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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe [real butter + sugar]

I think I told you guys Dave begged for requested some plain ol’ chocolate chip cookies.  I usually experiment with semi-healthy versions of cookies, so apparently he was tired of all of the almond flour, nuts and oats. I tried once to do a basic M+M cookie and ended up with my Strawberry Jello M+M Cookies. Oops. What can I say…I like getting creative.

Honestly, it’s hard for me to make plain cookies. Which is funny because I used to make them all the time as a kid with my mom. She would make her Susie’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies and take them to work all the time. I even remember her having a baking competition with a coworker. I’m pretty sure Mama Sue is the reason I am obsessed with cookies.

classic chocolate chip cookies

I think I stopped making my mom’s chocolate chip cookies due to an incident in high school. My mom makes her cookies with Crisco. The Crisco gives it a certain color and texture; they always turn out very light in color (unless of course you burn them) chewy yet crisp. Well, I brought my mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies to school and was telling a friend that my mom used Crisco in them and she belted out “She uses LARD in COOKIES!!”

My face turned beat red as I tried to laugh along with everyone else, not knowing that Crisco isn’t even the same thing as lard. Lard = animal fat. Crisco = vegetable product.

Anyhow, that event embarrassed me so much I don’t think I touched the stuff for years. Gotta love high school, right?

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[ 10 Valentine's Day Treats ] + Strawberry Jello M+M Cookies [ Recipe ]

strawberry jello M+M valentine's day cookie pile

Check out this list of lovely Valentine’s Day treats to make as well as a brand new Strawberry Jello M+M Cookies recipe!

S’mores Cookie Dough Pie

S'mores cookie dough pie in skillet

This s’mores cookie dough pie is a recipe that I was DYING to make after a friend made it. It’s a serious crowd pleaser!

{WIAW #71} Keep on Keeping On

Hello Friends! I am officially looking for jobs in the Twin Cities.  The original plan was to start school at the university here in January, which meant re-taking that awful Chemistry II class in Nebraska for the next five weeks (one of those intense Monday through Friday, three labs a week, homework daily, a test each week type of class), so I wasn’t going to be able to work until late August. Yep, this is how I look for jobs.   (4th of July on the Stone Arch bridge) Due to the lovely issue of money and trying to be smart about finances…plans have changed.  The summer class is about twice as expensive as it would be to take during the year PLUS summer financial aid is scarce and I would have to pay out of pocket over a grand for one awful class.  Without a job. I would also have to pay out-of-state tuition here since I won’t qualify as a resident until next June.  It also turns out that once you start at a school as an out-of-state student…that is what you are classified as for the rest of your schooling at that institution.  Great. This here 26 year old gal will have to wait even LONGER to get her bachelor’s degree.  I know I have an associate’s degree, and I am grateful for that, but in this educated nation, that doesn’t seem like a lot. Daddio, me and Grandma Rose Feeling like a bit of a failure when I told my mom about my new plans, she told me she was 32 when she got her first degree!  She got her degree while working full-time and having three kids to boot! She also went back to school (with four kids this time in her fourties) after she got laid off from a job she liked whole a lot, to become a nurse…a job that she was quite frankly put on this earth to do.  No joke. She works in an area where many patients pass away and she just makes those patients and their family members feel comfortable […]

SHN Favorites 6-23-13

Hello Friends! Happy Friday weekend! Oops. (PS have you voted on my new header fonts??  It seems silly but I cannot. make. a. decision!)  I seriously started writing out slash getting the pictures together for this post on Friday, but it got kind of crazy around here. I painted my nails for the first time in…a year?  Then tried writing up this post…didn’t work so well! And not crazy where I couldn’t write a post…more like I was mad that it was raining cats and dogs so Dave had to leave not two hours after arriving home on Friday, worked overnight on the railroad through about 3pm Saturday.  And the entire time neither of us knew how long he would be working so it was just this awful waiting….ugh.  Then he slept most of the day while I played computer games and listened to 30 Rock to get over my grumpiness at not conquering the world Saturday like I had planned. You see not only do I like Dave and get excited to spend the weekend with him…I also like checking things off my to-do list.  And when half of the to-do list involves Dave and he is unconscious after working his butt off on the railroad…that list is tossed out the window. Ya know what though?  It’s a new day!  A day full of possibilities and hope! AND a day to high-light some of my favorites from the past couple of weeks! Favorite Foodie Finds: Strawberry Chocolate Chip Scones from Healthy Slow Cooking Pinned to my Sweet Tooth board on Pinterest here Can I complain just one more time…our oven is broken AGAIN!  Darned rain shut our power off (for only a couple of minutes) and the oven has another error message on it…can’t wait till it gets fixed to do some BAKING! Oatmeal Jam Squares by Erin at Table for Seven Pinned to my Semi-Healthy board on Pinterest here Chocolate Cherry Fruit and Nut Balls by Jenn at Peas and Crayons Pinned to my Snackaroo board on Pinterest here Um yes…I did choose TWO recipes from the lovely […]

