10 Random Tidbits 4.9.15

I didn’t mean to take two weeks off from blogging, but it happened.  Every night when I go to bed, I dream of how my morning will go…  I’ll wake up before the rest of the house, sneak downstairs to fix myself a cup of coffee, turn on the news, scroll through social media, and write a blog post.  That’s what I used to do in the mornings.

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But the reality is I stay under the covers for as long as I can before I hear sweet baby babbles and hope my newly appointed blog editor shows up to work that day.

Tidbit 1:  Over the past month or so Little Miss has fallen into a fairly predictable bedtime routine.  She eats dinner around 5PM, plays, takes a bottle at 6:30PM, and is asleep by 7PM.  It’s great because I used to feed her while we ate dinner, but now Ryan and I have the opportunity to eat dinner together or spend time with our friends.

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Titbit 2:  Runners are crazy.  I’m crazy.  Paying to enter a lottery that results in running 26.2 miles is crazy.  Only 199 days until I cross the Marine Corps Marathon start line…  And hopefully the finish line, too.  Check out my race calendar here.

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Tidbit 3:  My current favorite snack: honey graham crackers + peanut butter + banana.  I can’t believe it took me nearly 20 years to make it.  I subtracted the years that I was too young to hold a knife.

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Tidbit 4:  A few friends and I started a mommy book club.  Last month we read 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story by Dan Harris.  This month we’re reading Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

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Tidbit 5:  My love for pancakes is no secret, so if I told you that I’ve eaten pancakes {or waffles} for breakfast the past two weeks y’all probably wouldn’t be surprised.  But instead of making them from scratch, I’ve been using FlapJacked Protein Pancake Mix and I’m loving it!  Full review coming soon.

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Tidbit 6:  I ran the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K two weeks ago down in Richmond.  I haven’t written a race recap in ages, but this race is worthy of one.  It was easily one of my favorite races!

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Tidbit 7:  This article, Fathers, You can’t afford a Stay-At-Home-Mom, has been flooding my social media feeds.  I’m not suggesting that SAHMs deserve to receive a paycheck of no less than $70,000, but it puts things into perspective.  I may not go into an office everyday anymore, but I hardly sit down at home.

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Tidbit 8:  For whatever reason, we never bought Girl Scout Cookies when I was a kid and neither did Ryan.  But apparently we’re making up for lost time because we can’t make a box last for a full week.  Samoas and Thin Mints are our favorites.

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Tidbit 9:  You’ll notice a new ambassador badge on the left sidebar soon.  I’m excited to have the opportunity to join the FitFluential community!

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Tidbit 10:  Our family could use your well wishes today.  Someone is sick and could use your positive, healing vibes.  Thank you

Question:  What’s your favorite summer and/or early fall race?  East coast, preferably.

Question:  Samoas or Thin Mints?

— Allison

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Everyday Breakfast Batter {Recipe} & How to Make a Flax Egg

Good morning…  Afternoon…  Evening…  Morning {again}, y’all.  I started writing this post yesterday morning, but I’m just getting back to it now while the rest of the house is still sleeping.  I haven’t figured out how to blog with a baby yet.  Maybe I will by her first birthday.

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The past few mornings I’ve woken up in a fabulous mood!  Tuesday we had a snow day and snow days bring out my productive side.  I get the urge to bake and cook and clean and do everything.  Thankfully, the Ergo Baby Carrier allowed me to do all of that.  I put Evie in the carrier around 8:30AM and we chatted, sang, and danced before she fell asleep.  She lasted four hours before she woke up hungry.

During those four hours I baked scones and brownies {boxed mixes from Trader Joe’s}, whipped up french toast bites, prepared breakfast sandwiches for Ryan, made Unstuffed Pepper Casserole {what happens when you make too much filling for stuffed peppers}, folded/hung clothes, and put in a couple of loads of laundry.  I tried to sit down to blog, but Evie started to stir.  She loves movement.

After we both ate, played, and read a dozen books, I put her back into the carrier.  She had another great nap while I took down our Christmas decorations, cleaned the hallway bathroom, and made Sweet & Salty Protein Balls.  I thrive off of productivity!  Plus, Evie does so much better at bedtime after a day of good naps.  Win, win!

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Would y’all like to see the recipes for any of the above?  Great.  Because I’m already planning to share them {plus more} in the coming weeks.  Today I’m finally sharing the recipe for my Everyday Breakfast Batter.  The past few mornings I’ve used this batter to make waffles and they’ve turned out to be delicious!  Crispy around the edges, soft in the center, and just a little chewy.

This batter is super versatile.  Not only does it work perfectly for pancakes or waffles, it can easily be made vegan by replacing the egg with a flax egg.  I’ve been making vegan pancakes and waffles for the past few weeks and I’m actually starting to prefer them more than the original recipe.

