Archive | December, 2012

Holi-daze

10 Dec

Well, this post was supposed to appear yesterday, but apparently my internet had other plans…so this is technically from last night:

I’m currently sitting on the couch watching a movie as I write this post.

You’re probably wondering why I wasted a minute of your life with that boring detail…but I felt like it was something I had to document because I honestly don’t remember the last time this happened. Backing up a bit…the last few weeks have been complete chaos, as usual, but I am FINALLY done with classes for the semester!

The roommates and I decided that it was finally time we throw a party, and a holiday game night seemed like the perfect excuse… so yesterday was a shopping, cleaning, apartment rearranging, cookie baking, Jello shot making kind of day. The menu for the evening consisted of peppermint Schnapps hot chocolate, rum spiced cider (recipe courtesy of Emeril), an interesting pomegranate gin concoction, and, of course, holiday-themed Jello shots. Amidst the hustle and bustle of party prep, I tried a delicious new pre-long run recipe…pumpkin French toast. Let’s just say it became an instant favorite. Recipe to follow. The festivities commenced around 7:00 pm and included a hilarious game of Apples to Apples, lots of cookie-eating, and an epic game of Jenga. Later that night, I was needed as a bartender for a Model United Fundraiser, and it was a great way to end the evening. I learned several new cocktail recipes and improved my bartending and dancing skills at the same. I finally made it to bed around 3:30 am…and woke up to my 6:00 am alarm for Marathon Team. Totally worth it, though, and surprisingly, I had a great 14-mile run.

We ran along the coast from Dockweiler Beach to Redondo, and the weather was absolutely perfect. A few highlights/lowlights/notable moments of the run:

  • A HUGE sign that read: “Christmas isn’t happening. You should move on to egg-dyeing.”
  • Realizing that I had forgotten to bring salt…major oops.
  • Seeing an ambulance and police car racing across the sand
  • Discovering that there had been a shooting along our route

It was definitely an eventful morning, but we all made it back safely, and for many of my teammates, it was the longest distance they had ever covered. To celebrate a successful 14-miler (and finally spend some time together without smelling/looking/feeling abominable), we had a team dinner at Margarita Pizza, which was delicious. I’m currently working on the last of my assignments for my writing class, and then it’s on to a week of hardcore physiology. I can’t wait to put this semester behind me!

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Pumpkin French Toast (pic coming soon)

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices whole grain bread (I used Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread)
  • 2 T. pumpkin puree
  • 2 T. egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Lots of pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves)

Directions:

Combine pumpkin, egg whites, almond milk, and spices, and mix well. Add bread slices, and soak until coated. Cook on medium heat until golden brown and delicious 🙂

*I topped mine with agave, acai-blueberry-pomegranate jam, and a banana. YUM.

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories – 210 (will vary, depending on bread type)