Oreo Cookies and Cream Puppy Chow

Do you know what’s good? Chocolate. Do you know what’s also good? Sugar. So let’s just put the two together and call it a day, shall we? I’ve completely mucked up my sleep schedule. I fell asleep at 8:30 (!!!) last night, woke up for an hour at 2, then slept until 6. So, what did I decide to do at 9 pm tonight? I decided it was the perfect time to start whipping together a sugary concoction. This makes a huge, delicious batch of puppy chow. However, I figured since I was visiting Kyle and his roommates this weekend, I’d bring it with me on the road and feed the leftovers to them. Because no one appreciates homemade food like college students. This is quick, easy, and delicious. I made it while watching “Downtown Abbey” (I’m on episode 3 of Season 1 – completely addicted). Make it only if you have a lot of mouths to feed or if you’re down to eat 10 cups of puppy chow (which more power to you – let’s stop feeling shame for enjoying delicious foods, yes?)

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Cheddar and Chive Beer Bread

Is there anything better than cheese and bread? No. There is not. Besides, perhaps, chocolate.

Is there anything better than cheese and bread? No. There is not. Besides, perhaps, chocolate.

I’m awake early. Earlier than I’m usually awake on the weekends. I adore sleep. I wish I could be one of those people who thinks “you can sleep when you’re dead!” and fight to stay awake each moment. But… I’m not. I love snuggling up in my blanket and reading a good book until I pass out. I actually just finished my “for fun” book (which I only allow myself to read before bed) and I wasn’t too impressed. May write a post about it once I collect my thoughts, or you may have to live in suspense forever.

Anyway. Bread. Yes, we were talking about bread, weren’t we? Whenever people ask me, “if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you pick?” I usually answer bread. or cheese. or créme brûlée. Bread is perfect in its simplest form (no.. not white sliced bread from the grocery store) or more complex. My ma made this while I was home over break and I probably ate half of the loaf. The recipe is incredibly easy (for some reason, having to let bread rise intimidates me) and doesn’t require any special supplies. If you’re a new bread maker and are slightly intimidated (like me) you should give it a try.  Continue reading

Chocolate Protein Bars

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it was difficult to patiently take this photo before I got to eat

When I started school, one other girl, Kelsey, was let into the program with the same advisor as me. Although we’re interested in slightly different things, she also started to work in the same archaeology lab as me, so we talk often. One of the awesome things about her is that she’s really into homemade foods and crafts, plus she eats pretty damn healthy. Although I started getting into more nutritious foods last year, as well as working out more, school had started to make wellness eating the last thing on my mind. But Kelsey has really inspired me to focus more on healthy eating and when I saw this recipe on pinterest, I decided to give it a try.

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The Fault in Our Stars

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reading before bed – one of my NYE resolutions

Do you know what I often need? Some perspective. Unsurprisingly, grad school is stressful. At times, extremely, extremely stressful. While the problems I have (paper deadlines, conference abstracts, loans, etc.) are troubling, in the grand scheme of life, they really don’t mean too terribly much. Health, family, relationships, positive attitude, goals – those are things that matter.

Where is this reality check coming from? I, like many teens and adults, have gotten sucked into the John Green obsession. I was recommended this book by a friend, Lisa. Lisa and I were just sort of acquantinces in college and it wasn’t until she moved to France that we started talking more. Odd, a bit. Every so often we email each other suggestions of books and music. So from her recommendation, I picked up “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green from my local library without having a clue what it was about. Continue reading