Thursday Things

Here are this week’s Thursday Things:

1. French Terry Crop Pants, French Terry Raglan Sweatshirt with Ganesh and a Renew Long Sleeve Raw Edge Tee with Ganesh from Be Present

Everything is so ridiculously soft and comfortable. I have been wearing Be Present, almost daily, since 2004. This is what I live in for yoga, for power walks, for grocery shopping, and for life in general, I love it.

Ganesh is the remover of obstacles and the lord of beginnings. I need all the help I can get.

2. Need yoga info from clothes I love to what kind of mat I can’t live without to what kind of music I like to the finer points on the different styles of yoga?

This post, Yoga FAQs, has you covered.

3. I got my hot little mitts on a copy of Lindsay Landis’ soon-to-be-released book, The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook

For anyone who loves cookie dough (the recipes are all egg-free so no risk of salmonella), this is the book for you. The recipes are for more than just cookie dough balls. She has everything from cinnamon rolls to donuts, all using cookie dough.

Lindsay did all her own photography for the book and her images are just stunning.

If a book doesn’t have images that jump off the page, unfortunately I probably won’t make the recipes. I crave jump-off-the-page-imagery and every single image does just that. I was drooling for cookie dough while thumbing through the book.

4. Lindsay mentions in the book that the highest viewed post on her blog is her recipe for chocolate chip cookie dough truffles, which she posted back in 2009, and that the post was also the beginning of the inspiration for her cookie dough cookbook.

Ironically, in 2009 I posted Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (no-bake, vegan, GF) and they are one of my highest viewed posts of all time. Stats don’t lie; people love cookie dough.

5. In 2009 and early 2010, I think most every post I did was for some sort of cookie dough ball, bite, truffle, or no-bake little round globe. Ahhh, the memories.

I’ve moved from ball recipes <– (every ball recipe I’ve ever made is there) to bars, but will always have a soft spot for all those little balls I used to roll out.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bite (no-bake, vegan, GF) anyone?

6. This “31 Bits” 87 Cuff from Harabu House- Using fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty.

Kallie Dovel traveled to Uganda in the summer of 2007, getting a first- hand look at life in Northern Uganda. While she was there, she met women making paper beads but who lacked a plan to market and sell them. After spending time in their homes and hearing their stories, Kallie knew there had to be a way to give opportunities to her new friends. She brought a box of jewelry back to the U.S., and spent the next year finishing her degree and dreaming up the concept of a development organization. She brought a few friends on board and her ideas quickly evolved into 31 Bits. The girls traveled back to Uganda in August 2008, and selected six women to begin buying jewelry from on a monthly basis. Since then, we have grown to 99 women; each with a unique story of suffering that has been overcome with joy and liberation.

7. 7 Budget-Friendly Wines from Trader Joe’s. All under $10 and some of the featured wines can be found at places other than TJs.

Read the comments because there are suggestions for budget-friendly wines from a variety of stores, not just TJ’s. We all love a bargain vino, right?

8. Chef Talk – Food and Cooking tips, tricks, and chatter.

People share the nitty gritty and their opinions on everything from a very obscure types of knives, to their thoughts about a certain type of microplane, baking sheet, food processor, mixer, and more.

These people really get into discussing specifics. If you like to research kitchen and cooking items before you buy them, and then research some more, this forum is chock full of very detailed opinions.

9. Have you entered the Sprinklebakes Cookbook Giveaway?

10. I have 3 product coupons for 3 free bottles of Trop50 with Tea Beverages ($4.99 each).

If you’d like the coupons, leave a comment below about anything at all from yoga to cookie dough to baking to tea. I’ll pick a winner and announce it in my next post.

What are your Thursday Things?

If you’ve made anything great, done something fabulous, bought something exciting or fun, link it up below.

Do you prefer baked cookies or cookie dough? Favorite kind of dough?

Both have their place, depending on my mood. The chewiness of a baked cookie, warm and gooey straight form the oven is fabulous, but so are spoonfuls of cookie dough straight from the mixing bowl.

I’ve never met a dough I didn’t like. Chocolate chip, peanut butter, molasses, snickerdoodle, you name it, I wouldn’t say no.


69 Responses to “Thursday Things”

  1. Blog is the New Black — May 10, 2012 at 2:21 am (#

    Lindsay’s book does look beautiful!

  2. Sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 10, 2012 at 3:17 am (#

    I need that book! In only the few pictures I see, I can tell that Lindsay is very talented! MY mind is racing with all of the cookie dough treats I’m sure she has in that book.

    PS: Averie, I think you should have a cokbook – complete with all your beautiful photography, yummy donuts, cookies, and creative bar recipes. :)

  3. Meg — May 10, 2012 at 4:03 am (#

    I absolutely NEED that cookbook!
    When I am sad or hormonal I often find myself buying the premade cookie dough. I am making your vegan stuff this weekend..

