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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.

Dinner

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………………………..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.

Table

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!  =)

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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.

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

Dinner

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

Clementines

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

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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.

Way Back Wednesday!!!

   

Every night during dinner, between 7pm – 8pm, we watch America’s Funniest Home Videos on Bright House Channel #20 (WGN America) and sometimes we are just finishing up at 8pm, which is when Way Back Wednesday with Winslow the guy from all the Police Academy movies back in the 80’s come on the t.v.   

His show, that he hosts, basically takes us back to the 70’s & 80’s by playing various hit films from those decades.   

Next week the movie Spies Like Us with Chevy Chase & Dan Akroyd is playing.  I had completely forgotten about this movie until I saw the preview and was back way back when, to the 80’s, when I watched it several times as I LOVE Chevy Chase and all his movies!   

   

If you haven’t seen this program yet, I highly recommend it!    

Since I am a total 80’s movie buff it is one of my favorites set on my DVR.    

Check out some of my favorites from “way back when”:   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

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Ok, back to PRESENT-DAY now!!!   

We had a slightly “warmer” morning today on this Wednesday, 1/13/10, which was a very nice as once again it wasn’t as hard for me or my daughter to get out of bed as it was on the much colder mornings.    

This morning I had my usual instant maple brown sugar oatmeal with 1/2 a diced apple and cinnamon mixed in for breakfast once I got to work.   

Breakfast

Then around 11pm I had a toasted piece of whole wheat bread with peanut butter and banana on top for what I would call Lunch #1.   

Lunch #1

Lunch #2 came about an hour later as some brought Pizza Hut Pizza in the office…..=O…….and I couldn’t resist having a slice of Hawaiian Pizza as I haven’t had any in ages.   

Lunch #2

And, Lunch #3 came around 3pm and was a big bowl of frozen veggies that I nukked.  

Lunch #3

The eating continued once I got home as I snacked on some seedless watermelon while I prepared dinner.  

Snack

Dinner was finally ready just before 8pm, I know that is a bit late even for me but my husband had an errand to run and didn’t get back until late.  We had pork chops, baked potato and corn on the cob.  

Dinner

Despite my HUGE desire to have yet another snack after dinner I managed to avoid the kitchen and watched “Chopped” with my hubby!  =)  We totally love this show (me more than him, but he watches it for me) and really get into it, trying to guess who will be chopped next and sometimes arguing over the judges opinion and such.  

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TIP OF THE DAY! 

 

Your A-to-Z Guide to a Flat Belly 

 

I-Interval train. 

Doing 20 minutes of heart-pounding cardio intervals three times a week burned more abdominal fat than spending twice as long doing slow-paced cardio, according to Australian researchers. 

  

What is Interval Training?

Interval training involves doing higher-intensity exercise activities — such as sprinting or race-walking — intermittently rather than continuously. This means you complete a time-limited burst of activity and, during alternating periods, have a “recovery period” that allows you to rest. 

The exercise during interval training is relatively intense. In contrast, low-intensity exercise (such as a beginner aerobics class) allows you to warm up, exercise at a low level of intensity, and then cool down. Interval training may not be appropriate for all exercise beginners

What Is Interval Training Like?

Imagine exercising very hard, relaxing a little while, exercising just as hard again, and repeating the cycle for a set amount of time. An example from the About.com Guide to Exercise: “…if you’re outside, you could run or speedwalk to something in the distance then slow down to recover, repeating the sprint when you feel rested.” 

What Are the Biggest Benefits of Interval Training?

More calories are typically burned during interval training than in lower-intensity exercise because it allows your body to work harder for a longer period of time than if you were training continuously. Therefore, noticeable fitness results may be seen sooner for someone doing interval training than in someone who continuously exercises.