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Cinnamon Bread Review!

One of my recent baking projects was a Cinnamon Bread I saw on Heather’s blog. Um…this stuff tastes like a big cinnamon roll! I don’t know how I hadn’t made it before!

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My modifications were:

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup fat free buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2.5 oz. cinnamon chips – the BEST part of the bread  🙂

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Nick and I both loved this bread! It was so good still warm out of the oven – I can’t wait to try it on oatmeal  🙂

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The best part of this bread? The entire house smelled like sweet cinnamon while it was baking….I already want to make it again just so I can have it warm right out of the oven!

The only thing that could possibly make this bread better is a bit of healthy icing…maybe that will happen the next time I make it  🙂

Thanks for posting the recipe, Heather! I have a feeling I’ll be making this bread again!

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I have been running around like crazy today! I’m so happy I got everything done on my list – the only thing left is to watch Iron Chef, probably with a  big glass of chocolate milk, since that’s all I can think about right now.

 

First things first. I was SO excited to try out this BSI recipe….I had no idea how it was going to come out, or if it would come out at all.

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Basil and Strawberry Scones – Makes 8-10 (I got 9 out of the recipe, but one is really big!) *Based off of this recipe

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup fat free plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fat free milk
  • 4 Tbsp fresh basil, ripped or cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh orange zest
  1. In large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together.
  2. Drizzle in oil.
  3. Mix in egg whites, yogurt, and milk until the dough comes together.
  4. Stir in basil, strawberries, and zest.
  5. Drop onto parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400 for 15 minutes.

These are so good! The orange zest is definitely what pulls these together, but I love the flavor of the fresh strawberries and summery basil together. What a perfect thing to make on this beautiful day!

When I told Nick this was my BSI idea, he wasn’t too sure about it. But I think he changed his mind once he tasted one. He did suggest sprinkling a little sugar over the top (which I forgot to do!), so I did that while they were still warm.  

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I love how summery they are, but I also love that they look like Christmas!

In other baking news, I also made a new loaf of bread for this week – and hey, this one actually looks like a loaf! 🙂

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I used Zesty’s Quick and Easy Whole Wheat Bread recipe, but cut the molasses to 2 Tbsp and only used 4 cups of flour, now that I think about it. It definitely looks more like a loaf than the last try!

All in all, it was a great baking day.

 

Dinner tonight was nice and easy AND we were able to grill!

I had Nick grill a whole beef tenderloin for us, along with a salad with romaine, black olives, tomato, ff feta (and my dressing from the other night) and a slice of the bread.

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I’m still so tired from a bad night’s sleep, but I am loving the longer days already! I’m ready for Spring – cute dresses and skirts, sandals, more running, more smoothies….

What’s your favorite season?

My favorite season is actually fall – the leaves change to reds/oranges/yellows, it’s football season!, and it’s chilly, but not too cold. I guess my second favorite would be Spring – I love everything turning green again, flowers blooming, and the days slowly warming up.

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Running Makes It Better

I feel so much better! Even with the bad night of sleep, my stomach is feeling 100% better now, thank goodness! I have so much to do today and no time to be sick 🙂  Thank you all so much for your notes – they made me feel better, too  🙂

 

When I got home from church, I set out on a run. Today is beautiful – 72 degrees, a little breezy – so I knew I needed to go as soon as I got home or it wouldn’t happen. I left the house in my new running outfit that I’ve been waiting to wear (it’s been too cold lately) and my mp3 player and wasn’t really planning on where I was going to run or how long – I just went. I did still have some bad cramping today, but I tried to just run through it. I guess I need to research this some more and see what else to try. It doesn’t seem to matter if I eat something before, if I don’t, if I drink anything before or not….it seems that I just get cramps at some point every time I run, period.

I stopped and just jogged in place 3 different times (because the cramps were too much), for a total of about 2 minutes while I was out. Since I just use a stop watch to see how long I’ve gone, I stopped the time from ticking when I took a short break so I would know how much time I actually ran when I got back.

