I really shouldn’t be surprised, but it gets me every time…we have GORGEOUS weather Friday and then snow on Monday :( SO not cute Mother Nature!!
The weekend wasn’t quite as nice as Friday, but I’ll take it! Plus it was still great weather to be outside. Thankfully the snow fell on my rest day…and boy did I need a rest day!
My schedule won’t always fall this way (luckily), but this weekend I had TWO dance rehearsals and had to fit in a run!
Friday I had rehearsal from 6pm-9pm – once again, kicked my patootie! Seriously though, this dance performance is going to be way harder than that half-marathon. It’s like sprinting for 5 minutes straight and that’s only one of the pieces.
Needless to say my legs weren’t exactly “fresh” for a long run Saturday, but my foot is just starting to feel back to normal so I didn’t want to push it. We only did 3.5 miles, but honestly I think that’s all I could take at the time.
On Sunday I had dance rehearsal again from 6pm-8pm, and to make matters worse we had an off-leash group dog walk that morning. Typically these walks are very leisurely, but of course the location on Sunday was VERY hilly! Normally I love hills, but it was just one more thing my legs did NOT need. He loved it though :)
Oh well, like I said, my schedule will not be like this often. However my legs are screaming at me now. I think it’s high time I schedule a real massage :)
Somewhere in the middle of all this activity I got around to baking!!
Brian has been
pestering asking me lately to make him Monkey Bread. I’ve actually never had it, but I know what it is and it does sound delicious!!
Then I remembered coming across this recipe from Joy the Baker!
So I got to work.
She described the dough as basically a pizza dough, and so I knew it would be a relatively simple process which worked best with my schedule that day. I made the dough in the morning, and let it rise while we were out with the dog.
NOTE: I used half whole wheat flour and half white whole wheat flour. I think if I did these again I would use half all purpose flour/half white whole wheat. I really like them, but they might be a bit too “whole wheat” tasting for some…but truthfully I only had about 1/2 cup APF left so I had no choice!!
Mini Monkey Muffins
adapted from Joy The Baker
1.5 cups Whole Wheat Flour (see note above about flours)
1.5 cups White Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp salt
1.5 tsp instant yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
2 T olive oil
1 T honey
2 T flour
1/2 cup granulated flour, divided
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 T butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup 1% milk (I used skim and it was fine)
Raisins (about a handful, optional)
Dough: In the bowl of an electric mixer with dough hook attachment, add flours, salt, and instant yeast. Mix with a spoon. Measure out warm water and add honey to warm water, stir until mostly dissolved. Place bowl in mixer and turn on low. Slowly add water/honey, and olive oil. Mix with dough hook on low/med-low for about 1 min.
Transfer to a bowl that has been sprayed with olive oil or cooking spray. Flip dough once so all sides are coated with the oil and cover bowl with plastic wrap.
Leave dough for 1-2 hours until doubled in size.
**refer to original recipe for non-stand mixer instructions
Once dough has risen, dump out onto a floured counter or board and gently pat the air out (be nice to your dough!). Fold into a ball and let sit for 20-30 more minutes.
Preheat your oven to 350
In a small bowl mix together 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon.
Now take out your dough, and gently work it out until it is about 3/4” thick.
Then I took a pizza cutter and sliced long thin strands of dough. Then cut each strand into little bite size pieces. Like so:
Keep going until it’s all cut up…but DON’T DO THIS!
I then tossed 2T of flour over the dough, then my cinnamon sugar mixture and tossed to coat.
Meanwhile I made the “sauce”. In a small saucepan over med-low heat I combined: the other 1/4 cup sugar, brown sugar, butter, and milk. I heated this mixture for about 5 minutes until smooth. You don’t want this to boil.
This is when you add your raisins. I added some to the sauce.
Now grease your muffin tin. I sprayed mine with canola oil spray.
I tried to do a layer of dough balls, then sauce, then repeat but I think the best is to just fill up your muffin tins equally with dough chunks, and then spoon sauce over each pile.
Warm, doughy, cinnamon, raisin, sticky, caramel. Yes please.
Now if only that warm weather would return…
What’s your favorite stretch!??? I’ve been getting better with stretching, but now I need it for running AND dance…I have new flexibility goals more associated with dance but I’m wondering what some of your favorite stretches are so I can get some new ideas!