Happy Weekend!

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Happy Friday, friends! Don’t those loaded Mediterranean street fries look delicious??…maybe even delicious enough to bring to a super bowl party today! Reg has gotten more into football while living in Boston so her and some friends will be rooting for the Patriots this Sunday (while heckling her sister via text who coincidentally lives in Atlanta). While Christa loves sports, she never really got all that into football specifically, so she’ll be hanging out near the snack table trying to recall football plays from Friday Night Lights lol. No matter what you’re doing or who you’re rooting for this weekend – have a great one! xo


cct // Sad, but interesting twitter account – Trump Regrets, where this user reposts when people tweet about why they are regretting voting for Trump…

rkv // A friend and I were just saying the other day how we used to always wear statement earrings, and how we want to bring that back into our wardrobe! Currently crushing on these, these, and these

cct // An ode to Boursin cheese

rkv // Dat blowout doe

cct // Did you guys know there are hidden wine cellars under the Brooklyn Bridge?!

rkv // Bloody brilliant Ikea hacks for big blank walls

cct // I always want to love Tiny Houses so badly, but I had never seen a layout I really thought I could live with…until now! This tiny house flows so well, seems airy and livable! What a unique way to live.

rkv // 20 dutch oven recipe to make right meow


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No-Bake Chocolate Chunk Quinoa Bites

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First off, happy Halloween! Secondly, my office is in candy overdrive. We have a bit of a Reese’s and Kit Kat addiction around these parts, with 3lb bags constantly hiding in the office kitchen cabinet. So dangerous, and anyone who knows me knows that I have zero control in such scenarios.

To attempt to combat this dilemma, I concocted these little guys for you all to try. They really do hit the spot for when I’m craving something chocolate-y after lunch, yet are packed with protein and fiber, with as little sugar as I could get away with. The fact that they’re no-bake makes these a great little snack.

Stay tuned for more editions of these, because I’m in love and want to see what other kinds I can whip up!

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Ingredients
(Makes 12 bites)

1 cup white quinoa, cooked
1 cup quick rolled oats, uncooked
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
1/4 cup creamy almond butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt

To Make
To prep, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside, then pour your coconut flakes on to a plate and set aside.

To begin making, pour your cooked quinoa, oats, almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt into a large bowl. Using your hands or a spatula, thoroughly mix ingredients until well incorporated. Once batter is complete, add your chocolate chunks and fold into the mix.

Using your hands, roll your dough into golf ball sized spheres and place on your parchment paper. Once you’ve rolled all of your dough, roll the bites once more into the coconut flakes until fully covered. Place back onto your baking sheet and set into the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Once chilled, store in tupperware in the fridge for up to a week.

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Gift Guide for Dads

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Oh, Dads. How they love their snacks and fine leather goods. Picking things for them can sometimes be a challenge, because they’re really good at the whole “wow, this is great!” and then never ever use it routine. When it comes to your Pop, you sort of need to channel into their psyche. Sounds absurd, but hey, it works. You gotta think about what they do, when they do it, and their level of commitment to such hobbies (something tells me that most guys aren’t too intense about their skin care routine, and likely won’t be using that men’s Clarisonic). Hence we have lots of gifts involving good eats, cool gear, and leisurely activities.

The History of Jazz book // Trapper Hat // Wireless Bike Meter // Williams-Sonoma Popcorn Kit // Classic Timex Watch // Dartboard // Leather Travel Tag  // Harry & David Dip Samplers // Key Chain

 

Mount Monadnock

You may have seen us mention our hike in New Hampshire from a couple of weekends back, and now we’re finally getting around to posting about it!

We actually have renamed this epic hike to Profanity Mountain, because holy sh*t it was hard. We definitely didn’t quite know what we were getting ourselves into, but if you’ll notice in Exhibit B, picture #2, my body is lunging with all of it’s might up a massive incline — this was the entire hike up, for TWO hours. So yeah, needless to say we were exhausted, but so glad we did it. The view from the top was pretty unreal, and we were feeling mighty accomplished by the end of it.

So if you ever find yourself in this area of New England and are up for a bit of a challenge, this Profanity Mountain hike is a must. And now that we’re extremely experienced/advanced hikers (chyea, okay) we have a few tips for you. Check ’em out as you scroll!

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01. Good gear — moisture-wicking clothes, shoes with solid traction, and a headband will save your lives

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02. Snacks! — don’t leave home without ’em. We brought along a container of cashews, small turkey sandwiches, granola bars, and LOTS of water. If we didn’t have these, it’s quite possible that we would have passed out.

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03. Sunscreen — we lucked out and our day was pretty grey, but if it had been any sunnier, we would have likely been little lobsters. It’s easy to forget because you’re amongst so many trees, but your shoulders will definitely see the light of day, and a lot of it.

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04. Map it out — they’ll offer one to you, and you should take it. It’s pretty helpful in knowing which trail to take and figuring out what level you’re about to take on (plus they’re pretty!).

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05. Take breaks — if you’re pooped, you’re pooped! Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. Find a nice comfy looking rock, pop a squat, take in the views, and thank your body for being so good to you!

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