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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 343 :: joy is holiday cookies

10 Dec



{stuffed} 

I am stuffed. Tonight was another holiday dinner, yay! WIth cookies! Yay! It leaves me stuffed and overjoyed. ‘Tis the season for joy and cookies. 

Ho, ho, ho, holiday cookies! 

More tomorrow… Lovemore,
Jamie

{joyful}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 88 :: cookie kindness

1 Apr

Too Much?

Tonight a friend of mine asked on Facebook, “How much cheese is too much cheese?” And that makes me ask…

“How much chocolate chip cookie is too much chocolate chip cookie?”
There may not be an answer to this elusive question of the ages.

Tonight I did make chocolate chip cookies – only after accidentally putting in too much butter, then running to the store to buy another package of cookie mix in order to make up for my kitchen snafu. (All during the final minutes of the Oregon NCAA game – booo hooo, they lost.)

But, I know that it feels very KIND when I have the opportunity to bite into a warm, chocolate chip cookie. Even better when I can share one (or ten) with a friend.

In the words of Cookie Monster:

Life is short. Be kind and eat cookies.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{cookies}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 359 :: letters to santa

24 Dec

Day 359: And Whitney.
It’s Christmas Eve. And I’m loving the letters to Santa.

And the records we are playing from days gone by — Huey Louis and The New, Lionel Richie, Footloose, Whitney Houston.

We just woke up all the kids. Because we adults are being too loud. There is a little wine involved – but it at least has 13 essential minerals – so Merry Christmas everyone!

No Yoga Shred tonight! But there will be a downward dog or two.
You can still join the Shred course here.
Namaste, Christmas Eve. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Merry Christmas} 
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 137 :: dogged determination

18 May

Day 137: Brady.

I live with a food stalker. His name is Brady. He knows where all the food in the house is at all times. I mean ALL the food at ALL times.

Here is sleeps so cute and cuddly next to Pup. But really, this is all a facade. He is calculating his next sneaky food-swiping move.

Which he promptly orchestrated moments after I took this photo. It was just a bowl of oatmeal. But he devoured it in the 30 seconds I walked away from the kitchen. DEVOURED it. An entire bowl of oatmeal. Dry, bland oats. 

Thanks to Brady, there will be no second batch of oatmeal chocolate power bars. There aren’t enough oats left to mix a bar together for breakfast.

But I think there is much we can learn from our little Brady. Sure, the obvious is to not leave food out on the counter (even said oats). But there is more to observe.


This dog.
He has me thinking a lot about dogged determination. In the pursuit of what we love most. For him it is food. Any food. Even dry, bland, oats.

For you it might be dancing, singing, creating, doing. For me, it is making promises and showing up. And this year, that means yoga.

But there is also this: opportunity. 
Brady knows how to patiently wait for his window of opportunity to open. And when it appears he leaps. There is no second guessing. No hesitation. No over-thinking. There is no self-talk. Brady does not stop to ask, “Should I go for that bowl of oats now? What if she comes back and finds me all head in the bowl paws on the counter? What if I get in trouble?”


Nope. Brady is all action.
He’s a Wait. Watch. Strike. Live with the consequences sort of dog.
And as frustrating as that is at times, I have to say, I respect it.
No, I actually love it. It’s inspiring really.

So, tonight, as I put away the rest of my oatmeal chocolate bar ingredients, I leave you with this. The next time you find yourself waiting and watching, just think of Brady.

And…
Go for it.  

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{going for it?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 14 :: sweet moments

14 Jan
Tonight I baked. Justin helped by cutting out all the strawberries into hearts. It all reminded me of something that I have always loved to do: create and decorate … especially cookies. 

And that makes me remember that sometimes bliss comes in a tiny sweet moment.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 {what do you love to do?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 38 :: peek performance: saving time and bananas

7 Feb

Part of peek performance is time management. 

In yesterday’s post we learned that the richest people in the form of billions and millions start their day 3 hours earlier than people with less than 3.2 million dollars in assets.

So what do you do if you don’t want to get up three hours earlier than everyone else?

Save time somewhere else.

