An Open Letter to My Running Shoes

Dear Running Shoes,

I can understand if you have been feeling very neglected lately.  I apologize for my behavior.  I have not been a very good owner.  I promise to wear you again soon.  We have some serious holiday eating to burn off.



Christmas Cook-tacular

I finally figured out what I’m bringing for Christmas dinner.  I usually make both a main course dish and a dessert so I know there is always something I can eat.  My parents are really awesome about making sure there are things I can eat (for Thanksgiving my dad vegan-ized his stuffing…that’s love), but I like to take some of the weight off their shoulders and bring something myself.  This year I am bringing Harvest Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie with Mashed Yams for the main course and then Toasted Almond Butternut Squash Tart for dessert.  Not sure about the shepherd’s pie but I’ve had the tart before and it was straight bangin’.

I also have a baking date with my beautiful Sweet and Salty Tart on Sunday.  The tentative baking schedule is as follows:

Tart has a candy thermometer so I’d like to try my hand at making some brittle.  That is a pretty ambitious baking menu, we might be exhausted by the end of the day.  But there is nothing like a house filled with baking smells to get you in the mood for the holidays!

If you look very closely – you can see some tiny little puppies looking out our window wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Office Holiday Party Contribution

It’s taken me a while to finally figure out what to bring to my office holiday party.  With the little time I will have after handing in a 20 page paper and giving a presentation in class tonight, I found an easy and yummy (VEGAN) recipe I can make:


  • 3/4 cups almond butter
  • 1/2 cups carob powder
  • 3 medjool dates (pitted and soaked for 2 hours)
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 rolled oats
  • 1 cup pecans or almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Reserve 2 tbsp of unsweetened shredded coconut.

Combine remaining ingredients in food processor with “S” blade – add water as needed.

Roll into balls.

Roll balls in reserved shredded coconut powder Store in plastic container and layer Schweddy Balls on wax paper. Refrigerate.
Number of Servings: 30

Recipe found here.

“No one can resist my Schweddy Balls”

The Perfect Necklace

Du and I don’t really fight ever.  But sometimes I wish we did. That way he could get me beautiful “I’m sorry” gifts – like this one.

Considering he just bought me mucho expensivo glasses, I’ll just put this little guy on my wish list.  Oh Silver Spoon Jewelry, you complete me.

clothes fit

Sometimes this happens.

 Thank goodness for husbands being home and being nice enough to make me breakfast.

I blame this dress:

My numerous attempts to make it not look like a mumu (moomoo?) on me have met with defeat.  One day I will be victorious, today was just not that day.