January 18th, 2013
Happy Friday! Geeze, I’m so happy it’s Friday. This week has gone really slowly for me. I guess this dreary weather hasn’t helped.
Sometimes when it rains, it pours. Sometimes when it pours, a parking spot opens. Yesssss! I made it to the gym yesterday morning for a 3-mile treadmill run.
It was a slow run, but I was happy to knock it out early. My body got progressively more sore throughout the day. That Crossfit workout I mentioned yesterday really really really worked my lats!
I’m getting excited for my next run though. I got new gear in the mail. Squeeeee!
I needed new inserts, and though I need new tights too, though I may return those. The run tights were a good deal, but I’m just not sure I need to spend the money right now. Hmmm… perhaps I’ll think on it a few days.
Okay, so back to the rain. I was in a little bit of a funk yesterday, so I baked my way out of it. Remember all those little bananas from my WIAW post? I found a home for them – in a loaf pan.
Deeeeeelicious! Though I wasn’t really looking forward to it, dinner came out well too. Granted, baked cod doesn’t hold a candle to Katie’s banana bread…
Here’s to hoping to a rain-free and funk-free weekend!
- Got weekend plans?
- Been baking? Or still recovering from holiday baking?
December 17th, 2012
This weekend was a bit too food-filled for this foodie. I had a great time baking, celebrating with friends, and enjoying the season, but my belly is ready for the new year. *Don’t get me wrong, the rest of me is still loving the holiday season, jingle bells and all.
On Saturday, I went for a much needed run, and lucky for me, the run was fabulous! I love love love these new Pro Compression socks I won from Kat’s blog. I later baked cookies and headed out for a neighborhood party.
On Sunday, I whipped up these pretty little things for another holiday party. (Yeah, on Sunday – I wasn’t too happy about the date; I’m a pajama girl on Sunday evenings.)
After the holiday lunch Thursday and holiday parties Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I’m feeling pretty bleh. Luckily, I did at least whip up something healthy this weekend.
I froze most of these to nibble on through the week. Due to their lack of fat and such, they don’t puff up like normal muffins, but they freeze and reheat in the microwave incredibly well.
- 1 c flour (I used whole wheat.)
- 1/2 c NuNaturals Fiber Baking Blend
- 1 packet Stevia (or about 2 tsp sugar)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp (heaping) pumpkin pie spice
- an extra dash of cinnamon
- 1/2 c pure canned pumpkin
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 TBS + 1 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1/2 c milk (approx)
- 1/4 c dark chocolate chips or shavings
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a muffin tin.
- Mix dry, except chocolate. Separately, mix wet. Add wet to dry without over mixing.
- Fold in chocolate chips. Divide among muffin tin. (I got seven muffins.)
- Bake 18-22 minutes. Allow to cool completely if you intend to freeze any of them.
Is your belly sick of the holidays yet, or have you been managing the temptation?
October 29th, 2012
Fall finally feels upon us… or at least me. It’s finally supposed to get chilly tonight. Woohoo! Though I’m happy for sweaters and boots, I’m glad this weekend stayed relatively warm. I was busy busy busy!
I spent most of the day Friday sanding and painting furniture, which was exhausting. Oh, did I mention I had an extremely hilly 3.5-mile run before even starting on the furniture? You better believe I was happy for this crock pot meal. And the beer. Okay, I was especially happy for the beer.
Meal: Clean Eating’s tamale pie, Beer: Warsteiner Oktoberfest
I was just as busy Saturday at my Habitat for Humanity build. Lunch was graciously provided, but turkey/ham sandwiches don’t do much for a girl with a veg pledge. Lucky for me there were leftover whole wheat bagels from breakfast.
I definitely burned those carbs!
When I finished my build and Kevin returned from class (all-day grad school session), we headed out to meet friends for a few drinks. To my dismay, I participated in zero costume festivities. I don’t think I would have been able to keep my eyes open too long anyway.
Sunday was a bit more relaxed. I put the finishing touches on the furniture, headed to church, and baked some bread. Thank goodness for rest days!
The bread tasted fan-friggin-tastic. I followed Katie’s recipe, but I used 1/3 cup of maple syrup instead of 1/2 cup, and I used about 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips. (Oh gosh… those gooey, melty, chips… I may have had a little tooooo much of them yesterday.)
That’s my weekend in a
blog post nutshell.
- Did you try any new recipes over the weekend?
- Ever been too exhausted to party? *Side note: getting old ain’t easy. ha
September 14th, 2012
Sorry for teasing you on Wednesday. When I made these muffins, I couldn’t wait to share them, but then I had second thoughts. I like the muffins. Kevin likes the muffins. Hopefully you will like the muffins too.
Sadly, I feel like they need a disclaimer. They’re healthy muffins that are lower in sugar, whole wheat, oil-free, and vegan. I’m pleased with the flavor and texture, but if you like muffins on the sweeter side, you’ll have to modify the sugar situation.
- 2 tsp chia or flax seeds
- 4 tsp water
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp pumpkin or apple pie spice
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 4 oz natural applesauce, unsweetened
- 1 TBS natural maple syrup
- 3/4 cup apple, chopped/diced
- Microwave the chopped apple to soften it (approximately 1 minute). Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and prep your muffin tin. I very lightly sprayed mine with olive oil.
- Mix the chia/flax seeds and the water, and set aside.
- Mix your dry ingredients in a medium bowl, not including the apple. Mix your wet ingredients.
- Add wet ingredients to the dry and stir. Fold in the apple.
- Fill the muffin tins. This mix only made eight muffins for me. Fill any open spots 3/4 of the way full with water for more even baking.
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
*** For sweeter muffins, you could easily throw in 1-2 TBS of brown sugar or sucanat. You could also add a little more maple syrup.
My calorie counter app says these have about 90 calories per muffin, 1.1 g fat, 221 mg sodium, 19 g carbs, 3.4 g fiber, 3.4 g sugar, and 2.7 g protein. I can only put so much faith in my app, so if you’re super concerned, you may want to add all that up yourself. This is for 8 muffins per batch.
Like I said, I hope you like them. More importantly, I hope you have a good weekend!
July 31st, 2012
Regular readers know, I like to healthify things. I like to healthify things a lot. It’s a good habit/hobby to have. However, not everything needs to be healthified.
Nutella is one of them. Oh… and Oreos. And cheesecake. Better yet – Nutella cheesecake with Oreo crust.
Kevin’s birthday is Thursday, but since I had Friday off from work, I decided to make him a birthday non-cake. He doesn’t really like sweets, but he occasionally enjoys a good cheesecake. He also approves of Nutella ever since I made him try it in Italy. When I saw this recipe, it was really a no-brainer.
So why the full-fat, white sugar, and everything else? Magic. Sometimes you’ve just got to let go, quit worrying, and let the chocolate do it’s magic. Y’all knew chocolate was magical, right?
Kevin is always supportive of my recipe flops, tofu dinners, and whatever else I put on the table. He deserved his own special birthday cake… minus the cake.
Here’s my history with Oreos. The last time I bought a pack, I ate an entire sleeve (1/3 of pack) in the car on my way home from the grocery store. That happened in high school, but I have been terrified of buying Oreos ever since.
I was also worried I’d over-eat these bars. But you know what? I didn’t. Instead of gorging myself on 5 in a sitting, I enjoyed 1 a day without feeling deprived or guilty. I made something rich – something good (really good), and I allowed myself to enjoy it. This was a great feeling.
I even allowed myself a special Oreo before putting away the package. Soooooo worth every calorie!
- Do you healthify everything, some things, nothing?