We had yet another fun filled Saturday of Holiday events, this post will be full of lots of comfort and joy!
RECAP OF SATURDAY MORNING
I went to AKB yesterday and burned like a million calories! My total HBBC points 37.75 to this day, Michael is an amazing teacher and always pushes my body to the limit. When I got home I made another breakfast cookie, but this time I use banana protein powder, it was perfect!
SHOP TILL WE DROPPED
After breakfast hubby and I set off for a full day of shopping (don’t I have the best HUBBY)for Christmas presents. Hubby did not have breakfast, so of course I had a LARABAR stashed in my purse for him. He tried the Gingersnap, (I don’t like ginger he loves it) he said that the bar needed 1.7oz less GINGER, in other words there was too much ginger in there for him.
The first outlet we went to was ok, we walked around for about 2 hours and then got some lunch at the ONLY eatery they had there. They had a lot of options, healthy and unhealthy. Everything looked really good. It was 3pm and we were FAMISHED. I still went with a lighter option, a Thai Wrap with Thai chicken, peanut sauce, jasmine rice, and cucumber salad all wrapped up in a whole wheat tortilla with a spa salad on the side. I could have just had the salad, it was so good ( I ended up eating only half the wrap). There was grilled squash and zucchini on top! They also had a FLAVOR bar, and if you don’t know this I AM the CONDIMENT QUEEN! So I got some BBQ sauce and Cilantro dressing. I just dipped my wrap in them trying to avoid to many empty calories.
We only ended up getting two things at the outlets then took off to hit the next mall. O and while we were there, they had a buy one get on FREE churro, so we just had to get one. This was by far the biggest and best churro I have ever had. The dough was gooey, warm, and sooo fresh.
Hubby having too much fun in the Kitchen Store!! lol
Why would ANYBODY BUY THIS!!!!!
At the next mall we SCORED. We found some great gifts for the secret Santa exchanges in both sides of the family, and we got something PERFECT for the FIL! By the time we got to the last mall it was 7pm and we were started to drop, but we made it through got some great gifts for my brothers, my parents, and the hubby and I split up and did a little shopping for each other (I got some great stuff for him he’s going to LOVE it!).
When we got home is was almost 9pm and we were SO ready to EAT! Thankfully the pot roast took 11 hours to cook so when we got home it was cooked to perfection. I am not a big red meat eater, actually I could probably live without it this meal was solely for the hubby who is a meat and potato kind of guy (he’s from the south of course). This was my first time making Pot Roast (my NEW THING FOR THE DAY) and it was successes the meat was so tender and the potatoes and carrots were not too soft, just done enough. We could tell the carrots were from the Farmers Market, they tasted do much better then the store bought. I wonder if I could slow cook butter nut squash??
After dinner hubby and I curled up on the couch watching the movie Jack Frost, but after about 30 minutes WE BOTH fell asleep and I woke up an hour later so disoriented…lol…LONG DAY!
SUNDAY MORNING BAKING
I woke up at 7am this morning ready to bake for my Christmas Cookie Exchange Party today. I just went ahead and baked the OOOO so amazing Oatmeal, Chocolate, and Pecan Cookies I made last week. Their so easy and stress free! Thank you all for the wonderful recipes and cookbook ideas! Maybe one day when I get a Kitchen Aid Mixer I will get more creative:) I also attempted at some of KATH’s Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars, I didn’t have banana chips or walnuts so I used craisens, raisins, and almond trail mix. I think this was a pretty good attempt; I have some great ideas for adding next time! I also had a little waffle banana and peanut butter sandwich on one of my NEW plates I got yesterday from Pottery Barn!
I am a little worried about the Cookie Exchange Party, I know it will be fun but ALL those cookies how do I NOT EAT THEM ALL!!! I will be drinking a lot of water and having a healthy lunch before I go to ward off any overeating!
Clean up the kitchen!
Menu and Work out schedule for the week ( 4.5 day week of work!)
Softball Game at 5pm
Finish at First Sight, only two more chapters!
HAVE A GREAT DAY! OOOO AND LAST DAY TO COMMENT FOR THE PROBAR CONTEST!
I will be posting some exciting stuff tomorrow morning so stay tuned…..