Today, I combined my time saving skills with my food. Bananas actually. Mostly because Justin tipped me off to a cookie recipe that only takes two ingredients. And it used up those icky brown bananas.

Yes, that’s right. I said: cookies and two ingredients all in one breath.

And you know what. They taste good!

The recipe is simple: nasty, old, mushy, brown bananas + oatmeal. Mix. Flatten on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Gobble down.

(Plus, I used gluten free oatmeal – another recipe for peek performance.)

It’s brilliant!
Saving time and bananas all in one scoop! 

It may not make you a millionaire but it could save you some money in the banana department. And what’s better than saving time and food and money?

Next time, I will add cinnamon. Oh, geez….that’s three ingredients!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{what habits will make you successful?}

Day 335: what’s your favorite holiday cookie?

2 Dec

I broke my two year streak last night.
I at a cookie.

Not just any cookie.

I ate Pam’s Chocolate Chip cookies.
They. Are. To. Die. For.

Pams_Cookies

Seriously. Two years ago I couldn’t stop eating Pam’s cookies. I would eat an entire plate of these chocolate chip cookies. They have some secret ingredient that Pam refuses to reveal (personally, I think it might be crack.)

This weekend I caved to the crave.

I ate Pam’s cookies!

But, I now have the self control to stop myself from gorging and devouring all the cookies on the plate.

In the past I would have boxed out everyone at the party to keep the platter all to myself and then licked it clean …with my tongue …right off the plate. I would have hid Pam’s cookies in my purse in order to take the sweet treats home and then gulped them down in secret.

What am I saying… I have done all of the above.

Pams_Cookies_2

But, I have now learned my lesson.

After giving up sweet treats and facing my sugar addiction last year during the first year of The Promise 365 I have learned about sugar boundaries.

I have learned many lessons about sugar actually.

The most important is this: the less “sweetness” I have in my life the more “sweets” I crave in my diet.

So I am proud to report that I ate not forty or twenty or twelve, but only three of Pam’s cookies tonight. Trust me, it’s progress. Believe me, they are worth it.

But my favorite, most crave-orite cookie is the crinkle — as in Chocolate Crinkle Cookie.

Why?  Because Mama Sling made these scrumptious delights at Christmastime.

And it is when I miss my mama most that I crave sweets.
Whenever I crave sugar, I really want a hug from Mama Sling.
When I pine for pie, I really want her kisses.
When I reach for chocolate, it is her laughter and that special brand of jolliness that I want to fill my life.

Knowing is half the battle.
I still limit my sugar intake and certainly don’t cave to every crave, but before I let loose and treat myself these days, I evaluate why I want it. Because there’s always a reason. 

So here’s my favorite cookie recipe. It’s not Pam’s but it’s pretty darn good.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookie recipe here

May your life be sweet and may you sugar responsibly. 

Day 139: sweet dreams

19 May

Can you guess where I am?

Here’s a photo hint….

Do you know what’s in that little baggie of goodness?

The one.
The only.
DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie!!

That’s right, I’m at the Orlando DoubleTree hotel.
Ah, the famous home of warm, baked, chocolate chip cookies!

I can’t believe I turned down a cookie today.
I said no to the wonderfully helpful and welcoming woman at the front desk.

She looked at me like I had two heads.
And, really, I do.

There is one head:  the thinking one.
She is pretty much scared of sugar and convinced it is a toxin after watching this little video. 

Then, there is the other head:  the craving one.
She craves chocolate and sugar.  She looooooves chocolate and sugar.
And she can justify eating it any time of day.

Today, the thinking head won.
I turned down the chocolate chip cookie and can honestly say I have never done that before!

I’m not saying I will never have chocolate or sugar ever again. But, after going this long, over a month now, I’m not ready to break the streak.

Plus, I just know what happens when I start with these little cookies… I can’t stop.

(Case in point:  I have literally asked the DoubleTree hotel for seconds, thirds and fourths of those lovely cookies before.  Seriously.  And, the hotel will oblige!)

This is a major (huge!) change in my life.
I might be dreaming of those yummy cookies.
But, I’m saying no.

