Thinking Out Loud – Cookies, Keurig and Cold Running




I didn’t plan on participating in today’s Thinking Out Loud link up fun but then I woke up and needed to share my thoughts on something that bothers me on a daily basis:


Yes, that is my Keurig machine. What you can’t see in the picture is the FLASHING BLUE LIGHT TELLING ME IT’S TIME TO REFILL THE WATER TANK.

The last thing I need to see, especially when I am busy cleaning the kitchen, is something else requiring my attention. And endlessly flashing a blue at me is not the friendliest way to get my assistance.

Does anyone else get annoyed by the blue light? I feel like all I do is refill that thing. Granted I drink a lot of coffee and use the water for tea but still- every time I turn around it is yelling at me in blue code.

You know what else requires a lot of attention? Children.


I did my best with the boys yesterday baking and decorating sugar cookies. Can they appreciate that the cookie dough and frosting were both made from scratch? Nah.


Let’s zoom in on my toppings:


Sprinkles, m&m’s, a mix of chocolate chips and peanut butter chips and Rolo’s.

I got all excited to fill up my toppings server but then thought better of it – the more I filled it, the more they would eat. So, I only filled half-way.


I pretty much collapsed after the baking, assisting and cleaning of the cookie decorating process. Although, I am looking around right now and notice flour handprints on the chairs and sprinkles in random places throughout my kitchen.

I was so tired that I even laid down for a while and closed my eyes. I believe I slept for ONE MINUTE.

You see, when a mother falls asleep, a silent alarm immediately goes off alerting her child which is his cue to wake her up because he is hungry. And how he could have been hungry after eating more cookies than he decorated I haven’t the slightest idea.

I think what made me so tired wasn’t even the cookie experience. It all started after my 5.25 mile run in the frigid morning air.

Is it just me or is running in the cold that much harder on the body?

I used to think it was harder in a sense to run in the heat but the last two runs in the cold, even though I feel great and my pace is amazing, have left me drained in a whole new way.

It must have something to do with the energy we use to keep our bodies warm and I think something to do with the energy we use to warm the air we are breathing in? If anyone has the answer, please fill us in!

Don’t worry, I pulled myself together in time to go out for “Christmas” dinner. I never miss a meal.


We opted for Ben’s instead of Chinese.


I always loved Ben’s but as a vegetarian now, my options are a bit more limited. All is right in the world though when onion rings land on my plate.


I couldn’t have been more excited when I saw 16 Handles was open. It is always super thrilling to notice something opened on Christmas, especially when that something involves hot fudge.

Today is supposed to be warmer outside so I am hopeful for a less exhausting run. If I find I have the energy and patience, I may even battle the crowds for the after Christmas mega sales going on this morning.

Speaking of Christmas, please tell me all about your holiday! How was it? Did you get good gifts? Eat fabulous food? Have a new recipe to share with me?

Make sure you check out everyone else’s Thinking Out Loud thoughts today by clicking here!





Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

14 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud – Cookies, Keurig and Cold Running”

  1. Don’t hate me, but I think I’ve only ever seen the light on. My Keurig come on once… I’m kind of OCD about stuff like that, so I’m pretty good about keeping it full… then again, it doesn’t sound like I use my Keurig nearly as often as you do , so there’s that.

    My Christmas was pretty good, but a lot smaller than I’m used to. My mom wasn’t feeling well, and since she’s the main planner and doer, a lot of stuff didn’t get done. I tried to help out as much as I could, but there’s just something about mothers… no one else is comparable…

    1. I am so OCD about it too yet sometimes, that light just comes on way quicker than I expect lol. I try to refill before it comes on because it annoys me so much. I hope your mom is feeling better. I totally understand – no one compares to mom. Especially now that I am one, I even appreciate this fact even more.

  2. Ooooooh. That 16 Handles looks super yummy. I had Chinese food yesterday (duh!) and debating going to go see a movie, but decided that I’d rather eat take-out at home and watch a Paul Newman movie (talk about eye candy) than brave the crowds at the theaters.

  3. Alice @ Daily Sweet Potato

    Those cookies look delicious! If anything, I appreciate them haha!
    I don’t drink coffee so I guess I wouldn’t understand your Keurig dilemma, but that Hello Kitty mug is to die for!

  4. You have the cutest boys! Even though they made a pretty good mess, their cookies turned out awesome! I never thought to add rolos – pure genius!

    This year Joshua and I made dinner that involved both our hertiages ; german & swedish. It was a fun twist.

    1. Thank you- I had my best friend’s son over (who is my son’s best friend)…I wonder why so many people never thought to add Rolo’s? I keep the mini ones on hand for baking. They are a perfect addition to anything!

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