If I Could Eat This Every Day…

I’m so glad you all like the new kitchen! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can click here to see the “Big Reveal!”

I didn’t mention it earlier, but I’ve been home all day thanks to another snow day. I actually got the call last night, so it was nice to be able to sleep in a little bit this morning.

Lucky me woke up to a fresh pot of coffee (thanks to the hubby), so I immediately indulged in a mug while curled up on the couch.

That right there is a good ‘ol recycled photo; I was too lazy to go get my camera at this point. Winking smile

But NOT too lazy to photograph another amazing breakfast of Protein Pumpkin Cake.


Today’s combo was almost exactly the same as yesterday…


except I went ahead and added that layer of peanut butter. Surprised smile

It was a great decision.


I hung around most of the morning, catching up on some blog reading and watching a little boob tube (<— That phrase always makes me giggle quite a bit).

I started to get the tummy grumbles around 1:00, so I hopped out to the kitchen to prep some lunch.


An “everything-but-the-kitchen-sink” kinda salad. Yep…I was really craving some veggies this afternoon!


In the mix: romaine, cukes, grape tomatoes, red bell pepper, baby carrots, broccoli, chickpeas, and feta cheese. I ended up topping it with a big spoonful of cottage cheese + balsamic vinegar. It’s an awesome combo!


On the side, I toasted up a couple pieces of Rustic Italian Loaf that came out of my bread machine last night, and topped ‘em with a little butta. Winking smile



All day, I had been planning on heading to an afternoon BodyPump class, so you can imagine what a total bummer it was when I checked my gym website only to find out it was canceled.

Ughhh. Really?!? Baring teeth smile

At that point, I really lost all motivation to do anything but I pushed through, knowing I’d feel better in the end.

I turned on Exercise on Demand and completed the following two videos:

They were both pretty decent, and I was glad I got them in.


We broke out the Panini maker tonight!!


And ohmygodtheywerefantastic.

My panini was Turkey, Fontina, & Sun-Dried Tomato, spread with roasted red pepper hommus.


Jay picked up a couple ciabatta rolls (or as he calls them, “Chobani” rolls…) on his way home from work, so I used those as our base. Before grilling them, I sprayed them with a little spray butter (in place of extra oil) and sprinkled them with some dried rosemary. I simple and quick upgrade, but it made such a huge difference in flavor.


On the side, we enjoyed a batch of baked sweet potato fries, which I seasoned with some non-stick cooking spray, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and seasoned salt.


I’m pretty sure I could eat this meal every day.


And as if dinner wasn’t already good enough…


I’ve got a piece of leftover birthday cake with my name on it….see?


That’s right. Hands off. Disappointed smile

*Just a friendly reminder to check out Charlie’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge and give a vote for my Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Almond Buttercream Frosting. Things are looking good so far!

Hope you all have a great night!

Question for the Night:

Are you stingy with your food (especially sweets)? Do you mind sharing…or are you like me? Winking smile

Cookie Comas & Breakfast Dates

YAY for Sunday morning breakfast dates!! :-D

Before heading out though, a workout was in order; after last night’s indulgent snacks & massive cookie consumption, I woke up feeling rather sluggish. Ooof. :oops: I still have to go through all my photos from last night’s festivities, but I promise I will have a recap for you all later this afternoon. Here’s just a little sneak peek at what was right at my finger tips all night long…


Yes. It was incredible.

Thanks to the cookie-coma from what you see above, I ended up sleeping a bit later and missed my morning BodyPump class (BOO). So instead, I did a nice little hodge-podge of workouts from Exercise on Demand:

I felt a thousand times better afterward! And that Incredible Abs 5 video? That is no joke! :shock:

So finally, we headed out to a local place that we had recently heard great reviews of, “The Eatery” at Carol’s Place.

I knew immediately I was in for a treat when the waitress told us their flavored coffee of the day:

Caramel Apple(!!!)


It was pretty darn delicious! :-P

And then to make things even more amazing, we were presented with a plate of homemade cinnamon apple bread to snack on.




For breakfast, I ordered “The Skinny” omelet: spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, & onions (no cheese, & substituted Egg Beaters)


The omelet also came with home fries,


and a side of toast. I was really feelin’ the rye today…must have something to do with the rye bread dip that I made yesterday?? ;)


Quite a plate of food there, right? I was able to finish about 2/3 of the omelet, all of my toast, and maybe 1/4 of the home fries before throwing in the towel. I was pleasantly stuffed.

And thanks to our Entertainment Book coupon, our entire breakfast for the two of us only cost $11.28. Score! :-D

We followed up breakfast with a little more Christmas shopping and a trip to the grocery store. I’ll tell ya, grocery shopping is pretty easy when you can’t cook! ;)

Now I’ve got a little gift wrapping and photo editing to take care of while listening to some Christmas tunes. :)

Hope you’re all having a great Sunday!