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10K training and snack bars

I decided that today was the day I would start running again.

I haven’t done any form of running, jogging, or walking since September. First, I had trouble with my knees. Then I had trouble with my migraines which prevented me from getting out there. And by the time I got my migraines back under control . . . it was winter. And very, very cold. But I am determined to do the Peachtree Road Race 10K in July, even if I have to walk it. :)

The day started with my husband making me a lovely breakfast. I love that he cooks me breakfast on Sundays! He made me a sandwich made of multigrain bread, an egg, a couple of slices of bacon, some cheese, and a little hot sauce. Yummy!

After breakfast, Corey and I (and Callie) headed out. A couple of days ago, I downloaded the Couch to 10K app on my iPhone. It’s a 13 week program and day 1 was great. The program gently eases you back into running. Today, the program had me run for 30 seconds and then walk for 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I was supposed to do this 9 times, or 41 minutes. 30 seconds may not seem like a long time for running, but it is a way to make sure I don’t overdo it on my first time out!

Today’s weather was perfect too. It was in the mid-40’s and the sun was shining. My running coat kept me from getting too chilly. I didn’t focus on distance, or even speed. I just focused on the wonderful weather and spending some time with my husband.

After the run, I had to get ready for an outing with a friend. Nothing fancy. We just met up at Moe’s for lunch and then saw the movie Tangled (which was awesome, by the way). At Moe’s, I got a grilled chicken rice bowl. It had grilled chicken, rice, pinto beans, cheese, peppers, onions, salsa, and guacamole. It was so tasty and filling!

When I got home, my husband had prepared dinner for me. Yay! We had steak, a baked potato, and corn on the cob. Such a tasty treat and so nice to come home to a nice dinner. :)

After dinner, Corey and I made some Gingerbread Spice cookies. We had purchased pre-made dough at Whole Foods last week and I was in the mood for some sugar!

I did manage to have just one cookie. They were so good, very chewy and moist. I considered it a small victory that I only had one cookie. And this was the only sugar I had all day. Yay for me! :)

The baking did not stop there. It occurred to me that the reason I crave sugar so much is because I don’t have proper snacks to take with me to work. And when I get hungry, sugary snacks are the closest (and easiest) thing to grab. But if I had an easy (and nutritious) snack prepared, then maybe I wouldn’t crave sweets so much.

These bars are perfect. They do have  a little sweetness in them, with the honey. And I used white chocolate peanut butter to satisfy my sugar craving a little bit. They also have plenty of fiber and protein, which are guaranteed to fill me up.

I was really nervous about this recipe. I was crossing my fingers for this one because I just took a bunch of ingredients from different recipes and threw them together. I knew that I wanted something with peanut butter and I also wanted some blueberries for added nutrition.

Blueberry Peanut Butter Bars (makes 6 bars)

1 1/2 c. oats
2 c. blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 c. peanut butter (I used Peanut Butter & Co. White Chocolate Wonderful)
1/4 c. honey
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix honey, peanut butter, and olive oil together in a saucepan. Stir and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, mix oats, blueberries, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a separate mixing bowl. Once peanut butter mixture has been brought to a boil, mix with the dry ingredients. Press mixture down in a greased 9 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees until browned, about 20 minutes. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or so before cutting into bars. These are very soft so they need some refrigeration time to let them cool off. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Today has been a good day.

My husband offered to make me breakfast this morning. I didn’t take a picture, but he made me a tasty breakfast sandwich. The sandwich consisted of multigrain bread from Whole Foods, one “fried” egg, bacon, and some cheese. Oh, and hot sauce of course. ;)

Corey and I decided to exchange presents this morning since we were going to be with family for the rest of the weekend.

We didn’t want to get each other anything big because the iPhones we bought ourselves recently were our Christmas gifts to each other. But since my husband just has to get me something for Christmas. we decided to get each other something small.

My wonderful husband got me 2 gift cards.

Itunes and Starbucks, here I come!

I am so excited to use the Starbucks one. I see a Gingerbread Latte in my future. :)

He also got me candy that I can actually eat!

