Cookie Comas & Breakfast Dates

YAY for Sunday morning breakfast dates!! 😀

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. 😳 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! 😯

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! 😛

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! 😀

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!

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Tops is TOPS!

Today has definitely been one of those days that is just “GO GO GO” – from 5:30am this morning, until 9:00pm tonight, when we finally walked in the door.

Nonetheless, despite being super busy, it has been rather productive!

Workout

At 5:05am this morning, my alarm was definitely not on my good side. After the second round of “snoozing” I really debated on skipping my AM workout all together. However, I knew I’d be mad at myself if I didn’t get up (since I really didn’t have a good excuse), so I sucked it up and tumbled out of bed. I had already planned on doing the Rock Hard Total Body Workout on Exercise on Demand…I was wicked excited when I found out it was back on! I can already tell I’m going to be sore tomorrow…LOVE that. 😉

Breakfast

An exact repeat from yesterday…so I’m “recycling” yesterday’s photos. 🙂

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The only difference was that BOTH pieces got the pumpkin cream cheese + PB + banana treatment today. It was absolutely fantastic!

So was my Caramel Macchiato coffee. 😉

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Lunch

Thanks to my enormous “Tuna & Rice” salad from last night, I had plenty of leftovers to incorporate into today’s lunch:

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I took a big ‘ol scoop of leftover salad, along with some leftover roasted veggies, and added a little romaine base for some added bulk. It was just as good the second time around!

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I also enjoyed a nice crisp Gala. It was so sweet and juicy…yummmm. 😛

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After work began my afternoon of errands…one of which included a flu shot. BLECH. Needles really don’t bother me at all, so it’s not that; it’s more the fact that every year I get a flu shot, I always end up getting “sick” with cold-like symptoms from it a few days later. If it wasn’t for my darn asthma, I don’t know if I’d even get one…keeping my fingers crossed for this year! 😯

I started feeling a little sluggish this afternoon, so I decided to stop for a little caffeine pick-me-up. It did nothing for my energy, but it still tasted delish.

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After finishing up some more errands, Jay and I decided to stop for some dinner. We were out in the Schenectady area, which we aren’t usually near, but I was pretty excited because there’s a restaurant out there I’ve been dying to try: Tops American Grill, Bakery, & Bar.

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I thought the inside was so cute! It definitely had a fun, welcoming look to it. And how ‘bout those palm trees? 🙂

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For my dinner, I ended up choosing something totally random: Roast Beef. I can’t even tell you when the last time was that I ordered roast beef. Years, probably.

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What I can tell you though, is that I’m so glad I did. It was delicious! Roast beef, provolone, roasted red peppers, lettuce, & tomato in a garlic and herb wrap. It also came with horseradish mayo, which I got on the side.

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As good as the wrap was, the sweet potato fries were what stole the show on this plate…

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I’m tempted to say that these may be the best sweet potato fries I’ve ever had. As soon as I started eating them, I kept getting this weird taste of “doughnuts” – I mentioned it to Jay, who initially thought I was nuts.

A minute or two later though, and all of a sudden, hubby was on the same page with me! We both agreed that there was definitely a doughnut flavor coming from somewhere inside of these. Incredibly odd? Yes. Gross to some? Maybe. But they were right up my alley.

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As soon as you walk through the doors of Tops, you are face-to-face with a mouth-watering display case of homemade desserts. I had been thinking about that case from the second we sat down, so I knew I was not leaving there without some. I decided to save half of my wrap, so I could indulge in a little big slice of heaven:

Oh chocolate, you are so divine.

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Jay and I split a piece of their Chocolate Mousse Torte

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Which we obviously hated. 😉

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I’m so thankful for the fact that I have the day OFF tomorrow! (Thank you, Veterans!) I’m really in need of some extra zzzz’s tonight, and I have a good amount of housework to catch up on tomorrow too. But for now…it’s time to go start on those zzzz’s! 🙂

Question for the Night:

Have you ever eaten foods that remind you (either taste or smell) of a completely different food?

I’ll Order the Omelet, Please

Can you believe that I have been up since 6:30 this morning?? 😯

And that’s without an alarm!

I mean, I know we got our extra hour of sleep last night and all, but waking up that early, without an alarm, is practically unheard of for me! So rather than attempting to force myself back to sleep, I rolled out of bed and took advantage of the early morning hours by catching up on some housework and paying some bills. I was quite productive, and all before 8am. 😉

After brewing up some coffee and lounging on the couch with my mug-o-joe and catching up on some magazine reading, the morning got even BETTER when hubby asked if I’d like him to cook breakfast…

Seriously? Who kidnapped my husband and sent you here??

