Bangin’ Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think I am ready to bring forth children into this world.  Because I’m pretty sure before you can become a mom, you need to be able to confidently say you make a meeeeeeean chocolate chip cookie. 

My chocolate chip cookie mom requirement is now satisfied.

I wanted to make some cookies as a thank you for my coworkers.  They put up with quite a bit from me lately.  So I did some research and found this recipe.  Super easy and super yummy.  I tweeked it a bit though:

2 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
cinnamon (I did a couple healthy shakes)
half a bag vegan chocolate chips (handful of chocolate chips my butt original recipe)
1 cup sugar 
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup water (I used closer to 1/2 cup – my batter looked too crumbly and dry to form cookies)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in chips. Make a well in the center and set aside. In a medium size bowl, add together sugar and oil; mix well.  Add the vanilla and then add the water; mix well.
3.  Add the wet to the well in the dry. Mix it well but be careful not to overwork it. Add more chips if you need to (duh, yes I will, thanks).
4. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Put them in the oven. Bake for 5 minutes and then flip and rotate the sheets (top to bottom and 180 degree rotation). Bake another 4 minutes and check them (I actually think I should have kept mine in for 5 minutes instead of 4 – I did that with my second batch and they turned out perfect). The cookies are done when they seem a little bit softer then you want them to be. They will harden up some as they cool.

 BAM! Vegan chocolate chip cookie perfection

Running Week 7-8

I’ve been fairly good lately.  I had a wonderful 9 mile run around Loch Raven last Saturday.  My legs were feeling it though!  I wish I brought a gu or energy shot – I think I could have done 10 miles.  Once I got to 9, I couldn’t mentally get myself ready for another mile.

Here’s what happened/will happen this week:

  • Sunday, 2/19 – easy 30 minute recovery run
  • Monday, 2/20 – off (No time to do anything. We were good responsible adults and got our taxes done after work – womp womp.)
  • Tuesday, 2/21 – 45 minute work out courtesy of Oh She Glows.  I’d love to run that fast one day but I had to modify it a tad so I would be able to survive.
  • Wednesday, 2/22 – learning
  • Thursday, 2/23 – learning
  • Friday, 2/24 – I really want to kick myself in the butt for being a mild slacker this week.  So here’s the plan – 1 mile warm up, 7 x 800m (#1 = 600 cruise (this doesn’t mean easy), 200 fast (this does not mean all out, but close), #2 = 400 cruise, 400 fast, #3 = 200 cruise, 600 fast #4 = 800 fast, #5 = 200 fast, 600 cruise, #6 = 400 fast, 400 cruise, #7 = 600 fast, 400 cruise) 1 mile cool down.  Should total about 5.5 miles, but my math has been way off before so who the hell knows?

Next week I will be in beautiful Mexico!!  I hope to get some runs in.  Husband has said he’d run with me!  But I’m going to play it by ear and not have a specific schedule.  I’d be happy to get in at least one 5 mile run. But I might just be too busy swinging on a hammock, eating guacamole, and drinking margaritas.  It’s all about priorities…

Running Week 5-6

Week 5 was a total bust.  I had something funky going on with my stomach the whole week.  So i laid low, ate a BRAT diet, and felt 75% better by the weekend.

So on Sunday, 2/11  I was determined to do the best I could for a “long run” after not doing or eating a dang thing all week.  It took me 3 miles or so to find my groove but I was able to run about 6 miles.  So this week I decided to rearrange things a bit:

  • Monday, 2/13 – easy 5 miles
  • Tuesday, 2/14 – speed work – I did this crazy treadmill work out.  I was a sweaty mess by the end!
  • Wednesday, 2/15 – rest
  • Thursday, 2/16 – 5 mile tempo run
  • Friday, 2/17 – rest
  • Saturday, 2/18 – 8-10 mile long run

Running Schedule Week 4

I only punked out one day last week.  It was Wednesday night and I was pooped!  Sometimes you need to listen to your body and just give it a rest.  So instead of the scheduled 35 min tempo run, I did a 4 miles faster than normal make up for it.  I was not a happy camper at the time but I had such a wonderful 8 mile long run on Saturday, it makes me thankful that I push myself through the weekday maintenance runs.

Grad school starts again this week.  I’m going to miss my evening freedom.  I’m definitely going to need to re-arrange my workout schedule though.  Evening classes on Wednesday and Thursday will not allow me to do my normal Wednesday Thursday routine.  I might be able to make Wednesday night work – my class only goes until 6:30 pm.  We’ll see how it goes.

