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Merry (Day After) Christmas!

Merry (day after) Christmas! I had my first Christmas away from my family and had my first truly cold Christmas. Normally, I’m in south GA but I did that a 2 weeks ago so my Christmas Eve was spent with my fella at my place. We made a gingerbread house, watched Christmas movies (A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life), ate a lovely lasagna dinner, and reflected on our year.

gingerbread

Christmas morning we were like kids. We only slept until about 7:30 before we were up and ready to open stockings and exchange gifts. Let’s just say, my guy did well. While it’s hard to pick a favorite gift since they’re all perfect for me and I love them all…two presents stand out in my mind. I opened a box that had a pair of running gloves that I wanted. But…then I realized that those running gloves had the bracelet I’d really been wanting placed around the wrist. Totally shocked me because even though I’d asked for the bracelet, I was pretty certain it wasn’t happening.

I also received the beautiful earrings with my birthstone.

I also received the beautiful earrings with my birthstone.

The second present is something that I can’t even tell you how much I will cherish. I’ve always said you have to go through all 4 seasons with someone to really know them and be “sure” of them. (Even though I was certain about K well before the second season we spent together.) Well, he got a 4 picture frame and put a picture we’ve taken from each of the 4 seasons we’ve spent together and wrote in the center “Thank you for the best 4 seasons of my life.” I totally cried. It’s something that embraces what this season and what our love is all about. Nothing can top that. (So, K, if you’re reading this…I changed my mind…that’s totally my favorite gift.)

After we spent a lazy, lovely morning and afternoon together we got out of our PJs and into the car and headed over to have a fantastic Italian dinner with K’s family. We opened more presents and shared a delicious meal and enjoyed each other’s company. We finished our night with a little time reflecting on the day and looking forward to what the next year will bring us. For a Christmas away from home and my family, I sure felt loved and part of K’s family.

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Weekend Recap

I had a fantastic holiday weekend! Thursday, July 4, I started my day with a super sweaty cardio and training session.

Proof

Proof

I started with 6 minutes on the Stairmill followed by 20 on the treadmill. I did some speed intervals on the treadmill. By the time I got to my trainer, I’d already burned 731 calories! For realz. Fortunately, she took pity on me and didn’t make me do squats. We’re doing the 30-Day squat challenge and that day was supposed to be a rest day. So since she knew I’d been killing it with the squats for 3 days and I had an intense warm-up, she mostly worked my core and arms. Sure, my lower body was worked but it wasn’t the main focus. Ya know?

After my workout, it was time to relax! My guy came over and we hung out with the roomie most of the day. I roasted up chicken sausages, peppers, and onions for “dogs.” We had mini bell peppers stuffed with string cheese as a side. There was also a lot of chips/guac and wine involved that day.

Friday I was back to work but took off a little early for some bonus time with my guy. Followed by drinks (prickly pear maragaritas!) with some friends. Saturday was a perfect day with my guy. It started with breakfast and a little shopping. That evening we had dinner and sat by the water for a while before seeing World War Z. If you’re into zombies at all….go see that movie! It was great! It’s nothing like the book so if you’ve read it, don’t expect it to be. You’ll really enjoy the action and suspense of this movie!

Sunday I hit the gym for a stairmill and treadmill workout followed by cleaning and then laziness.

So how did I feel about my health and fitness over the holiday weekend? So-so. I felt pretty good about working out since I got in a serious new groove with the cardio sessions. It was the first time I’ve really worked on the stairmill after my trainer got me on it. It’s a serious calorie burner and sweat inducer. I enjoyed food over the 4 days. I ate what I wanted for the most part and I enjoyed ice cream and other sweet treats. While I don’t regret it, it is the reason I’m back on a strict/serious discipline plan today. I don’t believe in depriving yourself when you’re trying to lose weight, but I do believe it takes discipline and decision making. I didn’t do either of those very well over the 4 days. My weight shows it. So back to working on it! More on that in another post.

A Look Back on 2011

I’m having a hard time coming to grips with it being December 31 already. Where did the time go? Let’s see if I can recap major happenings from each month.

January

I went to Philadelphia on a quick overnight work trip.
I started working at Curves.
I also did a lot of healthified cooking. Maybe I’ll do a series where I post those recipes up because there were some good ones!

February

I started the madness of really getting into my cupcake baking and decorating. My first attempt at drop flowers turned out kind of…special.

March

My mom, her best friend, and my aunt came to visit for about a week.

My sweet Mama is on the right.

April

My best friend came back to Maryland and moved in with me for what was going to be a temporary thing…
I made these adorable cupcakes

May

I went to Columbia’s Wine in the Woods.
I made fun sand dollar cookies.

June

I started this blog!
I did a lot of baking. Peanut butter brownies and funfetti cupcakes, chocolate peanut butter flourless cookies.
I went to Atlanta to see my sister-in-law graduate.

July

A lot happened this month. I moved into the new apartment with my best friend.
I went to Boston, Chicago, and Dallas.

August

I went to San Francisco!


I turned 30!

September

I went to Kansas City.
I went to Atlanta.
I started leading Bootie and Boot Camp.

October

I attended the Clemson/Va Tech football game.


I baked 7 dozen cupcakes in a week as part of my baking business.

I went to visit my brother and his family and took these little babies to my niece for her birthday.

November

I got a new mixer!


I went back to Chicago.
I spent a week in NC enjoying my family for Thanksgiving.
I made Chai Spiced Cupcakes and Pina Colada Cupcakes.

