National Peanut Butter Day and Riley Love
Thursday: 4 miles @ 8:30 pace on treadmill/ Body Pump
Friday: 6 miles @ 8:20 pace on treadmill/ 8 min abs video
Like I said at the beginning of the week… getting back into the grove of things on the workout/running front. No races lined up for the time being, so running is just for fun 🙂
After a nice little run on the treadmill this morning, I had my usual post run breakfast- a nice big, warm bowl of oatmeal paired with some greek yogurt and Cafe Dumond. I stretched, did my 8 min abs video, and hung out with this little lady…
Gosh I love her! Todd and I missed her SO freakin much while we were gone. I’ve been spoiling her like crazy with multiple walks a day and extra treats and human food. Grandma (my mom), always dressed her food up with chicken jello, aka, the juices and drippings after roasting a chicken. So, when Ry got home and we fed her JUST her usual kibbles, she sat there and looked at them like, “guys, where’s the good stuff?” Our actual kids are never going to want to leave grandma/pa’s house, haha. Thanks mom, dad and Kris for taking care of our Dogter!
Riley likes to stretch after her walks, too! Smart dog. After my quite relaxing morning, I headed over to my parents to make almond butter and hang out with my sister to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day. I feel like there’s a “National Something Day” everyday, but I only like to acknowledge the best ones. I know AB isn’t PB, BUT they are both delicious nut butters and I’m not sure if there’s an AB day, sooooo ya. Plus, I really like Publix’s fresh ground peanut butter but am not as big of a fan of Wholefoods or Fresh Markets fresh ground AB, so I like to make the AB and buy the PB. OK… that was a little too much info, but now you have the 411, haha.
First we roasted the almonds. Actually, first we went to BJ’s Wholesale to get almonds, free samples and a few other things. Put the almonds on a sheet pan, place in oven and set the temp to 350. Once the oven beeps that it’s pre-heated, remove almonds…
Put the slightly roasted almonds into a food processor, add a few pinches of salt and a tablespoon or so of vanilla, then blend away! Kristin found that if you add the vanilla in the beginning it comes out more creamy and liquidy… not liquidy like runny, more like easily spreadable. Adding the vanilla once the almonds are blended makes it kind of seize up and harder to spread.
I should have timed how long we blended it for, but I’d say maybe every 5 minutes or so we scrapped the sides down. At first, it gets kind of flour like or mealie (spl?) but after 15 min (?) give or take a few minutes it looks like this…
I’m sure it won’t last long, though. I have a slight addiction. Especially since it tastes like cookie dough. No, seriously. Just a splash of vanilla and salt really creates a great flavor. Try it! Days like today make me one happy camper… quality time with my dog in the AM, sister in the afternoon and Hubby in the PM. I even got to see my parents for a bit… have I ever told you how much I love my family? 😉 Happy Weekend!
What’s your favorite nut butter?
Do/did your grandparents spoil you?