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Pasta with Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce

I had a large amount of cherry tomatoes left over from making goodies for my book club last week. With some pasta on-hand as well, I decided to find a meal option where I could combine the two. I came across this recipe on Epicurious: Pasta with 15-min Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce and decided to give it a whirl.

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The recipe was really simple — make the pasta as directed, then heat the tomatoes in oil until they burst. The overall result was really delicious and the sauce coated the noodles perfectly. The only critique I have is that the sauce was a little oily for me, especially when I ate this for leftovers. Also, all those bursting cherries made a mess all over my kitchen. It took awhile to clean the oil off my counters and floor. Next time, I will use a cover for my skillet!

IMG_8291Some of the aftermath

Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese

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I’ve been looking for a way to use up the spare whole wheat macaroni I had in my pantry. My mom had passed it along to me since she didn’t like it. I’m definitely more of a shell or penne girl myself. Luckily, I had this Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese recipe pinned from awhile back. This was the perfect chance to try it out!

I really enjoyed the technique of straining the pasta over the spinach, allowing it to wilt. Less dishes to wash is always better for me! With wheat noodles and Greek yogurt instead of a creamy sauce — this makes for a healthier dish! I’m sure it would work with other vegetables added as well. I recommend adding another cup of spinach, two didn’t seem like enough to distribute evenly.

The only criticism I have is that the onion and garlic powder was too much for me. I don’t think I would add it next time. This dish is also great for leftovers, it lasted 3 meals for me and tasted great 3 days later!

Weekly Reading

IMG_8271The beginning of early morning triathlon workouts!

1. Some great career tips from Buzzfeed

2. This banana caramel smoothie looks delicious

3. A list of the best tater tots in LA

4. Why you should live with no regrets

5. A funny article about cargo shorts

Watching: Finally paid for Hulu and checking out Community — Almost done with season one and enjoying it!

Reading: Eleanor & Park — Not sure I enjoyed it as much as others, but it was an easy read. YA books aren’t what they used to be for me.

Listening: “You Don’t Own Me” by Grace — this has been stuck in my head since seeing Suicide Squad

Chocolate M&M Cake Mix Cookies

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You can’t deny these cookies are visually appealing. When I saw the colorful M&Ms, I knew I had to try these Chocolate M&M Cake Mix Cookies. Though, given that I am a peanut butter lover, I decided to do peanut butter M&Ms instead!

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The awesome thing about cake mix cookies is that they are just so darn easy to make. You just mix all the ingredients together and pop them in the oven (I used water instead of Hershey’s syrup). You don’t even need to use a standing mixer, I used a spatula :)

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Weekly Reading

IMG_8052Visiting the hippos at LA Zoo!

1. It’s crazy the objectification and scrutiny that women in Hollywood go through, it’s time for a change!

Visiting Malibu Wine Safaris

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I’ve been wanting to visiting Malibu Wine Safaris after I saw someone posting about it on Snapchat. I love animals and knew I HAD to meet the giraffe. Luckily, they had some openings over Memorial Day weekend and I was able to check it out!

The trucks that take you around the property

I took the Giraffe Tour ($95) which is a little over 90 mins and includes 6 tastings. They start out by taking you to see the animals. They have alpaca, zebras, horses, and the main attraction — Stanley the giraffe!

IMG_7896My sister feeding the alpaca

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After seeing the animals, they take you to two different locations on the property for tasting of 3 white wines, then 3 red wines. They also provide crackers and spreads to munch on. Along the way, you get to see the beautiful property and artwork the owner has displayed. My favorite part was just taking in the beautiful views!

IMG_7933Beautiful Views!

I absolutely loved the Malibu Wine Safari and hope to come back and try another tour sometime. It was a relaxing and beautiful way to spend a Sunday with my sister!

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Weekly Reading

IMG_8014A great birthday this week at Emo Night LA

1. Kinda funny – How millennials have discovered that going out sucks!

Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles

I randomly got a craving for cookies the other day and decided to give these Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles a whirl. I was hesitant to try these since I’ve never baked with cream of tartar, but they were delicious. I couldn’t stop eating them!

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They were so light and fluffy, the perfect type of cookie with just enough chocolate chips. I honestly don’t have anything else to say about these, but they were amazing. I think I ate a majority of them and have no regrets.

The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl

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The moment I heard about The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl, I knew I had to go! Such a great cast and one of the best animated musicals of all time, I was in!

IMG_7947View from our original seats

It was actually one of those nights that everything was going wrong. The lot we wanted to park in was full, so myself and friend Erika had to find other parking, then walk to the shuttle. We ended up getting to our seats right as the show was starting, to find our row was already full! The ushers deliberated for a bit, then re-seated us right by the stage! It was a bad situation that turned out to be a good night.

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The orchestra played live to the movie, including a few solos along the way. I was interested to see how they would stretch the time as The Little Mermaid is less than 90 mins, but I was surprised to learn they added in some of the Broadway songs, along with an intermission in the middle. John Stamos really stole the show as Chef Louis, his song was amazing. Sara Bareilles was equally great as Ariel. Jodi Benson even came out at the end to sing “Part of Your World.” Overall, it was amazing to see everything live under the stars and I hope they continue these shows in the future.

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