I hope you all had an amazing Christmas. I had a great time celebrating with family and friends, and received some amazing gifts. Keith gave me a PINK NINTENDO DS LITE<3, and my Mom and Dad gave my the Train Case I wanted for my makeup as well as clothes, money, and tons of other amazing stocking stuffers. Check out my flickr for the pictures! My parents were so generous, and I appreciate all of their gifts so much.
I can’t believe it’s already almost January. It seems like I was just starting the semester in the Fall and wondering when I was going to be on Christmas break. Anyone have any New Year’s resolutions? I’m usually not big on resolutions, due to the fact that 90% of people probably forget about them and never keep them. My last resolution was to lose weight, which I did, and to stop spitting my gum out of my car window and on the ground while walking. I’ve done pretty well with that one. Instead, I have some goals for the new year and things I’d like to do throughout 2009. Here they are in no particular order.
+ Lose my last 5-7 pounds, they’re sticking to me, haha.
+ Go to the shooting range, and get certified to own and operate a fire arm.
+ Look into buying said fire arm.
+ Buy a flickr pro account.
+ Make my DVD collection bigger.
+ Continue my healthy eating and work out routines.
+ Read some more books for fun, instead of being bogged down with school reading.
+ Get my third tattoo (hopefully within the next month, but before March?)
+ Write in my “real” journal more often.
+ Develop my makeup face charts, neaten up my drawings in sketchbook.
I hope all of you have a healthy, safe, and happy new year. And of course enjoy celebrating with family and friends. <3
Merry Christmas! (and some tips too!)
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy all of the festivities.
Tonight we’re heading to Keith’s for Christmas Eve and we have all of this amazing Polish food. We have Sauerkraut Soup, three types of Pieroggis, and two types of Babikas (my favorite being the sugar and walnut ones), and Kolach Bread which has raisins, cinnamon, and walnuts. Delicious! I’m super excited. And tomorrow we’re having Christmas day at my Aunt’s and I’m giving Keith his presents tomorrow.
I absolutely love Christmas traditions. There’s something about the Christmas season that just makes me so happy.
What are some of your traditions? What are your plans for Christmas Eve/Day?
And since you know I can just leave you without giving some healthy tips, for those of us who are worried about holiday weight gain, there’s plenty of things you can do to make the holidays more manageable.
– Drink a full glass of water and have a light snack before going to parties! You’ll be less likely to overindulge.
– That being said, don’t starve yourself all day, so you “can eat more later.” It doesn’t work that way, and you’ll end up eating more than you have planned.
– Wine is a good option for alcohol instead of having a cocktail or a beer. Even better? Make it a spritzer. Less wine, and club soda is a no calorie mixer!
– If you’re going to a party where you’re bringing something, make a veggie or fruit dish. You’ll be surprised at how many other people will be happy that you brought something healthy. Try fat free yogurt for a fruit dip, or hummus/fat free ranch for veggies.
We all love eating around the holiday season, and food plays a big role, especially in my family with us being Italian and Greek, but there’s plenty of ways you can still enjoy all of these treats without going overboard.
I hope you all have a great Christmas, and enjoy yourselves! Be safe, have fun, and enjoy all of the presents. =]
I always love sharing recipes that have been in my family, or passed down from friends with other people. Today, during the snow storm (check flickr for the photos!), my Mom and I began our annual baking insanity. Today we made Butterballs (with and without nuts), Snickerdoodles, Struffoli, and last but not least, Chocolate Anginettes. We still have 10 more cookies to make, and we’ve already made over 400 cookies in total. It’s a tradition I love, and cannot wait to pass on one day!
So now, I share one of my favorite cookie recipes with you. If any of you make these cookies, I’d love to know how they turn out. Chocolate anginettes have a dark chocolate flavor with a little bit of spice, which I feel is great for the chilly Christmas season. Sprinkle them with red and green shots for a festive look! They’re easy to make, it’s a great batter to begin with if you usually don’t bake cookies from scratch, and they’re fun to make!
they should look shiny before you bake them.
