Nutella Milkshake

Drooling yet? You will be soon.

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Holy cow, this is heaven in a glass. Such a great combo of flavors! I can’t wait to maybe add some Bailey’s to this in the summer time and just sit on the patio and chilllllll.

Note: I am not one to measure out ingredients when I make milkshakes/smoothies, so sorry in advance if you’re one of those people who love to follow exact measurements!

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Nutella Milkshake (adapted from How Sweet It is)

  • nutella
  • oats
  • cashew milk
  • ice
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • plain greek yogurt

It really does taste like a blended oatmeal cookie- just with the added bonus of nutella. I’ve already downed about half this glass and I’ll tell you what- the baby LOVES it. He is dancing like a maniac! I’d join him, but I’m a bit sore and enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the couch with my heating pad and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Thankyouverymuch.

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What’s your favorite milkshake? (can be one you make or one you buy!)

Friday ‘Fings (instead of ‘things’. Haha get it? Ok, nevermind)

So it’s official, my masters came in the mail yesterday. I also got a separate diploma for my certificate in marketing.

Not too shabby. Although, it does make me wonder how employers look into the credibility of these- do they just take my word for it that I hauled ass for an extra 4 years (and $30,000)?

Recapping yesterday:
-I ran errands with my mom
-I did a 40 minute treadmill interval
-I went to the local watering hole for a few hours (and managed to ONLY drink H2O!)

This morning I woke up feeling like crap. Couldn’t blame it on booze since I had none. Methinks it was all the second hand smoke. As a matter or fact, I can still taste/feel that nasty stuff in my lungs. I chose to make a hearty batch of whole wheat pancakes topped with Nutella to go with my daily POT of coffee.

I totally forgot how much the altitude plays a part in baking and cooking! My pancakes in Calgary are usually supah dupah flufftastic, but these (same recipe) were flat as a pancake. I guess that’s pretty appropriate.

I only put about 2 tbsp of the chocolatey goodness on the stack, and they tasted like CAKE. yum.


After an indulgent (but healthy- minus the Nutella) breakfast, I headed over to the mall to get some staples. 2 shirts from JCPenney’s and some FRS chews that we’re on sale sale sale.




I wasn’t hungry at all by the time my parents opted to go out for lunch, but I accompanied them since it was at a local brewery whose beer I had yet to try. No brainer there.
Anyways, Cooper’s Cave is just around the corner from home, so we zipped on over. I saw the special for 6 5oz samples of their home brew (only $10!). Here’s what I had to choose from:

I got the top 6. All were tasty except the Red Ale. Not my cuppa-tea AT ALL.

I also decided to get a house salad so that my lunch was not strictly liquid. There were SO many yummy things in the menu, but I just wasn’t hungry. I can’t wait to go back there again before I leave so I can take advantage of some other goodies!


Tonight’s workout was Workout C with cardio intervals courtesy of Best Body Bootcamp. I took this opportunity to run up and down the stairs for each 5 minute cardio blast. Talk about a A) perfect way to annoy your parents when they’re trying to watch tv, and B) great way to change it up from the typical jumping jacks, jump rope, yadda yadda.

So here’s a funny story: (WARNING: it’s not a funny story at all) my mom gave me a nice belly button ring for Christmas like 8 years ago. About two years ago, the stone fell out. Me, being the lazy bum that I am, left the ring in *sans stone* and with twisted prongs. It wasn’t until I came home this past week that she got me another ring to replace the nasty one.

I guess what I’m trying to say is Thanks Mom.

I am currently in my jams watching everything that’s being aired on Bravo, since we don’t get that network in Calgary. I am entirely too addicted.


Black Beans and Cookies and Nutella..Oh My!

It’s time for another homework break!

Basically, I have been doing math all day. And not the fun kind of math where Jen+chocolate=happy. The kind where you have to use multifactor productivity ratios and such. Yucky.

I did get my foodie pen pal stuff in the mail today, but I can’t write about it until the last day of the month.

I spoke with my wedding photographer today. She probably thinks I’m psychotic, but really I was just jacked on coffee.

I made black bean soup!

I used to always get the black bean soup from Panera back home, and I got the sudden craving the other day, so I bought the ingredients while I was out (basically, just the beans) and finally got around to making it this afternoon.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 big cans of black beans
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 T olive oil

Here’s what you do:

  1. heat the oil in a saucepan. add the onion. after a few minutes (allowing the onion to soften), add the spices. After another minute, add the beans, salsa and water.
  2. bring the stuff to a boil for a few minutes. turn the heat down, cover the pot and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or so.
  3. Take half the soup out and place in a blender. Blend. Add it back to the rest of the soup in the pot. Bring it back to a boil, cover and simmer until you’re ready to eat.

And because I have a stupid huge sweet tooth, I made an old favorite- with a little twist. Think chocolate chip cookies meets cake pan meets jar of nutella. YUP.

It’s just your average chocolate chip cookie recipe

  • a bag o’chips
  • 1 cup o’butter
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • JUST UNDER 2 c flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 t vanilla
  • 1 t baking soda

  1. Beat the butter. Add the brown sugar until fully incorporated. Then the sugar. Beat in each egg one at a time. Add the vanilla. The soda. Then the flour. Last is the chips.
  2. Grease an 8×8 dish. Coat the bottom of the dish with about 1/2 the cookie dough (do this immediately. AKA: don’t let the full batch of dough sit in the fridge)
  3. After you coat the bottom of the dish with 1/2 the dough, stick THAT in the fridge. Leave the other half out. As soon as you put the dish in the fridge, preheat the oven for 375. When it beeps telling you it’s ready, take the dish out of the fridge, smear with nutella (like 3/4 cup). Then cover with the remaining dough.
  4. Baking for 30 minutes (it might be different where you are- I’m at high altitude)

If loving this is wrong, I don’t EVER wanna be right.


I’m gonna go drink a gallon of water and run 5 miles now. Bye bye.