The Bad? I still had pretty bad cramps, which apparently is just normal for me.

The Good? I ran for 46.5 minutes AND (according to MapMyRun.com), I ran 4.71 miles which is PDR for me!  While this was a PPR (personal pain record), I’m more excited about the PDR. I’m hoping to run a 10K this summer, and this is the farthest I’ve run, which is super exciting.

Sometimes when I have these bad cramps while running, I just wish it was over, but the feeling after I finish always makes up for it.

 

Lunch today needed to be easy, and it was!

Baked Tofu, Brown Rice Medley, Steamed Broccoli

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I made a quick drenching for the tofu with

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp spicy mustard
  • 1 tsp bbq sauce
  • 1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • garlic powder
  • pinch cayenne

Baked at 425 for about 30 minutes while I started the last load of laundry.

Then I just heated up some of my leftover brown rice/black bean/salsa/pineapple mix and some leftover broccoli. I had about 1/3 block of the tofu and am saving the rest for some lunches this week  🙂

 

Bread Experiment Update!

Today is 2 weeks exactly since I baked the bread and bought the comparison loaf.

Surprisingly, nothing really happened until a few days ago. Nick opened up each ziploc bag a few days ago to give the bread some air for a few minutes and then closed them again.

Yesterday, I noticed this:

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Can you see those little white spots in the corner?

I noticed more on the rest of the loaf – I don’t think the last 1/4 of the loaf on the counter was as air safe in the plastic wrap as this slice was in the ziploc bag.

Still, for it to last 2 weeks before any changes happened is pretty good for homemade bread. That also means that it needs to be kept pretty air-safe to last this long. The store bought slice? Still no changes 🙂 

 

I’ve still got a big to-do list today, but it should be pretty easy to get done once I get started:

  • Clean the house
  • Finish up laundry
  • BSI recipe  🙂
  • Bake new loaf of bread
  • Prep stuff for lunches
  • Start on dinner at some point!

Enjoy your afternoon! I can’t wait to post the BSI recipe!

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Crampy McCramperson

Well….I’m pretty sure the banana is no help.  😦

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I have no clue if that’s actually true – my cramps today could be from anything. I ate the banana today at 4 pm at work and we went running around 5:45. I seriously had cramps in my side/abdomen from about the 3rd step I took until we stopped running 30 minutes later.

The bad thing? This was probably the worst run I’ve had in a while. 30 minutes of constant cramping is not fun.

The good thing? I still ran for 30 minutes. I’m proud of myself for not stopping, but it was not a fun run today.

For all you runners: Any things you’ve tried that seem to help?  Tips? Tell me it will get better someday? 🙂

 

Dinner tonight was a repeat of the Black Eyed Peas, Pork, and Greens from last night – I think this was better tonight! I love when meals get better after sitting in the fridge for a day.

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Plus a slice of our experiment bread

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I’m off to catch up on blogs and work on an editing project for a while….another piece of bread may get eaten with some almond butter soon…..

Enjoy your night and get ready for Heart Health #3 at lunchtime!

 

Make sure to check out Chocolate Covered Katie’s awesomely chocolate giveaway  🙂

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Glimpse of Baking Project

How was your Sunday? Mine was pretty good – I wanted to go for a run today, but I don’t think the temperature here ever got above freezing! It was snowing off and on all day, but I doubt we’ll get enough to cancel work tomorrow  😦  I’m glad everything is done, but I’m not ready for Monday yet!

I got laundry done, clean sheets on the bed, dinner made, lunch prepped, house cleaned (thanks to Nick for that, too) and caught up on blogs. Whew!

 

Dinner tonight was a good, Sunday night meal.

 

Mini Meatloaves, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

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The meatloaf recipe is based on this double cheese meatloaf recipe, which was adapted from a Cooking Light recipe.

