Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A week in Boston and WIAW

In case you couldn't get it from the title, I am in Boston for the week. Thank goodness I got in a green smoothie before leaving. It has been nonstop eating since.

I am staying at a Doubletree so of course I got a yummy warm chocolate chip cookie while checking it.  You have to love it. 

The first night out we went Italian in Brookline at Pomodoro.  The Caesar salad was good and the Bolognese was amazing. 

At lunch we switched things up and had some Tex Mex food. I had a chicken enchilada.

And the table split some nachos. Sometimes I forget that sitting in meetings all afternoon is not the time to have a big lunch.

We lucked out this week and got to enjoy restaurant week in Boston.  We headed into Back Bay and ate at City Table.  I had to get the salad for the first course to make sure I was eating enough veggies for the day and then ordered the Steak Frites and chocolate cake. 

It was so much food but so, so good.  The chocolate cake got me all excited for my upcoming birthday.  More cake!

What is your favorite lunch out?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Chewy sugar cookies packed full of sprinkles!

This weekend we attending a neighborhood block party. Along with some peanut butter brownies I brought these sugar cookies. 

Party = Cookies = Sprinkles. 

It seemed like a perfect fit.

The cookies come together easily and there is no need to refrigerate the dough. This was ideal for me on Saturday as I only had a couple of hours to make these cookies before the party.  The only tricky part is making sure you stay near the oven as they bake. The cookies don't take long and go from good to burnt in a matter of seconds.  

I love all sorts of cookies but for those who don't these are great cookies for the picky eaters.  They aren't too sweet and don't have too many conflicting flavors. 

And if you have new neighbors to win over, these cookies hit the mark for me. 

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert cookie
Ingredients (36 cookies)
  • 2 cups (10 oz.) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup rainbow sprinkles
Preheat the oven to 350˚F and prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk briefly to combine and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and both sugars. Mix on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.

Add in the egg and vanilla and blend until combined.

Mix in the dry ingredients with the on low speed just until incorporated. Fold in the rainbow sprinkles with a spatula.

Scoop the dough into balls, about 1½ to 2 tablespoons each. Space them evenly on the baking sheets about 2 inches apart.

Bake, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time, until the cookies are just set and the edges are barely browned, about 12-15 minutes.

Let cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Crispy Almond Butter Bites

Crispy almond butter bites are packed full of good for you grains and protein. Perfect for a back to school or work energy boost. 

Happy Monday!! 

This week is going to be super busy for me. I will be jumping from one place to the next, having all sorts of meetings and hopefully checking a bunch of the to do list.   In order to brace myself for what is to come I thought I would make some little snacks to give me an extra burst of energy. We can all use a some help in that area once in a while right?

These crispy almond butter bites came together so easy. You throw everything in a bowl and mix.  There is a bit of wait time while the mixture chills in the fridge before you make the balls but they were ready in no time. Three cheers for no bake.

 I thought these would be all mine but Mr. J had a few right after they were done and loved them.  He liked the extra crunch of the rice cereal.

I made these to get me through the work week but they would be great for all those kiddos going back to school. 

Crispy Almond Butter Bites

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour chill time
Keywords: snack coconut oatmeal Almond Butter
Ingredients (Makes 12-15 balls)
  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup rice cereal
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

Cover and set in the refrigerator for half an hour until chilled.

Remove from the refrigerator and roll into balls about 1" in diameter pressing firmly so the balls form. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated. They last for up to 1 week.
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