Monday, December 28, 2009

Good morning Baltimore!

Does anyone ever wake up with that tune from Hairspray in their head? I do! Listen to the song, and it'll wake you up for a bright and early morning. It works for me!

Last night, I met up with two of my childhood friends at Starbucks, but it closed earlier than we thought, so we moved over to the diner. We (unfortunately) got disco fries--which by the way, are fries covered in Kraft cheese singles and gravy... what in the Lord?-- and fries being my weak point, I ate a good portion. Sigh... but nothing beats eating comfort food with good friends.

This morning, I woke up to do a little boot camp for myself.

50 jumping jacks
30 mountain climbers
100 jumping in place


A run around the block for warm-up
6 hill sprints
A run around the block for cool-down
25 lunges

Needless to say, I hate bootcamp stuff, but this workout definitely gave me a jumpstart for the day! Now I'm eating my current favorite meal: Fage 0% yogurt topped with heated apples, Trader Joe's Soy & Flax Clusters, and peanut butter. Yum yum yum!

(Please excuse the bad quality of the picture... I've been using my camera phone!)

Have a good morning!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Our Quest to find the Gingerbread Man

was not successful. No gingerbread man was to be found at Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner mall at Columbus Circle. I'm so sad =( BUT, we did find instead this pretty snowflake cookie, which is supposed to taste similar to the gingerbread man without molasses (according to the employee). And ta da, the employee was right because it totally tasted like I would've imagined the gingerbread man to be like (although now I wonder how amazing it could have been with molasses!!!). We also got this vanilla macaron, and the employee ended up giving us two of them. I do not know if we got it for free or not, but it's all good. Better for us hehehe. By the way, Bouchon Bakery's macarons= heavenly! The vanilla buttercream is just too good for words... all that butter and vanilla beans... YUM. Definitely not for those who are watching their weights =X

Check out all the deliciousness... jealous riiight?

We ran to the Time Warner mall and back for a grand total of 6.8 miles. Not too shabby, not too shabby at all. It felt amazing! I haven't had a good run like that in awhile, but it's probably because I keep running at my comfort pace. Today, I most definitely did NOT run at my comfort pace. I was trying to keep up so hard! We bumped into someone along the way...


We also passed by the Christmas tree at Rockefeller, which I didn't get a chance to see yet. So here's my shot with it!

Nothing beats a nice run on a nice day. Y'all should definitely get up and try it too. You feel so refreshed and energized afterwards. Plus you feel REALLY good. Love it!

My eats for today included leftover black bean chili with ham for breakfast, some salad and an itty bitty portion of pasta with sausage for lunch, my amazing snowflake cookie and a vanilla macaron for snack, and (oh my gosh, this was the BEST), Fage 0% yogurt topped with Trader Joe's Soy & Flax Clusters, heated apple chunks, and a spoonful of peanut butter for dinner!! I heart yogurt and peanut butter yum yum yum =)

Now I'm off to see some childhood friends and get some coffee. I hope you have a great night too!

It's always sunny in NYC

Okay, maybe not always, but today sure is! And it's a gorgeous day for an awesome run to Columbus Circle!!! Gonna get me a gingerbread man yum yum yum.

I am happy to report that 2 people will be joining me on a running adventure!! Morningside running crew, wha whaaat. I gladly introduce D-MONEY and SAM into the club! We gonna hit the streets of New York hollaaa.

Okay, I'll come back with pictures of the run and GINGERBREAD MAN!! Peace out, homeslice!

PIcture Overload

Okay this is going to be a HUGE picture update. Let the pictures do the talking =)

(12/19) Seniors Secret Santa Party hollaaaa! Mad Asians, I know.

A glimpse of the potluck dinner we had.

My ddukbokgi I made for the roomies for our own little Secret Santa party (12/22)!

The delicious caramel with cinnamon, chipotle, and cumin candy Hannah got us from Dylan's.

This is the box the caramel candy came in!!

And the peppermint rice krispy Hannah got Monica.

My cards and gift from the roomies! I love them SO much<3

The yummy scrambled omelette Monica made me the next morning (12/23).

(12/25) Avatar with my cousins in Jersey! This movie is a def must-see. Go watch it in 3D or IMAX!!!!

Life is good at the moment. I love my family and friends, and I'm looking forward to the new year! Here's to 2010!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

It's already midnight???

Geez, time goes by so quick. I got back from watching Avatar an hour ago. It's definitely a MUST SEE! And if you can, watch it in 3D or in IMAX; I think the experience will be even more worthwhile. James Cameron is the man. He really knows his stuff when it comes to cinematography. I really wish I did watch it in 3D because apparently this film is a breakthrough in stereoscopic imaging. I researched online about Avatar, and apparently, this movie was in development since 1994, and it was supposed to be released after Titanic. Wow, props to Cameron for putting so much work into this film.

Back into the city tomorrow for work. I'm off to bed to read some more of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged! Tootles!

Friday, December 25, 2009

It's Christmas and I'm...

totally bored at my own house. Merry christmas by the way. Forgive me for the rather blasé attitude.

I woke up this morning around 8 to go on a nice and friendly run with my pops. Brrr, it was a cold and chilly run! Towards the end, I got all sweaty though, so it wasn't so bad running in my own sweat... riiiight. Jumped into a hot shower right away, and that made things all better!

Our family has a tradition of always going to church on Christmas Day. We rushed to pick up my aunt and cousins, and then off to Oakland! I'm not a huge fan of Christmas service, only because it's all in Korean. Now I can read and understand Korean, but Korean services are the death of me. I can't understand 99.1% of the time, so I was muchos grateful when there was a translator for us 2nd generation noobs.

So, here's a subject I'd like to diverge on... I've always been super duper jealous of all those families that have actual Christmas traditions: the whole "waking up Christmas morning and opening gifts together" shebang. My family is nothing like that... and I want that! Too bad we're all so freakin' stoic, and we don't like to express ourselves, at least to one another. It's nice to have my aunt and cousins here in America now though. We ate Christmas lunch together, a feast of Korean appetizers and traditional dduk gook plus steamed crabs! It was deeeelicious.

Now I'm home and I'm bored. My dog is playing around with a soda can and making a ruckus. I'm online shopping, and I want so many things. I think I may invite my cousins to go watch Avatar with me later... yeahh... that sounds like a plan.

Did I say Merry Christmas already? Merry Christmas!

