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A New Cookie

1 Feb

A found a recipe for a cookie I wanted to try and oh boy were they a hit! I made them for someone at work as a going away present (so she got all the really pretty ones lol) and the rest I gave away, most of them to other people at work and some to my landlords.

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It’s actually a pretty easy recipe, which I will put right here…

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

Ingredients:

1 Cup Butter

2 Cups Sugar

3 Eggs

2 tsp. Almond Extract

4 Cups Flour

1 tbsp. Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar

1/2 tsp Salt

Cream together the butter and sugar until blended.

Add in the eggs, mix well.

Add in the rest of the ingredients.

Don’t panic! The batter will be very thick!

Add in a few drops of red food colouring and stir through for a pretty pink colour. You don’t want to over mix at this point, you want the batter to have pink swirls in it, not be entirely pink.

Cover and chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Roll into balls and place them on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten the balls slightly before baking. Or do what I did and use your snazzy new cookie dough scoop (think ice cream scoop) so your hands don’t get messy and your cookies are all the same size.

Bake in a Preheated 350 degree oven for around 10 to 12 minutes. Careful, they burn easy! (not that I’m speaking from experience or anything 😉 )

Once removed from the oven, glaze the cookies with the following glaze recipe, make sure to do this while they are still warm.

1 Cup Powdered Sugar

1/2 tsp. Almond Extract

1 to 3 Tbsp. milk

1 to 2 drops red food colouring – you want a pretty pink glaze

When making this glaze, if it is quite thick, add more milk or if too runny, add more powdered sugar, until you get it to a spreading consistency.

I don’t recommend topping with sprinkles, I tried that and they melted, making the cookie look like it had smeared drops of blood in the glaze (I used red sprinkles) lol When I tried topping a different cookie with sprinkles, once it and the glaze had cooled a bit, it was too late and the glaze wouldn’t hold the sprinkles. Finicky little things!

The recipe makes a huge amount of cookies, I burned one entire tray (oops!) and still ended up with more than I knew what to do with.

My dough ended up thicker and a bit dryer than the mixture I saw in the original recipe, and because of that my pink swirls ended up more like pink dots, which taste wise is fine, they were still good. But looks wise, could use improvement. I didn’t take in to account change in atmosphere, humidity, etc, when making the cookies. Next time I might make them a tad less dry so I can swirl the colour, see what result that gets me.

The cookie itself has a lovely soft middle with a slight crunch on the outside. The addition of the almond extract in both the cookie and glaze is what people love (I think), because it is different and not the flavour you are expecting when you bite in.

I think it would be a great cookie to make if you needed something to give away, say in a cookie exchange, or for presents, or even to take to a gathering, because it makes so many, isn’t overly sweet, and is pretty. 🙂

Aaaaand because it is always important to give credit where credit is due here is a link to the YouTube video where I got the recipe from…

 

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Cat vs Cookie

9 Feb

So there I was, sitting on my living room chair with two coveted Maple Shortbread Cookies. They cost me a whopping 6SP in Weight Watchers land so a definite treat.

The cat comes to sniff the first cookie. I’m ok with this because he likes to smell all my food but never tastes it. I am torn between he is sniffing for poison and if he ever smelled some he would save me by swiping the food out of my hand OR my food is so unappealing to anyone who isn’t me even a cat won’t eat it…

Anyways!

He comes to sniff the cookie. He sniffs for longer than normal. Weird, but alright. Then all of a sudden he decides to switch from sniffing to gnawing on the cookie! Doesn’t even try licking it first! Oh no, not him, just starts gnawing on it, like he could somehow fit the whole thing in his mouth. *rolls eyes*

So, being the supportive of personal growth person that I am I broke off the section of cookie that is now quite obviously never going in to my mouth and offered it to him. He nibbled it a bit then proceeded to ignore it in favour of giving himself a bath.

Seriously? He gave up a delicious Maple Shortbread Cookie to lick his own tummy. I think we can all agree he doesn’t make the best life choices.  😉

The travesty is that I lost about 1/4 of my cookie. My planned for, points already tracked, can not replace, cookie. 😦

Such a cruel world. *big epic sigh*

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Don’t let the innocent look fool you!

Forgotten Food Prep

7 Dec

I thought I was doing oh so well, I cooked chicken in advance so I would have meals for Friday and Saturday at work, I have all my stuff to make salads in my fridge, lots of frozen veggies in my freezer and yet…sigh, I forgot about Sunday and Monday! Ack! lol

Which means this evening when I got home from work I immediately went to the kitchen and started cooking, not how I generally like to spend my nights when I get off work! I didn’t have too too much to do, mostly cause I cheated lol but I still wish I’d remembered earlier in the day and gotten it taken care of before I went to work.

