WIAW: The Best {Gluten Free} Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you ever eaten a mouthful of peppercorns?  They’re those tiny black bombshells that most people grind up to make fresh pepper…  Except me.  Today I took it to a whole new level of crazy and ate what was probably close to 1/8 cup {which sounds even more badass than 2 tablespoons} because I hate letting food go to waste.  Especially meatballs.

When I flipped the plastic cover off and started twisting to grind the kernels, the whole top popped off!  Peppercorns spewed EVERYWHERE – into my bowl, onto the counter, bouncing across the hardwood floors.  It was a spicy mess.  Just when I thought that Charlie would eat anything off of the floor, I was wrong.  He wanted nothing to do with the menacing kernels.

This week my momma and I are having quality mother-daughter time while Ryan is traveling.  Sleeping in my Lily Pulitzer inspired room, having someone to watch The Bachelorette Season Finale with, eating dinner outside on the deck, and being introduced to THE BEST gluten free chocolate chip cookies…  The #estrogenparty has been fabulous!

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

Breakfast yesterday was a bowl of apple pie oatmeal with a side of newspaper, specifically the style section.  Sudoku puzzles make me feel like a wizard, crossword puzzles make me feel dumb.

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apple cinnamon oats + plain Greek yogurt + diced apple + drizzle of maple syrup

I had a tutoring session at 9:30AM so on my way over to the kiddo’s house I stopped by Starbucks for some “teacher fuel” <– that’s what my students from last year called it.

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a banana & a decaf Coffee Light Frappuccino

Between tutoring and a lunch date with my momma, I swung by the gym and did in 45 minutes of cardio.  I don’t remember the elliptical being that hard…?  The backs of my legs are feeling it today.

Lunch was a treat.  My momma and I have been going to the same hole-in-the-wall sushi joint since I was in high school and neither of our orders have changed.  Miso soup, ginger salad, and the #3 lunch special {California Roll, no roe + Cucumber Roll} for me, miso soup and shrimp tempura for her.

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exchanged the California Roll above because it had mayo {blah} for one with real crab

We had no afternoon plans and since it was a nippy 68*F we decided against the pool.  If you’re familiar with the DMV {DC, Maryland, VA} area, you’ve probably heard that the new Silver Line on the Metro started running this past weekend.  There are a total of five new stops and a few of them are right near my momma’s house so we decided to take a test ride and go on an adventure.

After spending 10 minutes figuring out how to get a parking ticket to dispense and another 10 minutes getting my momma a Metro card, Dumb & Dumber finally made it onto the train.  It was hilarious, we couldn’t stop laughing at ourselves and neither could the Metro employees!

We took the Silver Line to the Eastern Market and sampled our way through the outdoor stands before perusing the shops inside.  It was my first time visiting during the week {my momma’s first time ever}, but I was surprised by how few vendors there were compared to the weekend.

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While walking I munched on an apple and some peanut butter sandwich crackers.  We eventually wandered into a baby store, passed by the Capitol Building, and then walked over to Union Station to catch the Metro home.

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Beef burritos were what we planned to make for dinner, but after our big adventure we both agreed to save the cooking for tonight.  I ended up making an orzo dish and served it with a small salad, cheesy tortillas, and a helping of organic ketchup because I currently can’t get enough of the stuff.  It was very random, but satisfying.

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orzo + artichokes + peas + Trader Joe’s frozen turkey meatballs + spices

And since I have to end every day on a sweet note, dessert was eaten while watching Extreme Weight Loss.  OH.MY.GOSH.  A little secret…  Trader Joe’s makes THE BEST gluten free chocolate chip cookies.  Although I typically prefer my cookies to be full of gluten, dense, and chewy, these were delicious – buttery, crispy, very chocolatey, and no icky gluten free flour aftertaste. My momma says that she’s been buying them from years…  I don’t know why she’s now just sharing them with me.

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cottage cheese + banana slices + THE BEST gluten free chocolate chip cookies

Question:  What’s your favorite gluten free cookie?  Homemade or store-bought?

