Gluten Free Dairy Free Cookies… who am I?

Today at work it was Haley’s birthday and she’s gluten free so I couldn’t make one of my typical treats so I decided to try out this recipe! It’s actually pretty delicious the cookies are super fudgey and super chocolatey!!

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Here’s what you need:

  • 4oz of baking chocolate
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat to 350f cook for 12-15 minutes or until puffy and cracked.

First melt your chocolate. Then you want to beat your egg whites to a peak while the chocolate is cooling down. mix 1 cup of confectioners sugar into the egg whites. (Now I accidentally used regular granulated sugar for that part and they still turned out delicious!) Time to prepare the dry mixture: wisk 1 cup of confectioners sugar, 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Once blended blend the dry mixture and melted chocolate into the marshmallow looking egg mixture. Once it is blended the dough will be really firm and sticky at this point throw in your cup of chocolate chips! It’s time to bake them – spray your pan first since the mixture has no butter or oil!!! Make little balls of dough roll in powdered sugar – bake and enjoy!

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Last weekend I went to a sheep’s birthday party.

No joke. It was actually a really fun time. My mom’s friends Cindy and Chris have pretty much their own little petting zoo filled with sheep, goats, chicken, cats and dogs. The sheep are super adorable and act like little puppies. I got to help sheer a sheep and then we sang happy birthday and fed Bob the sheep some animal crackers! They are his favorite.. how cute!

 

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Oh hey, my cousin had a shotgun wedding

Right before thanksgiving, she starts sending us all these snapchats and telling us about how her boyfriend is coming to thanksgiving dinner. He shows up for Thanksgiving and as Janey so perfectly put it he’s one of those people that really doesn’t add anything to the table. He’s fine but the day would have been equally fun without him, ya know? Alright so we meet him at Thanksgiving. Then he goes back home to Georgia and next thing we hear he’s coming for Christmas now. A couple days before Christmas, they get engaged but she never tells me… So they come to Christmas and peace out really early. We then ask her brother about them and when they started dating.. He goes back before his family moved to Georgia they’ve been dating for about 5 years now. ALRIGHT LETS STOP RIGHT THERE…. In the summer she was obsessed with this one guy from the gym and wanted us to come check him out so she could potentially date him. The story just keeps getting stranger and stranger. I don’t hear from her after Christmas. Doesn’t respond to my snaps, doesn’t want to hit the gym or anything so I’m figuring it’s probably because we didn’t make a big enough deal at Christmas or whatever. Then this week my mom sends a group text to my sisters and I saying BIG SECRET NEWS GUESS WHAT? and these guesses are cray cray. I guessed that someone was getting married or preggo. BAM NAILED THAT ONE!

and now the wedding…

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The wedding was actually really nice and the food was amazing. I was quite a fan of the buffet and ate three huge plates full of food. When I was getting my second plate of food the waiter told me to hold on that he was going to bring me out a fresh batch of penne… Clearly someone knows the way to my heart LOL. the biggest disappointment was the desserts THEY WERE AWFUL!

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Lou: “this one looks great!” aka never let Lou take the pictures without his glasses on LOL

Before the wedding I spent some time in the park enjoying the beautiful spring day where the most precious wedding party was taking some pictures. They truly lucked out with the weather because it could have been an awful day with tons and tons of snow.

For the wedding I decided to go with my black leather pencil skirt and a gold lace crop shirt – however because I’m so short it ended up not being so much of a crop which probably made it more acceptable for a wedding anyway. And I paired that with my vera wang heals and mellie bianco initial bag! When Sam Champion said on GMA that it was a perfect stocking stuffer obviously I had to have one!

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Alfredo Sauce

Yesterday I found a super easy Alfredo sauce recipe on Pinterest and decided to try it out for dinner since I already had all the ingredients. I personally love chicken brocolli and pasta with alfredo sauce. This recipe was perfect since it didn’t even involve any heavy cream. I changed up the ingredients a bit and here’s what I did!

