Upps, A Quiet Evening, and 4 miles

Good Morning and Happy Saturday 🙂

Is anyone else wondering where their Friday went?  It seems to have just disappeared for me?  But then again, that could be because of a major “upps” I had last night . . .

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I reached my storage limit for pictures, so I’m going to have to expand that, excuse my old pictures for the time being 🙂

Upps

So, at 4 PM my intern at work came to me to check out for the day.  She seemed distracted and after a few minutes, started to freak out because she couldn’t find her car keys.

Sure enough, they were sitting on her car seat.  They must have fallen out as she was getting out of her car for lunch.  I felt awful for her, and hung out with her while she figured out how she was going to get her spare.

This is where the story gets good…about 10 minutes before IM ready to leave, I go to get my own keys, and could not find them.  15 minutes of panic later, I realized I had likely done THE SAME EXACT THING (or the keys were stolen, a whole nother issue).

So, my poor but amazing husband had to borrow a car at 515 and come up to bring the spare key for me.  Thankfully the keys had just fallen as I was getting out, but seriously…Upps.  Fun way to start our Friday 🙂

So . . . by the time Zach and I got home, it was well after 6PM and we were ready to relax.  We dominated some crackers, stew he had made in the crockpot, and beer/wine until we were ready for sleep (way too early…).

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(I’ll be back later with current pictures, once again, the storage issue…but these are pretty accurate 😉

I guess that’s one way to make your Friday dissapear!

This Morning

Dispite going to bed way earlier than I should on a Friday night, I woke up around 8 AM still not feeling like getting out of bed.  I blame the cold and nasty weather outside.  Completely unmotivating.

But thankfully, I have a husband who bounds out of bed ready to get going. . .  and he had some big plans for the day, so I knew I needed to get moving myself.

Workout of the Morning:  4 mile progressive run

  • 5 minutes easy (6.3)
  • Increase speed by 1 every minute until 2 miles (about 18 minutes)
  • Easy speed for 2 minutes (6.2)
  • Increase speed by 1 every minute for 10 minutes
  • Ease into the finish of 4 miles

Nothing too spectacular, but it kept me busy at least.

And now, I need to finish gettin’ ready and then we’re heading out.  Hopefully I have the storage issue fixed by the time I check in with you all later 🙂

Question of the Morning: Have you ever locked your keys in the car?

 

A Bake That Didn’t Bake

I have a question for all my smart bloggers out there today after a very odd baking experience that I had this morning/afternoon :).

This Morning

As is normal pretty much every morning, Zach got up way before me (and the sunrise) this morning.  Think 6:something.

By the time I was stirring closer to 8 AM — Zach’s appetite had plenty of time to build and create something delicious.

He woke me up with ideas of a fun bread/bake using a box mix of blueberry muffins that we had in our cabinet for far-too-long (It may or may not have moved across the country with us).

I was a bit skeptical — but he was very excited and did some homework on what we could do.  So I agreed to pick up some necessary ingredients after my run — and take a shot at a:

Blueberry Coffee Crumble with Raspberry Filling

The major players

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So let’s try and put together a very odd baking experience.

I started the process by making the filling, my homemade raspberry jam as the filling to the bread.  This part actually turned out really well.  Sweet, tangy, and just like you want it :).

While that was on the stove top, I made the crumble topping.

Crumble Topping

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 plus 1/8 cup of Oat flour
  • 1/2 plus 1/8 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 melted tablespoons of butter

I literally just sifted the dry ingredients and then mixed in the melted butter.  Easy peasy and it made a delicious crumble topping.

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I let the jam cool in the freezer for about 30 minutes before I worked on the cake/bread mix.

Blueberry “bread”

Ingredients

  • One bix of jiffy blueberry muffin mix (meant to make 4-6 muffins)
  • 2 egg whites
  • teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of 2% milk
  • 2 handfuls of frozen wild blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons of oat flour (added at the end to make dough thicker)

I added the egg whites and milk per instructions on the box to make into a coffee cake.  I added the oat flour, vanilla, and wild blueberries per taste.

I tasted the mix and was happy with where it was starting.

By the time I was confident that the jam had set, and everything would be ready to go, I added everything together.

First:  pour the blueberry bread into a greased bread pan

Second: spead the raspberry jam on top

Third:  put the crumble on top of the jam layer

BAKE.

The box had guessed that it would take about 20 -25 minutes to bake.

For the first 20 minutes, I baked it with foil on, to keep from burning the crumble.

We pulled off the foil thinking it would be another 15 minutes.

15 minutes later, nowhere near set.

30 minutes later, nowhere closer.

an HOUR later, still far from set.  So we uped the temp to 375 degrees, put the foil back on, and let it cook another 20 minutes.

STILL unset.

We were PERPLEXED.  I know we took a lot of liberties with this “recipe” . . . but I had never seen anything like this happen before when I’ve made bread or any baked goods.

About 2 hours after we started, the bread was still wet on top, but a toothpick came out clean.  So, I made an executive decision to pull it out, even though the top appeared a bit “goopy” (for lack of better word.

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Ultimately, this is what we came out with.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t bring this to a party or to share — but the two of us still ate it!

To be completely honest — it tasted GREAT.  Crispy on the edges, and the topping was crumbly on top, and almost caramelly in the goopy parts.   So I wasn’t complaining on flavor, just really unsure of what happened or what I may have done?!

So here is where I’m reaching out to all of you — my expeirenced baking friends (or anyone who has an opinion!) —

What did I do?  What could I have done different? Has anything like this happened to you before?