Our first family fun run and dark chocolate pomegranate

 

Once again Brooke proved to be the perfect child for us because she absolutely LOVED the jogging stroller and would start crying when we stopped to check on her… she wanted us to keep moving.  We used the blanket to help support her neck but my stroller is more reclined than I thought it was and so she didn’t even need it.  Be prepared for thousands of pictures of her in the blue stroller over the next 6 years.

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We did about 5 miles at a little under an 8 minute mile pace.  I requested to push the stroller the whole time because I have a feeling stroller running will maybe help with speed after a while.

After our run we went to our Northern California Disneyland (aka Costco) and the best find of the day were these Dark Chocoalte Pomegranates… heaven.  It is pretty darn impossible to get a non-blurry picture of brooke any more because she is constantly moving,  it makes me so happy to see her arms waving around and feet kicking all day.  She also thinks her tongue is the coolest thing ever.  Her outfit makes me crave caramel apples from The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

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BOLD hooked us up with some incredible steaks and I cooked us up some top sirloin for dinner.  I made the spinach/feta/craisin/poppyseed dressing salads and Costco made the artichoke dip and sourdough crisps.  If your Costco has those items you have to get them.   We both had our steaks medium rare which is really the only way to eat a steak:)

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Please tell me you have had Mexican Hot Chocolate!  We had some while watching another few episodes of Flashpoint (addicted).  Hot chocolate is sure necessary on these cold 65 degree nights here (I am subliminally trying to make my mom realize that she needs to move next door to us and out of Utah by reminding her how much warmer it is here.  Give me at least another 2-3 years and I guarantee they will move here).

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I am going to a cookie exchange party TONIGHT and I am in dire need of your help to decide what kind of cookie to make… PLEASE HELP ME BE CREATIVE AND COOL and tell me what kind I should bring so people will think I am awesome.

If you eat steak, how do you like it prepared?

What show are you currently addicted to?

Do your parents live close to you?

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Mmmm those dark chocolate pomegranates are delish!!! Soooo good! Brooke always has the best expressions! :)

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Flashpoint – That’s a Canadian show isn’t it?? :D I didn’t realize you get that in the States! woohoo! (Highly embarrassing if it isn’t Canadian..lol).

Anyway, never had Mexican hot chocolate!! And, I love Brooke’s little beanie hat!!
I’m lucky to have moved back home after being overseas for school/work, so NOW my parents live very close to me :)

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Yay for family runs!
Love Brooke’s outfit!

I have never been to Costco. We have one here but it’s on the other side of town. Eventually ill make it there!

Brandy

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Brooke looks SOO happy in her stroller! You are a lucky momma that she loves it so much.

I went to a Christmas cookie exchange party the other night and the two favorite hits of the night were mint chocolate chip cookies and Oreo pudding. (http://www.chef-in-training.com/2011/09/oreo-pudding-cookies/ )SOO good!

I’m currently addicted to Parenthood and Chicago fire. There are just too many great shows to fit into a day!

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Yahoo for family runs! Addy loved the jogging stroller as well (and still does!)

My parents live 1 hour away–and in my opinion that is too far;-)

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Family runs are the best! Embarrassingly, we have a jogging stroller for our dog! We take him in it on holidays when he’s too tired from all the other activity we do. It is a good workout pushing that thing!
I think plain old sugar cookies are always a hit!
My parents and my in-laws live about five minutes away. I LOVE it!

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Have a BLAST at your party! Family runs are star runs for sure. No matter what! prefer medium steak. Def not well done. And yes my family and his love close which is nice for help with little ones!

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i’m addicted to the dark chocolate pomegranete. i unfortunately don’t have a costco membership so i have my sister in law supply me! i recently thought about getting a membership just so i could make that one purchase. is that a bad idea???

i’m addicted to big bang theory right now. i didn’t start watching until about a month ago, so my dvr is packed with episodes to get caught up.

