November 13, 2009

Going barefoot and Triple Threat Scones!

I got up early today to do a quick 30min. run before my kiddos and husband woke up. We finally got a new treadmill (yes, I said "treadmill"). Our old one was always referred to as a "dreadmill" so I'm happy to say my run was actually enjoyable. It has a built in MP3 player with speakers so I was able to listen to my favorite tunes while I ran without worrying about headphones..yippee! :)

Oh, and here's the best part..I did the last 5 minutes of my run barefoot! After reading "Born To Run" I've been doing a lot of research about barefoot running. It just seems to make sense to me. While I don't think I'll ever be a true barefoot runner (let's face it, rocks hurt when you step on them!), I am interested in transitioning to a more minimalist running shoe. Anyways, I decided to take my shoes off and just see what happens. It actually felt great! I did notice my form change, in a good way, but that was to be expected. The only downside was that during the last minute I got some hotspots on parts of my feet. It felt like if I kept running I would eventually get big ol' blisters there, which I didn't want to do. So, 5 minutes ended up being the perfect amount of time to try it out. Eventually, I want to get a pair of lightweight trainers to transition from my cushioned shoes. But, they're just not part of our budget right now...maybe Santa will bring me a pair for Christmas! :)

I had some extra time after my run so I decided to make some scones for breakfast. The original recipe came from, but I modified it a bit to fit our lifestyle. They turned out super yummy! In fact, my boys (4 and 2)loved them and kept asking for more!

Here are the ingredients:
* 2C flour (I used a mix of white and wheat)
* 1/3C sugar
* 1tsp. baking powder
* 1/4tsp. baking soda
* 1/2tsp. salt
* 6Tbl. unsalted butter, frozen (I used the Earth Balance brand)
* 1/2C plain yogurt/sour cream (I use a soy yogurt called Silk Live!)
* 1 egg (We don't eat eggs, so I use a combination of 1Tbl. ground flax mixed w/ 3Tbl. water. Mix together and let sit for a couple of minutes)
* 1/3C dried tart cherries, chopped
* 1/3C dried cranberries, chopped
* 1/4C dried blueberries

1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat to 400 degrees
2. In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a grater; use your fingers to work in buter (the mixture should resemble coarse meal).

3. Add in the berries

4. In a small bowl, whisk yogurt and flax mixture until smooth.

5. Using a fork, still in yogurt mixture into the flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid, but as you press, the dough will come together.)
6. Place on a lightly floured surface (I put it right onto my baking stone) and pat into a 7-8" circle about 3/4" thick.

7. Use a knife to cut into 8 triangles. Place them 1" apart.

8. Bake until golden, about 15-17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm! Enjoy!

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