Week one of CSA eating

Week one was actually last week. When people still lived here. But dont't feel bad for me because my family and boyfriend abandoned me, I still have the dogs. You can feel bad for me when my mother takes the dogs with her after the Fourth of July, and she continues to refuse to let me get new puppies to fill this empty home. Apparently they have a problem with the whole house training thing and nobody being there to teach them not to destroy the house. This may be a valid point, but one of our dogs starts peeing uncontrollably when my dad catches him doing something bad. So, clearly, you can never really house train a dog, and I should be able to fill the house with little furry balls of canine cuteness. Anyway...

It's a lot less intimidating to pick up a box of food when you know that there will be people around to eat your leftovers. It is especially nice when your baby brother is graduating high school and there will be a party full of people to pass off your food to! All these years when he was making me look short and pale in our family photos, I just kept telling myself that he would come in handy one day- and that day has finally come! He may be gifted with my mother's ability to tan, but I get to pass on my healthy food to his friends! #Winning

(But seriously, it really isn't fair how tan he is. I tried to wear light purple shorts to his party and my mother correctly pointed out that they were almost the same color of my skin.)

This week I got a great mix of produce-

CSA Week 1 | Happiness Homemade

1. Kale 2. Iceberg lettuce 3. Other green lettuce (I really don't know) 4. Spring onions 5. Radishes 6. Strawberries 7. Rosemary 8. Asparagus 9. Eggs

Recipes from this box to come soon!

Local kisses,

Is this what it's like to grow up?

've been super busy the last few months...

I spent the last 10 weeks of my life studying for the Series 7, and it slowly killed my soul. The weekend before I finally took the exam, which happened to be the weekend of two of my best friends' birthdays, I sat at home by myself and studied. When the instagrams of my friends having fun without me became too much to bear, I gave up reading about the code of arbitration procedures and popped open a bottle of cava. I don't know if it was the wine, the defeating spirit of the 7, or my biological clock starting to click... but on this sad Friday night, I found myself crying during an episode of Say Yes to the Dress.

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Nutella Truffles

Nutella Truffles | Hello Darlings

I have been incredibly lazy about cooking lately. I went to Sam's Club at the beginning of this month and bought a ridiculous amount of prepared food. My fridge is stocked with breakfast sandwiches, turkey and veggie burgers, country fried steaks, brown rice, and random assortments of vegetables. AND IT ALL CAN BE MADE IN THE MICROWAVE! ...Except the rice. When I tried to cook rice in the microwave I caused a small kitchen fire that fill the house with smoke, twice.

After such a long affair with the microwave, I knew there was only one ingredient that could make my oven forgive me. It had to be the patron saint of all things delicious, Nutella.

I know I just posted Nutella Bites, and these aren't really truffles, more like cake balls really, but I'm still writing about them because they are that good.

Don't take my word for it, go and make them yourself!

What you need 1 box of brownie mix and whatever the box says you need to make the brownies 1 jar Nutella 1 box confectioners sugar Assorted sized chocolate chips (optional)

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Preparation

Preheat oven to the temperature suggested on the box

Follow the box to make the brownie batter. Mix in as many chocolate chips as you'd like (I put in maybe a full bag)

Bake the brownies until a tooth pick comes out almost clean. You want it to still be gooey, but not so gooey that it still has the consistency of batter.

Let the half-baked brownies cool, at least until you can comfortably touch them. You can let them cool down all the way, but I'm not patient enough for that.

Remove the brownies from the pan and place in a large bowl. Crumble up the brownies until you have a bowl and delicious chocolate-y crumbs.

Start adding Nutella to the bowl and mix in into the brownies. You are going to be rolling these into balls, so you want enough Nutella that the truffles are dense, but not enough that they can not hold their shape.

Once the Nutella and brownie crumbs are mixed, start rolling the mixture into balls and set on a seperate tray to cool (if you didn't let the brownies cool earlier).

This part gets messy... Roll the balls in confectioners sugar so they are completely covered. I poured the sugar into a medium bowl to make it easier to coat the Nutella balls. Before you put the sugar coated truffle back of the tray shake off any excess sugar. If you didn't let the balls cool before coating them, the sugar may start to dissolve. If this happens, just roll them in the sugar again to add another coat.

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Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies

Finally, we are getting some snow in Baltimore. I think it is the perfect excuse to start a fire and bake all the things that I pinned and then forgot about. The first thing I want to make is cake mix cookies. I tried making red velvet cookies last year for valentines day, but my friends and I got impatient waiting for the oven to heat up and we ate the batter instead. The only thing I have to do today is sit by the fire and watch every episode of 30 Rock before the season finale next week; that should keep me entertained and relaxed enough to resist the glorious cookie dough.

Okay, these  cookies are totally worth waiting for. Not only are they colorful bites of joy, but they taste exactly like cake batter. What could be better! Now I am going to go back to sitting by the fire and enjoying this cold weather before the temperature gets back into the 50s. Mother Nature is one crazy betch.

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
Cake Mix Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together dry ingredients (minus the sprinkles) and the wet ingredients in separate bowls by hand. Once each bowl is mixed separately, add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the flour and baking powder. Stir together until all the dry clumps of cake mix are broken up and the dough is mixed thoroughly. Fold in the sprinkles. Do not stir the sprinkles in, or they will dye the dough. Roll small balls of dough (1 inch think) on the baking sheet about 1 - 2 inches apart. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown. Remove parchment from pan and let cool. Put a new piece of parchment paper on the pan and bake another batch until dough is gone. Enjoy!

Cake Mix Cookies

Bacon Sweet Potato Bites

I never really liked sweet potatoes until I went to college in Memphis. Growing up I think sweet potato fries looked too much like carrots for me to give them a try. After trying the fries at Young Avenue Deli in Memphis, I became obsessed. I went to Sam's Club this weekend and bought sweet potatoes in bulk; I eat them so often that this is actually necessary. Usually, I just wrap them in foil and throw them in the oven, then stuff them with cheese, spices, and fruit, but I wanted to try something new.

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