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Thinking Out Loud – Cookies, Sprinkles and Blog Redesign

 

Notice anything different?

You know that feeling inside where you “just know?” The feeling that tells you, “this is the one”, “this is me”, “this is right?”

I found my wedding dress at the very first store on the very first day that I began the search (second dress tried on), I had my son’s name decided upon before I even knew he was a boy and the moment I walked into my old house during an open house? I just knew it was mine.

I am the same way with people I date but that’s a story for another time. We should talk about dating sometimes, shouldn’t we? It almost becomes taboo topic but shouldn’t be taboo topic since we all have so many stories to share on the subject.

I never had that feeling with my first blog redesign and I just couldn’t shake it. Now though? Oh my gosh, I am in love with the new design of my blog to the point where I got up extra early today to look around and play with it.

Is this what Christmas morning feels like? I always wondered.

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If I want to be honest, part of me wants to rush on through this blog post just so I can see it live on my site. The pink and green color combination are so my favorite that they immediately put a smile on my face.

In fact, the green gingham pattern is the exact shade and design of the comforter I had back when I was 18. Wow, that may have been a long time ago now that I think about it yet it feels like yesterday.

I don’t have a ton of time today to play around with the site though and really, that’s just fine with me. My brain has been on overload this week, especially after yesterday’s site technological issues unrelated to the redesign (so sorry if you tried to leave a comment and were unable to do so).

After my run this morning, I am heading into the city for a few hours of mental freedom and hopefully a really good lunch. Yes, a good time to me is defined by good food.

So last night the little boy informed me that he was having an extreme cookie craving.

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Being the person (and awesome mother) that I am, my freezer is always stocked with both bakery cookies as well as cookies I have baked and frozen for emergency cookie craving situations.

Please tell me you have had a black and white cookie. I have this sheltered New Yorker attitude which doesn’t understand how most people outside of this area have never had or heard of the big black and white delicacy.

What about rainbow cookies? Have you had a rainbow cookie?

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It breaks my heart in several pieces to have learned that our Thinking Out Loud host, Amanda, has never had a rainbow cookie. I am so sad about this fact that I think I will be shipping her some very soon.

Speaking of rainbows, let’s talk sprinkles. Or jimmies as I hear some people out of this area call them. I can never call them that though, sprinkles are sprinkles.

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See, even the label says they are sprinkles.

I love sprinkles because they are cute and little and pretty but if you are only eating them because you think they are saving you calories over choosing another topping, think again.

I know we never talk calories and I really don’t count them but I can’t help myself from informing you that the caloric value of sprinkles is basically the same as chocolate chips only sprinkles are far worse in the ingredients department.

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One serving of sprinkles, which is 20 calories, is for ONE TEASPOON. Let’s get real here – if you are eating sprinkles, you are certainly eating several teaspoons.

Three teaspoons = One tablespoon therefore one tablespoon of sprinkles = 60 calories.

Far worse than caring about the calories is the ingredients. Yikes. Hydrogenated this and that, a bunch of stuff we can’t pronounce as well as all of the artificial colors of the rainbow including red #40 and yellow #5  which are lurking in the chocolate sprinkles too.

Now, one tablespoon of chocolate chips will run you only a few calories more than the sprinkles (each serving of chocolate chips is around 70-80 calories depending upon the brand).

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You can enjoy true chocolate chips which taste much better and contain far fewer ingredients and no artificial colors.

If you are eating the sprinkles because they are pretty or because you love the texture and taste, I totally hear that.

I will continue to eat the sprinkles that wrap around my favorite chocolate dipped waffle bowls but at the yogurt store toppings bar? Chocolate chips all the way.

My goodness, I just remember my dream: I arrived at next week’s half marathon with about 30 seconds to spare before the start, no jelly beans in my pocket and worst of all – no ear buds to listen to music.

That wasn’t a dream, that was a nightmare.

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Be sure to check out what everyone else is thinking today!

Sprinkles or Jimmies?

Favorite bakery cookie?

Do you have dreams/nightmares before races?

 

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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. April 3, 2014, 5:55 am

    You already know I think the site looks fabulous! 😀 So, so you… so I’m definitely not surprised that you just knew it was the one. And -I- had no idea that sprinkles were called Jimmies… because sprinkles ARE sprinkles, and as fun as they are, I’m going to go ahead and say that I prefer chocolate of any kind. Also… the rainbow cookie thing still weirds me out, and while I’ve heard of a B&W cookie, I don’t think I’ve ever had one. But that’s probably because of my pesky allergies 🙁

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 3, 2014, 6:02 am

      It is not Ok that rainbow cookies are weirding you out- you can trust me on this. We will discuss my shipment of cookies to you later (I will ensure they are not prepared near peanuts). And I may have to include a black and white. Or, you just have to come to NY for the full cookie experience.

