Category Archives: Dessert

Blizzards for a Cause

Apparently I can’t get enough of interval workouts because yesterday on my lunch break I tackled yet another one.   This one was brutal and I wanted to yell obscenities much like I wanted to while completing this interval workout last week.

I used this deadly interval combination to come up with another rendition. I call this one: Intervals of Death Part II.

To be honest, I originally planned to do another incline running interval at minute 25  (5.5mph at 10%) and complete a full two minute interval for minute 19, but I completely ran out of steam! So the above  workout is what I actually did, not planned.  Regardless, it was a tough cardio workout!

Waffles n’ Eggs

Since coming back from San Diego our refrigerator and pantry is pretty empty. Luckily I can always count on enjoying breakfast for dinner on nights like these!

For dinner last night I made Waffles n’ Eggs.  It’s such a delicious combination.  I love the savory (eggs) with the sweet (waffles and syrup) mixed together in one meal.


I topped two waffles with real maple syrup:

On the side I made an omelet with one whole egg + two egg whites and a splash of soy milk. I filled the omelet with chopped onion and tomato and topped with a shredded Mexican blend cheese.

I love breakfast for dinner!

Whenever I am cooking eggs (or anything really) I can always count on these two for company:

I hope this woman drops something

Don't you ever share?

Lucky for them I do in fact share and gave them each an egg yolk.  Andy often asks if he can have the extra yolks but I always give them to Boo and Sophia. Sorry! 😉

Blizzards for a Cause

While I was driving home from work yesterday I heard a radio commercial mention that the local Cleveland Dairy Queens were giving the proceeds from blizzards sold on Thursday to the Children’s Miracle Network.  I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make a charitable contribution (and not to mention give me a reason to eat my second blizzard of the week.  Moderation is not my thing apparently)

Andy was feeling extra charitable and bought us both medium blizzards.  And they were beyond delicious as usual.

In my mix: Reese cups and Oreo.  Try it, it’s a winning combination! Andy gets a Turtle Pecan Cluster which is a close second to mine 😉

Now I just need the local pizza restaurants to start giving some of their proceeds to charity.  It’s Pizza Friday after all!

Weekend Plans

Tomorrow I am planning to attend an early Yoga class that’s being offered for free. I love taking Yoga classes and I don’t get to take them that often so I’m excited to go.

We also have another wedding Saturday night for one of Andy’s family friends.  Another excuse to drink way too much and act a fool on the dance floor.  Can’t wait 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

Question:

What’s your favorite Blizzard, ice cream or frozen yogurt combination?

Cookout and a Crazy Dog Park

After having an already fun and crazy holiday weekend, it was then topped off with a cookout at Andy’s parent’s house.

Andy and I

There was so much food! We munched on grilled chicken (with different sauces to dip in), hot dogs, potato salad, pasta salad, chips and salsa, deviled eggs, and watermelon.  To drink we had an assortment of beer and wine as well as iced tea, water and soda.

My favorite was the potato salad as well as the homemade salsas that Andy’s sister-in-law, Lindsay, made.

I think I ate my weight in the chips n’ salsa!

Homemade salsas

I filled my plate with a bit of everything:

We brought our dogs, Boo and Sophia, over for the day.  Andy’s parents have three dogs and Andy’s brother Joe and his wife, Lindsay, have one.  It was a like a crazy dog park!

The dogs literally played non-stop for 5 hours.  Boo is really fast (and knows it…he’s not very modest!) so he enjoyed running at full speed being chased by the others:

Just try and catch me Sammy and Buddy!

Baby Claire (Andy’s niece and God daughter) was also enjoying the 4th of July cookout and dressed the part:

Boo made sure to tell Claire that he loved her outfit:

Isn’t Claire so cute?! I just love her!

Claire with mom and dad:

The adorable family!

Besides eating (which we did a lot of!), we played games of Bocce Ball as we enjoyed the perfect, sunny weather.   Then we went back to eating when Andy’s mom brought out this beautiful and festive dessert:

This deliciousness was filled with berries, whipped cream and angel food cake.  It was awesome!

Boo and Sophia said their favorite was the watermelon:

We love watermelon!

When Sophia wasn’t munching on watermelon or eating the millions of treats that were given to her, she was doing what she does best: Looking cute and begging for more food!

