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RECIPE: Home-made Granola

Monday, January 17, 2011

This stuff is super yummy and easy to make! This recipe is from a German source, and Germans use weight, not measuring cups. I will keep it this way. If you have a digital scale, it is super easy.

100 grams (g) = 3.5 oz

Granola or "Müsli," as Germans would call it.
This is the basic recipe I have, but feel FREE to change it up, add different things, take out the ones you don't like, and make it totally your own creation!

75 g rolled oats
50 g chopped almonds
50 g chopped hazelnuts
50 g sunflower seeds
50 g coconut flakes
1/8 tsp bourbon vanilla (vanilla bean ground up into a powder)
1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp honey

50 g raisins (or dried cranberries, or dried cherries, whatever you want!)

You just throw the oat flakes, nuts and other ingredients into a bowl and mix it up. Then in a pan with the heated butter and honey, you toss the ingredients around and toast them until they are slightly browned. Put the toasted ingredients into a bowl and let them cool, and then add the raisins.

Today, I made this. It took maybe 30 minutes to throw the things together and toast them, and I made a quadruple recipe. Very simple, very easy, and WAY LESS SUGAR than store-bought cereal!! I also added pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds, flaxseeds being high in your Omega-3 fatty acids!! Mikah and my girls already LOVE IT!

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JUSTHEATHER2011 1/21/2011 6:39AM

    yummy and easy! thanks :)

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QCESCADA 1/18/2011 1:54AM

    Sounds yummy. I want to try making my own granola someday. Right now, I'm in love with Trader Joe's Ginger Granola (YUM!!)

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AMOHAME2 1/17/2011 8:12PM

    Thanks for posting this, I'll have to give it a try!

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MBSHAZZER 1/17/2011 11:45AM

    MMMM, Darcy, that looks awesome!

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On my way to...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

...check out that cafe job!! The lady from my little German village here who is co-owner, was really cool about it - I can come work with them, check it out, get to know everyone, and see if it's a good fit. This is the part I'm VERY happy about - very non-committal at first!!

I made the mistake of taking on an English-teaching job one day a week. I thought it'd be a great release and outlet for me, and not too much stress since it was only one day per week.... WRONG!! Because I was teaching English, I had certain groups I taught. There was no flexibility, no one to cover me if my kids were sick or if my MIL couldn't come to watch them. And I had to prepare the lessons at home, which I greatly struggled with, being a busy mom and having my kids to deal with. I'd much rather have a job I go to, do my business, and go home!! Plus I knew taking it, it wasn't something I felt led to do longterm.

Not the case here!! Since owning a wholefoods cafe or something similar is what I'm working toward, I think this is gonna be perfect! Plus I need experience for my schooling program I'm doing in this area. And ON TOP of that, I will be submersing myself even further into my immediate German community, which is gonna be great for me! I'll get all the juicy gossip on EVERYONE in the area!!!

So, ta-ta for now, Sparkers!! I'm off to Kaffee Deel!!

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MELROSE1702 1/17/2011 6:15PM

    Good success to you!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 1/17/2011 5:08AM

    Good luck!!!

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LASHERTHECAT 1/16/2011 5:06PM

    That's fantastic!! I'm quite jealous... emoticon

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MUMMAMICHELLE 1/16/2011 5:05PM

    GL Darcy! Sounds like the perfect fit for you, just what you were looking for to get a little adult interaction out of the house. It will make a world of difference :)

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SMILESRME 1/16/2011 3:25PM

    Wow! What a great opportunity for you. Hope it works out for would be something that would be a hoot to do! Julia : )

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CHUBBYSISTER1 1/16/2011 12:33PM

    Good Luck!!!! Actually, I don't think you will need luck. They would be crazy not to hire you!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 1/16/2011 12:14PM

    GOOD LUCK!!! Keep believing in and seeing your destiny and it will keep happening! emoticon

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TEACHEROF4TH 1/16/2011 11:03AM

    Wow! This opportunity seems tailor-made for YOU! Congrats, and let us know haw it goes!

