thursday things – owl cafes, new oreos, and a super bowl round up

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In case you were wondering, I’ve decided that it’s time to move to Japan. Apparently owl cafes are a thing there and I can’t possibly resist.

I learned last week that if you hollow out a Reeses cup, Oreo filling will fit perfectly into the hole… I would personally have had BOTH fillings, but that’s just me.

Speaking of Oreos, they’ve announced their newest flavor: “Filled Cupcake” (aka: Hostess Cupcake).

And Lays has announced their newest flavor competition, with flavors like Korean BBQ and Smoked Gouda & Chive.

You may remember me rambling about the majestic and elusive Quesalupa around this time last year, but somehow I completely forgot about them when I went home for Thanksgiving and missed my chance. Lucky for me, the Quesalupa is now poising itself for nation-wide domination, so I will finally have a chance to try the heart attack in a shell after all!cucpake oreo

All three of these babies (Oreos, Quesalupa, and Lays) are scheduled for a Feb 8th release date – soon to be most-self-loathing-filled day of my life (so far).

My only saving grace may be the fact that it’s impossible for me to find new flavors of things on their release dates. Phoenix seems to be a bit ‘behind the times’ in these areas, so I may be able to spread out my self-loathing as I eat my way through February’s new items.

In the meantime, Oreo released a new “Cinnamon Bun” flavor. It’s a cinnamon cookie with a “cinnamon bun flavored creme.” While the flavor wasn’t bad, I didn’t think it tasted like a cinnamon bun. It tasted more like Dunakroos (remember those?) or Teddy Grahams than anything else. So far on Oreo flavors, S’mores and Brownie Batter are still my two faves.

I also found out that not only is Phoenix getting THREE Shake Shacks this year, but that one of them will be SO CLOSE TO MY HOUSE I COULD DIE. I’m so excited my heart could explode.

In other news, I hear that “Super Bowl” thing is happening this weekend, so in case you still need recipe inspiration, here are some ideas!

Super Bowl Recipe Round Up

Happy 2016!

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Happy 2016, everyone! We made it through another year! I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays, I know things have been quiet around here lately. I like to take time during the holidays to actually, you know, enjoy the holidays.

I’m taking January off of blogging and dedicating it to hitting my “Reset” button. We’re doing another Whole 30 at home (here are some of my favorite W-30 recipes!) to work out all the holiday junk we consumed and then in February I’ll be diving head-first back into the blog with more recipes and regular installments of Thursday Things!

2015 Highlights

Top 10 Posts of 2015

Coming up in 2016

Last year Shannon of A Periodic Table and I teamed up to bring you the Jeni’s Spinalong project and I’m thrilled to announce that we are teaming up again this year! This year we plan to tackle Baked Occasions, the latest cookbook from that famous New York bakery! I got the book for Christmas and immediately thought of it being the perfect project because the whole book is organized by month of the year.

Starting in February we will begin sharing our posts on the first Monday of every month. You will get to see which recipe we picked from the book, along with any changes we made, and how it came out!

 

thursday things – an anniversary, a road trip, and other stuff

eggI have this issue lately where whenever I try to crack an egg on the counter, instead of cracking it just explodes out of it its shell. I mean, I know I’ve been working out a lot lately but I’m pretty sure I’m not the Hulk so… it’s super confusing.

Mr. Eats and I just celebrated our anniversary last week and celebrated with an amazing dinner at BLT Steak. If you have one in your town, you definitely have to check it out. The popovers are to DIE for, the caesar salad is amazing, and the peanut butter mousse dessert, served with banana ice cream and chocoalte ganache is out of this world.

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In other news we also took a road trip a couple weeks ago to Mesa Verde National Park in Cortez, Colorado. Mesa Verde was occupied for more than 700 years, from 550 A.D. to 1300 A.D. and is home to some of the most fantastic cliff dwellings you will ever see. We spent all day exploring the park and its various cliff dwellings and still didn’t see even half of what they have to offer.

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It wasn’t all hiking and hard work, though. Their restaurant “The Metate Room” is pretty solid, too.

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BACK TO FOOD-RELATED THINGS

I ate a whole bag of this trail mix in one sitting, which is weird because the back claims that it has “6 servings” but my bag clearly only had one. I think I should probably write them a letter to let them know that my bag was under-filled.

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Starbucks has released a new toasted graham latte that I need to get my hands on ASAP.

Lays has released Canada’s #1 potato chip in the US – the flavor is called “All Dressed” and will only be available until December so hurry up and grab your bags now.

Kenji is singing the praises of this $65 knife, which is still in Kickstarter form, so you definitely need to back it. Because, Kenji.

Bon Appetit posted this intriguing article about what goes into the food we eat.

And last but not least, this guy.

 

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It’s been a while since my lazy good for nothing butt has posted a Thursday Things but I definitely need to get back into it so, alas, here I am! Whether it’s the 108 degree weather, high humidity, or extra hours I’ve been pulling at work it has just been extra hard to get any of this ‘extra curricular’ type stuff done.

Actually I’ve baked a few things for you, but sitting down and writing about them… that part is a bit harder.

I have a macaron recipe coming up for you, I even did research and took one of those fancy cooking classes to level up my skills. We all took turns passing around the baking sheet and piping the macaron batter onto it. Do you see that? I went into the world and even spent time with STRANGERS just for you. I violated my very strict “Stranger Danger” rule just for you guys. Don’t you feel special? You should.

20150628-IMG_2743In other news my Exploding Kittens game arrived. If you’re not familiar with the game, you may be familiar with its creator – Matthew Inman – of the infamous comic blog The Oatmeal. He’s like my hero.

Exploding Kittens

Minions have been attacking Ireland.

Oreo dropped their newest cookie invention – Oreo Thins. Shannon and I tried them for you – you can read all about them here!

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And Sir Ian McKellen taught the world how to make scrambled eggs.

thursday things – DNA Tests, Ikea candy, and more

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Summer is in full swing here and it’s so hot that our local news has completely given up on even attempting to forecast the high temps. Today’s high temp is “- -” … maybe tomorrow they can just be honest and put some question marks or an interrobang. Or just pull a Siri and put a big fat “HOT” up there instead of numbers at all…

We live in a world where fast food conglomerates have resorted to DNA testing to prove that they aren’t serving rodents.

And where people are tackling real world problems, like my inability to mix a cocktail. Now thanks to this Kickstarter, I won’t have to!

The very same Amy’s Kitchen that has been providing veggie-friendly freezer meals is now opening their very first vegetarian fast food restaurant!

Ikea is adding “candy conglomerate” to its list of descriptors.

If you’re planning to cool off this summer with homemade ice cream, here are some great tips for making it great.

Martha Stewart has sold off her empire.

NY Times tells us how to really eat on the cheap while traveling.

Now you can get the most of your meals by pairing foods to optimize your nutrition absorption.

This guy shows how much it sucks to be a woman, or to eat like one at least.

Get a kick out of watching Elmo and Jimmy Fallon show us how to make waffled grilled cheese and “Sloppy Oscars.”