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Ok, I have been obsessed with those pomegranates for years and they truly are amazing. It takes all of my self control to not eat the entire bag on the way home from Costco! Also, hot chocolate cookies are instant favorites. I made them for a party last weekend and they were gone in minutes and just baked another batch for our office party this afternoon. You wont regret it! http://penniesonaplatter.com/2012/02/29/hot-chocolate-cookies/

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These are really easy to make and look really cool – they’re candy cane cookies!
http://blog.williams-sonoma.com/cookie-of-the-day-candy-cane-cookies/
You can also dip them in melted chocolate if you want to get fancy…have fun at the cookie swap!!

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I just made hot chocolate cookies (they have marshmallows on top) and candy cane kiss sugar cookies for a cookie exchange today!! They turned out great! What an awesome family run :)

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such cute pictures! what kind of jogging stroller do you guys have? we’re looking for one right now because i’m pregnant and due in may!

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I just love reading your blog!! :) It just makes me so happy!! :) About the cookies…we have made these melted snowmen before http://allrecipes.com/cook/pam-3boysmama/blogentry.aspx?postid=150047. They are super adorable. I do not just love the way they taste – but that is because I only really like marshmallows in hot chocolate or s’mores. BUT, I am now realizing that THESE cookies http://www.msflourgirl.com/?p=488 which involve peanut butter and ritz crackers and white chocolate are what you should really probably make. They are melt-in-your-mouth-you-immediately-crave-more kind of good and also they are very easy. Plus if you drizzle the dark choc over them like it shows in this pic – it looks super amazing!! ;) They would def be in love with you! :) Actually, now I want to go make some…

But don’t worry – they will love you no matter what kind of cookies you make! :D Good luck and happy baking!!

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Brooke looks so happy in her stroller. How cute! My family is not close by. We are all spread out. Normally I don’t mind it except for during the holidays. This is the 2nd Christmas in a row I won’t be going home. Maybe next year. I know it’s only 7:23am but the mention of steak makes me really hungry.

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Not going to lie I like my steak well done! For our wedding meals we had combo platters of filet mignon and chicken something. I had the coordinator set it up so my Dad got 2 steaks and I got 2 chickens because I am so picky about my steak. I never order it when we eat out. My parents live 45 minutes away and my in-laws live 15 minutes away. We go over yo my parents every Wednesday for Family Dinner night.

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I have been addicted to Flashpoint since sometime last year when my sister-in-law introduced me to it!!! Such a great show, and it truly makes me sad that this is its last season!!!
I actually still live at home, so I guess you could say I live pretty close to my parents!! :-)

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Peanut butter blossoms.
https://www.hersheys.com/kisses/recipes/detail.aspx?id=5191&name=Peanut-Butter-Blossoms&category=cookies
I made these for the first time this year and they are divine. My suggestion? Use the hershey’s kisses with almonds!

Not a fan of pomegranates but I’ve had their mix of chocolate covered blueberries/acai berries and they were awesome sauce.

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I have made both of these and sent them to my husband’s work, and everyone raved about both.
http://www.theppk.com/2009/09/mexican-hot-chocolate-snickerdoodles/
http://www.theppk.com/2009/03/peanut-butter-pillows/
The pillows arent nearly as much work as they look like.

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YES!! I love these cookies & vegan too . ;)

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Brooke is way to cute for words!!

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Love that u guys have turned running into a family activity :-)

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Reindeer Cookies! Just Sugar cookies with M &M eyes and Pretzel antlers :). I won my work’s cookie exchange contest last holiday with this recipe because a. they’re delicious and b. so cute! Hope you’re party is fun!
http://www.familycorner.com/family/kids/recipes/reindeer_cookies.shtml

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Awwwww I am so happy for your ADORABLE running family!!!!!! That is the cutest thing ever, and I bet Brooke just loved the wind and flying along the road!

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Are cookie exchange parties only for cookies? I’ve never been to one, so hopefully that’s not a stupid question. Either way, you should DEFINITELY make these:

http://pinterest.com/pin/183803228513778222/

They are cheap, easy to make and SO delicious..gotta love that sweet and salty combo! Otherwise, I am going to attempt to make these tonight for a Christmas party I have this weekend:

http://pinterest.com/pin/183803228513773245/

They look so yummy and festive! :)

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I like Sugarbelle’s sugar cookie recipe; but I flavor with a little nutmeg, orange and lemon zest/juice. So yummy!
{http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/blog/2011/06/basic-sugar-cookie-recipe-2/}

Both sets of parents live 20 minutes away. Some days it is far too far away, and some days not far enough! ;)

I am enjoying the Mindy Project lately, waiting every week to roll around is a bit tough!

