These, my friends, are the cookies that defined my college career. I first found the recipe for these in my mom’s Better Homes and Gardens cookbook while in a pumpkin-craving stupor some time in high school. I made them frequently during college and shared them with just about everyone, and I am determined that by the time I am old and white (not grey. I’m a redhead) that I will have this recipe memorized.
I’ve made them with margarine, whole wheat flour, puree that my roommate harvested from a fresh pumpkin, sucanat, flax… Every time they come out amazing and cake-like. Here I will share how I made this current batch.
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This past month FoodBuzz directed me to Foodzie (an Etsy for food!) to participate in a free month of their tasting program. A few weeks later, I got this in the mail!
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I have discovered several things this weekend:
- Wearing an apron makes me a more careful cook
- Listening to jazz music (Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, etc.) makes me a more pleasant cook
- Both happening at the same time is bliss.
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Folks, I’ve found something better than Market Street.
(Did I just say that?)
Yes, it’s true. It’s Sun Harvest Farmers Market in Lubbock, and it opened just this past Wednesday. I imagine that it’s something like Trader Joe’s. Specialty & local food, insanely cheap prices. I was in heaven!
It was tight! But my method of random chance could not be swayed! I asked Edgar to pick a number between one and four, aaaaand the winner is…!
I love salads in general, but I love a great, veggie filled salad with some cottage cheese and sunflowers seeds on top. No [...]
Last week at our weekly McDonalds social gathering, some friends got in a mini-debate over which was worse for you: diet soda or regular.
As someone who has a vested interest in health and wellness and also still has something of a soda habit, I’ve put a lot of thought into my response.
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This afternoon I made the best salad.
Before I go into detail about the salad itself, let me just make a confession.
I’m not a huge fan of salad.
Yes, I like eating well and all and I believe everyone should get their leafy greens every day and all that. I just have never been one to go nuts over a salad. I order it rarely from any restaurant, and unlike so many other healthy living food bloggers, I don’t crave it. Pretty much ever.
I think it comes from the fact that I can’t stand most raw vegetables. Cucumbers? No thanks. Tomatoes? Preferably not. Carrots? Only occasionally. Broccoli? Celery? BLLLLLECHHH!
But I do like fruit, cheese, and nuts in my salad. Quite a lot, actually, but for so long I felt that I needed to steer toward all-veggie salads, because as you may very well know, fruit, cheese, and nuts can hike up the calorie count so fast.
But after seeing Jenna’s recent post about her Harvest Salad, I said to heck with it. I’ll embrace my fruity, cheesy, nutty salad love and make one of my own!
Continue reading Harvest Salad and My Very First GIVEAWAY!
One year ago today I finally put into action my resolve to lose weight and get healthy.
On October 7, 2009, I tracked my first official day on Weight Watchers. I had just weighed in at 176.8 lbs, and just 12 hours previous to my first weigh-in had downed half a batch of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Yep.
I would not boast the habits I had first starting out, except to see how far I’ve come. I ate a lot of processed “diet” food, and it took me a while to grasp the idea of actually fueling my body with what I ate. It took me a while to admit that I wanted real food in smaller quantities, rather than a plate-full of sugar-free, low-fat brownies. It was sort of disgusting, but I don’t think I would have gotten to where I am today without those habits at the start. I still have most my journals. Here’s what I tracked my first day!
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Today I tackled something so simple yet so elusive. I’ve cooked black beans before, but they never turned out the way I wanted. Essentially they were never as flavorful as what I could find at my local Chili’s.
But today that all changed. In my most recent order from my meat supplier, I acquired [...]
I’m reveling in the season over here. My fridge contains butternut squash, pumpkin, delicata squash, and pumpkin ale. Not to mention the apple tree outside that bore the fruit with which I cooked this evening.
I came up with this recipe eeeearrrly this year. Perhaps January. Once I saw mini pumpkins available at Walmart, I bought a bag with this recipe in mind. It’s honestly one of the few recipes I seriously came up with entirely on my own. For that reason, it’s not what I would consider perfect, but both Edgar and I enjoyed our dinner tonight. And I look forward to buying more mini pumpkins so that I can create a sort of pumpkin pie custard within the little shells.
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