  4. Erica — May 10, 2012 at 4:45 am (#

    I got that cookbook too! Its pure dessert craziness. Those pants look super comfortable

  5. Heather (Where's the Beach) — May 10, 2012 at 5:10 am (#

    Oh that dough book is so up your alley. I love it. And that cuff is gorgeous. I love that so much. It can be dressed up or down or Bohemian chic. Awesome!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 10, 2012 at 8:32 am (#

      Knowing the bit of style and clothes I’ve seen you post pics of yourself in on your blog, it’s totally up your alley!

  6. megan — May 10, 2012 at 5:40 am (#

    Wow the cookie dough sandwhiches on the cover look crazy decedent!

  7. Christine (The Raw Project) — May 10, 2012 at 6:12 am (#

    So fun on Be Present, cute pieces! And I remember all your yoga posts, good times! Great list, fun to re-visit your raw vegan ball recipes!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 10, 2012 at 8:31 am (#

      You’ve been reading sine nearly the beginning, and I think me with your blog, and yes, times have changed but the memories of those posts are fun :)

  8. Catalina @ Cake with Love — May 10, 2012 at 6:38 am (#

    I am the same when it come to cook books, if they don’t have images to make me drool most likely I won’t purchase them or make the recipe!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 10, 2012 at 8:31 am (#

      Especially in the internet and blog-reading age….everything is so visual and books need to be the same!

  9. Aimee M — May 10, 2012 at 6:45 am (#

    Perfect day: wearing comfy clothes to yoga, coming home to bake but eating all of the cookie dough instead, and washing it down with delicious tea :)

  10. Steffany — May 10, 2012 at 6:46 am (#

    Love those Ganesha shirts !!! I have many Ganesha statues around my place. I have been collecting them ever since a course I took on Hinduism in college. LOVE Ganesha.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 10, 2012 at 8:30 am (#

      I used to have more up but in our last move, not sure what happened to certain boxes of stuff!

  11. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — May 10, 2012 at 7:20 am (#

    i LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE cookie dough!! probably more than the cookies themselves. needless to say, that cookbook is made for me.

  12. CJ at Food Stories — May 10, 2012 at 7:21 am (#

    Mmmm … cookie dough :-)

  13. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — May 10, 2012 at 7:25 am (#

    A cook book dedicated to cookie dough?! I need that!

    Really jealous you get to snatch up TJ’s wines whenever you want – I wish I could at least order from TJ’s to make up for the fact that there isn’t one within 4 hours of me!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 10, 2012 at 8:29 am (#

      The fact that I am less than a mile from a TJs and have 4 groc stores and a WFs and 2 farmers markets all within literally 1 mile of me…I am super spoiled :)

  14. Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 10, 2012 at 7:27 am (#

    I’m not really a jewelry person but that bracelet is GORGEOUS.

    And those yoga pants look darn comfy. I want 55 pairs.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 10, 2012 at 8:28 am (#

      They are the best! Seriously! If you want to get a comfy pair of pants that will last you forever and can be washed about 1000+ times and still look brand new, get some Be Present!

  15. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — May 10, 2012 at 7:43 am (#

    Absolutely love those bracelets. And the story behind them is even better! :)

  16. Lindsay — May 10, 2012 at 8:05 am (#

    Ahh you got it! Thanks so much for the write up and sharing my book with your readers! Us cookie-dough-ball-lovers have to stick together! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 10, 2012 at 8:27 am (#

      Thanks for the early copy and yes, us cookie-dough-ball-lovers do have to stick together :)

  17. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan — May 10, 2012 at 8:39 am (#

    I cannot WAIT for Lindsay’s cookie dough book! I’ve been reading her blog for 2-3 years now. Cookie dough is way better than cookies, IMHO. ;)

  18. deirdre — May 10, 2012 at 8:56 am (#

    My faves of your faves: the ganesh tees…<3 Ganesh! The cookie bookie…I have to get my hands on that…you got it right about the cookie dough! and not only is that bracelet tops, it is for a good cause. thanks for the share!

  19. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — May 10, 2012 at 8:59 am (#

    These are so fun! I can’t wait to get my hands on Lindsay’s book! Have a great day

  20. Lauren — May 10, 2012 at 9:20 am (#

    I NEED that cookie dough book! Great post!

  21. Neena — May 10, 2012 at 9:39 am (#

    I love your ball recipes! So good and easy – perfect for when you need a sweet fix NOW!

  22. Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness — May 10, 2012 at 10:34 am (#

    I’ve been following Lindsay’s blog for a long time now (one of the first I ever followed, along with yours!) and I am sooo excited to get her book! I can’t think of a cookbook topic more appealing, and she is just an amazing photographer.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 10, 2012 at 8:52 pm (#

      I feel like I’ve “known” you for at least 3 years…pretty much since the beginning of my blog. Wow, time flies!

