Archive for the ‘Cookies’ Category

The day has actually been good, in spite of my state of zombiness. It’s been busy so the hours have flown by…..I went out for some fresh air during my lunch break and walked to the bank to get some new checks, but other than that, I’ve been a busy bee.

I did find time to eat not one, but two cookies that my co-worker brought up from a meeting, and as a bonus, a brownie. What the cuss? Yesterday it was Cinnabons, and I totally resisted. Today, it was cookies and brownies, and I waved the white flag without even putting up a fight. Seriously though, when I’m tired, I feel like eating whatever, and usually I do. I wonder if that happens to other people?

Lunch: I started eating lunch at 10:30; not really hungry, but in an eating-mood. Lunch was couscous from last night–good, good, good.
Snack: Banana; 2 cookies and a brownie; cup of tea

Here is a stunningly beautiful (sarcasm, folks) self-portrait taken w/ my new camera, taken last night:

Hmmmmm, time to take care of those eyebrows…..

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Brrr! The weather outside is delicious, even if I did get a bit soaked waiting for the bus! I came home and a had a cozy little snack…..

Post-lunch: 6 dried Cali figs
Early evening snack: a banana, then later a cup of peppermint tea and two small florentines.

Moving on to dinner….

My grandfather’s family was from Italy. That makes me somewhat Italian.

That must explain why I love pasta, right?

Probably not. I’m guessing most Italians would turn there noses up at the packaged stuff we buy. But that’s cool.  If I could whip up some homemade ravioli, I’d probably be scoffing at the plastic-wrapped pasta, too.

The fact remains that I’m crazy about pasta, any kind, and I could eat it every day of the week and not get bored. But Lucas would get bored, which is why we have it about once a week. In fact, tonight I went solo on the pasta, because he wanted wild rice. Yawn.

You may have seen similar pasta dishes on here several times before. It’s just so easy and so tasty and at the same time looks kind of fancy. Who doesn’t want a meal like that?

1 bunch of broccoli
1 small bunch of fresh spinach
1/2 package whole wheat fettucini
1/2 cup shredded parmesan

1) Boil chopped broccoli for 2 minutes. Immediately remove from boiling water and place into a bowl with ice water. Let cool.
2) Wash spinach well (if not pre-washed). Coarsley chop.
3) Pure spinach, broccoli, and parmesan in a food processor.
4) Cook pasta as directed. Meanwhile, heat the pesto in a small pan over low to medium heat. Add 1/3 cup of water, mix well.
5) After pasta has been cooked and drained, add pesto. Mix well. Ready! Makes two generous servings.

Swiss chocolate with nuts. Thanks, Flor!

Gym. 15 minutes stretching/abs/core, 30 minutes legs.

Green heart:
I always thoroughly check plastic packaging for a recycling symbol. Tonight’s pasta package unfortunately wasn’t recyclable, but I made sure to triple check.

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Bake it

I like to bake. I’m not the best at it, so one of my 2010 resolutions was to bake more often (and get in better shape. How’s that for irony?)……  So, last night I joined an online baking group:

Sweet Melissa Patisserie is a bakery in Brooklyn.  Food & Wine hails it as “one of the best pastry shops in all of New York.”  The bakery’s owner/namesake, Melissa Murphy, has a book called The Sweet Melissa Baking Book. It’s from this book that SMS (Sweet Melissa Sundays) chooses a recipe, bakes it, and blogs about it.

Basically, I have to bake at least two of the recipes per month, and post my baking experiencing on the corresponding Sunday.  Get it? Sweet Melissa Sundays. If you’d like to join SMS, find details here. The one requirement is that you own the book.

Lunch: Leftover veggie quiche.
Dessert: A chocolate chip cookie from the batch I made this morning. I had to try at least one. I used the famous Neiman Marcus cookie recipe. I’m sure you heard the rumor about how a woman was charged $200 for the recipe? Well, it’s just a rumor. The recipe is available for  FREE online. 🙂

Did you notice the Green Heart violation in the above picture?

There’s a plastic fork. Eek! I took my real fork home last week for some reason, and I still haven’t remembered to bring it back. I’ve been re-using the one above, but still. Shame, shame.

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I love pizza

Some friends invited us over for dinner and for a chance to talk to us about our experiences with a naturopath that we visited in Spain a couple of months ago. Their little boy is having some health issues, and being the good parents that they are, they are exploring all health care options and talking to people they know for feedback based on personal experiences.  I hope we were of help!

Dinner: Pizza! Our friend Joe made some delicioso pizzas: one with tomato slices and pesto and one with pesto and chicken. I had two slices of the veggie, and 1/2 slice of the chicken. They were super good–I could have inhaled a whole pizza! Plus, 2 glasses of red wine.
Dessert: 3 Central Market Oven Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies. When an adorable 4 year old is offering you cookies, how can you say no? Yeah. I’ll definitely blame it on a cute kid.

10K (6.2 miles) at Town Lake.

Finishing up some peppermint tea. Good night!

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Big Salad

My co-worker Alisha surprised us all with a delightful holiday treat: Mexican sugar cookies. Oh, wow. Alisha’s Mexican sugar cookies are like sugar donuts with a crunch. Too bad that Christmas is  but once a year. Mission: convince Alisha to bake these cookies for every holiday: Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Grandparent’s Day, etc., etc…..I ate one, saving some for afternoon tea.

Lunch: Leftovers from last night. Fresh spinach mixed with brown rice, tomatoes, and chickpeas. Want a bite? Dig right in!

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