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Pumpkin muffins & other Fall goodness

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I love to bake. I especially love to bake with my kids. Some sparkers have asked how I do it and what I cook with. I've experimented lots and found what works for me. For cookies, I use the real stuff. I almost always half or even quarter the recipe. But I use butter and other real ingredients. I've tried apple sauce and stuff in cookies and they have never turned out and then I don't feel satisfied. Sometimes I throw in flaxseed and I use a little less sugar than the recipe calls for. But cookies are cookies.

Now muffins and breads, here's where we can cut some major calories and fat! Fall is in the air and I am loving it. Yesterday morning I cranked up the Glee station on Pandora and we made some super yummy healthy muffins.
Heres's my substitutions for yesterday's pumpkin choc chip muffins:
Oil - Greek yogurt
Always use whole wheat flour
Use less sugar than the recipe calls for. (Instead of 2 cups, I use 1 and add 1/2 cup of honey, still high in sugar, but less processed means better for your body)
Double the cinnamon, needs the spice kick with less sugar
Half the chocolate chips

We danced around the kitchen, did a little fraction math, threw in some push-ups while they were baking. Voila! Healthy and fun morning with the kids! And the muffins were delicious. I put a few in baggies and froze em. That way I couldn't eat 17 of them.

It's a toss up of what's my favorite thing about Fall: pumpkin goodies or running in gorgeous weather. I seriously just want to run all the time. Today I have another running date with DH. he's going to take me on a route I've never ran. Through NE Minneapolis and over the Stone Arch bridge and around the U of M. I am so excited! 14 miles together. I know I've said it a million times, but its worth saying again. Running is so good for our marriage. :)

The twin cities 10 miler is in 2 weeks. This will be my first repeat race. It's incredible how much has changed in one year. I remember the nerves last Fall, the anxious anticipation. I would wake up at night and not be able to fall back asleep because I was so excited. And now I'm excited because its such a big day for the running community. I know several people that are running the marathon and my plan is to run it next year.

Of course I want to beat last year's time. One of my running buddies reminded me that this isn't my A race for the season, it isn't even my B race. Grandmas marathon in June. Olympic triathlon in August. My focus has not been speed. I've accomplished a lot recently. I need to remind myself of that. It's OK if I don't beat 87 minutes.

Who am I kidding?! I think for those of you that know me, know that I'll be really disappointed if I don't beat that time. I am hard on myself and am very competitive with myself. My goal is 85 minutes.

And if I don't beat that goal, I will console myself with the fact that I can now do 4 pull ups!! And, I am at a new low weight. So, life is good. Life is healthy and strong. Hope the same is true for my sparkfriends.
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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/28/2012 11:00AM

    So many great things about this blog...Dancing and baking with whole ingredients with the kiddos, a running date with hubby, running your repeat race, 4 pullups AND an all time low weight. YEAHHHHHHHH MAURA!!!!! Life IS good girl.
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PINKBEANBOO 9/25/2012 12:12PM

    You aren't kidding us. I know you'll be going after that PR. I saw yesterday your status said your finger was in a splint. Maybe that splint will be off by then. I know you can run in it, just easier to get along without it. : )

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GINGERHAWK 9/24/2012 1:11PM

    Life sounds better than good - it sounds fantastic. Speaking of fantastic, maybe you can share your muffin recipe? Of course I'm now craving them!

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LISAINMS 9/24/2012 11:12AM

    Sounds like a great day of baking and time spent doing things you love with people you love! I have the same problem... tri season wrecks my speed work. Now that it's over, I have 3 weeks to prepare for a 5 mile race that I want to beat last year's time and I am not feeling ready for that at all. Distance, yes. Speed, what speed?

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GODIVADSG 9/24/2012 10:23AM

    Sounds like pure awesomeness at your house! What a wonderful thing to look forward to with your hubby! You made me text my hubby to set up a running date with him! emoticon

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MISSFORTE 9/24/2012 7:46AM

    those are such great adaptions to the baking thank yoU!

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MELPHILLIPS741 9/23/2012 10:24PM

    Sounds like a great day! Good luck with the 10 miler, I'm sure you'll do awesome :)

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RUSSELLORAMA 9/23/2012 8:36PM

    Yes! Baked goods are the best thing about fall besides the gorgeous weather. Good luck with the race!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 9/23/2012 3:16PM

    Sounds yum-o! Thanks for sharing substitution ideas, I need them! I suck at cooking/baking! I would love the recipe if you have time. Trying to do better!
No doubts from me you will ROCK your race!!


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REDRUNNERMOM713 9/23/2012 12:49PM

    Baking/Cooking with kids is such a great way to get quality time with them, plus it further teaches them how to be healthy if you use the right ingredients. Your muffins sound scrumptious!!

You will do great in your 10 miler race! You have done so many great things lately. Such an inspiration! Hope you have a great run with your hubby!

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MICHSTATE 9/23/2012 12:15PM

    You are doing SO awesome!!! I am jealous!!!! I am close to my highest recent weight!!!:-( I just can't seem to get the nutrition right!!:-(

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NUOVAELLE 9/23/2012 11:43AM

    Thank you sooo much for sharing those substitutions! I also love baking - especially cookies and muffins - and I'll definitely try them! I was thinking about trying apple sauce, too as a substitute for butter in cookies. You wouldn't recommend it, right?
How wonderful that you can run with your husband! Being able to share an activity that you both like is definitely great for your relationship. My husband loves cycling and I can't wait till we can do this together.
I'm wishing you the very best of luck for the coming race. There's nothing wrong with being competitive with yourself! But you'd better skip the "hard" part. I'm sure you'll do your best and you'll have a great time while at it!
Keep on inspiring!
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KAREN42BOYS 9/23/2012 11:21AM

    Um, have you uploaded and SHARED that recipe? Sounds delightful. I'd love to see the directions for prancing around the kitchen while the muffins bake!

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ON2VICTORY 9/23/2012 11:15AM

    Fall is yummilicious pumpkin baking time... * sigh * tasty :)



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MYLADY4 9/23/2012 10:11AM

    LOVE baking with pumpkin especially if they are from your own garden. Put some fresh cooked pumpkin in my protien shake it was SO delisious. Even put some in my daughters sunday pancake and she loved it too.

I agree with your friends advise on the race. Just have fun and enjoy. Hope it is a little warmer then today for you.

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