Category Archives: Recipes

the end and the beginning

HELLOOOOOO OUT THERE!!!

I promise I am still alive and kickin’! I have been taking a blogging break for many reasons: relaxing for summer, getting ready for UDEL, and other things. ALSO… my internship at Rodale is over! It was  such a great learning experience and I met alot of knowledgeable people in the magazine and online world.

While it’s the end of my summer vacation and internship, it’s also the beginning of a new life at school! I will be in an apartment and meeting all new people. Not gonna lie…  I AM NERVOUS! BUT excited too 🙂

Life’s been pretty good to me this summer. I saw beautiful things, had A LOT of fun times, and I notice positive changes in myself.

AND OF COURSE… ate great food 🙂

My most recent creation: PUMPKIN PIE PARFAIT

canned pumpkin and vanilla Chobani layered with graham crackers!

* HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!*

I need to remember (and we all need to remember) that while summer is COMING to a close… IT’S NOT OVER YET! I’ll be going to NANTUCKET this weekend with DAVE ❤ LEAVING TOMORROW for a final summer beach trip 🙂 😦 🙂 AND I’ll be sure to have a fun bus ride with my new KINDLE

Question: what is your favorite memory of this summer??

I’ve had so many amazing memories that I can’t decide which one I like the best!! I’ll have to think about it…maybe they were all my favorite 🙂 yeah lets go with that….

….And finally, my random peace of advice for the evening: Appreciate the beautiful people in your life. The people who help you out when you are down, the people who listen to you rant about silly issues, the people who are there for you when you really need them most. Even if it’s just one person. Having positive influences in your life can make you a happier person all around. 🙂

PEACE, LOVE, HAPPINESS

-Britt♥

STUPID internet!

I AM SO SORRY to have kept you all waiting on this post, but I was away all weekend at the beach ❤ and then my STUPID INTERNET stopped working!! ….but hey what can you do 😦

This past weekend I went to cape cod with Dave and we had a ton of fun! We did the beach thing for an hour or so (until a thunderstorm hit), then we went parasailing and jet-skiiing … Dave drove the jet-ski, it was such a blast going so fast on the water…except the parts when I feared for my life…not as fun haha

ANYWAY… TODAY

I  went to my internship at Rodale and did intern stuff. OH BTW go here to see all my articles!!  (ignore the first link idn what that is haha). Later on in the day, I went to SPIN CLASS always intense. and kicks my butt BUT i like it 🙂

 

I’ve noticed that in the lazy days of summer ( before I start worrying about ANYTHING relating to my recent school transfer from UMASS to UDEL) …. It’s the little things that I really appreciate 🙂 … such as:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERN-WEAR. Yay for jeans allowed in the office 🙂

A FULL STOCK OF CHOBANI ( I’m not obsessed……)

MINI SPOONS! …don’t ask: I like eating with  mini silverware for fun?

Having time to read (and liking it!) I’m on my 5th book and let me tell you I am NOT a reader…or WAS not a read until this summer. Now I’m addicted. I just finished FLY AWAY HOME by Jennifer Weiner ….. two words: READ IT. It’s an easy fun witty beach read that you won’t want to put down 🙂

And last but not least……….

the dessert I’ve been enjoying  basically every night this summer …..

CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL “SUNDAY”

All you need is:

  • chocolate pudding ( 1 jell-o cup)
  • Cool whip ( about 2-3 tbsp)
  • Crushed thin preztels
Assemble as you please…and ENJOY in 2 minutes or less 🙂
QUESTIONS: What’s your GO-TO dessert? Do you have dessert every night regardless of your hunger lever? Let me know!
IT’S GREAT TO BE BACK!!!
peace,love,happiness
-Britt♥

 

 

 

 

fashion advice and healthy fried rice…

YEP. that’s what I have for ya’ll in this mornings’ post. BUT in case you were wondering… I’m having a really fun summer so far and am FINALLY seeing Dave this weekend up in boston!!

Also, my UDEL transfer student orientation went well….I AM SO HAPPY ABOUT THAT  and actually excited to start school…kind of haha.

Lets get right to the “fashion advice” from the newbie semi-fashionista

so, my advice to you is to embrace summer colors because come winter and fall they just don’t work with the cold weather styles…

AQUA. One of my favorite colors but also a very summery color to wear while you still can!

