Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Cookies and ice cream. Those are the only sweet things I really crave. Okay, maybe also chocolate but that’s a story for another post. Sure, I like cake and pie and all those wonderful things but it wouldn’t be the end of the world if I had to go without them. Cookies though, don’t even get me started.

I’m not sure where my cookie obsession really came from seeing as we didn’t have them around that much when I was growing up. Outside of the usual Girl Scout cookie seasonal purchase (those things are like crack) and Gingerbread at Christmas time, I don’t remember that many cookies. My mom made some pretty sweet cakes when we were growing up during her cake decorating phase though – props to you, momma.
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Friday Favorites 8.19.16

“This weekend Dan and I are going to Chicago! We are going as an early birthday celebration while the weather is still nice and before we get busy. Even though I grew up in the Midwest, I’ve spent a pretty small amount of time in Chicago. The bean? Haven’t even seen it. I’m super excited to have a relaxing weekend away filled with good food and (hopefully) good weather. 

This week I spent some time in the kitchen trying out some new recipes. I’ve been feeling a litttttle uninspired when it comes to managing our own meals on top of recipes that I develop for the blog. If Dan had to eat 3 mediocre versions of the same meal and 1 good version all in the same week he would probably strangle me. I still haven’t unpacked all my stuff yet – oops. Maybe over Labor Day.”

Just kidding, guys. Dan texted me yesterday morning and said, “My favorite band Wilco is playing a concert in NE. But it’s this Saturday.” I immediately felt bad because this weekend was supposed to be for Dan’s birthday. So, in about 15 minutes our plans changed from flying to Chicago this weekend to going to Wilco on Saturday (by NE we mean the Minneapolis neighborhood we live in, not Nebraska). Thank you, Southwest Airlines for zero change fees and magically having your flight sale until Thursday. Is it even possible that I could have an airline win two weeks in a row? Okay, don’t push it Dana.

So, this weekend we are NOT going to Chicago but instead we are staying in the cities and going to the Wilco concert on Saturday evening. Hopefully it doesn’t rain too much so I can take my newly built up cross bike out for some single track action. I’m also excited for some quality test kitchen time that may or not mean rhubarb ice cream on the blog next week… no promises though.

this week’s favorites: 

I know I usually post recipes and random articles about home design on Friday favorites, but I also have a serious outdoor gear addiction. I’m loving this article on the best new gear under $50 from Outdoor Magazine.

I’ve been eyeing up these odor control t-shirts from Patagonia after I read a hilarious article about this guy who wore one for 10 days. Sadly, I can’t find the article anymore.

I also got tipsy on Monday night and went online shopping on Amazon.. mistake? I think not. Here are three things that I bought that are AH-MAZING. I also perfected my recipe for coconut chocolate chunk cookies that evening so no judgement – okay?

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking – need I really say more? If you’re not obsessed, then you should be.

This super awesome knife block that has bristles instead of slots for knives. I have never experienced a more underrated kitchen appliance. It’s like I’m actually an adult. Go me.

Last but not least, I impulse bought these beautiful Weck jars. Oh Weck, how I love you. I had the box open for all of an hour before I knocked one over and broke the kid. Eye roll emoji. Okay, done with the tipsy Amazon Prime shopping now.

Um, hello adorable romper. You might just be worth taking a shot on ordering a romper online.

16 best places to live in the United States? Read about them in this article.

These flats are perfect for work, should I be concerned that they are only $12??

Browsing through these simple ways to make your kitchen cozier. We probably could use a better rug…

 

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend!

Bomb Veggie Sandwich 101 + Tempeh Bacon

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We’ve all been there. Someone orders food for a group outing or team meeting (plant trial in my case) and it’s sandwiches or pizza. If it’s pizza, I’m pretty much out of luck unless I have a billion Lactaids on me but sandwiches are even more disappointing. There is nothing worse than a turkey sandwich with the following fillings:

  1. Turkey
  2. 1-2 pieces of lettuce
  3. Some unknown aioli sauce
  4. A few slices of red onion
  5. Bread bigger than my head

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Friday Favorites 8.12.16

Whooooop, another week down. Anybody else just exhausted this week? I am sooo ready for the weekend so that I can sleep in bike and paint my front room.

The only exciting news I have is that I traveled for work this week – on Delta. If you follow the news at all then you’ve probably heard about the fact that Delta’s power went out on Monday morning and messed up a ton of flights for most of the week. My flight to Milwaukee, which is normally a pretty easy one, was delayed about 3 hours. I didn’t even fly back, and decided to drive back with my coworkers instead.

