Pumpkin Bread Cookies

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Okay so I’m a follower.  I jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon.  I’m just like everyone else I guess.  The temperature gets a little cooler and I feel like I need to consume pumpkin.  Well, so what?  You know you want it too!  It’s a thing. 

Anyway, since I can remember, my stepmom, aka The Baker, has always made pumpkin bread for the holidays.  You know, the kind that comes out of the tin coffee cans you can’t buy anymore?  Well, I set out to make a Paleo version.  These are great!  They have a bread like texture mmm, soft and chewy.  I gave them to my kiddos for breakfast and didn’t feel a bit bad about it.  The best part is, they don’t require you to be a trained pastry chef with special ingredients.  It takes a few minutes to mix all of the ingredients in one bowl and 10 minutes to bake.  Done.  That’s my kind of baking.  Let me know what you think!

So remember how I told you I have a wee little foot issue?  Well, I decided to take this weekend off from my long run and kill myself at the gym instead.  My foot is not horrible, but it was making me limp Friday.  I have three kids and a staircase, I ain’t got no time for limping around my house!  Plus, truthfully, I’m super excited about marathon training coming up so I’m trying to keep this injury at bay. 

I went to the gym Saturday morning and did my own rowing workout that was kind of fun.  I rowed as fast as I could for 1000 meters, then rested about 30 seconds, then rowed 900 meters, rested, rowed 800, rested and so on.  Talk about butt on fire!  I had to do squats in between sets to move some the lactic acid out of my butt cheeks.  Fun times!  Then I finished off with back squats, deadlifts, leg press for 1 minute intervals and leg extensions.  I was jello.  We were scheduled to run 10 miles at half pace, so I tried to do a workout that was just as hard.  I think I succeeded.  I’m going to try track out tomorrow.  Prayers I’m almost over this!

Now on to the important stuff.  The Bearded Husband and I are officially The Walking Dead fans!  Oh my gosh!  So intense!  My running buddies Lisa and Shirley kept telling me to try it.  Now I’m getting even less sleep because I’m sitting up too late with my eyes glued on zombies.  Then when it is time to turn it off I catch myself watching my back for any  “walkers” that may be lurking around my dark house!  How are these writers on these TV shows so smart?  Man, they think of all kinds of twist and turns.  I have to say as well, it is really fun to act like a zombie and scare the kids too. 

First the pumpkin, now the zombies, I’m such a follower!  Oh well, what can I say?

Pumpkin Bread Cookies
Yields 12
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Prep Time
10 hr
Cook Time
10 hr
Total Time
20 hr
Prep Time
10 hr
Cook Time
10 hr
Total Time
20 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 1 tbsp. melted butter
  3. 1 egg beaten
  4. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/4 tsp vanilla
  7. 1/4 cup honey
  8. 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  9. 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet with butter.
  3. Add almond flour to mixing bowl then add melted butter. Stir
  4. Next add the beaten egg. Stir those three ingredients well to avoid lumps.
  5. Add the baking soda, salt and vanilla. Stir well.
  6. Then add honey, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice and stir the entire mixture until well incorporated.
  7. The dough is a little sticky so using a spoon, form cookies into a ball and drop onto the greased cookie sheet. Then flatten the cookies just a little.
  8. Bake at 350 for 10 to 11 minutes, careful not to burn the bottom.
  9. Enjoy!
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Tomorrow is a New Day

My offspring really are cute.

My offspring really are cute.

Happy fall ya’ll.  Yesterday was the first day of fall right?  That’s what I saw on Facebook anyway.  Now if it can just cool off a little it would be great.  I’m so ready for tights and sweatshirts.  Oh and not sweating so bad I stink my car up on the ride home too.

Anywho, I have so much going on!  I just knew when my kids started school I would be lounging around the house during the day doing my “projects” I had listed to get done.  Yeah right.  Everyday is full!  What the heck??  People warned me but you know how it is.  The good news is, I like it.  It’s all good stuff.  I’ve never been great at sitting still anyway…makes me nervous.

I’ll tell you a little about my running life because, as usual, you’re dying to hear I’m sure.  Well, you know how I’ve mentioned we are starting the Hanson Marathon training method?  We still are but we’ve switched our focus a bit.  A few of us signed up for the DRC Half Marathon on Nov 1 with a sub 2 hour goal.  Now, to most of you speedies that’s no big deal.  To me it’s a big deal.  I’m not a fast runner and I’m not that keen on being uncomfortable either.  So, according to Coach we need to put on our big girl panties, put in the work and get it done.  That’s what I intend to do.  Oh dear.

