Is it really almost the 4th of July? OMG. This is making me have heart palpitations.  Almost like the heart palpitations I’m having at night because neighbors are shooting off fireworks around 11PM and like clockwork I panic and ask Eddie if they are gunshots. No I’m not lying and yes I’m an idiot.

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First important question: do you put chips ON your sandwich? Because if you don’t you’re missing out on life. I started doing this on Sundays when we’d sit in Mother Lovett’s kitchen and I’d MICROWAVE a deli ham sandwich with a slice of cheese on a potato roll. Then shove chips inside. Don’t worry, I’ve graduated to putting kettle cooked chips on better sandwiches than that.

My go-to old school after dinner snack has been a few squares of green and blacks milk chocolate (GAH) dipped in peanut butter because I’m pretending like it’s 2001 again when I broke up with someone and survived on nothing for two days but peanut butter, a few chocolate chips and a handful of cheeze-it’s. Thank god that lasted for like 48 hours before I realized it was the best thing to ever happen to my life ever in the universe. My go-afternoon snack has been some kombucha or green juice with a few slices of rum runner cheese and a handful of peanut butter filled pretzels.

Whoever created those is the devil. You hear me? DEV-IL. Only slightly less evil than the person that proceeded to cover them in chocolate and sell them in a bag.

Speaking of covering things in chocolate I want to cover grapes in chocolate and eat them for a snack. I’m into it. Have you done this?

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Another weird happening is that we have been having breakfast for dinner fairly consistently (almost once a week) and I AM NOT THE ONE MAKING IT! It’s awesome. Eddie has been making it and is still cooking his pancakes in bacon grease… every couple times. So we don’t have heart attacks. If you saw the jar of bacon grease in my fridge you would die. Possibly literally and figuratively. It’s almost like I need one of those ball jar juice dispensers to contain it.

Just kidding. Kind of.

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Oh and you know how I always whine about not liking tomato sauce and stuff? Well after tasting the spaghetti and meatballs at E2 on Friday night, my mind might slightly be changed. They are ridiculous. As is the grilled bread and the four thousand spoonfuls of white beans with sage that I shoveled into my mouth, along with the grilled romaine (one of the better ones I’ve had) and the beignets and I could go on and on.

I want to eat EVERYTHING I see on this blog. I also want to be able to take photographs like that, but that would most likely require patience and not throwing a massive tantrum after about four minutes of standing on a chair and moving one plate two inches to the left.

Um, you should probably try that blackaberry mojito green tea lemonade at Starbucks or whatever the heck the ridiculous long name is. I know. I’m a slave. It’s delicious and refreshing but oh does it quite possibly have caffeine in it? Because I drank one last night at like 6PM and then I ended up being awake all night long a la Lionel Richie style, but it could totally be in my neurotic head. It also made me slightly shaky but that could have been because I was ready to EAT dinner. It was weird. But GOOD. (Must make my own. Tell me how please.)

P.S. strawberries are so good right now that I made a batch of fresh strawberry margaritas and I believe it stands tall as my favorite cocktail on this blog. Love love. I hate to be annoying but it does get rave reviews.

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I ended up finishing two books this week, one being love with a chance of drowning that I was talking about last week. I really enjoyed the story and then got hooked on the author’s blog well into the middle of the night. And I’ve actually been keeping up with goodreads and trying to review books as I go! I do it to procrastinate on real life chores.

The other one I finished is all fall down and I just didn’t love it. I usually like what Jennifer Weiner writes but I struggled getting into this story and prefer more feel-good tales. Say what you will about my simple preferences. I read to ESCAPE.

And and and! Yesterday I learned that you can preorder Andie’s book and after dropping everything I did just that and you probably should too. Remember her amazing ted talk I told you about a few weeks ago? It can’t be passed up! So many exclamation points.

I did end up chopping my hair yesterday but just right past my shoulders. I love it. I will instagram a pic today and break my no-selfie-because-I’m-over-30 rule for you.

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42 Responses to “on a wednesday stream of consciousness.”

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    Jess — June 25, 2014 @ 8:04 am

    I love E2! Definitely one of my favorite places in Pittsburgh. If you haven’t been to Point Brugge, I highly recommend it. They don’t take reservations though so expect a wait.

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    JulieD — June 25, 2014 @ 8:15 am

    Omg I want to see a pic of your hair!!! And your sweet face too! :)

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    lindsay — June 25, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    re: chocolate and grapes – I do this all the time. I freeze the grapes for at least a day and then melt chocolate and dip the grapes individually. The chocolate will instantly harden onto the grapes so there is no dripping mess. Store them in a container in the freezer and it’s the best summer snack!! Grapes don’t freeze too much in the freezer, they get slushy and refreshing…. think freezie consistency.

