The holiday season is getting closer and closer, and whether you have friends and family crashing at your house to be closer to the best shopping or to celebrate the Christmas festivities, this baked recipe will help you to start the day off right without losing your mind in the kitchen or smelling like a frying pan.   
Egglets – Makes 6
6 Slices of ham (I used turkey once and it was equally as delicious)
6 Large Eggs

Preheat oven to 425.  Slice pieces of ham in half and use both halves to line the inside of your muffin tin.    They might cave in a little, but don’t worry about it.  Repeat for the other 5 tins.  Crack your egg into the ham-lined tin, making sure to hold the ham in place and crack the egg in the centre.  Once the egg is there, it’ll hold the ham in place.  Sprinkle with pepper and toss into the oven for 15-20 minutes depending on how you’d like your yolk to be cooked.   When the whites are nearly cooked, sprinkle some shredded cheddar over the top and toss it back in the oven until the cheese is bubbly.
Scuffins – Makes 12
I love this recipe because it doesn't end with my whole kitchen covered in flour, but the scones come out flaky and perfect to eat with jam or cheese.  They also take the same amount of time to cook as the egglets, so everything is hot and ready to eat all at once. (I usually half the recipe and cook all in the same tin)

2 cups flour
¼ cup sugar
4 tsp Baking Powder
½ cup cold butter, cubed
1 large egg
¾ cup milk 

This recipe makes nice sweet dough, but you can also jazz it up a bit with ½ cup of raisins or even some chopped up sun dried tomatoes – my favourite.

Preheat oven to 425.  Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl, then cut in the butter with your hands until the mixture is mostly crumbs.

In a separate bowl, mix the milk and egg.  Set aside about 2tbsp of the mixture to use later and pour the rest into the dry mix.

Mix together with a fork until a wet dough forms.   From here, use your hands to scoop out a chunk of dough and roll it into a ball (it will be quite soft and gooey and fit in the palm of your hand).  Drop it into a bowl of flour and coat the whole ball.  Drop it into a muffin tin, and repeat.  

Finally, brush the left-over milk and egg over the top of the dough, pop it into the over for about 15 minutes, and enjoy!  You’ll know they’re finished when the tops start to brown.

Over the last 3 weeks, our Saturday morning running group (we leave at 9:20am if you care to join!) has endured drastically different temperatures and levels of precipitation.  As we move into the colder months and unpredictable weather, here are some tips for venturing outdoors for your run.

Cold Weather Running

Dressing for cold weather running can be a challenge. If you dress so that you are warm at the start of your run you will probably be over-heated by the end. When running in cold weather always remember one word - layers. The layers of clothing will keep you warm by trapping heat against your body. As you generate heat during your run you can remove layers to avoid overheating. 

When dressing for cold weather running, wear either two or three layers depending upon the weather conditions. Each layer has its own purpose.

Layer 1 
The purpose of the first layer is to wick moisture away from your skin. A long snug-fitting shirt is a common choice for the first layer. The best choice would be one made from a fabric that wicks the sweat away from your body. 

Layer 2
The second or middle layer should insulate your body and keep you warm. This layer should be made from an insulating material such as fleece. It should also be able to absorb a small amount of moisture so that it can assist your first layer in keeping your skin dry and warm.

Layer 3
Your third or outside layer is there to break the wind and keep rain or snow away from your insulating and wicking layers. This outside layer should be made from a waterproof material such as Gortex or nylon.  This outside layer includes both a jacket and running pants.

One rule of thumb when dressing for cold weather running is that you should be a bit cold when you step out the door. If you are comfortable or warm at the start of your run, you will overheat rapidly. 

Dressing for cool to moderate weather (5 to 15 degrees C)   
This is the most difficult weather to dress for. A single layer of clothing is the best bet. Wear either a long sleeve or short sleeve shirt depending upon the exact weather and your personal preference. Shorts are sometimes enough for these conditions while some may prefer to wear lightweight tights. Running gloves and a headband or hat will provide some added warmth, especially if it is windy. If it is raining add a water resistant outer layer and a baseball cap to keep the water off of your face. 

Dressing for cold weather (minus 9 to 4 degrees C)
You will want at least two layers of clothing in cold weather. Start with a long sleeve shirt and heavy running tights. Add a water resistant running jacket for the outside layer and if it’s windy or rainy, a pair of water resistant running pants. You will definitely want running gloves and a headband or hat. 

Dressing for very cold weather (Below minus 9 degrees C)
In this severe weather you will want three layers. Start with a long sleeve shirt and tights made of a wicking fabric. Add an insulating middle layer and possibly some heavy weight running pants. Use a water resistant running jacket as an outer layer. Always wear running gloves and an insulating headband or hat in the severe cold.  A balaclava may be useful in these conditions to protect the skin on your face.


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