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Winter Weight and Thanksgiving Pants

6 Oct

The “Winter Weight” is just around the corner.

That’s right, ladies.

But don’t start pulling out your thanksgiving pants like Joey (from the T.V. show, Friends).

In fact, you don’t have to gain a pound. And if you do…think of the quote from the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”….

“Let me ask you something…In all the years that you have undressed in front of a gentleman, has he ever asked you to leave? Has he ever walked out and left? No? It’s because he doesn’t care! He’s in a room with a naked girl – he’s just won the lottery! I am so tired of saying no. I’m tired of waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before, counting every calorie I consumed so I know just how much self loathing to take into the shower. I’m going for it. I have no interest in being obese, I’m just through with the guilt. So this is what I’m going to do: I’m going to finish this pizza, and then we are going to go watch the soccer game, and tomorrow we are going to go on a little date and buy ourselves some bigger jeans.”
So…ask me how you don’t have to gain any weight during the holidays?
The answer is quite simple.
1. Get a Pinterest account.
2. Find recipes for healthy holiday food.
3. Find exercise routines.
4. Make the recipes you pinned.
5. Actually do the workouts that you planned so well in your mind.
If you really don’t think that will work…here is another idea….
1. Get a Pinterest account.
2. Find recipes for yummy, unhealthy holiday food
3. Delete “Exercise” board.
4. Make the recipes you pinned.
5. Sample every food at is offered to you.
6. Buy a bigger pair of jeans.

Spring Treats for Springy People

20 Feb

Yesterday, if you didn’t hear, was National Chocolate Mint Day.

And apparently, almost everyday is some kind of celebratory, national day. Like Create a Vacume Day…or Be Humble Day.

Sort of silly. Right?

Well. You won’t be able to guess what day it is today (and no…we are not talking about President’s Day).

Today is Hoodie-Hoo Day (and I would like to point out that it is a copywrited “holiday”, so it is official).

I know what you’re thinking, heck I thought the same exact thing. What in the world is Hoodie-Hoo Day?

Hoodie-Hoo Day is a day to chase out winter and bring in spring. People who live in the northern hemisphere are sick of being stuck in the house with no warmth and good sunshine…so they go outside around noon, wave their hands over their heads…and say Hoodie-Hoo multiple times.

I don’t know about you guys but my first thought was “What kind of crazy birds do this?”

Google image search “Hoodie Hoo Day”.

And just to ease everyone’s mind, I do not believe this was made up by some magic witch cult. Apparently a few people created a lot of “National” holidays including Hoodie Hoo Day and even No Housework Day (which is in April, if you’re curious).

So instead of my neighbors calling the looney bin because someone (me) has been running around the street singing “Hoodie-Hoo”…I’m going to make a sweet spring treat to “show” winter that I am ready for spring.

Bird’s Nest Spring Treat

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 cups chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup jelly beans or candy eggs

Directions:

  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and marshmallows until smooth, stirring occasionally. Add the peanut butter and chocolate chips; heat and stir for 2 minutes or until smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in chow mein noodles until well coated.
  •    Divide into 12 mounds on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Using fingers, shape each into a nest; press an indentation in the center of nest. Fill each nest with three or four jelly beans or candy eggs. Cool and serve.

*If you want to go all out, make the nests a little bigger…and add a marshmallow peep. Voila. Completes the spring look.

Have a Hoodie-Hoo day!

Unique Valentine’s Day Cookies

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yesterday I promised myself I would not talk about Valentine’s Day today.

I thought that everybody would be posting “Top Ten Things to Get Your Girlfriend” and “Ode To My Lover”, so I didn’t want you guys to read another blog about this holiday.

But I’m breaking my own promise. Why?

Because of these….

Windowpane Cookies..and they are edible

Aren’t they so cute and creative looking cookies? And I think it beats the average cupcake or those chalk sweathearts. Actually, my 5 year old sister brought home a note from her teacher saying “Please do not bring any cupcakes to school on Valentine’s Day. We have too many already. Think of something creative.” Unfortunatly for her teacher, we did bring cupcakes…these cookies are for family and maybe some friends (If there is any left).

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups flour

Hard candy for cookie center (Jolly Ranchers)

Directions:

1. Making the dough: Using an electric mixer at medium-high speed, cream the butter, gradually adding the sugar. Beat in the egg until evenly mixed, then blend in the vanilla extract and salt.

2. With a wooden spoon, stir the flour into the creamed ingredients, about one third at a time, until evenly blended. The dough may seem soft, but it will firm up when refrigerated.

3. Divide the dough in half. Flatten each portion into a disk and seal in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

4. Creating the cookies: Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover a sturdy baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat the foil with cooking spray. Between 2 sheets of waxed paper lightly dusted with flour, roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Remove the top sheet.

5. Cut out the cookies with a large cookie cutter. Use a spatula to transfer the shapes to the baking sheet, leaving about an inch between cookies. Remove the centers of the cookies with a smaller cookie cutter. (Save the centers to bake later.)

6. Place a hard candy (we used Jolly Ranchers) in the center of each heart and bake until the cookies start to brown lightly around the edges and the candy is melted, about 8 to 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely. To prevent sticking, line your serving plate or tin with waxed paper and place additional waxed paper between layers. Makes 30.

Take this platter of cookies, some flowers (my favorite is gerbera daisy), and a handmade pop-upcard…and give them to your valentine (which include any family member, including your mother-in-law).

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

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