It was a relaxed, slow, productive, and beautiful Tuesday in the SE corner of the city! It began with a later start (I appreciate having Tues/Thurs mornings off!) and a little cleaning house/unpacking from our trip, partly to get ready for hosting our small group at our house tonight (LOVE our small group! :D). But soon enough, I moved away from the cleaning to attend to other aspects of small group: dessert!
I’d been eyeing Angela‘s newest recipe, chock-full of bananas and oats, and thought tonight it would make a great treat! Her photos are stunning and her recipes clear, so head over to her site to check out this tasty vegan recipe for yourself! It turned out great, complete with the Peanut Butter Glaze frosting! Yum. 🙂
While the cake was baking, I emailed some clients and conitnued prepping workouts, stalling until the sun was at it’s peak! On my days off, I so appreciate being able to wait until the middle of the day to go for a run when it’s warmest out. And seeing as my last run was in Hawaii, I didn’t mind structuring my daily movement around some warmth! Although I planned on conquoring 8 miles, I couldn’t help but make it 10 when I got out on the snowy but gorgeous trail. The sun was shining so brightly, I was listening to a great podcast by my favorite pastor Earl Palmer, and I was trotting along at a slow and comfortable pace. “Why not make it 10?” I thought to myself as I listened to good truths in my ears, not minding that it wasn’t sand but snow underfoot.
Although the entire first mile meant tromping through an un-treaded, un-plowed snowy trail and slowed me down a bit there and back, I enjoyed the run was glad to complete it, regardless of my pace or wet socks and shoes from the snow. As long as the sun’s out, it’s so much easier to get outside and go for a run, and it feels great to finally be accomplishing my winter goal of “embracing winter running” this season!
After a hot shower and starting some laundry, it was time to refuel. What better way than by sampling the dessert? (um…don’t answer that!)
And then it was time to craft dinner. I love Tuesdays because of our small group, and it’s fun that everyone brings something to contribute to the meal. Tonight’s contributors inculded: “healthy” chips (really – great ingredients and so tasty!), a delicious salad with blackberries and huge green grapes (thanks Nicole!), and some vanilla ice cream to go with dessert (my motto: if a baked dessert ever flops, add ice cream to it and everyone’s happy!). 😉 The additions complemented my everything-in-the-fridge-stew – or, as our friend calls it, “TTSIAP: throw that sh** in a pot!” Some sweet and white potatoes, corn, chick peas, carrots, onions, garlic, and steamed kale and spinach made for a healthy and delicious meal after my indulgant snack earlier (even “healthy” baked goods with bananas can be too much – all those finger licks from the bowl add up!). 😉
The day ended on yet another beautiful note – I sure love the sunsets here in Alberta – and our time as a small group was rich and wonderful. It’s so refreshing to be with a group of people who love you, support you, are honest with you, and spur you on to love and good works! And it’s an honor to stand by them and support them in their lives as well.
And now I’m up after some clients, enjoying a gorgeous sunrise, and excited for the day ahead. Let me know if you try Angela’s recipe – it’s so good if you like oaty, banana type thick cakes packed with goodness. 🙂
How’s your week been so far? What’s one “high” point and “low” point of the week up to today? My high: watching God connect the dots between some things I read in Pslam 84 yesterday morning to both my solo run and time at small group – good thoughts about love and pursuing Him and what that means and looks like. I love when He brings things full circle like that! My low: probably getting up early yesterday. After coming in from Hawaii, it was plain and simply put, HARD! My eyes were sleepy all day. I’d love to hear your highs and lows!
Live well and be well, and have a great rest of the week in both the highs and lows,