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You should make the salted caramel pretzel thumbprint cookies from food network. They were in the December issue or you can find them on their website. They are soooooooo good and pretty easy to make.

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That’s the cutest outfit ever. Someone obviously has good taste in baby clothes. ;)

those dark chocolate pomegrantes don’t look too bad either.

make peanut butter cookies. I have a recipe somewhere… those are my fav.
my parents live 2.5 miles away from me. :)
the shows I’m currently addicted too are Beauty and the Beast, Glee, Chicago Fire, Hart of Dixie, & Vampire Diaries. :)

p.s. I miss you & Brooke.

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Flashpoint!?! I love that show and thought I was the only one who watches it. There is always a marathon of them on. :)

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I love that the chocolate pomegranates brand is called Brookside!! It was meant to be!! ;). I have never had Mexican hot chocolate before. What is it?

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That picture of Brooke in the jogger is so precious-she’s so happy!!

My parents only live an hour away thank goodness. But if I were you I think I’d convince them to move to CA too… I’m in love with CA. I’m heading to LA/Pasadena for the Rose Bowl again in two shorts weeks :)

I am addicted to Private Practice..so sad it’s ending :(

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My parents live 1300 miles away! Too sad. But blame it on the law school. Tomorrow we start the 20 hour drive home for Christmas, wahoo!! Should be interesting at 22 weeks pregnant and having to pee every hour!

We love parenthood as of recently, and Psych on Netflix!!

Question for ya, what kind of jogging stroller do you use?? It’s the big decision for us!

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I recommend making Mexican hot chocolate cookies! They have chili powder in them but they are amazing! I use the Martha Stewart recipe but I add cinnamon and chili powder to the dough & mini chocolate chips.

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Abuelita is sent from heaven. I can’t find it around me so I order it off Amazon lol. Did you know there’s a SYRUP version?!? I haven’t tried it yet but it’s part of my sister’s christmas gift :)

Steak has to be medium rare

Person of Interest is my latest show obsession

and my parents live 2 miles away. I can run there :)

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omg, the dark chocolate blueberries are amazing too! they were giving out samples and i almost asked for another one:)

brooke looks adorable in the stroller, how fun for her!

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Addicted to watching Law&Order SVU these days. I just love it when the mystery is solved and justice is served!

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I’m going to a cookie swap party on Saturday and have to bring EIGHT DOZEN cookies! Yikes…so many! but at least I get to leave with that many too! I have no idea what I’m going to do with all of those…Anyway, some of my favorite cookie recipes:
-Pumpkin Chocolate Chip ( http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/2012/09/vegan-pumpkin-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies/ )
-Monster Cookies ( http://peasandthankyou.com/recipage/?recipe_id=6030437 )
-PB Chocolate Chip Cookie Doughballs ( http://peasandthankyou.com/recipage/?recipe_id=6000693 )
-Banana Oatmeal Choc. Chip ( http://www.sweettoothsweetlife.com/2010/08/03/not-onetwo-new-recipes-for-ya/ )
-Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies ( http://www.sweettoothsweetlife.com/2010/11/03/chocolate-caramel-apple-cookies/ )
-Loaded PB Oatmeal Cookies ( http://www.sweettoothsweetlife.com/2012/06/04/loaded-peanut-butter-oatmeal-cookies/ )

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You should definitely take Oatmeal Scotchies. They are always a hit! I love the dark chocolate pomegranates. So so good!

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I would say my two favs to take are turtle cookies and cookies and cream cookies here they are:

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/10/chocolate-chip-turtle-cookies-recipe.html

http://www.ericasweettooth.com/2011/08/cookies-and-cream-cookies.html

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These are now my go to christmas cookies. They are so good! We do a cookie baking weekend with my family and these are always requested. I usually double to the batch and make them pretty small so you can get more cookies out of them. http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/1557/chewy-molasses-sandwich-cookies

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You should make funfetti cookies!!! I just made them this past weekend, and they were heavenly and tasted like chewy cake.

