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Slightly Less Sinful Snicker Doodles

My daughter didn’t nap this afternoon.  Anyone with a preschooler can relate to how you then spend the rest of the day counting down the minutes to bedtime and wondering just how early you can convince them that yes, it is bedtime.  Nevermind that the sun is still up and we just finished lunch.  Anything to kill a few hours and keep them happy and occupied is a must.      Mine is a little mini Martha Stewart.  She loves to bake.  I measure, she pours, we tag team the stirring.  Unfortunately, most cookie recipes don’t exactly fit into the recommended training nutrition plan.  With her being with her dad half the time, guess who usually gets stuck with finishing off 40 snicker doodles before they go stale.  I try to take some healthy shortcuts wherever I can.  Today’s experiment was one of my favorite snicker doodle recipes. While probably not terrible as far as cookies go, the recipe calls for massive amounts of shortening, butter, and sugar.  While I’m not brave enough to play around with sugar alternatives, I did replace the butter with half of the called for amount of all natural unsweetened apple sauce and replaced the whole eggs with egg whites.  These few minor changes ended up cutting the calories per cookie from 95 to 70 and cutting out almost all the fat.  Best part, you would have never known.  The cookies are incredibly light and fluffy.  I was worried about them holding their shape without the butter, but they turned out beautiful.  They are bursting with flavor.  They also passed the picky eater taste test (no really, the child hates most cakes and other sweets).  Next time, I think I’ll see what happens if I double the applesauce and omit the shortening as well.  I’ll let you know how that experiment goes.

Snicker Doodles


  • 1/4 cup all natural applesauce
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. With electric mixer cream together applesauce, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the egg whites and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.  If dough is too sticky to work with, cover and refrigerate until dough is easy to work with.
  3. Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.

Makes 4 dozen cookies

Race Recap – Minneapolis Duathlon 5k – 8.26.12

This morning was the Minneapolis Duathlon, the 4th of 5 races for the Team Ortho Monster Marathon Series.  I’ll make a shameful confession here.  I don’t own a bike.  It’s not that I have no desire to have one.  Quite the opposite actually.  I’m seriously afraid that if I start cycling, I’ll get addicted.  I’m also one of those people that if I do something, I want to do it well.  Which means a decent road bike.  And those things are freaking expensive!!  So until I save up a little to buy some toys, I’m stuck running the 5k.   (more…)

The Story Behind Dirty Girl Running – August Blogging Challenge – Aug. 25th

So how exactly was Dirty Girl Running born…. Well, it all started on a cold winter evening in east central Minnesota. I was trying to come up with a good name for my Facebook athlete page where I planned on posting most of my running statuses since it’s apparently a big Facebook faux pas to brag about your daily workouts.  I wanted something that fit with my personality.  I’d be lying if I said I might have also been a little tipsy at the time.

I’d just signed up for a Tough Mudder and had recently been getting back into trail running.  I didn’t want to be just another running blog.  Then I remembered something my track coach had said to me many, many years ago.  I’d just ran a very crowded 1600. I’d actually set a new PR despite getting boxed in a few times. My coach came over to congratulate me.  Then he told me I ran dirty.  At that point, he was talking about what he liked to call “running like a soccer player.”  He used to ride me about it all the time.  When I started to get crowded during a race, the soccer player liked to come out.  The elbows would come up, and I’d start weaving through the crowd to get a better position.  I couldn’t run in a straight line to save my life. I might have also cut off another runner or two in my day.  And if I got pissed off during a run, watch out.

Now that my racing etiquette is in check (unless you’re a group of walkers that lines up at the front of the race and insists on walking 5 people across, then prepare to be trampled), I run dirty in a different way.  I’m not afraid to go out there and get a little messy.  I love the mud and the trails.  I’m a dirty girl and proud of it!  Dirty Girl Running was born.  The world will never be the same again.

