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The Boxer

Happy Boxing Day! I hope that your Christmas Day was loooooovely, restful, peaceful, and snuggly – the way that Christmas Day should be! 😊 Tell me all about it! 😊

Our Christmas Day was nice – the morning began early with presents and breakfast; after all of that excitement was over, we kicked back and did nothing for a few hours, until it was time to start prepping dinner. As I mentioned a few days ago, we were switching up the menu this year and making a Low Country Seafood Boil – it was DELISH! 😊 Such a great, different, fun idea – loved it! I will definitely give this one a whirl again some time! 😊

After dinner, I again engaged in doing nothing but listening to the TV and reading. It was awesome! I went to bed early – and I got up early this morning as it was back to work for me! Short holiday this year…such a difference from my years of working in schools! The good news is that I took advantage of the early alarm to run by the Lush store and partake in their annual Boxing Day sale – woohoo! Im SUCH a Lush lover…it’s ridiculous. I’ve loved them, their products, their business model/look/ethos for 20+ years….I wish I could go to work for them. I would be the greatest ambassador of their products – I LOVE them. Yaa!

I’m hoping for an easy day at work today, and a quick day tomorrow….then weekend! Yaa! Hope you had a beautiful Christmas, and that you’re enjoying your holiday time, however you’re spending it. Hugs and love!

Xxx

PS: I didn’t take one picture over Christmas – I didn’t make a conscious decision to do that, I just put the phone down and left it alone, preferring instead to enjoy the moment. It was a nice couple of days. 🎄

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas! 🎄 I’ll be back with limited content later this week, and back to my full posting schedule in the new year. Thank you for your tremendous support, encouraging comments, and all-around kindness since kicking off this new venture this month – I’m humbled. Thank you. ♥️ Happy Christmas to you and yours….hope Santa’s good to you, you deserve it! 🎄

Ho ho ho!

Xxx

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Biscuits

I’ve been writing about doing things to feed your soul lately…today I wanted to share about feeding your soul through your tummy! Here’s some recipes that I’m planning to make this week – we aren’t having a traditional Christmas dinner, as we had Canadian Thanksgiving, American Thanksgiving recently…we are turkeyed out (and I gave up eating meat four months ago!). I’m going to contribute some dishes for our appetizer feast with my family on Christmas Eve, and then on Christmas Day we will have a breakfast casserole thing in the morning, and we’ve planned a seafood boil for dinner that day – totally switching it up!!! Here’s some recipes I’m planning to try out this week (including my all-time favorite dip that I’ve been LOVING since I was a tiny kid):

Shrimp Dip

  • 1/2 cup chili sauce I used Heinz
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, slightly softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated onion use your cheese grater
  • 1 teaspoon creamed horseradish
  • 1 dash or two of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 dash or two, or three of Tabasco Sauce
  • 1/2 pound cooked salad shrimp or shrimp meat can sub small can shrimp, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  1. Use an electric mixer to blend the chili sauce into the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until very smooth. Add all of the remaining ingredients, except the shrimp, and blend until well combined.
  2. Use a spoon to fold in the shrimp and chives, reserving a couple of tablespoons of shrimp for garnish. Cover and chill for at least an hour or two prior to serving.
  3. Pile the reserved shrimp in the center of the dip and serve with Ritz Crackers and celery sticks (or ripple chips…or a spoon, to be honest).

Country Shrimp Boil

  • 1 tablespoon crab boil seasoning (old bay) plus extra for sprinkling
  • 12 baby red potatoes or any small potatoes
  • 6 ears of fresh corn, cut in half
  • 12 ounce bottle beer
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 (one pound) packages smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound large raw shrimp, fresh or frozen
  1. In a stockpot, add the seasoning, potatoes, corn, beer, onion and sausage.
  2. Cover with water.
  3. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer 30 minutes.
  4. Add shrimp and cook about 3 minutes or until the shrimp turns pink.
  5. Drain the liquid into the sink and serve boil.
  6. Sprinkle with extra crab boil seasoning.

Low Carb Breakfast Casserole

  • 1 pound vegetarian sausage
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups grated cheddar
  • 1/2 sweet onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 tablespoon Frank’s red hot
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  1. Brown the vegetarian sausage in a large skillet, crumbling as it cooks. Drain grease and set aside.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  3. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and add the milk. Whisk together until well combined.
  4. Stir in the sausage, bacon, cheddar, onion, pepper, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes or until eggs are set and edges are golden brown.
  6. Let cool 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Some years we go way over the top and make tons of dishes, traditional food, etc…this is not one of those years. I’m working most of the holiday time, so I’ve not got a ton of spare time to get things together, and I’m on a bit of a quest to simplify things in my life at the moment anyway, so….keepin’ it simple this year. Hopefully it will still be lovely and all will be nice – maybe I will be starting a new tradition! 🎄

What traditions do you celebrate during the holidays?

Xxx

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Blue Christmas

I’ve been really struggling with Christmas this year – I’m running dangerously low on holiday spirit. I’ve gone outside and sang Christmas songs loudly for all to hear – but that didn’t work nearly as well for me as it did in the movie “Elf”….I’m waiting to hear that there’s been a noise complaint. We didn’t put up our tree as early this year as usually due to some renovations that we had going on (the new floors are bad ass, so it was worth it), which likely hasn’t helped with my ho ho ho this year, either. Come to think of it, I’ve struggled with Christmas spirit since I moved to Texas – the lack of snow and cold weather makes it a bit tricky for me, which is something I never thought I would be bothered by! It gets hard to feel festive when you’re wearing flip-flops, I guess….