Before I get too far, let’s talk about flax eggs.  What’s a flax egg?  It’s not an egg at all, it contains no egg whatsoever, and it doesn’t taste like an egg.  It does however have a similar consistency to an egg.

How to Make a Flax Egg

*This is not an original recipe. It’s featured on the side of Bob’s Red Mill Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal.*

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As I mentioned last week, I pre-portion oatmeal and pancake mixes over the weekend to make my weekday mornings a little easier.  All I need to do is dump a bag {or two} into a bowl and add the necessary liquid.

Everyday Breakfast Batter

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c white whole wheat flour OR all-purpose flour {I’ve used both from Trader Joe’s}
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c water OR milk {or more until batter is desired consistency – I’ve used almond milk and soymilk}
  • 2 egg whites OR 1 whole large egg OR 1 flax egg

Directions:

If you want to make this recipe vegan, make the flax egg first.  To make the flax egg, combine 1 tbsp flax meal {ground flaxseed} with 3 tbsp water in a small bowl and stir.  Let the mixture sit for 3 – 5 minutes.  The longer it sits, the thicker it gets.

Spray a medium-sized skillet with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium heat.  In a small bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and stir.  Add the water and egg{s} and whisk until the batter is smooth.

Spoon batter into the skillet and cook the pancakes until a few bubbles form and burst, approximately 2 minutes.  Flip the pancakes and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned.  Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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Question:  What’s your favorite snow day activity?  I can’t wait until Evie’s old enough to go sledding.  When I was younger I’d spend the whole day outside and only come in to eat or drink hot chocolate by the fire.

Question:  What’s your favorite pancake or waffle topping?  Greek yogurt or cottage cheese with peanut butter.  It’s the perfect combo of carbs, proteins, and fats to keep me full throughout the morning!

— Allison

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Touring the National Harbor

Hello Monday, we meet again.  The holidays passed by quickly, but don’t they always?  It was nice spending time with family and friends, plus having Ryan home was a treat.  If only we could have a 4-day weekend every weekend…

Last night I didn’t get much sleep, but I did make a batch of what I call my “Everyday Pancakes” before our chiropractor appointment this morning.  They were vegan-ized using a flax egg because we were out of traditional eggs and I added a little brown sugar to the batter so there were pockets of melty sugar.  Delicious!

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Friday night friends came over for a game night.  We ordered take-out from Cafesano which is a local Mediterranean restaurant.  The menu had a great selection of soups, salads, paninis, wraps, kabob platters, pizzas, and pastas so no one had trouble finding something appealing.  A few people got pizza {myself included, I love brick oven pizza crust!}, salads, kebabs, and one person tried the lasagna.

Once our bellies were full, we played Cards Against Humanity and Catch Phrase!  Everyone laughed hysterically late into the night.  I don’t remember the last time I was awake until midnight…  It definitely was before Evie’s arrival.

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Saturday morning we took our time and did a few things around the house before heading to the National Harbor.  I signed up for a race at the National Harbor a couple of years ago, but nothing was open that early in the morning and I haven’t been back since.

For the past few years and this year included, the Gaylord National Resort puts up beautiful holiday decorations and hosts ICE!  ICE! is essentially a large ice house that contains more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, four ice slides, and numerous rooms depicting the chosen story.  The story this year was Frosty the Snowman.

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We didn’t see ICE! since it would have been a bit too cold for Evie {it’s a chilly 9*F}, but maybe next year.  It would be a fun tradition to start!  After touring the resort we walked around the shops and sat down for a drink before heading home.

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Sunday started similarly to Saturday, relaxing and slow.  Evie has been having trouble falling back asleep after her middle of the night feeding for the past week, so I’ve been taking her downstairs to lay on the couch and hope there’s something other than infomercials on TV.  She eventually falls back asleep on my chest/lap and will wake up once for a feeding but then will sleep until anywhere between 9 and 11AM.

After lunch we went to my momma’s house to help her set up her new digital picture frame.  We thought it was the perfect Christmas gift for a new grandmomma {we gave one to Ryan’s mom, too} and since we can email pictures directly to the frame, we hopefully won’t be getting too many “How do I…” calls.

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On the way home Ryan dropped me off at the gym for a quick workout.  I walked a mile, ran a mile, walked a mile, and ran another mile.  The last mile I sprinted which felt amazing for the first few minutes, but then my knee started aching.  I tweaked it when I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon last March.  Hopefully some strengthening exercises is all it needs.

P.S.  I just signed up for Bloglovin.  Anyone else use it?  Follow my blog with Bloglovin!

— Allison

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