😉

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Actually, breakfast is the one thing thing that Jay doesn’t mind cooking…especially omelets. He is one heck of an omelet-maker! I think he must secretly be watching me when I prep in the kitchen, because I was rather impressed with I saw his prep station:

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Who knew?!? 🙂

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I “ordered” a 1 egg + 2 egg white veggie omelet, complete with a side of whole wheat toast.

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The toast was from the loaf that I picked up yesterday at the Farmer’s Market. It’s delish with a little raspberry jam. 😛

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My omelet included a mix of green peppers, onions, and tomatoes, along with a little provolone cheese.

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One advantage to enjoying omelets at home is that you get to control the amount of cheese! I really do enjoy having cheese in my omelets, but I never order it when I go out. There’s something about the 37 slices worth that they usually seem to put in at restaurants that turns my stomach. BLEH! 😯

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But not today! This baby was perfection. Thanks, Jay! 😀

Since hubby cooked up a delicious breakfast, I offered to take care of the clean up. Nice idea, right?

Wrong…

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Grrrrrr!! My damn porcelain sink! I can’t tell you how many dishes I’ve broken in this thing. I was not a happy camper…

but luckily I had this guy right around the corner that quickly lifted my spirits. 🙂

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Cody wanted me to tell you all that he says “Good Meowwworning” and that he hopes you have a fantastic Sunday!

Questions for the Day:

Do you ever feel a difference with Daylight Savings Time?

What you rather do: The cooking or the cleaning? 😉

Yup, Another Pumpkin Post!

Ok ok, I know. We’ve all heard enough about pumpkin to last a lifetime. I’d apologize, but then again, I’m not sorry. 😉

It’s no secret to you all that I absolutely adore pumpkin. “Borderline obsessed” could probably even pass as appropriate.

So you can imagine my excitement when Jay’s parents stopped by with THIS:

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Pumpkin Butter!! :mrgreen: While they were up visiting Maine this past weekend, they picked up a few goodies to share with us. I love how they associated pumpkin with me.

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I immediately dug my finger right into the jar and was ecstatic with the flavors bursting in my mouth. Oh.my.god… I knew it was going to have to be incorporated into my next meal.

I thought about waffles. I thought about toast. I even considered just straight up outta the jar with a spoon…

But then the thought of pumpkin yogurt crossed my mind…

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and a match was made in heaven. 😛

I mixed about 1-1/2 tbsp of pumpkin butter into a plain flavored Chobani, which was already delicious enough on its own. However, if you know me, then you know that I’m definitely all about the toppings!

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I topped my pumpkin yogurt with 1/2 of a leftover crumbled Banana muffin, 1/2 of a diced honeycrisp apple, and a sprinkling of granola.

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My tastebuds and my belly were more than pleased with my creation. 😛

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ALSO just as pleasing this morning?? The fact that I am finally feeling just about normal and was able to get up bright and early for a killer workout! I did the Rock Hard Total Body Workout from Exercise on Demand, and WOW am I gonna be feelin’ that one. It’s been a while since I’d done it, but I loved every minute of it. YAY for finally feeling healthy! 😀

Ok, so I am now happy to announce the winner of my Adora disks giveaway!!…

adora winner

Congratulations, Laura J.! 😀 😀

Please e-mail me with your shipping information to sweettoothcourtney[at]gmail[dot]com.

It’s Friday my friends! Hope you’re all doing your Happy Friday Dance with me! 😉 I’m off to go snag some caffeine…it is Coffee Friday ya know! 😉

Question for the Day:

Are you sick of pumpkin yet?? 😯

A Spontaneous Start

This morning was a first!

Today was the first time I’ve ever gotten up before my alarm on a weekday, and decided to do some yoga when it wasn’t already planned. 😯

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That never happens! As you know, I’m a total snoozer, so getting up is not always an easy task. However, when I woke up about 30 minutes before my alarm was set to go off this morning, I found myself with an overwhelming urge to do yoga. So I did…and it was great!

Just a quick trip to the good ‘ol boob tube (<—this phrase has made me laugh my entire life…I love it) and I was all set with my 10lb. Slimdown YOGA video. Nothing crazy, but considering I was planning an “off” day, I’m pretty pleased. 🙂

Wanna know what else I’m pretty pleased about??

Today’s breakfast:

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Blueberry Banana Muffin Overnight Oats!

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In the bowl:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 mashed, super ripe banana
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • almond butter (about 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 crumbled banana muffin

I know what you’re thinking… “Banana muffin?!? Wait, where’s the recipe Courtney?!?”

