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! 🙂

Shopping, Pizza, Breakfast

I felt like I was on my feet for hours yesterday! Oh the woes of Christmas shopping!

My sister, Leslie, came in town late in the afternoon and we headed off to hit up some stores for presents for our loved ones. We were literally shopping for almost four hours! I think we took the term shop ’til you drop to a new level.

During our shopping extravaganza, I picked up a decaf coffee with cinnamon to enjoy.

Cinnamon Coffee Delight

On our way back to my apartment, Leslie picked up a margherita pizza from Red Brick Pizza.

PIzza, PIzza!

We both agreed that the pizza was great! I love thin crust and the crust was doughy and crispy (and not greasy!) at the same time. All the cheeses blended together perfectly. Yum.

After hanging out for a while, it was bed time!

Leslie heads back to St. Pete this afternoon but I enjoyed my little house guest! I’ll see her and my family again on Friday when Ryan and I head to St. Pete once again. We’ll be in town for the big game!

UCF Knights!

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is playing in a bowl game near my parents’ house and we’ve got tickets! We’re tailgating and heading to the game with a bunch of our friends. Pre-tailgating, we’re having a gang over to my parent’s house for a pre-tailgating BBQ and drinks.

Any suggestions for yummy party-pleasing foods?

We’ll definitely have staples like hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, pasta salad, chips and dip, Rice Krispie treats, etc. Any other yummy ideas are welcome!


Today I woke up and hit ze gym for a good cardio workout:

  • 15 minutes stair master
  • 15 minutes arc trainer
  • 20 minutes elliptical

Breakfast was warm and gooey.

Canadian Bacon and Cheese Sammie

I made a sammie on a honey wheat Arnold’s sandwich thin with a slice of Canadian bacon and Colby jack cheese.

I enjoyed my breakfast sandwich with a hot cup of honey lemon tea and a bottle of water.

Thursday's Breakfast


Giveaway Winner

Using Random.org’s random integer generator, the winner of yesterday’s giveaway is Melissa!

Melissa said her favorite way to enjoy nuts is in “White chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies!”

Please email me (pbfingers@gmail.com) with your address and I’ll send your your goodies ASAP! Congrats! 😀

Blogger Secret Ingredient

Please don’t forget to enter your recipe in the Blogger Secret Ingredient competition. I don’t have many entries yet, so you may have a great chance at winning. Snag some nutmeg and get cookin’!

Enjoy your Thursday!