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Running Bliss

by Meghann on January 18, 2013

Good morning!

We’ve had an unseasonably warm January around here. The warm temps were a blessing in disguise for our January 5th wedding (the reception was outdoors), but I’m pretty much over the warm temps now. I know the folks that ran the Disney Marathon last weekend are definitely over them. When I ran the race in 2010 the temps were in the 20s at the starting line (I still shiver remembering how cold that race was), for 2013 the temps reached the low-80s as runners crossed the finish line. Every report I’ve read goes on about how hot and humid the race was, suddenly I’m thankful I didn’t run it as I had originally debated doing so.

It hasn’t felt like January here, it’s felt like April or May. Then yesterday afternoon, we were handed a little cool-weather tease when a cold front moved in with rain and wind. The air grew cooler as the day wore on and continued to cool overnight. The coolers temps aren’t here for long (highs for tomorrow are projected back in the mid-70s) so I made sure to take advantage of them while I could with a good run this morning.

Bliss. Running bliss.

Running with it’s in the 40s outside is so much better than running when it’s in the 60s. It’s crazy how much easier the run feels and how much faster your legs move. I covered 5 miles and loved every minute of it. Man I wish the weather was like this everyday. We’re lucky that we avoid the extreme low temps, snow, and ice that northern runners deal with this time of year, but dealing with high heat and humidity sucks too.

I was craving something warm when I returned from my run. I have a stash of almost-empty nut butter jars that I’ve been meaning to turn into something tasty. Hot oatmeal in a jar? Don’t mind if I do.

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In the jar:

  • hot oats w/ raisins, cinnamon, raisins, walnuts
  • strawberries
  • the last of the almond butter

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Totally hit the spot. Warm, creamy, and exactly what I was craving. If the temps stay cool, I may see another one of these babies int he future for tomorrow morning as well.

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After I finished cooking the oatmeal on the stovetop I accidentally left the burner on (whoops!) and burnt my fingers when I went to clean it later. Such a rookie mistake – always make sure all the burners are off before you start cleaning! Now I have three blistery fingers and it hurts to type. 100% my fault, but I’m still allow to pout over it. πŸ™

Have you ever made a “rookie mistake” while cooking? My friend Courtney will never let me forget the time I accidentally forgot to put eggs in the cookies we were making. Why are these cookies so odd? Wait – I think I forgot the eggs. D’oh!

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1 Leigh January 18, 2013 at 10:13 am

Rookie ignorance: I was at a friend’s parent’s home while I was in college, and we were going to make spaghetti . Neither my friend nor I knew how to “brown meat.” So sad!

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2 [email protected] January 18, 2013 at 10:15 am

Once upon a time I reached in to lift the foil on a currently baking casserole, lifted a bit too high and burned my hand……twice. Once from the lift and again from trying it out so quickly. Embarrassing!
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3 Courtney January 18, 2013 at 10:22 am

Oh my, I have scars from my rookie mistakes. I once was getting lasagna out of the oven and lifted too high and burnt my hand on the coils; to make it even better, it was my birthday dinner and I was just helping my mom finish up the meal, haha. The second time, I burnt my forearm on a hot pot lid. Ow. I hope your fingers feel better soon!
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4 E January 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

I once thought the eggs in my fridge had gone bad in the weirdest way imagineable… it turned out my roomie had hard boiled them.

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5 [email protected] Healthy State of Mind January 18, 2013 at 10:54 am

HAHAHA! This made me laugh πŸ™‚
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6 NYC Fit GIrl January 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

I am perfectionist and I follow directions to a T so I have not made that mistake! But I am sure it happens to a lot of people.
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7 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats January 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

One of my friends in Chicago did the Goofy Challenge and it sounded so hot! Haha she was definitely not used to those temps!
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8 Katrina January 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

I’m really good at using oven mitts to take hot pans OUT of the oven, but notoriously forget to use them to put the same hot pans back IN the oven.

Less of a rookie mistake, but I’m currently nursing a nice burn from oil that splattered from a pan. Oil creates an interesting burn because they spread after they hit your skin. Sigh!

