Cookie Date Night

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My favorite girl came over tonight! 


Maddie brought Meghann over, too.  :)  Kidding, kidding.  Meghann is my fav!


We made cookies – lots and lots of cookies!


We made this recipe for Chocolate Chip, but subbed out the chips for smashed chocolate peanut butter pretzels.  Ohmygod – so good.


We also made my favorite Gingerbread Man recipe, but the dough is chilling in the fridge.


My appetite for dinner was really odd today.  I’m normally starving by 5:30 PM, but I wasn’t craving anything.  I ate about 1/2 this soup and stopped:


After we made the cookies, I decided to integrate them into the rest of my dinner.  Presenting…


Cookie Oatmeal!  Nom, nom, nom.


I topped regular banana oatmeal (I used 2/3 cup oatmeal instead of 1/2) with two cookies (and then added another one halfway through):


You should put dessert on top of your oatmeal more often.  Trust me.


Other snacks of the afternoon including an Oh She Glows bar, granola and yogurt, and an orange:




On a happy note, I am officially an author with a contract!  :)  Yippee.  And the draft of my book is officially due in 10 days.  Eck!


And I’m running a Half Marathon in the morning.  Better to get to bed! 


See you with a race recap tomorrow AM!



  • ari December 4, 2009, 10:16 pm

    can’t wait to get your book!

  • Errign December 4, 2009, 10:16 pm

    Yummy cookies! 🙂

    Good luck running tomorrow – hope the weather clears up for ya!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove December 4, 2009, 10:18 pm

    Wowza busy girl! Good luck with everything! Writing a book is tough, I am sure, but such a dream for so many people!

  • Julie @savvyeats December 4, 2009, 10:18 pm

    10 days already? Wow, that’s fast. Good luck, dear!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) December 4, 2009, 10:19 pm

    I cant believe you only have 10 days left!!! It seems like just yesterday you started it. Good for you for such a quick turn around. You are an awesome worker! Is this a draft and then it will go through revisions? Will you be doing anything else on it?

    Goodluck in your half tomorrow…hope the weather holds out and you wake up feeling great. 🙂

    • caitlin December 4, 2009, 10:20 pm

      yup – this is just the draft and then i have to do revisions.

  • Nicci@NiftyEats December 4, 2009, 10:22 pm

    Congrats on being an official author, and good luck with that half!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) December 4, 2009, 10:26 pm

    Congrats on Authordom, that’s amazing 🙂 I am super excited to buy and read the book!

  • Marissa December 4, 2009, 10:27 pm

    Hay, that’s funny! I JUST finished mixing up the dough for that gingerbread myself; mine’s sitting chilling in the fridge too! lol!

    Good luck on your run tomorrow! 🙂

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness) December 4, 2009, 10:28 pm

    I’m going to a cookie exchange tomorrow night! ‘Tis the season! Good luck with your run tomorrow — I’ll be rooting for you!

  • Justy2003 December 4, 2009, 10:28 pm

    Yum, cookies! They look and sound delish!
    Good luck at the half tomorrow! Hoping it won’t rain on you ladies!

  • Salina December 4, 2009, 10:29 pm

    GOOD LUCK with your run!!!! Oh congrats on being an official author =)

  • Sana December 4, 2009, 10:29 pm

    You can power though those ten days! Good luck tomm!

  • Matt December 4, 2009, 10:36 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!

    Cookies are excellent carbs for running 🙂

  • Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) December 4, 2009, 10:39 pm

    You’ll rock it tomorrow!

    I agree about dessert on oats. And sprinkles. Always loving’ the sprinkles 🙂

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 4, 2009, 10:46 pm

    Cookies 🙂 Perfect Friday. Atop a pillow of oats is indeed the best way to eat them!

    Have a great half marathon! You will dominate

  • Cherry December 4, 2009, 10:49 pm

    Congratulations! It’s very very inspiring. If only I could post notes around in Beijing and people would notice…most women here tend to be immune to anything that reminds them they indeed fallible human creatures and not play dough.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 4, 2009, 10:53 pm

    yay for a cookie day with a great girlfriend! Congrats on being official 😉

  • Lizzy December 4, 2009, 11:00 pm

    Good luck tomorrow dear! 🙂 your gonna do fantastic!

  • Bronwyn December 4, 2009, 11:05 pm

    Wait wait wait!

    Peanut butter cookies IN what should be chocolate chip cookies?????


  • Jessica December 4, 2009, 11:08 pm

    Good luck on your race tomorrow!

    Man I want some cookies. But meanwhile, I am chomping on my Faux Pumpkin Pie-Cake 🙂 I can’t get enough of pumpkin!

  • Jenna December 4, 2009, 11:12 pm

    so where they just peanut butter chocolate cookies without the chips?!

    • caitlin December 5, 2009, 4:53 am

      wait, they were pretzels, not cookies. i mistyped!

  • Carrie December 4, 2009, 11:12 pm

    Those cookies look so freakin delicious! If you rock that race tomorrow (which I’m sure you will), attribute it the cookies! 🙂

    Good luck on your race and your book!

  • Jenna December 4, 2009, 11:13 pm

    oh so you smashed up cookies and put them into the dough instead of the chips?

