Food, Grandma, & Shopping

Hellooooooooo people!

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This morning, I woke up pretty hungry so I made myself a rather large breakfast. My breakfast consisted of chopped bell pepper, onions, & tomatoes with scrambled eggs and freshly made juice.

20140727-115349-42829382.jpgIf any of you are interested in trying this juice, just use:

  • 3 carrots
  • 2 apples
  • 1-2 handfuls of kale
  • 1/4 orange

And voila, you have a vitamin packed juice!

But let’s rewind a few days! 20140727-115721-43041867.jpgFriday afternoon, I decided to go and spend time with my grandma. Before heading over I made sure to finish my workout for the day (assigned by my coach). Friday’s workout consisted of completing a 40 min steady state, so I chose running. Rather than taking it slow, I pushed myself and ended up with a faster pace than I usually run. I was very tired while running it, but I wanted to see where exactly I was at and how hard I could go. Pushing myself seems to be paying off. I feel like I am getting a lot faster now :)

(pic above from their website^)20140727-115722-43042533.jpgAfter my run, I took a quick shower and headed straight to my grandma’s house. We then decided to grab dinner at our favorite place to eat… the Bohemian Garden. I have been coming here with my grandma since I was a little girl. My brother and sister aren’t huge Bohemian food fans, so this has been a special place that my grandma and I go to together. 20140727-115720-43040581.jpgAs for food, I have been ordering the same thing since.. well.. forever. I can’t seem to pull myself away from their delicious pork tenderloin and potato dumplings. So good!

20140727-115721-43041466.jpg With their entrée comes a side of soup or salad. That day they were serving cream of cabbage soup, so I gave it a try! I think I have found a new favorite soup from there!

20140727-115720-43040291.jpgMy grandma, on the other hand, is more adventurous than I am at the Bohemian Garden. She always seems to try something new.

20140727-115721-43041154.jpgThis time she ordered their polish sausage & their bread dumplings. She wasn’t able to finish it all, so I was able to try a piece & was impressed by how delicious they were! I highly recommend you try visiting the Bohemian Garden if you are ever near Downer’s Grove!

20140727-115719-43039983.jpg An hour later I had a sweet tooth. Bad Brittany, I know. So we headed over to a nearby froyo place and got some frozen yogurt. I may have gone overboard on the toppings.. oops! :P 20140727-115506-42906512.jpg After our froyo trip, we decided to stop by Target and buy Frozen! My grandma was telling my how she never saw it, so I insisted that she watched it. It may be my favorite Disney movie right now.. 20140727-115506-42906404.jpgMy grandma ended up loving the movie, but then again who doesn’t?! I was so happy to relax with green tea (of course), my grandma, and a cute movie :) 20140727-115506-42906274.jpg Saturday morning, my grandma surprised me by coming over to our house. My mom and I always go to our town’s French Market every Saturday, so I was happy to show my grandma around. Needless to say, she loved it there! Afterwords we decided to walk around the downtown area of our town. Little did we know, there was a sidewalk sale going on! I was able to find so many great things for practically no money! It was great :) 20140727-115505-42905411.jpg After shopping, we grabbed lunch at my favorite BBQ place ever: Real Urban BBQ. Seriously. The. Best. Place. Ever. 20140727-115505-42905928.jpgTheir ribs are ridiculously good, but I love their chopped salads too. I love how fresh and flavorful their chopped salads are. They are very generous with their vegetable portions, which makes the salad 1000x better. Sorry Portillos, but these guys make better chopped salads than you do..

I also ordered a side of mashed sweet potatoes, which are also amazing.. no shocker there. Not only is their food perfect, but their iced tea & lemonade comes in mason jars. I think they know the way to my heart…

If you ever are craving a chopped salad & are from the north shore area of Illinois, then check this place out. They currently have two locations, one in Highland Park & one in Vernon Hills.

20140727-133953-49193296.jpgAs for last night’s workout, my coach wanted us to complete 2 x 10k. For the first 10k I beat my personal record (PR) by a lot. I felt, and still feel, so proud of myself for that. It’s very hard to beat PRs when you are on the rowing machine by yourself vs with your teammates. Somehow, I managed to do well anyway. I really think that it’s because I have been pushing myself harder lately. I guess I’m going to have to keep working hard!

 As for the rest of today, I only have one plan.. and it’s studying. I have a chem test tomorrow & I want to make sure that I do very well. This week also happens to be the last week of summer school, so I will probably be stressing out over the two tests I have in the span of four days. With that said, I may or may not write very much in these next four days.

