The Best of Both Worlds

Any of you who have read my blog for more than the past couple posts have probably come to the conclusion that I like to workout, and I like breakfast, specifically smoothies, and coffee. When I stumbled upon this lovely recipe, from Fit For A Bride, I KNEW I had to try it.

I’m awesome at stealing other peoples ideas and incorporating them into my own life. But I always want to give credit where credit is due, so please check out this blog, where I got the idea/recipe, and give her some love! She definitely did all the leg work, and her recipe is so perfect I didn’t change a thing!

“The Perfect Coffee Protein Shake”

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  • Protein Powder – 1 scoop
    • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (don’t get unsweetend plain, the vanilla is crucial)
    • Unsweetened Cocoa – use this if you use vanilla protein powder, which is what I usually have around. Otherwise, if you use chocolate protein powder, you can skip this step.
    • A Frozen Banana – I peel it, chop it up, stick it in a ziploc bag and freeze it overnight.

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Mike’s First Departure

For Mike’s first “care package” here’s what I did:

– I made him a set of cards to “open when…” Some with personal messages, jokes, pictures, etc.
– He loves chocolate, so I made him a bunch of chocolate covered Oreos and cookie dough.

I made a simple egg-less cookie dough and rolled it into balls. I then stuck them in the fridge for a few minutes to harden up a bit.

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Since this wasn’t super fancy, I used ghiraedelli 60% dark chocolate chips! and melted them down in the microwave with some Crisco. I used approximately 1tbs of Crisco per 2 cups of chocolate chips.

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then simply dipped the cookie dough balls and Oreos into the chocolate. I then set them on Saran Wrap and stuck them in the fridge for a bit to firm up the chocolate. 

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And I only ate about half the dough!

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies… Ever.

I know that the “best” is a personal opinion. But I love these chocolate chip cookies. They’re easy to make, they’re gooey and delicious, and M loves them too! I got the recipe off allrecipes.com, my favorite spot to find new recipes, and read other people’s reviews and recommendations.

BEST BIG, FAT, CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

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In my gas oven I bake these for 17 minutes. I also use a small ice cream scoop as a dough measurer, and typically end up with 30-ish cookies. So mine are smaller than the recipe calls for, but that means M is more likely to share some with me! I think the trick is to let the cookies cool on the warm baking sheet for approximately 5 minutes before removing them and placing them on the wire cooling rack. This extra step means the bottoms get cooked a little bit extra, giving them a slight crunch, and help them hold together!

Bluth Bites – Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

Tonight I was craving something sweet and chocolately, and after a quick pinterest search I found these: bluth bites.jpg

“Bluth Bites.”

I’m a huge fan of the original seasons of Arrested Development, so naturally I found this amusing as well as delicious. (If you haven’t seen it, and love dysfunctional family sitcoms, check out Arrested Development). The lovely Tasty-yummies.com has an awesome post with background from the show about the bites as well! As she suggested, MAKE SURE you freeze your banana slices for 2 hours before dipping in the chocolate. If you don’t – a mess ensues and it’s much more work than needed. These came out delicious and were exactly what I needed!