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Queen Deal

I’m not cocky or anything, but I hereby grant myself the title “Queen of Deals.”  Seriously.  Almost so much that it bites me in the butt when I can’t turn down a good deal and end up spending more than I would have otherwise.

I guess that’s the point of sales.

I went into Vons today to buy:

1. 1 container of Chobani yogurt for their facebook contest

2. Coffee creamer if had no self restraint and it somehow ended up in my basket

I walked out with:

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For $14!!!!!!!  I do not lie.

I happened to walk by a random side freezer that was housing Vitatops, Amy’s, and all gourmet vegetarian foods all for 50% off.  Guess they were doing some sort of spring New Year’s cleaning?

Then I spotted blueberry yogurts for 50% off as well – making them 20 cents each.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next few days?  I think yes.

I obviously had no self-control as the coffee creamer still ended up in my basket.  I blame the 50% off endorphins.s

Might I add that this was my first grocery shopping trip in a month?  Shows how much I eat at home.

I also scored some major deals at a local natural health foods store (similar to Whole Foods) when I went in for 1 specific thing.  The cashier gave me extra coupons off, and even let me keep my free “Food Should Taste Good” coupon after I used it!

Definitely my day Smile

 

Food highlights as of late have included:

Some sort of Chicken Masala from TJ’s (bought at work).  Not super great, wouldn’t buy again.

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Thai tofu leftovers at work:

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And iced coffee in my new Starbucks tumbler!!  (X-mas gift from the sista!)

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I used to have the Grande size, but dropped and broke it.  I really wanted to Venti this time.  It’s huge, but you know that’s how I like them Winking smile

 

This is what happens when you arrive back home at 2:20 on Sunday and have work at 3:00.  Then continue to work 8:00-8:00 for the next 3 days.  You dump your luggage, bags of crap, and bags of gifts on your floor…and don’t have time to clean anything up.

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And also get to the point of “I don’t care, my room is already messy, let’s just strip my clothes off/take my shoes off/store it on the floor because I’m going to clean up soon anyways” mood.

I really wish I was lying about that picture, but I’m not.

 

Speaking of deals, I tried out a new pair of running shoes I got on sale at Running Warehouse tonight.  I also wore my new pair of running capris that I got at Nordstrom Rack for $15.  They look like denim, are super comfy, and I’m in love.

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Running Warehouse has a bunch of their “older” models on sale, and I bought 4 online to try on and try out.  Yes, I ordered them online even though I live less than 2 miles away from the actual warehouse. 

I’m testing them all out, and trying to decide on 2, then will return the others.  I’ll talk about them soon in a post.  Thank you Christmas money! Open-mouthed smile

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Christmas Routine

As I’ve mentioned, Christmas is a time of traditions for my family.  First, we have a casual early dinner – usually pizza or takeout burritos.

Also our annual pre-church Christmas Eve photo in front of the tree!

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Please note my adorable new shoes!!! (bad quality uber crop pictures ahead)  Also, dis-note my veiny feet.

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Love love love.

Previous years’ Christmas Eve pics:

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I think it’s really funny to see the difference between my sister Mackie in these 2 pics: (far left in top picture, standing next to me in the bottom picture)

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So now that I’ve overwhelmed you with too many pictures….

Another tradition in our family is that we get a new pair of pajamas put on our bed every Christmas Eve.  So when we come home from church, we race to our rooms and all put on our new jammies.

Please please check out my awesome onesie I got this year:

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(picture taken Christmas morning).  Man was I excited.

Then comes hot chocolate and putting out cookies for Santa! 

And we make sure our mini stockings are set by our bed – ready for Santa to fill them with candy! Open-mouthed smile

 

Christmas Morning: we wake up bright and early at 6 am 8:30 (gone are the days of waking before dawn), and rush to the balcony we have at the top of the stairs.  From here, we can see the whole tree.  We were never allowed to head downstairs until our parents woke up (usually at 7:00 they would roll out of bed).  So we would hang out at the top of the stairs, eating our candy, and looking at our Santa presents, guessing which one for for whom.