Here’s my FAVORITE aqua shirt that I own. I got it last summer for a cruise and this spring and summer it’s been a staple in my wardrobe 🙂

Last summer’s cruise: posing with my brother;)

and I wore it to work yesterday with navy capris (wooot woot)

MOVING RIGHT ALONG……

HEALTHY (yes healthy) FRIED RICE!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 an onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup of cooked brown rice 
  • 1/2 cup of egg whites
  • (i didn’t have any in the house but) you can add: peas, chopped carrots, shrimp, or any other fried rice veggies you’d like!
  • (also didn’t have any of this) Sodium free soy sauce or teriyaki sauce * I used lemon juice and butter
(EASY) Steps:
1. Put some evoo or butter into a small pan and cook the onions until brownish

2. Add egg whites and cook until eggs start to form scrambled egg constancy

3. Add rice, sauce, and a little water (if it’s dry)

4. AND BOOM. you got healthy fried riz-ice

…..a little color-less because of my lack of groceries in the house haha but, I will definitely be attempting this again. I served it with flatbread and poppyseed dressing with veggies.

OMG YUM. I love summer. Lucky for me my apartment for next year has a really great kitchen 🙂 so I will not be attempting to invent dishes in the dining halls ever EVER again!! ( come on don’t pretend your not excited) haha

QUESTION: what’s the craziest recipe you’ve come up with when your food options are limited in the house?? (and no, cereal isn’t a crazy recipe ;))

….oh and I may not be back until monday or tuesday 😦 because I’ll be leaving friday for boston 🙂 soooooo hang in there 🙂 😉 🙂

HAVE A GREAT REST OF THE WEEK AND WEEKEND.

peace, love, happiness

-Britt♥

[ insert witty title here]

…… sorry guys that’s all I could come up with today haha

BUT, boy do I have a great post for ya’ll 😉

Let’s rename this post: THE RANDOMNESS POST.

Things have been very chill lately. Writing articles for rodale.com basically daily 🙂 go to http://www.rodale.com to see some of my schtuff !

Workouts have been goooooood. I’m really into this whole bring 5 million things to read while on the elliptical ….and I’d have to say it’s working ! Today I did the elliptical for about 1 hour then, abs.

Outfits, I love (and recommend you wear) YELLOW AND NAVY!

very sailor/beach-esk?

Last night for Dinner I made this:

Marinated tofu on greens with poppyseed dressing and honeyroasted sunflower seeds. DROOOOL

I marinated the tofu in a combination of honey-dijon mustard and greek dressing. SOUNDS WEIRD, I know. BUT it’s a delicious marinade for tofu, fish, and chicken (i’ve heard ;))

…...continuing with the randomness

My dog is so cute!! BUT is very needy, such a diva (even though he’s a boy)

OH and I saw the last harry potter on thursday at 12:01!! haha WHO ELSE SAW IT ??

This is my backyard. My mom loves to garden and has made it soo beautiful !

This morning for breakfast I made something REALLLLLLY good and creative 😉

chocolate-pb-banana oatmeal (sans actual bananas!)

  • make oatmeal
  • add coco powder 🙂
  • add 1/2 a container of champions banana honey greek yogurt
  • top with pb

How many more random things can I tell you in this post…. lets see!!

I have a sinus infection from allergies, boo!

I have my orientation for UDEL on monday!!!!! (so nervous/excited)

I will be going up to my old overnight camp tomorrow (where I spent 8 summers of my life people!) to see all my old bunk mates…we all still talk and are still best friends!

I get to see Dave in less than 1 week…were going to cape cod. WOOT WOOT!

 

And there you have it, the random saturday post. Hope you enjoyed it….Oh and no random post would be complete without a random quesiton:

WHAT IS YOUR MANTRA or FAVORITE QUOTE 🙂  i need some enlightenment today 😉

 

peace, love, and happiness

-Britt ♥

my friday OFF…

HELLO LOVES. Today was a glorious day. No, the weather wasn’t very good ( a.k.a torrential down pours all day) and no, I didn’t win a million dollars ( boo-hoo). BUT I did have a day off and I used it to my advantage 😉

Before we go on to my Friday lets rewind to Thursday.

the outfit:

The workout: 50 mins elliptical, 10 mins bike, then abs 😉 it was a good one

The dinner:

I HIGHLY recommend trying this combo!!