Because, I am committed to creating sweetness, long lasting sweetness in the form of healthy habits for my head, heart, body and soul.

And, I guess, dear DoubleTree delight, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.


Day 121: gluten free, sugar free, icky!

1 May

It’s been over three weeks since I ate chocolate.
That’s 2 weeks of cleansing and 1 and 1/2 weeks of post cleanse protocol of no gluten, no dairy, no sugar.

THREE AND A HALF WEEKS!

No shopping and no chocolate!
This is no way for a girl to have fun.

So, tonight, I broke down and rummaged through the labyrinth of Whole Foods in search of something that would be Gluten Free/Sugar Free/Dairy Free but able to satiate my sweet tooth.

I found these:

They were certainly a poor substitute for the all-American chocolate chip cookie. (Pam Peterson, master of the super addictive homemade chocolate chip cookie, your sweets are sorely missed!)

Doesn’t matter I guess, I can’t eat the real thing for another week.

Compared to the alternative of NOTHING, these dried out little puke-y pucks did the trick.

They are so awful they make a raw apple look sweeter than molten chocolate lava cake.

And, maybe that’s what this whole cleanse process was supposed to do in the first place. Make the sweets and treats of my dreams so foreign that I end up craving apples, grapes and pears (oh, my!).

It most certainly is better for my body.

Which would be great…
If I only had an apple.

Day 51: mocha cookie crush recipe

20 Feb

I may have a culinary defect, but baby, can I can bake!
Seriously. I began my adventures in baking as a little girl.

I pined for a Betty Crocker Easy Bake Oven.
Boy did I want one. Remember those commercials on TV?

My mother, Mama Sling, was an exceptional baker (and cooker for that matter).

She thought it was pure crazy that her daughter wanted a light bulb operated plastic oven. Especially, since there was a real oven in our house, located in the kitchen. Oh, yeah, the kitchen. Where’s that?

Click below if you want a little time warp commercial action. Light bulb not included.

I took to baking.
My specialty was of course the chocolate chip cookie recipe from the back of the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip bag. Hey, a girl’s got to start somewhere.

Twenty years later, I am focused on being good to my head, heart, body and soul.
The Promise 365 has me finding relief for my sweet tooth without turning to a bag of NESTLÉ chocolates.

Because I can eat the whole yellow bag if given a chance.
Really. I can even eat a tub of raw cookie dough (Lisa and Laura, vouch for me here).

Imagine my delight at finding the Chewy Mocha Dream.
Ringing in at 56 calories and touting no flour, all I can say about these cookies is …yum.

Hello Mocha McDreamy!
The cookies are somewhere between a brownie and a cookie. They do get a little sticky but so worth the finger licking exercise.

If you find yourself in need of a mocha moment, here is the recipe from Clean Eating magazine’s February issue. I tried to find an online link to no avail, so my typed version is below. (If you want to buy the real issue head straight to your local doors closing Chapter 11 Borders, it will be 40% off.)

Tomorrow I will share more green smoothie adventures. But, let us keep our priorities straight: chocolate is way more important, your mocha dream is waiting…

CHEWY MOCHA DREAM
chocolate walnut brownie cookies
makes 24 cookies
hands on time 15 min.
total time 35 to 39 min.

ingredients
six egg whites
pinch sea salt
3/4 cup organic evaporated cane juice
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (make sure instant)
one half teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 ounce dark chocolate 70% cocoa or more chopped
1/2 cup chopped unsalted walnuts

instructions
line two cookie sheets with parchment paper
preheat oven to 350 degrees F
in large bowl beat egg whites with salt using electric beater until soft peaks form
gradually add cane juice and continue beating until stiff peaks form
add cocoa powder, espresso, vanilla, chocolate, and walnuts
mix until combined (no need to fold, mixture will lose some volume)
drop batter by rounded tablespoon onto prepared cookie sheets, dividing evenly

bake one cookie sheet at a time on oven’s middle rack for 10 to 12 min, per sheet, until cookies are no longer shiny

56 calories per cookie


Clean Eating, February Issue
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