Retro Find at the Paisley Parasol

Today, I went shopping at Macy’s and found so many bargains. I can’t tell you how much I love their One Day Sale. I found the perfect dress to wear to my beau’s 30th birthday bash next weekend. I would like to give a shout-out to my personal shopper, my mom, for helping me find the perfect ensemble for me to wear.

On our way home from the mall, we stopped at this store called the Paisley Parasol. The owner was incredibly warm and welcoming. She personally invites all of her customers to come in and browse around. Little did I know when I walked in there that I would be walking away with this new Retro kitchen cabinet. It was a steal at $299 and free delivery. She has amazing prices that you just can’t pass up!

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It fits perfectly in my dining area and I plan on using it as a small buffet table when I have a crowd of guests over for a party. Who knows what parties I will be holding in the future but I sure look forward to using this new piece. In the meantime, I am going to fill it up with some of my favorite things to put on display for everyone to see. I’ll show you the finished display when it is completed!

Slutty Brownies: Sure to Please Any Man

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This weekend I had my beau come to visit me for the first time since we have been dating. I decided I needed to impress him not only with a clean house, but with a great menu. I made sure to make breakfast and dinner for him at least once to make sure he realizes that I have well-rounded skills in the kitchen. I also whipped up a batch of these slutty brownies and had them on display when he arrived to give his tastebuds a jump start. I know they were a hit because he kept going back for more throughout the weekend. Here’s the recipe so you can make them for your special someone as well.

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1. Follow the recipe for your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I used the recipe on the back of the bag of Tollhouse chocolate chips. Add a tablespoon of water to the batter at the end. Spread the dough evenly in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
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2. Place Oreo cookies in a single layer on top of the cookie layer. Do not overlap the cookies. If they happen to break, it is ok. You are going to cut this creation into bars for serving anyway.
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3. Follow the recipe for your favorite boxed brownie recipe. You can make your own brownie batter but I think the boxed brownie mix is perfectly fine. No need to go through all the extra fuss. Pour the batter evenly over the cookie dough and Oreo layers.
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4. Place the baking dish into a 350 oven. Cooking time will vary so keep checking your creation every five to ten minutes after the 45 minute mark to see if they are cooked through. Take a tester and poke it in the middle to see if it comes out clean. When the tester comes out without cookie or brownie batter on it, you know that your slutty brownies are ready to come out of the oven. Cut them into squares and enjoy!

Monument 10K

This past weekend was a fun one!  The last few weekends I’ve spent most of the weekend at my school working on various projects. But this weekend I finally got the chance to get outside a little and enjoy this late spring weather!  One of the highlights of the weekend was running the Monument 10K in Richmond, VA!

As you might remember I’ve run a couple half marathons in the last six months, but I haven’t done a 10K in a couple years.  I was worried about the distance because my training runs outside are usually longer than a 10K, and my treadmill runs are shorter than a 10k, so I just wasn’t sure how fast I would be.

But guess what.  I went much faster than I expected!  I’m not even sure why.  My official time was 53:57.  I was pretty happy with that because my average mile split was 8:38, about 40 seconds faster than my last half marathon mile split! I just started out pretty fast, and I felt good, so I just kept it up!

Even better than running fast, I met up with a bunch of friends at the race.  We had a few different paces among us, so we didn’t actually all run together, but it was great to have the company before and after the main event. My friends are much better at the Richmond scene so it was great to have some natives helping with the logistics of the crowded race. After the race we all headed to Station 2 for brunch. It was a perfect post race recovery meal recapping the race and relaxing.

Some of the tunes (both old and new) that kept me going during the 10K were:

The Way by Ariana Grande

More by Usher

Remix by The New Kids on the Block

Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Let it Roll by Flo’Rida