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Cake, Chili and Beer

28 Jan

The cake was a success! To be honest, I’ve definitely had better but this wasn’t half as bad as I thought. It’s a dark chocolate cake which it probably why I wasn’t too crazy about it, but the coworkers liked it 🙂 I used this recipe exactly.  

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It’s going to be different with out our amazing intern.

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(He’s on the left) Our small but mighty department went to lunch to celebrate his last day. We stopped in the beautiful snow covered Madison Square Park for some pictures.

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Isn’t Manhattan gorgeous?

So my birthday is coming up! I’m a leap year baby, so not “technically,” but I’ll be celebrating the big 23 this year. Weird. And for those who are thinking in their head, “Leap Year! OMG I never met anyone with that birthday! When do you celebrate?” Personally, I say March 1 because I was born the day after February 28th. So there.

That being said, I have been putting lists in my Google calendar thinking about what I want.

1) Crock Pot – Come home and dinner’s ready? Check.

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2)  French Press – Super strong coffee? Yes please.

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3) Magic Bullet – Blend things i.e. smoothies, banana ice cream, alcoholic beverages, etc? Sign me up.

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4) Mac Book Pro – Duh.

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See a wee bit of a common theme? Besides the Mac Book of course which is wishful thinking.

My kitchen game needs to step up STAT and I must say these three lovely appliances would be a fantabulous beginning. (Side note: a red squiggle didn’t show under the word “fantabulous”)

In other food news, I made chili tonight!

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The ingredients above was the core of the dish if you will but I was throwing every thing in this bad boy.

I started by sautéing the onion, pepper and garlic. Was out of olive oil so I used cooking spray. Gross at first, but in the end I couldn’t tell and there was not as many calories right?

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Then dump the glorious beans in; I used black beans and red and white kidneys. Then I added the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and left over salsa that was chillen in my fridge. Then I poured the contents of this box atop.

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Salt, cumin, chili powder dried onions and garlic, and masa powder. Oh and how can I forget. Rather then the broth I used …

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Topped with a little …

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I really just eye-balled everything and am proud of myself that it came out so good. And now I have chili to last me till the end of time.

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God I’m attractive. There wasn’t a shot in hell that beer was going to waste.

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