Daily Archive: December 23, 2011

And we are off!

Posted by Lauren
on my iPhone which I have never tried before so if pictures are huge and typos abound, apologies

My day began groggily, with hair still wet from last night’s shower. That’s the worst. I quickly blow dryed it (and my body – it was cold in our house!) and packed for the SF overnighter.

Driving to work I enjoyed the deliciously cold and juicy navel orange (zested last night for the mimosa cupcakes)

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And all I wanted for breakfast was cold cereal – Cheerios and Raisin Bran

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Lunch was simple – greens, chicken, tuna, egg whites, corn, peppers, mushrooms, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and hot sauce

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New (to me) music find! A ban called “fun.” I really like their sound!

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My coworker, Mike, asked me if I wanted a truffle. Yes, please!! I randomly grabbed one and he said it was pistachio. How funny considering I was around pistachios for hours last night!

K… In the car now, time to shop, dine out, and enjoy the city with my two bffs!

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-Lauren

4 Cupcakes Deep

Posted by Nicole

Hellooooo readers!  ^Totally not kidding about the post’s title…

Today has been the longest day ever.  And by today, I mean Thursday.  Sure, it’s 3:30 AM and it’s technically Friday, but it still feels like Thursday.  It’s late; I’m confusing myself.

This morning (Thursday) I woke up and headed straight to the grocery store for one thing, and one thing only.

Okay, that’s a lie; I also got some almond milk, syrup, and cold medicine.  But seriously, back to the coffees.  Don’t the flavors sound amazing? Hazelnut creme, cinnamon gingerbread truffle, french vanilla, peppermint mocha :)  Yum.

I was enjoying my recent favorite drink though.  [And it’s decaf, say whatttt!!!]

Celestial Seasonings’ “Gingerbread Spice” tea with hazelnut creamer.  So, so good.

[Side note: Lauren has been enjoying ginger flavor too, with her homemade gingerbread dipped in Celestial Seasonings’ “Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride” tea]

After breakfast, I headed to the gym and did 1.5 mile warmup jog and a full body workout.  I learned the coolest ab move and I’m going to make Lauren videotape me doing it so you can all see.  Sound like a plan? COOL.

Afterwards, I went to the dentist for a cleaning… and found out I have yet another cavity.  Maybe I should stop eating so many cupcakes?  Nope.

I headed home and had lunch, which featured a snack I’ve been loving for the past few days.

Snack love- skillet tortilla with melted cheese and sautéed mushrooms.  Served in combo with a quickly microwaved omelette with spinach, garlic powder, pepper, and tapatio.  And some clementines (they are so good right now!)

With a full tummy, I met up with Vanessa [we are both finally in San Jose at the same time] for some last-minute Christmas shopping.  We went to Whole Foods and some shops at Santana Row.  It was great to catch up, enjoy the fresh air, look at the Christmas decorations, and make fun of weird things that stores sell.

I found many things I wanted at Urban Outfitters, but the price tags were a major turn-off.

[can’t afford a $70 dress on my student income of ZERO dollars]

[or a teacup jewelry holder, no matter how cute it is]

[seriously Urban Outfitters, why must everything you make me so great?]

I didn’t leave empty-handed though.  I bought myself a top, but it was from the clearance rack of course.  I also purchased some other goodies throughout the shopping center for my sista ;)

When I got home from shopping, it was time to eat, bake, eat, whisk, eat, and blend!

Side by side “dinners” (in quotes because they were really just some nutritious snacks before the sugar overdose/taste-testing).

  • Left- Lauren’s over-medium egg with black beans, salsa, red cayenne pepper, spinach
  • Right- Nicole’s steamed broccoli with melted cheese, greek yogurt, garlic pepper

After eating a quick, sit-down “meal,” we got started on the night’s task: 12 dozen pistachio and 12 dozen mimosa cupcakes for a Christmas order.

  • Left- the best pistachio paste ever produced in our kitchen- YUM.
  • Right- nuts on nuts on nuts.

End product was the above x2!  Plus some extras…

Yep, 4 deep.  In the belly.  Tis the season?

After the cupcaking, it was time to tackle our Christmas gift project: 12 jars of homemade almond butter of varied flavors.  Each flavor was chosen based on what people are “known” to like.  For example, for David’s son Ben, we made Mocha Almond Butter because he works at Starbucks and loves coffee.

  • Coconut
  • Vanilla Maple (w/ white choc chips)
  • Apple Cinnamon Spice
  • Mocha
  • Beer
  • Hot Cocoa

This process took from 10-3 AM with no breaks; but the end result was adorable and delicious!  We can’t wait to give them to various family/friends.

And now, to bed!  We have a full day planned tomorrow- shopping in San Francisco, dressing up and dining out, and just enjoying the relaxed family time <3

Q4U: Which of the above flavors of AB sounds the best to you?

Potential giveaway, hmmm?!