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A Moose, A Train and a Polar Bear

This morning I got up and went for my all time favorite breakfast. An over easy egg on an english muffin. When ever I have this breakfast, I try to think of a new way to mix it up and turn it into something completely surprising…hopefully in a good way. Today, was feta cheese and Pesto. Really something different, but a great combination.

When I got home, I had some leftover Lasagna Roll from last night, still delightful 🙂 I watched a bit of America’s Next Top Model and headed out for a run. As I was tying up the shoes, I looked outside and realized…it was dark. ALREADY. Shorter days are definitely on their way.

I still went out for the run, because I really need to stay on track with this training. About a mile into the run, I was thinking about a woman I had met on a flight to Boston a few months back. She was originally from the east coast, but moved a few years ago to ALASKA.

My obvious first questions was, “Do you REALLY have 6 months of darkness?!” Yup. They do. That just led into a long conversation about why she loves Alaska and could never see herself moving back. One of the things that really SHOCKED me was the fact that she still went for long runs during those 6 months of darkness. She told me that she would take her dog out on the run, in the middle of the woods because the dog would warn her if there was a moose charging at her and would actually step in front of her. SAY WHAT?!

The last time I saw a moose was this summer while hiking Mt Washington. It was a young moose and was only about the size of a large horse…but they get MMMUUUUUUUCCH larger.

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Could you imagine getting charged by THAT? while you are out for a jog. NOT ME. That my friend is a hard limit.

As I’m pondering a moose charging me whilst running, the train tracks up ahead start signaling that a train is going to pass by. Naturally, I speed up, duck under the rails lined with flashing red lights, jump the tracks and scoot under the rail on the other side with a honking train close on my tail. Apparently, trains are NOT a hard limit for me.

After I got off the main road, I was happy enough to have some fairly well lit streets to run along until the last half a mile or so. Then, it went dark. It reminded me quite a bit of running  in Massachusetts where there were a lot of wooded areas with very little lighting. The only thing that you really needed to be careful of was the occasional car that would whip around the tight corners. I always heard horror stories of friends getting hit while running.

I was just about a block away, staring at the ground picturing my runs that I used to do back in Mass when all of the sudden, BAM! POLAR BEAR!

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Well, not really, a white rug thrown on the side of the road that looked like a polar bear. It legit scared me! But seriously?! A polar bear in central florida? What is this?? LOST??

Luckily, I got home and had a fantastic run. It was the first run so far that I really felt like I was in shape and could have just run and run and run.

What would stop you from going out on a run? Weather? Sore Muscles? A Moose Attack? A Polar Bear?

Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal and a Broccoli and Cheese Souffle

Yesterday was a loooooong day for me. I had to wake up early and drive out to Melbourne, which is an hour and a half from Orlando, work the whole day and drive back. So for breakfast I gave overnight oatmeal a go and I LOVED it. I was planning on making it again for this morning, but went on a baking frenzy instead. The pictures really don’t do it justice, I am going to have to make it again just to get a bit more decent photos.

 

Definitely making this again.

Ingredients: 

1/3 Cup Rolled Oats 1/2 Cup Non-Fat Milk
1/3 Cup Plain Yogurt 1/2 Banana
1/2 Tablespoon Chia Salt to Taste
Cinnamon to Taste

Just mix up all of the ingredients into a jar, bowl, etc and let it sit overnight. The milk and yogurt will soften the oats and turn it into a delicious oatmeal combo.

The next morning, just top it off with anything that you normally would top off oatmeal. I put:

1/2 Banana 1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries, Melted
1/3 Cup Whole Wheat Rice Crispies

The blueberries really added to the sweetness of the oatmeal and the rice crispies gave it that crunch. They even Snap, Crackled and Popped in the oatmeal! Even now I feel like I love hearing it just as much as when I was a kid.

I ate on my drive out to Melbourne and got there at 8. They had loads of work waiting for me. When it was about lunch time, I asked the girls what they normally do for lunch…they said nothing. I thought it was a joke…but it wasn’t. I didn’t end up eating for the rest of the day. I was about to eat my desk when I left, seriously.

When I got home, I wanted to make this Broccoli Souffle that I have had my eye on for a while from EatingWell. Not my usual, quick and easy, but it was fantastic! Well worth it. It took me about 20 minutes to make and 20 minutes in the oven.

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups Chopped Broccoli Florets 1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tabelspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 Tablespoons Flour
1 1/4 Cups Almond Milk 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1/2 Teaspoon Salt 1/2 Cup Goat Cheese
3 Large Eggs, separated 2 Egg Whites
1/4 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and the olive oil at a medium-high temperature. Whisk in the flour for about 1 minute. Be careful not to let it burn and adjust the heat down if you need to. It should turn into a caramel color. Microwave the broccoli for 1-2 minutes and set aside. You want them to be soft and crispy.

 

 

2. Add in the milk, mustard, rosemary and salt. Whisk constantly until it is thickened.

 

3. Remove from heat, and immediately add goat cheese and 3 egg yolks. Put the mixture aside  in a large bowl.

 

4. In a medium sized bowl, beat 5 egg whites until soft peaks form. Then add in the cream of tartar and mix until there are hard peaks.

5. Using a spatula, add in half off the egg white mixture into the large bowl with the wet mix. Fold it into each other. You do NOT want it to flatten out. Then add the second half to it as well, with the broccoli florets.

 

6. Grease the ramekins with non-stick spray. Now pour the batter into 4 10 ounce ramekins or 2- 2 1/2 Quart Souffle Dishes. I used two smaller ramekins and 1 quart sized dish. Place them in the oven for 20 minutes. The large may need 30 minutes. With a thermometer, the inside should read 160 and the tops should be hard to the touch.

 

 

 

 

You want to serve these ASAP, because they will deflate a bit. But they are DELICIOUS! It’s really light, but packed with flavor. It only has about 220 calories. So I had this and an english muffin and called it dinner.

 

 

 

So Yummy. I was really in the baking mood at this point, so I whipped up a batch of the Surprise Me Oatmeal Cookies. Those are some of my favorite cookies I have ever made. Although, I am due for some pumpkin cookies!