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exotic runs, fresh bread, magnificent margs {weekend recap}

Monday! Let’s start with a big loaf of bread.homemade_flax_bread_DSC0592I baked a multi-grain loaf over the weekend and even took the time to write down the recipe! In case you find yourself craving carbs over the holidays, scroll a bit more for instructions:homemade_flax_bread__DSC0594All sliced up:homemade_flax_bread__DSC0599So many seeds and mix-ins! Crunch. I also subbed in some spelt flour for a denser texture. Here’s the recipe!

Whole Wheat Multigrain Loaf

  • 1.5 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons millet
  • 2 tablespoons barley
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups white bread flour (King Arthur)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (King Arthur)
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoons yeast

Instructions: Combine ingredients in order listed (yeast on top) and knead by hand or in bread machine. Place in a greased bowl or bread machine and let rise for 1-2 hours in a warm, humid place. Punch down dough and place in greased loaf pan. Cover and let rise again for 45 minutes. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Cool for at least an hour before slicing.

homemade_flax_bread__DSC0607This bread made for a great pre-run snack! I toasted up a slice before setting out for ten miles on Saturday.1219150658Lizzie, Katie, and I headed down to Shelby Park for a quiet jog along the greenway. It finally dropped below 40 degrees and all of the “fair weather runners” disappeared :). We had the frosty trail to ourselves!1219150730Well, almost. Notice the deer (above) and this crazy exotic bird (below). I can’t believe how bright and tropical it is — perhaps it escaped from the zoo or got lost flying up from the Caribbean?

We spent all weekend trying to figure out the name of our flying friend and Lizzie seems to have found the answer! A long-tailed golden pheasant, originally from China. That must have been a long flight. (Speaking of which – we leave for Australia tomorrow!!!)1219150746Katie, Lizzie, and I haven’t run together in a long time and were apparently very excited to see each other. Not sure how we ran so fast, but I’ll take it! 1219150818Post-run plate in the winter: hot eggs, hot tea!1219150904The rest of our weekend was pretty low-key. Anthony and I spent some time helping my parents unpack/playing cardboard box Jenga at their new house:
Inside one of the boxes: these awesome margarita glasses that my mom somehow did not want anymore. We took them home to test them out.margaritas_green_glass_DSC0578Fiesta.beef_tacos_DSC0582The margs were magnificent and these steak tacos hit the spot!  Speaking of beef, the TN Beef Council reached out and wanted me to let you guys know about the upcoming 30-day protein challenge. If the challenge includes 30 days of tacos, you can count me in 😉 beef_tacos__DSC0588And before I go, let me share one last run! I used to go to the gym on Sundays but the past few weeks I’ve been enjoying nice easy jogs outside instead.1220150857Since our gym doesn’t open until 10 am on Sundays, it’s nice to be able to knock out a workout with an early morning run instead. Plus, the weekends are typically the best time for street furniture spotting.1220150825I went down to the park again and boom. Another crazy cool bird. 1220150840Anyone know what species he is?

  • What was the highlight of your weekend?
  • Seen any cool animals on your runs lately?
  • Favorite taco topping?!

7 thoughts on “exotic runs, fresh bread, magnificent margs {weekend recap}

  1. I’ve been wanting to make more bread at home so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe! I can’t believe you found that tropical-looking bird in Shelby Park–it’s so pretty!

  2. That’s a great blue heron. They are fishers so you see them by lakes and ponds and rivers alot. They look like pteradactyls when they fly! And I bet the other bird escaped from someone’s house……….although there are wild populations of that type of pheasant in Florida….so it’s possible they came up to TN!