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I Don’t Monkey Around

Hello friends!!

I have tons of yummy food pictures for you today, so let’s get to it!

I slept in until 8am today. Apparently, it takes four days to break out of your sleep routine. Noted.

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However, the late wake-up call meant I was rushed this morning. Started off with a bowl of cream of wheat which always cooks up quick.

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I don’t think I’ll get through this box before I move. However it was delightful topped with All Bran, molasses and almond butter.

Then I got straight to work in the kitchen. A co-worker from my now old-job, celebrated her birthday today. I promised I’d show up with a treat, and to be honest, I couldn’t give up the chance to bake for somebody!

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Last week, she was on the quest for the perfect cinnamon bun. I tucked this away back in my mind, and when word of her bee-day came up, I knew she was destined for some monkey bread.

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I’ve never had or made monkey bread before. After many google searches, I decided on this recipe. The only change is that I used two cans of biscuits, 1/2 the pudding mix, and added 1/2 cup brown sugar.

I’ve heard they call it “monkey bread” because it’s “so easy a money could do it.” I would have to agree.

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Cut each biscuit into quarters, dip into melted butter, then shake up in your cinnamon sugar mix.

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And build your loaf of bread!

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It’s traditionally done in a bundt pan, but I don’t own one. Nor was I adding to my kitchen collection when I’m about to pack it up.

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After that first piece, I got a little wise and started doing eight at a time. Went much faster.

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Popped in a 350F oven for 35 minutes.

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Mine browned a little on the top, which is a shame. But it was a sacrifice I had to make to cook the center.

I had some of the cinnamon-sugar mix left, so I mixed it up with the remainder of my melted butter.

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And spread it on top of the loaf. Mmmmm…

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I couldn’t stick around for the loaf feast at the office, but it got nothing but good feedback. Hopefully it cured my co-worker’s cinnamon bun craving!

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Instead, I snuck a piece fresh out of the oven as a little pre-run snack ;)

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Totally against my “no refined sugars” thing. But exceptions must be made in certain instances! This is most definitely one! I must say, the butterscotch pudding totally made this recipe. It gave it a sweet caramel-y flavour. I highly suggest you add it to your next monkey bread :)

The refined sugars of course were the perfect fuel for a quick 4 miler along my favourite trail. Holy beautiful day!!! Bittersweet, as it’s probably my last run along the riverfront trail. The same trail that taught me how to love running :) Additionally bitter because I got a sunburn. At 10am. In May. With sunscreen on. Ridiculous.

The rest of my day was a whirlwind. It included donating 4 boxes of books to the library. Times like those I’m glad I lift weights! I did a lot of deadlifts with those things today :P

I also went to the doctor as a follow-up to my skin thingy. I’ve been on antibiotics for a month now because of an infection of the hair follicles in my legs. It’s cleared up a lot in the past month, but the doc wants me to continue taking them for two more months to ensure it’s completely zapped. Unfortunately there’s a worldwide shortage of tetracyclene or something, so that issue is not sorted out yet. Nothing is ever easy, is it? I’m not really keen on being put on stronger antibiotics for any length of time either…

At least I had yummy snacks to keep me going :)

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Totally forgot I put maple in the homemade protein bars. Got a pleasant surprise when I bit into it!

Dinner was leftovers made into a salad. 

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The lentil-bulgur-hummus-feta-tofu mash up, baked into little patties.

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On top of some “sweet potato chips.” Ie thinly sliced sweet potato dusted with salt and spices.

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I drizzled some balsamic on the spinach, and the flavours happening on this plate were out of this world. Tangy, sweet, salty, good times.

This evening, I added three more bags to my garbage pile. Throwing shit out feels awesome! Goooooodbye baggage! :)

Just finished up a microwave protein cake.

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30g peach-mango whey protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon, 2 tbsp applesauce, 2 tbsp egg whites.

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Topped with almond butter. The fruity whey powder made an awesome tasting cake.

 

Now it’s time for me to get back to packing! I’m catching up on Gossip Girl while doing it, which is making it a little more bearable (and scandalous).

So, here’s a breakdown of some things happening:

  • Final meeting with landlord and subtenant tomorrow. Could go badly, hoping it goes well.
  • Doing my personal training practical exam on Wednesday!! *insert hyperventilating here*
  • A BIG giveaway announcement tomorrow, Wednesday. I highly suggest you come back for that one ;)
  • Thursday, I am hoping to pack my Ford Focus up with as much as I can, and drive it to my mom’s
  • Thursday will also have a post on tips for staying healthy in college
  • Seeing as I’m feeling overwhelmed, moving to mom’s may happen Friday
  • Saturday, come pick up my big furniture with my dad and a truck
  • Sunday, hopefully relax, and celebrate Mother’s Day :)

Right now I’m just trying to focus on the short-term and doing what needs to get done each day. Thinking ahead elevates my heart rate too much.