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9 Stacey January 18, 2013 at 10:43 am

Even better the crazy humidity is gone! Why couldn’t we have this blast of cool air earlier in the month during RAGNAR??? I’m sure everyone to Amelia Island for ZOOMA will enjoy it.
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10 Natalie @ Free Range Human January 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

I have many many stories like that from when I first started learning to cook!
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11 [email protected] January 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

I made creme brulee once, and broiled it in the oven because I didn’t have a torch. I decided to flick the top of it to see if it was hard and my finger went right through the topping into the scalding pudding. Worst finger burn ever!
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12 meghan January 18, 2013 at 11:15 am

Thanks for the link Meghann! It was a scorcher for sure. I can’t wait to try out a marathon in the 40s instead of the 60s. When I saw how nice it was this morning I was so jealous that it wasn’t like this just a few days ago! I’m glad you had a nice run in it. Glad you had a great time on your Honeymoon. It looks like such a relaxing time!
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13 Army Amy* January 18, 2013 at 11:36 am

My mom still gets a good laugh out of me asking her if I was supposed to put the cupcake liners in the pan before or after I baked the cupcakes. (Duh, before!) But I really wasn’t sure! In my mind, paper in the oven would = fire. I contend that it is a reasonable question.*

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14 Chelsie S January 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Yesterday, I went for a 9mi run … with the windchill, it was -10 F. I bundled up like a madwoman, and while the breathing was a bit tough, I can honestly say that I loved it!!

As for baking disasters … it’s why I don’t attempt anything with more than three ingredients and directions other than “stir” or “heat” or “bake” anymore. I’m notorious for getting baking soda and baking powder mixed up, making substitutions taht ruin recipes, and the infamous time that I read the rice box wrong and made enough rice to literally feed an army platoon (my parents still bring it up! I was maybe 12 years old, and still remember eating rice for lunch and dinner for about a week!)
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15 beka @ rebecca roams January 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I haven’t done anything “rookie-like” in the kitchen lately – surprisingly. But the worst was when I put ramen noodles in the microwave —- with NO WATER. And there was this one time a few years ago that the popcorn caught on fire in the microwave…. I’m sensing a trend. I need to stay away from the microwave.
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16 Elisabeth January 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I’ll take your warm temps right about now! Every year I forget how much I hate winter in northwestern Ohio…and then it comes & I’m cursing myself for still living here πŸ˜‰

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17 Simone January 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

The other day I pulled the casserol dish out of the oven without oven mitts! I quickly tossed the dish across the kitchen shattering it on the floor-good times! granted it was friday night after a LONG week but still, very much a rookie mistake! Whole Foods hot bar to save the night πŸ™‚
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18 Sabrina January 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm

It was SO hot last weekend and I only did the 5k. Looking back it’s such a blessing because I don’t think I could have mustered up the strength for anything more.

I always touch hot things without thinking about it. Pans in oven, skillets off the stove, and plates in the microwave. One day I will learn.
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19 rachel January 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm

completely forgot to add water to my breadmaker once – it took me forever to figure out why i had this burnt deflated flour ball
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20 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions January 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I didn’t make this mistake, but about a month ago my roommate was baking cookies to give away for Christmas and forgot to put the flour in them. Whoops! Guess that’s one way to make GF desserts? πŸ˜›
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21 Hemarie @ I Sweat Pretty January 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm

My wedding is next week so I’m just holding out for a high of 65 for the big day. Perfect. πŸ™‚
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22 joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Whenever I read your posts, I ask myself why I don’t live in Florida. πŸ˜‰

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23 [email protected] January 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Not keeping an eye on milk and having it boil over everywhere. Rookie mistake.

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24 Karen January 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I forgot to put the sugar into pumpkin pie once. It tasted AWFUL :/

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25 [email protected] January 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Once I forgot to turn the oven up as high as I needed to be for yorkshire pudding – didn’t get why they were not turning out properly until it was too late πŸ˜‰
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26 Jean January 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm

You can keep your hot and humid weather-that sounds awful!

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27 Melanie January 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I’ve been reading you blog for years and love it.

