rainy day = comfort food

What a dreary day we’ve had.  I tried to stay inside as much as possible but had to run a couple of errands at lunch time…yuck.  I did come home to a fabulous surprise in my mailbox though…my BSI Prize Trail Mix from Melissa!!!

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Melissa had the great idea of giving the winner of BSI: Sweet Potatoes a custom-made trail mix…she sent me a list of mixin’s to choose from and this is what I decided on:

  • PB-filled pretzels
  • chocolate-covered pretzels
  • almonds
  • cashews
  • caramel bits
  • yogurt-covered raisins
  • dried cranberries
  • chocolate-covered banana chips
  • dried raspberries
  • raisins

It is soooooooooo good!  Thanks Melissa!!!  🙂  I had a big handful as soon as I opened the box!!!

I had high hopes for another wonderful run this evening but just didn’t feel like going out in the nasty weather.  So instead I pulled out my favorite power yoga dvd…not the same as going to class but I went with it.  50 minutes later I was a bendy, stretchy, happy girl…I do love my yoga.  🙂

Backtrack a little to my day’s eats…another post full of comfort food.  What is it about winter-time and the need for warm, filling meals…do all of you lucky Floridians with your 80* winters have the same cravings?

I am so-in-love with the TJ’s Pumpkin Spice Granola…I was craving it as soon as I got up this morning and thought it was a perfect opportunity to test out the new Siggi’s yogurt that Whole Foods gave me as a consolation prize for eliminating my Oikos from their shelves.

Breakfast:  One 6oz container of Siggi’s Icelandic Skyr, plain, with 1/2 cup TJ’s Pumpkin Spice Granola and one sliced banana.

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I must say…I am VERY impressed with the Siggi’s.  It is very thick but oh so creamy…Julz was right when she commented on my post awhile back that Skyr is like Greek yogurt on steroids!  I LOVED it…too bad it is WAY out of my price range.  $2.69 for 6oz?!?!?!?  I don’t think so.

Morning Snack:  3 ginger snaps while knitting…is there anything better on a rainy, cold day?!?  I went home around noon to let the pups out and realized that my lunch was actually at work (I didn’t anticipate being able to leave the office today).  So, I decided to actually take my full lunch hour and just hang out on the couch for 30 minutes and work on a Christmas present…I was happy and so were the pups.  🙂

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Lunch:  Leftover Chicken Veggie Soup and a handful of Kashi crackers (I actually took these photos this morning before going to work…poured the soup out of its gladware into the nice bowl, then back into the gladware after the picture.  Yes, I’m becoming that obsessed with my food photography…).

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Afternoon Snack:  Another glorious pear.

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Dinner:  Homemade Veggie Pizza!  Woohoo!  We loaded a TJ’s whole wheat pizza crust with:

  • TJ’s pizza sauce
  • fresh spinach
  • onion
  • yellow bell pepper
  • broccoli
  • black olives
  • 1/3 cup part-skim mozzarella on my 1/2, LOTS of cheese on the hubb’s 1/2

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Mmmmmm…yum.  The crust needed a little longer in the oven, we typically bake it for 5-7 minutes before topping it but the TJ’s instructions didn’t say to do that so we stuck it in the oven raw with toppings.  It was still a little doughy, but yummy all the same.  🙂  I had another piece 1/2 the size of the piece above…which would mean about 3 of 8 slices of a 12″ pizza.

Dessert:  A small cup of eggnog with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top…my holiday guilty pleasure!

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I hope you all have a glorious night and Happy Friday!!!

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14 responses to “rainy day = comfort food

  1. i’m so glad you go the trail mix and are enjoying it!!!! exciting!!!

    i love the eats…and happy to hear you like that tj’s granola…i bought meghann and caitlin some and they like it too!

  2. What a beautiful blog you have! Thank you for sharing your eats with us…where did you find that yogurt?
    Have a great night!

  3. that trail mix looks great. i love all your eats they look delicious.

  4. Lovin’ the trail mix prize and all the comfort food!! 🙂

  5. Hi Andrea! I am interested in taking some yoga classes but am not sure where to begin. What do you think is a good class to get started with? I’d like one that gives me a good workout. Any suggestions would be great! Thanks!

    You pizza looks great!

  6. Yummy trail mix. I love the holiday lights in the background of your pics!

  7. Melissa – the TM is awesome!!! I brought some for a snack today too… 🙂

    Sarah – Thank you! I got the yogurt at Whole Foods. They stopped carrying my Oikos and when I complained at customer service they gave me a container of the Siggi’s to sample for free. Its really great, and they have many fabulous-sounding flavors that I would love to try…

    Eliza, VeggieGirl and Ashley – Thank you!!!

    Melanie – I take vinyasa classes that are geared toward all levels of ability. My instructor always gives variations of poses to make the workout harder or easier on the participants. Its a great stretching and strength form of yoga, and can really get your heart rate up depending on the speed of the poses. Hatha is another good form to start with, it is mainly breathing and stretching poses and techniques. A lot of studios offer “intro” or “beginner” classes too, which are great to start with. I tried several different classes at different studios to find a form and teacher that I enjoyed…good luck!!! Yoga is such a great habit to get into… 🙂

  8. Have you already forgotten what’s like to spend the winter in Florida? Geezzz.. you haven’t been gone that long, have you? lol Well if it makes you feel any better it just as wet and dreary here. And I still crave comfort food. If I had the energy a nice bowl of chili would have really hit the spot last night!

  9. What a day of GREAT eats! I’m jealous!

    Wheather’s been crappy here, too!

  10. I love your soup bowl – everything in this post looks so good… I wish I had some of that trail mix!

  11. I tried the Siggi’s passion fruit-pomegranate flavor last night after I saw it mentioned on this and another blog, and I hate to say it, but I was a little disappointed. The texture is great, but to me it didn’t taste like it was flavored at all. It tasted like the Fage greek yogurt I usually eat that is $1 less a container. I was bummed )c:

  12. Oh I just love the holidays! The trail mix looks so divine. What a great gift idea.
    I really want to try the Pumpkin Spice Granola.
    I notice you have many different breakfasts, what’s you favorite?

  13. Meghann – hehe, its been 4 years, but I wasn’t as much of a foodie then so I don’t think I really paid that much attention!

    Krista + Rose – Thank you!

    Kate – What a bummer!!! Thanks for letting me know…the passion fruit-pomegranate was actually the flavor I was interested in trying!!! I will definitely not waste my $2.69 on it…

    Kelly – I don’t like to eat the same breakfast every day, but my three favorites that I do multiple variations of are cereal w/ dairy-free milk and fruit, stovetop oats with nut butter and fruit, ezekiel muffins with nut butter and fruit. I prefer the cereal or oatmeal when I have time to eat at home, the ezek. muffin is a great “to go” breakfast when I’m in a rush… Thanks for asking! I should do a post about breakfast variations… 🙂

  14. That trail mix looks amazing! I’d be all over that.

    That yogurt is way too expensive! I always wonder if there’s a reason for prices that high, or if companies are just trying to make their products seem exclusive.

    I love TJ’s wheat crust! 🙂

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