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It's Been a While Since I've Shown You What I've Baked and Done

Sunday, February 23, 2014

When I last blogged it was the middle of December 2013. Happy New Year everybody!!
Going back to December, I baked some ginger cookies for a friend's Christmas present:

I attended my brother's fiancé's birthday and was asked to bake the cake….gluten free red velvet:

We went out for New Year's Eve with some friends and I got a little dressed up:

I baked some pumpkin chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for my hairdresser for Christmas. He does such a great job and totally deserves them:

One day we were out and stopped in at Grocery Outlet. I couldn't resist taking a picture of these. I do wonder what crunchy flavor tastes like, but didn't feel the need to actually purchase them:

One of my friends had a birthday and I baked him some lemon pudding cookies with white chocolate chips and dried blueberries. They were a big hit:

For Valentine's Day, my husband made me this cute card representing all the kitties that we feed. The tabby and calico are Malika and Callie. The black ones are all feral (well…semi feral because they're kind of used to us) and the grey/white one is also a feral-ish cat that hangs out in our front yard.

On 2/15 we helped my brother move from his apartment into his fiancé's house and I brought some gf red velvet brownies as sustenance:

On the work front, we are testing out if adding fiber to the diet of dialysis patients will reduce toxins that build up in their blood. We thought that maybe making a cracker would be an easy way to eat it. These are a couple of attempts I made at home.

On the running front, I've been doing some running. Foot/ankle is still weird but kind of moved to my arch…hoping it all balances out soon….getting frustrating.
On a happy note, my birthday was on Wednesday. I deferred the part/cake baking to Saturday (yesterday). This is the cake for this year, gluten free chocolate cake with cherry glaze:

Something to ponder until next time :-)

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/6/2014 9:15AM

    You have been Very quiet on the blog front! Looks like you have spent your time wisely though. You. Look wonderful and yes, your hairdresser does great work. Your hair cut is adorable! I hope that your foot ankle issues disappear very soon!

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ROBYN168 3/1/2014 11:30AM

    Your baked good always make me hungry. They look so good. That cherry glaze looks absolutely to die for. I hope someone else baked it for you though. Happy belated birthday. I am sorry I missed it on the real day!!!!!

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RAINEMARIE214 2/26/2014 4:25PM

    Love your New Years Eve dress! You looked fantastic in it!!

All of your baked goods always look so delicious - especially your birthday cake! Hope you had a fabulous birthday!

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CORRINECLARK 2/25/2014 8:46PM

    Yum and fun all rolled into one. You look great in your picture. When will you know about the protein helping with diabetes?

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 2/24/2014 9:52PM

    WOW! WOW! WOW! Everything looks so good.

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JANETRIS 2/24/2014 9:23PM

    Great looking treats as always! Hope your B-day was fantastic! Was it a BIG one?!?!?

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/24/2014 5:32PM

    Where to start?!
1. Happy belated birthday!
2. You look as great as everything you've made:)
3. Love the kitty card! I'm impressed by his talent. Much better than my stick cats.
4. Glad to know you're still able to run. I hope the foot issues are temporary.
5. Good question about crunchy flavor. I've seen a box of cookies at our GrocOut that said they had a "tasty flavor". If it has flavor, doesn't that already imply taste? It worries me that they don't describe either the taste or flavor.
6. As for the point to ponder, it makes me wonder if Jay Z would agree or disagree;)
7. Thanks for the blog! 'Tis great to hear from you. emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/24/2014 9:57AM

Always enjoy the baked goods, at least virtually! Your birthday cake looks delish.

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BUTEAFULL 2/24/2014 2:18AM

    oooo I'd like the recipe for the red velvet brownies please

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/23/2014 9:22PM

    I've missed your baked goods blogs! :) The lemon pudding cookies sound and look sooo good!

You look fantastic in your New Year's Eve dress!

