candy, green monsters, skating, avocados & more

Siena hoodie.   Couch.   Louie on Netflix.   Happy Tuesday and stuff.

So those holiday things.   How were they for you?   I got to see my big Irish fam, kiddo got what he wanted.   I was gifted over 7.5 pounds of candy.   My family likes to give the gift of Krause’s:
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To offset the dark chocolate overload I’ve been starting my days with THE GREEN MONSTER.   mmmmm.   If you told me six months ago that I would enjoy drinking spinach in the morning I would’ve laughed in your face.  Stopped.   Then laughed again.  It’s so freakin’ good.   I take them to work in a little cold cup when I can’t lounge in my bed and enjoy.

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Oh, side note.   I had the chance to house eat a portobello mushroom burger at Juicy Burgers & More, so good.   A little heavy on the balsamic but still delicious.   Try it, seriously, at lunch tomorrow go and eat it.  Get sweet potato fries too.  You’ll have to run a few extra miles but it’s worth it.

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New Year’s Eve kiddo and I went crazy, I had the champagne, he had the Shirley Temple.   New Year’s Day we visited the skating rink at the Empire State Plaza…I’ve so missed skating here!   I also suspended the vegan experiment for a short while  on New Year’s Day to enjoy manfriend’s to die for homemade pizza.   It included: goat cheese, cranberries, caramelized onions and figs.  Holy sh*t, it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.   Why can’t goat cheese be vegan?  Goats eat plants, can I consider it a plant?  No?  Crap. Ok.

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Tonight I whipped up another faboush recipe from Oh She Glows.  Love her site to pieces.   Creamy Avocado Pasta.   15 minutes and it’s delicious!!!!    This is the avocado “sauce” pre stir.   If you’re someone who used to enjoy cream sauces but no longer can TRY THIS RECIPE.   So yummy!

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Alright, back to Louie. I think i have a crush on Louis C.K. I’m still trying to absorb how wrong that is…

cookies, cakes and stuff

Happy Christmas Eve, eve!  If I can actually focus at work, I might be able to take a half day, that would be awesome.  Short of a present for a baby and two floral arrangements I think I actually finished Christmas shopping, truly shocking!

Has your office been filled with candy and treats for the last 3 weeks?  Mine has.   When you work at a radio station there always seems to be junk around (when you can’t eat it.)   When there are 6 radio stations the  junk quantity hits an epic level.    Yesterday I discovered this treasure in the breakroom:

One of the morning shows  in the building had it delivered.   This thing was like a  piece of art, I didn’t taste it, I just sort of ogled it.   Apparently it’s made of magic gingerbread.    This gorgeous creation helped inspire me when I got home.   I remembered at about 7:45p that I needed to make cookies for kiddo’s class.   Meh.   I totally took the lazy route.   Pillsbury sugar cookie roll.   Rolling pin.    Cookie cutters.   Bake.   Decorate.   Done:

They’re kind of sloppy but whatever, they’re just going to be eaten!  I can just hear the conversation now:

Teacher:  “Did you decorate these cookies for your mom?”

Kid: “No, my mom did those by herself.”

Teacher:  “Oh.”

Seriously, I need to start a craft fail, baking fail blog in the new year.

I’m considering giving myself a present(s) for the holiday, just need to decide which one.   Do I gift myself the Naked palette:

Or do I give myself this hand stamped bracelet?   I’ve been lusting after this since summer:

 

I know it’s kind of selfish to gift to myself, but I just thought I’d do something nice for me.    Both are about $50 so we’ll see.  Alright, wish me luck accomplishing that half day.

holiday survival pack

When you’re a genius like me and decide to start your shopping 5 days before Christmas,  the week turns into a bit of a blur.   It’s manageable, but blurry.   Shopping and wrapping don’t stress me out.   It’s the crazy rush that starts on the 21st or so.  I love all of it, but here’s what I need to stay sane during the holidays.