All you need:

  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 2 cups of milk
  • garlic power
  • pepper
  • shredded cheese

 

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It super simple to make. Just melt the stick of butter in a pan, add in the cream cheese (I found it melts fastest if you cut it into cubes before throwing it into the pan) and milk periodically as you whisk the mixture. Once that is whisked smooth add in your shredded cheese. Now typically Alfredo sauce is made with Parmesan cheese; however, I only had Mozarella and Pecarino Romano so I used that and it was still pretty great! Continue to heat and stir until the sauce arrives at your desired thickness. Pour over pasta and your dinner is ready to enjoy!

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What am I supposed to do with my life now?

So the Olympics are over and now I have no idea what I’m supposed to do after work now. It’s basically all I’ve been doing in my free time the last two weeks. I could absolutely care less about keeping up with football or baseball but when the Olympics are on I can tell you about everything! And I love Johnny Weir and Apollo. One of my favorite things is to send Olivia the ridiculous things that they say on the broadcast you that you catch on tumblr. Guess I’m going to have to find new things to send her now that my entertainment is over…

Here are some of my favorites:

  • First off, Your DalyNitro Vlog is hysterical and makes you love John Daly and Steve Langton even more.

  • That the curling team of Norway had a fashion crisis and ended up losing the match because of that. If you don’t find their pants the best thing ever then you just suck at life…
  • The Jamaican Bobsled Song
  • The Netherland fans doing the congo after they won the first set of medals in the mens speedskating…  unfortunately I don’t have a video but I really hope you caught that moment as well 
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  • The fact that the driver for the Dutch bobsled team is not only has a phD BUT just published a paper in the BMJ in January! Could she really be any more awesome?! I think not. Esme Kamphuis is killing it at life!
  • And clearly Gus Kenworthy is the most adorable thing ever. Look at all his puppies he took home awwww

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  • And this picture of the iceskating pair hahah

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Valentine’s Day Packages!

February 14th is quickly approaching so it was time to put together packages for my sisters away at college! Earlier this week we mailed them a package filled with decorations for their room. Now it was time to put together a package to arrive on the 13th so they will have presents to open on Valentine’s Day. We decided to check out walmart and see what they had to put with the cute stuff we found at the dollar store and TJMaxx this weekend! In the end we managed to put together really adorable packages for about $20 each.

Our dollar store finds

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The plastic wine glasses were adorable and perfect to mail because we don’t have to worry about them breaking!

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IMG_6771We also picked up these glass ones from the dollar store too so we can fill them with candy and give it to them with heart earrings on valentines day.

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And some balloons, stickers, and other nonsense just because they are fun.

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TJMaxx

We also hit TJMaxx where we picked up these adorable coffee travel mugs.

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At Walmart

we ended up finding a bunch of cute shirts with the most expensive being $5 so we picked them up a tank top and sweat shirt

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We also love coloring so we grabbed these window clings for 97¢ that you color in before you put them up! What a perfect study break!!

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I hope they enjoy their surprises!!

I’m terrible at this…

Here’s the thing, I’m real awful at remembering to blog. I’ll think about all the projects I’ve been working on, the tv shows I’ve checked out, and the books I’ve read recently while I’m sitting on the train to and from work but then when I get home I never do it! Master procrastinator… even when it’s things I actually enjoy doing. But I come home make dinner take care of our new pups and I just never even bother to turn on my computer!

TIME TO CHANGE THAT…

Little run down on january:

  • My sisters were home for the first half of it so that was really fun.
  • We got way too much snow already for my liking and my pretty tims got ruined by all the gross slush wahh.
  • Work is great I absolutely love it!
  • Still nothing from the med schools.
  • And we named our puppy REBEL.
  • I’m obsessed with chicago fire, chicago PD, the blacklist and prison break (yeah I know I’m way behind on that one)
  • I’ve been working on finishing up my sisters’ christmas presents and making my smashbook of things from my year off.

So yeah, nothing too crazy happened in january.

How cute are bailey and rebel?!

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Happy 2014

I hope everyone’s new year is off to a great start!

Lets be honest I’ve already wrote 2013 a bunch of times when filling out paperwork luckily most of it is done on the computer so it’s just a nice backspace instead of that awkward try to write a 4 over a 3 nonsense.

Everyone seems to be really into those memory jars where you write down one thing about everyday and put it in the jar since I know that would never happen I thought I would post a list on here instead every Sunday.

