What I Made Wednesday: Breakfast Foods

Until this past weekend I hadn’t been trying a lot of new recipes lately, except for breakfast foods in March. I just didn’t get around to posting about them. When I was in New York this weekend I was sure that the hotel was pumping the smell of bacon into my room as I hurriedly got dressed and out the door. I don’t even like bacon! But I do love breakfast foods and here are some recipes we’ve ventured into lately.

Strawberry Breakfast Bake adapted from Amanda’s Blueberry Muffin Breakfast Bake 20160228_091316  We used frozen strawberries we had and added flax seeds to this one. It wasn’t as sweet as I was hoping for and didn’t have the muffin quality that I wanted either. We had multiplied the recipe by 4 and baked it in a larger Corningware Baker so that the boys and I could all get some in one batch. The good news is that the big one loved it and was the one who finished off the rest.

 

 

Chunky Monkey Breakfast Bake also from Amanda at Running With Spoons

20160311_082230We again multiplied this one by 4 to make enough and then just slathered the topping on like gluttons! 20160311_082559We used peanut butter in our recipe, extra oats instead of oat bran, and standard milk chocolate chips. Everyone enjoyed this one so much that there was a fight to see who would get the last piece!

 

And, because who doesn’t LOVE chocolate at breakfast? We also made our own version of pancakes which we adapted from one of our favorite muffin recipes by Monique at Ambitious Kitchen. I can’t remember the exact proportions of ingredients, but I basically looked at AK’s recipe and my Betty Crocker Cookbook under pancakes and played until I got this deliciously dark looking batter. The pancakes came out lighter in color than I expected, but tasted decadent, moist, and were full of super great green stuff! 20160328_084407Do you see it peeking out at you? Right above the melty chocolate chip oozing out the side? Can you guess what it is without clicking on the link above? These were a winner and will be made again with recipe recorded. They’re also a blessing in disguise because…..guess what the boys and I did on Monday?

FINALLY got our garden in! And yes, we will be enjoying zucchini everything when it comes time. We also sunk into the ground carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet peppers, potatoes, lavender, chives, oregano, basil, cilantro, sunflowers, and pumpkins growing everywhere!

More pictures of the gardening to come and the food that we make from it. All in all though, even my breakfast this weekend was unadventurous, and it makes me think I need to break out a little more than I usually do with baked goods and fruit. I read a post this weekend that was linked from AK and it got me thinking about these questions which I’d love to know your answers to:

Could you do an alkaline detox?

Diet?

Give up eating cheese and other dairy?

And how does it go in your house when you want to change your eating habits?

Come back tomorrow for the next installment of my series on my 12 Years of Yoga! Namaste and good eats!

Currently – February 2016

It’s the last day of the month and LEAP DAY! Here’s my monthly wrap up on the 30 days project. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, link back to here and then you can also check out my last month’s recap here.

Well, Spring is on it’s way here this coming month and the flowers outside have already started blooming. Here’s our “pet frog” Pistachio and the first crocus to open this year….we expected them much later than February, but all things happen at their own pace, much like with my resolutions.

 

Things that went well in February

I had a major cold that I’m still trying to fight off the last little bit of. However, instead of letting that be a major set back to all of my resolutions, I have kept plugging along. I still ran and taught yoga quite a bit this month. In fact, I went from running under 2 miles at the beginning of the month to a little over 2.5 today. My speed has improved as well and I’m being more consistent in my yoga practice (pictures to come) including trying to find time to practice with my kiddos. Continue reading “Currently – February 2016”

Getting Dirty and Other Happenings of July

It’s been a hot minute since I posted anything and I’ve also been remiss in reading other bloggers the last few weeks….why? Well, summer happened and I already told you I’d be taking a short hiatus in prep for my new launch on my own site. This is still coming and I’m holding firm to my September 1st date. But, I thought I’d take a few quick seconds to let you know about a few things that have been on my mind and my calendar last month.