Please, I have not had anything to eat in days....

If Sophia wasn’t bad enough, she invited her partner in crime, Bernie, to help beg:

Begging partner!

What little goobers! (But I love them of course 🙂 )

I have to say that this weekend was filled with so much fun, friends, family, and food.  What more could you ask for?

I had a great time celebrating and being with loved ones, even when this guy won’t smile for any of the pictures I take:

Take 1

Take 2

Take 3: Eyes are closed, but I'll take it!

Now it’s time for me to get my booty to work.  I only have a three-day week since I am taking Friday off for a wedding in Cincinnati. More celebrations to come! Have a great day everyone! 

Question of the Day:

I’m in need of book suggestions for my upcoming vacation to North Carolina.  Do you have any book recommendations?

Addicted

It’s official…I’m addicted to ice cream!

And I’m not complaining, especially when Andy offers to take me out after dinner to get some deliciousness and pay for it.  Who could refuse?  Certainly not this addict.

Last night Andy and I headed to Jerry’s Dari to get our fix.

I decided to get one of their homemade flavors, peanut butter chocolate chip.  It was good, as almost all ice cream is, but to be honest…It could have used more peanut butter flavor.  But that didn’t stop me from eating it all 😉  Next time I’ll try something else in hopes for more flavor or get my beloved hot fudge sundae.  You can’t go wrong with hot fudge!

Andy decided to get a cone with mint chocolate chip.  Have I mentioned I absolutely hate cones? Andy thinks I’m so strange and proceeds to tell me that the last bite of the cone is simply the best.  Sorry, but I prefer my ice cream in a cup!

I promise he’s happy…or maybe he’s just disgusted with the fact that I hate ice cream cones?

Dinner

Before our ice cream excursion, we did actually have a real meal.  Tonight’s meal came together in literally 6 minutes.  My kind of meal! With the help of my freezer, I made whole wheat ravioli with pasta sauce and veggies (which were also frozen).

The Starting Line Up

I picked up the ravioli at Whole Foods.  While they were good and a great meal to have on hand, it was lacking some flavor (what is it with food lacking flavor today?).

Ravioli

I’ve tried other flavors, and they’re much better.  These get a C+ rating from me. However, adding some grated cheese definitely helped spruce this meal up.  Cheese is amazing like that.

Even with the lack-o-flavor it did not stop me from cleaning my plate.  I was a hungry gal’!

Workout

Yesterday’s workout might have had something to do with my big appetite at dinner time.  I did some intervals and steady state running on the treadmill during my lunch break (which is 30-minutes).

My workout looked like this:

  • 0:00-5:00: 5.5 MPH
  • 6:00-7:00: 8.0 MPH
  • 7:00-9:00: 6.0 MPH
  • 10:00-11:00: 8.0MPH
  • 11:00-13:00: 6.0 MPH
  • 13:00-14:00: 8.0 MPH
  • 14:00-16:00: 6.0 MPH
  • 16:00-17:00: 8.0 MPH
  • 17:00-25:00: 6.0 MPH

Lately I have been running outside and I found myself getting just a teeny bit restless on the treadmill. So after 25 minutes I called it quits and  hopped on the stationary bike for 5 minutes, keeping my pace above 100 RPM and the resistance between 7-8.

The change of equipment kept my momentum and motivation up and afterwards I was a sweaty mess!

Exercise Time of Day

I actually liked getting a mid-day workout.  Usually I am a morning exerciser all the way.  But since I am working the opening shift at work on Tuesdays and Thursdays that means a wake up call of 5AM to get to work at 6AM.  A morning workout is not happening before 5AM, I refuse!

Mid-day seems to work better for me than after work as well.  After work all I want to do is relax and my motivation to move is at its low point.

Alright, it’s time for me to do that pesky work thing.  Just kidding, I love my job but if I had the choice, I’d be sitting on my couch watching The Real Housewives and eating pizza.  I guess that will just have to wait until Pizza Friday!

Questions:

Do you prefer your ice cream in a cone or a cup?

What time of day do you prefer to exercise?

P.S.  For some reason my comments are going to some of your spam and I don’t know why!  Has anyone ever had this issue? I’ve contacted WordPress, but have not heard anything.

