Rainy Baking Day

Remember my running fail from this morning?

Yeah me too.

But, guess what? I have redeemed myself, Stormy Day: 1, Molly:1. We are now even ladies and gentlemen.

I officially ran 5 miles! Well…. Sort of. I ran 2 miles this morning before the heavens so rudely decided to open up on me, and then I waited about an hour and ran 3 more miles. 2 + 3 = 5, right? We can just pretend I ran all those miles consecutively ;).

I almost didn’t run the extra 3, I was feeling sleepy and just kept using excuses like: It’s just going to start raining again, my breakfast hasn’t digested yet, I’m super tired since I woke up at 7:30.

But, when I actually went to lay down and take a nap I felt guilty and knew my body wasn’t going to let me sleep (stupid brain). So I laced up my running shoes. I went out to run 2 miles, and while I was running I got the wonderful and bright idea to run 3 miles to make it equal what I originally wanted to run this morning.

Running Success :).

I can’t wait until I actually accomplish my 5 miles goal, but until then this was a good alternative.

Baking

When I got back from my run I took a quick shower, and then realized I was in the baking mood. maybe it was the rain? Who knows, but I was reallllly wanting to make some treats. I searched Pinterest and a few blogs before deciding to make a Banana Bread Loaf and some Nutella/Peanut Butter Oat Clusters. Oh. My.Yum.

Peanut Butter Nutella Oat Clusters

  • 1 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Peanut Butter (I used natural)
  • 1 tablespoon of Nutella
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup of broken up walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips

It’s so simple and only takes a couple of minutes! All you have to do is mix the Honey, Peanut Butter, and Nutella in a bowl and microwave about 40 seconds. Then add in the oats, walnuts and raisins. Put it in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees at the chocolate chips on top and Voila!

Banana Walnut Bread

I used Peanut Butter Fingers exact recipe, I just added walnuts, and made one big loaf as opposed to two smaller ones. Oh my gosh it was so unbelievably delicious, and the walnuts added the perfect touch. I would definitely recommend this recipe.

Both of these treats fulfilled my urge to bake and were the perfect rainy day comfort foods. I ended up eating both of them all afternoon, so they = my lunch for the day.

After lounging all day I went to Costco with my Mom and Amy, and this ended up being my dinner:

Just try and tell me that doesn’t make your mouth water. I obviously couldn’t resist this masterpiece and ate a few slices, everything in moderation, my friends.

For Dessert I had fruit salad for like the 5th time this week. When I fall in love with a certain food I really fall in love, and I have fallen hard for some juicy cold fruit salad this Summer. No Shame.

After Dessert Amy and I battled the kitchen pantry and took it from this:

To this:

I know, I know, we basically rock.

Now I’m off to pass out because I have had a looooong day. Good night, I’ll catch up with you tomorrow!

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English Muffin Pizza

Good Morning, Happy Hump Day!

Before we go any further, I neeed to go over my dinner from last night because it was so easy, tasty, and one of my favorite fast meals.

Dinner

English Muffin Pizza and roasted brussel sprouts.

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I was craving pizza last night and refused to eat the single pizza pans my Mom buys for my brother, so I turned to my favorite alternative pizza dinner :). It’s not quite as delicious as a melty, cheesy, greasy, piece of pizza, but it’s almost that good. Plus I am not left with an uncomfortably full tummy at the end of this meal. My english muffin pizza is perfectly satisfying!

I started by roasting the brussel-sprouts, to do this I preheated the oven to 400, cut them all in 1/2, placed them on a tin foil lined baking sheet, added a little bit of olive oil, balsamic dressing, salt/pepper, and stuck them in the oven for 20 minutes! (Amy gave me these directions).

For the pizza I used:

  • 1 100% whole wheat english muffin
  • 3 tablespoons of marinara sauce
  • 2 light baby bell cheeses
  • 2 large sautéed mushrooms

I first sautéed the mushrooms.

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And, then stuck the pizza with the sauce and cheese on it, on top of a sheet of tin foil and toasted it in the already preheated oven (from the brussel-sprouts).

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It was ready in about 5 minutes. I took it out, added the mushrooms, and enjoyed. This meal definitely fulfilled my pizza craving.

After I ate this Amy and I watched So you Think You Can Dance, and it was Vegas week. Fiction shocked me once again! He’s too good.

I’m off to go to the gym and then my best friend’s pool, I’ll be back with another post later today. Have a great day.

Oh, btw- I added a Who’s Who Page to keep everyone straight on the people that are going to pop up on my blog :).

Do any of you watch So You Think You Can Dance? If so, whose your favorite so far?!