Checked Off the Weekend List

I did not want to get out of bed this morning.  It’s been cloudy, raining, dreary, drizzling, or overcast for a few days and rainy weather, alarm clocks, and Mondays don’t go together.

I went for a run and narrowly avoided getting downpoured on, which I consider a success.

Over the weekend I did a little thrift store browsing for some dishes, photography props, and various things I just can’t live without.

Unfortunately my kitchen storage space is already maxed out.

And I do mean, maxed out.

Every single drawer or cupboard has something in it.

Nothing like a 100 square foot kitchen.

So anything I buy, I really have to love-love-love or else I skip it.

As much as I hate feeling like I am letting potential great finds that I see when out and about slip away,

I have to remind myself of the cute things I’ve recently bought that I can use.

Better put those cute plates to use with some cute cookies on them.

Or make new cute cookies which sounds like fun, too.

Over the weekend I also tackled a baking project that I wanted to check off my list.

A big bowl of love: Melted peanut butter, butter, my new favorite baking chocolate, and vanilla extract.

Then I added a little bit of this, some sugar and two other kinds of chocolate, a little bit of that, and came up with a winner.

I just got done taking pictures of the finished dessert and it’s even better as a finished product than chocolate peanut butter soup was on its own.

Taste-testing as I go and sampling the goods was also on my weekend list.

Next up will be to sample one of these

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Marshmallow Stuffed Rice Krispie Bars (No Bake)

The winners of the Cascadian Farms Cereal Giveaway are:

Angela / Canned Time

Ashley @ My Food ‘N’ Fitness Diaries

What did you do this weekend or check off your list?

What was the best thing you’ve taste-tested lately?  Any cute housewares or dishes finds recently?


41 Responses to “Checked Off the Weekend List”

  1. Heather (Where's the Beach) — January 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm (#

    I’ve been itching to go thrift shopping lately. But, I behaved this weekend and got tons knocked off my to-do list. I still have tons more to do, but at least I made some progress for a change.

  2. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — January 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm (#

    oh man, i can totally relate to the feeling of laziness lately with the cloudy, dreary, and COLD weather we’ve been having this past week. every once in awhile the sun will peek out, but it’s rare. boo. nice job on still getting a run in though!

    yay – so excited i won! thanks for hosting the giveaway! :)

  3. Tracy — January 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm (#

    Monday morning’s don’t go with anything :)

    The best thing I have taste testing recently would have to be my first jar of Barny Butter….. I need another jar already! YUM

  4. ash — January 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm (#

    I just purchased my first container of chia seeds……….. I’ve never had them before- just flax seeds!

  5. Brooke — January 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm (#

    I’m almost done with our “parent profile” book for our adoption in case we end up doing domestic! Yay! I know I say this every darn time…but I LOVE that mixing bowl of yours!


  6. Angela / Canned Time — January 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm (#

    Those Stuffed Rice Crispy Treats look amazing!

    Amazing I won the Cascadian Giveaway, I never win anything…………thanks so much. Looking forward to the next treat you come up with to put on one of those beautiful plates too, thanks again.

  7. brooke guevara — January 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm (#

    I can completely relate to your small kitchen and lack of storage issue. I am constantly finding adorable and fun things that I really want, but if I don’t n e e d them, theres no room for them. Also, those rice crispy treats look delicious!

  8. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — January 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm (#

    Ha! My drawers look way worse than that. Plus I have a box of random dishes stuffed into my closet. That’s sketchy dish storage right there. Looks like you had some great finds!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm (#

      Girl that’s just the “okay to be photographed” drawers and cupboards. I have dishes in every nook and cranny from hall coat closet to underneath the stairwell to my master closet…you name it, I have kitchen stuff…everywhere!

      BTW, when you comment reply to me (and I’m assuming to others), I dont get an email from you — like this one will show up in your inbox from me to you. So I try to remember to go back to your old posts and re-read comments to see if you replied but sometimes I forget and I fear that your comment replies are getting lost.

  9. Bev Weidner — January 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm (#

    LOVE the finds. We cheeled. Worked, relaxed, drank, rested, it ruled!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm (#

      Well I didn’t actually buy anything new..I browsed. And then I came home and looked thru my stash…which is what the pics were from.

      And that thrift store I’ve seen of yours looks beyond words amazing!

  10. Erica — January 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm (#

    Oww! That sauce/soup sounds fantastic! I got a lot done today!! Taught, cleaned bathrooms, dentist, drs apt for kay, walk with kay and my aunt, made dinner!

