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WIAW: Sweets and Snacks

by Courtney on April 16, 2014

Wednesday already? That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

The past two days have been super busy. I suddenly have a bunch of extra stuff on my plate (most of which is good!) and I’m trying (yet, somewhat failing) at getting it all organized. It’ll all get done eventually, I know that. But sometimes I let it just overwhelm me a bit more than I should.

Thankfully, with the help of Jay, we managed to work through a bunch of stuff yesterday after work, including a load of laundry, dishes done, most of this blog post written,  Lucas’s clothes folded, some travel planning stuff done (fun news to come!) and I even managed to get a workout in. Yes, I went to bed feeling much more accomplished than I had felt Monday night…and that’s because I’m just ignoring the rest of that monster list of things that still need to get done for the moment.

But enough about that…let’s just get to the bulk of this post! It’s What I Ate Wednesday Monday.

Pre-Breakfast Snack

Some mornings I’m way hungrier than others. Monday morning happened to be one of those days. I’ll usually snack on a handful of this or that before leaving the house, but I was racing out the door like a madwoman (no surprise there, really) and didn’t have time to grab anything. Thankfully, I found this little gem stashed away in the center console of my car.

granola bar

I keep food everywhere. Not kidding in the slightest.

After dropping Lucas off and on my way in to work, I also noticed that the drive-thru line at DD’s was empty…

cookie dough iced coffee

I think I may have a problem, you guys. It’s an iced cookie dough coffee problem. I. can’t. stop.


To go with my iced coffee was breakfast, which included some plain Greek yogurt with strawberries + Kashi Go Lean Crisp.


Light. Refreshing. Totally not enough for my hunger that day…

Mid-Morning Snack(s)

About an hour and a half later I was hungry once again, so while I took care of the pumping thing, I ate a packet of maple and brown sugar instant oatmeal (kept in my desk for emergencies).

instant oatmeal

There’s really no way to make instant oatmeal look appealing, sorry guys.

By the time I got back to my desk, I was greeted with a yummy little surprise.


One of my co-workers made peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies and dropped one off for me. I’d usually try to save something like that for an after-lunch dessert but it looked too good to hold off on…and it was.


As I went to snap a photo of this one, I felt like I could have been lunch twinsies with a fourth grader.


Sometimes, a classic sandwich just hits the spot, don’t you agree? This sandwich was deli turkey with lettuce and (semi-brown) avocado with balsamic mayo on whole wheat bread, which was enjoyed along with some baby carrots and hummus.

turkey sandwich

That sandwich was uh-may-zing.

Afternoon Snack Dessert

I stole these out of my friend’s candy dish at work earlier in the day and had forgotten about them until I went to grab my keys from my purse on my way out of work.

peanut m&m's

A drive home is infinitely better with peanut m&m’s. Just sayin’.


Monday night was gorgeous, so we took full advantage (before the snow showers hit last night…ugh) and fired up the grill.


Jay took care of grilling up some steaks while I made some oven roasted garlic and parmesan potatoes (I used a somewhat loose version of this recipe). This meal was fabulous and I am totally, 100% looking forward to more just like it as the weather warms back up again. C’mon Mother Nature…mid April should not mean 40 degrees!

Anyways…Monday night also happened to be a family dinner night. These nights are rare (we’re always scrambling and can never seem to time things so we all eat together) so I always enjoy them even more.


Lucas chowed down on some pureed spinach/green beans/carrots/peas, some of a hardboiled egg yolk, small bites of pears, some of our potatoes and green beans, and a few yogurt melts. This kid…I’ll tell ya. His appetite is out of control. I swear he’d eat all day long if I kept food in front of him. I’m already worried about my grocery bill as he gets older.


Despite the fact that I had my fair share of mini sweets during the day…and because I can’t go a day without it (aaaand it’s in the freezer so I can’t ignore it)…

ice cream

I had the same dessert as Sunday night – vanilla ice cream with birthday cake Oreos crumbled on top.

Alright friends, that’s all I’ve got for today. I’ll catch up with you guys soon! Winking smile

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1 Ash @ Ash's Right Direction April 16, 2014 at 6:35 am

We took advantage of the nice weather on Sunday and fired up the grill for ranch burgers :)
It will be so much nicer when Lucas starts feeding himself and you give him what you are having. Mason loves using his fork and spoon. We started with the plastic sporks and he did well so we moved to an actually child fork. There are times he will only eat something if it is on the end of his fork.
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2 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake April 16, 2014 at 6:47 am

Ahhh whenever there is no line at a DD drive thru, you gotta take advantage!
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3 Miss Polkadot April 16, 2014 at 6:58 am