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I LOVE your blog! Your balance of family, health, you time, and fun is INCREDIBLE and you should be proud of yourself! Brooke is such a cute little sweetie and is lucky to have you as her Mama!

My fave cookie is a traditional delish peanut butter blossom…you can’t lose with those! MMmmmM! Sorry it’s not to creative…but def COOL! :-)

I don’t eat steak often, but when I do I eat it like you and Billy, MR all the way! Nothing like an amazing Med Rare filet…SO GOOD!

Additcted to Modern Family and Parenthood.

And yes…my rent’s live close…like 4 miles down the road close…lucky me! :-)

Have fun at your party!

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Family runs are the greatest! It is awesome that Brooke loves being in the stroller. Starting her out young will just help her get use to being out there with you guys!

The favorite cookie for us in a classic- peanut butter cookies with chocolate stars. We just made a batch last night and they are very tempting today!!

I am not a big steak eater but when I do have a good steak I like it to be well done.

Right now we are into Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. With our kids evening activities we don’t get much of a chance to watch tv.

My Dad lives about a mile away but we don’t see him much becuase of work schedules conflicting. Our Moms live about 1 1/2 hours away. Sometimes it is too far because it would be nice for them to be closer to help with the kids but other times it is just the right distance because I think any closer would be too close!

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I say anything with dark chocolate is the best! Make cookies with dark chocolate chips OR anything minty is awesome for Christmas….mint choc. chip or candy cane.

I’ve never had Mexican hot chocolate, but I’m sure I’d like it. That little kick sounds great! Right now I’m enjoying dark chocolate hot chocolate in a K cup. See, I love dark chocolate, so those dark chocolate pomegranate things would be fab. I think my absolute favorite is dark chocolate covered raisins!

I need a steak now. Even though its morning they sound really good.

I currently live with my mom. Its a good thing and a bad thing. I loooove being around my mom, but my situation is not too good right now. I’m currently looking for a job. :( and that’s the reason I’m back at home.
hugs to Brookster!

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Yay for family runs! What kind of jogging stroller do you guys have and how do you like it? I’m trying to get my husband into running, so that when baby Hunter comes along we can make a family event out of running as well. Wish me luck… ;) Those dark chocolate pomegranates are SOOO good, aren’t they?!

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Being Mexican, we always have Mexican hot chocolate in the home. LOVE IT! With some pan blanco/bolillo (mexican white bread, somewhat like french bread), toasted, and dipped into the hot chocolate! You have to try it!

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I can’t remember the last time I ate steak! But when I used to eat it – I always liked it pink inside – juicier!! Currently I’m addicted to modern family, sons of anarchy, and of course always sunny in philadelphia! and my parents live VERY close to me – like – in the same house close :)

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Wouldn’t it be amazing to live life wrapped up in a blanket like Brooke always is? Someone carrying you around in a fuzzy blanket all day… the dream.

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I went to a cookie exchange last night and made these. Coconut macaroon kisses.. a combo of the two best cookies ever! http://www.rookno17.com/2011/12/my-favorite-holiday-cookie-macaroon.html

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Bring oreo balls!

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Loving the blue running stroller, so glad Brooke likes it too. My baby girl loves hers as well. I need to now find a double on Craigslist that wont take funds away from my monthly rent….

I like my steak medium well. Mmmm….steak!

I am currently addicted to 24, it’s sad how much I watch it. I will be glad when it’s over ; )

Sadly no, Mom died when I was 25 and Dad when I was 15 – you are extremely blessed!

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Oh and Pinterest of course, go there and find some amazing yummy cookie.

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Medium Rare. Definitely.
Cookies – make something ginger. Gingersnaps. Ginger bread. Something like that.
Yes, we just recently moved and are now near my parents.

The Kidless Kronicles

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Awww that is the sweetest picture of Brooke in the little red cap!

