The Last Lecture

FOOD

Buckwheat Bake Attempt #2: Meh. I upped the cooking temperature and cooking time, as well as cut down a little on the liquids, but it still didn’t seem to be quite right. I’ve decided not to post my recipe, but here’s a picture just the same! This one was at least fully cooked, I just did not think that it was anything too special. I gave it the old girl scout try, though. I’ll probably use the little bit of buckwheat groats that I have left as a smoothie topper unless I can think of something else for them.

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All of these new breakfasts have made me crave my old bowls of oat bran again, so they have made a reappearance. 1/3 c oat bran, ~1 1/2 c water, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 T flaxseed meal, spoonful of crunchy almond butter, and whatever toppings I randomly decide on based on cravings at the time (crumbled cookies, Grape Nuts, chocolate chips, fruit preserves, maple syrup, fresh fruit, etc). This morning I rolled with strawberry preserves and a plum.

As promised in my last post, I have been experimenting after the delivery of my three pounds of peanut flour this past weekend. Suffice it to say, I’m literally sick of anything smelling of peanuts for a while, so I hope that this one recipe will be enough for the time being:

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Peanut Butter Soufflé Bake
(based on Carrie’s recipe)

– 1/4 + 1/8 c peanut flour
– 2 T applesauce
– 1 t baking powder
– 1/4 c water or non-dairy milk
– pinch salt
– sweetener, as desired

Combine and split the batter between 2 ramekins. Bake at 390deg for 15 minutes.

I call it a soufflé because it comes out seriously fluffy. You can’t tell just from looking at the surface, but as soon as you get down to the good stuff it’s like peanut-y fluff (I think the picture above shows it pretty well).

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LIFE

This was the last week of lectures for the spring semester, which means that next week is finals week. I have a pretty light and spread out schedule, so don’t expect the blog or my Twitter to suffer to much. I still plan on being as available, if not more available, than in my average weeks.

Today seemed slow, yet speedy at the same time, which seems to happen when I’m really anticipating something (like holidays and the end of countdowns). I just have a sense that this is going to be a weird-feeling week in general and I’ll just have to suck it up and deal with it since it will be over soon enough.

Know what I like about one semester ending and the next beginning? Textbook shopping. Probably hated by most other college students, because it means spending boatloads of money on books whose materials are worth much less than the retail price, this is not the case for me. I’m fortunate enough to have a loving sister with a terrific job and she offered to pay for all of my textbooks throughout my undergraduate degree as my high school graduation gift. That doesn’t mean that I’m not still a bargain shopper though! I’ll choose used books over brand-spankin’-new probably 96% of the time.

I’ve been trying to wrack my brains for birthday gift ideas to but on my wishlist. My parents and boyfriend have been pestering me to add things, but I can’t think of anything! Everything that I want is either food or clothing. I think that food is kind of weird to ask people for for a birthday present and I refuse to get clothing online because I know that things looks very differently on me than in a magazine or on a website. Plus, I never know with sizing! Sigh, right now I just have a few seasons of Big Bang Theory and some running clothes. When did I become so boring?!

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FITNESS

Mondays are meant for stretching and yoga, and with nothing but storms and rain in the forecast for this week, it looks like this week is going to be heavy on the DVD cardio and strength workouts and light on the running.

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Luckily, I finished with work early today and the rain just happened to have let up for a little bit. So, I decided to seize the opportunity and went home early so that I could trade in my yoga day for a run. Yoga will be done tomorrow during that nice “Severe Weather” warning instead.

Mile 1: 8:47
Mile 2: 8:27
Mile 3: 8:14
Mile 3.5: 4:11
Total: 3.5 miles in 29:43

The most exciting part? No jacket, no leggings, no gloves, no ear warmers. True, I did wear my long-sleeved technical shirt from my Run for the House race last month, but still! I was snuggly nonetheless without being cold or overheated.

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I’m now on Formspring! I plan on doing a Q&A post once I get enough responses. Seriously, ASK ME ANYTHING. My running, family, school, ED, nothing is off limits. And it’s completely anonymous, so don’t hold back. I have 4 questions as of right now, but would like at least another 3 in order to make it a complete post.

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For the “kiddies” – When are you done with classes for the summer?
For everyone – What’s your favorite “rainy-day” workout?

Can anyone help me in my wishlist-making dilemma!?

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6 thoughts on “The Last Lecture

  1. >Where oh where did you find peanut flour my dear? Your recipes look delicious 🙂 I graduate on May 22 but I am actually out of school a week or so before that. My favorite rainy-day workout is running! If I can find at least 30 minutes pause in the rain, my shoes are on and I'm ready to go. If it starts raining halfway through, all the better 🙂

  2. >My finals finished last week so I am now school free until September yipee! That is certainly generous of your sister– how amazing! Good luck studying girl! :)i find when special occassions roll around I can never think of anything I want, but than the rest of the year I can haha I am sure something will come to mind for you!!

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