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JUNEPA 2/23/2014 9:18PM

    Winter games haha
The Olympics are just over and also my home town Mission just hosted the provincial winter games

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JUNEPA 2/23/2014 6:07PM

    Happy Birthday Nat !!
So much yumminess on your blog
Your husband's Valentine's Day card is so sweet
Thanks for stopping by my spark page.
All is well with me, I am hoping for some winter fun this week, skiing and snowshoeing and hiking in the snow.

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/23/2014 2:14PM

    Nat, mazal tov on your brothers engagement. You must be so happy for him!!
And mazal tov to you on your B-day! To one hundred and twenty ;-) you look beautiful... lovely picture...

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KANSASROSE67 2/23/2014 1:44PM

    I always love hearing about what you're baking. All of it looks delish. Happy Birthday, too!

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LISAINMS 2/23/2014 1:42PM

    Crunchy flavor, LOL. All of your goodies look yummy and you look beautiful. Cute kitty card!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/23/2014 12:49PM

    emoticon emoticon
So good to hear from you. Glad to see that your life has not been cookie deprived!

Tell that foot to shape up.

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SOKKERNUT 2/23/2014 12:36PM

    Happy Belated Birthday! You are looking good!

Sorry to hear about the foot/ankle frustrating, hope that gets resolved soon.

You always make the yummiest treats!

Good Luck with the fiber cracker for the patients.

Your hubby is a good artist, very cute cats.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/23/2014 12:02PM

    You look lovely and your yummies, as usual, look scrumptious.

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 2/23/2014 11:52AM

    All the goodies look delicious, as usual! You look fantastic too!! I'm a little frightened of the "crunchy flavor" haha.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! emoticon emoticon

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POSITIVE41 2/23/2014 11:52AM

    Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are my favorite - nice that you baked the gluten free goodies too. Now I am hungry! emoticon

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WORTHEYMOM 2/23/2014 11:34AM

    looks yummy!!! awww the kitties are so cute! Happy belated Birthday! Hope you had a terrific day!!

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SEABREEZE64 2/23/2014 11:30AM

    WOW - so many good treats. Your birthday cake looks scrumptious!!! You are such a talented baker!

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What's been happening since last month…..

Sunday, December 15, 2013

We went to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving. My in-laws moved there over the summer and wanted us to come for the holiday. We packed up the car and drove there on Wednesday before. Did some running and walking while we were there and drove back on Saturday.
On our Friday run, we went from their condo to the Pawn Stars shop and then back.

It was my brother in law's birthday on Friday as well and I baked what he requested and brought it down…..he wanted gluten free brownies with nuts. I made gluten free kitchen sink brownies and they were a big hit.

This is a photo archived from my computer….I forgot to get a shot of the actual brownies.

I used King Arthur Flour gluten free all purpose flour instead of regular to make these treats.
For a friend's birthday, I made lemon squares.

I'm not sure if this link will work….you may have to be signed in. The recipe is from the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook.
I baked regular chocolate chip cookies and chocolate chocolate chip cookies for the "Country Store" at the VA Palo Alto. The money raised from the sale if these and other things is used by the volunteer services to throw parties and stuff for the veterans.

See below for chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

Yesterday I baked up some red velvet brownies…I thought they'd make nice holiday gifts.

This morning I baked up some super chocolate chocolate chip cookies….same recipe as the regular ones but used chocolate pudding…for these I also added 1/4C black cocoa in place of 1/4C flour……wow!!

I've been doing only a little running recently. The Morton's neuroma isn't bothering me but the top/outer ankle is doing so again….just like it did after I twisted my ankle but I haven't done that. I'm thinking it is probably really in my calf/shin and I've been working on those muscles. I have a sports massage coming up on Tuesday….I hope it gets rid if it for good so I can get back to some more running…..the exercise bike just doesn't cut it but at least it's activity.

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HOBBESIS49 2/5/2014 2:49AM

    Oh my Gracious there should be a warning sign on this particular blog.. Wow!! What a bunch of yummy looking goodies.. whew glad that is over!

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DEEO12 2/4/2014 8:14PM

    How do you not eat a lot of these lol They look so emoticon !

