Monthly Archives: July 2014

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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I’m usually not a fan of oatmeal cookies but these cookies are so good. I guess I’m against raisins as well since I used chocolate chips instead. I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They’re delicious! These cookies come out perfect every time.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups old fashion oats
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons room temp water
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips OR 1 cup regular semi-sweet chocolate chips

– preheat oven to 350 degrees
– in a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients (flour, oats, sugars, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon
– mix butter into dry mixture
– add in eggs one at a time, mixing after every addition
– add vanilla extract and water
– fold in chocolate chips
– scoop dough onto a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes

These cookies are the business. All my residents love them and the staff members love them too.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

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Project Give: Operation Bright = Blo Blow Dry Bar

Awhile back I was reading up on some milspouse blogs and read about a place called Blo Blow Dry Bar down in Carlsbad, CA. I was intrigued to say the least. The name just makes me laugh. Anyway, the reviews the spouses gave the place were awesome so I decided to get a gift certificate from them. They specialize in blow outs. They have a menu for different hair styles and basically you pick the style and the hairstylist will style it for you. It’s a great way to get glammed up for a day. For the month of July, Lynda Rummel was nominated for Operation Bright. She received a gift certificate to Blo’s Blow Dry Bar.

A little bit about Lynda, she is a military spouse herself. She is the wife of Sgt Major Eric Rummel. She works with wounded warriors and helps them with recreational activities. Recreational activities are so important to a wounded warriors recovery. I hope Lynda enjoys the pampering. It is very well deserved. I would love to post a picture of her on here but I don’t have one or her permission so no pictures for this post. Sorry loves.

If any of you have nominations for Operation Bright, please feel free to email me.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

I WON!!!! :)

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Photo courtesy of Google

In my last post I wrote how my sister and I were discussing options for our mini summer vacation. Well, I won and we’re going to Catalina Island!! WOOT WOOT!! 🙂 I’m so excited. As of right now, we’re deciding on which deals/hotels we want to stay at and I definitely see kayaking as part of our vacation. I can’t wait to just soak up the sun and admire the beauty of the island. That and enjoy wine and cheese happy hour and nights by the fire pit. I absolutely can’t wait. This trip is going to be awesome! 🙂 I also can’t wait to take gorgeous pictures of the island. I’m such a scenic photo junkie. I love sunsets/sunrises so hopefully I’ll get a chance to see them.

I’m still looking for different flight options for my Nebraska trip. I’m excited to see my best friend but not so excited to go to Nebraska. If she didn’t move there, I would never go. It’s just not one of those places I would say “hey, I want to go there.” BUT hopefully I’ll be surprised and Bellevue has something to offer. Other than corn that is. I sound like such a hardcore city slicker and I am. I was born and raised in Los Angeles which is a lot different than Nebraska. What should I pack? What am I allowed to pack? o_o I haven’t been on an airplane since I was about four years old and I flew overseas to Hong Kong/China. That was a long time ago. I’m kind of hesitant about the whole flying deal but hopefully it works out. I get anxiety super easily these days. I’ve already looked up different areas and things that I want to do when I go visit her. Anyone from Nebraska have any insight? Please share.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

I WON!!!! :)

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Photo courtesy of Google

In my last post I wrote how my sister and I were discussing options for our mini summer vacation. Well, I won and we’re going to Catalina Island!! WOOT WOOT!! 🙂 I’m so excited. As of right now, we’re deciding on which deals/hotels we want to stay at and I definitely see kayaking as part of our vacation. I can’t wait to just soak up the sun and admire the beauty of the island. That and enjoy wine and cheese happy hour and nights by the fire pit. I absolutely can’t wait. This trip is going to be awesome! 🙂 I also can’t wait to take gorgeous pictures of the island. I’m such a scenic photo junkie. I love sunsets/sunrises so hopefully I’ll get a chance to see them.