The monster list, yes. Don’t ask me about mine – just so much: I can relate. Though I figure you as a mum are about ten times as busy as me so I shouldn’t be complaining. No surprise extra snacks are necessary and I like how you keep some everywhere because that’s the best and only way to go, really.
“I’m already worried about my grocery bill as he gets older.” <- Haha! You'd better start saving already ;). Not like I was a mum but I've seen some teenage boys eat before (duh!) and geeez…


4 Lauren April 16, 2014 at 7:06 am

I have snacks everywhere too. Especially now. My snack drawer at work is out of control at the moment. :)


5 Linz @ Itz Linz April 16, 2014 at 7:07 am

i’ve been all about chocolate chip cookie cake lately! people have brought us so many sweet treats since baby william arrived!!
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6 Courtney April 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Chocolate chip cookie cake? Ohhhh mannnn, I want some!!


7 Kelly @ Femme Fitale April 16, 2014 at 7:21 am

That iced cookie dough coffee sounds pretty amazing! Your sweet tooth is so similar to mine, it’s uncanny! On that note, I’m off to make some late night dessert of some sort (in Oz!). Enjoy your Wednesday!
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8 Courtney April 16, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Haha, glad to hear I’m not alone! Hope you were able to come up with a good dessert ;)


9 Ashley @ Sweet carolina belle April 16, 2014 at 7:33 am

Unfortunately, there is not a DD on my way to work anymore. I really need to find one nearby because I have heard amazing things about the Cookie Dough coffee.
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10 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles April 16, 2014 at 7:49 am

Thank you for reminding me that I have ice cream in my freezer…I’ll have to get at that tonight ;-)
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11 Brynn April 16, 2014 at 7:57 am

I can’t wait to try the DD cookie dough coffee, it sounds so good! We also grilled out when the weather warmed up. But now the snow is back…come on spring!
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12 Kassidy April 16, 2014 at 8:17 am

what a yummy day of eats!


13 Shel@PeachyPalate April 16, 2014 at 9:04 am

A classic lunch for sure!!! Still need to find myself some Organic Turkey to try! You’re the turkey sandwich queen! :)


14 Courtney April 16, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Haha, whyyyy thank you ;)


15 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat April 16, 2014 at 9:13 am

That is totally my kind of lunch – simple, yet delicious!
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16 Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire April 16, 2014 at 9:25 am

I’m not lying – you totally have me craving a turkey sandwich at 9:30 a.m. :)
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17 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun April 16, 2014 at 9:28 am

I could never keep ice cream in my refrigerator I would never make it an hour without going into it. You are a strong woman! Looks like you had a busy but still delicious day of eats!
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18 Becky@TheSavedRunner April 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

I really feel like I need to buy those birthday cake oreos to eat with vanilla ice cream! You keep tempting me! :)


19 Courtney April 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Yes, you most definitely do. They are SO good!!


20 Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment April 16, 2014 at 10:03 am

Love the family dinner night pics!


21 Hayley@healthyregardshayley April 16, 2014 at 10:13 am

I love that you just listen to your body and realize that somedays heck you may be way hungrier than others and instead of ignoring that you respect your body! It is inspiring as I work on my relationship with food (:
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22 jen April 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

Maybe stop blogging about your food if you have a bad relationship, the over analyzing does nothing to help


23 Britt@MyOwnBalance April 16, 2014 at 10:14 am

Looking at all of your eats is making me hungry! It’s so sweet that your co-worker baked cookies! I want to try that cookie dough DD!
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24 jen April 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

Wait , you’re omgsobusy again? Try having three kids, working FULL time and fitting in time to train for ultramarathons. And gee whiz, ooooh boooyyy guyzzz you also write like a 4th grader.

I never `get` these posts. Who cares what you ate. And if you’re so omg busy don’t photograph everything .


25 Courtney April 16, 2014 at 11:14 am

Hi Jen! Yes, I am pretty busy these days. Sounds like you are too, my goodness. I was just saying to my husband last night that I can’t imagine how we would juggle having more than one child sometimes, so major props to you. But really, just because you may be busier than I am, it shouldn’t discount the fact that I also have a lot on my plate. We’re all busy in our own ways.

Honestly though, if you don’t care about what I ate or how I write, then I would encourage you to stop reading. Especially since it sounds like you’ve already got your hands full. Best of luck with your ultramarathon training!


26 jen April 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Must be nice to have a job that let’s you work on your other job while there


27 Chelsey April 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Wow Jen. Enough with the snark! I’m actually interested in what your full time job is and how you are OMGSOBUSY but have time to leave hateful comments on someone else’s blog. Oh wait, people who work have something called breaks, right?


