Five Things Friday: Too stuffed to sleep.

It’s almost midnight and I’m stuffed and digesting my food. I refuse to sleep with a full belly.

My day started with hunger pangs. I was hungry the night before, but ignored it and just went to bed. I woke up, made another pumpkin mug cake, and watched all 3 hours of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Swoon… Taylor Kinney.

I finally got in a workout. So many people posted workouts on Instagram. I used their ideas for a warm-up then did a weight/barre workout and stretched it out. Next year, I’m doing the Dana Point Turkey Trot, which apparently is one of the biggest! Who knew?!

All the Thanksgiving pictures warmed my heart and reminded me that it’s the holidays! Well, I ended up caving in to my craving for cornbread…

 Five loaf breads (I made or will make)

1. I finally found a recipe I could work with: Whole Grain Honey Cornbread. I made 2 load pans worth and definitely nibbled on some with honey butter while I kept baking.

2. My second loaf was Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread, which was much denser. Not sure how much I like it.

3. My last quick bread is a favorite, Orangette’s Banana Bread with Cinnamon & Sugar. I post all my favorites under Food on the tabs.

I actually ended up using Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix for the flour after looking at the ingredients. I just didn’t add any more baking soda/powder.

4. Ginger tea bread from the former owners of Bake It Pretty, an online shop that became brick & mortar in Asheville. It was such a coincidence – I loved this shop. This bread is more like gingerbread.

5. Eggnog pound cake

I didn’t get a chance to eat any of it though (except aforementioned cornbread). What turned out to be a quiet Thanksgiving ended up with a dinner complete with turkey, green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, mac & cheese, cold cuts, creme brรปlรฉe, Sprinkles cupcakes, wine, beer & whiskey. Oh and bacon in everything!

Five things I ate for Thanksgiving dinner

1. Turkey

2. Green beans (not casserole)

3. Brussel sprouts with bacon

4. Creme brulee mini

5. Fat Tire beer

My cousin worked for the ABC. That’s a kegerator and cabinet full of wine and liquor…

I’m not one to do cheat days but if there ever was one, this is it! 

Five things I didn’t eat on Thanksgiving

1. Sprinkles cupcakes, though I was given the whole box because we didn’t eat them. I’m handing them out. ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Mac & cheese… I love mac & cheese, but white pasta wasn’t going to do.

3. Mashed potatoes with bacon

4. Green bean casserole, which is cool since it’s my least favorite of the side dishes.

5. Sweet potatoes! How did this happen?! There were no sweet potatoes on the table!

Five things to get in the holiday spirit

1. Go ice skating.

2. Walk in a neighborhood with lots of Christmas lights and sip hot chocolate (or tea).

3. Make a gingerbread house.

4. Listen to Christmas music on the radio and live!

5. Drink Highlight Brewing’s Cold Mountain Ale. Wait, I can’t do that. They don’t sell that here, but if you’re lucky enough, you should try it.

What did you eat yesterday? What did you avoid?
Are you going Black Friday shopping? I’m not!

What’s For [Thanksgiving] Dinner?

Be proud! I bought real food this week because I wanted to make myself a Thanksgiving meal. That meant buying [ground] turkey, quinoa, chicken sausage, etcetera. No worries – I did also find molasses to make some gingerbread goodies too.

Groceries – $39.22

  • Eggs – $1.89
  • Trader Joe’s organic red quinoa – $3.99
  • Bananas – $0.57
  • Trader Joe’s chicken jalapeno sausage – $3.99
  • Oat flour – $3.49
  • Luna bar (w/ coupon) – $0.49
  • Shirataki noodles – $0.99
  • Dried cranberries – $1.08
  • Pure almond extract – $2.99
  • Ground turkey – $5.49
  • 3 lbs organic sweet potatoes – $2.50
  • Chicken broth – $0.59
  • Molasses – $2.27
  • thinkThin bar – $0.50
  • bulk ‘n buy – $4.74
  • Frozen yogurt + tip – $3.65

 Other – $18.56

  • Send package – $11.35
  • 6-pack soda – $3.46
  • Starbucks – $3.75

Gas – $40.00

Total – $97.78

Almond joy pancakes

Gingerbread pancakes
Apple pie protein waffles

Fitnessista’s Cranberry Quinoa “Stuffing”

Browned butter sweet potato casserole
PBFingers’ Thai turkey meatballs with savory blueberry jam

My Favorite Ginger Tea Bread from the former Bake It Pretty owner

Spunky monkey pumpkin pie
Trader Joe’s peanut butter Fiberful bars

Bonus recipe I’ll make this week! *I can’t buy every single cookbook and magazine so I’ll take pictures of the recipe and file them away. Make sure to note the publication for later, just in case.


I few treats I spied at the stores:

  • Theo gingerbread chocolate

  • (source)

  • Apple cider caramels

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu? How many are you feeding? I’m just cooking for myself. I’ll be eating turkey, sweet potatoes, and maybe cornbread for the week!

Wake & Bake Day 2: Browned Butter Cinnamon Chip Cookies & Banana Bread

Dear Little Cousin, Your puppy eyes got you these.

For the record, I had one.

Dear Belly, I made a lazy sushi bowl for lunch today. You loved it with 1/2 a can of tuna.

I sauteed the onions and carrots first.

Dear 4th period faves, I’m on a baking binge. I woke up too early on my rest day and decided to bake again. I wanted to make cookies for my favorite kids. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dear Joy the Baker, I rolled with your browned butter chocolate chip cookies. Love the flecks of sugar.

I used cinnamon chips instead of chocolate chips. They were delicious and were devoured within 5 minutes!

While I waited for the cookie dough to chill, I saw my frozen bananas were adding up and made a quick, one bowl banana bread from Orangette. This is my favorite recipe though I should have baked it a tad less. Still great with cinnamon chips.

Dear Conscience, I baked all of that… and ate an Asian pear. #liveleaneatgreen Hope you’re happy

Okay, and one cookie. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dear Eyes, I promise to give you more rest tonight. I know its been a rough few days! Now you’ve got 2 days off!

What are you up to this weekend?