See? Just chilling at home
As I sit at home, drinking coffee and relaxing on my day off, I can’t help but wonder what the year will hold. I know, earth shattering, right? No matter, as I muse over what resolutions to make this year, if any, I recall my last year. What things did I enjoy about the past year? Both special and everyday.
For instance some special things:
- traveling to San Francisco with my buddy Allie
- the backyard camping experiment with my family
- the boarder line fiasco that was camping with my friends (there were broken bones – shockingly none of which were mine – and an ER visit)
and everyday things
- playing volleyball
- randomly joining a bowling league
- literary adventures (aka reading)
- creative writing
So what to resolve? The blatantly obvious like lose 15 pounds or travel more (both great goals but I’m already working on one and the other is too vague). Again, where does that leave me? Well, I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to, once again, make some resolutions. All of which will be quantifiable, because otherwise its too easy to argue the point one way or another.
- read 3 non-fiction books in all likelihood these will be autobiographies by comedians (Have you read Bossy Pants because you really should) because they are amusing
- write 150 blog entries this comes down to, roughly, 3 posts a week between this or my free writing blog
- get healthy I know, vague, but as I wrote back in October I’m waiting until the end to reveal my goal – I allowed myself to be set back for the last couple of months with the holidays, but that just means i need to hit it hard for the next couple of months to get back on track
- spend 5 weekends out of state that’s one way to define ‘travel more’ – right?
- learn a new skill okay this is the least quantifiable one on the list but I haven’t settled on what that skill should be, but I am anxious to try some things out. Will it be archery, I did always like the unit in PE, long bow of course, not compound? Knots? Knife throwing? Wow – those all seem awfully Hunger Games-esq which isn’t necessarily bad but stepping outside of that mind set I’ll add ‘sight reading music’ or ‘learn to play an instrument’ to other things in the mix for my new skill
So that’s it, five resolutions for 2015 that come to mind as I sit here. Not sure what my future holds, but rather than obsessively trying to dictate it by making too many bound-to-fail promises to myself, we’ll try staring with these.
So how about you? Are you the type to make resolutions? If so, what are yours for this year? I hope you have a wonderful New Year and I look forward to sharing mine with you over the coming weeks.
Until next time
I’ve been baking at least one holiday goodie a day all weekend, actually, since Wednesday. Rather seems like the thing to do this time of year, although I don’t really need all these lying about the house. Which is why most of them have been (or are being) put in the freezer for prolonged keeping. It will be nice already having a variety of sweets ready for various holiday functions. Likewise, I can pull one out for dessert should I desire, while not having them ready to eat at a moments notice. Should keep me from binging on all of them at once. Fingers crossed. I’ve remade Grinch Cookies and Trix Krispies as well as adding a couple new recipes: Nutella-Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies and Kringla, and then the traditional sugar cookies.
- 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) sugar cookie mix
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
- 8 drops green food color
- 1 egg
- 1 cup mint baking chips
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, extract, food color and egg until soft dough forms. Stir in both mint and chocolate chips.
- Using small spoons (teaspoons, drop dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 8-10 minutes or until set.
- Remove from oven and cool.
- 1 x 400g bag of mini marshmallows
- 10 cups Trix cereal
- 1/4 cup butter
- Place the butter and marshmallows in a glass bowl and pop in the microwave for about 2 to 3 minutes to melt.
- Stir well.
- Mix in your trix and stir.
- Pour into a large greased pan (9 x 13 or 11 x 11) and press down with a spoon.
- Cut into squares.
Nutella-Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 sticks butter, soft
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 bag (12-ounces) white chocolate chips, divided
- 1 bag (5-ounces) dried cranberries, divided
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Prepare a cookie sheet and set aside. Do not grease.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and Nutella; mix until creamy.
- Add light brown sugar, sugar, and baking soda; continue to beat until combined.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time.
- Add vanilla and continue to mix until thoroughly combined.
- Add flour in batches; beat each batch until combined. You may have to stir in the last batch of flour.
- Stir in 1/2-bag of white chocolate chips and 1/2 bag of dried cranberries.
- Drop by rounded spoons on prepared cookie sheets, 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until edges are just browned.
- Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes then transfer to wire rack.
- Decorate with the rest of the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries as they cool.
- Cool completely.
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 2 eggs
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup sour cream
- 3 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- Cream sugar and margarine until smooth.
- Add eggs and sour cream.
- Sift flour, baking soda and baking powder. Stir Well
- Let cool overnight.
- Shape in figure 8’s and bake at 375 until done
Until next time
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Today was a lovely day. I spent a good deal of time with my sister Bailey. Together we headed to Des Moines for dinner and a show, nothing says ‘holiday spirit’ like Zombie Burger – right? Only joking, however the show we went to was very holiday! Luckily White Christmas has been in Des Moines the past two weeks and we went to the matinee this afternoon. It was difficult, at first, to not constantly compare it to the classic movie. However in the end I reminded myself that, like books turned to movies, they are two separate forms and to treat them as such.