28 Annette@FitnessPerks April 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

I have food everrrryyywhere too! It’s awesome. :) I love finding surprise bars in the diaper bag or my purse. Oh and twizzlers the other day at church because there were some in my bag. Perfect.

He does sound like a hungry machine! I am excited to feed baby L real food soon!
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29 Harsha @ Healthy Cooking 'N' Fitness April 16, 2014 at 11:13 am

I too feel way too much hungry on few days when compared to others. Never had Iced cookie dough coffee from DD should give it a try soon.
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30 Susan S April 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Just a bit of warning – – – my son just turned 11 and has been eating us out of house and home for several years. Not sure where he puts it all!!!!


31 Courtney April 16, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Oh my goodness, that’s what I’m afraid of!!!


32 Shawna April 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

peanut m&ms = best thing ever. always makes any day better. :)


33 Ashley M April 16, 2014 at 12:42 pm

What a beautiful day of delicious eats! I am just like you…keep food everywhere! Haha! You NEVER know when you will be in an emergency!! Love your posts!!


34 Courtney April 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Thanks, Ashley :)


35 Kim @FITsique April 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Eating together is so hard but always so worth it. Even if its leftovers from the night before and we can only overlap our meal times I always try to sit at the table and catch up for a few minutes. The weather is getting nicer so I can’t wait to start grilling and eating outside again. Birthday cake oreos? Say what!
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36 Kelly April 16, 2014 at 4:29 pm

I’ve followed your blog for a while. I know you’ve mentioned in the past that your eating used to be super strict/regimented as well as your exercise. Your eating now is so balanced. I tend to eat the same things every day because they are “safe” (despite being healthy). How did you change your mindset? I’ve gotten much better since having kids because my energies are so focused on them, but it’s still a struggle not to “think” so much about what I eat.


37 Courtney April 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Hey Kelly, thank you! Honestly, I’m not really sure what happened in order for my mindset to change…it just sort of did I suppose? It really started with HA and having to make changes for a bigger reason (being able to have a baby). Once I let myself relax a bit then, I found it just continued to get easier. And now, as you said, there are just so many other things to focus on, so food is not at the front of my mind nearly as much as it used to be. I still understand where you’re coming from though — please feel free to email me if you ever need to chat more. :)


38 Danica @ It's Progression April 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I’m so glad “grilling season” is just about here too – the smell alone is amazing!


39 Lauren @ LoveChocolateLife April 16, 2014 at 4:44 pm

My sweet tooth has been out of control lately too !!!! I love simple turkey sandwiches it looks so good !! And that ice cream… mmmm
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40 Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie April 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Speaking of food, just so you know…I blame you for my newest addition…cookie butter and yogurt. It’s so good!!
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41 Katy April 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I have been having 4th grade lunches and snacks this week too!! All week I have had a turkey sandwich with veggies, hummus, cheese sticks, and applesauce. Since I am a teacher, I KNOW this is what a typical 4th grader eats haha. Sometimes the classics taste the best.
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42 ellie @ fit for the soul April 16, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Haha, I’m kind of getting worried about our daughter too~~!!! She’s Lucas’ age and loooovoes to eat…she’s a foodie like mommy. She eats anything and everything, and doesn’t stop unless take it away. :P And I used to keep snacks everywhere too! But after baby my mind is all over the place so I forget to keep them stashed. So if I’m out and about and get hungry I’m doomed. You motivate me with little reminders like that.
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43 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 16, 2014 at 9:21 pm

There must be something with this week because it’s been INSANE and really, just not fun. I can’t wait for Friday! ;)
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44 Amy April 16, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Hello Courtney,
I love all your WIAW’s! Yummy! I hope you know the answer to this question: Can you possibly ask your co-worker for the recipe for those delicious looking “Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies. They look really thick and fluffy and I’m ALWAYS interested in how I can “tweak” my cookie recipes (although I have a pretty solid one). Can you post the recipe (if she gives it to you) or…can you email me separately?
~Amy :-)


45 Courtney April 17, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Thanks, Amy! I’ll have to see what I can find out on the cookies – I’ll let you know!


46 Amy April 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Hello Courtney,
Okay! Great! Just do what you can though! If you can’t get it, it’s really not a “huge” biggie! :-)
Have a great day!
~Amy :-)


47 Sarah @ Sarah Sincerely April 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Sometimes sandwiches are just what the doctor ordered. And your’s kinda makes me want one. However, I beg to differ about the fourth grader comment – I teach 3rd, and your lunch looks WAY better than what my kiddos normally eat!
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48 Lauren April 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

How do you order the cookie dough iced coffee at DD? You’ve convinced me to try it but i’m nervous that it’s going to be too sweet!


49 Courtney April 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

With just skim milk!


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