Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Favorites: Christmas Treats

Happy Friday!!!  After having a few busy weekends in a row, I'm looking forward to a productive and relaxing weekend.  I'm pretty excited that Christmas is coming up, but time is running out for me to get everything ready.  I still have some decorations to put up, shopping to do, and all of the presents to wrap.  I also need to do some baking, so today I'm sharing five yummy treats on my "to make" list this Christmas.

ONE.  How cute are these Candy Cane Hearts from One Little Project At A Time? And they seem pretty easy to make too.
Candy Cane Hearts!

TWO.  I made these Peppermint Chocolate Cookies from Two Twenty One last year and they are AMAZING!  I'll definitely be making them again this year.
Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

THREE. I have seen these all over Pinterest, and I think they are super cute and healthy option for Christmas.  I'm thinking about making them to bring as a snack for some holiday parties.
How cute is this! Grapes, Bananas, Strawberries, and Marshmallows :)

FOUR. This Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Munch from Yellow Brick Road looks addictive and delicious.
Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Munch

FIVE.  I will be consuming lots of hot chocolate this winter and these giant Peppermint Marshmallows from Barns and Noodles will be the perfect addition.  And maybe some kahlua ;)

Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallows

So this list really shows that I love peppermint, but it's just so good.  My husband doesn't really like peppermint, which means more for me!

What are your favorite treats to make this holiday season?

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekend in Cincinnati/Indianapolis

After I got out of work on Friday, Kevin and I headed down to Cincinnati to his brother and sister-in-law's apartment for the weekend.  

We headed to the casino Saturday morning and then went to lunch at Pompilios where I ate way too much delicious Italian food.  Later that afternoon we headed to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship football game.  We ate dinner at Mo's in downtown Indianapolis and then headed to the game.

It was my first time in Indianapolis and my first time at Lucas Oil Stadium, so I was pretty excited.  The game was Ohio State v Wisconsin.  Since I'm from Michigan, there was no way I was cheering for Ohio State (sorry to all of my Ohio friends).  However, Ohio State killed Wisconsin, so that was disappointing.  Even though the team I was cheering for lost, I still had a great time.  We had great seats, and the energy at the game so much fun!

 It was fun to see the OSU marching band do their thing!

And an awesome photo bomb

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Five

After a nice long weekend last weekend, this week seemed to drag.  I'm so glad it's finally Friday!

ONE.  New job.  This was my first week at my new job.  It's going well so far and I think I will really like it, once I learn everything.  I can't wait until all of the learning is behind me and I actually know what I'm doing.  I have to be at work 1.5 hours earlier than my last job, so that is definitely taking some time to get used to!

TWO.  Pitch Perfect.  I finally watched Pitch Perfect for the first time this week (picked it up for $4 on Black Friday) and I loved it!  Now I'm excited for the second one :)  If any of you like Pitch Perfect, then you have to watch The Sing Off on NBC!  It's a competition show of a capella groups and it's one of my favorite shows.  The groups are always amazing every year.  It premiers on December 17.

THREE.  Selfies.  The other night, Admiral and I had a little selfie photo shoot.  You may have seen one of them on Instagram already, but here's a couple more for your viewing pleasure haha.

FOUR.  I made this Chicken Tortilla Soup from SparkRecipes for my uncle's 50th birthday party last weekend and it turned out pretty good.  It's a really easy one to throw in the crock pot this winter!

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
FIVE.  Weekend plans.  Tonight we are headed to Cincinnati to stay with Chris and Lisa (Kevin's brother and sister-in-law).  Then tomorrow we are all going to the Big Ten Championship football game in Indianapolis!  It's Ohio State v Wisconsin, so I'll definitely be cheering for Wisconsin.  You can't be from Michigan and cheer for Ohio State.  You just can't.

What are you up to this weekend?

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend Recap

Happy Monday friends!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend!  Today I start my new job--wish me luck.  I'm excited and nervous too.  It's kind of scary going from something familiar and comfortable to something new, but I'm excited to learn and take on this new adventure.

We had a busy, but great weekend spending time with family, eating way too much, celebrating a 50th birthday, and decorating for Christmas.  I'll let the pictures do the talking.

My sister and I started Thanksgiving day by running a Turkey Trot 5k at 8:00 a.m.  It was 28 degrees and lightly snowing, but we had fun!  I actually finished with my 2nd fastest 5k time yet at 31:55, so I was happy with it.

Pre-race photo trying to stay warm!
Post-race after we got home and warmed up.

We headed to my parents for meal #1 of the day.  I didn't take any photos at meals #2 or #3 because I was so full I didn't even think about it.  But we ate so much good food all day!

Spent some time with my parents' puppy, Rambo.
I did some Black Friday shopping early Friday morning, dropped Admiral off for a bath/haircut, and then headed home for the night since I had to work (my last day) on Saturday.  I spent Friday night putting up our Christmas tree and some decorations.  There is a long story about the tree, but I'll save that for it's own post.

I worked on Saturday and then headed back to my hometown to celebrate my Uncle's 50th birthday.  The food was chili and soup, and there were lots of yummy desserts

My dad and my sister.
I felt like Santa in my red pants and black boots.

Saturday night was spent playing games with Kevin's family.  We headed home Sunday and were pretty lazy the rest of the day.

How was your weekend?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Linking up today with AprilEliseKatie, and Zelle for These Are a Few of My Favorite Things 2014!

Even though I'm 27 years old, my mom still fills a stocking for me every Christmas and I love it.  I can't wait to fill stockings for my kids some day.  I don't think that stocking stuffers should be expensive.  There are so many fun things to fill stockings with that are relatively cheap.  Today I'm sharing some of my favorite things to get and give as stocking stuffers.  

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Socks - Cute socks or slippers make great stocking stuffers for anyone!  They could even be dress socks for work if that's something you need (hint, hint-I could use some).

Nail Polish - I love nail polish and they are the perfect size for stocking stuffers.  I'm looking for a great fall/winter color--any suggestions?

Candy - Such an easy thing to fill a stocking with--my favorites are York Peppermint Patties and Reeses, in case anyone was wondering ;)

Notebook/Stationary - Who doesn't love cute notebooks, note cards, pens, etc.?

Winter Hat - I don't know about you, but living in Michigan means I have a need for lots of cute winter gear, including hats, scarves, and gloves.

Starbucks Gift Card - Or any gift card really.  Coffee gift cards are great, because even a small amount like $5 or $10 will actually get you a drink or two.

Many of these items are great for the men in your life too (socks, candy, winter gear, gift cards).  Some of my other stocking stuffer ideas for guys include beef jerky, nuts, lottery tickets/scratch offs, and cologne.

What are some of your favorite stocking stuffers to get or to give?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Girls Shopping Weekend (& Giveaway Winner!)

I hope you all had a great weekend!  I spent the weekend shopping at an outlet mall and having a blast!  And most of our snow had melted away by the time I got home yesterday, so that made me happy.  Here's a recap of my weekend in iPhone photos:

Giant beers at dinner Friday night.
Me, my Mom, and my Sister

Our group at dinner, plus our awesome waitress!

These girls are serious.  Drinks and Cards Against Humanity Friday night.

All of the purchases after shopping all day Saturday,

How we had to set up the camera to get a group photo with all our bags.

Group photo (just missing my phone--she was taking it on her phone). 
Now it's time for a short work week, and a super busy weekend.  I'll be spending the next few days getting ready for Thanksgiving and hopefully getting a couple of runs in before I run a 5k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning!

How was your weekend?

The winner of the Old Factory Candle Gift Set giveaway is:

Congrats Rhonda!  Make sure you check your email to claim your prize :)

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