Cranberrry Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes Make Snowy Days Bearable

Today’s workout:

11 minutes running (1.30 miles) – 10 minutes of Nike Training Club Heartbreaker workout – 11 minutes running (1.40 miles) – 10 minutes of Nike Training Club Heartbreaker workout – 11 minutes running (1.45 miles) – 10 minutes of Nike Training Club Heartbreaker workout – 11 minutes running (1.30 miles) = a total of 5.45 miles and I unlocked the Cyclone badge in NTC!!

Dinner was totally and completely amazing.

Kevin’s success with the fresh cranberry sauce left me feeling a void in my life of cranberry recipes. A plus is that they seem so festive!!!!!! I was shocked when Kevin agreed to the idea. You know he doesn’t like to deviate from “normal” recipes. He did force me to make chocolate chip pancakes on the side. Spoiled!!

I don’t have the proportions for you, because I didn’t measure anything but I used eggs, skim milk, unsweetened applesauce, old-fashioned oats, Truvia, baking powder, baking soda, lemon juice, and vanilla to create these little masterpieces. Just do what feels right till the batter looks “pancakey.”

I used an old Cooking Light recipe to make the cranberry syrup which really hit the spot! It looked so good that Kevin cheated and put it on his chocolate chip pancakes. Gross.

It snowed a lot today.

Aren’t my high heel tracks darling? Good thing my husband provides curb-to-curb service! Heaven forbid that I be forced to wear practical footwear.

I can’t believe I stood outside n the cold the extra minute it took to snap this picture. Don’t I look cute in my new old coat? Kristy just sent it back to me. I used to have it like 5 years ago before I spent three lovely sunny winters in the DR where I didn’t need it!!!

Look what I spied at the grocery store tonight! Festive Pretzel Crisps?!! I said no for today, but if I was having company those babies would be in my cart!!!

Okay. So that looks gross. I’ll admit it. But totally one of the best lunches I’ve ever prepped ahead of time. I wanted to put it in the blog so I would remember it. I baked up some chicken breast (mostly because I don’t like to touch it) and cooked up some brown rice. Then I chopped up an onion, a red pepper, and some celery. I cooked the veggies in the frying pan with the chicken and some soy sauce. Finally, I added the brown rice and some leftover pineapple tidbits I had in the fridge. Toppe with coconut — it was so delicious. For some annoying reason, Kevin doesn’t like pineapple in things like this (or pizza, chicken teryaki, etc.) but I think I won him over just a little!!!!

I have it totally stuck in my head to make this DIY wrapping paper wreath from You Are My Fave! I am obviously not going to attempt this crafty project without a friend (did you SEE my handmade bow last night!) so I’m trying to talk my running buddy into it. Little does she know that when I ask someone to craft/cook with me, it’s usually because it’s something where I have zero skill and I just mean “make this for me while I watch and I promise to keep you entertained and well-fed.” I think my mom might be on to this one…  (another really cool DIY wreath made of brown paper grocery bags).

By the way:

I got my body fat tested last night as part of initiation at my new gym. Unfortunately my body fat was NOT 22.5. I would’ve taken that and run with it.

It was a whopping 26%. I got tears in my eyes when I saw that. I felt like I was on Biggest Loser on the day where they have to go to the doctor who tells them how their weight is affecting their health. My only consolation is that the trainer told me my percentage would be really skewed if I’d had a lot of caffeine prior to the test. Ha. I just finished drinking a Diet Coke, and I tend to drink a lot of coffee at work. So I want to test it again sometime in the morning.

This chart of average body fat percentage made me feel a little better…. Only a little since I consider myself fit and an athlete. Lol. Okay. Athlete might be a stretch. Haha.

The good news is that I get a free personal training session, and…. I’m SUPER excited about this. I get to meet with a nutritionist. Wooohoo! That’s like my dream. You better believe I’ll be armed with a book of questions!  I’ve long struggled with the balance of eating enough but not too much when running 40+ miles per week. I can’t wait to hear what she has to say.

Super thankful that tomorrow is Friday!!!! I didn’t take a half day today due to travelling/being really swamped at work so I’m really looking forward to my 4 golden hours tomorrow.

Have you ever had your body fat percentage tested? I hope it wasn’t as traumatic for you. I was guessing I was about 22-24 so I don’t know why I took it so hard. I had to immediately call my mom to find out what hers was because I know she gets it tested at her gym. Can you believe Kevin’s is lower than mine. I know it’s typical for guys, but sick, right? I literally try 7x as hard as he does! And I probably eat 17 fewer cookies each week!! :)

Do you have any great recipe ideas for cranberries? I need to research their healthiness. I’m assuming they have some sort of healthy super powers. You can just tell by how COLORFUL they are. I’d love to find more ways to use them.

Have you done any holiday crafting? Totally dying to, but I feel too guilty since we are still living surrounded by unpacked boxes!! Someday!

Hello December & Boyd Is So Fluffy!

Okay. So it’s December first, and I totally have a confession to make.

Despite me bringing it up, every. single. day. We totally FAILED to make the Advent gift chain happen. Too much travel. Too little sleep. And too much of Boyd’s shenanigans!

Kev-Kev was feeling lousy tonight and went to bed at like 9:30PM. I was feeling super wifely so I prepared lunch for tomorrow and did ridiculous amounts of laundry.

And then I started thinking about the one (of 25) gifts I did manage to collect. Yeah. I hid it so well I lost it. Truly. I was rummaging around in the closet for a solid 20 minutes before I found it in a shoebox in the top right hand corner. I’m documenting that because I’ll probably be able to search for this blog post quicker than I’ll be able to remember next time this happens.

Anyhow. This is what happened.

Why I felt the need to do this — we will never know. At least I was wise enough to stand up on the sink corner and put it up really high. I wouldn’t want it to block Kevin’s hair combing view!!!!

Look how super cool & eco-friendly I am. Toms box and DIY recycled gift bow.

Kevin ALWAYS gets up first in the morning before me so I figured the bathroom sink was the best spot for this little surprise.

UPDATE*** Kevin got up at like 4AM to go to the bathroom. When he got back to bed, I said,”Did you seeeeee anything?” Kevin: “nope.” So the surprise was safe till morning!!!! :)

I figure the dark chocolate coffee beans will help my handsome husband overlook my juvenile cutting & taping skills.

So excited for our first Christmas together!! Woohoo!!!!!

I was trying to figure out a way to make the packaging more festive when the Pinterest of my brain remembered the idea for using recycled magazine paper to package gifts. I Googled it up and got to work. It’s pretty ugly, but I’m still pretty proud. I would’ve done much better if Kevin had been there helping me figure out how to fold the strips of paper. That’s just the truth!

Here’s the tutorial for how to make a gift bow from a magazine page. Theirs, of course, is stunning. But it’s not really fair to compare. The person who made that one probably had opposable thumbs that were not my weird little toe thumbs.

By the by…

Boyd has been SUPER FLUFFY, and I just can’t get enough of him. We had to take the pobrecito to a dog kennel while we were out of town for Thanksgiving. We just don’t know of anyone who could put up with him and still be our friend afterwards. That basically eliminates anyone except for family since they are stuck with us!! :) Anyways, we opted to get him groomed while we were there. They totally hacked off his nasty matted ears. I couldn’t be more thrilled. He’s such a little cuddler now that I don’t even want to let him outside!

Kevin says,”Boyd, Corrie loves you right now. You better enjoy it while it lasts!” Fair enough.

Have an awesome first day of December!!!!!!! xoxo