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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

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