This morning we woke up to kind of a yucky day here in Central Florida- it was actually raining for a bit. Apparently the cold front is coming in tonight & the HIGH tomorrow is only 58!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe that?! This is FLORIDA people, we don’t have ‘highs’ that are that LOW. :D The other thing is that it is supposed to get COLDER- the high on Tuesday is only 56! YIKES! Good thing I broke out the winter clothes ;)
I don’t have the measurements down exactly, but when/ if I do then I will post them. I think I added a bit too much ginger to it, but Craig said he liked it. (sometimes I think he’s just being nice ;) )
While he was enjoying (?) his gingerbread latte, I got to work on breakfast. This morning was ANOTHER recipe I found on Kristen’s blog- I’m just all over her blog lately :) - for Pumpkin French Toast.
(I copied her ingredient/ directions list- I’ll just let you know what I changed- if it’s in parenthesis then that’s what I changed)
Pumpkin Pie French Toast
3 egg whites
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
Pumpkin Pie Spice (I used about 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, about 1/4 tsp. all spice, & 1/4 tsp. ground cloves)
4 slices bread (I used 6 thin slices of bread)
Butter (I used Pam)
2. Butter a hot, flat skillet. (I just sprayed it with Pam)
It’s smiling @ you :D
We BOTH really enjoyed this breakfast. It was just the right amount of pumpkin flavor & spices. I’ll definitely be making this again!
After eating breakfast & watching some SportsCenter, I ventured out into the madness of crazy shoppers. Actually, it wasn’t that bad- since it was like 10am- it doesn’t start getting REALLY crazy until like 2pm. The reason I decided to go out was that I had ‘Kohl’s cash’ to spend. I purchased something rather large over the Thanksgiving holiday for a very special someone *hint, hint: my lovely fiance- but he doesn’t get it until our wedding day*- and with the purchase I got Kohl’s cash. Hey, it was FREE money- NO strings attached on ANY purchase in the store!
Initially I looked for some jewerly for my bridesmaids, I figured that would be a good purchase. But the only thing is that they didn’t have 6 of anything. Since I have 6 bridesmaids that would do me no good. (I was looking for jewerly that they could wear for the wedding) Then I ventured over to the shoe department. Now I actually did have a REAL need for new running shoes. After my half marathon my current shoes had seen better days. I spotted THESE babies, and my Kohl’s cash was immediately put to good use :)
The picture does NOT show that the Nike check is PURPLE, not blue, as it appears.
Sooooo how much more PERFECT can we get?!!?!
Not only are these RAVENS colors, but I got them for a STEAL! YES :D
After about an hour, I hit the treadmill with my NEW shoes!
For my workout I used one that I found on Courtney’s blog. I did the one for ‘Run.” This was an AWESOME workout- the ‘hills/ incline’ were pretty tough. I changed the speed a bit- just upped it a little- but overall it was pretty much the same workout.
After the treadmill workout I did a bunch of ab exercises & then some butt exercises.
This afternoon has been filled with lots of football & me attempting to continue to study for my Series 65 test- coming up in just a couple of weeks! YIKES. But I took a short break to get my bake on :D
Anyways, my recipe of the afternoon was:
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.
- 1/2 cup Splenda
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup semisweet MINI chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease and flour muffin pan or use paper liners.
- Mix all ingredients together except the chocolate chips. MIX WELL.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
Since I can no longer eat frozen yogurt or any dairy related products, I have been looking for something that I can eat after dinner before bed. I USED to eat frozen yogurt before bed, but with the lactose intolerance I no longer can :( It REALLY sucks…but I have to learn to live with it. (& get those lactose pills!) Sometimes I get a bit hungry after dinner, especially if we eat early & need something to tide me over until the next morning…since I usually wake up VERY hungry! I hope these do the trick :)
Do you have an after dinner snack? Any suggestions? Recipes?
I found the PERFECT Sunday night dinner on Julie’s blog. The other day I was browsing her ‘recipes tab’ and came across one for BBQ Meatloaf. Sounded like a winner to me, and I thought I’d give it a try tonight.
(I’m just copying the ingredients/ directions from her blog- my changes are in parenthesis..once again :) )
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, extra lean (raw) I used ground turkey instead of beef, since I don’t eat beef
- 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- added in 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
- 1/3 cup barbecue sauce, divided
- 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder- I used fresh garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 large egg whites
- Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350°.
Shape meat mixture into a 9 x 5-inch loaf or a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Spread remaining barbecue sauce over top of meat loaf. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut loaf into 12 slices.
Craig always requests these sides whenever there is meatloaf- it is what he always had growing up. Happy fiance = happy life ;)
The meatloaf got a TWO thumbs up from both of us! Craig had FOUR slices!!
Thanks Julie for the recipe :)
Now doesn’t that look appetizing?!? It’s Airbourne. I’ve been feeling like something MIGHT just be trying to attack me. So I’m fighting those germs! I do NOT want to get sick. blah! That is why I got my flu shot! So germs, STAY AWAY!!
The rest of the night will be spent watching football (& trying to study). It’s a HUGE game for the Ravens tonight…so please cheer for them! :D This COULD be the predictor of the AFC North Championship.