Scrabble Saturday

I slept in on Saturday! 8:30 instead of 7:30, going crazy over here! I made myself eggs and toast for breakfast and topped them with salsa. I underestimated how spicy the salsa was though. Hot hot hot!

When my parents seized a break in the rain as an opportunity to take my dog on a walk, I decided to do some playing in the kitchen. I’ve made these cookies before and I love them to pieces!

IMG_36151 cup rolled oats + 2 ripe bananas + a heavy sprinkle of cinnamon + 1.5 minutes in the microwave = heaven! The bananas get soooo sweet when you cook them, they really taste like cookies. At fifty calories a pop, they’re hardly a guilty pleasure, and all the ingredients have  been shown to help burn stomach fat. A cookie that will make my tummy flatter? Sign me UP!

Two cookies wasn’t exactly enough lunch, so I continued my sweet streak with Chobani Greek Yogurt topped with Honey Bunches of Oats. Mmmm.

IMG_3618We finally went and saw the new Iron Man yesterday!

IMG_3621loved it! Robert Downy Jr. is just incredible, you can’t not watch him. And Gwyneth Paltrow’s abs?!? What the what?!?

When we came home, I had the brilliant idea to pull out some board games! Gosh, I”m just such a genius.

IMG_3627After coming in at last place in our first game of scrabble, we made some popcorn in our whirly pop and then played another game. Which I also got the lowest score in. Guess I’m not such a genius after all! 😉

IMG_3623I sipped on an iced “latte” while we played. If you take coffee and pour it over ice and then add a couple inches of vanilla almond milk, it really tastes like an iced vanilla latte from starbucks! Plus it’s healthy. I loooove them.

IMG_3620Dinner was a small portion of our leftover Pea and Bacon pasta with a side caesar salad. I went to bed happy after a lovely day!

Also, the swelling on my stomach is down significantly! It’s nice to know I didn’t spontaneously gain 47 pounds or swallow a watermelon in my sleep. On the mend!

Have you seen Iron Man 3? What are your plans for your extra weekend day? 


Christmas Cookies

Last night’s party was the perfect way to kick off the next two spirit filled days. Michael and Geannine Purpura are the warmest and most generous people in the world and they purchased 200 dozen cookies to be delivered to the nursing homes around town on Christmas Eve. I got ready and headed in to my house to join my family and attend the party.


IMG_1060There were SO many cookies!!



And great friends.








IMG_1068Rambunctious kids ran everywhere. We eventually joined their game and the youngest made a huge pile for us. He kept telling us to, “GO TO SLEEEEP” before we turned into kittens and he saved us from a giant spider. What a stand-up guy.





IMG_1085My abs burned from laughing so hard and I went to sleep in a fantastic mood. Merry Christmas Eve!!!!



Break festivities

I have a lot of catching up to do! Sorry about the lame blog post yesterday. I’ll make up for it I promise 😀

On Thursday evening I went to the CMR boys’ basketball game to watch my old team perform during halftime. Christina, Kayla, Hannah, Danielle, and I were all on the team together all four years so it was fun and odd to be there as spectators!



photo-12After the game we all went out to the house I’m staying at and visited for a couple hours. It’s always so nice to get caught up! Being able to see these ladies more was an unexpected upside to coming home from school.

photo-14On Friday evening I went to my friend Danielle’s Christmas party and then joined my parents and sister at a different one about an hour later. It is so fun to visit with everyone and get in the Holiday spirit! Halley and I left the party pretty early on to go home and relax because we were both sleepy. Saturday was another relaxing day spend lounging around and we finished it off with a fantastic meal.

photo-15Succulent steaks, mushrooms sautéed in garlic and olive oil, green beans, and my mom’s famous garlic mashed potatoes. It felt like such a special occasion! We almost never eat steaks at my house so I felt like I was in a restaurant rather than my dining room.

Today we are heading to our good friends’ house for our annual cookie assembly party! Each year they buy hundreds of cookies that we assemble into baggies and deliver to nursing  homes around town on Christmas Eve. It’s become one of my favorite Christmas traditions and I can’t wait.

What is your favorite Christmas tradition? What puts you in the Holiday spirit?