Sweet Sweet Boston

I live in Boston, and yesterday was awful. Marathon Monday is a day we wait alllll year for at Boston University. We celebrate all day long and the weather is always magically perfect out of nowhere. However, yesterday it might as well have been storming. The sadness, fear, and confusion that surrounded us on a day of celebration was heart breaking. While we’re all grateful the damage wasn’t more extensive, we still mourn the loss of innocent bystanders. 

There is something positive to see from this whole ordeal. The sense of community and love that came about yesterday was overwhelming. Everyone was texting each other to make sure friends and family were safe. I felt so at home and the love I felt for Boston yesterday was stronger than any other day. Out of darkness, comes some light. 

As a tribute to this city I love so much: CLICK HERE

The Sweetest Restaurant Yet

Upstairs On The Square Menu

Upstairs On The Square Menu

Last night my boyfriend took me to Upstairs On The Square. It’s a fascinating restaurant in Harvard Square (in Cambridge, MA). All I can say is…phenomenal. We scraped our plates clean and didn’t leave a single drop of sauce. Our waitress showed our plates to the chef. Really, she did.

The theme of the restaurant is “party in a box”. The windows in the room we ate in were round, the walls were pink plaid, the booths were crazy shapes. The floors were cheetah print carpet and the stairs were pink and purple. It was Alice in Wonderland-esque. But then, there was the food.

 

My Honey Ravioli

My Honey Ravioli

I ordered Honey Ravioli as my entrée and my boyfriend ordered the steak. Both were out of this world. Honey ravioli is something I would never think to order, but I’m so glad I did. A deliciously sweet dish that was just one giant ravioli! I’m craving it as I type this.

 

We ended the meal with their ice cream– vanilla, malted chocolate, and dulce de leche. Also, amazingly delicious. The servers were so kind, the food was SWEEEEET, and the atmosphere was so different. All in all the entire experience was perfect. I highly recommend checking this place out if you are ever in Boston.

 

Check out their website: CLICK HERE

 

We were in the upstairs Soiree Dining Room, but for a less expensive, more relaxed atmosphere, they have a downstairs area called the Monday Club Bar. The menu is different, but I’m sure just as incredible.

Sweet Starbucks Secrets

White Mocha Frappuccino

White Mocha Frappuccino

I’m completely addicted to Starbucks. I know it costs a little too much and I know how to make many of the drinks from my job, but there’s something about holding a lovely Starbucks cup that just makes it worth it. However, after going almost every day (sometimes twice) I get tired of my same old drinks.

 

Starbucks claims to have over 80,000 different drink combinations…I want to try them all, but what are they? When you look up at the menu there are only maybe 30 options that you can change up, but this Starbucks addict wants a bit more. WELL, there is a secret menu filled with other drinks just waiting to be ordered!!

 

I first heard about this when my friend ordered a “Zebra Hot Chocolate” which has white and dark chocolate. I asked her how she could order that and she explained. I forgot about it for a while until I found some of the secret drink options online and now I’m going to share some of them with you! (I’m a chocolate lover, so many of these will be the deliciously chocolatey options)

 

  • Chocolate Cream Frappuccino
  • Red Eye (espresso in regular drip coffee)
  • Biscotti Frappuccino
  • Chocolate Dalmation (white chocolate mocha with java chips and chocolate chip)
  • Zebra Mocha (similar to the zebra hot chocolate, but mocha)
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappuccino
  • Raspberry Caramel Macchiato
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Mocha Coconut Frappuccino

 

There are a whole bunch of other Starbucks secrets (including secret sizes, secret ways for cheaper drinks, etc.) Also keep in mind, Starbucks caters to whatever customers want. You can customize your drinks as much as you want, so never limit your orders to just what’s on the menu (like I’ve been doing). Writing this blog has given me so many new drink ideas!

 

To see more secret menu recipes: CLICK HERE

For ideas on how to custom create great frappuccinos: CLICK HERE

***I’m sure there are some Starbucks stores and baristas who won’t always know what you’re talking about when you order a secret drink…but don’t feel stupid, these things are real.

(images from frappuccino.com)

Eating Sweet Food the Right Way

image from ehow.com

image from ehow.com

Why is it that the foods we love most are always the foods that we should be avoiding? We all know how many chemicals are poured into our favorite snacks, but we can’t help ourselves. Well, we don’t have to completely cut these foods from our diets. We can just make our own! Sure it takes up more time, but it’s your health, so it’s worth the extra effort. I found some pretty easy recipes to healthily replicate your favorite junk foods. As long as you use

all natural ingredients, these recipes will help clean up your diet a bit. Let’s admit it, we could all use some healthy snacks…summer is just around the corner!

For a healthier version of everyone’s favorite snack that smiles back try this recipe. In fact you can replace all those highly addictive cheesy cracker snacks with this healthier, more natural recipe.

Gold Fish: click here

A great way to curb dessert cravings is with a deliciously fruity Fig Newton. Make them yourself with this recipe:

Fig Newtons: click here

I’ve never met a person who doesn’t just love Oreos. I don’t think we really want to know what that amazing cream filling is actually made of though. Avoid finding out the ugly truth and make your own!

Oreos: click here

While Poptarts will never be a healthy breakfast, they are certainly a tasty way to start your day. Make your own and avoid all those nasty preservatives with this recipe:

Poptarts: click here

Sweet Daydreams for a Sour Day

This winter seems never-ending, my school work is piling up, and there is just a lot to get done. So I decided to browse online for future vacations I want to take one day.

