I am continuing the 25 Days of Blogging Christmas today and this is the end of it since Tuesday is Christmas! I hope everyone has a very
13. Favorite Christmas Book:
I don’t know 😦 I don’t really read a lot of books to begin with, which I know I should do more of!
14. Real or Artificial Tree:
Well, we have an artificial but half of the lights on it are burnt out, so this might be its last year. I really want to get a real tree next year but my husband said that’s how people’s houses burn down! I disagree. I love the smell of a fresh, real tree!
15. The best gift you have given:
Probably Bengals tickets. I got these for my husband for a wedding gift. He absolutely loved it and wasnt expecting it at all!
16. Hardest Person to buy for:
My father in law! He has everything! I never know what to buy him.
17. Post a picture of an Old Christmas card:
I can’t find one. But If I made one from this year, we could probably use this one!
18. When do you open gifts:
We open gifts with my immediate family on Christmas Eve and with my husband’s family on Christmas Day.
19. Favorite Stocking Stuffer:
I like to get my step son stocking stuffers. I always find so many cute little things. I like to get gum, mints, small things like nail polish, cute socks, and anything fitness related (maybe my husband will be reading this)
20. Favorite Christmas meal
I love honey baked ham, or turkey! I feel like we only eat this around the holidays, but I love it!
21. Do you travel on the holiday?
Usually we don’t travel that far, 20-30 minutes at most. This year we are traveling about 3 hours south to see Eric’s grandparents.
22. Egg Nog or hot chocolate?
Definitely hot chocolate. I think egg nog tastes like bubble gum. Not a fan!
23. Your plans for Christmas 2012
This year we are traveling some, down to Ky to see Eric’s grandparents, but coming back the same day. We always spend one day at my parents and the other day at Eric’s parents. I actually work on the morning of Christmas Eve 😦 But I hopefully won’t be there long.
24. Favorite Christmas Eve tradition
We always go to my parents on Christmas Eve and go to the Christmas Eve service at church. It’s a lot of fun. Then we go back and eat dinner and open gifts and this year we have ALEC, I am so excited.
And the Winner of the Mad Hectic Oatmeal Giveaway is:
I love oatmeal! Great start to any day leaving me full and satisfied for hours Loving just the basic old fashioned oatmeal with milk, cinnamon and sweetener. Would love to try something new
Jennifer please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and tell me what three flavors of oatmeal you would like to try!
Saturday was a very no plans Saturday which I love. I got up and played with the crazy dogs for a bit and took my time. For breakfast on I wanted pancakes so I tried a new recipe.
Pumpkin Oat Pancake:
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- 1/4 cup pumpkin
- 1/4 cup oats
- cinnamon to taste
- 1 packet stevia
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp almond milk
- water to make it the consistency you want
- Nut Butter
- Chopped pecans
- Or any other topping you like!
This made one huge pancake!
PS. I am not a certified trainer, I just like to work out. I have worked out with trainers and athletes before so I know the correct way to do the exercises. If you need more help you can ask a certified trainer 🙂
I tried to switch it up a little today and super set every exercise to keep my heart rate up. Indeed it worked!
Assisted Pull ups 3 sets of 10 – Super set with 10 push ups
Shoulder raises -( front and lateral) 3 sets of 8 – super set with standing oblique crunches with 25 lb plate- 15 each side
Standing Rows with cable machine – super set with crunches on the ball 3 sets of 20
(Standing vs sitting helps your body maintain stability and uses your core)
Seated shoulder press
Pull Downs – super set with shoulder shrugs with dumbbells
Upright rows with straight bar – super set with Reverse Grip Bent over rows
Deadlifts with EZ Bar
Medicine Ball Leg Raises (I alternated legs) I did 15 with 8 lb ball
Elbow Planks – Hold 30-45 seconds
Repeat for 3 Rounds!
And 15 minutes on Elliptical.
When I got home I had a few bites of Greek yogurt while I made lunch.
I’ve been craving sweet potato wedges. I also had a turkey burger with a fried egg and avocado.
I put the sweet potato wedges into a zip-lock bag with 1 tbsp olive oil, cinnamon and paprika. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Serve with Ketchup!
For the “24 Days of Togetherness” we picked “Buy each other a small gift”. We decided that we should spend
around 5 dollars. Monsters are so bad for you but Eric loves them!
Of course he gets me candy!!
Last night we ate dinner downtown near Fountain Square with some awesome friends!
I had a house salad with blue cheese crumbles and walnuts before my meal. My main meal was the cashew crusted talapia with butternut squash orzo with green beans. The fish was a little dry but it was still good. I should have gotten the stuffed salmon that my husband ate. That was amazing! Jenny and I also crushed a bottle of wine. Yum.
Whoever took our picture wasn’t very good because I can’t get this picture to not be blurry!! But it’s still a good picture.
Back at Micah and Jenny’s house we watched “Elf” and played our own adult version of the game Headbanz. We used our own headbands and wrote on a deck of cards! It was the funnest time that I have had in a long time. I was laughing so hard I was crying!
We also split a HUGE piece of carrot care that we took to go from dinner. Carrot cake is my favorite and this cake was awesome. I think I ate the most out of anyone!!
It even had caramel sauce. Delicious!