What’s in Your Gym Bag – August Blogging Challenge – Aug. 24th

My gym bag.  I never leave home without it.  Seriously.  In the off chance that a workout emergency occurs, I want to be prepared.  I figure this is also great preparation in case of a zombie apocalypse since I’ll have my running shoes, extra clothes, and zombie ass kicking music ready to go.  You never know.

1. Shoes – Usually an retired pair of running shoes that I clean up so I can get a little more life out of them before saying goodbye (or just adding them to the ever growing running shoe collection).  Right now I’ve got a pair of Brooks Ghost 4s.

2. Gym Clothes.  Usually this is a pair of capris and a tank top.  Have to show off the guns I’ve worked so hard for.

3. iPod – Yes, I am quite aware that a 4th generation nano belongs in an iPod museum somewhere as a relic of past technologies.  But as long as it’s still pumping out tunes, I’ll be kicking it old school

4. Notebook and Pen – This is where  I plan out my workouts for the day and track how many reps and sets at whatever weight.  I have exercise ADD, so I need a pretty well stocked arsenal to keep me from getting distracted by shiny objects (usually sweaty men with big muscles).

5. Kindle – Another must for my workout ADD.  If I’m going to have to move the cardio indoors because I can’t get outside for a run, I need something to keep me entertained.  By the way, reading 50 Shades of Gray while riding the stationary bike is a really bad idea.

6. Hair brush and extra hair ties – I have long curly hair.  Enough said.

7. Make up bag –  I actually have a separate gym make up stash so I don’t have to worry about forgetting my face.   I like to look pretty. I’m a girl.  Deal with it.

8. Deodorant – It should be a law that all gym goers carry some on their person at all times.  I can’t reiterate the importance of deodorant enough.  Use it people!!

9. Make up removing wipes – To take off my face before sweating it out.  Working in a gym and being the person that folds all those little towels, I can tell you that make up does not wash out of towels nicely.  Plus the scary clown look is never good.

10. Protein Bar – Post workout recovery snack on the go.

11. Water Bottle – Can also be filled with vodka, but not advised during hard interval or lifting sessions.

12. Bondi Band – Great for keeping the hair out of the face during those intense tabata workouts.

13. Heart Rate Monitor – I love my Polar FT4.  It’s a great basic HRM without many bells and whistles, but for a gym workout, it does everything I need it to do.  It tracks my HR and calories burned.  Mostly I got it because it’s pink, and I get a great discount on Polar watches.

14.  Lotion – It’s a girl thing.

TGIF!!! – 8.24.12

Consider yourself warned!!!!


Highlight of the Week – August Blogging Challenge – Aug. 23rd

I’m really thankful for this post today.  It’s  been a long few weeks at work.  I’m mentally and physically exhausted from the long hours and trying to juggle everything.  I’m also not working out as much.  I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a pleasant person to be around if I’m not getting in my daily visits to the gym.  It’s easy to forget the little joys in life and start dwelling on the negative when things get  crazy.

  But one great thing did happen to me this week.  The owner of the gym I workout at asked me to submit my resume because she’s interested in hiring me on as one of their personal trainers.  It would be just myself and an older male trainer offering our services to this club.  The manager has been trying to get me on board for quite a while now, but it’s always been poor timing or something came up that got in the way.  But it finally looks like everything is falling nicely into place.  My daughter will be starting preschool in a few weeks, so I’ll have some down time in the mornings to train.  It’s also convenient located about 5-10 min from both my house and the high school.  I can easily run over there for a quick training session on my dinner breaks or after I get done at the school for the day.   I’ve been looking to branch out a bit and start working towards becoming more independent in my training.  I’m hoping this gets me started in the right direction!

A Letter to Myself – August Blogging Challenge – Aug. 22nd

Today I’m supposed to write a letter to the old me.  I have no idea what to write.  I was a pretty kick ass chic back then as well.  It’s also late.  I’ve been working crazy hours and I think my brain is broken.  I want to go to bed.  So I’m just going to borrow this oldie, but goodie.  I hated this song when it first came out, but it turns out Baz actually knew what he was talking about.

Baz Luhrmann

  Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)