It was so nice to wake up to cold weather this morn! I absolutely love it when the weather is cooler. I am not a fan of extremely cold weather, but give me what we have now and I am a happy girl 🙂
I so wish I could take my runs in the morning to enjoy the temps. I would have to start at 4:00 in the morn just to have time to do it. Considering that I do not get into bed until 9:30-10:00, I absolutely refuse to give up my sleep. I must have 7 hours to be happy!
Breakfast this morning was an interesting combination. I woke up to discover that the hubster didn’t turn the dishwasher on last night before coming to bed, which means my oatmeal pot was in there 😦 I couldn’t justify using a BIG pot for a single serving, so pancakes it was!
Now for the interesting part – Gingerbread or Pumpkin Spice? So I did both! I made gingerbread oatmeal pancakes with dark chocolate chips and topped them with “pumpkin pie” 🙂 I also had a banana that really needed to be used up this morn so I threw that in both mixtures as well.
Gingerbread Oat Pancakes
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/2 mashed banana
- 1 egg white
- 1 tbs each of flaxseed and wheat germ
- dash of vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. each of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, molasses
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tbs. dark chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, let it sit for about 10 minutes. Spray a griddle with non-stick spray and cook like a pancake.
Pumpkin Pie Topping
- 3 tbs. pumpkin
- 1 tbs. maple syrup
- pumpkin pie spice
Combine all ingredients together and heat in the microwave. Top pancakes with mixture.
Note: I put the other 1/2 of the banana mashed into the topping since it needed to be used. I normally do not put this into my pumpkin pie mix. It did change the flavor of the topping a little. I wouldn’t suggest using this again; therefore, I only posted my original topping recipe.
Just look at those chocolate chips!
This was like a burst of flavors in my mouth. Two of my seasonal favorites put together!
Once at school today I decided that I wish I had taken the day off. Why? Because tomorrow is my B-day, and I always take the day for that. Since it was on the weekend this year I didn’t request it. But to be honest, while walking into the main hall around 9:00 this morn I was thinking this is the perfect running weather! How funny is that! A girl that didn’t even think of running a few months ago now wishes she wasn’t at work so she could go for a run!!
Instead I enjoyed a nice mocha latte smoothie for snack, with an orange-cranberry muffin!
These are birthday cards that some of the band students gave me this morn. My office is in the back corner of the band room, literally! So I know all of the band students.
I didn’t have left overs for today so lunch today was an old favorite- peanut butter & “jelly” sandwich! The “jelly” is actually unsweetened apple butter 🙂 Oh how I love my peanut and apple butters!
A side of Newman’s Own Organics Honey Wheat Pretzels – these are delish! I am really enjoying all of the snacks that were sent in the package 🙂
A few slices of apple left from yesterday made it into the lunch today as well.
Look at that prune! It is one of the prunes that I received in the package from Newman’s Organics! It was so good, melted in my mouth 🙂
I decided to skip the gym today. I probably really needed to go considering all the noshing I will be doing this weekend! I had a hair appointment, I wanted to get the house cleaned up (so I do not have to do it tomorrow), and bake my cake!
A few more samples before going to the salon…OMG, OMG, OMG – the hermits are amazing. They are like a cross between a really soft cookie and a “cake”! I absolutely loved them, of course they have molasses in them and I love anything with molasses. This was one of the regular, I can’t wait to try the ginger flavor 🙂 The fig newman was delish as well. I enjoyed both of these little treats!
Look what I came home to tonight! I am a lucky woman 🙂 The hubster had the first fire of the season rolling tonight!
Dinner tonight was left over roast beef with greens and the last of the veggie soup for myself! I needed something quick and easy since I was baking this evening. The hubster enjoyed BBQ beef sandwiches!
I am still trying to decide where to eat tomorrow night. Choices, choices, choices! Be back tomorrow with b-day festivities to report 🙂