Where’s Waldo?

Where’s Waldo Sadie?

In Here?

Could she, once again, be hiding from the cold under a big, thick quilt?

"What's the Big Idea!?"


Clearly this dog takes after her mama and is a big baby when the weather is even slightly chilly.

For the past two weeks, after our morning walk, Sadie has run inside and dug herself a little cocoon to hide under until her nose and ears return to a normal temperature.

It’s still in the 30s outside but oddly enough it didn’t feel nearly as cold today. Maybe I’m actually adjusting?

Since I (surprisingly) wasn’t chilled to the bone, I decided to enjoy a cold breakfast.

Wednesday's Breakfast

My breakfast included strawberry Chobani Greek yogurt, Emerald cocoa roast almonds and a tangerine.

The strawberry Chobani Greek yogurt is my favorite Chobani flavor… but oddly enough I prefer just the yogurt part with a slight strawberry flavor without all the goopy strawberry stuff on the bottom stirred in (I still stir it in though 😉 ).

Progresso Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway by this evening for a chance to win a Progresso prize pack!

Progresso Prize Pack

All you have to do is make a comment on this post telling me what kind of soup is your favorite! 🙂


I cannot remember it ever being this cold in Florida.

Today on the radio they said that though it’s 30 degrees, it feels like it’s 24. When you’re someone who thinks anything below 68 degrees is chilly, this is flippin’ freeeezing!

Yesterday Ryan and I headed to the grocery store to stock up for the week and picked up a big ol’ pack of starter logs to make a blazin’ fire in the fire place.

While I cooked dinner, Ryan got to work building the fire.

In no time at all, the fire was cracklin’ and burning bright.


I don’t think I’ve been around a fire in the fire place since I lived in Illinois! It made the whole apartment feel toasty and oh-so-cozy.

Feelin' the Heat

Even Sadie’s eyes were on fire! 😉

We enjoyed our dinner in front of the fire. I ended up straying from the original shepherd’s pie recipe I intended to follow because the only buttermilk that was available that was required for the recipe was nearly $6 at the grocery store! No thanks.

Instead I made a “deconstructed” shepherd’s pie.

After tossing a large chopped potato in olive oil, garlic salt and pepper, I roasted the wedges until they were slightly browned.

Roasted Potatoes

Ryan said the potatoes “stole the show.”

As the based of the deconstructed shepherd’s pie, I combined carrots, onion, celery, sweet corn and ground chicken in a skillet with a sprinkling of garlic salt.

Deconstructed Shepherd's Pie

I topped the chicken and veggies with the roasted potatoes and dug in!

My Bowl

It was a good meal for a cold night!


I bought this cold-weather vest before a trip to Chicago to visit my friends from high school a couple years ago.

Cold Weather Clothing

I never thought I’d actually get to wear it in Florida without looking like a total fool! Well, today’s weather warranted a ridiculous-looking poofy vest! Anything to keep warm…

My morning walk with Sadie was cut short because she was shaking so badly. I felt awful for her! She kept looking up at me like “Mama, are you insane!? Take me home. Even my pee is freezing.”

When we got back to the apartment Sadie made a bee-line for our bed and went right under the covers.

Lump o' Sadie

Yes, she really is under there. Sadie loves sleeping under the covers. She will literally stand there and look at you until you lift up the sheets so she can crawl under and curl up before bed.

Inevitably, about 45 minutes later, she gets too hot and starts thrashing about until she gets out from underneath the blankets and sleeps on top. It happens every single night… well every night she’s actually allowed to sleep in the bed (which has been quite frequently lately because Ryan and I are softies and feel bad for her sleeping in the living room in the cold).


My breakfast today was highlighted by the peanut butter filled pretzels I bought yesterday.

Yummy Treats

I combined the pretzels and a handful of Emerald cocoa roast almonds and used the sweet and salty combo as a mix-in for my Greek yogurt.

Monday's Breakfast

Is there any better combination in the world than chocolate and peanut butter?