This is melt-in-your-mouth, truly fantabulous Belgian chocolate from the aunt... oh geez, chocolate is the death of me.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hittin' the double digits!

Today I woke up to do the biggest run of my life- a 10.2 MILER!!!

I planned the route last night before I went to sleep. It was a little daunting, I'm not going to lie, looking at how long the route was, but I was pretty sure that I could run it. This is the route I made for myself:

Overall, the run took approximately 2 hours. I'm not sure if that's a good or bad time, but I don't care. This was my first time running 10 miles, and I'm darn proud that I was able to do it! I ran at a slow pace, so I wasn't tired or out of breath. And the scenery was nice so I didn't really get bored, but towards the end of the run, I really just wanted it to be over and go back home. 2 hours is a long time to be running...

After my long run, I quickly came home, got some lunch together, and then went out to do some of my dietetic application stuff. And then I had to go gift shopping for our Secret Santa exchange the roomies and I are having. I think I got a pretty sweet gift for my Secret Santa, hint hint.

For our own little Secret Santa party, I made rabokki (ramyun + ddukbokki)!! It has ramyun, dduk, fishcakes, sausage, and onions in it. Yum yum yum, it is oh-so-delicious!!!! =)

Hannah was my Secret Santa; I got a Starbucks gift card, yay! And then she got us some treats from Dylan's... peppermint chocolate rice crispy and caramel flavored with cinnamon, chipotle, and cumin. Quite interesting right? I wasn't sure if the flavors would work, but they blended in with the caramel quite wonderfully! I wish the cumin was stronger though... I love cumin!! And don't even get me started about the rice crispy; it was SO SO scrumptious!!!!
I'm sorry I don't have pictures of everything yet! I uploaded them, but I'm at home in New Jersey right now and didn't bring my laptop. I'll do a huge picture entry soon~
Until then, hope you have a great night!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Too sweet for ya!

I swear I understand why people gain weight during the holidays. I literally crave for sweets SO MUCH!!! I used to be a salty over sweet gal, but now my sweet tooth is taking over! I had a serving of green tea ice cream and cream puff today at the buffet for lunch, but after dinner, I wanted something sweet again so I had a cup of yogurt with chocolate chips and 2 bite size heath bars! And then I had a mini Hershey's dark chocolate with rice crisp and a Gobstopper candy cane. My blood sugar is definitely reaching the danger zone... my poor poor body has to overwork itself to produce all that insulin to carry the glucose into the cells... and then the rest get stored as triglycerides in fat :( GREAT.....!!! I know all this info, yet I still do it!

At least I'm going to run tomorrow morning! I like to balance my unhealthy sweet diet with good exercise =) I got a new running shirt so it should be super duper fun! I need a new running route... I'm getting bored with mine now!!

Can't sleep

I woke up at 3:45 AM and I can't go back to bed. My mom's snoring here and there as I am typing away. I want to sleep...

There's always something about home. Whenever I come back home, I revert into a little kid again. Sometimes that's good, sometimes not so good. I want to show my parents how mature (HA who am I kidding!) and responsible I have become, but I end up acting like a little kid around them. At least I'm more aware of that now, so I try harder to not act all selfish and immature, but sometimes it just slips out. Wah wah wah.

I'm not going home during this winter break; I will be mostly in the city... slaving away at work. Just one more month of funds! That's all I need. Then perhaps a babysitting gig... any offers?!?!

I saved up quite a money though. I want to purchase a dSLR; I am thinking perhaps the EOS 500D (Rebel T1i)?? What's a good one? I also want to buy nice Orchestra tickets for a musical for my parents... Do you think they'll understand Wicked? It's possibly one of my favorite musicals EVER: the story line, the songs, the setting are all amazing (triple A alliteration right thurrr hehehe)!

I guess I should sleep... or else I'm going to be mad tired for fieldwork tomorrow. Still gotta go interning at the hospital!

I'm excited for tomorrow's lunch!! Minado (all you can eat BOOFAY.. that's right I say boofay, not BUFF-et)!! Peace out homeslices.

Thursday, December 17, 2009



Freedom feels oh-so-good, and what makes it even better is that I really feel like I did my best on these finals! I don't think I ever tried studying this hard ever since I entered college. Hopefully, my efforts will show, but whatever the results are, I still give all glory to God man. Dude, seriously, He somehow pulled me through this hell week. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound!

Nothing beats finishing finals than a good ol' glass of wine and slice of Artichoke pizza. Weird combo I know, but oh-so-scrumptious!!!!

Here is the ridiculous bottle of wine I got today from Trader Joe's... I was going to get a normal bottle of Bordeaux wine, but I ended up with this:

I know!!! It's crazy, but I just had to! This blue baby was calling my name man.

Well, I'm going to call it a night and peace out. I haven't had a decent night of sleep since last Saturday!!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Good eats!

Morning! I am so tired. I fell asleep on the floor of my apartment last night after I got back from the library around 3:30/4 AM. One last day to study and then it's game time! I can NOT wait. I just want this whole misery to be done with.

I have work today from 4 to 10 PM, so a huge chunk of my day is gone. I really really hope I can get a lot accomplished from now until 4, and then some more afterwards... Should I stay up late tonight? Probably not. Instead I'll try to wake up early Thursday morning...

Alright, this entry's going to be about some good eats! These recipes are what I've been eating the past couple of days. Sorry, I have no pictures; I was in too much of a rush to take pictures and upload them, but I'm sure you can use your imagination =)

Best Thanksgiving sandwich ever:

Get 2 slices of bread and toast them. Slather on pumpkin butter on one piece of toast and cover with a handful of raisins. Then get a couple slices of turkey and place on top of the layer of raisins. Close the sandwich with the other piece of bread. Ta da~ this sandwich is delicious and reminds you of Thanksgiving. Quick and easy!

Peanut butter and pumpkin oatmeal:

Prepare a serving of oatmeal (1/4 c oats, 1/2 c soy or almond milk, 1/2 c water). As the liquids are almost fully incorporated into the oatmeal, add a dollop (or a couple...!) of peanut butter and pumpkin butter and stir into mixture. Then, incorporate a handful of raisins and trail mix into the oatmeal. Continue to heat and stir to desired consistency. Voila! This is delicious; it hits the sweet and savory note from the pumpkin butter and peanut butter. Mhmm~

Oatmeal, Elvis-style:

Man, you can never go wrong with peanut butter. I love it! Prepare a serving of oatmeal (1/4 c oats, 1/2 c soy or almond milk, 1/2 c water). As the liquids are almost absorbed into the steel cut oats, slice a banana into the pot. Let the banana get incorporated into the oatmeal. Add in raisins or trail mix into the pot, if you like (I do!). Scoop oatmeal into a bowl, and add a dollop of peanut butter on top. And I do say... "Thank you, thank you very much."