I hard boiled some eggs and cooked some turkey bacon and should have cooked some chicken or fish but that is where the cheating came in 😉

I was too busy to eat dinner at work this evening so I opted for leaving my chicken and vegg in the fridge at work and use it for lunch tomorrow. I will take a salad to put the chicken and vegg on top of and have a super tasty lunch. Is it sad that I like home made salads so much? I feel it might be…

Anyways!

The eggs are sitting in cold water, the turkey bacon is cooling so I can put it in Tupperware and soon it will all be in the fridge, placed beside the containers with my salad and dressing and I will be hightailing it to bed, somewhere I should have been a while ago but I’ve been dealing with computer stuff (upgrades an stuff, boring but necessary, shrug)

There were Girl Guides visiting at work today, caroling and visiting with the residents, they brought cookies to share and man were they tempting! They left extra boxes that anyone could take and I was thisssssss-close to plucking a box from the bag and bringing it home. I could practically envision myself sitting and mindlessly eating cookies while watching tv or doing stuff on the computer or whatever. I don’t even particularly like Girl Guide cookies, but they were still super tempting. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t really know how I managed to avoid taking a box and gorging on them…except that even while I could envision myself eating them I also couldn’t envision myself eating them…I know that doesn’t make sense but that’s the only way I can think of to say it…

I have my goal, and I so want to reach it! I couldn’t envision myself eating the cookies because then I’d feel horrible about myself for days for taking three steps back when I’d been doing so well going forward. Which means if I brought them home I’d have put them in my pantry, not eaten them and ended up throwing them out in a month when I wanted to clear the space and if I did that I’d just be annoyed with myself. Seemed easier to save myself the trouble. 😛

Mmm! Cookie! I like the vanilla ones best!

Mmm! Cookie! I like the vanilla ones best!

I’m Being Frozen To Death

20 Dec

I may not survive the next two weeks, it’s just too cold for my poor body to deal with. As I type this I am staring mournfully at my empty tea cup, I held off drinking the tea as long as I could so I’d have the hot cup to hold but I so badly wanted the hot liquid inside me I of course caved and downed the tea. So now my tongue is a bit singed, my hands are blocks of ice and I have a delicate shivering taking over my body in what I suspect is going to be a permanent manner.

I am not a person meant for winter. I’m sorry to break this to my international readers but just because I was born and raised in Canada and am a proud Canadian this does not mean I like snow, ice, slush, cold temperatures or any of the other winter type conditions we deal with for over half the year. Brr!!! Give me tropical weather anyday!…no seriously, can somebody pay for me to go somewhere tropical so I can thaw out? 😉

The only plus side to dealing with this whole freezing to death thing is that I will die surrounded by my more hardy friends and family, ya know, those who didn’t move away and can still handle the winter weather without wanting to break down in tears. *rolls eyes*

What makes this whole thing worse is…it’s not even that frickin cold!!! Compared to where I live now it is, and it’s a different type of cold (don’t mock me, that actually matters! lol) and the longer I am away from here the less I can handle the cold. I could barely handle it when I did live here, so having even more trouble handling it, well, it sucks. 😛 But global warming is soooo in effect cause the weather that this city is having is nothing compared to what winter weather is normally like…it’s usually way worse…which is why I packed long underwear lol.

I can’t decide if this is going to be beneficial to my weight loss or not…on the one hand I am constantly shivering so that might help me to burn some extra calories. On the other hand I find I am constantly wanting to eat something, not out of hunger but out of an instinctive need to put on more body fat to help me survive the cold. Hey man, I didn’t come up with animal instincts, I am just driven by them…to a point lol. I’m drinking lots of tea in the hopes that will help me get warm, instead of snacking away like a crazed barbarian…cause ya know all those crazed barbarians totally had access to Christmas baking. 😉

On the food front, I had the yummiest dinner tonight, my mom made meatloaf and it is one of my fave dishes of hers. Yeah I know, meatloaf? I personally think meatloaf gets a lot of undeserved grief, my mom’s is great and I was so happy when I found out that is what she made for dinner. 😀 Heck, I’m already looking forward to the meatloaf sandwich I am hoping to have tomorrow for lunch. Mmm! It was a nice healthy meal, I had the meatloaf, veggies and two baby potatoes. Look at that, food groups! wOOt! lol

I have decided for this trip that while yes there are a lot of events and occaisions that I’d normally pig out at I don’t have to go crazy at every one of them. I have my birthday, then Christmas, then New Years and I gotta decide which of those events I want to splurge at and which to be more careful at. And really, even when I do splurge at one of those occaisions I can still splurge carefully thereby not derailing my weight loss…well, not completely derailing it lol, I’m aiming for maintaining while on this trip.

