A Free Dozen Cookies from Insomnia Cookies!!

CONGRATS TO JAIME, WINNER OF THE $15 GIFT CARD!!

**I partnered with Birmingham Bloggers and Insomnia Cookies for this post, but all opinions are my own.**

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Yup, you read that right!! In honor of National Cookie Day (Friday, December 4, 2015), one lucky Chic in Academia reader will get a chance to win a $15 gift card to use at Insomnia Cookies in Birmingham, AL!  Based on the catering menu for the Birmingham (Five Points location), the $15 gift card can get you a free dozen cookies, specifically the ‘Sugar Rush’ dozen!

03.16_.15_sugarrush_200x200_This includes a combination of any of the following:

Chocolate Chunk, Double Chocolate Chunk, Double Chocolate Mint, M&M, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter Chip, Snickerdoodle, Sugar, White Chocolate Macadamia, Orange Cranberry Oatmeal.  NOM!

 

Of course, they offer a variety of other combinations, in addition they sell brownies, ice cream, and beverages (yes, they sell milk!).

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Sample Insomnia Cookies Menu

I stopped by for a dozen, and had to use all of my willpower to not eat every single one while driving home with them!

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They were SOOOOOO delicious!!!  My favorite is the Orange Cranberry Oatmeal.  The perfect blend of tart and sweet flavors…mmm-mmm good! So, besides the availability of super amazingly tasty cookies, what’s so great about Insomnia Cookies??!

THEY DELIVER!!  ‘TIL 3AM!!!

Yup, you read that RIGHT.  ‘Til 3am!  Now, the one limitation is that they only deliver to a relatively local area to the store (at least here in Birmingham), but still, they deliver.  So if you live in or near downtown, you are in luck (in Birmingham).  But, you can stop by the store and order during store hours, which run from 11am-3am.  Not too shabby!

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Current Insomnia Cookie Locations

SO, I’m sure all you have read thus far is “Blah, blah, blah, blah” and now want to know, “HOW DO I GET FREE COOKIES?!” Am I right?!  lol.  Well, to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below with your favorite cookie flavor.  That’s it!  Easy peasy!  I will select a winner and announce in the comments section and at the top of this post on Friday morning (December 4, 2015).  So check back to see if you won!

Finally, in the meantime, be sure to check out the deal Insomnia Cookies is offering for National Cookie Day below:

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This deal is valid at all participating Insomnia Cookie locations. Get you some cookies to celebrate National Cookie Day!!

Stop by the Five Points/Birmingham location if you are in the area!

1919 11th Ave South, Suite 200
Birmingham, AL 35205
877-632-6654

Until next time! Stay ‘Chic’!

From the Insomnia Cookies ‘About Us’ page:

Insomnia Cookies is a rapidly expanding late-night bakery concept with offices in both New York and Philadelphia. Founded in a college dorm room in 2003 at the University of Pennsylvania, by then student, Seth Berkowitz, Insomnia Cookies  has been feeding the insatiable hunger of our fans ever since. We specialize in delivering warm, delicious cookies right to the doors of individuals and companies alike. 

Today we have more than seventy locations and are still growing! Whether you’re feeding a craving or a crowd, our offerings of cookies, brownies, cookie cakes and even cold milk, has you covered. We also serve and deliver ice cream at most of our locations. 

No matter what your cookie needs – – from late night study breaks, sending gifts to college kids far from home, anniversary or birthday gifts or group orders for your next event or meeting. Insomnia Cookies are available when you need them most. 

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The Working Mom’s Guide to a 20-minutes-or-Less Dinner

Let’s face it.  If you are a working mom, you know that you have 20 minutes – though often less – to put food on the table before your ravenous kids start eating every snack at hand.  Occasionally (emphasis on ‘occasionally’), I am well-organized and will have made a large meal on Sunday night to provide enough left overs for at least two other days of the week.  This weekend was a busy one though, so I am not prepared for the week.  I have, however, planned ahead and much like a squirrel readying for the winter, stored some goodies in the freezer for days when fresh, hot food is not available!

Pictured below are some of my freezer favorites:

Frozen Food, http://chicinacademia.com

Morey’s Marinated Wild Alaskan Salmon, ~$14

Purchased at Costco.  Comes with 6 filets.  Toss the number of filet packets that you plan to cook that evening in the fridge to thaw.  When you come home, cook for 20 minutes and prep sides while fish is cooking!  The kids, by the way, LOVE this salmon. I will often split one filet between the two boys, and my hubby and I will each eat one.

Trader Joe’s Organic Jasmine Rice, $3.49

There are three pouches per box.  1 pouch contains two cups of rice (enough for two kids and at least 1 adult). Cooks in 3 minutes!  Sticky, flavorful, white rice.  NOM!

Bird’s Eye Steam Fresh Frozen Vegetables, $1

This pouch contains enough veggies for two meals.  The package includes asparagus, gold and white corn, and baby carrots.  Kiddies will often pick out the asparagus and toss it to the side, but I rather like it in the mix, so I think it works for us all.

Total cost: $18.49

Total meals: 2

For less than $20, you get two meals for the week!  Plus, this meal is relatively healthy and the sodium content is also fairly low for all three items.  The items with the highest sodium content is the salmon filet, and even it only has 10% sodium!  Not too shabby!

As you can tell, I am missing a photo of the actual meal, but TRUST – it was good. 😉

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Let me know if you have any other suggestions for quick meals that are kid friendly in the comments section below.  I’d love to hear them!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

Easy Peasy Lemon Chicken

The rain was constant throughout the day today.  Fall is officially here, though it definitely felt a bit like winter today with the persistent rain and cold temps.  On days like today, hubby either asks me to make White Bean Chili (recipe for a different post) or Lemon Chicken for dinner.  As I had most of the ingredients for Lemon Chicken already, I decided to go with that for the night.  I posted a pic of the plate on Instagram and got some requests for the recipe, so here it goes!

Lemon Chicken Recipe, http://chicinacademia.com

The recipe is SUPER simple and doesn’t take a ton of time to make.  Maybe an hour perhaps?  Definitely something you want to make on the weekend.  I happened to have made the chicken a day before, so all I had to do was make the sauce today.  So, it maybe took me 30 minutes to make dinner tonight.  Btw, mashed potatoes were store bought and broccoli was frozen and heated in the microwave.  It’s the way of life these days, my friends.  Efficiency. 😉

Lemon Chicken Recipe, http://chicinacademia.com

Lemon Chicken Recipe, http://chicinacademia.com

Let me know if you make this recipe at home!  I taste as I go, but I think the proportions are pretty accurate.  Definitely taste as you go as well in case you need to modify any of the steps listed above.  Good luck and happy eating, friends!!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!