I think oatmeal is so underrated, when it is possibly one of the best foods out there!!! It's a heart-healthy, high fiber meal, and it keeps you full for hours!! Plus, you can make so many variations with oatmeal; all you got to do is put your thinking cap on. What kind of ingredients do you like to add to your oatmeal?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

To the weak

It's so easy to give up at the most crucial moments, the moments that will be the deciding factor of pushing forward or falling behind. And I know that I am more of a "start strong, finish mediocre" kind of gal. I want to just fall into an attitude of indifference and not care, but indifference leads you nowhere.

Running has helped me to understand so much more on the power of endurance: what it means and what it can help you to accomplish. Endure the rough patches to reach the final goal. Endure the obstacles because they only last temporarily. The finish line makes it worth it in the end.

I'm not going to lie though, I am so weak. The only thing that really pushes me to keep going is the fact that I understand my purpose is to glorify God. It is really easy to forget this and make the finish line that final goal, but I am thankful to be reminded--through the bible, friends, praise songs--that what we do in our lives is a way to glorify God.

So, Lord, please continually help me to study not as a final means of getting good grades, but as a way to glorify You. And whatever happens... I trust in Your plan. AMEN!

Here is a clip of this guy playing "All Who Are Thirsty" by Kutless. He is one of my fave acoustic players on YouTube.

And I forgot to mention that I saw James Franco yesterday while studying at Starbucks. He was sitting five feet away from me!!!

I secretly took this photo, excuse the blurriness.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Stuck in the library

So today I locked myself in the library for awhile; I knew otherwise I wouldn't get any work done. I covered a lot of material so I'm pleased with myself in that sense... but I have this fear that everything I'm going over will not be retained in my brain. Lots of material covered, but little confidence in self at the moment... Say a little prayer for me, whoever reads this.




Take a study break and check out this funny clip of a group of UC Berkeley guys doing an aCapella of Lady Gaga's Pokerface. (Found by Hannah)

This totally made my day! Hope it makes yours =)

It's late,

but I have to write another post.

There are so many thoughts running my mind right now... Actually, more like one main thought that seems to be spreading throughout my brain... my mind... my body. It's spreading like one deadly tumor.

The thought: What's my future?

So many burdens, so many stresses right now. More than I realized. I didn't realize how much I am actually worried about this because I play it down. I play down the fact that the dietetic internship application process is hardcore and that the internship programs offered throughout the country are highly selective. I play down the fact that I may not be accepted into an internship program.

I know I'm laidback and all, but I know for a fact that I am also a perfectionist, an "all or nothing" type of gal. Not getting into a dietetic internship would affect me. A lot. At least for a teeny while, I'll feel like a failure.

I know for a fact that God has a wonderful plan for me and that His timing is by far greater than any of ours, but still, I'm human, and I know I can't help but feel a certain way when the time comes. I'll either be ecstatic or depressed. Two responses. Well, I'm going to write this to remind myself: A person has a choice in everything. I can choose to respond to the future with apprehension or with eagerness. I'd rather choose the latter. Lord, in Your mercy, give me that faith!!!

There are some things...

...I want right now...
  1. for Thursday to come and be done with
  2. to kick ass on my finals
  3. a new camera... perhaps a rebel???
  4. to vegetate on my futon and be a waste of life
  5. for my applications to be miraculously filled out and sent
  6. to be accepted somewhere!!! anywhere!!!
  7. for life to slow down... time is going by way too FAST
And why do I always stay up later than I plan to? That scheduled 4 mile run... is not sounding too pleasant to my ears right now... maybe I'll reduce the mileage...


Sunday, December 13, 2009

From dusk to dawn

Yesterday was quite an intense night for me. I realized that I had way more to study for than I could fit in my schedule, so I knew I had to pull an all-nighter at some point before my finals on Thursday. Rather than pulling one closer to the exam day, I decided to stay up all night yesterday. Boy, I haven't done that in awhile. I went to the library at 10 PM and left at 7 AM. I saw the sun rise while walking home, and I have to be honest, it was pretty exhilirating to see the sky slowly grow lighter and lighter! Surprisingly, I managed to be awake throughout most of the night, with a minor slump around 5:30 AM. My can of red bull definitely held me over :P

There's my notecards, my notes, and my binder alongside some bottles of drink that Andy managed to salvage at the bottom of the vending machines for FREE!!! We got FOUR bottles!

Today's been pretty uneventful for the most part... I got home from the library, showered, and slept around 7:40 AM. I woke up at 11:30 and got ready for church, and afterwards, Monica and I went to go kick some mo' butt at studyin' at Think Coffee. We betta kick these finals' butts!!

Here are some more pictures that I forgot to post previously:

My yummy egg white omelette with tofu, tomatoes, and spinach with homefries and crunchy tater tots that I ate after my 10K race!

Delicious fudge at Dylan's Candy Bar!!!! The death of me... I got the Peanut Butter Explosion, yum!

Look what else I found at Dylan's: Harry Potter Fudge Flies! Perfect for a Harry Potter fan like me!

Walking down 5th Ave on the coldest night ever... and during the first SNOW FALL!

Bergdorf Goodman's awesome window display... I love this one: the details of the dress are gorgeous! I love love LOVE the sequins and feather details especially. I just love sequins in general. There's this sparkly sequin zipper cardigan designed by Jimmy Choo at H&M... I really wanted it, but it's $129!!! Too expensive to buy... :-(

Hannah is so hilarious... She organized our chocolate box so neatly... all the chocolate laid out neatly in rows!!!

That's it for now... More updates coming soon. I'm planning a light 4 mile run tomorrow... I need to destress from all this studying! I can't wait until freedom comes on Thursday!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The end is near!

Hello, hello!

It's CRUNCH TIME for finals... I have two on Thursday and then I'm done! Whoo! I need to study super duper hard, so I will be MIA for the next couple of days. Once finals are over, I'll be back on this baby in no time.

