Black Friday.

I am a shopper. I have worked in retail before. Therefore, I am NOT a black Friday shopper. I am an ONLINE shopper. Even when it’s NOT a crazy shopping time of the year. Even if I wasn’t working today, I STILL wouldn’t go shopping. Unless it was to pick up a pizza.
So. I can’t help myself right now sharing these black Friday laughs. All courtesy of Pinterest. 😄

Please just DON’T.

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I mean, I DO wanna be in The Hunger Games….

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(Presents for myself that were bought ONLINE mind you! ;))

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Holla.

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This would be me.

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How bout we remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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Oh!

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And THAT’S why I’m an online shopper…

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Hope you had a great and thankful thanksgiving!

Are you a black Friday shopper?
Online shopper??

You can still make your pecan pie and eat it too.

Since trying to pay attention to food ingredients, and trying to find substitutions for toxic chemicals, one recipe that was driving me up a wall was pecan pie. Like, you might as well just drink the bottle of corn syrup & then purchase your coffin.
So last year, I found this recipe for pecan pie that has NO CORN SYRUP!!! Yes, it still has sugar & flour, but you can substitute those for “healthier” sugar & flours. Last year, I just used cane sugar & whole wheat flour & you couldn’t tell a difference. Noone could tell there was no corn syrup.
So I figure this is a recipe worth sharing for turkey day – since I’ve made it, tried it, loved it. :)

Pecan Pie (withOUT corn syrup!)

1 C. light brown sugar

1/4 C. cane sugar

1/2 C. butter

2 eggs

1 TBSP. whole wheat flour

1 TBSP. almond milk

1 tsp. vanilla

1 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400. Beat eggs until foamy, and then stir in melted butter. Stir in sugars and flour and mix well. Add milk, vanilla, and nuts and mix. Pour into unbaked 9 inch pie shell. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, then reduce temperature to 350 and bake for another 30-40 minutes, or until done.

Then give thanks for recipes like this, and savor every bite.

(And sorry, I don’t have a picture of the pie I made last year. :'( Just know that it looks exactly the same as a pecan pie WITH corn syrup. 😄 )

And here is the link to the recipe I used.

Tiny houses and one more.

So for movie night last night, after we watched Rumors of War, The Hus put on Tiny: A Story About Living Small. Ok. Now, I’m all about attempting to be simple and minimalistic – I know, hard to imagine that I could be minimalistic. I guess maybe I’m not so much minimalistic as much as I’ve just learned to sort of just buy what we need. I know, that doesn’t seem like me either. I’m off to a real good start here…

Let me put it THIS way, since high school graduation – like 100 years ago it feels – I have had to “start over” more times than I can count on both hands. I mean, like, sell everything, starting over. I think the condo we live in now, in Columbus, OH, has been the longest I have lived in one place since I was like, 18. Progress. ;) And both The Hus and I actually feel “at home” finally. I mean, he still wants to live in a 1 room shack on top of a mountain where you can’t see or hear anything but clouds, trees and birds, but that’s not even an option if he wants me to live with him. :)

Anyhow, through “starting over”, selling everything, moving, etc….you really learn what you NEED. Sure, we have “purges” and “spring cleanings”, but we still keep and hang on to some things that we just really don’t NEED. When you completely sell EVERYTHING, and have to rebuild, obviously you can’t just buy everything you need right then and there. You gradually rebuild. Rome wasn’t built in a day, y’all. But when you start to rebuild, you have your little list of what you NEED right then and there. And as you go along, you realize some things you just don’t NEED right now. There are other things you need more. And as time goes on, that one thing that you though you needed before, is completely out of your mind and it doesn’t even make it’s way back into your life to collect dust and cause you to feel like you need a bigger house for all your “stuff”.

This movie really put things into perspective for me, because I’ve been all hell-bent on moving and trying to find a BIGGER place for us. Buying isn’t an option for us at this point, but I wanted BIGGER. That’s better, right?! I need more room for all my “stuff”. But then you go bigger, because you need more room for the “stuff” you already have, but then all of a sudden, you have EXTRA space, so you NEED more stuff. STUFF. It’s just STUFF. That we leave behind when we die. And we all know that you leave it behind when you die, because your family are the ones who have deal with all your “stuff”. :)

So. These tiny houses. And by “tiny”, I’m talking, UNDER 200 sq. ft. tiny. And some of these people living in these tiny houses, were married…had pets…one family had 2 kids…like, I just don’t even know. All the people in the documentary talked about how we just consume, consume, consume…our culture has brainwashed us to think that we need more, more, MORE in order to be happy and successful. That the amount of “stuff” we have, the size of our house, the kind of car we drive, determines how successful we are and in turn, how happy we will be. But you know what? I still see a lot of rich, miserable people. They don’t seem to be immune from unhappiness, divorce, bankruptcy, etc…

The stories of all the “tiny house” people were inspiring really. I think it’s amazing that people can actually live in such tiny spaces with like, no stuff, but I don’t think I could do that. :) I mean, I don’t need a big house – I think the family gets lost in a big house. If everyone has their “space”, then they end up hardly even “living together”. They all go to “their spaces”, and rarely interact. Then when they DO interact, they don’t know how. Learning to LIVE together is what we were meant to do! And big houses and mansions don’t really teach you that. How do you learn how to compromise and share?!

This was the main guy in the movie & the tiny house he built.

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Anyway, I’m off my soap box now. :) It was just some food for thought that was having so I thought I would share it. Your welcome. :) So for now, since it’s just me and The Hus and our furkid, I’m just going to appreciate our little condo. That is getting smaller because I HAVE to have all this workout “stuff”. ;) And I’m going to be thankful that we don’t have to worry about spending money on a new roof or a broken water heater or on having to buy more “stuff” to fill more “space”. :)

K. And just to make this a little more “fun”, I have to share just ONE more video I’m loving right now.

 

 

Do you think you could live in a “tiny house”?

Do you try to live minimally or do you find yourself thinking you have too much “stuff”??

Pizza review, weekly workouts, and I can’t get enough…

It’s been a while since we’ve tried a new pizza place eh?! That doesn’t mean I haven’t been eating pizza, it just means we really haven’t tried any new pizza places. Boo :( So I decided it was time. Although, we have had Marco’s before, but it’s been years since we’ve had it. And we both remember loving it, so it was time to see if we still love it. Had to get The Hus a plain ole pepperoni and my mom and I got the garden pizza. Thin crust of course. :)

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Ya sorry we kinda dove in as soon as we picked it up. :/ That’s what happens when you don’t eat all day apparently. There is a first time for everything.

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The garden pizza had onions, mushrooms, black olives, tomatoes, feta, and other cheeses. SO good! The sauce was perfect. The thin crust  was perfect. And there was the perfect amount of veggies. :)

The Hus, Mom, and The Girl who runs for pizza give it a:

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So since my time has been extremely limited lately – and will be for another 6 weeks – my workouts have had to change. For starters, I don’t have time to go to the gym for all the classes that I LOVE. And the weather has been COLD as Alaska this week. So thankfully The Hus got our punching bag set up Monday night!

Tuesday: 45 minute boxing workout (my arms were sore for 2 days!)

Wednesday: 3 mile run

Thursday: 30 min strength/circuit workout (my upper body has been KILLING me since!)

Friday: um, nothing?

Saturday: 55 minutes of spinning. On the newest member of the family :)

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This is the bike we got and I love it. My mom came over for a test ride too. We love spinning. :)

And then there is this. I can’t get enough of this right now.

 

And now it’s wine movie night! :)

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