No Pizza?! + Recent Meals with Butternut Squash + Crownie Cake

There isn’t one slice of pizza in this post today which means I haven’t had pizza in at least a week!

I was in the city the other day so a bagel from Pick a Bagel was necessary once again. I had a whole wheat bagel with lettuce, tomato, and vegetable cream cheese. Oh, how I love vegetable cream cheese!

pick a bagel

I randomly bought the crinkle-cut butternut squash from the refrigerated section at Trader Joe’s over the weekend. While I totally eat the same meals each week, I do try to vary my vegetables to keep things interesting.

I’ve been roasting handfuls of the crinkle-cut butternut squash to add to a variety of salads and dinners.

The roasted butternut squash is great in salads. I added it to this salad for lunch which also had lettuce, roasted tomatoes and onions, chickpeas, avocado, and three-layer hummus.


Here’s another salad that I made for lunch. This salad contained romaine, roasted butternut squash, roasted tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas, avocado, and Trader Joe’s three-layer hummus yet again. I love this hummus.


Then I added the butternut squash to this stir fry that I made for dinner. In the stir fry was also broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peppers, chickpeas, brown rice, avocado, and sweet chili sauce from Trader Joe’s.

stir fry

The brown rice in the above stir fry was leftover from dinner the night before when we had Chinese Food. My son wanted Chinese food so I went along with it.

Here’s a look at my first plate. Steamed vegetable dumplings, mixed vegetables, and cold noodles. I feel like I reload my plate several times when we get Chinese food.

Chinese food

You may have seen that I shared a very special cookie cake on Instagram.

It’s actually a Crownie Cake (cookie + brownie) which I got for my son as his “College Commitment Cake” because celebrating a commitment to college through food is a thing. I’m glad it’s a thing. I like a good dessert so any reason to order a cookie crownie cake is a great idea to me even if it means my baby is going to college.

college commitment cake

This cookie crownie cake from A Pound & A Half was delicious. We kept cutting pieces off little by little after having actual slices of the cake because it was so irresistible. Between the chocolate chip cookie parts and the brownie parts….YUM.

cookie cake

We aren’t going to discuss that I started this blog when my son was in the fourth grade. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Nope, we aren’t going to discuss it.


10 Things From The Week

I feel like I have so much to say today!

Even though I posted yesterday, that post was just about running (and Pure Barre).

There’s so much more to my life than just my workouts!

1) My son had three outdoor hockey games this week. One Saturday, one Sunday and one MONDAY NIGHT.

Monday nights are just brutal, especially when you have to be outdoors in the winter at 8:00 pm. I am pretty sure I lost feeling in my toes that night.

2) I became re-addicted to Gilmore Girls this week. When the show first came out back in the year 2000, I had just graduated college and still lived at home. I remember watching Gilmore Girls every single Tuesday night.

But then I got married fairly quickly which meant I lost control of the remote at night so that put an end to most of my Gilmore Girls watching days. I’ve watched little bits through the years but now I am officially all caught up! In fact, I had never seen the series finale until last week! Now the Netflix episodes make so much more sense to me.

3) I made it to Panera twice during the week to work. The change of scenery is always nice although when I am in my writing groove, I tune out everything around me anyway.

One day I ordered a salad for lunch. I even had them give me an apple with my salad which counted as the first apple to cross my lips since December. I am still not in the mood for apples though. The thought of a granny smith apple makes my stomach turn.

Funny how that happens.

Panera salad

4) My son tried to pretend he was sick every day of the week but only succeeded in staying home on Thursday. I guess by Thursday I was worn down by his attempts? It’s okay because it meant I could run a little bit later in the morning since we weren’t on a school morning schedule.

Running later = running outside so I was happy. Workout recap here if anyone is interested!

5) I shared my top 5 most viewed blog recipes but left out two important recipes:

Build Your Own Plant Based Power Bowl

Cold S’mores

I sort of forgot about the power bowl post, not realizing how many times it had been pinned!

And my cold s’mores recipe is currently a top viewed post according to my stats so it’s definitely worth checking out. I really need to make these cold s’mores again because I love having a bunch in the freezer for a quick snack!

cold smores

6) A major chocolate craving hit one night for m&m’s. I don’t know when I started loving pretzel m&m’s but I really like them.

I can’t help but think about the healthier monster cookies I once made using pretzel m&m’s way back in 2015.

Hold on, let me find that post…here it is. I need to make these cookies again!


7) I didn’t get pictures from dinner Saturday night but I’ve been really into spicy food. We went to Cinco de Mayo and really liked it.

8) I was out early yesterday to take my son to see the Islanders practice before his hockey game. The Islanders lost both Friday and Saturday night but we don’t need to focus on that.

Islanders practice

9) We picked a cookie cake for Super Bowl Sunday dessert. I liked this cookie cake but it was a little too crispy and crunchy for me. My favorite type of cookie cake would be soft and chewy.

cookie cake

10) And I feel like saying that I really like writing this blog in addition to all of the other writing I do about weddings and events.

For me, writing on various topics helps to keep me creative rather than feel burned out and unproductive. Lately I have been writing more than my usual a lot for the event industry work that I do but writing about running, life and silly things (like Cold Stone being out of cookie dough) really keeps my mind happy and fresh.

I think it’s important as a writer to write on multiple subjects rather than put all of your writing eggs all in one basket.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

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Linking up with Meg’s Week in Review!

What did you eat for Super Bowl?

Do you have a cookie cake opinion? Soft and chewy or crisp and crunchy?

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