View from the balcony.  Not this year, though.  Although we never have our stockings in the living room, they’re always in the family room.  Weird.

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Hanging out at the top of the stairs a few years ago:

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Once we settle around the tree and separate everyone’s gifts, we go around in a circle and take turns opening each present. 

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Then we move into the family room for stockings!! (old picture)

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Highlights from this Christmas:

1. Paige’s gift to me: My sister bought me a polar bear costume.  Designed for a 6-year old.

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I couldn’t stop laughing.

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Great.  So great.

2. Paige’s gift from Santa: You may have seen the mug my sister painted for me a while back. 

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A copy of a painting we saw in Paris:

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A painting that my sister fell in love with, and regrets that she didn’t buy.

Well I was randomly walking downtown one day, and saw a very similar replica in the window of a store.  After talking to my mom, we decided to purchase it for my sister, and have the (expensive) painting be from multiple people as a joint gift.

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She was confused at first, but I think she liked it Winking smile

3. Onesie photo shoot:

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4. Family Time Smile

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My grandma said we were going to share this bottle of wine.  Winking smile

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My new baby cousin (well, cousin’s kid.  But still a cousin Winking smile ):

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5. Good food.  I might’ve had chocolate cake for dinner.  And dough balls, almond roca bars, and homemade caramel.  And then had a racing heart as I tried to sleep at 11:00.  Never felt that kind of sugar high ever.

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I think this might be the most pictures ever in a post of mine.  Anyone still out there??  Hello????? 

Oh hey Smile 

Anyways, I know it’s almost a week late, but I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well!

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Ginger for Giants

4 days = not enough time

3 appointments: 1 orthotics.  1 dentist.  Then another dentist.

Why two dentist appointments you ask?  Well, I got my first cavity Sad smile Waaahhhh.  I no longer can claim the best teeth in my family (and yes – we have a competition going). 

Funny story – I was almost done getting my cavity filled when the dentist pauses.

“I greatly apologize.  But I actually forgot one of the layers.  Oh, this is so embarrassing, but I’m going to have to re-drill a bit to put the layer in.”

So yes – my first cavity, and they had to drill into my tooth twice.  Awesome.

Oh well, funny story to tell the fam. 

Recap time?  I think yes.

 

Wednesday: the majority of the day was spent doing our annual gingerbread making extravaganza. 

All.  Day.  Event.

My 10-year old sister likes to give the muggin’ face.

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I’m so glad I remembered I had my work apron in the car.  Saved my outfit!

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Completely posed by the way.

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I originally started out making a Haunted Halloween gingerbread house.  Which quickly turned into a Giants house Winking smile Nothing better.

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Yes, the walkway is a beard.  And yes, it says “Fear Me” on it (Fear the Beard for anyone who doesn’t know).

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While I was at the dentist (yes, my dentist appointment happened to be at 1 pm directly in the middle of obscene candy eating gingerbread making), my sister molded a baseball player, coke bottle and giant mitt out of caramel!

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The real coke bottle and mitt:

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Next year’s plan?  Pink & orange house.  Or a polar bear’s castle.  Who knows.

Past years (to get an idea of the mess/table):

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I loved last year’s village we made:

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Complete with the evil clock-tower-climbing-gingerbread man Winking smile

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See last year’s gingerbread pictures here!!

And my Flashback Friday of gingerbread houses here.  Check them out!

 

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to come!  (I didn’t want to overwhelm you in one post Winking smile ).

Does your family or friends do gingerbread houses?  Or what traditions do you have each holiday?

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Merry [Belated] Christmas

Merry [belated] Christmas from my family to yours Smile

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Sorry I haven’t been around since Monday/Tuesday.  I have a precious small amount of time at home, and I spent it wisely (not that blog reading/posting isn’t time spent wisely.  But you know what I mean Winking smile.  I hope.  If not – I’m sorry I offended you). 