Question:  Extreme Weight Loss or The Biggest Loser – which do you prefer?  I think that I like Extreme Weight Loss better?!  I know that’s a bold statement considering I’ve only watched it once, but I like how the trainers focus on one person and his/her goals, not a group of people.  Also, the weight loss doesn’t seem as dramatic and the contestants seem to be provided with more knowledge than on TBL.

— Allison

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WIAW: Peanut Butter Oatcakes & Pumpkin Coconut Oat Muffins {Recipes}

Happy hump day!  We’re half way through the week, thank goodness!  It seems like the days are dragging on.  I blame it on being the first week back to work after being off for 2 weeks…  Thankfully, our cruise is only 10 days away :)

Thank you Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting another tasty link-up!

morning musts

Peanut Butter Oatcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 tablespoons peanut flour
  • 1 teaspoon stevia
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons water
  • raisins *optional*

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, add all of the ingredients and whisk until the batter is smooth.  Note: I add the dry ingredients first, then the wet ingredients.
  2. Spray a medium-sized skillet with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium heat.
  3. For each pancake, spoon 2 generous tablespoons of batter into the pan.  Sprinkle with raisins if you’d like.  Cook each pancake until a few bubbles form and burst, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. 
  4. Flip the pancakes with a spatula and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 more minutes.
  5. Serve the stack of ‘cakes with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

breakfast & blog reading

an unpictured orange

avocado + cottage cheese on rice cakes = awesome

afternoon pick-me-up

salad & semi-homemade chicken sausage Gnocchi Sorrentina

Pumpkin Coconut Oat Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 6 packets stevia
  • 3 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup pumpkin

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Measure and combine all of the dry ingredients, through baking soda.  Turn the mixer onto “stir” just until everything is combined.
  3. Add the remaining wet ingredients.  Mix on medium speed until everything is combined.
  4. Spoon an divide the batter equally among a muffin tin coated with cooking spray.
  5. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
  6. Once the muffins sit for a few minutes, remove them and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.

Question:  Avocados – yay or nay?  What’s your favorite way to eat ‘em?

Question:  Do you use egg whites from a carton or from whole eggs?

— Allison

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What I… Egg Cups {Recipe}

Happy humpday!  My mind is running all over the place today, 100 different directions.  Maybe it’s the lack of sleep?  Lack of coffee?  Too much coffee?  Wishing it was the weekend?  Thinking about the things I need to do before we go to Texas?  Because it’s 12/12/12?  I’ve got no clue but I’m not going to waste away the day wondering why.  Instead of a typical WIAW post I’m just gonna roll with the randomness…

Prepped over the weekend: eggie cups.  I feel somewhat silly saying these are a recipe because they’re super simple, but they’re great for when you’re short on time and for on-the-go.  You can use eggs or egg whites, whatever is your preference!

Egg Cups

Ingredients {per muffin}:

  • Cinnamon flax: 1 tablespoon flax seeds + ¼ teaspoon cinnamon + ¼ teaspoon stevia + 2 tablespoons egg
  • Pumpkin spice oats: 2 tablespoons oats + ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice + ¼ teaspoon stevia + 2 tablespoons egg
  • Veggie: 2 tablespoons frozen bell peppers + 2 tablespoons egg + sprinkle of salt + dash of pepper

Directions:

Pour the ingredients into a greased muffin tin.  Stir to combine the ingredients [I stirred directly in the tin, no need to dirty a bowl].  Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes.  Remove the tin from the oven and place the muffins on a wire rack to cool.  Enjoy!

Do when I first wake up: rollover to kiss Ryan and freshen up in the restroom.  Regardless of whatever Ryan says about me looking “cute,” I feel rather beat- my hair is a mess and my breath stinks.

Drink in the morning: a frothy cappuccino or coffee with Silk.  Sometimes I’ll add a slash of pure vanilla extract or Torani syrup for an extra shot of flavor.  This morning I tried maple syrup!

Do before I leave for work: catch-up on emails, read blogs, walk Charlie, pack lunches, and make breakfast…  All with coffee in hand.

Eat for breakfast: something sweet.  Oats, pancakes, peanut butter, waffles, yogurt.  This morning I tried sweet eggs for the first time and served them up with two Van’s frozen waffles.

