CCCC’s: Colleen’s Cocoa Coconut Cookies

The challenge is going well so far, folks!

I’ve been eating a lot of salads, hard boiled eggs, chicken, avocados, fruit (particularly bananas with cinnamon, and clementines), Chex cereal, and gluten-free waffles. Those have been my staples thus far.

Here are a few gluten-free, dairy-free food highlights from the weekend:

Friday afternoon Maggie and I met Megan and the boys at Orange Leaf for some frozen yogurt. I thought I would be sh*t out of luck because I figured all frozen yogurt had dairy in it. But, no! Both the orange and pineapple flavors were dairy-free, so I went with pineapple. I added coconut shreds, walnuts, and strawberries on top. It was good, very refreshing.

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I made pizza on Friday night with gluten-free dough from Whole Foods, red sauce that we had in the freezer (shout out to my lovely mother in law Nancy for making it!), and Daiya mozzarella style shredded cheese (http://us.daiyafoods.com/products/dairy-free-cheese-shreds/mozzarella-style-shreds). It was delicious! Not as great as regular pizza to me (what is?), but quite good.

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Saturday, Megan and I went to look at two gyms in the area and found one we really liked and think we’re going to join. We brought Maggie and Brian along for the ride (pictured below). It was fun having everyone in the same car together! Usually we can’t do that because of the car seat situation, but Meg just put Brian’s seat in my car, and we were good to go.

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Later in the day, Colin, Maggie, and I took a trip to Home Depot. Maggie was not impressed…

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Before Home Depot, Colin and I went to Heavenly Donuts for a coffee. I thought they had almond milk at the location we went to, but they didn’t! I was disappointed, but chose their lactose-free milk option instead. I didn’t really think about it much at the moment that I ordered the coffee, but after I took a sip of it, I said to Colin, “lactose-free milk is still considered dairy isn’t it?” It is, unfortunately, which is not part of the plan. But, it was an honest mistake, so I went with it and enjoyed my coffee.

For dinner, we had steak and salad. Forgot a picture! Don’t worry, it was good. After dinner, I was in DESPERATE need of a sweet treat. I decided to throw together some ingredients and make cookies. Turns out, my gluten-free, dairy-free cookie experiment turned out great. I was pleasantly surprised. Colin (the gluten, dairy lover) even said they were good!

So, without further ado, here are the ingredients for the CCCC’s Colleen’s Cocoa Coconut Cookies (so creative):

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1 mashed banana

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (I thought I had vegetable but only had canola so just used that)

I mixed everything together and baked them for twenty minutes. Boom! Easy, delicious cookies.

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Today was so beautiful out! We took a ride to Newburyport for some walking and sunshine. We stopped into the Revitalive Cafe (http://www.revitalive.com/about-the-cafe/), and I got a green juice (cucumber, apple, spinach, romaine lettuce, kale, lemon, and ginger) and a dairy-free, gluten-free brownie. It was a nice afternoon snack. I ended up saving half of my brownie for dessert tonight (which was a good call).

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Dinner tonight was chicken on the grill, along with kale and broccoli.

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Thirty minute exercises for the weekend were:

Friday, two barre videos that I did in the kitchen.

Saturday, pushing Maggie up and down the aisles of Home Depot (this counts, people!!).

Today, walked around downtown Newburyport for about forty-five minutes.

I’m relaxing for the rest of the night, and then going to bed soon. Goodnight, y’all!

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No one likes to look like they peed their pants at work (And 100 Days of Kindness, Day 30)

Because I am relatively lame – a perfect night to me consists of laying in bed, relaxing and watching a movie, which is exactly what I did last night (movie of choice = Eat, Pray, Love). Now add in the fact that this movie was one I was very excited to see (even wanted to see in theaters but never got around to it) about a book I had just finished (love seeing books come alive onscreen even though they’re usually not as good as the book itself, although in this case I think I did like the movie better) along with the fact that I made a delicious personal-size pizza and washed it down with a glass of wine. Such a good evening.

