Phew! No snow on the ground this morning. (They were predicting 1-3 inches.)
Yesterday after work, Craig and I hit the gym for a weight lifting session. Usually when I go to the gym, I focus on upper body lifts: arms, shoulders, back, and abs. I figure my legs get plenty of exercise with all the running I do. However, I will do squats, dead-lifts, and lunges occasionally.
Since I lifted last night, I took the morning off from running and decided to wait until this afternoon.
With my extra time this morning, I cooked up a bowl of oatmeal.
In the mix:
– Homemade Scottish oats
– chia seeds
– banana, sliced
– vanilla extract
– pure maple syrup
– Nature’s Path Granola
– peanut butter
– PUMPKIN BUTTER!!
I technically shared my pumpkin butter recipe in a previous post, but I wanted to give it all the credit it deserves by posting about it again!!
This stuff is amazing!! It is full of creamy, pumpkiny, sweet, goodness. Both Craig and I can’t get over how delicious it is.
Plus, you can put it on:
– even sandwiches! (Craig did it last night and I saw another blogger do it as well!)
(Adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
1-1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup apple juice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1. Combine all ingredients together in a small saucepan on the stove. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until thickened.
(Note: The mixture will be very thick, so be sure to stir often–otherwise it will stick to the pan.)
2. Stir in lemon juice.
3. Store in a jar in the fridge.
I also had a muffin this morning.
I had an apple that was about to go bad, so I baked a batch of Whole Wheat Apple Muffins. The original recipe can be found here.
Usually when I make muffins, I use canola oil, but this recipe called for butter, and I could detect the difference. Maybe it is because I’m used to canola oil or because I don’t spread butter in the muffins, but I didn’t care for the butter in the recipe.
There weren’t any tricks in this post but lots of treats!