Until then,

Peace out, homeslice :-)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Rain, rain go away

Rain in New York is always so blah. I hate dreary weather, but what can you do... You can only control how you respond to it.

I originally planned a 5 mile run towards Grand Central, but my plans have been thwarted by this blasted rain! Dang you Rain! BUT, I could have either been sulky and said to myself, "Great, now I can't run!" OR I could have pulled myself together and go to the school gym for the first time this year! I decided to do the latter =)

Ahh.. the gym. I am not a huge fan of the gym, but when I need to use it, I will gladly use it, especially since being a NYU student gives you free gym membership! So this morning I trekked over to the gym and decided to do a 5 mile run on the treadmill. It was a toughie (I get bored easily on the treadmill... I feel like a hamster!), but I managed to pull through at my usual pace! I felt so good afterwards, all fresh and energized. I love running!

Today's plan includes completing all my homework assignments and going to work. Let's go HM!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

To be a body builder or not to be... that is the question

Good morning! I like to start my day early in the morning. I realized that I'm much more productive in the morning than at night. Maybe it's because it's so still, or maybe it's because less people are awake? Regardless, all I know is that I'm not as distracted in the morning and I can focus on my work.

Today, I woke up at 6 AM to a still dark day. Even the sun wasn't out yet! Oy, it's going to be hard getting myself to run at this time. I'm going to continue training for the half marathon now, but running in the dark is a bit intimidating for me !!!

Instead of running today, I focused on strength-training. Now, I'm not a big weight-lifting fan. To me, I feel like I'm wasting time, and I could be doing so much better while I'm doing it. However, I decided that I needed to start incorporating weight-lifting into my training schedule because strength in the upper body helps you to run FASTER! And I definitely want to improve... So here's a cheer to weight-lifting!

I'm following Hal Higdon's half-marathon training schedule, and he has these strength-training exercises posted online. Check them out right HERE.

Monday, December 7, 2009

NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K (cont.)

Hello, hello. I'm quickly on blogspot to update y'all with some race pictures like I promised last night. I don't think I have any of me actually running the course sadly, but I do have pre- and post-race pictures.

Before the race... I'm all excited and being dorky.

After the race:
My roomies came out to support me AND made me a banner. They're the best!

And thanks to Andy too for the support!

I'm blessed with wonderful people in my life~ I'm so pumped for the next race I run!!!

As of now though, I am currently stressed and overwhelmed by everything that I have to do. Reminds me of how HUMAN I am and that nothing is possible without the grace of God...

How do you respond to stress?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K

I'll update y'all with more information and PICTURES as soon as I get all my workload done, but I just wanted to leave you guys with my results =)

Btw, the race.....was freakin' EPIC!!!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO RUN IN THE HALF MARATHON!!!

Overall Place- 3140 (can you believe there were over 4,000 people racing today?!)
Gender Place- 1248 (not too shabby...!!)
Age Place- 129 out of 227 (YAY!)
Finish Time- 59:01 (I did better than I thought!)
Pace/Mile- 9:31
AG Gender Place- 1400
AG %- 51.3% (nice, I was in the average.)

What's ridic is that people finished the 10K in 30 minutes!! Around 30 minutes, I reached the 3rd mile marker... =____=

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Drip, drip, drip

Today's one of those rainy days when you feel like doing nothing. A "do nothing while sipping a nice cup of coffee" day. Unfortunately, a lot of those times, you actually have things to do, actually a LOT of things. I set myself a goal today to complete my take-home final and cultural food practices homework assignment. Can I do it? The only answer I can give myself is yes...

Race is tomorrow. I hope it doesn't rain! I'm going to go buy an iPod running case today. That'll be my reward.... maybe some shoes too ;P

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Geek in Pink

Only 3 more days until my 10K race! I'm strangely not too nervous about the race, but I think that's just because I am not really aware of how many people are doing this or how intense it actually may be. Ahh, this is when you really can say, "Ignorance is bliss!"

I picked up my nifty race souvenirs today at the NYRR headquarters on E. 89th St. I got my race number (!!!), my D-tag, and my sweet 10K shirt. It's OFFICIAL. I'm really doing this. It's not a dream, it's not my imagination, it's reality. Whew, now all I got to do is actually do the hard part: run the race (har har har).

Hey, but I think God gave me a sign ;-) My race number is on a pink bib. Isn't that weird? I swear, I never thought pink was my favorite color, but I guess subconsciously, it is because I have so many things in pink! And now my bib is pink? It's totally providential, no?

Ha, anyways, so look for the geek in pink on Sunday morning running in Central Park!

Monday, November 30, 2009

6 days until my 10K!!!

I wrote out this elaborate post, only to have it deleted. I hate it when that happens :(

Anyways, I was saying earlier how excited I am for my upcoming 10K race this Sunday, Dec. 6. It seems so surreal that it's finally almost here! Only 6 more days baby!

To prepare myself physically for the run, I ran my longest run the other day (7.5 miles), and now I'm slowly going to taper aka reduce my mileage runs and cross-train more. I ran 5 miles today, and I'll do simple 3 mile runs for 2 days this week. The remaining days, I am going to cross-train, whether I jump-rope or ride my bike, and on Saturday, I am just going to REST and sleep early to be fresh for the race! Sounds like a plan, doesn't it? Booya~

It's crazy how 5 miles does not seem like a long run to me anymore. Just back in October, I though running for 30 minutes was such a challenge. But now, I am able to mentally push myself further. I love that! It's so true how running is more of a mental challenge than a physical one. My friend Megan was right: If you can run 3 miles, you can definitely run a marathon. You just need to train yourself mentally. I'm hoping to run a half-marathon in the spring. Here's to a-hopin'!

My knees have been feeling weak for a bit. I need to start doing knee exercises! Here's one I found on this website (

Quad Strengthening Contractions:
Sit in chair. Extend legs, heels to floor. Keep knees straight (or as straight as possible if you have arthritis.) Tighten thigh muscles. Hold for count of 10. Relax for count of 3. Do 10 repetitions. You can do this several times throughout the day. You can build up to 2 or 3 sets of 10 repetitions at a time.

And for this week, I have lots to do. I must finish immediate homework assignments, catch up on reading, study for Clinical Nutrition Intervention & Assessment quiz, and start assignments for next week. Can I do this, or can I do this? YES I CAN... I just need help on focusing from the big G =)

How do you guys try to concentrate on your work? I wouldn't mind some tips from y'all!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Home is for the lazy

I swear everytime I go home to NJ, I never ever get any work done! Something about home makes me just want to sit back, relax, and enjoy my sweet time. This is not good when you have loads of work to accomplish!!

