Wednesday, April 6, 2011

186 Days to Go

As the knot keeps ever so kindly reminding me, there are only 186 days left until the wedding. Now don't get me wrong. I did NOT buy a dress that was too small for me, stubbornly set on losing the weight or bust. No I bought the dress that fit, but that doesn't mean that I can't use this very real count down toward a major life change as an opportunity to force myself to commit to getting in shape.

I am not fat. I just want to slim down/tone up, more for the honeymoon than anything else. So I've embarked on a diet of 1200 calories a day, coupled by 5 days a week of working out. I don't mind the working out, I would be doing that anyway, but the diet is rough. Especially because of my passion for baking/cooking/eating.

I like to blame it on my partially Italian heritage, this unquenchable love of food. And since I moved to Georgia last August and started seriously baking and cooking much much more in a (successful) attempt to save money, it makes it harder to commit to a diet that doesn't allow me to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

In fact, I just got finished reading pretty much the whole way through a cookbook called "Baked Explorations" which was a rather stupid thing to do. I already made the recipe for Nutella scones from that book, and based on the one bite I allowed myself, they were wonderful. At least that's what my fiance and coworkers said.

Speaking of the fiance, his birthday is coming up which provides me with an definite opportunity to bake again, in the form of his birthday cake. Right now I'm kind of undecided between an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie cake with cream cheese frosting or red velvet. Either way I'm excited.

At any rate, wish me luck as I continue onward through a minefield of delicious feasts of which I cannot partake.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cookie Recipes

Almond Slices
Apple Cider Caramel Filled Cookies
Apple Spice Oatmeal Cookies
Banana Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Black and White Cookies
Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cheater Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Chocolate Ganache
Chocolate Double Peanut Pretzel Cookies
Chocolate Mint Cookies
Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Pumpkin Buttercream
Christmas Crunch Cookies
Cookies and Cream Oreo Chunk Cookies
Cowboy Cookies
Cucidati (Italian Fig Cookies)
Dark Chocolate Cherry Walnut Cookies
Eileen's Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Hazelnut Nutella Thumpbrints
Homemade Thin Mints
Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies
Italian Ricotta Sugar Cookies
Mini Black and White Cookies
Mint Chocolate Crinkles
Monster Cookies
Nutella Stuffed Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies
Oreo Cream Cheese Cookies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Cookies
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies
Pink Lemonade Macarons
Pistachio Macarons
Powdered Sugar Cookies
Pumpkin Black and White Cookies
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Icing
Pumpkin Scotchies
Raspberry White Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Rice Krispie Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Russian Tea Cakes
Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Snickers Cups
Tay Tu's with Pumpkin Glaze
Tricolor Cookie Bars
Versatile Soft Chocolate Cookies

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