No backing out now!

No backing out now!

Thank goodness for a great chiropractor. Grrr...stupid foot.

Thank goodness for a great chiropractor. Grrr…stupid foot.

One little snag.  I’m dealing with a case of plantar factitious.  Grrr…I don’t know why my body can’t get on board with all of my goals.  It’ll be alright.  I’m trying to be super tough. 

On to my next point, which is what this blog is about, my body is not cooperating because I’ve been eating crap.  Now, before you go giving me a hard time I told you from the beginning I’m not a perfect Paleo girl.  Um, mainly because I live in 2015 and cheese fries are delicious.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  Weekdays I’m usually okay, but weekends…oh lawd.  Come on!  It’s my WHOLE families birthday month!  You may cut me some slack, but unfortunately, my body won’t.  I have to get back on track, not necessarily because of the scale, but because I will FEEL BETTER.

I tell you this because 1) I want to be transparent 2) if you’ve been trying to stick with a healthier way of living and it’s not quite “stuck”, try again.  Tomorrow is always a new day. 

As much as I wish the scale could be a motivator, it just doesn’t always hold up when you are hungry and are faced with a plate of cheese fries or whatever.  However, for me, when I feel great it’s easy to pass up on the junk because I don’t want to ruin it.  Plus, when you are not eating junk you don’t crave it.  I PROMISE.

Of course I’m telling you this knowing good and well I’m going to have scotch eggs and beer at our marathon planning pow wow tonight.  Tomorrow is a new day!  I PROMISE!  If I want to reach my goals it really does start in the kitchen for me.  Let’s do it together!

What is your motivation for sticking with a healthier lifestyle?

Jazzed Up Salisbury Steak

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Hi peeps.  I hope I find everyone well on this beautiful day!  I am so loving these cooler temps.  I mean, I totally feel like I’m flying!  Or at least running faster than that ole turtle through peanut better.  You’ve heard that saying right?  Anyway, I have a little recipe for you.  Such comfort food.  You know how I love my cow in the freezer.  Add some feta along with it and delish!  This is one of those recipes that make for a good leftover breakfast too.  Man, dinner for breakfast is really my fav.

Guess what??  I have a brand spanking new goal for my marathon.  I share this goal with a few of my closest running buddies.  Turns out we were beat by OPRAH WINFREY!!  What???  Yeah, she got a 4:29:15. I got a 4:49:41!!  I think in the back of my head I knew that and chose to ignore it.  Oh boys and girls we are NOT ignoring it this time around!!  No no.  I will get a 4:28 if it kills me.  And it might.  At my funeral you can all get up and talk about how I’m sitting at the right hand of Jesus satisfied with my time that is faster than Oprah.

So now with our goal hashtag #fasterthanOprah, my dear friend Lisa has been pouring over our training plan.  Like I said, we are following Coaches plan but we are also intertwining it with the Hanson Marathon Training Method.  I think she just about has it worked out for the next few months.  We are nailing down paces that we need to hit for each run, FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.  We are quite the group of planners.  I like it!  I’m telling you, the marathon is not about the race itself.  It’s about all of the preparation and training that goes into it!  We are not going to wuss out of the hard runs either.  We WILL beat Oprah.  Fun times.

If things aren’t already complicated enough we also are trying for a Sub 2 hour half marathon at DRC.  Speaking of, I need to sign up for that sucker!  Anyway, all summer we have been pretty slow.  Coach has cracked the whip and is making us run faster now.  Of course our first response is he’s a crazy person and we can’t do that.  Well, Tuesday we hit our numbers on the track and today we hit our numbers in our 3×1 mile repeats.  We may growl and moan but we do it.  Secretly while we are complaining about the task at hand, we know that we are not going to accept anything less from one another.  Ya’ll know I love my buddies.

I mean who can't love these faces at 4am??

I mean who can’t love these faces at 4am??

So…on a total non running related topic.  Those exist?  Anyway, The Bearded Husband and I are shopping for RV’s!  I know, I’m such a traitor!  I love my tent and camping but man, won’t a heater be nice??  Plus we can pile in running buddies and haul it to races.  Stay tuned!

Let me know what you think about the steak.