Daydreaming about these beautiful, seemingly unreal, and almost magical places has given me a sense of relief. For anyone else who needs a quick mental getaway take a look at these places!

To see more: CLICK HERE

(Photos from thecoolhunter.net)

Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia

Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia

Riomaggiore, Italy

Riomaggiore, Italy

Bora Bora, Four Seasons Hotel

Bora Bora, Four Seasons Hotel

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.

Keukenhof Gardens - Netherlands

Keukenhof Gardens – Netherlands

A Sweet Idea for Portion Control

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Coffee Cup Chilaquiles

I don’t know about everyone else, but on the rare occasion that I cook I tend to end up eating too much. The same goes for when I bake…I make 2 dozen cookies and then end up eating them all. Well, I’ve been telling myself my summer diet would start March 1st and well I’m having a tough time so far. I’m eating healthy foods, but I’m eating too much of them.

I discovered a whole list of microwave in a mug snacks. Creating just a mug full of food is a great way to make sure you don’t eat too much! Instead of trying to size down massive recipes and then ultimately messing up the measurements, try these recipes! I’m definitely doing the quiche first.

To see the list of recipes: CLICK HERE

A Wonderfully Sweet Movie: Life of Pi

Many people have probably already seen the movie Life of Pi. However, if you haven’t you should really go ASAP! This

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movie portrayed a character who respected animals in a way that was reasonable, perfect, and much-needed.

The tiger, Richard Parker, didn’t unrealistically become best friends with the young boy and magically become a vegetarian. The tiger remained a tiger. The boy remained a boy. They co-existed the best they could as a tiger and a boy. The boy obviously put in great effort so he could join the tiger on the boat, instead of staying on his raft. He could have killed the tiger and had the boat and food to himself. However, he respected Richard Parker as a life. The boy wasn’t going to just kill him because he was an animal. I think the tiger’s very human name (Richard Parker) helped to emphasize this point.

This attitude needs to be carried by more people. Animals live on this planet too. They are lives too. We can’t just take from them and ignore them and act as though we are more entitled. This movie captured that attitude perfectly and in a way a lot of people can comprehend. I loved this movie for many reasons, but this was certainly a massive one.

Life of Pi has teamed up with the WWF to raise awareness for tiger conservation. Tigers are ripped apart and every inch of them is used in illegal trading. This movie carried many great deep messages, I’m not overlooking that. I just hope that this message in particular is picked up by many people around the world.

Also, just a side note: The visual effects in this film were FANTASTIC along with the life messages it carried. It was a seriously beautiful film on all levels.

Sweet Cookies for a Rainy Day

I’m home in Connecticut for spring break. None of my friends are home this week, I’m a little bored, and today it just rained and rained and rained. So what better cure for a rainy day than some delicious…and I mean delicious….baking.

At the request of one of my roommates I’ve been meaning to make chocolate chip cookies with Reese’s cups baked in the center. Normally I would have made the cookie dough from scratch, but my mom recently bought a tub of Tollhouse reeses chocolate chip cookies. JPEGchocolate chip cookie dough, so I figured I’d use that. It was a super easy, super quick, super AMAZING bake.

All you have to do is flatten cookie dough in your hand and place a Reese’s cup in the center of the flattened dough. Then wrap the dough around it and form a ball. Just a suggestion though: use less chocolate chips than you usually would for a regular batch of cookies. The chocolate from the Reese’s cup combined with all the chocolate chips can be a little too sweet (if that’s possible).

A great rainy day treat that is easy, fun, and different!

Try it with Oreos as well! Experiment!

A Sweet Bill in Congress: PUPS (The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act)

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From uber-facts.com

With vigorous effort from the ASPCA, a bill is currently being passed around congress to end cruel puppy mills. Puppy mills are commercial dog breeding operations that produce a massive number of puppies each year. This sounds great because puppies are awesome and all, but these puppies are born into awful conditions. Puppy mills are often very crowded and the pups aren’t provided with the proper veterinary care, food, socialization, and love. These places value profit over the well being of these sweet animals.

 

PUPS is trying to solve the unfortunate loophole people have found in the previous act. By selling puppies online people are avoiding investigation from the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture). People who sell directly to pet stores or puppy brokers are subject to oversight by the USDA, but not those using the internet. Times have changed and so must the laws protecting animal rights.

 

My parents taught me about the cruelty of puppy mills when I was about 13 years old. I was looking online for a dog to convince my parents to adopt. I found a million of course. My parents told me I had to make sure it wasn’t from a puppy mill. When I asked why, they explained. I’m so glad to see this issue surfacing today. Poor puppies need love and attention and proper care! Take the pledge to help end puppy mills by avoiding stores who sell puppies!

 

To take the pledge: CLICK HERE

To read more about this from the ASPCA website: CLICK HERE

What Does Love Mean? The Sweetest Responses

A group of children ages 4-8 years old were asked what love means. Their responses are better, deeper, and truer than the responses you get from most adults. It’s amazing that at such a young age, love is still evident to everyone. Here are a few of the sweetest responses:

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” -Billy (age 4)

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“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” -Bobby (age 7)

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“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” -Noelle (age 7)

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“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” -Mary Ann (age 4)

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“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” -Tommy (age 6)