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #27} Baking Itch

 Hello Friends! I have the itch. The baking itch. I mean it hasn’t been that long since my last baking excursion…but a week is long enough!  I am getting ready to head out for the weekend to hang out at the hotel that is Dave (the BF)’s home most of the time and I won’t be able to satisfy it there. For now I have these yummy eats from very talented bloggers around the web to stare at and get the wheels turning for my next round of baking.  Which will hopefully be next week…otherwise that’s a long time to be itchy! More about my Friday Five Foodie Finds here. Colossal Cookies by Lauren at Climbing Grier Mountain Oh how I adore textured cookies!  Or just any cookie!  And these look ginormous! Sex in a Pan by Chocolate Covered Katie Pretty sure that’s the first time the word “sex” has ever been on the blog.  Let’s see how the search terms change to get to this blog, shall we?  But about the actual dessert…I didn’t realize there were raisins in it!  Ewwie!  I will have to substitute something…maybe craisins? Stuffed Cherry Blossom Sugar Cookies I’m pretty sure yummy things stuffed in other yummy things is a crowd pleaser and I am definitely going to be making something similar very soon!  Also, hello pretty photography!  Baby Banana Quinoa Muffins by Gina at the Fitnessista These are meant for babies, but I want to try them!  I STILL have not touched quinoa, which seems to be a foodie blogger sin, so I better get to it! Skinny Cake Balls by Gina at Skinny Taste Well a day too late, but the base recipe will still last throughout the year.  Skinny cake balls!  Who knew, right?  I know the outside is the same as a normal cake ball/pop, but the inside is a bit healthier with egg whites and greek yogurt.  Who’s birthday is coming up? I will be pinning all of these to my Friday Five Foodie Finds Pinterest board! Wish me luck on my 4-ish hour drive to nowhere, Nebraska! *~Amanda […]

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #26}

 Happy Friday Friends! I’m bringing back Friday Five Foodie Finds!  Maybe.  I tend to have commitment issues when it comes to blogging since this is supposed to be a hobby.  But I will likely be looking more for good recipes that I can make at my new apartment because I feel a little in a cooking rut.  I also feel like I’m at someone else’s apartment so I think cooking/baking will help me feel more at home. Friday Five Foodie Finds is all about showcasing other bloggers’ foods that I saved at one point or another to try to make (or that looks awesome).  No Bake Stuffed Cookie Dough Bites by Picky Palate It looks like I saved this link in October!  They still look amazingly decadent (like it would have changed…?).  Not at all healthy.  But sweets have their place in a semi-healthy diet!  These are similar to the cookie-ina-cookie I made a LONG time ago, except I baked those. Pesto Veggie Manicotti by Peas and Crayons This is the same gal I link my WIAW posts up to.  Not only does she host one of the biggest link-ups I’ve seen…but this gal can cook!  This will hopefully be making its way into my new kitchen soon. Spinach Parmesan Quinoa Bites by So Very Blessed I still have yet to make anything with quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) even though I see it on practically every blog I read.  This blogger has a lot of other quinoa bite recipes including Cheesy Quinoa Bites. Salted Mocha Cookies from Bake Your Day Another trend in the foodie world is salted sweets.  Although I was apprehensive of this idea, I made some Salted Candy Bar cookies and they were awesome.  The contrast of the salty and sweet is perfect in a cookie, so why not try these lovely cookies? Crockpot Italian Sloppy Joes by Skinny Taste I haven’t used my crock-pot in awhile and this will be a good excuse to!  I like that she put spinach on top of the meat because that definitely seems like something I would do. I hope you […]

{Recipe Round-Up} What to Take to Thanksgiving

 Hello Friends! Are you a host or an invader? This is the question I overheard someone asking at school the other day while talking about Thanksgiving break.  I’m assuming it was a cheeky way of saying “Are you having people over for Thanksgiving or going over to someone else’s house?” If you are a host, you probably have a menu figured out already.  You can still check this post out for potential Christmas dinner goodies.  But if you are an attendee like me, you don’t want to end up in that awkward situation where everyone has brought some sort of food to the party and you haven’t.  That happened to me once, I felt like a huge mooch, never again. I’ve rounded up some semi-healthy treats so that us “invaders” don’t experience the awkwardness of showing up empty handed! (Also, have you checked out my apron giveaway?  Aprons are a great gift and essential this time of the year!  Go enter and come back to check out the goodies!) Whole Wheat  Choc-PB Chip Oat Cookies Banana Chocolate Chip Confetti Bars Apple Cider Cupcakes Whole Wheat Lemon Doodle Cookies Nutty Cookie Bar Oatmeal Bread (Healthy and Sweet Version) No Bake Peanutbutter Party Treats Pumpkin Spiced Orange-Soaked Muffins Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Cookies Banana Spiced Muffin Top Cookies Semi-Healthy M&M Cookies Oatmeal Bites Also, check out my post on Semi-Healthy party tips.  Tips on how to not go overboard like we tend to over the holidays.  Believe you me, I will be reviewing this post as well! For more recipes and ideas, check out my Recipes tab and Foodie Finds tab. I will be back this week for another Thankful Thursday link-up and a recipe for ya!   *~Amanda aka Semi-Health Nut~* What are your Thanksgiving plans?Are you a host or invader? Linking up to:

