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Too old to know better & too young to give a damn.


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Have your cake and eat it too.

Sometimes, a girl just needs some chocolate. No questions asked.

Is anyone else experiencing an ugly and constant internal battle, trying to decide if you would rather have that third slice of pizza or be thin? I say, why not have your cake and eat it too? Then again, I also don’t want to be mistaken for a beached whale this Summer either. Do you feel the struggle?

I’m a foodie, plain and simple. If someone were to ask me, “What do you have planned for Summer?” Food would be at the top of my list… making it, eating it, you name it. Of course, wine-ing isn’t far behind. If food is involved, in any way shape or form, you can guarantee i’ll be there. Actually, as I sit here and scroll through some of the re-pinned treats I have tucked away for Summer, my mouth is watering.

Pinterest is practically the Internet’s god forsaken gift to women. Unfortunately, it brings to your attention some dangerous and unhealthy, but delicious foods that you probably would never think to make. Like, Oreo s’mores. Seriously? As if my butt wasn’t big enough already, you’re going to dangle two of the greatest creations turned into one, over my head? It’s just not right.

So, thats my spiel. I figure if I share at least 5 of my favorite recipes with all of you, you guys will be enticed to eat them too, and I won’t feel so guilty indulging in them myself. Justification is a beautiful thing! Just some food for thought. Pun intended.


 Sweet Summer Treats!

4c46ea9dff3d6e393243dcd773ecadd51. Apple Snickers Salad: Ok, so this sounds healthy, right? The word salad is in the title… Salads are healthy, no? Whatever. Give it a go!

Ingredients:
4 large green apples
4-5 snickers bars
8 oz cool whip
1 small box vanilla instant pudding mix
½ cup milk
Caramel

Instructions:
-Mix milk and pudding then fold in the cool whip.
– Cut up apples and snickers and mix in. Top with caramel. Serve cold or layer and serve cold.

418b16bf0106b9dd796926de5d1087ff2. Tropical Tequila Sunrise: Whats better than a popsicle? A cocktail-sicle. Tequila makes me crazy. If you want get a little crazy, try out this recipe!

Ingredients:
2 cups pineapple juice
1 lb, fresh pineapple, peeled and pureed
3/4 cup tequila
1/4 cup grenadine

Instructions:
– Combine and stir pineapple juice, pureed pineapple and tequila. Fill popsicle wells 3/4 way up with pineapple mixture. Pour 1 teaspoon of grenadine into each well.
– The recipe makes a total of 32 oz. The amount of popsicles it yields will vary on the mold used. The mold used in the photo yields sixteen 3oz popsicles. (2) If your popsicle mold does not have a top, cover the top with foil and outline each well with your fingers. Cut a tiny slit in the middle of each well and insert popsicle stick.

2bceaf7a2fdc911b31bfbbdb777058e03. Homemade Choco Taco: Does it get any better than this? Choco Tacos are basically god’s sacred gift to all of mankind… Am I right? These homemade novelty treats are easy and they’re perfect for summer! Enough with the small talk, let’s get down to business. Here’s your recipe!

Ingredients:
For the chocolate tacos:
1 oz. dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
2 tbsp. butter
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
For the filling:
6 cups First Street Vanilla Ice Cream
10 oz. chocolate candy melts. melted
Sprinkles

Instructions:
– Preheat a sugar cone waffle iron over medium setting.
– In a small saucepan or skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the chopped chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
– In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla and salt. Add the melted chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
– In a separate medium bowl, combine the sugar, flour and cocoa powder. Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture just until blended. Do not over-mix.
– Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the batter onto the center of the preheated sugar cone waffle iron. Close lid and cook for 1-2 minutes, depending on desired crispness.
– Remove the sugar cone waffle and drape over a taco mold. Allow to cool completely.
– Repeat with remaining batter.
– Once the chocolate tacos are cooled, fill with ice cream and place in freezer to firm up.
– Dip tacos or drizzle chocolate candy melts over the top of the tacos. Immediately top with sprinkles or nuts, if desired.
– Place in freezer to set chocolate.

e17eb266041f9813c9e2e61e794322254. No-Bake Mason Jar Cheesecake: Need I say more? You had me at no bake. Yum! Basically, if you don’t like cheesecake, you’re not a real human being.

Ingredients:
6, 8 oz Mason Jars
8 oz Cream Cheese
8 oz Heavy Whipping Cream
½ tsp Vanilla extract
½ tsp Lemon juice
½ cup Sugar
2 cups crushed Graham Crackers
3 tbsp butter
1 cup cherry topping

Instructions:
– Beat cream cheese, lemon juice, vanilla and sugar until creamy.
– In a large bowl whip the heavy cream until peaks form with a mixer.
– Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.
– Transfer to the corner a large zippered bag and cut off corner for piping into jars.
– Melt butter and add to crushed graham crackers.
– Place a layer of crushed graham cracker mixture in the bottom of each jar and press down to form crust.
– Fill cheese cake mixture into each jar.
– Gently tap jar to get mixture to settle and level.
– Wipe down any streaks above the level of the mixture with damp paper towel.
– Add a layer of cherries to each jar.
– Decorate jar with ribbon or raffia.

a74b70c27554c920f384a2948955ab1b5. S’moreo: If you’re not about the s’moreo, we can’t be friends. No, but really… How can anyone pass up this magical concoction? If you’re really looking to get fancy with it, add peanut butter. All hail the s’moreo!

This recipe is pretty self explanatory. If not, Googles got yo’ back. Enjoy!

