Thursday, December 2, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside

Baby it's cold outside is right!  Somewhere in the last two days we went from wintery-like to frozen tundra.  If there is one thing you need to know about me it is that I HATE COLD.  I can't even really say I hate it, I more or less despise the cold with every essence of my soul.  Today was a blatant reminder of my sheer dislike for winter. In case you're not getting my point, It. Was. Cold! 

I feel like when its this cold out, I have a hard time putting energy into anything other than staying warm.  My apt for creativeness when it comes to cooking is also compromised because of this but I do try to work through it. 

Breakfast was more basic because I didn't have time nor energy for anything elaborate. 

 Raisin Bran, PB Puffins, Banana, Blueberries, Granola, TJ's Peanut Butter, Almond Milk 

It may not look basic but I usually don't eat just a bowl of cereal.  Especially without protein.  I need protein at breakfast and this usually comes in the form of Greek Yogurt, but today I reverted back to an old classic that I use to frequent. Cottage Cheese and Jam. 

1/2 Slice Ezikle Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Cottage Cheese, Apricot Jam 

Complete!  <3 

I stayed chilled all morning in the office and when it came time for lunch, I knew I needed something satisfying to warm me up. 

Thank goodness for Sushi dates with my friend Jess. 

I love having good friends at work.  We try to make weekly lunch dates and Sushi is our thing.  

Why is this salad so good?  

Rainforest Roll- Crab, Shrimp, Mango, Avocado

California, Tuna, Cucumber Rolls

 We split this feast over some warm tea and good conversation.  It was pure bliss.

So even though it may be cold outside, I can be thankful for one thing.  It is no longer raining.  Do you know what this means for me in particular?

Oh yes my friends, that would be our house.  These guys just put up the walls today!!!  They haven't been able to work for the past week because of the rain but today, they made up for a weeks worth of lost work.  I think they thought I was crazy because I not only drove by taking pictures, I even got out of my car to introduce myself.   They were not as excited as I was.  Possibly because I appeared to be some crazy girl paparazzi interrupting their concentration as the worked away in the blistery weather. 

Do you think I cared?  Not in the least! These pictures are priceless! 

Seeing this made me so happy for the rest of the day.  I can almost see the end result and its so so sweet! 

When I get off work, I run to my car and shiver all the way to the gym and keep thinking to myself this is temporary, you just need to drive a couple more minutes, change (which is the worst part) and then you'll be sweating in no time.  This acts as significant motivation mind you. 

At the gym, it didn't take me long to warm up and for some reason I had one of the best HIIT runs I've had in a long time. 

I was fast and and I killed those inclines and I wasn't even dying.  

6.5 at 0% - 5 min (warm up)
7.0 at 1% - 5 min
7.5 at 2% - 4 min
7.7 at 3% - 4 min
7.9 at 4%- 3 min
8.0 at 5%- 1 min
Repeat this
7.0 at 0% - 5 min (cool down) 

All together 4 miles in just about 34 min. 

When I got home, I was really feeling uninspired to cook and came so close to eating cereal for dinner, but then I realized cereal would just make me more cold and I needed something that would bring me heat. 

Spicy, mexican goodness was the answer! 

Tortilla Egg Scrambles 

This is such a simple and delicious recipe.  You take a few tortilla chips and drizzle them with taco sauce and heat them in a pan.  Then, I sauté some veggies (mushrooms and zucchini) in a little garlic, cumin, and chili powder.  Finally, you make the eggs (I like to soft scramble them with hot sauce) and top this off with some guac, salsa and greek yogurt.

So glad I inspired myself to make this because it made me warm and happy again. 

Now I'm contemplating some Hot Silk Mint Chocolate, a new love of mine. 

Good night.

Is Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose yet?  Do you like or dislike the cold weather? 



  1. I love your cereal mix bowl! Sounds yummy. I haven't tried the PB puffins yet. Just got a box of the cinnamon ones and I can't decide if I like them...kinda on the spicy side.

    I absolutely HATE winter! And there are not too many things out there that I would use such strong a word. What's to like? Dry, chapped skin, numb fingers, red noses...all sacrifices for a little snow (that living in Tennessee, we may or may not actually get)? I'll pass! Snow is pretty, but I'd rather admire it in a picture than get out in it!

    I can definitely tell that my body is gearing up for winter though. All of my meals lately have been piping hot and I can't seem to get my hands on enough hot tea! I may have to find some of that mint hot chocolate. That would be nice right about now!

  2. I absolutely hate the cold weather too!! It is way too cold out there for me! Your dinner looked yummy...I'll have to try that sometime!

  3. oh my gosh...HATE cold. Thats why we migrated south. BUT its actually pretty cold in SC right now, for SC. Glad you had a nice lunch out. Those salads are SO good. Not sure what it is about them. And yayy for the progress on the house. Watching your house being built is SO much fun. Enjoy it

  4. Oh, I cannot stand the cold. And my husband loves it! He likes to keep the bedroom cold so that we can be comfortable under the covers. It just makes my head cold. Brrrrr...

  5. We were still a warm 75 degrees here in Austin today...and I don't mind that a bit! I hate the cold, and I love being able to wear skirts and dresses all year long. Your house is looking great! How exciting to see it go up. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you have a lovely Friday!

  6. I hate the cold more than you can imagine - okay, maybe you can imagine it. But I just can't tolerate it. My hands are freezing even in the summer and I just can't take it!!

  7. Ah yay so exciting about the house!! And I love winter just as much as you do. Being cold makes me sooooo unhappy.

    How appropriate is it that I'm listening to Taylor Swift's Innocent while reading this??

  8. Your house is coming along so quickly!! Can't wait to follow the progress.

    Also, Its' FREEZING in St. Louis! Highs in the 30s = no more running outside in the morning. At least not until I toughen up:)

  9. the progress on the house is so exciting!

    i know what you mean about the cold. i walk about 1/2 mile each way to work and i am totally numb by the time i get there!

  10. The way you feel about cold weather is how I feel about hot weather! I despise being hot with every fiber of my being! September-March is my happy time of year, I hate summer more than anything!!!

    Yay for house progress!!!!

    Holy delicious dinner, I'm going to make that sucker ASAP!!!!


  11. It just started to get really cold here as well. We're actually suppose to get some snow flurries today!!

    I only like it to be cold if it's snowing, otherwise it's not worth it. :)