I’m still looking for different flight options for my Nebraska trip. I’m excited to see my best friend but not so excited to go to Nebraska. If she didn’t move there, I would never go. It’s just not one of those places I would say “hey, I want to go there.” BUT hopefully I’ll be surprised and Bellevue has something to offer. Other than corn that is. I sound like such a hardcore city slicker and I am. I was born and raised in Los Angeles which is a lot different than Nebraska. What should I pack? What am I allowed to pack? o_o I haven’t been on an airplane since I was about four years old and I flew overseas to Hong Kong/China. That was a long time ago. I’m kind of hesitant about the whole flying deal but hopefully it works out. I get anxiety super easily these days. I’ve already looked up different areas and things that I want to do when I go visit her. Anyone from Nebraska have any insight? Please share.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

Daily Musings

What kind of music do you listen to? I used to listen to mostly r&b, pop, and sometimes a little country, classical, and rap. Now I just listen to country and pop. My workplace has got me hooked on oldies that were popular during WW2 and Korea. I always have songs like Alexander’s Ragtime Band or How I Hate to Get Up In The Morning stuck in my head. One of my favorites is My Wild Irish Rose. I also like America (my country tis of thee) and My Bonnie. I remember singing some of those songs back when I was in preschool and kindergarten but I doubt they sing those songs now. America has been stuck in my head for the longest. I could actually sing it in my head while I’m typing this.

In other news, I’m going on vacation! FINALLY! Now, my parents have never been big on taking us on vacation as kids. We just didn’t have the money to do it. My dad considers a day in San Francisco as a vacation. I used to go to San Francisco every year for spring break. Aside from SF, Hong Kong, and Las Vegas, I really haven’t been anywhere. I only count SF because the drive is so long (6-8 hours). My sister and I are going on a much needed vacation at the end of August and we’re still deciding on which place to go. I love my beaches so naturally I chose Catalina Island. It looks so beautiful!
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She’s more into nature and such so she chose Lake Powell, AZ.
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As of right now, Lake Powell is winning. It does look pretty awesome and I could always go to Catalina any time since it’s in California. I guess I’m on a vacation streak because after Arizona will be Nebraska. Nebraska won’t really be a vacation…it’s more of visiting a friend.
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It’ll be such a culture shocker going from Arizona to Nebraska but hey, I can add those two places to my traveled list. Hopefully Catalind Island can be one of them. I’m still saving up a trip for Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC. They are at the top of my must travel list. Hawaii’s next.

Pictures courtesy of Google.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

banana chocolate chip muffins

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I made banana chocolate chip muffins the other day at work and the residents loved them. They smelled SO good when I took them out of the oven. People from all over were walking back to see what I was making. This by far is my favorite banana muffin recipe. I’m not a fan of banana and nuts combined so I went the chocolate route. You could definitely substitute the chocolate with nuts.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
4 cups cake flour
2 cups butter, melted
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
8 ripe bananas, smashed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

– preheat oven to 350 degrees
– in a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients minus choc chips
– in a separate bowl, add melted butter to smashed bananas
– add vanilla extract and mix again
– add two eggs, one at a time and mixing after every addition
– add banana mixture to dry ingredients and stir until combined
– add chocolate chips and stir again
– fill sprayed muffin tins about 2/3 of the way full
– bake at 350 degrees for 25 or more minutes depending on your oven

These are the business! 🙂 All my coworkers ate em up and said they were really good. If you’re not a big fan of bananas I would add about 5 or 6. I like a lot of banana flavor in my muffin so I added 8 smashed ones.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

banana chocolate chip muffins

 photo bananachocchipmuffins_zps5d9bb5e9.jpg
I made banana chocolate chip muffins the other day at work and the residents loved them. They smelled SO good when I took them out of the oven. People from all over were walking back to see what I was making. This by far is my favorite banana muffin recipe. I’m not a fan of banana and nuts combined so I went the chocolate route. You could definitely substitute the chocolate with nuts.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
4 cups cake flour
2 cups butter, melted
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
8 ripe bananas, smashed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

– preheat oven to 350 degrees
– in a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients minus choc chips
– in a separate bowl, add melted butter to smashed bananas
– add vanilla extract and mix again
– add two eggs, one at a time and mixing after every addition
– add banana mixture to dry ingredients and stir until combined
– add chocolate chips and stir again
– fill sprayed muffin tins about 2/3 of the way full
– bake at 350 degrees for 25 or more minutes depending on your oven

These are the business! 🙂 All my coworkers ate em up and said they were really good. If you’re not a big fan of bananas I would add about 5 or 6. I like a lot of banana flavor in my muffin so I added 8 smashed ones.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina