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Cooky Recipe Number 17: Ginger Almond Cookies

Saturday, November 10, 2012

This is another refrigerator cookie. Very nice molasses and ginger flavor.
I mixed these up last Sunday before embarking on my 12.5 mile long run. I tested out having some pancakes in the morning to see if that would work for race day since the HM is in the afternoon/evening. It worked out well. What I forgot about was that the time change was going to make it get dark very, very early. My husband asked when we were at about mile 10 what time was sundown because it was starting to get dark. emoticon This was at 4:50 and sundown was at 5:05. We do our long runs on a trail near a golf course and they claim to close the gates at sundown. There was no way we were going to get back to the car in 15 minutes so we veered off the trail and ran around the golf course on the street. That was good because the trail is not lighted.
After a quick shower at home, we went out for some Cuban food for dinner. When we got home, my husband decided to feed some of the neighborhood feral cats. Malika decided to take that opportunity to bolt out the door. My husband couldn't get her to come back in...she kept running away. We kept seeing her on our fence but couldn't get to her. She spent two nights outside but on Tuesday I guess she finally decided she had gotten enough of the great outdoors and let my husband pick her up. We were certainly glad to have her back. We're keeping a close eye on the doors when we come and go now.
Tomorrow I we've got a 5ish miler on tap followed by brunch with some friends. Should be a nice day.

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JULESRULES78 11/19/2012 3:12PM

    Nat, I made these yesterday and they were amazing! Plus, another "Kourey" approved recipe. You sure know what cookies a picky 8-year-old will love. emoticon Thanks for the recipe!

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WENDYSPARKS 11/17/2012 3:15PM

    YUM!!!! How you been?

hugs!! Wendy emoticon

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JULESRULES78 11/16/2012 6:28PM

    I am so glad that you are back to running long distances and that you are doing it safely.

I am so glad you kitty came home. I guess she had here fill of "being wild," but it can be very scary not knowing if or when they will come back.

Any chance I could get the recipe for your yummy cookies? I have been craving ginger like crazy lately! emoticon

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JANETRIS 11/15/2012 10:28AM

    Yummy looking cookies.....and so glad you got your kitty back....darn cat! emoticon

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WHISPERINGPINE9 11/14/2012 6:55PM

    Great recipes especially with thanksgiving and Christmas on the way.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/13/2012 10:30PM

    hopefully your kitty is done being a wild child. we have several that would love to be house kittys, but nope, just dont need that with the dogs and now the pond fish are in for the winter. grrrrr. glad your baby is home!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 11/12/2012 6:39PM

    oh I am so glad she came back! My cat tries to escape out the front door on a regular basis, and my heart drops every time she makes it out (I've caught her within minutes each time). Awesome cookies!

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SPOOKYTHECAT 11/12/2012 3:53PM

    Phew! Glad she is back, safe & sound.

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LINDAKAY228 11/11/2012 4:09PM

    You always have such yummy looking recipes. The dark really does come early now!

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MISSG180 11/11/2012 1:27PM

    Pet escapes are always so scary! Glad she came back.

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JLITT62 11/11/2012 6:33AM

    Too much excitement! So glad you got Malika - how scary! Simba has gotten out a few times, but I've always managed to catch him; he's never spent a night outdoors.

There are all different sorts of theories on when to start your taper . . . but by doing a 14 miler you'll have run further thsn I ever have . . . probably further thsn I want to, frankly!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/11/2012 3:12AM

    The cookies look so good. That's a cat for you, will do things on their time and not before.

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INIT2LIVEIT 11/11/2012 2:39AM

    That'll learn her! Cats always know where the best creature comforts are... at least eventually... lol

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/11/2012 12:19AM

    Glad your cat came to its senses. Mine only very occasionally go out the door -- get about 2 feel and then (usually) freeze and/or panic. Oops what have I done? But then, mine have lived indoors their entire lives.
I find catnip (especially a pot of the living plant) to be a very persuasive inducement. Of course, you might end up with extra cats.

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WONDERWOMAN 11/10/2012 9:12PM

    Mmmm, yet another refrigerator cookie recipe to add to my collection. I'll be googling as soon as I leave here.

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SOKKERNUT 11/10/2012 9:08PM

    Enjoy your Sunday sounds like a very nice day.
So happy to hear Malika finally came inside. Guess she wanted to see if the grass was greener on the other side! emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 11/10/2012 8:15PM

    Yum! Gingersnaps are my favorite so I am POSITIVE these are delicious!!