SO then I hear that Delta is giving vouchers to people who’s flights were delayed over 3 hours. Mine was just under. Bummer, right? Good (?) news is since I fly on Delta for work, I am apparently a “corporate member” and got 20,000 bonus miles for the delay. WINNING.

It’s still super humid here and I have no desire to turn on my oven. I’ve been dreaming up a blueberry slab pie though, so maybe that will have to change this weekend. TGIF, folks!

this week’s favorites:

Love the look of this storage bed from Urban Outfitters.. why do you have to be $1,000?

We made vegan mac n’ cheese from Minimalist Baker this week. Swapped out the green chilis for roasted jalapeños and it was deeeelicious.

Really diggin’ this v-neck swim top from kortnijeane. Think I may just bite the bullet.

Kitchen goals with these open shelves, though. Amiright?

Tune in this Sunday for… TEMPEH BACON that tastes delicious.

Quick Pickled Cucumbers

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I was having a hard time finding anything to write about for this post. While they are incredibly delicious, there’s not really a story behind these pickled cucumbers other than the fact that I needed to get rid of them (the cucumbers, that is).

When I exclaimed that I just wasn’t in a very inspiration mood, Dan asked if he could have the computer and wrote this excerpt:

“Hi gang! This week was a doozy! So what does a girl do when she’s got yummy veggies, vinegar, and not a lot of time?????? Quick pickled cucumber!!!!!!!!”

He said I use a lot of exclamation points.

The most obvious thing to talk about would be my newfound love of all things pickled. Or the fact that I have been a little overwhelmed by some of the things we received in our CSA box this summer. I think that the volume is manageable, as long as both of us are home and I plan everything around some of the vegetables that we get. Like, how do I even cook fennel in the same week with a bunch of parsley and dill? For one, we learned we do not like fennel and I have never in my life cooked with dill. I thought parsley was a garnish, not an ingredient.

Anyways, cucumber is nice but it’s not anything I would plan an entire meal around. I used to eat them as a snack but overall they seem a little blah by themselves. Putting stuff in a jar and letting it sit for an extended period of time kinda freaks me out, but my friend recently told me about quick pickling and it was totally up my alley. These quick pickled cucumbers are ready in a short about of time, allow you to get rid of a lot of extra veggies in your fridge, and takes minimal planning (I guess Dan was pretty close, then). I threw some onions in the jar with the cucumbers, but you could easy introduce carrots, jalapeños, or radishes in the mix.

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These cucumbers are ready to eat in a little as 30 minutes, and can sit in the fridge for up to a full day. If you are a big fan of the crunch, I would eat these within 8 hours  of preparing. They are great as a topping, on a sandwich, or even just on there own. I’m guilty of literally eating half a jar in one sitting.

Hope you all had a great week, I’ll be watching the olympics for the rest of the weekend week.


 

Quick Pickled Cucumbers 

Servings: 16 oz

Time: 30 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium large cucumber
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 TBSP sugar
  • 1/2 TBSP kosher salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder or flakes (optional)

 

Directions: 

  1. Cut cucumber and sweet onion into thin slices (about 2-3 mm thick). Layer cucumbers and onions in a 16 oz canning jar and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring remaining ingredients to a boil so that all the sugar and salt has dissolved. Remove from heat and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer liquid to jar and fill until all cucumbers are covered. If you have to push them down a little or wedge them in the side to keep them submerged, that’s okay. Allow mixture to cool before sealing. Enjoy cucumbers in a little as 30 minutes and up to 1 day. Store in airtight container in the fridge prior to serving.

Friday Favorites 8.05.16

It’s already August? Geez, where did the summer go?  Seems like just yesterday I was wishing for Birkenstock weather and now I can’t wait for it to cool down so I can use my oven comfortably again.

My mom and little sister are going to be in town for a wedding this weekend, so I’m excited to spend some time with them before my sister has to go back to school. This is the moment where I would gush about the fact that I can’t believe she’s going to be in high school next month, but I’ll save you from the horrors.

Other than that, I got back into training this week so while my legs really hurt (ouch) – I’m starting to feel myself again. Nothing makes me feel more myself than a good bike ride.

Here’s this week’s favorites:

I have been obsessing over the bread we have been getting in our CSA box. It’s from Honey and Rye in St. Louis Park. We’ve been getting tons of different types every week, but my favorite has gotta be the garlic sourdough. Carbs for life.

3 ingredient chocolate brownies? I might just have to make these this weekend on account of having all the ingredients in my kitchen. My sweet tooth can be a problem, so I can get on board with something a little healthier but still indulgent.

Check out this tutorial for peel and stick subway tiles from A Beautiful Mess. Unfortunately as a renter this is not an option for me as Elsie say’s it will tear off your dry wall if you try to remove it… paint and pictures will have to do for now.

