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Danny Bakes!

Ahhh…Saturday. I love it when the weekend comes.

I dragged my tired butt out of bed this morning to go to yoga because I haven’t been in about a week and a half. I ate a clementine and a thinkThin fruit and nut bar before going.

When I walked into yoga, the instructor saw my shoulder and asked what happened. I told her that I had a mole removed, and I had to be careful not to tear the stitches. She told me that she had a mole removed on her chest and after it was gone, she kind of missed it.

Yes! I am not the only person that has an abnormal love for their mole! I felt better for missing my mole after she told me that. However, I didn’t tell her that I planned on drawing my mole back on with a Sharpie because that’s just weird…

Yoga was different today because we used light weights, resistance bands, and a Pilates ring. It was nice changing it up a bit, and it makes the class go by faster. I also did a quick 10 minutes on the stationary bike.

When I got home from yoga, Danny had all the ingredients to make cookies set up on the counter.

 He and my dad made a bet on the Super Bowl game, and Danny lost, so he has to bake my dad cookies. He did surprising well. I think Danny is just hiding his culinary skills from me so that he doesn’t ever have to cook. Nah, that’s not true. I’ve seen his eggs.

He followed the directions on the Tollhouse chocolate chip package, and make them completely by himself. He wouldn’t even let me hold the mixer.

Even though he followed the directions perfectly, the cookies came out a little bit flat, and we couldn’t figure out why. They did taste awesome, though. He even stuck a peanut butter cup in some of them.

That might have been the one and only time that Danny has ever baked, so I’m glad that I caught it on camera.

For lunch today, I had a bagelwich (big surprise) with pickles and a Southwest salad. I think Danny and I have gone through five bags of this salad in the past week. It’s so good.

I’m excited for our dinner plans tonight!

Do you have any exciting plans tonight?

What’s your favorite kind of cookie?


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Ice Cream Makes Everything Better

Do you know what the worst part about baking is (besides cleaning up)? It means that there are delicious, chewy, and moist cookies in the house. Lots of cookies. Cookies that call out to me every time I pass them. Heather, eat us. We’re so delicious. And don’t stop at one or two…eat five of us. Darn cookies. And if cookies are talking to you, you better listen.

When I baked them yesterday, I planned on giving my husband quite a few to take to work. Then I remembered that he has the rest of the week off of work. So, more cookies for me. Great. At least I put them in a tin, so I can’t see them. But I can still hear them calling to me though the tin…

Workout: BodyPump

BodyPump this morning was hard, even though it was the same class as Monday. I don’t know if my body was just tired and my muscles fatigued, but I really struggled through it. And I was really overheated today, and it didn’t help that the class was jam-packed. I got there a few minutes later than usual and had to smush myself into a corner in the back. Oh well, I still did it.

And remember how I struggled with the lunges before? Well, the new release adds jumping lunges. Somebody kill me now…

After BodyPump, I had a chunky peanut butter thinkThin bar. 20 grams of protein in that baby. If you close your eyes and imagine really hard, it almost tastes like a Reece’s peanut butter cup. Almost.

Alright, who am I kidding? It tastes nothing like a peanut butter cup, but it’s still good.

My son is going to miss his Christmas show at school because he will be recovering from getting his tonsils out. So, the school was nice enough to let us come in today and watch the kids rehearse. It worked out well that Danny had the day off work, so after BodyPump we headed over to the school.

Little kids are so darn cute when they sing. I’m really glad that we at least got to see the rehearsal.

The rest of today will be spent finishing up some errands and taking my son to the store to pick out any kind of ice cream that he wants for after his tonsil surgery. His brother is trying to talk him into getting sherbet…hey, who’s getting their tonsils out here? Okay, okay, I’m trying to talk him into getting peppermint…just kidding.

What’s your favorite flavor ice cream?


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Cookies, Ear Pain, and Tonsils

Apparently the Keurig coffee maker has spoiled me. I can’t wait 50 seconds for a cup of coffee without trying to dump in cream and sugar when it’s still brewing, making a mess everywhere. That’ll teach me to be impatient.

We didn’t get around to decorating the Christmas tree last night. Sad, I know. We’re babysitting my niece because my brother is sick. Then karate and dinner ran a little late, and things just got too busy.

We did however, decorate cookies. And we all know that’s the important thing. I showed off my awesome baking skills by using Pillsbury break & bake sugar cookies. Hey, it’s fast and easy. And still delicious.



My superb cookie decorating skills:

My son has a fever again. We seem to keep passing this illness back and forth. It’s dumb. But the timing couldn’t have been better because he has a doctor appointment today for a pre-surgery screening.

And I’m pretty sure that he has an ear infection. He keeps complaining of ear pain. See how smart I am. ear pain = ear infection. Plus, his ear is bright red.

My poor baby. Hopefully, once he gets his tonsils removed, he’ll stop getting sick so much. But they can’t remove his tonsils if he’s sick. Blah.

Do you have tonsils? What are tonsils even for?


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My Workout Buddy

I realize that most of my pictures feature me without make-up, crazy hair, and usually sweaty. Probably because that’s how I spend most of my time – I love sweatpants, I can’t help it. They are so comfy-cozy. But I promise that I don’t always look like a bum.

