Heathy Pancake Recipe Round-Up!

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Mornings are just more fun when there are pancakes involved, but the traditional pancake might not be the right fit for you if you’re paleo, dairy-free, vegan, watching carbs in general, etc. I was thrilled to discover there were so many great pancake options that left me feeling as good as they tasted.

Seriously — there are so many recipes! (And this doesn’t list even include the waffles…)

Here are some of my favorite healthy pancake recipes, starting with the one that tops my list:

These pancakes, y’all. I just — it’s hard to describe how incredible they are. Not only is their flavor amazing (not too sweet and with just the right amount of coconut flavor), their texture is also divine. If you like coconut, trust me on this one and whip up a batch of these ASAP. And, because it uses spelt flour and oats rather than all-purpose flour, it’s a wheat-free recipe. (And, since it doesn’t call for butter or eggs, it’s also a vegan one.)

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These pancakes do contain dairy (cottage cheese or Greek yogurt, based on your preference or what you have on hand) and egg whites, so it’s not a vegan recipe, but they are wheat free (using oat flour) and — thanks to the egg whites — include protein to help keep you full! I can’t even count the number of times I’ve made this recipe since discovering it last fall. I recommend doubling the batch and keeping the pancakes on hand in the fridge for quick, easy breakfasts throughout the week.

Give this recipe a try if you’re looking for a gluten-free, grain-free, and/or paleo-friendly pancake option. (Oh, they’re delicious, too. So that helps!)

I love this recipe for many reasons: it contains just a handful of ingredients, it makes a big batch (roughly 16 small pancakes — perfect for refrigerating or freezing extras for later!), and the batter comes together quickly and easily in the blender. Breakfast is just minutes away with this easy recipe.

These pancakes were actually the ones that made me realize pancakes didn’t have to be done the traditional way, with milk, butter, and flour. I discovered them as part of the Fat Loss Foodies Cooking School I was a part of last September. (Thanks, Leslie Ann, for the eye opener about the possibilities of pancakes!)

What are some of your go-to healthy breakfast recipes, pancake or otherwise?

 

A S’well Bottle Giveaway!

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As I was writing my recent blog post on healthy habits, I realized just how much I love my S’well bottle, and what a difference it’s made in helping me drink more water each day. I’m not alone in this feeling, either. Several friends who are also S’well owners have mentioned that they get more water now that they have a S’well, too.

And so I got to thinking: more people should know the hydration-encouraging amazingness that is a S’well bottle!

I’m so adamant about this belief, in fact, that I’m giving a 25-ounce S’well bottle away to one of you lovely readers.* This one, to be more specific, in “Shadow.” (Isn’t the color awesome? I just love it.):

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Here’s how you can enter to win:

  1. Follow me on Instagram if you’re not already doing so.
  2. Share this blog post on your Facebook wall. (Please link back to my Facebook profile so I can see your share, if you can.)

That’s it and that’s all, folks. Easy, huh? You’re just two quick steps away from potentially owning your very own 25-ounce S’well bottle.

I’ll be announcing the winner to this contest on Monday, February 1, via my Instagram account, so stay tuned and be sure to get your entries in before then.

*This isn’t a post sponsored by S’well. It’s just a personal endorsement of the product to help spread some S’well love!

 

What Do Y’all Want To Read About?

First of all, I want to express how much I appreciate those of you who read my blog regularly. There’s a whole lot of content out there in there on the internet, and the fact that you take the time to read my posts is humbling. So THANK YOU!

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Because I do value y’all so much, I want to be sure I’m writing content you enjoy.

So here’s where you come in.

Please let me know what kinds of things you like to read about here at Curiouser & Curiouser.

Do you like when I post recipes? If so, what kind? Baking? Easy meals/meal planning? Healthy dinners?

Do you like reading round-up posts, like my Links I’m Loving where I share various things I’ve been excited by over the past week?

Do you like when I write about fashion? Workouts? Healthy lifestyle-related topics? Travel? Fulton? Kevin?

Is there something I don’t write about that you’d like to see on this blog?

You get the idea.

Please comment on this post and let me know what type of content you want to see more of. Thanks for reading, and thanks for offering your suggestions!

