Girls On The Run 5-K and Yeasted Waffles


Jeanne, Sandra, and me with our #1 runner, Nia!

We LOVE Girls On The Run and we’re so proud of the 400+ 3rd through 5th graders who completed the Puget Sound Girls On The Run 5-K race yesterday!

Girls On The Run is a positive youth development program that teaches self-respect and healthy lifestyles to pre-teen girls. The curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools they need to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors.

An important part of the program is exercise. At the end of a 10-week program, the girls participate in a 5-K run.  Volunteers team up with the girls as “running buddies” to help them complete the 3 mile event – which is a BIG DEAL for many of these kids. Parents and friends can participate, too.

Over 400 girls participated in the Puget Sound Girls On The Run 5-K this weekend.

This year I decided to join in the fun and run with my friends, Jeanne and Sandra, and Sandra’s amazing daughter, Nia. Joy promised to come out and cheer us on and Sandra offered to host a post-race celebration brunch.

Then, Joy found out her niece, Grace, was going to be running, too!

“I have an announcement to make! I will be running my first 5-K race on December 1st and I would like all of you to come and watch me!”

Go, Grace!!!

Grace with her running “buddy” heading toward the finish line!

We looped through Seward Park and along Lake Washington. Some of the girls finished the race easily – running the entire way – while others relied on their running buddies’ encouraging words for motivation. One way or another, everyone made it across the finish line.

It was wonderful to be a part of such an amazing event where every girl is #1.

Seeing Grace’s happy face at the finish summed it all up.

Girl Power!!!

We are so proud of you, Grace!

After the race we headed over to Sandra’s house for a beautiful brunch: Prickly pears and grapes, coffee with egg nog, and delicious “yeasted” waffles made with whole wheat flour and topped with homemade preserves, yogurt and real maple syrup.

What a perfect way to start the weekend!

Girls On The Run currently operates programs in 200 cities around the United States. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer – as a coach, a running buddy, or a supporter on the day of a run. You can learn more about Girls On The Run here.

The waffles Sandra made were so good I just had to get the recipe. It’s from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone book. Yeast is the key ingredient, giving the waffles a slightly nutty flavor and a light and fluffy texture. This recipe makes delicious pancakes, too, and the batter will store for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator.

Perfect girl power food. Thanks, Sandra!

Yeasted Waffles and Pancakes

Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone cookbook
Before the invention of baking powder, yeast was commonly used to make waffles and pancakes. Plan ahead for this recipe because the yeast, flour and milk need to sit overnight. The batter keeps well in the refrigerator for several days.
  • 2 1/2 tsp. or 1 package dry active yeast
  • 1 sp. sugar
  • 2 cups lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat, quinoa, toasted barley or other flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 5 Tbsp. canola oil or melted butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 /2 tsp. baking soda
  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast into 1/4 cup of warm water and stir in the sugar. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Put the warm milk and salt in a large bowl, then add the yeast mixture and whisk in the flours.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight if the weather is warm or elave out on the counter if it’s cool.
  4. Next morning, add the sugar, oil, eggs and soda.
  5. Cook according to your waffle iron’s instruction or on a preheated griddle.


  1. Jeanne Higgins says:

    Thank you for this lovely story! I am the founder of Girls on the Run of Puget Sound and first met Jeanne Krikawa when she was a running buddy in only our second season back in 2003. I am forever indebted to her and all you amazing women who continue to make this program a success!

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, Jeanne – Congratulations on the incredible growth of Puget Sound Girls on the Run! Jeanne K. mentioned that the first year she volunteered there were only 15 or 20 girls in the entire program. It was great to see so many different area elementary schools represented this year and I am looking forward to participating as a running buddy next year.

  2. Sandra says:

    We loved sharing the day with the Passionate Plate ladies. Thanks for the encouragement to run – and for the company over breakfast!

  3. Lisa Keller says:

    Yet another Bush connection with Nia, who is well-known to the librarians!

  4. Jeanne says:

    Girls on the Run rocks! And, what a great way to make a morning of it. Good friends, food, and a little exercise too!

  5. Margretta says:

    This is just so cool. I love the race and it’s focus on encouraging girls to stay healthy and fit. And I really love the prickly pears! I used to pick those in Arizona with my grandpa, so the sight of those brought back fond memories. Wherever did you find them?

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, Margretta – I will find out from Sandra where she bought the prickly pears and let you know. I had never eaten one before. What a treat! They are both beautiful AND delicious.

  6. Mo Johnson says:

    I love this!!! Go girls go!!!

  7. How cute is this! And these waffles…I love the idea!! Happy Sunday!

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