Breeeeeathe.

Phew. That felt good.

If for some reason, I’m not back tomorrow, it means I just fainted doing my practical. No worries :P

The Perfect Protein Bar- One Step Closer

It was close, but crunchy nut butter won out over smooth 9 to 7 ;) These are important global matters people!

I was up early with a growling belly again today. Whyyyyy.

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Something quick and speedy – egg, laughing cow, smoked salmon breakfast sandwich.

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Ever since destroying my toaster oven I’ve been making my toast under the broiler. It’s a tricky process!

As a side note – I dropped an oven mitt on the oven element today and it caught on fire. Thankfully I was able to grab the mitt and fan it out. But I lost another year off my life from the moment of panic. I’ll be lucky if I make it to 50 :\

What was I making??

Homemade Maple Cinnamon Oat Bran Protein Bars

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  • 2 cups oat bran (I like Quaker)
  • 1 cup unflavoured soy protein powder (I use “Purely Bulk”)
  • 1.5 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 packets stevia
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar-free table syrup
  • 4 tbsp almond butter (crunchy!!)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup water

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Mix it all up until the powder is dissolved, but mix is still crumbly. Flatten into a 9×9 pan and bake at 350F for 15 minutes.

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Makes 8 decent-sized bars.

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My third attempt at a baked bar and my best one yet!! The extra cinnamon and maple really added some flavour. The best thing about the baked bars is that they’re stable at room temperature, so they’re much easier transport :)

I didn’t stop there though! Maple Pecan Peanut Butter.

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Threw 2 cups roasted peanuts, 2 cups roasted pecans and 2 tbsp pure maple syrup into my food processor.

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The processor gave out on me just as it was about to turn into that wonderful creamy consistency. Still pretty freakin’ good though.

Dinner put a dent on my overflowing cupboard!

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Cooked up one cup dry bulgur and one cup dry green lentils. Then added some chopped carrots, crumbled tofu, feta, hummus, garlic, parsley, dill and turmeric.

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This was definitely one of those meals where I just kept adding things to the pot with no forethought. It was good though! I think I may try to make patties out of the leftovers tomorrow. I didn’t feel like doing that extra step tonight.

Kept me full for a while, but not so much that I went without a bedtime snack ;)

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Microwave protein cake made up of 1/2 cup soy protein powder, cinnamon, stevia, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 cup applesauce, 2 tbsp egg whites. Microwaved in a mug for 4 minutes.

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Topped with some of that Maple Pecan Peanut Butter ;)

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While eating this, I was amazed by how large it turned out. That’s when I realized I used half a cup of protein powder when I meant to use a quarter!! Oops. I contemplated putting the other half in the fridge for later, since I usually stick to a regular serving size for snacks. But then I realized I was being silly, and that maybe it would be nice not to wake up hungry tomorrow :)

 

Food aside, today was my first day of unemployment! Eek! By 8:52am I was already restless and unsure of what to do with myself. I ended up being fairly productive though. Packed up all my clothing, which I’ve downsized to just two laundry hampers. Donated the rest (3 garbage bags worth). Also started throwing out some old junky decorations and things no one will ever need. Felt good to purge it all!

I also hit up the gym with an old co-worker to run through what I plan on doing for my practical exam on Wednesday for my personal training certification. We had to go figure out how to use the weight machines – I’ve never used them at my gym before!! Hopefully I sound like I know what I’m talking about come test day :\

And with that, I leave you today’s Archie picture.

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Yesterday it was one running shoe, today he cuddled up with three :)

 

Question of the Day: Bloggers – do you listen to music when you blog? Watch TV? Do it in silence? I always used to blog with the TV on in the background, but lately I’ve been listening to music and it makes the process a lot more fun. Tonight’s post was brought to you buy the new George Harrison “Let It Roll” cd :)

Come on in!!

Welcome to my new humble abode!! Let’s start at the “top” shall we? First, we must come down these stairs.

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These stairs may be a nuisance to some, but I predict they will provide some great workouts come blizzard season ;)

First thing we are greeted with is my beloved Scottie.

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This is his temporary resting place. I’m hoping my beloved boyfriend will help me hang Scottie on the wall ;)

At the bottom of the stairs, we catch our first glimpse of the bachelor apartment.

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Shout out to my sister Sara who bought me that beautiful microwave stand!