He said it was unbelievably hard to find me candy that I can eat. Since I can’t eat chocolate (due to migraines), that cuts out most of the Christmas candy that is available. But these white chocolate covered pretzels look delicious . . .  and very festive! :)

Best of all, he got me a new lunch tote for work! I carry my lunch to work every single day and my old lunch bag was feeling the wear and tear.

I love my new bag!

Corey loved his gifts. I also gave him an Itunes gift card. I gave him some Reese’s peanut butter cups in the shape of Christmas trees (he loves those things). I also gave him a funny T-shirt.

He hates pickles . . . really, he despises them. So when I found this shirt, I knew I had to get it for him. And he loved it!

We also gave Callie one of her presents too. I think she was feeling a little left out of the Christmas fun.

Callie's new toy!

After the joys of opening some gifts, we decided to watch Elf. Neither one of us had seen it. We both thought it was really funny.

The rest of the day was spent in a mad scramble to pack for our trip. We are spending the night with my family tonight. Tomorrow afternoon, we will be leaving for Alabama to see his family and we won’t be back until Tuesday.

Yes, I know this is a lot of stuff . . . and this is just for me and Callie! I have my suitcase for my clothes and the blue duffel bag has food and toys for Callie. I also have a bag with the candy Corey gave me, along with a couple if books for the road. Also, I packed a bag with some water bottles (because our filtered water really is the best) and some healthy snacks to take to Alabama. Last time we went to Alabama, I was not happy with the fact that I ate junk food the entire weekend. This time, I am being proactive and taking along some grapes and pears. I need some fruit to balance out all that junk food! :)

And what day would be complete without a stop at Whole Foods? That place was packed! Yesterday, I tried their pecan pie cookies for the first time and I had a major craving for them. Since I had a sneaking suspicion they would be gone after the holidays, I wanted to get my fill now!

These cookies are so freaking tasty. Believe it or not, I took a picture of the ingredients.

Sneaky, I know. I’ve never created a cookie recipe before but I think I will have to recreate this as best I can when I get a chance. They are so good!

My husband and I now have to leave for my family’s place. I am looking forward to spending a lot of time with them (and eating the steak that is on the menu). But first . . . I have to try out my new gift card for a Gingerbread Latte at Starbucks. ;) I hope everyone else is having a great Christmas Eve!

I should feel bad . . .

I should feel bad that I did not have one piece of fruit today.

I should feel bad that the only “vegetables” I ate today were the ones in my leftover Pizza Pot Pie . . .

as well as the baked fries I had with dinner.

I should feel bad that I bought some Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Chocolate because eating it may or may not give me a headache.

I should feel bad that I used two Pecan Pie cookies from Whole Foods as shopping fuel.

I should feel bad that I did not exercise today.

But it’s hard to feel bad when the gifts are all wrapped.

And the stockings are filled.

And I FINALLY found Gingerbread Spice tea!

And it’s Christmas Eve Eve!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! What do you refuse to feel bad about today?

Sugar Coma

This weekend was fun . . . and also made me sick a little bit. But I will get to that part.

Last night, Corey and I drove to the middle of nowhere to see some Christmas lights. We went to Calloway Gardens’ Fantasy of Lights. These lights are awesome! Plus, they really got me in the Christmas spirit, as if I didn’t have plenty of that already.

At Calloway Gardens, there were lights (obviously).

We shopped a little . . .

And bought a new Christmas ornament.

We also ate. And by “we,” I mean me. :)

That, my friends, is a funnel cake with blueberry topping. Believe it or not, I ate the whole thing. :(

I don’t know what I was thinking because I felt so incredibly bad afterwards. Seriously, my husband says he wishes he had gotten me on video. I was freaking out a little. My chest got tight, my entire body was warm, and I felt as if I had swallowed a rock. I had not eaten that much sugar in a long, long time. And my body was punishing me for it.

Corey took an amusing picture of me on the ride home. This is what I looked like after I crashed from all that sugar.

