Bring on the waffles!

Waffles always remind me of Shrek, when Donkey happily decides they should make waffles the next morning.  There’s just something fun about waffles.  I remember when my mom used to make my cousins and I chocolate chip waffles during sleep overs.  We’d go through an entire bottle of syrup in one morning.  No lie. 😀  Sleepovers + too much sugar + 6 small kids must have created a nightmare for my mom…haha.  😉

I still love waffles, and not just for the fun memories.  They’re just so…fluffy!  Especially the homemade ones.  I mean, I love kashi just as much as the next person, but sometimes making them from scratch is a must! 😀

I found a recipe online this morning at the very last minute, but tweaked a few things (shown in the recipe below.)  And then I found myself messing things up, when I forgot to mix the dry ingredients separate from the wet.  Or when I threw in all whole wheat flour instead of using white–which actually turned out wonderful…some mistakes are a good thing! 😀  Let’s just say, after all the screw ups that I did to the poor recipe this morning, it is definitely a no fail waffle recipe! 😉

Eating Well’s Multi-Grain Waffles with some minor variations

2 cups buttermilk—or 2 c. milk + 2 T. lemon juice
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1-1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup crushed flax
1 -1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Mix buttermilk and oats in a medium bowl; let stand for 15 minutes.
2. Whisk whole-wheat flour, flax, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
3. Stir eggs, oil and vanilla into the oat mixture. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; mix with a rubber spatula just until moistened.
4. Coat a waffle iron with cooking spray and preheat. Spoon in enough batter to cover three-fourths of the surface.  Cook until waffles are crisp and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

It made 8 waffles, and became a hit with the rest of the family.  I topped mine with 2 T. almond butter, a banana, and a swirl of Vermont maple syrup.  SO GOOD!

Breakfast Challenge: Day 6: SUCCESS!  And definitely going on my fave list. 😀


I waited 1/2 hr. or so before heading out for my run.  I was a little worried about having a belly full of food, but it hasn’t seemed to bother me as much lately.  Although I shouldn’t say that, because sometimes it still does.  I guess it vastly depends on whether I “bounce” a lot as I’m running or if I stay steady or even how fast–or slow–I eat my breakfast.  And then other times, there’s just no explanation at all!

Thankfully there were no cramps today, and I felt so full of energy and pep.  I thought to myself as I was running the last mile home, how much stronger I feel this year from the last.  That’s partly due to training, of course, and also partly due to the fact that I just eat more then I used to.  It was a transition, realizing that as a runner—or a regular exerciser!—we do need the extra fuel.  Especially in the form of wholesome, natural foods, including fats, lean proteins, vegetables and fruit.  Don’t be afraid to fuel up! 😀

When I came home, I got straight to work and didn’t stop for lunch until 1’ish.  It was getting really warm by the afternoon, so I went with a cool, snacky-styled meal…

Part 1: 1/2 a red bell pepper + cucumber slices + carrot + 1/4 c. artichoke spinach hummus.  Love this stuff! 😀


Part 2: Plain yogurt + 1 T. flax + 1 very juicy peach!


Once I realized that we were out of eggs this afternoon, I was out of the house in a flash to go pick some up.  Why?  Because my bananas are finally overripe!  Which means a banana bread recipe is on the way.  At last! 😀

When I came home, I was in the mood for something sweet.  Not feeling overly hungry, I went with some dates and peanut butter.  YUM!


Then I spent my afternoon baking and taking in the delicious aromas of banana bread in the oven.  I now have an answer for the timeless question of, “What’s your favorite smell?”—do you have one?  I used to say apple pie, and maybe I still will once winter rolls around.  But, for now, my vote is for the banana bread.  Guess what my breakfast will be including tomorrow??? 😉

When mom skedaddled off to work, dad and I went out on the porch to eat dinner.  We ate cafe style with the fancy schmancy trays. 😉  First there was a salad and a slice of very crusty multi-grain bread.


And then there was a recipe I pulled out from Runner’s World magazine…with a few tweaks!

12 ounces sweet italian chicken sausages (used Al Fresco, all natural brand), sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup pitted oil-cured olives, coarsely chopped
3 peeled garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon hot red-pepper flakes
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
12 ounces penne
8 cups broccoli, coursely chopped
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • Bring sausage, oil, and 1/4 cup water to simmer in a covered large pot over medium-high heat; cook until water evaporates.Uncover and fry sausage, turning until well browned.

    Add olives, garlic, and pepper flakes to the empty pot. When garlic turns golden, stir in tomatoes and sausage. Simmer partially covered for 10 minutes. Add one quart of water to the sauce; bring to a boil.

    Add penne and broccoli, and cook partially covered for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Serve, topped with feta. Serves six.