FIESTA SALAD recipe:

  • lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber ( or any salad veggies)
  • 5 crushed tortilla chips
  • 3 tablespoons ( or so) of pineapple salsa
  • 1/2 cup of chick peas
  • 3-5 shrimp (cut up)
  • balsamic or italian dressing to taste
ALRIGHT BACK TO THE PRESENT: MY FRIDAY OFF

I woke to find my new article up on RODALE.COM. Then, came downstairs and watched the TODAY SHOW! ( obsessed but can only watch it on Friday’s 😦 sigh)

I made my VERY first..S.I.A.B: 1/2 a frozen banana, frozen pomegranate and acai berries, 1 container of plain greek yogurt, 1 tsp of vanilla, 2 tbsp of oats, and ice

this newbie needs help: How can I make my smoothie’s  consistency less “icey and chunky” and more smooth ?? Anything besides xanthan gum?

During the day today I did tons of ACTIVITIES!! ( in Step Brothers style)

I blogged, read through old magazines and ripped out pictures and recipes, read my book, and of course chilled with MR. B

I FINALLY assembled a book of the magazine pictures, fashion looks, and recipes I’ve been collecting all year! It came out looking real good..yay organization! haha

I went to the gym and  did: a simple 45 on the elliptical QUITE intense..if i do say so myself. I usually just stick to elliptical, bike, and spinning class for my workouts. I realized why never get bored: I always switch up music and resistance each time 🙂

Dinner was different than my usual combos (FINALLY haha)

tuna with dijon mustard on salad  and a buttered up sweet potato.

Dessert: (not shown) white chocolate and chocolate pudding with cool whip and crushed pretzles….. PLEASE TRY THIS COMBO! haha it’s amazing

My summer’s been treating me REALLY well so far. Mainly because I’ve been RELAXING and doing what I want to do with my free time.  At school this past year I spent so much of my  time stressing out (ALOT) and dealing with some tough stuff. I’m happy to say that I’m finally feeling the way your SUPPOSED to feel on summer vacation. STRESS FREE! I’ll have plenty of time to stress in 2ish months when it’s back to UDEL I go 😉

Hows summer been for you???

peace, love, and hapiness

-Britt♥

P.R.B.

……….(the only title I could think of today haha)

Package. Recipe. Barbeque.

(creative I KNOW ;)) but, that’s what I got for ya’ll today !!

THE PACKAGE: From MARIA all the way over in the UK!! Thank you sooooo much.  I got an amazing package with TONS of bars, chocolate, tea, and more!

OH YEAH.. DAVE was up this weekend 🙂 we had a good time taste testing everything!

THE RECIPE: While me and dave wanted to feel like we were on vacation… I brainstormed an idea for a HEALTHY (virgin) PINA-COLADA 

  •  pineapple chunks, 1 container of pineapple greek yogurt, about 2 tsp of coconut abstract
  • water and ice
  • BLEND.
  • ENJOY!!!!!
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  THE BBQ: ENTER fourth of JULY!!! 
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Yin and Yang

 HELLO LOVES! I’m finally back from Ohio and have settled in and unpacked from my road-trip-filled 2 weeks. This morning, breakfast was chocolate oats with vanilla Chobani 

Chocolate oats: Cook 1 packet of original oatmeal in microwave with water. while hot, add 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate coco powder plus 1/2 packet of sweetener. Let cool a bit, then put the yogurt in the bowl!


(very zen)

 My crazy two weeks of travels are over. Now I’m home for a while…and starting my internship with Rodale press NEXT WEEK.

We had alot of fun in Ohio. We brought Benji along for the 6 hour drive to visit my brother Brandon. It was nice for the whole family to be together and overall it was a great time. We got to do some cool stuff in Cleveland but my favorite part was the CLEVLAND BOTANICAL GARDENS. 

The flowers were beautiful. BUT before I reveal these pictures I must divulge some of my recent thoughts that I’ve been having over the fast few weeks.               I’ve been thinking……. 

Life is about b.a.l.a.n.c.e

Too much stress? Not enough fun? Too much thinking? Not enough calm?

LIFE HAS A WAY of balancing itself out.

This gives you your YIN AND your YANG

HOPING this will happen MAY lead to inner calm……..

….BUT trusting this will happening is comforting enough ( for me) to find some inner calm even when things in my life aren’t going exactly the way I want them to

Right now, my life is having a lot of ups and downs. I find comfort in knowing that life is about balance, YIN AND YANG. Things will work out the way they are supposed to.  THE ONLY THING I have control over is me.

The world will work itself out to balance my life and all I can do is enjoy the good moments everyday and all the amazing people in my life .

Even though everyday is filled with good, bad, and in between moments….

NOTHING is black and white.

There is yin.

There is yang.

There is balance. 

Those are just a few of my thoughts today 🙂 The rest of the day I plan on running some errands and doing a spin class! WOOOOH!

Let me know how you find the balance in your life. 

peace, love, and calm

Britt♥