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M&M cookies and chocolate cake- the stuff of dreams

14 Sep

Why hello there!! I did not in fact fall off the face of the earth. I have just been busy with medical school. It’s kind of life consuming. I just finished my first set of block exams for my first semester. (Block exams are like finals. We have them 3 times a semester. Yep…) I have only been in school for 6 weeks and yet it feels like it’s been a lifetime. Last night I slept for 12 hours, to make up for my sporadic sleep schedule during the past week or so. The latest I stayed up to study for a test was 4am. I couldn’t help it, there was just so much to learn! I had 4 major exams and thank god I passed all of them (and passed them well) and was able to enjoy my weekend. All I have been doing is sleeping, eating, and watching TV. Oh, and baking, of course! I wanted to whip up some cookies for my wonderful study partner who helped me survive the torment of 10 hour study days. 

m&m cookies

These cookies are amazing. Perhaps the best I have made yet. And very, very easy to prepare. I found the recipe here. The secret ingredient is Jello vanilla pudding mix. Who would’ve thought! It really improves the texture and makes them melt-in-your-mouth yummy. I also liked the use of mini M&Ms and mini chocolate chips, they mix into the batter better than the normal-sized ones.

texassheetcake

I also made a chocolate cake (called Texas Sheet cake) from a recipe in Joy of Cooking (below). AMAZING, AMAZING chocolate cake. Not too fudgy, more like a cocoa flavored cake. Makes sense since the only chocolate ingredient I used was cocoa powder. 🙂 Very moist, very delicious.

texassheetcakerecipe

Neither of these recipes are low fat or low sugar. They are kind of fatty, but not overly sweet. Sometimes, you just have to treat yourself (and your friends)! It beats going to the bakery. At least I know what I put in my sweets! Fresh ingredients, and some of them are organic too. Makes me feel good.

Back to the daily grind on Monday, but for now I am going to savor these sweet moments (haha, I am so funny, and corny) and kick back and relax. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!!

Double-Chocolate Cupcakes

11 Jan
Rows of chocolate- just what I love!

Rows of chocolate- just what I love!

These are soooo awesome! They are moist, fluffy, and light at the same time- quite amazing. And very easy to make. I watched the movie No Reservations in the background (really fun movie complete with an awesome Italian soundtrack that’s perfect for when you’re in the kitchen) and whipped these up in a snap.

Thank you Kim for the recipe! You now have two pingbacks from me. 🙂 I will no longer have to resort to boxed baking mixes when I am craving a good ol’ chocolate cupcake.

So, my friends, give these LOW FAT cupcakes a shot- you will not regret it! Continue reading

What are you baking this weekend?

10 Jan
Carrot pineapple muffins

Carrot pineapple muffins

Happy Friday! (Just about…) Another week comes to a close. How is everyone doing with their New Year’s resolutions? I think I’ve been doing a decent job. I went to the gym twice this week and didn’t stuff my face with sweets…score! Also, work has been pretty productive and I’ve been able to get in some reading before I go to sleep. And finally the big one: I’m trying to get into medical school this Fall. Yes, it’s the first time I’ve said this on my blog! But we’re pretty well-acquainted now and I thought it was time to tell you about my biggest resolution for the year, and for my life! I have some interviews coming up, and I’m getting ready. Fingers crossed! Continue reading

Low-fat Banana Bread with Flaxseed Meal

19 May

Loaf of Banana Bread

Who doesn’t love banana bread? Well, I guess people who don’t like bananas, but I can’t imagine that such people exist! (I guess anything is possible since some people don’t even like chocolate.) My favorite thing to eat when I was little was a slice of banana bread from Starbucks.  The lovely part about this recipe is that you only use 5 tablespoons of butter and then add some yogurt to replace any additional fat. Also, you can throw in some flaxseed meal, which gives it a nutty flavor and some good ‘ol omega-3 fatty acids. Continue reading