Baking while the Hubs is Away

Monday morning. Monday slacker Emily has resumed. About 5 minutes before my alarm was scheduled to go off at 4:35, J rolled over and put his arm around me and pulled me in. At that time, the executive decision to skip my run - well, not skip, but push it off - was made. I packed some running clothes and I will go get 5-6 miles at lunch time, I think, but it was nice to be close to J this morning. Not to mention that it is starting to get cold here in Ohio, so I was very cozy under our down comforter.

But I will get my required weekly mileage in this week even though it is definitely taper time now (ugh. I HATE tapering!) no worries there!

But the reason that I was extra eager to stay in bed with J today (lots of mornings I probably would have put up a fight!) was that he was out of town AGAIN last weekend. He was playing golf (I think I addressed that in a weekend entry). He said that if he does the trip with this same group of guys again, he wants to do it in September. Apparently October is just too cold! I get that. My run on Saturday was pretty chilly as well.

But with J out of town and me trying to keep myself occupied, I did a lot of things. And by things, I mean baking. It started on Saturday night. I had the Tiger's game on TV and half a can of pumpkin in the fridge that needed to be used before it went bad. I googled for pumpkin bread recipes and came up with a few ideas, and my result was pumpkin oat quickbreak.
Thank you instagram for making my cell phone pics look good (well, "artsy" anyway) - as I never get out my real camera to take pictures of anything. No recipe, as I took measurements of nothing. Yep, that is the kind of baker that I am. Lol. Competition dieting got me to be really good at eyeballing measurements (every now and again I take a measurement of my eyeballed one and I am always SUPER close) so now I even BAKE without measuring cups.

It was pretty tasty! I subbed plain greek yogurt for butter in this recipe (just an idea I had and I decided to go with it) which upped the protein and decreased the fat. Not sure if that is something that you would ALWAYS want to do, but it worked out in this case.

On Sunday, I wanted waffles. But the problem I find with breakfast foods like waffles (and pancakes!) is NO PROTEIN! (Well, very little protein) So I modified!
High protein waffles. 1 serving of 2 waffles has 20 grams! I ate 2, and froze the other 4 that were in the batch. I figured that they would make decent toaster waffles for later, and I was right (I ate two for breakfast today!)

And here is the Z-man simply because he is a sweety pie.

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