Hearty Vegetable White Bean Soup (Perfect For Snowy Days!)

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I’ve been on a soup kick lately, and thanks to Winter Storm Jonas that soup making has been kicked into high gear. This recipe, in particular, is one Kevin and I both love, and I’ve made it three times in the past couple of weeks.

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It’s a (verrrrry slightly modified) recipe from the Conscious Cleanse book, but I didn’t make it when I did the cleanse back in 2013 (perhaps since that was over the summer).

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When I started off 2016 with another round of the Conscious Cleanse, though, the soup section became my go-to when it came to cleanse recipes, and I found several that were great. This one, though? The best, hands down — cleanse or no cleanse.

I’d never had parsnips in soup, but they work beautifully and taste very similar to white potatoes. Genius! I also load it up with kale, adding half to three-quarters of a 10-ounce bag to each batch of soup. You can, of course, also add other veggies you might have on hand, and use chick peas if you don’t have white beans (or cannellini beans) on hand (I love that about soup).

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Ingredients 

  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 6 parsnips, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans white or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-3 quarts vegetable stock or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups brussels sprouts (fresh or frozen work equally well), cut in half
  • 5-8 ounces kale, chopped
  • 1 large sprig rosemary

Directions

  • In a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, heat the coconut oil.
  • Add the onion and celery, stir, and cook for two minutes.
  • Add carrots and parsnips, stir, and cook for five minutes. Add garlic, white beans, and bay leaf, and stir for one minute.
  • Add vegetable stock/broth until it covers all ingredients by about one inch.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Add brussels sprouts and kale, along with more stock/broth (if needed).
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove pot from heat.
  • Add the rosemary, cover the pot, and let soup sit for 15 minutes.
  • Remove rosemary and bay leaf, and serve!

Bundle Up! I’m Loving These Outerwear Picks…

It’s cold out here in North Carolina, and here in Winston-Salem it’s a snow day (looks like we have about 1.5 inches on the ground so far!).

What better time to shop for some cozy outerwear? From athletic to dressy and somewhere in between, here’s a round-up of some of my favorite jackets, coats, and vests to keep you nice and toasty this winter:

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How are you keeping warm in style this winter? Please share your favorite outerwear picks with me!

 

My Take On Healthy Habits

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Since it’s still January, the month of resolutions and clean slates, I’m sure healthy habits are top of mind for many of y’all, and I can definitely relate. (It’s hard how the New Year happens in the middle of winter, though, isn’t it? It can make some of those resolutions — like “Run outside more often” — kind of tricky.)

I by NO means have all this health stuff figured out, but I wanted to share some things I do to try to keep my lifestyle healthy. This is not intended to sound preachy at all, either. Maybe you’ll identify with or glean inspiration from some of these things. (That would be great!) Maybe you’ll think they’re not the right fit for your life. (Totally fine as well.) I also hope you’ll use the comments section to share some of your own advice for developing healthy habits with me.

  • Drink more water.

Until pretty recently, I had the hardest time getting enough water every day. I’m not sure what the barrier was, exactly, but I was definitely not staying appropriately hydrated. Two key things helped me up my daily intake: limes and my S’well bottle.

I found that dressing up my water with limes makes it feel more exciting, so that’s my go-to beverage order in restaurants. When I got my 25-ounce S’well bottle last year, it became so easy to drink water all day. I love carrying it with me just about everywhere: to Pure Barre, to the gym, to meetings at work, on road trips, to the beach. In fact, aside from my phone it’s probably my most-used accessory. In fact, now I have two just so I have a back-up when I need it!

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  • Cut down on caffeine.

Caffeine doesn’t seem to have the traditional effect on me. I can drink a venti Starbucks coffee and have no trouble going to sleep immediately afterward. But I know that even though I don’t have the typical caffeine reaction, it doesn’t mean this stuff is good for me to be drinking in excess. Even though I can fall asleep easily after drinking it, my post-caffeine sleep might not be quality sleep. It makes you dehydrated. It can cause stomach irritation. Etc.

Since I don’t need caffeine to feel alert in the morning, I used that as an opportunity to try to really cut down. I’ve started replacing my morning coffee with warm lemon water, and try to drink decaf green tea throughout the course of the day when I feel like I want something warm. When I do drink coffee, I go for decaf when I can.

I know many of you reading this are thinking, “Yeah, no. I’m not giving up my morning coffee.” And that’s fine! You can still have a healthy lifestyle and drink caffeine, I’ve just learned that I can remove it without seeing negative side effects.

(And the lemon water thing: Before I started this practice, I thought it sounded terrible and lame. Come on, warm lemon water is supposed to replace my morning coffee? But now, for me, it does. I squeeze the juice of one lemon into a quart-sized mason jar and fill it about 90% full of boiling water, then add some cold water to help it be drinkable more quickly. I sip on that water as I get ready in the morning and that way before I leave for work I’ve already gotten 32 ounces of water for the day. It’s really not as terrible as it may sound.)

  • Remove sodas from your diet.

All of these are beverage-related so far! I just realized that. I’ll keep this one short: we all know sodas aren’t great for us — even the diet ones. When I get a craving for something sparkly these days, I grab a sparkling water, add some fresh-squeezed lime juice, and feel super fancy. (Sparkling water tip: Kevin and I loooooove Topo Chico mineral water. It’s extra bubbly, comes in a great glass bottle, and is so delicious. You can probably find it in the Hispanic section of your local Walmart store. It’s literally the only thing I go to Walmart to get! Also, it’s hilarious to buy water imported from Mexico. So that’s a bonus.)

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  • Get plenty of sleep.

I used to think I was one of those people who could do just fine on limited sleep. I’ve since realized that’s not the case. All of us need at least eight and ideally nine hours of sleep per night. It can be hard to do when you’re busy and when you have to get up early, but as I’ve tried to get more regimented about sleep I’ve realized I have more energy and feel better during the day. Sleep is no joke, people. It’s easy to forget what a critical role it plays in your overall health, too. You can be doing everything else right and if you’re not getting enough sleep it throws a wrench in things.

So turn off the Netflix (points finger at self) — it will be there tomorrow and they’ll even save your spot. Stop playing on your phone. Don’t grab that late-night snack. Instead, call it a night. You’ll be so glad you did in the morning!

  • Find a workout schedule that you can stick to.

For those of you who read my blog often or follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I talk/post about Pure Barre regularly. I’m pretty obsessed. A large part of that obsession is the fact that I feel grateful for Pure Barre in my life. Before PB, I couldn’t find a workout that I loved enough to really stick with or get excited about. I would jump around from thing to thing, but nothing was really doing it for me. Pure Barre, though, is a workout I instantly felt a connection with and now, 500+ classes later, my love for the barre still is still going strong.

Pure Barre is also offered at times that sync up well with my schedule, which is essential. I tend to go either in the morning at 6 a.m., or after work at 6:30 p.m. Whether I’m attending a Pure Barre class in the morning or not, though, I do try to get a morning workout in whenever I can (these days, in addition to PB, I’m hitting up spin classes at the gym or Metabolic Effect classes — more on that soon!). I’ve found that, for me, mornings work well. It’s time I can (almost always) count on being available, and once I made it a consistent practice that 5:20 wake-up call started being more and more doable — promise.

Regardless of when you choose to work out, though, my advice would be to examine your schedule and consider what time of day you can really commit to. Then try out some different workouts until you find one you really love. Then go with that — and keep going with that until it feels like something’s missing if you don’t go.

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  • Hang out with healthy folks.

Whether they’re in-person relationships or ones you’ve developed online (shout-out to Facebook and Instagram for helping to make connections!), if you surround yourself with active people, you’re more likely to be active and motivated as well — and enjoy it. After all, if you can weave activity into a social outing (think hiking, rock climbing, walking the dog, running a 10K, etc.), you’re killing two birds with one stone. The same goes for diet: you’re more likely to eat healthily when your friends eat that way, too. (I’m so glad Kevin and I have similar health goals so we can keep our fridge and pantry packed with healthy stuff and limit the processed snacks and sweets.)

But remember, too, to do your thing. If you’re determined to make good food choices during a dinner out with friends who are ordering differently than you, it’s fine to stick with your plan and go for a salad or salmon with veggies or something. But also don’t beat yourself up if you have a few fries your friend ordered for the table to share. Because come on — life’s more fun with a few fries.

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  • Recognize that there’s flexibility.

This was a tough one for me. “It’s all about moderation,” they say. Right? But moderation can be hard! The whole “I’ll just have one cookie…” turns into three cookies, and before long you feel like it’s not even worth going to workout later because of said three cookies. (At least, that was my mindset until very recently.)

To help combat this, I had to stop looking at every day as an isolated event and see the bigger picture instead. If I was making good food choices most of the time, then spending a weekend with friends or family (where often food choices aren’t up to you) it’s okay to pull back from your typical diet a bit and just enjoy being together and enjoy the food. Similarly, if you want a cookie every now and then? Go for it! Eat a cookie! Enjoy the cookie and the move ON. No need to agonize over every food choice if you’re doing things right most of the time. (The same is true for workouts, too. Take a day off every now and then when you’re out of your routine and don’t sweat it. It’s good for you!)

What healthy habits have you formed? Please share!

 

 

What I Learned From My Miscarriage

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I debated about writing this post. What a downer, right? And I wondered if it was something I should share or keep more private.

The more I thought about it, though, the more I thought this would be a great outlet for me to sort through and house the thoughts and feelings I’ve had over the past few weeks. Plus, since one thing I learned quickly during this process was how many people have been touched by miscarriage first hand, talking about it seems like the right thing to do (for me, at least).

Kevin and I found out I was pregnant on October 22 (a date I quickly added to my Google calendar to remember in years to come), and we couldn’t sleep that night because we were so excited (and nervous) about what awaited us. We went to the doctor in November and got to see our baby and hear its heartbeat — everything was right on track. I was feeling great (hungrier than usual, and soooo tired, but otherwise had few symptoms) and was able to keep working out, which helped keep my energy level up. We started to tell family and close friends our news, and I felt giddy with excitement about everything. It felt like this special sort-of secret, since just a few people knew about it. We got to tell our parents and most of our siblings in person, which was so much fun, and all was going great. My due date was June 29, and we were so looking forward to next summer and all it would bring. I added June 29 to my calendar with anticipation.

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For me, though, that excitement changed to worry one weekend in early December when I just felt nervous about things. Our next appointment was still two weeks out — scheduled for December 18 — and I didn’t want to have to wait that long. As someone who rarely worries over health-related issues, this was an atypical feeling for me, but one I couldn’t shake. I hadn’t had many symptoms to begin with, but now I felt none. When I noticed bleeding the morning of Monday, December 7, my heart sank. Our doctors’ office was able to get us in for a 9:30 appointment that same morning (thank goodness), and we eventually were given an ultrasound confirming what I already knew in my gut. Though I should have been about 10.5 weeks pregnant by then, our baby had stopped growing at about eight weeks — not too long after our last appointment, as it turned out. (I had a new date to add to my Google calendar to remember — this one not nearly as joyful as the first two.)

We went through the steps that follow, scheduling a D&C surgery at the hospital for Wednesday and then going home to try to process what had just happened.

I keep learning each and every day following that Monday, December 7, when we learned we’d lost our baby, and I know I’ll continue to learn and experience new things. I wanted to share a few of the many things I’ve become especially aware of throughout this time in our lives:

  • Showing up means the world. Kevin and I still can’t believe how much love we were shown throughout this experience. Within 10 minutes of getting home from the doctor on Monday morning, four sweet friends were at our house, showering us with hugs and crying with me. Kevin said when we first got the news, he worried that we’d told too many people about the baby, and now we had to tell them about losing it. But ultimately, we were both so glad we’d told our family and so many friends, because those people wrapped us in love, whether it was bringing meals, sending flowers, calling to talk, reaching out via card/text/Facebook/email, coming over to visit, etc., we were overwhelmed with how cared for we were. We have the BEST community of friends and family, and for that we are forever grateful. Thank you to everyone who showed up, in whatever form that took. We love you!