Eat your hearts out, kids!

Until next time xo


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Imagine how easy life would be if pizza made you skinny.

10 Reasons why pizza is your best friend.

  1. People disappoint, pizza is eternal.
  2. Pizza has stuck by your side since the beginning… Never once did it flake out on you.
  3. It’s hot deliciousness was one of your all time favorite elementary school memories.
  4. And those days when you had bagel bites after school? Heaven.
  5. Pizza always had your back through puberty… Even when you thought lunchables were the shit.
  6. Pizza pairs great with beer… or wine… or anything, really.
  7. Taco pizza? Breakfast pizza? Pizza’s been there, man.
  8. Pizza will even slather itself in chocolate and change itself into a dessert for you. It just loves you that strongly.
  9. Pizza would never abandon you, no matter how drunk you are…
  10. Pizza is cheap and delicious, the end.

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We ALL love pizza and if you don’t, you’re not human. As a female, kinda wanna look good in a bikini, kinda wanna eat a whole pizza. Realistically, you can’t have both. It’s time to face the music… Summer is right around the corner and this beer/pizza gut has got to go!

I’m a naturally thin person, but I like to eat, a lot. I wish I were as thin as my patience… I eat healthy for a day (don’t work out) and I’m like Omg, where are the results? Why isn’t it working? What do I do? Chill.

You know what really tickles me? When you hear people order a massive amount of unhealthy food, followed by a diet coke. LOL first of all, diet coke is worse for you then regular coke, not that any soda is good for you. Secondly, you just ordered a quarter pounder with a large fry… I hate to break it to ya, that “diet” soda isn’t saving you, but go on wit’cha bad self. Also, maybe educate yourselves on what soda actually consists of… gross.

Nobody wants to hear about your diet and how sad you are that your drinking green shit for breakfast and eating almonds for dinner. Diets suck, give me a donut. I feel like there’s a negative stipulation that comes with the word diet. Personally, I refuse to “diet.” Those get skinny quick diets are a load of crap and usually a temporary fix. I like to call it “clean eating” or “watching what I eat.” There’s really not much to it. It’s all about portion size. We all like to indulge, but there’s a fine line between indulging and over-indulging. You don’t have to give up pizza, but instead of eating the whole pie, like I tend to do, eat one slice. Instead of munching on a bag of doritos, have a handful of bean chips. There’s pretty much a healthier alternative for everything, you just have to look.

I try to eat organic, when I can. I don’t like to eat processed food, injected with a bunch of chemicals that I can’t even pronounce. Yes, it’s a tad pricey, but it’s worth it! In 10 years, when you’re all dying of terrible disease traced back to pesticides from your McDonalds “chicken” nuggets, i’ll be over here like, told ya so.


My favorite healthy snacks.

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Trust me, I realize none of these live up to pizza’s expectations, but here are a few of my go-to snacks…

1. Yogurt covered frozen blueberries.

2. Frozen dark chocolate dipped almond butter banana bites.

3. White cheddar popcorn… Surprisingly not bad for you, just don’t eat the whole bag!

4. Bean chips & hummus… How much easier can it get?

5. Kale chips… You can find them in Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or you can make your own!

6. Stuffed tomato… Made with either chicken or tuna salad.

7. Cucumbers soaked in lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper… Let cucumbers soak for 24 hours before eating!

8. Celery with almond butter and raisins… “Ants on a log.”

9. Rice cakes covered with almond butter and sliced banana… Heaven in your mouth!

10. Fresh fruits/veggies.

Most are pretty self-explanatory, but if you’re interested in any recipes, let me know! 


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Valentines Shmalentines.

So, what does everyone have plannea97f6f9baa7c91c1c9185117d24ba323d for Valentine’s Day?

For me, a heart shaped pizza & a bottle of your cheapest wine (the essentials) will suffice.

What can I say, I’m a low maintenance kind of gal.

I feel like when you’re in a long term relationship, Valentines day isn’t significant anymore – especially when your boyfriend treats you like a princess every day of the year (if he doesn’t, ditch him.)

Personally, I think if you need a silly holiday that consists of overpriced flowers and heart shaped chocolates to justify your relationship, you have bigger problems.


Singles Awareness Day

To all of my single ladies, chocolate binges and pity parties are acceptable (why not? we’ve all been there.)

WHATEVER you do, don’t lye naked on the floor, with a bottle of vodka in hand, while screaming Adel songs to your cat(s).

A list of what to do & what not to do on this dreadful and overrated holiday:

  1. Give thanks for the ones that got away – they did you a favor.
  2. Don’t feel sorry for yourself – you’re better than that.
  3. Don’t drunk dial your Exes – it’s never as good of an idea as you think.
  4. Don’t be ashamed of being single – you just haven’t met the one that makes your heart happy (and thats ok.)
  5. Throw an anti-Valentines Day party – misery loves company & you can’t finish all that bought wine by yourself (just kidding, you probably could.)

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Now, for all of you ladies with high expectations of what your boyfriends/fiances/husbands are going to do for you… why not switch it up and surprise them with something special? Let’s not be selfish.

Last year, after endlessly searching Pinterest, I bought my boyfriend new Nikes with a note attached saying “You walked into my life and made me realize why it never worked out with anyone else.” Corny? Yes. But it’s all about the thought and preparation you put into it – even the men need to feel appreciated!

That being said, I took the liberty to search Pinterest for what I think is one of the best DIY gifts to make for your man (remember, it’s the thought that counts.) Keep it cute & easy!
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