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    • Jessica — June 25th, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

      doing this. YES

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    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — June 25, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    I just started “love with a chance of drowning” and like it so far. I’ve been blowing through books so far this spring/summer, so keep the recommendations coming! Also, I ADORE potato chips on sandwiches….especially tuna salad. May sound weird but I feel like tuna salad and potato chips were meant to be.

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    Samantha — June 25, 2014 @ 9:03 am

    Yes to chips on sandwiches. I too mistake fireworks for gunshots but sadly this weekends those sounds actually were gunshots a block from my Chicago apartment located in what we thought was a safe neighborhood. Still trying to process that. On a happier note, I had mega long hair like you until Friday when I also did a just above the shoulders chop. While I definitely like it, I’m still mourning my long hair and have no idea how to style short hair. Do you like your cut!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — June 25, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    Mmmm….strawberry margaritas sounds great right now! Especially since I’m on vacation! And yes, want to see your hair! Picture please!! :-)

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — June 25, 2014 @ 9:26 am

    I can’t wait to see your hair!!!
    And breakfast for dinner is my jam.
    And and and I really want a watermelon agua fresca ever since you mentioned it the other day!!! Ahhh

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — June 25, 2014 @ 9:36 am

    Strawberries are AMAZING right now! And I totally know what you mean about fireworks… they always start going off at the most random times and I’m SURE there’s some sort of gang fight in my suburban neighborhood :) Breakfast for dinner is always the best, too!

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    Emma @ Chick-o-bowl — June 25, 2014 @ 9:50 am

    LOL I do not put chips on my sandwiches but I have spent some time in Brasil and they put chips on their hot dogs! Do you imagine? Corn, tomatoes and other stuff too. I have never dared to try it lol.

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    Amanda — June 25, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    Can’t say I’ve ever tried chocolate covered grapes, but I need to change it. That photo of bacon…. killing me!

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    courtney — June 25, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    omg. i’ve just been staring at the e2 menu and i want to go there for dinner tonight and brunch this weekend and also the sunday dinner. and if you’re a brunch-er than you MUST try Park Brugge!! i have to research the menu all week and I still can’t make my mind up when I go there because it’s all just too darn good.

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — June 25, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    shoving cheddar sun-chips and/or jalapeno kettle chips are my favorite for sammies, and if you’re craving grapes covered in chocolate I’d say just buy 15 bags of these: http://www.brooksidechocolate.com/usa/products/dark-chocolate-acai-blueberry (you WILL demolish them in 20 minutes).

    liked this :)

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    • Jessica — June 25th, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

      oh i love those things!

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    cynthia — June 25, 2014 @ 10:52 am

    OH my goodness, thanks so much for the shoutout, Jessica! You may have just made my whole month. Thank you thank you <3 and YES to chips on sandwiches!!! Yum, that crunch :)

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    Kimberly — June 25, 2014 @ 11:57 am

    The Starbucks Blackberry Mojito ridiculously long tea name is SO GOOD. I don’t even really like mint (i just like to say mojito so i always order them) but this tea was not too minty and just the perfect amount of sweetness. I have been trying to resist their siren song every day since i first had one! FYI- tomorrow from 2-5pm they are half off!!

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life — June 25, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    Random thought but as a fellow beauty product/makeup lover, if you haven’t tried the new Glam Glow Powermud mask, I think you should go get a sample from Sephora ASAP because it’s my new favorite thing. And it smells like green apples. And it leaves your skin super soft. And it’s magical.

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    • Jessica — June 25th, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

      omg i’ve been dying to get it. i love the other glam glow masks. been trying to hold back buuuuut… will probably crack soon.

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    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — June 25, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

    Wait one minute: chocolate covered grapes?! HOW HAVE I NOT DONE THIS?! And I call myself a chocolate lover……

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    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run — June 25, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

    those straws are amazing — where are they from!?

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    • Jessica — June 25th, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

      target!!
      but i got them around easter/beginning of spring.

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    Jennifer — June 25, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

    Yes the Starbucks Blackberry Mojito and Blackberry Mojito Lemonade both have caffeine. its Just the Green Iced Tea/ Lemonade with blackberry syrup.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 25, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

    “survived on nothing for two days but peanut butter, a few chocolate chips and a handful of cheeze-it’s. ” <— that describes most of the decade of my 20s. Except I also included Triscuits and tons of liquor :) It was so much fun!