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  • This is a big club. I’d read about how common miscarriage can be, but I certainly didn’t realize it had touched so many people around me until it happened to us and we started hearing from friends and family members about their own personal experiences with this type of loss. It also wasn’t uncommon to hear people talk about having had two, three, even four or more miscarriages, which I can’t even imagine. Thank you to everyone who shared their own stories with us during our journey (and not just miscarriage stories, but tales of infertility and other types of painful situations as well). It was so helpful to be reminded that we’re most definitely not alone in this. It was also great to be reminded that so many of these couples went on to have beautiful, healthy children following their losses. That gave us so much hope for our future family! It’s a terrible “club” to belong to, but it sure does mean there are lots who can understand what we’re going through. I hope I can offer the same support and encouragement to friends and family members who might experience miscarriage in their future as well. Miscarriages tend to be a hushed topic (hence my hesitation at even sharing this story via my blog), but as Kevin and I processed things we realized we’d felt such support from the people who were “in on” what we were going through — support we can’t imagine not having during a time like this. For some, the private route might be the better way to go, but for those who would prefer to share, I wish this was something people felt more comfortable addressing. After all, it happens ALL the time.
  • I have a newfound respect for my body. The phrase “listen to your body” has always been one I’ve struggled to connect with. I didn’t know what that meant, truly, or how to channel it. But after my miscarriage, rather than feeling like my body had let me down, I feel a renewed sense of appreciation for my body and its intuition — and its efforts to protect me. Here’s what I mean by that. A couple of weeks before we found out we’d lost the baby, I started feeling more distant from the idea of the baby. I realized I’d stopped thinking about being pregnant as much. I was no longer envisioning the baby as an actual being who I would get to know, who would grow up, etc. I mentioned it to Kevin at one point, even. The timing was interesting, since the doctor thought our baby died around the eight-week mark, which would have been about two weeks before that fateful Monday, December 7. I didn’t know it at the time, but my body was already helping me acclimate to that loss — even before I knew I had to. And then that feeling that something was wrong the weekend before we went to the doctor? I think it stemmed from the same thing: my body being tuned in to something preemptively.
  • Not knowing what to say is totally okay. I know it was hard for lots of people to know what to say to Kevin and me after this happened, and I want y’all to know how very okay that was. I wouldn’t know what to say to me, either! Just knowing that y’all were thinking of us and in our corner was more than enough. Telling someone, “I don’t know what to say, but know that I love you and I’m thinking of you guys” is the perfect response to something like this. I’m going to remember that in the future when loved ones encounter situations I haven’t experienced or know quite how to react to.
  • Life is precious, and the big deal stuff helps put things in perspective. It’s all too easy for me to feel consumed with the everyday, and to throw myself into my work, our busy schedule, my blog, working out, etc. But things like this help ground you in what’s truly important in life, and they help you realize that every day really is a gift. (I know — so cheesy — but it’s true!) Having Kevin by my side every step of the way helped us grow closer in a new way. I appreciate him even more than I did (something I didn’t think possible). It helped remind me that, though those everyday things are important in their own way, they get trumped by the “big” stuff: loss, celebration, new life, family, relationships. I feel more level-set now.
  • Talking about it is hard, but I appreciate being asked about it. It’s likely I’ll tear up if you ask me about the baby/how I’m doing, but thank you for asking. I like remembering this tiny being. I find that just when I think I’m doing okay, I’ll get this wave of emotion and feel an overwhelming sense of sadness and loss. I’m sure that will lessen as more time goes by, but I wonder if it will always be there, in a small way. So, when you ask about how I’m doing, thank you for remembering. Thank you for asking.
  • Trust and hope are key. After the miscarriage, I worried that the next time I get pregnant some of that pure joy we had with this first pregnancy will be gone forever. I still worry about that. I know in the back of my head will be fear, and that first trimester will include of lots of breath-holding and finger-crossing. But I also think having lost a baby will help us appreciate a healthy one that much more (if that happens for us). After all, so very much in this life is out of our control, and so the best approach I know to take is to trust that good things will happen, and to know that painful things will be part of the journey as well but that we’ll be equipped to deal with them, especially with others’ support.
  • Our family is perfect the way it is right now. While Kevin and I would love the experience of being parents, we’ve always known that if for some reason parenthood doesn’t happen for us, we’ll be just fine. Our little family feels just right, and it’s full of love and fulfillment and joy. Of course, there’s no reason to think we won’t be able to have healthy babies in the future, but this experience has grounded us in the certainty that life is so good as it is, with just the two of us. I feel so thankful for that certainty.

