the challenge.

You know when you have a post queued up and then you wake up and you think “yea, I don’t want to address that today?” Welcome to my life.

Having been inspired by my pal {AV}, not lent – for the record, I think this is a good idea. No spending for 30 days. She did 60, I’m not that disciplined. We’ll start with 30 and see how this all pans out.

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 I know what you’re thinking ‘uh….aren’t you trying to like finish that apartment you live in or whatever?’ and the answer to that is yes.

Obviously I’d put rules on a spending freeze.

I’m only allowed to spend my budgeted amount on the apartment (which I will under no circumstances disclose on the internet) and that’s that. No clothes.

Which is funny because my clothes suck.

This is no joke.

When you work in restaurants for years, this will happen. That coupled with working where it’s acceptable to not dress up makes for a lazy wardrobe.

So we’ll see. But in the meantime, the no spending money starts on March 1…and we’ll see how this goes. 

weekend expedition

I touched on this yesterday but I thought, what the hell, let’s share a bit of the New York City with the blogosphere. As if they don’t know about this place.

Apparently Ulysses S. Grant is buried in the Upper West Side. Or his tomb is there. Something like that. Look, I’m not this history buff here. I got an A in it always, duh, but I chose to utilize the learn and purge. I don’t have all this extra brain space for the War of 1812 and how to do calculus.

What is there? Lots of stars. Okay, not lots but enough to keep shit interesting.

I thought the front of the Memorial was quite cool. Minus the fact that it looks like every other monument thingy.

{let us have peace}
Then I found this awesome church. And have I ever mentioned that I like gargoyles? Well I do and this church had a lot of them.
And look guys, I found a friend!
That concludes today’s short & sweet history lesson.
Be sure to check on back over here tomorrow, I’m going to explain all the buzz about “the ring”.

chocolate chip lava cookies

I guess the Oscars were last night? You won’t find a review here because I a) don’t have cable and b) worked the Governor’s Ball at the Oscars. It isn’t the same. 

I will confess, I’m not much of a cookie girl. Now, cakes and cupcakes are my jam. But when I saw these little guys on pinterest (via) I said “holy shitballs. what in the crap is this magical goodness?” Then I told the boyfriend that I was making them as the perfect ending to the All-American dinner I had planned.

After a lovely visit to the tomb of Ulysses S. Grant, who by the way was a raging alcoholic, we made a pit stop at Whole Foods to get the remaining ingredients.

Upon returning to the ol’ homestead, I decided I wanted to take a nap which was thwarted by the Fresh Direct delivery guy. That is what I like to call #whitegirlproblems. Yes, I just hashtagged IN a blog post. Deal with it.

So I made dinner.

And we ate it.

Then I made these things.

Not bad huh?

Basically these are filled cookies. Now, I didn’t follow the recipe for the melting of the chocolate because I have an irrational (VERY RATIONAL if you ask me) hatred of plastic. So I melted it in a saucepan with a bit of butter and dropped the dollops on top of the first layer of cookie dough.

And, if you ask me, the dough was a bit on the dry side. Perhaps two eggs?

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups (210 grams) all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 (11.5 oz) bag milk chocolate chips (I used organic…duh)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a standard size muffin tin with cooking spray. Place 1/2 cup chocolate chips in a Ziploc bag, and seal shut. Lay the Ziploc bag flat in the microwave, spreading out the chocolate chips in a single layer. Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove bag and flip, microwaving for an additional 10-15 seconds until all the chips are softened. Set aside to cool.

2. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients and beat on low speed until just combined. Add the remaining chocolate chips (1 cup) and stir to combine.

3. Using half the cookie dough, scoop 1.5-2 tbsp of dough, flatten it out a bit, and place in the bottom of the muffin tin. Repeat for a total of 10 cookies. Cut a small tip in the corner of the Ziploc bag, and gently squeeze a layer of chocolate over the cookie. Scoop and flatten the remaining dough and place on top of the chocolate layer. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, until the edges are just browned. As soon as they come out of the oven, run a knife around the edges to make for easy removing later. Cool completely before removing from the muffin tin, running a knife around the edge to help loosen.

five things with simply irresistible

I may be partial, but I think this has the makings of one of the best series’ in the blogosphere. Seriously. That being said, today we have one of my lovely pals, Lara from Simply Irresistible. Love her blog. If you don’t read it, shame, shame, shame on you. She’s an amazing cook and has an impeccable eye! Also, she’s a contributor for The Everygirl! Lara and I have real life friends in common, although we’ve never met in person. And that, my friends, is like a cyber hug. We’re pretty tight. It was Lara’s birthday on Tuesday so pop on over and wish her a happy belated birthday or forever be known as a whorezilla.

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Now we shall cut to the chase and get down to brass tacks. Lara’s five random things about her that you probably don’t know. Trust, I know a lot of random things about random people and I think Lara’s list might even top mine.

1.  I am allergic to fish with fins {tuna, salmon, talapia, halibut …the healthy stuff} however, I can eat shell fish {lobster, crabs,mussels, shrimp … the kind that’s usually covered in a buttery sauce}. I am also allergic to a plethora of other things – but I want to keep things interesting so let’s move on.

2.  I have a huge girl crush on Jen Aniston. Therefore, I think Angie is kind of a slut. <----- I concur with this only I'd say she's a huge home wrecking whore.

3. As a kid, I collected insects. Yes, the normal and more acceptable kinds like fireflies, but also the gross kind, like cicadas. SO disgusting, I know.

4.   I am absolutely terrified of roller coasters or anything that includes speed, lack of control, and the ability to gain momentum. Two years ago I cried at Six Flags and last year I cried at the top of a
ski mountain {fine, it was the bunny hill… shut it}. I’m also terrified of diving into water. I don’t know how to and I never want to learn.

5.   I have never broken a bone {except possibly my nose – there was never an x-ray so we will mark that one inconclusive}.

How fun were those five things? Now scoot, go check out Lara’s blog!