Chai Spiced

Pina Colada

December

I worked my tail off.
I baked Peppermint Patty Cupcakes.


I saw the Lion King.
I went to Georgia for Christmas.

 

I think I had a slow start to the year but looking back I think it was a great year! I’m looking forward to 2012 and I have so many things I think I can accomplish in it. Here’s a teaser of what’s to come:

http://twitter.com/#!/southernsherri/status/152805771313287169

And if you haven’t already, go check out what I’m hoping will keep me busy in the new year:

Beaudacious Baking

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y’ALL!

Christmas through a camera phone

Coffee by the tree

 

My traditional Christmas breakfast appetizer, a Snicker from my stocking

 

A Christmas Story

 

Picking pecans while lunch is cooking

 

Had a very shiny nose

 

Peanut Butter Pie

 

Now it’s just time to go chill out on the couch and look over all my Christmas goodies.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

 

Peanut Butter Balls

You know those foods that with just one bite you’re transported back to your youth? Well, last night I made one of those. I made my grandmother’s peanut butter balls. I remember her making them every Christmas and every summer for our beach trip.

I’ve started my baking for holiday boxes I give out. This year, these babies are part of them. I dare you to try them and not want to eat them all on the spot…and that’s before you get the chocolate on them!

Peanut Butter Balls

1 stick butter
2 c creamy peanut butter
16 oz. powdered sugar*
3 c puffed rice cereal
1 bag chocolate chips

Melt butter and peanut butter in sauce pan. Combine powdered sugar and cereal in a large bowl. Pour melted peanut butter into cereal mixture. Mix together with hands (be careful it will be warm!). Roll into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, about 30 minutes.

Melt chocolate and dip balls into chocolate to coat completely. Set out on waxed paper to set.

* My grandmother’s recipe called for 1 box of powdered sugar. I love how older recipes from good cooks are written out!

Bet you can't eat just one!

Busy little elf

What a day! I had a full day of work followed by leading a hour long Boot Camp, hitting the grocery store, coming home to start on the holiday baking, and wrapping presents. I thought I’d have it in me to start on my holiday cards, but I don’t. Not after making 4 pans of these:

Pretzel Hugs

In case you’re wondering, that’s about 3 and a half bags of Hershey Hugs, which is about 400 pretzel sandwiches. That’s a lot of laying out flat even pretzels and hug unwrapping.

So after wrapping some presents I decided instead of starting my holiday cards, I’d make my list of other baked goods to make and get my grocery list started. I’m going to be doing a lot of baking on Wednesday and Thursday night. The baked good boxes are going to work on Friday so I’ll be a busy little elf this week. Unfortunately, I can’t take off from my real job to do all this. In fact, my real job is extremely busy and I’m working more hours than normal. That’s part of why I haven’t been a very good blogger as of late. The other part is well, when I do have free time, I just want to have free time, you know?

Are you baking this holiday season? What are you baking? I’ve got some biscotti, some different cookies, and some sort of fudge/candy up my sleeve.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I love those J, I, N, G, L, E, bells.
Oh, those holiday J, I, N, G, L, E, bells.
Oh, those happy J, I, N, G, L, E, B, E, double-L, S.
I love those J, I, N, G, L, E, bells.

I don’t know about y’all but I’m in that Christmas spirit now. I decorated my apartment on Monday night. I know have a pretty tree to enjoy every night.

I still want something else in terms of decorations though. Maybe something along these lines:

It came without packages, boxes, or bags!

Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville – did not.
The Grinch hated Christmas – the whole Christmas season.
Now, please don’t ask why; no one quite knows the reason. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. Or it could be that his head wasn’t screwed on just right.
But I think that the most likely reason of all… may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

Why Santy Claus? Why?

It’s that time of year where I watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas almost every night. Not the Jim Carrey version, the original (and only in my opinion). It’s airing tonight on ABC at 8pm. I can quote the entire movie and probably annoy anyone who watches it with me.

I was hoping to decorate for Christmas last night but I was tired when I got home so I caught up on DVR and watched The Walking Dead. So tonight after a (much needed) workout, I’m headed home to watch my favorite Christmas movie of all time and start decking the halls.

What’s your favorite holiday movie?

Are you watching The Walking Dead? If not, you should. It’s so good. But now I have to wait until February for a new episode!! Oh the horror.

Wordless Wednesday: Thanksgiving Edition

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Happy 4th!

HAPPY 4th of JULY!!

I started my day by sleeping in and then making a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie. Then I went back for a large bowl of perfect strawberries. Now I’m plowing through some work stuff (yes, on my holiday) and watching a Twilight Zone marathon with the roomie.

Plans for later include pool time if the weather cooperates, a little more Pack and Purge 2011, and packing for Boston. All of that needs to happen before 3:15pm today so I can leave for the airport.

I have a big urge to bake some patriotic today but it won’t be eaten before I leave and I’m not sure where I’d fit that in. I also should probably get some exercise in but I don’t know when that’ll happen either. Oh well, 3 days off isn’t a bad thing I guess.

Twilight Zone Marathon

So, last night we discovered a Twilight Zone marathon on the SciFi channel. I’ll be honest. I’ve only watched parts of episodes here and there so I never really got into it. But now after watching multiple episodes, I’m a fan. Some aren’t so great but some are really good and have absolutely fascinated me.

What shows do you find yourself watching marathons of on holidays?