Whole Wheat Chocolate-Peanut Chip Oat Cookies

Hello Friends! Now say this 10 times fast! Yes, it’s a long name for a cookie, but I have so many cookie recipes that I really need to get more specific.  I wanted to name them semi-healthy delights, but will I remember what exactly that means a year from now when I’m looking for the recipe? Yes, I do go through my own data base on this blog when I want to make something I blogged about.  In theory, the recipe is also somewhere in my house on a notecard or a scrap of paper…but seriously how awesome is it to be able to get online and type a couple of words to find a favorite recipe? Okay, enough about one of my favorite perks to having a foodie blog!  Onto the cookies! I mixed up some of these a couple of weekends ago (referenced these delightful cookies in my last WIAW post) and Dave and I enjoyed the dough, but I did manage to bake up a few of them on Election Day. Whole Wheat Chocolate-Peanut Chip Oat Cookies by Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Keywords: bake dessert chocolate chips oatmeal whole wheat flour cookie Ingredients (12-15 cookies) 1 egg 2 TBS melted butter 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup white sugar (sugar can be reduced in this recipe…the chocolate and peanut butter chips make the cookie plenty sweet) 2/3 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup quick oats (you can use old fashioned, but the texture will be different) 1 tsp almond extract 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips 1/4 cup peanut butter baking chips Instructions Mix together egg, melted butter and sugars. Add oats. In a separate bowl, mix the rest of dry ingredients except for the baking chips. Slowly mix in dry ingredients to wet. Then add baking chips. Refrigerate at least an hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake 10 minutes and let sit on the baking sheet an extra 5 minutes then enjoy! Powered by Recipage […]

Banana Spiced Muffin Top Cookies

Hello Friends! Sometimes an accident can be a wonderful thing.  Take these Banana Spiced Muffin Top Cookies, for example. I was going for cookies, but the texture and taste were so close to that of a banana muffin that I couldn’t just call them a cookie.  And of course they don’t really look like muffins…they look like muffin tops! And of course when I told Dave (the BF) that they turned out like muffin tops, he asked if they were whole grain and no fat.  No, not because he is on a diet (although he kind of is), because it reminded him of a song from 30 Rock that I sang over and over when I first heard it. (Don’t mind the scantily clad women…and erotic noises?  I couldn’t find a clip from the show but you can get the idea here.) Back to the delightful muffin top cookies. {Print Recipe} What You Need: 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour 1 egg 1 stick of butter (at room temperature or melted a little) 1 ripe mashed banana 3/4 cup brown sugar 20 drops NuNaturals vanilla sweetener (substituted for 1/4 cup sugar) 1 tsp maple flavoring 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp all spice 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder cinnamon sugar (enough to sprinkle the cookie dough) How To Make: Cream together wet ingredients.   In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients.   Add to wet ingredients and refrigerate for at least an hour.   Scoop dough with a spoon and roll into balls.   Roll balls into cinnamon sugar OR use your handy-dandy Trader Joe’s cinnamon sugar grinder. Place on a non-stick pan (or pammed pan) and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F. Enjoy with tea or coffee.  They are helpful study buddies, and are especially good while you are hanging out reading blogs. P.S. Is any one else having a crazy allergy day??I was fine until after my cardio class (the last one by the way!) and it was like an itchy feather started tickling my nose and caused it to run like a flippin faucet.  It […]

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #23} Sweet Tooth Day

 Hello Friends! I just looked at my google countdown and eek!  Only a month left until I head  back to school! I’m sad the summer is half-way over since I’ve been having so much fun with blogging things, writing lots of guest posts (three new ones will be up on blogs next Tuesday and another one I need to write today!!), reading, doing Foodie Penpals, going out of town…and babysitting the cutest twins ever created!  “old” picture of them…before they were walking I just found out that my little twinies are going to be starting daycare soon, so I won’t be able to play with them as much…breaks my heart…and I’m not even their mom! I’m happy I get to see them today!  (Even though they are teething with a cold.) It’s time for another Friday Five Foodie Finds post!  I like to check out what other food bloggers have going on around the web and am showcasing my favorite finds. My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie at A Tender Crumb Um a picture says a thousand words?  I’m pretty sure the first hundred would be “YUMMM!!”(I pinned this deliciousness to my Sweet Tooth board on my pinterest account.) Protein French Toast by Heather at Kiss my Broccoli (I pinned this to my Friday Five Foodie Finds board on my pinterest account.) Cake Batter Protein Pudding by Heather at Kiss My Broccoli Yep, Heather, my blend, made it into the Friday Five Foodie Finds twice!  Can I help it that she had some amazing food the past couple of weeks?? (This beautiful creation is pinned to my Semi-Healthy page on my pinterest account.) Brandy and Peach Popsicles by Kelly at Little Wonders Days Yummy adult popsicles with real fruit! (I pinned these yummy popsicles to my Friday Five Foodie Finds board on my pinterest account.) Healthy Cake Batter Cookie Dough Dip by Katie at Chocolate-Covered Katie After I drooled on my keyboard a bit, I asked Katie what the heck you dip into these kinds of dips.  She said “Fruit, graham crackers, pretzels, use as icing, top pancakes, etc.”  So imaginitive […]

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #22} Housekeeping

 Hello Friends! This post almost didn’t happen today.   For my Friday Five Foodie Finds posts, I have been trying to just let the finds come to me…and try to not search for them in order to post every single Friday.  (Does that even make sense?) Well, after hanging out with my good friend Emily to help her with some blog things (including an exciting giveaway from her home business to YOU!)…I got excited about blogging and looked for the other two recipes to do a post.  I know, I am silly.  I just can’t help getting excited about blogging sometimes. It’s a great way to get my thoughts out there, like yesterday’s faith post.  It’s not even about the feedback, although I truly appreciate the comments and fellowship (seriously thank you and I love you all), but it’s like a diary to me. An interactive diary with pretty pictures where I can occasionally teach someone something new.  And learn in the process.  Pretty awesome right? Speaking of blogging things…a little housekeeping issue.  (Why does “housekeeping” make me think of Tommy Boy?)  It’s about the Semi-Healthy Blog Facebook Page.   First of all: I would really appreciate if you’d head over and “like” my Facebook page.  You can participate in discussions, be up-to-date on new blog posts, and often be inspired by random quotes I post. Secondly: With Facebook’s new policy, only 7% of people that ‘like’ a fan page will see the updates. To see all of my blog posts, giveaways, photos, inspirational quotes and such, just go to Semi-Healthy Blog page & click/hover over the ‘Liked’ button (beneath the cover photo) & activate the ‘show in news feed’ option (see photo above). (Sorry for the inconvenience!)Everyone got the Facebook thing straightened out?  Good!  Onto more fun things… Here are some of the lovely recipes I’ve come across the past couple of weeks and am promising myself that I will try! Mini Banana Cream Pies by Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats Pure adorableness.  And it’s even semi-healthy…banana slice on each mini cream pie! Tomato Pesto Pizza by Kelly at Semi-Homemade […]

