One of these things is not like the others…
Snuggle time with my precious kitty!
Relaxing on the couch with a fleece blanket and a cat on my lap is one of my very favorite activities when I go home to Michigan.
Went to a Holiday Cookie Baking event last night coordinated by the Newcomers Club at GMI. I’m on the planning committee for the club and we put on events for new employees to meet, connect and have fun :)
This event was planned by my friend Andrea, pictured in the top photo rolling out the dough for her family’s favorite sugar cookie recipe. My other friend Kim is the one giving the thumbs-up in the 3rd photo. They both work in R&D so I love talking to them about the new products and projects they get to be a part of! Plus they were able to coordinate the use of a lab/kitchen space for our event.
I think we made 10 types of cookies total:
I do not have much restraint when it comes to cheese balls. I could have easily eaten the whole thing if I wasn’t saving room for turkey last Thursday.
My lunchtime solution for using up some of the leftover turkey that made it alllll the way back to Minneapolis from Muskegon, nestled next to a cold pack in the trunk.
Based off of this recipe for “Skinny Turkey & Wild Rice Soup" except I guess I made it even skinnier because I didn’t put in any half & half. Or celery, because I’m all out and too lazy to go to the grocery store just yet.
I think I might like rice in my soup even more than noodles! Those starchy grains just soak up all the meaty turkey brothy goodness and make for a cozy December lunch. (Wait, is it really December already? Time to get on those Christmas cards…)
Grumpy cat greeting at my desk this morning @nibblrbox
Photos from Turkey Day with Page’s family!
The Andrews’ new dog, Howie! He came galloping out to meet us when our car finally pulled up at Page’s house around 5:20am. I was a little apprehensive about meeting him because he’s such a big dog! But he really is a gentle giant.
Turkey before it went in the oven - note the basket-weave of bacon.
We grazed on appetizers for most of the afternoon. Topping the guacamole with diced mango is a combination I’d never had before, but it was delicious! Other favorites in this photo: cocktail weenies and the cheese ball.
Celebrating the Lions victory! My favorite is Mr. Andrews’ Lions zuba pants in the second shot.
While we made dinner, it snowed and snowed outside…
Turkey out of the oven! We removed the bacon halfway through so that the top of the bird could brown. And so that we could snack on bacon.
Desserts at the ready! Pumpkin pie, Apple Crumb pie, and Page’s birthday cake. Also I spy with my little eye someone veeery intently watching the turkey carving process…
Cuddled up and relaxing after a long day of excitement.
Spending about 24 total hours in a car over Thanksgiving break gave me the chance to reflect. I think that overall, I want to spend more mental energy being grateful. Not just around the holiday where everyone is supposed to give thanks, but consciously, throughout the year.
Grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given, the family and friends who support me and the relationship I am building.
Grateful to work for a wonderful company, at a job that challenges me and provides me with continual growth and development, yet still leaves me with enough time to pursue other passions and interests on the side.
Grateful for the city I live in, the adventures that I’ve had and the ones just up the road.
Grateful to be doing the things I want to do, in a place I want to be, with people I love and respect, day in and day out.
I am almost always the type of grocery shopper who will prepare a list, walk into the store, and buy exactly what is on that list with very few impulse purchases. If I do buy something that isn’t on my list, it’s usually because it’s on sale for a good price.
Enter Trader Joes. When I walk into that store, all bets are off. Doesn’t matter if I’m planning to just buy some cheap wine and Multigrain Blueberry Oatmeal. I will walk out of that place with 4 different types of frozen ethnic dinners (omg the Paneer Tikka Masala with Spinach Basmati Rice), artisan baked goods, exotic trail mix, some kind of 100% juice blend, dark-chocolate-covered somethings from above the freezers, and possibly whatever product they were sampling in the back corner during my visit.
I basically feel the need to purchase every single product that they have there. It’s all SO GOOD too! Which just fuels the fire and helps me justify my purchases the next time…
Ok so anyway, this post was supposed to focus on these Yogurt Stars that I picked up on a whim in the checkout line last time I was in Trader Joes. They are freaking delicious and I am a little bit obsessed.
The purple ones are blueberry and they actually taste like blueberries. The red ones are raspberry, and the white are vanilla. I really appreciate products that are not just colored differently, but actually taste different too. (Frosted animal crackers, looking at you here.)
If you like adorable little star-shaped cookies dipped in tangy berry-flavored yogurt coating, probably you should get to Trader Joes stat. And I DARE you to not deviate from your grocery list.