I am loving that we are already half way through the work week, but I am also a little sad that we have less than 15 days until Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, but that is exactly the reason why I want to stretch out the holiday as long as possible! This weekend will be a busy one, but the following weekend I am off work for four days so you can bet I will be soaking in as much Christmas movie watching, music listening, and gift shopping as I can!
Today’s WIAW eats come from this past Saturday. I would love to mix-it-up a bit with my WIAW days that I share, but honestly, the pictures I take during the week are not pretty! There is no light during my breakfast and dinner times and my lunch is always packed in Pyrex for work. (Although to-go containers are quite practical, a food picture worth sharing they do not make!)
Saturday morning we were still digging out from the snow storm the night before, so I decided to whip up a batch of one of my favorite protein pancake recipes, which fit in quite nicely with the holiday theme as well!
This recipe from Dashing Dish is actually for Red Velvet Protein Pancake Roll-Ups, but I always make mine ‘pancake style.’
As delicious as these pancakes are, I think what really takes these to the next level is the filling! Made with cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, cream cheese, and a few other tasty ingredients, these pancakes only taste rich and decadent, but are actually quite good for you!
If I saw these pancakes and didn’t know any better I would definitely think they were dessert-like, but I love that I can ‘indulge’ without that dreaded sugar hangover for the rest of the day. Plus they are pretty, and in my opinion pretty food always tastes better!
After I finished breakfast and cleaned up the kitchen, I did a little blogging and caught up on a few wreath orders I have for the holidays.
The theme for these two wreaths are snow and winter! I found the fuzzy, snow-like ribbon at Hobby Lobby and wrapped it around the wreath for a little extra texture and winter-feel. I think they turned out quite cute if I do say so myself! Oh, and I loved the snowflake ribbon for the bow! Not much makes me happier than a pretty and festive ribbon! (Is that sad…? I am just being honest, ha!)
Rather than putting on my snow boots and battling the outdoors, (Don’t worry, Tebow had plenty of playtime outside in the yard with his dad!), I headed upstairs to do a little elliptical workout followed by some stretching. I watched a little Netflix (Christmas movies on Netflix are the best!) and listened to the show using my new Koss headphones.
Since I knew we would be having an early dinner, I decided to just have a little snack of half an apple with peanut butter.
Along with the apple I had this new-to-me Amazing Grass bar in Sweet & Savory Almond.
I ended up really liking this bar a lot! I have a peanut butter chocolate and coconut chocolate flavor to try as well and I am looking forward to those! I actually decided to keep those bars at work since I think they will work perfect for a snack when hunger strikes and I don’t have access to my kitchen.
After snack time, we got ready and left to do a little Christmas shopping. We actually didn’t end up buying anything except for a new Fluff & Tuff for Tebow! (Shh.. don’t tell!) I actually will be sharing a bit more on Friday about our Moochie and Co. experience so make sure you stay tuned. If you are a dog lover it will definitely make your Christmas spirit happy!
Tim and I had a gift card to Maggiano’s Little Italy and have both never been, so since we were in the Cincinnati area we decided to take advantage of the opportunity! We don’t eat out very often for budget purposes, but sometimes I think that is better since it allows for those times when we do to feel that much more special. (Just an FYI for all of you budget watchers like me, I signed up for the Maggiano’s email list online and received a $10 coupon to use on my dinner purchase! It doesn’t take long to add up to the $35 bill requirement to use the coupon, so if you are planning on going definitely take advantage of this opportunity!)
Since it was date night, (and the lighting was very dim!), I decided to keep the camera put away and to simply enjoy dinner and being with Tim. For dinner, I had the Chopped Salad – Chopped iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, crumbled bleu cheese, avocado and crispy prosciutto. Served with our signature house dressing, and I had the Taylor Street Baked Ziti – Italian sausage, pomodoro sauce and ziti topped with a layer of melted Provolone and Parmesan for my entrée.
The real star of the evening was the dessert though…Oh my goodness! I don’t order dessert too often, but I am sure glad we decided to splurge on Saturday! Tim and I split Nonna’s Toasted Pound Cake, Caramelized Bananas – Toasted poundcake with caramelized bananas, hot fudge and vanilla bean ice cream. I was skeptical of Tim’s choice when he first suggested the poundcake since I usually prefer chocolate, but I am glad I decided to trust him.
The poundcake was lightly toasted and served warm with a scoop of ice cream and hot fudge (I had to have a little chocolate of course!), and the bananas were sliced length-wise and caramelized with brown sugar. It was like the top of a crème brulee; so crackly, sweet and delicious! Yum!
Also, if you order a Classic Pasta at Maggiano’s, you get free pasta to go home with you too! Tim and I both order the spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs, (go big, or go home?) to-go, and came home with a whole new meal for a future dinner. No one can ever say that you don’t get your money’s worth at Maggiano’s!