I am pretty sure that I will never eat a funnel cake again. I thought I would never be hungry again . . . but today I was feeling much better and I lived to eat another meal. :)

Today, Corey and I were going to spend the day with my family. We were planning on making Mama Pea’s Christmas cookie dough balls. However, our oven broke. D’oh! We prepared the balls and took them to my parents’ house to cook them there. I don’t know what happened, but the cookies totally flattened out. They spread (maybe a little too much) and were a little too thin.

After last night, there was no way I was going to eat a lot of cookies. I did try a bite of one. Even though they didn’t look pretty, they tasted good. I just want to know why they spread like that. Maybe we added too much liquid? Or maybe the dough got too warm when we were transporting them from our place to my parents’ place.

We had a great time at my parents’ place. My niece and nephew are adorable and I loved playing with them!

Connor and Abigail - my adorable niece and nephew

On our way home, we stopped at Starbucks, where I got my new favorite coffee: Nonfat, no whip, decaf Gingerbread Latte with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. I’m sure it’s shocking, but I love this flavor more than Pumpkin Spice!

I also saw that they were selling the Pumpkin Scone. After last night, I should have stayed away. But believe it or not, I had never, ever tried one before so I couldn’t resist.

It was sooo good. But once again, a lot of sugar. After this weekend, I feel like the unhealthiest healthy living blogger ever. I just ate way too much.

I made up for it a little bit at dinner. Since our oven was broke, we ordered some takeout. We got some chicken fajitas. Best fajitas ever.

The pumpkin scone had made me a little on the full side. I just had one fajita with some chicken, onions, salsa, and guacamole. I also kept my cool with the chips and I only ate a small handful of chips and salsa.

I feel like this is a small victory. Usually, I do not stop eating until I am so full I feel like throwing up. However, I recognized when I was full and stopped myself. Hence, only one fajita. I felt myself being pulled towards the tortilla chips, despite the fact that I knew I was full. So I asked my husband to take the tortilla chips out of my sight before I ate anymore. Success! It really is true that you need to take things one meal at a time. I feel like I will get myself back on track.

Okay, now that I am feeling super sluggish due to all the sugar, I need to rest. And my husband and I need to figure out the oven situation. What did you do this weekend?

A desperate need for cookies and legs of jelly

Today I was in desperate need for something to fulfill my sweet tooth. There were no sweets in the house, besides grapes. And fruit just wasn’t going to cut it. I did make a pit stop at Whole Foods today and I was very proud of myself for resisting temptation there. I bypassed the coconut macaroons and just barely drooled over the jumbo sugar cookies in the bakery cookies. Note to self: do not go to grocery store hungry. You would think I had already learned this lesson. Alas, I have not.

I had a major craving for something that I have made several times before: Vanilla Wafer Cookies. The cookie is a mix of vanilla and buttery, sugary goodness. :) I initially found the recipe on Sparkpeople. I have modified it a little bit each time to make it better and the result is a really nice, crispy cookie.

Vanilla Wafer Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg white
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg white and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well. To form cookies, take 2 teaspoonfulls worth of dough and roll into a ball. Drop onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Should make about 35 cookies.

I can't stop at just one!

On another note, I had an awesome run tonight. I went two miles. Tonight I took my Ipod and maybe it was because it was a stressful day or maybe it was the fast music I was listening to . . . but I really pushed myself tonight. When I was almost home, it was technically going to be my cool down period but then a fast song came on that just inspired me to keep running. And that was a little bit of a miracle since my legs were feeling shaky at that point. But I pushed it and it felt great. I was going to do another workout when I got home, but my legs were like jelly by that point. Seriously . . . quivering like jelly and I had to sit down. Or bake cookies. Whatever. :)

Also, I tried some sunflower seed butter that I had heard about. Granted, it was not the Trader Joe’s brand that I heard was awesome. I bought this brand at Whole Foods. And I did not like it at all. It was a waste of $5. It was very bitter. I had heard good things about the other brand, but I’m not sure how I feel about spending the money to try it out again. Maybe I should wait until I can have peanut butter again. But I miss peanut butter so much! I guess that just goes to show you there is no substitute for the real thing.