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JANETRIS 1/6/2014 9:54AM

    Cookies look great as usual! Hope you New Year is injury free and productive...Jane emoticon

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STRINGS58 1/4/2014 7:07PM

    These look really good!!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/3/2014 9:34PM

    It looks so yummy.

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BREW99 1/2/2014 8:57PM

    So much fun! We want to go there to when we visit next time. I'm surprised there aren't a lot of people taking photos at the same time as you since it's still a big thing. Glad to see you had a good time. :) Those photos as always looks amazing!

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WENDYSPARKS 1/2/2014 12:20PM

    YUMMY!!!!! emoticon

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MISSMITSY 1/1/2014 9:18AM

    Hope you had fun in Vegas, lucky it's winter, I hear it's crazy hot to run in Vegas in the summer...

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NEWMIRROR 12/29/2013 12:49AM

    Baking up a storm- Glad you got to relax in Las Vegas and celebrate the holidays :)

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KANSASROSE67 12/19/2013 2:06PM

    Somehow my comment was entered twice. So just consider this a "hi"!

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KANSASROSE67 12/19/2013 2:05PM

    Seriously, ALL your treats look wonderful but since I"m a chocolate girl those incredibly dark cookies intrigue me.

My DH watches that Pawn Stars show all the time! I've wondered what it would be like to just go in there. Did you?

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SOKKERNUT 12/19/2013 1:57PM

    Oh how dare you! emoticon Brownies and then to top it off mixing two of my fav! Red Velvet Brownies, I bet they were delicious! I should know don't read your blogs until AFTER I have eaten but there was no warning it was about your fabulous food. emoticon

Take care of your foot.

That must have been exciting to go to the Pawn Stars shop. Were there a lot of people there? How long was the drive?

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LISAINMS 12/18/2013 4:00PM

    Yummy! Those look wonderful!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/16/2013 7:15PM

    Brilliant idea to add cocoa in place of flour. Everything looks so very good.
Sorry to hear your running is curtailed. Hope the sports massage gets it.
Hope you had a nice Hannukah!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/16/2013 6:06PM

    Ahhh, the aches and pains of growing older. So much better than the alternative though! From an earthly standpoint at least!
I just love that you are making bake sale items for the VA! And of course goodies for your friends. I am sure they were all blessed because it all looks so yummy!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 12/16/2013 1:34PM

    Your friends and family are very lucky to have you as such a great baker! The red velvet brownies are very festive and look delish! Enjoy your massage!

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RAINEMARIE214 12/16/2013 12:58PM

    om nom nom those chocolate chocolate chip cookies look delicious! And so do the red velvet brownies! i love your baking pictures!!

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BOILHAM 12/16/2013 11:50AM

    I'm a cookie monster. I love cookies - and your blog really sent my cookie craving soaring. Gratefully, I don't have any cookies lying around. emoticon

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JLITT62 12/16/2013 8:50AM

    Here's hoping you are ready to run soon. Cause if I was baking all that, I'd need to run!

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  You have been one busy gal!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 12/15/2013 9:44PM

    Oh m so many wonderful baking items. You're a baking machine.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/15/2013 8:01PM

    Hope the sports massage does the trick! Happy running! And I so admire you, being able to bake all those tremendous treats and not overeat. I don't know many people who could do one or the other, much less both!!

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BUTEAFULL 12/15/2013 3:43PM

    I made some lemon coconut snowballs and thought about you. But...they aren't diet food as they are rolled in powdered sugar not once but twice. I'm gonna check out those red velvet brownies you made since red velvet cake is the official dessert of the Red Hat Society

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SEABREEZE64 12/15/2013 3:24PM

    I want to go to LV!

All the cookies or bars etc look delicious!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/15/2013 2:42PM

    OMG! Sooo delish!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/15/2013 2:40PM

    Yum, yum, yum!

Hope the massage does the trick.

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LAURA1384 12/15/2013 2:19PM

    your recipes look great!

