• “Chores”

    December 5, 2010

    After working on my computer all morning long, I spent the afternoon doing chores around the house. This Sunday was not a day of rest for me. But, truth be told, some of my “chores” included fun tasks like baking and cooking! 😉


    But, now I feel prepared for the week ahead.

    The house is clean, the refrigerator is stocked…


    And four loads of laundry are washed, dried, folded, and almost put away. I always seem to lose my motivation at that final stage. Usually, there are piles of laundry on my dresser until Tuesday or Wednesday, but my goal is to have everything put away by the end of the night. 



    I was so involved with my chores that I totally forgot about lunch until my stomach started to grumble. It was on EMPTY, which meant: FOOD NOW! So, I threw together a quick arugula salad with grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, and Asian Ginger Plum Dressing.


    I also reheated some leftover fondue, which I sopped up with chunks of French bread. 


    I <3 cheese.


    And then I did some baking! 😀

    Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    I love it when sweet and salty come together, especially in baked goods. So, the combination of chocolate, maple syrup, and brown sugar with sea salt and walnuts made my mouth very happy! Mal liked these cookies a lot too. He’s already requested another batch to take with him to work! This recipe is a keeper! :mrgreen:


    Makes 3 dozen cookies


    • 2 cups rolled oats
    • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup maple syrup
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 stick of butter, softened
    • 1.5 cup chocolate chips
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
    • Sea salt


    • Preheat oven to 325*F. Coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
    • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
    • Use a tablespoon to portion out dough onto baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt.
    • Bake for 12-15 minutes until edges of cookies start to brown.
    • Allow to cool before serving.


    For dinner tonight, I brought back an oldie, but goodie!

    Growing up, my mom used to cook Chicken Stir Fry for dinner at least once a week. My mom worked at a farmstand, so we always had veggies in our kitchen, so it was a quick and easy meal for her to throw together. My sister and I both loved it, so stir fry was a win-win for our family. So, you’d think I’d make it all of the time now, but, somehow, I always seem to forget about it– until tonight!


    In the mix: carrots, broccoli, snap peas, mushrooms, chicken, soy sauce, and brown rice.


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    Dear Chicken Stir Fry,

    I will never forget about you again.




    I’m having Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies for dessert and watching a movie with M & m. I can’t believe the weekend is already over!

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    { 44 comments… read them below or add one }

    Sana December 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Yesss. I love cheese too! It MAKES my meals.


    Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) December 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Jealous of your productive day! I sat around and did next to nothing all day…


    Erica D December 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Mm, those cookies sound delicious! Can’t wait to make them!


    Amanda (Eating Up) December 5, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I cleaned today too! My finals week begins tomorrow, and I LOVE cleaning when I have to study.


    Lauren December 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Yum, I love walnuts in cookies!


    Lauren at KeepItSweet December 5, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    i also take forever to put away my laundry after it is all folded!


    Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 5, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Time flies when you don’t want it to, right?!
    The cookies look delicious, where is my scratch and sniff screen when I need one!


    Heather December 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I have become addicted to the sweet and salty combo – salted caramel hot chocolate is my favorite!

    Those cookies look amazing – I bet a sprinkle of sea salt would taste great on even a regular chocolate chip cookie!


    stacey-healthylife December 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I love that cookie recipe.


    Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I’ve been LOVING sweets with a slight saltiness to them. It brings out the flavor so much. Baking is the best chore of all!


    Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin December 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I’m in a bit of shock about the weekend being over too. Sounds like you had a good one!!


    Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 5, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Ahhh I have a very similar cookie recipe that was in a Morton’s Salt advertisement of all places! They look delicious and I can’t wait to make them!


    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 5, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I love salty sweets.


    Lauren December 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    These cookies sound incredible! I’m with you, sweet and salty is a fantastic combo.

    My mom made The same CHicken Stir Fry at least once a week too. In fact, she still makes it for us today. 😉


    gabriella @ embracement December 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Stir frys are one of my favorite things to make, so quick and you can always change up the veggies and protein!


    Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 5, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about the reduced motivation when it comes to putting piles of clean clothes away!!!


    Erika @ FoodFitnessFun December 5, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Ugh I hate house chores, but I would hate it even more if my house was a mess! 😉
    Fondue is the best! I love cheese, too!


    Krystina December 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Those look SO GOOD!!!!


    Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Isn’t laundry frustrating sometimes? I usually do all the laundry on Sunday, and it makes me feel rushed and pressured to get everything done before the workweek starts. This week, I did laundry on Saturday, and it made Sunday feel so much more relaxed.


    Liz @ BLog is the New Black December 5, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Your dinner reminds me I gotta make chicken stir fry!


    Hannah December 5, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Nothing is better than sweet and salty when it comes to dessert! Unles peanut butter is also involved 😛


    Sarah @ EatRunGarden December 5, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Chicken stir fry is good. I am so bad at putting away laundry as well.


    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] December 5, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Those cookies sound outta this world… and so simple!


    Katy (The Singing Runner) December 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Can’t go wrong with stir fry!

    I wish I had seen this recipe earlier! I had half a bag of chocolate chips in the pantry that needed to be used (but I threw them away because I kept eating them!)


    Heather (Heather's Dish) December 5, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    my mouth is watering because of that fabulous stir-fry! thanks for dinner inspiration for tomorrow :)


    meemsnyc December 5, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Wow, these cookies look amazing!


    michelle December 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    I love love sea salt and chocolate together. These look great


    Laura (Starloz) December 5, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    love the editing software your using


    Alaina December 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Those cookies look good! I’ll have to try those someday.
    My go-to meal always seems to be stir fry. It’s so easy and delicious. :-)


    Lynn (The Actors Diet) December 6, 2010 at 1:34 am

    salty n sweet is heaven. not everyone loves it, but i sure do!


    Honey December 6, 2010 at 2:58 am

    You are so cute Tina… it’s the way you write, I’m sitting here reading your blog at 3 am and laughing… I love it! you make me laugh. I’m into these kinda dishes as well, I make a vegetarian version of this with soy, rice wine vinegar and chili sauce. Looks good and so healthful!


    CaSaundra December 6, 2010 at 7:35 am

    It’s always a good feeling to start Monday off with a clean house :-)


    medical equipment December 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

    very nice cookie idea, and its that time of year that we have lots of chores before the big day so preparing what you need to do is vital


    The Healthy Apple December 6, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I love the combo of sweet n’ salty…one of my favorite combo’s in any meal or dessert!


    simi December 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Tina, I just made these cookies and they are amazing!!! :) Thanks


    Alicia H. December 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I made your cookies! They are delicious.


    Jess January 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I’m digging the cookies! Made them while I should have been studying for finals. Ate them while I should have been snacking on veggies. And now I’m blogging to tell you that I made them-with some alterations- while I should be studying for finals, and they were delish!
    Jess : )


    Courtney @ Peace, Love, Food & Happiness February 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I made these last night. They were so good I ending up eating four for breakfast! I wrote a post about it. :)
    I love your recipes and everything about your site! Thanks!



    Stephy C August 31, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I made these cookies last night and brought them in to work today- everyone (minus one weirdo with obviously bad taste-ha) LOVED them! These cookies rock!!! :)


    Camila January 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Hi Tina, I tried your the cookie recipe and really liked it. You have a follower in Chile :)


    Melanie January 15, 2012 at 2:57 am

    My new favorite cookie! Your recipes are amazing!!!!!!


    neeta January 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Tina – I was thinking of trying your cookie recipe. Is there no baking powder or baking soda in the recipe? I was wondering what helps the cookies to rise…


    Tina January 31, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Yep, it probably would help them to rise. Let me know if you try it! :)


    Neeta February 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Tried them last night .. Added 1tsp baking powder + 1/2 tsp baking soda. They were great!


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