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Good evening or good early morning!

It’s still Friday on the west coast, so we’re going to let my ‘Friday Favorites’ tardiness slide.


First off, I got home from work around 10:00 tonight and was craving pizza and breakfast. I was really struggling to decide which one I wanted most, so I decided to combine them to make a breakfast pizza!

breakfast pizza

breakfast pizza

This little creation hit the spot. I topped a toasted Flatout Flatbread with 3 cooked egg whites, 2 slices turkey bacon, chopped red bell pepper, spinach, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, and popped it in the oven for about 6 minutes at 400 degrees. Oh! I also used Sriracha as the ‘sauce’ for the pizza. Good call.

Like I said in my last post, this week has been nuts. Which brings me to my list of Friday Favorites!

Friday Favorites 

Five tornadoes touched down in South Dakota on Wednesday night, and one really tore up a small town in the central part of the state. I’ve been covering the damage out there for the past two days. The experience has been absolutely unreal and it’s something I’ll never forget. That brings me to my first ‘favorite’:

1. South Dakota Weather 

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I know this shouldn’t be a ‘favorite’, but let me explain. As a reporter, there’s really nothing like covering natural disasters. This week has been full of floods, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Thankfully, there have been no serious injuries and things are starting to slowly get better throughout the state. Covering all these storms has been exhausting, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything right now.

2. Overnight Oats

overnight oats

overnight oats

Like I said, this week has been crazy. I haven’t been getting much sleep, and getting adequate nutrition has also been a struggle. It’s times like these that overnight oats really come in handy! I’ve been preparing overnight oats the night before I know I have to wake up early for a story. This morning I was up at 4:30 a.m. to head out to cover tornado damage. I knew there was no way I would feel like cooking breakfast that early, so I whipped up a batch of overnight oats last night! This bowl was made with 1 container Dannon Greek Light and Fit blueberry yogurt, 1/3 cup raw oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 tbs ground flax, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, plus banana, blueberries, and Kashi cereal for toppings.

3. Boom Chicka Pop Caramel & Cheddar Mix



This popcorn is TOO good. I’ve been getting home reeeeal late these past few days, and have been digging into this bag each night for a little pick me up. This mix is my absolute favorite. I’m a big fan of the sweet and savory combo when it comes to food. The cheddar with the caramel is the perfect pairing if you’re a sweet + salty person. Just be careful once you open a bag of this stuff because it’s tough to stop stuffing your face.

4. True Blood Final Season 


I True Blood still cool? I don’t care either way. I’ve watched this show since season 1, and have been a fan through and through. I can’t believe the final season starts this Sunday! I plan on spending my Saturday night re-watching the previous season to jog my memory. I’m not a big vampire person, but I love the way True Blood fits real world social issues into the show. I’ll be sad to see it go!

That’s all! I need to get some sleep. I’m heading back to tornado town bright and early in the morning!


Good Evening!

Big news: Mike and I finished Orange Is The New Black yesterday.

I loved the finale, but I don’t think Mike was quite as impressed. Overall, awesome season.

Moving right along. Does anyone else have serious problems not falling victim to workplace treats and eats? I can’t believe I haven’t talked about this earlier. I really struggle when it comes to saying “no” to sweets and pretty much any kind of food at work. Honestly, I’d say about 50 percent of the time I actually feel pressured to partake in the eating by my co-workers. They mean well.

I typically pack all my meals for work. That normally includes two snacks and lunch. Sometimes I’ll pack dinner if I know it’s going to be a long day.

Lunch, Dinner & Snack

Lunch, Dinner & Snack

I work in news and am constantly running around half the state for stories. Most of the time I pack things that I can eat on the go without too much hassle. That said, when I am in the office it’s really difficult to avoid all the cookies, donuts and candy that seem to constantly be floating around.

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Also working in news, I usually have a photographer on the road with me. I am one of probably two people at my work who packs food ahead of time. Any time I’m out on a story, whoever I’m with will want to stop and eat lunch, and normally offer to pay when I try to decline by telling them I have my lunch. About half the time I succumb to the pressure. Today was one of those days. 

What really bothers me is that a lot of times my lunch will go bad before I can get home for dinner. Anytime I pack a sandwich, like today, it will get soggy and disgusting in no time. It doesn’t make it any easier that I have such a problem wasting food.

However, the more serious problem is picking on sweets when I’m actually in the office. I must admit, I contribute to the constant flow of cookies, but I seem to be able to control myself around my own baking. Is there really a way to avoid picking up one too many sugar cookies?

Today, I picked up one of the huge nut bars my co-worker brought in. I ate half of it and it was delicious. But about half way through, I really stopped to think ‘do I really need this whole thing?’. I didn’t. So, I threw the rest away. As much as I hate wasting food, I was proud of myself for just stopping and thinking for a second. Maybe that’s all it takes to control your cravings in the office. Just stop and think before mindlessly grabbing the glazed cake donut or chocolate chip cookie. You might be the odd one out at the office, but at least you’ll feel great about yourself.

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