    I would love one of your strawberry margs right now and just repinned :)

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — June 25, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

    Wahooo! Selfie! Can’t wait.

    I struggled for about an hour with that decision to post a selfie last week. I just…can’t. Probably last one ever.

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    joelle @ on a pink typewriter — June 25, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

    Totally loving this post! I have not tried the chocolate covered grapes- yum!

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    Stacey @ the chocolate teapot — June 25, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

    My husband often puts chips on sandwiches and I have always thought that was so weird, but apparently it’s a thing? Guess I’ll have to try that! Also books for escape – have you read the Outlander series? I love it, they’re insanely long, but definitely good escapist reads!

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    Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet — June 25, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

    I once made banana bread with bacon grease. It was heavy, but heavenly.

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    In a Trendy Town — June 25, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

    We love juices and smoothies but a fried egg is the most!

    http://inatrendytown.blogspot.com.es/

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    Paige — June 25, 2014 @ 4:18 pm

    What did you think of “Tempting Fate”?

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    • Jessica — June 26th, 2014 @ 10:12 pm

      i wrote a post with a mini review of tempting fate but i can’t find it! i liked it more than i thought i would – most reviews i read were terrible. i didn’t find the characters to be as hate-able as i expected and i actually couldn’t put the book down. so i enjoyed it!

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    Molly @ Doughvelopment — June 25, 2014 @ 6:14 pm

    Breakfast for dinner is the best!! I need to try that blackberry something mojito, I just heard about it and it sounds so good!
    The native strawberries are finally in, I am so excited! Those margs look fab!

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    Amelia — June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

    Saw your pic on instagram. Love your hair!!! My hair has been growing crazy fast during pregnancy. I just got it cut and it needs it again!
    I haven’t tried that drink from Starbucks but I really want to. I looked it up and yes, there is about 40-45 mg in the grande, so not sure what size you got??? It’s less than a shot of espresso, so not sure how sensitive you are to caffeine? I also want to try their iced peach green tea and iced peach green tea lemonade. Their whole Teavanna line looks way better than the Tazo.
    I used to put potato chips and/or doritos on my pb & J when I was little. Love that crunch in between soft bread. Sweet & savory!

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    Rachel Cooks — June 25, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

    Ummm….pancakes in bacon grease?!?! Way to go, Eddie!

    Loved the IG selfie, do it more often. No don’t. Because you make the rest of us look bad.

    Two Red Bowls — wow! So gorgeous. And so not possible with two toddlers, ha.

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    Brittany from CountingMyCupcakes — June 25, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

    As you saw me tweet the other day, those sberry margs are to die for!!! The funny thing is, I asked my husband to find me a recipe for a margarita on the rocks (he was making a frozen one for himself, but I prefer OTR) and when he searched, your recipe was the first one that came up on google. I’m not surprised because I know how popular your recipes are, but just found it amusing he was the one who found it – not realizing at first the recipe was on my FAVORITE blog ever :) P.S. Your hair is super cute! I can understand the not liking selfies thing, but it’s always nice to see the face behind the blog every once in awhile.

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    Nicole — June 25, 2014 @ 9:42 pm

    I totally get the no seflies over 30 thing! I’ve been thinking I’m a weirdo for not posting them, but feel totally vindicated now. ha!

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    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — June 26, 2014 @ 9:42 am

    LOL, I just love the way you think and write!

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    Susan — June 26, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    Chips on sandwiches. We do it all of the time! Yum!

    Years ago, I’d make a salami sandwich and put Oreo cookies on the sandwich. I loved it and I wasn’t even pregnant! I don’t do that now because I am a vegan.

    I can’t wait to see your summer cut!

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    Susan — June 26, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    I just saw your haircut and it is perfect on you!
    Do you like it? When it gets hot, you can still put it up!

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    • Jessica — June 26th, 2014 @ 10:11 pm

      thanks susan! yes i love it!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — June 26, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

    Breakfast for dinner is always a good thing! And my husband makes it too! And I love Andie

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    Sandy — June 26, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

    Don’t sweat the mistaking fireworks for gun shots thing. One night there were actual gun shots down our street and my mom thought they were fireworks (and went to go look out the window!). Thankfully it was down the street as I say and she sleeps on the second floor of our house.

    Your Strawberry Margaritas have me deciding to have that tomorrow when I go out to lunch with my friend ;).

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    Maralyn Woods — June 26, 2014 @ 10:06 pm

    Yes to bacon and pork fat. I get pork fat from my butcher and render my own lard. Potato chips on sandwiches are awesome. Even peanut butter and jam is elevated with kettle cooked chips. Your haircut rocks!

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