Tuesday, January 12, 2010


I'm so excited right now I could shout!  I won Fresh Local and Best' NY travel guide!  I don't ever win anything so it was such an excitement when I read the comment!  Hopefully one day I'll be able to do giveaways on my blog!

I'm back in Chi town after a wonderful break at home in The Mitten.  It's hard to come back and get back into the swing of things but exciting too.  (Not too exciting that I will be arising at 7am tomorrow, ugh.)  I'm starting my clinical rotation in a hospital this semester, which I think will be very interesting and very exhausting.

On one of my last days home, Keith (back from New Orleans) and I made Starbucks' oatmeal cookies.  (I love them, just read My Fav Oatmeal Cookie.  Instead of white flour we used wheat.  They turned out good but definitely weren't the same.  I think they were a bit overdone (I like my cookies chewy) and we forgot to back the first batch with the extra raisins on top.  Overall they turned out to be pretty good and I would make them again!  However, I don't think this will stop me from my Starbucks stops to grab a cookie.  (:

Keith brought me back some treats from NOLA.  While he was there he frequented a local, 24-7, coffee shop, Cafe Du Monde.  He got coffee with chicory and beignets (I think it's pronounced, ben-yays, I could be mistaken.)  He brought back some of the beignets but they had gotten too hard on the journey home.  Luckily he also got me a mix to make them so he can compare and I can taste!  I can't wait!  He describes them and doughnuts but harder and tastier!  Anyone ever tried one?  He also brought me back some of the coffee with chicory and a coffee mug.  I'm anxious to try the coffee tomorrow morning!  It sounds like an awesome place that one day I will hope to visit.

I returned to this growing on top of my fridge today!  I had forgotten a bag of onions here and they sprouted.  I think they look really neat and smell good too!

After unpacking and heating up a quick dinner (Grandma's homemade pea soup, yumm...no pics, woops) I headed to the grocery store to pick up things I couldn't steal from my pantry at home.  After all of that business was done it was smoothie time for my friend, Kathleen and me but I thought I would spice it up a little this time and add some red wine.  It was good!  Definitely a treat and a relaxing ending to the day!

Better hit the pillow for an early rise tomorrow.  (Waking up to my chicory coffee!)

Goodnight bloggies!



  1. I'm glad to know how happy you are! I start every morning with Cafe Du Monde coffee, it's the best!

  2. It really is...I think I'm becoming addicted.