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #21}

 Hello Friends! It’s Friday!  And unlike most people I am not trying to just make it through the day…I have the day off!  I do, however work tomorrow at the Farmer’s Market and my babysitting job.    So I am trying to enjoy this lovely, if rainy, day. On the agenda is getting my Foodie Pen Pal box together and mail it out.  I am doing something homemade, however I can’t decide what to do.  I made those Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Cookies last week…intending some of those to go into the box.  Nope.  Only one left. I have a nice list for my Friday Five Foodie Finds this week.  Maybe I will use one of these recipes? When I first started doing these posts, I would search for recipes with the intention of putting them in my post so that I could post every single week.  Now I am much more laid back and just let it happen.  This means I might only post every 2 or 3 weeks, but these are recipes that I truely drooled over and want to try out. Soft Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies by Chocolate Covered Katie Cookies are my favorite.  Soft cookies make my mouth happy.  These look amazing and as usual, Katie made these healthier than a usual cookie.  If she hadn’t already established the most awesome healthy baking blog, I would probably start one similar.  But for some reason, I feel like I can’t hold a candle to some of her recipes.  She actually recently got contacted by a “major publisher” to write a cook book.  I am jealous of the publisher part but I really don’t think I would want to have the pressure of writing a cook book.  Some other sort of book, yes. Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies by Jenn at Peas and Crayons Jenn shares her yummy recipes with such charm that sometimes I just want to sit and drool and read her blog all day.  Plus her photography is so creative…it makes me want to set up my own photo corner in the house and buy […]

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #19}

 Hello Friends! I am excited to share some yummy Friday Five Foodie Finds with you this week! Don’t forget to grab a button if you were featured! I will have to make it brief as the kiddos I’m babysitting are eating breakfast and who knows how long I will have before they are ready to play!  (Am I complaining??  Heck no!  I’m getting paid to hang out with two adorable kids!) Homemade Trader Joes Chili Lime Chicken Burgers by Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats These are grilled chicken and veggie patties smothered in guac in my favorite whole wheat sandwich thins.  Mouth watering yet??  Mine sure is! Chicken Rollups Via Jenna’s Journey I originally saw these on pinterest and knew they had to go on my Foodie Finds.  I am thinking of making a similar version but adding some broccoli and spinach for a little semi-healthiness. Raspberry Easter Egg Cupcakes via Krissy’s Creations I cannot stop drooling over these raspberry cupcakes!  There are actually fresh raspberries in these little creations.

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #18}

Happy Friday Friends! Well I was going to run 6 miles this morning.   Then when my alarm clock went off I convinced myself I should just run after class…and therefore right before work. We will see how that goes huh?  With warm temps and little time to run a distance that I’m not sure I’ve ever run before?  Will I make it to work on time to serve the folks coming into the wing-n-beer joint to watch March Maddness? I suppose that does give me time to do my Friday Five Foodie Finds this morning! Gotta look on the bright side, right? Stacked Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas by Perry’s Plate adapted from The Roasted Vegetable This recipe needs to happen in my kitchen and fast.  I saw it a couple of weeks ago and was drooling the whole week.  So many veggies!! Chia Seed Peanutbutter Cookies from Yummy Mummy Kitchen guest-posting at The Realistic Nutritionist I made cookies similar to these, however I did not use eggs at all.  I am curious to see how these would turn out! Nutella Poptarts by Karen Milling at Blog Her Um poptarts were consumed by me almost daily in highschool.  Brown-sugar cinnamon to be exact.  Homemade poptarts?  Yes please! Oatmeal Smoothies via Martha Stewart I’ve been wanting to make fruit smoothies lately to get some fruit in my life.  (Did you see my Berry Healthy Fruit Smoothie??  SO GOOD!)  This one has oatmeal in it so I am so curious as to whether it tastes good…it sure looks pretty doesn’t it? Do you think Martha Stewart herself came up with this idea?  And decided to use this cup?  I always wonder… Shrimp Pasta with Tomato and Basil via Inspired Taste This looks so fresh and summery AND semi-healthy!  I have never cooked with shrimp before and this seems like a new adventure to me! Please check out Inspired Taste‘s blog.  The recipes are so creative and the photography so wonderful.  (Hopefully you will not ditch my pathetic blog once you see theirs…) If you were featured on my Friday Five Foodie Finds list, feel free […]

