Cake and cookies

After the exercise class last night, I was only slightly hungry (and mostly tired) so I put together a little snacky plate with healthyish cheesecake, peanut roasted chickpeas, and prunes and apricots with PB2.

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There’s also a little piece of the caramel-nut-chocolate candy (on the stick) that my step-uncle gave me for Easter yesterday.

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As I mentioned, I took the Open Cardio Gyrokinesis class last night at the Madison Park location of kinespirit, a fancy gyrotonic studio, with the coupon that Melissa from Fitness NYC brought to the blogger brunch last month. Melissa very accurately reviewed and described the class here.

My experience was pretty much identical to Melissa’s (although my instructor was Christina). I was exhausted yesterday after work and almost didn’t go to the class at all, but I’m so glad I did! It was gentle and easy on my body and my poor strained glutes and hamstrings, yet it somehow snuck in a vigorous abs and arms workout I didn’t even realize I was getting. As Melissa explains in her review, gyrotonic seems sort of in the same family as pilates, although it is definitely NOT pilates. I was apprehensive going into the class because I don’t normally frequent this type of out-of-my-budget small private studio, but Christina and the rest of the staff were very welcoming, and I felt comfortable right from the start! Definitely check out Melissa’s review that I mentioned above and go experiment with some gyrotonic if it sounds good!

This morning …

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I’m quite enjoying this almond sunset tea! I probably need to rename it almond sunrise tea.

My breakfast cookie was such a success yesterday that I replicated it exactly for today’s breakfast:

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In case anyone is struggling with breakfast cookie texture, I’ve noticed a few key tricks that seems to help tremendously in solidifying the cookie in the fridge overnight:

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(1) As you mix the “cookie dough” the night before, it should be as close as possible to the consistency of real cookie dough. You should be able to pick up all the dough in your hands, roll it into a ball, and flatten it onto a plate. (For me, this involves adding no more than 1/2 tbsp of liquid, if even.)

(2) The addition of dried fruit works wonders because it helps the oats soak up all the moisture.

(3) Frosting makes everything better.

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I had a boat egg on the side again as well.

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Brandi asked yesterday why I called it a “boat egg.” Does anyone else do this? I thought it was a common thing, but maybe it’s just a weird family thing! My parents always called hard-boiled eggs sliced this way “boat eggs” when I was little. I think they did this for two reasons: (1) they sort of resemble little canoes in looks and in the way they slide around the plate (right?) and (2) it made the eggs more exciting for me to eat, along the same lines as “broccoli trees.”

Do you remember fun food names from your childhood that helped motivate you to eat?

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26 thoughts on “Cake and cookies

  1. Melissa says:

    I am so glad you got something out of the class. All your food is totally drool worthy, and I am actually being literal, I think I am hungry. But seriously decadent bfast!

    My parents didn’t have to convince me to eat much, but since I never liked pancakes, they would draw an M with the syrup, so I would want to eat them. it kind of worked.

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  2. Krista says:

    I’ve always just called them hard boiled eggs, but my Mom always cut our apples in half and called them apple boats! I like egg boats and will have to start calling them that, too! So much cuter than “hard boiled egg”!!!

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  3. brandi says:

    thanks for the boat egg explanation!

    I didn’t have any kid food names I don’t think, but the dentist office I went to when I was little called shots “mosquito bites”, laughing gas “sweet air”, and the plastic sheets they use when doing fillings “umbrellas”.

    It made everything seem a bit less scary – plus the free stickers and cheap jewelry didn’t hurt, either.

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  4. Vani says:

    Glad to hear you enjoyed the class – I need to use my coupons!

    I make fun of Sonny because he calls those pre-packaged mini-pb cracker sandwiches “Nabs.” Maybe this is a common thing?

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  5. coco says:

    great tips to make the breakfast cookie.. I haven’t tried it yet since I prefer to have warm breakfast when it’s cold…. but probably it’s about time to try it out!
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    boat egg? that’s a cute name!

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  6. Sarah says:

    when my brothers and i were kids, we would pretend we were dinosaurs and everything on our plates had to be what they would eat. potatoes would be rocks, a piece of beef would be a dead animal, asparagus would be grass, etc.
    now that im old, wise and mature, im guess that the dinos probably didn’t eat rocks…

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  7. Amelia says:

    Thanks for the class review! I have to check that out.

    I have never heard the term boat egg, but it’s so cute! I can’t recall anything my parents used besides common things like broccoli trees.

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  8. Danielle says:

    That breakfast cookie looks great, i still have yet to try one, maybe I should one day soon.
    My cousin used to call roast beef, roast beast. That still cracks me up, he used to pretend to be a dinosaur and would only eat open faced pb sandwiches for most meals and we would have to put it on the floor and watch him attack it. I didn’t call food by any other names that I can remember but I’ll have to ask my parents.

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  9. verbalriot says:

    I’ve never heard of that egg name! I think it’s cute πŸ™‚

    My parents never disguised foods as other things but they did incite games. Like “here comes the airplane!” Those were awesome πŸ™‚

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  10. Sweetie Pie says:

    I’d never heard them called boat eggs, but the first time I read it in one of your posts, I sort of thought “hmm… yes… I can see how it might look like a boat…” It totally makes sense!

    We used to like to make cheese toast in the toaster oven and let the slice of American cheese burn and puff up completely into a “tent.” If my brother didn’t get a cheese toast tent, it could be an ugly scene. Hee hee.

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  11. Leanne says:

    My mom used to always make “egg-in-the-hole” when I was younger because my brothers and I loved it! You butter both sides of a piece of bread, cut a hole in the middle, put the bread in the pan and crack an egg in the middle. Cook a few minutes on each side and voila!

    I totally forgot about this until you brought up egg names! So greasy, but so yummy! LOL Maybe I’ll have to do a throwback one of these mornings???

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  12. Kailey (SnackFace) says:

    I currently am sitting in the newsroom. It’s 15 minutes before I’m heading to dinner with my man. I was already hungry…and then I made the mistake of catching up of your life. MISTAKE! I’m ravenous now!!! Haha, thanks πŸ™‚

    The breakfast cookie is killin’ me! It looks diiivine. I really need to buck up and get the PB2. I think it will enhance my life.

    We used to call brown bread “chocolate bread.” I could never figure out why it didn’t taste like chocolate, but Mom said it was chocolate, so I kept eating it.

    Hope your Tuesday is treating you well, darling πŸ™‚

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  13. Erin says:

    That is the prettiest B-fast cookie I’ve seen! That class sounds intriguing.
    I’ve never heard of boat eggs, but i love the name.

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