July 3 – I ate steak…..I do not like steak, but I ate some bloody red steak at a friend’s house. Why? Because I don’t believe that others should have to cater to my taste preferences. I do, however, request that they don’t cook with mushrooms or peaches because I’m allergic to the former and my oldest to the later. Food issues can be weird with friends. I mean, they’re friends, so they should be okay with you saying “I don’t like that”, but on the other hand, if you choose not to eat something….don’t make everyone else suffer because of it. If I had a friend who was a vegan, I’d make sure there was one dish he/she could eat when they came over, but I’m not going to plan my whole menu to suit their chosen eating preferences and I don’t expect others to do that for me. I just eat what I like and leave the rest.

July 4 – My husband serenaded the neighborhood….and they loved it! He brought his guitar and amp downstairs and played the Star Spangled Banner Jimmy Hendrix style while our neighbors set off a mass of fireworks. It was totally impromptu and it was fabulous! Life should be like that sometimes….kind of spur of the moment and all falling in place.

July 10-12th – I traveled to Irving, NY for a workshop with the FANTASTIC people at Cattaraugus Community Center, part of the Seneca Indian Nation. They were so much fun to work with and I got to see Lake Erie for the first time in my life. However, as expected, I was delayed flying home, but still made it in on Sunday. While I was gone my hubby stayed home and sent the kiddos to his parents’ house for the weekend. This is when the infestation began…..

Our squash plant had started to droop and soon our pumpkins followed. My husband was sure they needed more water, so we watered more. However, it didn’t help. While I was gone he asked a neighbor with a great garden to come and check ours out. She said she thought we had squash bugs….she was kind of right. We had Squash Borers. EW!
My husband spent the whole weekend cutting these nasty grubs out of our plants and we eventually lost the whole squash plant and most of the pumpkins.
They are still on the rebound….

Recently we have had problems in our cucumbers and cantaloupe….you guessed it….more bugs! This time it is Pickle Worms. More ICK!

We went out and cut off everything that might have eggs on them and worms in them. I have been doing that every morning for weeks. This morning I went out to find my sweet potato leaves with holes all through them. Want to guess what nasty thing has hatched now? Flea Beetles. GROSS! I have since made my own garlic spray and hope that will get rid of them. My tomato plant from the store seems to be suffering from tomato wilt and our little pepper plant is coming back and currently has one pepper on it. But the surprise of the season has been the magic tomato plant that grew out of our compost bin. The one thing that’s doing well and we didn’t even plant it!

July 15-18th – We spent the weekend at my husband’s aunt and uncle’s “mansion” while I worked a race for RTE. Check out their schedule of events and come see me at one this fall! It was an unusually quiet weekend at their house as their kids and the hubby’s parents usually join us to make it a small family reunion for the summer. We lounged by the pool, ate way too much food, and got a little extra sun. Plus, the family FINALLY came to visit me at a race and that was the first time in over 5 years that I’ve been timing events. I worked a few other events in July for RTE and one was “rained out. Then, it was the end of the month before we knew it.

July 25th – We had friends over to celebrate hubby’s 37th birthday. It was a fun filled evening with burgers, pool time, and cookie cake. Normally I make all the birthday cakes for the family, but this man really loves a store bought cookie cake with frosting. So, the kids picked out one and had it decorated with a guitar and it read “Happy Birthday Daddy!” All the kids at the party helped him blow out his candles and then we devoured that chocolate chip madness.

July 28th – I gave my final for the summer session of Fit and Well for Life that I taught online. I also had to hear the words I dreaded from Sarah, our sitter…..she has class during the time that I will be teaching this fall and we will have to find a new person to watch the boys so I can work. Thus started our journey into finding our first nanny that wasn’t friend or family. More about that in my next post. (Look for it this coming Thursday over at Running With Spoons!)

But, now we’re mid August and I’ve got so much more to tell you about a lot of things, so expect the posts to start coming more regularly before we move over to the new page. My training has fallen off for the summer due to heat and scheduling and all around other things taking priority. But, life is changing all around me this month and I’ve got some exciting things up my sleeve for you! So, stay tuned!

What did you do this July?
Do you have certain food preferences and do you make other cater to you?
Have you had any gardening issues or are yours flourishing?
What’s your favorite birthday cake or are you a no cake kind of person?
Who watches your kids?