Hey there…how was your Christmas? Mine was pretty great! But does it feel like it was a million years ago or what? Dang, New Year’s is knocking (loudly) on my door. But before we get to that, let’s recap two of my favorite gifts from last weekend.
#1 a sexy Princess Leia apron! And yes, PJK has a matching Darth Vader apron! Seriously. My wardrobe is now complete.
and #2 hands-down, the most comfortable pair of pajama pants ever. Love!
The best part is the entire family got matching PJ’s…the guys got red pants and the girls got blue. I thought we looked adorable, though I’m not sure everyone agreed (sorry, there’s no photographic evidence to argue the case one way or the other.)
Christmas was fairly tame compared to what was waiting for us the following day. Holy Snow Balls! The view that greeted me December 26th:
This is the South, it never snows here! But we made the best of it, and of course the dogs loved it….
….the ducks, not so much.
Have you ever seen ducks in snow? Me neither! They paddled through the snow pretty much the same way they paddle through the water. Don’t’ worry, we made sure they had something to eat.
After a treacherous drive home where I more than once cried out: this is how people die in blizzards!! I faced another Christmas present, or should I say curse: the re-awakening of my sweet tooth. I have a feeling it was the numerous Christmas cookies, candy, chocolate, and cake I shoveled into my mouth over the weekend that woke the sleeping giant that is my sugar addiction. Argh.
I’ve been struggling with sugar this entire week. And unfortunately fell prey to it yesterday when I decided to make theses delicious Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from the November 2010 issue of Oxygen Magazine. I made two changes to the recipe, so the ingredients looked like this:
- 1/2cup unsalted almond butter
- ½ cup of Dark Chocoate Dreams Peanut Butter….
- ¾ cup Sucanat (Sugar Cane Natural)
- 1 large egg
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 3 oz raw cacao nibs
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls and bake at 350 until lightly browned (about 12 minutes). Mmmmmm, cookies!
And then I promptly picked up this book: Get the Sugar Out by Ann Louise Gittleman.
I like having the occasional sugary treat, but need to find a balance between the sweets and the rest of the stuff. Right now, sugar is running the show :o( But not for long!
The other project I’m working on this week is finishing my 2011 inspiration board. Motivated by The Fitnessista and my New Year’s Revolution ride I am planning for 1.1.11 @10am I am going to create an awesome inspiration board.
Now I have to figure out how to fit everything on a single piece of paper! 2011: I’m ready for you!