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Can you believe that 2010 is almost over?? I can’t…this year has flown by! Unfortunately I’m still not feeling the best so we are probably staying in tonight. We normally just go out for dinner or something so maybe we’ll get take out…crazy, I know. 😉

Since I wasn’t feeling very hungry today I made myself a berry smoothie with frozen raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries and some orange juice. Delicious! It totally hit the spot. I don’t measure any of the ingredients…I just pour them into the blender! It was really thick, just the way I like it!


I headed out for a bit to get the husband a birthday gift (his birthday is next week). I had an exchange to make at Home Goods and picked up these baskets…


in hopes of organizing this mess…


Much needed! Hopefully it helps. I stopped into Panera for some French onion soup for lunch…it was yummy!

(Source…I didn’t feel like pulling out my camera)

Well, I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Year’s Eve and a blessed 2011!! I can’t wait to see what it has in store for us!


I made this salad on Monday for a Christmas party and have been munching on the leftovers all week, including for lunch today. Keeping all of the ingredients separate and combining right before serving keeps it crisp and fresh. Whenever our family gets together for a holiday, this is sure to make an appearance! We love it!

It is super quick and easy so it’s great in a pinch. You probably have all of the ingredients on hand! The bite of the vinaigrette pairs perfectly with the sweet candied pecans and the smooth feta cheese. Try it soon! 🙂

Mixed Greens with Feta Cheese and Caramelized Pecans



  • 1 package of mixed greens
  • Feta cheese, crumbled

For the Pecans

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans (I used crushed)

For the vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Italian Seasonings

To prepare the pecans, melt the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and combine. Add the pecans. Stirring frequently, cook for about 5 minutes or until mixture is caramelized. Transfer mixture to wax paper to cool. Once cooled, crumble into pieces and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

For the dressing combine the oil and vinegar. Start with the measurements above and then add more of each to your tastes. Sprinkle in the seasonings (again, the amount you desire) and whisk to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Empty the greens into a serving bowl. Sprinkle the feta and pecans on top and drizzle with the amount of dressing you desire. Toss to combine and serve immediately.

Source: a family cookbook


Today was the first day that I have felt normal again after being sick for the past week. I think it was a mixture of the flu and something from drinking raw cow’s milk while at my in-laws (they own a dairy farm). Not fun! I have been so dehydrated but can’t seem to drink enough fluids…

My sleep schedule has been so off too and I had to drag myself out of bed at 9 after not being able to fall asleep until 2-ish! I really need to get back on track…

I wasn’t allowing any excuses this morning so I ate a bowl of peanut butter Puffins and changed into my work-out clothes. I have found that this helps tremendously to get me going!


I headed to the gym for what ended up being a great workout, despite being so tired…I warmed up with 10 minutes on the elliptical and headed to the weights. I did a 45 minute full body strength circuit, even working the legs this time! 🙂 I left feeling very energized, but starving!

I planned to head home after to make a smoothie before running errands but didn’t have time…poor planning on my part! I usually have some type of granola bar with me but not today. Since our options are very limited in these parts I ran into McDonalds for a small wild berry smoothie.


It didn’t taste too bad, though it is made with yogurt…I prefer non-dairy smoothies. It’s not overly caloric at 210 for the small but loaded with sugar from the fruit juices and yogurt. Not bad in a pinch though!

You may have noticed from my tweets that I lost my job. The cafe that I was working at sadly closed their doors right before Christmas…I’m trying not to stress out about it and just take it day by day. I have plenty to keep me busy right now but I’m sure sitting at home will get old rather quickly! I am looking for a new job but it’s not looking too promising right now…

Enjoy your day!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! We are currently in Minnesota visiting my husbands family for Christmas. I don’t have a laptop yet so I’m stuck with just my phone…

Plenty of snow to go around and freezing temperatures! Needless to say I haven’t made it out for a run…though digging a snow fort worked great for a cardio session! 🙂

A few photos from our winter wonderland…snow, our not so snow-friendly rental, and fresh doughnuts from a local bakery.




Hope you have a blessed Christmas! Posts will resume next week.

Here I am! 🙂

I have been so busy this week getting ready for a craft fair that was happening today. I was selling my bakery and yesterday was a long, 15 hour day filled with multiple pounds of flour, sugar, and butter! I made cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls, cookies, and cupcakes. It was definitely worth all of the effort and hopefully I will get some orders out of it!

My table…



Fun stuff! And now I’m hoping that a little Christmas elf will come to my house and clean up this… 😉


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