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My latest obsession

I’ve never been one to obsess over shoes and accessories. My most favorite obsession is makeup. And during my ups and downs with my weight, makeup never made me feel disappointed in myself when I tried it on. Now I’ve come to terms with my weight, my makeup has taken a backseat to putting outfits together. I’ve recently started to enjoy going shopping. With my toe being broken, I’ve had to stick with wearing sneakers and jeans. It’s kind of put me in a rut.

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Part of me wishes my foot to get better now so I can start wearing pretty shoes again.

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There’s something about a good outfit that makes you feel like yourself. I know a good outfit makes me feel less like a 25 year old who gets carded at rated r movies and more like an adult.

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Luckily I can be creative with my outfit choices even during the week.

And I’ve gotten better at mixing and matching.

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Even when it comes to going out for a walk with the pup (which I hope I’ll be able to do soon).

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And my most favorite outfit is the one I change into as soon as I get home.

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Where I shop:
Gap Outlet
Forever 21
Gap
TJ Maxx

New Year’s Resolutions

My new years resolutions this year took some good thought and creativity.
Now.. these aren’t resolutions so much as they are goals I have for myself. Coincidentally they are start with the letter P. And I lovingly refer to them as The Four Ps.

Here they are, in true Ashley form… A list:

First P is Portland- Adam and I have set our hearts on Portland. Modesto is doing nothing for our personal growth, about negative ten for my career/financial independence, and there aren’t any dog parks/friendly places for our bearded lady. Why Portland? The lifestyle, the breweries, the food… I can also go on and on about my knowledge of Portland but I won’t bore you with that. We thought we might give Chico a second shot but it’s not enough of the city life we crave. We are young and are severely lacking in a social life and we want to change that.

Second P is Philadelphia- I miss this lady.

Third P is Pretty Dresses- I wear a lot of jeans. Sometimes I’m not so good at separates. 2012 will be the year of Ashley dressing like a 25 (almost 26) year old adult lady. I love dresses and I will incorporate more into my life this year.

Fourth P is Planning Meals- In an effort to eat better/try to learn to cook, I want to attempt planning meals before I buy groceries willy nilly. When I go to the grocery store I usually load up on a lot of things that don’t go together. As long as I go in with a recipe, I will save myself the hassle of having to end up throwing something together for dinner and I will save myself some money. Hopefully this will lead to less waste.

Those are my ridiculous resolutions. Bring it, 2012.

football watching finger foods

The Super Bowl. A day of cooking, eating, drinking, and lounging.

And watching football.

I love cooking fun finger foods for the big game. That is my super bowl.

A few weeks ago we had taco stuffed shells and it gave me an idea. As much as I love chicken wings, making them is a hassle and store bought wings aren’t the same. How could we have wings without me slaving all day in the kitchen? Easy! Stuff shells with buffalo sauced ground chicken.

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Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells

based on this recipe

Ingredients

1 lb ground chicken

1 cup Franks Red Hot

4oz cream cheese

~20 big pasta shells

Directions

1. Boil pasta shells according to directions on package. Preheat your oven to 350F.

2. Cook the ground chicken. Once it’s fully cooked, pour in enough Frank’s to coat every piece of chicken but not too much to where they’re going to be too spicy to eat. Melt in 4oz of cream cheese.

3. Grab a large (or small, depending on how many you’re making) Pyrex dish and pour a little Frank’s on the bottom. This prevents sticking and burning while the shells bake.

4. Spoon your desired amount of chicken into the shells. Use your best judgment. I wanted more shells so I really stretched my stuffing. Also, stuffing them a little less than capacity makes them great finger foods because they won’t squirt out chicken when you bite into them.

5. Bake (covered) for 20-25 minutes. At this point you can either take them out and slather them in bleu cheese and shove them in your face OR you can uncover the dish and sprinkle with cheese and leave it for 5 minutes to melt over your shells.

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I know. Amazing.

So once I knew what I was going to make for a snack, I had to think of something sweet to make. Something that can be picked up and eaten, is somewhat classic for a Super Bowl party, and had to be quick and easy to make.

 

 

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Swirl Blondies

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 1/2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 Tablespoons jam

Sift the flour, baking powder, kosher salt and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl with the paddle attachment (a handheld mixer works fine), mix together the melted unsalted butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Once it’s combined, add in the egg and mix.

Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until almost combined. Take a spatula and fold the ingredients together.

Spread the batter out into a lightly greased 8 by 8 inch baking pan.

Place 1/2 Tablespoons of peanut butter and 1/2 Tablespoons of jam on top of the blondies.
Starting with the first row down, place peanut butter first, then jam and finally peanut butter. For the 2nd row, place jam, then peanut butter and finally jam. For the last row, place peanut butter first, then jam and finally peanut butter. There should be three rows of peanut butter and jam. <—- I have no idea what this means. Adam and I were baffled as to what this meant. In plain English: randomly drop peanut butter and jelly on top of your batter. 

Take a knife and swirl the peanut butter and jam throughout the blondie batter. Randomly swirl the peanut butter and jam.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool on a cooling rack and then cut into pieces.

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Who doesn’t like peanut butter and jelly?! Exactly. These were such a hit. And the leftovers are long gone.

What a great Super Bowl spread we had.

How Awesome!!

Sometimes when I can’t sleep I’ll catch up on blogs or apps I didn’t get to read during the day.

Last night I wouldn’t sleep. So a little 3AM app catch-up was in order. I read through TMZ, US weekly, Pinterest, and then I caught up on PopSugar.

I scrolled through YumSugar, got hungry/thought about my Super Bowl menu while I swiped through their gallery of ideas. Then I went back to the main YumSugar menu and noticed a picture.

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At 3:30 in the morning my first thought was that looks pretty yummy. And familiar. And it was 3:30 in the morning…if there’s any moment in the day that I could be caught off guard it would be 3:30 in the morning. Naturally my curiosity/love of all things food had gotten to me and I opened the page.

 

 

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Ok so that’s looking reeeeally familiar.

That’s meeeee!!!! That’s my breakfast!!!!

And how awesome is that…

 

 

Follow me on instagram. I post a lot of pictures of food and puppies and ridiculousness.

I’m broken

So last Saturday I left work early after I had dropped something very heavy on my foot

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and I spent the weekend doing nothing

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So besides that nothing interesting or eventful has happened and nothing yummy has been made since I’ve been icing and elevating.

Tune in next week to see if I can put enough pressure on my foot to walk without the help of crutches.