There's Always Room for Ice Cream

The weekend started out with Pizza Friday, which after a few weeks of not having it due to vacation and weekend plans, felt extra special! Andy ordered the pizza from a new place (I don’t remember the name, but it’s a local joint). The pizza was Chicago style, so it had lots of crust.  It actually had a little too much bread for my liking, but it was still tasty and I enjoyed a few square pieces along with a glass of Skinny Girl Margarita.

I fell asleep on the couch at 9:30PM because apparently I can hardly ever stay up past 10PM anymore! I’m slowly turning into my grandparents and pretty soon I’ll be eating dinner at 3pm and waking up at 4am.

I did in fact wake up early on Saturday (but not 4am!) because the dogs wake up and want to immediately play and eat (Really, not much different than me 😉 ).  Once in a while they’ll go back to sleep once they go outside and eat their breakfast, but they were not wanting to sleep in on Saturday.  So I was up by 7AM.

Lately I’ve been taking them for a run Saturday mornings, but my body was exhausted from the week of workouts and getting back from vacation.  So I decided to take the weekend off from exercise.

Instead I went to the salon to get my hair cut and get some highlights.  I go to an Aveda Hair School to get my hair done, so it took almost 4 hours.  It takes a while, but for the price I’m ok with it! It’s less than half the amount it takes at a professional salon and I think they always do a great job.

Lighter Locks

I’m liking the lighter shade, it makes it feel like summer.  I love this time a year! Now if I could just have the whole summer off like when I was a kid that would be amazing…ahh, a girl can dream! 🙂

Saturday night Andy and I went out to dinner at a place called Panini’s, which is a local chain in the Cleveland area.  They have typical bar and grill type food, like sandwiches, salads, burgers, and wings.

I got a cosmo to drink, which was fantastic, and had a grilled chicken salad for my entree.  Andy and I also split an order of spinach artichoke dip.

Panini's Bar and Grill

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While driving home Andy wanted some ice cream and I am not someone that turns it down.  And let’s be serious…there’s always room for ice cream!  We stopped at Dairy Queen and we each had small hot fudge sundaes.  It was simple, yet so delicious.  You can’t go wrong with a hot fudge sundae!

Sundae

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Once again, I couldn’t keep my eyes open and fell asleep early.  Although I did get a couple of chapters read in Catching Fire.  It’s getting so good!!

Today was spent cleaning, grocery shopping, and spending time with Andy’s family to celebrate Andy’s 27th birthday (which was last week).  We went to Mongolian BBQ, which is one of Andy’s favorites.  It’s all you can eat stir fry type foods.

I got a shrimp bowl with lots of veggies and a mixture of sweet and sour sauce and a mango-type sauce.  I was full from my first go around so I didn’t get anymore.  Andy and the rest of his family went up for seconds and his dad got thirds.  What a champ! 

But secretly I was saving room to stop at Jerry’s Dairy, a local ice cream shop by our house.  Andy and I both got our second sundae of the weekend!

Andy

These sundaes definitely hit the spot!

Ice Cream Sundae #2

Now I’m off to relax for the evening and maybe consider putting away the two laundry baskets of clean clothes I have in my room.  Putting away laundry is one of my least favorite chores.  Seriously, I’d rather clean my bathroom!  But once I put it away it feels so nice to have it all organized in my closet and dresser.  We’ll see if I’ll find it in me to do it!

That leads me to my question of the day

What is your least favorite chore to do?

There’s Always Room for Ice Cream

The weekend started out with Pizza Friday, which after a few weeks of not having it due to vacation and weekend plans, felt extra special! Andy ordered the pizza from a new place (I don’t remember the name, but it’s a local joint). The pizza was Chicago style, so it had lots of crust.  It actually had a little too much bread for my liking, but it was still tasty and I enjoyed a few square pieces along with a glass of Skinny Girl Margarita.

I fell asleep on the couch at 9:30PM because apparently I can hardly ever stay up past 10PM anymore! I’m slowly turning into my grandparents and pretty soon I’ll be eating dinner at 3pm and waking up at 4am.

I did in fact wake up early on Saturday (but not 4am!) because the dogs wake up and want to immediately play and eat (Really, not much different than me 😉 ).  Once in a while they’ll go back to sleep once they go outside and eat their breakfast, but they were not wanting to sleep in on Saturday.  So I was up by 7AM.

