Monday, September 29, 2014

So Marvelous in my Monday!

It was the most incredibly beautiful weekend! 
I guess this qualifies as an Indian summer?
Temps in the mid to upper 70's and all kinds of sunshine...perfect!
I absolutely loved the wispy clouds that were out and about.
I believe this was taken on Saturday.

I gave me knee the week off and was planning on just a mile run but I felt great!
Sneaked a little 5K in on Sunday. As you can see, it was not super warm in the morning so shorts and sleeves for the win!

So I finally got the chance to put a couple of miles on my new Kayano's.
Loved them!♥

Yeah, this was the awesomeness that allowed those 3 miles to happen.
I can't decide if a knee brace makes me look tough or really just wimpy. Ha!
Oh well, whatever gets me through, right!
Great run that was also for a great cause, Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.
Run The Edge has put together a virtual race series and their first event benefited Guardian Angels.
I don't do many virtual runs but I look for ones with a cause that I would like to support.
Guardian Angels does amazing work by rescuing, raising, training and donating dogs to help those with physical and emotional disabilities. From older individuals who need help with tasks around the house, to returning veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), these dogs provide necessary help and support to those with disability.

Post run was pretty great, too.
A chocolate chip muffin and a cup of decaf.
You know me, this is actually a great muffin with no junk in it.
I'd be glad to share the recipe.
Gluten-free, sugar-free, clean eating approved!
Let me know and I will post the recipe in a couple of days!

I guess you might enjoy this, too...
I think this was Friday night's dinner or was it Saturday?
Haha...I ate a late lunch and didn't want dinner so this monster sized cookie was awesome!
Same as the muffin really. Gluten free flours and a few simple ingredients.
Looks like a bakery treat, right?
But made right in my kitchen in about 20 minutes from start to finish.

I have missed my fun baking experiments!
I am kind of glad the cooler weather is coming back...
Makes baking a lot more fun!

I hope you had a great weekend, as well.
And how is your Monday?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Teff SunFlower Cookies {Recipe}

This is a recipe that you definitely want in your recipe box!
Very simple and very allergy friendly!
Teff is a North African grass. 
It is native to Ethiopia and is believed to have originated between 4000 BC and 1000 BC.
This tiny grain is a nutritional powerhouse.
Not only does it contain more protein than wheat, but it also contains calcium, phosphorous, iron, copper, aluminum, barium, thiamin, amino acids and is a good source of dietary fiber.
This superstar flour also makes great cookies!
 Printable Recipe
Teff Sunflower Cookies
1½ cups Teff Flour
½ tsp. Sea Salt
  ½ cup Coconut Palm Sugar
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
2 tsp. Vanilla
1 cup Unsweetened Sunflower Seed Butter
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a mixing bowl combine ingredients; mix well.
3. Shape or scoop the dough into 1" balls.
4. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and gently flatten with the tines of a fork. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
5. Immediately remove from cookie sheet and cool on wire rack.
Yield: approximately 24 cookies.

{Kitchen Bits}
  • Ingredients used: 
    • Teff Flour - Bob's Red Mill
    • Coconut Palm Sugar -
    • Coconut Oil - Kelapo
    • Sunflower Seed Butter - I make my own by grinding raw, unsalted sunflower seeds in the food processor. It takes time, lots of time! It is unsweetened with a pinch of salt added.
  • Homemade sunflower seed butter doesn't usually have the amount of oil that some store bought brands do. You may need to adjust the amount of coconut oil in the recipe if using store bought.
  • I lightly moistened the tines of my fork and dipped it in the coconut palm sugar before pressing down the cookies. It is not necessary, but adds a little kiss of sweetness to the tops.
Happy Baking!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Happy 1st Friday of fall!

What happened to September? went super fast!
It is Friday and it is date night Friday...
Movie time with the honey.
Oh hey...
Lol...yes, that is him!
He is not a fan of being a feature on the blog so feel free to ignore him and just go on to the next picture!
My Friday started a bit like and the 'other man' snuggling.
He owns the passenger side of the bed, as you can see and he has to touch me.
It's good to be loved, right?
(he snores and tries to sneak under the covers!)

I don't usually lay around in the mornings, as you can see I actually have workout gear on.
Sleep hasn't been happening as much as it should lately so I am behind on a few hours.
The alarm didn't go off this AM, we barely made it to the bus stop in time and I came back home and headed for the bed. Haha!
I have been two chapters from the end of this book for about 4 days.
So Taz, the snoring cat, and I snuggled in to finish this darn book.
Honestly, such a good book!
It is a true story, you should check it out.
There is some weird satisfaction in finishing a book, isn't there?
Ah well, maybe that's just me.

Speaking of satisfaction...
Yes. New shoes. Again.
I am on the quest for perfect shoes.
I am the Cinderella of the running shoe world and I am waiting for my Prince Charming of a shoe to come along and slide on to me foot...
Ok. You know what I mean!
This is the Kayano 19 (yes, they are up to 21 now but I got a good deal on Amazon!)
So far, they are super comfortable to walk around the house in.
I am going to take a test run on Sunday.

I am not the only one that was excited for new shoes...
She didn't even wait for me to get the other shoe out of the box!
Such a crazy girl.

Let's see, seems like there was something else I was going to tell you.
New shoes, not running, crazy cats and...
Oh yeah.

My sweetie and I are getting married.

So he is just kind of stuck with his picture being on the blog and my Facebook and with me...
Don't tell him, but I think I got the better deal.
He is pretty great!
Have a great weekend!

Running in for a quick blog post!

Hey,'s Thursday!
Not a whole lot going on around here.
'Running' in for this quick blog post is the only running I am doing this week.
Woohoo...thanks, IT band! You. Are. Awesome.

No worries, still lots of things to do besides running.
Truth be told, I didn't want to work out AT ALL today!
Lifted a bunch of weights and am guessing I may feel it tomorrow!

I did go for a walk and wowie! Check out this colorful guy!
So pretty!
The rest of the day has been uneventful.
Went to a high school football game Wed night and I was hoping to catch the pretty rainbow that was happening but it didn't turn out.
Still a pretty picture though, isn't it?
The little rainbow strip was right up the center of the pic; you can sort of see it.

Have I mentioned that my patience is rather short and the game before kiddo #2 game was taking FOREVER!
My friend said she has never seen anyone photobomb their own selfie. 
I am a dork. I know.

I have to say...that's about it.
Pretty boring stuff.

I might have a little more exciting stuff to share tomorrow!
It's a great day to have a great day!