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March 2015

Good eats

Podcasts and dessert

March 18, 2015

I’ve recently started listening to the Serial podcast, a spinoff of This American Life. I’ve only gone through two episodes because I’m trying to savor every one and not binge because I know how sad I’ll be when it’s over.

That being said, I’m still trying to figure out what I can do for 50 minutes where I can just listen. And focus. Because often I’ll have the radio on but I will get really absorbed in a project and have no idea what I’ve been listening to. With Serial, I really want to fully listen to each episode. But I have a problem sitting still and just listening. Going for a walk is always an option, I know, but it’s gotten cold again and I’m being particularly wussy at the moment. I’ve packed while listening, which has worked, but on Monday night I wanted to listen and do something besides pack. So what did I do?

Make brownies.

Not just any brownies. No-bake almost-good-for-you chocolate-fudgey delicious brownies. No joke. I got the recipe from Minimalist Baker, an awesome blog dedicated to delicious food that takes just one bowl and 30 minutes to make and uses 10 ingredients or less.

The gist of these brownies is simple: base and frosting. The base is the healthy part; made from almonds, walnuts, dates and cocoa powder, this is a powerhouse combination for a healthy dessert.

The frosting, on the other hand, is where it becomes more dessert than health food: chocolate chips (which I used instead of the cocoa nibs recommended for the vegan recipe) and powdered sugar. The coconut oil added helps make it not as bad, but I definitely added lots of powdered sugar because I wanted the perfect consistency.

And let me tell you, I hit the jackpot!

That’s all I’ve got for you this time. Seriously, you need to try these brownies. They’re unreal and I have a feeling they’re going to become a staple dessert in my home.



March 4, 2015

The last photo assignment that I had was for outtakes, which I renamed candids. A girl’s weekend in Duluth proved the perfect photo opportunities (plus some really good beer). I didn’t take too many photos as I wanted to enjoy time with my ladies, but here are a few I think fit the “candid” theme, and their personalities!

I’m so glad I got to spend time with these gals this weekend. At one point, we were laughing so hard all four of us were crying. And yes, we were in public and there were people around. But laughter that pure can’t be controlled, nor should it, as it’s a rare thing.

I’m already looking forward to the next weekend we get to spend together. And yes, it also revolves around beer. What can I say, we’re connoisseurs!