  • Monday, 1/30 – YOGA!  Oh my goodness I can’t remember the last time my body needed yoga this badly.  It’s screaming for a good scretch.
  • Tuesday, 1/31 -Speed Work totaling 5 miles – 1 mile warm up; 8 x 400m at sprint speed with a 20 second rest in between each lap; 800 easy; 4 x 800m at tempo speed; 400 easy; 1600m at goal race pace; 400m easy.
  • Wednesday, 2/1 – Easy 4 miles (if its not too late)
  • Thursday, 2/2 – Rest/Learn
  • Friday, 2/3- Tempo Run 40 mins
  • Saturday, 2/4 – 10 miles at the NCR Trail – I’m hoping since this trail is flat it will be relatively easy considering I am doing my tempo run the day before.
  • Sunday, 2/5 – 20-30 min recovery run

Update: The speed workout I posted was bananas!  It was waaaaaaaay longer than I calculated.  Oh, simple arithmetic.  Here’s what actually happened.  1 mile warm up; 4 x 800m at sprint speed with 20 second rest in between; 800m easy; 4 x 800m at tempo speed with 20 second rest in between; 400m easy.  If you want to do 7 miles of speed work though, by all means do the workout above. 

Necessity List

I decided to go into the New Year only buying things I absolutely need and then trying to make the rest.  I figured this would push me to sew/knit more.  I definitely have but it seems like the things I need to buy now are more expensive that I’d like them to be.  Then I start feeling overwhelmed monetarily and have to breathe into a paper bag.  List making always calms me down when I feel out of control – so that’s precisely what I am going to do.

Item No. 1 – New running shoes.  Whenever my knees start talking to me, I know it’s time for a new pair.  I just wish nice running shoes weren’t so expensive.  I bought Brooks Glycerin 9 last year for my half marathon training.  I initially thought they were the ugliest thing in the world but I bought them anyway because they felt awesome.  After miles and miles together, they’ve grown on me.  I now look at their ugliness with fondness and wouldn’t mind another pair.

Item No. 2 – Another pair of WARM running tights.  Maryland winters aren’t just cold – they are damp, feel-it-in-your-bones, would-you-like-some-wind-with-that? cold.  I have one really warm pair of running pants, and two not so warm but get the job done pants.  I’d love another pair so I can go a week without wearing the same pair twice (it’s gross I know, but I’m not above sniffing my pants to see if they are wearable).

Item No. 3 – New bathing suit for Mexico.  I haven’t bought a new bathing suit in a couple years. It might be time.  I think they may be purchased at Target for cheap.  This one seems cute enough enough.

Item No. 4 –  School books.  Ugh.  No way around this one.  At least amazon can save me from the University $tore prices.

Item No. 5 – Baby Shower things.  This will encompass quite a bit.  Only sister’s first kid.  I will be going all out.  Well, as all out as I can.

Anyone have any money I can borrow? 🙂

Thanks Mood!

I had a $30 Groupon for Mood Designer Fabrics so this girl just bought herself some pretty fabric to make something pretty to wear for Valentine’s Day.

Swatch #1: 2.5 yards

Swatch #2: 2 yards

 Pretty and feminine cotton in some easy patterns.  It’s always nice to brighten up a dreary winter day with some potential wardrobe color.

Running Schedule – Week 3

Here’s my plan for the week:

  • Monday, 1/23 – Crosstrain with Jackie Warner ❤
  • Tuesday, 1/24 – Speed Work – 1/2 mile warm up, 8 x 400m at faster than 5k pace with 400m rest intervals (thank you no meat athlete!)
  • Wednesday, 1/25 – 4 miles easy
  • Thursday, 1/26 – 35 min tempo run
  • Friday, 1/27 – Rest
  • Saturday, 1/28 – Long run 8-9 miles
  • Sunday, 1/29 – easy peasey 20-30 min recovery run

 

Snow Day Uber-Productivity

I woke up to a cold, snowy, and ICY morning.  My plans of a 7 mile run around Loch Raven were squashed.  After feeling slightly discombobulated (and maybe even weighing the pros and cons of running anyway) I decided to take a hint from Mr. Desi.

Stay in and chill.  No need to rush.  It’s a Saturday.

With my schedule now wide open I decided to finally finish my dress I started back in the summer (I blame grad school for the month long hiatus).

I’m mildly ashamed it took me that long to do McCall’s M6200.  Super easy pattern meant not so much pressure to finish it I suppose.  When I was finished I thought it looked a little boring and blah so I added a flower pin.

The fabric I chose looks a little cheap but now that I know the pattern I’ll probably buy fabric that’s a tad more expensive next time I want to make it.  I’d also add an inch or two to the bottom.  I’m 5’8” which I guess is taller than average?  Once I hemmed it, I came up a little shorter than I’d like.  Note to self – no bending over whilst wear this dress.

I’m thinking I might just go to the gym and do 5 or 6 miles on the treadmill.  Oh the torture of a guilty runner’s conscience.