Eggnog Redemption

I must have really did a number on my legs yesterday between weights and yoga. Even a full 70 minutes of cardio yesterday morning barely loosened them up.

Wait…70 minutes of…cardio? Yes. I intended to just do a 30 minute HIIT sesh followed by a little step mill. But just as I stepped onto the treadmill, Shawshank Redemption started. I’ve never seen this movie, but it was pronounced a must see classic at Thanksgiving dinner last week. The first 70 minutes were awesome. But then the cardio felt a wee bit excessive and I had to go.

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Now I’m on a mission to see the rest of this movie. Have you seen it? I’m tellin’ ya. The first 70 minutes are riveting! :)

Seventy minutes of cardio can also make a girl pretty hangry. After a couple errands, I came back to the house, and had to stop myself from doing a stand-at-the-fridge-eating-whatever-I-find-first shebang.

Instead, I bowled it up:

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Trees mixed greens

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then quinoa

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mixed with mashed sweet potato

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topped with roasted brussels sprouts and baby bella mushrooms.

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and black beans and pecans!

A weird combination? Sure. A delicious combination? You betcha!! :)

Have you found any creative ways to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers? Mixing mashed sweet potatoes with quinoa is up there on my list:)

Then it was time to get to another list – my to-do list.

I love making a few different batches of grains on Sundays to eat during the week. For this week, I went with quinoa for lunches and dinners (which I made a triple batch of when I made lunch) and steel cut oats for breakfast:

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Pack it up in Tupperware and I’m set for the week!

After some laundry, cleaning, and blog work, it was play time!! The husband and I played by watching the Bears beat the Eagles (yeah!!)

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Drinking some eggnog:

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I know I dogged eggnog in my last post, but this stuff was pretty darn good. I could still only have a little half glass, but eggnog redeemed itself in my book!

and then some Christmas sparkling wine…

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and decorated the tree!

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We’ve had some of these ornaments for four years now, and every year, it’s still a surprise to me as I unwrap the paper towel we stored them in the year before :)

The obligatory and celebratory hanging of the first ornament:

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The traditional owl ornaments (no idea WHERE this tradition came from…)

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And Clarabelle regulating the entire time:

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Yep – looks good! …good to paw at :D

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Ta-da!

It’s not a real tree – and I definitely miss the Fraiser Fur smell from my childhood, but this little guy does a pretty good job at replicating the smell:

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Fresh Christmas Trees!! ;)

[Christmas] Cheers!

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After dinner (which was provided by chef Amy and chef Tony – the pizza makers ;),) the husband and I headed to the basement to relax and watch a movie. He must have been listening when I mentioned I’d watched Shawshank Redemption at the gym and wanted to watch the rest, because he grabbed it for us to watch!

FYI – the whole movie is superb. I enjoyed all 142 minutes of it!

I also enjoyed a big slice of apple pie and some vanilla bean ice cream along with it

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Mmm :)

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Hope you guys enjoyed the end of your weekend! Here’s to a fresh start this week – let’s make it a good one :D

I’m off to spin (first time in my new spin shoes!!!) and then working at the gym.

Later taters!

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Comments

  1. What a fabulous day. I’ve never seen Shawshank. That mixed bowl sounds good to me. I love roasted brussels…..they make any meal amazing for me. Eggnog is SO good! Josh doesn’t like it though so I never buy it…because I know I”ll end up drinking the whole container myself haha. Have a good week

  2. I love that combo with the sprouts and beans, totally my style! And where did you get the christmas wine? So fun!

  3. I LOVE that movie! I hadn’t seen it until last year, the horror :) Your tree looks pretty! I would get one, but I think my pup would eat all the lower branches right off hah…

  4. Great movie!

    I can so relate to standing in front of the fridge, starving, and just grabbing whatever I can get my hands on! I can’t say I’ve ever ended up with a bowl of greens after that ;)

  5. Ohh I hope your new spin shoes worked out! I love it when a movie sucks me in while I’m at the gym- it makes the workout fly by!

  6. That is a great great great movie – you should definitely see the entire movie! I haven’t seen it in several years (it seems), but maybe it’s time to resurrect it! Love seeing all of the decorated trees in the blog world!

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