{WIAW #20} Drooling all Day

Good Morning Friends! I hope everyone is having a great week so far!   I cannot believe it’s Wednesday but I am so excited because I missed out on WIAW last week due to crazy stress and busyness.  (More info on WIAW.) The food pictured was from a couple of weeks ago when I made my yummy crockpot chili.  I prepared it in the morning and was home all day doing homework and drooling over the smell.  I finally got to enjoy it with the BF and Daddio after a hard Body Pump workout.  So.  Good. Enjoy and hopefully you can get some foodie ideas! WIAW {What. I. Ate. Wednesday.} {Breakfast}: Homemade oatcakes with melted crunchy peanutbutter and homemade syrup {Lunch}: A go-to meal for me: Spinach salad with whole wheat breaded chicken tenders, cottage cheese, and jal-jack cheese melted on the tenders with a side of parmesan garlic sauce.  Mmm.. {Dessert}: PB2 cookie dough ball (recipe to come!)  I’m pretty sure I had a couple of baked ones as well! {Pre-workout snack}: Half a bowl of Special K (the other half came after Body Pump) {Dinner}: After smelling this delightful crockpot chili all day…I finally had a bowl (or two)! It was so worth the wait! {Dessert}: Working on getting fruit in my life so I took some leftover frozen yogurt + soy milk + frozen berries and made a berry-licious dessert! Food Evaluation: Started out right with a filling breakfast. I don’t remember the times for my meals, but it seems like it was good spacing. I’m happy I got some fruit in my life! Making the chili myself made it even more satisfying..not to mention the fact that chili has so many healthy veggies, beans and protein! Probably ate more cookie dough/cookies than I should have.  ((Must work on this.)) Check out more of my WIAW fun here! Have a happy hump-day everyone!  Off to do Chemistry! 

{Friday Five Foodie Finds #17}

 Hello Friends! How’s your day going?  Mine feels busy, but it’s all relative right?  TGIF! I had to get up early this morning to go babysit a cat before I headed out to school.  Yes, babysit a cat.  ;-)  My friend is out enjoying some sweet oceanic views so I get to pretend to be a pet owner for a few days. Marley-cat and I watched some Full House and then it was off to class. The hour drive was a very sleepy one.  I had to be there early enough to *doh* pay for a parking ticket and buy some parking passes.  I only have class there on Fridays for now so {thankfully} I don’t have to pay for a whole semester.  I felt pretty silly forgetting the fact that at a university, you pay for parking.  Darn you community college for spoiling me!! My nutrition prep class went well, I didn’t feel like I wanted to cry after leaving.  One Friday I learned that I will probably have to leave the state for a year for my internship.  I’ve lived in Nebraska my whole life and would hate to leave the BF and my fam! Today we just learned all about taking the Registered Dietician exam as well as certification and maintenance.  200 smackeroos to take the test so I better study up!! Then it was off to run some errands and have a late lunch of leftover chili + easy mac.  (I’m super excited to share the chili recipe with all you soon!) And now it’s time to blog! Friday Five Foodie Finds is somewhat of a shout-out to the lovely recipe writers I follow. There are so many out there but I decide to pick my five favorites that I would like to try to make myself each week. Fluffy Peanutbutter Banana Cookies by Krissy’s Creations Krissy is one creative gal.  I adore her photography.  Just look at the colors and the dainty pink ribbon against the turquoise placemat with the little peanutbutter chips on the side…. *sigh*  That photo is pretty enough to eat! Also, […]

{Friday Five Foodie Finds # 16} Here’s to Feeling Better!

Hello Friends! Well Friday is already half-over, but I’m sharing these lovely foodie finds with you just the same! I wasn’t feeling too hot this morning.  I realized it was really bad when I could barely hobble over to my alarm clock(s) (that are positioned across the room to force me to get up.) I decided to send my teacher an e-mail and stay on the couch until I felt better.  Still having tummy issues but with my trusty laptop I decided to finish up my Friday Five Foodie Finds post. For whatever reason, I had only found 2 recipes for the week before today.  Possibly due to the fact that I have been branching out in my blog reading mostly non-recipe blogs? In any case I was able to find 3 other delightfully enticing finds while lounging on the couch watching Gilmore Girls this morning.  Enjoy! Easy Oreo Pudding Cupcakes by Janelle at Comfy in the Kitchen These were the first recipe to catch my eye this past week.  Simply decadent and oreo-licious! Sriracha Scallops by Jenn at Peas and Crayons My good friend Jenn is always cooking up a storm!  I’m not even sure if I like scallops..but I will have to try them looking at all of her tasty photos! Puffy Vanilla Bean Snickerdoodles by Heather at Heather’s Dish The BF’s favorite cookie is a snickerdoodle and these ones caught my eye because of the “puffy” in the title.  Have you ever had a “puffy” cookie.  Almost like a cake-cookie.  Yum. I found this blogger from an article that was tweeted: Fitness Magazine’s Fit Bloggers We Love Oats (and hoes) Pancakes by Lee at Fit Foodie Finds I feel like these might make my dinner tonight.  I am almost sure of it actually.  Also does anyone get the reference in the title? (Guest post at Krissy’s Creations) Salted Turtle Cookies by Cassie from Bake Your Day Oh goodness these sound amazing.  And you all know about my cookie obsession right?  My favorite dessert ever.  If I could only bake one thing the rest of my life it […]

Lovingly Healthy Cookie Bars

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Check out this amazing healthy cookie bar recipe! Make it for someone you care about.

