Category: Breakfast & Brunch

Real Food Recipe Roundup # 4 – Apple Flax Muffins

Good morning, all!!  I hope you’ve had a great week so far!! Happy First Day of Spring!!!

Does anyone have any exciting plans for the weekend??

We’re finally painting the nurseryyyyyyyyy!!!!!!! Eeeeeee!!!!!!!

Seriously, this pregnancy is going by so fast. Today I am officially in my third trimester!! WTF?!  (I’ll be posting a bUmPdate tomorrow for anyone interested.)  Little miss Emma is going to be here before I know it and I genuinely cannot put into words how excited I am to meet my little yogi! 😀 😀 😀

Today I’m pleased to share with you a super delicious muffin recipe I came up with this week that tastes just like the fall…right in time for spring!! Ha. Oh well. It was so rainy and chilly at the beginning of the week that I felt like the warm spices would do me some good…and I was right…because these muffins rock. They’re dense and chewy from the oats with a tiny bit of sweetness from the apples and brown sugar. You’ll notice that there is no butter or oil or added fat at all in these muffins either! That’s because flax seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids (which, as a momma-to-be, are essential to my diet!)! I promise these muffins are still perfectly moist without any additional fat. I guess, technically, these are more like little baked oatmeals than muffins but tomato-tomatoe. I’ve also included some alternative ingredients to keep these both gluten free and vegan if you so desire. Please note, though, that the nutrition facts I’ve included at the bottom are for the recipe as it is written below.

Apple Flax Muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    (you can use oat or almond flour to keep this recipe g-free)
  • 1/2 cup flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 large apples, grated
    (skin and all)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
    (I added these strictly to add some more protein to these muffins. If you’re vegan go ahead and leave these out and these muffins will still turn out great!)
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
    (optional, but I love walnuts in my apple muffins!)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, flax meal, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, spices, and walnuts (if using). Whisk well to combine and set aside.

In a separate large bowl, whisk together the grated apple, almond milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, and egg whites (if using).

Add the apple mixture  to the oat mixture and stir until just combined.

Scoop mixture into a muffin tin prepared with a bit of nonstick spray.

Bake muffins at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and set.

Let cool ten minutes before removing to a cooling rack and serving!

Nutrition (calculated on myfitnesspal.com) Per Muffin:
Calories: 156
Total Fat: 7 grams
Carbohydrates: 20 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Sugars: 8 grams

apple flax muffins

These muffins freeze really well, too! Just pop it in the microwave to thaw and heat through and you’ve got breakfast in no time!! I’ve been serving mine up this week with some cinnamon cream cheese wedges from the laughing cow. I’m obsessed. They’re 35 calories of delicious, cheesy, noms!!!

Also, you may be wondering why on earth I’d photograph my breakfast on a Pampered Chef catalog? Silly me. That’s because I’ve started my own Pampered Chef business!!! I was a consultant a few years back and I loooved it, but I had a hard time keeping in touch with my recruiter who was based out of Baltimore. Not convenient. I just kind of decided on a whim that now is as good of a time as any to start throwing parties for people and earning them free and discounted products…because come on now…who doesn’t love free stuff?! Especially free KITCHEN stuff. OOoooooo man I’m just too excited. I know that I’ve already picked out at least a dozen products that I can’t wait to earn for myself…and I’m looking forward to helping other folks do the same!! (My mother-in-law is dying for the executive cookware set!) If you’re in Central PA and you’d be interested in hosting a show – please feel free to contact me!!! If you’re not in Central PA and you’d like to host a catalog show – go ahead and contact me, too!!

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Meal Plan Monday & A Fun Frittata

Hey, dudes!! Happy Monday!! I can still say it’s happy because it’s early. Heh.

I hope you all had a nice weekend! Did you do anything exciting for Valentine’s Day?  Our cooking dinner plans didn’t work out as anticipated so we wound up going out to dinner instead, but we had a loveerly time. We also snagged this preggo some froyo!! (Peanut Butter and Coffee flavored froyo topped with peanut butter chips and peanut m&ms. I have a problem.) Then we rented Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters and We Are The Millers and snuggled. I would recommend both movies to anyone who hasn’t seen them. Sooooooooooooo good and HILARIOUS!!!

