A Day at Home

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Comment from Caetie

Posted at: November 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I swap it in everywhere I can, especially in baked goods. My favorite recipe with greek yogurt is for homemade real fro yo– stir in some sugar and/or fruit into greek yogurt and process in an ice cream maker… better than all those new yogurt chain shops! You could do that with your Pumpkin Yogurt Dip and it would be delicious. Only tip is to add a tablespoon or so of booze to keep it soft in its frozen state… vodka is a good neutral choice for most recipes.

I’ve officially decided that morning is my favorite part of the day. I could wax poetic about seizing the day, starting anew, or something like that…but really I just love to drink coffee. The past few days I’ve been visiting the fam in Pennsylvania and I’ve started every morning at the breakfast table with a cup of coffee and my laptop. Kiwi the cat meows at my feet while Mom and Grandma chat in the background.

Yesterday morning, Mom and I went out for breakfast (aren’t I a lucky girl?!). I devoured my plate of “eggs in a basket” along with hashbrowns and OJ. And Mom may have shared a slice of her cinnamon french toast with me…

Breakfast was delish, but I was SO full afterward. I waited about 3 hours before starting my run, but I could have used an extra hour or two to digest!

1 mile warm-up to the local YMCA
7 miles on the treadmill (including a few miles at 7:00 pace)
3 × 10 lunges, squats, calf raises, tricep dips, and bicep curls
1 mile cool-down back home

9 miles total in 1:15

If I’m going to pay $10 for a guest pass, I’m going to get my money’s worth! I was very sweaty because apparently the YMCA thinks that 80 F is an acceptable temperature for cardio. Despite the sauna-like conditions, this was actually a good workout! I needed a break from the sidewalks of the burbs and the mid-day YMCA crew (re: senior citizens) provided ample entertainment during my run 🙂

To refuel, I picked up a Starbucks peppermint mocha made with 2% milk, 2 pumps of chocolate syrup, and 1 pump of peppermint syrup. It’s just like chocolate milk, right, right? Heh.

For din-din, I made some turkey noodle soup with Thanksgiving leftovers. I didn’t really follow a recipe – I just sauteed some onions, celery, and garlic, added the veggies to about 8 cups of low-sodium chicken broth, and then simmered with leftover turkey, egg noodles, and thyme.

Yesterday was definitely a little low on the fruit and veggies (whoops), but I DID end the night with copious amounts of homemade banana bread spread with peanut butter. Banana bread = fruit! I used a Runner’s World recipe for the bread, but subbed in Greek yogurt for 1/2 the oil and added chocolate chips instead of walnuts.

I’m headed back to NYC today (womp, womp), but I’ll be back in PA for the Christmas holidays, so I can’t complain too much. And the next few weeks should be busy – a 10k this Sunday, some happy hours with my favorite blogging buddies, and a return to the work week routine.

What’s your favorite part of the day? For me, nothing compares to that first sip of coffee…(addict alert!)

  • My favorite part of the day is when I just get home from the gym ad shower. It’s really my only peace and quite for the entire day. I love those 10 minutes of quite time!

  • My mom used to make your “eggs in a basket” but we called them “toad in a hole” and no one else had heard of it. I’m glad to see other people know of this delicious breakfast item!

  • Jessica

    my favorite part of the day is the late late night. I love to run (or just be up) when it’s dark and quiet and I can hear myself think. Sadly, this rarely happens; I need to be in bed by midnight the latest since I have to be up at 6am for work. But that makes my late friday night runs all the more worth looking forward to 🙂

    your “eggs in a basket” my husband calls “Egyptian eyes” – I don’t know why. And it’s usually slathered with butter 😀

  • your bread looks so yum!

  • exactly like chocolate milk. i approve 😉

    morning is definitely my favorite part of the day because i’m the most productive but the moment right before i fall asleep is a really close runner up. i feel really relaxed and happy

  • I am with you on the morning and with the coffee!! Definitely addicted!

  • i love the morning. i think because i love being up early, and there’s something so wonderful about eating a leisurely breakfast, sipping coffee, taking solitary me-time before everyone else is awake. i love exercise in the morning too.

    glad you had such a good visit home – hurry up and get back to the city now, k? i can’t wait to see you!

  • I love leisurely morning coffee, too! It doesn’t happen often enough, unfortunately. I think recently my favorite time of day is after I’ve gotten everything I need to do for the night done and I can crawl in bed with a book or watch some mindless TV. My days recently have been so busy, it’s nice to turn it all off!

  • I love, love mornings. I don’t have to be at work until 9am this year, which means I have SO much time in the morning. I can comfortably fit in plenty of miles, shower, get dressed and then still have this luxurious hour to make breakfast on the stove, drink a pot of tea, read, and laze about. Morning all the way — now you’ve got me already looking forward to it again tomorrow!

    Family visit sounds so nice! Glad you’ll get to see more of them for Christmas.

  • Yay for an extra day at home!

    I also enjoy that morning-relaxed-sipping-coffee time, but I have to say I probably prefer the evening-relaxed-sipping-wine time. 🙂

  • I am SO with you on the coffee front! It makes me ridiculously happy. My bday was on Saturday and I swear the highlight of my day was going to Starbucks to get my Birthday drink! ha!

  • I love the morning when I’m settling in with my first pot of tea (after my first cup of coffee…) and then the evenings when I have checked everything off my list for the day! Are you free this Saturday? I don’t have to be at Paragon until 11:00ish and I’d love to grab breakfast with you if you are going to be around!

  • I have to agree with you! I LOVE, LOVE waking up with my computer, early morning TV shows and coffee! I also love going for a run first thing in the morning, but with this cold weather I am not doing to many early morning runs.

  • ohh, extended vacations. what fun to spend so much time being pampered in the ‘burbs! i miss breakfasts with mom and was reminded of that when i was upstate this weekend.

    morning is DEFINITELY my favorite time of day. i love the opportunity that awaits, the relaxing time i can take to sip coffee (well, only on weekends really) and some quality sunlight. with these elements, breakfast never gets old.

    sad i’m missing wednesday’s outing but very excited for EPIC E-VILL friday!! holler. 🙂

  • ahh eggs in a basket, i haven’t made that in so long! unfortunately never been anywhere that served it. only made it at home after reading about it.

  • Glad you had a good time at home!! I heart, heart early mornings and sunrises (and enjoying them while on a run). Nothing compares! That first sip of decaf is pretty great too, hehe.

  • ahh i want to be back home. i love 1. not working and 2. being able to have the day exactly how i want it 🙂 and have my fam right there.

    lol i feel the same way about making the most of gym guest passes!!!

  • I’m a morning person all the way! I get most of my work completed in the morning, but by 2:30, I’m done for. And I can’t wait to head home to Ohio for the holidays so I can have some lazy time with the fam (and some home cookin’)

  • Sounds like a great trip home! I enjoyed my holiday as well and got in a few run, nothing more than 5 miles though. 🙁 I adore that first sip of coffee and the little jolt of life it gives me. haha. See you at the 10k this Sunday!!

  • I was going to say my favorite part of the day is when I jump into bed at night and first exhale in total comfort to go to sleep.

    Then I realized how sad this is that my favorite part of the day is when the day is finally over. This sounds sad and somewhat depressing.

    But it’s still true… geez.

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