Raspberry Craisin Chocolate-Dipped Cookies {Valentine’s Day Link-Up}

Happy Sunday Everyone! I’ve hinted at this particular post all week, which really was last week, since it’s Sunday. Valentine’s Day is coming up so I wanted to make some Valentine-ish treats AND have a fun link-up for you all to share your Valentine’s Day recipes and/or crafts.  I have a whole page of ideas on Pinterest entitled, “Lovey-Dovey Day”.  But for some reason, I didn’t use any of those recipes, but made up my own.  What can I say, I was feeling creative. All I did was look in my baking cupboard.  I had all of the ingredients already, which to me say that I bake a lot.  Not too much, I don’t think it’s possible to bake too much, however I do bake quite frequently. I had some sugar cookie mix which is super handy for a base cookie, some craisins, raspberry flavoring,  chocolate almond bark, cocoa powder, some pink, red and white m&ms and a heart-shaped cookie cutter and got to thinking.  Does anyone else do this?  Stare at all of your possible ingredients until something beautiful takes shape?  I finally landed on a creation I am going to call  Raspberry Craisin Chocolate-Dipped Cookies. {Print Recipe} Ingredients: Sugar cookie mix (+ ingredients called for such as 1 egg, butter, etc) Sub half of the butter in the recipe for applesauce for a fluffier, lower-fat cookie (if doing cut-out cookies, don’t use applesauce and add 1 TBS flour) 4 tsp raspberry flavoring few drops of red or pink food coloring 3/4 cup craisins (I like to chop mine up) 5-6 squares of almond bark How To: Mix egg, butter and applesauce together.  Add raspberry flavoring.  Add sugar cookie mix.   Add either pink or red food coloring until you achieve desired color.  I would use pink next time, but in the pictures you see, I used a few drops of red. Add craisins. Refrigerate dough at least one hour so it will be easier to roll into cookie balls (or do cut-outs, which I was planning on doing, however the applesauce makes it a bit sticky). Roll into cookie […]

Friday Five Foodie Finds #13

 Happy Friday Friends! How is your week going?  Mine has been pretty busy school-wise.  Chemistry test yesterday and nutrition test today (my first one!).  I’m actually listening to the lecture again as I type..I know, talent right? I have to get to class out of town pretty soon here so I’m just stopping by quickly to give you my weekly foodie finds this week.  Being a blogger, one of the things I do regularly is check out other blogs and I usually find amazing looking recipes that I must try.  This is a way for me to remember, “I must make this,” show my readers my favorite finds, as well as give props to the talented foodies out there. Here you are: Friday Five Foodie Finds by Semi-Health Nut Chicken Enchilada Soup by Some the Wiser I worked at Chili’s for three years and I enjoyed many a chicken enchilada soup before/after work.  I hope this is just as good if not better! Red Velvet Cake Cookies by Peas and Crayons Well Valentine’s Day is coming up and these will be perfect for the holiday!  Jenn made the top 9 recently on Food Buzz so this girl is a talented photographer and recipe maker.  I like the idea of a cake cookie because it’s super quick and easy…and who doesn’t love that?I already have these delightful cookies on my “Lovey-Dovey Day” pinboard on pinterest. Chicken Pot Pie Soup by Skinny Taste Can you tell I was craving soup this week?  This soup is surprisingly healthy, as many of Gina’s recipes tend to be. Copy Cat Granola Bars by Chocolate Covered Katie Another healthy find this week was Katie’s granola bars.  Apparently these taste just like Nature Valley’s granola bars so I’m excited to try them.  The BF has asked me to help him out and try to make some healthier treats for him (poor guy is trying to lose weight and I love to bake) so this will be an option for him. White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies by Love and Olive Oil Oh my yumminess!  I may have saved […]

Granookie Bars + Sweet Talk

Hello Friends! I hope you are all having a lovely Friday and that you have weekend plans that are making you excited.  Or that the lack of plans you have are also making you excited to have a relaxing weekend. I am currently mowing down on a piece of my delicious Granookie Bars (Granola + Cookie = Granookie) and I thought I would share with you the method behind the deliciosity. Gah chipping nail polish.  The reason I paint my nails but once a year… I also wanted to give you a little background on how I view sweets.  This topic has been on my mind for some time and I haven’t quite discussed it quite to the extent I’ve wanted to. I currently have an hour long car ride on Fridays to the university I am attending and decided I needed something interesting to listen to on the way.  Don’t get me wrong, I adore listening to the radio and taking time to sing my heart out to a variety of KLove tunes, but for an hour straight…my lungs get tired. I got a CD set for Christmas that’s based off of the book Intuitive Eating.  (I’ve yet to read the book, although I got that for Christmas as well, so for all I know it’s a word-for-word rendition of the book.) The beginning of the first CD discusses why dieting is bad.  I agree whole-heartedly that going on a diet is never the way to lose weight.  But look at the society we live in!  So many many programs and diets and philosophies to follow that promise to change our lives if we just jump on that bandwagon.  It’s so difficult for us to not fall privy to the lies and the immediate gratification that dieting brings. The truth is, diets eventually fail, because one of the keys to a diet is restriction of some kind.  And the thing about restrictions are that if we do restrict ourselves from something…we are going to want that thing even more.  We will want it so badly that we will eventually […]

Semi-Healthy M+M Cookies

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These semi-healthy m+m cookies are packed with flavor and nutrition.

