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My Mind is a Series of Bunny Trails

I have come to realize lately that my mind goes in so many directions all at once. I am constantly thinking about the work I need to do, and the laundry, the dishes, blogging, being active, making sure I get my dogs out on a run/hike, the book I’m reading, the TV show I want to catch up on. I can’t help it! I have so many things I want to do and am doing. I enjoy thinking about most of them, maybe not the laundry but oh well.

I am loving the Christmas season. I have put out my Christmas towels in the kitchen as well as the pot holders. We are getting our tree on Sunday and decorating it! 🙂 I love this time of year!

But I am also thinking about the New Year. I made goals for 2014 and have kept them relatively well. 2015 is a whole new year though! I will talk more about those later. I don’t want to get all of us thinking about goals already! We need to enjoy the Christmas season before it passes by us completely!

All I can say about goals now is, I am so excited about what 2015 will bring! I have plans and prospects that look great and promising! I am excited to see where life will take us!

Enjoy the season!

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It’s December!

It’s one of my favorite months of the year! I love December! It has Christmas! It has my parents anniversary! It has my grandma’s birthday! Snow! Cookies! Christmas trees! Love! Family! I love love love it!

I have already started the month by doing something that I absolutely love! Ski! We had a wonderful day at Loveland Basin yesterday. What a better way to kick off the Christmas season?!

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Why would you not want to ski there?! I mean for real?!

Anyway, I’m off. Today has been an unbelievably long day.

Night!

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It’s the End of November?!

Where did the month of November go?! The past couple of weeks have seriously just been so busy! With family in town, working, and Thanksgiving and working Black Friday, I feel like I am just now settling down for a little rest today and tomorrow. The month of December is going to be super busy for me but I will do my best to continue writing as well as just enjoying the Christmas season! It is one of my favorites after all! I am resolved to really just enjoy this season and not get overwhelmed and grumpy because of working in retail. Life really is too short for that!

I want to really celebrate the season! I want to do the cheesy things that people do around the holidays! I love tradition around Christmas and I love having those special moments! Its great! As I am sitting here, I am definitely enjoying some Christmas tea and some Christmas music. I am so ready to really celebrate the season.

So, keep an eye out through December, I have some Christmas DIY I want to do as well as some recipes I want to try!

So long November! Hello December!

See ya!

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November 17(belated): What I Love About Winter

Winter is honestly one of my favorite seasons! Growing up as a California girl, I never thought I would say that. I am still a beach bum at heart but I love winter! I really really do! There are so many things to love!

~ Snow! How can you not like snow?! I mean if you don’t ski or like to be outside I can see why you don’t like snow. I am not one of those people. I love to ski and play outside with my huskies in the snow! I love hiking in the snow. (Not ice) It is so beautiful and light and fluffy! It makes everything look so magical! I cannot get enough of it. I was ready for snow in July. I am such a weirdo.

~ The smells. Wintertime brings with it all the Christmas smells. Cinnamon, pine, frosting, firewood, wool, snow. All of them are such great smells! Wintertime is baking season in our house. TJ bakes more bread and more cookies. I bake pastries and occasionally another dessert. I tend to leave the baking to him! 😛 The smells are just so comforting!

~ Christmas! I am obsessed with Christmas! I love it a lot. I have been desperately trying to behave and not put out Christmas decorations too early or listen to Christmas music too early. It has been so hard! I love them so much! I love putting up a Christmas tree! The songs, the movies, the presents. I love giving gifts! Remembering the real reason for the season! Its all wonderful!

This year I am aiming to not be so stressed out during the holiday season. I am still in retail and that will make it difficult but I am aiming to end the year as stress free as possible!

Enjoy this season! Don’t stress about it!

See ya!

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November 9: Things I AM Looking Forward To

Alrighty, so I can’t stay negative for too long. It is just not possible for me. Lol! So, since I shared what I am not looking forward to about the holidays, I must share what I am looking forward to about the holidays! Which not going to lie, it is hard to really narrow it down when I love just about everything about the holidays!!!

~ I love the smells! The Christmas tree smells, the cinnamon smells, the baking smells, the smell you get right before it snows, the smell of bonfires or fireplace fires. I love them! So much!

~ The lights! I love Christmas lights! Most of the time I try to figure out how I can keep them around year round! They are so twinkly and amazing!

~ The Christmas tree! TJ has tried to persuade me to get a fake tree since we got married. No sir! I love the smells of the Christmas tree! I love picking it out! I love decorating it! I love taking it down! I can’t help it!

~ Christmas music! I have behaved this year and haven’t really listened to any yet. This alone is impressive! I can’t wait for Christmas music to start playing! It is so wonderful and so magical.

This whole season is so magical! You will see a stupid grin plastered on my face the whole month of December. Lol!

Do you love or loath Christmas? What is your favorite or least favorite part?

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November 8: Things I Am Not Looking Forward To

November is usually a month where people are saying what they are thankful for. I am thankful for so much, don’t get me wrong. But the holidays also bring things that I am just not looking forward to. Especially working in retail… You know what I’m saying?

Here we go…

~ Christmas shoppers who are grumpy because they have been out all day with family and it has not been a pleasant experience. Spread some joy and love! Also, don’t do all of your Christmas shopping on one day! Spread it out!

