wiaw #46: Christmas tree is up + a microwave muffin

We {finally} set up our Christmas tree last night!

It looks pretty good!  I do think it needs some tinsel/garland yet though, but I love how cozy it makes our home feel.


Jen shared a preview of next month’s button and I’m really excited to see what I can come up with in December.  I still have that healthy apple pie in the works, plus I’ve been creating some other new recipes lately (sugar-free cookies, granola, and more).  Should be fun! :)

*the following is my food journal from Tuesday, November 27th*


7:30 a.m.

toasted whole-wheat bagel topped with cinnamon, almond butter, and chia seeds + a banana


9:30 a.m.


between walking to warm-up and cool-down, I got in a nice 4-mile run


11:15 a.m.

a green smoothie topped with that homemade granola I was telling you about…
the smoothie included fresh spinach, frozen mango chunks, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 avocado, apple cider vinegar, ground flaxseed, 3/4 scoop vanilla protein powder, and enough orange juice to get it mixing together

I then had a square of this dark chocolate before getting back to work.

afternoon snack

3:15 p.m.

an Almond Cashew with Flax + Omega-3 KIND bar  (love these)


5:30 p.m.

baked lemon pepper chicken and sweet potato fries with ketchup, plus some fresh green beans on the side


8:30 p.m.

I decided to make Stuft Mama‘s new recipe for a Healthy Apple Microwave Muffin.

It may look a little weird (or that’s what I thought at least, plus this was my first time making a microwave muffin), but it tasted really good!

I ended up topping it with a little chocolate PB2, which definitely wasn’t a bad idea.


Have you set up a Christmas tree or other holiday decorations yet?

Do you know of a really good microwave muffin recipe?  feel free to share a link or two!


  1. I’ve never made a microwave muffin, but I’ve always been curious about the ones on Chocolate Covered Katie’s site. Was it chewy?

  2. I love microwave muffins. So quick and simple. But mine always end up a strange shape due to the mug I use hehe. Your tree looks beautiful. Hopefully putting ours up soon!

  3. Tina at Carrots N Cake has a recipe for a microwave english muffin! I haven’t tried it yet but I plan too! It looks so yummy! Pretty tree btw!

  4. Thank you for sharing the microwave muffin recipe! I’m going to have to try this one. I have made protein microwave cupcakes a couple times before and they end up with the consistency of a stress ball! Thanks again for sharing this, I will be making it soon!

    • I’m sorry none of your cupcakes have turned out! That comment about the stress ball made me laugh though :) You should try this one out, it’s soft and has a melt-in-your-mouth type of texture.

  5. We just finished putting up our decorations last night. I love how cozy our apartment feels now!

    • That’s exactly how I feel! I *need* to get more decorations yet too–besides our tree and some cute Christmasy table settings, our home doesn’t look too festive :)

  6. Tree looks great! Decorations aren’t up yet, but I hope to by this weekend..:)

  7. I’m glad you tried stuft mamas new apple protein muffin. I was wondering how it tasted before I gave it a try. I guess now I’ll have too :)

  8. How did you like the chocolate pb2?

    • That was my first time trying it, and on that muffin it was really good! I mixed it with water that time…
      I’ll have to try it with applesauce sometime and let you know what I think…nothing beats real peanut butter though :)

  9. I LOVE Christmas so my tree has been up since before Thanksgiving, haha :) Love your smoothie with granola! I have been really into protein smoothies for breakfast recently, especially ones with spinach!

    • me too! It’s so true that you can’t taste the spinach…I used to be one of those people that thought there was no way you couldn’t taste it but now I have to smile when I hear others say that :) can’t knock it til you try it!

  10. Melinda Buss says:

    Hi Danica! Finally found your blog again :) Great tree, is it a real one? Ours is up but the lights aren’t working yet. I have quite a few ornaments of Jesse’s from over three years I should bring to you. Talk to you soon.

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