  11. Christine (The Raw Project) — January 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm (#

    The weather was awful this morning too, got to drive to work in a down pour and crazy wind, always fun with a mix of rushed and over-cautious drivers. Cute prop dishes, I don’t have a lot of space in mt kitchen for a collection of props, but probably should refresh mine at some point.

  12. Jolene ( — January 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm (#

    I checked some thesis work off my to-do list this weekend … that’s about it!

  13. Marina — January 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm (#

    That’s why Garfield didn’t have Mondays (in the movie -love it!). I hate Mondays too, sigh… But I did check off my list a big scrapbooking sale. I am downsizing my hobbies, so almost everything must go. I am glad it will be put to a good use.

  14. Anna @ On Anna's Plate — January 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm (#

    Haha…our kitchen space is totally maxed out too. Which is a shame, because you KNOW how much I love kitchen stuff!

  15. Nicole — January 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm (#

    I received some cute little strainers from C&B for Christmas. One looks like a fruit pint so it’s perfect for storing fruit for a few days (ceramic).

  16. Sally — January 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm (#

    i want those adorable confetti mixing bowls you have! i see that they are available on amazon.. i just haven’t bought them yet! love how cute they are in your pictures.

  17. Alexis @ Hummusapien — January 23, 2012 at 6:44 pm (#

    I want to take a swim in that bowl of chocolate!!

  18. Luv What You Do — January 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm (#

    I got a lot of things crossed off my post-vaca to do list this weekend, but I still have some serious kitchen organizing to do. I was able to fit my new kitchen aid mixer into a cabinet, but I have no idea where all the attachments I now want to purchase will go.

    I just discovered the HUGE POUND TJ’s chocolate bars after a patient recommended them. Do you just melt them like regular Baker’s chocolate? I love the dark chocolate one…yummy!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm (#

      yes and it melts so smoothly…like wayyyyy smoother than Baker’s brand choc. It’s dreamy. You’re gonna love it!

  19. Kelly — January 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm (#

    Haha your kitchen looks like mine! It’s so hard to find space, especially when I’m addicted to buying new dishes any time I’m out! Ooo and your cookies look deeeelicious, perfect for Valentine’s Day coming up! :)

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm (#

      thanks sweetie..your food is always…droolworthy! Been thinking about you and hoping things are coming along for ya on all fronts :)

  20. Cat @Breakfast to Bed — January 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm (#

    I live in a nyc apt, your cabinets look GIGANTIC!!

  21. Kerry @ Totes My Oats — January 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm (#

    I successfully avoided the thunderstorms this weekend! That literally was what I wanted to do – get over a cold and avoid the weather. I stayed in like a hermit and loved every second of it, so relaxing!

  22. jackie @ marin mama cooks — January 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm (#

    Hey Averie. It’s been gloomy and rainy up here as well. I am happy that the sun will be shining for the next 7 days :)

    Your cookie pies look divine! Love all the colors.

  23. dee — January 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm (#

    hey, i think you might need to change your blog name! when i first start reading it really was veggies and yoga, it’s now almost only baking projects with often lots of dairy. what happened? i really liked the raw food emphasis and yoga poses. i still make some of your ‘older’ recipes and enjoy them.

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm (#

      Three years ago I had a different focus and I have discussed on this on my FAQ page.

      Thanks for reading and sticking around!

    • Gill — February 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm (#

      Hi. I’ve made these bfreoe following the exact recipe and had good results. However, I’m wondering what improvements I could make. Looking through some of the comments, do you recommend now using only bread flour or a mix of bread and all-purpose? Also, do you recommend refrigerating the dough bfreoe baking?One final question–do you think I could half the entire recipe and it would turn out ok?

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm (#

      whatever you have on hand
      yes chill it
      yes you can halve it

  24. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — January 24, 2012 at 7:22 am (#

    I love your new plates! You always have great finds. I reorganized the cabinet under my bathroom sink and felt incredibly productive!

  25. Amber K — January 24, 2012 at 11:15 am (#

    The weather has been so gloomy lately I haven’t wanted to do much of anything. But I definitely have some ideas as to things I want to experiment with in the kitchen – like your pb&j thumbprint cookies!

  26. Yvette ~ Muy Bueno — January 25, 2012 at 9:03 am (#

    Love the thrift store stuff. I’m an addict and need to learn to STOP! I am bursting out of cabinet space too. LOL!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm (#

      I cant even go in them (and we have GREAT ones) unless I can afford it. Meaning, afford to store it someplace :)

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