Like I promised you yesterday, I did indeed make a nice bowl of yogurt mess. 🙂
1 container plain Chobani
1 white nectarine
Zoe’s cinnamon raisin granola
Spoonful of almond butter for good measure
Wow I was starving – this tasted beyond words good!
Costco wasn’t anything too exciting – I just had to pick up water (yes, I do still drink bottled water – I really need to invest in a nice durable reusable one), and somehow this 4-lb container of strawberries ended up in my cart.
Oh well -gotta enjoy summer fruit while it lasts! And $5.49 for 4 lbs? C’mon!! How’s a girl supposed to turn that down. We also picked up a few things for the BBQ.
And they were also sampling Food Should Taste Good multigrain chips with guacamole 🙂 Mmmm. I love good samples!
Once home, I got to work making cookies for the BBQ. So upset I didn’t get pictures of the dough because that is by far the best part! I love this cookie recipe that all my siblings call my “mom’s” cookies because she would always make them. It’s an actual cookie recipe from somewhere that she just tweaked throughout the years (no nuts, using oil instead of butter, and no chocolate chunks – just chips). And it really does make a HUGE batch. I cut it in half and still came out with 40 good sized cookies. I also actually used whole wheat flour, which I normally wouldn’t do (especially when baking them for other people). I was just out of normal flour and realized it at the last minute. They actually turned out completely find, and no one knew the difference!
(Makes a HUGE batch. Cut in half to make less)
2 c. brown sugar
2 c. white sugar
2 c. oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla
4 c. flour
5 c. blended oatmeal
1-2 c. milk chocolate chips
1. Cream sugars and oil.
2. Add eggs.
3. Mix dry ingredients together. Add to sugar/oil mixture in slow batches. It makes a thick dough, so keep mixing until it’s all moist.
4. Cook at 350 for approx 9-10 minutes. The cookies will look really doughy when you take them out, but don’t worry, they harden up. And they’re supposed to be soft 🙂
I made half this way, and then added cinnamon & heath toffee bits to the second half. The cinnamon was a huge hit! It had a slight snickerdoodle taste to it. I’ll have to convince my mom to add cinnamon to hers now.
So I obviously snacked on some dough and cookie crumbles – probably about 2 full cookie’s worth.
The BBQ was fun! It was great to have a fun-filled laughing night. It’s been a while since one of those 🙂 I did bring my own garlic lime chicken patty to grill and the guys kept making fun of it! It did look a little out of place on the grill though. haha
I completely forgot to get a picture of my actual dinner as it was kind of chaotic, and I was half falling off a chair it was so crowded haha. But I had 4 watermelon slices and my chicken patty on a normal white bun with tons of BBQ sauce & ketchup.
K folks, I normally would not eat a white bun – I always have my whole wheat ones to use at home, or I would just eat the patty plain with some other side. I know it sounds bad, and I’m almost ashamed to say it, but I felt immense peer pressure to eat the bun last night. No one was verbally pressuring me, but I knew if I didn’t eat my burger with a bun, people would question it and make generalizations – “Oh she’s carb-o-phobic, or too healthy, or what’s wrong with her?” I know I should not care at all what other people are thinking. I should eat what I want. But I already felt a little out of place eating a “special” burger, and I knew the bun would add to it. So I went ahead and ate it. And I’m not saying white buns are bad for you. They’re not going to kill you. They’re not going to make you fat. It’s just more processed and less nutritionally dense than a wheat bun. That’s all. But it was the fact that I almost felt forced to eat it, that I feel bad about. If it was something that I enjoyed and tasted good (like dessert), than I would be completey happy about it! But as I was eating my burger, the bun literally had a plasticy taste to it, or almost no taste at all. It took away from the garlicy taste of my delicious chicken patty. That’s that. I just wanted to make it clear that I wasn’t a little put-off about having to eat a white bun because it was white, but because I almost felt forced to eat it when it honestly didn’t taste good. I don’t want to make a huge deal about it, but it’s just something I was thinking about last night as I was eating it. Moving on…
My cookies were a huge success!
And someone else brought brownies (which were like batter in the center haha) and ice cream.
I had 2 cookies, and 1 brownie.
I made this with one cookie and my brownie:
But added a couple more scoops of vanilla ice cream afterwards 🙂
We then spent the rest of the night cracking up while playing Catch Word (the same as Catch Phrase – it was just an Iphone application! Pretty awesome!) and Apples to Apples (you’re never too old to play that game!)
Late last night I remembered to put something special in the fridge for this morning’s breakfast:
A breakfast cookie!!
1/3 cup multigrain oats
1/8 cup almond milk
1 mashed banana
Cinnamon, maple syrup & raisins
1 tbsp almond butter
I then frosted it this morning with plain Chobani. Mmmm it was really really good. The reviews around blogworld don’t lie! However, it was a bit too banana-y tasting to me, so I think next time I’ll use just 1/2 a banana. And maybe add in some stronger tasting mix-ins. And I also couldn’t taste the almond butter at all! Maybe mixing in PB2 powder would help give a stronger nut butter taste? Anyone have good recommendations?
So I have a massive to-do list for today/this weekend. Here’s what I hope to get accomplished today:
Clean out my locker at the gym
Clean/organize room/rearrange furniture
Call my madre
AT&T store to deal with my phone (it’s been acting up)
Organize my music on my computer & Itunes
Catch up on Google reader
Work on the blog
Do-able? I hope so!
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The random winner of Nature’s Path Giveaway is….
Thank you to everyone who entered!! And I may be having another giveaway in the near future 😉 so check back soon!