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Lazy Girl Guide

December 14, 2011

Post by Christine

As I wrap up the busiest and craziest semester I’ve had to date, I have a bucket list of things I need to do over winter break! There’s obviously a lazy girl theme happening here.

Catch up on Community

Start Homeland. All of my friends have Sunday night viewing sessions and I’m ushered over to the other side of the living room because I’m clueless as to what’s going on!

Hula Hoop. A LOT! It’s my favorite new exercise and sooo much fun 🙂

Always a dork at heart, I plan on playing Zelda for the majority of my time at home. The newest games is getting AMAZING reviews and it’s killing me that I can’t play it yet

Obviously you can tell that when I’m not hula hooping I’ll just be in bed all break…. Lazy? Yes, but every once and awhile you deserve to be lazy 🙂

What are your big plans for your break?

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Currently Coveting…

December 13, 2011

Post by Kimberly

‘Tis the season, so I am rounding up a few things I am currently hoping end up under my tree on the 25th! A few may or may not be out of the price range I am expecting my gifts to be in, but it’s always fun to create a mini wish list!

1. My toes are always cold so I normally strut around in the apartment in a pair of Swedish wool socks gifted to me by Rachel a few years back but I’d love to slide into these cozy slippers to warm my tootsies this winter!

2. Recently I have been adding long necklaces to my wardrobe, it’s amazing how they can take a simple outfit and make it seem so unique and chic.  I think this necklace would go perfectly with almost all my work outfits…

3. I received a few Alexis Bittar bracelets from my sister and brother-in-law for my graduation back in June.  Since then I’ve basically been coveting his entire collection.  The pieces I own are neutral and perfect for daily wear, but I’d love to add some of these fun colored bangles for my Saturday night. (The fact that he is a Brooklyn native, only makes me love him more.)

4. Okay, so I don’t actually expect anyone to buy me shapewear, but if you know me, you know I am a sucker for anything Bethenny Frankel.  I fell in love on the RHONY Season 1 and have followed her career ever since.  I do love my SPANX but I wouldn’t mind adding this skirt to my rotation to make my pencil skirt work attire more comfortable!

5. So this is definitely a wish list item, but I am a serious scarf lover and have about a dozen that I’ve collected over the years.  I like buying them wherever I go, NYC, Holland, Prague, Rome.  I have a scarf weakness if you will.  Thats why every year I can’t help but gush over Burberry’s line of cashmere scarves.  They are beautiful and timeless.  I’ve added it to my permanent, “When I am a working lawyer…” list of things I will treat myself to someday! Until then, I will have time to decide which one I want to invest in!

What things are on your 2011 wish list?  Do any of you have a “someday” wish list!?

I have a few things on my 2011 xmas list including a new winter coat and a hand steamer (so exciting, i know!).  On my someday wish list, would be a large Louis Vuitton shoulder bag and a Burberry scarf!

Staying on the Plan

December 12, 2011

Post by Rachel

So today marks the beginning of week 3 on Weight Watchers.

To be honest, it’s not going as smoothly as I would have hoped. I’m just about the same weight as when I started, which is incredibly frustrating. Though I notice ups and downs throughout the week, inevitably a holiday party or gathering does me in. Not to mention holiday cooking and baking!

Who can resist this?!

I am, however, incredibly happy with my workouts this week! I hit the gym 4 times and did a mix of a few miles on the treadmill, 8-minute abs (thanks Kim!) and some light weight training.

I suppose that choosing the holiday season for my weight loss starting point wasn’t really the best idea I’ve ever had. If I can at least maintain my weight through the season, I think that is a win at the end of the day! And regardless, getting back in the gym means I’m getting healthier no matter what. Today starts another week and I’m ready to tackle it with all of my waist-friendly eats 🙂 On the menu today is oatmeal, salad, and a lightened up chicken noodle casserole! Yum!

What are your weight watching tips for the holiday season?

The Pit and Peach of the Week

December 9, 2011
Every Friday we round up our peaches (highs) and pits (lows) of the week!
Hope you’ll join in the fun!
Our Peaches & Pits:
Kimberly:
Pit: lots of sniffles and sneezes going on over here so I’m trying to fight off the impending cold so I can concentrate on getting my bake on this weekend!
Peach: going out to dinner with Mom, having a two hour gab sesh, a little too much wine and some straight up, quality time. The best.

 

Christine:

Pit: Like my post said yesterday, finals are KILLING me right now. I had three yesterday, an extra credit paper to finish today and then three more next week! This week is really testing me. One more week and I’m freeeeeee
Peach: Winter means lots of ugly sweater parties 🙂 which also means peppermint patty shots and Christmas music
Rachel:
Pit: Feeling hungry just about all week as I got my butt in gear with Weight Watchers. When does this get easier?!
Peach: Putting up our Christmas tree and watching Christmas Vacation with Shaun! I love the holiday season!
What are your peaches and pits of the week? Dish in the comments!

