Thinking Out Loud – Cookies, Keurig and Cold Running

 

 

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Let’s zoom in on my toppings:

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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.

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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.

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We opted for Ben’s instead of Chinese.

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

Three Tip Tuesday – Cookies and Earth’s Best Review

I’m tired. I don’t often say it but today I feel the need to inform you that I am a bit tired.

I decided I was tired yesterday afternoon. You should know that deciding you are tired on a Monday afternoon is not OK. Nor is it OK to discover you have two completely overripe bananas on the counter when all you want to do is close the kitchen up early for the evening and be done with the day.

I contemplated throwing the bananas out.

I know, right. I really must be tired.

I thought better of it of course and mashed them quickly into a bowl. And then I threw in oats, chia seeds, pumpkin, peanut butters, chocolate chips and raisins.

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I would share with you an exact recipe but I can’t. I was too tired to think much so I simply dumped it all in the bowl riding the fact that anything in any amount mixed with peanut butter and chocolate and then baked just has to taste good.

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And I was right.

Why am I so tired? Well, this week is a bit busier than usual. In addition to my normal workload, I have a bunch of different meetings to attend along with an event in the city tomorrow (I will discuss the event a bit more later in the week).

I am so busy that I don’t even have time to spend with my favorite little girl.

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Good thing I was able to hang with her last week. We had a taste test to conduct.

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The kind people at Earth’s Best recently sent me some products to review – three products to be exact which fits perfectly today with the theme of Three Tip Tuesday.

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From the Earth’s Best website:

Earth’s Best® products  are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth and Quality Assurance International, agencies accredited by the USDA’s National Organic Program. That means we manufacture products that do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or potentially harmful pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers.   It also means we can proudly display the USDA Organic logo on packaging of those products that are at least 95% organic.

Their product lines seem endless these days.

Pureed fruits and veggies, snacks, frozen ravioli, mac and cheese, soups, chicken nuggets, waffles, pancakes, French toast, oatmeal…..from infants to toddlers to kids, Earth’s Best provides us parents with the opportunity to feed our children high quality foods containing the freshest and purest of ingredients possible.

The boy snatched up the Crunchin’ Grahams as soon as the packaged arrived at our door. He really doesn’t care that Elmo is on the box.

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Once out of the box, the sticks look like any other graham cracker and taste delicious. While I am all for giving our kids (and ourselves) nutrient-dense whole foods like fruits and vegetables as snacks, it is unrealistic to assume we can raise our kids without packaged snacks of some sort.

With companies like Earth’s Best, at least we can buy the packaged snacks and rest assured that they contain a short ingredient list free from the stuff we don’t want in our food.

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Sunny Days Snack Bars – My son loved these when he was little and Lisa’s little princess loves them too.

I like that they crumble and mush nicely into little pieces, making them easy to feed to the kids and easy for them to pick up. I also like the mush/crumbly factor when considering the whole choking hazard thing.

You forget how easy it is for a child to choke – no one wants to experience that situation.

Peach Pear Yogurt Smoothie – She loved this flavor. As she does all of the combinations.

Lisa has been buying these fruit/veggie puree pouches since she started solid food.

I don’t think I have ever encountered a time where I have given her a pouch for lunch that she didn’t eat it all right up.

Some children are definitely pickier but Earth’s Best seems to know how to combine the fresh fruits and veggies just right to get a tasty blend.

Sure, you can make your own baby food but let’s be honest – who has time (or desire) to do that each week?

At least with Earth’s Best you can feel good knowing that if you didn’t make it yourself, you are giving your kids food that is still considered wholesome and fresh.

I still buy my son the Earth’s Best ravioli and have bought the waffles as well.

Even if you don’t have children, or your children have grown, the truth is, you can still buy Earth’s Best products.

I know that it is even recommended that we adults choose protein/snack bars marketed to children to avoid the unnecessary processed ingredients – the same thing applies here.

Who cares if Sesame Street is on some of the packaging? Admit it – when you are flipping through the channels on television and you pass Grover sitting in that restaurant making the waiter crazy, you stop and watch it.

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* Earth’s Best sent me complimentary products in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions written in this review are my own.

 I NEED TO KNOW:

Do you ever throw out your bananas and feel guilty for not using them to bake something?

What was the last thing you baked using overripe bananas?

Do you buy Earth’s Best for your kids? What is their favorite product?

Have you bought children’s snack bars in place of the adult-marketed bars? I know people buy the Cliff Z Bars over the adult version.

 

 

 

 

 

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