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Which ‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Should Replace Stephen Colbert? [Poll]

Audrey:

Could we have a woman as the new Colbert? Will she have a character as well, or merely extend her persona from The Daily Show. Is there room for new talent not associated with John Stewart? This is an exciting moment in the Late Night race, and I really home some talented female comedians can step up to the plate and make me proud.

Originally posted on Variety:

CBS has officially announced that Stephen Colbert will be replacing David Letterman on “Late Show,” causing the domino effect of finding a suitable candidate to replace the comedian’s popular Comedy Central show.

While Comedy Central is being coy about that position, saying it will take some time figuring out what to do with that time slot, an insider says the job could go to someone already associated with sister program “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

But who would that someone be? Which of these current “Daily Show” correspondents would you like to see replace Stephen Colbert?

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Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

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It rained in LA this weekend. If you weren’t from around here and you were in the area for what some are referring to as the “Aqua Vortex” or “Aquapocolypse,” you probably spent the majority of your time rolling your eyes. I spent most of my time baking and doing homework. I didn’t want to go out or brave the roads or the weather or the hoards of Angelenos at Trader Joe’s. It was that bad.

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So I had myself a relaxing couple of days and tried baking some of the easiest, warmest, comfiest comfort dessert I could find: my absolute favorite peanut butter cookies. I used to bake all the time in high school, and these were MVP’s in my repertoire, but it had been forever when I saw this recipe on Eat Live Run. I had to have it.

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They turned out really well in my opinion, but they’re exponentially better when straight out of the oven. Paired with a big glass of milk, they’re perfect for a rainy day. Or a snowy day. Or any day really.

Licking the spoon was just a big bonus (I live on the wild side).

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Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

adapted from Eat Live Run

Yields 2 dozen large cookies.

Ingredients:

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

3/4 cup peanut butter

1 cup bread flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 and coat two cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray.

Beat together the butter, brown sugar and peanut butter until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until just combined.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients and blend just until a dough forms.

Using a large spoon, scoop out big balls of dough onto your prepared baking sheet — about 3″ apart. Press down gently with a wet fork on each cookie.

Bake for 20 minutes until edges are golden.

Time:

25 minutes

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Ten Things You Can Do with Nutella

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source: The Sugar Hit

My parents still support me financially, but when my mom wants to give me a little extra help, she doesn’t send me money with her greeting cards encouraging me to pursue my dreams. Nope. She sends coupons. Usually they’re for boring things like tampons or cough syrup. Once she sent me coupons that all expired in two weeks and amounted up to over twenty different kinds of Greek yogurt. But in her most recent care package, she also sent me a buy one get one free coupon for Nutella.

If you haven’t tried it, go to the store right now and get some before you read any further. It looks like this:

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source: Barato Coletivo

Anyway, I figured this would be a great opportunity to make another Ten Things list: ten ways to add Nutella into your life.

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source: Bella Nutella

10. Spread it on toast for a breakfast of champions.

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source: KRRB Blog

9. Dip strawberries in it for a healthy(ish) snack, or better yet…

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source: Closet Cooking

8. Make strawberries and Nutella crepes.

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source: Kirbie’s Cravings

7. Bake it into Nutella cookies.

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source: Eat Live Run

6. Make homemade Nutella hot chocolate.

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source: The Little Kitchen

5. Blend it into a Nutella milkshake.

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source: The Nesting Project

4. Spread it over ice cream for a Nutella banana split.

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source: bell’alimento

3. Mix it into pancakes or waffles for the best brunch ever.

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source: Mommy’s Kitchen

2. Make Nutella s’mores.

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source: The Sugar Hit

1. Go all out and make Nutella ice cream in brioche for dessert.

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Internet Gems

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I’ve been trying to be better about scheduling my time more efficiently this week, so I’ve been pretty proud of how ahead I’ve been with my blog lately. Hopefully I can keep this us (I should set a goal for a number of successful posts in a row. I’ll get back to you on that).

I’ve also been better about reading more of my favorite blogs recently, so I’ve been able to round up some of my favorite articles! As you can see, my interests range from high fashion to high concentrations of chocolate in a sugary beverage. I’m not ashamed.