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BUTEAFULL 11/10/2012 7:21PM

    you sure are getting your exercise in (and with a buddy/hubby), how are those cookies on sugar grams? my hubby really like ginger snaps but he's got diabetes so has to watch his sugar gms these days

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 11/10/2012 7:15PM

    Cookies look good! It's depressing how dark it is so early now :( Glad you got the kitty back inside.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/10/2012 7:03PM

    It's amazing how fast cats can zip out the door. These cookies combine some of my fave combos. How yummy!

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Cooky Recipe Number 16: Chocolate Refrigerator Cookies and some gluten free vegan treats

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I made these cookies with some coffee extract to make them mocha. I only baked about half the dough and put the second log into the freezer so we can have cookies anytime.

I was on Facebook yesterday and So Delicious had this whole wheat pumpkin chocolate chip recipe posted. I decided to try the gluten free option so that my brother's girlfriend could enjoy some, too.

I did some runner's yoga this morning and will be heading out for a bike ride with my husband, brother and his girlfriend soon. Then we'll be going out for brunch and sampling the tasty cookies.
Looking forward to a "long run" tomorrow with a friend I met at the Galloway retreat in January.

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MDTWEETY 11/9/2012 9:50AM

    Oh YUMMMMMM! Who doesn't love cookies?

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/5/2012 2:29PM

    Looks tasty and YEAH for your long run with a friend, they always seem to go by so much faster and smoother when you have a running buddy.

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BREW99 11/5/2012 1:15PM

    Oh you kill me with your cookie photos! haha emoticon What runner's yoga do you do?

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SOKKERNUT 11/1/2012 10:10AM

    Yummy!!!!! I bet they tasted oh so good!

How was the long run with your friend? How are you feeling? How is your body doing?

You will have to let me know if Jeff Galloway has another retreat (though hope he can handle beginners!) emoticon

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JANETRIS 11/1/2012 9:52AM

    As usual the cookies look FABULOUS! I'm thinking the mocha ones will be great! Hope your Halloween was great!...Jane emoticon

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KATRINAKRAUT 10/31/2012 11:46PM

    I LOVE anything pumpkin.Yum!

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WONDERWOMAN 10/30/2012 10:14PM

    How were they? You know the chocolate refrigerator ones caught me eye, so I googled the recipe. Cake flour? and frosting? Same recipe?

Funny because my friend and I were just discussing our shared cookie baking craziness over the holidays. This looks like it could be a good addition, or are they cake-like?

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WHISPERINGPINE9 10/29/2012 9:14AM

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STRINGS58 10/28/2012 9:48PM

    Looks goooooooooood

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JULESRULES78 10/28/2012 1:48PM

    Fantastic! Pumpkin and coffee are awesome and they are even better in cookies! Thanks for the link. Have fun on the bike ride and good luck with your run. It should be fun.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/28/2012 9:43AM

    Thanks for the recipe!
Have a great run. My fingers are crossed for your foot and butt to be pain and wonky free.

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INIT2LIVEIT 10/28/2012 9:31AM

    Ooh running buddies... nice! Enjoy the day and tomorrows run emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 10/27/2012 3:28PM

    A Galloway retreat?? That sounds wonderful. I may have to check that out.

When it comes to the cookies, just don't know how you do it. I've made angel food, pineapple upside cake, banana pudding, and lots of other desserts and managed to eat sensibly or totally resist. But cookies! That is one thing that I don't think I've ever made and managed to eat a sensible portion. I deeply respect that you can do it!! -Marsha

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LAURIE5658 10/27/2012 1:26PM

    Pumpkin and chocolate...the perfect combo!!


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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/27/2012 1:23PM

    Wow, both set of cookies look delish!

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BUTEAFULL 10/27/2012 12:43PM

    how come nobody ever adds chocolate chips to pumpkin pie, sounds like a great coupling
are the chocolate cookies coated with a thin chocolate icing?

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JUNEPA 10/27/2012 12:02PM

    I love it that you spell cooky with a y. I don't know why, maybe because it goes with your positive attitude and all the yays you send to everyone

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MISSG180 10/27/2012 11:53AM

    I'm glad you still have bikeable weather. It's pretty dismal here. I am considering rain gear....

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/27/2012 11:50AM

    So yummy looking, even to someone who isn't a big cookie eater! So nice to hear that you will have company tomorrow for your run. How far are you going?

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JLITT62 10/27/2012 11:49AM

    Have fun on your run tomorrow! Hoping I don't get rained on AGAIN shortly.

The mocha doesn't work for me, but the pumpkin chocolate chip ones look yummy.

