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Cranberry Orange Scones with Orange Glaze

17 Mar

Who’s got two thumbs and learned a hard lesson last week?  This girl!

While it may be a good idea to run with someone who is faster than you, it might not be the best idea to do it every time you run for a week.  I basically spent the weekend feeling like I got hit by a truck!  Womp womp.

Since we opted to pass on St. Paddy’s Day festivities this year (time constraints + training), I was feeling like I needed some Irish pride in my life!  Hence, me making scones late into the evening.  Here is my recipe, if you happen to be feeling festive as well!  I have no clue where this recipe came from, but I’ve been using the same one for 10+ years.

Cranberry Orange Scones with Orange Glaze


  • For scones:
    • 2 c. flour
    • 7 t. sugar + 3 t. sugar
    • 1 T. grated orange peel
    • 2 t. baking powder
    • 1/2 t. salt
    • 1/4 t. baking soda
    • 1/3 c. cold butter
    • 1 c. dried cranberries
    • 1/4 c. orange juice
    • 1/4 c. half and half
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1 T. unsweetened almond milk
  •   For glaze:
    • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
    • 1 T. orange juice

Mix all of the dry ingredients together and then set aside.  In a smaller bowl, mix together cranberries, orange zest, OJ, half and half, and the egg.  When you are ready, cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients using 2 knives until mixture appears crumbly.  Then, add in the egg/OJ mixture and mix until you get a loose dough.  Turn the dough out on a floured surface 6-8 times and then shape it into an 8″ circle. Cranberry-Orange-Scones-1 Cut the dough into 8 even pieces, place on parchment paper, and then brush with milk. Cranberry-Orange-Scones-2 Sprinkle the remaining 3 t. sugar evenly over scones.  Then bake for approximately 12 minutes at 400*F or until lightly browned on top. Move them to a wire rack and mix together the powdered sugar and orange juice to make the glaze.  Drizzle evenly with a spoon and then proceed to do a little Irish jig because you just knocked one out of the park!!! Cranerry-Orange-Scones-3

Monday Phone Dump

18 Mar

Well, Saturday morning started with a bang.  And good thing I didn’t hit that snooze button because procrastinating would have led to failure.

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My training progress is going well, but for the last four weeks I plan on walking instead of taking rest days.  The pink is what I’ve completed, the italics indicate when I was outside.  Really gotta buckle down before race day!

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After my run, we decided to make a big breakfast in anticipation of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.  Her usual:

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And mine:

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And something a little festive:

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We opted to skip the parade (which we never do!), because it was freezing and her cold symptoms were in full force.  But, we did meet up with about 30 of her relatives at Rock Bottom, a microbrewery/restaurant at the Waterfront.

I have no idea where this little leprechaun came from…

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Then, we headed over a friend’s get together for a few hours…

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I opted to super-size my fun…

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And then I was cut off!

I just love Pittsburgh and St. Paddy’s Day.  Even the weather beacon downtown was touched with little luck of the Irish:

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Next year, I plan to be more responsible and sign up for a local Shamrock Shuffle to keep me out of trouble.  🙂

Especially since I don’t get this VIP recovery treatment like she♥ does:

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5 Thing Friday

15 Mar

I am making one of my Lenten staples later – salmon patties, so today I will be posting another 5 thing Friday. In no particular order, here are 5 random food facts from my week:


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Healthier snacking & eating about five small “meals” during the day (instead of 3 large meals). I’m getting to that point in my training where my metabolism has sped up and I’m physically hungry more than usual. I tend to eat my feelings, so it took me a week or so to figure out if I felt compulsed to eat or if I was actually more hungry. Turns out, I’m physically hungry (stomach aching, rumbling, feeling light headed), so in an effort to fuel myself without binging, I’ve broken my three main meals up into multiple, but substantial snacks. I’ve also been drinking about 3x more water than I normally do.


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Yeah,that’s a shamrock ravioli. Another glorious find from my CostCo haul. They are just cheese ravs, but so festive! St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because its the one time of year where the entire Irish community is able to celebrate in the streets. Everyone knows that if you’re truly Irish, then you celebrate your heritage year-round. 🙂 Pittsburgh has the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country and its happening tomorrow morning. We are very excited!


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How have I never bought this before? Of course I want delicious coconut sweetness in my coffee. I’ve been drinking my coffee black because its not something that I like to think of as a “treat.” Its more of a survival mechanism. But, hey! This is a better evening option than ice cream or cake or chocolate or cookies or candy bars.


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When I was a kid, I had three favorite sandwiches: PB & Banana, PB & Bologna, and PB & Pickles. If you’re wondering where the root of my chubbiness started…it might have been the PB & Bologna? Who even eats that. Anyway, while I was trying to pack a lunch this morning, I found some bread & butter pickles buried in the back of the fridge. Of course I’m using almond butter these days, but I still love me some nut butter and pickle sandwiches. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it and trust me when I say: avoid using dill pickles for this.  Just trust me, k?  Also, make sure your pickles don’t have a sell-by date of April 2012 like mine do.


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I’ve also learned to embrace the banana.  I’m prone to leg cramps and every few months am woken up in the middle of the night with a wicked charlie horse.  Turns out, this is not caused by a potassium deficiency, as many people assume.  It can be caused by a lack of sodium and dehydration (researchers don’t have a singular answer for the root of cramping).    You can read more about muscle cramps and how they can be avoided here.  Potassium does aid in recovery for runners, though, because it helps your body process sodium and stay hydrated.  (source)  That being said, I try to eat at least one banana a day, usually after a run or for breakfast.  Now if  only I could get a fruit to alleviate my restless leg syndrome…

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