I think I should be able to get through the Christmas and New Years season without gaining weight, don’t you? If I make responsible choices and pay attention to what I put in my mouth that’ll go a long way to not gaining and I’m even hoping to get in some exercise while I’m at it, no guarantees on that though (due to access to facilities and my schedule, not due to laziness which admit it, some of you were thinking 😛 )

Course, by midway through this trip I may be saying “screw it, bring on the hot chocolate and cookies!” but for now I am optomistic I can keep a leash on my hand-to-cookie-to-mouth behaviour. 😀

 

 

Quick Post!

11 May

omg I’m so freakin tired! I think it’s the weather…and my lack of good sleep for oh, almost a week now…sadness. It doesn’t matter what position I am in I am either putting pressure on my hurt elbow or my hurt knee…or both, and everytime it happens I wake up and get to experience the pain, nice huh?

So today after work I rushed home so I could bake cookies for a lady at work who is buying them from me – crazy huh?! I mean yeah, I bake, and often, but I don’t sell it, I bake cause I love to bake and I share it cause I don’t want to eat it lol. She refuses to take the cookies (even though she requested them) unless I take money from her *rolls eyes*.

I got the cookies done and realized I hadn’t eaten dinner yet, wasn’t really hungry due to a late and large lunch so I had some cheese and crackers then ended up napping on the couch while the tv blared away lol. When I woke up I was freezing and not really hungry but groggy and feeling all low blood sugary so I figured I should eat something.  I made some toast, yum, and of course my standard cup of tea…I then ate a spoonful of nutella, sigh, and an unknown amount of the cookies that were sitting on the cooling racks, double sigh, oh, and I put light peanut butter and nutella on the toast, triple sigh.

Not the best food choices!

I blame it on being freakishly tired and well…that’s it. I know when you are tired you crave carbs and other quick energy fixes and apparently I was just that tired.

I know I should regret what I ate, I was just grabbing and eating but really, I’m still tired enough to not care. lol. I’ll probably care more tomorrow…

Today I ate:

1 pear = 1 point

1 apple = 1 point

1 banana = 1 point

1 Activia yogurt = 2 points

Sushi

   – miso soup = 1 point

    – philly roll = ?

    – yam roll = ?

10 triscuit crackers = 2 points

30 grams light cheese = 2 points

2 pieces bodywise toast = 1 point

1/2 tbls light peanut butter = 1 point

1/2 tbls nutella = 1 point

spoonful of nutella = 2 points (approx)

random unknown amount of cocount cookies = ??

Total points eaten = uh, I dunno…lol

I know I can calculate the sushi points, at least get an approximation, but I’m too tired for that right now and I can’t remember how many of the cookies I ate…I have it written down how many points the cookies are (on a different copy of the recipe then what I used this evening) so I’ll be able to approximate for those…if I remember correctly they are 2 points each and I think I ate a  whopping 4, eesh, so 8 points right there, quadruple sigh? lol Most definitely went in to flex points today…*rolls eyes*

Here’s hoping I am more awake tomorrow and don’t succumb to my food cravings…but oh man, that nutella and the cookies? Way yum! lol. 😛

Appetito!

6 Apr

For over a week now I haven’t felt hungry – it’s been real weird. Well today – dun dun dun – my tummy growled! grr. lol. Not only did it growl but I felt hungry almost all day! Crazed! 😛

By 7:15am I was hungry, that never happens! Normally I have breakfast around 9am or so, this past week it’s been closer to 11am but that is an oddity. So yeah, not even out of the house and I neeeeeeded food, oy. 😛 I ate a Bagelful, chive flavour. Yum! I bought them two weekends ago when they were on sale, I didn’t have my points calculator with me when I bought them and I (mistakenly) thought each bagelful was 2 points, uh yeah, no…they are 4 points each, sigh and oops! lol. They are so tasty though – I just wish they weren’t so bad for me…

I felt like I was eating all throughout the day and when I wasn’t hungry I still wanted to be eating – like my tummy is well enough now it wants to catch up or something lol. Stupid stomach. grr.

Today I ate:

1 chive bagelful = 4 points

1 pear = 1 point

1 Activia raspberry yogurt = 2 points

1 banana = 1 point

1 cup strawberries = 1 point

5 perogies = 5 points

mixed cooked veggies = 0 points

100 grams beefless tips = 2 points

1 tbls light sour cream = 0 points

2 pieces bodywise toast = 1 point

1/2 tbls light peanut butter = 1 point

2 mint cookies = 3 points

Total Points Eaten = 21

perogies, beefless tips and veggies - yum!

That picture is what I ate for dinner tonight – it was nice to want to eat, be able to cook and then enjoy eating a proper meal again. 😀 There were actually more beefless tips then what is in the picture but before I had the brilliant idea to take the picture I ate some, lol, 😛 Those beefless tip things are so tasty, they are seasoned and have a very similar texture to beef but I don’t have to worry I didn’t cook them all the way through and thereby will have food poisoning – these are the things I worry about when I cook lol. And well, you can’t go wrong with perogies. 😛 I had some light sour cream for the perogies and ketchup for the beefless tips but I figured you didn’t really need a picture of those.

