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Baking Cookies


Yesterday, I mentioned how I’ve been craving baked goods and sugar. I wholly contribute this to the sugar that I’ve been eating lately. You crave what you eat. I need to get this out of my system and break the cycle. Today was a test – one that included baking cookies.


First I ate breakfast:

Blueberries and Blackberries with a Greek yogurt and a 1/4 tsp sugar

Blueberries and Blackberries with a Greek yogurt and a 1/4 tsp sugar

Then it was time to bake some cookies.

The night before, I found a box of Lazy Baker Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie Mix I received in my Goodies box back in November. I don’t bake, if only for the reason that it’s food that I can’t keep in the house. But I was sure I wanted to make these, especially since all I had to do was add butter and an egg. {Talk about being a Lazy Baker!} And because Oatmeal Cranberry didn’t sound that exciting, I threw in some chocolate chips, too.

After I formed the dough balls on the pan, I ate some of the leftover cookie dough. After ten minutes, I had to check to see if the cookies were done. Well, the piece I took made half of a cookie fall apart, so I just had to eat that one cookie and put the rest in the oven for a couple of minutes more.

After the cookies came out, I put them on a rack to let them cool:

Wed-Lazy Baker

This was going to be a test. A test that I wouldn’t just keep eating all of the cookies. I started walking around the house, and soon talked into the house that I should have just one more cookie, because cookies always taste best warm. And so I had one more small cookie. Then I left the rest to cool and walked away.

Essentially, I ate about three cookies. I told myself that I would let them cool and then put them in a container for Rob to take to work.


My Lunch included my leftover momo from the previous night’s Nha Sang takeout and a salad I created myself:


Momo with spicy sauce and salad made with spinach, clementine sections, cucumber, blue cheese crumbles, scallions, chopped almonds and a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar

I was right. It was worth it to save those momo to enjoy the flavors another day rather than eat them all in one sitting. Also, this salad was so good that I’m going to eat it again today. It was better than I ever expected it to be!


As I was putting them away into the tupperware container, I allowed myself just one more cookie and then put them up on top of the fridge. Out of sight, right?

Dove Almond Dark Chocolate

A cup of my favorite tea – Market Spice

Market Spice

Afternoon Snacks

Clementine & Pineapple chunks

When my Love with Food box arrived, I took a couple of low-cal treats out to try:

  • Wild Berry Flat Fruit
  • Dark Chocolate Fortune Cookie

{More on the rest of the box on Saturday!}


My friend Jen, brought over some Panera! It has been sooooo long since I have been there. She brought two sandwiches and we split them in half so that we could try a bit of each: Tomato Mozzarella Panini and the Roasted Turkey Artichoke. They were both so good and I’d get either of them again. I enjoyed them with a Garden Vegetable with Pesto Soup and a hunk of bread for dipping. I failed to take photos, but this was the perfect dinner. Having the company was even better. Thank you, Jen!

Later, Jen and I split a brownie square. We both agreed that it was not a brownie either of us would go back for, but we had no trouble finishing it!

All told at the end of the day, I had four cookies and the rest are either in Rob’s tummy or on the way with him to work!

Do you bake?

If so, what is your favorite thing to bake and why?


Wineless Wednesday & Nha Sang


Today is a Wineless Wednesday. Boo-hoo.

I haven’t had wine in a while. In fact it’s been a whole week since I’ve been outside of my house! It’s difficult to be patient when all you want to do is be able to do the things you could before – like put my socks on by myself! 😉

Tuesday Food Journal

Yesterday was interesting. I know that I shouldn’t be eating as many calories as I am when I’m not moving much. I think planning my next meal keeps me out of boredom, but is also a little too obsessive. Today is a new day! I’ve been walking around a lot and getting up is much easier than it has been.



1 piece whole wheat toast with peanut butter and 10 choc chips – This is normally a nice little treat for me, but since I can’t just leave the house for work and forget about it, I let that PB and chocolate call my name all day long. A plus about working outside the home – not having time or the ability to grab “seconds” for breakfast.


Leftover Santa Fe Chicken on brown rice with a half of a 100-calorie pack Wholly Guacamole, sprinkle of cheese and dollop of Greek Yogurt.



2 Tbsp Honey Peanut Butter with 1 Tbsp Chocolate Chips

1 cup pineapple chunks

Raspberry Swirl Dove Dark Chocolate


My husband brought home takeout from Nha Sang. This is probably the fourth time we’ve ordered takeout from Nha Sang this year. We’ve loved everything we’ve ordered! I wouldn’t call it Chinese, because they have other Asian foods as well, but this place stands out as the best we’ve had. Get ye South of the River and try some!

Last night, Rob brought home the

  • Squash Dumpling (6)   $4.97

    Home made Dumpling. Filled with tossed Yellow Sweet Squash with green onions. Steamed first and stir fried with a garlic sauce. Love it!!

And love it, we did! There is so much flavor in these. We split them and each ate three. I wish I would have taken photos, but never take photos of takeout. Why? I have no idea!

For my meal, I ordered (not knowing Rob would order the other dumplings as appetizers):

  • Tibetan Traditions Momo (Dumpling)

    Tibetan dumpling, lean chopped beef, steamed momo served with House salad and spicy sauce.

While I’ve had Momo at another restaurant before, I was intrigued that this was listed in the Noodle Dish section. I was curious about the house salad and the fact that it was in a noodle/entree category. However, it came with the spicy sauce, but no salad. In my opinion, 8 dumplings with a side of sauce should be listed as an appetizer or a large side dish.

It’s okay, though. Five of these babies along with the squash dumplings filled me up. If you order these, try the dumplings by themselves before dipping them in the sauce. The meat mixture has incredible flavor. While the spicy sauce is excellent, it can mask the flavors of the momo themselves. I love the chewy texture of these dumplings.

*Don’t worry, next time we get Nha Sang take-out, I’ll take photos and we’ll review all the dishes we’ve had there. You can find healthy options as well. I’ve had spring rolls, soup and salad from this place with more flavor than you can imagine!


I finished off the rest of my Greek Yogurt with a scoop of Ficoco stirred in. The inspiration for this came from *this* Snack Girl idea.

We found this stuff over the holidays and Rob adores it on top of ice cream!


2 Tbsp Honey Peanut Butter with 1 Tbsp Chocolate ChipsYes, I did this for the second time in one day. And each time, my stomach didn’t feel so great about a half hour later. Note to self so that I don’t do it again!

South Beach Whipped Choc Almond Snack Bar

I’ve been craving baked goods. What’s up with this sugar thing lately? I’ve got plenty of fruit in the fridge! I’m testing myself today, so stay tuned tomorrow to find out how…

Do you have a favorite Asian dish you order every time?

Do you have a favorite Asian restaurant?

Is there an Asian dish you’d prefer to make at home?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please share!