How to make your roommates happy with a big dessert

– How to turn Trader Joe’s ‘Blondies’ into a big ice cream sundae
– “This is like, even better than a (BJ’s) pizookie,” business administration sophomore Amy Wright said.
– I added ice cream, reese’s, chocolate sprinkles and caramel sauce. It turned out beautifully.

Dear bloggies,

One day I went to the market and decided it was time to add dessert to the list of groceries. I was feeling creative so I bought stuff to make my own dessert instead of the pre-made packaged business.

At around 9 p.m. that night, I was feeling bored and knew it was time to whip out my new “Blondie Bar Baking Mix.” I wanted to do something nice for my roommates, and I knew the blondies would be a hit.

Things started heating up around 9:30 p.m. The oven had finished preheating, the blondie mix was properly mixed, and the porcelain dish was clean and ready.

Just thinking about the warm, gooey brownies that were about to enter my life made me pretty excited, but not excited enough. The thing with me is, when I start a fun little project, it always turns into a fun big project.

I needed ice cream. How could I serve these blondies (I didn’t even know what blondie meant) without something cool and refreshing to go with? The more (sugar) the merrier, right?

So I made a trip to Albertson’s. Straight to the ice cream isle. Then to the caramel sauce. Then to the reese’s. Then to the sprinkles.

Fine, that’s enough, I thought. I could not wait to get home and put my masterpiece together.

When I came home I made it very clear to my roommates that they were not allowed to touch my blondies (that turned out to be identical to brownies…  very deceiving on Trader Joe’s part… but delicious nonetheless, so I won’t complain) until I finished my masterpiece.

The blondie brownies had finished cooling. I turned their carrier dish upside down and a perfect square of chocolate goodness plopped out onto my pretty plate (Sidenote- my mom said I’d never use such a nice dish but I knew I would).

I added ice cream, reese’s, chocolate sprinkles and caramel sauce. It turned out beautifully.

I took a ton of pictures to show off my newfound expertise in the homemade dessert department (then I instagrammed it… duh).

And finally I granted a plot of the brownie sugar heaven to each roommate.

I knew from the first bite that I had found love in the art of baking. The rest is history.

Actually… the rest is in my tummy, but I’ll go to the gym tomorrow.



Don’t fool yourself. I know you want photo evidence and a detailed recipe:

Happy baking!

Trader Joe’s “blondie” brownie mix. The best.

Mix the “bloindie mix” in an oven-safe dish with w 1arge egg and a 4 oz. stick of melted butter.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Leave in the oven for 28-32 minutes.

Remove brownie from pan and place on a cooling rack or porcelain dish.

Scoop a couple scoops of your favorite ice cream onto the middle of the brownie.

Slice Reese’s peanut butter cups into eight pieces and place around the edges of the ice cream.

Add some chocolate sprinkles and drizzle on some caramel sauce.

Be careful not to let too much caramel plop out onto your masterpiece.

Whallah! The dessert dish is done and ready to eat.


“This is like, even better than a (BJ’s) pizookie,” business administration sophomore Amy Wright said.

“Oh my god,” journalism sophomore Sam Gilbert said. “It’s literally beautiful. I’m gonna start crying.”

“This is about to be inhaled,” kinesiology sophomore Victoria Wolfe said. “I hope you aren’t planning on saving any part of this.”

Healthy morning oatmeal

– What have you been eating for breakfast?
– Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, almonds and raisins are healthy, tasty toppings for morning oatmeal.
– The top 10 reasons to eat oatmeal!

Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, almonds and raisins are healthy, tasty toppings for morning oatmeal.

I like to use these ingredients from Trader Joes:

The ingredients shown are: old-fashioned oats (microwave 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats with 1 cup water for 2 1/2 minutes), raw slivered almonds (1/4 cup), organic strawberries (about 4 strawberries sliced), bananas (about 1/4 banana sliced), organic blueberries (a handful), organic raisins (a handful)

So, what?

Oatmeal is an extremely healthy breakfast choice. According to, the top 10 reasons to eat oatmeal are:

1. Oatmeal may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

2. Oatmeal can help you control your weight.

3. You probably already have oats in your kitchen.

4. Oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.

5. Oats found in your grocery store are 100% natural.

6. Oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure.

7. Oatmeal contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates and iron.

8. The fiber and other nutrients found in oatmeal may actually reduce the risk for certain cancers.

9. Oatmeal is quick and convenient!

10. Oatmeal can be absolutely delicious!

What do Cal Poly students think?

While there are many other delicious options to choose from in the morning, oatmeal makes for one of the most nutritious options. But just because it’s oatmeal does not mean it’s pure health, graphic communications sophomore Shannon Ling said.

“I think oatmeal is healthy, but could also be unhealthy,” Ling said. “It just depends on what you put in it. If you are eating on campus, you should definitely get oatmeal at the Avenue instead of Sandwich factory. The oatmeal at sandwich factory has whipping cream in it, which is so unnecessary. It doesn’t even make it taste better. The oatmeal in the avenue doesn’t have that.”

While most people who shop at Trader Joe’s have given the oatmeal a chance, park and recreation freshman Seline Minami has not.

“I’ve never tried Trader Joe’s oatmeal,” Minami said. “But I know it’s nutritious.”

Some people are way more into oatmeal than others, park and recreation sophomore Carlye Parker included.

“Steel cut is so good,” Parker said. “I’m all about Trader Joe’s steel-cut (oats). It’s yummy. I like putting raspberries ad brown sugar in it. It makes me feel happy and it’s a good start to my morning.”

And some people agree to eat it even though it is not the most appealing taste, like horticulture sophomore Nico Comati.

“It gets me goin’,” Comati said. “It makes me feel full, but it’s kind of bland. It tastes boring. But I feel like I’ve had a breakfast that counts. A breakfast for the growing mind. A breakfast to get me through the day. And THAT’S a breakfast that counts.”