Summer Friday Coffee and Sandals

I got to work today and there’s no one really here. Glad I didn’t bother dressing corporate. I had worn these boring flats to work because I didn’t know if you could do open toe, but guess what..when no one is here and one of the only other girls is wearing open toe… I popped down to Accessorize lol to check our their clearance sandals. I mean why waste a good long summer dress on flats? £14.50 (~$19).  I didn’t just cruise downstairs to buy shoes though… I at least pretended there was an acceptable purpose and went to pick up a coffee. Skinny filter #yes can’t beat 99p for a cup at Pret. I’m not a big espresso fan so filter coffee with skim milk is my go to here in London 🙂

New goodies on the left. Boring flats on the right.


Ahhhhh nice skinny filter :p

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Charcoal Crackers. YUM!

I love all the stuff at the grocery store in London. Waitrose has such nice food, and Marks and Spencer I just love. I was cruising around the other day and I literally went back when I saw “charcoal biscuits.” It says on the nutrition panel that they actually contain 1% charcoal.

And because it’s Thursday… Time for a glass of wine, with a side of charcoal crackers with Brie, and spicy chorizo!

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Zara in Europe is better.

In NYC, I never set foot in Zara because the merchandise always looks so cheap and low quality . . . but I have purchased so many things in the London Zara.  Work moved me here for 9 months, and I just can’t stop shopping the Zara sale lol.

My pictures definitely don’t do these tops justice.  I’ll have to post pictures when I’m actually wearing these.  They varied from £9.99 -15.99 (~$13-22).  The first top absolutely looks designer.  It’s a little hard to see when it’s bunched up, but you can wear it with a black pencil skirt to work, or you can wear it with a little higher waist jeans.  I would call it my Thursday work top, so I’m prepared in case we go to happy hour 🙂

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This blazer is more fitted, and it covers your behind which is nice.  I plan to wear it this weekend with that black and lace top I bought (above).   It even has this really nice white stitching detailing that really makes the blazer more special.  I paid £29.99 (~$39) for this thing and I love it.  Did I mention how nice it is that the pound is weak right now?  Shop on, people!

Lower Guilt Oatmeal Raisin Chewwwy Cookies (No Fancy Ingredients Needed)

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It’s difficult to manage my sweet tooth while I am trying to cut down on calories.  One of my newest things is to substitute half or more butter a dessert recipe calls for with applesauce.  I’ve made this very popular recipe Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I (from allrecipes.com), but this time I made my own substitutions.

Rather than use the 3/4 cup of butter, I substituted 1/2 cup of applesauce and only put 1/4 cup of butter.  I cut down the white sugar to 1/2 cup, and since I didn’t have vanilla extract I substituted with cognac.  Lastly, I only baked the cookies for 8 minutes.

The cookies are soooooo chewy.  They looked a little undercooked when I took them out, but they hardened as they cooled.  If I want them crispier, next time I will cook them for 9-10 minutes.  I definitely prefer chewy though!  🙂

Quick!! Use Leftover Ingredients to Make a Tasty Dinner!!

I had lots of random small amounts of leftover vegetables, cheeses, and meats.  Originally, I didn’t plan to cook dinner, but duty called.

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I made an asparagus and pecorino cheese quiche.  It was super simple.  Sauté the asparagus in olive oil on medium for a few minutes.  In a large bowl, whisk together 6 eggs and whatever grated cheese you have around.  Throw everything together in the pie pan and cook for 30 minutes on 375 degrees.

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Next, I made a pea and bacon dish.  Chop one whole onion, cut a few strips of bacon, and brown both ingredients together in a skillet.  I then added a box of frozen peas I had hanging out in the freezer.  Cook the peas with the bacon and onions until they’re hot.

Finally, I  heated up other leftover items I had like mashed potatoes, serve, and voila!  When it’s so cold that you don’t want to go to the grocery store, you have to work with the items you have on hand.