Thursday, December 29, 2011


Santa Baby... Slip a present under the tree... For Me... I've been an awful good girl... Santa Baby... So hurry down the chimney tonight!

Santa Clause definitely came through this year. It was a great day:

First, my brother and I woke up at 5:30 to open presents. That's 5:00 AM people. We love Christmas. While waiting for my parents to get ready and come downstairs, we got our customary cinnamon rolls ready. Everyone had cinnabuns from a can but I made homemade cinnamon rolls from Kat's Health Corner the night before, popped them in the oven and baked. Tasty :)

Then it was time to open presents! (I apologize now for blurry pictures...)

First off is Cupcakes! Well, not an actual cupcake, but better: Cupcake-printed flannel sheets in my favorite color Pink. These will definitely keep me warm in the cold winter months.

I'm going to  get so hungry looking at these...
And while my bed sheets keep my BODY warm, this little buddy will be keeping my HANDS warm. It's an ongoing joke with my family and friends that my hands are always cold- Like Icicles! 

More pink!
I also got something I have been asking awhile for: a Pillow Pet. Mine is a purple lady bug with pink spots. The face is slightly creepy, however it will fit in nicely with my pee-wee panda Pillow Pet.

It's so soft and fluffy :)
I was especially pleased thus far... And then I opened this:

I looked to my parents and said, "Haha... I have the first one upstairs, but I haven't read it yet, now I'll need to!" Then they got this weird look on their faces. I dismissed it and opened up my next present: Paralnormalcy and...

I also got a wallet that I adored from Cracker Barrel.
Got to love Christmas. 

NEXT UP... I almost forgot I was getting this present, even though I was with my parents when they bought it on Black Friday. 5 dollars! It's for college though, so I just have to use my old food processor for now.

I just realized that I took a picture of this Spanish-side up!

After opening presents we lounged around for a while and then went to my grandparents' for lunch. 

And of course I wore some of my new clothes:

Purple striped sweater with Aeropostale skinny jeans and grey cami.

These pink and red fuzzy socks didn't exactly match my purple sweater, but who cares?

Especially when you can't even see them because of these:

I also got brown, knit boots, but that pic was Way Fuzzy!
Much better  :)

 Oh, and I forgot to mention one of my favorite gifts:

 I love Scooby Doo! Especially on my head...

My new one is in the pink cover. Old one is below.
And did I mention I got an Ipod touch! This was pretty cool, but not super exciting because I already had an ipod touch. This is a newer version though, so unlike my old one, it has a camera and is NOT water-logged from my trip down Splash Mountain in Disney World. Score!

I also got Just Dance 3, which is so much fun! It will probably be my sole form of exercise for the next couple of weeks.

I saved the best for last: Scooby Doo CLUE.

This game combines two of my favorite things: Scooby and Clue. (Not to mention that this item is no longer in stores- My dad had to special order it off of Amazon). I have yet to play it, but it will be a great addition to my Clue Collection. These are the ones I have so far:

I am sure that I have a few more, but I don't feel like looking right now! lol... We used to have the Clue Jr. above, but I think we got rid of it because it was missing most of the pieces.

In case you couldn't tell, I love Clue! I was obsessed with the Clue Jr. books when I was younger.

Okay, and now because you have been nice and have patiently waited through my Christmas Present ranting, here is a new cookie recipe. It's not the one that I promised yesterday, but it's super easy, quick and I just made them literally 30 minutes ago:

Healthy Mexican Wedding Cookies

*Also known as "Snowball" cookies*

Serving size: 1 small cookie       Servings: 16       Calories: 78       Carbs: 9g       Fat: 4g       
Protein: 1g      Sodium: 11mg       Sugar: 3g

  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk (or skim milk)
  • 1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped (other nuts like pecans or almonds would work fine too)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine canola oil, milk, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Add the flour and mix well.
  4. Stir in the walnuts and use your fingers to make sure they are evenly distributed.
  5. Then make 16 small balls out of the dough and place on a sprayed cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 9 to 13 minutes.
  7. Let cool for at least 3 minutes, then roll in the remaining 3 Tbsp of powdered sugar.
Mexican Wedding Cookies are my favorite Christmas treat!
These cookies are normally laden with unhealthy saturated fats and tons of sugar, but these are low in both. Normal mexican wedding cookies call for a 1/2 cup of butter for every cup of flour, but this recipe is butter free, dairy free and vegan! I decided to make them as a last hurrah! before Alex's sugar free challenge starting January 1 (link at right). ENJOY.

Do you have any favorite holiday cookies? Are they healthy or do you use Christmas season to indulge?

What did you get for Christmas? My favorite present was not necessarily my most expensive one... Anyone else feel that way?

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  1. Wow what a great Christmas! I love the scooby hat, fuzzy socks, and cupcake sheets! :)

  2. OMG where did you get those cupcake sheets from? I must have some of those. Looks like you had a pretty legit christmas though. I'm totally jealous of your presents.

  3. @Alexandra- You're right. It was a Great Christmas!

    @Lindsay- My parents got the cupcake sheets from Kohls. I'm going to your blog to post the link :)

  4. Those sheets are way too cute! And the pillow pet ;) I have no idea why I haven't invested in one yet.

  5. @oatsnbows- The girl I babysit was so jealous when I told her about my pillow pet. She was like, "I want one!" lol

  6. You got a bunch of awesome gifts! I'm loving your Scooby Doo hat..its totally awesome! :D

  7. oh man, i was obsessed with Clue as well. Sometimes I would play the game alone and guess who the killer was. I was pathetic.