Chocolate Anginettes – Bake @ 350 degrees (F) for 10-12 minutes
4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup oil
1 cup water
1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla
add milk until you have a creamy consistency (I use skim!)
Mix dry ingredients (mix by hand!!) and add oil and water. You may need to knead the dough before rolling it. Roll in balls and bake. Frost when cool (about 10 minutes).
Above you can see the finished product. The spicy chocolate flavor makes a nice pairing with the sweet chocolate frosting. This recipe makes about 105 cookies per batch, so if you’re having a large crowd over, double it. Unlike some recipes, doubling this one works very well. You can also roll it into a load shape and slice on a slant for a different look, although I prefer the rolled style. Enjoy!
I couldn’t help but blog about this. I love hearing weird news stories, and thinking about the strange things that happen in our crazy, crazy world. Has anyone heard the news story about the Iraqi reporter who threw a shoe at President Bush? Apparently throwing a shoe at someone is one of the worst forms of insult. I had no idea that in other cultures show throwing was so offensive. Many are supporting the reporter, who is now in jail, and might have to serve up to two years if convicted.
Here’s the video to check out of you haven’t seen the footage. This morning I saw a replay of the incident at the gym. If nothing else, Bush does have some fast reflexes. Look how fast he ducks when the first one is thrown! While, I tend to think of shoe throwing at a form of lulz, it just goes to show you, that what might make us laugh can truly offend people in other cultures. Who knew? What do you guys think about all of this? It’s making headlines!
Things I Love – Sunday!
I’m totally crediting the lovely and fashionable J for the idea to do this post. It’s a lazy, snowy, Sunday and let’s face it. I love to talk about things I…well…love!
The first, which I’ve blogged about in the past, is The Body Shop’s Hemp Hand protector. It smells great, and it literally softened my hands within hours. Walking on campus my hands tend to get pretty dry, so this week my hand protector has been a great companion. The hemp seed oil in the lotion helps to moisturize hands and keep skin’s moisture barrier in tact. If you’re like me and you wash your hands a lot, or forget to wear gloves and mittens sometimes, then invest in this!
Has anyone tried this stuff before? My friend Kathleen introduced it to me, and it makes me lips feel amazing. I especially loved the packaging since it’s a pearlescent purple, and purple is one of my favorite colors. The scent is light and reminds me of kool-aid, and it tastes dandy too. My lips feel silky smooth, and there are real silk extracts in the lip treatment as well. All too often we see cosmetics claiming to make you feel silky, but this actually does the trick. Another companion for this week’s frosty weather, and drying heat inside!
Random and strange, but DRAKE AND JOSH, haha. Since when did Josh get all skinny and hot? Although I think he was much funnier a little chunkier, he looks like a weird Cris Angel (according to Keith.) Who doesn’t love their crazy antics anyway? The Christmas special was hilarious and I’m not ashamed to admit that! Christmas movies in general are something I’m loving this week. Watching parts of “A Christmas Story” with Keith’s parents, and then watching “Home Alone” with my Dad tonight, holiday movies always make me smile. Add in some mini holiday Reese’s cups and you’re in business. I haven’t had Reese’s in forever!
Last but not least, Starbuck’s Peppermint Mocha Latte with Skim Milk, and this year they have a twist! Chocolate truffle shavings and peppermint whipped cream come on top this year. Although it’s a pretty expensive (calorie wise) way to indulge, it really makes me feel like Christmas is right around the corner, even though I have been spotted ordering it come summer time. Kathleen and I love having these treats every Friday when we do our usual girls days, and with the double shot of espresso they certainly pack a punch that keeps you going during your Christmas shopping.
I like lots of things this week, ha. It’s been a fun, busy week, and I’m prepping for finals and in less than two weeks I’m on a well deserved month-long vacation. Plans? I’m looking forward to hitting the gym every day since I won’t have to wake up to go to school twice a week, and possibly getting my next tattoo. I have a gift certificate to my parlor, but I want to save up some Christmas money first, and possibly invest in a new digital camera. Who knows?
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