Sometimes I look crazed:


Sometimes I look one-eyed.

Sometimes I look a little too happy.

But at least I didn’t look bum-like in any of those pictures.

Last night we went to Noodles and Company for dinner, even though Danny and my brother tried to talk me out of it. My brother even went as far as calling me and telling me that they were closed.

They weren’t.

I can’t help my intense love for pasta fresca. I was born with it.

I let my four-year old drive to Noodles and Company.


Just kidding. Jeesh. He’s not allowed to drive until he’s at least eight.

I had the delicious pasta fresca, which I have every time.

I ate my pasta with chopsticks and chopstick helpers. My brother says that chopstick helpers are cheating. I say they’re legit. Just because he’s fancy and can use chopsticks without helpers, doesn’t mean that I need to.

After we ate, Danny talked us into going to Oberweis for ice cream. The boys played chess with Uncle Paul while we waited for our ice cream.

I had a peppermint shake. It was good, but not super pepperminty. I wish it was a bit more flavorful. But I am also getting a cold, so that might have affected my taste buds.


This morning I woke up feeling like crud buckets. I’m getting a cold, of course. My head feels all cloudy and I’m all stuffed up. I decided to go to the gym instead of Body Pump today.

But first I ate breakfast. I wasn’t super hungry. I just had raspberry greek yogurt with a few honey nut Cheerios for crunch.

I had a workout buddy at the gym today!

Danny has the week off of work, so we were able to go to the gym together after we dropped the kids off at school. After not working out for a few days because of the holidays, I was happy to get a good workout in.


  • 2.3 miles on the treadmill
  • 20 minutes on the stairmaster
  • arms strength training – biceps curls, shoulder press, and triceps on a stability ball using 16 lbs. 12 reps, 3 sets
  • 36 sit-ups on an incline bench with 4 lb. ball
  • 10 minutes stretching

I was super sweaty by the time we left the gym. That stairmaster is a killer. Even going slow, I sweat buckets. But it felt good to get a good workout in.

After the gym, I had a Cascadian Farm granola bar. I love the pretzels and chocolate in this bar.

Danny didn’t bring a snack, so he ate half of it.

Then we headed to the post office, so that I could mail out the cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I am so excited to get these cookies shipped out. I worked hard on them this weekend, and can’t wait to get my cookies in return.


We had lunch at Panera Bread. For some reason, we eat out more when Danny’s home. Why is that? I had broccoli cheddar soup and a Mediterranean veggie sandwich. I also had orange juice because I’m still felling sick, and for some reason I always want oj when I don’t feel well.

I’m still not feeling too well, so I’ll probably just spend this afternoon resting.

Is there anything that you crave when you’re sick? I like orange juice and my snuggie.


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Cookies Make Granola Better

Waking up early sure has its advantages. I managed to get my son an allergy shot, visit the girls at the gym, go to Ulta, and go to JC Penney all by 10:30 am. Maybe I should try that waking up before the sun thing more often.


I packed a few snacks to bring since we’d be out most of the morning. My son and I shared a Honeycrisp apple. Is that gross or not? Is it normal to share an apple with someone? Like you take one bite, I’ll take one bite.


I bet you can’t guess what I had for lunch today. Ha! If you guessed a stuffed pepper, you are totally wrong! I had a stuffed pepper with feta. Okay, okay – you were right. I did have a stuffed pepper. But in my defense, I did say that I was probably going to eat one everyday for months to come.

The rice mixture before being stuffed into my pepper:

I also had carrots and pretzel sticks with hummus.


Bear Naked and Dr. Sears Family Essentials recently sent me a few goodies to try. Yummm….goodies. And after lunch I was craving something sweet, as usual, and since I have pretty much depleted my kid’s Halloween candy supply, I broke open these babies:

Bear Naked Soft-Baked Granola Cookies in Double Chocolate. Anything with the words “double chocolate” in it is worth trying. These cookies are so good – chocolatey and soft. And they have just enough granola in them that it isn’t overpowering. My son loved them and actually stole the rest of mine. Listen kid, do not steal your mom’s chocolate.

And how cute is this packaging:

It has a spot to write your name. And you better believe that I wrote my name on them. Writing my name makes them all mine, right?

I love that they have 10g whole grains and no high fructose corn syrup. And only 130 calories per cookie. Awesomesauce.

My son tried the Dr. Sears Cool Fuel bar in double fudge brownie. I have actually been a fan of Dr. Sears for a few years. I used to order my kid’s the fish oil vitamins because I was worried that they weren’t getting enough Omega-3s, you know brain food, because they aren’t big fish eaters.

And guess what these Cool Fuel bars have? That’s right – Omega-3s. And eating a chocolate fudge bar is way better than taking a vitamin.

I actually ate half of this bar because my son wasn’t loving the thick texture too much. I liked it. Chocolate is good. Even though it’s a kid’s bar, I think it would be a great snack for after a workout. Plus, 5 grams of protein.

