Bouncing Back with Blueberry Muffins!

15 03 2011

Happy Hump Day!

This week is going soooo slooooowly for me (Chloe). I think that it is safe to say that my week is feeling a bit screwy because my normal training schedule has been put on the back burner…My reality this week is that while I really want to get back to my training schedule, I can’t because of my “big crash” on Sunday. I am still pretty stiff and sore, not to mention that I am waiting to get a new helmet (ordered today!) to replace the one that cracked when I fell…

I didn’t mention in my past few posts that prior to going skiing, Chris and I spent the weekend in Phoenix AZ for our friend’s wedding. It was beautiful….and I had NO complaints about the 85 degree weather…

I decided to enjoy the weekend in full by taking a few days off of training, which meant that with travel days to and from Phoenix and to and from Utah, I was taking an entire week off of training, with the exception of a few days of skiing. The vacation was a blast…

…and I was fine with taking a small hiatus from training. I even thought it would be a positive break! But I was ready to get back to my training routine when I returned to D.C. Once home, I was ready to get back on track. I swam Saturday morning, but felt pretty sluggish due to the fact that I hadn’t been in a pool for a week and a half. Sunday was supposed to be my big first day back outside on the bike…but a sandy road changed my plans.

I am not going to sit here and have a pity party, but I am also not going to pretend that it is not frustrating! Sometimes your mind wants to do what your body can’t and sometimes your body can’t do what your mind want’s it to do. Yeah…think about that for a second. You have all been there at some point I am sure. Injury is something that ALL athletes deal with, no matter what sport or ability level. Some of my fellow food and traithlon bloggers have done some great posts on the reality of injuries and how they have dealt with them….

Carrots n Cake…

The Hungry Runner Girl…

Healthy Tipping Point…

DC Rainmaker…

My reality is that I am extremely lucky that my fall was not that bad! My training schedule was thrown off, but in the long run, this longer than expected break won’t have an impact on my Triathlon season, and might even help my training! And hey…I may not be able to get back out on my bike and do flip turns in the pool yet, but I can still tear it up in the kitchen 🙂 And so I have.

Introducing….Feel Better in a Flash Blueberry Muffins!


Recipe to come soon!

Question of the Day: When you can’t workout (either because you are injured or for any other reason), how do you replace the time/make yourself feel better?!

My, how I’ve missed you!

15 03 2011

Wow, Chloe really took a spill this weekend! I’m glad she’s okay!

I rode my bike a little this weekend too, while I was down in North Carolina visiting my cousin. However, I was only on my bike to pose for pictures:-) My cousin Tara will be posting the shots she took of me on her blog soon:-) I can’t wait to see them! I’ll be sure to let you know when they are up!

I got back to DC from my vacation on Saturday night, and on Sunday morning, I was running a race:-) Typical Steph. Before I left for vacation, I signed up for the St. Patty’s Day 8K. I knew it would be tough to race the first day back from vacation (and with Daylight Savings time!), but it’s a fun race, and I had made plans to meet up with a fellow blogger, Kim from Tri and Bake. After exchanging a few emails, this was the first time we met:-) Of course we found out that we had a lot in common:-) She bakes some pretty spectacular cakes, check them out!

After the race, I thought about going for a ride because it was such a beautiful day, but y’know I really just wanted to cook. A lot of people love taking vacations so they can dine out and NOT cook, which makes it THAT much harder to return to the kitchen. I, however, was itchin’ for my kitchen! Call me a nerd, but I missed cooking in my kitchen. So, that’s exactly what I did:-)

First, I attempted to make some of Jessica’s (How Sweet It Is) take on chocolate chewies (Recipe here), but my attempt was, uh… let’s just say it was unsuccessful. Sad trombone. The first batch turned out okay, but yikes, my last batch all stuck to the pan and ran together in to one flat blob. Fail.


my cookie sheet is thicker than the cookies.

One failure couldn’t stop me. I pressed on.

I was a little more successful with her Cilantro Lime White Bean Hummus, but mine wasn’t as photogenic as hers. I just couldn’t get that perfect smile. It was bashful for some reason;-)

Then I made some of Mama Pea’s super easy Barbeque Black Bean Pizza, but instead of making it on pita, I made it on Ashley’s 5- minute Naan. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to make this naan! It was a lot flatter and softer than the naan I made pizza with a few weeks ago, but was a perfect substitution for pita bread in this recipe. I also subbed in real mozzarella cheese. I refuse to eat non-dairy cheese.

Finally I made one recipe not from someone else’s blog to put on my blog:-)

Introducing: Steph’s Kale Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing:

Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, packing in a ton of Vitamins A, C, and K, just to name a few. Though I often cook it before eating, it also tastes good raw!

After washing the kale,  I picked the leaves off the stems and then cut it chiffonade (did I use that word properly?). Chiffonade is basically a cutting technique where the end result is long strips.

So, to make kale chiffonade, I stacked a few leaves on top of each other and rolled them up:

Then I sliced it into thin strips:


Topped my kale with red onions and avocado, then dressed it with some Ginger Miso dressing

love. this. dressing.

But it’s not exactly the healthiest:-/

Toss to coat and enjoy!

I was a cooking machine on Sunday. Now I have lots of food for the week:-)

Question of the day: What do you miss when you’re on vacation?