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.

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

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

It was a great decision.

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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.

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

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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!

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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

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Workout

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.

Dinner

We broke out the Panini maker tonight!!

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And ohmygodtheywerefantastic.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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And as if dinner wasn’t already good enough…

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

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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…

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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(!!!)

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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.

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Oh.My.God.Amazing!

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

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The omelet also came with home fries,

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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?? ;)

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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!