January Sisterly Bonding

We have been busy busy busy around here.  As mentioned in my earlier post, yesterday was the last day of break.  It should be a tough quarter but I don’t plan on spending 100% of my quarter in the library.  I am going to really try to study hard, but practice balance.  Wish me luck 😉

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Oh, here is a picture from Saturday night at the SCU vs. Gonzaga game.  Not the best picture, but it goes along with the fact that SCU didn’t play their best.  Still a lot of fun sitting standing with all the students.

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Pep band rocking out
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Meghan and I slept in again (7:30 for me and 8:30 for Meghan…lucky duck) then drove off in the mist to hike in Los Gatos.  My favorite thing to do at home is to take a hike with my mom, sister, and dog (Dad too if he isn’t golfing or coaching soccer) on the trails.  We decided to continue the Sunday tradition and found a new area to check out.

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The decision to hike versus run was suggested by Meghan.  I know we need to take breaks and “off” days actually help improve training, but it’s difficult because I feel so much better after running.

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I at least liked how they set up the coffee. If you ordered regular/decaf coffee, it was a sort of self-serve situation.  Look how they have the milk and cream set up!
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Looks like it has potential.  This was before we realized it was FULL OF MUSHROOMS.  Sad day.  I offered up a bagel, pancakes, crepe, anything, but we decided to wait until lunch.  After all, we still had leftover burrito bowl in the fridge.
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Breakfast was sort of a fail.  While I usually like to be in control (type A), I despise making decisions for a group.  I hate being responsible for someone’s food or someone’s happiness.  What if they don’t like it?  Eh, I need to get over that.  Back to breakfast.  I selected a coffee joint, which was too crowded for our taste.  We also somehow selected a vegetarian dish that was filled to the brim with mushrooms.  Have I ever mentioned how I cannot stand mushrooms?  Well, that was interesting.  After picking out the solitary egg and smidgen of cheese, we took a turn about the town, stopped into Sur La Table, and powered through a farmer’s market.  I think we ate more samples at the farmer’s market than we did at breakfast.

Next up: Trader Joe’s run, Office Depot, and Safeway.  Um, why do school supply companies only create “1-Section”, “3-Section”, and “5-Section” notebooks?  What about most colleges that encourage kids to pick up 4 classes?  This was probably one of the more stressful moments of the day (though it didn’t need to be…hmmm, maybe laying off the coffee would help my anxious mind)  Quick trips all around and then we were back in the townhouse to sew, bake, and partake in a “movication.”  This is a term I picked up from Pitch Perfect and it means to educate yourself in terms of movies.  Might as well 🙂 We made it through “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “Because I Said So.”  Both solid romantic comedies, but nothing too special.

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Blanket…FINISHED! I knew if I didn’t do it today, it wouldn’t have happened all quarter.  It’s not perfect, so let’s just say it has character.  Note to self and anyone else reading.  Make sure to wash your fabrics before you begin (stupid of me because it is one of the #1 sewing rules.) I didn’t and thus the fabric shrunk and bled into the white t-shirts when washed.  I also sewed the backing in incorrectly so the frayed edges faced outwards.  It was too late to start all-over, so I just let it go.  Remember, it has character.

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Here is one of the two recipes I chose and Meghan experimented with.  I say Meghan because I was busy finishing my t-shirt blanket.  I also had a fear that if I didn’t keep Meghan busy, I would bore her to death. I am always worried that if you aren’t moving, you must be bored. Apparently not so. I guess she was totally fine relaxing and lounging around the apartment, so now I feel much better (but would have liked to solve that about four hours ago).

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Nutella Pretzel Brownies (picked up from here)
~16 squares

Ingredients
(PRETZEL CRUST)
1/2 cup pretzels
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp butter (melted)

(BROWNIES)
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup Nutella
1/4 cup cocoa
2/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup mini marshmallows (optional addition)
(use the rest of the Nutella to top the brownies)
(extra pretzels to top the brownies as well)

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Directions

  1. For crust, preheat oven to 350F.  Rub some coconut oil on an 8×8 baking dish and set aside.  Place the pretzels in a food processor and pulse until broken up into tiny pieces. Add the sugar and pulse until combined.  Pour in the butter. Continue pulsing until combined.
  2. Press the pretzel mixture firmly into the prepared pan. Bake 12-15 minutes, until the edges are golden.
  3. Move onto the brownie batter while the crust is baking.  Cream the butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs and blend well. Next, add vanilla, salt, and Nutella. Mix until combined
  5. Add cocoa and flour. Don’t overbeat.
  6. Pour into pan over pretzel crust and bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes (or rather until toothpick comes out clean)
  7. Set brownies to cool for ~45 minutes then frost the top with the remaining Nutella and “garnish” with pretzels.
  8. Place brownies in fridge to allow Nutella to completely set before slicing.

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We also made a delicious recipe using Trader Joe’s cookie butter, but I’ll save that for later this week.  Maybe tomorrow as a treat.  All in all , it was a successful weekend and I’ll be sad to see Meghan go.  I’m not sure when I will see her again, but it’s safe to say we will be texting a lot.  That includes stories, random thoughts, and Pinterest finds.

“Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.” – Colette

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11 thoughts on “January Sisterly Bonding

  1. COOKIE BUTTER?! Oh girl, you just caught my attention with that. I’m not a nutella fan (I know, I’m not a real person), but cookie butter is SO FREAKING GOOD! Also, I really want to do that with my t-shirts but I’m afraid I’ll ruin them or something haha knowing me, I probably would. Does your sister go to school with you?

  2. I have always wondered the same thing about notebooks- why no 2 or 4 subject ones?!? I always took 4 classes and would either want two 2-subjects or one 4-subject. So frustrating. I love hiking with my family and dog, but I know what you mean about feeling like running gets in a better workout. Glad you had a fun weekend with your sister!!

  3. Hahaha, so funny about the notebooks. I am pretty sure our campus bookstore sold 2-subject ones, so I always used 2 notebooks for my 4 classes each quarter!
    And I would recommend not getting too stressed out these last few quarters. I was pretty stressed my winter quarter and then realized spring quarter I just needed to sit back and enjoy my last quarter at UCSB. I definitely made the most of it and never turned down social opportunities…and I got my only 4.0 of college that quarter! Haha go figure.

  4. Oh my goodness PLEASE post the cookie butter recipe. I have about 3/4 of the jar left and don’t really know what to do with it since I don’t eat it on a daily basis haha.
    I feel the same way with the running thing. Yesterday was my rest day, so the most I did was walk around work, and I could just feel more tension than usual. My body and mind just benefit so much from morning workouts I guess.
    I love the quote at the bottom, too. Have a great day!

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