Frozen Strawberry Kiwi Moscato Cooler

Happy Labor Day, guys! It’s a holiday so I’m declaring that a cocktail recipe absolutely flies on a Monday. Spending a glorious weekday outside of an office and away from a desk definitely deserves a little cin cin, don’t you think?

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Before I dive in (maybe literally) to this delightful drink, let me share a little beverage back story. By and large I am not a risk taker. In fact, my middle name might just be “risk adverse”. I start to sweat when I think about purchasing something ‘final sale’ and feel my heart race if the low gas warning light goes on in my car. I’ve taken test drives to important places for important things ahead of time, (hello, CPA exam appointments), because Lord knows my nerves would be shot should I take one wrong turn.

I also rarely impulse buy anything because my brain takes a super long time to work out the logistics. Do I need this item, or do I just want it? Do I have something like this already? How many times will I use/wear it? Can I make it instead? Can I find it cheaper online? Usually whoever I’m with will have found a chair to sit in by the time I’ve run through those questions because ten minutes spent analyzing a cupcake corer is really 9 min 30 sec too long.

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Lemon Herb Quinoa Salad with Parmesan

New to the ‘I’m eating you cold from the fridge’ files: Lemon Herb Quinoa Salad with Parmesan.

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Y-U-M. Recently B and I played a little game called ‘let’s see how many super foods we can eat in a single day without feeling like we’re eating super healthy’. I finally stopped giving my bag of chia seeds the side eye and cracked it open (recipe coming soon!). Kale salads happened for lunch. Almonds were snacked on. Greek yogurt was consumed.

Then we ordered a meat lover’s pizza for dinner, so there’s that.

Anyway, this easy quinoa salad found its way into the mix and was promptly inhaled gobbled scarfed enjoyed. It’s as simple as boiling quinoa in water/broth and letting it simmer, then stirring in a variety of delish ingredients. I like to cook quinoa in reduced-sodium chicken broth because I think it lends a great flavor to the quinoa base, but you can certainly use water or vegetable broth if you’d like (or if you don’t have any broth in the house).

Lemon Herb Quinoa Salad with Parmesan

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Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Some days after work I’m excited to meet friends for a drink. Some days I can’t wait to change into my sweatpants and sit on the couch. And some days all I really want to do is sit on the couch with a drink.

Then some days I just need a cookie.

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Not to get into the nitty gritty (I certainly don’t want to relive it), but One Direction played to lively bunch of 50,000 this past Tuesday night at the football stadium smack in the middle of my commute home.

When I (finally) got home, it was an in the door, don’t even take your shoes off kind of dash to the cookie jar. I may or may not have eaten one cookie for each one of those guys who made my commute downtown and past the stadium so unpleasant. But surely chewy, rich chocolate cookies loaded up with peanut butter chips made any lingering it-wouldn’t-kill-you-to-use-your-blinker, hi-this-is-a-one-way-and-you’re-going-the-wrong-way, IT-DOESN’T-SAY-YOU-CAN-WALK-NOW stress vanish, right?

Yes. Ooooh yes.

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Best Ever Whole Wheat Waffles

Pop quiz for your Monday morning – pancakes or waffles? Tough question, huh? I’m firmly planted in the middle as I love them both, but B is overwhelmingly a waffle guy. So in the interest of preparing one meal instead of two, 90% of the time waffles win the weekend breakfast games.

Poor pancakes. :(

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For awhile now I’ve been itching to tweak our standard waffle recipe to be 100% whole wheat. Let’s just say that some of my attempts were…less than great. Too dense, not crispy enough, too whole-wheaty. They were edible, sure, but not that airy and crisp perfect waffle we’ve come to love. Until these. Fluffy, light, crisp, perfectly spiced, 100% whole wheat waffles.

Can it just be Saturday morning already? Geez.

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Mmmm waffles. These definitely passed the test – waffle connoisseur B wasn’t aware that these waffles were even any percentage whole wheat until we were doing the dishes after breakfast and he noticed the white whole wheat flour out on the counter. Cha-chiiing! That’s how I knew these whole wheat waffles were a winner.

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