Merry (after) Christmas!

I spent the morning of  Christmas Eve prepping food, and teaching  at Y2 Yoga in the afternoon to a group of amazing yogis.


These mini caprese salads were a hit at the party!


My husband (who doesn’t like fish) loved these!  Just a sliced cucumber with veggie cream cheese, topped with smoked salmon.

I was asked by my pastor to be a lay reader for the Christmas Eve church service.  All went well, except when the lights went out.  We each lit a candle and I was walking to light the candles in the congregation… I tripped in the center of the church.  I popped up quickly and laughed it off, but obviously people saw me.  I forgot my mike was still on, so when I pretended to fall into a man and died laughing, everyone heard.    It is awesome to be so human.


All the cousins together on Christmas Eve!


My big gift was this food processor!  I am excited to make some new recipes–There are so many I have been dying to try.


Toby and his giant candy cane.  He is actually scared of this thing!  He refuses to eat it, and runs away if I try to set it near him.   If you have a dog that loves rawhides, please let me know!  It is all yours.

After the morning of craziness with the kids and Toby, my husband and I got a chance to sneak away to hot yoga.  I love practicing with my hubby.

We ended up outside enjoying the amazing weather with a long walk around the neighborhood with Toby and the kids and my niece.  After 4 days of cold and rain, I really enjoyed the sun and warm weather.  That was the ultimate Christmas present!

We just got back from the movies…Go see Annie.  It is fabulous!

I love how we have some of the same traditions year after year, and create new ones too.

Now, for New Year’s Eve planning.  I think we are going to lay low and grill some giant steaks.

What are your plans?

December Project 12 Update 3

IMG_9431Giving non perishable food to Loaves and Fishes was not on our original list of ideas for this month.  But, the opportunity came up through my kids’ school, and so we jumped at the idea.


The kids each packed a big bag of food to take to school for the donation.  Maybe someone will donate some pants that are not high waters for my son.  (I pick my battles.)


The Coinstar charity trip was pretty easy.  Our piggybank was not quite as full as the last time I took it, but it still came to over $40.  I chose to donate to Autism Speaks.

Other random things…we have been putting in a dollar everytime we go into the store and the Salvation Army bucket is there.  EVERYTIME.  I go to the grocery store several times a week, so even the bell ringer knows me as, “The dollar lady.”  I felt a little cheap at first, but if you knew how many times I forget items, and how many times I have to go back for stuff…a dollar adds up.


Still tipping big at the nail salon.    So much that they basically fight over who gets to trim my cuticles.  This festive red color is OPI’s Big Apple Red, and I love it!

My husband and I also sprung bigger than usual for teacher gifts this year.  Teachers are hard working, and so underpaid it is ridiculous.  I know teachers spend more time with my children on a daily basis than I do.  They deserve a really awesome gift.


All this giving and gratitude is rubbing off party people.  My daughter was home from school sick on Friday.  This was on our front porch…the note mentioned project 12 and random acts of kindness.

I cannot begin to imagine if the whole world behaved this way.  Let’s keep this up.  <3

Broiled Avocado

I am home with a sick little one today, so my plans to meet my husband for lunch had to be put on the back burner.  I’m sad to postpone our date that we planned over a month ago, but secretly happy because I’ve been dreaming about this lunch for a couple days now.    This was so easy to make, and since I have 3 more avocados, and lots of leftover salsa chicken, I get to have it again this weekend.


Here is what you need:  an avocado, leftover Salsa Chicken, and some shredded cheese.


Set the oven to broil.  Slice one avocado, and scoop out the pit.  (Then, scoop out some of the flesh and eat it.  You got to make sure it’s ripe!)  Warm up the leftover chicken and fill the holes in the avocado.


Sprinkle with cheese.


Broil on high for about 5 minutes.



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