Creamy Tex-Mex Quinoa Dippers

101 in 1001 #19: Make 10 new recipes, at least one in each of the following categories: dessert, dinner, foreign, salad, healthy, drink, and something with quinoa! 

Complete: #2/10 - Something with quinoa!
NOT my photo. Mine looked nowhere near this pretty.
Photo from where I got the recipe, here.
Before trying this recipe, I'd never had quinoa in my life. The idea of quinoa both intrigued and slightly terrified me - I'd heard it was tasty but I had no idea how to cook it!


A Straight Hairstyle for My Short Hair

101 in 1001 #34: Figure out a cute straight hairstyle for my short hair. Complete 10/5/2017

One of the greatest challenges I face with my hair (wow that sounds dramatic! haha) is how fine it is. I have a fair amount of hair, but especially when it's short and I wear it straight, it just hangs so limp and flat, basically static-clinging to the sides of my face. It's hard to explain... but trust me, it's not cute. It may seem counterintuitive to try to figure out how to do my hair straight, but my ways just weren't workin' for me.

That's why, when it's short, I have typically curled it almost every day, because that's the only way I can seem to get any body in it!


The West Wing

101 in 1001 #31: Watch The West Wing. Complete 1/5/2018
(I actually completed several other items before this one, but this is on my mind so I'm going to write about it first. :) )

Ahh, The West Wing. This show originally aired when I was about 8 years old, and continued 'til I was 15. This definitely made me far too young to enjoy it in its original run, but I clearly remember my dad watching it all. the. time. And let me tell you, my dad isn't big into TV these days, but he bought all the DVDs for this series and has probably watched the entire thing at least 4-5 times. So, needless to say - it's his favorite. He's been trying to get me to watch it for a few years, but I kept thinking - "a political show? Nah. Not my style." 

Only once my sister watched it and made a case for its amazingness did I finally decide to check it out, and boy was I pleasantly surprised. Read on for more, with ZERO spoilers incase you're considering watching it yourself! :)


Gettin' Back to It

Here's the part where I pull out all my excuses and disclaimers about why I haven't blogged for 3 months (WOW that time goes by fast).

Rather than ramble on for paragraphs and paragraphs (as I am prone to do), here's a bullet-point list:

  • Right after my last post, my dear friend borrowed my laptop for a few weeks since she needed a Mac-specific program for a project she was working on. Without my laptop, I don't really blog. It's just a fact.
  • By the time I got my laptop back, thus began a lot of craziness including a family wedding, The Holidays, etc.
  • Perhaps the silliest reason but still true nonetheless - I got fake nails. HA! And while I loved them and kept them for 8 weeks, typing with those things is no joke. And it annoyed me so much that I tried to avoid it as much as possible. :)
  • Christmas! Disneyland! We were basically gone for 2 weeks at the end of December and into the beginning of January. So no bloggin' time.
  • And, finally, the saddest reason: starting with the tail end of our California trip and continuing through today (although I think it's finally coming to an end): I'VE BEEN SO SICK. Ugh. Started with a cold, then the stomach flu, then the actual flu (aka influenza) and then a cold. The worst part about it was I'd feel better in between for like a day and then get knocked off my feet again. I've spent the better part of the first two weeks of 2018 in my bed. SO READY FOR THAT TO BE OVER.

And there you have it. Quite possibly my most legitimate (okay, except for the fingernails one :) ) list of excuses to date.

One thing I'm really proud of myself for though is the fact that even with my lack of documenting it, I still managed to complete several of the items on my list! So huzzah for that. Updates comin' atcha this week!


Peanut Butter Reese's Cookies

101 in 1001 #19: Make 10 new recipes, at least one in each of the following categories: dessert, dinner, foreign, salad, healthy, drink, and something with quinoa! 

Complete: 1/10, DESSERT

Okay, so this item on my list isn't 100% complete yet, but I figured I could split the recipes into separate posts and it'd be a fun way to stay updated instead of waiting til they're all done! 

This picture makes it very apparent I'm not a food photographer.
Maybe I should brush up on those skills. :)

Get ready to meet your new favorite cookie.