Wish me luck this week!

How did you all spend your weekend?

Peru Video

Ok guys, so I have come to the realization that I have never mentioned on here that I went to Peru earlier this year… With that said, I am telling you all now becaaaaaaaause… I made a video for you guys!! I filmed my entire experience there so that you all could experience Peru through my video rather than through some photos.

I hope that you all enjoy watching this video :) and get ready because part 2 is coming out this Friday at 12pm CT! I can’t wait for you all to see it :D

 

 

How to Make Multi-Colored Cupcakes

As I promised you all in my Independence Day recap, here is how to make multi-colored cupcakes!! They were ridiculously easy to make, so I highly recommend giving it a try.  cupcakes.jpg
Aaaaaaaaaand.. I made a video to help you all out!

As for the recipe, you can use any vanilla or confetti recipe or cake mix you have. My favorite recipe is by Sally’s Baking Addiction found here. I also used her frosting recipe and it turned out amaaaazing. As for my inspiration, I was struck by how pretty Sally’s Tie Dye Cake turned so I decided to try it myself.

IMG_9514 Not only were these cupcakes easy to make, but they tasted amazing and were a huge hit with the fam!

Rainy Day

IMG_9461 Scratch that. Rainy month. These past four weeks have been filled with rainy days. At first, I loved it! Back in California there was little to no rain.  IMG_9464 While I do love rain, I am feeling the effects of the gray skies and humidity. I am finding myself sooooooo sleepy. Too bad I have Chemistry to worry about! My last test of the “semester” is tomorrow so I need to study more. With that said, this is my study break :) IMG_9471 To keep myself awake, I have been sipping on green tea while working on Chemistry. I sure do love my green tea :)  IMG_9454 I also have been loving this chicken salad sandwich. I tried making this for the first time yesterday and have been obsessed since. To make this sandwich, I used a Waldorf chicken salad from the Fresh Market. Unlike most chicken salads, this one has pecans and grapes inside. I knew after seeing it in the grocery store that I had to try it, and I am happy I did! Now I need to re-create it myself…  IMG_9483 As for dinner, I had tilapia with lemon juice and pepper. Simple and delicious. No worries though, I had been snacking before hand :P

Well, I should get back to studying. Wish me luck :)

P.S. there may be a fourth of July recipe video on here in the near future..

Egg + Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

Good morning everyone!

IMG_9448 This morning I decided to try something new and make a breakfast sandwich. I have never made one of these on my own before, but they are surprisingly simple to make. For this breakfast sandwich, I used:

  • 1 english muffin
  • 2 slices of turkey bacon
  • 1 over easy egg
  • mashed avocado
  • coconut oil

To make it, I just slathered coconut oil onto my english muffin and then toasted it in the toaster oven. Then, I cooked my turkey bacon and egg. Lastly, I smeared avocado onto the top slice of my English muffin and put the egg on the bottom slice with the bacon on top. Simple.

Not only was it super easy to make, but it tasted amazing. Definitely making more of these in the future!

Chicago + Stellar App

If there has been one thing that I have been dying to do since coming back home, it has been to go downtown and walk around.

20140628-225515-82515999.jpgFortunately, my uncle offered for my sister and I to come downtown and walk around!

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Once there, we headed to China town for some dinner! 20140628-225951-82791483.jpgThere, we enjoyed delicious sushi :)

20140628-230119-82879264.jpgAnd of course I had to get a green tea smoothie from Joy Yee. Their smoothies are phenomenal. 20140628-230119-82879399.jpg My aunt and my sister!20140628-230119-82879529.jpgAfter dinner, we spent the rest of our night walking around Chicago. 20140628-230912-83352830.jpgWe walked around the lake and eventually made our way over to Molly’s Cupcakes20140628-230912-83352526.jpgMolly’s Cupcakes are ridiculously good. For those of you have been reading for a while, you may remember me raving about them here and here. Let’s just say, I am obsessed.

After enjoying our cupcakes and playing Connect Four (games provided in Molly’s Cupcakes), we walked off our cupcakes by exploring Lincoln Park.

Wondering why some of these pics have captions on them? Well, I added their captions on an app called Steller. On this app, you can create stories by using photos, text, and/or videos. I love trying new apps, so I decided to give this app a try. So far, I am loving it!

Want to see the pictures along with videos from Friday, check out my Steller Story here!

Have you ever used Steller or visted Chicago?