My changes:

– 1 lb. lean ground beef, 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey

– I don’t precook the onions before mixing them in

– I used one low fat string cheese in the mix and soy parm

– I added some balsamic (about 1.5 tsp) to the ketchup/mustard mix for the tops of the meatloaves

– I divided the mix into 6 mini loaves (about 4 oz. each) and baked at 350 for 45 minutes.

 

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I promise to tell you exactly what I baked this weekend, but I’ll be doing a special experiment along with the post, so you’ll have to wait just a bit longer  🙂 

 

I hope you’re getting ready for the Heart Health Series! The first installment will be happening soon, and I’m super excited.

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll see you for breakfast!

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A Yoga Kind of Night

Ahhhh……………….yoga was great!  I felt so relaxed after class was over. My whole body just felt longer, taller, and completely free of stress. This was so nice to have on a Monday night.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be joining the class for good; I have some money saved up from graduation that I’m thinking of  putting towards the class. I can never make it to the yoga classes at our gym, and I like the audio ones,  but I really like actually being in a class sometimes, too. This class is $55 for 6 classes – does that sound reasonable? I’ve never just taken classes like this before, but it sounds pretty good to me.

Yoga was from 6:15 – 7:45, so dinner didn’t happen until around 8:15 or so. Nick made this while I was at yoga, and we ate when I got back.

Chicken Barley Chili (recipe on back of Quaker Quick-Cooking Barley Box)   🙂

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This used about 3 cups of leftover roasted chicken from last night and everything else is from a can, except the barley. Super easy, super fast, and super good  🙂

I also had one of my crescent rolls with dinner – so doughy!!!  I love these.

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Add on a BIG cup of water, and you’ve got a good after yoga dinner. Not too much, but I’m satisfied.

Now I’m just waiting on this to steep while winding down for the night…

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Hope your Monday was a good one!

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A BIG Thanks to my friend, Mara, for my new header!!!  Do you like it?  I love it!

 

Just be prepared – this post is going to be long   🙂

 

I didn’t have time to blog breakfast before leaving for church, and then the afternoon flew by, so you’ll get all 3 meals in one post!  Although it stinks having to do a huge post at the end of the day, this may be the best choice for me on Sundays. We usually eat breakfast pretty close to when we leave in the morning, but I could try combining bfast/lunch together. We’ll see how the next couple of weeks go, I guess!

 

 

FIRST – Sharon was right  🙂  The mystery treats last night were cookies!  They were these macaroons from last month’s SELF magazine (recipe here)

 

These were pretty easy to make and SO good! AND low in calories, which is a plus. I got 50 out of the recipe. I loved how light they were, and the coconut flavor is just amazing. The chocolate drizzle stuff never really hardened on ours, but it may have been the kind of chocolate I used?  They are still tasty, though. You may see them in some oatmeal this week…

 

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Back to today!

 

The color of today is apparently ORANGE

 

Breakfast was pumpkinand banana oatmeal with TJ’s Nuts about Chocolate trail mix – chocolate chips saved for the top   🙂

 

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I mean….how could you not want to eat this?

 

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All that melty goodness held me all morning long.

 

 

For lunch, more orange!  I baked a butternut squash (cut in half, seeds taken out) at 425 for 45 minutes. When that was almost done, I cooked some lean ground turkey in a pan, added some oregano, garlic, and tomato sauce, and used that mixture to stuff the cooked squash.  Topped with some soy parmesan and peas on the side.

 

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While the squash was baking, I ran an errand and found some razors 75% off at Rite Aid!  That is just about unheard of!  They had packs of 8 razor blades for the Venus razors on sale for $5, so I bought 2 packs of those – they were normally $22, which is also ridiculous. I hate buying razors – they’re always so expensive. As soon as I saw those on super sale, I knew I needed to get them to save some angry shopping trip later  🙂

 

After lunch, we watched a movie and laid around while doing laundry. Around 4 pm, we got up to wash and put our other set of dishes away, and then we went for a 30 minute run outside. It was a little chilly today, but I felt great while running. Having a headband and gloves make such a difference in keeping me warm! I wish we would have gone longer, but we were already back home. I need to just make myself go longer on the days I’m feeling good. Do you make yourself go longer (when running, walking, working out in any other way) than you planned if you’re feeling good?

