Thursday Things

thursday things 9 17 The weather was definitely fall-esque last weekend so I finally broke down and baked with pumpkin. I tried to hold out as long as I could, but the temperature dropped to 40 degrees. It just had to be done. I don’t regret it in the slightest.

I baked up these Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars on Saturday and did my very, very best to pretend they weren’t there for the rest of the day – #selfcontrol. On Sunday I met up with some friends at a bar for a mild form of Sunday Funday (I say mild because this only lasted 2 hours. Our current record is 6 hours) and brought these bars along with some plastic bags. I needed to give them all away, because otherwise I would just go home and eat whatever was left. Not necessary. Luckily they were easy to pawn off on people. The waitress was super excited.

Moral of the story: Let’s have Sunday Funday. I might bring treats.

Also, some interesting things I found on the web this week…

  • I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a spiralizer for a few months now and have come to the conclusion that I absolutely need Because of this, this, this, this, this, and these. Do I need to have more reasons than that?! I could just get a julienne peeler too. Either way, one of those tools needs to get into my kitchen ASAP.
  • This idea of pairing movies with food is wonderful. My friends and I are hoping to have a Will Ferrell movie marathon soon (saving it for a rainy day). Soooo we should probably have meatloaf, spaghetti with syrup, and, of course, scotch.
  • These 15 career tips from smart women are pretty awesome. When an article posts quotes from Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, Hilary Clinton, Nora Ephron, and Arianna Huffington you know it’s going to be good.
  • And then there are these 9 ways to be a more badass woman. Do them all.
  • This soup. This salad. This pie. Let’s eat.

Happyyyy Thursdayyyyy xojd

Chocolate Cacao Nib Banana Bread

Chocolate Cacao Nib Banana Bread

Let’s kick off this week with some bread.  Brown bananas are a little bit ugly, but beautiful at the same time and filled with so much delicious potential! What to make, what to make… I was brainstorming as I watched these bananas slowly turn browner with each passing day. Then I decided: chocolate banana bread…. 

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Fruit & Nut Chocolate Zinfandel Cookies

Thursday Things

One of my co-workers gave me a bottle of wine in order to make these Fruit & Nut Chocolate Zinfandel Cookies for him. I’m not ashamed to admit that I will bake for wine. Anywho, some links and stuff this week: I just got this Party Party app. I haven’t played around with it too much… 

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HIIT IT

HIIT IT!

Who is excited that it is Monday?!?!! No one? That’s ok. Mondays are hard, but muster up some enthusiasm, people. We’re going to HIIT it! HIIT as in High Intensity Interval Training. I talked a bit about the concept in this Do Anywhere HIIT Workout post. Basically, it consists of short spurts of high intensity… 

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thursday things 09.04

Thursday Things

I just got in from a nice 7-miler with some strides. I don’t have a race this weekend, but it’s still nice to loosen up the legs a bit. Have I ever mentioned how important and amazing morning running partners are? They are the best sort of people! Without them I definitely wouldn’t be waking… 

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zinfandel cookies

Fruit And Nut Chocolate Zinfandel Cookies

Some of my favorite things: fruit, chocolate, wine, nuts, cookies. I went ahead and combined them and these Fruit & Nut Chocolate Zinfandel Cookies were born. I know, insane. But sometimes insane is a good thing. You what else is insane? The fact that it is September already! How, how, how in the world did… 

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