Author Archives: chacha

About chacha

I'm a west coast transplant who lives in Brooklyn, NY. I love many outdoor and sporty activities including hiking, biking, running, cycling, walking and exploring New York. We have two dogs, a French Bulldog and a Pug. I enjoy cooking but baking is my passion. I'm no expert but I like to bake for friends and family, and love to try new recipes and bake new things. Thanks for reading!

Bloomin’ Metric Century

Bloomin’ Metric Century Ride This morning at 3:45 a.m. the alarm went off.  I budged and Iggy the cat did not want to move so he cooed and squeaked until I was out from the covers. Last night I left … Continue reading

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Giant Ginger Cookies

Giant Ginger Cookies From the Better Homes and Gardens Recipe Book I made these Giant Ginger Cookies a few months ago and loved the dense, chewy texture.  I enjoy baking things that make the house smell really good and I gotta’ … Continue reading

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New York Road Runners Healthy Kidney 10K Run, Central Park

New York Road Runners Healthy Kidney 10K Run, Central Park New York Road Runners 10k, May 14, 2011 Race Morning When the alarm clock went off at 5:15 a.m., I asked myself this question, “Why so early? On a Saturday?” … Continue reading

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North Face Endurance Challenge Bear Mountain NY Race Report

North Face Endurance Challenge Bear Mountain Race Report, Half Marathon Last Sunday I rented a car and drove about 60 miles north of the city to Bear Mountain State Park. At 4:00am race day, the temperature was already in the … Continue reading

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House Guests? You betcha!

I sometimes wonder if I will feel motivated to clean house when we do not expect overnight visitors? There’s something special about having friends and family stay over. For one, I love the company and love to feed people. New … Continue reading

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Macaron or Macaroon? Boo boo.

From Pink Sludge to Banana Whoopie Pies It’s my boss’ birthday tomorrow so I really wanted to make something special and bring it to the office.   Her favorite color?  Pink.  Favorite cookie? Macaroons.  French Macaroons to be precise.  Unless … Continue reading

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You Had Me at “Cookie”

Ode to Cookie Connections I can’t remember the first time I made a cookie, but I can tell you that I have devoted a good deal of time to making and eating cookies.  Sure, I enjoy the process of combining … Continue reading

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National Marathon 2011, Washington DC

NATIONAL MARATHON 2011 RACE REPORT TRAINING This was my first official winter in New York City.  It was the first time I trained for a spring marathon in below freezing conditions.  I followed the same training program I’d used with … Continue reading

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The Wonder of Wide Open Spaces

The Wonder of Wide Open Spaces Needless to say, life has changed since last winter when we moved from Northern California to Brooklyn, New York.  We welcomed spring, survived the sticky summer, played outdoors in the fall and welcomed winter … Continue reading

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West Meets East

We planned to move from Sacramento, California to Brooklyn, New York by plane and our stuff would follow in a van.  Certainly, driving a rental car full of two dogs and a cat did not figure into it.  After all, … Continue reading

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