Almost Over with Eat in Month

Wow, I can’t believe I only have two days of Eat in Month left! I wish my eats over the last couple of weeks could have been better, but I’ve been getting by ok without a working kitchen. Hubby and I are supposed to be able to put stuff back in our cabinets tomorrow, so I’m pretty pumped about that!

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More Power Toast and coffee this AM! (Can’t wait to start making oatmeal again once I find my pot!)

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I am in LOVE with this Fresh Market Cinnamon Hazelnut coffee. Gosh is it good?!

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Power Toast:

  • Spelt toast
  • Barney Butter
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Hemp seeds
  • Flaxseeds

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Lunch was leftover Turkey Chili and more spelt bread.

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There’s nothing wrong with having dessert at lunch right? Right! I snacked on some Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate ice cream .

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Late in the day, it started SNOWING! I didn’t really get any good shots of the snow as I was stuck inside on a phone conference. The flurries were so light, you can’t even tell it was snowing!

I wasn’t feeling much like cooking after being in a blah mood all day. Not to mention most of our pots, pans, and plates are still scattered about the house.

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I took some help from the store and heated up a Steamfresh bag of mixed veggies.

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I also tried out this Trader Joe’s Multigrain Pilaf.

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For the main event, we had some asparagus/roasted pepper, smoked gouda chicken rollers from Earthfare . Though they weren’t fast, they were already prepared and only needed to be baked off. I picked this flavor of rollers out of the other 8 available because hubby likes asparagus and it’s his b-day week. I figured a little touch here and there of his fave things wouldn’t hurt.

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The chicken was good, the veggies were fine and the pilaf was really nice. I was mostly surprised by the pilaf – I liked the combination of grains and beans and the overall flavor.

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Hubby baked up some pre-prepared cookies. I wanted to make some of Dreena’s Homestyle cookies , but we were out of Baking Powder! Doh!

I’ve got lots to do this weekend. Not to mention TONS of Bake Sale Payments to compile and bakers/bidders to email! Sorry guys, I’m running a little behind.

Remember to enter my GIVEAWAY for your choice of a necklace I made, earrings I made, or cookies I will make just for you!

Still trying to figure out where to go first once Eat in Month is OVER!!!

Remember, too, to update your links to my new URL (http://thechiclife.com) and your RSS Feeds.

Anyone doing anything fun this weekend?

Power Toast + Coconut Bliss

Now that our oven is back and working, I wanted something HOT for breakfast!

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I made POWER TOAST! I had some new coffee – Fresh Market Cinnamon Hazelnut – so smooth and nutty – it was deeeelish!

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I made spelt toast with:

  • TJ’s organic crunch peanut butter
  • sunflower seeds
  • chia seeds
  • organic shredded coconut

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I had leftover turkey chili for lunch. The chili heated up really well! Instead of more cheese bread, I brought the more nutritious spelt bread and just ate a slice plain. What can I say? I love my carbs! Sometimes there’s nothing better than a slice of fresh-baked bread (ok it was baked yesterday, but still!)

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I had a dentist appointment after work today. I had a cavity they had to fix! Boo!

I wasn’t in the mood for cooking after that (plus I’m trying to not use pots or pans when possible since we have no where to store them once they’re clean-can’t use the cabinets till our contractor is done with them).

So, I picked up a chicken pot pie at Earthfare.

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Round #1

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More cheesy toast! A splurge to celebrate hubby’s bday week.

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Round #2

I have to say, I wasn’t crazy about this chicken pot pie. I think I like the Fresh Market’s better. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE you Earthfare – you are still my fave! I just wish this had more veggies and less fatty pieces on the chicken meat.

And now for something I’ve been wanting to try for awhile…

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I also picked up some Coconut Bliss from Earthfare. Thanks to my parents, I always think of ice cream after seeing the dentist (they always took me to get milkshakes after my appointments). Since I can’t eat out because of Eat in Month, I decided to get some from the grocery store. I really wanted to try this Coconut Bliss after seeing it over at Veggie Girl’s blog.

I went straight to the Coconut Bliss in the ice cream section and would you believe…it was on sale! Hooray!

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I got a container of the Dark Chocolate. mmmmm….

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Just a wee bit served in a fun, wide mug.

This stuff was awesome! I love the whole chocolate-coconut combo anyways (it’s a fave in my yogurt!).

Budgets 101

Still keeping your New Year’s Resolution to get better with money? Maybe you’ve just always wanted to learn more about budgets or how to manage your money best? Then…

Remember to check out Fabulously Broke in the City’s third and last installment of Budgets 101! Click to view.

GIVEAWAY!

