Thursday, December 25, 2014

happy holidays!

wishing all of our friends and family a happy hanukkah, a merry christmas and a fabulous 2015!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014


i've been committed to my new workout program for a couple of months now.  although it is not as much weight loss as i had hoped for, but i am seeing a definite change in my body.  overall i am stronger and i can see muscle definition that wasn't there when we started.  it is not an overnight transformation, so when i get frustrated i have to remind myself to be patient and focus on all the positive changes that are taking place. 

in addition to my workouts, i am also focusing on eating well, getting enough rest and of course drinking plenty of water.  the food part has been hard lately with the holidays, but i have been doing my best to treat myself without indulging, and come the new year, my diet will be in full effect.

this is what my daily to do list looks like:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

what if...

i love and adore my husband's free spirit and his ability to live life in the present without worrying.  i tend to be more cautious and a people pleaser.  the other night he said something that made a big impact, it was something to the effect of "it's no fun to live a life always thinking about the "what if".

he told me i should journal my thoughts and feelings through out the day so that i can be more aware and also as a way to minimize stress, by understanding how i react.

my idea of "what if" is usually based out of worry, but i am going to start to turn my thinking around to think of it as all the possibilities and opportunities. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

albie update...

just over 4 years ago, i had surgery to remove a parotid tumor.  i have to have follow up with MRI's every few years and today i got the results back!  i am all clear!  i wasn't nervous, but it is always a relief to know you are in good health. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 hot chili peppers

an oldie but goodie, one of my favs and one i have been listening to a lot lately!

red hot chili peppers, "californiacation"

Monday, December 15, 2014


every adult should have something they are interested in.  hobbies are so important to have as an outlet in our fast paced, busy lives.  they allow us to be creative, learn and are just good for the mind, body and soul.  i couldn't agree more with this quote. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

cracker toffee...

my mom has been making this for the last few years and it is such a big hit!  it is a trisha yearwood recipe from the food network, and it is easy and delicious!!!!


saltine crackers (40 crackers)
2 sticks butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips

how to:

line a cookie sheet with tin foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray, and then line up your 40 saltine crackers so that they are touching on all sides (salt side down).

in a sauce pan put your 2 sticks of butter and sugar and cook until bubbly.  pour this mixture over your saltine crackers and put in 350 degree oven to bake for 3-5 minutes or until bubbly all over.  when you take your cookie sheet out, immediately sprinkle your chocolate chips over the hot mixture.  when the chocolate chips start to melt, take a knife and spread the chocolate so it covers all areas.

put in freezer for 20-30 minutes to allow to set up.  break into pieces and enjoy!

this makes a great holiday goodie!  you can put it in mason jars or festive plastic bags.  i have even heard of using matzo crackers instead of saltines.  i particularly love the sweet and salty combination, so the next time i make this, i will be sprinkling some sea salt on top of the chocolate for some extra saltiness.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

a little bite of vermont...

one of my favorite things to do when we visit vermont is to go to the cabot store.  it is gourmet cheese shop that has all of their cheeses out to sample, and vermont is known for their delicious white cheddar cheese!  they also have other gourmet food products, and my favorite purchase last time we visited was the "sweet heat" maple syrup (infused with habanero peppers).  maple syrup is another vermont staple!

i recently discovered that our local grocery stores carry a few of the cabot varieties in the specialty cheese case.  i picked up 2 great ones; horseradish and habanero (watch out, it's spicy!)

they tend to run a little expensive for a cheddar cheese (about $8 a block), but it is worth it.  although yesterday jarad discovered that trader joes carries their "seriously sharp white cheddar cheese" for around $4.

it is a treat for me, and i think it is a little bite of home for jarad.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

DIY holiday gift idea...

this year i am hoping to convince my family to do a secret santa gift exchange and scale back on gifts.  but i also have a few small gifts to hand out to some special people, and i wanted to go the home made route.  last year my cookies didn't come out so good, and one of the people in particular is very health conscious, so i came up with an idea that is a little more figure friendly.

we all know mason jars are a new trend that won't be going away any time soon, and if you are like me, you probably have a few laying around the house.  if not, you can buy a box of dozen for around $10-$12. they make a great container for sweets, baked goods, cookie mixes, bath salts and almost anything you can think of.  i put together one that is perfect for someone who is into fitness or a health nut.

my mason jar contains the following:

3 "kind bars"
2 "simple squares" an organic snack bar in coconut flavor
2 apple and coconut fruit bars from trader joes
2 packets of emergen-c
1 cliff shot block

the entire contents of the mason jar cost around $10 - $12, making this an inexpensive, cute and useful gift for an active person on the go.