Wishing You a Sweet New Year

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I know you're all probably busy in the kitchen, getting together your last minute dishes for Rosh Hashanah, but I hope you have a couple of minutes (seconds?) to read my new year's greeting to you. :) It's been an amazing year here on my little corner of the internet - and I owe it all to you - my lovely readers. I feel like I have tens out thousands of friends (whom I haven't met yet;), all over the world, and that makes me the luckiest girl in the world. Thanks for reading, and stick with me - because this coming year is gonna be even better! Wishing all of you a shana tova, a kesivah v'chasima tova, and a happy and sweet year full of the most amazing (and delicious!) things! -Miriam … [Read more...]

The Side Dish: Some Things I Thought You Might Like

big flavor

Like on the side: some links I love, some kitchen deals, and a review of the new cookbook The Big Flavor Grill! Hey friends. I'm trying something a little different here today. I'd love to say it's going to be a weekly series, but knowing me and how busy I get sometimes, I am not going to make any commitments. However, now that I've got a super talented assistant (I'm going to introduce her next week!), I am going to try to share more than just recipes. We'll aim for most fridays...let's see how that works out! Some weeks I'll share great kitchen deals, sometimes it's going to be cookbook reviews (maybe a few giveaways?), sometimes I will share roundups of great recipes and sometimes you … [Read more...]

My Weight Loss Journey with Start Fresh: Week 5

-love all,trust a few,do wrong to none.- (4)

So I finished my first month of my Weight Loss Journey with Start Fresh! So my total weight loss for the month... Did you enter my giveaway for a free month on Start Fresh? It ends tonight at midnight - don't miss it! I'll admit, it wasn't the easiest week for me. I had a day off for New Year's, I was out sick one day, and I was snowed in another. Being home and bored doesn't make for easy dieting. I was tempted to cheat a few times, but I had my plan and stuck with it! I started asking myself... "Am I hungry, or am I bored?" As you can imagine, I was bored most of the time. One of my delicious food discoveries of the week was my Skinny Mocha Frappes. I also made a version with just … [Read more...]

DIY Cookie Jars with Sharpies

DIY cookie jars with Sharpies on OvertimeCook.jpg

DIY Cookie Jars are so easy and make a great gift! Read on for instructions! This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #StaplesSharpie http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO. Today's post is a little different than usual. I'm not sharing a recipe for food, but rather, I am sharing a fun way to make something to store your food in! This may not come as a surprise to those of you who've seen my creative side in other aspects, but I love crafts! I don't usually have time for crafting (after baking, photographing, blogging, etc), but when the folks at Sharpies asked me to share a fun Sharpies related … [Read more...]

My Weight Loss Journey with Start Fresh: Introduction

Start Fresh - Week 1

I think most of you can relate to weight loss and all of its related struggles. Personally, this has been a big struggle for me for pretty much as long as I can remember. I am not among the few lucky people who can eat what I want and not see said calories in my clothes, or around my waist. It's been a struggle for forever, but it's been that much tougher since I started this blog. You might remember that I lost some weight in the summer and that I was really proud of that accomplishment. You see, I fought tooth and nail for every bit of that weight loss. I wasn't done then. I have more weight to lose. And hard as I tried, motivated as I have been, I haven't been successful enough. It's … [Read more...]

15 Recipes That Helped Me Lose 15 Pounds

15 recipes that helped me lose 15 pounds

I'm really excited about today's post, but also a little nervous. I love sharing funny little anecdotes with all of you, but I am usually uncomfortable sharing more personal information here. But today I am crossing that barrier to post about something I am very proud of. It started a while ago when I promised myself that I would buy myself the new (and insanely gorgeous) MacBook that I had my eye on for ages when I lost 15 pounds. And since then, I have been dieting hard, more motivated than ever to shed a couple of pounds. It hasn't been easy. In the last couple of months I have made a huge number of delicious desserts, including a huge number of of cheesecakes. And I forced myself to … [Read more...]

Passover Prep: Clearing the Pantry!

I have a bunch of fabulous passover recipes waiting for you all (and a couple of amazing giveaways!) but first, I figured I would help you use up the chametz (non-passover) ingredients in your pantry. Here are some links to recipes that use ingredients you might have lingering...sorted by category! PS: did you enter my cookbook giveaway yet? You don't want to miss this one! Pretzels: Pretzel Crusted Chicken Fingers Pretzel Coated Chocolate Cookies   Oreo/Sandwich Cookies: Triple Chocolate Oreo Chunk Cookies Mocha Cheesecake with Oreo Crumb Crust Peanut Butter Truffle Stuffed Oreos Golden Crunch Pudding Cookies Cookies and Cream Biscotti Mini Cookies and Cream … [Read more...]

Purple and Silver Themed Party {Purim 2013}

Firstly, my apologies for my week long absence. Apparently staying up till 3 am too many nights in a row can cause a person to reach a level of exhaustion that I was previously unaware existed. I slept off my lack-of-sleep hangover, and now I'm back with a recap. Next up: recipes! Believe it or not, I forgot to bring my camera with me to my sister's for her Purim Seuda (party), but I got lots of question about the pictures I posted on Instagram, twitter and Facebook, so I decided to share my iPhone pictures of the party in case any of you want some tips and/or inspiration for future parties! First off, just across from the door, when people walked in, there was the dessert … [Read more...]

Top Posts of 2012 and a Giveaway!

Healthy Oatmeal Pumpkin Pancakes on Overtime Cook

Giveaway Closed! It's been a fabulous year here at Overtime Cook. There have been loads of highlights...too many to list. But I am going to be a total cliche and list some of my most popular posts. First, starting with plain stats- here goes: Scroll all the way to the bottom for the giveaway! Healthy Oatmeal Pumpkin Pancakes: It's funny how things work out sometimes. I made these on a whim, and happened to take a nice picture of them. Months later and it's still usually the most popular post every day. Also, it's totally my favorite breakfast! And my blog's most popular post! Spicy Baked Zucchini Sticks: These are among my favorite real-life recipes, but they are also the first ever … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Cook or Baker in Your Life

People who know me are super lucky when it comes to buying gifts. I have such specific hobbies that if you want to buy me something, all it takes is a kitchen gadget or a photography "toy" and I am happy. I figured that some of you might be looking for gift ideas for kitchen loving folks in your life, so I put together a list. Most of these items are things I have and love, others are items that I want really badly. (This may or may not be a hint to people in my life. Ahem. Readers, I invite you to forward this link on to people in your life who might otherwise buy you a useless or unwanted gift. Hints are nice, right? Let's start with a big one, in case anyone wants to buy something … [Read more...]