Three ingredient Nutella brownies

One of my favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo is featuring Nutella recipes all month long.  Each recipe has looked even yummier than the one posted the week before…but when I saw their newest post, a four ingredient Nutella brownie, I knew that we needed to try it 🙂

You can find their original recipe for a four ingredient Nutella brownie here.  I am not a fan of nuts though….although I will admit I have been dabbling recently in cashews…so I removed nuts from the recipe, leaving us with a three ingredient list.  (1 cup Nutella, 2 eggs, and 1 cup flour).

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Preheat the oven to 350 F, prepare your muffin tin the way you like (I prefer to use paper muffin cups…makes clean up so easy!), mix together the Nutella and eggs, and finally add the flour.  Done!  Bake 8-12 minutes (although I always lean towards the 8 minutes rather than the 12).  They are sooo good!


For the actual dinner that night, Brett made a fantastic skillet lasagna.  More on that later this week!  🙂  (Eep!  Teasers!)

Lacuna Loft – the big reveal!

After hinting about it for a number of weeks, I am finally ready to let you in on the details of my new endeavor!  Introducing…..Lacuna Loft!  Check it out here!


Lacuna Loft is a magazine and e-commerce website geared towards young adults (20s/30s) dealing with cancer or long term illness (either as a patient or a caregiver) and their support network.  Young adults are at a time in our lives when we are facing new careers and families, competitive graduate programs, and our friends often have trouble relating.  The website is two fold:  there is a blog with articles on survivorship, personal stories, cancer life hacks, and much more AND an online shop with kits designed to quickly communicate the physical needs of the cancer patient with their social network.  Lacuna Loft is meant to help young adults adapt to their new, slower, day-to-day lives while also offering them the resources to easily communicate their needs with their support system.

Lacuna Loft provides a one-stop resource for the young adult patient or caregiver, and their loved ones.  Today is launch day!  🙂

we might see some changes around here


For the past year (almost…wow!) this site has had new content 4 times a week, typically Monday – Thursday.  My new endeavor is going to start taking a lot of the time that MalloryandBrett used to take up because of the way my new(ish?) schedule works.  I have been working 12 hour days so that I can have some time in the morning for NASA work and my new project along with the 4 hours that I coach swimming each night.  This doesn’t leave a lot of time for blogging for fun.  Having said that, I love writing for this blog.  It has been such fun for me to develop my voice as a blogger through this medium.  I’ve learned how to create new content, 4 times a week and to bring it all to you with a voice that is authentically me and at the same time, visually interesting.  There will still be posts and updates made here…just probably on a 3 day/week basis instead of the 4 days that you all have become used to. (you would be surprised how much time that will free up each week haha!)

Our rss feed feature is still not fixed yet.  I have been working on setting up a new medium to do that.  Brett has been spending his malloryandbrett time on my new project’s website 🙂  (isn’t he such an awesome husband!).  As soon as I launch though, you can rest assured that malloryandbrett will have a new and awesome newsletter feature 🙂

Brett and I thank you for your patience and for your readership 🙂  We have really liked the way this site has transformed from our wedding website into a way to update our family and friends about the happenings in our day to day lives.  I have found it so enjoyable to use this site to celebrate every day happenings…there is so much beauty in the everyday 🙂

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Girly Wednesday ~ xxxxiv ~ Daring Greatly

I’ve been collecting some office mantras as I dream about framing things for putting above my desk.  🙂  I’ve also been reading a book by Brené Brown called Daring Greatly.  In a talk of hers I recently watched, she quotes the Man in the Arena speech given by Theodore Roosevelt…

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ”

As I become closer and closer to sharing my new small business endeavor with everyone, I can’t help but identify with this quote.  (Teaser:  My official launch date is March 3…you all will definitely find out everything you ever wanted to know then 🙂 )  How does Brené Brown end up responding to this quotation by President Roosevelt?  “If you’re not also in the arena, getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.”

So, here is to the critics, to the victors, and to everyone who we lean on for love and support in every situation in between.


running with Olympians!

I’ve been ramping up my training for the half marathon here in Champaign.  I wanted to sign up for the full marathon race…but I’m kind of glad that I didn’t.  There are now only 2 months left of training and the cold is only just subsiding.  Needless to say that I have trouble getting myself out the door (even to go run at the gym!) when it is cold outside.

When I ran last week at the Y, I was pleasantly surprised by the Olympics on the tv!  I was able to complete my entire run “along side” the cross country skiers 🙂  Go NORWAY!  🙂