And girl, HOW do you run a sub-8 minute mile while pushing a stroller?! I have a hard time with that pace without the stroller!! :)

I made your “Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies” last week- WOW are they ever good!! I brought some of them over to friends’ houses and I think I might have even fooled them into thinking that I am a good baker with them ;)

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um… those dark chocolate pomegranates are THEBOMB.COM for real.

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It’s so weird, I read your blog every day and I don’t even know you. You are just some random family on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean and the entire USA.

But somehow, I want to know what you’re up to and I guess we share a fascination for grocery stores.

I got so excited that Brooke is now ready to go running with you that I sent an email to my partner informing her of this mile stone in the little girl’s life :)

I eat my steak well done, I am currently obsessed with the beatniks and my parents live an hour’s flight away in Germany.

Lots of love from London!

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My kids recorded about 45 sessions of Boy Meets World and so that’s what I have been watching while on the treadmill. Pretty cute little show. Medium rare is the only way to eat a steak for sure! Little Brooke is cuter everyday!!

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Brooke looks like the cutest running buddy ever! We love Mexican Hot Chocolate, in fact it is hard to have regular hot chocolate.

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Cutest outfit and hat on Brooke!! Loving it!!!

I like my steak medium well or well done…I know…so boring.

I love the Real Housewives and basically every trashy reality show on Bravo ever invented.

Very lucky to have my mom so close to me!! She lives about 30 min away from where I live!! My dad lives in Houston which also isn’t too far.

Have a wonderful day friend!

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Brooke looks adorable in the jogging stroller & so happy!!

My favorite cookies to bring to swaps are these peppermint sugar cookies: http://www.wearenotmartha.com/2010/12/sparkling-peppermint-sugar-cookies/

They’re pretty easy and always a crowd pleaser plus very festive no get asked for this recipe all the time :D

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Is it werid I am looking forward to more photos of Brooke in the blue stroller? You should make Milk Chocolate Florentine cookies. Seriously. It is 2 thin oatmeal cookies with melted milk chocolate in the middle.

The Link is:
http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/30328/milk-chocolate-florentine-cookies/detail.aspx

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Aw so happy u can use the jogger now!
I have been watching private practice every week but my most addicting show is the biggest loser.
I don’t think u can go wrong with either gingerbread cookies or chocolate caramel thumbprint cookies! (Chocolate cookies with a milk chocolate caramel kiss pressed in the center of the cookie).

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a cookie exchange…super fun!!! these look yummy and simple…pb&j cookies!!
http://www.hostacookieparty.com/recipes/family-friendly-cookies/peanut-butter-and-jelly-cookies

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I would make peanut butter blossoms! I would also go to Brown Eyed Baker’s website and make some Chubby Hubby Truffles. Those look amazing!

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Yay for family running!

I made the most amazing salted caramel chocolate chip cookies last week (search pinterest that’s where i found it).

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First, do the cookies need to be Christmas themed? If so, here is apost with lots of ideas: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/30-holiday-cookie-recipes/

I made these for the Christmas party last week and they were a hit. If you like peppermint…which I do ;)

http://www.chef-in-training.com/2012/11/chocolate-chunk-peppermint-pudding-cookies/

You should follow me on Pineterst. I probably have a billion yummy things pinned, and if I have made them, I review it. Maybe that won’t help you with your decision making. lol. Never mind.

I have my cookie exchange party next week. I won last year, so the pressure is on!

I told you yesterday that I spotted that bag of dark chocolate covered pomegranates. I could spot them anywhere because I love them so much. Same with the acai berries. Mmmm. Ross and I can eat the whole bag in no time. Anna loves them too.

I like my steaks medium.

My parents live an hour and 18 minutes away. Not like I have timed it, or make the drive once a week or anything ;)

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I love that you all can run together, so fun!

I am making Oreo chocolate chunk cookies tonight, they are so good! 2 cookies in 1!

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Our family has a cookie recipe you make on the waffle iron. We call them go flat cookies. Basically just cake flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, and cinnamon all mixed up and plopped on the waffle iron.

The tv show I am obsessed with currently is Scandal! It is getting so good.

