Well here goes

Well, here it goes…

This is my very first post on my very own blog…eek! For me this is the most exciting thing to happen to me in, well, a very long time. Two days ago, after a series of very long posts to my Facebook fan page about the current happenings in my life (I am an aspiring fitness model – http://www.facebook.com/karaAcrow), I decided I wanted to share my experiences, stories and thoughts with everyone in the hope that they would laugh (or cry) a little and/or gain some knowledge from my experiences…and heck, maybe even share some with me!

So here I am, in Boston and working as a Personal Trainer at Equinox. I am an ex US Ski Team racer, I am still an athlete in my mind, a fitness model (or at least trying to be), and a person that is trying new hobbies due to some chronic injuries that are preventing me from doing most things active. As you will see I am obsessed with cooking as of 3 weeks ago and my favorite thing to make (and eat) is cookies.

I LOVE cookies. Just yesterday I was in Vermont (where I was born and raised) and I looked at the maple syrup in the fridge, looked at the flour in the cupboard and it hit me…why not make cookies with REAL maple syrup?! I have never thought to make anything with maple syrup even though it is sitting in my fridge at my place in Boston, so it must have been the clean, crisp air up there that brought peace and clarity to my mind. Or the fact that there was football on, who knows?…so what do I do? I make a very big mess…

When you imagine a 3 year old stirring flour with any ingredient, you should picture me. Whether the bowl isn’t big enough or I am just not nimble with my ability to stir, I manage to get flour everywhere, and for someone who absolutely hates messes, this used to be a big problem. But as I am learning, making a mess is half the fun!

About an hour after I begin my pouring and mixing of all of the ingredients, out pop these little bundles of joy…my very first batch of REAL Vermont maple syrup pecan cookies. I stood there staring at those cookies as antsy as that 3 year old making that big mess, just waiting for those babies to cool. And I was not let down…those cookies were delicious. Not too much maple, but just enough so that it teases your taste buds a bit and leaves you wanting more…many, many more. Thankfully I was able to pawn them off on my boyfriend so that he can gain all my winter weight for me.

So there you have it, a little piece of me. I couldn’t think of any other way to start my blog other than with the excitement of making cookies with maple syrup. I hope that if you make these cookies, they bring you just as much joy as they brought to me.

REAL Vermont Maple Syrup Pecan Cookies

REAL Vermont Maple Syrup Pecan Cookies

REAL Vermont Maple Syrup Pecan Cookies

1 cup butter

1/2 cup light brown sugar and a 1/2 cup raw cane sugar

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

Couple handfuls of pecans, broken into tiny pieces or left whole, your choice

Couple shakes of nutmeg

A lot of shakes of cinnamon (I’m obsessed and its great for inflammation of the joints – which I unfortunately have)

Some salt

AND….1/2 cup Vermont Maple Syrup  (Mmmmm…)

Preheat the oven to 350, mash up all those ingredients (I didn’t have a mixer, which might have been why I made such a mess), squish them into little balls and then little discs, pop in the oven and wait…wait…and wait some more (about 15-20 minutes – I didn’t really set a timer), wait again for them to cool and then…enjoy responsibly!

Hope you enjoyed my first post! 🙂

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