This week: Some recipes I’ve been dying to try, but haven’t gotten around to, my favorite fashion collection so far this season that makes me wish I was a WASP at a country club, and how you can make branding work for you.

3 Steps to Defining Your Personal Brand from Levo League

Ladylike Fashion for Spring from Harper’s Bazaar

Asymmetrical Ear Adornments from Into the Gloss

Lacy Little Things from Cupcakes and Cashmere

Ancient Grains Pear Porridge from Nutrition Stripped

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source: The Tart Tart

Buckwheat Flapjacks with Maple Berry Sauce from Clara Persis

Dark Chocolate Skillet Cookies with Nutella and Pop Rocks from Climbing Grier Mountain

Homemade Cookie Dough Oreos from Love and Olive Oil

Very Decadent Hot Chocolate from The Tart Tart

Major Food Trends of 2014 from Refinery 29

 

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Fat Tuesday Coffee

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source: Take a Megabite

I’ve been raised Catholic, so I’m accustomed to giving something up for Lent every year (though I think I skipped out on it last year). This time it took me a while to come up with a treat to fast from that will help improve my life, but also be difficult (fasting shouldn’t be easy). I went with what seems like an obvious choice, but will be so difficult to go without for forty days: coffee and Starbucks.

What will benefit? My wallet. My health. My ability to contribute my dollars to businesses that actually align with my values and support local farmers or entrepreneurs. Sorry gold card, we’re taking a break. Maybe after over a month, I’ll finally kick the habit and will be drinking green smoothies in the morning or something.

But before that happens (starting tomorrow!) I can have a little Mardi Gras coffee party for today. One Venti Java chip Frappuccino please! Okay, that might be overkill. Instead I’ve compiled my favorite coffee recipes to try out before I have to give it up for Lent. If I don’t get through all of them, I can make the rest on Easter Sunday!

Apple Yogurt Coffee Cake from Cupcakes and Cashmere

Best Coffee Around Los Angeles from Freutcake

Coffee Pancakes from Eat Live Run

Coffee: A Chemex Method from Sprouted Kitchen

Coffee Ice Pops from Paper/Plates

Coffee Marshmallow and Salted Caramel Topped Brownies from Take a Megabite

 

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Month of March: Sweaters

I really took a lot out of Alexa Von Tobel’s book, Financially Fearless, but one concept has really stuck with me: be strategic about your shopping. She included a list of the best months to buy certain investment pieces in, when they would most likely be on sale. I say investment pieces because the items are usually out of season, so buying a trendy winter coat in April won’t be good for your finances the way buying a trench coat or black double-breasted one would be!

In celebration of the new month of March (my favorite month of the year), I’m starting a new series and rounding up some good investment purchases. This month is a great month to stock up on sweaters, cashmere, and frozen foods (who knew?), so I’ll be taking them one week at a time, starting with sweaters this week.

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1. Wool and the Gang

2. Everlane

3. Threadsence

4. NastyGal

5. Need Supply Co.

6. Barneys New York

7. Club Monaco

8. The Dreslyn

9. Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Acai, Anyone?

Audrey:

Acai has actually become my latest obsession, but I haven’t ever made my own bowl before! Definitely need to get on that, and this is a great, really doable recipe.

Originally posted on In Rainbow Order:

I was first introduced to acai bowls when I moved to Southern California for college. Originally from Brazil, this breakfast treat became popular in Hawaii a few years ago and quickly spread to the mainland. Loaded with antioxidants and energy-boosting properties, acai isn’t just a food – it’s a superfood! Unfortunately, if you don’t live in a warm climate, acai bowls can be hard to find. Instead of scouring your city for this tropical treat, try making one of your own! With a few ingredients and five simple steps, you’ll be in paradise in no time.

What you’ll need:
2 Sambazon Original Smoothie Packs
1 banana
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup liquid
1/2 cup granola

IMG_2748Step 1 Gather your ingredients. I used Sambazon smoothie packs for this recipe, which I bought at my local natural market. Check out the Sambazon website to find a retailer near you. You can use any…

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