1) In keeping with my goals and trying to stay away from processed foods and less sugar, one thing that is my favorite are raw cocao bars. And no I didn't spell that wrong.
I have a huge sweet tooth. I LOVE me some sugar and thats not a good thing for this Hypoglycemic gal (or anyone for that matter). So one way to help keep me from the bad stuff is not saying "No" completely to sweets. Raw dark chocolate is actually good for you and it really only takes just a bite or two and your craving is gone. Stick to the higher percentages and it may take you a short while to get used to the bitter taste. Keep at it though and you won't regret it.
2) Chalk board messages.
I have a chalkboard in my kitchen and I just love writing messages on it. It changes with the seasons and holidays and Birthdays, of course. I promise to post more of these.
3) My Yin and Yang Dip
If you haven't read Wednesday's post on how easy it is to make this delicious dip, I highly suggest that you head on over to that post next. So yummy and I don't know why we only make this once a year.
4) Three day weekends!
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!!! Family is coming into town. The rest of the Christmas decorations come down. It is going to be a great weekend!
Last year I teased a delicious appetizer that my husband's family has always made for Christmas. This is the Yin and Yang Dip.
My first Christmas experience with my Husband (then boyfriend), he raved about the yin and yang dip his parents always make for Christmas day. Being the southern girl that I am, I am all about a good dip but when I heard that it had Caviar in it, I couldn't help but cringe. Little did I know that I would soon be falling in love with fish eggs. Hey, I love oysters, shrimp, crawfish, pretty much anything this Florida Panhandle girl can eat from the sea, why not caviar?
It is a little expensive because it has Caviar on top but if you plan it right, I can find jars for sale at my local grocery store (Publix) for $6.99 a jar. Thats a steal. But everything else, I bet you will already have on hand.
Here is what you need:
4 - boiled eggs
1 - 8oz. Cream Cheese
Red Lumpfish Caviar
Black Lumpfish Caviar
And that is all you need!
So here is how you make it.
Step 1) About 2 hours before putting the whole thing together, begin to strain your caviar and have your cream cheese out and thawing. Its important to strain the caviar really good because you don't want the extra liquid to ruin your dip. Now is also a good time to boil your eggs if you haven't already.
Step 2) Peel your eggs and mash up the eggs into tiny little bits. I usually start with a fork and knife, cutting and slicing and then I continue with the fork, mashing up the eggs.
Step 3) Add your mayonnaise. Its up to you how much you want, my in-laws are super health conscious so we really only add just enough to moisten the eggs and keep them together. Maybe 1/4 cup. If that doesn't seem to be enough you can always mix in more.
Step 4) Spread your cream cheese on the center of a plate. In the pictures, you can see that the plate has a dip down so it gives us a good edge to spread the cream cheese up to.
Step 5) Begin the process of making your yin and yang. Sorry I don't have a picture but highly with your knife, draw the swivel that will separate the two colors. Then do the same thing with the dots. And now fill in with your caviar, directly on top of the cream cheese. Don't go to the edge of the plate. I am going to have to figure out how you bloggers draw on your pictures but in the picture below, in the background you can see the plate with the caviar.
Step 6) Add your egg mix to the edge of the caviar.
Step 7) Add a little bit of chopped up green onions and you are ready to go!
Serve with Bruchetta Chips such as Stacy's Bagel Chips and enjoy.
Grab your chip, dig deep and get some cream cheese, caviar and top it with the egg spread and enjoy!
And don't listen to Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail, the Caviar is not a garnish, eat away!!
Here is how it works; One Wednesday out of every month, you can link up with these lovely ladies and share how you are keeping "it" together. Check out the dates and topics below and link up your stories.
Today's topic is: New Year's Goals!!
Ok so I am not normally a New Years Goal kind of person, I feel like if you want to make a goal, do it whenever you want but this year, I am kind of feeling it. I have some goals that I would like to really focus on this year, so here they are.
1) Loving my Week Days. As I mentioned earlier, I am a "Working for the Weekend" kind of gal. But I don't want to be that kind of person anymore. I love my days, don't get me wrong but I want to not have to destress after a long day at work. This goal is going to take a lot of planning to achieve. Planning on my weekends.
Planning Meals for the week ahead
Getting all clothes planned out for the week ahead
Being more spontaneous during the week. i.e.: Going to a bar, or a movie
Simple things that I am sure all of you do but I just haven't. I think setting aside that little time every weekend will really help me during the week.
2) Blogging more. I really want to blog more. I love reading everyones posts and there are so many great tidbits that I receive. I want to share and I also love looking back and reading about my life, one year ago. Community is important and I want to join in. Really and Truly.
So I will be linking up with the bloggers from today and I hope to link up with Momfessionals and her Show and Tell Tuesdays and a few of my other favorite bloggers.
And most importantly I want to share some my favorite things in life, house goods, kitchen goods, bedroom good, anything and everything to make like grander.
3) Sugar intake. Another goal for the year and really for the next few months, is really watching my sugar and processed food intake. I have a huge sweet tooth. I'm not eating a crazy amount of sugar but there are so many processed foods out there with a ridiculous amount of sugar. My body doesn't need that. I am going to stick to veggies and protein, mostly organic from Lucky's Market.
My local (and right around the corner from my house) 99% organic grocery store. Prices are super fair and I can find just about everything I need.
