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October 25, 2010

The Post You All Have Been Waiting For

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 13:47

Or at least I hope you’ve been waiting for.  And if you weren’t, well, get excited.

MM baked cookies on Sunday. Therefore this is my very first cookie post.  And first *real* recipe post.  And my first time baking cookies on my own.  From scratch. Eeeek.

But first a bit of a wrap up on the running front, in bullet style because I know you want cookies.

  • I woke up Sunday morning feeling not as sore as I was expecting.  And trust me I was expecting to be VERY sore.  There was some fatigue in my quads but no real signs that I had run TEN 800m repeats the day before.
  • A few of you suggested (as you did before on my mile repeats workout) that I should decrease the recovery jog component of the workout and in the future I might.  But I like round numbers and the last time I did 800m repeats it was on the TM and I used 2 minutes recovery which was ~.2 miles so I extended that to .25 miles for the track.
  • I don’t know how often I’m going to be doing speed work pre-marathon training so who knows what type of intervals I’ll do next.  But shorter recovery seems to be the theme of where to go from here.
  • It seems like lots of you have 800m repeats as your least favorite workout.  I’m not sure if I could pinpoint my least favorite track workout (maybe 100m sprints like I did back in the day for T&F) but I was kind of digging those 800s.  Sure I’d LOVE to go longer (and mile repeats are likely my absolute fav) but there’s something hardcore about essentially sprinting for 2 laps.

But then again I might be a tad bit loca.  As evidenced by the fact that I made cookies.

I have no idea where this recipe originally came from.  In fact, I really have no idea where I got it from at all as when I called my mom to see if she had one, she thought my idea was “interesting”.

Because I wanted to make Peanut Butter Chip Oatmeal Cookies (note my mom said it was “interesting” because my family is a very unadventurous bunch of eaters.  The only cookies we have are in our lexicon are: chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, sugar.  No variations on them either). If you try and google PB Chip Oat Cookies, the large majority of the recipes are for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Not exactly what I wanted.

So I mixed and matched some Oatmeal Raisin recipes (which are my absolute FAVORITE cookie EVER) and some Chocolate Chip recipes.  I mean, if you really don’ t know what you’re doing in the kitchen regarding baking then why the hell not mix a ton of stuff together and pray for a Hail Mary, right?

Recipe

  • Margarine, 2 sticks
  • Granulated sugar, 3/4 cup
  • Brown Sugar, 3/4 cup
  • Flour 1.5 cups
  • Baking Soda, 1 tsp.
  • Salt, 1 tsp
  • Oats (rolled), 2.5 cups dry
  • Eggs, 2 large
  • Vanilla, 1 tsp
  • Peanut Butter Chips, 11 oz bag

Note on the ingredients and other stuff related to it.

Oh and yes my landlord (well ex-landlord I guess since someone just bought the building) loves us that much and never put a deadbolt on the backdoor. Hence the thing-y proped under the doorknob

I halved this recipe.  As written above it makes 32 cookies.  And I did get 16 out of my half.  And they were pretty big cookies too.

Most of the recipes I looked at used butter.  I used margarine because it’s WAY cheaper.  Sheepishly I had to call my mom when I was at the store to ask if I could use margarine instead of butter.  As well as to ask her the different between light and dark brown sugar (she didn’t know and I highly suspect there is not one.  I ended up buying the light brown sugar because it was cheaper).

ALSO, I used baking POWDER instead of SODA for the recipe.  I actually didn’t realize this until I started (because I knew we had baking *something* in the cabinet at home) but after doing some googling it’s okay to substitute powder for soda but not the other way around, due to acidity.  Even though I halved the recipe I kept the powder amount the same because I know that to make the substitution I needed more powder than the written soda amount. Plus the cookies tasted fine so there 😛

And I used a bag of half peanut butter / half chocolate chips as they were the least expensive bag that had the pb chips I wanted in it. That wasn’t cut in half, though, because the more chips the better, right?

How To Make

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium (okay so the only bowl I had was LARGE so I used that hahaha) bowl, whisk together the margarine and sugars.  This can get messy, especially since our microwave isn’t working at the moment so I couldn’t soften the margarine before adding it.  I ended up using my hands (don’t worry I washed them!) and mixing that way.  Just as a side note: margarine and sugar make a lovely exfoliant / moisturizer.