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INIT2LIVEIT 12/15/2013 2:14PM

    Nat you are ever the baking queen. Everything looks so pretty and yummy!
Feel good and stay well!
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FATTYBOY230 12/15/2013 2:05PM

    did u just love vegas ... were goin down for x mas

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Cooky Recipe Number 29: Coconut Butter Balls and Number 30: Brazilian Coffee Cookies

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Wow…it's been a while since I've blogged. A bit of baking, a bit of running and a trip to Colorado have occurred since I last checked in.
First, the baking.
Coconut Butter Balls

Sorry, I couldn't find the recipe online but they are pretty much a shortbread dough wrapped around a pecan half and then rolled in coconut and baked.
Brazilian Coffee Cookies…why Brazilian? I have absolutely no idea.

Non-Betty Crocker baking
Cook's Illustrated asked me to test their Gluten-Fee Birthday Cupcakes. There were no birthdays to celebrate but I baked cupcakes anyway…can't give you the recipe until it's published but here they are. Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing..pretty tasty but I think I'd use chocolate icing in the future for a little variety.

Kitchen Sink Brownies….I baked both standard and gluten free versions for a couple of occasions….very tasty and very decadent. Gluten free just used King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Flour and some xanthan gum to replace the AP flour and Trader Joe's gluten free Jojo's to replace Oreos.

For my niece's birthday, she requested oatmeal cookies as a gift and yellow cupcakes with coconut icing for her cake. She really likes 7-minute icing. I used the Fluffy Cherry Frosting recipe that she likes and used water in place of the cherry juice and added coconut flavor instead of cherry.

She likes hers unadulterated so there was no cinnamon or cloves added.

We went for a trip to Colorado for the IPMS (International Plastic Model Society) National Contest. My husband builds models and entered a few.

This won a 2nd place in hypothetical aircraft.

Sadly neither the motorcycle or the cool drug smuggling sub won anything.
We did visit Rocky Mountain National Park:

I met up with my Sparkfriend, Speedydog, for a trail run and yummy dinner but I didn't get any pics.
I did not do the San Jose RnR half marathon as planned. Exactly 2 weeks before while I was out on my 14 mile long run (and had just hit 14 miles), I managed to roll my ankle and it was not up for racing.
I'm back to running again and my ankle and foot seem pretty happy. I am not going to register for another RnR anytime soon…..they just don't seem to work out well for me.

I did get a new pair of shoes, though.

No, I don't wear them for running but they are pretty cute.
I hope all is well with you. I'll try to post a tad more often.

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JANETRIS 11/24/2013 1:06PM

    Recipes look awesome! So sorry about the rolled ankle. Hopefully you were able to defer the registration for next year. Loving the boots! emoticon

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JLITT62 11/19/2013 8:38AM

    Definitely cute shoes & yummy eats!

Love rocky mt national park (even if we were only there once decades ago!).

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MISSG180 11/16/2013 1:26PM

    Yummy looking cookies!

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BREW99 11/12/2013 8:37PM

    Hooray, welcome back! Oh those cookies, they always look amazing! Looks like your trip was a success - and seeing as you bought those shoes - a total success! Glad to hear you had a nice time

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SPEEDYDOG 11/9/2013 10:02AM

    Hi Nat,

I had a great time with you and Greg. I still think he got robbed! However, the 2nd place in Hypothetical Aircraft is impressive. After all, he was competing with the best fine scale modelers in the country. The quality of all entries was staggering! Having been a show judge at the regional level, I know that personal preference is part of judging.

Thanks, Bruce


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  Love your baking pictures....everything looks sooooo tasty. Sounds like you had a great trip with some new boots.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/6/2013 2:18AM

    Hi Nat! glad to see that you are still baking! I have a friend who is gluten free, so I have started baking GF stuff. not from scratch though. ive been using bobs red mill mixes. I will have to test out your kitchen sink brownies though. I think she will love them!
sorry the RnRs aren't working out. and that you had to miss the one you signed up for. I hate it that you injured your ankle. is it healed now?

i just signed up for my first half marathon. its going to be fun because i have several local friends who have started running and they have signed up too.cute boots!!

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SOKKERNUT 11/5/2013 3:50PM

    Love the SHOES!!!!!

