Thinking Out Loud – Dark Chocolate Chips, McDonald’s and Kimmy Gibbler


Do you get frustrated when you get stuck in traffic, appointments run late, plans get screwed up or when things don’t go as you envisioned?

I used to let the little things bother me until I took a step back and gave thought to the idea that Everything Happens For A Reason.

Like maybe you were supposed to run late to avoid or encounter something different, maybe certain things fell apart for better things to come together and maybe chocolate chips went on sale specifically for you because weeks later you would need them for a random Wednesday night craving.

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Remember my stash of chocolate chips? They came in handy last night.

Those Dark Chocolate Chips on the bottom really hit the spot. And Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chunks weren’t half-bad either. Yeah, it was a major chocolate craving attack last night.

Don’t you love my randomness this morning? We have Thursday to thank since it is time to link up with Amanda for another round of Thinking Out Loud.


Let’s continue my random thoughts for this foggy Thursday morning:


These two yellow pairs of sneakers may appear similar but trust me – my feet know the difference.

I made the mistake yesterday in the early foggy and dim morning light of slipping my feet into the Saucony pair (on the left) to head out for my run.

Within one step I knew something was wrong. Sure enough, I looked down to find the wrong pair of running shoes on my feet.

The feet always know.

The Saucony are comfortable and lovely, but more for aesthetic reasons than running reasons. I usually wear them casually when they match my clothes which is why they were by the front door.

I wore them on Tuesday which was also the day that I attended my monthly Nutrition Committee meeting.

Something very interesting was addressed at the meeting. So interesting that I just couldn’t wait to share it with you.


Ever hear of the McDonald’s experiment of testing how long a McDonald’s burger and bun can be left out without showing signs of mold?

I had never heard about this until Tuesday when the Nutrition Chairperson brought in her burger THAT SHE BOUGHT BACK IN AUGUST.


It doesn’t look almost 6 months old, does it? Not a sign of mold anywhere. Nor did it smell. It appeared as fresh as any other burger.

Explain it? I can’t. Some say it is because of the chemicals, additives and who knows what else McDonald’s uses to preserve and prepare their foods but McDonald’s of course gives their scientific reasoning so we don’t further hate them and their fast food.

I did a little googling (my form of research) and came up with a few articles on the subject. Click here to read up on the experiment.

I don’t know what the true reasoning is behind the invincible burger is but this is one of those times I am thankful I don’t consume fast food as well as thankful for going vegetarian.


I will never fully follow a vegan diet but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t excited when my copy of the Happy Herbivore arrived on my doorstep the other day! I actually won this cookbook in a giveaway from Hannah’s blog, Clean Eating Veggie Girl.

All of the recipes look delicious and easy so I can’t wait to test a few out. I already know which will be first and I intend to tackle it over the weekend.

I have a feeling flipping through this cookbook put me in the mood for baking last night. I haven’t baked in a couple of weeks so I told the little boy I would make something for dessert.

Since we couldn’t agree on a cookie, donut, muffin or brownie recipe from all of my yummy-looking pins on Pinterest, I opted for the easy route and chose for him – a simple Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cookie.

This mug cookie in particular was from one of my favorite dessert blogs, Crazy For Crust. What I love about my Pinterest boards is that I really only pin recipes from the blogs I follow. Whenever they post a recipe I know I would like, I just pin them immediately so that I have them for nights such as last night. I may be reluctant to love technology but I do like my Pinterest.

While on the subject of hating technology, do you still read a good old-fashioned book or do you use a Kindle type thing?


I really haven’t been reading enough lately but when I do, I like to hold a real book. Did you see DJ Tanner has a book out? Have you read it?

I used to love Candace Cameron as a kid and I love even more that she married Pavel Bure, the hockey player.


I saw this photo posted somewhere earlier this week. I was just wondering what happened to good old Kimmy Gibbler.

Ah the memories.

Time for me to get this Thursday going. I am super tired this morning so I am hoping a good run is on my horizon in order to fully wake myself up.

Have a great day!


Ever hear of this McDonald’s experiment?

Favorite Full House character? I want to say DJ since she was around my age when I started watching the show.

What did you have for dessert last night?




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.

23 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud – Dark Chocolate Chips, McDonald’s and Kimmy Gibbler”

  1. Whattttt? Pavel Bure’s wife has a book out? I must get it. And I can totally relate to the random chocolate cravings. Enjoy Life chocolate chips have gotten me through a lot of late night television, haha. Those Saucony shoes are super cool, by the way. I love my black and neon Asics, but since I tend to wear a lot of navy blue and not black, it’s rare that they actually match any outfit besides my running one. Grumble grumble. I guess that means that they’re strictly for exercise.

    1. I never pick my strictly running shoes based upon colors but it is nice when they are pretty. The Sauconys are a running shoe plus pretty but don’t work well for me for running.The Adidas on the other hand? Love.

  2. Ah!! Kimmie Gibler! I LOVED that show when I was younger! And that is absolutely nasty about the Micky D’s not natural! I’m not sure if I’d call it breakfast, but I did have a late snack of trail mix. So yummy!

  3. DJ was always my favorite, I thought Stephanie was whiny. True story: I met John Stamos in 88 or 89 (I was quite young) and got excited because I recognized him from the show. He asked me who my fav character was and I said DJ. Oops! He made a sad face. My mom has lots of pictures and I have his autograph. He’s a nice guy 🙂

  4. I’m with you — I like to go the book route when I read. Part of me really wants to invest in a Kindle or something since it would be so handy to have a tiny little thing to store all my books, but I love the paper and ink route way too much. At this rate I’m seriously going to need a library in my house very soon though. Yikes.

    And that stuff about the McD’s experiment… so creepy. I’d heard that before, but it’s one of those things that you just try to push out of your mind. Luckily, I was never big on their burgers… but I adore their fries and nuggets, which I’m pretty sure will do exactly the same thing.

    1. I used to love their chicken nuggets. Nothing like them anywhere else. What I think I loved most was the sweet and sour sauce. Again, nothing like the McDonald’s version. Maybe I should try to recreate it at home but I doubt I would hit the exact flavor.

  5. I heard for a long time about this experiment… At us in Russia it even repeated on a TV show. One of many reasons why I ceased to go to McDonald’s. Though I couldn’t keep when they started selling minions in Happy Meal 😀

  6. Favorite full house character was definately uncle Jessie! Loved him (: dessert last night was warm apples with pb, pb2 and cottage cheese! The beginning of this post made me smile because I totally believe that there is a reason for everything, how you choose to accept it determines how it plays out in your life (:

  7. I’ve hear about the McDonald’s experiment and I don’t think I have eaten a burger from there since. I ate a mcflurry last weekend (the first time I’ve been to mcdonalds in many years) but I wouldn’t eat anything else from there. Growing up I loved it though. Gross.

  8. I have enjoyed the Happy Herbivore book, but the Light and Lean one is probably the one I reach for least often. Usually I use her recipes are jumping points to create something else.

    1. I haven’t tried anything just yet, except for the meatloaf bites. It looks like I would like every recipe though just based on the ingredients and the simplicity of each recipe. I feel like I can highly recommend it already!

  9. Oh man we used to love that show! I tend to think of these characters just as I remember them – still young 🙂 I saw DJ’s character in an ABC Family show (Make it or break it?) and still thought of her associated with Full House. Last night I had some left over frozen yogurt with cranberry sauce and yogurt pretzels. A mug cake would have been oh so delightful though.

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