Doesn’t my hair look dumb in that picture? I think it’s sticking to the velcro on my coat. I’m classy, I know.

The cool part about the Dr. Sears Family Essentials – they will donate a complete meal to a needy child through their Two Healthy Kids initiative. Double awesomesauce.

On today’s agenda I have something really cool – I’m going roller skating! Every few months my son’s school has a roller skating party. When my son was younger, he used to like to skate with me, but now that he’s older I just embarrass him.

Well, now my younger son is old enough to skate, so I can skate with him. And I am talking about old school roller skates, like with the orange laces. No Rollerblades for me. And I still can’t figure out why my son doesn’t think I’m cool.

Do you like to roller skate or Rollerblade? Or do you like to sit at home and eat cookies?


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Peanut Butter Blossoms

Yesterday, I tried out another cookie recipe for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I love these cookies, but didn’t think that the Hershey’s kisses would hold up too well during shipping. So, here’s the recipe!

Peanut Butter Blossoms


  • 48 Hersey Kisses
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, beat shortening and peanut butter until well blended.
  3. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Beat well.
  4. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
  5. Shape into 1-inch balls and roll into sugar. Bake approximately 10 minutes. Immediately press Hershey’s kiss into center of cookie. Cool on a wire rack.

Notes: I got this basic recipe from the Hershey’s website, but I used Jif Natural peanut butter instead of Reece’s. Also, I put the Hershey’s kisses into the freezer while I was mixing the dough and unwrapped them while the cookies were cooking. That way when you put the kiss into the hot cookie, it doesn’t melt a lot. It will get soft though.

Top Workout Songs

And since I have been eating so many cookies lately, I figured that maybe I should up my workouts a bit.  And what better way to workout than with music!

Here is the top ten workout songs for November from the Run Hundred website. I love that these songs have the beats per minute (bpm) included, so you know which songs will really get your heart rate up!

Tim Berg – Seek Bromance (Avicii Vocal Edit) – 127 BPM

Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne – Motivation (Rebel Rock Remix) – 130 BPM

Wolfgang Gartner & Will.I.Am – Forever – 128 BPM

Britney Spears – I Wanna Go (Oliver Remix) – 129 BPM

Taio Cruz & Flo Rida – Hangover – 129 BPM

Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull & The WAV.s – I Like How It Feels – 129 BPM

Kaskade & Skrillex - Lick It – 128 BPM

Young The Giant – My Body – 130 BPM

Flo Rida – Good Feeling – 129 BPM

Kelly Clarkson – What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) – 117 BPM

 Workout and Lunch

I went to a BodyPump class this morning, I’m still waiting for those lunges to get a little easier. Anytime now would be nice.

And for lunch I had the usual – two egg whites and Muenster cheese on an everything bagel thin. And today, I also had a pear. Ha! I bet that surprised you! I bet you thought that I was just going to eat another boring bagelwich sandwich.

Nope! I also had a pear. How’s that for excitement?

Today’s activities include some more shoe shopping – my son is getting new shoes. I didn’t get them last Friday because I was hoping that they’d go on sale because I’m cheap like that. So, we’re going to get them today. And it’s all good because I have a coupon.

This is the first pair of shoes that my son actually wants. Usually, I just buy his clothes and shoes and he could care less about what he wears. But now he cares about his shoes. Awww…I guess he’s growing up.

Do you care about what you wear? Or does your mom still pick out your clothes?

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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Over the past week, I have been trying out a few different cookie recipes and narrowing it down to one recipe for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. This is one of the recipes that I decided not to use, but wanted to share because they are so delicious.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – Makes approx. 48 cookies


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening, maragine, brown sugar, white sugar, and peanut butter until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time until well blended.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips until just combined.
  4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookies sheets. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until light brown. Cool five minutes before moving to a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

Eat and enjoy!

I also made a batch without the chocolate chips, which is the picture above. But they are much better with chocolate chips – trust me. Everything is better with chocolate.



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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love the fall season. I love the cool weather, the pretty changing leaves, the upcoming holidays, and especially fall foods. Fall always makes me think of pumpkin recipes.

I made these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies the other day, and was pleasantly surprised at how good they turned out. I am more of a cook than a baker because I like to throw in whatever ingredients I want, whereas with baking you need to follow the exact recipe and measure ingredients out and all that hard stuff.

The first batch I baked was undercooked. I added a few extra minutes to the next batch and they came out perfect!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips


This may seem like a small amount of pumpkin, but it’s not. You will definitely taste the pumpkin. I might even consider adding 1 1/2 tbsp of pumpkin puree, so the pumpkin isn’t too overwhelming.

I used a lot of chocolate chips, because I love chocolate. Feel free to adjust chocolate chips according to your taste.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. (Or use a baking liner.)
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin spice. Stir.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, egg white, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract.


               4.     Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

               5.     Whisk in the chocolate chips (eat a few as you pour them in)

               6.     Drop by spoonfuls on the cookie sheet, about 1 inch apart. 

              7. Bake 11 – 13 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet approx. 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Eat and enjoy!

What’s your favorite cookie?

I love oatmeal chocolate chip & snickerdoodles!

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