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The Amazing 60 Second Chocolate Chip Cookie

When I saw this recipe over at picky-palate I knew it needed to be made… immediately.  Her recipe calls for a large ramekin so I edited this a bit to make one small (4 oz) ramekin.  Double it to make two cute ramekin cookies.

60 Second Chocolate Chip Cookie 

Makes one 4oz Ramekin Cookie

Adapted from Picky-Palate


  • 1 T. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 T. granulated sugar
  • 1 T. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 T. beaten egg
  • 1/8 t. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 T. all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 t. baking soda
  • 1/8 t. salt
  • 1/8 C. chocolate chips


  1. Place butter and sugars into ramekin, beat with spoon until well combined.
  2. Add beaten egg and vanilla, mixing to combine
  3. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir a few times then add chocolate chips, stirring to combine.
  4. Microwave for 60 seconds then remove. Cookie will be gooey (yum!)
  5. Top with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup if your heart desires.

I’m not sure how good it is to know how to make this in a minute’s time. Could be dangerous.

{photo by me}

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Weekend Recap - Chicago

Hope you all had a great weekend! I was in Chicago for a bachelorette party.  Tons of fun, but it is always nice to come home to Al and Lily Girl.  Here are some pics from the weekend. 

My standard airport outfit - deep v, bun, sunnies.

Bachelorette Party - Hard Rock, Up Comedy Show, Howl at the Moon.

Sunday I had a few hours before I was due at the airport. Hit up Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. (Can’t wait until 2018 when NYC get’s its own Nordies!) Scored these dalmatian tassel loafers as well as some other fun items. 

Chili’s and a book. Favorite way to wait for my flight.

Sunday travel espadrilles (Taken while waiting 45 minutes in the mood-ruining cab line at LaGuardia.)

I love that moment before we land and I get a view of the city. There’s just something about coming home.

Hope you all had a splendid weekend. Here’s to a swift week!

{all photos by me}

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Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

I love making stuffed peppers because they’re an all-in-one meal. You get your protein, veggies, and starch all in one cute little pepper.  I was planning on making these direct from this recipe, but made a few adjustments mostly to ingredients (mostly adding more meat, because well, we’re from Kansas, meat is our thing…even if this recipe does call for ground turkey). 

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers Recipe


  • Olive Oil Spray
  • 4 - 6 Bell Peppers (red, yellow or orange), tops, seeds, and ribs removed.
  • 1 lb. Lean Ground Turkey
  • 2 T. Chopped Onion
  • 1 T. Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 C. Cooked Rice (I use long-grain brown)
  • 1/2 C. Frozen Corn
  • 1 Can Low Sodium Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 Container Tostitos Chunky Salsa
  • 1/4 C. Fat Free Shredded Cheddar
  • Greek Yogurt (optional - or you can use sour cream) for topping.
  • Chopped cilantro for topping.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray peppers (inside and outside) as well as a baking dish with olive oil spray. Bake peppers for 25 minutes. 
  2. While the peppers bake, saute turkey and onions with olive oil spray and taco seasoning. Once turkey is cooked through and onions soft, stir in black beans, corn, salsa, and cooked rice. Stir until combined. 
  3. Spoon filling into cooked peppers.  I add an extra scoop of to the tops. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and top with shredded cheese.  Bake 5 more minutes (or until cheese is bubbly).
  4. Top with plain Greek yogurt and a sprinkling of cilantro. (If you haven’t tried Greek yogurt yet as a replacement for sour cream, try it! I fooled Al one night and he had no idea. Such a healthier alternative.)
  • Serving Size:  1 Pepper
  • Calories:  281
  • Carbs:  28
  • Fat:  6g
  • Protein:  22g
Note:  If you only use four peppers, you’ll definitely have extra filling left over.  I recommend eating it for lunch over some romaine with salsa and Greek Yogurt. Little taco salad for ya.


{all photos by me}

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Weekend Recap

Another great New York weekend.  Went way too fast.

Friday night we had dinner at La Bottega at the Maritime Hotel.  It was great to catch up with friends and the food was good.  My only complaint, they rushed us. I hate rushed service. If I’m going to spend $150+ on dinner in a lovely atmosphere, don’t rush me! Especially since the restaurant is huge and it’s not like they had a line at the door or anything. <steps off of soap box>.

Saturday I brunched with girlfriends at one of my all-time favorite restaurants, Pastis (I sort of have a life-crush on Keith McNally, but that’s another post, for another day). 

Croque Madam. Heaven on a plate.

Then I met Al at the Yankees game.  We have season tickets to every home Saturday game. It’s great to be outdoors, have a hot dog and a beer (or two). My favorite part though, is watching Al’s face. He’s so stinking happy watching baseball.

We ended Saturday night meeting up with our friends for a birthday party. Karoke at Sing Sing + 80s prom dresses = dream birthday.

Sunday. We napped.

And we may have gotten Five Guys for dinner. Sorry for partying.

