Cinnamon Toast Chocolate Chip Yogurt Bowl

Good morning!

My breakfast today was a cinnamon toast pretzel chocolate chip yogurt bowl, and booooy was it tasty!

My most recent order from arrived last night and I couldn’t wait to try the bag of Kay’s Naturals Better Balance cinnamon toast pretzel sticks.

Cinnamon Toast Pretzels

I ate about half the bag before stirring the remaining sticks into my Chobani Greek yogurt and topping the mix with chocolate chips.

Sweet, Salty, Creamy

I had a hot mug of sugar cookie tea on the side.

Friday's Breakfast

It’s probably a good thing that I got an individual portion of those pretzel sticks because I could see myself downing an entire bag very easily.

It’s almost like anything out of a big bag or box makes me want to keep eating and eating. I think that’s why I cannot be trusted around a half-gallon of ice cream or a box of Cheez-its. The remaining portions taunt me until they’re gone.

Gym Gripes

Since Ryan has the day off work and wasn’t getting up at 5:30 a.m. with me this morning, I opted to skip my typical 5:45 a.m. Friday BodyPump class and save strength training for tomorrow.

Instead, I slept in until 6:30 a.m. and went to the gym for a cardio-only workout consisting of:

  • 15 min. adaptive motion trainer
  • 10 min. running stairs in the gym’s stairwell
  • 10 min. running
  • 15 min. elliptical

I got so irritated during my 10 minute run because I ran on a treadmill controlled by a touch screens. If I so much as grazed the screen, the whole workout changed and it would slow down my pace dramatically and hurt my running rhythm. Bleh.

I intended to keep running, but was so fed up when the treadmill reset my entire workout after 10 minutes that I opted to finish my workout on the elliptical. Oooh the headaches of working out.

What bothers you at the gym?

At the risk of sounding like a total brat, I am the most bothered when someone takes “my spot” in BodyPump. It’s my spot, and they should know that. 😉


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?