  • Meghann December 4, 2009, 11:25 pm

    YAY!!! I had fun tonight! 🙂 Good luck at the race. Rain or shine you are going to rock it. Nail that sub 2 hour girl 🙂

  • Side of Sneakers December 4, 2009, 11:37 pm

    Good luck on your run tomorrow!

  • Good Taste. Healthy Me December 4, 2009, 11:42 pm

    aw that looks so fun! I should bring some friends over to bake some cookies!

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet December 4, 2009, 11:53 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!! Those cookies look super yum! Glad you had a fun night with Meaghann. 🙂

  • candice December 5, 2009, 12:12 am

    Those cookies look soft and gooey and delicious! LOVE the idea of cookie oatmeal!

  • Mackenzie @ The College Authentic December 5, 2009, 12:20 am

    Good luck on your half! I’m hoping to do my first one on March 7th (my 19th birthday!) at the Disney Princess Half, and to be honest I have you to thank for motivating me and keep reinforcing myself to even start running 🙂

    Hahahahaha, it’s odd for me these days to have my oatmeal WITHOUT gingersnap cookies on them. Totally feel you on that, girl! 🙂 AND with paying attention to dogs more than friends, hahaha sometimes I will go to a friend’s house and forget that I’m there to hang out with the person and not their pets 😉

  • Nicole December 5, 2009, 12:22 am

    Congrats, and good luck 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 5, 2009, 12:22 am

    Good luck chica! You are such an inspiration.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) December 5, 2009, 12:34 am

    Dogs and Best friends are both awesome. Your date night looks like a blast!

  • Katie December 5, 2009, 12:52 am
  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 5, 2009, 1:04 am

    I love how you nonchalantly say you’re running half tomorrow. Maybe because you’re crazy and can run 20 miles, hehe. Good luck!

  • Jolene ( December 5, 2009, 1:49 am

    Congrats on being an official contracted author!!!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 5, 2009, 5:56 am

    What a crazy busy time for you ! Congrats on the book – and good luck for the race tomorrow! I am sure you will do brilliantly!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life December 5, 2009, 6:34 am

    Good luck on the race today-I’m sure you’ll do fantastic!

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  • Lauren December 5, 2009, 7:19 am

    Cookie night looked like so much fun! And I agree with you that adding dessert to your oatmeal is a must! Makes the oats so romantic and even more delectable.

    Good luck today sweet heart! YOU WILL DO AWESOME!! I’m sending you all of my postive thoughts and well wishes. I can’t wait to hear all about it! 🙂

  • Karla December 5, 2009, 8:00 am

    Have a great half marathon! You’ll be great!!

    Clever idea with the pretzels in the cookies too 🙂

  • Nicole, MS, RD, LD December 5, 2009, 8:17 am

    You’re probably already running, but good luck!

    Cookies look great!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises December 5, 2009, 8:18 am

    I always debate which is my favorite dessert: chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels or chocolate chip cookies – this is the perfect blend of both!!!

    Thinking of you running right now!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 5, 2009, 8:22 am

    So excited for the Half recap! My dad and I are planning one for next year. 😀

  • Katie December 5, 2009, 9:19 am

    I did dessert for dinner Thursday. Totally worth it! Mine were vegan pumpkin cupcakes.

    Good luck on the half marathon! I’m getting nervous already for my full that 12 was SO tough yesterday!

  • Susan December 5, 2009, 9:36 am

    Ohmygosh, your draft is due soon! But, I mean, you’ve totally go it under control 😉 I’ve been eating candy on top of my oats lately. Phenomenal.

  • Mica December 5, 2009, 9:41 am

    Fun night with Meghann and Maddie! I hope your race goes well today. Good luck!

  • darci December 5, 2009, 9:53 am

    Mmmm those cookies sound so good. I love the idea of putting them in your oatmeal!! might have to try that sometime!!

    Good luck at your half marathon today!!!

  • Mel December 5, 2009, 10:01 am

    Congrats on the official contract, and I hope your half went well! That oatmeal with cookies looks amazing…

  • skinnyrunner December 5, 2009, 10:20 am

    good luck in your race!!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 5, 2009, 10:53 am

    That’s awesome that you’re churning out your first draft so quickly! Congrats!!

    Good luck on the half (although I guess you’re probably done with it by now!)

  • SweetiePotato December 5, 2009, 11:06 am

    Dang! Writing a book, running a half marathon — you’re all over! 😀 That’s awesome though, congrats!

  • Carolyn December 5, 2009, 5:28 pm

    Congrats on the contract!! I thought that was all worked out since you were already writing the book. Shows what I know about the publishing business. 😉

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat December 5, 2009, 7:30 pm

    Baking cookies with a good friends sounds like an awesome night to me! And I totally agree about adding desserts to your oats 🙂

  • Chelsea December 12, 2009, 8:56 pm

    Hi Caitlin.. for the gingerbread recipe, it says to cook them for 12-14 minutes, but the ones they are making are huge! So I was just wondering if you altered the baking time at all for your smaller cookies?

    • caitlin December 13, 2009, 12:01 pm

      well these BIG cookies. i just bake until golden brown on the edges. and i cut them thick – about one inch.

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