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?

Feb 222016
 

Saturday turned out to be a really lovely day in Portland! After some gloomy, stormy, rainy weather it was finally dry and sunny and slightly warm (ish). I didn’t sleep well the night before (getting up to pee hourly–fun!) but I managed to get my butt out of bed and go to the gym. I’ve been skipping the weight lifting the last week or so. So Saturday I just did the elliptical. My heart rate was a little on the high side so I went slow and easy on it to keep it lower. Pre-pregnancy when I used the elliptical I usually had the resistance at a 10 or 11. First and second trimester resistance was around 8. By the third trimester I was down to like 6. This time? It was at a 4! Oh well.

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Since it was such a nice morning Michael went for a run and he took Miss Bella with him. He’s been taking her running with him lately, which is awesome. She needs the exercise and is a good running buddy. I miss running!

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The one little bummer about Saturday is that it was finally a decent day and probably would have been the perfect day to go hiking. But that’s not in the cards for me right now. I just wouldn’t be able to do it. Walking is difficult (but somehow swimming and the elliptical aren’t too hard for my body at this stage). I also miss hiking! I hope we get a chance to do a lot of it this summer.

Michael and I had plans with friends for lunch. The original plan was to try out Red Sauce Pizza (a few people have recommended it). Unfortunately, we got there and it was closed for some reason! We improvised and ended up at Jerk Pizza down the street. It was your typical pizza joint. I was really hungry! I got a Greek salad to start. It was pretty tasty.

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The four of us shared the White Pie–it was mozzarella, ricotta, garlic and basil. It was really good! Michael and I both agreed that the flavor was great but that we wish the crust was slightly thicker. It was a little on the too-thin side for both of us. Despite that, the pie was tasty.

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Our friends were child-free for the day so we ended up spending a few hours just hanging out chatting after we were done eating. It was nice to just hang out and catch up. And who knows, it might be the last social outing Michael and I have for awhile!

The rest of the weekend was spent spring cleaning the house. Like obsessively. Cleaning, organizing, doing tons of laundry. I even took down drapery and washed those. I re-organized the pantry and the hall linen closet. I think it was a combination of nesting and of just wanting the house perfectly clean after being a bit lazy this winter!

Also, Michael and I finally saw Straight Outta Compton. It was such a good movie! I am so glad we finally saw it. It was excellently done–the casting was great, the acting was great, the story was so well done and I really enjoyed it! And it was also great seeing the backstory of musicians I loved as a teen.

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I can’t express it enough that it was well worth watching.

Sunday (after another sleepless night) I went swimming, we took Bella for a walk in the neighborhood and I worked on house stuff. More spring cleaning!

Dinner was baked chicken breasts marinated in a sesame ginger sauce, sauteed kale and some brown rice rice. I really liked the marinade and will definitely use it again.

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Overall it was a good weekend even though I don’t feel like I got everything done I wanted to do. How was your weekend?