Feb 292016
 

Lately

So a little while ago I got a jar of black strap molasses because it was supposed to loaded with iron and for whatever reason I was still anemic even though I was taking both a prenatal vitamin that had iron in it AND an iron supplement. I was trying to eat more iron rich foods and the molasses? So not for me. 🙁 I tried it a few times in my oatmeal and just did not like it at all. The flavor was not something I could get past.

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I decided to give it a try in baking. I found this recipe and it sounded really tasty so this weekend I finally tried it! It was rainy and stormy and seemed like good baking weather.

OATMEAL MOLASSES CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

From: http://www.persnicketyplates.com/oatmeal-molasses-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), room temp
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
  • 12 oz (1 bag) chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli baking chips)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with either parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, or a large bowl, add the butter, sugar, eggs, and molasses (which should all be at room temp). Mix until smooth using the paddle attachment or a hand mixer.
  3. In another large bowl, add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk together (or you can sift it).
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
  6. Use a cookie scoop to drop dough onto your prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2" in between.
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown with the centers almost done. You want them to be chewy, not crispy.
  8. Let cool on the pan for about 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Notes: Betty Crocker recipe passed along from a family friend
http://www.110pounds.com/?p=49566

The cookies were super easy to make and took maybe 15 minutes to prep. I baked each batch for 10 minutes on the dot and that worked well. They came out chewy and not crispy or too raw.

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The cookies were FABULOUS. I am partial the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and these were so delicious. There was a HINT of the molasses flavor but for some reason it didn’t bother me in the cookies–it added to the richness of flavor instead of being off-putting for me. I definitely recommend this recipe. It’s really delicious, easy to make and they came out perfectly!

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This weekend I also had a lunch date with my friend Erika. We went to Pizzicato. I was craving a slice + a salad! I really like their pizza. Since I’d had a small breakfast and went swimming before lunch I was kind of famished when I got there so I ended up getting two slices of pizza–cheese and the puttanesca (artichoke hearts, tomatoes, basil and kalamata olives) — so good!

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The lunch special comes with a salad and we both got the Arugula and Pear salad (it’s one of my favorite salads). It’s arugula and spinach with pear, gorgonzola and candied walnuts. Lunch was perfect and hit the spot on all my cravings!

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We hung out for a few hours talking and catching up. Last time I saw her was at my baby shower but it was so busy and chaotic it was hard to talk about too much so this was nice….just getting out of the house and catching up with a friend.

In Due Time

I signed up for two 5k’s! Yahoo!

Damn, it’s so weird to see old photos of me! This was two summers ago:

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Crazy.

So yeah…I signed up for two 5k’s–one in August and one in September. Michael signed up, too. I was so happy I was able to run two 5k’s last yearboth while pregnant. One race was with Michael (his first) and one was with my dad. They were both cool experiences and I’m really excited about doing it again this year.

I am not putting too much pressure on myself in regards to training because obviously, things will be different this year. Once I’m cleared to exercise again by the doctor I’ll start training slowly. Lots of walking with the babe and eventually get back to running. I will probably do the Couch to 5k program again.

That was my weekend. How was yours?

Oct 262015
 

What a week! Last week was kind of a roller coaster of emotions.

My week started with an annoyance…I had to wear a heart rate monitor for 24 hours. I was having issues with heart palpitations off and on–which my doctor said can be a normal part of pregnancy because of increased blood levels, lower blood pressure, etc. She didn’t seem too concerned about it and gave me the option of either wearing the monitor, or waiting to see if they go away. Michael panicked a little bit. 🙂 So I wore it.

I got fitted Monday afternoon, with electrode pad things attached to various parts of my chest like this:

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And then the device hooked to my waist (about the size of an iPhone). I was supposed to hit a button on the waist device whenever I felt a palpitation or got dizzy. Then I had to keep a paper journal of what time the event happened. Of course the 24 hours I wore it, I barely had any symptoms. I got to take it off Tuesday evening–thankfully! The sticky pads kind of irritated my skin, it was a nuisance to wear and I felt self-conscious wearing it. It takes about a week to get results. I’m not too worried. I’ve had my heart checked before (a regular EKG) and everything was fine.

It was a super busy week, Michael was busy and had plans Wednesday night, I was busy with the usual routine…I was feeling tired and burned out and even though we got great news about the baby and feeling happy, I was ready for a little break. The ultrasound was amazing but emotionally draining (which neither of us had anticipated!). And, sadly, we’ve barely had any time for our usual walks and playtime with Bella.  🙁

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Thursday we finally had some free time and could actually spend it together so…date night! We let Bella stay out of her crate (we’re still testing her again) while we went out to dinner.

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We went to Fillmore Coffee in NE Portland. I’ve wanted to go for awhile now because a coworker’s husband is the owner and she’s been telling me about the place for months. She gives me updates on the rotating beer taps (before she knew I was pregnant) and I wished I could actually partake! The rotating taps are great! All local beers.

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Michael got the Double Mountain Killer Green IPA. (ABV 7.6%, IBU:96) He said it was outstanding. I’ll take his word for it. Double Mountain is usually a great beer, so I trust his opinion. They also had a few other local beers and a cider on the menu.

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So Fillmore is a coffee shop with a little bit more. It’s a big, open space with concrete floors, cool art on the walls, high warehouse ceilings and repurposed wood on the walls and bar. Nice jazz music mellowed out the mood. They have coffee, tea, beer, wine, cider. Plus they have some pastries, bagels, etc. The menu is small and simple–and all vegetarian or vegan. They had half a dozen pizzas on the menu to choose from and a few salads. The pizzas are super cheap, too.

We ordered the spinach salad to share and the White Truffle Oil Ricotta Pizza. My coworker has been raving about this pizza for months and I’ve been dying to try it.

First, the salad. Simple but fantastic. I know for a fact they get all their ingredients from a local organic place. The salad was fresh and delicious, full of flavor. Spinach, tomatoes, red onion, cheese and vinaigrette dressing. Michael raved about the salad–especially the onion. He said it was the perfect red onion (crunchy and spicy, his words). I liked the salad a lot and wished we’d ordered two instead of sharing.

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Now, the pizza!

We watched them make it, periodically rotating the pizza in the oven, and as he brought it to our table I could smell the garlic and truffle oil. It smelled heavenly.

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I guess the pizza chef used to work at Apizza Scholl’s (Michael’s favorite place in Portland) and the pie was very similar. It was small (6 slices total) and the crust was very similar to Apizza Scholl’s. The dough was fresh, perfectly baked, the truffle oil was amazing (I love truffle oil). There was seasoning and ricotta cheese and fresh mozzarella–it was decadent. I am a HUGE fan of this pizza!

We both agreed that we wished the pizza was slightly larger. While we both felt satisfied and certainly didn’t need any more pizza after eating the whole thing, we both WANTED one more slice… it was that good! 😉 Seriously, loved the pizza! I would definitely go back for this pizza and the salad, too. It was a nice treat.

The place had a cool vibe and lots of local people came in to hang out and seemed like regulars. There was also one of those wooden train tables for kids to play with. There was a cute little toddler there having a ball with the train set. It was fun to watch (and we might need to get one of these things for our little nugget!).

Our stomachs full and satisfied, we got home to discover this:

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Shenanigans. I have no idea what they were getting into but I know when I walked in the door Bella and Fat Kitty were racing through the hallway. SIGH. Chaos in our house. Always! Just wait, fur-babies, when there’s a real baby chasing both of you!

I spend the rest of the evening relax, thankfully, thinking about that truffle pizza… 🙂