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Run 23-miles.... Chu-HECK!! AWESOME!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I DID IT!! I am still so stoked! I can't hardly believe it! And I FEEL AWESOME! One of my biggest fears in taking on a marathon was getting these really long runs in. Since I train completely alone, I was afraid I might not feel motivated to get out there and pump out a 3- to 4-hour run!! This feels like such a huge victory for me.

Time of Departure: 4:57 am
Temperature: 46°
Condition of sidewalks: SNOW-FREE! emoticon
Total Distance: 23 miles (37 Km)
Time: 4:06:40

I took 2 water bottles this morning, mixed with just a bit of apple juice and a pinch of seasalt, 2 gel crappy gel packs that I won't purchase again, because I don't want to put that stuff in my body (but I bought them before I found the other whole-foods thingys), and 2 whole-foods endurance energy bars. I wanted to stay well-fueled and well-hydrated, especially since I have NEVER attempted a run that long before.

Today was not about speed, though I did pump out the last 6, because I was feeling so good! I had planned to do Galloway's 4/1 run/walk method for the first half at least, and then see how I felt. BUUUUTTT, after only 20 minutes of that, I was already annoyed with having to walk that soon, and didn't feel I needed it, so I decided to "meet in the middle" and do 9/1 intervals. That worked really well.

I just feel GREAT!! Not only about finishing, but physically too. Way less fatigued than I had anticipated! My last 6 miles were all under 10 minutes!! I love finishing strong. My confidence has been boosted today, and I think my original goal of finishing under 4:30 is definitely doable!

So, Plan for Week 12 was:
Sunday: rest (Yep!)
Monday: Run 7 miles, Pilates
** Actual: Ran 8 miles, Pilates
Tuesday: rest
** Actual: Ran 1 mile with VFFs
Wednesday: Run 6 miles with Strides, BodyPump
** Actual: Ran 5 miles, did a different workout at the gym, plus some weights at home
Thursday: Run 6.75 miles with intervals
** Actual: Ran 7 miles
Friday: rest (Yep!)
Saturday: Run 23 (?) miles
**Actual: Ran those 23 miles, and finished STRONG!

Plan for Week 13:
Sunday: Rest
Monday: Run 10 miles, BodyPump
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Run 4 miles, plus strides, BodyPump
Thursday: Run 8 miles
Friday: rest
Saturday: Run 16 miles

So, there you have it! Only 6 weeks until my marathon!! WOOOHOOO!

Happy Running, EVERYONE! Have a blessed weekend!

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JENNIFER124 1/18/2011 1:18PM

    i am COMPLETELY AMAZED.. finishing strong at 23 miles.. that is just great!!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/17/2011 3:51PM

    That's fantastic!

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REMEMBER2BME 1/17/2011 3:02PM

    Outstanding! emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 1/17/2011 7:29AM

    First off, CONGRATS! Secondly, I am not surprised- you are so strong and you have been training very consistently- I'm happy that you got this confidence boost! Yeah!

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CHUBBYSISTER1 1/16/2011 12:31PM

    Wow! Wow! Wow!! You are totally going to rock your marathon!!! You are so inspirational. I got goosebumps reading your blog!!!

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NATURELADY1219 1/16/2011 10:32AM

    WOW!!!!!! That is sooooo awesome!!!! :) Where is your marathon at?? I am sooooo impressed! :o)

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AMOHAME2 1/16/2011 7:51AM

    23 miles, OMG!! That's freakin' awesome! I'm terrified of getting up to those huge distances, I think I'll be getting there in April for my May marathon. Thank God I've got a running group I'll be training with because I really don't think I'd have your motivation! I had a really tough time doing my Half training long runs by myself!!

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P0KERS0PH 1/16/2011 7:32AM

    That is amazing, way to go!!