To our immediate right is my verrrrry compact kitchen.

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Being in such a small space is why it’s imperative I learn to keep it clean! I also spy a lovely card someone sent me ;)

Now we turn back and continue into the main living space…

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I also spy a Renoir and a Van Gogh!

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I am very proud of my living room set, it cost me $50 :)

If we continue turning to our right, we see my foam rolling space and my boudoir.

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As they say on Cribs, “this is where the magic happens.”

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Sorry guys, I make my bed for no one. Please don’t be offended.

This is why I scheduled closet cleaning time every week…

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It’s directly next to my bed, and I have a feeling it will get messy pretty quickly.

Now, if you’ll just turn right with me from the foot of my bed, we’ll enter my hallway.

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Hi!! There are two doors in that hallway. One is the closet. We will not be going in there. We’ll be travelling to the back where the bathroom is.

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What? You don’t strike a pose in the mirror? :P Oh right, the bathroom. We’ll have to get in the bathtub for a full shot, it’s a tight squeeze!

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Now, we’ll go back down the hall and face my living room from the foot of my bed.

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My river view window! And a TV that’s on a commercial break from Oprah. Please don’t make fun of me for tearing up at some of Oprah’s best moments today…

Finally, we end our tour with the area you’re invited to the most. My dinner table!

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Hope you enjoyed the tour!! It’s by no means a big palace, but it’s all mine and I love it to bits :)

 

Now, with that, let’s get to Waffle Wednesday, shall we? I decided to combine two great breakfasts, and add a little french toast to the mix.

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French toast waffles! Two maple cinnamon waffles in two egg whites, one whole egg, almond milk and cinnamon. I dipped it in a peanut butter-fake syrup mix. YUM.

Today was long run day, but I decided to relax for the morning and run once it warmed up a little. I snacked on a chocolate brownie Clif bar.

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At first, I wasn’t really digging this flavour. So I threw it in the microwave for 22 seconds. Oh. My. Gawd. A mediocre bar was immediately transformed into a decadent dessert. You have to try a warmed up Clif bar stat!!!

I had 75 minutes planned for my run today, and decided it was time for a little mid-run fuel. On my last 70 minute run, I felt my energy wane after the 50-minute mark. So I thought it would help me pull through those last couple miles.

I contemplated coconut water, dates, but decided on packaged fuel for simplicity’s sake. What I really wanted was a gu, but this was all I could find without going out of my way yesterday.

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Sharkies in watermelon flavour.

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The package came with 15 small jujubes, so just under 10 calories a piece.

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Tastewise, they were very yummy. Sweet like candy, and I liked the watermelon flavour.

As for fuel during running, I did not like it. At 50 minutes, I tried to eat half the package during my 1 minute walking break. It took me 30 seconds just to chew on one! So I shoved five in my mouth to get an instant energy hit and had the hardest time getting it down. They got stuck in my teeth, it screwed up my breathing, it sat funny in my tummy, and left a gross sugary taste in my mouth. With all that said it did give me energy. But the process of getting that energy was just not enjoyable!

The run stats:

Duration: 1:15:03
Distance: 7.92 miles
Avg Pace: 9:27 min/mi

Besides the sharkie business, this run was absolute perfection! I did my magic ratio: 9 minutes running, 1 minute walking. I had good tunes, great weather and entertained myself with a lot of thinking. I never thought I would get to this point running. Now if only I could make my maintenance three milers as enjoyable :P

I almost feel like a real runner now. Check out that sweaty runner scowl.

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One of my wandering thoughts during the run was about this lecture I attended by journalist/author Roy MacGregor. Canadians may know him as the guy who writes the Page 2 column in the Globe and Mail (one of our national newspapers). Seriously successful guy, and an expert in his craft. During the lecture, he told us that even now, he feels like he’s still “pretending” to be a journalist. Even someone so talented and accomplished can still feel like they don’t really “belong.”

I think it’s very much the same with runners. Whether they pound out 2 miles or 22 miles a week, many people still don’t feel like a “runner.” We’re all just sort of kids pretending to be grown-ups, you know?

After all that strenuous contemplating, I needed to plop down on the couch and wrap my ankles in ice.

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Amazing the difference a little ice can make!!

I re-fuelled with some real food. A tuna-hummus-lentil and bulgur salad mash up on some pita bread.

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Perfection! :)

That’ll wrap it up for today. I’ve got an early press conference in the a.m. then Chris and I are heading to a Panago Pizza that just opened for supper. I’m excited! They’ve got some good healthy-ish pizza options.

‘Till next time!

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