Cookie Friday: Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Yay Spring! Sunny & 75! And doesn’t lemon just seem like a lovely, springy flavor? Yeah, I said lovely.

½ cups Butter, Softened
1 cup Granulated Sugar
½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 whole Egg
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
¼ teaspoons Salt
¼ teaspoons Baking Powder
⅛ teaspoons Baking Soda
1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
½ cups Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light-colored baking sheets with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Recipe via Lauren’s Lastest.

My notes: Roll on that powdered sugar!! Mine were definitely lacking in the crinkle department since I accidentally skimped. And bake them a tad longer than you might think. It’s a lot harder to tell when they’re done with such a light-colored cookie. Mine probably needed another 90 seconds or so. But they’re awesomely chewy!

Boyd wants cookies to be done!!!!

Boyd will even pretend to love me for cookies. I’m not falling for it!

Want to know something cool?

Kevin’s family and my family both had traditions growing up regarding celebrating spring!!!!

And the both included one very important factor:

Dairy Queen!!! The one in the picture above is actually in Winona where Kevin grew up, but I’m thinking it’s probably not the one he grew up with. It’s a little too “modern.” He is almost 31, you know!

My family would get to go when we spotted the first robin of the season. His would go when it hit 70 degrees. We were vigorously debating last night when we should go this year. Chances are (with my vision) I’ll never see a robin all summer! Haha.

I took Boyd out for a little promenade in the park after I got off work this afternoon. And look what we found?! His dunce’s cap. Hehe. I really wanted to put it on his head, but I was afraid some of the workers might object. Haha.

Hey, check out my new DIY WOD tab on top! I know you’re going to want to see my sweaty photo collage! I’m going to do a little log of our CrossFit/kettlebell/TRX style workouts. We’ll typically be doing them on MWF. I’ve also listed some sites I’ve found helpful, and plan to continue adding to that.

Did your family have any spring traditions? Cleaning doesn’t count!

What would you order at DQ? Cherry-dipped cone!!

Make Mine Iced!

Last night, our gym threw a Zumba party for Fat Tuesday. The ladies in blue camo pants and beads were actually a little overwhelming!! I tried with my hot pink shirt and capris, but I just did not really make the cut!

I was planning to attend with my running/donut baking buddy, Brooke, but our gym is really hard for a visitor to find. So that didn’t work out. I ended up slipping in for a song or two, but it was really hard to see and too many people just shaking it at random for me to really know what was going on!

The free food, however, I no problem with! I don’t even have to tell you who that brownie belongs to, right? I’m ashamed that my gym was offering brownies. I bet they weren’t the sketchy kind made with black beans either (just kidding – I’d probably like those). I was actually craving the pineapple after my workout. (I showed up before the Zumba party to do 1.53 miles of stairs + 3.58 miles normal).

For dinner, I whipped up some loaded naked taco salads. The key to my salad making is to use as little lettuce as possible. I’m just not a fan of lettuce.  At least I had my avocado! It still wasn’t very ripe so I mashed it like crazy and added salt + cilantro. It was good, but I don’t really like eating salads for supper. Especially in the winter. I feel like I need pasta or bread or something hearty to keep me warm at night! I can’t help it. It’s how I feel. But whenever I’m thinking this, I try to remember that Bob Harper says to keep it “lean & green” in the evening.

I also couldn’t help the fact that I needed  fro-yo last night. I really did! We were both in pajama pants and it was cold out, but we still went! Kevin could tell that I was at the point where I wouldn’t stop talking about it for two hours if I didn’t get any. And we DO have at least three fro-yo spots within a 1-block radius! That I know of.

My flavors: cheesecake, angel food cake *topped with a little cherry*, and cake batter. The cheesecake was awesome. The angel food cake I wanted to love, but sadly, it had kind of a weird texture.

We cheated on Yogurtini again and went to Nella’s around the corner. I’m just not a fan of Yogurtini’s current seasonal flavors: Maple Bacon Donut & Snickerdoodle.

Kevin was skeptical about the topping selection, but I think he was won over by the HUGE chunks of Reese’s PB Cups!

Best Facebook status of the week?

Hooray! I’ve been thinking about it ever since I saw it. So yesterday, in honor of it, I decided to get my Starbucks iced!

I probably haven’t had an iced latte since October! It was nice!!!

 What would your ideal temperature be? 80. Seriously. Maybe even 85.

Do you drink iced coffee/drinks in the winter? Not really. I did not sacrifice my fro-yo, but the frequency is definitely down. 

Any Fat Tuesday festivities? Nice ones, like Zumba. That’s really the only reason I knew it was Fat Tuesday. Haha. Last year at this time we were celebrating carnaval in the Dominican Republic… going downtown during one of those nights probably rates as one of the top five dumbest things I did while living overseas. It way too wild and definitely dangerous. But the daytime cultural things are cool to see!

And Then Comes Spring: The Colorful Edition

Rainbow Slush

Rainbow slush made from Wal-Mart ice pops!
Ice Pop Rainbow

DIY from Wendy in the Sunshine State.

Bunny Butts Bunting

Just in time for Easter! From psitsinthedetails, but you could definitely DIY.
Pastel Layer Cake

I know somebody facebooked this to me this week. Most likely Kristy. This particular version is from Mariola’s bilingual cooking therapy blog.
Summer Breeze

Ready for the summer breeze.
Tulips in Holland

Tulips in Holland. This reminds me of my parents. Their anniversary is coming up, and they went on a bike trip together on their honeymoon to Holland, Michigan. So sweet. Except for the biking/camping part.
Hula Hoop Rug

And just in case you are looking for something ridiculous to do, please weave a rug out of recycled t-shirts using a hula hoop.

Have a colorful day!