Archive for September, 2011

September 30, 2011

Sunflower Butter Banana French Toast

Happy Friday, and welcome back for a third installment of Breakfast Feast Friday! If you’ve missed any prior weeks, you can find them here, and here.

First up, I have to brag about the little Bean. She’s been in Kindergarten for just over a month, and has made it in the ELITE M&Ms club! She’s pretty excited!

The M&Ms club is for anyone who can recognize all their letters, upper and lower case. She’s pretty spectacular. First person in Kindergarten this year in the M&Ms club…that’s right!

Moving on! I found this amazing recipe on Tina’s blog, Carrots ‘n’ Cake and knew I had make it for Breakfast Feast Friday this week, with a few adaptations! Yummy!

Sunflower Butter Banana French Toast

makes 2 servings

4 Slices of Bread

2 Eggs

2 Tbsp Milk (not pictured)

1/4 tsp real vanilla extract

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

3 Tbsp Sunflower Butter (any nut butter will work)

1 Banana (not pictured)

Maple Syrup (not pictured)

Pre-heat a non-stick skillet to med/high.

  1. Mix together eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large bowl. (large enough to fit the bread in later)
  2. Slice the banana into thin rounds.
  3. Spread half the sunflower butter on one slice of bread and the other half on another slice.
  4. Place banana rounds evenly on top of sunflower butter.
  5. Make two sandwiches and dunk top and  bottom of each sandwich in the egg/milk mixture.


6. Grill on med/high, until golden brown, flip and repeat on the other side.


7. Cut in half, drizzle with maple syrup, and enjoy!

This turned out so well! It would be delicious with a side of grapefruit, raspberries, eggs or bacon too!

Happy Friday everyone! We’re headed to a wood-fired pizza party this evening…very exciting!

What are your weekend plans?

September 29, 2011

Shaving Time Off … second by brutal second

Good morning! Can you feel the weekend approaching?! I can!

I am extra excited for this weekend too, because of the Crazy Horse Marathon Relay on Sunday, AND because next week we are going on…v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n! (real vacation for me, working vacation for the Sweetheart)

Next week at this time, the Sweetheart and I will be in beautiful…

…ok, I’m actually not going to tell you just yet. BUT, it’s going to be amazing, and I have been looking forward to it for months and months! I’ve got two really brilliant guest posts lined up for you, and am excited about that too!

In the mean-time…

Can you guess what I did after work yesterday?

It led to this.

Utter exhaustion. Truly…I was that girl who finished her run, and all but fell over as soon as I spotted some shade.

I was saying yesterday that I’d canceled my timed 5K on Tuesday because of the heat. When I checked the forecast yesterday, I realized I needed to either cancel the run for the rest of the week (mmm…no) or just do it, (well hydrated) and do what I could.

Here’s my time.

Sorry for the weird display. During my grass nap, I must have reset the run. But yes, that is 29:13!


That’s 8 seconds faster than last week, and almost 3 minutes faster than when I set my goal! Yay!

I felt it though..whew! Brutal!

I try not to measure the difficulty/success of the run the actual day of the run though, it’s really how I feel the day after that tells me if I pushed too hard, not hard enough, or somewhere in the middle. This morning, I feel great! No soreness at all, and I feel really awake. To me, that says that even though the run itself was brutal, it was a good brutal. I pushed my body to to grow stronger…totally worth it! : )

I picked up the Bean after my run, and arrived home to dinner on the table! Lucky! The Sweetheart had thrown together a crock-pot roast in the morning, complete with carrots, onions and potatoes. So delicious!

Back to work now, an exam after work, and an evening of fun in the kitchen! I’ll be working on dinner, a sweet treat, and a breakfast experiment for tomorrow’s post!

How do you judge the difficulty/success of your workouts?