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MUMMAMICHELLE 1/16/2011 5:12AM

    Amazing, you are going to be beyond ready for your marathon! So proud of you!

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SACGIRL 1/15/2011 3:23PM

    Great job my friend!!! You are soooo ready for the marathon...go get it!!!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 1/15/2011 2:17PM

    Great Job!!! what an accomplishment! Why is that after the first 3 miles, running get's so much easier?!!?!??

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TEACHEROF4TH 1/15/2011 11:23AM

    WOW! You are doing an amazing job with your training! You inspire me! Keep up the great effort. So glad I chanced to visit your page today... awesome success!

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WANT2BE123 1/15/2011 8:36AM

    Congrats! Isn't it the best feeling in the whole world?? You are ready for your marathon!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 1/15/2011 8:06AM

    WOW!!! Good for you!!! Very motivating to read!!! The longest I have run is four miles...I can't wait til I can say I have run much more:) Don't know if I can do a marathon but a half is possible:)
So happy for you!!!

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MBSHAZZER 1/15/2011 7:56AM

    Awesome!!! Sounds like this run was a real confidence booster!

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JAKENSAMSMOM 1/15/2011 6:06AM

    Great Job! I know you are mom of a boy like mine. I work and work with him and don't always get alot back like hugs and kisses. So, to cross a long run off a training is a wonderful tangible reward for hard work! Great Job! Happy Stepping!

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SUZWARNR 1/15/2011 5:57AM

    Great job!

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Got a smile on my face, pep in my step, and....

Friday, January 14, 2011

... I am making a new recipe tonight for my family - with FISH! Ok, so, I get a little excited about cooking new creations!

As a child, I was forced to eat fish, so I have always "not liked" it. But I am learning to put my childhood scars behind me (hehe!), and venture out and eat new foods! Try new things, make new healthy creations.... Of course, I LOOOOOOVVVEE cooking. I know fish is healthy, and I am sure I could learn to like it, but I just need to learn to make it myself and become familiar with the different kinds.

But here's the real reason I am doing it:
For my schooling program, we have to do a project in a couple of weeks. We are working in groups, and have to act as if we are a party service or catering business, and plan an event. In a couple of weeks, we will have to carry it out for our teachers.

My group, me and 2 other ladies, have decided to plan someone's 60th birthday party. We have decided that this fish recipe will be one of the things we will make for our project, so I have 2 and half weeks to practice it up!! It is a fish called "Wells" in German, but I am not sure what it is called in English. Maybe its called the same, I don't know. Then I am making a tomato sauce to go with it, brown basmati rice, and a veggie.

Super excited!! I hope it turns out awesome! I hope its not fishy. But I have heard if you make fish really fresh, it doesn't taste fishy. I bought the fish fresh today... so HERE GOES!!


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LASHERTHECAT 1/14/2011 1:11PM

    Be sure to take a photo!

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CAROLYN1213 1/14/2011 11:57AM

    Sounds delish!!! I can't wait to hear the verdict!

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SEEHOLZ 1/14/2011 11:47AM

    I am almost sure it's a catfish.. you know, the bottom feeder? I have made it once and it is kind of fishy in my opinion, but I'm sure it's all about preparation.

Anyways, enjoy your meal! I'm sure you'll master it on your first try!

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PARKERB2 1/14/2011 10:38AM

    I don't care much for fish except FRIED, BAD. Gotta to get over it and try eating it broiled or baked, etc. Let us know how your project goes. emoticon

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JNPMUDDIN 1/14/2011 10:34AM

    Wow sounds healthy. You will have to let us know how it turned out.

