Holy Kris Kringle, only 2 days left til Christmas! And I couldn’t be anymore excited. All my shopping is good and done. Gifts are wrapped and under the tree. Now all that is left in some holiday baking.
I’m attempting to make homemade caramels for the first time as part as my gift to all of my aunts that I do each year. As well as some of my favorite butter rum cookies and hot cocoa rice krispie treats for Christmas Eve. I always like waiting until that day to whip up everything in a frenzy leaving the kitchen caked in a layer of flour, pile of dishes, and the smell of baked goods in the air.
This weekend I delivered a double dose of Christmas cheer since I feel a little behind in my 12 Days of Giving. Saturday morning I went to return the book “An Idiot Girl’s Christmas” that I read in less than a day for this month’s #HLBBookClub. It was hilariously festive, and could be wrapped up in pretty much three words. Kmart. Barney. Place mats. I guess you’ll have to read the book to understand, or wait for my full recap to come!
Along the way, I dropped off a toy for a toy drive a local pizza place was having for kids in the community. After my friend Katie got me one of these bad boys for my birthday, I knew the perfect gift to buy.
A peanut butter maker! Gotta start those pb addictions at a young age nowadays. Step aside easy bake oven. We got the world’s next peanut butter genius a-brewin.
I also put together a bag of canned goods for the local food pantry held by our town church. I did the basics of pasta, rice, veggies, and of course some beans. Gotta spread my legume-lovin’ to the masses.
I also added a fleece blanket which I originally was going to give with some food to one of the homeless I often would see with signs on my way home from work…Until I found out they weren’t exactly homeless or in need, but rather just looking for some extra cash.
Maybe they are still in need, but at least I know the donations are going to someone who truly needs them and is giving back to my community. Which is why I wrapped up this weekend’s into giving to a child, giving to someone in need, and giving to your community. I never get tired of the good feeling giving back to someone gives me.
Sunday, I started my day off with the first day of Month 2 of Insanity which was fittingly called MAX Interval Circuit. If I thought the first month was cray. Then month 2 is gunna be legally taken to a Gaga level.
We not only had to do our fit test which is about 30 minutes of intensity, but then had to do the ACTUAL workout for an extra hour. I think my heart officially stopped for a couple seconds after it was done before the word coffee was uttered. And this was all before breakfast time. Who am I, and what have you done with my hangry self?
Luckily I knew I had a bowl of (almost) the best bowl of overnight oats known to blog-kind waiting for me when I got home. Nothing can top the banana split oats I made, which reminds me I should make those…
Yes. These oats are fantab. And pretty fitting for this time of year for me. Every year, my stocking usually contains one of my favorite types of chocolate other than really bitter 80% dark chocolate. Can’t you tell I’m a big candy eater?
But anyway, my stocking usually always has a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Other than the fact that is chocolate in the shape of a fruit, with the perfect flavor combo of (you guessed it) chocolate and orange, the best part is that you have to whack the thing on a table so all the pieces separate. If chocolate didn’t evoke enough happiness, getting to get some stress relief at the same time is pretty much a therapy session for me.
And that’s when a stroke of genius happened. Although I don’t suggest slamming your bowl of oats on the counter like a chocolate orange. Not like I would know from experience or anything.
After all the swag I got from True Lemon, I thought what a perfect way to pack in all the chocolate citrus loving in one bowl of oats without harming a single pulp laden fruit in the process?! Okay so maybe along the lines an orange or two was sacrificed but not by my hands.
- ½ cup oats
- ½ cup soymilk
- ¼ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp stevia (or sweetener of choice)
- 1 pkt True Orange
- Combine first four ingredients in a bowl.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- The following morning, stir in stevia and true orange.
Chocolate and fruit goes together like peanut butter and cabbage. Or peanut butter and jelly for you simple folks. Now I’m off to get some work done, more giving, and an hour in the insane asylum for a workout. See you on Christmas!!
Is all your Christmas shopping done?
Baking anything for the holidays?