{WIAW #12} Easy Dinner and Dessert

Hello Again Friends! I just got done with an amazing run!  Just a little 2-miler but it felt just right.  It was in the 40s so I did have to bring a little tissue because my nose gets a little runny on cold runs, and my throat got a little sore….but an hour later I feel like a million bucks! Now it’s that time of the week.  Time for WIAW!  What. I. Ate. Wednesday. Never heard of WIAW? I got the idea from Jenn at Peas and Crayons and link up to her posts each week.  This uber-creative gal also inspired me to be more fun with my photos on my blog, thus the photo collage.    What I doI (try to) take photographs of each item of food I eat and each item I drink for an entire day (doesn’t have to be Wednesday, Wednesday is just the day we share).  (Taking photos of all of the food I consume is no easy task…I applaud those who do this on a regular basis.)  Then I try to evaluate how well I ate or what areas could use some improvements.  Why would you care what I ate?I’m not vain enough to think that everyone will care, however this can give you some ideas for food for yourself as well as a way to space meals out.  There is a thought process out there that those who are “skinny” eat very little food or restrict calories or fat or sweets.  I would like for people to see that this does not have to be the case!  I believe a large part of the reason I am the small size that I am is that I allow myself indulgences AND I make sure to listen to my body when I am hungry.  Skipping meals is not for me.  (For more on my eating philosophy, see About Me – Semi-Healthy Life.) Basically, I am at a healthy weight and this is how I eat! WIAW Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 {Breakfast 10am}: Kashi Blueberry Waffles, honey peanutbutter, Bear Naked Granola + Chewy Vitamins + Water […]

Merry Baking {Christmas} Eve 2011! (Part 1)

Hello Friends! Hope your holiday is starting out wonderfully…and that you are not as last minute as me in your food preparations! Every year I set out to make a zillion different treats for Christmas.  The BF told me I should just start bringing side dishes so there weren’t so many tempting sweets at holiday gatherings…but I just can’t help it!I love to bake!  Just check out my holiday round up/link-up! I’ve even often thought about turning this blog into a strictly sweets blog, or starting another one based on my love for baking and sweet things.  But who has time for a second blog?  And how would it look for me to have a sugar-filled blog when I am a personal trainer or dietician? ;-)  (Not that it isn’t semi-sugar-filled now!) I baked some cut-out cookies Wednesday (tryin to get a head start!) and then brought them over to the BF’s Fam Christmas to frost em.  I am sure glad I did that because frosting with three or four people is much quicker than with one.  I mean really, it takes long enough to do all the cut-outs right? At least I took the easy route by going Betty Crocker style.   The BF’s cookies BF’s sister and her BF Seriously check out all the cookies we decorated!! In addition to decorating some lovely cookies (can anyone pick out the “Christmas dragon” cookie?), we also had a nice Christmas dinner and lots of presents to unwrap!  The BF’s fam spoils me.    The BF’s sis and I got some amazingly soft and warm blanket-coat things. Well I am off to make some peanutbutter oreo balls to bring to a work party!  Then I might try to squeeze a workout in on the treadclimber today, then church at 5pm and then off to the Daddio’s fam Christmas. Merry Christmas {Eve}! *~Amanda aka Semi-Health Nut~* What are your holiday plans? Are you an over-baker like me? Don’t forget to link-up to my holiday link-up party!! Link closes in 2 days!

Salted Candy Bar Cookies

Oh yes you heard me right!  Salted Candy bar cookies! I just can’t get enough of these!  If you know me, you know I adore cookies.  {I have honestly thought of having a cookie blog…but seriously who has time for two blogs??}  They are my weakness because I can never have just one, but they are my strength because I make them so often…I’ve gotten kind of good at it.  And I love adding lots of weird ingredients to cookies (I call em hodgepodge cookies). I had some candy bars in the fridge from Halloween because the BF’s roomie handed out full sized candy bars on halloween and somehow I ended up with a few.  I ended up eating a couple of the candy bars in one sitting (okay two separate days, two separate bars, but still).  I wanted to get rid of them so I wouldn’t eat another one in a single sitting and make some cookies so voila.  I really am not sure if the cookies are healthier than just eating a candy bar…but for some reason, cookies are more satisfying to me.  The logic that goes on in my head does not always make sense when typed out.  Nevertheless, a yummy cookie came from it. Salted Candy Bar Cookies Since you can make this with any chocolate chip cookie recipe, I am leaving it to you to use your favorite recipe.  Since everyone has one. Ingredients Your fav choc chip cookies recipe Sub whole wheat flour for the flour Sub candy bars for the choc chips 1 Milky Way Bar 1 Snickers Bar 1 Dark Chocolate Hershey Bar Be creative! Sea Salt Modern Family playing in the background.  This is essential. Source How To: Cream together wet ingredients.  (Sugar and butter/shortening first, then eggs, then vanilla, etc) Add sifted dry ingredients. Add chopped candy bars. Salt the cookie dough balls as you put them on the baking pan. Questions?  Don’t hesitate to ask the semi-health nut! I love my cookies with chunks of things in them.  {Food things} I made some salted and some non-salted, but I […]

{WIAW} Eating with Kiddos + Serving Others

Happy Mid-Week Day to you all! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!  Can you believe it?? I have THREE Thanksgivings to go to the day of NOT COUNTING Thanksgiving at the farm with the BF’s family.  That’s a lot of Turkey.  I will be in need of a big nap. Today is Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday, today is Wednesday all day long.  (We used to sing this in Kindergarten…it’s funny the things that stick with you huh?) Wednesday means WIAW time {What. I. Ate. Wednesday.}  It’s fun day to reflect on one day out of the week’s food intake.  It oftentimes tells me that I need to eat more fruits and vegetables, but sometimes I get to pat myself on the back too.  Today I’ll be detailing you what I ate on Saturday. Saturday was a full and fun day to say the least.  I had the opportunity to help out delivering a couple of meals on Saturday to people for Thanksgiving and it just warmed my heart.

