Just Call Me Debbie…

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So today has been a little bit of a whirlwind of a day, and a hate to admit it but…

I’m totally rockin’ the “Debbie Downer” attitude tonight. 😳

To start, the stress of the kitchen remodel is really starting to take a toll on Jay and I. We certainly didn’t expect it to be easy, but after a few unexpected discoveries…which lead to a few unexpected expenses…I guess we’re just plain frustrated. We’re ready for the work to be done, we’re ready to stop eating off plastic plates, and we’re ready to have our kitchen back to one room (rather than being dispersed throughout the entire house).


As if the kitchen woes weren’t already enough, I also found out some discouraging news earlier in the day which put a pretty good damper on my mood. Hmmph. 🙄

But hey, I guess I’m just having “one of those days.” We’re all entitled to ‘em, right? Now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest, I can already feel a little weight lifting…

So let’s not dwell on the negative; let’s focus on some positives – like FOOD. 😉

Today’s breakfast came in the fabulous form of a peanut butter + pumpkin sandwich.


I topped half of an Arnold’s whole wheat sandwich thin with some White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter, and the other half with a mix of pumpkin + pumpkin butter + cinnamon. It was deeeeLISH. 😛


I also rocked a killer Asian pear with breakfast. These pears are just fantastic. No doubt about it.


And of course some joe-to-go! 😉




Ohhhh blueberries, how I’ve missed you so!


A typical Monday Tuesday(?) Usual, plus an unphotographed honey graham Clif Z Bar.


PLUS, a little slice of heaven…aka, sweet potato chocolate chip bread. I’ve really gotta try to get my hands on this recipe!! 😯



After getting home from work and errands, my miserable mood left me wanting a dinner with as little fuss as possible. Thank goodness for leftovers!!


Tonight I had 1-1/2 slices of my leftover pizza from last night’s get-together.

I now have a new-found love for fresh spinach + eggplant on my pizza.


And let’s not forget my affinity for goat cheese pizza now too. Can you see where I picked off my olives?? 😉


Thankfully, the combination of pizza + chatting with the hubby + watching the Food Network helped lift my spirits.

This guy did a pretty good job, too. 🙂


I’m thinking some chocolate is going to be needed in my future…time to go hunt some down before One Tree Hill starts!

Thanks again for dealing with my “Debbie” attitude tonight my friends…it’s nice to know I have you all to “vent” to. 🙂

Question for the Evening:

What do you do when dealing with a “Debbie Downer” attitude?

Christmas Cookies Galore!

How’s everyone doing on this glorious Saturday?? 😀

I got my day started nice and early to take care of some errands that needed to be done. One of which, was to stop back at my parents’ house to pick up some of the goodies I made yesterday…


Oh yes! I had to take yesterday off from work for a doctor’s appointment that took a good portion of my morning. But while I was there, I got a call from my mom asking if I’d like to come over after to do some Christmas cookie baking. Did I ever!


We had such a productive afternoon of cookie baking. And eight batches of recipes later, we had some delicious goodies on our hands. 🙂





To say I was a little “Cookied-Out” is an understatement; after consuming copious amounts of dough & cookies, my sugar coma claimed victory. But hey, it happens. Mom and I are planning our “Round 2” of cookie baking next Saturday – I guess you could say we’re feeling ambitious.

Don’t worry, I plan on featuring some of the recipes here on the blog in the next couple weeks. 😛

So after stopping home and continuing on with my errands, I needed a little something to keep my taste buds occupied.


I’m sure you may be thinking that’s a Peppermint Mocha Latte, but unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to stomach those for a while. Even though I know last week’s stomach bug was in no way related to drinking one of these, it was one of the last things that I consumed before I really started to get sick. 😳

So while I’m sure I’ll eventually work up the courage to try one again, for now, those and stuffing are on my “NO WAY” list.

Isn’t it weird how that happens? When I was in fourth grade, I got sick after eating tacos (TMI maybe, sorry). It took me over 10 years to eat a taco again. Crazy, right??

A little while ago I started to get some tummy grumbles, so I whipped together a creamy, pumpkiny-licious snack. That’s totally not even close to a word, I know.


Cottage cheese + canned pumpkin + pumpkin butter + raisins + cinnamon & nutmeg + Quaker Oatmeal Squares

Mmmmm 😛


Cody was also intrigued by it…


But then some blowing leaves quickly snagged his attention. 😉


Now I’m listening to some jolly Christmas tunes on Pandora while writing out some more Christmas cards. I have a pretty relaxing afternoon ahead of me, followed by a fun Christmas party tonight!

Question for the Day:

How are you spending YOUR Saturday?? 🙂

Not What We Had Planned…

Well my Saturday certainly hasn’t started off as I planned…both hubby and I are sick with a stomach bug. 😳


I hadn’t really felt 100% yesterday, but just kind of attributed it to extra food consumption from the past couple days. Apparently that wasn’t the case. Whatever it is that we have, it had us both up half the night. Yuck! Thankfully, my mom dropped off some ginger ale, so we’re now sipping on that.

