it starts on the 1st & the topics are…..
[day 1] new years resolutions
[day 2] favorite holiday memory
[day 3] favorite work-out tips
[day 4] best leftover recipe
[day 5] places you hope to go this year
[day 6] best organization tricks
[day 7] favorite memory of 2010
[day 8] favorite healthy snack
[day 9] favorite things to do on a cold winter day
[day 10] favorite girls night out events
christmas eve we always have a family dinner (my mom’s whole side of the family) & open presents.
this year we decided to have soups as our dinner.
my aunt volunteered to make the potato soup, so i volunteered to make the vegetable soup (because it’s my favorite).
i also decided to make the caramel sea salt brownies that i’ve read about on olivia’s blog so many times.
& as i was putting the brownies in the oven my grandpa decided he wanted banana pudding (because we had a ton of very ripe bananas).
so i made that too.
i looked for a good veggie soup recipe & came up with this one from martha stewart, though i added some vegetables & didn’t include some that were listed to include. i also left it sit on the stove on low until just before were were going to eat & i upped the temperature. it was very easy, very good, & very tasty….. there were no leftovers 🙂
the brownies slightly stressed me out. because i wasn’t sure if the brownie batter would thicken itself if it sat on too low of a heat source & i didn’t want it to burn if i left it too high while i was mixing the caramel, so i enlisted sister’s help. i may or may not have put too much sea salt on the top (i like it that way, but might be too much for others) but they were a hit but VERY rich. even i couldn’t eat more than one & i’m the queen of desserts.
the banana pudding was a piece of cake to finish off the day in the kitchen. apparently we had instant pudding but i didn’t know, so i whipped some up from scratch (a recipe i found in the “recipe drawer” in my grandma’s kitchen) flour, milk (i used half & half 🙂 ), sugar, & vanilla over medium heat until it thickens. i layered the bowl with banana slices, nilla wafers, pudding, more wafers & bananas, then more pudding. it was DELECTABLE (but i’m a banana pudding lover).
i wish i could cook/bake/eat this well everyday.
yesterday i had my hair professionally colored for the first time ever.
(well i got highlights in like 8th grade, but i can’t even count how many years ago that was)
i usually color my own hair with a $7 box from target.
but my mom was going to get her hair colored so i decided i wanted something different, without having to cut my hair, so i made an appointment too.
my instructions were simple, a noticeable change but not fake looking.
& i’m in LOVE with it.
it was so easy, 10 foils, sit 15 minutes (the last 5 under the dryer), wash out, dry & a new look.
i don’t have a picture of myself yet but the color resembles annie from 90210 (but a little darker still).
i’m super happy with it 🙂
i’ve always had this problem being content.
always looking for what’s next, what i can change, something new to amuse me.
i wish i could just be fine with what is happening now.
i look regularly at job openings in my field for when i graduate (but this just makes me even less content, september graduation is just too far away).
as part of my new years resolutions (will post more about them later) i am going to try to be happier with what i’m currently doing.
i have a wonderful life & a loving family & i have nothing (important) to complain about, so i shouldn’t complain at all.
for example, i hate my 45 minute drive to & from work & school, but i will not complain anymore because i actually have a car & don’t have to rely on others or ride a bus/subway/train/lightrail/etc. & i’m so thankful for that.
well, i took a week long break from technology, the gym, & healthy eating.
oh well, it was fun 🙂
i just got back from the gym for the first time since last tuesday (used my new nike + ipod running kit & love it).
& i just got around to reading blog posts from the past 5 days.
we had a wonderul (& white) christmas here in north carolina.
& annie LOVES the snow.
my sister tooks lots of adorable pictures of her 🙂
my dad gave my sister & i [yellow tail] opoly & we played all christmas morning.
even though we were not supposed to get presents (except the one from whoever drew our name) mom & grandma cheated & went overboard.
so we actually got a lot of cute things.
one of my favorites, a vintage kodak camera, it’s on my bookshelf & i heart it.
we had a great snow day yesterday too
(pictures to come soon).
in other news.
i’m loving this song.
we’re on the way to the mountains as i write this post. i love love love asheville (so does my mom & sister) & we’re headed staright to the biltmore for an early lunch, going on a tour (that place never gets old), & then we’re off the the winery (biltmore’s limited edition chenin blanc is insane).
i’m going to TRY to remember to take lots of pictures 🙂
have a wonderful tuesday, oops i mean wednesday y’all 🙂
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