Put On The Brakes

FOOD

More perfect pancake experimentation occurred Thursday morning. Blueberry this time; a classic. And,shockingly, I winged it. Really guys, this is a big deal. I’m usually a “follow the recipe to a T” kind of a girl. In the past, winging it has almost always resulted in miserable failures. Thankfully, this was not the case this morning!

Oh. Yeah. Bay. Bay.

Blueberry Pancakes

– 1/3 c flour (I used whole wheat)
– 1/2 t baking powder
– 1.5 t sweetener (I used Truvia)
– 1/4 c non-dairy milk (I used vanilla soymilk)
– 3 T blueberries, fresh or thawed
– water, to thin as needed

Mix together, make your pancakes, add toppings! (I topped mine with strawberry preserves, peanut butter, granola, and maple syrup)

Next time I’ll probably nix the toppings and double the recipe. Sometimes, you just have to keep things simple. And few things are more beautiful than a nice, big stack of fresh pancakes on a plate, am I right?

I ran out of raw snickerdoodle cookie dough balls (recipe was in the post that accidentally got deleted/overwritten/lost, but I’m sure that I’ll be making them again), so I whipped up another batch of balls.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

– 30g cashews
– 80g dates
– 1/2 t vanilla extract
– 70g mini chocolate chips (or chop up your own from a chocolate bar)

Throw everything in a food processor and let ‘er rip! Makes 10 1T-sized balls. I like to stick them in the freezer so they get nice and hard and don’t fall apart as easily.

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LIFE

Thank goodness the first half of the week is over, which is always more hectic than the second half. I’m now officially done (except for the final exam) with 3 of my classes and the last consists of listening to 2 hours of online lecture to be done over the weekend in addition to studying for my finals. I’m really not too worried about my exams. They are fairly well spread out and I’m going in to each exam with excellent marks.

There hasn’t been much to do in the way of work lately, since my boss has apparently been out sick (I had to find out from someone else who works in the building rather than from my boss herself, *miffed*), so I’ve been using that time to squeeze in an extra hour or so of homework and studying and working on the new blog.

So close to crossing off another 40 in 400 challenge list item! Seriously, as in, less than a week but more than a day. I’m giddy with anticipation and excitement. 389 days to go and that list is taunting me with its uncompletedness.

I’m still dealing with a slight, phlegm-y cough, but the soreness/swelling is completely gone. I just have a bit of a man voice if I haven’t talked in a while, which is actually a lot. I really don’t talk that much during the day outside of maybe a sentence or two at a time. Hoping to be back to 100% by the end of the weekend. *fingers crossed*.

The dates of the Healthy Living Summit 2011 were released and, since it’s not too terribly far, I really want to go! I know that last year a bunch of bloggers got together and set up rooms and helped each other plan. Would anybody be willing to help me?! PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE

As a side note, no, I did not watch the Royal Wedding. I just really don’t care that much and don’t see why it’s such a big deal, especially over here in the States. They aren’t our royalty. We don’t have royalty (though I think sometimes it would be pretty cool if we did, even if they didn’t have any real power over national affairs).

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FITNESS

I hate the unpredictability of Michigan’s weather. It makes planning for workouts almost impossible and almost always on-the-fly (especially in the spring). Because of the “promise” of sunny skies Friday and Saturday, and the fact that I woke up with a wicked calf cramp Wednesday night and so was sore on Thursday, I decided to take Thursday as my rest day for the week so that I could stretch out my calf. Since my boyfriend and dad are out of town this weekend, switching my “free day” didn’t really matter since I knew I wouldn’t be doing anything but running and studying for final this weekend anyway. The boyfriend is going away to interview for an internship position and to see his big brother graduate from college. Dad is going down to Florida to golf and relax (so unfair, totally jells bells).

As for today, I was promised sunny skies and that is what I received. Hurray for nice outdoor running weather! I was actually pretty speedy, too, despite running into the wind and uphill (sometimes at the same time) for about half of it.

Mile 1: 8:45
Mile 2: 8:24
Mile 3: 8:03
Mile 4: 7:57
Total: 33:20

I’m totally stoked now for my long run tomorrow. 8 miles, eep!

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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 anonymousso don’t hold back.

You can check out my answers from Part 1 here.

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What is your go-to vegan pancake recipe?

Anyone going to HLS who would be willing to help me?

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7 thoughts on “Put On The Brakes

  1. I wish the HLS wasn’t so far away 😦 I would love love love to go!
    I’ve never tried vegan pancakes!! If I do, I’ll be using that recipe, they look divine!
    Good look on your 8-miler tomorrow, ELLENS FTW!! 😉

    • I thought that doing vegan pancakes would be wicked hard, but it’s actually just flour, baking soda, and a liquid really! You don’t even need the milk and could just do water, but I wanted the little nutritional boost it would give.

  2. Oh snap those pancakes look delicious and I have all the ingredients! I’m going to have a tough time completing my bucket list too. I have 50 tasks to accomplish and 107 days to accomplish them!

  3. Both the pancakes and cookie dough look amazing.

    I’ve had the royal wedding shoved in my face all day today, and even though they are technically ‘our’ royals, 60& of the country don’t care either! I missed the whole thing, but I’ve had highlights/photographs/audio-clips/facebook messages thrown at me all day! Ach. As fun as weddings are when you know the people involved, I have 0 interest in watching two strangers getting married, thank you very much 🙂

    • Haha, too funny. I think we just have a little Anglomania over here that pops up from time to time. *cough* The Beatles *cough* *cough*
      Do any big US people/events pop up over there?

  4. I have to say, I had the same outlook on the royal wedding. I chose not to watch it not only because who care if they are royalty but I just wouldn’t want my life plastered on the television like that. I could at least give them some privacy.
    nummy pancakes!

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