A merry merry christmas

Hello everyone! Hope you had a fantastic Christmas (if ya celebrate). Matt and I celebrated Santa’s arrival by heading up to Petaluma, a little town north of San Francisco where both sets of parents live.

We woke up bright and early at 8 AM at Matt’s parents to open gifts. Santa generously gifted us with a beautiful Cuisinart juicer… which we’ve already used to make fresh orange juice, and my favorite, apple pear juice. This will be making frequent guest appearances on the blog in the next couple of weeks! Matt’s dad surprised Shirley, my mother in law, with a month long cruise to Tahiti and Fiji to kick off their retirement next year! Here she is after she opened up her gift – a mini cruise ship!

So cute!

After gifts at the Currans, we headed over to the Lofgrens to celebrate Christmas there, too. My dad made bacon egg cups – bacon cooked in a muffin pan, filled with a whole egg and baked with cheese on top. It was a protein-packed, heart attack of a breakfast – and an enjoyable one, at that. Here’s the recipe!

 After breakfast we opened gifts from the Lofgrens, and we scored all sorts of great things like a pair of calf-high boots, an adorable olive oil and vinegar cruet, underwear and cute sweaters. Everybody spoiled us – as they do every year – and despite the mountain of new stuff we got, I was reminded all day about the generosity and love that’s so abundant on both sides of our families. We are truly, truly lucky!

PRESENTS!

After gift opening was complete, we (the kids) saw the Muppets at the $3 theatre (WOCKA WOCKA!) and then we headed back to the Currans’ house for an amazing dinner of prime rib with Yorkshire pudding, creamed spinach, creamed corn and potato wedges. I made a pecan pie for dessert, and we also had some of my mom’s homemade fudge and kolacky, a Czech jam cookie. Matt’s dad is also quite the cook and I consider it a huge bonus that I married into such a food-loving family – now I’m surrounded by foodies on either side!

After dinner we headed back to the Lofgrens’ house where we had to play the annual game of Monopoly. The game started off slow for me, and I was bored within five minutes, assuming I’d be monopoly-less and broke after my second turn around the board. However… I scored $1200 from the free parking kitty, and before I knew it, I was rollin’ high – and claimed the official title of REIGNING MONOPOLY CHAMPION.

I woke up the next day with a raging stomach ache thanks to my celebratory feasting, and then it was back on the road to return to Los Angeles. I had a vacation day from work today but tomorrow it’s back to the grind. This was a wonderful Christmas holiday with both of our families, and now, with a few days left of work until the new year, I’m beginning to reflect on 2011 and think about small changes I can make in 2012. I hope you had a wonderful holiday, too – what was your favorite memory?

 

 

 

A Rumble in the Bronx

A rumble in the Bronx is not just a cheesetastic Jackie Chan movie – it’s also my friend Jason’s hilarious way of saying he’s got some issues in the belly area. All week I’ve also been suffering from a rumble in the Bronx – a sure effect of all the rich food I crammed in my mouth on my vacation. As someone who subsists on greek yogurt, fruit, tons of vegetables and very little meat, my week-long adventure into meat and potatoes land left me feeling a little green.

I didn’t overeat all week (Yay! That’s one benefit of being on the road – you eat 3 solid meals with no snacks), but what I DID eat was salty, greasy, and rich – three things that normally don’t make their way into my weekly eating habits. (Nobody said anything about the weekend, mind you. haha) I started with some cheddar cheese curds in Wisconsin… so fresh they squeak against your teeth!

Squeaky Cheese!

Then, I HAD to have an authentic vienna beef Chicago hot dog that was “dragged through the garden” (Chicagoans term for a hotdog with EVERYTHING, even fiery sport peppers).

Vienna Beef Hot Dog from Portillos

Then, (I had this three times), my ultimate Chicago favorite – a spicy Italian Beef sandwich draped with sweet peppers and nestled into a soft roll with melted cheddar cheese.