Lucky for me, I get to go back to my apartment in the city this afternoon (sigh). Once I go back to the city, reality hits me again, and I realize that I can't just be a lazy bum. Plus finals are just around the corner!! Crunchtime baby! Keep my eye on the prize~

Oof, my legs are so sore. This week, I focused on increasing my mileage. I went from 3 miles on Monday to 7.5 miles today! I don't think I should've done that actually... because my leg muscles didn't get to rest and repair themselves. But tomorrow will be my rest day, and I'm slowly going to begin tapering for my 10K run next Sunday!! I'm really excited for the run, but I'm nervous about the hills too. I didn't get to hill-train that much; today on my run, I added some hills, and they killed me. It took all my strength to keep going and not stop, even though I wanted to sooo badly.

So, like I said, I ran 7.5 miles today. I've been noticing on my runs that the first 2-3 miles are rough for me, in the sense that I am aware of my legs being stiff and I get tired, but once I pass the 3rd mile, I suddenly get this extra energy that makes me run a little faster and feel good. It's like my body knows when the run is halfway over!! My goal was to run the 7 miles in an hour, and I ran the total course in 75 minutes. Not too shabby I suppose. 7.5 miles in 1 hr 15 min. I think I can do better next time though! =)

Pre-run meal: 1/2 bagel with cream cheese and jelly, 3 wheat roll crackers with jam and butter, 1 cup of orange juice

Post-run meal/ lunch: 1 bowl of Swiss muesli and jam with skim milk, a lot of leftover mac 'n cheese pasta, 2 clementines

I love to fuel my body! See you all later!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Gluttony at its best

Whew! Another Thanksgiving dinner has come and gone. All the food my mom and I prepared has been demolished, for the most part. Everyone ate loads and is happily watching a Korean TV program right now while I snuck away to write this blog entry hehehe =)

Our Thanksgiving meal was a combination of two cultures: Korean and American. My mom prepared yook gae jang soup, which is a spicy beef and vegetable soup. It's super yummy and stock full of vegetables ranging from green onions and bean sprouts to portobello mushrooms! I made the classic mac 'n cheese from scratch, using 2 types of cheese (cheddar and monterey jack). But it was little dry for my liking... too many noodles and not enough sauce! Next time, I'll perfect it~ Then, we obviously had a huge turkey roasting in the oven; we marinated it with olive oil and red pepper flakes. Koreans like their food spicy, what can I say :P Other side dishes we had were corn, cranberries, and salad. Overall, I would say that our Thanksgiving meal is healthier compared to other families'.

What y'all been waiting for... PICTURES!! P.S. Please excuse the poor quality of pictures; I left my camera at the apartment.

Thanksgiving dinner (BEFORE)

Thanksgiving dinner (AFTER)- we killed it.

My mac 'n cheese

And to mention what else I ate before this delicious Thanksgiving meal... For lunch, I had some of my mom's yook gae jang soup with dumplings and a side of pickled vegetables. YUM! I also had an apple as a mid-afternoon snack.

Hope your Thanksgiving was as foodie-licious as mine!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Seriously, time flies by as you age. I cannot believe it's already the end of November and that this year is almost over. Can we please slow down time so I can enjoy life more!!!

This year, I am so thankful for many things:

*I am thankful for my lovely roomies who are patient with me and supportive of what I do.
*I am thankful for all my friends who accept me and continue to stay by my side.
*I am thankful for my parents, especially my mother who drives into the city and back every Sunday and Monday to take me home for my fieldwork at Englewood Hospital.
*I am thankful that I have an internship, a job, and a volunteer position that help me to comprehend more about my major and the real world, particularly since I'm almost out of college!
*I am thankful for DPD and GSNs as we work together to help KCCC at NYU to grow and become more God-centered.
*I am thankful for my cutie-wootie dog Hammie for always embracing me with a huge hug and kiss =)
*I am thankful for my blog readers who continue to check this site. Please continue to read and comment! I'd love to know what you think!
*I am MOST thankful to God for being the loving Father He is and continually reminding me how much I need Him.

There is so much to be thankful for when you start listing them out! Ahh, the spirit of Thanksgiving~ I love it. What are you thankful for?

On another note, today I planned a 6.2 mile run through 4 towns (Demarest, Closter, Haworth, Cresskill), but somehow while I was running, I ran a slightly different route and ended up running a 6.8 mile run!! Around miles 2 and 3, I got a little tired but I kept thinking, "God is waiting for me at the end, God is waiting for me at the end" and "Temporary pain for eternal gratification." Cheesy, but they work! These phrases helped to push me forward and continue running.

My pre-run meal: Cinnamon-raisin toast with crunchy peanut butter and banana slices, a cup of coffee, and a cup of orange juice

My post-run meal: Swiss muesli with skim milk and a dollop of strawberry preserves, string cheese

Mhmmm, can't wait for Thanksgiving dinner tonight! I'm excited to make my mac 'n cheese dish and probably dessert too... I haven't decided yet. My cousins and aunt are coming over; it's going to be a nice family reunion!! =)

I'll try to take pictures of the food and update y'all on dinner! See you later!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It's the Gobble Gobble Season

Gobble, gobble.

I bet so many turkeys get killed during this time. Thank you turkeys for all your delicious white and dark meat! You help make this holiday so freakin' yummy!!!

Yesterday was KCCC's annual Thanksgiving Banquet. And it was a total success! I think this was the first year where we actually didn't run out of food! We had so many leftovers that people could come and get seconds, thirds, fourths...!!! Talk about gluttony :P

We had turkey (props to Eric Cha, Yooie, Susan!!) and side dishes like stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and green beans from Whole Foods. The plated food looked so pretty with its different colors that I wanted to take a picture so badly! Too bad I had no camera... so you'll just have to use your imagination.

Today I scheduled myself to go on a 5 mile run through Lower East Side and Chinatown. It went alright... but I probably won't ever run through Chinatown again. It wasn't my cup of tea: the narrow streets, the busy commercial shops, the smell of fried foods, and the sight of meat hanging were not so pleasant. Plus, I felt a little bit uneasy running in certain parts. Let's just say I have never entered that deep into Chinatown before!

