New Year, New Resolutions

Everyone knows the tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions. Those of us who are regular gym members are keenly aware of the large number of people who resolve to get healthy/ lose weight/ exercise more. January and February are the months that are always hard to find parking spots at the gym.

Last year, instead of making a list of resolutions, I made two lists. The first was a look back at what I was thankful for from the past year and the second a list of what I hoped to see in the new year.

This year, I think I’ll do something a little different.

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Leftover Mania

This week has been full of leftovers.

Our Christmas meal wasn’t what you would call traditional. We had tamales that we had made a few days beforehand, enchiladas, pinto beans, rice and salad.

This is what we’ve been eating for lunch everyday.

The good news is that by now we’ve finished half of our tamales. The rest of the tamales have been frozen so we can eat them later and not get burnt out on them.

The enchiladas are gone, too. In fact, the only thing left is a half a can on pinto beans.

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Dessert Fail for the Ages

It was the day before Christmas. I decided to bring a dessert for the family to share at the Christmas Eve celebration. I failed so hard.

Last Friday, my intern made me a batch of these amazing Magical Coconut Bars. I had been wanting to try the recipe and she beat me to it. So, following her inspiration, I went ahead and tried my hand at it.

Note: If you’re going to make this recipe (and you should because it’s SO YUM!), follow the directions and USE PARCHMENT PAPER!

What transpired was nothing short of a mess.

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Seriously, it’s a mess. The crust was left behind in the pan (see note above regarding parchment paper.) There was nothing “bar” shaped about this dessert. Now, don’t get me wrong, the flavor was amazing. I’m (not so secretly) eating some for breakfast right now.

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4th of July Eats and Adventures

Hope you all had a happy 4th yesterday. Mine was… interesting.

Since the day is usually celebrated with hot dogs and hamburgers, Tony and I had vegan chili dogs for our lunch!

Obviously it’s not the healthiest option, but who says the 4th of July has to be healthy all the time?

Tofurkey hotdogs, Amy’s black bean chili and Daiya pepperjack shreds. So yum! I made up for it today with a salad for lunch. I’ll also be heading back to the gym this afternoon. It’ll all work out.

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Trip Up the Coast

The fact that today is Saturday is bizarre to me. I feel like I just HAD a weekend. On Wednesday, Tony and I drove up to Pismo Beach to attend the wedding of some friends. Tony was in the wedding so he had to wear to a tux and I liked that.

My love and I

Props to me, by the way, for successfully straightening my naturally curly hair without a hair brush. These are the things you forget to pack at 5am before driving up the coast.

Speaking of the coast:

That is where the wedding ceremony was held. Such a GORGEOUS California evening.

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