oh the weather outside is frightful…

What a dreary, rainy day we had. Yuck. I made the best of it with a fabulous Vinyasa Yoga class, a little baking, some Christmas decorating and an awesome turkey noodle soup made by my dear hubby. All in all, it was a great way to end a lovely four day weekend.

Breakfast: A cookie! (I know, slap my hand!!!) along with a banana and almond butter.


I had a quick snack before yoga because I was STARVING. Apparently cookies for breakfast aren’t the most filling of choices. Lesson learned.

Snack: Blueberry Clif ZBar.


Yoga was amazing as always, my muscles and joints felt all squishy afterwards.  Love it!

Lunch:  Leftover roasted veggies, a handful of Kashi crackers and about 1 oz of aged gouda.


I caught up on some blogs, then decided it was time to finally make the maple banana cornbread recipe from Sweet and Natural.  I’ve been dying to try this!!!




Soooooooo good!  I had two slices for my afternoon “snack” while decorating our Christmas tree.  Both hubby and I were very impressed.  I think I overcooked it a bit, it didn’t seem done at 30 minutes so I left it in for an extra 5 and it turned out a bit drier than I expected.  Totally my fault for not trusting the recipe.  😦 But still so yummy…I can’t wait to share it with the co-workers!

Dinner:  Brian made turkey noodle soup with fresh stock made from our smoked Thanksgiving turkey carcass.  I can’t even describe how good it was.  The stock was perfectly smokey, and he added the leftover turkey meat, celery, onion, carrot, potato, fresh sage and my favorite brown rice curly-cue pasta.  YUMMMMMM!!!!!!  I had this bowl, plus another about 1/2 its size.  And a small glass of wine.



After dinner we finished decorating the Christmas tree.  I ❤ ❤ ❤ our tree.  A few years ago we decided to stop cutting down live trees ’cause we felt bad, and thought it was time to find ourselves a good artificial tree.  We thought “hey, if its fake…lets make it REALLY fake” and decided on a fabulous silver tree.  Very retro, and I adore it.  🙂

We have mostly white and silver ornaments (which we had long before the silver tree…just coincidence).



But we also have the obligatory ornaments that you collect from childhood.  You can learn a lot about young Andrea from these ornaments…


Like…I played soccer.  I loved Winnie the Pooh.  I wanted to be a magician.  I played the saxophone.  I liked penguins.  I am a Florida Gator.  You get the idea…

All Finished!


And look, my hubby sneaked something under the tree!  Presents for moi!!!  🙂


Anyway, sorry for getting a bit off-subject.  But it does help to explain my current mood and why I am now craving an after-dinner snack of eggnog… What is your holiday must-have treat??? 


12 responses to “oh the weather outside is frightful…

  1. I always have Toll House chocolate chip cookies. The recipe on the bag is perfection as far as I’m concerned.

    I love your tree! The soup looks fantastic too! 🙂

  2. landoffruitsandnuts

    The tree actually looks really elegant! I like it a lot!

    My Christmas must-have cookies are peanut butter chocolate-chip kiss cookies. I’m not sure their real name but you know the ones with the hersheys kiss in the middle. I tried making healthier ones last year and they were good but they fell apart easily, so I’m going to try again this year. Any suggestions on a healthier recipe?
    Sounds like you had a great Sunday, hope you have a great week!

  3. beautiful tree! wow!!
    cookie for breakfast! love it! and that cornbread recipe looks so so good!

  4. Yay! I’m glad you liked my recipe! And your tree is awesome. I’m going to get out my mini tree today – it’s all I can fit in my apartment!

  5. Ahh – I grew up in Jamaica – so sorrell (a red drink made from unopened hibiscus buds (sorrel) and rum) and fruit cake – Jamaican heavy dense fruit cake! Thank goodness I’m not there now because I would pack on the pounds 🙂

  6. Your tree is gorgeous! It makes me want to have a tree now! 🙂

    Holiday must-have are ginger cookies. They are oh so good!

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  8. Thank you all for the sweet compliments and for sharing your holiday must-haves!!!

    Laura – the Toll House CC cookies are fabulous…its the same recipe my mom uses so I grew up on them!

    landoffruitandnuts – Thank you! I also love the PB chocolate kiss cookies! (you’re going to see me write that a lot, I’m sure!) That would be a tough one to make healthier…butter is probably what holds them together and my one butter substitute (applesauce) wouldn’t have the same holding power… How about almond butter instead of PB? Could be an interesting flavor…!

    Eliza – Thank you!

    Ashley – You better post pics of your tree too!

    Tanya – Wow…both of those Jamaican treats sound heavenly!!! Thanks for the post on your site, by the way. I’m so excited!!!

    Mel – Thank you! I hear ya on the ginger cookies…I’ll definitely be making some of those in the near future!

  9. OH MY GOSH YOU ARE A TALENT!! Your photographs truly make me feel at ease every single time I see them. I adore your little bloggy more than words can say! 😉

  10. landoffruitsandnuts

    Very true about the butter & the cookies- I think they’re called Peanut (butter) blossoms- I love the idea of almond butter to change it up! Congrats on getting chosen for BSI this week!!

  11. Julz – Thank you!!! You are too sweet… 🙂

    landoffruitandnuts – Thank you for sending me the recipe! I will let you know my thoughts about “healthifying” it as soon as I get a chance! So glad you’re reading! 🙂

  12. Thank you for posting the cornbread recipe – I tried it out this weekend and it’s to die for!! The best cornbread I’ve had in a long time. I added blueberries to it for some fruit and am thinking the mix would make for some great muffins as well.

    Also, your photography is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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