Puppy Chow Ruins Appetites

I wasn’t actually hungry around lunchtime due to the Foodie Friday goodie that one of my coworkers brought into the office today‚Ķ

Puppy chow!!!

Puppy Chow

This stuff is unbelievably addicting. I probably ate a whole solo cup (aka the token beer cups from college) full of it throughout the morning.

Even though my tummy wasn’t grumbling for lunch, I still ate what I packed because I figured my body needed some nutrients after ingesting all the sugar, chocolate and peanut butter from the puppy chow.

I made myself a salad topped with homemade tuna salad that contained tuna, light Miracle whip, mustard, celery and sweet relish.

Deconstructed Tuna Salad

The tuna salad topped a bed of baby greens, served with red pepper slices.

Tuna Salad Topped Salad

Lunch

A lil’ more nutritious than puppy chow, no? ūüėČ

Bachelorette Party Round Two!

Some of you may remember a while back I mentioned that I was going to have a two-part bachelorette party.

My first bachelorette party weekend occurred at the beginning of the month.

I had a great time with my friends from college in Chicago singing and dancing at a dueling piano bar, attending a drag show and running a half marathon in matching pink tank tops. It was a crazy and super-fun time!

Bachelorette Party: Take One!

Tonight I’m heading back to Chicago for Round Two of bachelorette fun‚Ķ This time with my high school gang and my sister!

Once again, I am completely in the dark with what the weekend will entail, but I know that as long as I’m with my best friends and sister it’ll be a blast!

See ya from the Windy City!

Real Simple Way to Frost a Cake

Let’s breeze through dinner and get straight to dessert, shall we?¬†

Ryan had to work late tonight and I was in the mood for a quick and easy dinner. 

I made myself a chicken sandwich on whole wheat bread with roasted red pepper hummus. 

Chicken + Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Sandwich

On the side I had a big bowl of roasted broccoli and cauliflower that I tossed in olive oil and garlic salt before baking at 415 degrees for 20 minutes. 

Broc + Cauli

All Together Now

Roasting is my favorite way to prepare veggies. I think it really brings out the best flavor. 

Frosting a Cake, The Simple Way 

A week or so ago I read one heck of a neat tip in Real Simple magazine. 

The tip was so simple, but so brilliant. 

To frost a cake smoothly, and avoid getting crumbs in the frosting, allow the cake to cool and spread a light layer of frosting over one round cake. Place the other round cake on top and lightly frost. Then, stick the entire cake in the freezer for 15 minutes before adding another layer of frosting. 

The result: 

Smooth

Smooth frosting! 

So Simple

Sliced Cake

Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Naturally I had a small slice for dessert. 

Foodie Friday 

A couple of my coworkers and I are starting a new Foodie Friday tradition around the office. 

Every Friday one person will make a special dish for everyone to enjoy. 

I signed up for the first week and have a couple different ideas and would love for your opinion as to which recipe I should make! 

Option Number One: 

French Toast Casserole

 

Paula Deen’s¬†French Toast Casserole with Praline Topping¬†

Option Number Two: 

Red Hat Cake

 

Red Hat Cake 

Option Number Three: 

Jessica's Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

 

Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles 

Option Number Four: 

Oreo Cheesecake Bars

 

Oreo Cheesecake Bars 

Which one should I make??? 

If you have any other yummy suggestions, feel free to comment and let me know! Links are welcome. ūüėÄ