Sunday, May 24, 2015

It's Going Down {Week In Review}

Friends! It's been so long and there's been so much I've wanted to share. Rather than try to catch up with beyond late recaps (something I despise), I thought I'd give you a rundown of my week.

Monday


I drove home from Cincinnati with the two boys. Silas is still at a good age for traveling as he will sleep most of the time, and Miles is happy with an iPad and headphones. Of course, it doesn't mean that it's easy. We made two stops to eat over the course of 148 miles and drank lots of {decaf} coffee.

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The trip was worth it, though. Grandma got to meet Silas, and Miles got some major quality time with his aunt and uncle. They took him to the Newport Aquarium on Saturday and the Cincinnati Zoo on Sunday, spoiling him with pictures, presents and face painting.

Tuesday


I kicked off the morning with a barbell workout so I could gauge my fitness as I plan my return to teaching. Short story: I am out of shape and lunges really hurt – not just in the hurt so good way but in the "oh, I had major surgery" sort of way.

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In the afternoon, I met up with BRF Tami and made the drive to Indianapolis for the Another Mother Runner party. It was all kinds of fabulous. I got four hours of face time in the car with Tami, and it was much needed as we haven't ran together in ... Wait. I'm not going to even count it or I'll be sad. Athletic Annex, where the party took place, was packed with mother runners who were open, kind and hilarious. (If you want a better recap of an AMR party, here's a post I wrote from the Columbus fete in 2013.)

Note: If you want to make new friends, bring a baby. Silas got more attention than I did!

Wednesday


Wednesday nights might be favorite as I don't have to cook. Well, I might have found away to make it better.

Since I've been on leave, I ride with Mark to pick up Miles and head to my in-laws' house for dinner. (When I'm working, I meet them there after I get off.) This week, I told Mark to take Silas to pick up Miles, and I ran to my in-laws' house. I arrived just as Mark was pulling up, having logged 2 miles at 9:52 pace.

Thursday


I tried to trick Mark, and I failed. Miserably.

Mark hates beans. Despises them. It's a fact that can make cooking a bit tricky, especially when I'm making Mexican or soups. I made an enchilada casserole for dinner but used refried beans instead of black, mixing them into the sauce. I was sure he wouldn't notice.

But he did. And then he made a frozen pizza and I sulked.

Friday


I had my six-week post partum check-up, and I am officially cleared for all activity. My doctor said to set low expectations for myself as I just had major surgery but I couldn't do any damage to the incision.

So I celebrated ... by taking a walk.

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I don't remember when I first put Miles in the BOB with the car seat adapter, it might have been six weeks, but fitness-wise I'm not sure I'm ready to run with the stroller. Walking is also a more attractive option in the afternoon when you can include the neighborhood coffee shop on your route and pop in for an iced Americano.

Saturday


I pumped like gangbusters and did something I've been itching to do for months: I went on a group run.

I met the running group moms for an "easy" 3 after my friend's daughter ran a 5K. The morning was beautiful and we were on a portion of well-shaded trail. Conversation flowed and Tay followed on her bike. (Also along for the ride: Two green worms, which I found on my person at the end of the run. ICK!)

I'm not gonna lie, though. Physically, the run was tough. I pretty much felt like a rhinoceros running through mud. I know it will get better; I just need to be consistent and patient.

Sunday


I marked the beginning of my return to running by making another return. This time, it was at Dick's. Mark was very kind (and complimentary) and bought me a pair of shorts.

In size small.

Once upon a time, they might have fit but not at this juncture. I'm trying to honor my body by wearing things that fit so we took them back for a larger size. I'm also trying to be positive and didn't buy a cart full of larger shorts. The smaller ones will fit in time and when they do, I'll go buy another pair or two to celebrate : )

Tell me: How did your week fare?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Breakfast Dash: Banana Flax Pancakes

I was going bananas this morning – literally and figuratively.

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Silas and my grandma

Fresh off a long weekend to Cincinnati, where I exhibited a ridiculous amount of bravery (or stupidity) by taking both boys by myself to visit my grandma, I was tired and lacking in patience. I nearly lost it when Miles shed a tear, or several, as he declared that he was hungry. At 3, he considers any rumble in his stomach the end of the world.

It was evident that we both needed sleep – well, more of it – and food.

I left Silas, who was squirming in the pack and play, and got to work on breakfast. There was a bunch of bananas that had seen better days and a fresh bag of Bob's Red Mill ground flax, which I had bought for a lactation cookie recipe. The first – and only – thing I could think of was pancakes. Banana Flax Pancakes.

I went to work with my best friend Google but didn't net much luck in finding the perfect recipe. I wanted something that Mark and Miles would eat, which meant I had to steer clear of paleo versions that didn't include flour. I also thought it would be nice to include ground oats, as they can boost milk supply. And I didn't have any butter – so no butter.

When I heard scream and then a wail (Miles and Silas, respectively), I decided to combine the best of the mediocre and cross my fingers.

And it worked.

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The pancakes were sweet and nutty but not obviously healthy. Mark and Miles both gobbled them up, commenting as they ate about how good they were. If it's any indication, it was the first breakfast in at least a week that I didn't have to fight Miles to eat.

This recipe serves four but I would consider doubling it and throwing some in the freezer. You know for the days when you wake up late or there's no one to wrangle the kids.

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Banana Flax Pancakes


2 eggs (I used one chicken egg and 1 flax egg)
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 tablespoons honey
1½ cups milk of choice (I used Silk unsweetened cashew milk)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 to 1½ cups ground oats
2 tablespoons ground flax
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
Pinch of salt

Preheat skillet or griddle over medium to medium high heat.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs until light and fluffy. Mix is mashed bananas and honey. Add in milk.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, ground oats, ground flax, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into egg mixture, stirring gently to combine. Be mindful not to overmix.

Pour batter, about ¼ cup per pancake, onto hot skillet. When the pancakes start to bubble on the top and edges are starting to crisp, flip them over. Cook for another 2 minutes until cooked through.

Disclosure: I did receive a coupon for the Silk cashew milk via BzzAgent but the free product had nothing to do with this post or my desire for pancakes. I just had the milk on hand thanks to the coupon and used it.