Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Baking toddler worthy muffins

I spend (too) much time researching healthy muffin recipes for Mason. He loves eating "muff muffs" so I try to bake 2 dozen mini muffins, every couple of weeks, to keep in the freezer for snacks. I usually do variations of zucchini or carrot based muffins.

Today's muffin recipe was based off "The Healthy Applesauce Carrot Muffins" recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe blog. Check out her blog for the directions and the original ingredients.

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pureed spinach and pear sauce
  • 1 smashed banana
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded carrots (about 2-3 medium carrots)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins

Let's just call these "everything but the kitchen sink" muffins.  The original recipe called for applesauce, which I didn't have.  So I improvised ... I pureed 1 chopped pear, a little water, and about 1/2 cup of fresh spinach.  It made a lovely green colored sauce.  That sauce, along with 1 smashed banana, were substitutes for 1 cup of applesauce.  

I also added the raisins (not in original recipe) for some added sweetness since I decreased the honey from 1/2 cup to 1/4 cup.  

I've tried a muffin and they're pretty tasty.  I used melted coconut oil and a brush to grease the muffin tin to avoid using paper liners. 

Waiting on my little buddy to wake up from his nap so he can taste one.

In need of a plan

I thrive on schedules. I love plans. I yearn to check off or cross things off long to-do lists.

Running has always been the same way for me. I always have a race in the future that I'm training for. A plan to follow with a certain number of miles to run that week.

So what happens when there is no race on the horizon?

I run with no purpose other than to have something to do and for a reason to leave Mason in childcare at the YMCA for an hour a day.

But that's getting pretty boring. I've made a random goal of running 20 miles a week. Ok cool so I've done that. Now what?

I would like to get faster at running 5k's so logic would tell me to work on speed. Ideally I'll look up how to do speed work and start to incorporate that into my running. Easy enough right? So why haven't I done that? Laziness. Which is a funny term to use to describe me after I just said I run 20 miles a week.

I'm in a weird spot in running and I still love to do it, but have outgrown it I guess.

Sorry for the rambling but I'm sitting in my yoga class waiting for it to begin. Today will be the first time I've left Mason in childcare for 2 hours. It costs $2.50 for that extra hour so I plan on enjoying those extra minutes.


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Friday, April 4, 2014

Twenty four months

I want to say this is the last Mason update for a while ... I want to say that the monthly reviews on how my little man is doing will stop completely.  For now I can honestly say I won't be posting another Mason update in the next month.  I loved chronicling every month of his life for the past 2 years ... but honestly there haven't been many groundbreaking changes lately that are worth mentioning.  I rather save any future Mason posts for the really really exciting stuff ... like potty training (ooooooh) and sleeping in a big boy bed (aaaaaaah).


This past weekend Mason turned TWO!  We celebrated 3 different times for his birthday (probably a little much on my part but what can I say I love that kid).  On Thursday we took cupcakes to Mason's school and celebrated with his class.  On Saturday we went to Discovery Place and explored the museum, followed by some delicious Midwood BBQ lunch.

And the biggest celebration was Sunday at his party at the Little Gym.  Mason must've been so excited about partying with his friends that he skipped napping.  Thankfully he pulled it together and was an absolute blast during his party.  He definitely crashed hard that night and tried to sleep in on Monday morning.  I felt bad about waking him up, but we had his 2 year check up at the doctor's.

  • 35.25 inches tall
  • weighs 32 pounds
  • has switched to drinking unsweetened almond milk instead of cow's milk
  • skips naps every couple of days
  • falls asleep around 8pm - wakes up around 6:45am
  • loves playing outside in the grass
  • lots of new words lately
  • silly toddler tantrums over the most insignificant things
  • can go up and down the stairs with minimal supervision (huge for us since he's so clumsy)
  • blames all of his booboos on Honey (poor dog)
  • still obsessed with Elmo

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New tradition?

Another run around Queens University ... This time I had a later start than normal. After dropping Mason off at school I had to take Honey to the vet for a shot and then we headed straight to the groomer.

Once I was done with those errands I drove back towards Mason's school and parked so that I could run my usual route.

5 miles later I was ready for a break.

Starbucks and thank you cards for Mason's friends.

After running 4 days straight I'm looking forward to a day off tomorrow before Saturday's 5k.

What daily traditions do y'all have? Starbucks twice a week may start to be too costly to retain as a tradition ...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Running topless

After many many many days of cold and wintry weather, we've finally had a string of beautiful, sunny and warm temperatures.

I opted to run topless (don't worry I kept my sports bra on) around the outdoor track at the Harris YMCA.

It's definitely motivation to work out my abs so my stomach isn't a flabby mess out there.

A little over 4 miles done in 75 degree weather. Loving this opportunity to work on my tan!

Time to pick up my little buddy from childcare. Happy Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mason's first April fools day joke

Happy April fools day everyone! Mason really got me good this morning ... He locked me out of the house while I was putting things away in the garage. I couldn't believe that he did it! He's played with the locks before, thankfully while everyone is safely indoors. Fortunately I was able to coach him into unlocking the door and letting me back in. Whew. Not a fun way to start the day.

On a positive note I ran 5 miles today after dropping my little jokester off at school.

Now I'm doing a little rehydrating at the local Starbucks.

Nothing like using your free coffee reward on a ridiculously large iced latte.

Monday, March 31, 2014

March running in review

March definitely had its highs and lows as a running month.  And no, those highs and lows weren't in reference to all of the hills that Charlotte has; although I do love a good pun.
I finally ran a race ... or two.  Both were long(er) distances: BB&T Corporate Cup half marathon on 3/8 and the rescheduled Charlotte 10 miler on 3/23.  I dealt with a lot of knee pain and tried to limit my running towards the 2nd and 3rd weeks of the month.
Running in March wasn't all bad though.  I managed to gain a new 10 miler PR and even placed 3rd in my age group.  Looking forward to April and sticking to some shorter races.
86 total miles
total runs - 17
average miles ran each time - 5.06
fastest pace - 3/29/14 3.05 mile run around neighborhood 7:40 min/mi
slowest pace - 3/13/14 4.15 mile jog on treadmill 11:26 min/mi 
shortest run -  2.1 miles on 3/18/14
longest run -  13.1 miles on 3/8/14
# of races -2