Oh breakfast! How I love thee.
What is your favorite breakfast? Do you like savory or sweet breakfasts? I definitely prefer savory over sweet. Think potatoes and eggs. Or toast with avocado and a dash of ground turmeric on top. Or hash browns! OMG! Sweet potato hash with kale and parsley is my favorite, for sure!
There are times though when a simple pastry really saves the day (or the morning!). Specially during the week when we are pretty much on the go. A slice of my homemade chocolate chip banana bread, or zucchini bread, or one of my homemade cinnamon rolls, really helps.
Wes is in charge of making breakfast every morning. I am not sure how or who came up with that arrangement but it has worked well for us so far (for the most part, at least). Maybe we agreed to it when I was actually preparing boxed lunches for the humanoids. But now that they are older, they don’t need (okay, it’s more like they don’t want) a boxed lunch. Sigh.
Honestly, if I could bake every day, I totally would. It’s fun and energizing, just like running, ha, maybe not exactly like running but close.
Have I mentioned that I am training for another half marathon? After my injury, I had to put my marathon training on hold. For over six months. Six long, long, looooong months.
During my “break” I tried physical therapy and it was greatly helpful but I felt very discouraged. I just needed the therapy to work right away and it wasn’t. The wait (and the process) was depressing me. A lot. That’s when I started practicing yoga.
I learned a few exercises to help ease the pain and loosen the tightness of the psoas muscle. And even though I am not in pain anymore, I still use those stretches after my runs.
Part of my half marathon training includes strength and conditioning. Not something I used to do very well before. But I am fully committed to it now.
Usually, on a weekend day, after my runs, I get to baking after I have stretched. One of those days, I tried out a new recipe from Baking with Julia: Buttermilk crumb muffins.
They offer a sweet and cozy sort-of flavor. Not sure how to explain it. I know the kids and Wes really liked them. So much so that Wes asked me to bake them for his workmates.
These are perfect with a warm cup of coffee. Or when you are rushing your kid out the door because he took forever to get ready for school. Or when you are running late for a morning meeting and need something fast. Or when you are done with your run and need a quick snack. Seriously though, you do not need a reason to have one. Just unwrap, warm up for a few seconds in the microwave, and enjoy.
I will share the recipe with you at another time. For now, you just get the pictures of what once was a delicious treat.
See you next time!