Tuesday, March 31, 2009

fancy schmancy

Nancy :). I didn't want to include these pictures in the last post because I feel like I already make you readers scroll and scroll during my long-weekend-trip-marathon-posts. Try saying that three times fast, haha.

The city really was beautiful and the central plaza was adorned with gold, a clear memory of the wealthy past of Lorraine.

One of my favorite statues was the one on this fountain, Poseidon/Neptune.

No Western city is complete without a beautiful cathedral! Is it okay to admit that I'm actually getting used to them all? No. Okay.

The entrance to their Medieval city, however, was a very unique aspect. And the best Quiche Lorraine ever, lies right beyond it.

It should look something like this... and taste incredible :).

There was also quite a few examples of Art Nouveau architecture. I, myself, am a big fan. The weather left much to be desired but my run through town the next morning was gorgeous. In the stillness of the early hours of day it was just me and Nancy's many souvenirs of their French past, and it is that aspect that made me fall in love with running, all over again. If you don't know what I'm talking about... don't give up. If I can ever so slowly become a runner, anyone can.

In more current news, I believe there was a request for my American Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies recipe from family night, n'est past?

Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies

1 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2  tsp of baking soda
1/2 stick of butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of mashed banana
1 cup of chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, grease cookie sheet
2. Cream butter and sugar together
3. Add egg and vanilla until combined
4. Mix in mashed banana
5. Add in flour until combined
6. Stir in chocolate chips
7. Drop onto cookie sheet in tbsp scoops, approximately 1-2 inches apart
8. Bake for 5 minutes, rotate, bake for another 5 minutes
9. Leave to cool for at least 20 minutes
10. Enjoy an American favorite with a banana-lovers twist!
So, I'm happy to say that I'm feeling a lot better than yesterday, a lot less overwhelmed, a lot more confident with myself as far as my future is concerned. It's really a scary thought, that unknown path in front of me. I'm nearly a "grown-up" and that means I have to begin living in the "real world." Are you serious?!? OMG. And yet (deep breath) I'd much rather "live in the moment" as much as possible and simply form a flexible plan and to-do list to figure out what I'll be doing in the moments to come. Today, I'm pretty much booked, and so I bid you adieu :). I hope you've been having a great week so far! 

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