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Weekend Project: Jewelry Organization

I have a project for you to tackle this weekend.  I promise it doesn’t take long and it just might ignite you on organizing spree.

Last weekend, as I tried to grab my new necklace off my necklace tree, the entire thing toppled over into one giant knot. I knew I could no longer live in such chaos (I’m serious).  

About an hour later, I had an organized jewlery box, necklace tree, and vanity top (okay, I may have gone overboard and also re-knick-knacked the entire bedroom).  Amazing what a little refreshing of things can do.  This week I’ve had fun wearing “new” jewelry that I rediscovered (and no, Al this doesn’t justify a ban on future jewelry purchases).

Before and after of the vanity (ignore the awkwardness that is me in the mirror). 

Tip: You know those packets of spare buttons you have all over the place? Empty the buttons out and keep all together in an area (sorted by color if you’re a nutcase like me). They take up much less space this way.  Pretty to look at too!

Happy organizing!

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Psst…Wanna Know A Secret?

I’ve gotten some comments on the turquoise bubble necklace that I’ve worn in a few posts on here (I swear I don’t wear it everyday).  This necklace is $150 at J.Crew. $150 dollars?! For a necklace?! Yeesh.

My secret? Mine’s from ebay.  Pretty sure it’s a knock off, but the construction is great and I got it for $20!  Head on over to ebay search for “J.Crew Bubble Necklace”.  They have all the colors. It’s the perfect addition to any summer outfit. 

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Wine Night: A Tradition Unlike Any Other

I’m keen on making little things into a big deal.  For example: Take-Out on the couch and a movie?  OMG we can call it Movie Night and set a theme!  

Therefore, it’s no surprise that for as long as we’ve lived together, we’ve had Thursday Night “Wine Night”.  I make a pasta dinner and we drink wine and relax and gear up for the weekend.  We try to put all work, chores, and phone calls aside and just sit as the two of us (okay three of us) and spend some quality time together.  

Every Thursday, I’ll be providing you with a recent wine night recipe I’ve made so that you can make it yourself and have a little Wine Night of your own.  (Note: Wine Night is dramatically enhanced if you eat and drink while watching “Modern Family” or anything that the geniuses at Bravo create).

This week, I present you with Lightened-Up Fettuccini Alfredo.  I made a few tweaks to this recipe (mostly in procedure) and it came out great (and about 300 calories per serving!)

Lightened-Up Fettuccini Alfredo

Adapted from Eat Yourself Skinny


  • 1 box (13 oz.) Dreamfield’s Linguine Pasta
  • 2 C. Skim Milk
  • 1 C. Low-Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 4 T. All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 t. Salt
  • 1/4 t. Black Pepper
  • 1/4 t. Nutmeg (preferably freshly grated)
  • 1/2 C. Grated Low-Fat Parmesan Cheese


  1. Cook pasta until al dente. 
  2. While the pasta cooks, in a large sauce pan (something large enough you can add the pasta to later), whisk together milk, chicken stock, 3 T. flour (save 1 T. for later), salt, pepper, and nutmeg.  Heat over low, stirring frequently until thick. Note: make sure to really scrape the bottom when you stir, you don’t want the milk to scortch. 
  3. Grate in the garlic cloves using a micro plane.
  4. Add the last T. of flour and the Parmesan cheese and stir until thick. 
  5. Drain the pasta (do not rinse it!).  Save some of the cooking liquid in case you need to thin out the sauce. 
  6. Add the pasta directly into the sauce and cook a few more minutes until it all combines and the pasta is evenly coated.


  • Servings:  6
  • Calories:  298
  • Carbs:  18
  • Fat:  3
  • Protein:  14


{photo by me on someecards and my iphone}

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Weekend Recap Part 2 - Saturday

Like I said in our Weekend Recap Part 1, we had ourselves a busy little weekend.  Saturday met our friends early (8am is early to us) and shared a Zip Car (I still think Zip Cars are such a ingenious concept!) to the Jersey Shore.  Our friend Sara’s grandparents have a house on the inlet, about a block’s walk from the beach.  And no, we weren’t near the MTV type Jersey Shore.  No untz untz, no GTL, and no Karma.  Just nice and peaceful and HOT.

Spent the day at the beach (with a quick stop back home for lunch). 

The sand always ruins my pedicure. Oh well, it was worth it.

That night, we hit up the farmer’s market and store and settled out to prepare a mexican feast of chicken and steak tacos, white cheese dip, guacamole, corn on the cob, and sauted fresh veggies. As I cut into our first avocado, BOOM thunder and lightning and then no power.  We prepped the rest of the meal via candle light.

I did get some great shots of the inlet after the storm passed.

A great day with close friends and we escaped the 100+ weather in the city.  Thanks for Daniel and Sara for the invite!

Oh, and one last quick shot of the city view from the car ride home on Sunday morning.

{all photos taken by yours truly}

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