Posts tagged ‘buffalo’

July 6, 2011

Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies

So i figured out what I wanted to make with those bananas from this morning… I actually had 6 that needed to be used so I froze 4 of them for future banana soft serves/smoothies and used the other 2 for Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies! More on that in a second…

I went on an hour-long bike ride around Hoboken and acted all touristy…

Look ma! No hands!!ย I took this while riding. So talented.

2 things I noticed on my bike ride. 1.) The leaves are falling off the trees and turning colors. Um, summer just got here…Don’t even think about coming early Fall.

2.) Free movies on Tuesday nights under the stars! How romantic ๐Ÿ™‚

I bet you Adam can’t wait to see Tangled ๐Ÿ˜‰

I came back and made myself a quick lunch so I could get started on my blondies!

Spicy “chicken” on sandwich thin with pickles, lettuce and buffalo sauce.

Also a side of activia yogurt with a drizzle of sugar-free chocolate syrup, strawberries and a handful of cereal.

In case you haven’t noticed I can’t get enough chocolate, fruit, cereal, pickles and buffalo sauce. Weird cravings.

Anyways… Onto those blondies. If you like banana desserts I suggest you make these because they have a strong banana flavor! They’re also healthified

Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies (Makes 16)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour (I used all-purpose white but I think I would do 1/2 whole wheat next time)
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter ( I used earth balance – make sure it’s softened)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Beat butter and brown sugar

  • Add the bananas, vanilla, salt and chocolate chips.

  • Beat until batter looks runny

  • Add flour and mix with hand spoon until batter forms
  • Test out batter ๐Ÿ˜‰
(excuse my greasy hair and my open cabinet -i have a bad habit of leaving them all open!)
  • Spray 8×8 pan with olive oil cooking spray and add batter

  • Bake for 35 minutes until edges are brown and the middle is set
  • Let cool for 10 minutes and slice into 16 squares.

These hit the spot and were a nice change from making the normal banana bread with my overly ripe bananas!

I have training tonight for a promotional modeling gig with Absolut so I’ve prepped Adam’s dinner but will grab something quick to take with me on the go. Perhaps another blondie? ๐Ÿ˜‰ What? They’re healthy!

QUESTIONS: Do you have any habits of leaving drawers/cabinets open in the kitchen?ย 

May 9, 2011

Wedding Weekend

Happy Monday! I’m still in New Jersey…my trip has extended a little longer than planned due to some sickness issues but I’m feeling A LOT better today.

I arrived Friday afternoon at Penn Station in NYC where my boyfriend picked me up aka help me with my ridiculous amount of luggage for 2 days ๐Ÿ™‚ We headed to express because I clearly didn’t bring anything to wear to the rehearsal dinner was being ridiculous and thought I needed another dress.

I ended up with this… I almost didn’t wear it and chose something I brought. Typical. In the end I was rushing to get ready so I ended up telling my boyfriend to choose and threw this one on. I never got a full length picture of the dress on me!

But you guys get the picture…

The rehearsal dinner was at an Italian restaurant in Morristown, NJ called Provesi. They brought out hot and cold antipasto appetizers to start

Followed by a small bowl of penne w/ marinara

and for my main dish I ordered Chicken Marsala which I loved..

Dessert was tiramisu but somehow I missed out on it. Whomp.

Saturday morning we woke up early to grab some breakfast and run last-minute errands. The wedding started at 3 but it was about an hour away and my boyfriend was the best man so he had to be there WAY earlier.

The bride looked SO beautiful. They both looked so calm and relaxed which was nice to see because I could tell they were feeling some last minute stress the night before.

They had their reception at a place called Waterside in Edgewater, NJ. Talk about the perfect view…

The room had a romantic feel and was absolutely gorgeous.

I was also proposed to that night…

by a 5 year old. So cute.

Every detail on the cake was amazing! I somehow missed out on this dessert too. WHO AM I!!?!?!?!

My boyfriend rocked his best man speech…

Proud girlfriend right here ๐Ÿ™‚

I loved my rent the runway dress. I will definitely order again!

Someone was sleepy…

We left around 12:30. It was definitely a long but fun day.

Sunday Morning we got up early and headed straight to the one and only Carlo’s Bakery. The line is SO long but since my boyfriend is a Hoboken resident we get to skip it ๐Ÿ™‚

We picked up some crumb cakes for mothers day…and a snack or two for ourselves. First one being a lobster tail.

The second being a cupcake…But not just ANY cupcake. A PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE.

To.die.for. and I almost died when I took the first bite out of it and my boyfriend accidentally knocked it out of my hand while riding the public bus onto the floor. I was almost in tears because I could feel my blood sugar crashing and I needed to eat something and now that perfect something was on the floor of an overcrowded dirty bus. Oh well… I got over it pretty quickly and ate the half that didn’t fall on the floor.

We headed to brunch with Adams family at a cute restaurant in Hoboken called Elysian Cafe. I ordered the Cinnamon Amaretto French Toast.

Unfortunately I ended up getting really sick at the restaurant, sweating, shaky and started losing my vision so I had to leave and wasn’t able to eat it. I was so embarrassed but there was nothing else I could do. My boyfriend and his parents brought it home for me and I did split it with him later and it was really good! I now know to never wait so long to eat again. Not pretty!

Since I wasn’t feeling well my boyfriend suggested he make dinner… Was I hearing this correctly? Or was I so ill I was imagining things? Nope..I heard him correctly. He used a recipe from Holly’s recipe pageย which was a Buffalo Macaroni & Cheese.

He only made one minor change. But it was a perfect comfort meal for a girl who wasn’t feeling so hot.

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

slightlyย adapted from Holly

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of chicken breasts, chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 2 cups broccoli, frozen
  • 1 box of velveeta macaroni and cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup mexican four cheese, shredded
Directions
  • Spray your skillet with Olive Oil non stick cooking spray and on another burner start boiling your water for Macaroni and cheese.
  • Add chicken to skillet and cook fully for about 6-8 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 cup buffalo sauce and 2 cups of broccoli to chicken and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Drain your macaroni once fully cooked and add cheese sauce. Mix well
  • Combine chicken mixture with Mac & Cheese.
  • Pour into a casserole baking dish and top with breadcrumbs and then cheese.
  • Place under broiler for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted
  • Serve warm
SO SO good. I love Macaroni and Cheese and I adore buffalo sauce so this really was the perfect combination for me.
I should add that he also did the dishes… He’s slowly learning ๐Ÿ˜‰
He should be home any minute now so I should get up and pretend I did something today. See you guys tomorrow!

QUESTIONS: What is your favorite comfort meal? Mac and Cheese for me! What is your favorite part about a wedding? I like to look at the groom when the bride is walking down the aisle ๐Ÿ˜‰