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Hey! I’m walkin’ heeeeere.

Wooo! New York, you big beautiful city. We had a ton of fun but we are glad to be home. Nothing makes you appreciate your home state like going to city that thrives on chaos.

We had quite the debacle as our flight to NYC was canceled last minute, apparently due to the fact that they moved El Chapo through LaGuardia airport that night. So we were rescheduled for the next morning. I’ve never had a flight canceled before so it was quite stressful. Our rerouted flight flew us first class from Detroit to Cleveland. 4 hour layover in Cleveland and then finally flew us to NYC. Layovers are SO freaking lame.

Day One: Since we arrived later in the day, our friend picked us up from the airport and we went back to his place. Dined on some delicious pizza and then went out to Staten Island’s notorious punk/metal bar Mother Pug’s Saloon. Our friend’s friends made us feel hella welcomed and we had a great night with too much booze.

Day Two: We spent the next day recovering poolside at our friend’s wife’s family’s house. (That was a doozy.) We barbecued to celebrate our friend turning the big 3-0.

Day Three: Our friend took us into the city. He wanted to make it as New York as possible so we took the Staten Island Ferry, followed by the subway to our first goal: the Nintendo store. Now, if you don’t know, there are only two in the world. One in New York and one in Tokyo. Mr. C&M was completely overwhelmed and in awe. It was worth the whole trip just to see that.

We then made our way to the famed Trash and Vaudeville. A punk/metal clothing store that we’ve heard of for years and years. It was pretty cool but to be completely honest, not as sweet as we were expecting. We bought some patches and pins and it was fun.

From there, we had the New York taxi experience to get to China Town and our friend’s all time favorite Chinese food restaurant. Wo Hop. We’ve been forever ruined on Chinese food. There is nothing like it in Michigan.

We headed back to Staten Island to pick up our friend’s pregnant wife. We had Italian food and then went to Brooklyn in search of the ultimate metal bar, Duff’s. The rest of the night was spent meeting more awesome New Yorkers, chatting and enjoying good music.

Day Three: We went to the infamous Coney Island. It was a gray overcast day but that was refreshing because the previous days had been 90+ and humid as hell. We walked the boardwalk and then went to a pizza joint and had our first Sicilian slice pizza. ZOMG amazing.

Later, we went out to a nice little Mexican restaurant for our friend’s birthday dinner. It was followed up with a Smash Bros. session back at their apartment and then to bed since our flight was early the next day.

We had a great time and will definitely go back to visit our friend again and explore more of the city. The smog attempted to kill me though. I could not breath for most of the trip, to the point I thought that maybe I had picked up a bug. However, upon landing in Michigan and about 30 minutes into our drive home, I could breath out of both nostrils again.

If you have no other reason to go to New York City, just go for the food. We ate like Kings/Queens the whole time.

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Thick & Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Good morning fellow food fiends! I had a great weekend with my dad and let him picked what I baked since he doesn’t get to enjoy it very often. He choose cookies, but I choose the exact recipe.

These were very good. I recommend reading the entire recipe through before starting. Nothing particularly difficult but I had preheated my oven and then read that I needed to refrigerate the dough for a half hour before I could continue. I found the sweet spot with my ancient oven which was 10 minutes, flatten with spatula and then allow to continue to bake on the hot baking sheet for another 10 minutes. (The recipe makes more cookies than it says. I doubled the recipe and had overflowing plates of cookies.)

Recipe Here.

Top 5 Recipes of 2017

I slowed down on baking in 2017 because of a hectic year of buying a house, and moving but there were still some great recipes along the way.

  1. Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip
  2. Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
  3. Banana Oat Muffins
  4. Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
  5. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins

 

I’ve learned some sweet new baking tips in the last year and hopefully will implement them plenty in the new year to come. Remember kids, food is love!

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ALL THE PUMPKIN – PART 2

More pumpkin stuff! (I’ve actually been pretty lazy about trying things and I’ve definitely been lazy about baking things…)

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Pumpkin Spice Cheerios – Better than regular Cheerios but just a hint of pumpkin spice. Pretty good fall cereal. (Let’s face it though, BooBerry will always be #1.)

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Biggby’s Chumpkin Coffee – Oh dear pumpkin fiends, this is chai with pumpkin. Chumpkin. Doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold, it’s goooooood.

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Thomas Pumpkin Spice English Muffins – Last year, I mentioned this company’s awesome pumpkin spice bagels (which is always worth a repeat) but their english muffins with pumpkin spice are awesome too.

ALL THE PUMPKIN – PART 1

Yes, my fellow pumpkin fiends, that did require an all caps title. We’re six days into September and I’ve tried 3 pumpkin spice things, all of which were new to me. Saving best for last, let’s begin:

Meijer Pumpkin Cake Rolls

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Not bad but not as amazing as I had hoped they would be. A decent enough pumpkin treat but if you limit your pumpkin intake to not burn out on it, I would skip and try one of the next two instead.

Chobani Pumpkin Harvest Crisp Flip

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Every other pumpkin yogurt has failed me, but not this one. This is awesome. Pumpkin yogurt with pie crust pieces, pecans and glazed pumpkin seeds. (Glazed pumpkin seeds are my new favorite thing.) DO IT.

Voortman Pumpkin Spice Wafers

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Good pumpkin gods just eat these! I love wafers anyway and this brand has not disappointed me in any of it’s flavors yet. I will not even be ashamed if I eat half the package myself.

Have you tried anything pumpkin yet this season? If so, what and what were your opinions on it?

I’ve Been Nominated – Liebster Award Tag

I’ve been nominated by the super lovely Frankie Lovely (see what I did there?) for the Liebster Award. She’s an awesome book blogger so if you need another place for book suggestions, I highly recommend you check her out. ^.^

What is the Liebster Award?

“Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved, dearest, sweetheart, or darling.

For bloggers, the Liebster Award is an online recognition given by other bloggers to new bloggers for enjoying or appreciating their work. It highlights up and coming blogs.

Once nominated, a blogger is asked to answer 11 questions provided by the nominating blogger.  They are then expected to nominate 11 other favorite new bloggers and come up with a list of 11 new questions for those nominees.

The Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you. 
  3. Nominate 11 blogs.
  4. Notify those blogs of the nomination. 
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer. 

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