Posted by: Santa Barbara Dreaming | December 12, 2008

To run or not to run. That is the question.

Sooooo last night I was gonna go to BootyCamp SB, but I started getting a headache and throat ache. I know from experience that those are the signs my body sends me when I’m about to get sick, so I decided to take it easy and go sleep at home. And yup, sure enough, I woke up this morning with a sore throat and a woozy feeling in my head. Oh, not to mention the sniffles. I know, I know, my sexiness is undeniable. Haha πŸ™‚

So the question becomes do I run tonight or do I take it easy again? I don’t feel too awful, and I doubt that I’m gonna have time this weekend. So I’m leaning towards working out, but lightly. I guess I’ll just see how I’m feeling in a few hours.

When I used to work at Jamba Juice, I would make myself a ginormous cup of OJ whenever I thought I might be getting sick. The fresh OJ and all the Vitamin C rarely failed to make me feel better. I think I’ll go stock up on some OJ and some green tea tonight.

Speaking of ‘night’, look at how crazy the sky was yesterday at 5pm!

crazy sunset

crazy sunset

Doesn’t it look like the sky is BURNING? I’m so glad I had my handy dandy camera to capture this!

And now finally, I present to you the recipe for my super duper incredibly amazing (if I do say so myself. πŸ™‚ )EASY pumpkin bread recipe.

Julia’s No-Oil Coconut Pumpkin Addiction

I tried very hard to make it look buuuuutiful

I tried very hard to make it look buuuuutiful

1/2 package Spice Cake mix
1/2 can pumpkin puree (NOT canned pie mix)
2 oz plain apple sauce
1 egg
Pumpkin pie spice
shaved coconut (sweetened or unsweetened.)
splash of milk (only if the batter is too thick)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a bread baking pan.
2. Mix all the ingredients together. I like to use a LOT of cinnamon and a LOT of pumpkin pie spice, but since everyone’s palates are different, you can add as much or as little as you need.
3. Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle some more coconut on top. The trick is to take a spoon, and swirl the sprinkled coconut into the top layer of the batter. This will prevent the coconut from burning into a crisp.
4. Bake for 30Β  minutes (longer depending on your oven). THE TRICK here is to take the bread out of the oven BEFORE it’s done baking. When you insert a toothpick into the center, it’s OK if you still have a little bit sticking to the toothpick. The bread will continue cooking even out of the oven. Clearly, you don’t want it to be gooey and runny, but when you’re at the point where you think it could maybe use a couple more minutes, take it out! This will ensure a ridiculously moist bread. OMG.
Per serving: 161 calories, 4g fat

up close and personal

up close and personal

So yah. I’m kind of addicted to this. I’ve baked three loaves in five days and ate it all by myself. I devoured it with so much passion I didn’t even have any left over for James to sample (Sorry James, I’ll make you some one of these days!) It’s so incredibly easy. I think next time, I am going to add some canned butternut squash puree to it as well, maybe even omit the egg too, and see hat happens. Oh, and the brown dollop on top of the bread is Butternut Squash Butter. (Recipe to come in the future)Β  So if you needΒ  a quick, cheap, easy gift idea for the holidays, this is it! πŸ™‚

And I apologize if my recipe is so imprecise. I never measure when I cook. I never measure when I bake, either. Even when I’m baking from scratch, I don’t measure. They say baking is a science, and that you MUST measure, but I dunno. I don’t and 8 times out of 10, they turn out great! I think those are pretty good odds, no?

So it’s finally Friday afternoon and I am stoked. Even the sniffles can’t bring me down on Fridays! πŸ™‚ I have a fun weekend planned, with lots of baking, and even a holiday party with all the trainers at Conditioning Specialists. Maybe I can even throw in Gingerbread House Making into the mix? I saw that they sell kits at Costco, and I’ve been wanting to do it for a while now. Since I grew p in Tokyo, I’ve only made gingerbread house ONCE, in elem. school, at a friend’s house. Do many American kids grow up making these things? I’ve always had this (stereotypical) image of American girls growing up learning how to bake, in their HUGE kitchens with their mommies and grandmas. And it always made me jealous, because although my mom is an AMAZING cook, she HATES to bake with a passion. Haha. Well anyways, that’s the image I have in my head.

I wish all my great blogging friends a great Friday. I would like to give a shout out to Coco from Balance, Joy and Delicias! for giving me this amazing award:

I would like to pass this on to
Caroline of Consider This!
Maggie of Say Yes to Salad (ps – she is giving away Pumpkin Pecan Butter, so go check it out!)

Have a joyous Friday, all!



  1. Thanks Julia!! Your pumpkin recipe sounds great – I’ve made something similar but just with pumpkin puree, egg white, cinn, & sugar. I’ll have to try this πŸ™‚ I ❀ your blog. For tonight – if you don’t feel up to running you can always do a brisk walk – I like walking when I’m sick. Well, I like walking all the time, but it’s something I can do when I’m sick too.

  2. Oh my! Thanks so much Julia! How exciting πŸ˜‰
    I think I will print it out and wear it.
    That recipe sounds bomb! I will have to test it out in the cucina de carolina!

  3. awesome photos πŸ™‚
    and you just made me crave jamba juice xD


  5. what i wouldn’t give to live in california… although we have some beautiful skies too, which i’ll probably post.
    hope you feel better! when i feel sick a light workout is just enough to get some color into my cheeks.
    and butternut squash butter?? yum…

  6. oh, ps, what is some advice to make yoga more challenging (other than bikraam, since I hate saunas)? I take it at school but it’s kind of a joke…

  7. Your coconut pumpkin addiction looks so good!!! I have to try that too!!! But I wonder what’s Spice Cake mix?

    Feel better soon!

    I’m looking forward to read more bakings!!! πŸ˜€

  8. BEAUTIFUL flowers with the cake πŸ™‚

    I hope I’m lucky enough to get a blog award someday…guess I’m way too much of a n00b to get one now!

  9. hi there! found your blog and i must say – i love the pictures πŸ™‚

  10. […] CS Holiday Party was a lot of fun last night. I took my No-Oil Pumpkin Coconut Cake with Butternut Squash Butter, and it was a smash hit! Every one told me how fantastic it was! It […]

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