Holiday Highlights with “Oski”

by DanicasDaily on December 27, 2011

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Just one more week before it’s Biggest Loser time again ~ yup, it is totally the little things like that which motivate me to get up at 5 AM and get on the treadmill.  I decided it is finally time again to get up and get my workout on BEFORE my day starts and I can think of all the things I “need” to get done instead of working out.

Since I cannot remember the last time I was friends with my treadmill (maybe August?), I took it easy with a light 25 minute jog/walk.  It felt FANTASTIC and it started my day off on the right foot….literally and figuratively LOL…..

Post workout, I snacked on a banana while I got ready for the train.  Once I arrived to work I could not wait to dig into breakfast.

I received this Kashi Cinnamon Harvest Sample awhile back.


I usually resist cereals because they do not fill me up unless they are packed with fiber and protein.


But, I LOVE shredded wheat especially when it’s only 3 points+ for the ENTIRE box.


I crumbled my “biscuits” over my 1 cup of Chobani 0% Greek Yogurt mixed with 1 Tbsp Blackberry Preserves (4 points+).  This combination kept me full for 5 hours!


I LOVE being in the office this week because NOBODY is around….I think checking off my todo list also helped me not realize where the time went.

Lunch started with a bunch of veggies tray veggies with 2 Tbsp ranch (2 points+).


Plus my LAST Chipotle Cheddar BEER Corn Muffin (4 points+)


Dipped in 1 1/2 cups of Navy Bean and Ham Soup (that I doused with Sriracha!) (5 points+)


I left my apple at my desk so my afternoon snack consisted of a Trader Joe’s Lite String Cheese on my train ride home (1 points+).


I LOVE leftovers and could honestly eat the same thing all week long….especially when it involves everything I showed you all in my Healthy Holiday Series.

2 oz Simple Glazed Ham with Pineapple (2 points+)


Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes that are even better the next day! (5 points+)


Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cashews (2 points+)


Christmas all over again complete with Bacon Green Beans! (1 points+)


As promised, here are a few of our Holiday Highlights….

The Husband picked up this Piggy Wiggy Fry Pan after I fell IN LOVE with Piggly Wiggly in Hilton Head.


I can’t wait to “fry” an egg in it!


As if I needed another “form” to collect recipes….We are both betting on the total number of days “I save” for the year LOL.


Quite possibly the BEST GIFT EVER ~ A Mini Plus Keurig for my desk!  I totally blame Tracey of TJ’s Test Kitchen for getting me hooked on our Keurig at home……

and now…..The Office! LOVE!


These next pictures require a little background. 

The Husband is a BIG UC Berkeley Cal Bears Fan…..My family knows they can get him anything Cal Bears related and he will be happy.

A year ago, My Mom got him Oski the Bear (Mascot)…He LOVES that bear and it now has it’s own spot in our bed (LOL….yup, I am almost 38 years old and we have a stuffed animal in bed with us!)

So….it was only appropriate that I let “Oski” participate in his first Christmas with us!


HIs face was “classic” when he came out to sit on the couch and I had Oski waiting for him to open his present Open-mouthed smile


I couldn’t resist the Cal Bears Onesies when I saw them at Target…..they were so cute!


He was cracking me up with his animation….I wish I videoed it for you all to see!


BEST Baking Realization…..Making Coconut Pound Cake into 32 muffins and saving on points+. 

Built in portion control for only 6 points+ each and they freeze well too!


Speaking of GIFTS:

Like Starbuck’s ~ Enter this Starbuck’s Holiday Give Away!

LOVE Chobani ~ Then check out this really BIG Chobani Giveaway


What was the one gift you received this year that you absolutely LOVE?

Night all!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Care December 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Go Bears!


missmarisol December 28, 2011 at 12:19 am

That mini keurig is so cute. I so want one but I don’t really need one. ggrrr damn being responsible adult here…

Kudos to you on the early morning work out!


Leslie December 28, 2011 at 8:34 am

A new 6″ stainless steel boning knife. Gonna make trimming meats for smoking SO much easier!


Leslie December 28, 2011 at 8:34 am

Oh, and I will be joining you on the 5 AM workouts next week. I’ve got to find a way to get some more cardio in. So we can suffer together!


DanicasDaily December 29, 2011 at 8:12 am


That is AWESOME! I am glad you will be joining in ~ it always makes it easier when you know other people are working out with you too. :)



sarah@spinach and spice December 28, 2011 at 8:48 am

Coconut pound cake in muffin form.. absolutely perfect!
The holidays are always so much fun. That Oski is adorable :)


janetha December 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

you and jay never fail to crack me up! love you guys!


suzanne December 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Danica I can`t thank you enough for your recipes that I use all the time :) Now I`ve got to make those potatoes!!
My favourite thing? My Keurig we is in lurve :)


Jani December 29, 2011 at 4:50 am

Fav gift? My family does a special theme each year and this year we donated to a charity on behalf of that person that we knew was something they were passionate about. My all time love is for reading so RIF and a local library were recipients of some extra largesse this year.


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