Dread every morning: beltway traffic.  The hot lanes are a blessing and a curse.  This morning is a perfect example: some jerk speeds up behind me, lays down his horn, starts waving his hands, and tailgates me until I’m able to pull into the other lane [there are only 2 lanes].  Then he proceeds to cut me off and slam on his breaks, I nearly rear-ended him…  And then he got pulled over by a po-po.  Karma stinks!

Have on my nails: glitter gold shellac.  Perfect for this weekend’s wedding!

Eat for lunch: a combo of fruit + veggies + protein + carbs.  Today I have a grapefruit, fresh veggies, turkey and cheese roll-ups, lentil chips, and a few Healthy Bites.

Cannot stop watching: Friday Night Lights.  We’re averaging 2-3 episodes per night and speeding through season 4.

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Order at Starbucks: a grande skim cappuccino, topped off with a heavy shake of cinnamon.

Am looking forward to: our honeymoon.  Only 38 more days until we’re cruising around the Caribbean and soaking up the sun!

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Listen to: Pandora’s Today’s Hits Radio, T. Swift Radio, and lately Christmas Radio.

Do after work: head to the gym for a sweat session.  This week’s TNT challenge:

This is a fun and basic challenge.  You can complete it in your living room, office, or hotel room and all you need is your own body weight and gravity, no equipment!

5 push-ups

5 lunges (per leg)

10 push-ups

10 lunges (per leg)

15 push-ups

15 lunges (per leg)

20 push-ups

20 lunges (per leg)

Am slowly learning to do: rest.  90% of the time I’m go-go-go but I’m learning to appreciate the slower times too.  Sometimes nothing feels better than sprawling out on the couch under a comfy blanket and getting sucked into a silly show.

Snack on: fruit and something with a good balance of protein + fiber + carbs to fuel me for my sweat sessions and to keep my belly full until dinner.  Some of my favorites include bars, cottage cheese or yogurt + cereal concoctions, nuts, popcorn, and turkey roll-ups.

Received yesterday on my doorstep: a box full of divine holiday cookies from this awesome girl and a precious handwritten holiday card from this fabulous girl.  And we still have a couple of cookies from this wonderful girl.  I’m so thankful and happy to have a kitchen overflowing with sweet treats!

Am asking my momma for for Christmas: a subscription to pv.body.  A new workout outfit every month?  Sign me up!

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Do at night: eat dinner, cuddle with my boys, and fall asleep on the couch.  I’ll always love and appreciate that Ryan tucks me into bed.

Live by: faith.  Always have faith that everything will work out how it’s supposed to.

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Forget to do around the house: to turn off the lights and to replace the trash bag after emptying the trash can.

Eat for dinner: lately standing over the stove after a busy day doesn’t sound appealing.  Brinner, salads, and semi-homemade meals have become my go-to’s.  As long as it includes some sort of carb + protein to refuel post-workout I’m satisfied.

Procrastinate doing: the laundry and ironing.  There’s a pile of clothes that’s been sitting in our bedroom giving me the stink eye and begging for some TLC for quite some time.

Love doing during the holidays: looking at all of the Christmas lights and spending time with my family.

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Eat before bed: something sweet.  A cookies, piece of dark chocolate, ice cream, popcorn, a VitaTop, or yogurt.  I love starting and ending my day on a sweet note.

Have to watch every Christmas: Chevy Chase Christmas Vacation.

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Am waiting to hear: if my number was drawn to run in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon.

Wear around the house: big baggy sweats and slipper socks.  Good old sweats from my high school sports teams.

Yesterday… #elf4Health 12/11 Day 16: Clean out your fridge and pantry today!  Get rid of expired and unhealthy things!  Done and done!

Today… #elf4Health 12/12 Day 17: No need to save all your veggies for dinner.  Eat 3 servings of vegetables by 2pm.  A few of the veggie eggie cups would have been great if I didn’t eat them all last night :P

Question:  Are you superstitious?  12/12/12/?  I don’t believe that if you walk under a ladder or break a mirror you’ll be cursed with bad luck, but I do think things happen for a reason…

Question:  What random thought is floating through your mind today?

— Allison

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