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Shopped Out

For now 😉

We were gone from 7:30 this morning until 3:30 this afternoon! AND, if that isn’t crazy enough, my older sister actually went with a friend to Williamsburg to the outlets last night at midnight and didn’t get home until 6:30 this morning…and then she went out with us, too!

We didn’t have much Christmas shopping to do today since we’re doing homemade gifts for everyone, so today was just for fun.

I got some great deals, though! 1 pair of boots, 2 pairs of dress/work shoes, and a pair of jeans.

We also went ahead and went to Trader Joe’s today so I stocked up on some stuff I needed and got some fun things, too.

AND – the big news for today – Nick and I bought a new Canon Rebel! We really wanted to get one for our trip in February and there was a really good deal today, so that is our Christmas present to each other.


While we were shopping with the masses this morning, I had a small fat free peppermint mocha – with just one pump of each syrup.


Did you know they normally put 3 pumps of each flavor in the tall/smallest size?!? That makes it so sweet – I always ask for less, and it’s the perfect amount of flavor.

We went in a bunch of stores….tried on tons of clothes…and really barely bought anything that we tried on. In fact, I think the only thing that all of us bought was shoes!

I really want to find some solid color shirts/sweaters, but had no luck today.

My sister actually had to work at 1 today, so we went to get some lunch at Atlanta Bread Company before she got on the road.


It was just like Panera! So strange. Except this salad was much better than the last one I got from Panera – that one was half slimy greens. Ick.

This one was good.


I got the Half’n’Half with a half house salad + half Avocado sandwich.


Whole grain bread with avocado, tomato, lettuce, provolone, red onion, and some dill sauce, I think? It was tasty and there was a lot of avocado  🙂

We’re finally home, relaxing, and (duh) watching more football. I think we’re going out for dinner with my Mammaw and sister once she gets off of work.

Should be good – I’m hungry!


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Black Friday Fun!

Well, my mom, my sister and I are about to leave the house for some Black Friday shopping!

It’s one of our traditions to go – we always go to the same mall, and we’re usually done shopping around lunchtime when the crowds start getting really bad.

We never go to places like Walmart where the people are just insane – we just take it easy, walk around and look at whatever want, and barely ever go near a long line  🙂

I was up and ready for some shopping today and just finished eating breakfast.



I was hungry when I woke up today, too, which is a good sign: that means I didn’t eat way too much yesterday!

I cooked up 2 eggs and some oatbran, sprinkled on some salt + crushed red pepper and have an apple for the road.



and there WILL be coffee once we hit the mall 😉

Wish us luck! I’m on the lookout for a few gifts + boots for myself.


Do you go out for Black Friday shopping?

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Good Gravy

How is it that I ended up making the turkey gravy and my grandmother’s ham gravy today, and I didn’t eat either one?

Also…I had never made turkey gravy before, so I’m not sure they should have let me  🙂 But both of them turned out well!


We had an impressive spread today! And lots of family and friends, which is what I love.


Let’s see if I can remember it all:

  • deep fried turkey + gravy
  • ham + my Mammaw’s ham gravy (yum)
  • mashed potatoes
  • sweet potato/apricot/pecan bake
  • green beans with peppers
  • broccoli salad
  • deviled eggs
  • baked apples
  • stuffing
  • rolls





I had a little of everything, but did keep myself to only one plate! I knew dessert was coming and wanted to save some room 😉


And then.

My mom’s fudge pie.

One reason I love the holidays.


It actually turned out much runnier than normal, which was strange because the outside looked done! It was almost like a lava cake.

After we all ate, we sat around and watched some football and laughed and talked and spent time with family.

Around 6 tonight, we talked to my sister and her husband that are in Spain on Skype – that was nice to get to talk to them today since they missed out on Thanksgiving.

We all ended up having random leftovers tonight, but it was all good.



I heated up a few tiny pieces of ham, 1 roll, and had some salad for dinner.

And more pie  😉

My mom, sister and I are going shopping tomorrow morning, so I’ve got to get in bed soon! We won’t be going out at 5 am, but we always shop on Black Friday – I can’t wait!!!


Happy, happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!!


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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I hope each and every one of you has a great day today, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not. It’s still always good to remember all the blessings we have and be thankful for everything in our lives.

This morning has been great!

I got up and laid in bed with my mom for an hour, just talking about all kinds of stuff. We got up and ate breakfast while watching the parade.


It took me forever to decide what to have for breakfast today! I kept finding other things I wanted, but I tried to remember that we’re having a huge lunch today so I wanted something filling but not too heavy – I want to be hungry when lunchtime rolls around!


I made myself a bowl of ab & j oatbran, and it was perfect.

  • 1/3 cup oatbran
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp or so strawberry jam


I had some water and split a mini pot of coffee with my dad, too.

Now we’re all showered and watching Tommy Boy  :)  One of my favorites – I know the whole movie by heart. It’s a little ridiculous.

I’ve got to dry my hair and then start helping in the kitchen.