 

Before

Another before...

After...YUM!

Onto the kindness… So, you know when you’re in a public bathroom and somehow water collects along the edge of the sinks so when you go to wash your hands you get water all over yourself? Isn’t that really annoying?… I think it is. So, today when I noticed it was happening in our bathroom at work I decided to wipe it all up. I wiped it up in the morning and then again this afternoon when I noticed it happened again. Why? Might you ask… Because no one likes to get their clothes all wet and look like they peed their pants at work.

 

The Celtics! (And 100 Days of Kindness, Day 3)

Ladies and gentleman, they’re baaaaaaaack!

Photo courtesy of http://www.nba.com/celtics/

Thank the dear Lord; the Celtics have returned. I am more than excited. I am elated. My boys are back and I’m ready for a fun-filled, action-packed season. Rondo’s already had his first triple double (guess how many triple doubles he will record this season here), Paul (I can call him Paul because we’re good friends) is looking good, KG is keeping it together, Ray still has it, Big Baby has trimmed down a bit and is ready to go, Nate is bringing more energy than ever and let’s face it, Shaqachusetts is an exciting addition. He is a big, huge ball of greatness and I’m happy to have him.

Colin and I are headed to the game tonight! SO pumped. :)

100 Days of Kindness, Day 3:

Two things today. First, I decided to take some time on my lunch break to hang out with my friend Jess. She’s great and we hardly get to hang out because we’re both so busy. When we’re hanging out it’s usually at work and we’re talking about work stuff. Today we decided to have an out-of-office adventure and it was really nice to get to spend some time together! It’s important to spend time with friends and to get to know people from work in an ‘outside-of-work-don’t-have-to-always-talk-about-work’ environment.

Second, I decided I’d like to treat Colin to our favorite pre-game cuisine – Half Time Pizza. We usually go here before games to stuff our faces. Colin usually pays because he is awesome and too good to me. He’s my best bud. He does so much for me and I love to be able to treat him to delicious things like Halftime Pizza and a few beers once in a while, so tonight we will feast!

The shit box, a hot commute and pizza

I drive in what I like to call a shit box. Unfortunately that’s not a nice name, but I only tell the truth (well, most of the time I do…) So, luckily both of my windows have recently broken in the S.B. They just don’t go down anymore which is helpful. In the winter the driver’s side window broke in the sense that it wouldn’t go up – it was stuck down. Needless to say my drive from Cambridge to Andover (my commute at the time) was not an enjoyable one. Go figure that now in the summer they are stuck up instead of down.

Also, instead of blowing amazingly cool and refreshing air, the AC blows out hot air. Gotta love that. That’s when God blessed my little S.B. with a sunroof. But does that help? No, not really.

Listen, I’m not ungrateful or spoiled. I’ve actually never had a ‘nice’ car (one day I will though.) At the moment I don’t really have the money to splurge on a new one, and you know what? The S.Box gets me from point A to point B. Because of this I will proudly use that Monte Carlo to get from here to there, I will not be ashamed when I have to open my door (instead of roll the window down) to pay the toll on the Mass Pike, I will try to get as much air as I can from the sunroof, I will carry deodorant in my bag so I can reapply before going into work and most importantly, I will drive that shit box around with an effing smile on my face.

Ok now on to last night’s dinner which was inspired by A Boston Food Diary’s pizza. Mine is pretty different (I forgot to buy ricotta cheese this week and didn’t feel like going to get any…) but even though it was different, it was still very delicious.

Since Colin made me an amazing steak dinner Sunday night, I figured I should repay him! We both really enjoyed it. :)

So the base of my pizza was flat bread, then I had Pastene pizza sauce, chicken, peppers, onion, garlic, black olives, cheese

I put the chicken and some garlic in to cook, with a little salt, pepper and chili flakes

Throw in some veggies!

Add some sauce (dark picture, sorry!)

Put the veggies/chicken on top, then your cheese (extra cheese please!)

After about 15 minutes, voila!