Don’t worry, the recipe will be comin’ your way very soon. 😉

While enjoying my oats this morning, my spoon also ended up making its way into another delicious goody that’s been hanging out in the fridge…

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Mom’s Homemade Applesauce! It was always one of my favorites growing up, and I love how it’s pink! Mmmm, so so good. 🙂

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Now I’ve got myself an amazing mug of Caramel Macchiato flavored coffee…and I’m ready to tackle my day!

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Hey, we may even see some sunshine here in Upstate today 😯 – things are lookin’ up!

Question for the Morning:

Do you ever have spontaneous workouts?

Snooze or Lose

I don’t know what it is about me this week, but I am having the hardest time getting up and out of bed. 😯 Maybe it’s the gloomy morning weather, or maybe it’s the fact that I really need to try a lot harder to get myself to bed earlier!

Whatever the reason, I told myself there was no excuses for not getting up for a workout. After the second hit of the snooze button, it was now or never…and I chose now. 😉

I scurried on out to the living room for some Exercise on Demand. Today’s videos:

It was a good 45 minute workout, but I’ve got to admit…I’m really starting to miss having my treadmill working here at home. We’ve gotta get that thing workin’ ASAP!

Breakfast

I think my stomach might still be a little off from yesterday’s massive veggie consumption, so I really wasn’t craving anything in particular. Luckily, I still have this amazing loaf to keep me happy!

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I heated up a slice of my Honey Raisin Banana Pumpkin Bread in the micro for 15 seconds, topped it with about 1/2 tsp. of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light, and “paired it with a pear” 😉

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Since it’s a little smaller of a breakfast than I’m used to during the week, I also grabbed a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar to tackle any mid-morning hunger that may arise. I haven’t tried this kind yet, but hopefully it’s as good as the Cookie Dough!

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As always, I’ve got my mug-o-coffee (regular today…had to compromise with the hubby), and I’m headed out the door!

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Have a great day!! 🙂

Question for the Morning:

Are you a “snooze button” kind of person, or do you get up right away in the mornings??

Need Some New Cardio Workout Ideas?

I can feeeeeel the burrrrrrn! 😯

This morning started off nice and early with a trip to the gym. I debated on attending the BodyPump class that they offer, but decided to wait since I’m still pretty sore from Friday’s class. I’m so glad I decided to forego BodyPump, because I had one heck of a cardio workout!!!

Thanks to my latest issue of Self magazine, I had a few different cardio ideas that I’ve been wanting to try, so today was the day to do it. I started off with the treadmill, combining both of the magazine’s treadmill workouts to come up with this…I’ll call it the:

Backside Burner Workout! 😉

Minutes

Speed

Incline

5

4.0

0

5

4.5

10

5

3.3

10

5

3.3

15

5

3.5

10

5

3.5

15

3

4.0

0

By the time this workout was over, I was definitely feelin’ my backside. However, apparently that wasn’t enough for me today, so I scooted on over to the elliptical for another routine…

Let me warn you though; this is not just any routine…this easily had to be the most difficult elliptical workout I have ever done. 😯 If you’re up for a challenge, give this 30 minute routine a try:

30 Minute Elliptical Insanity

*Set the cross ramp to 10 for entire workout*

Minutes Resistance
5 6
5 7
2 8
1 11
2 7
1 12
2 6
1 13
2 5
1 14
2 4
1 15
2 3
1 16
2 2

I seriously considered quitting at about minute 7, but I told myself to stick with it…I’m no quitter! The 1 minute intervals on this routine were absolutely crazy. I could not believe how intense they were! Just remember to keep your strides per minute up as high as you can handle in order to maximize the burn!

After completing my insane cardio workouts for the day, I finished up with about 10 minutes of abs and another 5-7 minutes of serious stretching. It felt so good to stretch!

Then it was time for a little post workout fuel:

3/4 pumpkin pie flavor + 1/4 very vanilla = 100% Very Delicious 😛

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After showering, since I was nothing short of a sweaty beast, it was time to make some breakfast/brunch.

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I heated up a piece of my Honey Raisin Banana Pumpkin bread, which was mmm mmm GOOD. I will be so sad when it’s gone! 😦

And along with my bread, I enjoyed a little yogurt combo…any guesses what kind???

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Hopefully you figured out my clue! 😉 In the bowl:

  • 1 cup Oikos plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp honey
  • sprinkle cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice

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Sooo good!

Occasionally, the photographing of my eats can take a little time, depending on the mood I’m in. Today was one of those days where I just kept snapping, so if you notice, these last couple photos may look a little different than the first ones:

A sinking pumpkin…

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Some half eaten bread…

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Apparently my stomach wasn’t as patient as my camera was today. 😉

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Time to get back to watching the Jets game!! J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets! 😀

Question for the Morning:

What machine do you feel you get the best workout from: treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, stair climber? Or any others?