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Cookies and Outings

I have found a cookie recipe that lured me back into baking.  After all of those cookies last Christmas, I was done for a while.  But I am pretty sure you are going to love Hot Chocolate Cookies!

hot chocolate cookies

I know its not winter anymore, but trust me these are worth baking anyway.  I am considering adding graham cracker crumbs to the bottom and calling them S’mores Cookies to make them more summery.  😉  Here is the recipe.

Hot Chocolate Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons store bought hot chocolate mix
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream the butter, oil and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, hot chocolate mix, baking soda and salt. Once combined, add the chocolate chips. Add the wet ingredients until combined.
  4. Bake cookies for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes, remove the cookies from the oven and quickly add 5 mini marshmallows to the top of each cookie. Return cookies to the oven and continue baking for 3 more minutes (marshmallows should puff up, but not burn).
  5. Let cookies cool on the cookie sheets for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  6. Adapted from Baked Bree.

Today I had to make a trip to the Apple Store.  Have you gone there?  The boys love it because they test out new games on all of the devices.  I love it because they can fix pretty much anything at the genius bar.  And if they can’t, they will replace your device for a fraction of the cost.  Also, I just like to say I was hanging out at the “genius bar”.


This Apple store is in Atlantic City, so I walked around the boardwalk a bit.



On my travels I picked up cards for this weekend.  I didn’t realize I needed 11 cards!  I’m sure you can imagine how long it took to choose 11 cards!


I found these again while I was out.  Have you had them?  They are so good!  And healthy… right?


Tonight we had a super fun soccer practice in the rain.  Well, I had fun anyway!  I’m pretty sure the boys did too.  There is something very liberating about being allowed to play in the rain!   Then Aidan had a baseball playoff game.  It was a nail biter!  Extra innings!  Unfortunately it ended with Aidan’s team taking third place in their division.  But they had a great season.  Aidan is already sad that it is over.

A bb

So, I am wondering,  did you enjoy playing sports in the rain when you were a kid?

April Fools Half Marathon 2014

Today was the April Fools Half Marathon in Atlantic City – my favorite race.  The conditions were perfect for running!  Sunny, cool and filled with a lot of great running friends. 


There were 15 girls from my running club running today.  This race seems to be the first half marathon for many girls in my club, and today was no exception.  Plus, a lot of us were looking for PRs, so it was sure to be an exciting day!

pre race collage

A bunch of us decided to wear tutus in response to the negative comments recently published by Self magazine.  It was my first tutu race and I have to admit that it was more festive than just regular running clothes. 

tutu gilrs

Part of the fun of racing with friends is hanging out before and after the race.  It’s always an early morning, but it is also always worth it.

sol pre race 5

One of the reasons I love this race so much is that the course travels parallel to the beach in Atlantic City.  I love the beach in the morning – it reminds me of the summers I worked on the beach when I was younger.  The sun on the water is so beautiful and the seagulls are cheering you on. 

beach collage

Eileen and I ran together for a lot of the race.  We chatted the race away like it was another training run. 


The race starts at the Revel casino in Atlantic City and runs through three other beach towns before coming back.  One of the highlights of the course is Lucy the 6 story elephant statue in Margate.  You can actually go inside the statue and come out on top for an elephant ride!  If you want to learn more about Lucy, look here.  http://www.lucytheelephant.org/?presets=preset5


I was hoping to get a PR at this race.  My prior best time for a half marathon was 2 hours, 10 minutes.  Last year I ran this race in 2 hours, 15 minutes.  Eileen and I didn’t sprint the course, but we kept an eye on our pace as we went.  Towards the end I decided to pick it up a bit to be sure I would get in under 2 hours.  Guess what?  I did it!  1 hour, 58 minutes! 

mdal collage

It is always a great feeling when you reach a goal!  I was not the only one either!  Many of my girls set a new PR today.  Time to celebrate.  How convenient that they give you free beer after the race!  (Yes, Cindy had one too!)

sol post race1

We had fun hanging out after we finished and cheering the rest of our girls in.

post race collage

Did I mention that we were also celebrating 2 birthdays today?  Here is Danielle with her birthday gear.

birthday girl

We were off to a celebratory lunch at Margaritaville after everyone finished.  It was officially the longest lunch we have had, but definitely fun.

sol post race lunch1

Then I got to come home and tell my boys the good news.  :)


If I had to guess, I would say I am going to be sore tomorrow.  Here is a throw back picture of my girls from a Jingle Bell race in 2012.  Today was so much fun, but I must admit that I missed some of my girls who could not make it.  Next year I hope we get all of the gang together for this one.

throw back 2012


So, I am wondering, did you have a good weekend?  What did you do?


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