Speaking of paint colors, I’ve been drooling over Scott & Kim’s bedroom paint color on Yellow Brick Home, for the front room but also really love the green they’ve got in the nook.

And last but not least – I FINALLY got my chair that I am constantly talking about on Friday Favorites. So now, you can stop reading how obsessed I am about it. Can’t wait to share some photos once the apartment is cleaned up from moving in!

Happy Friday, folks!

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Blueberry Lemon Buttercream

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I know I go back and forth about cake verses pie on here, but birthdays call for cake. My cousin celebrated her birthday yesterday, so naturally I provided the dessert. I wanted something classic, but also interesting, and vanilla bean lends itself tremendously in the “classic” category. If you read the blog, you know that what I make that week depends largely on what is on sale in the produce section. I had dreamed up a blood orange frosting but I can’t pass up a deal on fresh blueberries.

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Friday Favorites 7.29.15

I am finally almost done unpacking boxes from the move! If that’s not a new Friday favorite, then I don’t know what is. We’ve spent a lot of time rearranging the space and trying to see what works where. For now, all the bikes have a good home so I can say we prioritized correctly. Sadly we’ve got to go clean the apartment tomorrow so there goes my Saturday morning (whomp, whomp).

It was another hot week in the cities and I’m so ready for this muggy-ness to be over. The summers here certainly make up for the winter, but I am not into this humidity. Thankfully we have an air conditioner in our room, even though it makes this weird creaky noise unless you tilt it sideways. Yeah, SIDEWAYS aka watch your air conditioner fall out the window (no thanks) so we live with the squeaky-ness.

We decided to tackle the bathroom first for the renter’s DIY series. I can’t take any credit for coming up with the ideas because my friend Marin is helping me. If you follow my blog, then you’re not surprised at all by that. This weekend we are going to tackle caulking the trim and giving it a fresh coat of paint. The homeowners painted over all the woodwork, which makes me cringe and cry inside. I grew up in old homes, so to see all that beautiful wood be covered in a half hazard coat of paint is just awful. Dramatic antics aside, a second coat of white will make it look halfway decent and we will eventually paint the rest of the bathroom white as well. I’ve picked a black and white (+ blue or yellow?) theme for the bathroom to keep it clean and simple. Check out this week’s favorites for my bathroom inspiration.. and other fun things.

This week’s favorites:

I’m totally in love with this shower curtain, but I’m sure as hell not paying $115 dollars for it. We are going to do something like this, with a painted sheet instead.

I like this look for above the toilet. A simple shelf and some plants that I can’t kill.. maybe a cactus or some succulents? I heard that air plants are pretty low maintenance.

On second thought, I like the look of this DIY hanging planter shelf. Above the toilet problem solved. Don’t worry, I’ll change my mind next week. These plant pods are also pretty cool. Okay, air plant hanging mason jar planters win.

I also think this idea of wallpaper art from ohladycakes is super fun so maybe that will be my backup to plant haven.

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

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I am choosing to turn on the oven as little as possible this week. Seems like it was hot just about everywhere in the midwest this week, and we had a severe heat advisory until Friday night (hence the desire to not turn on my oven). I did cave on Friday night and made Minimalist Baker’s quinoa taco meat and it was SO worth it. If you haven’t tried the recipe yet, you should do so ASAP. It even got a vote for a repeat recipe from Dan so you know it’s good. That woman is ah-mazing.

It FINALLY decided to rain after the hottest week we have had in a while. That being said, I’m still not turning my oven on because I’m enjoying being comfortable in something other than shorts and a tank top. Also, it’s still really hot out. It was another busy weekend here so I squeezed these cookies in between bouncing around the cities with my older sister who visited this past weekend. With the rain on Saturday, things were pretty low key. We enjoyed my favorite tempeh ruben at French Meadow in Uptown, relaxed a bit, and hung out with some bike team friends later in the evening before heading for a drink at Social Cider Werks.

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Friday Favorites 7.22.16

After almost a month, I’m back! I hope you were able to follow my European adventures on Instagram (@danasedibleaffair) and had a wonderful holiday. Needless to say, we did not have any fireworks for the Fourth of July. I will say that all the falafel and gelato that I ate made up for it though.

My brother and I started off the trip in Frankfurt, Germany. Really – we flew into Frankfurt jet lagged and hungry and cranky on Sunday morning. Backpacks in tow, we found our AirBnB and wandered around the city a bit. We were off to Munich the next day, and Berlin shortly after. On Saturday, we took the train to Brussels were we joined the rest of my family. A few days there and we were off to Paris. There will be more travel posts to follow, but I’m doing my best not to start rambling. Continue reading