It’s been one heck of a week and I haven’t done an update posts since last Sunday. This week has been so much fun, but I’m officially worn out. I just left the grocery store, prepared a veggie crockpot soup, and now I’m ready catch up on blogging! This is going to be a LONG recap post, so I hope you don’t mind!
Last Monday, I headed over to Bruegger’s Bagels to grab breakfast.
Right next to Bruegger’s Bagels (in the Parkroad Plaza) is one of my favorite places…I Love Juicebar. They are putting these up all around Charlotte and it makes me so happy. I like when healthy choices are convenient. They actually just put one up about five minutes from my place. I haven’t been to that location yet, but it’s on my agenda for tomorrow.
I decided to grab juice for lunch and a Apple Orchard Maxon Dixon bar. They are gluten-free, paleo and vegan…and delicious. They are made with almonds, dates, organic figs, pecans, organic apples, organic maple syrup and cinnamon. I really want to make some of these this week.
Monday night, I met up with my friend Amy and her fiancé Todd for dinner. We’ve been wanting to try the Cantina Fifteen Eleven in the Park Road Plaza because we’ve heard so many good things about it. Can you tell I’m slightly obsessed with that plaza? I ordered the chopped salad with salmon. It had mixed salad greens, jicama, red onions, garbanzo beens, cucumber, cotija cheese, cucumber, and avocado with the dressing on the side. The salad was perfection and I’ve been craving it ever since. The Cantina Fifteen Eleven was such a great restaurant! The interior designer definitely nailed it. I can’t wait to go there in the summer and eat outside on the patio under the lights.
Tuesday was ALL about christmas shopping and cookie baking. I headed out around nine am and stopped at Mugs for some coffee before getting down to business. I drive by Mugs all the time, but I’ve never been in there. I finally had the chance. I also picked up a vanilla almond Kind Bar and a banana since I didn’t have time to make breakfast. I headed to Hobby Lobby to pick up some Christmas tins and I ended up finding TONS of Christmas gifts there. I could spend all day in that place .
My friend wanted to meet up for lunch at Portofinos. I ordered the Antipasto with the dressing on the side. I was really hoping they’d have my favorite soup, but they only had clam chowder. I promise there was salad hiding under all of that meat!
I took the dogs with me on my errands. It was rainy and chilly all day, so I wanted them to get out.
I got done shopping around six and headed straight to the kitchen to bake sugar cookies for friends before they left town for the holidays. I will do a separate post with the tutorial 🙂
I ended up baking cookies for about four hours. I rented Pitch Perfect 2 on iTunes while baking 🙂 I love making these.
I took the dogs to the field before baking and they were exhausted all night.
I dropped Grumples off at the Groomer’s Wednesday (I hate doing this) and finished up last minute Christmas errands. I picked up more ingredients for baking, photos I ordered for frames, and then finished up Christmas wrapping. It took me five hours to wrap gifts. I had so many people to shop for this year. I decided to treat myself to a cappuccino truffle and a coke zero. I know coke zero is incredibly bad for you, but I love it, so I have one once a month. Treat yo self!
After I picked Grumples up, we (me and the dogs) headed to my parents to bake and hang out.
I had more treats to make for friends, neighbors and the family. I made more sugar cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, oreo balls, coconut balls, and my mom made peanut brittle. Hers is SO good.
I actually forgot to bring my cookie cutters over, so I ended up using the pizza cutter to make square and a cup to make circles. I think they turned out pretty well!
Oreo ball recipe here!
Coconut Ball Filling: 4 cups shredded sweetened coconut, 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tsps vanilla, and 1/2 stick butter! I made some with chocolate almond bark and some with vanilla almond bark.
I boiled a pot of water and then placed a bowl over the boiling water to melt the chocolate in. This is my favorite way to melt chocolate! I love my little chocolate melters, but they are so small and can take forever to melt the chocolate.
I always have chocolate left over after making truffles, so I coat pretzels with it!
I made chocolate ones too!
The desserts turned out perfect 😉
After baking on Christmas Eve day, I headed back to my place to get ready for church. We spent Christmas Eve at my parents house.
My mom made one of our FAVORITE appetizers…sausage pepperjack cheese poppers! They are seriously addicting. I’m making these for Super Bowl this year and will do a recipe post.
I made some of my favorite sweet green beans 😉
The red potatoes I made were out of this world. I seasoned them with olive oil, garlic powder, italian seasoning, brown sugar, onion powder, and baked them on 375 for an hour.
It’s a tradition in our family to have crab legs on Christmas Eve. We didn’t do it last year becuase my parents were moving from Iowa and we would have had to go all the way to Charleston. We jumped back into the routine this year and my dad cooked up ten pounds of crab legs! It was definitely an all you can eat night! We were STUFFED!
We sat around for the next three hours opening gifts. We like to do one gift at a time to drag it all out.
My brother and Karlee got me a diffuser and I’ve been wanting one of these for so long. The lemon scent is my favorite.
My parents got me a Nespresso and I’ve wanted one of these for three years now! It’s a life changer. My mom also surprised me with a Coach purse I had my eye on.
New Asics running shoes! I needed new running shoes!
My parents also got me new IT Cosmetics! MY FAVORITE:D
We had such a fun Christmas Eve!
Christmas shopping was so much fun! I’d love to be a personal shopper.
We woke up to 80 degree weather on Christmas Day. I can’t complain about that! If it’s not going to be a white Christmas, it better be a warm one!
Incredible breakfast! He made french toast, eggs, cinnamon rolls, bacon, toast and pancakes! As long as I have eggs and bacon, I’m good.
After breakfast, we opened gifts.
My parents came over around two for Christmas day dinner!
We had appetizers and all sat around and hung out.
Obsessed with this Goat Milk Lotion…I put this stuff on at least six times on Christmas day. You can get it at the Narrow Way in Fort Mill, SC. It smells so good and makes your skin so soft.
The meals at the Campo’s house never disappoint. Here is last year’s Christmas dinner post...
This year, we had prime rib.
There was SO much to eat!
Salad, Glazed ham, seafood Alfredo, greenbean casserole, potatoes, roasted vegetables, parmesan rolls, and baked mushrooms.
For dessert, we had lemon marscapone cake. Marscapone anything will never be denied by me!
I had such a great Christmas.
Hope you enjoy my snow effects 😉
I immediately set my nespresso machine up when I got home!
I watched Empire and had decaf espressos to end the night!
On Saturday, we had a fun day planned. We headed to pick up an old antique dresser to refurbish.
First, I stopped at I Love Juicebar 🙂
I ordered two sweet green juices. It consists of apple, kale, cucumber, parsley, lemon and spinach. We also split a apple pecan bruks bar! They are so good!
This is the wood dresser we bought for $70.
We worked hours on removing the polyurethane and sanding. We are going to do a fun tutorial post when we are done.
We chose divine white for the dresser color, espresso stain for the top, we are going to buy new handles, and remove the center pieces and add baskets.
We picked up the dogs after a couple of hours and brought them over.
Later on that night, I had some espresso and a pita pizza! I also took down all the Christmas decorations that night…
After church on Sunday we were back at it! We headed to Lowes to buy some more tools and supplies.
We stopped and grabbed coffee, a kind bar, and almonds instead of going out to breakfast.
We have the entire thing sanded now! + the drawers. We are painting it and staining tomorrow night.
I had a leftover salad while watching the game!
This was such a great week and I feel so blessed to be where I’m at in life. I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas filled with love, faith, and family!
Three Questions For You!
- How Was Your Christmas?
- What did you get for Christmas?
- Are you planning anything for New Years?