My snack before my run: 4 Whole Wheat crackers from Trader Joe's with peanut butter and jelly. Mhmmm, nothing beats peanut butter~

My brunch after my run: 1/2 cup of Swiss Muesli with Almond Milk, an omelette with cumin, garlic, and red pepper flakes, and 2 slices of pork belly. Yes, pork belly! I have been using it as my version of bacon haha. Hey, whatever works right? They're both from the same animal...

Well, I do have a lot to do today before I go to work at 4. I am planning to finish reading my chapter on diabetes for my class Clinical Nutrition Assessment and Intervention. Hopefully I can continue to work on my personal statement after that.

See y'all later!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Andddd it's taking a toll on me

My knees hurt :(

All this running is really killin' my knees. Any suggestions you recommend me doing? I'm all ears to listen!!! Especially with my 10K race coming up...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

There's no place like home

Another Sunday night, another weekend come and gone. I'm back in New Jersey again, in the comfort of my childhood home. And it is soooo nice to be here.

I know I complain a lot about how much time gets eaten up when I travel back and forth from Jersey, but I'm not going to lie, I love going home every weekend! I get so pampered by my parents... starting from getting picked up in the city (no need to hate!) to getting ridiculous amounts of good food prepared by my mom. Today's dinner was spicy kimchi spare ribs in kimchi jjigae with multigrain rice and typical sidedishes. YUM~ I lurveee Korean food. Can't live without it baby!

I'm glad it's going to Thanksgiving break now though. I just cannot WAIT for the semester to be over. I am not liking all this studying and reading I have to do at the moment! So much work to catch up on =( I just want to focus expanding this blog, cook delicious food, run in races, and spend more time on my hobbies. Sigh~ That's only in my dreams though. I want to do so much, but I am so limited.

I stopped by Trader Joe's before I went back home. I bought some teeny groceries for my meals this week, not that I have many meals to cover before I'm back home for break! I bought pumpkin butter and peanut butter for my oatmeal, as well as some Sweet 'n Savory trail mix! I love this trail mix from Trader Joe's because it totally satisfies my sweet tooth and salty needs. I'm one of those crazy people who like the sweet 'n salty combo!! The pumpkin butter I bought is interesting... I remember I bought it last year and I thought it'd be more like butter with pumpkin flavor, but it's actually very similar to jam. Not very buttery at all, but it's still oh-so-delicious, especially with toast. I'm excited to try it with oatmeal!

And finally~ it's officially 2 weeks before my 10K race! Eeks! I have to practice 1 run at Central Park before the actual race. I gotta get familiar with the route, naw what I'm sayin'? I'm excited to pick up my souvenirs and stuff next week hehehehe.

Today I ran 4.2 miles. It was a harder run than usual, maybe because I didn't sleep a lot the night before. Also, my sneakers have been feeling a bit tight on me. I think I didn't buy a big enough size for my poor toes. Oh well~ I must suffer because I just bought these sneakers! =(

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Why I love Running

Andddd I am back from my run!

This was the route that I ran:

I am so proud of myself! 6.5 miles? I wasn't even planning to run that much, but while I was running, I really felt good and knew I could push myself to run a little further. I can't believe I ran past the Grand Central Station and actually went all the way to PJ Clarkes, where I ate dinner with my roommates last night.

Can you believe that just a month ago or so, I could only run around 2 miles maximum? Now, I can run past 6 miles! This is a huge improvement and makes me feel so empowered. I think this achievement just shows how you really can do anything as long as you are determined and
believe in yourself.

But I have to take it even one step further than that! Many times, I think we believe in ourselves so much, that when we fail, we really go down this downward spiral of negativity. This is when we have to remember that it really is not about just believing in ourselves. It is about God and trusting that He has a wonderful plan for our lives. It is about knowing that God already accepts and loves us, whether we "succeed" or "fail" according to the world.

This is why I love to run. Running is like therapy to me. During the times I run, I seem to be able to speak to God more intimately and personally. He reminds me of His love for me. Not to sound cheesy, but He's my personal trainer and counselor hahaha.

So, to all my readers out there, don't forget that God loves you and He is the one who gives you strength! =)

(Picture 1 is at Grand Central Station; Picture 2 is taken right on 1st Ave, near the Trump World Tower and UN)


Good Morning!
The sun is shining and bright... perfect day to run outside!

After a not-so-good week, especially the last couple of days, I am so glad it's Friday and extremely happy that I don't have classes until December! It is a most needed break for me... a good time to step back, think, and focus on what is necessary.

My week was horrible this week, with work just being bad and my concentration to study being limited. I was wondering why... and I just realized that I haven't been spending enough time with God. If anything, my mind was so focused on school and other things... God > all the things in this world. He knows what's best, so I don't know why I decided to not turn to Him.

Thank God that God is always still faithful and He is patiently waiting for us to turn back to Him. I am currently reading Deuteronomy, and it's so crazy to read about all the rules that the Israelites had to follow. There are so many specific rules that I wouldn't have guessed to be even mentioned. And then the punishment for breaking a lot of these rules is death.

Reading Deuteronomy makes me so thankful that God sent Jesus to die for our sins. Seriously, Jesus took away my punishment of death, hurrah!

Anyways, lots to pray about and think about during my run for this morning. I am attempting to run 5 miles and towards Grand Central Station. Wish me luck!!

Breakfast before run: 1 medium banana with peanut butter (yum~)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Life of a Student

I can't call myself a student if I don't spend SOME time in the library... Currently I'm at Bobst trying to study for a Clinical Nutrition quiz tomorrow. 'Cept, it's one of those days where you just can't seem to process through the materials. STILL, if I can run, then I can plow through this stupid stuff... Onward I go...!!!

Tomorrow's my rest day. But I want to run. I shouldn't though. I need my muscles to recuperate and repair. I haven't been eating enough protein though to help with the muscle repairment process. All I've been eating these days is carbs, carbs, carbs! So bad. I need to be more nutritiously balanced!

Currently playing:
Knock You Down- Keri Hilson (ft. Kanye West and Ne-Yo)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

This one's for You

This one's for You God.

My run planned for tomorrow morning =)

I can't seem to focus right now! Why?!

Sunrise, sunset

It's 6:25 AM, and it's still dark outside. This makes me not want to run...

