Key West Part Three

More Key West! I promise, this is my final installment of the Key West saga. I am back home now, but I just had to share with your guys the rest so you would be able to have as much fun as I did if you ever get the opportunity to get down here.

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We went to the iconic Sloppy Joe’s, which is also known as Hemingway‘s bar. Yes, it is where Hemingway used to hang out “back in the day”. My mom and I just went there for an appetizer at around lunch time one day (I think Wednesday) and ordered an appetizer that came with a few onion rings, a few conch fritters, some mozzarella sticks, and wings.

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Nothing in the appetizer really did much for me. Fried food doesn’t usually lift my skirt, unless it’s something like fish and chips, but it was decent and we were mostly there for the historical reasons.

Hemingway's skis!

Hemingway’s skis!

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It was still a cool experience and I really enjoyed the key limeade I had there!

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One last thing I would like to share with you guys is Kermit’s Key West Lime Shoppe.

Me and Kermit!

It’s this cute little bakery/candy/key lime-everything shop on the corner by where our shuttle from the hotel would pick us up and drop us off. We went in DAILY! One of my favorite parts of this little shop is that the guy who owns it (Kermit) is there basically everyday!!

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I love it when owners of small businesses take pride and put in that kind of effort into their business. His shop sells every key lime thing you could possibly think of. His products have been featured on TV, like on Food Network, and in many other notable media outlets. He sure has made quite a name for himself.

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His pie is sold all around Key West in many restaurants, and his products are sold in many Key West shops. He REALLY has it figured out! He has samples all over his store where you can basically sample everything from lotion to barbecue sauce to truffles.

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You can also buy his products on-line. I bought a shirt, his key lime juice, key lime jelly beans, and key lime hard candies.

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I was absolutely shocked at how much I loved the key lime candies. I think I may be addicted!

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There certainly are a bunch of interesting things to see and experience on Key West. If you can ever make it down here, I totally recommend it with my whole heart. I love it here, and seriously, I have never eaten a bad meal here. Ever. How often can you say that?!?

Example of interesting things around Key West

Example of interesting things around Key West

Random Fact of the Day: In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an ‘Honorary Harlem Globetrotter.'”

Week in Review (2/6-2/10)

Monday I finally feel almost completely better!! Woohooo! I also showed what magic can be done to cookies with coconut. Hello gooey coconut yumminess! Coconut lovers, this ones for you :)

Tuesday I’m like right there 90% better and I just cranked through my work like a rock star. Ever have those days where it just flies by and you’re flying right with it?

Wednesday I finally tried The Pioneer Woman‘s Cinnamon Rolls. HOLY MOLY, there is a reason why this woman is on the Food Network. Because she’s a genius with cinnamon rolls. These babies alone could get you on TV. No doubt. My post brought the recipe down to just 10 cinnamon rolls….instead of the the monstrous amount the original recipe yields.

I also had my last ACT tutoring session (3 cheers to that!) and feel 100% good to go for taking the real thing Saturday!

Thursday I had like the complete opposite day of Tuesday. Me and work were just not going to get along. It’s Thursday. I’m ready for the weekend. Paah-lease, you really want me to finish an economics packet and physics packet. Fine…but it will be at like 10:30 at night because I’m pretty much OCD about homework and can’t fall asleep without it being done. I was also on my own for dinner (which I actually like, so I can experiment!) and I made a fabulous wrap. Why is it fabulous, you ask? Because it was delicious and made me feel healthy. I’ll share it with you guys later! :)

Friday I tried something that I have no idea how anybody came up with. Seriously, who thinks of putting black beans in brownies? Well let me tell you, these brownies have such a deep, rich chocolate flavor that you would never even be able to tell that they are lower in fat and high in protein. Thumbs up to that!

Another exciting thing that happened? I’m BETTER!!!! No more ridiculous coughing! No more medicine (YUCK)!!!!

This morning (Saturday) I’m taking the ACT! fsadkfhaslkdjfhiu AHHH! Let’s hope I get a perfect score, how awesome would that be!?!?

How was your week??

Random Fact of the Day: A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside.

Week in Review

Okay, here it is. This week in one post, I’m thinking of starting this on a regular basis as some other bloggers like Confessions of Cookbook Queen does and Brown Eyed Baker and I always like reading them so I can see the whole week in one single post. It’s really pretty convenient if you had a busy week and just want to see what ya missed.

To start the week off on Sunday, I got my secret recipe club assignment! So excited :) I wish I could tell you guys who it is so it would be easier to choose what recipe to try, but I guess that would like totally ruin the purpose of the game. If you don’t know what the secret recipe club thing is all about…click here or here or here!

Monday started off with the Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, which I must add look a bit like pieces of coal in the pictures. I can assure you, however, they taste nothing like coal. In fact, they’re dangerously delicious.

This week has been especially nice for me. Not only did I have no school on Monday, but I also had the day off on Tuesday! I didn’t do anything too crazy, I just loved having the long weekend to just vedge out after the stressful week of finals testing.