Anywho, I’ve finally jumped onto the Sunday Food Prep bandwagon a la The Lean Green Bean! It was great to actually have the time this weekend to get soooo much stuff ready for the week. I’m really looking forward to just grabbing stuff when I need it, having my veggies all chopped up for salads throughout the week, and even having parts of my dinners ready to go! It took me about 3 hours to get all of this done. I set my tablet up in the kitchen and put on a few episodes of Bones that I was behind on – so I probably could have gotten it done even faster had I not let myself get distracted by the show here and there. I just didn’t feel like hanging out in the kitchen in silence. Either way, Here is what I prepped:

Sunday food prep

 

  • One dozen turkey meatloaf muffins
  • 40 banana chocolate chip protein mini muffins
  • A frittata with Canadian bacon, bell peppers, scallions, and cheddar cheese (6 servings – recipe below)
  • 1 roasted spaghetti squash
  • 4 baked sweet potatoes
  • 1 cucumber, 1 yellow bell pepper
  • Oat flour

And hereeeeeeeeeeee is my meal plan for the week! We’re going to visit Bill and Susan and my Poppa Bear in New Jersey this weekend, so I only needed to worry about dinner Monday- Thursday and then when we’re home on Sunday night. Though I am SO looking forward to cooking up a storm Saturday night with my dear Susie! In addition to other tasty bites she has formally requested my kale salad – which I can’t wait to devour!

Monday
Meatless MondayMinestrone Soup with Garlic & Mozzarella English Muffin Melts

Tuesday
Tilapia Tacos with Southwest Slaw

Wednesday
Mini Turkey Meatloaf Muffins with Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Frozen Veggies ( I always have a stockpile of the Green Giant Healthy Weight Blend. It’s snap peas, carrots, black beans, and edamame. Johnny and I both love it!)

Thursday
Grilled Pesto Chicken with Tomatoes, Green Beans, and Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Sunday
Shrimp Scampi
(My latest pregnancy craving, people. All I want to do is eat shrimp all the time!!)

And just for funsies – here’s the recipes for my super simple frittata! It’s packed with protein and surprisingly low in calories!! Perfect for mommies-to-be! *wink wink* I enjoyed mine with half of a whole wheat english muffin with a little smart balance to make it a complete breakfast! If you’re not a meat eater this would be just as delicious without the Canadian bacon, I was just in the mood for it this week!

Scallion & Bell Pepper Frittata

  •  6 whole eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 scallions, diced
  • 5 slices Canadian bacon, diced
  • 1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

Add the Canadian bacon to a small, dry skillet over high heat. Let it cook, stirring occasionally, for about 6 minutes or until the Canadian bacon starts to brown. Add the bell peppers and cook about 5 minutes more or until the peppers start to char. Remove from heat.

Spray an 11×7 inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Add the Canadian bacon and pepper mixture to the bottom of the pan. Top with the egg mixture, scallions, and cheddar cheese.

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until set. Let cool before slicing into six servings.

frittata

Nutrition per serving (calculated on MyFitnessPal):
186 calories
5 grams carbs
10 grams fat
18 grams protein
1 gram fiber
2 grams sugar

That’s all for today, folks!! But don’t forget to come back for What I Ate Wednesday and my grand link-up premier this Thursday for my Real Food Recipe Roundup!!

 

 

Quiche Me!

winter is coming?

It really is just that kind of day. Cold, snowy, and not even halfway through the week yet. Apparently it’s supposed to be, literally, 5 degrees for the next few days. I am so not prepared for that. People keep telling me that, with pregnancy, comes being hot all the time. Well, folks, I’m two days shy of the halfway point and I am waiting for it to hit me. NOTHIN!! I’m always freezing. *sigh*

Oh well, at least bacon always makes me feel better! OOOOOOO!!! And cheese, too, let’s not forget about cheese!!

bacon, broccoli, and cheddar quiche

One day soon, I may share a recipe with you guys that DOESN’T have bacon in it. Today is not that day. Today, I’m actually re-sharing a recipe with you.  Bacon, Broccoli, and Cheddar Quiche! Noms! I first made this quiche on a snowy day in college. Of all of my “standard” recipes that I make fairly regularly, this is one of Johnny’s favorites!!