Day 1: December 31st 2013 – I gave blood for the first time. It wasn’t bad at all except that they kept mocking me for having baby veins because it took me longer to fill the bag and it took them a bunch more effort to get the needle in the vein but hey what do you expect I’m only 5ft 1in! I also got gifts for giving blood – they gave us a drawstring bag, a tshirt, and a water bottle.

Day 2: January 1st 2014 – I went shopping for christmas presents for next year for myself. Thanks mom!!

Day 3: January 2nd –  YAYY It started snowing while I was on the train home.  Thankfully this kept all those new years gym people away. And well squatting at the gym is way better when you are watching the snow fall while you do so.

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Day 4: January 3rd – Since we got over 6 inches of snow the night before I ended up taking a snow day today. The plow didn’t come through until almost 10am and the trains were all a mess so I used the day to get organized! I got rid of all the expired coupons, wrote a food list, and cleaned up all the christmas ribbons, bows, and bags.

Day 5: January 4th – My puppies got some new coats! How adorable!! Unfortunately, big dog jackets have the same issue that finding a cute bra for any size over a B they don’t exist… so Rebel gets a fun blue one and poor bails isn’t quite as fun.

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Merry Christmas from all of us!

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I worked Christmas Eve but it honestly wasn’t bad. Hardly anyone was on the train/ in work so it was a really nice morning. I worked from like 8-11 then took the train home and finished up all the wrapping. I wore this adorable t-shirt from the loft. I just love cute Christmas shirts! I told my mom how I apparently missed the memo about wearing jeans for Christmas Eve and she goes let’s be honest you would still have worn a skirt since you’d rather wear that anyway and well thats 100% true.

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I kept joking that I was going to wear this to church…

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And my mom was like ehh who cares its not like you’ll end up taking off your jacket anyway (it’s always freezing in there). But I actually ended up wearing this which was pretty funny since the girl who hates wearing pants ended up in pants and all my sisters wore dresses when they always wear pants. HOW IRONIC. My one sister was super ill though so we didn’t take any pictures.

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Then we opened our secret Santas and I got a lot of awesome presents. My mom bought me four super cute martini glasses and each one is different because I hate when people’s dishes and such are a matchy set. (I can’t to use them while reading my new Clinton Kelly book that I got on Christmas morning!!)My dad bought us the usual headphones and candy (not that I mind because I break headphones like it’s my job ooops). Olivia knitted us these super awesome infinity scarfs with buttons on them. Sadly, mine is yet to be finished but when it is I will definitely put up a picture. B  gave me a smash book! I kept seeing everyone making them and talking about them and I’ve always wanted to try it out so now I can. Al gave me Christmas themed scrapbook supplies that were really unique things I haven’t seen anything similar to before. I’m obsessed with scrapbooking even though I’m awful at remembering to take pictures gahh. Maybe I’ll use some of it in the Smash book even though that’s not exactly its purpose.  And Andrea gave me a huge Godiva hot chocolate mug which I cannot wait to use! (Pics of that to come another day too!)

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On Christmas morning I got so many awesome presents from Santa and I cannot wait to use them all! We always get a present left on our beds and this year it was a journal and a crossword puzzle pocket book. I quickly discovered that I’m kind of awful at them so there’s one new train activity for me and I really do hope that I improve!

Since we are kind of obsessed with GMA deals and steals we were able to get some really unique gifts that otherwise would have been way way way too expensive for us to ever have. I got an Ora Delphine satchel in violet which is just the softest leather ever, a Massi tote bag in the prettiest yellow leather, a Melie Bianco initial bag because Sam Champion said it was the perfect stocking stuffer so my mom and I decided to get all five of us one! We also got NOMA scarves and May Design note books and journals because when all these perfect things go on sale for 80% off you just have to buy them since they are our favorites! I also cannot wait to wear my new Jones NY jacket that my mom got for me its the cutest jacket ever and so me! It’s perfect for those days where its chilly but not absolutely freezing so hopefully one day this week it will be like that!!

Obviously we had to put the puppy in a stocking…

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And made bailey rock the adorable socks she got for Christmas to make her stop eating her feet (she allergic to stuff in the dirt so whenever she decides to dig in it too much they start bothering her.

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And now just some more pictures.

The cutest puppies ever!

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LOTS AND LOTS OF LASALLE! Time to balance out all our SJU gear.

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