Friday, January 15, 2021

Last Trader Joe's/Whole Foods Haul of 2020

We did a quick holiday TJ's trip in December. Some of the seasonal items might be gone but there's always  next year.
This cookie mix was highly recommended so I had to try it.

I made mine with vegan butter and a flax egg. They were the only cookies I made this season and they were the perfect balance of spicy and sweet.  So good  with a cup of coffee!
I picked these up to go with the other appetizers from my last TJ's haul.
Of course I got some Grapefruit Secco for  Christmas morning. It was such a hit last year.
College Girl loves these minty little star cookies.
This was another recommended item and was a win.
I bought these but unfortunately didn't get to try them before they expired.  #fail I've heard good  things though!
This was the only Whole Foods item I picked up. I was searching for Nada Moo's Peppermint Bark ice cream and was so glad I found some!  Yum!
Did you get to try any of the new seasonal items?

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Christmas 2020 Wrap Up

Here's a "quick" recap of  our  holiday season.
Getting to the Christmas store --you can see the Apollo ornament we  found if you look closely!
Making potato latkes and homemade applesauce.
We got a little snow!
We made a baked vegetable bread boat.  So good!
We went to Philly one day.
Getting drinks at a festive bar called Tinsel.  Mine was a candy cane concoction served in an ornament cup.
Visiting Macy's for the light show.

Walking over to City Hall to see their light show and tree.

College Girl opened her 21st birthday time capsule.    Apollo was very interested in the 1999-2000 era.
Some red truck decor.
I made Chex Mix for the  first time.
Getting ready for  Christmas.
The "elves" delivering presents and cinnamon rolls to local friends and family on Christmas Eve.
Christmas morning!
Our matching jammies.
The breakfast table.
Getting dressed up for our little casual Christmas dinner. Apollo is always in formal wear of course.
Making stromboli for Christmas dinner again this year. We're still working on it! If you're still here, thanks for sticking with me!

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Most Popular Posts of 2020

It's become a tradition to compile my most popular posts from the previous year and I couldn't let this one go by.  2020 was a crazy year but there were still quite a few bright spots.  Here are my top 9.

Like this little guy, Apollo.  He's gotten so big, I love seeing his little self back in August.
Look at him now!

{3 Ingredient No-Knead Bread}

Everyone was baking bread in 2020 and I tried my hand at this simple loaf. I need to make it again!
It was fun to get back thrifting after not being able to for so many months!
Spending the weekend in NYC and getting to see Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway for City Girl's birthday was definitely a highlight of our year!
This dressing quickly became one of my favorites and I guess you guys liked it too!
You seem to like my little grocery hauls and it's been fun to discover more at Aldi.

This was the first and last time I entertained in my house last year.  I look forward to having people over again!

{Travel: Boston Visit}

We visited College Girl in Boston in February and had a really nice trip.  It was only a month later that we had to pick her up and move her home.

{DIY Crocheted Mask Helper/Ear Saver} 

Who knew this was a thing but it sure helped with the elastic ear straps!

What was your favorite?

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

{DIY} Yoga Mat Cleaner

This was a quick and easy gift idea that I made for my daughters and my BFF (and one for me!).
My yoga studio used to make their own mat cleaner and I was able to find a lot recipes online to create my own.
The basic ingredients are: Distilled water, alcohol free witch hazel(I used Thayers brand), tea tree oil and other anti bacterial essential oils of your choice. I used  a lavender and peppermint blend.   You could also use lemongrass and/or eucalyptus.
I found these cute glass spray bottles that were 4 ounces and mixed each batch up in a measuring cup.
To make: I used 3 ounces of distilled water, 1 ounce of witch hazel,  20 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops each of the lavender and peppermint essential oils. I used a funnel to fill up the bottles.
I had plenty to make 4 bottles worth and lots of leftover for refills.
I labeled the bottles and added some bakers twine 
I love having (and gifting) an all natural yoga mat cleaner.
To use the yoga mat cleaner: Shake bottle then spray  a light coat over the yoga mat and wipe with a clean cloth.   

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