Christmas 2012

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Holiday Favorites

Can you believe it’s Christmas eve?! Today I will be heading over to my parents house for a delicious Christmas Eve dinner (tacos) and I will be spending the night so I can wake up Christmas morning for pastries and gifts! Can’t wait!

I took this fun holiday survey from Julie.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas!

Favorite Holiday Cookie

Chocolate chip. Is that holiday?

Favorite Holiday Movie

The Holiday

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Favorite Holiday Tradition

Opening 1 gift on Christmas eve. Or going to the movies Christmas day.

Favorite Holiday Breakfast

The marzipan butter ring from a bakery in Santa Barbara. Amazing!

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Favorite Holiday Meal

This year we are having prime rib which is going to be delicious!

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Favorite Person to Shop For

My boyfriend. He’s so easy to please!

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Favorite Way to Open Presents

Everyone has to take turns!

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Favorite Tree Topper

Good ole’ star on top.

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Favorite Holiday Song

Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire

Things I’m Loving

Christmas lights.
So relaxing and cozy! Right when I walk in the door, I turn on the Christmas lights on the tree. Those lights make me so happy.

Crossfit.
I know, how cliche. Everyone seems to be doing crossfit, it’s like the thing to do. But hear me out. I really dislike exercising. The gym bores me to tears, I cannot stand running, and I’ve tried at home DVD’s. I was doing Turbofire for a good 6 months and really enjoyed it but after awhile the DVD’s started getting repetitive and I was getting bored (see a theme here?). Anyways, a few weeks ago I saw a deal on Living Social for 5 beginner classes of crossfit for $30. So I thought why not? Plus, the crossfit gym is literally 5 blocks up from when I live. And? Well I loved it of course. Every one was super friendly, the trainers were awesome and the workout was challenging. The only downside for me is the cost but I think it’s completely worth it. I’ve been going 4x a week and have never been this sore in my life. Love it.

American Horror Story.
If you have never seen this show you need to! Season 2 has been fantastic. You don’t even need to see season 1 to understand so start season 2! It’s crazy, weird, scary and so twisted. I look forward to it every week.


Cute Overload.

I’m a huge animal lover so I could look at this site every day. You can even submit your own pet pics (I may have done it once or twice) Check it out!

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My new site!
I’m having my site totally redesigned. It will be much easier to navigate and I’ll be able to really personalize my blog. I’m so excited! Should be up and running by the new year.  If you “follow” me on WordPress I will lose you so make sure you subscribe by email! Baking, blogging, and photography would be like my total dream job. 🙂

Overnight Oats.
I’m back into them again. I was super into Paleo pancakes but lately overnight oats are winning. It’s easier to grab in the morning for work since I have to be there by 6:30 a.m.! My recipe: 1/4 cup oats, 1/2 scoop protein powder, 1/2 tsp chia seeds, 1 Tbs sunflower butter, almond milk, cinnamon and stevia. Put in the fridge over night and enjoy.

This site.
I just discovered this site. If you need a laugh when you’re at work then this is perfect.

On an end note, this pretty much sums me up:

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What are you currently loving?

Holiday Bark

Easy, n0-bake chocolate bark perfect for the holiday season.

Add whatever mix-in’s you like! I choose marshmallows, holiday M&M’s, pretzels and peanuts.  Sweet and salty!

Holiday Bark

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tbs butter
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup M&M’s
1/2 cup pretzels, chopped
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped

1. Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan on the stove. Stir until melted. Let cool until warm. Pour into 8×8 baking dish. Make sure baking dish is covered in foil first!
2. Mix marshmallows, M&M’s, pretzels and peanuts in a bowl then pour over the chocolate, pressing down.
3. Put in fridge for 30 minutes to set. Cut into bars. Enjoy!

Crinkle Cookies

These cookies always make me think of the holidays.

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They are super chocolatey and rich.

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This recipe makes 60 cookies so be sure to share with your family and friends.

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Best served with a cold glass of milk.

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Crinkle Cookies
From: Better Homes & Gardens Dec. Issue
Makes 60 cookies

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup shortening
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups flour
2/3 cup powdered sugar

1. In a small saucepan combine chocolate and shortening. Heat and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Cool for 15 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, baking powder, vanilla and salt. Stir in chocolate mixture. Gradually add flour, stirring until thoroughly until combined. Cover dough; chill for 2 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 375 F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls into powdered sugar to coat generously. Place balls 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.
4. Bake about 10 minutes or until edges are set. Enjoy!

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My Christmas Wish List

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I love white watches!

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I just recently tried Crossfit and fell in love with it and joined. Now I have an excuse to buy cute workout clothes!

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I get all my music from iTunes. I could use some of these.

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Infinity scarves!

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One of my favorite shows ever! I could re-watch these episodes over and over. Season 2 starts Jan. 13th!

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Nars Debbie Harry Eye and Cheek Palette. Love the colors! See it here.

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More baking books like this one please!

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Cast iron skillet. Perfect for cooking steak or salmon if you don’t have a grill!

What do you want most for Christmas?

Weekend Stuff

Instead of shopping on Black Friday with all the crazy crowds, we decided to do some shopping on Saturday instead and it was awesome! We went at 9 a.m. and the mall was dead! Plus they had the same sale prices as they did on Black Friday. Win!

We went to Home Depot after and got our first tree together.

We had a fun afternoon decorating the tree, playing Christmas music, and eating our favorite chocolate orange ball.

The rest of the weekend was spent grocery shopping, bowling with some new friends, playing Scrabble, watching Elf, reading, baking and relaxing. It’s back to work today 😦