  23. Amber K — May 10, 2012 at 10:43 am (#

    Ooooh that’s a hard one. Cookie dough is awesome in its own right, but a warm chewy cookie is where it’s at!

  24. Katie — May 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm (#

    It’s all about the dough, and that book is en route to me as we speak. Can’t wait!!

    My Thursday thing is that closing on my new house just got bumped up a few days! It’s only a week and a half from now!! AHHHHHH…..I should probably start packing now then, huh? ;)

  25. Anna @ The Guiltless Life — May 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm (#

    People really DO love cookie dough! I saw Lindsay’s book on Instagram when she was receiving her first copies and I was drooling through just those sneak peeks. Yours have me even more enticed! Can’t wait to get my hands on that one :).

  26. Ellen — May 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm (#

    Oh wow. That cookie dough book has my name on it. I’m a dough girl for sure:)

  27. Caitlin — May 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm (#

    I love cookies of all forms. I also love cookie dough but there’s just something about warm cookies and a glass of milk.

  28. Alysha @Shesontherun — May 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm (#

    Cookie dough is probably my favorite thing on earth (that’s edible anyway :) ) I found a recipe for cookie dough cheesecake that I’m dying to try. But in the meantime, I made these cookie dough truffles that are simply heavenly. I brought them to a party for a hostess gift and everyone raved about them.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm (#

      Those look so good. Anything adapted from Paula Deen is destined to be pretty fabulous.

  29. Leonor @FoodFaithFitness — May 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm (#

    I need that cookie dough, like ASAP.

  30. Paula — May 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm (#

    I’ll eat cookie dough baked or raw–love it both ways!! Lindsay’s book looks beautiful (I’m pretty visual when it comes to food– I love cookbooks with great pictures). I think I need some Be Present apparel for my vacation–it looks like it would be very comfy for sitting around in airports and on planes. But..since we leave in 2 days, I think it’s a little late to order any for this trip. I’ll just have to take some raw cookie dough balls instead!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm (#

      The Mobility Pant by Be Present is It’s lightweight, folds up into next to nothing, you can handwash in the sink in a hotel room if necessary and will air dry overnight. I have brought them around the world for the last almost decade (have them in about 6 colors…love them all!)

  31. Jolene ( — May 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm (#

    I can’t pick!! But … if I had to, I guess the dough :-) Or cookies that are partly raw. Chocolate chip is the best for sure, but I also love white chocolate macadamia nut.

  32. Catherine Hoffman — May 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm (#

    For more years than I’m willing to admit I have been a cookie dough girl. Chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, you name it I’ve eaten it. I have a question about the Be Present clothing. Where can they be found and are they cotton? Anyone who has “power surges” knows how good cotton feels. I’m still drooling over the cookbook, it just looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing a great post!

  33. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 10, 2012 at 9:13 pm (#

    I think I love the dough more than the cookie. I was craving cookie dough and since I’m leaving Hubby alone next week he asked if I could make him chocolate chip cookies. He he I get to eat dough! :)

  34. Devon — May 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm (#

    Have been reading your blog for a few months now and always get great ideas…definitely need to check out the cookbook. Thanks!

  35. Michele Sparrow — May 11, 2012 at 6:47 am (#

    I am in agreement with others who suggested YOU should make a cookbook. Really, Averie…all those bars?? I WILL BUY IT! I have made so many of your ball recipes, too. Such good, yummy, EASY recipes!

    I wanna totally check out that cookbook. I already googled the truffles and I think I might try to make those for Mother’s Day for my own sweet mama!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 11, 2012 at 7:53 am (#

      You are so sweet, Michele, thank you & thank you for your vote of confidence and support, always!! :)

  36. Cori — May 11, 2012 at 7:17 am (#

    Be Present’s mobility pant is the comfiest!

  37. Shaunna Ulrick — May 11, 2012 at 7:55 am (#

    Does anyone know if libraries carry cook books? Stupid question I know but just curious.

  38. LiztheChef — May 11, 2012 at 9:40 am (#

    LOVE the yoga clothing…

  39. dragonmamma/naomi — May 12, 2012 at 6:17 am (#

    Love the clothing. Now, if I can find that ganesh t-shirt at Ross for 10 bucks, I’ll be all over it!

  40. Kat — May 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm (#

    I need to figure out where there is a TJ so I can check out some of those wines! They look yum!

  41. Luv What You Do — May 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm (#

    My favorite TJ’s budget wine is the Trader Joe’s Blanc de Blanc. It is a white sparkling and only $5….definitely perfect for summer!

    That cookie dough book looks great!
    My mouth is watering just looking at the cover!

  42. Sarah H.P. — May 14, 2012 at 8:18 am (#

    Raspberry green tea sounds divine! I love tea in the summertime!

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