It's currently 7:41 AM, and I got back from my run at 7:08 AM. 38 minutes for a 3.7 mile run? Not bad! At least I think so... haha. I ran across the city today between 14th and 23rd St, from 1st to 9th Ave. It's harder running across than up and down the city. I don't know why, but somehow the run feels longer. Still, it was beautiful running back towards 1st Ave today because I saw the sun rising, splashing its rays of red and pink across the sky in bits of layers between darkness. Ahh I wish I could have taken a picture!! As I was running, I couldn't help but smile in knowing that God was watching over me.

Eeks, I'm going to be late for morning prayer!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mid-November already?

The month of November seems to be flying! It's going by way too quickly. Can we stall time a bit please??? Next thing I know, it's going to be December with Christmas coming, not Thanksgiving!

This week is Monica's birthday so I'm super excited because it's just another reason to celebrate! I can't wait for her birthday dinner at PJ Clarke's and then her party on the weekend. It'll be a good way to relax after a busy busy week (as usual)!

I've been spending so much money this month so my groceries for this week were light. I just bought some steelcut oats to make yummy oatmeal, skim milk, organic baby carrots, cilantro and jalapeno hummus, and nonfat french vanilla yogurt. Yum! I still have some eggs and pork belly left over, and my mom got me some muesli, so I think I'll be fine in terms of food. I'll just have to eat lots of oatmeal and muesli, but that's fine with me. It'll make my meal at PJ Clarke all the more worth it =)

Running is a lifestyle for me now. It doesn't take much to get out the door and start running, but I do need to push myself a little harder so I can improve my speed! Ah!

Tomorrow's attempt run:
I'm excited!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tryin' to be money efficient

I'm currently at my fieldwork site (EHMC) right now in Jersey. I love being here, even though sometimes the work seems tedious and useless. In the end, I know I'm helping out Joanne (the chief clinical dietitian), so as long as I can be a help, that's alright with me.

So, this month, I've already spent a good portion of my budget money going out for meals. All these birthdays is making me spend lots of money! That's why for this week, I didn't even go grocery shopping really, and I decided to make use of the things I have at home.

My recipes for this week: fire-roasted peppers and onions quinoa and teriyaki grilled chicken. I also have some oatmeal left to make me some hot pipin' oatmeal breakfast! And eggs, how can I forget my delicious, brown, CAGE-FREE eggs. Note the emphasis on CAGE-FREE!!! Everyone should buy cage-free eggs because otherwise you're supporting these poor chickens that are cooped into tiny pens. Did you know that they are injected with tons of antibiotics so that they don't get sick from one another's poop and urine in those tiny pens? So inhumane... so stop supporting these kinds of animal-farm institutions!!

I went for a run this morning right before coming to EHMC, and I ran 3 miles! A 3-mile run got nothin' on me now! I am positive now that I can do a 5k. A 10k... I'm not too sure, but this upcoming 10k run will be good. It'll challenge me and test my endurance =)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

a u t u m n

I have huge, major updates since my last post. What have I been doing?

1. I've been officially training for the 10K run that I will be signing up to do this coming December!!! So I've been trying to run almost every day (with a rest day scheduled in) in the mornings, waking up as early as 6:15 AM. It's crazy, but definitely has been rewarding so far.

2. I've been busy with school, WORK (especially last week because of Halloween), and dietetic internship apps (that I have yet to start filling out!). I had a major midterm for one of my classes last Thursday (which I totally aced!) and a project also due that same day but by God's grace, it was pushed to this past Thursday!

3. I made some delicious stuff since my last post, including kimchi-pork belly pizza and banana chocolate-chip muffins!

4. It was my dad's birthday this past Tuesday, and he likes to run too, so I got him Aasics running sneakers =)

-P I C T U R E S -
10/22/09- Best late night meal snack= grilled cheese and tomato soup from Cafeteria on W. 17th and 7th Ave!

10/29 Sisters' Night- Brooklyn Bridge and Grimaldi's yummm

10/31/09 Halloween- I caught me some Hamburglersssss

11/5/09- Our delicious kimchi-pork belly pizza, all made from scratch!

11/7/09- Biking all over NYC, 15.7 miles!

I also went running this morning, covering a distance of 3.6 miles. I don't think I ever did so much physical activity like this in one day! I am pretty sure my body is going to be dead tomorrow...!!! But I love it. I love knowing that I can push my body to accomplish such crazy distances! That's why I love running. You can ALWAYS improve =)

Friday, October 23, 2009

call me a freaper.. but...

I can't help but take snapshots of my friends!!! We are so tiredddddd and wanna sleeeeep.

***Btw, I just looked at Gmaps Pedometer again and I totally read it wrong. I only ran around 2.7 miles, NOT 5 miles. I'm retarded.... So just kidding, I only ran 2.7 miles... erf.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

5.524 miles baby!!

Whooooo!!! I feel badass because I just completed a 5.524 mile run baby! I looped around the Stuytown complex twice, and it didn't feel even that difficult for me. Bring it on, 5k run! I'm totally ready to kick this thing in the butt. Definitely the key for a good run for me is to have enough energy, which means I have to eat mad carbs at least 8 hours beforehand. Otherwise, it's a no-go. I still definitely struggle with how much I have to eat and the diet I should have for my body, but at least I get to experiment. I know for sure though that when I eat less throughout the days (aka small meals), then I tend to binge-eat later at night. So no more small portions, but I'll try to find that right meal size for my body.

Time for my classes, eek!

Why customers need to learn some manners

Like my angry face?? %$%#$!@#@#!!

This entry's dedicated to all those customers at work who decided that the store is their personal closet and that it's okay to just throw all the clothes around and not put them back in the right places or even on the hangers. I'd totally just shout out a million censored phrases right now, but I'm wayyyy too polite and nice to do such a thing... riight.

Geez though, seriously, work today sucked because of three reasons: we're really understaffed, it's the week before halloween (aka everyone is searching for costumes), and customers decided to be really rude with all the clothes they touched! It's like there's no such thing as common courtesy anymore!!! Things were all over the place. At one point, I had to take over fitting room because the girl who was there went off on break, and at that moment, stock decides to bombard us with all these clothes. And I had to do all this myself. Because there was no one else on the floor besides the cashier. Me plus a gazillion clothes... and five more hours before my shift was done. Talk about a whammer.

My shift ended nicely though because Monica and Hannah surprised me with a visit at the store! Yup, my roommates are way better than yours. They visited ME at WORK. I was so shocked, and the whole store definitely knew because I yelled out, "Oh my God" as soon as I realized it was them. Way for me to be subtle... It was unfortunate though because I was busy edging, so I couldn't talk to them much.