4) Working out. I have a treadmill; A really nice treadmill that I barely use. That has to change. Living in Florida, it gets super hot and super humid and nearly impossible to run around my neighborhood in the afternoons so I bought a really nice treadmill for super cheap from some friends. So cardio coupled with a few Pure Barre classes a week, I think this will really help.
A new studio is opening up close to my work so I am buying the pre-opening special and heading to some classes. I'm super stoked about this. I used to do this workout called Yoga Booty Ballet and I loved it. This seems very similar.
5) Reading. I used to love reading but after working on my Masters Degree, reading turned from being a fun hobby to a chore. I hated it. I really had a hard time finishing a book. When you have to constantly read about terrorism, torture, and international politics, you would probably lose your appetite for reading too.
I even had a hard time reading my all time favorites that I have read at least a dozen times, Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice. It was just as though my brain kept telling me "nope, not today." I just couldn't focus. Well that started about two years ago and I am finally starting to get back in the mood. I'm starting small with some fun comic books.
My fabulous husband got me Lumberjanes for Christmas and then took me to the library and we found Gotham Academy. So far, I am still going strong. I'll start out small and work my way up to some spiritual books maybe by summer. I really want to read Oprahs book What I know for Sure.
Who knows, maybe i'll get that next. I'm really glad and relieved that I'm finally coming out of my reading funk.
Well I have lot of other goals, garage cleanup, pantry organization but I think I would like to share my before and afters in future blog posts so thats good for now.
Tomorrow I want to share the Yin-Yang Dip recipe that my in-laws make every Christmas. It's so delicious, semi-easy to make and man will it impress your guests and yourself.
I don't mean to be a last minute christmas shopper but gift giving for me is all about feeling. I really have to connect with that present to get it and give it. Sometimes that happens later than I would like and Amazon Prime is just that a PRIME! Free, Two-day shipping on most items. I cam easily compare prices and of course, I love me some prime movies and shows that come with a subscription.
So if you don't have Amazon Prime, you should seriously consider getting it, especially around the holidays.
3) SALES SALES SALES!!!
I need to mark my calendar to remember that this time next year, the best sale deals are NOW. Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday or whatever Green Monday.
Great deals at Anthroplogie. 30% off all clothing, shoes, and accessories. Plus 20% off on home and beauty products. Gosh I really wish we could get a store here in Tallahassee or even Panama City.
I love this new show on CBS, Bull. It stars Michael Weatherly, formerly of NCIS and Dark Angel. He's a psychologist who helps win court cases by being able to read the jury and know what to say and how to act in a courtroom. He chooses cases that he knows bias could play a part and possibly send an innocent person to jail so he helps them. I am currently binge watching this one on the CBS app. I think there are 9 episodes so far. I hope CBS keeps this one.
5) Wedding Fun!
My fabulous sister-in-law Mimi is getting married to the very talented and handsome love of her life, Henry. Wedding planning for next year has, of course, begun. And we will be having their engagement party at Aunt Alice's new restaurant over the holiday break. They will be coming to Panama City from L.A. and I can't wait to go dress shopping!
6) My amazing Hubby, Jonathan
What can I say? He is amazing and so supportive. You are my most favorite!
Random post for me but when I saw Shay and Erika's stranded topic today I just had to join in.
So, if I had to take only three Christmas movies with me to watch over and over again on a deserted island they would be:
1) The Holiday
I am so with Shay on this one. I watch this movie all year round. It is a great feel-good comedy with a phenomenal soundtrack.
And it is so beautiful to watch. The cinematography is gorgeous. I love everything about this movie.
2) Smoky Mountain Christmas
Not very many people have heard of this but Smoky Mountain Christmas is a made for TV movie that I would search and search every year for. Usually it would play on TBS and now it will play on the Hallmark channel. If you love Dolly Parton and especially if you love her new movies Coat of Many Colors or Circle of Love, you would love this movie.
I finally tracked down a DVD (no clue if its bootlegged but I would buy another one if she ever made it on DVD officially) and I watch it several times during christmas. This movie is set in the Great Smoky Mountains and Dolly comes across a bunch of orphans staying in her cabin. They take care of each other and sing fabulous christmas songs that Dolly wrote. I really wish she would make an official soundtrack of all the songs.
So choosing only 3 is NOT easy but here goes...
3. The Polar Express
I am all about magic and mystical around the holidays and The Polar Express has all that and a bag of popcorn. The music, the wonder, doubting and believing again.
And Josh Groban singing one of the best Christmas songs of ALL time!
Honorable Mentions (I'd totally sneak these on the island too)...
4) The Santa Clause
So I HAVE to include my honorable mentions. It was really tough choosing The Polar Express over The Santa Clause. I grew up with The Santa Clause and The Santa Clause has an enormous amount of magic and I can watch it over and over again but Charlie can be a whiny little kid sometimes so The Polar Express wins.
Gosh, I had a crush on the main Elf standing next to Charlie here. "Elves with Attitude."
And I cannot go a Christmas without watching Home Alone so this one would sneak on the island with me as well.
5) Home Alone
I mean really great movie. My brother and I stayed home by ourselves all the time growing up. Being in a military family, we took really good care of each other. I'd like to think that this would be us if anyone ever tried to break into our house.
And, my brother got a TalkBoy for Christmas after the second movie came out and we had a blast using the voice changer.
So those are my movies. I could name so many more but I've already broken the rules with adding honorable mentions. I hope you all can find Smoky Mountain Christmas. Maybe the more people wanting the watch it, the more likely she will officially drop it on DVD.