It’s more than just the weather, though – I think I’m feeling worn down by all the expectations that come with the holiday season. We are expected to hand write Christmas cards, expected to have gifts and treats for every person we meet, expected to attend every function, expected to wear an entire month’s worth of holiday sweaters and bake homemade cookies for all of the parties (and for Santa)…all of it. It’s exhausting. As each year goes by, I find myself doing less and less – and then I feel guilty, as if I’m a shit friend because I don’t hand write cards to people, and a shit parent because I don’t bake ten types of cookies to give the kid choices when she snacks. I need to do better with some of these things, but I just can’t seem to keep up with it all…and most of the time, to be honest, I don’t want to. 

Just because I don’t send handwritten cards, doesn’t mean I don’t love my friends. They know I love them (I hope)! And just because I buy cupcakes and cookies for the parties at the kid’s school doesn’t mean I don’t love her – it just means that I’m busy AF and don’t have time to spend four hours getting baking done (and, let’s be real here: my baking will NEVER taste as good as store bought. EVER.). I think it should be okay to take shortcuts and make your life easier whenever possible – there’s no need to go over the top and throw a Martha Stewart Christmas UNLESS YOU WANT TO. We really need to cut down on doing things because we think we should – ‘should’ can be such a shitty word, and I think we ought to look at removing it from our vocabulary. Seriously. It rarely makes anyone feel good.

Clearly I am not alone with these ‘holiday blues’ I seem to be having – the New York Times published an article entitled “Yes, It’s OK to be Sad During the Holidays” in November, and it’s like they peeked into my soul to get this one written: “Feeling like a sad sack of coal during the holidays is far from unusual. Between the crowds, dwindling bank accounts and tundralike weather (not to mention the short window of sunlight), it’s a wonder any of us can keep it together.” I feel seen, for realz. The article goes on to offer some great tips on managing the holidays – I hope you will check it out.

Do you ever feel blah at the holidays or are you all Buddy the Elf all the time? If so, tell me your secret! 😉

xxx

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/smarter-living/yes-its-ok-to-be-sad-during-the-holidays.html

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Winter Wonderland

Robbie Williams has always been one of my very favorite artists – if you watch this DVD recording to the end (last song ‘Angels’ – I swoon), you will see my 28 year old smiling face beside the stage pretty much wetting myself from sheer excitement as he leans towards us. I had won tickets to the taping of this show, met Angelina Jolie in the loo (she was filming Tomb Raider at the same studio), charmed the security men to let us near the front of the line, and managed to work my way through the throngs of people to the very front of the stage – note: when I want something, I generally find a way to make it happen. Yaa me! Anyway – this show was recorded on October 31, 2002…so my interest in Robbie goes WAY back! Good news – he recently released a Christmas album, and it’s bloody brilliant! Love it! Here’s a link to hear the whole thing on YouTube: https://youtu.be/oZ3DiO249rg It’s lovely, festive, and Robbie’s cheeky voice will undoubtedly make you smile. 😊Enjoy! Ho ho ho!

Xxx

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Material Girl

Christmas is in just over two weeks, and I don’t know about you, friends, but I am NOWHERE near ready – not even close! The tree is up, the Elves on the Shelf are moving around the house daily and getting into mischief (there’s three of those little assholes in my house this year – I’m a sucker who will do anything to please the kid….), some presents are bought (and sitting in boxes in my closet) – nothing is wrapped, I’ve no idea where I am with the shopping and if I’m nearly done (I doubt I am)…nada. I’m not sure why, but it is taking me AGES to get my HoHo on this year – and I’m normally not like this. A regular year will find me up at midnight on October 31st, celebrating the end of Halloween by watching a Christmas movie, beginning to decorate the house, and dancing to Jingle Bells in my head. So. Something is definitely not right this year!

In the spirit of trying to fix my lack of Christmas spirit, my priority for the week is to finish up the Christmas shopping – woot! woot! Here are a few ideas to help you as you navigate the malls/online shopping for yourself:

The Five Minute Journal – This journal looks AWESOME! I want one! It’s structured to help you boost your happiness in just 5 minutes a day using the following: gratitude, prioritizing your day, 3 amazing things (SO GOOD!!!), inspiring quotes, daily affirmations, and an end of day reflection. Sounds fun, eh? 😊 I’m in!! 😊

Mindfulness Cards – with over 50 prompts and exercises for your mind and body, prioritizing yourself and your well-being will be no problem with these! Awesome!!

The Panda Planner – I have had Panda Planners before, and I LOVE them! I want to get one of these to start the new year off right! The layout of the Panda Planner is easy, has space for everything you could possibly want, and helps to empower you to get a grip on your life. Check these out – I promise you won’t be disappointed! 😊

Steven Singer Dog Necklace – I LOVE this necklace – this image is the necklace in rose gold, but it also comes in yellow gold, black, and silver, too. It’s an origami dog, and I think it’s PERFECT for the dog lover in your life! (yes, they have cats, too!)

Send me what you’re loving for Christmas this year, and I will share with everyone! Can’t wait to see your great ideas! 😊

Finally, before I go….nothing gets me in the Christmas spirit like these two classic Saturday Night Live holiday sketches – ENJOY! 😊 Ho ho ho!

A Christmas Miracle

Schweddy Balls

Xxx