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A Messy Sunday

It’s been a messy, messy day in our house. First, the Christmas tree and decorations came down…leaving a path of destruction.

Pine needles everywhere! I really do not enjoy “undecorating” after the holidays. It is sad and makes a mess.

Second, we went to Ikea to purchase a few new pieces of furniture for our bedroom and Brandon has been hard at work assembling everything tonight.

I am amazed that he has the patience to put this furniture together. It would drive me crazy. I think I’ve said to him, “I cant’ believe you are doing this” at least five times tonight.

Notice Sullie in background of both of these pictures. She is saying, “help me, please restore order to my home.”

How can you resist this face?

I slept until around 8:30 this morning. I am going to have a tough time adjusting to my normal schedule after all of this good holiday sleep! Brandon and I made coffee in our new French press this morning. It was a Christmas gift.

We love ordering French press when we’re out so it’s fun to have our own at home now! The coffee was strong and flavorful – just the way I like it!

The French press will be such a nice weekend treat!

I made pumpkin spice waffles for breakfast.

Pumpkin Spice Waffles
(adapted from this recipe)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (a little more if you really love the spice)
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
7/8 cup milk (1/2 a cup + 1/3 cup)
1 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled a bit

In a medium bowl, mix together flours, baking powder, baking soda, spices, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, milk, pumpkin and butter. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until just combined.

Cook according to your waffle makers directions. My tip for perfect waffles is to let them cook until they stop steaming. This made two big Belgian waffles for us.

This is the second time I have made this recipe. It’s so easy and a tasty twist on traditional waffles.

After breakfast I got busy cleaning the house until it was time for yoga. Although I really wanted to practice today, I was a little hesitant to go to class because I thought it would be slammed. It was very crowded but manageable. I am so happy I went – 90 minutes of hot sweaty yoga was exactly what I needed today.

Post-yoga bird of paradise demo for Brandon at home. I’m starting teacher training next week! We got our list of required reading today…it’s all sinking in. This is really happening, and soon!

I had a quick snack before we went to Ikea.

Half of an apple with cinnamon and peanut butter.

This did nothing to quell my hunger. Brandon and I were both starving in Ikea and the smell of cinnamon rolls did not help matters. We made dinner as soon as we got home.

Brandon had leftover spaghetti with arrabbita sauce and I had baked mahi seasoned with Shakin’ the Tree, brown rice and a salad.

And I’m off to make my playlist for BodyPump tomorrow morning and get in bed. Can’t wait to see all those new faces in my class! 😀

It’s back to the normal grind tomorrow. I leave you with more cuteness! She will have a hard time adjusting to us not being home all the time since once of us has been with her during the day for the last couple weeks.

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  • Sana January 2, 2011, 11:06 pm

    That is some awesome flexibility! Your house will return to normal soo, and I NEVER finish making something from IKEA- too much work!

    • Jen January 3, 2011, 10:48 am

      Sana – I never would have bought the furniture if I was the one putting it together. The cost savings would not be worth the headache! Good thing I have a handy, patient husband! 🙂

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 2, 2011, 11:29 pm

    My goodness girl! I wish I was that flexible! Geez!

  • Alaina January 2, 2011, 11:29 pm

    Awww…I can’t get over how cute Sullie is. 🙂

    With the waffles, can those be made into pancakes too?

    • Jen January 3, 2011, 10:53 am

      Hmmm….I think you could. I compared this to a basic pumpkin pancake recipe and it looks pretty similar. I think you’ll want to omit the baking soda though. If you try it let me know how it turns out!

      • Alaina January 5, 2011, 6:46 pm

        I was curious because I don’t have a waffle maker but those do sound delicious! And I have so much pumpkin to use up! 🙂 I’ll def let you know how they turn out!

  • Becky January 3, 2011, 6:54 am

    In college, I was the designated “IKEA furtniture builder” for my friends whenever they got new apartments. It’s always like a putting together a big puzzle.

    You are so flexible! It’s inspiring me to get on my mat. You must be getting very excited for training to begin!

  • Tracy January 3, 2011, 7:36 am

    OMG I love the Sullie pictures! No way you can resist her 🙂
    Can’t wait to hear about teacher training! Good luck!

  • Matt January 3, 2011, 7:44 am

    Putting together IKEA furniture is pure torture. Mine already feel apart!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) January 3, 2011, 9:08 am

    I <3 your pup!

    Good luck next week with the beginning of yoga training!

  • Jen January 3, 2011, 9:11 am

    LOVE the yoga pose picture, you are going to rock teacher training! Good luck to you 🙂


  • Jackie @ Baking Charms January 3, 2011, 10:28 am

    I think you need to model for a yoga magazine or something 🙂

    • Jen January 3, 2011, 10:53 am

      😳 you are too kind, seriously. thank you.

  • Whitney January 3, 2011, 10:42 am

    Your dog pics never get old. I am a huge dog lover, have two little ones myself 🙂 Also, wanted to tell you that you have inspired me to get back into body pump/lifting weights. When training for thunder road my lifting went to the side and I forgot how important it is! Love having definition 🙂

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) January 3, 2011, 11:02 am

    I think I’m in love with Sullie. She is SO cute!!
    Holy Macaroni you are amazingly flexible! I hope if I keep up the yoga I’ll be able to do that too! 😛
    You are going to be an awesome yoga teacher! I’m so excited for you! 😀

  • Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover January 3, 2011, 12:30 pm

    Awwwwww – Sullie’s adorabale!
    And, Gee – you’re flexible, girl 🙂

  • lindsay cotter January 4, 2011, 6:54 am

    looks like a fun home project. And let me just say I am thoroughly impressed with your yoga pose!

  • S @ extremebalance.net/blog January 9, 2011, 3:26 pm

    So I eat pumpkin protein waffles every day (egg whites, oatmeal, pumpkin, spices). As of yesterday, though, I’m out of oatmeal, and I’m trying to be more frugal about my food budget—which for me means not going to the grocery store 4 times a week. Going in for 1 thing always has me leaving with many… I didn’t want to give up on the waffles, though, so I tried this recipe (but with gluten free flours, no sugar and ground flax, chia seeds and psyllium fibre), and it is FAB! Thanks for a great Plan B!

    • Jen January 10, 2011, 5:00 pm

      Awesome! I’m glad to hear that this turned out well for you. Thanks for sharing your modifications – I always like to hear how others adapt recipes.

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