Dinner was epic!

First – a workout… :) I hit the gym after work to try a new treadmill routine incorporating hills (inclines) that I found on FitSugar. My abs have been so sore since incorporating an 8% incline in my Tuesday morning workout, so I knew it was going to be good! I made some slight modifications, but basically followed this Running Hills routine:

Time Speed Incline
0-5 6.0 1
5-10 6.5 1
10-15 6.0 2
15-20 6.0 3
20-25 6.0 4
25-30 6.5 3
30-35 6.0 2
35-40 6.0 1
40-50 6.0 1

I claim treadmill brutality!!!! This.was.KILLER. KILLER! My thighs and buns were screaming during this routine and I definitely had to break for some walking. Hills take endurance to run, for sure, but they also take strength and I could feel different parts of my body kicking in to try and tackle those inclines. Absolute insanity – give it a try!

Ok, now dinner!

For weeks now, I have been dreaming about a meal I had on vacation, ohhh two months ago. It’s true – I have been replaying Snooze’s Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes over and over in my head since I devoured them in Denver this December! Well, tonight, it was finally time. Time to recreate!


Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

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  • 1/3 cup “just add water” pancake mix
  • 2 pineapple rings, divided, chopped & drained (reserve drained juice)
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered sugar

*I didn’t end up using the almond breeze



1. Mix pancake mix with some cinnamon, a splash of reserved pineapple juice and enough water to get to pancake batter consistency. Add 1 chopped pineapple ring.


2. Cook until golden brown on both sides.


3. In a small sauce pan combine some cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, a splash of pineapple juice, vanilla and remaining chopped pineapple ring.


4. Cook over medium-low heat until thick and syrupy.


5. Plate pancake, sprinkle with some powdered sugar and top with pineapple-brown sugar glaze. DEVOUR!




Sweet, caramely, pineapple upside down pancakes!!


Most pineapple upside down cakes have whole pineapple rings on the bottom that you then flip over to reveal, etc., etc….this was the lazy girl’s way. Just toss the pineapple right in the batter. :) It’s easy, fuss-free and just as delish!


While, of course, these don’t rival Snooze’s original version – they definitely give them a run for their money!


Seriously, so good. Sooo, so good. :)

I’m off to dig into more sugar 8O and get my bake on – we’re having a Super Bowl potluck at work tomorrow and I’m bringing some ooey gooey goodies! :D



Have you ever tried to recreate a restaurant dish at home?

What’s your go-to potluck dish?