.  Let’s just say that no one starves around these parts.  Snacks?  Not so much.  I mean how many apples can a person eat.  Or carrots and hummus.  Or string cheese.  I often find Vishnu standing in front of the refrigerator or pantry looking hangry.  Wait that’s me.  I admit…I have a snack problem.

Luckily for all of us I think I’ve found a solution.

The main star in my new found snack love…

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Now, if you’re anything like me, you probably think that dates look like cockroaches.  I know that’s a gross image, but I can’t help it!

Another thing about these particular dates – they’re not the popular Sun maid kind.  I found this tub at Costco for something like $6.59, and these non-brand name dates taste just fine.

So about that “best little snack.”  I’ve been meaning to try Katie’s Cookie Dough Babies recipe for a while now.  I think my hesitation was due to the fact that dates look like the nastiest insect on the planet.  Eeek!

However, once you get over that hump, you’ll be the happiest person ever because these bad boys are so good…

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And so simple to make.  I whipped up two batches in five minutes.

The best part…they taste kind of like fudge – no joke!  They’re so good in fact, that a few may disappear in the rolling process.  Quality control.

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I usually follow Katie’s recipes very closely but made a couple of changes this time around.  I used almonds instead of walnuts and 1/4 cup of chocolate chips instead of the handful that she suggests.

I’m not sure it’s a good thing that these are so easy to make.  We’ll see…  I’ve been able to manage some level of self control so far.  Honestly, who knew chocolate and dates paired so well together.  Dangerous I tell you.

Bottom line – make these “snack balls” now and thank me later for introducing you to this awesome little recipe.

What’s a newly discovered snack that you’re loving right now?  Do you like dates?

2 Weekend Updates

Another weekend has come and gone.  This one was low key – we slept in, did some furniture shopping, ran errands, etc.  Low key and relaxing – my favorite combo!

While nothing major happened, I do have two things to share.

1. Katie’s black bean brownies are delicious.  Make them now.

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They were so good that Vishnu ate them all.  He’s such a chocoholic!  Wait, that’s me, and I helped finish these off.  In fact, do you see the portion below the missing piece?  Well, by the time Vishnu got home from the library, that entire section was gone. 

MAKE THESE ASAP.  SO GOOD.

2. We made some progress with regards to living room furniture.  We’ve been looking for a chair, coffee table and TV stand for about two months.  On Saturday we went to Rooms to Go because we thought the chair we fell in love with two months ago was on sale.  Well, it wasn’t.  But after some discussion, we decided to go ahead and buy it…we’re calling it our splurge purchase.  And it just so happened that there was a floor model of the matching ottoman on sale.  Since we’ve been shopping around so much, I think we ended up getting a good deal overall.

After Rooms to Go, we headed over to Ikea to look for the other two pieces.  And luckily, we found exactly what we were looking for.  However, we’re going to have to make another trip to actually purchase everything because there was no way the boxes would’ve fit in Vishnu’s tiny two door car. 

Once everything’s set up, I’ll share some pictures!

Like I said, our weekend wasn’t too exciting.  But sometimes that’s just what you need!

Happy Monday!

Never Ending Sweet Tooth

You know when you’re sitting around with a group of people and out of nowhere someone starts asking random questions?  Well, that happened to me the other day, and the best question asked was, “What would you want your last meal on Earth to be?”  Honestly, it didn’t even take me second seconds to blurt out, “Warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies and a tall glass of milk!”  Now that’s what I call a sweet tooth! 

For as long as I can remember, I have loved chocolate chip cookies – Chips Ahoy, Tollhouse, Keebler, Soft Batch – you name it, I ate it!  However, the one thing I wasn’t so good at growing up was making my own cookies from scratch.  Sure, I could slice n’ bake and call them my own, but that’s not my style!  I wanted to perfect my own chocolate chip cookie.

The perfect opportunity came to be in the 10th grade. We had to bake cookies for Chemistry class (for pi day or something).  I remember driving to the store to buy all the necessary ingredients, going home and actually making the cookies, and then being completely disappointed when they came out as hard as hockey pucks.  I still brought them to class, only to have some boy throw one across the room to prove that they were unbreakable.  Eek!  Talk about embarrassed!

Since then, I haven’t really experimented with homemade cookies much.  It’s been break n’ bake ever since.  Well, until today that is…

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So they don’t photograph well…you can’t have it all, people!

I saw Katie’s Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe yesterday and just knew that I had to make something very similar very soon.  So, I got home, ate a quick dinner, and got started.  I was in an adventurous mood today, so I took her recipe and modified it a little.  And if you’ve already read Katie’s post from yesterday, you know my cookies don’t look half as beautiful as hers, but they tasted really good.  That’s what counts, right?!

Double Dark Chocolate Flourless Cookies
Modified from Chocolate Covered Katie

Yields 6 cookies

3/4 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons raw cane sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine first five ingredients in a blender until the mixture is coarsely combined.  Melt the peanut butter in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.  Mix melted peanut butter and apple sauce in with the dry ingredients.  Add in the chocolate chips right before the mixture starts to form into a ball of “dough.”  Form 6 cookie patties and place on lightly sprayed baking sheet.  Bake for 9 minutes.  Enjoy!

Sure, these aren’t decadent, rich cookies, but they sure did satisfy my sweet tooth.  And if I can do that while still being healthy, I’ll take it! 

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Off to watch some Wednesday night reruns.  Does anyone know when new episodes of Modern Family start back up?! 

What would you want your last meal on Earth to be?