So my workout for today, I just went for a run twice around the inner parts of Stuytown, but tomorrow morning, I believe I'll try running the perimeter of the whole neighborhood. I mapped it out on gmaps ped, and it says it's around 2.6 miles. Perfect for my 5K training! I can't wait to sign up and run in the race!!! Future goal... half marathon. But it sounds way too daunting right now.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This one's dedicated to the big G

Huge, huge change in attitude from yesterday. Yesterday, I was all like, "I hate life, everything is overwhelming me" but today, I felt kickass. And really blessed. God is seriously like da man. I really really started this day off in prayer, and needless to say, it helped. A lot. Made me wonder why I don't dedicate my days to Him more. Silly me.

Got some homework done, before I headed off to work, but yeah, first off, I ain't the new girl at work anymore!! We got two more hirees, so now I'm like, legit, naw what I'm sayin'? No more fitting room duty, I can be a floater baby. Joyce (the assistant manager) also asked me to train Steph, the new girl, a little, ha! Empowerment, people, empowerment. That is totally the key to making you feel all important, when it's not that big of a deal. Steph's pretty chill; she's from Australia and speaks with an accent so obviously that boosts her cool factor up by a gazillion points. I find myself responding back in an accent frequently, so I have to catch myself...

I had my yummy fire-roasted peppers and onions, chicken quinoa today for lunch. Delicious! I didn't post the recipe last time, so here it is:

My kickass quinoa
1. Pour a cup of quinoa into a pot with 2 cups of water. Wait for water to boil and then reduce to a simmer and cover.
2. In another pot, boil water for the chicken breasts. Once water is boiling, drop those babies in.
3. Prepare all vegetables (you can substitute for any). Cut, slice, do what you gotta do to get those veggies ready! Steam them.
4. Once chicken is ready, cool and shred into bite-size pieces.
5. Combine veggies with the cooked quinoa (you know it's done if you can see the clear bran outline). Add chicken.
6. Add couple of dashes of basil and cumin.
7. Add a splash of vinegar and olive oil.
8. Add 2 spoonfuls of ketchup and mustard each.
9. Mix and enjoy!

It's seriously the bomb diggity. And it keeps you full, I swear, because it has your grain, protein, and veggies for fiber.

Anyways, I got good news today... My professor who I thought left the school replied back to his email address and agreed to write a good recommendation for me!! Yay!!! I just got to get all my junk ready for him... That's the hard part now. Thank you God though, because that was one of my overwhelming problems.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Let me just cry myself a river...

To explain my pathetic title... I hate those days when you feel like you're not in control of anything. Everything is just overwhelming me right now. Literally. Just with school, work, internship. I have so much on my plate, and I can't think properly or manage things well. I think this is when God really reminds me again that I am not in control of my life. Darn it! Why you gotta be humbling me God?

So, I'm trying to regain some sense of organization in my life... And I know I'm being organized, but I still feel so messy in terms of how I handle things. Ahhh, life, 1, HM, 0. KO.

Plus, I went out for a run today, but today is definitely just a no-good day for me. The kind of day when life just kicks you in the butt. I probably ran less than a mile, but it was still a killer. I was so tired and didn't want to push myself. Yesterday I ran, and I was like, "Fresh air! Birds! The smell of fall! I love it!" Today, I was like, "Ugh, it's cold. Ugh, my knee hurts. Ugh, those damn birds." Talk about a total attitude change lol.

Okay, besides all this self-pitying though, I have to say, these are the days I really understand the meaning of dependence on the Lord. Kinda. A little bit. I mean... God has to humble me somehow right????

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cooking for the week

I'm back home in Jersey again, as I always am on Sunday nights. Since last week, I started to make my meals ahead of time, so that during the week, I wouldn't have to worry about food at all. It worked out so well last week, that this week I'm doing it again. My recipes for this week? Hot steel-cut oatmeal for the harsh cold days and fire-roasted peppers, onions, and chicken quinoa. Can you say "mhmmmmmmm"?

So I've been having some self-revolutions for the past two years, learning more about myself and trying to understand myself better. I know, some of you guys might be thinking, "Shouldn't you have figured that out already? Being 21 and all?" Hell no! Don't be a-judgin' but the city is rough and just rips your soul apart. Okay, I definitely exaggerated, but living in the city has definitely worn down my spirit, soul, and identity, so I am slowly building myself up again, and in Christ of course. Duh.

I am quite unmotivated, unless I have specific goals in my life. When I have things that I want to accomplish, then I will put my heart into them. I can't just be happy, just living by the moment style. Maybe temporarily, but in the long run, I feel lazy, unproductive, and useless.

That's why... (drumroll please), I am signing up for a 5K RUN!!! Okay, 5K isn't much, but seriously, it's something I can train for, and I'm doing it not only to discipline my body but my mind as well. I also don't like the fat accumulation on my body, so training will help me to lose some fat too! Then, I want to try running a 10K and eventually a half-marathon. Eeks! The idea of a half-marathon right now is a bit daunting and disgusting. Thank God I have awhile to go heeheehee.

I'll keep you posted on my training. Today I ran 2 miles though. And it was a quite satisfactory run: not too rough, not too long... justtttt right.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

After a long day at our annual Sports Day, I finally came home to chow on some food and BAKE with the roomies. We decided to make oatmeal cookies, because we lurveeee the texture of oats in cookies. I wanted to bake the oatmeal cookies I made before last year, but I couldn't find the recipe. What a shame, because let me tell you, they were D-E-LICIOUS!!

This is the recipe for the chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, adapted from blogger Baking Bite's oatmeal cookie recipe.

-1 cup whole wheat flour
-2 cups instant oatmeal
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-2 tbsp butter, room temperature
-1/2 cup white sugar
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1 large egg
-1 egg white
-2/3 cup vanilla yogurt
-1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking poweder, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.
4. Beat in the egg and egg white, followed by the yogurt and vanilla extract.
5. Stir in the flour mixture and the oats so that no streaks of flour remain.
6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
7. Drop batches onto the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on the level of crispiness).

Check out these babies!!

My roomie Hannah suggested that next time, we should try this recipe with less flour (1/2 cup less) so that the texture of oatmeal would be more apparent, and I couldn't agree more. The cookies are quite yummy and chewy, but adding less flour would probably make them less "bread-like."