It’s really simple to make, because I use store-bought pie crust. Go ahead and judge me if you want, but I’ll be eating my quiche waaaaaay faster than you’ll be eating yours. 😉

All things considered, this quiche isn’t all too unhealthy, either, and we all know by now that makes me jump for joy! Also, for all you other preggers out there you can take solace in knowing that broccoli is loaded with folate, calcium, and vitamin C!! So mangia!

I have a few tips for keeping your quiche delicious, using the real ingredients that make it so perfect, while still keeping it on the lighter side!

  1. Use a ratio of half whole eggs and half egg whites: You still get the perfect yellow of the egg yolks throughout your quiche without all of the extra cholesterol with even more protein from bulking it out with egg whites!
  2. Don’t use cream: Use low-fat milk instead. I pretty much only ever have skim milk on hand. It’s all Johnny and I drink. I promise this quiche is still fluffy and rich with no cream at all!
  3. Layer your ingredients: This is key! Start with a layer of bacon on the bottom, that way even though you only use 4 slices (per quiche) when it’s crumbled up and covers the bottom of your pan you are guaranteed to have bacon in every bite and it will hit your taste-buds immediately! Then add all of the broccoli, which is also delicious, just ya know…not bacon. Pour your egg mixture in next. The last layer is the cheese on top. Rather than mix in copious amount of delicious cheese (which I’m certainly not always opposed to), just sprinkle a handful on top. The cheese gets melty and beautifully browned on top. Eating with your eyes is a real thing, ya know. You see the cheese on top and you know that means there is cheese in it (even though it’s just on top! tricky!) I promise you will be satisfied!

quiche

Bacon, Broccoli, and Cheddar Quiche

  • 2 frozen, ready-made pie crust (thawed)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup non-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 8 slices of thick cut bacon, diced
  • 1 bag steam-able frozen broccoli prepared to package directions
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Preheat the oven to 400 .

Prick the bottom of your pie crusts all over with a fork (to prevent bubbles from forming during cooking) and place in the oven for about five minutes, just until you begin to smell it. Remove and set aside.

Place the chopped bacon into a large frying pan. Cook over medium high heat until brown and crispy, about seven minutes. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk, spices until it forms a smooth mixture.

Place your pie crusts onto a large cookie sheet (this makes transferring two quiches from the oven at the same time much easier).

Add the bacon to the bottom of your pie shells, followed by the broccoli. Pour half of the egg mixture into each the reserved pie crusts. Top each with 1/4 cup of cheese.

Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees and cook for 35 to 40 minutes or until the eggs are set and the cheese on top is melted and brown.

Let cool about 15 minutes before serving.

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Yum! Don’t you just love getting a serving of veggies in at breakfast time?!

Maybe that’s just me??

Let’s try that again, then.

Yum, don’t you just love quiche!

 

slice o'quicheWhat’s your favorite type of quiche??

Better yet…what’s your favorite BRUNCH  food?!

Do you have any tricks for making foods that are typically unhealthy healthier?

This Snow Sure is Chili

So how many of you East Coasters out there had a snow day today?!?

Lucky. You. 

I wish I could say the same. I was up extraaaaa early to make sure Johnny and I had enough time to scrape all of the ice and snow off the car and get to work on time. The roads weren’t too shabby this morning, though. Especially compared to last night! Yikes! Our usual 40 minutes commute took an additional hour. It was insane. I’ve been living in Central PA for almost four years now and they just never seem prepared for snow.

Oh well, ya know what I do when it snows?

Make cozy foods.

Like chili! And oatmeal!!

I don’t know how you feel about chili, but I effing love it.

Beef Chili. Chicken Chili. Turkey Chili. Green Chili. White Chili. Bean Chili. On a train. In the rain. You name it, I love it. It’s definitely up there as one of my most favorite foods of all time. One of the many delicious reasons I love chili so much is all of the fun ways you can serve it!! You can top it with cheese, cilantro, red onions, green onions, tortilla chips, sour cream (if you’re into that sort of thing), with cornbread, over rice, over spaghetti (Cincinnati style), on a baked potato, on french fries – the options are endless!! I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that I just love any food that I can customize and play with! On any given day I can mix up whatever pot of chili I’m feeling like and I can top it with whatever I have on hand and it’s like a party! But ya know…with just me…and chili….which sounds kind of lame but I swear is actually really exciting!