Congrats to your hubby on placing 2nd, bummer on the other ones, they are really neat!

WOW that was cool of them to ask you to test the cupcakes, can't wait to hear more about it!

And can I say BROWNIES, YUM YUM, that is my weakness!

Bummer on not being able to do the San Jose half marathon, hope your foot is doing better.


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PINKBEANBOO 11/5/2013 12:01PM

    Do you bake gluten free for fun? I don't remember you mentioning you had an intolerance before.

Are the new shoes boots? Very cute.

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INIT2LIVEIT 11/5/2013 4:59AM

    Very cute shoes!

Glad to hear you are doing well. I love that they got you to test out a recipe, how cool are you!!!

Thanks for the recipe links ;)

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BUTEAFULL 11/4/2013 2:02PM

    aaaah now I got my cookie fix Thanks Nat

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RAINEMARIE214 11/4/2013 1:32PM

    As usual your baking looks delicious!

I LOVE Rocky Mountain National Park - so glad you were able to visit there!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/4/2013 12:07PM

    You have made me really hungry. Coconut Butter Balls sound soooo good!

Your husband is really talented. Sounds like a nice little getaway you had!

I'm sorry you weren't able to do the half but I'm glad you're back to running again!

Cute shoes! Hard to miss them! ;)

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/4/2013 11:44AM

    Are those Doc's? They're pretty adorable.
I'd send your dh an award for that way awesome drug smuggling sub. I seriously question the judges' judgment. The bike and plane are spectacular too.
Dangit, what a bummer about your ankle. I'm glad it's fixed now, but how frustrating that must have been not to race. Well, at least it's not still giving you trouble and you can wear cute boots.
I'm looking forward to gluten free recipes that will someday have ingredients I'm familiar with. Call me a picky and cynical purist, but really, I'd just like my food alternatives to actually be made with recognizable food products. That said, I bet Cook's Illustrated's recipe makes a delicious cupcake, even if they use tapioca starch and xanthum gum (whatever type of "food" those are). I used almond flour in some cookies a couple weeks ago. They were crumbly so I don't think anybody else would have liked them. We all pick our battles, I guess. I'll stop ranting on your excellent blog now. Everything looks super yummy!
Have a great week!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 11/4/2013 11:41AM

    It all looks delicious as usual! The Bigfoot sub is my fave.

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LISAINMS 11/3/2013 6:40PM

    Yum. Yum. YUM. Everything looks delish and your hubby's models are impressive. Love the shoes!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/2/2013 8:34PM

    WOW! WOW! And WOW! Everything you baked looks so good.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/2/2013 2:41PM

    The baking looks outstanding!! You know, I've about gotten over my trigger foods and declared peace with all foods. But if I had all that sitting around, that would be a real test!! You must be VERY strong.

Hubby's model are impressive to say the least. Glad you got a good trip and even got to meet a SparkFriend for activity. Good Going!!

Sorry you had to miss the RnR, but glad you are on the mend!! -Marsha

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    emoticon I am so ready now for some Cookies. I was looking for the Cookie Monster, wait! That's me!

Thanks for sharing! I love the pictures of Colorado. Would love to go visit family there one day!

Sharon emoticon

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JUNEPA 11/2/2013 1:44PM

    Yummy yummy yummy !!

Colorado is one of my favourite places in the world, a hiker and climber's paradise.
Yay for your DH. Those competitions are interesting and wide-spread, makes for fun travel time. Cool you met up with a spark friend, all my spark friends still have virtual status. Except for my two friends who joined up spark because of me talking about it.

I am so glad you are up and running again. Races can be over rated, you can do virtual races on your own timeline.

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WENDYSPARKS 11/2/2013 1:17PM

    Love the shoes!!!!! :) The food looks really good!! YUMMY!!!!!!!

hugs! Wendy emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/2/2013 12:55PM

    Yum, yum, yum!

How are the feet and ankles doing?

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/2/2013 12:47PM

    Cute shoes! Delish stuff - as usual. Big hug.

