Chewy caramel chocolate sandwich cookies

H loves! Sorry for disappearing for a few days. I’ve been a bit distracted. Tomorrow Adam and I are also going on vacation to Washington DC. Let me know if you have any recommendations for us! We’ve had no time to plan anything so it’s going to be interesting for sure…

And while I’m out and about, check out the guest post I wrote on chewy caramel chocolate sandwich cookies for Beantown Baker. These cookies were delicious – you want to save that recipe for sure!

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Guest Post: Little Known Ways to Make Healthy Mediterranean Recipes

Hi guys. Adam and I are going to Maine for the weekend. I took a half day at work but I’m still not packed, the house is a mess and I’m a bit stressed out. I’m such a procrastinator sometimes. :) I think instead of a post from a stressed out Elina, I’ll leave you with this delicious sounding recipe from Felicia.   Felicia Mcclinton writes for the healthy mediterranean recipes blog, her personal hobby blog focused on cooking tips to eat like a real Mediterranean and eat healthy to prevent diseases. Enjoy! :D

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Chops & Peppers

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Ingredients

4 pieces large peppers

150 grams of sliced ham

Breadcrumbs

4 tablespoons of flour

2 pieces of eggs

The Chops and Peppers recipe can make 4 servings. You can prepare this in 50 minutes. This recipe is simple and easy to prepare and very inexpensive. You can also use leftover foods in the refrigerator and still get a flavorful meal. Chops and Peppers have low calorie content and less fat.

Preparation

Clean the peppers thoroughly. Leave large slice then roast them. Cool the peppers then stuffed them with sliced ham and cheese. Properly close the peppers. Get a separate bowl and beat the eggs. Soak the stuffed peppers in the beaten eggs then roll each one in breadcrumbs. You can now fry the peppers and serve them hot.


Nutritional Value:

Food

Gr

Kcal

Fat

Carb

Pro

Fib

Water

Green peppers

500

100

0.85

23.2

4.3

8.5

469.45

Ham

150

267

13.53

0

33.93

0

96.81

Bread crumbs

100

395

5.3

71.98

13.35

4.5

6.51

Wheat flour or

40

144.4

0.66

29.01

4.79

0.96

5.34

Hen eggs – whole

40

57.2

3.98

0.31

5.03

0

30.34

Total

830

963.6

24.32

124.5

61.4

13.96

608.45

A head (4)

207.5

240.9

6.08

31.13

15.35

3.49

152.11

Per 100 grams

100

116.1

2.93

15

7.4

1.68

73.31


[Elina] I love how easy this recipe is… and it really does sound delicious. I’m going to need to try it some day. Mediterranean food is one of my favorites!

PS – I don’t know what the access to the internet will be like during the weekend. I’m taking my laptop with me so I’m hoping I’ll be able to stay in touch. Otherwise you can expect a recap post on Sunday night. Have a great weekend!!!!

Guest Post: The price of beauty

Hi all. As you know I am currently in Aruba, hopefully at this exact moment I am somewhere on the beach with a drink in one hand and a book in the other. There is really no room for a laptop, so here today I’d like to leave you with a guest post from Cristina. Here goes…

Recently (while eating lunch and flipping through the TV channels) I came across this reality TV program on VH1. Believe me when I say this, but I’m not one of those girls who loves to watch reality tv (OK, I lied… I do like some of them, but not all) – however, I came across Jessica Simpson’s “The Price of Beauty”.  As soon as I turned it on, and started watching the first couple of minutes, I knew this exact episode would strike an emotional internal cord with me.

I’m in recovery from Anorexia.  Sure, it’s been a journey.. one hell of a journey.  However, this episode that I somehow got sucked into (and I hate it when that happens) was discussing what Paris, France considers beautiful.  Of course, there are so many models, a lot of them who are too skinny, parading the fashion shows and and selling the “look” of the designer.  One of the models that Jessica, her celebrity hairstylist and best friend were talking with, confessed that if you’re over 115lb as a model you’re considered fat and may loose your job as a model.

I mean, really?!  It just really makes you think of what being beautiful is considered in a country other than our own as the United States.  It makes me think that something so superficial (and no offense to models) is being predetermined by someone else’s standards.  Also featured in the program there was this too familiar face of Anorexia, some.. Italian model? who I’m telling you, is just difficult to look at.  Because she knew she wanted to model as a young girl, all these designers were telling her (when she’s REALLY thin to begin with) that she needed to loose weight.  Of course she did to keep her modeling job, but what really erupted within was a nasty Eating Disorder, that I can definitely relate to.  However, I’m glad this young woman saw the light at the end of the tunnel and told the designers that she wasn’t going to loose anymore weight.

I feel so strongly about just writing this entry.  Because I, for so long, let others determine what is considered beautiful for myself.  I felt a lot of pressure to fit into their ideals, but I never felt pretty myself. I wasn’t able to positively believe “I am beautiful” because there was always something telling me that I needed to loose more weight, and the list goes on and on.  There is so much pressure for women to change their image/bodies just to fit into what others consider beautiful.  It’s quite sad.  Recently I decided that I was not going to let someone else, such as the common magazines I read (“Glamour” especially) try and tell me what is beautiful.  Maybe the “trend” of the moment is some diet and how that diet will make me feel so beautiful and happy, but really… I know that the only key to pure happiness is in YOUR control not someone else’s, and shouldn’t be determined by someone else’s opinion.

Instead of trying to cover up our imperfections and flaws, why not let your inner sexy shine?  Everyone has their imperfections.  It’s about time we celebrate our own differences instead of trying to copycat ourselves to what is considered beautiful and trendy by someone else’s’ standards.  What makes you unique is yourself, and don’t ever let someone else’s standards determine your own inner happiness.

Thank you, Cristina, for this inspiring message. I’ll see you all soon! :D

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