February 2017

Life.Batter

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus, trying to curate some new content for the blog, looking for inspiration in apparently the most distractible places haha. So here we go! Start of the work-week for some, I hope you guys enjoyed the long weekend! Since you are hustling at work, here is some motivation for you:

The secret to getting ahead is getting started. 

I sincerely believe this to be true. Once you start something, the possibilities are endless. For example, this blog! I had been thinking for a long time about taking up blogging. I felt I had a unique outlook and voice and I wanted to share it but I had never been brave enough to take the plunge. Many times I tried my hand at blogging, it lasted for a few weeks and I slowly let it die down. It was easy for me to lose focus and not be as committed because I didn’t feel invested enough. This time around I decided to be more proactive about my blog. I paid for my own domain, got more hands-on into the look and feel of the blog, and decided to write about what I love. The commitment is bigger because I have put so much more of myself this time and I want to see this venture grow and reap its rewards…But getting back on topic, what I mean to say is that once you have an idea you just have to strap on your big girl boots and take the risk, no matter how daunting the task may seem. It gets very scary at times because it is my voice and getting personal is always hard, but if you don’t try you will never get ahead in life. All it takes is that one step towards your journey and most likely everything else will play itself out. I’m sure you will only look back and be grateful for the opportunity with no regrets.

Compost Cookie Recipe

So during this long weekend I decided to get some baking done, which should not be surprising for any of you LOL and I decided to try a MILK Compost Cookie Mix I had bought a couple months back. So far you probably have noticed that I’m all for easy and sweet recipes, even if they involve pre-made mixes, and this one did not disappoint. This recipe has quite a mix of flavors: chocolate, butterscotch, oats and coffee! You can add some extras like crushed pretzels and chips but I decided to skip that and stick to the basics of the cookie mix.
This is all you will need:
 
  • MILK Compost Cookie Mix from Target
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbs of softened butter
  • Optional: crushed pretzels and chips

 

Put them in the oven at 375F for 15 minutes and….

You’ve got delicious chocolate, butterscotch and oats cookies that are just the right amount of gooey and yummy! Place them on a cooling rack and try to eat them as soon as you can LOL, I don’t recommend putting these in the fridge because they tend to get hard and you would need to microwave them prior to eating to keep the gooey feeling.

Let me know if you make this yummy recipe! I will try to find a way to make these from scratch in case some of you can’t find the mix. Stay tuned!

 -N

Life.Batter

 

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Today is the day people actually remember to show how much they appreciate each other! On a less sarcastic note, be thankful for your friends, family and yourself. And even if you don’t have an SO today, cherish and appreciate YOURSELF. So for this celebration it is only logical to get into the mood and bake something pink and sweet that you can share or just keep to yourself haha. So I decided to make a super simple recipe of strawberry and white chocolate cookies. These cookies are sweet and have a strawberry taste that isn’t overpowering. Also, they are on the fluffy side as they use cake mix as a base. They are very easy to make and can be whipped up for any occasion and with almost no ingredients. I promise they will become a staple whenever you want to have a quick fix for your sweet tooth or when you have to take something for the next work meeting or your kids’ get-together. These delicious cookies take around 30 minutes or less to prep and bake. All you will need is a strawberry boxed cake mix and a few more items!

* Pillsbury Moist Supreme Strawberry Flavored Premium Cake Mix
* 1/2 cup of Vegetable Oil
* 1 cup of White Chocolate Morsels
* 2 eggs

Once you have all your ingredients you can mix them by hand or use an electric mixer. I suggest using an electric mixer since the mix becomes dense. Add the cake mix, eggs and vegetable oil, mix them on the lowest setting for 3 minutes, then begin adding the white chocolate chips to the mix. Use a cookie scoop to scoop your cookie mix into parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Now you are ready to set these delicious cookies in the oven for 13 minutes at 350F.

Once they are done, place them on a cooling rack for 5 minutes and DIG IN! Whatever cookies you don’t eat at the moment, just put in the fridge to enjoy later : )

-N

Living with a Hound

I love basset hounds. In fact, I’ve had two and a half bassets in my life; my first one was a mix, hence the half 😉

Basically, I don’t know life without a dog. That is up until medical school. My last basset passed away senior year of college. During medical school I spent the first three years debating whether I should get a dog or not. I kept being advised not to, while others told me I should. I ended up deciding medical school wasn’t the best environment to bring a new puppy to, not for the canine companion and not for studying. At least it wouldn’t work for me. I was dog-less for almost 4 years, until now.

Based on my experience I believe fourth year of medical school is best time to bring a puppy home. There are no Shelf or STEP exams to study for ’round the clock like in third year and the interviews are pretty much done by the time second semester comes around. Once your interviews and away rotations are done, it’s all autopilot until graduation. The schedule allows plenty of time to get your new puppy settled in with you and potty trained before starting residency.

I finally took the plunge around Thanksgiving and found a litter of basset hounds that would be ready to go home in January, perfect timing. (More on why a basset hound in future post). I have a roommate I had to convince, a roommate that wasn’t too fond about basset hounds. Luckily, she’s my best friend of 10 years so convincing her was kind of easy. I contacted the dog owner and the countdown began. I had to puppy-proof my apartment and buy chew toys, collar, bed, etc. (A list of essentials can be found in another post by N)

I had a full week off before rotations began to dedicate time to potty training him and getting him used to his new home. I was lucky to have scheduled “easy” rotations during this second semester meaning I have been able to come home very early to feed and enjoy him!

A little over a month into this adventure I realize this was the best time to get Leopoldo and even regret not allowing myself the joy he’s brought earlier. Despite the teething induced piranha-like attacks and potty accidents, he has been the perfect stress relief for one exhausted and dog-loving medical student. In summary, deciding if you should get a dog in medical school depends a lot on your time management skills if you’re thinking of getting one earlier on in medical school. If not, you can wait like I did.

-I