cake or bake?

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After looking at this honeycrisp apple earlier today, I knew I wanted to make it the star of the “sweet” component for my breakfast for dinner.

I couldn’t decide between pancakes or a “bake” so I made both.

Rudy (the lab we are dog sitting) was drooling as he watched me make dinner. I may have shared a slice or two of apple with him… look at that face!

The end result: the bake and the pancake tasted EXACTLY the same. Both were good, but didn’t hold together well. I will definitely use oat FLOUR instead of oat and wheat BRAN next time I make this. It needs work, but here’s the recipe I created:

Apple cinnamon pancake (bake)

1 small apple, chopped into very small pieces

3 T wheat bran

1 T coconut flour

1 T oat bran

1/4 c. egg whites

1.5 T pumpkin puree

1/2 tsp stevia

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

dash of salt

dash of nutmeg

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. For “pancakes,” heat a large skillet over medium heat and place scoopfuls of batter into the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes on one side and flip, continue to cook for about 4 more minutes. For “bake,” spray 2 ramekins or small bowls with non-stick spray. Pour batter in and bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until cooked through completely.

It made my kitchen smell realllllly yummy. But even I couldn’t finish all of it, since I also had to have the savory component in my dinner.

The savory:

Hash made from mushroom, spinach, garlic, red onion, cherry tomato and yellow squash, runny egg on top. Mmmmmmmmmmm. Savory might have won out over sweet tonight.

OH!

Have you seen THIS???

AMAZING. Check out the texture!

It’s official. Quinoa really does make everything better.

Frolicking in S-town

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Having off school on a Thursday is weird. I’m not complaining- I’ll take it. But, it’s strange to just go back for one day and then have the weekend. The county I teach in closes school for Rosh Hashana, so we had today off.

I started the day off early (because I like the torture??) with a workout with Ken at 7:30. He beat me to a pulp, as usual. I will definitely be sore tomorrow (hellllooooo yoga). I was also SUPER TIRED from not getting much sleep. (We’re watching my friend Justin’s dog while he is away running the Disney half-marathon. The three dogs thought that they should have an all-night party and kept Greg and I up all night playing. Oye. They will NOT be sleeping in our room again tonight!)

After working out, I came home, showered + ate and headed out the door to my friend Lesa’s house in Shepherdstown, WV. Though I’ve been to her house before, I have never spent any time in downtown S-town, which I had heard good things about. We met up with her sister-in-law, Sarah (who used to run the CSA I belonged to with her hubby, Jeff) and her baby Gino and picked up our friend Laura, who just moved to S-town.

We walked around downtown and went in a bunch of stores. Of course this store caught my eye:

I bought a pair of toe socks specially designed to wear with Vibrams and some running shorts that were 50% off.

After shopping some more, we went to a Thai/Japanese restaurant for lunch.

We shared some edamame to start:

I had a salad with shrimp + spicy Thai dressing on the side.

Very tasty, but definitely not filling enough for this girl (I went straight for a pumpkin smoothie when I got home)!

We did some more shopping after lunch and stopped for coffee before heading back home. I stopped a random girl on the street to take a photo of us.

I wanted to eat Gino up. He is the most adorable little pudge-monster ever.

So darn cute.

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Greg’s working an all-nighter again, but this is SUPPOSED to be the last one. :) Naturally that means breakfast for dinner for me tonight. Sweet + Savory… I’m dreaming up an apple pancake recipe in my head right now…