Helloooo Space Heater!

I decided to work from home today.

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I love working from home because:

  • It’s eco-friendly
  • It saves me time in commute
  • I can work in PJs
  • I can control my temperature better (no frigid office-hello space heater!)
  • I can cook a hot lunch
  • I can more easily drink all the hot tea I want

I decided to start the day with a hot breakfast:


Chopped dates and sliced banana

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Extra thick oats + Unsweetened cocoa powder


Cooked stovetop


Brewed gingerbread coffee with whip


Morningstar “sausage”


Yummy oats



You can follow these basic directions for cooking, but for ingredients, I added chopped dates, sliced banana, 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, almonds (on top).


I went for some Teavana hot tea in the morning, just before lunch.




paired with Rooibos Macadamia


All together


STEEP! Hammer Time!


Perfect with Earthfare Organic Premium Pure Cane Sugar.


Top down



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I decided to give the Velveeta Shells & Cheese another try – this time in Original. I also zapped some TJ’s Soycatash in the microwave for 2 minutes and then stirred in a wee bit of real organic butter.



The mac and cheese wasn’t as good as I remember. I guess I’m not as big on processed cheese as I used to be.


I did get seconds though. :)


I had more hot tea post-lunch – Celestial Seasonings in Peppermint this time.

I’m off work now, but still have lots to do!

House Update

Our sink/disposal is currently clogged up (thanks butternut squash peel!). We thought hubby fixed it this afternoon, but….alas…it appears to be royally messed up this time. Not sure what we’re going to do about that. :( Waaaah

Holiday Cookie Challenge Update

I’ve updated my Holiday Cookie Challenge page with some entries. If you have an entry and don’t see it there, email me or leave a comment on my cookie challenge post and I’ll add you.

Holiday Party

Tonight is my company’s Holiday Party!!

I’m looking forward to my holiday party but I have no money to put towards a new dress, so I’m going to have to shop my closet tonight and figure something out from what I already have. I may have to go LBD.

Gotta go wrap our Dirty Santa present.

So Fresh and So Clean-Clean

With a late phone conference today, I decided to spend the last part of my work day working from home.



I rarely work from home or have the chance to run errands during the day, so I almost always take the opportunity to hit up a local bakery on my way home from work. I picked up a pretzel twist for hubby and a mini "texas donut" for moi. With decaf…mmm…nice and warm!


Hubby decided to not partake in dinner when he found out I was cooking (an organic) butternut squash. :(

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That was too bad too because the squash was a PAIN to prep! Mostly it was difficult because of my measley peeler. I think I need one of those that is shaped more like a razor with the blade at the top instead of a long knife-like one like I had. I barely could get through the skin with mine! I finally figured out if I rubbed it back and forth quickly it came off easier, but I was TERRIFIED I'd end up cutting myself accidentally and proceeded as carefully as possible.


Since I was having dinner solo, I decided to go ahead and dig into some Trader Joe's Organic Firm tofu I had in the fridge.

I actually prepped my tofu before getting started on the squash since it needed to marinate.


Check out the heart in my tofu marinade! I'm seeing hearts everywhere lately!


Roasted tofu


Roasted butternut squash (with canola oil and maple syrup)


Peas. I used to hate peas, but now I LOVE them!






Yum! So fresh and so clean-clean…clean eats that is!



Two tiny Trader Joe's truffles with skim milk for dessert. Two desserts in ONE day…I know. I shouldn't have. But…I DID! ;)

House Update


The polyurethane smell in the house is driving me crazy! I found these Bath & Body works wallflowers replacement bottles in a box, but not the attachments. Not until tonight at least. I decided to figure out where the heck they were so I could get them plugged up.

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I placed a "Fresh Linen" in the living room and a "Sea Island Cotton" in our bedroom.

I used to be completely obsessed with these wallflowers when I was in college. Cotton Blossom (the original, not the Sea Island) was my signature scent. I loved how fresh and clean it smelled…like a warm, sunny day. I didn't use them much in the apartment, but I see them becoming popular on the house-front once again.

I wish I had some more fall-like scents, though. Hmm…shopping to Bath & Body anyone?


More signs of Christmas in the house. (and yes, that's the Real Housewives of OC in the background)


I think I need some mini ornaments for my silver Christmas tree. This little reindeer needs no extra decoration – he's so cute!


Sleepy time!

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