December 9, 2016
National Pastry Day
I truly only have one speed: GO! So when my GO! button fails, I have to fall back on nothing. Nothing at all. It’s not a good plan. Apparently these migraines are going to be a present I enjoy once a month, seeing as I just suffered from one today, exactly one month after the last debilitating one I endured in November. Lucky me. I could feel it developing over my right eye as soon as I woke up this morning and it just lingered there, it wasn’t too bad, so I forgot to take my migraine pill. I was rushing to get out the door at a decent time so that I could make it to the Jingle Bell 5k on Point Loma this morning. I did, however, have enough time to make breakfast so I ate my two eggs and toast. I missed out on getting coffee though, so I’m sure my brain wasn’t too happy about that.
Yeah, I ran a 5k today with a migraine. And you know what? That was the best part of my day! For that 30 minutes, I didn’t have a migraine, or if I did, I didn’t notice it. I felt amazing. I felt strong and powerful and ready to take on anything. I think I was the 5th or 6th finisher pushing a stroller, but I swear that I could have done better if I hadn’t started off at the end of the entire group. So there’s a goal for next time – sneaking my way into the front of the group to claim and keep my rightful place!
It was on the drive home that I was reintroduced to my migraine in a less than friendly manner. I knew I had my baked pastry sitting at home (because I was smart and made it the night before!), just waiting for me to eat and blog about but all I could manage to do was explain to Joseph that I needed to lay down (um…yeah…without a shower…) in my room and I’d like it if he could play with his tablet in his room. He put up no argument whatsoever. It was reassuring to hear his giggles through the video monitor, knowing fully well that he was happy as could be doing just that. I was able to get a little sleep, despite the fact I completely neglected feeding either of us lunch or eliminating the sweat and dirt from my post-run body. I was basically dead to the world. And then I knew it was for sure that there was no way I could manage driving to LA to meet my cousin for the night. The thought of getting in the car and sitting there in traffic with a massive headache was enough to help me decide not to push myself too hard. I kept from pushing my GO! button.
And now that’s why the blog is coming so late in the day, once again. What is up with these ready to go posts having to wait? I have a bunch of tubes of Crescent rolls in the fridge so I figured I could find a recipe for a cream cheese danish to eat on National Pastry Day. Pinterest hooked a girl up and I found this great and easy recipe.
5 Minute Cream Cheese Danish (from Crafty Butt)
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
1/2 c. powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 TB milk
Preheat oven to 375.
Using a hand mixer, blend together cream cheese, powdered sugar, egg, and salt until smooth
On foil-lined cookie sheet, lay out Crescent rolls, but do not roll apart. Keep sheet intact and pinch together seams to create one full-sized sheet
Use a knife to score the edges and create angled strips
Pour most of the cream cheese mixture in the center of the dough. I also topped mine with cherries
Fold the bottom part of the dough up and around the mixture, then fold up strips in an overlapping, alternating pattern to create a braid effect
Fold the top of the dough over and under to close off the end
Bake for 15-18 minutes
Once pastry has cooled, mix together icing ingredients and drizzle over the top of the danish
This was a pretty good way of celebrating National Pastry Day but I’m kind of wishing I’d just picked up one of the coffee cakes at Aldi that I’ve been eyeballing for weeks! It looks just like my beloved Chicago coffee cake… Soon, it shall be mine!
Tomorrow is National Lager Day. Good thing some of my friends who came over for Thanksgiving dinner left beer here, specifically a Sam Adams Winter Lager. Woop Woop!