in the spirit of march madness

you will have great wins and great losses in the ncaa tournament. and yes, it is still too soon to talk to me about duke’s non-win. luckily for me, it didn’t kill my brackets. i recognized that this year was not their year and had them losing to kentucky, but still, too soon.

on the other hand, since i’m from va beach, i will say go trojans! and hope norfolk state can pull out another upset tonight!

as for wins and losses in the kitchen today, the underdog, kale, did not beat out the highly anticipated blondies. duh, did you really think veggies would win over something that had cake mix in it? get real!

the contenders:

crispy kale, so all the rage in dc right now. it’s so super health and blah blah blah, well let’s talk about how it taste. i personally don’t like it, but if you like steamed broccoli (which i don’t, raw only please) this is all for you. it’s really easy to make, but i jumped off that bandwagon so fast today.

1 whole bag of fresh kale, stems removed

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tbsp garlic salt

1 tsp siracha

1/2 tsp salt

heat oven to 350 degrees. line baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

place kale in large bowl and mix with hands until all kale is covered with oil, about 2 minutes.

place kale on baking sheet and distribute covering entire sheet. sprinkle garlic salt, siracha, and salt over kale.  cook for 15-20 minutes, taking out and mixing on pan every 5 minutes. cook until all kale is crispy and dry.

store in sealed container so kale stays crispy.

cake batter blondies, idea from girlmeetslife, super easy, i whipped’em up, went for a run, tried them (to make sure they were okay) and thought they’d be the perfect snack for my girlfriend that just got a boxer puppy yesterday (picture below) along with cupcake prosecco!

1 box yellow cake mix

1/4 cup sprinkles

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/4 cup veggie oil

1 egg, beaten

1/4 -1/2 cup milk

heat oven to 350 degrees. spray 8×8 pan with non-stick flour spray. mix cake mix, sprinkles, and white chocolate chips. add oil, egg, and mix. add milk, but just enough that the batter remains as dense as possible.

cook for 25-30 minutes, or just until the edges are light brown. do not insert toothpick in the middle, it will be doughy.  wait 20-30 minutes to cut so the middle can set.


chloe and morgan



  1. Aunt Rhonda says:

    A-DOOR-able pup!!!!

    As for those cake batter blondies: OMG! they look delicious!
    And, ironically, I just saw directions for similar kale (Hungry Girl Supermarket Survival) recently and printed it out to try it. It also gave me directions for carrot “fries” which are really good. Yesterday, I made green bean “fries” which even picky ‘lil Christopher said “aren’t half bad” (which is saying ALOT coming from him!)

    • i guess if chris will eat them i will like them. they must take like rolls! make the blondies, they are super easy and so gooey!!!
      and it took a lot for me to not put morgan’s dog in my purse and bring her home with me!

  2. jeanette - adrienne's mom says:

    What is siracha?
    Can the kale recipe be used on spinach?

    • siracha is hot chili sauce and a must have! any grocery store will have it in their international aisle where the asian cuisine is. it gives anything a kick but taste different than hot sauce or tabasco sauce. i put it in a lot of things, and even on the bottle it says to put in on anything!

      as for the kale/spinach, i’ve never tried it. the texture is different from kale so i don’t know, but give it a whirl and let me know what happens!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I always wanted to try the crispy kale thing but the broccoli reference made me realize that i probably wouldnt like it. As far as the blondies (thanks again for sharing!) they were amazing and i am going to have to make these to keep my boyfriend. Every time I bring him one of your snacks his exact words are, “I love that women”

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