Cinnamon Sugar Bliss Bites

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I got my locks trimmed this week.

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I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I look like a big-nosed Jennifer Aniston and there’s nothing you can say to bring me down.

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Like, I wish cameras could follow me around for just like the first 6 days after I have my hair done. I’m feeling myself something FIERCE right now. I don’t know why I don’t get trims more often. It’s like getting a spray tan. I instantly get cuter. It’s incredible.

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I’m just all about the mermaid hair these days. The longer, the better. The ultimate goal is to put on a seashell bra, tie my legs together, crawl onto a rock, and sing show tunes while the wind blows my mermaid hair to and fro.

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Must go be vain on another platform – see ya.

 

 

 

Time: 40 minutes (prep + baking) | Serves: 12-15 bites

Ingredients:

  • 8 dates, pitted
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a food processor, combine dates + oats + applesauce + baking powder + 1 tsp. of the cinnamon + vanilla extract
  • Process until the dough comes together in a clump
  • Form into lil balls
  • In a bowl, combine sugar + remaining cinnamon
  • Roll balls in sugar + arrange on a lined baking sheet
  • Squash balls with the back of a spoon until they’re kinda flat
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Sprinkle with a tiny bit of remaining sugar stuff
  • Serve warm
  • By serve I mean shove them into pie hole straight from the baking sheet

 

Idea came from here, but they taste nothing like snickerdoodles lawlz: http://www.feastingonfruit.com/vegan-snickerdoodles-oil-free-gluten-free/

 

Orange + Cranberry + Rosemary Bread

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I have done it! I have discovered the sketchiest bar in all of America!

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Who knew that behind the doors of the bowling alley was a gloriously cheap full bar????

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I always knew you could get a pitcher of terrible beer and some hot dogs, but a full bar complete with extraordinary people watching??? Revolutionary.

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Why did we stop hanging out there? It was the most happening hang out at one time. Would things have been different if we had known what the bowling alley would one day become? $4 vodka drinks, people. $4!!!!!!

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I still need bumpers while bowling, but what of it?

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 1 loaf of bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 2 tsp. of fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • 1 tbsp. of orange zest
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of baking cranberries

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large bowl, combine ingredients through salt
  • In another bowl, combine eggs through vanilla extract
  • Whisk in the wet ingredients to the dry
  • Fold in cranberries
  • Spread batter in a greased bread pan
  • Bake for 40 minutes
  • Serve warm
  • Wrap up in a bow + give to a pal don’t be selfish + eat the entire loaf like I did

Double Chocolate Cakies

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Wait, where did 2015 go?

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I’m not kidding. It was April like two days ago.

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I cannot physically handle how quickly my life is passing by. I have so much to do, so much to say. Like sleep & sing karaoke at the top of my lungs. I just need time to slooooow down a bit. I feel like adult weekends go by so much quicker than my adolescent weekends did. Why??? Perhaps it’s all of the cider I choose to consume on Saturdays. Idk.

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If I were a superhero, my power would be the ability to bend time. Like, speed it up when things are totally miz & slow it down when life is grand. How handy would this be? Your boss is yelling at you & you just *zoom* to the next life event. Then you’re having a picnic with your sweetie & butterflies & hummingbirds are flying around & you just *halt* time & live in that moment for as long as you like. (I’d probably not stay at a picnic for too long, though, because the outdoors)

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I suppose some challenges might arise, though, like when I *halt* time & live in bed for 3 years.

 

 

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 12

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of nonfat greek yogurt (I’ve played around with flavored kind & it definitely does not hurt!)
  • 1/2 cup of skim milk
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp. of peanut butter
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips (yes, the whole bag)

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In a large bowl, combine flour + cocoa powder + brown sugar + baking soda + salt
  • In another bowl, whisk butter + eggs
  • Whisk eggs into flour mixture
  • Stir in greek yogurt + milk + vanilla + peanut butter (This is a pretty moist batter! Yes, I said moist)
  • Fold in chocolate chips
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop out batter onto a lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes
  • Serve warm with a glass of milk
  • After you’ve eaten 3, rub the chocolate that got all over your fingers onto your body