Since I don’t have the bar exam to distract me this year, I actually planted a little herb and flower garden! Enjoy!
Have you ever looked in your pantry (a term I use loosely to mean the cabinet I shove all my food into) or fridge and I thought, “I really need to use _____”?
A couple of weeks ago, I opened my fridge to find a large half-empty container of plain yogurt. I don’t like plain yogurt; I got the large to container to make a delicious lemon cake, which was so delicious that I didn’t even get to take any blog pics of it. Anyway, so half of the plain yogurt was still there and I thought, “I should really find something to bake with that since I’ll never eat it otherwise.” So, I then i opened the “pantry” and saw raisins, chocolate chips, and oatmeal and I thought, “I should make a cookie with yogurt, raisins, chocolate chips, and oatmeal!” So I googled all those ingredients and added cookie at the end and found a surprising amount of recipes for raisin, chocolate chip, oatmeal yogurt cookies. I picked one from Happy Tummy and went to work.
The recipe has no eggs or butter and came together very fast (about 10 mins). After about 20 mins in the oven they were done. And they were amazing! The yogurt made them so chewy and moist that it was hard to convince people (mainly my co-workers) that there were relatively healthy cookies.
I’m going to post the recipe below, but if you click the Happy Tummy link, you can check out all the recipes on that blog. The only things I changed about the recipe are (1) I used regular yogurt instead of greek and (2) I used butter instead of oil (I couldn’t find anything other than olive oil in my house). I almost missed this, so I’m going to point it out to you, once the cookies are on the cookie sheet (I lined mine with parchment paper), flatten them. The dough is sticky, so they won’t spread out into cookie shape by themselves. Also my notes on the recipe are in italics.
- 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup unbleached white flour (all-pupose)
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cups brown sugar, packed
- 2/3 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (regular)
- 1/8 cup canola oil (butter)
R and I (and our significant others) are sharing a share in the Elmwood Stock Farms CSA this year. S and I had a share last year and loved it,so this year we decided to join forces and get a bigger one. I have to say that this may be the best idea we’ve ever had. We have so much of everything, I have only a little other grocery shopping to do.
The best part of this is that it gives S and I reason to cook together… and we’ve made some super delicious food. More about that later, for now just enjoy/envy the veggie pictures!
I’ve gotten a few questions about how my weaning is going. All I can say is “eh.” It’s not going that badly or that well.
This weekend I managed only one cup of coffee in the morning as my source of caffeine. My favorite thing to do on weekends is drink coffee and read all morning, so the caffeine cutback is particualary hard on the weekend. And, no, decaf is not a viable option.
Anyway, the withdrawal headaches have not been terrible, but I have been fairly grumpy. Especially yesterday. Somehow lack of caffeine and being stuck in a car for 3 hours with two dogs and S didn’t make for the most fun ride. I feel like I should have seen that coming. Today, I only had one cup of coffee at work. I’m tired right now, but that could also be from the cross-state trip this weekend. My productivity seems to be improving—not spending the morning drinking coffee leaves me with lots of time to do things.
So for now, all is going pretty well. No one has lost a limb due to my grumpiness yet. So that’s something.
Well, kinda. Hubby (who has asked to be referred to as S for reasons unknown to me) and I are staying with my mother-in-law this weekend. She lives on the other side of the state so we have to drive FOREVER to visit, but it’s worth it. Her house has several luxuries that we don’t have… backyard for the dogs, Jacuzzi tub, and cable. It’s a tie between Jacuzzi and cable for which I like best. Have I mentioned we don’t have cable? And that I LOVE taking baths?
Where was I going with this?
…Oh yeah! Free yoga. Because we don’t have cable, we don’t have on demand TV. But while I’ve been here, I discovered that if you do have on demand you have “The Free Spot” and on “The Free Spot” you have “Exercise TV” and on “Exercise TV” there’s an entire channel of on demand yoga videos! It’s pretty awesome. It looks like most of them are produced by YogaWorks, which is a chain of yoga studios. I did the beginners AM/PM yoga—it was well done. It covered all the basic poses, flowed pretty well, and was a true beginners class.
So, while this isn’t really a free yoga video since you have to pay for cable, it’s worth trying if you already have cable.
So, what’s up with the blog title? What does this even mean?
“She fell in dead level!” I can’t even count the number of times people said that about me. For those of you who don’t know what “Falling in Dead Level” means, I’ll explain. Basically this is something that my Granny said when someone (usually me) fell or tripped when there was nothing to trip over, in other words, when the ground was dead level.