Johnny enjoys chili…but not the same way I do.  He thinks that I make too many “southwestern” inspired dishes. Boooooooo!! Chili powder, garlic, cumin, cayenne, chipotle. I go through these spices faster than anything else in my pantry. I can’t help myself. I’m so drawn to the smokey/spicy/sweet combination that so many southwestern dishes offer and chili is no exception and the best by far! I have tried many-a-different version of chili. This, of all my recipes, is my favorite. It’s not too complicated to make and the it’s the perfect combination of lean ground beef and beans with a hearty portion of peppers and onions, too. It’s even more appropriate for me these days (meaning “being pregnant” days) since it’s super important to make sure I’m getting enough iron and fiber – which this recipe is chock full of thanks to the beef and bean combo!! Johnny describes my chili as “weird – it’s spicy and sweet all at the same time!” Well, my love, that’s exactly what I was going for!  Here is the recipe!!

My Favorite Chili Recipe Ever

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, minced (plus 1 tablespoon of the adobo the chipotles come in)
  • 3 heaping tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional Garnishes: Cilantro, Scallions, Avocado, Lime, Cheese, Sour Cream, Red Onion, Tortilla Chips

Begin by heating 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large pot over high heat. Add the peppers and onion and let them cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. They will start to char in some places from the high heat and this is exactly what you want!! Add the beef and garlic and continue to cook until the beef is brown. (If your using a less lean beef, you may want to stop and drain off some of the fat).

When the beef is brown,  lower the heat and add the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste to the pot. Make sure you scrape the bottom of the pan with your spoon or spatula to get up all of the good stuff from the bottom! Fill the crushed tomato can halfway with water, swirl it around to get out any extra tomato hanging out on the sides of the can, and add it to the pot. Add all off the spices and stir well to combine. Add the beans, stir, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour (or as long as you can patiently wait before digging in!).

Serve with whatever topping you like!

This time around I had cheese, avocado, red onion, and some tortilla chips for scooping….and it was perfection.

chili!Now did I mention something about oatmeal up there before? I seem to have gotten particularly excited about chili. Oh well! I love to enjoy a cozy bowl of oatmeal from time to time. Sometimes, though, I just don’t feel like standing over a pot in the morning to make myself a cozy bowl. The instant stuff just doesn’t do it for me anymore these days. I had some suuuuper ripe (like I had to use them up before the turned to mush) pears on hand this week and I whipped up a quick, healthy, and easy baked pear oatmeal for breakfast! If your New Year’s resolution is to watch you waistline this is a hearty recipe that will definitely tide you over until lunch (unless, maybe, you’re pregnant and find you’re eating everything in site…then you may want to have some clementines on hand to munch on the side…or maybe that’s just me…) Here is the recipe!

Baked Pear Oatmeal

  • 2 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup reduced fat vanilla soy milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 4 ripe pears, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the soy milk, eggs, extracts, brown sugar, and maple syrup. When the mixture is combined, add the pears and whisk gently to combine.

Add the soy milk mixture to the oat mixture and mix well until everything is combined.

Pour the mixture into a baking dish sprayed with a little nonstick spray. Bake at 375 for thirty minutes or until golden.

Serve immediately! (Or, let cool completely before slicing and placing the squares into individual baggies and freeze! Reheat in the microwave for 2 minutes or until warm through!)

bakedoatmeal

Smoothies & Scones

Hey folks! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! Did you do anything fun or exciting? I didn’t do much of anything this weekend, and I must admit it was pretty fantastic! With the holidays winding down Johnny and I got to enjoy our first weekend of nothingness in what feels like fooooooreverrrrrrr and I made sure to take advantage!!

How?

By cooking my face off!!!

And I’m pleased to say that the time not spent cooking/eating I was either working out… or… cleaning…or at Target with Melinda and Kyle…orrrrr watching Parks and Rec. Regardless, it was faabuloussssss!

