Monday, December 20, 2010

Full of Christmas!

2010December 021This weekend was full of Christmas festivities!  So, basically that means, I didn’t exercise!  It shouldn’t mean that, but it does.  After all the workouts last week, I was ready for a solid two days of rest.  There wasn’t really that much rest, though.  We were busy, busy!

I actually slept in until 7:30a on Saturday.  That’s pretty late for this girl.  I spent a lot of time working on my blog and reading others.  When I finally got motivated to be somebody, one of my dogs let me know they were out of food, but when I went to fill their bowl up, I realized they were OUT OF FOOD.  Darn!  That means a trip to the store on Saturday, the weekend before Christmas…UGH!  I am very spoiled, now that I work at home, and don’t have to fight traffic or crowds at stores anymore. I get all my shopping and errand running done during the day, during the week.  So, my husband and I did rock, paper, scissors to see who was going out into the world and I lost. Shoot.  I ended up being gone for like 2 hours.  Partly because it was so busy and traffic was ridiculous and partly because I figured I’m already out, I might as well go to a couple more stores!

I got home just in time to start getting ready for our adult Christmas dinner.  Instead of buying gifts for Justin’s sister and step siblings, we all go out for a fun dinner!

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We were both smiling (I thought) and then I see that Justin went in a different direction! Winking smile  Justin is drinking a peppermint patty martini and I am drinking a caramel apple martini. 

We were missing 2 of the couples this year, but the rest of us still managed to have a great time.  It even started snowing a little as we were leaving the restaurant, so it really felt like Christmas time.

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My diet on Saturday wasn’t totally a waste. I had this:

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I must admit, I don’t think I ate anything else until we went out.  Oops!

Justin and I got out of the house early so we went to our favorite place, Wines by Jennifer, and did a wine tasting.  Then we headed over to meet everyone else.  We went to O’Dowd’s and I ate one of each of the appetizers: bacon wrapped shrimp, fried pickle, cheese ball, and a sausage thing wrapped in puff pastry.  They were all delicious! For dinner, I had Shepherd’s Pie.  It was so good, but too much food!  I took a picture of it, but too be honest, Shepherd’s Pie doesn’t take a very good picture. (It kind of looks like it has already been eaten).  I won’t say anymore about that!  I would totally order it again and maybe share with Justin.  It was very hearty!

Sunday, was our Christmas with Justin’s Mom’s side.  Justin was hung over from the adult dinner, so I was pretty much on my own to get the gathering together.  I made sure and ate throughout the day so I didn’t end up starving by the time everyone got there.  Good thing I did, because everyone was supposed to come at 4pm and ended up calling and not coming until 6pm!  I ate a banana in the morning, then egg whites, turkey bacon and gluten free toast.  A couple of hours later, I ate the egg and brown rice meal I am so fond of these days.  Then Christmas cookie baking started and I always lose track of time when I’m baking and decorating cookies.  They turned out pretty good though:

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We had decided on appetizers and salads.  I put out big things of lettuce and then all the fixings so everyone could make their own salad.  I guess I didn’t take a picture of everything, but here is the veggie plate of salad fixings!

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For appetizers, I had shrimp cocktail, tortilla roll ups (cream cheese, black olives, green chilis) and these little delicious spinach and artichoke cups:

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They were so good and so easy to make.  (I got the recipe from the Kraft sight.) After cutting the won ton wrappers, I fit them into the cups of a mini muffin pan and cooked them for about 5 minutes.  While they cooked, I put the following in the food processor: 1 can artichoke hearts, 1 package of frozen spinach, 1 red bell pepper, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/3 cup mayo, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/3 cup parmesan cheese.  Blended that all together and then used a little scooper to fill all the shells.  (I really love my food processor!  It makes everything so easy!) I put them back in the oven for about 12 minutes.  Oh boy, are they good!  And super easy to make (thanks to my food processor!)!  I also made some that were gluten free by using rice paper wrappers, but those didn’t turn out as well.  They tasted good, but the rice paper didn’t cook very well and had a hard time holding up to the spinach mixture.  Next time, I’ll put that mixture into mushrooms!  Yummy!

Justin’s Mom brought rotel with chips (always a favorite!) and crab and cheese stuffed mushrooms.  We may have gotten a late start and some may have still been hung over, but we had a great time!

I am looking forward to working out at the warehouse this morning and then I have to get some crochet orders done.

Happy Monday!

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  1. YOU were busy! I am so jealous of how good your blog posts look now!!! I need to go to HTP's blog and see what she suggests for Macs!

    I love your cardigan with the rhinstones and your breakfast looks delicious!

    I have wonton wrappers at home! one of my friends suggested ricotta raviolis with them and ive also stuffed them with jalapeno and cream cheese before! yum :)

  2. Thanks, Vann! I can't believe what a difference writing in Live Writer has made! It has totally changed the look of my blog! I LOVE it! I finally added an "About Me" tab too!

    I can't believe you kept the wonton wrappers a secret from me! ha! They were great! I'll have to try the jalapeno and cream cheese, that sounds yummy!