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?




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