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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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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No fear the toaster oven is here!

Over a week ago our oven broke and it honestly is the worst thing ever. Not even over exaggerating there! It’s not truly the oven part that’s the bad thing it’s no having a stove to cook on that makes life so hard. Yesterday my sister brought home here toaster oven when she came home for Christmas break so last night we made cookies in it and today we made some of these cute egg bacon muffins

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They are super easy to make! All you need is a mini muffin pan, 4 eggs, cheese and 2 pieces of bacon. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes!

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Salsa Chicken

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Now that I’ve started working cooking dinner after the gym is all about how fast I can cook something delicious. I get back from the gym around 7 each night after working all day and a nice hour train ride home so I’m usually pretty tired. My little sister hardly has any thoughts about what to make for dinner beyond “make something good” so it’s typically up to me. We had some chicken, salsa, and taco cheese so I threw together some salsa chicken. It takes only as long as the chicken takes to cook!

Ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Salsa
  • Taco cheese
  • Rice (to serve it over)

Directions:

  1. Cut the chicken breast into cubes or strips
  2. Brown the chicken with a little olive oil and top it with pepper and garlic
  3. Pour your preferred salsa and amount into the pan (I tend to use a lot)
  4. When the chicken is fully cooked throw some too cheese on top
  5. Serve once cheese has melted

Enjoy!

Here’s some scrubs you’re going to surgery…

So I had the craziest Monday at work.

I dress up all cute ready for my nice relaxing day at my desk filling out the database I had been working on and the first thing I’m told when I show up is:

“Here’s some scrubs you’re going to surgery…”

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Bam! what a way to start my morning watching a C-section. Now this was super exciting to me and totally unexpected. Looks like work got a lot more exciting with my boss showing up! Who would have thought!! Typically work gets a lot better when your boss peaces out.

Anyway I had the chance to witness a palliative birth. Simply put that means a child is being born which is incompatible to life. I had watched a C-section before so I knew how that was going to go down. But it was super interesting this time since there was essentially two whole teams within the operating room: one for the mom and one for the baby to assure that it did not have any pain during its limited life. It was really awesome to see everything that support team did after the child was born to assure the family had the opportunity for as many experiences as possible, so pictures were taken, family was introduced to the baby, and there was great respect for the child and family within this time period. I had never witnessed anything like this before, so it was a great experience. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to have this experience and hopefully I will have equally exciting Mondays in the future!

It’s a Tea and Cookies Kind of Night

Its been raining for the past two days which makes me want to do nothing but sit bundled up on the couch with warm blankets and a cup of tea. And what goes perfect with tea? Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie. This recipe is simple and delicious!

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Directions

  • cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
  • mix in egg and vanilla
  • add flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt
  • stir in chocolate chips
  • chill for 30 minutes
  • preheat oven to 350 F
  • spray pan
  • spread dough out in pie pan
  • bake 20-30 minutes or until golden
  • cool and serve

today’s a great day to bake cupcakes!

So last week I baked cupcakes a bunch and I used this recipe every time but continued to modify it until I thought the cupcakes were delicious and worth eating even though they were Weight Watchers and only 4 points a piece for a whole cupcake!!

The Original Recipe from Weight Watchers: Vanilla Cupcakes!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup skim milk

Directions

  • preheat oven to 350 F
  • sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt
  • cream butter, sugar, vanilla on medium speed
  • add eggs and yogurt
  • add flour mixture and milk alternating until all is added on low speed
  • beat on high speed for 30 sec
  • (I decided to add pink food coloring to the cupcakes)
  • bake for about 18 minutes
  • drizzle with chocolate (I just melted chocolate chips and mixed them with confectioners sugar a tablespoon or so of boiling water)

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My Changes

I found the original version to be flat and truthfully bland. It was definitely not what I like my baked good to taste like. So I decided to modify them and try again..

changes:

  • add approximately 1 cup of cocoa powder added to the sifted flour mix (more or less depending upon your level of preference of how chocolately you want your cupcakes to be)
  • 3 tsp of baking powder (to help the cupcakes rise more because the yogurt makes them dense)
  •  I also topped it with a thin layer of chocolate buttercreme frosting instead of drizzled chocolate.

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TGIF

Its finally Friday! I hope everyone is having a fabulous day because its absolutely beautiful where I live. It was definitely the first morning of truly fall weather because for once my room was chilly this morning instead of sweltering!! While summer may be my absolute favorite time of the year, I’m ready to move onto pumpkin pies, scarves, boots and sweaters. Everyone, especially myself, loves a good sun dress but fall fashion is just so much better! And you can really tell who has a good sense of style with the enormous amounts of choices you have with fall clothing.

Yesterday, my sister started her first day of sophomore year. How exciting! But she is disappointed because unfortunately her best friend got switched out of her lunch. She finished up around noon and afterwards we had lunch at Red Robin. I clearly hadn’t been there in forever and was shocked with all the new choices but ended up going with my usual. Obviously I had to finish my whole bacon cheeseburger along with plenty of fries and onion rings. But who can help it when its bottomless fries? Not me!

After lunch we went to Victoria’s Secret. It was quite a hilarious experience because the girl helping me ended up having to get the manger because we just couldn’t figure out what was wrong! Turns out that although I was measured as a 34C I’m actually a 32DD so we were way off with what I had been trying on. One thing I learned was that your bra is always suppose to start on the furthest away hook so you can slowly move it in because your bra can stretch up to 3 inches in a year! And that was one thing I had been doing wrong because no one at VS had ever told me that before!! After about trying 20 different bras on I ended up getting the Fabulous bra. And its name is correct it is fabulous! I told my friend the story and she said the girl at her store told her around 22 everyone ends up going up in their bra sizes I bet its everyone finishes college and goes man I better get myself some new underwear before starting my new job!

This morning I had my interview for a research position. It went really well so hopefully I get the position! I decided to go with a pencil skirt and peplum top along with my low tan heels.

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Breakfast is Served.

Who doesn’t love having breakfast for dinner?! We sure do!

Ever since my mom had to work crazy hours during tax season my family began having egg wednesday for dinner while I was away at school. Now it’s one of our favorite weekly traditions.

This week we decided to mix it up and try these adorable and delicious egg muffins which are super easy to make.

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What you’ll need:

  • eggs (21)
  • Butterball turkey bacon (24 slices)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • cheese
  • muffin pan (2 trays that hold 12 each)

DIRECTIONS:
one: preheat the oven to 375 F
two: wrap the slices of bacon around the muffin pan
three: prepare the eggs as if you are cooking scrambled eggs (eggs, milk, pepper)
four: add in baking powder
five: pour the eggs into the muffin pan until about 3/4 full

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six: cook for 15 minutes

* my sister also figured out that each one is approximately 2.5 points on Weight Watchers