1. Gift Cards.

Even though I’ll go over my shopping list ten times, I always forget someone -or- someone I wasn’t expecting a gift from will hit me with a gift.   Gift cards keep me prepared, and if they go unused, odds are good I can gift them to someone else down the line.

2. Cookies

My cookies look just like this too.   Christmas cookies are a necessity for family parties, neighbor gifts and more.   My dining room table often looks like it’s been consumed by cookie tins this time of year.

3.  Krause’s Candy


This is a 518 specific requirement, but I can’t get through Christmas without Krause’s.   Their gift boxes make the perfect gift for teachers and co-workers.   It’s crazy in there this time of year, but if I’m going to be in a crazy store I’d definitely prefer it be filled with chocolate.

4.  Gift Bags

The back of my truck turns into a mobile gift wrapping station this week.   I buy, I wrap, I deliver (or hide.)   I actually love wrapping gifts, but there’s nothing easier than a gift bag, especially when you’re dealing with an annoying hexagon shaped box or something ridiculous.

5. Batteries

I buy a ridiculous amount of batteries before Christmas hits.   I actually get this 40 pack available at CVS, it has every battery you could ever use for like $20 – steal.   Between battery powered toys kiddo will probably receive and stuff that we don’t even realize needs batteries, this is a lifesaver.

6.  School Pictures and Frames

I send kiddo’s school picture out with Christmas cards (wallet sized.)  But a few family members have asked for larger versions (awwww) so I make sure to stock up on frames for when I hand over the school pic.

7. Change of Clothes

In addition to the mobile gift wrapping station in the back of my truck, I’ll also have a mobile closet.   We’re invited to a lot of parties and family events and you can arrive in a dress and suddenly be on a muddy hike, it’s just easier to keep tons of clothes at the ready.

8. Lip Serum

Obsessed with Be Fine’s Lip Serum.  I first discovered this gem in a birchbox over the summer, but this is the perfect holiday rush gloss.  Keeps your lips moisturized, shiny, and you won’t need to worry about leaving lipstick stains behind on glasses!

9.   Nerf Blasters

Because these are just fun for all the kids in the family, and at some point the adults grab them too.   Just keep a couple tucked away for when kids might start to get a little restless.

10.   Wine

Great for gift giving, or enjoying a glass when you get home from the holiday cheer!

Do you have any necessities to get through the holidays?

vegan pizza

I’m not a vegan, I’m just trying to eat like one. When I started this experiment I quickly learned I would have to prepare pretty much everything myself. That’s fine, I’ve enjoyed trying new recipes and discovering new flavors, but sometimes I get lazy. Friday kiddo was begging for pizza that I was just too wiped to make from scratch. I had a craving for pizza myself and remembered hearing that Little Anthony’s offered vegan pizzas. I figured it would be worth a shot.  I’ll be honest I was a little skeptical, I’m a bit frightened of simulated foods, I haven’t jumped into tofu or seiten yet and simulated cheese sounds creepy.    I got a cheese/sausage for manfriend and kiddo and a small vegan pizza with green peppers and mushrooms for myself.

Not only does it look good it tastes delicious. I won’t make it a habit, but when I’m craving some quick food I’ll definitely try Little Anthony’s again.    This was my first experience with Daiya mozzarella and I’m interested in using it in my own cooking.   The consistency was definitely different than normal cheese but not as creepy/creamy as I’d heard.   I’m pretty sure I could sneak this into manfriend and kiddo’s tummy’s and they’d never know the difference.

It’s snot freezing cold here in the wilds of upstate NY. I like to hibernate like a bear when it’s this chilly. Kiddo and I stayed in doing Christmas stuff and making salt flour ornaments. Easy. Fun. He did a good job.

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He even made ornaments of the fam. Manfriend (aka daddy) was a little upset that he baked up so round.



I can’t believe Christmas is next week.   I haven’t even started to think about shopping.   I like to kick off my holiday shopping experience around December 23rd.   I’m a pro at procrastination!

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