Jazzed Up Salisbury Steak
Grass fed ground beef patty, mixed with veggies and feta, topped with sautéed onions and peppers and cream of mushroom soup.
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 pounds ground beef
  2. 1/4 cup chopped mushroom
  3. 1 onion
  4. 1 red pepper
  5. 2 cloves of minced garlic
  6. 1/2 jalapeno minced
  7. 2 tbsp. butter
  8. splash of Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  9. 1/4 cup crumbled feta plus more for garnish
  10. cream of mushroom soup from CutTheGrain
  11. (http://cutthegrain.com/2014/12/19/cream-mushroom-soup/)
  12. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare cream of mushroom soup according to directions on CutTheGrain.
  2. Heat butter in large saucepan.
  3. Add 1/4 cup each of diced mushroom, red pepper, onion and garlic cloves along with the diced jalapeno to pan and sauté until onion is translucent.
  4. Cut remainder of the onion and red pepper into strips and sauté separate in a small saucepan for garnish. (Optional but worth it.)
  5. When vegetables have sweated add them to a large bowl with the ground meat, Worcestershire, feta, salt and pepper.
  6. Mix well with hands and form into patties.
  7. Add the formed patties back into the same pan and cook on each side until no longer pink in the middle. If the pan gets dry add more of your choice of fat.
  8. When patties are cook through allow time to rest.
  9. Top with cream of mushroom soup, feta and sautéed peppers and onions.
  10. Enjoy!
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I am fired up! Life is good!

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So things are smoothing out some.  The kids are loving kindergarten…me too.  Last week I packed my schedule completely full and honestly I felt a little frazzled.  This week I tried to cool it a little and get some projects done around the house.  By projects I mean cleaning my disgusting bathroom and organizing closets.  I really shouldn’t let them get that dirty.  Anyway, I’m doing other productive stuff too ok!

Back to the fired up business!  The Nola full is REALLY on my mind and I love it!  If you haven’t noticed I’m a fan of marathon training.  The jury is still out on whether I’m a fan of actually running a marathon, but training, yay!  It’s my comfort zone.  I like to get out of bed every morning, ass crack early, and do something that was laid out in a plan for me weeks before.  My buddies help too.  Our new term is “crazy bird.”  As in, “Man there sure are a lot of crazy birds willing to get up and run a billion miles at 4am today.” 

Oh and yeah, 4am is the new 5am for me.  The kids have to get to school super early so my day starts even earlier as well.  I love that I’m surrounded by people who are in the same situation.  No one ever considers not running because they have to be at work/school early, they just run earlier.  Again, Crazy Birds.

Ok I keep getting off track about Nola.  No pun intended…hehe.  I am changing up my plan a little from the last full.  I have to explain.  We have an awesome Coach in the running club that gives us training plans and lots of advice.  Well, I take those plans and shave miles and days off to suite my skill level.  For the last marathon I did 4 run days and 2 Crossfit days a week.  All four run days were hard days. 

Coach Barrett Hopper. He's super fast. Bless him for putting up with us though.

Coach Barrett Hopper. He’s super fast. Bless him for putting up with us though.

Well, a seed was planted in my head by another running buddy on a plan she was following.  It’s running 6 days a week.  It sounded terrible!  The more I thought about it, the more it started to make sense.  I bought the book and the rest is history.

This time around I am still following Coaches plan but I’ve also been reading this Hanson Marathon Training Method book and I’m going to follow it.  They totally match up!  Coach has been telling me the same stuff for two years but it didn’t click in my head until I saw it in print. 

I will be running 6 days a week but FOUR of those days are EASY days.  It’s time on feet.  Turns out, if you don’t go out and kill yourself everyday you have less chance of injury.  Also, your body does all kinds of cool stuff on those easy runs.  Like a part of your heart gets bigger so it can supply more oxygen to your muscles, then your muscles develop more capillaries to take in the extra oxygen.  I mean, that is super hero talk if you ask me!  AND you burn more fat on easy days.  They had me there.  I’ll still cross train 2 days a week because I do better with strength training, but it will be less intense.

The point of the training is to train on tired legs to be more prepared for the END of the race.  Hopefully this is the miracle I need at mile 21…hopefully. 

Another good thing is, since I’m still on Coaches plan, if my buddies don’t want to follow the Hanson Method we will still be together four days a week.  It’s a win/win for sure!  However, I know I have a few buddies that are doing it as well so we will have a really fun training season.  This is not something I could even fathom doing on my own. 

I know Coach is shaking his head since it only has taken me two years to catch on.  Of course, I’m at the beginning of this journey.  I may be shaking my head a few months from now.  We’ll see!

You guys ready for more recipes yet?