Rainy Daze.

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When the forecast is rain, I’m secretly thrilled.  

Woke up and it.was.coming.  Quickly leashed up the homies and took them out on a 4 mile run to make sure they were tired enough to not drive me crazy all day.  (It’s 3pm and the morning nap continues…)

Stopped into Whole Foods, loaded up … like a lot.  On the agenda, Butternut Squash Pasta with Sage and Crumbled Bacon,  Roasted Beets for a slightly modified version of this and some Pumpkin-Coconut Bread Pudding   

Broke out the Myles Hendrik playlist that was gifted to me last year for Christmas.  If you’re looking for a great gift idea for a bunch of people, this was a really great idea.  A friend paid Myles (a pretty neat LA-based dj) to put together a 500+ song playlist filled with a whole variety of music think: lobby music at The W. type music and she gifted it to all her nearest and dearest.  So much of the playlist is new to me and not part of my everyday running/commute music that it provides great entertaining and rainy day background music.

Sent the Mr. off to the LA Auto Show and I got my Cooking/Baking/Music/Creative Daze On.

Pumpkin-Coconut Bread Pudding (*modified from a Southern Living Recipe)

2 large eggs

1 15 oz can pumpkin

1 1/4 cup almond milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

12 oz loaf of french bread, cut 1 inch cubes 

Caramel Sauce:

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

1 Tablespoon corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin, milk, sugar, coconut, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and vanilla.  Add bread cubes and stir to coat.  Cover with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease a baking dish and fill with bread mixture.  Bake for 50 minutes, lightly tenting with foil for the last 20 minutes.

For sauce:  In a small saucepan, cook brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup over medium heat for about 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.   Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. 

Remove from oven and glaze! 

PS. Registered for the LA Marathon today on 3/18!  Anyone else want to join in?   Registering today meant I signed up early enough to get on the 5:30a shuttle from Santa Monica to the start at Dodger Stadium.  There are shuttles at 2:30a, 3:30a, 4:30a and 5:30a.   Can you imagine having to get on a 2:30a shuttle?  Might as well pack a sleeping bag and pillow for when you arrive at the stadium.  Sounds.Like.Hell.

Excited for the course – Stadium to the Sea. I will actually be running right by the abode at about mile 22 on the way down to the finish at the Santa Monica Pier. This means that the Mr. and the Homies can stumble out of bed a mere 5 hours after I do and meet me on the curb, put me on their shoulders and carry me to the finish.




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