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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

I did not want to wake up this morning.

Seriously. Corey got up, took care of Callie, went into the living room to watch TV while I slept. We both intended to get an early start to our day so we could hit up the Farmer’s Market and get a Christmas tree. Corey had to leave for a business trip this afternoon and we wanted to make sure everything got done before he left.

I didn’t get up when I wanted to. Instead, I just curled up under the warm covers and I kept sleeping, I didn’t wake up until Corey told Callie to wake me up. At that point, she bounced onto the bed and tried her best to lick me under the covers. I guess there are worse ways to wake up. 🙂

I will spare you the picture of my breakfast (eggs with hot sauce and bacon). I have shown way too many pictures of that breakfast so I’m sure you guys get the idea. After breakfast, I managed to get dressed so we could go to the Farmer’s Market. That was a very successful trip. While there, I picked up some farro (among other things).

I have seen this around many blogs recently and after Ashley assured me it did not have the same texture as oatmeal, I was ready to try it. I have been bored with my recent breakfasts anyway.

After the Farmer’s Market, Corey and I headed to a Christmas tree farm to cut our own tree!

Interestingly enough, this was the same farm we went to two years ago to get a tree. Last year, Corey and I did not have a tree of any kind. Shocker, I know. But Corey’s travel schedule was so hectic that we never got around to it. I joke that he was being a grinch and stole Christmas from me. 😉 But even though his travel schedule is just as hectic this year (he is pretty much out of town the first three weeks of December), I insisted on a tree. I am feeling the Christmas spirit!

I am really happy that I dragged myself out of bed. It was so fun picking out a Christmas tree and cutting it down ourselves.

It was chilly, but a great way to spend some quality time together!

After our busy morning, Corey and I were hungry! So before any decorating could be done, we made lunch. Corey made us a phenomenal burger, using some buns that we had bought at the Farmer’s Market, as well as some grass fed sirloin that we had bought there as well. He then cut some potatoes into strips (like fries) and baked them.

It was a much healthier version of a burger and fries . . . and so delicious! Corey said it was almost as good as the burger we got at the Farm Burger. Mmm . . .

Then it was time for decorating!

Our Christmas tree before . . .

We decorated our tree while listening to some Christmas music. It was an awesome afternoon.

Our Christmas tree after . . .

Another purchase we made at the Farmer’s Market: a silpat! I have also seen these around and I have heard that they are awesome in terms of nonstick baking. Now I’m even more stoked to make some Christmas cookies! 🙂

What was my first holiday cookie recipe? Angela’s favorite snickerdoodles! I have had a major craving for snickerdoodles for a while. This recipe did not disappoint.

Of course I did de-veganize the recipe a little bit. I used regular unsalted butter instead of Earth Balance and a regular egg instead of a flax egg. I also put a little bit more than a “pinch” of cinnamon. I love cinnamon and I needed a good dose of it.

They were awesome! We undercooked them just a little bit because Corey and I both like them really soft. They were delicious and tasted like sugar and cinnamon. I will be making these again . . . and often. I also like that the recipe only makes 10 cookies. If the recipe made many more than that, I would be in trouble. 🙂

All in all, it was a good day. And the time that Corey had to leave for the airport came all too soon. 😦 Now I am relaxing with Home Alone (awesome Christmas movie), trying to stay warm, and anticipating Friday already because that’s when Corey comes home.

Goodnight everyone!


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I can’t believe it’s the first of December! Where did this year go? It just hit me that there are only three weeks until Christmas. Time to get shopping. Corey and I have already purchased gifts for several people online. I adore online shopping. I don’t have to deal with parking or crowds. Best of all, I can do it in my pajamas! I may or may not have done some shopping this evening wearing my pj’s. 😉

I have discovered a new love . . . Trader Joe’s sunflower butter.

I have talked about my dislike of almond butter before. I think I tried the wrong brand. This sunflower butter was the perfect consistency (very creamy) and tasted remarkably like peanut butter. Not the same, but close.

Breakfast: pumpkin pancakes (the last of them) with some sun butter

When I talked about the fact that Trader Joe’s wasn’t that great, I think I just didn’t give it enough of a chance. First their pumpkin cream cheese, then triple ginger snaps, and now sunflower butter. I am slowly warming up to them.

After I bought this jar of sunflower butter, I discovered that I have five different kinds of nut/seed butters!

Looks like I’m starting quite the collection. I better start eating these before my husband accuses me of hoarding food. Wouldn’t be the first time.

I do have kind of a rant today. Last Friday, I went online to PetcareRx and ordered some Advantage Multi for Callie. It is way cheaper online than at the vet and I have never had a problem with this before.

Midmorning snack: a juicy pear . . . I swear, this picture did not look neon until I downloaded it.

Apparently, the order was stopped because my vet said I was required to pick up the prescription in person.

Lunch: the rest of my chili. It was a hearty bowl that was super filling.

This irritated me on two levels. First, this company didn’t bother letting me know that I had to do this. The only reason I found out is because I went online to check the status of my order. Since I placed this order several days ago, I feel they should have contacted me (by email or phone) so that I would know what to do. Otherwise, I would just be waiting around for medication that isn’t going to come.

Second, my vet has never done this before. She has always validated my prescriptions. When I called them, they said it was a “new” policy. So new that it wasn’t in place a week ago when I called. So now I have to drive all the way down there, pick up the prescription, and mail it to PetcareRx (they don’t accept a fax).

Afternoon snack: TJ’s triple gingersnaps and some beautiful grapes

So now it’s going to be that much longer until Callie gets her medicine. I’m sure she’s happy about it. I am not pleased with my vet’s policy at all. I really feel that they only instituted it so that it would be more inconvenient for people to order online. They want me to buy it from them. Ha. No thank you.

So that is my little rant for the day. Thanks for listening! 🙂

Now onto happier things . . . sort of. I get the house to myself tonight, which I enjoy. But Corey is out of town until Friday, which I don’t like. His upcoming travel schedule may make it possible for me to get stuff done around the house. That is, if I’m not incredibly lazy and just park myself in front of the TV instead.

Dinner: bowl of brown rice, corn, cheese, broccoli, a hamburger patty that I cooked, and generous amounts of ketchup and mustard. This was so delicious!

Speaking of holidays, I am in the mood to do some baking. But what should I make first? Sugar cookies? Gingersnaps? Whatever I do bake, I know that it will be the first dessert I have made in a while that won’t have pumpkin in it. 🙂