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Brooke is just the cutest ~ I just dont know how you get anything done :)

I just made these cookies and everyone who has tried them loved them, seriously.

http://www.chef-in-training.com/2011/07/pudding-cookies/

I used 1cup of chips ~ 1/2 milk chocolate and 1/2 white chocolate.

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Stroller runs help with speed SO much. Wait till you need the double jogging stroller pushing 2 toddlers!! :) it helped my marathon training more than anything!! And you get to run with your biggest fans! What’s better?!!

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Brooke is such a doll! Totally addicted to TJ’s Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip with Food Should Taste Good {at Costco} multigrain chips. Here is my favorite cookie recipe….it’s very easy and makes a ton! http://www.hungryhealthygirl.com/2012/12/03/santas-favorite-cookies/

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Medium rare really IS the only way to eat a steak!
I was addicted to Breaking Bad, but they are on hiatus right now so I am forced to detox. *sigh*

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That artichoke and jalapeno dip is the best!!

What show are you currently addicted to? I just recently started watching Flashpoint, too. Spike is my favorite character!

Do your parents live close to you? Yes. Well actually, I live with them until I find a job (done!) and buy a house here. Been almost three months now and we are all still alive. ;-)

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People find me strange but I do so enjoy a Mexican Wedding cookie…might go nicely with your Mexican hot chocolate :) They are so easy to make and quite delicious. I don’t know why but I always crave them this time of year, along with every other cookie. I also LOVE peanut butter cookies w/ a kiss in the middle YUM!! I love Brooke’s happy face in that stroller!

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No bake cookies!!!!!!

Here’s a link to a recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cooking-live/chocolate-peanut-butter-no-bake-cookies-recipe/index.html

I also wrote about them on my blog a while ago. I tried to make a “healthy” version of these with splenda/stivia/truvia and bananas instead of butter. It was quite tasty. I would recommend only one banana though (I did two originally), unless you REALLY like banana.

http://mtnsandmiles.blogspot.com/2012/11/healthyier-no-bake-cookies.html

But if you don’t care about being healthy…make the originals. SO TASTY!!!

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Just did the cookie thing last Saturday with friends…..I made these and they were the biggest hit.
Google cake balls.
I made with chocolate cake and chocolate frosting.
I bought some red and green sprinkles so that after coating in chocolate they looked festive.
Also bought mini cupcake muffin wrappers that were Christmasy, and placed each cake ball in one.
They are super cute and delicious. You will be quite the hit!

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Oh my goodness! when I was in Peru the straight up chocolate powder they have to make your own hot chocolate (ie no milk/sugar in the package) and it had that lady on it! HAH!!!

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BROOKE IS SO CUUUUUTE!!!!

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Ok, so I know you are looking for a cookie recipe — but you NEED to make this CHRISTMAS CRACK! It’s so addicting, and you can add all sorts of goodies to it that you like. I usually drizzle mine with melted dark chocolate and white chocolate and add broken up pretzels. But you could add m&ms, crushed up butterfingers, toffee chunks, etc etc etc. Ummm my mouth is watering.

http://www.sawdustandpaperscraps.com/2012/08/16/sock-it-to-me-sinful-snack/

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Make molasses cookies! It think they’re the best kind of cookie EVER, especially during the holidays. But, no one ever thinks to make them, maybe because it’s kind of old fashioned? Idk, but my Grandma always made them and her mom always made them, so I’m assuming they’re an old tradition! I’ve gotten addicted to a few too many shows this year :/ Nashville, Heart of Dixie, Guilianna & Bill… I also like my steak medium-rare, but more on the rare side. Whenever my husband and I go out the waiter is always surprised that I like my meat rarer than he does! I just tell them that his good taste ended at me ;) haha!

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I absolutely LOVE those chocolate pomegranate bites.. too good to be true.

1.) I like my steak medium rare? Is that gross? I feel like it might be gross. Don’t care.

2.) I am super obsessed with Dexter.. season finale is THIS SUNDAY AHH!

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OMG! i am also obsessed with Dexter! this week’s episode was awesome! I never thought he would turn Hanna in. wonder what will happen next week?

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I know!! I really think that Deb poisoned herself to set up Hannah!

