What do you think – do those two words belong together?
I woke up a little late this morning, and since I had to take my brother to school, that meant breakfast would have to wait (since I like to sit and enjoy it rather than grab and go). I brought a mug of Coffee Cocoa to tide me over – yes, these mugs actually travel, too!
My mom asked me to make a stop at the wonder that is Target to pick up some gift wrapping materials – and once I got there, I’m glad I had put breakfast on hold because I stumbled across a new goodie that just couldn’t be ignored. And I mean that literally because I actually TRIED to walk by it – but couldn’t resist! I decided to bring it home with me and feature it in my morning meal.
What does it look like to you? Upon first glance, I would have guessed either peanut butter, caramel, yogurt or some kind of icing. But here’s where the title of my post comes in…
Gingerbread Cheesecake?! How could I have passed that up this time of year? It’s very versatile, too – as you can see from the label, it would go great on graham crackers, pretzels or fruit. I intend to try one of each of those combinations 😉 But this morning, I used 1 tbsp. as a topping for plain Chobani Greek yogurt, pomegranate seeds and raspberries.
It was delicious! My only complaint would be that the gingerbread flavor was a liiiiittle bit too strong for me – but that’s just me and ginger. I prefer a subtle presence, and I would have liked the cheesecake flavor to be the stronger of the two. No worries though, I still intend to use this in many ways! Once I finished this bowl, I made a second bowl of Kashi Go Lean with unsweetened original almond milk and a few more pom seeds.
I spent the rest of my morning reading The Host, as usual. I think reading will be one of the most exciting things I do over break – I’m such a socialite, no?! In all honesty, I actually don’t know ANYONE here besides my family because they moved here from Minnesota after I graduated from high school. I consider Minnesota my “true home” so that’s my excuse!
My mom called me around lunchtime and offered to bring home lunch from a great sandwich shop called Kashman’s Place. Being true to my “eating out” word, I went for the soup and salad I did, however, opt for a creamy soup today – but it had veggies! The ultra-yummy Broccoli Cheddar.
I also had the Greek salad, which came with the usual tomato, red pepper, kalamata olives, cucumber and feta – my absolute favorite salad combo!
The meal also came with a couple of bagel chips – tasty! – and a pickle – salty!
When my mom brought home lunch, she also brought me an even better treat!
A gorgeous holiday card from the one and only Miss Gliding Calm! What a sweetheart! It was absolutely beautiful and the note inside was so sweet. Thanks, GC!!
So the card made my day, and then this next little goodie made it that much better. My mom brought home the most amazing gingersnap cookies and offered me one.
It was the perfect amount of ginger. So perfect, in fact, that I proceeded to have three more! They are a bit smaller than this picture shows, so it was a right-sized afternoon snack.
I wasn’t hungry for a while after that. I went to the gym with my brother and did a cardio variety + arm workout that included:
- 20 minutes step machine at level 12
- 10 minutes treadmill alternating between 6.0 and 7.0 mph at 1.5% incline
- 20 minutes elliptical in the same format as yesterday’s workout
- Arm workout: bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, shoulder press and upright rows
It was a good one My bro and I also did some abs and jumping jacks together at the end – it was part of his workout, and I couldn’t help but join in!
I broiled the heel – which was so thick and hearty! – with 1 oz. of Boar’s Head ham and a slice of meunster cheese. The combination was great and this bread is WONDERFUL – there are actual pieces of oatmeal in there! If you see it in stores, you must give it a try! I will do a more thorough review in a future post.
It was a carby, salty, savory meal that tickled my tastebuds 😉 Delicious!
My nightcap was a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate-covered “s’mores” – which is basically a graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate topping.
We got them at Crate&Barrel – and you should, too!
I just want to give a big HELLO to all the new readers and commenters. I am so happy to “meet” you and hope that you will stick around! Thanks for reading!
So I just watched Jim Carrey on Ellen and he proposed to Jenny McCarthy – well, sort of! It was actually just a way to introduce Ellen’s Christmas giveaway, but it got me wondering – if you’re married, how did he or she propose? And if you’re not married – what is the cutest proposal story you’ve ever heard? Just curious!!