Very wisely indeed.

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I’m hitting the road back to school my-old-school-town-current-job-town in a couple hours, and will catch up with you all then!

Happy saddest day of the year December 26th and safe traveling to anyone it applies to!

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Work Lessons

Things I’ve learned at work (the Foodie edition):

1. Take advantage of going out to lunch.  If someone’s paying for your meal (and they really don’t care what you order), order what you want!

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For example, an expensive salad that I got to add chicken to at California Pizza Kitchen.  Roasted Vegetable Salad + chicken. 

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(Moroccan Chicken Salad is 1 million times better, by the way).

 

2. Get creative in the kitchen while the baby is sleeping.  Instead of a plain old sandwich (PB&J for instance)…

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Make a pulled BBQ chicken sandwich with rotisserie chicken! 

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3. Holiday seasons will do you in.  Hello candy and treats galore!

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**Insert peppermint mocha brownie here**

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4. Sometimes it worth it to eat red meat.  Such as in this Monte Cristo sandwich: French toast bread sandwich with cheese & ham, deep fried, and then drizzled with homemade strawberry syrup.

I about gagged when I heard about it.  But look at this beast!  I was this close to trying a piece (ham and all!), but I ended up picking out the ham.  Wow.  The strawberry sauce actually went very very well!

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(Made by one of the chefs at work)

 

5. I better get to work and make myself up in the world to have a view like this:

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(Bad lighting – that’s the ocean in the background).

Or marry an anesthesiologist.  Either one.

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6. Take food if your boss gives is going to throw it away.  For example: She mentions these odd “Vita-top muffins” her mom bought her that have been in the freezer forever. 

You say: “Oh!  I love Vita-top muffins!”  Hope and cross fingers she’ll offer you them

Yay.  Ignore fact that they expired in April and are slightly freezer burnt. 

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7. Babies are adorable.

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Toddlers are hilarious.

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Adults  grown-ups  Early 20-year olds can’t pull it off.

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(I guess babies seem to find me hilarious?  Hence the baby’s face in the background)

 

8. Babies are also good birth control.

 

Anything great that work has taught you?  How do you take advantage of your “work perks?”

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Polar Bears aren’t tacky

Merry Tacky Christmas from my bathroom to yours!

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My giant x-large sweatshirt isn’t too tacky (I really love it Grandma!  And polar bears are never tacky), but taking along the matching plate with cookies on it might’ve pushed it over Winking smile

Plus, check out my earrings!

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The dough balls were a hit (extra oily and all).  I also enjoyed a glass of champagne + 2 red jell-o shots.  The green was lime and I’m not a fan.

 

I’ve been really bad about taking pictures of every single meal lately.  But that probably just means they’re uninteresting.

That’s a lie.  Even my photographed meals are uninteresting.  Such as my Fiber One Mocha bar grabbed for breakfast on Sunday morning.

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And my mid-morning snack around 7:30 am between breakfast #1 and breakfast #2.  The fiber one bar wasn’t doing its job and I was hungry!!

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Sunday I got off work at 2:33. 

It was pouring.  I mean pouring all day long.

I came home.  And want to know what I did between the hours of 3:00 and 10:30? 

Sat on my butt.  And watched TV.  No joke.  Exactly what I wanted to do.

Afternoon snack was some leftover frittata:

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And dinner was the last of the frittata.  So much variety I know.

This morning for breakfast I heated up a Life cinnamon roll bar to put in my yogurt:

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Topped with PB for oomph.  And jam for sweetness.

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I haven’t mentioned it yet, but I’ve given up peanut flour for the time being.

I know what you’re thinking.  “3258703958038tyerkgdskgndkgdsigh?????*&**((((*****EDG”

A.K.A: “Why?!?!”

