East Bound

After driving a measly 4 hours today, we were forced to shack up again (I’ll get to that later) for the night due to the icy conditions of the roads.

It’s madness out there.

Last night, traffic came to a halt, and no drivers were allowed through the Rockies without snow chains, or 4-wheel drive. After seeing several cars collide and tractor trailers slide off the road, we decided to spend the night in Salt Lake City and wait for the storm to pass.

We headed out this morning, hoping to reach Nebraska, but mother nature had something else in mind. This time, I-80 has been completely closed off on account of high wind gusts, black ice, and snow fall.

So, we’re  currently cozied up in Rock Springs, Wyoming enjoying the snow.

It’s about -25 degrees outside, but we’re still cooking!

Ah, nothing better on a chilly night than a classic.

Best decision of the trip: bringing the French press

Life is good.

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Just One of Them Days

Oi, I’m just having one of those days. You know those days when everything you do seems unproductive?

You could build a house, and you still feel like you’ve accomplished nothing.

This morning, I woke up at 8 A.M., which you think would be a decent start to a productive day. But here’s how my day went:

Drove to Bagelz coffee shop in Wickford to study for my nutrition lab final. Instead, drank a coffee for 2.5 hours, and did some food blogging…just some.

Left Bagelz around 1, grabbed a tuna fish sandwich,  went to another coffee shop, ( I’m what you call a coffee shop hopper.) Brewed Awakenings, to do work and meet up with some friends. Instead, I drank a hot chocolate for 4 hours, and talked on the phone with the boyfriend for a half hour.

Arrived home from Brewed around 6, thinking what the hell did I do today?

Looked around my kitchen for about 10 minutes, and decided that I would make some chili.

After eating the chili, I still felt unproductive… I told you it was just one of those days.

Thinking that Finding Nemo would cure me, (I couldn’t watch Dexter yet. Yes, two completely opposite shows, I know… I’m sick) I curled up in my bed and watched until Mega Video told me I had viewed my 72 minutes of video today.

Damn them.

So, after many failed attempts of trying to be productive, (although I don’t think you can count watching a movie as such) it got me thinking.

How could I cure this feeling…

…Of course!

Make some balls! Cookie dough balls, that is!

Damn, three posts in a row that deals with cookies. I am not sorry about this.

Cookie dough balls make the heart grow fonder…wait, no, that’s not right.

But, they will definitely cure your feelings of being unproductive,  or at least they did for me.

And even if you aren’t having one of them days, these balls will still come in handy for any type of day that you are having.

I swear, I do eat vegetables.

Recipe by Joy from Joy the Baker

1 stick (1/2 cup or 4 ounces) unsalted butter at room temperature

1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda (i know we’re not baking them, it’s for flavor)

3/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup Greek yogurt or applesauce or peanut butter

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, melted for dipping

In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment (or with a large bowl and a wooden spoon) cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about three minutes in the machine.  Beat in yogurt or applesauce or peanut butter along with the vanilla extract and stir to combine.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.  Add all at once to the butter and sugar mixture and stir until incorporated.  Fold in chocolate chips and wanuts.

Scoop large spoonfuls or ice cream scoops onto a  waxed paper lined cookie sheet.  Spear each dough ball with a cute plastic fork or a popsicle stick.  Place in the freezer overnight or until frozen, at least three hours.

When ready to dip the balls, melt chocolate chips in a small saucepan over a low flame or in the microwave.  Remove balls from the freezer and dip into warm chocolate.  Return to the lined cookie sheet and return to the freezer to harden.  Serve cold from the freezer.

Now, a normal patient person may wait until these balls are frozen…

I have no patience today….

It’s the simple things in life that satisfy my soul.

Breakfast with Harry

Tonight is Harry Potter night at Rose Court.

Yes, I will be one of those 21 year olds outside of the movie theater dressed up. If you see a girl with a lightning bolt on her head, prancing around with a stick in her hand shouting, Wingardium Leviosa!, don’t be alarmed it’s just me.

Hey, don’t leave just because you don’t like Harry Potter. I have something else you may like!

I love breakfast. I literally jump out of bed, and run to the kitchen every morning. Today’s breakfast was extra special when I found the Harry Potter mug in the cabinet. How awesome is it that my rental house came with a Harry Potter cup!

Yeah, maybe that’s just an HP thing.

Anywho, tonight LJ, Tadz, Zach (bribery was used) and I will be going to see Harry Potter!

So, I thought I’d kick it off early by having a little breakfast with Harry. Nerdy? Maybe, and I’ll admit I definitely looked like a super nerd at 7:30 A.M. taking pictures in my kitchen.

I love when raspberries on are sale….

Sorry about the picture quality. I’m still learning!

For breakfast: Oatmeal with milk, raspberries, chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Served a long side a single Van’s blueberry whole wheat waffle with maple syrup, and more crushed raspberries. Yum.

Oh, and French pressed coffee….SO GOOD.

Dedicated to all those Potter lovas out there!

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