Chocolate Chocolate Chip Popsicles

Hello.

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I haven’t blogged in almost 2 months. I was about to blog the other day but then I realized I couldn’t even remember what photo editing site I use. I’m a failure.

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But, I’ve been doing lots of others things! I’m going to post an ‘Insta-Lately’ post soon to give you a feel for what I’ve actually been doing.

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Anyway, I made these in the summer. And I just realized I never posted them. So, I’m posting them now. I mean, you could totally add some orange food coloring to these bad boys and they would be Halloween-y. It works. It does.

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Popsicles
Adapted slightly from The Skinny Fork

4oz fat free cream cheese, softened
4oz plain Greek yogurt (I used Greek Gods – YUM)
1/4 c milk
2 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 c chocolate chips
1 tbsp cheesecake pudding mix (optional)

1. Mix all together.
2. Pour into popsicle molds.
3. Freeze overnight, and pour hot water over the molds to help loosen to get the popsicles out when ready to use.

Cake Batter Oats

Blogging these days feels like an accomplishment. Between two jobs, five days of class, and four days of volunteering, my life is a little crazy right now.

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I will say I am actually enjoying [?!?!] my counseling class, and I have this food procurement class where I get to cook, bake, and learn knife skills in the lab. This semester is rough but at least it has some balance.

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You know what else has balance? These oats. Healthy, fibrous oatmeal with cake batter flavor and sprinkles. If that’s not enough to get you out of bed in the morning, I don’t know what is.

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So whether it’s your birthday or the morning before a huge exam, treat yo self.

Cake Batter Overnight Oats

1/3 c oats
1/3 c soymilk
1/3 c plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp white cake mix
1 tbsp cheesecake pudding mix
Sprinkles, strawberries, and banana slices

1. At night, combine the oats, soy milk, and yogurt. Cover and refrigerate over night.
2. The next morning, warm for 60-90seconds, then stir in the remaining toppings.

Cucumber Corn and Radish Salad

Why my leave of absence? 10 facts about what I’ve been doing the last month.

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1. I have officially nailed down two clinical volunteering opportunities. Double win.

2. My boyfriend has been in the hospital for a partial shoulder replacement surgery. The scar is wicked. So are his staples.

3. My kitten has gotten older and finally calmed down slightly. He sleeps through the night and just turned 3mo old.

4. I realized that I love slightly sweetened iced green tea from Starbucks (and iced caramel macchiatos!) and want to try the raspberry syrup instead of simple syrup in the green tea.

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5. I got this super cool water bottle from Target for $8.

6. I tried Jif Whips S’mores and let me just tell you, “EMERGENCY ONLY” written in Sharpie doesn’t mean anything to a girl with cravings.

7. I picked up the piano again. “Go the Distance” from Hercules is pretty freaking awesome. Just saying.

8. I have officially gotten over the depression/anxiety side of the fact that grad school starts up in a week and am on the “let’s get cute office supplies, and super awesome smelling lotion will totally keep my hands dry and make me happy” side.

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9. I installed a ceiling fan in my room. And when I say I, I mean my boyfriend. And it’s AWESOME. Fans are addicting and amazing and allow you to super cuddle up under your winter blanket in the summer. Win.

10. I have a goal to blog twice a week during the school year. Anyone wanna help me stay accountable?

Anyway, I made this salad forever ago but it’s tasty. Refreshing, light, and great to eat on the back porch with some wine.

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Cucumber Corn & Radish Salad

2 cucumbers, chopped
1/4 c corn
3 radishes, thinly sliced
1/4 c feta
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
Optional: mango coconut dressing from Fresh Market

1. Mix all.

Cake Batter Popsicles

Something about popsicles is the greatest thing ever.

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I’m not sure if it’s the endless possibilities or biting into something frozen on 95°F summer days or what, but I’m obsessed.

Working at the nursing home, it gets hot. I have this little meat thermometer in my chef’s coat pocket and it reads about 90°F+ consistently. So coming home after an 8-hour work day in 90°F heat, I’m ready for something to cool me down.

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Hence, popsicles. Now, you might’ve seen my other popsicles but I have to say. These are better. They’re both good, but cake batter trumps fruit any day.

Next up: creamy chocolate chip popsicles with a special surprise [undecided, hence 'special'].

Cake Batter Popsicles
Adapted from Girlichef

1 1/4 c unsweetened almond milk
1/2 c vanilla cake mix
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c sprinkles

1. Over medium heat in a saucepan, combine the almond milk, brown sugar, and vanilla until brown sugar has melted.
2. In a bowl, combine cake mix and brown sugar milk.
3. Pour some sprinkles into the bottom of the popsicle molds, then pour the mixture into the molds halfway up. Repeat by adding sprinkles and mixture.
4. Freeze overnight and serve by running hot water over molds until popsicles pop out.

Red Velvet Smoothie

It was one of those days.

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I woke up and went to turn off a light, kept on for the new kitten, and there was a SPIDER right next to the lamp light switch. omg. dead.

So, I promptly called J, who was inconveniently working 30min away, and he suggested taking the lamp outside. UH NO. What if it fell on me? more death. It crawled into the bowl of the lamp, so I put not one but two binders on top of it. NOPE. It crawled out of the one tiny crevice. J suggests vacuuming it up. Sounds reasonable. Actually, sounds hilarious, but I got on the couch and had the extension vacuum thing in my hand and had a mental break down. SO FREAKING BIG.

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I just cried hysterically until 9am when my apartment complex office opened. They sent maintenance. Totally worth what I pay in rent.

THEN I had to take my wailing, screaming, pissed off kitten to the vet. He was sad in the cat carrier and antsy in my lap. It was a long 40min each direction but he’s a healthy baby. Yay! And his vaccination made him sleepy, which was exactly what I needed since usually he’s a level 12 [out of 10] energy.

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So what do you do when life hands you spiders and screaming kittens? Make dessert smoothies. Duh. I saw this on Pinterest and pinned it immediately. A little drool might have been involved, too. Actually, this smart lady is the reason I put cottage cheese in my smoothies now. Can you say protein boost?

I am on this ridiculous smoothie kick but something about having dessert for breakfast (did you know that’s better? dessert for breakfast instead of after dinner? because you burn those calories off throughout the day! win!) is even better. Almost counteracts the tarantula in my apartment. Almost.

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Red Velvet Smoothie
Adapted slightly from Dashing Dish

1/2 c cottage cheese
1 scoop rocky road (or any chocolate) protein powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp cocoa powder
3-5 drops red food coloring
2 tbsp fat free cream cheese
1 tbsp vanilla pudding mix
10 ice cubes
1/2 c water
2 packets stevia

Blend all. Top with sprinkles if desired [or whipped cream!].