Seriously, what is it about ginger ale when you’re sick? It tastes absolutely incredible right now.


Hopefully I’ll be able to muster up some energy to make something to eat soon. Toast is always a good option, so we’ll see.

Cody also isn’t a fan of our “bug” because he’s not getting the attention he wants…so he continues to attack the tree while neither of us have the energy to stop him. I’ll tell ya…he’s no dummy! 😉


I actually had a dinner date with my girls planned for tonight, but unfortunately that’s not happenin’. Luckily, they’re fantastic enough to reschedule for another time when I’m feeling better. Thanks girls!

For now, it’s time to lay back down on the couch, watch some TV, and sip on my ginger ale. Hopefully you’re all having a better Saturday than I am! haha 😉

Question for the Day:

Do you have certain things that you crave when you’re sick? Foods? Drinks? Movies?

Goodbye Fall…Hello Christmas

Has everyone made their way out of their food comas from yesterday?? 😉

Well, it’s about that time again…


As much as I absolutely adore everything about fall and my fall decorations, it’s time to pack it away. I think Cody’s going to miss all of his window decorations toys. 😉


Hey! What are you doin’ with all my fun toys I play with every day Mom?”


Growing up, it was always tradition to use the day after Thanksgiving as the day to begin decorating for Christmas; tree up and all! So even though I’ve been out of my parents’ house for two years now, I still keep the tradition going in my own house. 🙂

Before getting started, however, a delicious breakfast was in order.


I figured it was only fitting to incorporate the “fall background” one more time before it’s all packed up. 😉


A plain Chobani mixed with a scoop of homemade pumpkin butter + a scoop of pumpkin cream cheese + 1/2 sliced banana + granola.


Yummmmm. 😛


Along with some caffeine…of course!


Now all of my fall favorites are all packed up…


And it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 😀


We’ll see how much progress I make today!

Question for the Day:

How are you spending your Black Friday? Did you brave the crowds??? 😉

Date Night Dinner Giveaway!

As you guys all know, I’m a sucker for Date Nights. 🙂

As much as I love having Date Nights out, sometimes it’s nice to have something quick and easy to prepare in the comfort of your own home.

A few weeks back, I was offered an opportunity through MyBlogSpark to try out a couple new dinner kits:


I received the Wanchai Ferry Orange Chicken dry dinner kit, as well as the Macaroni Grill Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken & Pasta dry dinner kit. YUM YUM! 😛

I had actually forgotten that I had them in the pantry, but since I’ve tried to start cleaning some stuff out to make room for the new renovations, I figured tonight would be the perfect opportunity for a little “Date Night” in.


I decided to prepare the Orange Chicken dinner kit, however, I switched things up a bit to make it an “Orange SHRIMP” dinner! I’ve had a bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer weeks now, and really wanted to use it. The dinner kit provides everything that you need, except for your protein, so it gives you options (think chicken, shrimp, pork…)


The dinner was actually extremely easy to make, and it was quite nice having everything I needed right at my fingertips. I honestly don’t usually buy boxed dinner kits like this, just because I prefer to make my own. However, the ease was of preparation was definitely right up my alley. 😉

Considering it was a “Date Night” and all, I decided a little bit of wine was in order…


Yeah, that’s right. I kept it classy in the plastic cup. Hey, sometimes that’s just how I roll. 🙂

When cooking up my shrimp in the provided seasoning, I also added a little red bell pepper + onion for some extra bulk. Definitely a good decision.


After adding the orange sauce…


I’ve gotta admit…I was little apprehensive about adding these chilies…I’m not a spicy kinda person. 😯


But I did it anyways, and these four little buggers definitely gave the entire dish a little kick!


My “date” and I agreed…it was yummy! 🙂


I think if I were to make it again, I might consider adding a little less of the orange sauce. I know orange “add your protein here” is supposed to be sweet, but I think I might like mine a little “less dressed.” 😉



And of course, somebody else wanted in on the Date Night action…


He sure knows how to make himself right at home, doesn’t he?


So do you guys want in on a little secret??

There’s an extra “Date Night Prize Pack” that’s up for grabs for one of YOU!!! 😯

The winner of the Date Night Prize Pack giveaway will receive:

  • (1) Wanchai Ferry dry dinner kit,
  • (1) Macaroni Grill dry dinner kit, &
  • a $25 Visa gift card that you can use to create your OWN date night at home!

*To Enter:

Leave a comment on this post answering one of the following questions:

  • Where did you and your significant others have your first date? Or…
  • What are your best tips for having a fun date night at home?

The giveaway will close on Wednesday, November 17th @ 5pm E.T. I will announce the winner that evening.

In the meantime, feel free to snag a coupon for $2.25 off a Macaroni Grill or Wanchai Ferry dinner kit! Just CLICK HERE.


*Note: Wanchai Ferry and Macaroni Grill provided me with the free products, information, and prize pack through MyBlogSpark. Any opinions of the products seen here were completely my own.