July 2011

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Don’t let your eyes trick you, that says ‘heath’ up there, not ‘health’. While I do consider these brownies healthy for your soul and peace of mind, in the traditional sense… not so much. I chose to make this recipe for three reasons:

1] it required me to clean one dish {two if you include the baking pan}

2] it did not require the use of an electric mixer

*these two reasons are paramount when the baker at hand lives in a small city apartment with limited counter space and a noticeably absent [and sorely missed] dishwasher

**although an easy cleanup, take heed: hand-mixing leads directly to higher cake batter transferal from bowl to mouth during the baking process.

3] I had to see what gooey cookies & cream heath brownies tasted like!

My friend from college, Lyndi, texted me the other day asking that I post another easy dessert recipe. She is pregnant right now [the cutest pregnant girl ever, it's not even fair] and she is also perfecting her baking skills [she's a pro at making these nutella pillows]. Lyndi could eat 38 double fudge chocolate chip cookies and still look like a darn bikini model. So Lyndi these are for you [and baby O.]!

I found this recipe on one of my daily reads, Picky Palate, and decided to slightly alter it. It is a breeze to make and if you like soft, gooey freshly baked cookies, you will absolutely love these.

Gooey Cookies’n Cream Heath Brownies

  • 1 butter recipe fudge box of cake mix
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 14 oreo cookies, broken into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 bag of heath bar bits [found in the baking aisle by the chocolate chips]

1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 9×13 inch baking pan with tin foil, spray liberally with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Place cake mix, butter and egg [must be room temperature] into a large bowl, mixing with your hands to combine. Attempt to demonstrate self-control and resist the urge to eat the whole bowl o’dough then & there. Press into prepared baking pan and top with broken pieces of oreo.

3. Pour sweetened condensed milk over cookies and top with heath bits. Bake for 23-25 minutes, until cooked through. Remove from oven and let cool.

4. After 5 minutes of cooling, run a knife around edges to loosen. If the knife gets stuck, run it under cold water. Let cool completely, remove foil from pan, then cut into squares. Makes 12 brownies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m not one to gripe about the heat [the blizzard of 2011 is all too fresh on my mind] but when I saw a news anchor cook a steak to medium-well on the dashboard of his car yesterday, I knew it would be okay to admit that this thick summer heat is getting a little out of hand.

While we’re on the subject of suffocating heat, you’ve heard of bikram yoga, the class where people voluntarily coop themselves up in a room cranked to 110 degrees to do yoga for 90+ minutes. To add insult to injury it isn’t cheap to endure this type of medieval torture. Yoga studios charge an arm and a leg for these classes [although they will be toned arms and legs, no doubt].

So if you’re a bikram devotee, first of all, my hats off to you, but secondly I vote to skip the heated room for a night and downward dog it outside [for free] on the rooftop of one of the finest grocery stores in Chicago.

[photo courtesy of whole foods]

Whole Foods Lincoln Park at 1550 N. Kingsbury [as previously blogged about here] is bringing back their popular rooftop yoga class tomorrow [Thursday] at 6:30 p.m. and best of all it’s 100% complimentary. Just bring your mat and a big bottle of water because it’s going to be Toasty with a capital T. They’re also providing light refreshments and a special giveaway for all participants.  If you live in Chicago, this one is a no-brainer. I have to take a rain check because I’m picking up my sister and niece from the airport [they're visiting me for the weekend, yea!] but you can bet I’ll be at the next class.

 

{breath. stretch. namaste.}


 

 

 

 

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Summer 2011 has been jam packed over here at navy + cream and it’s going by in one big hot blur. I’ve tried to squeeze in as many outdoor concerts, iced coffees, meals on patios and walks along the humid city streets as I possibly can … in a few words, summer suits me. Now if only I could get it to pump the breaks just a tad…

[my new go-to: iced non-fat coffee with one shot of coconut syrup.]

This weekend a handful of my favorite musicians [ray lamontagne, kid cudi, david gray, gomez] came to town to play the Chicago leg of the Dave Matthews Band Caravan. With the picture perfect blue sky as a backdrop it was just the right setting to take in some amazing live music with a cold beer in hand.

[me & vinnie caravaning]

[vince + his brother john, as also seen here]

[drive-by fanny pack at the drive-by truckers]

[flip-flops + frozen drinks]

{happy summer!}

What are some of your favorite ways to take summer by the reins?

 

 

 

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