So, I just have to say – I absolutely and totally miss CrossFit.
I miss it BAD.
My friends are doing a week of Hero WODs at my old box and I’m insanely jealous.
I read a lot of blogs about CrossFit and I see a lot of CrossFit posts on Instagram and I want to go do some cleans and snatches and deadlifts.
There’s a box not far from my new house but I haven’t gone yet.
I have not yet found employment and …
1. I don’t feel comfortable paying the money without my earning it first.
2. What if I find a job with hours that conflict with the WOD schedule at that box? I don’t want to go and make friends and then leave them. I’ve done that. It’s not fun.
3. I haven’t gone to the free Saturday classes because I don’t want to be the nonpaying slug that shows up every Saturday for a free workout. Plus, I’ll start jonesing for more anyway.
Sigh. It’s a never-ending cycle of awful.
At least I have running. Which I love!
But, there’s just something about pushing those weights around and challenging myself and appreciating what my body can do.
What would you do if you were in my shoes?
Basically, I’m a little bored.
Okay, more than a little sometimes.
So, I’ve been finding things to do to keep me from being bored.
Yesterday, I woke up to the sound of rain. Okay, I didn’t actually HEAR the rain but I did hear cars driving on wet road. And it was all gray and nasty out. Blech.
So, I went totally crazy and baked a loaf of whole wheat bread and then I tried my hand at making English muffins from scratch.
You know what?
They were actually easier than I expected!
I looked up a variety of recipes and finally settled on a Martha Stewart recipe for Multigrain English Muffins.
I mean, it’s Martha Stewart! And, the whole “multigrain” business was what I wanted anyway. 🙂
I, of course, had to test one after they were done. I split it, toasted it up, and topped with it butter and grape jelly.
What? You don’t do the same?
O. M. G.
These were well above my taste expectations!
I mean, it was my first time – how was I going know what they tasted like?
They have an amazing savory/nutty flavor to them – pretty sure that’s from the flax and chia seeds – that contrasted the sweet jelly beautifully!
Sorry, I ate it too quickly to get a picture. What? Don’t judge me.
I knew right then that I was going to get up early today and make my sailor breakfast before he went off to work.
Hey, what can I say? I’m a pretty good wife. 🙂
So, I picked up some Canadian bacon (you know, the maple kind) at the store and made my plans.
Hahaha! Never gets old.
So, his breakfast this morning was Canadian bacon, scrambled egg with some Mexican blend cheese on a toasted homemade English muffin.
Then, off he went and I headed out for a run.
Okay, so Tuesday, I ran in tights, a long sleeve shirt, hat and gloves. Today? T-shirt and shorts.
Seriously, Mother Nature, make up your mind!
Then, post run, I whipped myself up a little sandwich, too!
Except, I used egg white (I don’t do yolks. Blech!) and a veggie sausage pattie (yep, the maple kind!).
Om. Nom. Nom.
Definitely making these muffins again!
Multigrain English Muffins
makes 15 (although, I only got 9. whatevs.)
1/2 cup warm water (115 degrees) (NOTE: too hot and you’ll kill the yeast so invest in a candy thermometer if you don’t have one!
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons active dry yeast (from one 1/4-ounce envelope)
1 teaspoon unsalted butter, plus more for serving (optional)
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup wheat germ **
1 tablespoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons whole flaxseed
1 1/2 teaspoons caraway seeds (optional)
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1/4 cup coarse cornmeal
**I didn’t have wheat germ so I added 1 tablespoon chia seeds.
1. Combine warm water, honey, yeast, and butter in a bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes, until foamy.
2. Combine flours, oats, wheat germ, salt, and flaxseed, and caraway seeds if desired, in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture and buttermilk, and mix with your hands until flours are almost fully incorporated. Turn out mixture onto a clean surface, and knead until smooth, about 3 minutes. (Be patient – you will think it’s never going to get smooth but it does. I promise!)
3. Lightly coat a large mixing bowl with cooking spray, and place dough in bowl. Cover with plastic, and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
4. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead for about 1 1/2 minutes, and roll to 1/2-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch round cutter, cut out rounds. Roll and cut scraps once. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment, and dust with cornmeal. Place rounds on sheet, cover with plastic, and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until puffy, about 20 minutes. (I let mine go for about 30 minutes.)
5. Heat a large griddle or 12-inch skillet over low heat (I set my electric griddle to about 275). Working in batches, place rounds 1 1/2 inches apart. Cook until golden brown and dry, about 7 minutes per side. Let cool for 30 minutes; split with a fork. Toast, and serve with butter and preserves if desired. Muffins can be stored, wrapped in plastic, for 2 days, or refrigerated (up to 1 week) or frozen (up to 2 weeks).
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