Thursday, February 26, 2015

Delayed

My flight back to Chicago is delayed.  I been out here in SoCal for a week or so, but it definitely feels like a lot longer.  I really didn't do much but see family.  I am not sure when my next trip out here will be, so only time will tell.

Right about now, I am sitting here in the airport blogging.  I should post some pictures from my trip, which is something I said I would do, but I guess you can say I have been slightly preoccupied.  It's snowing back in Chicago and I am not really looking forward to this February snow.  Perhaps Spring will be making an appearance really soon.

I want to make it our to DC for the cherry blossom festival in April so I should start looking for deals and see if I can make it happen.  Perhaps that should be a task for tomorrow.  Upon arrival today, I was going to head out to this party, but since I am delayed 2 hours I might have to pass on it.  It's a late event so perhaps it is for the better.

Still to come are some pictures from my trip last year in Europe.  I really want to do a blogging series on it, but I have been lallygagging around.  Perhaps I should make that my goal for March?

Sculpture from Museum Island in Berlin.  Excellent depiction of what happens when flights get delayed.  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

White Chocolate Oatmeal Craisins Cookies

A few weeks back I made these cookies. They are the heathy alternative because they don't have any unnatural sugars. The trick is to use ripe bananas and it will bring out the natural sweetness in the cookie.

You can opt not to use any chocolate chips and even exclude the applesauce. To make the oat flour I just blended down the rolled oats. I feel like it holds the cookie better and dries it a bit since this cookie will be quite moist.

White Chocolate Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

Ingredients: 
2 bananas
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup oat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup Craisins
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, mash up 2 ripe bananas.
2. Add applesauce and vanilla extract and mix to combine.
3. Add oat flour and rolled oats until moistened. 
4. Mix in craisins and white chocolate chips.
5. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes so everything gets incorporated. 

6. Preheat oven to 375F.
7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. 
8. Scoop out a tablespoon of the batter and flatten. (Like this)

9. Bake for 17-20 mins and enjoy!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thoughts, thoughts, thoughts... running through my head!

January is about to end. Boy this month is really just flying by!  I had a good amount of time off in the beginning of the month. But of late, I have been working more.  This week isn't too bad, though. I just came back from a much needed massage.  It was a good deep tissue massage.  I need to continue to hydrate so I don't get a headache.  On my way back, I explored this path on Lincoln and checked out a number of places.

The first was a Filipino Bakery, Rowie's.  I tried a tasty Ube Macaron.  It was a buck twenty-three, what a steal! On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, they have a special on cupcakes for a buck fifty. Usually, they go for $2.25.  I haven't tried them yet because I am waiting for Frank to come home so we can share them (I got the mango and mocha cupcake).

Next stop, another bakery, this time a Columbian bakery called Mekato's.  I had a cafe latte and tried the arespas.  It was a good snack and a nice place to sit down for a bit.  They have a lot of breads that made from cheese.  I pass by this place on my way to and from work, so I really wanted to check it out.  The pastries are limited; they have tamales and empanadas.

I also love checking out what they have at Dollar Tree.  They had a lot of interesting items here and was well stocked.  I picked up some hair clips because I needed the spring to put in my other hairclips that broke.

Lastly, I did some grocery shopping at Tony's Finer Foods.  I'll have to come back again when I have the car because the canned tomatoes are on sale.

Also, look forward to a series about my trip from Europe.  I am finally getting a chance to sort through my pictures.  Here's a teaser!
Wandering around the Tiergarten in Berlin, loving the fall foliage.