Lately I’ve been taking them for a run Saturday mornings, but my body was exhausted from the week of workouts and getting back from vacation.  So I decided to take the weekend off from exercise.

Instead I went to the salon to get my hair cut and get some highlights.  I go to an Aveda Hair School to get my hair done, so it took almost 4 hours.  It takes a while, but for the price I’m ok with it! It’s less than half the amount it takes at a professional salon and I think they always do a great job.

Lighter Locks

I’m liking the lighter shade, it makes it feel like summer.  I love this time a year! Now if I could just have the whole summer off like when I was a kid that would be amazing…ahh, a girl can dream! 🙂

Saturday night Andy and I went out to dinner at a place called Panini’s, which is a local chain in the Cleveland area.  They have typical bar and grill type food, like sandwiches, salads, burgers, and wings.

I got a cosmo to drink, which was fantastic, and had a grilled chicken salad for my entree.  Andy and I also split an order of spinach artichoke dip.

Panini's Bar and Grill

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While driving home Andy wanted some ice cream and I am not someone that turns it down.  And let’s be serious…there’s always room for ice cream!  We stopped at Dairy Queen and we each had small hot fudge sundaes.  It was simple, yet so delicious.  You can’t go wrong with a hot fudge sundae!

Sundae

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Once again, I couldn’t keep my eyes open and fell asleep early.  Although I did get a couple of chapters read in Catching Fire.  It’s getting so good!!

Today was spent cleaning, grocery shopping, and spending time with Andy’s family to celebrate Andy’s 27th birthday (which was last week).  We went to Mongolian BBQ, which is one of Andy’s favorites.  It’s all you can eat stir fry type foods.

I got a shrimp bowl with lots of veggies and a mixture of sweet and sour sauce and a mango-type sauce.  I was full from my first go around so I didn’t get anymore.  Andy and the rest of his family went up for seconds and his dad got thirds.  What a champ! 

But secretly I was saving room to stop at Jerry’s Dairy, a local ice cream shop by our house.  Andy and I both got our second sundae of the weekend!

Andy

These sundaes definitely hit the spot!

Ice Cream Sundae #2

Now I’m off to relax for the evening and maybe consider putting away the two laundry baskets of clean clothes I have in my room.  Putting away laundry is one of my least favorite chores.  Seriously, I’d rather clean my bathroom!  But once I put it away it feels so nice to have it all organized in my closet and dresser.  We’ll see if I’ll find it in me to do it!

That leads me to my question of the day

What is your least favorite chore to do?

Peanut Butter Pecan Banana Bread

Andy and I spent our Sunday shopping! I have been looking to update my wardrobe with some new spring items and was on the hunt for cute dresses, jeans, skirts, and shirts.

Fueling Up

Before our shopping began we made a pit stop at Starbucks where I got a Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte and Andy got a Venti Caramel Frappuccino.  Naturally we had to be caffeinated before our shopping trip began!

Pre Shopping Fuel

Latte fo me please!

Next it was on to TJ Maxx, which is my favorite store.  I really think I could live in a TJ Maxx store…

The Best Store EVER

Wrong Fit

I found lots of cute items, but when I tried them on they didn’t fit right.  Dresses for me are hard to find because I am taller (5’7) and a basic size medium dress usually looks like a mini skirt on me.  That was the case yesterday so I didn’t end up buying any dresses.

Jeans are also hard for me because I have shorter legs (and a longer torso) and I can never seem to find the right fit through the thighs without the waist being too big.  Luckily I have a couple of pairs at home that fit great (one from Old Navy and the other Gap Outlet) so I am not in desperate need of them.

Instead, I turned my focus on a new quilt for our bed to give the room a pop of spring.  That satisfied my spring shopping urge for the day!  Andy focused his attention on hot sauces and pasta sauce, he’s obsessed with all the unique food items at TJ Maxx! I think he bought at least 5 different kinds of sauces!

Organic Food Shopping

After TJ Maxx we hit up the store for some grocery shopping.  Andy and I have decided that we want to be eating better quality meats, dairy, and produce and have agreed that the higher price is worth it.  So instead of our usual local grocery store, we hit up Whole Foods in search of organic foods.