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RHEYNKLAW 10/27/2012 11:49AM

    Ooo, those pumpkin ones look especially good!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/27/2012 11:49AM

    Starting my day by looking at these yummies. You are quite the little baker.

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Single Word Answers Blog (Thanks LUCKYDOGFARM)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favourite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favourite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favourite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favourite place to eat?

Favourite place I'd like to be right now?

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WONDERWOMAN 10/26/2012 3:06PM

    Love it - thanks for the pick-me-up.

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ROBYN168 10/25/2012 5:13PM

    That was fun to read.

You are right - smaller sizes was a lot of fun. I didn't feel guilty one little bit with a return, and took a great amount of pride in saying I needed smaller sizes!!!!!

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JASMINELOU 10/25/2012 9:14AM


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WHISPERINGPINE9 10/25/2012 9:11AM

    emoticon blog!

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RHEYNKLAW 10/25/2012 12:57AM

    Love it and stole it!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/24/2012 11:17PM

    Very nicely done! This would be impossible for me. Once I start talking, it's hard to shut me up.

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JANETRIS 10/24/2012 9:24PM

    LOL...there I go reading the directions! Yours was a good read!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/24/2012 8:25PM

    Good job!!

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STHAX10 10/24/2012 8:15PM


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MILLERGIRL719 10/24/2012 3:09PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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WENDYSPARKS 10/24/2012 2:55PM


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EMILY1244 10/24/2012 2:50PM

    I think the real challenge is answering the one that asks for FIVE people who email you in one word. Bravo on your answer! LOL

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 10/24/2012 2:00PM

    That's pretty cool...and hard to do with just one word.

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LINDAKAY228 10/24/2012 1:58PM

    Hmm, does look kind of hard to keep it to one word! Interesting.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/24/2012 1:17PM

    What - nothing about running?

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/24/2012 1:13PM

    Fun! Have a good day.

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Indian Buffet Lunch on Saturday

Sunday, October 21, 2012

That was truly my only plate and I did not even have any naan.
Today I did an 11.2 (Runkeeper) or 11.1 (Garmin...I think it didn't get the satellite right away) run today. It was walking for the first 5 miles and then running the rest of the way. With the cool down, I logged 11.39/11.29 miles. Only a couple of twinges in my wonky foot (at about 10 miles). Both feet are a little tired and slightly sore now but I think it's because they haven't this kind of workout for quite some time.
Yes, Catherine, I will foam roll my legs this evening but I am wearing compression socks right now.
We are going out with my in-laws for my mother-in-law's birthday in a few minutes. I'm going to enjoy some pasta :-)

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SOKKERNUT 11/6/2012 9:41AM

    That plate looks DELICIOUS! Even though I had breakfast already I wanted to eat this! emoticon Happy to hear your foot doing better.

emoticon on rockin that long run! emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 10/24/2012 1:49PM

    I think I've only had Indian food once. I might have to try it again. Your plate looks really good.

Awesome run!!

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BARBIE1967 10/23/2012 12:22PM

  Yummmmmmmm! Where is mine? Looks like good running food to me. Hope you had a wonderful time.

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CITYZOZO 10/23/2012 11:04AM

    that looks so good! yum

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MISSG180 10/22/2012 6:59PM

    LOVE Indian food! Nom!

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LINDAKAY228 10/22/2012 2:58PM

    Looks so good! Glad you were able to have a good run and your foot pretty much behaved.

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JLITT62 10/22/2012 8:29AM

    Sounds to me like you're going to be ready! Perfectly natural to be sore after a long run. Hope you enjoyed that pasta! Sushi before & bagel & lox after are working for me right now.


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MIRAGE727 10/22/2012 8:06AM

    My question is when did you eat that plateful, Nat? I'm guessing it was after your run!
Great job on your run!

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WHISPERINGPINE9 10/22/2012 7:09AM

    emoticon emoticon Take care of those feet of yours. Your plate looks yummy emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 10/22/2012 3:52AM

    Nice run Nat! That calls for a well deserved pasts dish :)

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/22/2012 1:45AM

    WOW! That plate looks amazing. I hope that you enjoyed your pasta, mmmm.

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WONDERWOMAN 10/21/2012 9:56PM

    GREAT RUN NAT! I'm so happy the foot/feet seem to be cooperating! You are going to be so ready for RnR Vegas.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/21/2012 8:46PM

    You got a pretty nice variety. Well done only getting one plate and skipping the naan.
I have to say I'm relieved about your foot not feeling wonky until the end. I hope that's as good of a sign as I think it is.
I hope you're having a nice time with the in-laws. Do enjoy that well deserved pasta.
Thanks for the Yay's! I really thought Jennifer would cry but she was easy going about it.
I'm totally excited about doing 3-4 days each week of HIIT instead of 2. One of my gym mates also keeps telling me I'd love spinning, but they only offter classes during my commute times, so I'm pretty stoked about that too.
Have a great week!