We topped it off with a little fresh basil as well, loooove basil

We ate dinner outside, here is a picture of a beautiful rose-bush in our backyard!

Night!

He was injured, injured bad

The Celtics/Knicks game last night was a fist-pumpin’ good time. Started off with a traditional Irish dinner (for St. Patrick’s Day) of pizza and beer at Halftime Pizza – it was delicious. We actually got a nice booth too which usually never happens, so we were off to a good start. 

The game was fun to watch, the Celtics played great – Paul Pierce had 29 points at the end of the game, KG not too far behind with 22. Last game we went to, the energy was low and people seemed disinterested. Fans were even booing the C’s. This time was very different, the energy was excellent; lots of fun. There were even Irish Step dancers at halftime! They were really good – very different from when I used to dance though. I guess I’m an old school step dancer, because from the amount of glitter on their dresses last night you would’ve thought we were at Studio 54. We didn’t do glitter. The boys especially did not wear rhinestone vests with hot pink ties (not that there’s anything wrong with that.) And wigs (they are so intense) didn’t make an appearance on the step dancing scene till I moved on to basketball in 7th grade. What happened to the old-fashioned way of curling your hair? I remember the good ol’ days the night before a feis (step dance competition) when my mother would patiently put curlers in my hair, I would sleep on them as if they were a bed of nails, and then in the morning my mother would not-as-patiently rip the curlers out as we rushed to get ready to leave (understandable – the whole process was relatively frustrating for both parties.) 

Anyway, I went to the Celtics/Bulls game last year (while I was volunteering in Chicago) on St. Patrick’s Day and now I went again this year. I was pumped I got to go, I think I’m starting a new tradition… Final score – Celtics 109 – Knicks 97 – must’ve been the luck of the Irish! 

Ready for the game

Adam & Colin ... I guess Phil didn't want to be featured on the blog ...

In other random topics - 

If you’re a country music fan, get your butt down to The Charlie Horse in West Bridgewater to see Darryl Worley for only $10. Doors open at 8pm, more information here http://www.wctk.com/extra03.php 

Paper clip root canal sounds fun doesn’t it??? (beware if you’re sensitive to disturbing teeth stories.) 

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/22874354/detail.html?treets=bos&tid=26511418836813&tml=bos_12pm&tmi=bos_12pm_1_11000203182010&ts=H  

Rogue Wave, new band I just found out about on the same label as Jack Johnson … I decided I really like them. They’re definitely worth checking out here – http://www.roguewavemusic.com/index.php 

Another pretty cool thing is that a family friend of ours, Johnny, is featured in a Cole Haan advertisement as well as this whole ‘Inspired Life’ thing they have going on. This is also worth checking out – http://www.colehaan.com/inspired/index.jsp?pi=Inspired_TopNav#Johnny 

March Madness is here – Cask n’ Flagon has a $5 basketball menu going on http://www.casknflagon.com/index.php, Game On has 90 hd tvs and will be playing every game imaginable http://gameonboston.com/. More suggestions here – http://cityvoter.com/ncaa-march-madness-bar-guide/list/535 

Eat, Pray, Love based on the novel (and real life story) starring Julia Roberts looks so good! I can’t wait; I love her :) 

The cast of ‘Glee’ is going to be on Oprah April 7th, so set your DVRs. http://www.gossipcop.com/report-glee-on-oprah/ 

My parents are currently in Vegas (because they are way cooler than me.) My mom has been relaxing by the pool which makes me quite jealous (it is well deserved on her part though!) and my sister Kelly along with my brother Patrick are driving from California to Vegas to hang with them this weekend. More jealousy ensues…. 

Free pastry day is next Tuesday, March 23rd at Starbucks! You have to buy a drink, then you get one free (nothing is really *free* is it?) It only lasts till 10:30am so hurry hurry. Heres the coupon – http://www.starbucks.com/blog/4983/free-pastry-day 

And, just because… 

I just went for a walk and it is GLORIOUS outside. I hope it stays like this! Pleeeeeeeeeease? 

Have a great day!