I’m Not A Morning Person

I find watching videos online super irritating, but this one’s only 13 seconds, and a true gem!

Kevin James was mocking me this morning over the breakfast table. Of course, my baby iPhone was right next to my cereal so I demanded an instant replay. I’m always thinking of you guys.

Are you a morning person? Let me detail my intense morning system for you.

  • First alarm: Don’t even hear it.
  • Second alarm: Don’t even hear it.
  • Third alarm: Kevin gets up, and I take the opportunity to sprawl out over the entire bed.
  • Kevin gets out of the shower: I roll over to my right side.
  • Kevin says,”Okay, I just have to iron my shirt, and then I’m going downstairs,” : I roll over to my left side.
  • Kevin says,”I’m gonna let Boyd out.”
  • I make cranky baby noises as exemplified in the video above.
  • I roll out of bed and try to get my eyes open wide enough so I won’t fall down the stairs again.
  • I get breakfast ready…

I know, right? How does Kevin even get to make fun of me when I make stellar breakfasts like these strawberry-blueberry-applesauce muffins. This recipe was inspired by Joy the Baker, and well, was quite obviously baked last night while Kevin Kreisel was doing old man work in the basement. After I sent my comedian husband on his merry way to work, I had a nice walk ‘n talk with my sister-in-law. And we bonded in the special way that on sisters-in-law can. :)

I was attempting in vain to take a picture of this lovely neon outfit I selected for today’s run. But check BOYD THE BOYKIN lurking the background. He actually started PAWING at the door because he wanted to come along. I was planning on ditching him completely because he’s been such a royal pain lately. But I thought maybe he would be GRATEFUL so I took him out for 2 miles. Not so. He was a sneaky little jerk, and I ended up pulling him half the way. I think Boyd needs the C25k program (Couch to 5k) to earn his way as my running buddy.

Here is Boyd at a stop sign. I do find the full body stretch to be adorable, but HIGHLY UNNECESSARY after running only a mile.

Fun fact: Boyd is a sweat licker. It’s pretty gross. He’s also matted with slobber again even though we just gave him a bath! Boo! That means really the only time I want to be this close to him is when I’m equally g-ross!

No thanks to Boyd, I put in 5.2 miles in 37:55 – that’s a 7:17 pace. Okay. Maybe a little thanks to Boyd. I was actually running a little faster because he was making me so mad with his bad behavior. He gets into less trouble when he can barely breathe. I’ve actually found that to be true with high school P.E. students as well. :)

Right now I’m waiting from my perch upstairs to see if my new workout dvd comes in the mail. I can’t wait to try it out, and I’m hoping it comes before 4. We’re heading over to Wabasha tonight (yay!!!), and I have to get some things ready for an EPIC FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY that is coming up tomorrow. I can’t wait.

Are you a morning person? Well. I was when I lived in the DR. I could call Kevin at 4am his time and be all chipper. That was fun. Wait. No that was awful. LDRs are the pits!!!

What’s a good birthday gift for a 1-year-old boy? Feel free to chime in, Deidre. :)

Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles

Vitamin G alerted me to these sweet Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles. There are only three simple ingredients for this moderately healthy snack.

1 ½ cup pureed strawberries
½ cup crushed vanilla Oreos
2 cups vanilla yogurt

For full directions go here to Bakers Royale.

These would be perfect for my baby sister’s birthday in August!

Vegetarian Chili Cheese Fries & Healthier Strawberry Shortcake

Vegetarian Chili Cheese Fries

I saw this recipe online today, and my mouth started watering. I’m not a vegetarian. At all. I just have an unnatural fear of touching raw meat. This irrational fear is compounded by the fact that there is a butcher shop right down the street, and sometimes the cow is literally still mooing outside. It smells to high heaven. Anyhow, I’ve gotten into the habit of making spaghetti, chili, and even hamburgers (black bean burgers) without actual carne. So I thought this recipe would be golden.

I should probably have realized it when I was peeling the potatoes, and I couldn’t stand the smell. But I didn’t give up the ship until I had taken the time to peel and cook all of the potatoes. They were rotten. Produce from the supermercado down the street isn’t exactly as fresh as it could be. Apparently, Verde Martes (Green Tuesdays) specials might have something to do with the fact that the produce is old! I’m a little shocked I didn’t cry. I get pretty emotional after running 8 miles and walking home. If 8pm rolls around and there’s no food in my stomach, people know to watch their backs. Luckily, I salvaged the “chili” and I’m going to eat it with some ancient cornbread mix I found in the back of the cupboard.

You can find the recipe over here on FitSugar. I’ll try it again someday when this bad memory fades. The good news is that Google taught me how to know if potatoes are useable or not. I think that the black potato on the bottom of the bag could probably also have been a handy hint.

In my dream world, I’d be having this for dessert.

Healthier Strawberry Shortcake

Tina featured this healthier strawberry shortcake recipe on her blog today.

Healthier Strawberry Shortcake

Makes 4-8 servings


* 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1 egg
* 1/4 cup liquid egg whites (or 1 egg white)
* 2 tbsp canola oil
* Strawberries, diced
* Vanilla yogurt for topping


1. Preheat oven to 325*F.
2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.
3. Coat a 9 X 3 loaf pan with butter or cooking spray.
4. Pour batter into prepared pan.
5. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
6. Allow shortcake to cool before serving.
7. Top with strawberries and yogurt.

Time to go check on my second attempt at dinner!

P.S. Three more days of school until Semana Santa/Spring Break!