I emailed Ryan at work today with a trifold request for a cozy weeknight dinner:

Request One:

Ravioli for dinner: check!


Request Two:

Candlelit dinner: check!

Burn Baby, Burn

Request Three:

Scrabble: check!

Scrabble Remix

After a quick trip to the dog park with Miss Sadie, we came home to make a dent on our trifold dinner.

The ravioli came together in a flash, and while I cooked dinner, Ryan rounded up some pretty candles from around out apartment to set the mood for our cozy lil’ dinner date. I think you can definitely have a “date” in your own home.

What constitutes a “date” to you?

To me a date involves a little planning and then sharing a special evening/event/day/meal/activity with someone you care about… so I’m gonna say this evening was a little date for us! Who doesn’t love mid-week dates? 🙂

My Bowl

I placed my ravioli poofs on top of broccoli and portobello mushrooms and topped the whole bowl with marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese.


My Bowl

Scrabble Showdown

The Scrabble showdown was intense! After Ryan’s victory last time, I was determined to come out on top.

Unfortunately Ryan once again captured a win with a three letter word worth 34 points: irk. I was not a happy camper.

Upon his win, Ryan immediately hopped on his lap top and visited YouTube to blair the following songs in our apartment while he did a little victory dance:

Please excuse me while I go smack him… 😉

On a side note, if you’re looking for a good laugh, go to YouTube and look up videos of the Chipmunks singing virtually any song. It’s hysterical.


Ryan discovered this little gem when he was looking for his victory song. 🙂

Fibrous Scrabble

After dinner last night Ryan and I decided to play Scrabble in front of the fire. Ryan let me start the game and my first word was quite blog-appropriate: fiber! Do I make you guys proud? 😉

Well, my blog-inspired word was likely the death of me in this particular game, as Ryan tacked on an “ous” to the end of the word and got mega-points!


(As I posted this picture, I realized “fibrous” is actually spelled incorrectly on our board… there’s no “e” in fibrous! Ryan, I want a re-match!)

We were actually quite proud of ourselves for filling up the entire board and playing until there was only one letter remaining! We made a concerted effort to play up or to the side so the game could actually continue.

Ryan was our score keeper (I hate math) and used the nifty vizsla notepad I got in my Christmas stocking to keep score.

Score Board

(I know, we’re obsessed with our dog…)

Whenever we play any games, Ryan is always the score keeper. He’s my number cruncher! Whenever I’m cooking or baking in the kitchen and need to condense a recipe, he’s my go-to guy for figuring out how to divide the recipe in thirds or quarters. 😉

Are you a number cruncher or a wordy one?

I’m definitely a wordy girl… I leave all the math and number fun to my financial fiance.

Workout and Breakfast

I had my first good cardio workout of the year today! Though I’ve hit the gym for cardio several times since the start of 2010, I haven’t really left feeling like I really challenged myself too much or got my heart pumpin’ too hard until today.

I did a 50 minute treadmill workout that looked like this:

  • Walk at 4.0 at 7.5 incline for 4 minutes
  • Jog at 6.5 at 1.0 incline for 5 minutes
  • Walk at 4.0 at 7.5 incline for 4 minutes
  • Jog at 6.5 at 1.0 incline for 5 minutes
  • Jog at 6.5 at 2.0 incline for 3 minutes
  • Run at 7.0 at 1.0 incline for 3 minutes
  • Run hard at 8.0 at 1.0 include for 1 minute
  • Jog at 6.0 at 1.0 incline for 1 minute
  • Run hard at 8.0 at 1.0 incline for 1 minute
  • Run at 7.0 at 1.0 incline for 1 minute
  • Jog at 6.5 at 1.0 incline for 3 minutes
  • Walk at 4.0 at 7.5 incline for 4 minutes
  • Jog at 6.5 at 1.0 incline for 5 minutes
  • Walk at 4.0 at 7.5 incline for 5 minutes
  • Walk (cool down) for 5 minutes

I left nice ‘n’ sweaty and ready for a yummy breakfast.

While I showered I cooked up a batch of steel cut oats because a hot breakfast sounded perfect on this chilly morning.

Steel Cut Oats

I really do like steel cut oats better than plain old fashioned oats because I feel like they are creamier and nuttier, though I usually gravitate toward the old fashioned variety because they cook up nice and fast!

The big bowl of steel cut oats was quite a nice treat today!


I stirred in half a scoop of All the Whey cupcake batter protein powder and a sliced apple to round out my oatty bowl.

Sliced Apple

Tuesday's Breakfast

Oats 'n' Apple

I burned my throat a bit gulping down Barnie’s Santa’s White Christmas coffee (free from the gym!). Easy does it!

Happy Tuesday, wonderful readers!