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6 posts from December 2011

December 29, 2011

What I wore 12.29.11

This year I only made one Black Friday purchase and I made it online. I splurged and treated myself to the Mishka "Keep Watch" sweater I'd been eyeing for months. Merry Christmas to me! It's the perfect weight for layering and I've been living in it since it shipped. This is how I wear it:

What I wore 12.29.11

What I wore 12.29.11

What I wore 12.29.11

What I wore 12.29.11

What I wore 12.29.11

Sweater: Mishka
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Guess

December 28, 2011

Bento #24

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Contents:
- Spinach Salad w/ Mock Chick & Avocado
- Steamed Edamame
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Sprouts

Not pictured: Wheat toast. This was the best lunch ever! I used the hummus and sprouts with a few extra slices of avocado to make a sandwich. I'm actually drooling a little bit right now. I need to enter this bento into the regular rotation.

If you're at all curious about what I got for Christmas I have an outfit post lined up for tomorrow with one of my favorite items. It's become a wardrobe staple. Heading to the gym now. I'm signing up for a Run For Your Lives race and training starts tonight. So excited!!!!

December 26, 2011

Happy Holidays!

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I just got home from a long, relaxing weekend with the family. For the past few years my Mom has lightened up the mood of Christmas and rather than hosting a formal family gathering she's been hosting an informal open house. We spend the morning as a family leisurely opening gifts, playing games and watching movies, then in the afternoon, we spread out a huge table of snacks and enjoy visits from family and friends traveling about town. It's so nice. I love getting to see everyone without the stress of tight schedules and hard to meet deadlines.

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This year my nephew was old enough to really get excited about Christmas. He is so much fun! I spent the bulk of the weekend teaching him secret handshakes, playing baseball in the house (sorry Mom) and coaxing him to only refer to me as favorite Aunt Kali. I am happy to report that I was successful in my last venture. It comes out a little more like "Fave Kay-yee", but that's totally a win and I'm keeping it! Other notable Christmas events: a wardrobe change to counter my brothers shirt choice, the white elephant Bieber singing toothbrush I scored, playing candy-land for the first time with my nephew, and getting the coolest techy sewing book ever from my sister and brother in law. I'm sure you'll be hearing more about it soon! Hope you had a great Holiday!

I will be spending the rest of my afternoon and evening attempting to rid my apartment of gold glitter. The wrapping paper looked really cute neatly sealed in plastic. Not so much covering everything I own. Lesson learned.

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December 22, 2011

Get Your Snack On!

As previously promised... here's my recipe for chex mix. I wanted to make it from scratch this year, but wasn't impressed by the recipes on the box so I made my own. I'm not going to lie - it's addictive! I used a blend of asian and mexican flavors to spice it up and add a little heat. It's so good. Mix up a batch share with friends or bring some along as a hostess gift for the next holiday party you're attending!

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Heat oven to 250ยบ

In a large roasting pan combine:

  • 2 cups Rice Chex
  • 2 cups Wheat Chex
  • 2 cups Mixed Nuts
  • 2 cups Cheddar Bunny Crackers
  • 2 cups Bite Sized Pretzels
  • 2 cups Garlic Sesame Bites

Set mixture aside.

In a medium sauce pan combine:

  • 5 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Sriracha Hot Sauce (Adjust amount to taste)
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons Seasoned Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Mexican Chili Snack Powder*

Warm over medium heat stirring constantly until butter is melted and spices are aromatic. Pour pan contents over cereal mixture and then stir until evenly coated. Bake in oven for 1 hour stirring every 15 min. Cool on paper towels & store in an airtight container.

* The Mexican Chili Snack Powder I picked up at my local bodega. It's the same powder they sprinkle over Mexican street corn, an amazing blend of salt, dried red peppers and a little sugar. I used a brand called Znax that I found in the condiment isle. I use it on everything from steamed vegetables to popcorn. It's definitely worth the effort to find it!

 

December 13, 2011

Free Hedgehog Ornament Pattern!

As promised, my ornament pattern posted on Totally Stichin' today!

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Download the free pattern here!

December 01, 2011

That's Awesome!

It's been a while and I could use a recharge so here are the top five things that currently inspire or amuse me:

1. The entire Takkoda website. This mug is exceptional, but I would take any one of the hundreds of items they're pushing. Awesome.

2. Essie's Matte About You polish. One coat on top of any painted nail gives an instant matte finish. LOVE.

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3. Assembling my recipe list for this years Marathon Cookie Madness. It's going to be intense. There WILL be unicorns.

4. The Beautiful paper cuts of Jared Andrew Schorr.

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5. Scheduled best friend date nights that break up crazy hectic weeks. Cranberry ginger cocktails, home made pizza and new games are a recipe for unwinding.

I'm hoping to have that ornament pattern up early next week, be sure to check back!