  • Tina Muir April 3, 2014, 6:59 am

    You just shattered my dreams. Do you know HOW MUCH I LOVE SPRINKLES!?!?! Now I feel guilty with my mostly sprinkles with a little ice cream dessert! I put sprinkles on everything, and now their beautiful image is tarnished! 🙁

    Haha, I am not really mad, but I will also make you mad by telling you I have never had a black and white cookie either…..feel free to mail me one too 😛

    Love the new blog design, it looks wonderful!!!!!…..although I would say that is blue, not green?! Am I the only one?

    Soak it all in lovely! It suits you!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 3, 2014, 7:58 am

      Oops, I don’t want to ruin your sprinkles experience lol. If you love them eat them – if you are choosing them over something like chocolate chips, then I helped you out! The color is a blueish-greenish turqiousish – I see it as more of a green tint than blue tint but maybe all computers are different? I cannot even handle that you haven’t had a black and white cookie. And you were just here in NY!

  • Shannon April 3, 2014, 8:16 am

    Ohh jimmies all the way! I can’t believe the calorie count on them though – good thing I save toppings on cookies/ice cream for probably once/year!

    And I definitely am a dark chocolate chip person. That, and anything with peanut butter is perfect in my book! Honestly, don’t really do cookies that much though, unless I make some awesome no-bake or gluten free kinds! 🙂

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 3, 2014, 2:43 pm

      Agreed – anything with peanut butter is perfect.

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  • Sarah @pickyrunner April 3, 2014, 8:32 am

    LOVE the new blog look!! I wish you were my mom, freezing the bakery treats. That is genius. Like actually. We always had ice cream in our freezer growing up which is pretty cool too I guess, but it just can’t compare to cupcakes.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 3, 2014, 2:42 pm

      Aw thanks! My freezer always has some form of a baked good stuffed inside for emergency situations. I am actually out of ice cream/frozen yogurt so I think I better add that to the list…

  • Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures April 3, 2014, 10:13 am

    OMG I LOVE THIS NEW LAYOUT AND COLOR SCHEME AND EVERYTHING! Maybe this is why I couldn’t post a comment late last night – I was trying to comment on your post earlier this week about a lead leg run! And it kept telling me ERROR! I was about to throw my phone! Anyway, black and white cookies are the jam and they are the best accessory to any party I have. I haven’t had rainbow cookies either, what are they??? And gross to sprinkles, I never realized what they were made of… Yikes..

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 3, 2014, 2:41 pm

      Sorry to burst the sprinkles bubble and OMG you need a rainbow cookie. Next time you come to NY – my treat! Yeah, I was having all sorts of technical comment issues aside from the redesign. So glad it is working now!

  • Leslee @ Her Happy Balance April 3, 2014, 10:50 am

    I really like your new header and design 🙂 It looks great, and I’m glad you’re loving it! ANd I usually call them sprinkles but I feel like the majority of Philly calls them jimmies? I’m not sure but the rainbow kind is always best!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 3, 2014, 2:40 pm

      Aw thanks!….I don’t understand this jimmies thing. They are sprinkles!

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl April 3, 2014, 12:55 pm

    Love the new header! It looks great 🙂

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven April 3, 2014, 1:13 pm

    Is it weird that I prefer sprinkles to chocolate?! Especially on froyo. Actually I only get sprinkles on my froyo so I think it’s alllll good on the calorie front 😉

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  • Hilary April 3, 2014, 2:23 pm

    Sprinkles with out a doubt! It is a much more appealing word almost magical! And I don’t even like them!
    My favorite bakery cookie has to be peanut butter. What can I say I just love that stuff!

  • Aurora@Fitness is Sweet April 3, 2014, 3:56 pm

    I can totally relate on the blog redesign! I just went self hosted which meant so many more style options to choose from! Your design looks great!

  • Arman @ thebigmansworld April 4, 2014, 6:00 am

    I spy a black and white cookie!!! Was that the best one ever 😉

    Sprinkles remind me of fairy bread- the food at all the parties I went to as a kid- white bread topped with margarine and covered with sprinkles.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 4, 2014, 8:34 am

      Definitely not the best black and white, although, no black and white can really be bad. Some are just better than others. When I complete the mission, I will certainly post the review.

  • Marina @ Lazy for Diet April 4, 2014, 3:50 pm

    I didn’t eat black-and-white cookies and iridescent cookies too… It is Russia! I never saw anything similar in shop 😀 And I will almost always choose chocolate instead of a sprinkles. Chocolate is much more tasty 😉

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles April 6, 2014, 6:00 am

      I agree, chocolate so much tastier! Russia needs cookies like we have here in New York!

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