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Well, we’ve got a sizable weekend ahead of us, don’t we? In the running world, it is of course Boston Marathon weekend, made even more significant this year as the first anniversary of the horrific bombings that rocked us all and Boston in particular. Otherwise, it is Easter weekend, and even if you are of the non-Jesus variety, it is always a great day to spend with family and friends, and the springtime excuse for children to go ape$#+ on candy. And for the rest of us to buy the candy on sale the day of/after and then go ape$#+ ourselves. How else do you think that we fuel our future marathon training runs? And life in general?

This is a decently big weekend for me, being the first running excursion of my race calendar for the year (Atlanta, necessarily, was a walking race, as we are all well aware). Saturday is the Lakefront Merit Bank 10 miler, hosted by CARA. If you are running it, PLEASE let me know! I would love to meet up afterwards–I will likely be a bit in my head during it, if you know what I mean, due to my injury, and before it, also due to my injury past, because we all know that I will being stretching and prepping like mad. I will be the girl doing Romanian Deadlifts and golf ball pickups like it’s my job. Also, I’m tiny and blond and will be Swirlgear-ed up. Just saying.

And (whisper here so that the atmosphere doesn’t hear me) rumor has it that is supposed to be shhhhhh nice (!!!!!) shhhhhh this weekend. I’m going to leave it at that because I am terrified of what might happen if I speak of it again.

But let us straddle the present by looking a little bit to the past (ie this week) and thinking about some highlights. Oh, and a legit round up FAVORITE FRENCH TOAST RECIPES. Because you might have a brunch in your future, just sayin. Or maybe you are like Alex and I and were feelin breakfast for dinner the other night. Or you’re just awesome. Own it. Live it.

Some quick highlights from this week:Friday-Favorites-Button-Housewife-Glamour

1) hitting both headstand (from crane) as well as firefly in yoga. Also, congrats to Linnea, who is getting married tomorrow!

namaste right here

2) My Athleta Plie tights. Seriously, I am in loooove with these bad boys. If you are into power yoga or heated yoga that works on inversions, get them. They are indispensable for being about to handle inversions when you are alllll kinds of sweaty.

athleta plie tights

3) My new Swirlgear hat. Sometimes I need the comfort of my MCM hat–it makes me feel powerful–but when I am wanting to go and just bask in the glory of sun and run-fun, my hot pink hat is where it’s at.

I love my #Swirlfamily. #swirlon

I love my #Swirlfamily. #swirlon

4) Boston love and the weird connections we runners have to each other. If you didn’t hear about my crazy-eerie experience on Tuesday, please check it out (and give yourself the right to some strategic selfishness too!). It is so weird how sometimes your subconscious knows that which you don’t.

5) Sweet potatoes, marinara, and quinoa. It has been a while since I really subscribed to any of these three, and I think it is the runger talking, but it is on! Add some chicken, chicken sausage, TVP, or bacon, and you’ve got yourself a solid meal. DELICIOUS.

sweetpotatobowl

6) Growing presence in the social media world. Yes, I be but small, but I am mighty. And loud–#iamsusie #idontdoquiet

And if nothing else, can they really say no to this?

And if nothing else, can they really say no to this?

I am sure that none of you noticed, but I have taken down the Suzlyfe Facebook page. I am going to try to get it actually functional and then re-open it. I was never happy with it, and it never worked properly, so it had to go.

ALSO: Find me on Instagram: @the_suzlyfe       Pinterest: Suzlyfe         Twitter: @Suzlyfe

Look for me rep’ing my friends Swirlgear (@Swirlgear1) Ramblen (@Ramblen) and I’m Fit Possible (@imfitpossible)

Oh, and give me a job πŸ˜€

7) The Sound of Music. You know why. And if you don’t, then it is time to find out. Call me and we will fix this problem.

********) Hugs from Alex. I had a go to pieces yesterday from hormonal shifts and taking a mack truck to the face from anti-sleep, but sometimes? You just need a hug.

calm down

And now? French Toast Round Up, with a #Strangebutgood ending πŸ˜€

No particular order of awesomeness.

1) Suzlyfe No-Fail French Toast

suzlyfe nofail french toast

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 (or more) large pieces any substantial whole grain bread (we used Arnold’s Healthy Multigrain)
  • 1 Egg (or 2 egg whites)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • dash vanilla extract
  • cinnamon (also: nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cayenne ;), maple flavoring)
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter emulsion or flavoring (if using flavoring, might need less)
  • dash salt

Method

  • Preheat oven to 200 deg F. Place a parchment-lined baking sheet with a baking rack over top inside oven.
  • Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, emulsion, salt in a wide bowl.
  • Lay 1 slice of bread into the mixture, press down, and let sit for a moment or two, then flip to the other side, press, let soak.
  • Heat skillet on medium heat. Grease as desired. Lay down first piece of bread after the surface has heated sufficiently.
  • Soak, press, flip, soak, press other piece of bread. Flip slice one to cook the other side (check before this to ensure that it is not burning)
  • When first piece is cooked, transfer to oven, repeat with slice 2.
  • When everything else is done, serve as desired! To up the protein ante, add nut butter, layer with more Greek yogurt, or cottage cheese!

