Thursday Thrills

Hey everyone!! This week is flying by…seriously is it really Thursday?! Moving right along…since I kind of botched National Running Day yesterday (as in I didn’t run…I went swimming instead) I am made up for it today! I ran a speedy 5 miles at 7:47/pace and the pumped a high intensity sweat-fest on the elliptical for 45 minutes. I followed that up with some core work and now I am – put a fork in me – DONE!

Coffee is in order. I totally spaced and forgot to set my coffee maker before my workout so I am patiently waiting for my coffee to brew! Not the fastest machine on the planet is it?! haha! πŸ™‚

Yesterday, I made a “thank you” bread for a co-worker who has been helping me out recently and I thought I would share the recipe with you guys! It is my version of poppy-seed bread!


  • 2-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, oil, eggs, poppy seeds, lemon juice and extracts; beat until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to sugar mixture alternately with milk, beating just until moistened.

Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350Β° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).

Per slice: 197 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 105 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

This is sure to please!

I love to save thank you with food. I like putting forth the effort to make something in appreciation of a kindness that was done for me. Plus it is pretty! hehe! πŸ™‚

How do you usually say “thank you” for a kindness that was done for you?

Dinner last night was nothing blog worthy…glossΒ over spaghetti…big yawn! But it was easy and tasty, so there! Sorry no pictures for your food-porn entertainment! πŸ™‚

I am participating in the 30-Day Hard Core Challenge over at Good ‘N’ Weird. It is awesome guys and I can already feel some soreness! Want to join…head over and check it out! What have you got to lose aside from inches on the waistline? Sign me up!

Okay…I am out until later…got some bread to deliver! πŸ™‚


34 Responses

  1. Ooh, that looks good. I love lemon poppy seed muffins so I’m sure I’d love almond poppy seed.

  2. That bread looks delicious. I am always so impressed with your recipes!
    I also tend to bake to show my thanks – people love it. πŸ™‚

  3. I love Thank you baking goods. πŸ™‚

  4. My mother would LOVE that bread. She’s a huge lemon poppy seed fan. I’m not much of a cook or baker, so I usually say thank you with something I bought. It depends on the person, but I’ll get pastries, wine, or some gifty thing. I should really save money and just bake. πŸ™‚

  5. That bread looks delicious! I love baking my way to peoples heart πŸ™‚

  6. I agree with you when it seems the week is flying by… can’t believe it’s Thursday!

    And I say thank you with food, too- usually cookies or cupcakes (typical, right? ha ha).

  7. What??? YOU missed running day??? Just kidding. I think you more than enough make up for it. That bread sounds so good. It depends on who it is as to what I do. I like to send handwritten thank you cards. If the person has dogs, I like to make dog treats.

  8. That looks delicious! I love to say thank you with cookies. Everyone loves cookies!

  9. Dang woman. That cake looks scrumptious. Almost reminds me of the look of the banana bread that I make!

    So do you think you’re going to keep the swimming up (is this something you recently started doing again? Or…)

    • I am going to keep swimming. I am going to add it in as my cross training. It is easier on the joints. I am going to swim again tomorrow…2 miles under 65 minutes is the plan! haha…wish me luck! πŸ™‚

  10. Almond + lemon + poppy seeds = ❀

    I say thank you by either thanking them repeatedly, hugging them, or feeding them. Or a mix. πŸ˜›

  11. congrats on a great run!

    your ‘thank you bread’ looks delicious. since I’m usually not that domestic, I usually like to either send an email, or a hand written note is my favorite (since hardly anyone does that anymore!).

  12. What a delicious thank you! I usually go with the classic handwritten note as a thank you.

  13. Omg, omg, omg!!!!! That bread looks wonderful!! That is such a nice way to say thank you!! πŸ™‚

  14. I’m like you, I tend to bake to say thank you!

  15. This bread sounds so good!! I love anything with poppy seeds! They’re just fun.

  16. Mmmm, this poppy seed bread looks deeeeelish!!

  17. I like your idea of making food to say thank you…I will definitely have to do that! πŸ™‚

  18. AWESOME Run! I’m heading out for a tempo run after work. Hopefully the rain is gone by then. Day 3 is a killer!

  19. I am addicted to Lemon Poppy Seed muffins, and now a new bread to try, fabulous.

    My girlfriends and I are notorious for thank-you cards. I always find cute ones and be sure to get them out after someone goes out of there way for me. I have a few on hand. People love getting mail.

    Glad you continue to celebrate National Running Day!

  20. So glad to have that recipe -my kids love lemon poppy seed bread!

  21. That bread looks delicious! ! I think saying thank you with food is one of the nicest things you can do. It’s definitely something I would like to do more often.

  22. I love sending cards. Thank you cards are what I usually do. πŸ™‚

  23. I’m big into thank you cards. It’s always fun to send/receive snail mail these days! πŸ™‚

    – Beth @

  24. I’m the same, I love baking as a way of saying “Thank You” πŸ™‚
    And girl, you could have stuck a fork in me after about 1/2 of your speedy 5 mile run. I don’t know how you keep up that quick pace for such a stretch! Maybe someday I’ll get there, but that is impressive!! Props to you! πŸ˜€

  25. I have neglected the great poppyseed lately….i’m thinking it needs a come back and this recipe is perfect! πŸ™‚

  26. So excited that this week does seem to be flying by! I usually say thankyou with food too. Haha guess that’s why we all write foodie blogs

  27. i always make something to eat for people when i want to say thank you πŸ™‚

  28. This recipe looks fantastic! I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free flours to see if it helps with my digestion, so I’m going to have to give this a try!!

  29. i always say thank you and try to say something nice…but if it’s something that requires a gift i always bake something. i like that because i enjoy doing it for others and they can enjoy it with people they love too!

  30. Great workout!! That bread sounds seriously yummy.

    Someone just gave my neighbors a new kiddie pool, and then my neighbors gave us their old kiddie pool. Now Ramsey has two pools!!! I’m going to bake something for my neighbors eventually. πŸ™‚

  31. i know i feel like i botched natl running day too! i wish i had known about it the day before so i could have prepared πŸ™‚ the bread looks good!

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