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Oatmeal, Banana, Chocolate Chip Deliciousness…. by lipstickblogger
August 7, 2009, 9:54 am
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I am an addict – a junk food addict.  Unrefined, processed white flour? Check! White sugar?  Check, check! Brown sugar? Hell yeah! I love it all and so does my family.  I have always been skeptical of “healthy” alternatives to baked goods which usually taste like cardboard with some honey mixed in (and those are the tasty ones), but I was going through Bethenny Frankel’s Naturally Thin book and came across a chocolate chip cookie that is nothing short of FABULOUS!  Seriously, these cookies, which are both low cal, low fat, gluten free actually taste good.  Just take a peek at the finished product….

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Here is how you do it:


1 1/2 cups oat flour
3/4 cup oats
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. raw sugar (I used regular granulated white sugar, because that is all I had)
1/3 c. chocolate chips
1 tsp. canola oil
1/3 c. soy milk (I used 1% milk because that is all I had)
1/2 c. banana puree (from 1 medium sized ripe banana)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine all wet ingredients in a separate bowl.  Mix the dry and wet ingredients together, until combined.

2. Use a medium size ice cream scooop or a large spoon to scoop batter onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper or a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the cooking, or bake until the edges of the cookies are light brown.

I got this recipe from Bethenny Frankel’s book Naturally Thin.  I hope you enjoy the cookies!

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An Unexpected Surprise While Sick… by lipstickblogger

The stomach flu recently invaded our house.  First, it hit my five year old, then me and lastly my four year old.  Only my husband was spared – and thank goodness, because he tends to get hit much harder than the rest of us with these things.  J  My boys were really good about being so sick.  It was concerning seeing them sprawled out on the couch in the middle of the day rather than running around like the Tazmanian devil, but I knew that they were getting their rest, which is ultimately what they needed.  They would throw up and go back to resting and watching Scooby Doo.  No complaining, no whining – I guess they were thrilled to be allowed to watch cartoons all day long.

Me on the other hand…I thought I was going to die.  My husband thankfully stayed home for two days from work while I recovered and was good at keeping his distance.  When he did come near me – he was armed with a gas mask (I am not joking) and a bottle of Purell that he kept hanging off his belt loop like a pistol.  He was smart, because like I said, he was the only one who didn’t get sick.  The best part of being sick was I found a new reality TV show that I fell in love with.  The show was, “Tori and Dean Home Sweet Hollywood”.  This is the reality television show featuring Tori Spelling, her husband Dean McDermott and their two children.   I previously read all the tabloid headlines about them, how they met while both being married and eventually got married to one another.  I am of the  mind of “to each their own”, so while I never formed an opinion on the pair, I definitely had some pre-conceived notions of Tori Spelling, daughter of Aaron Spelling and what a spoiled, rich brat she must be. 

I have to say that after watching one episode of this pair I was hooked.  They are a really cute, sweet, and down to earth couple.  They have two small children, a boy Liam and a little girl, Stella and are loving parents just trying to make it through another chaotic day with two little ones.  I could SO relate!  After watching the Tori and Dean marathon on the Oxygen network, I decided to check out her book, Stori Telling.


Stori Telling, written by Tori Spelling talks about growing up as the daughter of Aaron Spelling, her trials and tribulations as an actress, going through horrendous relationships, her time on Beverly Hills 90210, her marriage and later divorce to Charlie Shanahan and how she ultimately met and fell in love with her now husband Dean McDermott. The book definitely shows that regardless of how much money you have, our struggles are all the same.  Wanting to fit in, wanting to feel loved, the neverending journey to finding true love and troubles with family.   The one criticism I would have for the book is that it does have a few “poor me” moments, which I think is ridiculous considering that complaining about leading such a charmed life is petty and selfish, but all in all it was a heartfelt read. 

The book makes a great beach read, great conversation with your next girls night out and a great read if you belong to a book club.  There are definitely some interesting topics that I am sure many could give some interesting insight into.
I hope you are all having a great summer!  Aside from the stomach flu, I know I have! 🙂

All the best,
Lipstick Blogger