Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cookies Or The Dough?

Guess what? Today’s Thursday, which means tomorrow is FRIDAY which means it’s almost the weekend :D Mine’s going to be a busy one: I have a going-away party for a friend tomorrow night in Saginaw and on Saturday I’m moving back to Traverse City for the rest of the summer. I can’t believe I’ve been living in Grand Rapids for over a year now, it feels like I just moved here yesterday!

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Our apartment living room the day we moved in.

 

Today’s Eats + Work-Out

I mentioned yesterday that I am pretty much out of breakfast foods, so I dug into the box of Rice Krispies that I purchased for some baking I was planning to do. I added some unthawed frozen fruit and half a banana to liven it up a little.

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After I my breakfast settled I knew that I needed to get a workout in because I had an afternoon of baking planned which could only mean one thing: massive cookie dough consumption. However, I had the hardest time motivating myself to get to the gym. After a very very, very long pep talk with myself, I finally changed into my gym clothes and headed over. I was so glad that I did because I actually got in a fantastic work-out. I ran 3.0 miles on the treadmill (29:46) and finished off with 15 minutes on the elliptical. (Side note: Speaking of running, you should check out Devin's recent post on all of the benefits of running. Many of them apply to ALL forms of cardio as well!)


I was absolutely starving when I got home; cereal is the most un-filling breakfast ever! Still thinking about all of the sweet treats I’d be making soon, I kept lunch light and made a bagelwich out of the same ingredients I’ve been using for the past couple days: a Laughing Cow Light mozzarella cheese wedge, turkey, and avocado.

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This sandwich was delicious. The flavors of the Everything Bagel Thin went perfectly with the other components of the sandwich. I don’t know why I’ve never made this before!

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CHOMP!

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Baking How-Sweet Style

After lunch it was finally time to start baking! I made two recipes from Jessica's blog that I’ve been dying to try for months now: Better-Than-Crack Brownies and Double Fudge Oreo Crunch cookies. She wasn’t kidding when she said that this cookie batter is impossible to stay out of!

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I’m bringing a big plate of each treat to both my gym (job security! haha) and to the party I’m going to tomorrow night. Unfortunately, I apparently still need to work on my baking skills. Remember the last time I made cookies and I accidently used twice as much butter as the recipe called for? Well this time I got all of the proportions right, but my oven is a little hotter than normal and I burnt the first batch :(

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Luckily the second pan full of cookies turned out great, but I didn’t want to give the burnt ones to my gym OR bring them to the party and there weren’t enough of the good cookies to bring to both places. I decided the only solution was to just make another batch :)

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Perfecto :)

 

After snacking on cookie dough and burnt cookies all afternoon, I was desperate to get something with some substance and a little more nutritional value into my belly, so I’m currently munching on an Amy’s frozen White Pizza for dinner.

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And now I’m off to finish baking the last of the cookies and finally START PACKING. It’s going to be a late night…

 

Which do you prefer: the cookies or the dough?

For me it’s no contest, the dough is a million times better than the actual cookie. I’m surprised that I managed to save as much of it as I did earlier; for a while I was worried I wasn’t going to have enough for the cookies because I couldn’t keep my paws out of it.

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