Shoo with your pointy heads. Why are you always under boot?― North
North and I have similar ‘problems,’ elves are his; a cat with an affinity for cuddling with feet, while they are walking, is mine.
When I returned home for the evening I painted a bit of the basement. I also prepped some kringla, tomorrow I plan to see if making the Scandinavian treat is inherently in my blood or not. I rounded out the evening relaxing while I watched Rise of the Guardians. Now the movie takes place a few days before Easter, but since Santa, aka North, is such a central character it’s easy to think of it as a holiday movie. Perhaps all movies with Jack Frost just seem to be holiday movies, despite the fact they take place in the late winter/early spring. Now matter the reason, it was a calming and good way to end a great day.
Until next time
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Tonight’s dinner was food that was red or green (and white for good measure). I was thinking of making it a red and green food themed day, but that didn’t go according to plan. Why you may ask? Oh, that would d be because I decided to go the midnight showing of the hobbit. That somewhat upset my timeline for the day. Of course, I’d do it again in a second, disruption and all. Anyway I slept in late, not leaving me enough time to make the imagined red velvet pancakes for breakfast. Lunch was going to be salad, but then I ended up napping instead. This brings me to supper, which I ate way to much of. Spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette dressing and parmesan cheese, veggie farfalle with pesto sauce, and green crystal-lite (martini & margarita mock-tales mixed). It was my first time making pesto and it was quite lovely.
Until next time
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I have no idea when I became a ‘send out Christmas Cards’ person. Well, I do, last year I believe I sent them out for the first time. I just don’t know how. Not that it matters much, I thoroughly enjoy doing it. Deciding what form the card will take is half the fun. I’m a nerd, but that’s okay.
Today I finished up the letter, the design, got them printed, cut, scored, stamped and stickered shut. All there is to do now is wait for the morning when I will drop them in the post. I think part of the reason I enjoy Christmas cards so much is through my process of creating my cards, I always look over the past year. Doing that, it’s easy to see that I have been very blessed this year. To some I may have a simple life, and that’s okay. It’s my life and not theirs, and I truly cherish the people that have been in my life this year and the experiences I had. Sappy? A bit, but again, that’s okay.
Until next time
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Tonight’s movie was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Whoever heard of a skinny Santa Claus? Eat. Eat!―Mrs. Claus
Ah, maybe Mrs. Claus is also a specter that floats around my house whispering this exact sentiment to me. I enjoy all the misfits, especially the elf that just wants to be a dentist. Not much to say, like Jack Frost, I enjoyed the visual effects, and it’s definitely a holiday staple.
Also, this is my 200th post. That’s kind of a big deal, right? Oh, and I’m 1/3 of the way through my 35 Days of Celebration and I’m beginning to get excited for the ‘big event’. Christmas. I’ll be lucky enough to see my out-of-state besties a couple of days before Christmas. I’m also hosting my family for Christmas Eve before we head to my parents place for Christmas Day. So until then I’ll continue to hang out with Rudolph and the other misfits. They’re my kind of people.
Until next time
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I knew it would happen, I would do some more decorating. Considered it was snowing all day, I was put in a ‘white Christmas mood’ and it was easy to feel jolly. As I decorated it started to see a theme. If there are materials I have in abundance they are 1) ornaments and 2) glasses. They are everywhere; on the dining room table, the bookshelf, the living room table…just all over the place. However, as I’ve come to realize, cluttered is a bit my style. Just yesterday I was discussing with my mother how my living room always looks messy, no matter how much I have everything cleaned up. My mother than informed me of a distinction: messy and cluttered are different. Instantly I felt better. Funny how easily that happens.
I was surprised by my parent’s offer to help me scoop my drive. They really are just too kind. The first time it snowed it took me 45ish minutes to scoop my driveway, maybe longer. I came to the obvious conclusion that I have the longest in town driveway in the world and that Guinness should promptly be notified. However with the three of us it took only about 15-20 minutes. Strength in numbers.
Dad―‘What is that on your hat’
Me―‘Jack Skellington. He’s a character from Nightmare Before Christmas…you know, because I’m an adult.’
Originally I planned to have french toast and cocoa for my first themed supper. I feel like french toast isn’t the same unless you use texas toast. I was not stocked with such bread, so instead I had pancakes. Of course, I had to have them in the shape of snowflakes to match the snowy day, and with powdered sugar to make the scene complete. Similar to the ‘Sunday Snowflakes’ that my mom would make for us when we were younger. To this day if I have french toast with powdered sugar I call them Sunday Snowflakes. Embarrassing if you are having them on a Tuesday night. However it would have worked today. Even with the pancake exchange it was a fun dinner indeed.
Until next time
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