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JUNEPA 10/21/2012 8:43PM

    Yay for your run !!
The plate looks delicious and super healthy

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LAURIE5658 10/21/2012 7:46PM

    What a great run, Natalie! Enjoy the pasta!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 10/21/2012 7:45PM

    Great walk/run!! Enjoy the pasta.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/21/2012 7:30PM

    Only a few twinges -- that's great!

The meal looks delish!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/21/2012 7:28PM

    Plate looks good and moderate, especially for someone who has been as active as you. Congrats on all that running! Hope it keeps feeling good and that "wonky foot" goes ahead and straightens up!! Take care and thanks for sharing your meal and day!!

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BUTEAFULL 10/21/2012 6:44PM

    that's my girl emoticon keep up the emoticon mileage
I look forward to the next cookie review too

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/21/2012 6:35PM

    I exhaled with relief that it wasn't something cookie-ish. Just a delish meal. I can handle that. (smiling) Have a good day.

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Watermelon Sugar Cookies

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Niece was very happy with her cookies and a Sephora gift card :-)
My husband and I went out for a run this morning...4.5 miles run (4.81 miles total). A twinge or two in the arch but nothing that lasted more than a couple of seconds....I call it a win.
He did videotape me but I haven't had a chance to watch it yet to see if it shows anything.

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TWEETIEBIRDIE 10/19/2012 8:26AM

    Glad you can run again! Now you can reward yourself with amazing cookies!!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/16/2012 10:35PM

    I'm glad she liked those cookies. If I'm eating a cookie, it better have chocolate and/or peanut butter.
I'd agree with the win assessment. emoticon

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SOKKERNUT 10/16/2012 9:31AM

    Yummmy cookies.
I would call that a win too! emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/16/2012 12:37AM

    How cool those look. MMMMM, love watermelon.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 10/15/2012 3:08PM

    Wow, I want to try those!! Glad you had a "winning" run!

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 10/15/2012 2:10PM

    pink cookies! they look so tasty!

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SPEEDYDOG 10/15/2012 1:40PM


Oh no! Those cookies look so good. How can you resist? Yay for running. But don't hurt yourself. (I should talk!)


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JLITT62 10/15/2012 12:11PM

    Glad you were able to get in a run in!

This is really obvious, but gotta ask . . . when was the last time you got new shoes? Up til the last few weeks you were clocking a lot of miles.

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LINDAKAY228 10/15/2012 11:41AM

    Great idea for him to videotape you so you can see how you are running. Those cookies look awesome!.

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JASMINELOU 10/15/2012 9:21AM

    The cookies look absolutely yummy! Great run, woo hoo! emoticon I ended up making pumpkin cupcakes and all you use is a cake mix, pumpkin, spice and water. Healthy I guess! But then I make some more naughty brownies, I think they are better than the others! Made with Reeces pieces, dark choc. and peanut butter cups. They have a cream cheese center. Very rich but a big hit!

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WHISPERINGPINE9 10/15/2012 8:25AM

    emoticon those cookies look soooooooo good!

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INIT2LIVEIT 10/15/2012 12:52AM

    hmmm, that is an interesting looking cookie... but Sephora - sigh! I am counting the days...

What a great idea to video tape - did he do it both from the front and from behind?

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JUNEPA 10/14/2012 11:56PM

    Yay for a good run
Mouth-watering watermelon cookies
You have so many great ideas !!
Hope your niece had a very happy birthday

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LARIESHA 10/14/2012 9:36PM

    Those look yummy! Good job on the run! emoticon

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 10/14/2012 8:32PM

    Cookies look delish! Glad to hear you had a great run!!

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TRILLIUM22 10/14/2012 8:26PM

    Woo hoo on the run. Do the cookies taste watermelony. I've never cooked watermelon

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RHONDALYN10 10/14/2012 8:00PM

    As always the cookies look amazing!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/14/2012 7:44PM

    Way to go with the run -- foam roll, foam roll!

I love watermelon. When I was a kid and we got to pick our favorite dessert, I always asked for watermelon.

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CLOVER2 10/14/2012 7:27PM you have a recipe for those cookies?? They look and sound wonderful, and I really do like watermelon!

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CLAIREMZM 10/14/2012 7:23PM

    Those cookies look really good!

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