The cookies, sigh, I am not sure of the name of them, weird right? Well, when I open a box of cookies I put the cookies in to a plastic container with the cut out nutritional info so that they stay fresh longer. Normally when I open a new box of cookies I eat a couple every evening until they are done so I never worry about forgetting what kind they are…that did not happen with these. For a while I went a little “treat crazy” and kept buying different snacks and goodies, I had so many to choose from these cookies got forgotten, oops! I decided to stop ignoring them and start eating them instead – wouldn’t want them to feel left out now would I? teehee.

So for a little while I will be eating these mystery cookies, they are yummy tho so it’s not like it’s a hardship – they are a chocolate cookie base with a layer of mint and then the whole thing is dipped in chocolate – awesome huh? 😀

Presents In The Mail!

7 Feb

I got a parcel in the mail today, yah! Who doesn’t like getting stuff in the mail? pfft, nobody! 😛 The parcel is from my parents and is filled with what on the surface looked like junk food – shocking right? But I know my mom better then that and  when you actually read the packages all the so called junk food was actually diet/weight watchers friendly snacks. 😀 My parents rock!

I got Popchips www.popchips.com which are chips that are popped, never fried never baked (slogan!) and are only 2 points a bag. They were yum! 😀 There are also thinsations (ritz and fudge bars), weight watchers pretzels, weight watchers hot chocolate, weight watchers mini bars in a couple different flavours. So all of the goodies are treats that will easily fit in to my food plan. It has to be said again: My parents rock! 😀

I shared my top 8 headshots with the people at work today – wanted to get opinions/feedback. I think it made the whole choosing process harder, lol. Everyone has a different opinion, the picture person A loves person B thinks makes me look psychotic. How can people not agree? eesh. And to top it off a friend was all “you asked for my opinion so I am gonna give it” and he said most of the pictures aren’t good (he blamed the angles at least, not my face) and these two pics that everyone says are amazing make me look fat (according to him), sigh. So of course, even with all the compliments I got over the pictures, those two pics in particular, all that keeps repeating in my head is what he said. Oh, I should clarify, this isn’t a friend from work he’s in a different province. Stupid boy. blarg. But! Here’s the up side! Despite his comments making me feel uncertain about what I look like and wanting some kind of comfort I did not head for the kitchen – go willpower go! Instead I headed off to my Zumba class and sweated out my anxiety – a much healthier way to deal. lol. 😀

A friend at work, ZG, brought cookies to work today. Remember how yesterday I was all “gonna be super strict this week!” – well, I forgot that in the cookie-moment and totally took a cookie. lol. I figured my home made chocolate chip cookies aren’t that bad points wise so neither would hers be. When I asked her about them she informed me she didn’t make them, they were Pillsbury…I didn’t know what that meant. lol. Turns out cookies from Pillsbury are cookies from a tube??? What the hell is that? That’s not a cookie – that processed chemical crap – fairly decent tasting crap but still…what happened to just making cookies from scratch? sigh. I don’t get this whole baking from a box/tube/container thing…and it left a bad aftertaste, yuch. So, I found this info out halfway through eating the cookie – me being me I immediately went online and found nutritional info for Pillsbury choc chip cookies and then stopped eating the cookie. It was 3 points, for a cookie that isn’t even that good! Least I found out half way thru…shrug.

So let’s see what I ate today:

29 grams Honey Bunches of Oats with Pecan Bunches = 2 points

1/2 cup 1% milk = 1 point

1 orange = 1 point

1/2 cup Maple Baked Beans = 2 points

1 piece toast = 1 point

1 Activia Yogurt = 2 points

1/2 Pillsbury choc chip cookie = 1.5 points

carrots = 0 points

1 whole wheat wrap = 2 points

3 pepperoni slices = 2 points

1 turkey slice = 0 points

mixed veggies = 0 points

30 grams shredded cheese = 2 points

1 package popchips = 2 points

2 pieces bread = 2 points

1 tbls light peanut butter = 2 points

1 weight watchers choco mint flavoured mini bar = 1 point

Total points eaten = 23.5

Exercise Points earned = 3

Over by 0.5 points – it was either be over by half a point or under, I opted for over. shrug. I figure half a point won’t kill me or screw me on the scales. lol.

So now it is night time, I am crazed tired but was enjoying watching Rocky so much I stayed up, lol. I do this every monday – I am tired from Zumba and yet I never go to bed early, I stay up later then my body wants and then tuesday morning sucks on a whole new level then what it needs to. sigh. Maybe one monday I will learn? heh, don’t hold your breath! 😛

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