2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Logo
Photo credit: Canada Running Series
Races don’t always go as planned, and this was one of those races. So, this race report recaps the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon and not the Full. I planned to run the full marathon and was doing well until an issue with my Achilles in August forced me to take time off and keep my mileage low. I never made it past the 25-kilometer mark while training. I thought of trying to cram in a few long runs before race day and worked out a couple of different scenarios in my mind. I knew it wasn’t the best idea, but if you’re a runner who’s ever been injured, I’m sure you can relate. Continue reading “2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon”

A Birthday and Salty-Sweet Butter Pecan Cookies

salty sweet butter pecan dough

I recently saw a quote that said “Sometimes the people who are thousands of miles away from you, can make you feel better than the people right beside you.”. I think that quote describes exactly how I feel about a lot of friends I have in my life. That is to say I miss the ones who don’t live close and have a greater appreciation for the time we spend together. Continue reading “A Birthday and Salty-Sweet Butter Pecan Cookies”

Fudgy Chocolate Chunk Brownies

brownies
I try to eat clean 90 percent of the time but every Sunday I have a cheat meal which means I can eat just about anything I want. But I’m not going to scarf Cheetos and Cherry Coke just because they’re available, I want something good! And if I’m going to indulge in something, it has to be worth the calorie count. So last week when I was craving chocolate, I thought, why not make a tray of brownies?  Continue reading “Fudgy Chocolate Chunk Brownies”

Speculoos Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Speculoos Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

The other day, someone asked me why I wasn’t posting recipes anymore. I didn’t think much of it until someone else asked me and then another person asked. So why haven’t I been baking? For starters, I’ve been trying to clean up my eating. Then I was also busy training for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge in January. Training? What’s up with that? I know there have been recent blog posts that make it seem the races are a walk in the park (pardon the pun) and not a whole lot of training is required. But believe me, you do have to train to complete a marathon, Disney or otherwise. Behind the theme parks, characters and the fluff of the tutus, you are out there walking or running 13.1 miles for a half marathon and double that distance for the marathon. It’s not like you can wake up, jump into the race at mile 25 and claim that you’ve run an entire marathon. And while it is true that you’ll get a medal regardless of whether you officially finish a Disney race, that isn’t the point. Anyway, I digress. If you are seriously training, then you know how little time and energy you have on the weekend for things besides running and napping. That’s where I’ve been and that’s what I’ve been doing. And if you’re looking to start running, here’s a good spot – 10 Tips for New Runners.

But enough about that, let’s talk about the good stuff! The kind of stuff you can eat and not feel guilty about after a good long run – muffins.

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Nike Women’s Virtual 10K and Nike+ Running reviewed

Photo Credit: NWM 26.2
Photo Credit: NWM 26.2

I’m not sure if running a 10K on the Sunday of Daylight Savings Time was the best idea. I’m not a morning person on the best of days so trying to get those miles minus an hour and meet friends for brunch was a bit tricky. But that’s the beauty of a virtual 10K race – you run the miles WHERE you want and WHEN you want. After some unintentional peer pressure Friday morning, I decided at the last minute to register for the Nike Women’s 10K. Okay, I’m a sucker for a cute shirt too! So that was a plus too. There was just one problem – everyone was being asked to record their 10K times using Nike+ Running App.

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Cereal Milk Popsicles

Back to school sales are popping up in my inbox and the weather is cooling down. All signs that are pointing to the beginning of the school year and the beginning of fall. It seems like we’ll be complaining about the snow and cold not too long from now when we’ve just finished complaining about the heat and humidity. Although it made running a little more difficult, I for one will miss the sunshine and hot weather. And while it’s probably a good thing I never did get that ice cream machine I’ve been wanting, I did manage to pick up a set of popsicle molds. Continue reading “Cereal Milk Popsicles”

Milk Bar’s Cereal Milk

I’m slowly working my way through the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook. I really enjoy making Christina Tossi’s creations. Her recipes are easy to follow and remind me so much of all the foods I loved to eat as a child. The Cereal Milk recipe is exactly that. I used to (and still do) love drinking the milk right out of the bowl after it had been soaking in cereal. Forget the cereal because that just turned soggy within minutes. But I could drink that sweetened milk all day long! Well, Christina Tossi has figured out a way to recreate just that.

The recipe is fairly straightforward. You’re toasting a large handful of Corn Flakes, then steeping them in milk. Add a little bit of sugar and a pinch of salt and voila! Cereal Milk. That’s it. Four ingredients and you’re there. The end result is a glass of milk that really does taste like it’s been sitting in the bottom of a cereal bowl. It’s a little bit sweet with a hint of the toasted Corn Flakes. And for those of you who run, it’s a nice change from chocolate milk. Perfect with a cookie or two as an afternoon treat.

Now I just have to figure out what do to with all of this Cereal Milk I’ve made. Hmm… Continue reading “Milk Bar’s Cereal Milk”

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

It’s still too hot out to bake, unless you’re baking in a cabana by the pool or under an umbrella at a beach. So I’ve voted to leave the oven off, which means less baking and (unfortunately) less blogging. But then last week, it was a friend’s birthday and so I felt compelled to make a cake. And you know it’s a good friend because I’m not a fan of cake making. Cake eating, yes. Caking making, not so much.  Continue reading “Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake”

Homemade Spicy Rosemary Garlic Butter

I know a lot of you who are avid bakers have had stand mixers for ages. I’ve had mine for less than a year but what a difference it makes! I love the large bowl and being able to leave it running while I’m making stuff like meringues or whipping cream. It’s nice being able to walk away even if it’s only for a minute or two just to wash your hands or start prepping something else. The downside is that I have a short attention span and I get easily distracted. With my hand mixer, I couldn’t WAIT to let go of it — it was loud, messy, heavy and I didn’t have control over the speed. It either mixed things on fast, faster or too fast. So you know the recipes that tell you not to overwhip heavy cream or your meringues. It’s very easy to do with a stand mixer!  Continue reading “Homemade Spicy Rosemary Garlic Butter”

Trader Joe’s Visit

After seeing so many different blog posts on Trader Joe’s and products from Trader Joe’s, I decided to find one to visit on my road trip last week. Luckily, there was one around the corner from my hotel.  Continue reading “Trader Joe’s Visit”