2) Panettone French Toast

panettone french toast ed

3) Stuffed French Toast

stuffed french toastedited

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 (or more) large pieces any substantial whole grain bread (we used Arnold’s Healthy Multigrain)
  • 1 Egg (or 2 egg whites)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • dash vanilla
  • cinnamon +spices as desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter emulsion or flavoring (if using flavoring, might need less)
  • dash salt
  • As much nut butter as your little heart desires
  • 1 Banana/apple/pear, sliced
  • Butterscotch chips πŸ™‚

Method

  • Preheat oven to 200 deg F. Place a parchment-lined baking sheet with a baking rack over top inside oven.
  • Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, emulsion, salt in a wide bowl.
  • On a plate, make a sandwich: Nut butter-fruit-Nutbutter, with candies sprinkled in between the fruit.
  • Lay sandwich into the batter, press down, and let sit for a moment or two, then flip to the other side, press, let soak.
  • Heat skillet on medium, maybe medium low, heat. Grease as desired. Lay down sandwich after the surface has heated sufficiently–cook as you would a grilled cheese.
  • Give it a gentle press, and then cover. After the first side is cooked (3ish mins, perhaps more), flip slice one to cook the other side (check before this to ensure that it is not burning). Gentle press, then cover.
  • When finished (nut butter should be oozy), transfer to oven.
  • When everything else is done, serve as desired! I made a quick berry syrup: frozen blueberries, maple syrup, perhaps a dash of water, a dash of salt, cinnamon, clove/ginger (give it some zing). The tart of the berry will cut through the unctiousness of the sandwich.

4) Crusted Power French Toast

powerfrenchtoast suz

Ingredients:

  • 2 (or more) large pieces any substantial whole grain bread (we used Arnold’s Healthy Multigrain)
  • 1 Egg (or 2 egg whites)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • milk as needed
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter emulsion or flavoring (if using flavoring, might need less)
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup crushed Kashi Go Lean! Crisp or other of choosing (other great options would be dry oats or quinoa!)

Additional steps to Method:

  • May need a dash of milk to thin out soaking mixture, depending on the yogurt-egg mixture. No extra vanilla is necessary if using vanilla flavored yogurt.
  • Cover a dinner plate with a healthy layer of crushed cereal, oats, or quinoa.
  • Lay the soaked bread on top of the crusted bits. Cover top side with more of the crushed cereal. Press down gently.

5) Drunken French Toast

This is a pretty fantastic recipe, in my humble opinion. And it is great if you are not an Easter celebrator, but want to be celebratory. Or you need to carb-protein load. Which we allllll do. Just sayin. Not for children, however.

PICTURE TO COME

Ingredients:

  • 2 (or more) large pieces any substantial whole grain bread (we used Arnold’s Healthy Multigrain)
  • 1 Egg (or 2 egg whites)
  • 1/8-1/4 cup beer of choice–I like this with either something dark, like a stout/porter, or something fun and different. Light beers and Hefeweizens are fine, but they fade into the background. They are a good intro to the concept, though. Ciders are EXCELLENT, but must be closely monitored–the sugars make them much more likely to burn! That said, the caramelization, if you can get it right (this just takes practice, so bring friends), is fan-freaking-tastic.
  • Adjust flavorings and spices as desired depending on the libation used.
  • dash salt

Additional Considerations:

  • Use the no-fail method, of course πŸ˜€ Check for burning and that the temperature doesn’t get out of control–medium-low might be a better heat.
  • If you want to raise the bar even higher, here is how you might top your creations as follows:
    • With stouts/porters: maple syrup is a great pairing–the sweetness will pair well with the slight bitter of the beer, without being overpowering or too sweet.
      • Raise the bar on your maple syrup even further by adding some beer to the syrup and then allowing to heat and cook down a bit
    • Ciders: I love this with fruits, particularly heated/cooked down apples with maple syrup. Cinnamon is a great, if not necessary addition.
  • Add a nice “foam” to the top of your beer-cake with some whipped cream. Greek yogurt has no place here. This is about fun, not health.

I hope you enjoy! French Toast is one of those unsung heroes of the kitchen–it is so versatile and can be so, so healthy, or so so decadent. Take it where you’d like! Have a fantastic weekend, thank you so much to our hostesses as always: Laura, Kierston, and Heather.

strange recipe CollagePancakes, waffles, or French Toast? Anyone else feeling the Runger recently?

What are you up to this weekend?

 

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