Well, in the past 3 months, I have been breaking out (acne wise – not dancing wise) like crazy.  I mean, 3, 4, 5 giant whiteheads at once.  TMI?  Gross?  Sorry. (Said in Gilly voice) I always had bad skin as a teenager, but it got better as I got older, obviously.  It’s still bad, but not horrible.  Anyways, I racked my brain on anything I was doing different.  I drank my water.  I changed my face wash.  Changed my face lotion.  What was going on?

Randomly, peanut flour popped in my head the other day.  I started eating it about 3-4 months ago.  And that was right around when my acne problem started up.  Curious, I googled it, and I actually came up with a lot of sources that say peanuts may cause an increase in acne problems!  Weird.  Most say it doesn’t cause the acne, it just might make it worse (hence why it made my already acne-prone skin flare up). 

Of course everyone has their own opinions on it, I just thought it was something to try and cut out and see if it helped.

Please keep in mine that I was eating a good amount of peanut flour – probably anywhere from 1/4 – 1/2 cup daily.  And plain peanut butter wasn’t causing me this problem in the past most likely because I wasn’t eating nearly as much as I was of the peanut flour.

Anyways, moving on…

Lunch came in the form of a 1/2 sweet potato topped with chili and hummus:

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And the other 1/2 in form of dessert – drizzled with syrup and pumpkin cream cheese.

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Tomorrow is Tuesday.

Duh.

But do you know what that means??  It’s my last day of work for 5 days and I’m going HOME!!!  Home for the Holidays.  I’m so excited to:

  • Sleep
  • Have no work stress
  • See my family
  • Hang out in front of a real Christmas tree
  • Sleep
  • Sleep in
  • Listen to music
  • Be home with the family
  • Have I mentioned sleep yet?

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Ball-tastic

Yesterday I was supposed to cut back on sweets.

Oops.

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How could I turn down such delicious layers and a chocolatey crust?

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Today I was doing pretty well.  Until….

Wait – what is that?

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Oh, just some dough chillin’ in the fridge.

I’m stopping by my friend’s tacky Christmas party tonight, and wanted to bring a little something.  Such as Dough Balls!

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I followed this recipe, except I subbed in oil for the butter (I have no butter!  And I sure as hell wasn’t venturing out into the downpour for some.  No offense butter.)

Anyways, I use oil in many cookie recipes, and I actually like the result more.  However, these tasted….off.  Not much flavor.  Super oily.  They just tasted like….well….oil. 

It wasn’t until after they were baking that I realized I used double the amount of oil I was supposed to.  I thought I was using the 1/8 measuring cup, when really I was using the 1/4 cup (and even this I know is wrong, considering I was using dry measuring cups.  Sometimes I am quite the lazy baker). 

No wonder they tasted like oil.  Oh well – I’m not telling.

And I still ate too much dough.  Plus about 3 cookies.

Prior to ball forming, I couldn’t decide what to have for dinner.  I didn’t want to open up anything that I wouldn’t use in the next couple days (since I’m leaving).  And I didn’t have much to work with.

 

Ravioli?  Naww – I’m only home for 1-2 more meals before I leave and I won’t finish the package.

Soup?  Ehhh I’ve had soup a lot recently and feel bloated.  Soup doesn’t help that.

Cereal?  Had cereal for my afternoon snack.

Pancakes? Waffles? Oatmeal? Yogurt? All very acceptable dinners.  However I wanted something different than my go-to-lazy-girls-dinner.

Meatloaf or ground turkey? Frozen ground turkey.  Too bad.

Don’t know how it popped in my head, but I came up with a frittata!  I just mixed eggs, frozen veggies, chicken sausages, and garlic salt.  I didn’t have any cheese, so I opened some laughing cow wedges, chopped them up, and sprinkled them on the frittata.

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I had 2 squares – one square with Laughing Cow Blue Cheese and one square with the Sundried Tomato flavor.

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Yum!!  I felt super healthy.

And then proceeded to eat my weight in dough balls.

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