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Weekend full of………

…………..trimming the Christmas Tree and hang the Stockings on Saturday evening!

Our Christmas Tree (2010)

Our Stockings (2010)

Everyone took part in “trimming” the tree this year (last year my husband had to work so he missed it)!

  • I put the tree together.
  • My husband did the lights and moved all the branches around so they there would be no holes.
  • My daughter emptied out all the ornaments from the box.
  • We hung everything on the tree together and my husband put the angel on top fo the tree.

The entire process took approximately 3+ hours in all.  2 hours to put the tree up and 1 hour to decorate it.

While I put the tree up I watched my favorite Christmas movie of all time…………Christmas Vacation!

I love all of Chevy Chase movies and this one is my all time favorite, especially around the holidays of course.  It is just so funny and I completely understand how he wants to have a perfect family Christmas.  The movie always gets my in the spirit of the holidays and every year I watch it while putting the tree up and wrapping gifts.

What is your favorite holiday movie?

I also really like Home Alone, A Christmas Carol and I must admit I am a sucker for all the Hallmark Christmas movies as well.

In light of the busy evening we opted to order pizza for dinner from Papa John’s and enjoyed every warm bite of it.



………………………..Baking on Sunday!

First, I made sugar cookies so my daughter could decorate them for her teacher and classmates.

Sugar Cookies

After the cookies were all baked, I sampled one of course and then I set the table up for my daughter to decorate them.


Then it was cooking decorating time and my daughter got right to it.

My daughter decorating the cookies!

I joined in about an hour later when there were still about half the cookies left to decorate and soon we had a huge pan full of decorated cookies.

All decorated and ready to eat!

Of course my husband, daughter and I had to sample several before boxing them up for my daughter to take to school this morning………they were as good as they look!  =)


Second, I made cranberry white chocolate granola bars for my boss as a holiday gift. 

Holiday Gift f/My Boss

I used the Breakfast Bars from Slowing Things Down recipe that I have made several before……..Homemade Granola Bars but with raisins instead of cranberries and chocolate chips instead of white chocolate.

The version I made yesterday was of my own creation as I know how much my boss loves the ones I have made in the past as she always eats them whenever I bring them into work and I also know she loves cranberries and white chocolate so while shopping yesterday morning at the grocery store I came up with the idea and bought all the ingredients.

Let’s go through the steps below to making this yummy and healthy snack………

Step 1 - Grap the recipe & gather everything together.

Step 2 - Mix all the dry ingredients together.

Step 3 - Mix the wet ingredients in a pan over med-low.

Step 4 & 5 - Mix everything together and scoop into a baking pan.

Step 6 - Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Step 7 - Cut & eat, serve or package.

And, that is how it is done!  They came out pretty good.  I wish I could have tasted the “white chocolate” more but other than that I liked them and the cranberries tasted wonderful.


Later that evening I swipped together an Italian feast for dinner, it was SUPER yummy!


Oh, and during the day we all snacked on these lovely’s that were on sale at the grocery store……


I LOVE CLEMENTINES!!!  They are so juicy, sweet and easy to eat……..I would eat them all year-long if I could.


In other news, I FINALLY ran over the weekend after 8 days and what a great run it was. 

On Saturday, morning I woke up around 8am and went for a 4+ mile run outside in the 50 degree weather with grey overcast cloudy sky for just over 55 minutes.

It felt amazing!  =)  Completely unlike what I thought it would be as I thought after being away for so long I would be tired and have a hard time but I didn’t luckily.

Iron Pumping Challenge (Day 1) – COMPLETED!!!


YES, I did it!!! 

I completed Day 1 (Tuesday, 1/19/10) of my “Iron Pumping Challenge”!!!  

Only “12” more weeks go go………=) 

So I made it to work on time again this morning as both my daughter & myself were actually running a bit ahead of schedule this  morning and caught the bus just before it pulled off for school.  

Once at work I heated up myself a bowl of instant oatmeal that I added the following too for breakfast

  • spoonful of brown sugar
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 a diced apple
  • a few chopped walnuts


An hour or so later I snacked on a lovely sweet & juice clementine


I pretty much spent the next several hours catching up on work in light of the holiday weekend and finally broke for a very late lunch at 3pm.  I had a tablespoon of Publix roasted red pepper humus with a handfull of whole-wheat pita chips on the side and a little Southwest Salad that I made last night. 


The next 2 hours went by quickly and just before I left work for the gym I scarfed down a Publix nosugaradded low-fat blueberry yogurt


Then 30 minutes later I hit the gym and completed the Day 1 of my “Iron Pumping Challenge”, in which the below was done: 


  • Sit Ups
    • Bicycles
      • 2 sets of 30 reps
    • flutter kicks
      • 2 sets of 30 reps
    • frog crunches
      • 2 sets of 30 reps
    • knees up crunches
      • 2 sets of 20 reps
    • oblique v-ups
      • 2 sets of 10 reps each side
  • Shoulder, Chest & Triceps 
    • Bench Dips
      • 2 sets of 10 reps
    • Lateral Raise
      • 2 sets of 10 reps
    • Overhead Press
      • 2 sets of 15 reps
    • Overhead Cable Triceps Extension
      • 2 sets of 20 reps
    • Plank
      • 2, 1 minute poses
    • Stability Ball Leg Lift
      • Not completed, as I had difficulty keeping the ball still.
    • Stability Ball Push Ups
      • 2 sets of 15 reps
  • Treadmill 
    • 3 Mile Run
      • 32 minutes
        • Mile 1 – 5.5 mph
        • Mile 2 – 5.5 to 5.6 mph
        • Mile 3 – 5.6 to 8.0 mph

I was at the gym for a hour & 1/2 exactly, which is all the time I have on Tuesday’s as I have to be home by 7pm… I was very happy to have fit all the above in during this time period and I must admit it was a great work out, despite the slight adjustment from my former “well-known” routine.  

My cheat sheets were VERY helpful and I highly recommend them!!! 


In addition, I had an AMAZING run!  =)  Which was a very nice change from the not so great runs from last week…..that left me feeling not so hot about myself, but after my run tonight I felt GREAT and the feeling stuck with me all night!  

Once at home I took a much-needed shower, heated up my husbands dinner and munched on my small plate dinner while doing so….that included a clementine, apple slices & peanuts


A small plate dinner was not planned but decided on as I wasn’t supper hungry, didn’t want what I made my husband or a salad either… the above was made and it was quite yummy.  I also realized that the above made a completely “meat free” day for me, which is nice to do every once in a while. 


Chopped followed a bit later after dinner at 10pm.  Tonight’s episode was called “Winging It” and was really good, check out a short description of what happened below on the show: 

The 20-minute clock is the chefs’ worst enemy in the Appetizer Round, as they race to get chicken wings cooked in time.   

Then in the Entrée Round it looks like the chefs have caught a break with catfish in the basket, until hard-to-find pantry items and inadvisable spice combinations make things interesting.   

Then for the Dessert Round, cherries would be no problem. But try cherry tomatoes!  

The finalists laugh it off and courageously take on the toughest challenge of the competition. 

I just love this show and my husband seems to enjoy it as well, though he would watch something else if he had the choice. 

Bed time followed at 11pm. 




Your A-to-Z Guide to a Flat Belly 


N-Nuts, nuts, nuts. 

Dieters who nibbled on 3 ounces of almonds (about 70) every day lost seven inches from their waists, compared with five inches in the non-almond-eating crowd, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity. 



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