~ The long hours working retail during the holidays. Oh man, it is exhausting. I am a girl who absolutely loves Christmas. I am seriously a young child every year around this time. Everything fascinates me, the colors, the lights, the smells, I love it! Working retail can really take that out of you.

~ Driving in the snow. I will admit, I have gotten better but I am still not great. It still scares the living daylights out of me. When you start sliding… oh man there goes my blood pressure just thinking about it.

~ Denver drivers in the snow. With the amount of transplants that Denver has, not everyone has come from a state where they had to drive in the snow. They just do not know how to do so half the time. Scares me and drives me crazy!

~ Not being close to family for the holidays. I am such a sap. I love having family close by for the holidays. I love waking up to the smell of waffles, cinnamon gravy and bacon. (And coffee of course) I love coming into the living room and sharing presents with everyone. It always makes me so sad to not be close to family. It is just so dang hard to get time of for Christmas or Thanksgiving when you work retail.

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December 4: Joyous

So, I was wracking my brain on the way home from work today, trying to figure out what in the world to take a picture to demonstrate joyous. I mean don’t get me wrong, I am super excited about all the snow we are getting. And that is something to be joyous about. The season itself is something to be joyous about. It is a celebration of the birth of Christ! But I really was just drawing a blank on how to photograph joyous.

I then got home and we are dog sitting another husky right now, so that means two huskies in the house. They needed to go potty right away. They did their business right away and then started going crazy in the snow. Huskies love snow, I have come to find out. Like really love snow! As I am watching them bolting around the yard, I realize what demonstrates joyous better than two huskies and their love for snow?!?!! So, I ran inside and grabbed my camera. I think I got a few decent shots!

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You can just see the half crazed looks in their eyes. LOL!

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Snow makes huskies super playful! 🙂
After got a little worn down, they stopped long enough for me to grab a couple of glamour shots. 😛

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I love my beautiful boy! His eyes get me every time!

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Halo got in the way a little bit on this one, but I just love it anyway.

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Halo is awesome! He has one blue eye and one brown eye and apparently loves to eat snow! Lol!

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Red!

December 3rd, in my photo challenge brings the color red! I have to say, one of my favorite colors to wear is red. I absolutely love it. TJ can tell you, I wear my red sweater pretty frequently. lol. I wore it today, hoping to get a picture but that did not end up happening. Oh well, at least last night I thought ahead to take a picture of the massive amount of red that was all over my living room floor. The suspense is killing you, I know it is!

Our friend Alexi had a huge box of vinyl that he wasn’t using. We happened to be looking for some vinyl for various projects so this was the perfect opportunity for both of us! We did not know what colors were all there and so we unrolled it all and found tons of colors. Mostly white, but a ton of red too! Like a ton of red. TJ was super giddy to play with some vinyl.

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As you can see, lots and lots of red vinyl! Should be fun!

Hope you’re enjoying this holiday season!

P.S. We are about to get a pretty good amount of snow! Pictures hopefully tomorrow!

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December!

It is the month of December!!!! This means Christmas is so close! I am so excited! This is my favorite month of the year! The Christmas season is always my favorite. The lights, the food, the snow, the reason for the season! I love all of it. 🙂

There is one downside, I work retail and honestly the Christmas season is definitely a madhouse. It makes the season go by way too quickly. Well, this December I have decided to embrace the holidays fully! I have found this challenge on pinterest sometime either this year or last year, I can’t remember but I think it will help me take a step back each day and enjoy the little things each day!

 

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Feel free to join along! I realize I am on day two but that just means I have to share the first two with you now!

So, here is my view today:

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We are watching a friend’s husky for a while. His name is Halo. He is 9 years old and completely a sweet heart. Faelyn and Halo get along great! TJ also got a whitewater kayak yesterday and has been so excited about it that it hasn’t left the house to be stored in the garage yet. Lol.

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This is my favorite holiday as well as probably my all time favorite movie. I am such a sap, I’m aware lol. So, when I saw that I needed to take a picture of it, I decided it needed to be watched too. Lol. So TJ sat through it with me this morning. Definitely helps get me in the holiday spirit!

Keep checking back to see more of me getting into the holiday spirit!

Hope you guys are ready for Christmas!

See ya!

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Recipe: Baked Crab Rangoon

I tried a new pinterest recipe! I know its been a bit but work has gotten super busy and I just forget to write! But here I am!

For Christmas dinner, I was talking with a friend and we were thinking of doing an Asian inspired dinner. It ended up being a hodge podge of food but it was all delicious. Anyway, I ended up making baked Crab Rangoon with my own little twist.

So, here is the link for the original recipe.

However, grocery shopping on Christmas day tends to mean that you do not have a lot of options. So, I had to make a few adjustments.
I took the imitation crab meat, and chopped it up.

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Then instead of getting cream cheese and an onion, I just used chive/onion cream cheese.
It worked out great!

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Mixed it all together and sprinkled it with a little garlic salt.
I left out the worcestershire sauce because I didn’t have any and forgot to get some at the store.

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So, I forgot to take pictures the first time I made them but they were so delicious that I made them again and made them much prettier!
However, there is another little twist in how I made them. I used crescent rolls instead of wonton wrappers because I seriously could not find them on Christmas day! They turned out amazing!

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Here they are, all nice and baked! How delicious do they look?!?!

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I highly recommend making them! They turned out great!

Enjoy!

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