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Cooky Recipe Number 28: Russian Tea Cakes and more :-)

Saturday, August 10, 2013's been a month. I have done a little baking and a little running :-)
Russian Tea Cakes....yum

Watermelon flavored gluten free sugar cookies....same recipe as in the previous blog (still can't divulge since it's not publish yet) but added watermelon flavor. Big hit.

I baked a mango cake for my husband's birthday per his request. Very tasty.

Here is the recipe I used....yes, a mix.....shocking!!

How about some kitty love....
Miss Malika monitoring the laundry

Miss Callie doing her thing

And I got a new pair of kicks....Hoka One One Kailua Tarmac....very comfy :-)

On a happy note, I signed up for the San Jose RnR HM on 10/6 and have my long run mileage up to 11 miles. On a unhappy note, I tweaked my back a few days ago....hoping it's happy so I can get back to running soon. Foam rolling my back and butt has been helping...maybe I can even run on Monday or Tuesday....if so...11 miles it will be if possible but I reserve the right to cut it short if I feel it is warranted.

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BUTEAFULL 10/28/2013 9:44PM

    I see you haven't been blogging either, I wanted to be sure I didn't miss another cookie recipe

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MSBOOTCAMP 9/27/2013 9:24PM

    hey, Nat! How are you? Are you warming up well before running? Do any yoga? Congrats on the upcoming HM!!

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BREW99 9/3/2013 4:21PM

    Oh how are those Hoka shoes? I saw those when I was making the hard decision last time too but wasn't sure. And those cookies, oh man those look delicious!

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SOKKERNUT 8/23/2013 12:05PM

    Good Thing I already had breakfast! emoticon

Omgosh the watermelon cookies and mango cake look before than I had imagined! Nice to see pictures to what you were talking about.

Hope your back is doing better. WOO HOO on the new shoes. Congrats on getting up to 11 miles! emoticon

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DSTDIVA9 8/21/2013 1:04PM

    Yummy desserts wish I could have some.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/19/2013 3:23PM

    How did the run go? Is your back and butt fixed?
Those shoes are so cool. They look like they have that bridge type piece like Brooks makes in their running shoes for over pronation. I've had to switch to New Balance 860 because they put less pressure on my toes. I'm so glad you don't have to worry with that.
Wow, I never would have thought of watermelon cookies. They look like a lot of fun, actually. Thanks for sharing the baking and kitty love. Those are a couple of very pretty kitties!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/14/2013 12:23PM

    How do you like the shoes?

And how do you stay so little eating what you bake?

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2WHEELER 8/14/2013 10:20AM

    These look just like Mexican cookies. Delish!

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SPEEDYDOG 8/14/2013 7:51AM

    Hi Nat,

Russian Tea Cakes are one of my favorites. I think I gain weight just reading your blogs. You have a lovely cat.

I hope you can get your back under control. Your mileage is impressive. Good luck with your racing. I have a foam roller that helps with my aches and pains. I am glad the roller is helping.

I like your shoes. Is this a new type of shoe for you, or do you generally run on Hokas?

Thanks, Bruce

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MISSG180 8/13/2013 11:13AM

    I admire your distances. I have to train back up this fall and winter. My doctor wants me running only on the padded track, though, not even a treadmill, and I have to go to the shoe shop and talk to them about some foot problems I'm having.

Biking and swimming are SO much easier for me....

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BUTEAFULL 8/13/2013 9:14AM

    I've been wondering when the next cookie would be and you didn't dissappoint. they all look good and as soon as you have permission to post the SECRET recipe, you Better!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/13/2013 1:19AM

    Oh no! I hope your back feels better soon and that it's nothing serious. All the baked good looks yummy! Your cats are so pretty. I miss having a cat, but I think someone here named Bella would get a little jealous.

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PINKBEANBOO 8/11/2013 5:32PM

    Those Tea Cookies look like what my mom calls Snowballs & makes at Christmas. Probably the same thing - oh, they are special & yummy. Who was the lucky duck to get these?

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INIT2LIVEIT 8/11/2013 7:47AM

    I've not heard of Hoka either! The Russian tea cakes look like doughnut holes, is the texture different?