Everyone loved this stuff.  I was skeptical about throwing everything all in one pot, and not cooking the pasta before adding it.  But that’s the beauty of this recipe…quick ‘n’ easy!  And tasty.  And nutritious.  And fast.  Okay, I’m done now. 😀  Let’s just say that I highly recommend this recipe! 😀


There was watermelon for dessert. 😀


For a snack later in the day, I made a nice thick version of a smoothie.  The secret was freezing the banana in addition to the blueberries.  It was almost like eating blueberry soft-serve. 😀 

  • 1 c. frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1 c. milk
  • splash of vanilla


Tomorrow I have a fun shopping day planned in celebration of finishing my summer class, which is making me super excited. 😀  I’ll hopefully find a new bag to hold my notebooks in, along with some cute and comfy walking sneaks.  I’m looking for cuteness + functionality and comfort…any recommendations???

Hope you all have had a wonderful start to your week!!  Tomorrow will officially be the 7th day of my Breakfast Challenge!!  I can’t believe how fast this is going by!  All I can say is that I now have a million and one more recipes that I want to try for breakfast after seeing the creative ideas you’ve all been creating. 😀

Have a great night! 😀

Exercise: 4-mile run + 4 mile post-lunch walk

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26 thoughts on “Bring on the waffles!

  1. I love the smell of banana bread!! I think my favorite smell though is my hazelnut coffee brewing in the kitchen! 😉

    • Mmmm…have to agree. Coffee is one of my favorite smells too. And hazelnut coffee is divine. I haven’t had it in ages! Mmm….

  2. I always want to make waffles but I run first thing and need something quick and simple when I get back. I definitely do not oppose waffles for dessert thought 🙂

  3. Yummy waffles! Love them. Plus that bluberry, banana mess looks fantastic (and I hate bananas, so that is saying something).

    Also, my mom just got me a new bag that I LOVE to carry all my books/crap in. It is one of the cloth bags from Trader Joe’s. Best bag I have ever had.

    • I forgot about the Trader Joe’s bags…love those! I haven’t bought one yet, but they seem like they’d be perfect for carrying a load of books around. Thanks! 😀

  4. Holy cow that smoothie/soft serve looks delicious!

    Good luck with the banana bread! I can’t wait to see the result!

    As far as shoes go I think pumas are a good choice! Other than that I have no idea.. I’d rather go barefoot! 😉

  5. i hope you are going to share that banana bread recipe!!!

    cuteness+functionality + comfort… unfortunately most of my shoes don’t fall under that umbrella, although i have a pair of pumas that are the greatest and pretty cute too.

    • That’s two votes for pumas, so I’ll be trying those out for sure. Oh, and I’ll definitely be posting the banana bread recipe tonight! 😀

  6. Those waffles look divine! I need to get a waffle iron.

    Dates and nut butter is one of my favorite snacks – especially before or after working out!

    • I’m pretty sure the waffle recipe could be used in the form of pancakes as well! I plan on trying that out one of these days when I need something a little quicker and can throw them all on the griddle at once. 😀

  7. I LOVE WAFFLES! and i actually don’t really like frozen waffles a bit. it is all about the from scratch homies. dang all your eats are epic today. that pasta is glorious!

  8. haha, you got that right! Just saying “I made waffles this morning” makes the day sound SO fun! Too bad I don’t have a waffle-maker, sob sob…so I have to rely on my Vans!

    • Vans are good too! 😀

      Or you could turn these waffles into pancakes on the griddle…I’m sure it would come out tasting wonderful! 😀

  9. Favourite smell? Just one?! I love vanilla and cinnamon…baking bread/pie. I love eating fish and curry but don’t like the smells of those much! Haha 😀

    Love the look of your smoothie bowl!

  10. I love waffles too! I don’t have a waffle maker so I stick to Kashi. If I have a really long day, I’ll even make them for dinner! As far as sneakers, I LOVE my pumas, but before you buy them shop around. They are always on sale somewhere (I usually find the best ones at DSW or Foot Locker). Have fun shopping!!

  11. waffles…drool. seriously, those look amazing. its so funny how i actually prefer whole wheat things now – white just doesn’t taste so good anymore!

    fave smells? cinnamon, baked goods, soup…anything that wafts of deliciousness from the kitchen.

    dates + nut butter = sooo good.

  12. I’ve found that as I’ve been running more, my stomach isn’t as sensitive to running with food in it as it use to be. I’m fairly sure I read somewhere that your body adapts – and since running builds your core muscles, that can help too. Granted I haven’t tried to run after a big huge breakfast but a small-average sized pre-run snack/meal is not the big deal it once was!

    • That would make a lot of sense, because I’ve definitely been noticing that! I mean, I feel *better* when I eat something lighter, but eating heavier meals doesn’t have the same effect as it used to.

  13. I love your pasta dishes so much! They always look amazing! So does that crusty bread – yum!
    Oh and wowzers to the waffles. Have to say, this breakfast challenge has done wonders for me this week – I’m realising there is no need to have the same old thing day in and out. I can’t believe I used to have the same boring bowl of cold cereal with milk every day!

  14. Those waffles are wow!!! I’m envious that you could go run after half an hour with such a filling brekkie. 😀 I eat lightly and wait around 45mins before I run. Not a fan of waiting.

    Oh, so excited to read about how your banana bread turned out. I LOVE BANANA BREAD. It’s even my gravatar.

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