Play Time at the Park

Even after two walks totaling at least 4.5 miles (2 with Ryan and 2.5 with me), Sadie was as energetic and chipper as ever. Clearly a trip to the dog park was in order. 

Puppy Play Time 

I’ve never seen so many cars at the dog park! 

People came out of the woodworks to take in the sunny day at the park. 

Smilin' at the Park

"Well Hello There."

 Sadie found lots of treasures to play with today. A grungy ball, several sticks, a rope toy and more! 

"Look What I Found!"

Pretty Girl

I originally planned to make garlic soup from scratch for dinner, but a long trip to the park made both of us unwilling to wait the 1.5 hours needed to prepare the soup and let it simmer. 

Luckily we had a freezer fallback meal on hand! 


Having a frozen pizza in the freezer has saved me in numerous “I need dinner and I need it now” situations. 

Yay for CPK!

Sadie is Intrigued...

(Please ignore my slippers in the above pic. Also, don’t I kinda look like a bobble-head? What’s the deal!? 🙂 ) 

Ever since trying (and loving!) the BBQ chicken frozen pizza by California Pizza Kitchen, Ryan and I have been on a mission to try all of their flavors. Tonight the margherita pizza was on the menu. 

Hot 'n' Cheesy

This pizza was g-o-o-d! We both agree that the BBQ chicken and the white pizzas by CPK are our favorites, but we’d definitely buy this one again. Mmm, mmm. 

To get our veggies in, we served the pizza with a side of cauliflower roasted at 400 degrees for 20 minutes after tossing it in a bit of olive oil and garlic salt. 

Pizza + Veggies

My Plate

Ryan and I both want dessert and are craving ice cream, but we’re feeling pretty lazy and don’t want to go anywhere… It’s the sweet tooth vs. laziness. An epic battle, I know! Not sure which one will prevail… 

I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend! See ya in the mornin’.

Puttin’ Gift Cards to Use

I worked up quite an appetite running errands, making returns and shopping (Thank goodness for Christmas gift cards)! 

I hit up Prime Outlets, an awesome array of outlets less than 20 minutes away from my apartment. 

The Goods


I left with: 

  • Short-sleeved turtleneck sweater from Banana Republic ($15!!)
  • Coral dress from J.Crew
  • Yellow sports bra (Nike Outlet)
  • Black Nike Dri-fit work out top

When you go shopping, what are you most likely to leave with?  

A.) Workout clothes B.) Casual clothes C.) Work attire D.) Dressy clothes 

I am a sucker for workout clothes. One time I counted all of my sports bras and it was embarrassing how many I had. Still, I always feel the need to buy more (Exibit A: The yellow sports bra I bought today). 


Since the free samples I munched on at le gourmet chef didn’t hold me over for too long, I was starving by the time I got home. 

I threw together a quick lunch because I had a puppy waiting on me for a walk in the beautiful Florida weather. 

I grabbed a crumbled box of MorningStar farms Italian Herb Chik Patties out of the freezer and microwaved one to enjoy in a bowl of veggies (broccoli + asparagus) with Emeril’s roasted gaaahlic pasta sauce and Parmesan cheese. 

MorningStar Italian Herb Chik Patties


Fortunately I had roasted asparagus and steamed broccoli leftover from yesterday’s lunch, so everything came together in a flash. 

Sauce Me, Puh-Lease


Ahh, That's Better



I was still a lil’ hungry, so I grabbed a handful of Emerald cocoa roast almonds to munch on during the beginning of my walk with Sadie. 

I took little Miss Sadie on a 40 minute walk, which involved navigating our way through the Farmer’s Market near our apartment. It seemed like everyone and their dog (literally) was there today. The 72 degree weather makes everyone wanna play outside, I guess! 

I’m off to see if Plato’s Closet will gimme some money for some of my nicer old clothes before taking a big load of clothing and books to Goodwill. After that: Dog park and dinner! 🙂

But Really It’s…

Is it just me or do you find yourself looking at the clock the day after the time changes and saying to yourself, “The clock says it’s 9 a.m., but really it’s 8 a.m.”

"Tiiiiiiime, is on my side. Yes it is!"

I think I do this for at least two days after the the time changes and I’m not quite sure why. Maybe to explain why I’m hungry or tired at certain times?

This morning Ryan and I woke up at 7:45 a.m. and Ryan immediately said, “Good for us! We almost slept ’til 8 a.m.!” Not so, I said. “You think it’s 7:45, but really it’s 6:45 a.m.”

Even the pastor at church this morning had a similar thought when he thanked us for coming to the 9 a.m. service when it was really an  8 a.m. service.

Eventually reality will settle in. 😉


I grabbed a quick snack on my way to church this morning, and was ready for a warm breakfast when I arrived home after the service.

I sipped on a hot mini cup of Starbucks coffee while I prepared a big ol’ bowl of pumpkin protein oats.

Me + 'Bucks

Pump it Up!

My pumpkin protein oats contained:

  • 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
  • 1 scoop All the Whey cup cake batter protein powder
  • 1/2 c. canned pumpkin
  • Several shakes of pumpkin pie spice

Precooked Oats

Pumpkin Spice is Oh-So-Nice

I combined all of the ingredients with about a quarter of a cup of water and microwaved it for 90 seconds, stirring it every 20 seconds or so.

I enjoyed my breakfast with a side of the latest issue of Cooking Light magazine and a mini apple pie Larabar.

Sunday Morning Breakfast

 This is one heck of a filling breakfast!

Hopefully it’ll keep me full while I head out to complete a couple of Sunday morning errands.

See ya lata for lunch!