OK... so work! work has been very consuming the past few months. I have a new boss that I adore but - much higher standards than my prior boss. Or maybe I am more engaged now so hat results in wanting to perform at a higher standard? Anyway.... it has meant much more blood, sweat and energy spent on my professional life. However.... we do also balance that out with fun :) This was a team building even that I planned for our management team - so of course it included leaving work at noon, beer & friend chicken :) Was an amazing day and so much fun! the lady in this pic is a personal mentor for me - she is ah-mah-zing and so knowledgeable. I want to her her when I grow up!
Cookies! I spent much of December in my kitchen baking. I guess it was comforting to me and also helped to occupy my thoughts and hands so.... the cookies were aplenty in the DeVries household this holiday season!
And....so were the White Russians... these will always be a holiday drink for me! Next year I will work on a lightened up version but this year... damn they were delicious! Peppermint Mocha Kahlua is oh so tasty.
Oh and then there were the Italian Greyhounds that Erin, Laura and I discovered at brunch one Sunday.... a twist on a standard mimosa and WOW. Delish!
Many nights in December... this was dinner. Impromptu charcuterie and all the wine. And maybe all the cheese too.
This girl has been stealing my heart lately - she is such a sweet and well behaved girl. This is her pic fresh from the groomer - she almost looks like a corgi here lol
I love love LOVED this gold glitter polish for the holidays and NYE - it made me happy to look down and see some sparkle. I think I will be doing this more during the year.
Gotta order these STAT for my girls for holidays 2016! So funny... and true
And more of the baking... I did make SO many that i delivered some to our neighbors. These are eggnog snickerdoodles that were lights out amazing - and some soft ginger molasses cookies that were equally impressive & festive.
Got to hang out with my old bootcamp crew in IL for an evening - we went to one of our old haunts for wings and beer - just like old times! Love these girls!
Yeah so.... this was pretty much my sentiment this Christmas. I just was not feeling it like I usually do - as expected. I am already looking forward to next Christmas so I can actually enjoy it :)
Christmas Eve I did make Chad and I a super fancy delicious meal. I went all out and made Spicy Tuna Tartare with sushi grade ahi tuna.... I was so impressed with myself! Sinfully tasty... And it was really cool because I discovered a fantastic seafood distributor here in STL that get seafood daily from the coasts - Bob's Seafood - apparently this is where all the top sushi chefs get their tuna in STL and - damn was it amazing!
I also cooked a beef tenderloin and made bacon, asiago & chive scalloped potatoes - divine!
And for dessert - I made salted butterscotch creme brûlée .... I actually made the salted butterscotch myself and ..... holy god.... it was nothing short of spectacular. Like I said.... I was all about eating my feelings in December! Here is my salted butterscotch.....
Our lovely tree this year.... we picked it out at Ted Drewes tree lot & I must say this was our best tree yet. Hardly any of the needles fell off and - it smelled amazing the entire holiday. Seriously filled up the first floor with that lovely Christmas tree smell! I hope we always have a live tree - it just seems so much more genuine & festive to me!
I baked us a sausage croissant cheese bake type casserole for Christmas brunch.... honestly, I didn't like it as much as my mom's sausage bread recipe but - it was pretty tasty!
And we had Italian Greyhounds Christmas morning as well.... prosecco, grapefruit juice & topped off with blood orange pellegrino. YUM!
My nephew Gabe & his sweet girlfriend Amanda came to visit us- so happy to see them! We gave them a quick tour of our neighborhood and had a fun night of cocktails & catching up. Love them so very much!
Dacia - if you are reading this - we cracked open the Gingerbread Stout beer that you sent us for the holidays - it was SOOOO good! Gabe & I loved it!!! Here is Gabe drinking it below....Thank you Sweetpea!
And we had some minor flooding as well..... here is an intersection by my job completely submerged. It was a mess for a few days but - things are pretty much back to normal now. Crazy rains the week between Christmas and NYE. Thankful I was able to work from home the majority of that week!
Chad spoiled me for Christmas this year and got me some great gifts that are truly "me" - loved these pigments from MAC.... I was not expecting these at all and LOVE them! They are pretty neutral so I am able to incorporate them into my makeup routine a few times a week - score!
He also got me UD new palette - Smokey - LOVE!!!! I could not believe what a great job he did this year.... pretty resourceful guy went to Sephora and had them look up my account & make some suggestions based off of my past purchases - brilliant!
And so... with all that "eating of the feelings" and "drinking all the wine" and "baking all the cookies" thing that happened over the holidays..... January is a reset/recharge/refocus cleansing month for me.
Lots of salads and veggies....
eating much more fruit.....
Quinoa, chicken & broccoli here with soy sauce... quick and easy weeknight din!
Bebe is trying new things also.... we have started taking her to doggie daycare a couple days a week so she can interact with other pups and get some fun time in. She is really good with the other dogs but - much more interested in the people that work there - which can be pretty typical behavior for border collies. Again - such a sweet sweet girl we have! Here she is with some new buddies at DD! Look at that sweet smile :)
back to food prepping - egg muffins for breakfast during the week!
We actually finished an entire bag of cuties - these suckers are so good but i usually avoid buying the big bag because... well it is a big ass bag! But - we finished this one and I just bought another one today at the store. I need the extra vitamin C!!!
Oh and this stuff - Frosted Sugar Cookie Popcorn - is the devil. Straight up. I will NOT be buying this again. It is too damn delicious and temping. Devil's snack I tell ya.
New cutting board! Awww... aren't we cute!
I was feeling like hell on this morning but - put on my purple peacoat I bought on sale over the holidays - I must admit it did lift my mood :) Cant tell so much in this shot but - it is a really pretty shade of purple.
I remembered to bring in my rosemary plants this year - right before our crazy cold ass temperature drop - yay!!!
This was a post-workout breakfast - egg white scramble with spinach, peppers and colby jack cheese on a whole wheat english muffin - YUM!
I am back to working out with Josh on a group training team but also - getting in my running when I can. I will always be a runner at heart :)
Let's talk about this hair for a bit.... it is looking pretty good in this shot but....sadly, I typically have it wrapped up in a bun most days. I have had long hair for quite awhile and seriously craving a change. I have decided to cut it at my next appointment - time for something new and, hey, it's only hair and will grow back if I decide I miss it. Love my little Buddha there in the background :)
I have been obsessed with the move The Holiday over Christmas... seriously watched it about 7 times. I love Cameron Diaz's hair in it! and her jewelry but.... mainly her hair! Thinking of a cut similar to this but maybe a bit longer to the shoulders.
Our first snow of the season - so late this year and it was kinda a bust... we actually woke up to more snow this morning that was not in the forecast....at all. Gotta love the surprise snows!
So.... I am back on track with healthy eating and gym time and feel refocused. I was thinking of starting a new blog up that focuses more on my nutrition and workouts - we will see. I will share it on here once i get it up and going. I would blog more tonight but - need to get some shut eye so I can have a productive Monday - Cheers and wishing everyone a fantastic week! xo!