Goop before I dug in with my hands! See how big the bowl is though? Granted those are only 3 ingredients but still, a huge freaking bowl.

Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add flour mixture beat until just combined. Then add oats, peanut butter and chocolate chips; beat until just combined.

Or I suppose you could use an electric beater.  I don’t have one so I used a fork / spatula thing-a-ma-bob.  If I’m going to make this a habit (baking) then I’m going to have to start to do some upper arm work to do all the whisking!

Yummy

Place batter on cookies sheet and place in the oven for ~12 minutes.  Apparently something else I didn’t realize was that we didn’t have cookies sheets.  So I used pizza trays (you know the round ones).  It worked.  And I had to keep an eye on the oven because gas =/= electric and I was worried that I was going to burn them because there’s literally a fire under them!

I ended up keeping them in the oven for the full 12 minutes, which burnt the very outside edges of them but kept the middles goopy (how I like them).

Cool 5 minutes on sheets; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Then EAT

Nom Nom Nom

RESULT

Despite me saying that I’m NOT A BAKER (hello box baked goods! Or, even better, pre-packaged!) I’m very pleased with this effort.  They tasted really good warm out of the oven (I didn’t wait the 5 minutes for them to cool before taste-testing) and I went to a Pats game party (Which, by the way, I’m likely to have a coronary if they play the rest of their season the way they’ve played so far!) and brought the remaining ones and, even though there weren’t a lot of us there, the cookies were gone FAST (like my running on Saturday hahah).  Granted I think boys will eat anything, but it feels good to have all the cookies devoured AND to have people like them. I believe the exact quote was “These are TO-DIE for” hahahah.  And “Why on Earth did you only make half”.  Not going to lie: that feels AWESOME 🙂

Which is good because I still have a LOT of baking supplies leftover.  And, weirdly enough, cooking baking on Sunday made me feel strangely adult.  Even when I was up to my elbo wrists in dough and licking the bowl. Very odd indeed.

August 28, 2009

JINXED

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:57

So I didn’t *totally* jinx myself this morning like I was speculating about yesterday.  True, this morning my legs were a bit stiff which totally affected my pace but it wasn’t as bad as I was picturing it.  But then again, when is anything as bad as imagined?

I did another 8 miles (8.3 to be exact).   Lately I’ve been feeling 8 milers because they’ve been giving me enough time to loosen up the legs get some good strong miles in mid run then ease up a bit as a warm down.  At least that’s been the case these past few runs.  I seem to find that even though my mind wants to jump right into the ideal pace, my legs want 2ish miles to wake up — at least in the morning.  I’ve also been “listening to my body” and slowing down (rather than pushing) the very last mile because, as my overall mileage is starting to increase, my body needs time to adapt. All these 8-ers have been boosting my overall mileage but I’m not feeling worn down or anything.  Yet (knock on wood because – let’s face it- I just jinxed myself again.)

The weather held up yet again this morning.  It was practically really cool all night, not as much as the previous one, but it was still about 60* when I set out and I felt a little chilled at the start.  The clouds were really pretty patterns this morning in what I think of as a “beach pattern”.  Very pretty! The clouds got burnt off by the sun as I was running making it a little hotter but still amazing weather.  Too bad this stupid hurricane that I mentioned yesterday will be here tmrw ruining the wicked awesome weather streak.  Grrrrr.

I also got some packages today! I love how a trip to the campus post office can totally make or break a day haha.  I got the textbooks that I ordered (a small yay) and season 6 of NCIS (a big huge YAY!) Can’t wait to get some free time to watch it.

As a segue into spending lots of $$ I also went to Target last night for a cheap drying rack.  Well I found it along with about $40 worth of other stuff too.  Hmmmmm, I may or may not have blown a significant portion of the money I have put away for discretionary spending and the semester hasn’t even started yet! But it was mostly non-perishable food which is something I need.  Since it’s still the summer here on campus I’ve been too lazy to walk to the dining hall during the 6 hours (2 for each meal) that it’s open and as a result have already gone through 2 tubs of peanut butter.  Evidently I love peanut butter.  It helps that it goes well on lots and lots of things too. Luckily food at Target is cheap so I got a lot for a little.

Sweet deal, my mom just got here to drop off some stuff that I had forgotten.  Hopefully this can turn into a grocery shopping trip too? Oh how I can hope! Enjoy your Friday nights! Doing anything amazing?

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