This Monday I had my first ACT tutoring session, which was just greaaat.. I’ll save more details for that in a different post.

Tuesday, I went back to the gym after about a week of considering anything as strenuous as walking up stairs a form of legitimate exercise (don’t judge…). It was rough, though. But wait, this totally just made me think of that show that’s coming onto Food Network. Please tell me you’ve seen the commercials for it! Super freaky, it’s like about these overweight chefs who are addicted to eating. Gonna be honest here, it kinda scares me! Like what if I become that?! Vowing now to exercise and stay fit and eat right,  but then again I don’t want to be like a food Nazi. Balance can sure be a pain in the butt. But I digress..

On Wednesday the pretzel rolls came out. Uber awesome! You must make these. I promise you will love them. We had them with chicken one night, froze the leftover rolls and about a week later had them with burgers. Deee-lish!

Thursday was just a plain Jane old type of day..nothin’ too exciting. I may have had a record number cups of cappuccino that day. I’m like totally addicted to double mocha cappuccino from Aldi. Yes, Aldi. In case you don’t have one by you it’s this little grocery store that is owned by Trader Joes and has like everything right in the world for less $$$. Winningggg

Friday I posted my FAVORITE Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookie recipe in the entire world!! These cookies are just beyond incredible…I have no words. Just make them. Please! All other oatmeal cookie recipes just look like little rocks of blah compared to these babies.

Sorry for the blurry-ish looking picture, I was just too excited!

Another thing that’s been going on…

I have been applying to a bunch of jobs lately because I recently realized how awesome money is to have in your wallet. I have interviewed for one possible job already but there are only 2 spots open and like apparently everyone in the world wants that job so the odds of me getting that one are slim even though I would love it. The place that I already interviewed for was this Christian camp that is in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and it’s really just an incredible place. I have gone there as a camper since I was a wee little tater tot and have just always left the camp super sad to leave. The camp has left a huge impression on me as a person and I have always wanted to go back and give similar kids the same awesome experience I had. Anyways my chances are slim, so I have applied for some other back-up options.

The two other places I applied for is the park district where I have worked the past 3 summers as a swim instructor for young kids and a few special needs kids, who are the most adorable kids in the entire world, and the other place is Starbucks. Yes, Starbucks!!! I LOVE Starbucks. Hellooo yummy drinks! Anyways, Friday was supposed to be the day of my interview but it snowed like a billion inches so they called and cancelled, so now we have to reschedule. I was so surprised to even get an interview with them because I never see kids as young as me working there, but I’ll take it! I hear it’s a great place to work and hey, how can you go wrong making money inhaling the awesome smells of Starbucks?!

Well, this post was longer that I thought it would be..clearly I had more to say than I thought. Have a great weekend!

Super Easy Individual Crustless Pumpkin Pie

I’m gonna be honest here for a minute (not saying I’m not always honest!)

But I have gotten pretty discouraged by some of my recipes in the past. I’ve had a Coconut Cream Pie not set up properly (however, it was still super yummy!), I’ve had fool-proof looking muffins turn out disgusting, and sugar cookies that were the biggest pain in the booty to make and didn’t even taste very good.

Anyways, my point is that even though something doesn’t turn out the way it looks in the magazines or on the Food Network doesn’t mean you should not try again.

On the other hand, some things can just be super duper scary to even think about trying. For some reason, this easy peasy recipe freaked me out. But you know what, crunch time came around and all the pressure was on me but I eventually came out a winner. *slight dramatization*

AHhh I’m tired, I need another bite.

Okay, back. So anyways even if a recipe like pudding or maybe creme brulee totally scares the bajeebas out of you, do it anyways. Suck it up buttercup and face your fears. Try something new today that you would never think of doing yourself in a million years. Make curstless pumpkin pie, it’s like pumpkin pie but with no crust. Yes, shocking. This one is actually really easy though, so maybe do something another thing that’s also super scary. Like maybe touching a spider. Just kidding… that would never happen for me even if my life depended on it

Individual Crustless Pumpkin Pies

(Similar to a pudding)

(Adapted from Natural Noshing)

2 cups of cooked pumpkin or winter squash puree (or 1 15oz can)
1/2 cup  milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup whole wheat flour (or all-purpose)
2 tsp ground cinnamon (more or less to taste)
1 tsp ground ginger (more or less to taste)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp cloves
pinch of nutmeg and allspice

1. Preheat oven to 350F . Grease four 4 ramekins and set aside.
2. Using a hand mixer, combine all wet ingredients (pumpkin through sweetener) and mix to combine well. Add remaining ingredients (flour through spices) and blend again until well incorporated.
3. Divide batter amongst the four prepared containers (or pour into one large loaf pan) and bake for 37-40 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and starts to crack. Remove from oven, let cool slightly and top with  whipped cream and toasted nuts and enjoy OR let cool and refrigerate then garnish and enjoy! I was so excited to try this I actually skipped the whipped cream, but next time I will have more self control because I know that would just make this dessert over the top