Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Cookies (flourless + butterless)

Sundays are special. Sundays by definition are relaxing. Sundays are meant for baking cookies.

After Pilates I got home and got to work on these cookies. It was the perfect day to make these cookies, found at The Little Red House. Why? Her blog post, that went included this cookie recipe resonated with me. Work hard, exercise and eat well. Repeat and treat yourself!

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Banana Chocolate Chunk Cookies (healthy style)

Today I was determined. Determined to make it to the AM spin class. I left on time. I got there on time. My determination paid off. Until, that is, I discovered I had arrived an hour late and the class was ending. I couldn’t walk out. I walked in and geared up my bike with such confidence and determination.  Instead of walking out, I decided to stay and spin on my own. I’ve never done this and at the start I thought I would never again, but by the end I was glad I made the mistake. I challenged myself and worked up a sweat. Feeling good, I went home and baked these cookies.

These cookies are packed with flavor. Banana, cinnamon, and chocolate. While in most cases it’s an oxy-moron, these cookies are healthy. Crazy-sauce! These cookies have no dairy, sugar (except for the chocolate chunks), or flour. How could they be good? They are good. Maybe it’s because they are guiltless, or maybe it’s because the cinnamon, chocolate and banana work so well together.

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Oatmeal Chocolate-Chunk Buckwheat Cookies

One day I’m writing about a detox and the next cookies. Welcome to my world! I missed spending time with butter, sugar and vanilla, not to mention a Pandora playlist of my choosing. So, in preparation for Sunday’s series two premier of Downton Abby I spent some quality time with the aforementioned ingredients and made some special cookies.

These cookies are good, like really, really good.

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My week detox

One week into January and the holiday season feels long gone. Long gone are the days of endless cookies and chocolates, merriment and eggnog. I suppose it’s a good thing, otherwise they’d wouldn’t be special.

Photo via Whole Living

Soon after Thanksgiving I decided, 2012 was the year I was going to complete a detox. Something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but every time I looked into it the expense scared me off more than anything. Why not DIY it? When I started looking into that, Whole Living’s plan seemed in line with a food philosophy I could stand behind and it started after the Christmas and New Year holidays. And, not only did the husband say he would support me, but he said that he wanted to do it too. It was on.

If you aren’t familiar, Whole Living’s detox week one is about eating fruits, vegetables and plant-based fats, nuts, to give your liver a break and recharge your system. Food groups to avoid are gluten, alcohol, caffeine, processed foods and meat**.

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Happy New Year

Goodbye, 2011…

1. Real Simple Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

2. Sunporch re-do

3. Strawberry Upside-down Cake

4. Cinnamon Granola

5. Seeing Stripes– Guest Bathroom re-d0

6. Cinnamon Sugar Biscotti (aka grown up cinnamon toast crunch)

7. DIY Window Panels

8. Red Velvet Cake with Fluffy White Frosting

9. DIY Chalkboard

10. Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting

11. Greece

12. DIY Outdoor Patio

Hello, 2012! With the new year comes fresh starts and all that mushy crap that I eat up and love. Cheers!

Cinnamon Granola

Our tree is trimmed and watered. Our mantle is glowing with garland and homemade wintery scene mason jars (like these ones). The snow seems to be the one thing missing. It rained on my commute to work. It rained on my lunch errand. It rained on my ride to the gym and it rained on my ride home from the gym. Not a light rain, but a rain-rain. This is the time of year I enjoy snow.

However, I will count my lucky twinkle lights and be thankful that I can save some gas by not warming the car for 10 minutes before I have to leave the house and not having to run outside and brush the car off, or wear my ugly winter boots with my pants tucked into them (come on, you know it’s not that attractive). So, blessed twinkle lights I’m thankful today for rain and not snow, because if it’s not here today it will be here tomorrow and while fresh and beautiful it can really slow life down. Wait, is that bad?  

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Channeling Ms. Meyers

Is it possible to fall in love with a space you’ve never set foot in?

Ms. Nancy Meyers, director, writer and set designer of Holiday, It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give and Father of the Bride creates those types of spaces fo me. I rented It’s Complicated on a girl’s night and fell in love with Meryl Streep’s home. It felt like home to me. Everything about it was amazing. It looked cozy, comfortable, mature, yet effortlessly thrown together. Since seeing that movie, I learned more about Nancy Meyers and her amazing eye for design. It may help that you not only fall in love with the spaces, but her characters as well. There are some amazing blogs and professional articles written about her work to learn more about her.

When we closed on our house in October 2009, Marshall and I started painting the living room after we set down our last moving box and it was complete before we started work on Monday. It didn’t take much time to pick the color, paint the trip and roll the walls.

Regardless, I’m ready to take my living room from this….

To my version of this…

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