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Awwr Brooke looks soooo cute in her apple outfit. OH! And speaking of apples, if you’re craving caramel apples and in need of making cookies, what about these ones? http://scrambledhenfruit.blogspot.com/2010/11/caramel-stuffed-apple-cider-cookies.html

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Yes, I do live near my parents! I’m loving all things pumpkin these past few months and got an amazing deal on some canned pumpkin at Costco yesterday.

I’m hosting a 12 days of giveaways, come check it out!

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You should make the ginger-peanut butter-chocolate chip cookies from Chocolate covered Katie’s website! I haven’t tried them yet but they look AMAZING!! :D

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I LOVE those dark choc pomegranate arils! SO freaking good.

Brooke is adorbs.

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Mexican hot chocolate is SO GOOD. As far as cookies go, I would say you can never go wrong with chocolate!

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http://picky-palate.com/2011/01/06/oreo-stuffed-chocolate-chip-cookies/ – I haven’t tried these yet but these look super good :)

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How about a pumpkin snickerdoodle? With cinnamon? Or chocolate?

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I am totally steeling some of your cookie ideas because I need to figure out some for myself this weekend. :)

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We made these salted caramel chocolate chip cookies for a cookie exchange and they were a hit (http://culinarychat.culinary.net/salted-caramel-chocolate-chip-cookies/).

I also tried these corn cookies at the party – I was skeptical at first, but they’re the perfect blend of sweet and salty! (http://www.thekitchn.com/christina-tosis-162171)

Good luck & prepare for a cookie coma ;)

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I’m addicted to hot chocolate at the moment, and I’m actually drinking some right now. :)

My parents live 20 minutes away- just far enough!

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I love to make the Paula Deen gooey chocolate butter cookies – they are easy, delicious, and everyone gobbles them up! They seriously taste like brownie batter rolled in powdered sugar.

YES to medium rare steak! It’s the only way!

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I am addicted to the German choc cake mix cookies with a rollo in the middle. Best cookie EVER!!!

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I pushed my kids in the stroller while running b/c I thought the same thing – that I would be super fast when I ran my next race since I would be solo. However, I actually ran slower than I would’ve thought! Wondering how it will work with you…??

My parents just opened escrow yesterday to move by us!!! Can’t wait! You’ll have to fight your sis to see who gets your parents :)

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Omg those dark chocolate pomegranates are so addicting!! My mom loves to buy them from Costco!

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Hmmmm, I need to borrow someone’s kid for some stroller running for my speed work. And that picture of Brooke in the red beanie? So stinkin cute!!!!

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Cookie recipe:
http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2011/04/andes-mint-cookies.html

They are good and so easy!

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Love your hoodie in the first picture! Is it Brooks?

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girl, im laughing because it looks like Brooke is giving us all the bird in that one pic!! LOL great pics as always. baby is precious!!!

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One of our clients just dropped off a huge Poinsettia and a box of See’s candy. Yum!!!!!!!

On to the questions o’ the day…

Cookies: Look up Cranberry Hootycreeks on AllRecipes :)

Steak: Well-done. Maybe a teeny bit of pink, but definitely no blood.

TV: Survivor and New Girl. And always The People’s Court.

Parents: Yup, they live about 10 min away. :)

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I am probably way to late, but you NEED to make these cookies –

Chocolate chip/Oreo Cookies- http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/oreo-stuffed-chocolate-chip-cookies-recipe/1/

Seriously how can you go wrong when you get 2 in 1!!!?

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oh i cannot buy those dark chocolate pom things anymore. they disappear in like 2 days!!

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Those dark chocolate pomegranate thingies are a daily snack for me- amazing. Have you tried the blueberry version? Not quite as awesome but still yummy.

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So cool! Can’t wait to be able to run with my little baby when it is here. But first I need to find a good runner stroller… Mission!! Love how cute and happy Brooke always looks. A cheerful heart is good medicine! :)

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She looks so happy in the stroller even if she was crying every time you stopped. Did you have to bribe her for that good shot?

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Hi Janae,

What kind of jogging stroller did you get? Also, are you still thinking if doing a breastfeeding post? Would love your thoughts on how it’s going and how post partum has affected you!

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