Tuesday things: running, cleaning, and baking Apple Spice Bread

Hello! Happy Tuesday!

I started off my morning with a beautiful run!

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Okay, so, it wasn’t really beautiful – it was pretty darned cold, as a matter of fact.

But, I like cold so I wasn’t complaining.

Well, much, anyway. πŸ™‚

And, honestly, my weekend of excess eating and drinking – okay, mostly drinking – really made the first few miles a little difficult.

But, it WAS a great weekend and excess, in moderation, is okay. πŸ˜‰

Right? You should definitely agree with me.

Anywho, post run was some yummy Irish oats and a nice warming cup of coffee.

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YUM!

And then, I got down to business.

When I went out on Black Friday, I picked myself up the coolest. thing. ever.

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No, it’s NOT a vacuum cleaner.

Sheesh, what do you think I am? Some kind of cleaning nerd? Pshh. Besides, I already have one of those.

This is a a Hoover hard floor cleaner!

It scrubs and then dries both my hardwood and tile floors!

Okay, so maybe I AM a cleaning nerd.

Don’t judge me.

I totally cleaned all the floors in my house this morning.

And it was SO EASY!

So much better than a mop and a bucket. Just saying.

And then, I totally had to make some bread!

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This bread. Oh my. Apples. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Brown sugar.

Heavenly smells and heavenly taste!

Apple Spice Bread
makes 1 loaf (about 20 slices)

1 cup shredded apple (about 1 medium)
1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek Yogurt or sour cream
2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray; dust with flour.

2. Mix apple, yogurt, and egg whites in a large bowl. Stir in remaining flour and ingredients. Spread into pan.

3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack before slicing.

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4. At 45 calories a slice, enjoy one with a cup of afternoon tea and then with your coffee in the morning! Just try not to eat the whole loaf in one sitting. Om nom nom!

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Question: (If you have one) Does your cat eat your plants/flowers/etc or is mine just weird?

– jennifer

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