You know what they say – if you can’t stand the heat…

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stay home and watch Sex & The City!

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It’s hot, people. Real hot. Central Iowa is sitting at a scorching 116 degrees right now, and my poor AC just can’t keep up!

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The local news station warned against going outside today, which I took as a rare invitation to do as little as possible – starting with sleeping in and watching Guliana & Bill reruns in bed, taking a quick trip to the grocery store, then watching Sex & The City all afternoon on E!. Not going to lie – it was pretty awesome! :D

It sort of reminded me of being snowed in in the winter, except I replaced a warm mug of hot chocolate and a blanket, with iced coffee and a tank top. Ooo, and brownies!

Yeah, they played the episode where Miranda almost eats an entire chocolate sheet cake by herself, so she throws it away but finds herself picking it out of the garbage can, so she pours dish soap over the whole thing to stop herself.

I am totally a Miranda. You?

Anyways, the cake looked so good that I did the unthinkable and turned the oven on to make my own chocolaty treat – Wuollet Bakery Brownies.

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OMG SO WORTH THE HEAT!

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These babies are like fudge crack brownies. Dense and smooth. Plus I always have all the ingredients on hand to make them – which is usually not such a good thing – but today, it definitely was. :)

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I also squeezed in a little T-shirt designing time in between episodes.

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I was thinking about maybe launching a T-shirt shop when my site re-design launches in the next several weeks (yay – it’s still coming!) What do you think? Would you buy an IGE inspired Tee?

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Either way it’s been kind of fun thinking up fun slogans/designs. :)

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In other news, BEN’S BACK!!!!! :D :D :D :D

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While my Mom and I have been enjoying ladies weekend, he, my Dad and little brother have been reveling in dude’s weekend, 10,500 feet above sea level, backpacking in Colorado. Check out these pictures!

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Ummm…I sort of demand to be taken with next time!

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Or…not… ;)

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Ben and my Dad had to drive home all day today, so I made sure I had dinner (and hugs!) ready when Ben stepped through the door – Quinoa Spinach Bake!

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I know, I know – maybe not the manly meal you’d think he’d want – but it was sort of a take on the Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli & Rice Casserole he loves so much, so I took a chance.

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It ended up being one of the best quinoa recipes we’ve ever tried!

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Creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

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It contains cooked quinoa, cottage cheese, spinach and yummy spices, all baked up into a nice, healthy casserole-type dish. (Again, I know with the oven. Nuts, but worth it.)

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I followed this recipe from Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, but used 1 package frozen spinach, added 1 cup feta cheese in addition to the cottage cheese, and separated the mixture into 2 different baking dishes since my 8×8 pan was all tied up with the aforementioned crack brownies. :)

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And so ends another weekend, folks! This one went so fast – I can’t believe it’s back to the grind tomorrow! Off to go spend some time with my mountain man. See ya! :)