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Vibram FiveFingers Bikilas Update

Thursday, January 13, 2011

So far in the past week I have run:
Saturday: 1 mile following a 10.6-mile run in normal shoes
Monday: 1 mile following a 7-mile run in normal shoes
Tuesday: 1 mile
Wednesday: a half mile following my normal run, and then 1 mile in the evening
Thursday: 1 mile following a 6-mile run

I had some soreness in my calves on Sunday and Monday, following the Saturday run. But I started thinking, maybe I was trying TOO hard not to land on my heels. I am just that way - try TOO hard not to make a mistake, only to leave myself more open to injury?? So, I started thinking, I will just relax and run however I feel like running, and see how it goes.

I also checked out some articles on, and read an article about changing up your running form. It said something like, "Only attempt to change your running form at your own risk." Or something to that effect. Meaning, run how you feel is natural. It also said that most people's running form naturally improves the more you run.

So, my philosophy: relax, run how I feel is natural, while being in tune with my feet, making sure I don't have a heavy heel strike (which seems to be naturally the case anyway), and enjoy!!

I have no soreness in my calves at all at this point, no discomfort, no weird pains. And I have been changing up my pace while I run my 1 little mile at a time, to get a feel for different paces. The first couple of miles I ran were 10:30-11-min-mile paces, and this morning I did a 9:45-mile.

I am not sure when I will be adding more VFF running in, because I just want to keep things really safe and injury-free. But I might bump it up to 2-mile runs next week... we will see. Just wanna be careful.

Tomorrow is a rest day, resting up for my BIIIIIIIIGGGGG LLLOOOONNNNGG run on Saturday, and I probably will not run in my VFFs again until Monday... well, maybe on Sunday, we will see!!

Happy running, ALL!!

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TLTELL 1/15/2011 2:38PM

    Wohu for Vibrams! I have the KSOs and have done as far as 5.5 miles at a time with no problems. The first few miles were painful for my calves but now I seem to run a bit further back on my feet (about a mid-foot strike) and everything is great. It's even helped with a knee pain I've had since highschool.
Congrats on your running and your weight loss! Very inspiring. emoticon

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MENT2BE 1/14/2011 11:13PM

    Safe and injury free....that's my goal too! Take it slow.....and thanks for keeping us posted.

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CHUBBYSISTER1 1/14/2011 7:16PM

    Thanks for keeping us posted. I really one to try these....but I think I am waiting until the snow melts!

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CAROLCRC 1/14/2011 12:53PM

    I'm trying out nike frees now - only doing about 1/2 mile each time I do a TM run. Have noticed my stride seems to shorten up a bit, but I have strong calves, so no pain there. Keep us posted!

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MRS_4EVER_AFTER 1/13/2011 1:53PM

  I have heard great things about Barefoot running which I am assuming these feet covers are considered (in addition to completely barefoot)?

Are these good for walk/run intervals? If so, do most runner's stores carry them?

I'm intrigued!

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REBECCA1354 1/13/2011 12:44PM

    I wear KSOs and I'm up to a 5K in them. Definitely ready to push past that though. In all honesty, I would love to be able to run my marathon in them, but I don't know how unrealistic a goal that is. Good luck in your Biks and keep up the great work!

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SEEHOLZ 1/13/2011 9:57AM

    I think being safe is totally worth it! You'll get there!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 1/13/2011 9:23AM

    I am thinking of getting some of the VFF. I am also traingin for my first full (in May). Glad you are making the transition safe and slow. NO INJURIES!!

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SEEAMANDARUN 1/13/2011 9:23AM

    Thanks for the update! I'm glad they seem to be working out for you. Kudos for going out easy in them.

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RAWKNRUN 1/13/2011 8:51AM

    When I started running barefoot on the tm, I did this same thing 1/2 to 1 mile at a time after a normal run. After about 2 months of this I switched to Nike Free's and I gotta say, my calves were defnintly sore the whole time, Now I am on my third pair of Frees with no calf pain. When you switch your stride to a more natural form, there is definently a lot more work being done there, just keep taking it slow. (I switched cause I was always injured, for 2 years I had some sort of pain).

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