One time I accidentally put paprika in my cookies instead of cinnamon, probably shouldn’t keep those two next to each other on the spice rack…

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28 Meghan @ After the Ivy League January 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I totally agree, I’d much rather run in cool temps than when it’s hot and humid. At least when it’s cold I can pile on the layers (and peel them off as I warm up) but when it’s hot, there’s only so much you can do!
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29 Christy January 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Hi! I notice you use “rookie mistake” a lot in your blog. But what you mentioned above is not a rookie mistake; it’s just a kitchen mishap. Rookie mistakes are errors made by someone inexperienced. Doesn’t sound like you’re inexperienced in the kitchen, especially when it comes to making oatmeal. Now if you were trying a new technique, or cooking something you’re not use to cooking, then that would be a “rookie mistake.” Just thought I’d share that tidbit with you πŸ™‚

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30 Meghann January 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

When I use the phrase “rookie mistake” I’m using it in a sarcastic tone, as in I shouldn’t have made the mistake because it was a “rookie mistake” and I actually know not to do it. Not turning the stove off after making my oatmeal was a mistake a “rookie” would have made, but I’m not a rookie so I shouldn’t have made it, hence why I sarcastically referred to it as a “rookie mistake.”

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31 Christy January 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Oh, my bad. I guess I can’t read sarcasm over the Internetz! Hope it doesn’t happen to you again, sounds like it sucked.

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32 Meghann January 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

One day they’ll invent a sarcasm font and it will be awesome.

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33 sarah January 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm

just curious – are you going to do a post about your wedding?

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34 Meghann January 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Yes, I’m waiting for the professional photos before I dive into full recap posts In the mean time, I’ve been updating the “Wedding Page” with other tidbits: http://mealsandmiles.com/wedding/

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35 Annette @FitnessPerks January 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Ahhhh it’s like single digits here!! We’re all freeeezzzziiinnng. And snow is everywhere.

I’ve turned on the wrong burner before & didn’t realize it until 10 mins later—so mad b/c the quinoa didn’t cook during that time. Duh!
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36 Caitlin January 18, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I’ve done that before and I sit there wondering why something’s not cooking. I also tend to unplug our toaster and forget- so next time I toast something I’ll think it’s working, but no, it’s not plugged in.

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37 Meghan January 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

wow those strawberries look so amazing. i need to move to fla… asap!

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38 Courtney W January 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm

You can make fun of me for my immersion blender mishap whenever I remind you about forgetting a key ingredient in cookies. We should probably make cookies again sometime…it’s been too long!

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39 Meghann January 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I heard about your tragic accident! OOOOOUUCCCHHHHH. And yes, COOKIES! (I’m in a caps mood apparently)

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40 [email protected] is Sweet January 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Once when I was baking cookies, I let 2 eggs roll right off the table…to break open on the floor!
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41 TorontoRunner January 18, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I loooooooove running in the cooler/cold weather. Ahhhh. I sweat so, SO much(attractive), so it is super nice to get outside and not be drenched coming home! ha!
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42 Lize January 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm

This is embarrassing, but my big mistake happened at my first job at a restaurant. I was asked to bake a cake, and wow was I nervous! The head baker told me to follow a recipe exactly. He also let me know that the sugar was under the counter in the big brown bag. Well, the cake turned out as flat as a deflated pancake. When I mentioned that I followed the recipe exactly, the guy in charge sampled a tiny piece and promptly spit it out. It turns out the salt was in a big brown unmarked bag in front of the sugar. I kept thinking that the sugar seemed a little bit coarse! Uggh. Needless to say, I never made that kind of mistake again.

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43 Caitlin January 18, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Your poor fingers!
I’ve never left a burner on, but one of my cats likes to jump up on the stove and once he turned on the gas. So now, we have child proof knobs on the stove- with zero children in our home.
I keep meaning to save pb/ab jars to put oats in- such a brilliant idea!

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44 Meg January 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

One of my all time kitchen mistakes was making a chocolate pie. So I just went through the ingredient list and added everything to the bowl, chocolate chips, eggs, sugar, etc. Well then while actually reading the instructions I realized that the chocolate chips were supposed to be melted, so of course I just throw the bowl in the microwave, well guess what happens when you put eggs in the microwave… scrambled eggs. Which I kind of realized after a bit and quickly took the bowl out and only some of the eggs had started to cook and for somereason I thought that if I continued the pie the cooked eggs would somehow be incorporated… yeah not so much. The chocolate and egg pie was certainly one I won’t forget…

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