Where's the beef?

As you can see, none of these meals win the “A Skinny Person You Shall Be” award, but they all the win the “OMG delicious noms I never get to have” award! When you travel – do you experience adverse physical symptoms in response to what you eat? Or do you play it safe and stick with your usual eating routine?

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What’s in my fridge?

  • This is part of Kenlie’s “Friend Makin’  Monday” over at All The Weigh – I’m a day late, but it was such a fun post I couldn’t resist!
  • Crappy iPhone Image - My cluttered fridge.

  1. List a few common items that can always be found in your fridge.  Diet pepsi (currently trying to kick this habit… it’s my “dark passenger”), shredded mexican cheese, cucumbers, pickles, Kalamata olives (LOVE these in salads or pasta…) soy sauce, butter, “Better than Boullion” and “I can’t believe it’s not Butter”. (Did you know a few days ago I asked Matt to hand me the “I can not believe it’s not butter?” Missed that first apostrophe…. he had a good time making fun of me.)
  2. What kind of milk do you drink? 2% – I am not much of a milk drinker at all, but Matt can go through a gallon a week, so Costco is helpful for purchasing moo-juice as it’s priced pretty reasonably…
  3. Do you prefer fresh or frozen vegetables? Definitely fresh vegetables. I’m actually kind of a veggie snob (I blame it on living in California) and only use frozen veggies in soups or stews. Frozen peas, however, work in anything. PS I am so excited because tomorrow my first CSA box comes!!!!! Don’t know what that is? I’ll write about it on Thursday.
  4. What do you currently have to drink in the fridge? Water, milk,diet pepsi, diet cranberry juice, fresca, and LOTS of beer. Sadly, none of that yummy delicious beer is mine, it’s all hubby’s. (I don’t really drink beer – I’m more of a wino)
  5. How often do you clean out your refrigerator? Throwing out old stuff happens less often than it should. Actually cleaning out the fridge happens WAY less often than it should. Kind of embarrassing to admit but uh…. the top shelf is kind of sticky from an unfortunate soy sauce explosion…. I cleaned up a lot of it but there’s still stuff that’s spattered with soy sauce. I really SHOULD clean it out but… you know. (Another embarrassing story: My cousin is extremely type-A, and on her vacation when she was staying at my house, I came home from work to find her frantically scrubbing the inside of my refrigerator. It was one of those times when you’re simultaneously mortified and jazzed… mortified because I’m that slovenly that my cousin decides to clean my fridge ON HER VACATION, jazzed cuz I didn’t have to do it! (Let’s face it, it would probably be just as nasty today if she hadn’t done it!)

    My freezer is a little more boastful... smart ones, wheat bread, rolls, french fries. CARBSSSS!!

  6. What’s the healthiest thing in it right now? Probably the big container of salad made from organic romaine, olives, tomatoes and cukes, and then the bag of cherries.
  7. What’s the most unhealthy thing in it right now? Cheese curds from Wisconsin (a gift from my aunt), beer, butter.
  8. What do you wish you had in it that you don’t have now?I have been DYING for rocky road ice cream. Craving it for several days. It’s probably time to give in because my nutritionist said if you are craving something for more than three days, you need to just do it. Maybe tomorrow.
  9. How often do you shop for groceries? I will usually do a “big” trip every two weeks to stock up, but getting veggies and random things happens about once a week. We have a wonderful chain of stores called the “99c only” store and they are amazing – I get lots of organic produce there for dirt cheap, and it’s right around the corner. I’m hoping our CSA box will help me cut down on the little random trips.
  10. What’s the weirdest thing in your fridge right now? A Kinder Sorpresa egg from Mexico! I bought this for Matt at the airport in Cabo San Lucas back in May – guess he hasn’t wanted to eat it yet! These german chocolate eggs have little toys inside. (PS see that brown schmutz on it? Yeah, see aforementioned soy sauce incident.)

Surprise! Milk Chocolate Egg