Semi-Healthy Pumpkin Spiced and Sprinkled Cookies

Hello Friends!  Happy Tuesday! My Tuesday is going particularly well as I slept in until 9:30 and have been lounging in my pjs watching Gilmore Girls and drinking delish peppermint mocha coffee.  Are you totally jealous?? No, I’m not pulling a sick day…its my first week on Fall Break!  That means no classes for TWO WHOLE WEEKS! I decided today was going to be pajama day (until I leave for the gym in a bit…but gym clothes are just as comfy so it’s all good).  And then I suppose I should then shower and get dressed to get my hurr did.  But I will take half a pj day! I also get extra time to blog surf AND to do a fun cookie post!  I shared with you on my Friday Five Foodie Finds this past Friday {Fall Food Love} these delightful looking Pumpkin Cookies I needed to try to make.  Aaaand I did! I made modifications of course so check it out! Pumpkin Spiced and Sprinkled Cookies Ingredients: 2/3 cups sugar 2/3 cups brown sugar 3/4 cups butter 1/2 cup pumpkin puree  1tsp vanilla 2 eggs 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp pumpkin spice 1 tsp salt brown sugar/cinnamon mixture and sprinkles of your choice for rolling in (the cookie dough balls…not yourself…)  How To: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit (when you’re ready to bake). Cream together sugars and butter.   Add eggs. Add pumpkin and combine. In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients. Slowly add dry ingredients to the mixture. For less sticky dough, which is optimal for rolling in sugar, cover dough and put in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. Roll dough in sugar/cinnamon and fun sprinkles. Bake 12 minutes at 350 degrees F. Enjoy the semi-healthy treat! Can you tell that I just measure cookie dough balls by means of guestimation? Welp I better get ready to go to the gym.  Or get ready to watch another episode of Gilmore Girls…these pjs are TOO COMFY! Enjoy this recipe and share it with friends!  […]

Sugar and Spice and Everything Awesome Cookie

Hello friends, I hope you had an amazing weekend!  I had a pretty lazy one…stayed in my Pj’s for most of the day Saturday.  (I needed that.) Since all of my Halloween treats had vanished quickly, I have been craving homemade sweets.  I decided to try a new recipe…rather I decided to create a new masterpiece of a cookie.  {We know that I heart cookies.} There has been a trend recently for desserts made with salt or pepper, a combination of flavors to delight the tastebuds.  I decided to try to replicate the salty/sweet aspect and it turned out perfectly (if I do say so myself).    I tweeted that I had probably eaten 10 of these guys on Saturday.  That is how awesome they turned out.  (Or that is how big my sweet tooth is?) Sugar and Spice and Everything Awesome Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup butter-flavored crisco 2 eggs 2-3 TBS Cinnamon Vanilla Creamer (or milk) 1/2 cup sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 cup flour 1 cup oats 1tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp pumpkin spice seasoning 1/4 to 1/2 cup salted roasted sunflower seeds (depending on your want of salty-flavoring) 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips To Do: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together sugars and crisco.  You can nuke the crisco 20-30 seconds for easier mixing if you’d like. Add eggs to the mixture. Add the creamer or milk. Add oats. In a separate bowl combine the remaining dry ingredients (not the chips or sunflower seeds) and sift/mix together. Slowly stir in the combined dry ingredients to the mixture. Add your sunflower nuts and chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Let sit on the cookie sheet outside of the oven an additional five minutes before removing to cool. ENJOY the Sweet Spiced Salty GOODNESS! I just finished the last of these beauties.  And patted myself on the back.  And considered whipping up another batch.  Pronto. Oh!  I almost forgot!  I saw the Trans Siberian Orchestra over the weekend.    I. Love. Christmas Music. Have you […]

Friday Five Foodie Finds #7 {You make that in a SKILLET??}

Happy Friday Friends! It’s that time again…time to show you a small sample of the awesomeness I have found searching this here world-wide-web.  I like to call it Friday Five Foodie Finds. {Really it’s an excuse to peruse many many blogs for hours and hours each week in the name of Friday Five Foodie Finds.}  1.  The Pink and Blue Blog’s Cookie Skillet This recipe makes me drool.  I mean really check it out.  I added another sweet pic onto my Pinterest board showing all the steps.  Slight obstacle: I don’t have a cast iron skillet.  I could ask for one for Christmas…but that is oh so far away!  I may just steal one from the BF’s family…I think I saw one there.  Shhh don’t tell! 2.   The Smitten Kitchen’s Roasted Tomato Soup with Broiled Cheddar  I originally saw this on Iowa Girl Eat’s Blog…but she got it from Smitten Kitchen so I gotta give both props. This gem combines grilled cheese with tomato soup…a soup which I have never liked…but from the looks of this, I could learn to like.  I mean come on, roasted tomatos??  Also I have never broiled anything so that will be a fun challenge… 3.  The Picky Palate’s Chicken Stew with Sausage and Beans I usually think of stew as heavy and dark…but this stew doesn’t seem to be either.  Filled with protein and fiber goodness…I can’t wait to try it. 4.  I Talk to Food’s Healthy Banana Bread Okay I’ve made banana bread before (even banana bread with applesauce and banana bread with pumpkin) but this one looks uber healthy AND unique.  It has coconut oil and agave nectar, neither of which I’ve baked with before.  I do get sold on food pictures and this is a sweet one!  Look at that crust! 5.  Finding Joy in my Kitchen’s Spaghetti and Meatballs (From Scratch) Last, but certainly not least, a recipe from the gal who gave me the idea for Friday Five Foodie Finds.  (I link up to her page each week I’ve done this series…check it out!) The meatball part of […]