WIAW: Never too Cold for Ice Cream

Good morning! Lots to do today and not a lot of time, as I am leaving for New York tomorrow. Thus, this post will be mostly pictures of food and less mindless rambling. Welcome to another edition of “What I Ate Wednesday,”  (hosted by Jen from Peas and Crayons) where hundreds of healthy living bloggers across the country share their wacky, random and occasionally disgusting eats from the previous day. When I first started blogging, I had no desire to become involved with this “party,” but now I’m hooked! I enjoy chronicling my eats (for one day only – more than that feels like way too much work) and sharing them with the world (or the small audience that reads my blog..).

Breakfast was leftover Challah Egg Nog French Toast from my snow day holiday bakefest on Sunday


The Strawberry Cranberry Compote definitely takes this recipe from good to great! The nutmeg, cinnamon, egg nog and cranberries combine for a little taste of Christmas for breakfast! This would be the perfect dish to make for holiday brunch or the morning after a holiday party.  And guess what, you lucky readers you: I’ll be sharing the recipe this Friday!

Post-breakfast, I headed to a cafe to work on a freelance public relations project. While at the cafe, I just had to get a coffee and nibble on a Pumpkin Spice Muffin.


Some of you in the midwest may be familiar with Paradise Cafe. Whenever I used to visit Omaha, I would always end up at Paradise Cafe at least once. However, now I’m a fan of this place for two reasons: free (very fast) internet AND their infamous “chippers.” Little cookies that taste like a cross  between a brownie and a cookie. Heaven. As you may notice, I enjoyed a couple of these along with my muffin.

After finishing up with my work, I headed to the gym. It was one of those days where I kind of “phoned in” the workout. My heart just wasn’t in it! It happens every now and then. That’s what I have the ol’ ipad for – constant gym entertainment.

Lunch was the usual: a gigantic salad from Hy-Vee. The only thing that makes me happier than a salad bar is a frozen yogurt bar…seriously. Olives, tomatoes, mushrooms, kale, eggs, cranberries…so many delicious things in this salad!


Snacks were enjoyed throughout the day, and here’s a snapshot of some of the good stuff.

A protein kick with turkey, with a mini ball of mozzarella cheese and leftover Cranberry Strawberry compote. This may seem like a “wacky food combo,” but I had Thanksgiving on my mind!


 A sweet indulgence with Chex Mix Muddy Buddies Peppermint Bark . I’ve spoken of my love for Muddy Buddies before, and I enjoy whipping up a batch myself…but Chex does it WAY better than me. 


Trail mix featuring mostly yogurt raisins…again, let’s not kid ourselves into believing this stuff is healthy.


Dinner was no fuss, and came together very quickly, as I simply heated up some leftover Mexican Sweet Potato stew from Sunday’s kitchen marathon. Stews and soups really are “the gift that keeps on giving,” in terms of meals. Simply make one batch on Sunday, and you’ve got dinner for a week! I’ll be sharing this recipe with ya’ll in the next couple weeks as well.


And finally, the weather outside may have been “frightful” and there was no fire that was “so delightful,” but I didn’t care. Frankly, it can be 20 degrees below zero, and I’ll still be happy as a clam digging into a big bowl of ice cream before I go to bed!


Edy’s lowfat Peppermint Wonderland ice cream topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and, of course, sprinkles. I don’t know about you, but when I end my day with ice cream and sprinkles, I always go to bed with a smile!


Ice cream (fro yo) vs hot chocolate during the winter – what satisfies you more?

I love hot chocolate, but a bowl of ice cream or fro yo will always make me happier, no matter what the temperature reads!

7 Thoughts on “WIAW: Never too Cold for Ice Cream

  1. 20 degrees below zero???? Ok now I feel silly complaining about our crazy weather here in Texas! At least you had some delicious food to warm you up all day!

  2. This looks simply delicious! I’m a sucker for muddy buddies and adore peppermint bark, so this may be happening after work. As for froyo/ice cream, it just can’t be beat. Even if I have hot chocolate, I’d be more satisfied with frozen yogurt. End of story :)
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  3. Michelle on 11 December, 2013 at 3:33 pm said:

    Those HyVee Salads look amazing- nothing beats a good super market salad bar!

  4. That salad looks great – years ago we lived right near a Whole Foods and I would get a make-your-own salad all the time!! Love them :)
    And it doesn’t get cold here, lol, but I am a froyo girl all the time, all the way!
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  5. I am one of those people that can eat ice cream even if it is freezing outside. It’s just SO good!
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  6. I’ll never turn down a bowl of ice cream! And I TOTALLY want that french toast bake. It sounds so yummy!!
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  7. I’m still debating whether a huge salad bar or fro-yo bar make me happier. I can’t decide, both make me pretty darn happy! Both your salad and ice cream look delicious. One thing I do know is that I can’t eat fro-yo or ice cream without sprinkles.
    I wish we had Chex Mix here in Canada. Whenever I go cross-border shopping I stock up on it.

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