I’d Rather Not Live in the Arctic…

Hello hello! Can you believe this weather?? For those of you in the northern half of the states, you know what I mean. For those of you in the lower half….you’re verrrrry lucky. I can’t believe it was just two weeks ago that I was jogging outside in 60* weather. Now the windchills have been around -15* the past few days. It’s just miserable! What is the weather like where you live?

My parents on going on a trip to the Bahamas in February. I’m very happy that they get to do that, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad bit jealous. Oy.

Anyway, I suppose that’s enough complaining about the weather. Let’s get on to the eats!

WIAW hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons!



Again, only one breakfast over the past week: Greek yogurt, cereal, and raisins. I actually changed it up over the weekend by adding some defrosted mixed berries. Look at that pretty color!


Kind of matches this sunset I witnessed on Saturday evening!



The day after we made this soup, I enjoyed a huge bowl as leftovers for lunch. I said it before, but there really is nothing like homemade chicken noodle soup when you’re sick!


(Recycled picture.)


This combination really is just amazing. It sounds like you all agree!


Over the course of two nights, I enjoyed this bottle of Apricot Cider. My dad bought it from a specialty store for me, and it was really good! And imported from England. 🙂


Finally, I made up a batch of Homemade Chocolate Clif Bars over the weekend, which I have been living off of snacking on throughout the day today. (I’ve had a busy day.)


(Another recycled photo.)


Of course, there was the soup. But over the weekend I tried out a new recipe of my own creation. There is a recipe contest going on locally that I wanted to invent something for, and I came up with this amazing dish.

I’m going to call it: Savory Apple and Cranberry Stuffed Pork Chops.


It’s a mouthful (pun intended) but WOW was it good! After I submit the recipe to the contest I will post it on here. It was especially exciting because I got to use my beautiful Dutch oven. 😀


On the side were some rolls. I cheated with these – I used premade frozen rolls. However, I doctored them up a bit by rolling them in butter then Italian herb mixture, and finished them off with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.


Holy yum.


I was in the baking mood over the weekend, and decided to whip up a small batch of vanilla cupcakes. I threw in some sprinkles last minute because I love confetti things (cakes, cookies, whatever!).


The sprinkles bled their color a bit, but the cupcakes were delicious and still pretty cute!

I’ll have the recipe up for you all soon. 🙂


Workouts January 20-26
Sunday: 35 minutes elliptical trainer
Monday: off (I was still feeling ill)
Tuesday: 25 minutes jogging + 20 minutes walking on treadmill
Wednesday: P90X Ab Ripper + 60 squats, 20 pushups, 60 bicep curls
Thursday: rest
Friday: 25 minutes jogging + 25 minutes walking on treadmill
Saturday: P90X Yoga


In other news, I still have not taken my camera to be fixed, which is why my WIAWs have been a little sparse lately. I really need to get that done…

I will end awkwardly with a question for you all: what is your favorite comfort food or food to eat when you’re not feeling well?

Have a great day! 🙂


  1. oh girl those pork chops look amazing, I have actually never cooked meat like that. and if I were you, i would find some way to bum onto that bahamas trip. for real

    1. Hahaha I so would if I could! But I can’t miss school! :-/

  2. Good luck on that contest! Your pork recipe sounds really good.

    I just posted a picture of a sunset too. Yours is not quite as blurry as mine is though, because you weren’t in a moving car 🙂

    1. Thanks!
      It seems like some of the best picture opportunities happen while I’m in a car. But then of course, they always turn out blurry! 😉

  3. Ugg this cold weather IS rough! I’m in VA so we don’t have negative degree weather but it’s still pretty bitter! Stay warm and eat lots of those delicious meals. I love funfetti too! It’s the best 🙂

    1. I did hear that VA was having some pretty chilly days, too. I just can’t wait for summer! And I agree, funfetti IS the best. 🙂

  4. I feel like putting sprinkles into things makes them ten times prettier!

  5. Those pork chops look crazy good. I def want one.

    1. Thanks! Like I said, I’ll have the recipe up within the next few weeks!

  6. Wow some delicious looking eats! I am all for that breakfast!

  7. I’m pretty over this cold as well. I live in Virginia – I have to deal with hot hot hot in the summer. I should not have to deal with crazy cold in the winter.

    I love soup of any kind when I’m craving comfort food. I especially love it when it’s stupid cold outside.

    1. We were in VA over the Fourth of July this past year, and I could not believe how hot it was. You’re right, if you have to experience those temperatures during the summer, you should at least get a little break during winter! Stay warm!

  8. It’s freezing here, too! But your breakfast looks delicious and that snack combo is so up my alley – I go crazy for chocolate!

    1. Thanks! I do too…it’s kind of a problem. 😉 Stay warm!

  9. jessielovestorun · · Reply

    Liv, those pork chops look divine!!! I hope you are having the most wonderful week so far.. besides the cold temperatures 😦

    1. Thank you, I hope you are too!

  10. It was actually 71 degrees in So Cal today, spoiled!

    1. Oh gosh, that sounds sooooo nice right about now!!

  11. I always love your food, Liv!
    You are the healthiest eater among so many healthy living blogs!
    I wish I could do gluten just to try your amazing recipes, but well… I’m really enjoying your meals!

    1. Thank you! I’ll have to experiment some more with gluten free recipes…thanks for reminding me!

  12. It’s bloody freezing here in the UK too, I’m jealous of your parents trip! Love the look of all of your food!

    1. Haha meeee too! Stay warm!

  13. i have that same dutch oven – in red! isn’t it amazing?!? 😉

    1. I LOVE it! I got it for Christmas and couldn’t have been more excited! 🙂

  14. Wow! Everything looks so good. Your stuffed pork chops look heavenly. I often have the same breakfast with slivered almonds. 🙂

    1. Thanks! I love to have a little bit of crunch in my yogurt – I wish I could have almonds!

  15. I love ice cream when I’m not feeling well. It just soothes my soul! And yes…MA has been COLD! I can’t wait til summer >.<

    1. Ice cream DOES work really well, but I tend to eat it even when I’m not sick… 😉

  16. That dessert, that beer! What a great day!!!

  17. moderngirlnutrition · · Reply

    I’ve been obsessed with this exact same breakfast! I add a little Vega powder and some apple, too:) As usual, everything looks amazing! I wish you could come cook for me haha;)

    1. Oooh, that sounds super good, great idea! Haha I would if I could!

  18. Here in Brisbane, Aust we were have been having over 38 degrees this month, but then the torrential rain and gail force winds came so its a little bit cooler, but very muggy. I was in Italy this time last year, so not envying your cold weather. I can’t even image -15 degrees. But I love winter comfort food, everything your eating looks really nice. Love the look of these Clif Bars!

    1. Both Australia and Italy sound very nice right about now. 🙂

  19. Wow it is seriously cold where you are!! We had snow, but it only lasted a couple of days (sad, because I was really enjoying it!) and we now have rain and gale force winds. I’m not sure what’s happened to our weather system but it’s been crazy for over a year now.
    All your photos are absolutely beautiful. The berry breakfast and sunset are stunning!

    1. I know, I have no clue what’s going on, but you’re right – things have definitely been crazy the last year or so!
      Thank you! It was strange how closely the colors matched. 🙂

  20. Forgot to mention that my favourite Winter comfort food has got to be casserole with herby dumplings (which I posted last week). I’m not sure whether the topping I made is called ‘dumplings’ anywhere outside the UK. I’ll have to investigate. Whatever we call them though, they’re seriously good!

    1. Ooh, I just looked at that recipe! The casserole and dumplings look just beautiful. And we call them “dumplings” here, too! 🙂

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