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Homemade Dog Treats

Baked while watching Baby Mama on Netflix. Seriously, check it out. It’s friggin’ hilarious!

Fun Fact: parsley helps freshen doggie breath

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Photo Essay: Flora at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Fun Facts: The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens offer free admission every Saturday between 10 and 12.

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Green Tea Frappuccino

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Green Tea Frappuccino

1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 tbsp sweetener of choice (I use Stevia)
1 tsp matcha powder
ice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add ingredients into a blender and enjoy!

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Ooey-Gooey Healthy Brownie (single serving, egg-free)

Blogged while hate watching The Walking Dead

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It’s hard to eat healthy when you’ve got a crazy sweet tooth like I do. I’m always looking for alternatives and replacements to still be able to eat my favorite sweets without too many calories. I’m excited to share this healthy brownie recipe. It doesn’t have any oil or fat and instead is surprisingly high in protein (from cottage cheese).

Clay Ramekin

A million years ago, I bought a home fondue set that came with a clay ramekin. I wish I could remember where I bought it or even what it’s called, but I think this one comes pretty close to what I have. It’s a little pricey on Amazon, but I always see it at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s for much cheaper.

None of the ingredients should be hard to find. Odds are, if you’re used to eating mostly healthy meals, you’ll already have these items in your pantry.

I’m working on a large batch version of this which I hope to post later.

Enjoy!

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Visiting the Cloisters

One Saturday morning, I woke up early and decided to spend the day venturing out into the city, further beyond than I’d ever traveled before. So two trains and an hour and a half ride later, I was at 190th street in Inwood (The Bronx).

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Fort Tryon Park surrounds The Cloisters, a Medieval style castle that pieces together “ecclesiastical and secular spaces arranged in chronological order.” The motif itself is very religious, so be prepared to see relics, paintings, and sculptures dedicated to worship. However, there are secular aspects, such as the beautifully embroidered tapestry with images of a group of men and dogs attacking a…unicorn. The word cloisters itself means enclosure and it’s meant to represent the closed off lifestyle of worshiping monks. Other than religious motifs, there are beautiful courtyards and gardens, all which evoke a sense of peace, serenity, and unity with nature. Enjoying a lunch among the old stone courtyard almost makes you forget that you’re really just minutes away from one of the busiest cities in the world.

 
You can view a short documentary about the history of the Cloisters here

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NYC Food Hall Tour

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There has been a recent boom in NYC of something known as a Food Hall. What is it? In reality, it’s just a glorified Food Court. There is an abundance of just about everything in NYC, with the exception of one very important thing: space. Because of the lack of space, our malls simply can’t fit food courts. So instead, we rename them Food Halls, jack up the prices, and invite only the hippest and hottest vendors to join. But what should you eat when there’s so many to choose from? I recently took on the painstaking task of travelling around these places and sampling the goodies that were there: you have to make sacrifices for your craft. Below is an overview of a few places I would recommend and some that were a bit disappointing.

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Photo Manhattan Course: Week 2

Blogged while listening to the best Whitney Houston

This week we were asked to go somewhere we’ve never been before. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade has one of the best views of the city. I’ve been there before, but my hubby hadn’t. We took the opportunity to go and gloomy weather didn’t stop us from getting some amazing shots. I was encouraged to explore outside of close-ups and though I didn’t stay away 100%, I think I did pretty well. The last two shots were mostly us playing around with the shutter speed of the camera.

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Meal Plan: 01/16/2017

The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star.”- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

…well maybe not everyone will agree

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Photo Manhattan Course

Blogged while watching my hubby plan Hitman.

Photo Course

We are only learning how to configure the ISO, Aperture, and Shutter speed within a camera.

Assignment: choose one subject to focus on. Take 5 photos on the automatic setting and 5 photos in manual (using the information you learned in the course). My focus was close-ups (since those are important in blog photography).

Location: Floyd Bennett Field, Marine Park Salt Marsh (Both in Brooklyn)

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