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Workout Wardrobe Wist List: January 2016

New year, new resolutions…new workout clothes are motivating, right? (I actually do believe that having workout clothes you’re excited to put on will likely encourage you to work out more regularly.)

I already have plenty of workout clothes, but I still can’t help but keep an eye on what’s available. I thought I’d share some of my recent finds with you guys. You know, paying it forward, right?:

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What workout pieces have you wanted to add to your wardrobe lately?

 

London Highlights

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My family spent Christmas in London this year, and it was truly wonderful. That city already bursts with magic, and when you layer Christmas on top of it, it makes for wintertime perfection. We loved doing some things four of the six of us had done before (like visit St. Paul’s for a church service on Christmas Day followed by a Charles Dickens-themed walking tour and high tea at The Ritz), and also enjoyed discovering some new things the city has to offer.

A few of the new things we found and loved:

  • Liberty department store (which I can’t recommend highly enough, with its Anthro-like feel, but more old school in the best way)
  • Seeing some new (to us) decorated streets, including Bond Street
  • Cath Kidston (a Vera Bradley-meets-Kate Spade store full of adorableness for kids and adults alike)
  • Itsu (a fast food healthy, Asian restaurant started by the brilliant folks behind Pret A Manger)
  • Blanchette (a delectable French tapas-style restaurant in Soho where we enjoyed our last dinner of the trip)

There are honestly so many great things we did (and delicious things we ate!) that it’s hard to cover, but I’ll let some photos do the talking. Enjoy!:

We stayed in the Westminster area, so we passed Big Ben, Parliament, and Westminster Abbey every time we left our hotel. So lovely (especially against the full moon we had on our first night there — Christmas Eve):

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We stayed in the Westminster area, so we got to pass Westminster Abbey and Parliament and Big Ben every time we left our hotel. So lovely!

Christmas Day tea at The Ritz was unforgettable (and so delicious!):

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Skating at Somerset House:

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Such pretty lights and decorations all over the city!:

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We saw three great shows, including Elf the Musical. (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was my favorite of our line-up.):

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Sunday roast was on our to-eat list. Yum!:

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You can’t go to London without stopping in at the oh-so-narrow Twinings tea shop:

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Liberty department store (I think I could live here):

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We loved exploring Kensington Palace:

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Whoa — Santa still comes even when you’re in London for Christmas!:

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!

 

Oatmeal, Cranberry, and Dark Chocolate Cookies

This is a cookie recipe I’ve been wanting to try for a couple of weeks, ever since catching an episode of Giada at Home and drooling over the cookies she made. They not only sounded delicious, but also seemed like the ideal wintertime cookie, featuring cinnamon, oatmeal, chocolate, and cranberry flavors.

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(Side note: Speaking of Giada, Kevin and I have both the knives and cookware from her Target line and LOVE them. We received them as wedding gifts, and continue to be impressed with the quality and style. I was bummed to see, though, when I just checked Target’s website, that her line is no longer sold there. Sad! We are big fans.)

Okay, back to your regularly scheduled blog post. Subject: cookies. Delicious, delicious cookies.

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When I wanted to send some cookies to friends of ours in celebration of the birth of their son, I knew these were the ones. They seem celebratory, you know? Just a bit special. After all, it includes not your run-of-the-mill chocolate chips, but instead a chopped 60% cacao bar. Fancy, huh?

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My initial intuition was on-point: these cookies are GOOD. (Thanks, Giada!) Give them a try, friends. Sooner than later. Enjoy some for yourself and/or share some with friends — you’ll be glad you did!

Oatmeal, Cranberry, and Dark Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 4-ounce 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate bar, chopped into small-ish pieces (about 1/4 inch chunks)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy (about 1 minute).
  • Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  • With the machine running, gradually add the flour mixture.
  • Add the oats, cranberries and chocolate chunks. Mix until just incorporated (dough will be stiff).
  • Scoop slightly rounded mounds of the dough into 12-16 (2-inch-diameter) balls. Arrange six balls of dough, spaced evenly apart, on each baking sheet. Using the back of a spoon, flatten the tops slightly and bake until the cookies are slightly golden on the edges, about 13 to 15 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

 

 

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