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/

 

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

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I went to a sporting event last night.

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On a school night! *Gasp*

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I have been trying to be more fun lately. This includes, but is not limited to, picking up a new hobby, making a new friend, accepting more social invitations, and occasionally venturing out of my cocoon on school nights. It’s been terrible.

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What’s wrong with a nice routine? Why can’t I just come home from work and exfoliate, read 100 pages of my novel, & binge-watch two hours of Real Housewives??? What is so “fun” about the outside world anyways?? Like, I go to this sporting event. I have a wonderful time! I’m thinking, “I can do this, I can go out during the week occasionally!” Then, I’m driving home & I look in this restaurant & there are about 10 people my age at a table simply enjoying themselves. At 10:20 pm on a school night!!! Go to bed! What are you people doing??? I know y’all have responsibilities otherwise you could not afford this swanky restaurant. Respect yourself. Get some sleep.

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So I am obviously not ready to be fun but I am becoming a whiz at the cross-stitch.

 

 

 

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: a bunch of peppers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of mini peppers, cut in half + seeds removed
  • 6 oz. of honey goat cheese
  • 6 oz. of herbs de provence goat cheese (or any herby goat cheese you like)
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of fresh rosemary, for serving
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Arrange peppers on a lined baking sheet
  • Stuff half with honey goat cheese + half with herby goat cheese
  • Sprinkle with S+P
  • Drizzle with olive oil
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Serve warm sprinkled with fresh rosemary
  • Shove 11 in mouth at once + send me selfie

 

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