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Cookie Party!

Sunday night Ashley and I had our second annual cookie baking party! We made lots of great treats! Here is the proof!



Dr. Ash – concentrating on the cookies like they are her patients. 🙂

M&M cookies



PB Kiss cookies in the making:


Chocolate Covered Popcorn:


Almond Balls (I know they some other name, almond snowballs – who know?!)



There were lots of sweet treats consumed! I think we will even need to make more before Christmas!

🙂 Such a fun tradition!

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Happy Hanukkah!

Last night we went to our first Hanukkah party! Our friend, Chait (her name is actually Sarah) did a beautiful job hostessing!

She even filled the ice cubes with cranberries!

Here are some of the delicious treats she had for us- and this isn’t even all of them:

Punch: I was not able to taste, but looked and smelled good!


Authentic Hummus:


Delicious Guac:


Her special family recipe salad:


Spinach Rolls – made by Jackie!


Pesto Polenta Rounds:


Crackers for covering with goodies:

Hot artichoke dip:

Brie and Cranberry Goat Cheese:


Fresh Veggies:


Toppings for the Latkes which I somehow missed. I think I was waiting for the hot ones to come out of the oven…


Coconut cookies:

Dreidel Cookies I made – notice my attempt Hebrew:


My fun and festive beverage of Sprite Zero and cranberry ice cubes. The diet pop was a treat, I try to avoid it normally and stick to water. But when everyone else is drinking fun punch, and wine – you just need a little Sprite 🙂


Thanks for having us Chait, we had a wonderful time!


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After tonight’s dinner, and before we put up our Christmas tree,  I made a batch of Super Charge Me cookies for Healthy Ashley’s bake sale tomorrow. I won’t be selling this exact batch, but I made them in honor of the bake sale. I am going to take them to school and share them at my team meeting.

Here is a sneak peak of the dough:


And a preview of the cookies:



Check out the bake sale to raise money for Team in Training at Healthy Ashley !

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One of my best friends, Jen, is due with her first baby at the end of November, so we had to celebrate!

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Classic Cucumber Sandwiches


Pesto 5 – Cheese Tortellini


Pretzels and Carrots with Hummus


Apple Dip and apples


Ceasar Salad with Chicken on the side



Onesie Cookies



Baby Rattle Cupcakes



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First of all, Happy Birthday MOM!!


We had a great time cooking out with our new neighbors who live down the street on Sunday! They are they cutest family with twin three-year olds and a baby on the way! For the cookout I volunteered to bring dessert. So like usual, I went through every dessert idea in my head debating what I should make. It had to taste good and be healthy. After going through the list of ice cream cake, cupcakes, brownies, raw cookies (I wasn’t sure these would be a hit) I went with the classic fruit pizza bars, modified of course.

While they were baking I was a little nervous they would taste like rubbery low fat squares, but they turned out ok. 🙂

Fruit Pizza Squares

Cookie part:

  • 2 pouches of sugar cookie mix, such as Betty Crocker
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 c. water – maybe this was a little too much because they were more cakey than cookie
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce

Bake until you think they are done at 350. You can’t go by the directions because you changed all of the ingredients.


  • 1 block light cream cheese
  • 1 box of vanilla sugar free pudding mix – mixed with 3/4 skim milk
  • 1 tub of fat free cool whip

Mix the pudding with milk then beat in the cream cheese. Once this mixture is creamy, add in the cool whip.


  1. Prepare and bake the cookie bars.
  2. Prepare the topping.
  3. Add topping to the cooled bars.
  4. Top with fresh fruit!


While this isn’t the most wholesome recipe, it is light and summery and makes for an easy BBQ treat!

Today’s plans include:

  • brunch with Jen and Jody and baby Addyson
  • walking or laying out with Bethany
  • 2 grad school papers
  • a marathon training run of 5 miles
  • a bike ride with Katie
  • who knows what else!

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Last weekend, along with celebrating the country’s birthday, we celebrated my cousin Mandy’s engagement! We had a brunch on the porch of the Atheneum, an old wooden hotel in Chautauqua, overlooking the lake. For the special event I made engagement ring cookies!

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The Bride to Be in white, and her sister and MOH in blue!


Our view of the boys playing on the lake, from the porch.


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This weekend I wanted to make something fun for dessert for our cookout on Sunday. I debated between many things but decided on ice cream sandwiches because we were heading to a baseball game after dinner.

Homemade Low -fat Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

  • 1 pouch of cookie mix – any kind
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 container vanilla (or any flavor) yogurt
  1. Make cookies using applesauce instead of oil and egg whites instead of eggs. Use a large cookie sheet to spread the dough thin instead of a 9×13. Bake for less time than directed.
  2. When the cookies are done, let them cool.
  3. Use a cookie cutter of your choice to cut the cookies out. You will need to 2 cookies per ice cream sandwich (duh, 🙂 )
  4. Put a big spoonful of softened yogurt onto the cookie and place the 2nd cookie on top.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in the freezer until ready to eat.


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Inspiration from: ErinCooks. com

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Yesterday I had a baby shower for my neighbor Tracie who is expecting in June. She is having a baby boy, Jasper William! Our neighborhood is really close and often throws parties and showers for one another, so it is my kind of place! A few of my neighbors brought food so it wasn’t too much cooking!

The centerpiece and my duck cake in the background:


Close up of the cake I made:


The napkins:


Chicken salad croissants on a bed of lettuce, complete with pansies!


Easy, tasty cucumber sandwiches:


Maggie’s Guac:


Kellly’s fruit and AMAZING dip:


Hummus and veggies:


Cheese and Crackers:


Champagne Punch:


Duck cookies and onsies, of course:


I love baby showers!! The clothes are so cute and everyone is so excited! 🙂

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Angela is a GENIUS! I made her raw cookie dough recipe that she has been raving about, and I am totally hooked! It really was the best cookie dough I have ever tasted ( I thought she was lying when she said that).

Here is her recipe with my minor modification:

Cookie dough:

* 1 3/4 cups ground raw cashews – I used almonds

* 3/4 cup ground raw oats

* 1/4 cup Agave Nectar

* 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

* 1/4 cup coconut oil

Raw chocolate chips:

* 2 Tablespoon coconut oil

* 1/2 cup carob powder – used cocoa

* 1/2 cup cocoa powder

* 4 T agave nectar

* 2 teaspoon vanilla


Dough:Simply place all ingredients in the processor and blend Mix until a dough forms and you can make a large ball. Refrigerate dough while you make the chocolate chips.

Chips: Mix all chocolate chip ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Roll the dough out onto parchment paper and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Optional: Half way through at 15 mins., flip the chocolate sheet over for even freezing.

When chocolate is frozen, cut into chips. This is the fun part! I used a pastry slicer and it was SO fun making the chips.

Mix chips into dough and have fun!


I mixed the two together as I age. These are about a big tablespoon and a teaspoon in size.

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NCAA Championship Cookies!

The treat Brady took to work today!


Happy Birthday Veggie Girl!!

For more GREAT baked goods, head over to Meghann’s Blogger Bake Sale to raise money for her run! There are tons of yummy treats up for sale!

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