Weekend Recap {Dec. 18-20, 2015}

Posted December 21, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, Christmas, holidays, baking, Christmas cookies, Christmas shopping, Christmas movies, HyVee Market Grille, healthy eating, oatmeal, pancakes

I can't believe it was the last weekend before Christmas!!

This time of year always feels like it flies by. I spent most of the weekend doing things to get into the holiday spirit. I watched Christmas movies, I Christmas shopped, I did Christmas crafts and I baked Christmas cookies. 

It was exactly what I needed to create all those good holiday feels.

Friday, Dec. 18

I'm hesitant to tell you about my Friday night because it illustrates how much of a dorky loser I am...

After writing my Christmas cards earlier in the week, I realized that I didn't have addresses saved in an organized way. I had to text nearly everyone asking for their address. So after work, I went shopping to buy an address book. But apparently no one uses address books because they were hard to find! 

I finally found two options at Office Max. Neither were cute, but I bought one anyway because I was on a mission to get organized. I spent the rest of the evening drinking wine, filling in my new address book and watching cheesy Christmas movies. So lame, I know! How do you keep your addresses organized?

Dinner was cheese ravioli with organic tomato sauce and sauteed mushrooms, onion and kale. 

Saturday, Dec. 19

I slept in until 8 a.m., and drank warm lemon water when I woke up. Then I had oatmeal for breakfast. Oats, almond milk, cinnamon, honey, chia seeds, pomegranate seeds and peanut butter (almond butter would have been better, but I'm out)

My mom picked me up at 9 a.m. for Christmas shopping. We grabbed Starbucks to get us going. I got the new Holiday Spice Flat White, which was delicious. After picking up some gifts at Target, my mom convinced me to buy new jeans. I was complaining about how my jeans were tight and uncomfortable, and she made a good point - what's the point of feeling uncomfortable and beating myself up about my weight gain? So we stopped at Maurice's and she bought me two new pairs of inexpensive jeans to get me through this transition time.

When I got home, I went through my closet and took out everything that doesn't fit at the moment. It actually felt pretty empowering to have a closet full of clothes that make me feel good about myself. Read more about my weight gain here.

I wasn't super hungry for lunch, so I had a Trader Joe's Vegetable Marsala Burger over greens. Those burgers are sooooo good!

I shopped more on my own, mailed Christmas gifts at the Post Office and ate a Cave Man bar in the car.

I met up with a group of writers for a "Goal-Together." We talked planners, work and some goals for the new year. It got me excited to plan for 2016!

My niece, Brynn, came over for crafts in the evening. 

She made this month's Darby Girl project. For her birthday in March, I gave her a subscription to Darby Girl. It's a monthly craft box for tweens. She loves it! This month's craft was a snow globe.

I made a new Christmas ball wreath. I love these wreaths so much. I already have one in my living room, but I had bought all these purple and silver balls on clearance last year after Christmas. I had a major hot glue gun incident and burned three of my fingers pretty badly. Ouch! But my wreath turned out really well despite the second degree burns.

Brynn also painted some ceramic desserts I bought for her at Hobby Lobby. She wanted to give them as Christmas gifts. So cute!

The BF and I then had a much needed date night at the HyVee Market Grille. I had grilled chicken topped with Gouda and mushrooms, grilled vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes. It was delicious! 

When we got home, we listened to Frank Sinatra Christmas on Pandora and chatted until we went to bed.

Sunday, Dec. 20

I woke up when the BF left for work around 6 a.m., so I cuddled up on the couch and watched cheesy Christmas movies. 

A couple of hours later, I made gingerbread pumpkin pancakes for breakfast. Delicious! I used this recipe, but I also have a gluten-free version here on Sweet Success. I went a little overboard on the pure maple syrup.

After dishes, taking out the recycling and trash, straightening the house and meal planning, my mom called and asked if I wanted to come over and bake Christmas cookies. Yes! So, I spent the next few hours baking with my mom and niece.

We made buttercream frosting for sugar cookies, secret Snickers cookies (above) and peanut butter balls.

This is how I roll during baking projects.

Brynn made almond bark popcorn with M&M's. I'm pretty sure this is referred to as Christmas crack. Brynn had seen her mom make it a bunch of times, so she whipped it together.

My dad picked up Panera for us in the midst of our baking extravaganza. I had the turkey chili (so good!) and half of an apple, turkey and cheddar sandwich. They also gave us a chicken caesar salad we didn't order, so Brynn and I shared that.

We had a lot of fun, and it brought back lots of wonderful memories of baking Christmas cookies with my mom when I was a kid.

The BF got off work, and we did his Christmas shopping then picked up groceries at HyVee.

We relaxed and watched Bad Santa.

Then headed over to my parent's house for dinner. Brynn had made table place cards for all of us. Each had a personal message from her. So cute! My mom made her famous beige meal - homemade noodles, oven baked chicken, mashed potatoes and corn. 

Then we frosted the sugar cookies we made earlier, and played Disney Headbandz. 

It was a great ending to a great weekend. I'm definitely feeling the holiday spirit! 

What do you do to get into the holiday spirit?

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