Organic Produce

I have not been to Whole Foods in so long so it was such a treat to go! I love seeing the amazing variety that Whole Foods has.  There are so many unique food items! And everything there just seems so fresh and delicious.

We left with a nice assortment of goods including strawberries, bananas, oranges, potatoes, onions, garlic hummus, 1% milk, Greek yogurt, chicken, tofu, fresh salmon burgers (that Andy cooked up for dinner…so good!), crackers, frozen veggie burgers, frozen veggies, frozen ravioli, bread and some other goodies.

As soon as I came home I dug into the garlic hummus.  It was Whole Food’s brand.  It’s delicious!

Peanut Butter Pecan Banana Bread

As I was putting the groceries away I realized I had some bananas that were looking pretty ripe.  I don’t enjoy extra sweet bananas by themselves so I knew what I wanted to do: bake em’ into some bread!

This recipe is adapted from an old Cooking Light magazine:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup oil (you could sub fat free plain yogurt or applesauce here…I didn’t have either so I just used an oil blend)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 3/4 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Mix ingredients together in a mixing bowl (The Cooking Light recipe calls for mixer.  I did not use one, I just mixed with a spoon until well blended)
  • Grease a 9×5 baking dish with cooking spray
  • Pour batter into dish and bake for 65 minutes

I love this recipe! The banana bread came out wonderfully.  The addition of the peanut butter and pecans gives the bread great flavor and crunch.  Definitely something I’ll make again!

Unfortunately, I’m having camera issues and I am currently in the market for a new one.  Until then, I may have to borrow Andy’s! Here is the picture from Cooking Light until I can snap my own 😉

PB and Pecan Banana Bread

Questions:

  • Are there any specific clothing items that you find hard to shop for?
  • Do you regularly eat any organic food items?

Cookies + Spaghetti Pie

Since I had a snow day and didn’t want to leave the house, I had the urge to cook!

After my workout and having some lunch, I decided to make some Valentine themed cookies.  I had some cookie mix in the pantry that I have had since Christmas and also had some Valentine’s Day M&Ms that I purchased on Sunday.  I thought why not combine the two!

M&Ms + Sugar Cookie Mix

I followed the directions on the cookie mix bag and added the M&Ms.  Within 15 minutes, I was eating cookies (and maybe a spoonful or three of cookie dough!)

Cookie Dough

Pre-Cooked Cookies

The cookies are ready for eatin'!

Bucket o' Cookies

I had to sample one to make sure it was good…

Delicious!

This was a winning combination!  I had 4 today, I can’t keep keep my hand out of that bucket!

Dinner

Before I polished off more cookies, I made sure to have some dinner.  I have been wanting to make a pasta dish for the past few days but I had to plow through some serious left overs first (pizza 5 days in a row? Yeah, I did!)  So tonight was my chance to cook! I decided to make my own version of Spaghetti Pie.

Chicken Sausage Spaghetti Pie

  • 1 package of whole wheat spaghetti, cooked according to directions
  • 1 package of pre-cooked chicken sausage (I used an asiago and red pepper flavor sausage)
  • 1 container of lowfat ricotta cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese (roughly 1/2 c)
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Chopped green pepper
  • Chopped onion
  • Garlic, minced
  • 1 package frozen broccoli, thawed
  • Marinara sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Italian seasoning

Directions:

Mix parmesan cheese, egg, and butter into cooked pasta.  Place inside a pan like a ‘pie crust’.  Spread ricotta cheese over pasta.

Heat the remaining ingredients in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the mixture on top of the pasta and ricotta.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.  Add the shredded mozzarella cheese on top and bake an additional 5 minutes. Eat and enjoy!

Dinner is served!

This was a very good and filling dinner.  Andy enjoyed it too! I would definitely make this again.

30-Day Challenge

Today’s topic is to discuss how you want your future to turn out.  For me, it’s very simple, really.  Here is what I would like to see in my life:

  • Love
  • Happiness
  • Fullfullment and purpose through love, my job, challenges, relationships and helping others
  • Enjoying my time here on Earth and all the people in my life
  • Starting a family and being surrouned by loved ones
  • Many trips to the beach!

If I am blessed to have all of that, then I will be one fullfilled individual 🙂

Question:

What is something you want to see in your future?