Finals, Bleh

December 7, 2011

Post by Christine

Oh finals, how I loathe you so. Waking up in the morning, sitting in the business building until 7 pm, meetings, sleep, repeat next day.

I haven’t been doing anything exciting lately because finals are about to kick my butt come Thursday, but I did have time to check out the new Top 20 mashup by Mashup-Germany

I’m not the biggest pop fan out there but I do enjoy a fun mashup! Plus, I try and keep up with the hits because Wednesday nights are our favorite night to go to the club downtown. I obviously jump around in the back and make a fool of myself, but I still have fun 🙂

I hope everyone is getting their pre-holiday work done! What is on your plate the upcoming weeks?

White Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Cookies

December 6, 2011

Post by Kimberly

When Rachel asked me to participate in her Virtual Cookie Swap, I was SO excited! I don’t really consider myself a “blogger” yet or a food blogger for that matter, but I was more than happy to let my sweet tooth guide me and create a yummy batch of cookies! All of the participants of the cookie swap are rounded up over at The Avid Appetite, feel free to check out all the holiday inspired cookies!

For my cookie, I knew I wanted something new and sweet. Very sweet. I have seen red velvet chocolate chip cookies floating around the blog world and Pinterest so I was excited to have an excuse to make (and proceed to eat) an entire batch and so the white chocolate chip red velvet with white chocolate buttercream frosting (say that 3x fast!) was born!

White Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Cookies w/ White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

*Adapted from How Sweet It Is

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

What You’ll Need:

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1 cup white chocolate chips

Red food coloring (recommend gel)

For the Icing:

*Adapted from Wilton recipe

9 oz. white baking chocolate

1/4 cup milk

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

1/2 cup butter

How to Reach Deliciousness:

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Cream butter and sugars together. Add egg and vanilla and combine until smooth.

3.  Add red food coloring.

4. Stir in cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt until combined. Fold in white chocolate chips.

5. If need, add more food coloring.

6. Scoop out dough and bake for 10-12 minutes.

7. Allow to cool and apply icing with sprinkles of your choice to decorate!

For the Frosting:

1. Cream butter and shortening with mixer.  Add vanilla.

2. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time. Make sure to mix thoroughly.

3. Once all sugar is added, add milk and beat at medium speed, until fluffy.

4. Microwave chocolate with 1/4 cup milk in microwavable bowl on Medium-high for 1-2 minutes; stir chocolate halfway during cooking time.

5. Beat in chocolate

I am not going to lie, I have to play around with this recipe more.  The cookies I made at first seemed dry and the red color did not come through once the cocoa was added.  I would recommend trying a gel food coloring, I used liquid because it is what I had on hand.  Because of their “not so hot”  aka brown appearance I decided to add the icing and boy, am I happy I did this…the icing took these from mediocre to “OMG I have to bring these to our friends this weekend!” Needless to say they were gone within 20 minutes of arriving at said friends apartment.

I am so happy to be part of this swap and can’t wait to try out all the other fun recipes!

What cookies are your loving this holiday season? 

Pin It if you feel like it 🙂

Eating Through the Holidays

December 5, 2011

Post by Rachel

I love the Christmas season. To me, it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

I do not, however, love the inevitable weight gain that plagues me just about every holiday season. The sad part for me is that after last Christmas, I was incredibly unhappy with the weight that I had gained. The even sadder part? I am still at that same weight. And this holiday season? I will end up completely miserable if I gain even more weight on top of what I am now. {sad face}

For me, this is a problem. I have tried exercising, I have tried doing Weight Watchers. But to be honest, I’ve never really let myself do these things in full force. I haven’t done them for more than a week and so results are fleeting.

Immediately following Thanksgiving weekend (where I ate a whole lot of this):

I signed back into my Weight Watchers account after a few months away. I am still paying $17 a month for it, so that should be another motivating factor. I’m happy to report that this morning marks week 2 and I feel good about heading into another week! The weekend was tough, but staying at home for most of it helped enormously.

My strategy for the holiday season? Especially when it comes to cookies, dips and cakes galore? I will only allow myself to indulge at a weekend party. I figure I can save my points for the week and eat whatever I want (within reason of course). There is no reason to go overboard during the week and so that will make yummy holiday eats on a Saturday night even more special. I also plan to hit the gym 4 times per week, which I also started last week. I feel great! I already crossed one day off this morning, so that is exciting 🙂

So there’s my plan for keeping some of the holiday weight off throughout the season.

What are your tips and tricks for over the next month?