Monthly Archives: May 2011

pretzel cookies you say?

I know I named my blog “Hip & Healthy”, but I love to bake so you’re going to get a lot of very unhealthy things.

Today I wanted to experiment, so that’s exactly what I did.

Oatmeal Cookies with Milk Chocolate Chips and Pretzel bits (yeah!)

Who doesn’t love chocolate covered pretzels? I know I really do!

Like I said earlier, these aren’t healthy BUT there are exactly two ways these are semi-healthy.

  1. With the addition to Oatmeal I am not tempted to eat the dough. Uncooked oatmeal isn’t the most pleasurable thing to nosh on.
  2. Oatmeal adds a significant amount of fiber to the cookies. We all know fiber = goooood.

I started with the Quaker Oats Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe. I reduced the salt to a 1/4 teaspoon (since there is salt on the pretzel sticks), obviously replaced the raisins with chocolate chips, and added chopped/crushed pretzels.

I wasn’t sure if adding the pretzel bits to the dough would result in them being soggy, so I tested the pretzels inside and outside.

Aaaaaand the winner is…

Pretzel outside!

Just sprinkle pretzel pieces on top of cookie dough before baking. They come out crunchy and salty and all around perfect.

The cutest kid ever approves (aka my nephew, A.J.)

He never tasted the cookies, he’s just cute.


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french connection.

Apparently some looney tunes are saying the world is ending Saturday. Where did they come up with this? I really wish people would stop being crazy and just float along quietly like the rest of us.

If this is true, I will be sooo pissed. There are still so many things to do and see.

Yesterday I watched the first Paris episode of No Reservations. I love Anthony Bourdain, he gets it. To me, he knows how to live life (minus the smoking, he really should stop smoking). Tony explained why Paris (Europe in general) is awesome. They have such appreciation for life. Days aren’t wasted away working or mindlessly watching TV. They talk, laugh, eat, and drink with such passion. Passion for the good things in life.

If any of you know me well, you know that I am insanely obsessed with Paris. I’ve never been, I only admire from a far. I hope to get there soon, and I imagine this is how it will be:

(I recently started making MS Paint cartoons – you will see more, many more)

Paris oozes romance to me, and I am a sucker for romance.  I want to dance in the streets like they do in old movies, eat at an adorable cafe, drink wine on a balcony as the Eiffel Tower and I gaze into each others eyes. Sigh. Some day soon, my love.

Maybe this whole thing will teach us to appreciate life more. Live every week like the world is ending Saturday. Get off Facebook and actually talk to someone, eat really good food, play outside, love someone, do something that scares you.

Live life like the Parisians do.

Au revoir!

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sad face.

I’ve been putting off writing this post for a couple of weeks now in hopes that the situation might change, but sadly it has not.

Please allow me to be hard on myself for just a moment, I promise we will end on an optimistic note.

I’ve been training for the Cleveland Half Marathon since January 27. It has not been easy. My body has struggled through the whole process, and I called it quits a week ago. After  attempting to run one day I experienced shooting pains in both my legs. Barely being able to go a quarter-mile I knew I was done. Hobbling back home, bawling my eyes out I couldn’t help but feel like a huge failure. I worked SO hard for nothing. Spent a ton of money for nothing.

I’m not quite sure where I went wrong, but I knew I just needed to stop.

I had to stop TWO weeks before the race. Wahhh.

I am extremely upset to not be running my first half marathon this Sunday, but I will give my body the time it needs to heal. If all goes well, I will try again for the Towpath half in October. I WILL run 13.1 miles this year!!!

Although I’m sitting this one out, I will be there cheering everyone on.

Good luck to all the runners! See ya next time!


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