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for today?

Be back with pictures of the feast!


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Double the Pasta

We are here, safe and sound.

We made pretty good time today and really didn’t run into much traffic, thank goodness. I never know how the roads are going to be right before a holiday, but it wasn’t too bad.

Lunch today was good!


We had some pasta leftovers and some broccoli, and I didn’t want to just throw it away before we left. I just mixed it together, heated it up for a few minutes in the microwave, closed the container, put it in an insulated lunchbox, and put that inside a cooler!

It actually worked really well! We left around 11 this morning and when I ate this around 12:30, it was still warm.

The trip was pretty normal: lots of driving, lots of good music.

When we stopped to get Nick some lunch around 2:30, I had a banana and an then an Odwalla bar to hold me over until we got to the house.



We got to my parents’ house around 4:30, sorted through some old stuff in the attic (fun!) and helped get dinner ready.


My mom made this rotini dish that was awesome! It had whole wheat pasta, peppers, onions, mushrooms, lean ground beef, tomatoes…it was good. We also had some salad + bread on the side.


We just got back from church with my grandmother, and now we’re sitting in the den, watching some Food Network  :)  There’s nothing like being at home!


I think we’re going to go through a bunch of my stuff in the attic while we’re here –I may have some funny pictures later!


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Road Fuel

Good morning and happy Thanksgiving Eve 🙂

Yesterday afternoon was pretty busy at work, so I finished things up as fast as I could while I snacked on some Oikos, pom arils, and dark chocolate chips.


Last night, we ended up going out with a few friends to play pool, have some snacks + drinks, and listen to the Hokie radio show – it was so much fun! We got home around 10 (which is late for me!) and Nick and I went right to sleep.

At least we didn’t have to wake up to an alarm clock today! We’ve been having a nice morning at home.

We just moved my dresser back upstairs and I’m about to start packing so we can leave the house in an hour or two.

I didn’t have any pumpkin left for oatmeal, so I had eggs!




I took 2 slices of Nature’s Pride Whole Wheat bread, cut holes in them with a biscuit cutter and then cooked them, one at a time, with an egg cracked in the middle.


We had some pineapple that needed to be eaten, so we both had some of it with our breakfasts today.


And I also had a mini nutella sandwich with my bread rounds 🙂

Plus coffee!


I’ve still got to pack my entire bag, but once that’s done, we’re ready to hit the road!


See ya when we get there!


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Reduce and Reuse

Happy fake Friday to me! I’m so happy today is my last day this week…I’m ready for days full of laughter, food, and family.

I had to put together some random stuff for lunch today – I did not pack anything last night and didn’t have much to choose from this morning, so I just grabbed what I could and hoped it would taste good!


Salad with:

  • Romaine
  • Broccoli
  • Leftover roasted acorn squash + eggplant
  • Leftover roasted sweet potato
  • Spicy hummus


Plus an apple!


Not the best planned lunch ever, but I didn’t want to waste any of this food.

I’m going to have a busy afternoon, finishing up things before heading out of town for a few days, but I did want to share this awesome promotion from Stonyfield Farm.

We are now rewarding our consumers for buying our yogurt in quarts with a free reusable yogurt cup!

“When consumers buy our quarts instead of single-serving cups, they pay less for their yogurt, but we know that a quart is not as convenient as single-serving cups for on the go consumption,” says our President and CE-Yo Gary HIrshberg. “The reusable yogurt cup gives our quart buyers the convenience of the Stonyfield 6 oz cups by providing a way to create easily transportable single servings for anywhere, anytime.”

Yogurt lovers just have to buy four Stonyfield yogurt quarts through December, and mail in the foil lids (describing this offer), and they’ll receive the reusable, eight-ounce yogurt cup made by Preserve®. Made from 100% recycled plastic, the cup is perfect for yogurt-lovers on the go, the ideal size for breakfast or a snack, with room to stir in fruit or granola. It’s dishwasher safe, BPA-free with a screw-on lid – and it’s made in the US.

Consumers will also get $4.50 worth of Stonyfield and Preserve coupons along with the cup.

Our recycling partner since 2000, Preserve uses innovative methods to turn used materials (including used Stonyfield yogurt cups) into stylish, useful household products like toothbrushes, colanders, cutting boards and tableware. Preserve products are 100% recycled and recyclable too.

Consumers can mail clean foil lids, with name, address and phone number on an index card or 4” x 6” sheet of paper by February 28, 2010 to:

Stonyfield Farm

Reusable Cup Offer

PO Box 4840

Manchester, NH 03108-4840

Cups will be shipped starting in January, 2010 with delivery in 10 to 12 weeks. This offer is good only in the US, while cup supplies last, and is limited to one cup per household (to better spread the love around).

Who doesn’t need a cup to carry yogurt in? I know I do. I would much rather buy the bigger tubs of yogurt so I don’t waste so much material, but some containers just don’t work well for yogurt.


What’s your favorite yogurt? Do you like flavored or plain?

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