Advice + Food

Yesterday, I mentioned that I had five followers, but I didn’t mention that I have yet to receive comments. I would really love it if those of you who have liked and/or following my blog to give me some pointers. Am I doing something wrong? Am I at all interesting? Anything, I would really appreciate some feedback here.

Also an update on my Valentines Day, the boyfriend and I went to Ruby Tuesdays this afternoon for a late lunch and then headed over to the little Antique Mall here in Grand Forks. I really meant to bring my camera, but I didn’t think we’d actually get to go, so I left it at home. Anyways, we tried their Asian Dumplings, very delicious, especially the peanut sauce that they drizzle on the plate and have in a dipping saucer. I thought it was a brilliant idea to lightly sprinkle the potstickers with poppy and sesame seeds. Must try that for when I (hopefully) get around to making another batch of potstickers. I found this amazing recipe for pork potstickers a few months ago and I love it, check it out at Use Real Butter. Her recipe(s) are easy to follow and she provides pictures along the way. My only problem with making potstickers though was the part where you add water to hot oil (scary!).

Oh and yesterday I found this truly amazing tea at work, if you like tea, aren’t picky, and you like fruity tea seriously give this tea a try!

(Image from Saucy Sprinkles, who also has a great copycat version of Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade)

Cookie Jar

cookie jar

I finally got to use my cookie jar that I bought on Thursday at Michael’s! I saw it and was like “I need that!” Even though I really didn’t need a cookie jar, it’s so hard not to buy items from work, what can I say, I’m an impulse shopper. Anyways, the beau and roomate absolutely love it when I make my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and the recipes nothing special either. It’s actually Quaker’s Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, I just switch out the raisins for chocolate chips.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1/2  cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt (optional) I always do this, I like the sweet and salty.
  • 3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1  cup or more 😉 chocolate chips


Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

I usually have to bake them for about 11 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time Time: 08 min

If you haven’t yet tried Quaker’s Oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips, I highly recommend it, so yummy and easy.


Firenze Arti Artisive

University of North Dakota has some great opportunities to study abroad in Europe such as: Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. I will study at The Firenze Arti Visive School of Fine Arts (featured above) before I graduate with my BFA in Graphic Design. I’ll figure out a way to pay for it, because not only would I love to visit, backpack, and live in Italy I would love more than anything to study art in the heart of Florence, Italy! Which reminds me, adding another item to my bucketlist!