Kitty's are CUTE!!! especially Miss Callie :)

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JANETRIS 8/11/2013 7:43AM

    Russian tea favorite! Love the new shoes. Get well quick. We do what we can! emoticon

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JLITT62 8/11/2013 6:23AM

    I actually love Russian tea cookies! Shocking, isn't it, since there's no chocolate.

Never even heard of Hoka!

Give the back the rest it needs. Everything felt so much better this week with no pulled anything!

My longest run to date was yesterday's - 9 miles - and our HMs are the same weekend. We won't even go up to 10 mikes for a couple of weeks! So no need to push it. You already know you can do it. I suspect running my long runs too fast - even tho they felt fine - is what caused my knee problems.

So easy to overtrain & not even realize you're doing it.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 8/11/2013 1:03AM

    Lovely baking! Looks delish! You're doing great on the running. I hope that your back gets well very soon!

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WONDERWOMAN 8/10/2013 9:12PM

    Yummy baking. Cute kitties. Glad you like the shoes. BOO on the back. Wishing you a good run.

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OWL_20 8/10/2013 8:11PM

    Like always your cookies look crazy delish. Hope your back settles down enough o get those miles in!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/10/2013 7:43PM


I've heard of the Hoka's. Let me know how you like them. They are big with ultra runners, as you probably know.

Cute kitties! Mine hang out in the laundry too. But they prefer it to be washed first.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/10/2013 5:32PM

    I am drooling over the watermelon cookies. Looks like Malika is ready to fold clothes for you.

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SEABREEZE64 8/10/2013 4:54PM

    Cookies, kitties, and shoes lookin' good!!!!

Hope that back heals quickly.....

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PJBONARRIGO 8/10/2013 4:33PM

    I hope your back feels better asap! The pictures look good enough to eat. The lemon brownies were a big hit at my house. Will you share the recipe for Russian Teacakes? It looks irresistible! emoticon

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USMAWIFE 8/10/2013 3:45PM

    Your baked goods look wonderful. It truly is wonderful what you can do with a cake mix. I love cake mix cookies. so easy to do

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Cooky Recipe Number 27: Date-Oatmeal Cookies and Other Stuff

Saturday, July 06, 2013

I've been doing a bit of baking recently.
Date-Oatmeal Cookies

I couldn't find a link to the recipe but I did find a blog of somebody else who is baking their way through the Cooky Book.
Snickerdoodle Bars...these were pretty good. Next time I will add some cream of tartar to give them the real snickerdoodle flavor. These needed significantly more than the 1/2 tsp cinnamon (I added a heaped tsp and some cinnamon chips).

I got a test recipe from Cook's Illustrated for Gluten Free Chewy Sugar Cookies. I baked them to rave reviews a couple of weeks ago so when I was invited to a potluck yesterday (the hostess is GF), I knew what to bake. I also experimented with the recipe and made a batch of chocolate ones. Both were fab! There were originally 2 dozen of's what's left:

My husband and I went to Lee's Sandwiches for dinner a couple of weeks ago and they had this sign up:

In running news, I did a virtual Half Marathon spread out over a few days for the Dr. Who 50th Anniversary. Here is the cool bling:

I did the lupus 5K on 6/9: 35:34 an PR :-)
I ran the San Jose Shark's Fitness Faceoff 10K on 6/30. I have been having some ball of foot pain on my left foot so I took it slowish. 1:12:07....a PR (my "10K from last year was only about 9K) :-) I've been biking this week and hope to get back to running very soon.
Here's the fun bling:

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BREW99 9/3/2013 4:24PM

    Oh so much goodness in one blog! I think I gain weight just coming to your blogs, lol. Did you try the juice? Love the new bling! What was that website called again? I'm having problems with my laptop lately and I can't find the link. :(

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JULESRULES78 8/10/2013 11:31AM

    Way to go with all your running, Nat. I saw you passed the 100,000 fitness minutes mark. That's awesome! Way to go!