Now I don’t know about you, but without an alarm set my body naturally wakes up after 8 hours of sleep. I’m typically always up before Johnny. Yesterday morning  was no exception. I was up at 8:00 am and I was fiiiiinally able to try out my brand spanking new Bella Rocket Sport Blender!

I love making smoothies for breakfast, but I have a problem you see. I HATE measuring ingredients. That’s why I’ve never been much of a baker. The exactness of everything frustrates me. When I make smoothies in a standard blender, I always tend to overdo it and throw in a little of this and a little of that and I ultimately wind up with enough for two smoothies! My husband doesn’t care for most of the smoothies I make so he doesn’t drink the extra, and I can try to freeze and it drink it later but I wind up forgetting about it. It’s really quite a conundrum. For Christmas, Johnny picked up this single serve blender for me and it’s absolutely perfect! The first smoothie I made in it is one of my standards, as I typically always have everything on hand for it. Here is the recipe!

smoothie

Berry Almond Smoothie

serves 1

  • 8 oz vanilla soy milk
  • 1 8 0z container of berry flavored greek yogurt (I used Wegmans Brand Triple Berry, but any berry will do!)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 baby spinach leaves, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed

Place all of the ingredients in your blender and whiz until combined! (Note: If you’re using the same Bella Rocket Sort Blender, I suggest adding the ingredients in the exact order they appear here. That way, when you flip it upside down to blend it, the spinach is closest to the blades and will incorporate nicely. Putting the milk in before the yogurt will also prevent the yogurt from getting stuck at the top of the blender!)

I enjoyed my smoothie with a piece of whole wheat toast with a little smart balance and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar! Noms!

cinnamon toast & smoothie

This morning I was up early again (7:45! Yikes! Getting ready for baby, haha!) and  it was suuuuper rainy and gloomy outside. I decided I wanted something warm and cozy for breakfast… and something a little different and fun! No oatmeal for this chick today!

I was all alone in the kitchen, even the puppies were still sleeping. I looked through my pantry and I decided I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Gingerbread Scones!

Now, ya know how I mentioned before that I wasn’t much of a baker? It’s really the truth. Muffins and quick breads are the only thing I’ve ever excelled at and that’s primarily because the recipes are pretty forgiving. Scones…dough that needs to be kneaded and cared for…I grit my teeth and searched for a recipe. I found one that sounded great at joyofbaking.com  and I’m pleased to say I followed it ALLLLLMOST exactly. The result was a perfectly light and flaky scone that tasted like Christmastime. I was thrilled with my results!  Here is the recipe, I’ve noted the few changes I made!

gingerbread scones

Gingerbread Scones

adapted from Joy of Baking.com

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour (I used King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour)
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar (I used dark brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Zest of 1 lemon  (I used the zest of an orange instead! I prefer using orange in my gingerbread recipes!)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (this was not a part of the original recipe at all, I just love pecans!)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (I used skim milk – it worked fine!)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
  • 1 teaspoon pure anilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place rack in middle of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.  Stir in the lemon zest and dried cranberries, if using.  In a separate bowl mix together the milk, molasses and vanilla and then add the milk mixture to the flour mixture.  Mix just until the dough comes together. Do not overmix the dough.

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough gently four or five times and then pat the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches round and about 11/2 inches thick. Cut this circle in half, then cut each half into 3 pie-shaped wedges (triangles).  Place the scones on the baking sheet.  Make an egg wash of one well-beaten egg mixed with 1 tablespoon milk and brush the tops of the scones with this mixture.

Place the baking sheet inside another baking sheet to prevent the bottoms of the scones from over browning.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

**I made my own glaze for this recipe, rather than the one provided with the original recipe. (I needed to express my creativity somehow!) All I did was microwave 2 oz of fat free cream cheese with 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup. I mixed it all up and spread it on top! These scones were perfect!!!**

gingerbread scone

Yes, you’ll note that is a mug of milk with my scone. I thought I wanted tea…so I got out a mug. Then I decided that my new big fuzzy blue robe I was lounging in (thanks, Ma!) was actually doing a fine job of keeping me nice and toasty so I decided I didn’t want tea and that I wanted a nice cold glass of milk instead. Buuuuuut and I didn’t want to get out a glass…so I drank my milk from a mug like the classy gal I am!! It was all delicious. 🙂