Two Lives, One Lifestyle

Banana Oatmeal Cookies by Katie
May 14, 2010, 4:00 pm
Filed under: Baking, Cookies, Dessert, Katie

Packing to move is not fun- you know how you start looking around like “oh it won’t be so bad!” and then the night before you’re like “what IS this stuff? why did I keep every magazine I’ve bought in 2 years!?”  For once, I’m ahead of the game and started packing about 3 weeks before I move for this reason.

One night my brain was bleeding from reading about Markov Chain Statistical Methods for Biological Applications so I needed a more mindless activity- going through all my magazines to tear out all the recipes I want to make someday.

I’m attempting to slowly eat everything in my kitchen rather than hauling it around with me (I’ll be a bit of a nomad for the next month) and the extra brown banana on my counter and an excessive amount of oats beckned as soon as I ripped “Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies” out of Cooking Light, July 2009.

Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. softened butter
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 5.6 oz. (1 1/4 c.) all-purpose flour (I used 1 c. white, 1/4 c. wheat)
  • 2 c. oats
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips (exactly the amount I had left in the bag!)

Using a mixer on medium speed, beat together the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl until smooth, then add the egg.  In a different bowl, mix the dry ingredients and then add the dry mixture to the banana mixture.  Drop onto a cookie sheet, spacing batter 2 inches apart, and bake for 18 minutes (um, set the timer for less than this… or maybe that’s just at altitude) at 350°F.   Makes about 12 cookies, or more if you can’t make consistent cookie shapes…

The banana helps add sweetness (so less added sugar) and keeps the cookies very moist, but just a touch of banana flavor.  They are a bit dense and not my favorite cookie, but still pretty tasty.  I’ve been refueling with one or two after my runs this week.

Just wanted to through a running respite in there for everyone who started reading for the food ;).

Moving = Training by Kelli
May 14, 2010, 1:55 pm
Filed under: Kelli, Run, Workout

Hi friends 🙂  I hope you have been having a wonderful week!!!  It has really flown by for me, I can’t believe it’s almost Friday!!

Remember that 18 mile run I posted about on Saturday?   I ended up having to do it on the spinning apparatus of death treadmill.  Why would I subject myself to this?  Well it was better than getting struck by lightning  by running in the killer thunderstorms that were in the Hartford area.  It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be (thank God, because I was expecting the worst).  Mostly because I just put a towel over the machine and ran.  I didn’t have to constantly look down and see if I was keeping a consistent pace, and nothing beeped every time I ran another mile.  Also, thanks to some very trashy celeb gossip and reality TV shows, the time seemed to pass by quickly for the first 15 miles.  It was the last 3 miles that killed me! I remember looking down and thinking “Wow!  I only have a 5K left in this long run!”.  How hard is a 5K!?  Anyone can finish a 5K!  That was also around the time my knees completely tightened up. With each step I felt like someone was literally jabbing my knees with an ice pic right below my knee cap.  The good news is I made it through the 18 miles and lived to tell the tale 🙂

The bad news is that since the 18 mile escapade I have barely run.  That run took SO much out of me.  I have set out to run a few times, and ended up walking a lot, or not finishing.  My body was YELLING at me to just stop moving, so I listened.  I have considered myself to be in “active” recovery this past week.  Tomorrow I have a short (short???) 10 mile run that I am really looking forward to!  But for now, I will consider packing up our apartment in preparation for the big move in 2 weeks as my training 🙂