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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. 


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?

Care Package

Is there an “awesome older sister of the year” award?  If so, I think I should get it!  I’m just kidding…well, kinda!  Winking smile

I am a pretty awesome sister though.  Why?  Because I just spent about 1.5 hours making these fun goodies to send to my little sister in a care package…

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The chocolatey muffins you see above are the Chocolate-Zucchini muffins that were featured on  Katie’s blog today.  And the non-chocolately ones are my muffin version of Katie’s Baked Cookie Dough Oatmeal, which I am totally obsessed with.  My sister is one lucky lady!  Both of these muffins are incredibly delicious and surprisingly healthy!

Along with muffins, she will also be getting some granola…

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I found the recipe for this yummy treat on Courtney’s blog.  It’s a Honey Maple granola, and the only thing I did differently was use sliced almonds in place of walnuts (because I didn’t have any). 

So, yeah…sister of the year anyone!?  Nah, I don’t want an award…I really don’t.  I love my sister to bits and pieces, and I would do absolutely anything for her.  She’s my best friend, confidant, and mini me!  The whole purpose behind this care package is to make sure she has lots of healthy treats to keep her fueled through finals.  That’s what big sisters are for after all!


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Doing what we do best! LOL!


Don’t you see the love!?


Ahh…there it is!!

Do you have siblings?  If so, are you close with them?

CCK Chocolate Chip Blondies

Hi, y’all!  I need you to do something.  It’s incredibly important.  Are you ready?  Ok, I need you to make these – Chocolate Covered Katie’s Chocolate Chip Blondies.  Now!

If you need more convincing, here it is…

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I know that some of you will look at the recipe and get completely turned off because of the chickpeas.  But you have to trust me when I say…you can’t taste the beans.  These blondies are rich and fudgy – I pinky promise!

What are you waiting for?!  Go make these ASAP!