Wednesday, October 24, 2012

MOOKIES, better than Cookies

I ran this morning. 

I had every intention of doing a WOD at the box before assistant coaching the noon class, but when I saw how stunning it was outside (insert images of the most perfect fall morning here), the only thing that sounded good was spending quality time with mamma nature.

 The local gym I belong to happens to be about 3 miles away, so I thought I'd make that my turn around point (to hydrate/potty of needed). While I was there, I decided to spend 15 minutes climbing stairs, and about 10 minutes Spinning. Because getting on a Spin bike reminds me of Texas. *Tear* For a second I think I'm back in Jose's class ... 

The gym also has televisions by the cardio equipment. So, now it's nice to go when I need to see some movie previews, watch some trashy VH1 or Desperate Housewives, catch some Debate news, etc. It's weird not having cable. Weird, because I just realized this movie is coming out on November 16. I kind of feel like I live under a rock.

As terrible as the last one was, I do want to see this one. If only for summa this ...

Oh yes.

Oh that's right, we were talking about running ...

 After the run, I walked the fur nugget for about a mile. We are trying to work on his endurance (he almost has me beat), and his need to pee. On errythang.

I headed out to the box to shadow/assistant coach. I'm trying to shadow and coach as many classes as I can before my Level 1 Cert (in less than two weeks!) so that I can just hit the ground running with my own roster and class schedule.

Such a newb. Can't even match socks. Or find anything that fit at Marshall's. #fail

Some of today's eats. 
Go find these chips at TJ's now. Dip them in this creamy goat cheese. Go, go, go!

And their salsa verde is good on everything. Mixed in with tuna I though I'd just recreated the wheel or something. Awesome.

And just in case you can't tell how much I love Trader Joe's yet ...

Drum roll please, for the husband to take into the office tomorrow, I made pumpkin cookies from a box of Trader Joe's Pumpkin muffin mix. They should pay me for using their name so much.

But these cookies taste amazing. And they're so easy to make. So this makes them really amazing. Or makes me really lazy.

Soft in the middle, chewy on the outsides, just like a cookie should be. 

I may not like Atlanta, but dammit if I don't love being close to a Trader Joes. All things TJ's have infiltrated my refrigerator, pantry and even bathroom. I love their lavender sugar scrub.

 Soft Chocolate Chip Pumpkin MOOKIES
 Made from muffin mix, but better as cookies.

Makes about 3 dozen

1 egg
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup room temperature butter (I used Kerrygold)
1/3 cup Fage greek yogurt
3 tablespoons brown sugar
Dash of pumpkin pie spice
1 dash vanilla extract
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 box of Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix

Blend the egg, applesauce, butter, yogurt, vanilla extract, pie spice, and brown sugar in a mixer until creamy. Slowly add (about 1/3 at a time) the dry muffin mix and chocolate chips until everything is well incorporated. Scrape down the sides, cover, and let the mixture sit at room temperature for about an hour.

Lightly grease a baking sheet and heat oven to 400 degrees. Drop tablespoon size mounds onto sheet and bake in the middle rack for 9 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Enjoy!

These would be awesome with some walnut or pecan pieces, too!

Has anyone been watching this? I totally missed it (what with not having cable), and can't wait for it to come out on Netflix or to download on the Xbox. This show is one of my favorites!

What are some of the shows you're watching right now? 
 And don' say Glee, or I will have to punch a baby.


  1. I had been planning on hitting up TJ's on my lunch tomorrow and after this post my "to get" list just grew! Can't. Wait.

    1. So, I did buy the goats milk cream cheese and sweet potato chips. DELICIOUS! I also picked up their new roasted coconut chips, highly suggest those as well! There is some sugar in them, but they are worth it.

      Annnnd I bought the pumpkin muffin/bread mix as well. My dad's birthday is next week... wonder if I can be made into a cake-like treat...

      Thanks for all of the suggestions! :)

  2. I went for my crossfit cert in august and it was such an awesome weekend! I definitely recommend reading the manual through a few times but they literally go over EVERYTHING you need to know. Pay attention during the lectures, take notes and study the notes you take and you will be set! good luck :)

  3. Addicted to Fringe!! So sad it's the last season. Also, the new Revolution is awesome. Can't wait til January when Game of Thrones and the new Dallas are back on, too!! Love those shows. Am reading the Game of Thrones book series and they morph into the show so well. I am surprised that I love Dallas so much since I watched the original back in the 80's and never thought that they would come close to living up to the legacy, but man, do they ever!!! And John Ross is a total HOTTIE...

    1. I bought the first season of Game of Thrones and the husband and I watched the whole thing in one day! I can't wait for the second season! Are the books good to read? They're not slow like the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

    2. Well, they are, but since you have the picture of the characters in your head ( and they match up to a T ), it doesn't seem like as much of a chore. Each character is covered by a chapter and they go back and forth, so it can be a little manic...jumping from character to character...

    3. Forgot to tell you, Season 2 should be out on DVD already. Season 3 starts in January on HBO. Books 1 and 2 of the series follow the show, so if you start reading the 3rd book, you can get a jump on it..

  4. I keep meaning to do a blog post about this, but its been hard to blog lately. I also don't have cable and my brother showed me a few weeks ago the MOST AMAZING website ever--- Whoever runs the website uploads the tv show RIGHT after their aired. Currently i'm keeping up with Revenge, Gossip Girl, and Once Upon a time. I'm also playing catch up on Pretty Little Liars. I just checked and Homeland is an option as well. Just make sure you don't use it with internet explorer, doesn't work. Personally I use chrome, but i think foxfire works as well. This has been my LIFESAVER the past month :)