Comment edited on: 8/10/2013 11:35:17 AM

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RUN_KAY_RUN 7/31/2013 11:55PM

    congrats on your running!! : ) also, your cookies look SO good!! have you ever had to freeze them?

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IONA72 7/30/2013 7:08AM

    Hi Nat, doing great with the running, hope you get your foot sorted. Cookies look delish!

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SOKKERNUT 7/12/2013 11:26PM

    U ROCK NAT! That is emoticon . Cool Bling!

Take care of that foot Superwoman. emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/12/2013 1:49PM

    That bling would be worth a few elbows! Way to go!

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KANSASROSE67 7/11/2013 3:36PM

    Love the Dr. Who bling especially!

Bake on...

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LISAINMS 7/11/2013 2:14PM

    Love the "no sugar added". Super cool virtual race bling. My friends did a virtual Bacon Challenge 5k and received a very cool medal they weren't expecting when they paid their $20 participant fee. I was thinking about you last night. I baked peanut butter cookies and oatmeal chocolate chip. Not as exotic as dates, but it's what my family likes.

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BREW99 7/11/2013 8:27AM

    Running and baking - wow! Busy! Has it been raining there like crazy like the Eastern Coast?

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JANETRIS 7/10/2013 7:02PM

    OMIGOSH! You have been so busy running and baking! As usual the cookies look fantastic. The bling looks beautiful too Congrats!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/10/2013 10:38AM

    You have been a busy girl! The cookies all look great and your bling is beautiful!
The ball of foot pain is what pushed me to the edge this year. I haven't been running much at all because of that, lots of wogging. I did get custom orthotics, but I have to say they haven't helped much with the ball of my foot. Cycling shoes have helped though. My feet aren't as exasperated when I finish a ride/run brick.
Hope you are able to find out the cause of your pain. When you do, let me know!

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DEEO12 7/9/2013 3:01PM

    Those Snickerdoodle Bars look yummy!
WTG on the BLING!!!!!

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RAINEMARIE214 7/9/2013 1:15PM

    Great bling! I wish I would have known about the virtual race for the Dr. Who event - the boyfriend is obsessed with Dr. Who - he would LOVE that medal!

As always, your cookies look delicious!

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JUNEPA 7/8/2013 10:37PM

    Date-oatmeal sounds good for hiking and camping, yum
Ha ha 100% sugar but no sugar added.
Great successes on your runs
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PINKBEANBOO 7/8/2013 7:54PM

    VERY cool medals.

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OWL_20 7/8/2013 7:31AM

    Hi Nat, the cookies look scrumptious per your usual--hey, what are cinnamon chips? I don't think I ever come across them before. And you are totally blinged out! Great job with the races!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/7/2013 12:13PM

    All the cookies look amazing! YUM!

How cool are those medals, congrats!

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JLITT62 7/7/2013 10:01AM

    You've been busy! Good job on the PRs & the eats.

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SEABREEZE64 7/7/2013 6:08AM

    Very funny no sugar added sign.
All the cookies look very good.

Congratulations on 2 PRs!!!

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PJBONARRIGO 7/6/2013 10:58PM

    Oh, take care of your foot. I enjoyed reading about your running and the swag :-)
As usual, you have sent me to the kitchen. I can't wait to try the Sugar Cookies; pretty brilliant of you to make the chocolate ones! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/6/2013 4:31PM

    emoticon emoticon Love the new bling!
Glad to hear you are taking care of yourself...

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/6/2013 4:31PM

    You are raking in the bling! Hope the foot is better.

Those cookies look delish as usual.

No sugar added (or removed I dare say!)

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    Thanks for sharing your recipes! I am anxious to try them. emoticon emoticon

Sharon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/6/2013 3:03PM

    WOW! Congrats for your medal achievements. Wow!

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NYARAMULA 7/6/2013 2:37PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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WONDERWOMAN 7/6/2013 1:47PM

    YUM!!! and cool bling! Love it all!!! We are so much alike, I almost always increase or even add cinnamon to much of my baking (ie: today's cream cheese/rhubarb bars).

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