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With Valentine’s Day coming up, the older two kids have been working on their cards for their classmates.  Daughter got it in her head that I have to make heart-shaped cookies for her entire class.  She has reminded me every day this week.  This morning I received another reminder in the form of a note. She wrote it so I wouldn’t forget to go to the local Bulk Barn and look for a cookie cutter in the shape of a heart.

photo 1(1)Her brother then decided he had to write me a note as well (keep in mind this all went down while I was struggling to get their coats and boots on as we were running late, again!).  He will be 4 years old in April and has only been drawing consistently for a few months.
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This is only the second smiley face he’s drawn and I am completely in love with it.

So now I must do my duty and get everything I need to make vanilla cookies tonight.

 

Recovery.

Last week, I ran 5 days out of 7.

You can probably guess that my knee has been feeling a lot better.  Except for the little “click” I keep hearing on the opposite knee every time I walk down stairs. But it doesn’t hurt, so I’m going to ignore it. In fact I think it might be gone today.

Now that I have run my goal of 10 km (okay, so only once, but still, I did it!), I feel like I need to set another goal.  While I fully intend on running that 10 km again, I want to improve my endurance.  Before all the injuries set in, I was running 5 km at a steady pace, with no walking.  I know that running:walking is a common practice for even the long distance runners, but there is still a small part of me that thinks that if I call myself a runner, I should be able to run a distance, you know?  Must be that type-A personality coming through.

Last week, I drove to the waterfront and had a fabulous run on the boardwalk.  I don’t know if it was the scenery that helped, but I found some energy the last kilometer and had my fastest kilometer in quite some time!  I was so excited.  I even had my first negative split!

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So, the last couple of runs, I have changed things up a bit (yet again!).  I ran the first kilometer straight, it was about 7.5 minutes. Then I walked for a minute.  Then I ran the next kilometer straight, then walked for a minute.  Repeat x 4 km.  I have no idea if this is even a thing, but there you have it. After two runs like that, my legs were feeling the strain.

Being the good girl that I am, I took the last 2 days off. My legs needed it. I was really tempted to run last night, but I didn’t.  Partly because I was so damn tired, but mostly because I was too busy eating these little guys.

cookies

So, of course after eating far too many of these cookies, I really felt like I needed a run, but instead I sat my butt down on the couch and cross stitched for the rest of the evening. I had every intention of waking up this morning and going for a run. I don’t work on Mondays and thought it would be good to get the run out of the way and before it got too hot.  Yeah, well, it didn’t happen.

I blame the cookies.

Dr. Mom – Baker!

Baking: a food cooking method using prolonged dry heat acting by convection, rather than by thermal radiation, normally in an oven, but also in hot ashes, or on hot stones.

I have found a new hobby.  Unfortunately, it’s not going to be good for my figure.

I love to bake.  Muffins and cookies mostly.

I suddenly got the urge just after the New Year to make some muffins.  It was morning, the kids were fed, husband was still in bed sleeping off a hangover and I was bored.  A quick look in the cupboard and there were supplies for muffins – oatmeal muffins.  A healthy choice for the kids, right?

So, with the rugrats secured in the living room playing with their new Christmas toys, I went to work.  One hour later, muffins come out of the oven and children come running into the kitchen smelling the wonderful-ness.  “Mu-mum-mums,” says the toddler.  “Muffins?????”, says the 4-year-old.

Ten minutes later, each kiddo had eaten 2 and I myself had 4.

Success?  I think so!

The only critique of that first batch of oatmeal muffins is that they were a bit dry.  Of course, the kids didn’t care, but I did.

So, a week later, I looked around for another recipe and found one that included applesauce.  Jackpot!!! No more dry muffins. Divine!!

Then I decided to get fancy.  While browsing on Pinterest, I found a recipe for chocolate chip peanut butter muffins.  Seriously?  O-M-G!!!  Of course I had to make them.  They were amazing!  And the kids loved the chocolate chips, of course!

Dare I say I suddenly have a sweet tooth??  Baking is so much fun!!  The kids love it.  The sit on the bar stools in the kitchen and watch me make them.  Daughter insists on licking the spatula.  I used to do the same with my mom.  It’s a wonderful little tradition we are building.

A couple of weeks ago, I made chocolate chip cookies.  They were soooo moist and chewy right out of the oven, but once they cooled they got hard and crumbly.  Still, delicious of course, and the kids loved them.   But I wondered how to make them stay chewy??

Then this past weekend, husband was playing with his new toy, a modular analog synthesizer that I bought him (early 40th birthday present), so it was just me and the kids at 4pm playing upstairs.  We had just had our “tea” and “cookie”, and I was bored.  I asked them if they wanted to make muffins?  Dumb question.  I found some very ripe bananas and decided to make banana chocolate chip muffins.  Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to take a picture.  The kids loved them, even husband was impressed. He came upstairs to the lovely smell of muffins baking in the oven and cheesy alphagetti pasta being made.  I felt like super-mom.  Not only had I occupied the children for two solid hours, I also made them muffins and dinner and had them fed before 6:30pm!

Boo!  Ya!

Have you got any great recipes for muffins and cookies??  Share them, please!!