 

 

 

My dinner tonight was SO good, but took so long to cook.  

Apparently, I decided to try to be a domestic goddess – at least it turned out well! I don’t think I can do this every week, though.

 

Roasters were on sale this week, so I knew I needed to roast this chicken tonight to have leftovers for dinner tomorrow.

 

This was roasted with a cut up lemon and onion inside the chicken, and it had olive oil and rosemary, garlic, and salt on the outside. I roasted for 30 minutes at 400, then basted with lemon juice and baked for about 1 – 1:30 more hours at 350, basting every half hour.

 

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In between basting, I dusted, cleaned the bathroom, and Nick and I vacuumed the house.  I also worked on packing my lunch for tomorrow, too, so it’s all done!  While the chicken was cooking, I prepped veggies and de-seeded a pomegranate for this week. It feels good to have all of this stuff done now  🙂

 

I also decided this afternoon to make these:

 

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Crazy? Maybe a little. I just really wanted some good bread or rolls with dinner, and this recipe sounded easy enough.

 

This was my first time making homemade crescent rolls, and they turned out great and super doughy. I used a Honey Wheat Crescent Roll recipe from this cookbook. I will definitely make these again – they had such great flavor and were so much thicker and doughy-er than those Pillsbury ones out of the can. Sorry dough-boy…these win, hands down!

 

We also had a side salad (with carrots, mushrooms, tomato, and romaine) and a brown rice/barley pilaf (topped with a little olive oil) with the chicken.

 

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I’m so happy this meal turned out well  –  I’m always a little scared when I’m baking breads that involve yeast because I don’t do it very often. 

 

I’m pretty tuckered out from running around, but I got everything done on my list for today!  There’s usually always a few things that I put off until Monday, but I’m happy I got all my stuff done, house cleaned, and lunch packed. Whew!

 

I think I’m about to have a big, cold glass of milk and wait until Iron Chef is on   🙂

 

I hope you had a great weekend!

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Today’s lunch was awesome! I had been waiting for this all day  🙂  It made the morning go by so much faster at work, too.

 

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I made two mini sandwiches with some homemade Parmesan Herb Focaccia, sliced tomato, basil, and light laughing cow cheese wedges. They were so delicious, but they really made me wish it was summer already and not 30 degrees outside!

Along side my minis, I had some leftover kale, “fries”, and extra sliced tomato. Too bad there’s not enough bread left for a repeat tomorrow!

 

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For a snack before BodyPump, I had a Fage 0% topped with an Orange Cranberry Gnu Bar. I wasn’t sure how I would like the bar crumbled on top of the yogurt, but I loved it! The textures were great together, and the flavor of the bar went really well with the tangy yogurt.

 

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On to the recipe review!

 

The recipe is actually for the focaccia bread I used for my sandwiches. I bought the newest Eating Well magazine last week and found this amazing looking recipe. After getting some advice from Jenna, I decided to use the first official weekend with no college football to bake! What else was I going to do with my time with no games to watch? 🙂

In case you don’t have the magazine, they do have the recipe online for the Parmesan Herb Focaccia.

 

I did have a few modifications, but not on purpose. When I went to mix the dough, I found out that I only had about 2/3 cup of regular flour, so I just made up the rest with whole wheat flour. I was afraid it wouldn’t turn out with that much whole wheat flour, but it turned out great! I also used dried rosemary and dried oregano instead of fresh since I couldn’t find any!

 

I give this recipe an A – It is so tasty and easy to make!  It does take a long time to rise, but the amount of time you’re actually doing something (mixing, etc) is only about 30-40 minutes.

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