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Did you see my giveaway celebrating my new blog? I’m giving away some jewelry I made and some vegan chocolate chip cookies! Enter to win by next Thursday Feb 4th, 2010! Click to view details.  

Reader question: Do you prefer regular, soy, coconut-milk, or another type of ice cream?

A Chic Makeover + A Giveaway (3 Winners!)

The Chic Life has a new look! What do you think of my bloggie makeover? Not too shabby, eh? I would hope not considering how many hours (and hours and hours) I poured into it over the weekend.

I’ll go into the nitty gritty of how I moved my blog another day…maybe this weekend?

For now, I want to C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E!!!!!!!!!!

What better way to celebrate than with a giveaway?

Since I’m feeling generous, I’m offering three different prizes for three different winners! More chances to win is always a plus, no? ;)

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Most of you guys know I make jewelry (under my biz name D Celestine).

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I put a little something together just for you my dear readers.

On the to the swag!

Option #1 – A Handmade Sterling Silver and Onyx Gemstone Necklace

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This necklace has a modern touch with a hammered oval as part of the pendant. This classic style necklace with a modern twist would look great with any outfit!

The jewelry may be shipped to either the US or Canada.

Option #2 – A Pair of Handmade Sterling Silver and Rainbow Crystal Earrings

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These little dazzlers would add a punch of fun to any outfit. The rainbow crystal color makes these earrings go with almost any color!

The jewelry may be shipped to either the US or Canada.

Option #3 – A Batch of Dreena’s Homestyle Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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You don’t have to be vegan to fall in love with these cookies! Trust me, I’m a meat eater and I’m a big fan of them!

These can only be shipped to the US.

Giveaway Details

  • Entries accepted for one week – till next Thursday, February 4th, 2010.
  • Each entry must be entered as a separate comment to count.
  • Winners will be selected randomly.
  • First winner selected will have choice of the 3 options.
  • Second winner selected will have choice of the remaining two.
  • Third winner selected will receive the remaining prize (if the remaining prize is the cookies and you live in Canada, I will work out a different jewelry gift – I can’t afford to ship the cookies to Canada…sorry!).
  • The jewelry may be shipped to either the US or Canada.
  • The cookies can only be shipped to the US.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • If winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours of when the email notification went out, another winner will be selected.

Five Fabulous Ways to Enter

  • Leave a comment on this post saying which item you’d like to win and where you think I should eat out once my Eat in Month challenge is over.
  • Blog about and link to this contest.
  • Tweet about and link to this contest.
  • Add The Chic Life (the new URL) to your blogroll/link list (or update the link to my new URL).
  • Subscribe to my NEW blog feed. (or update your current subscription to the new site).

IMPORTANT – for each entry, leave a separate comment. Your entries must be in separate comments for them to count.

That’s it! Simple, no? Now, who wants to win some free stuff?!

Guest Post: Fabulously Broke in the City on Budgets 101 (Part 3/3)

Our Guest post on Budgets 101 continues with Part 3. Click here to view Part 2.

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Today’s Guest Blogger is Fabulously Broke, who writes a blog called: Fabulously Broke in the City, which is a lifestyle blog with a focus on personal money management and debt.
She also writes for two other blogs: The Everyday Minimalist, a blog about “Living with less, but the Best” and Style on a String, “Because style has nothing to do with money.

This is Part Three in the Series of: How to get started on your 2010 Money Resolutions.

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Curbing the impulse to shop is not easy.

But if you have a solid goal in mind, and are tracking expenses each day in line with the budget youíve created from your net monthly pay, it will be easier.

Just think, every time you bring out your credit card to buy a Starbucks latte: ìCould this money be going to my Paris fund instead?î

And if you really want to get out of debt, but donít know how, where or when to startÖ it will always be on your mind, robbing you of precious sanity and sleep.

What I noticed, when I was getting out of debt, is that when I had a plan set in place, and I knew my debt number as well as what I had to do to eliminate my debt, I slept better at night.

It really is a weight off your shoulders if you just KNOW, rather than staying in denial and getting stressed out.

I slipped a lot when I was getting out of debt, and I still make financial mistakes now.

Itís all part of the learning process. It does not make you a horrible person if you genuinely made a mistake, just as long as you pick yourself up and do better the next time.

Celebrate every triumph, and accept every little setback as part of the process, and take pleasure in the progress you are making.

Itís the only way youíll get to the end.

The journey doesn’t really end…

Now you have the tools and the know-how to continue making smart money decisions, by completing these three money goals:

A) Save 3-6 months of Emergency Savings for just in case.

This money is not to be touched for any reason whatsoever.

It should go into a high interest savings account where you can withdraw the money quickly.

This is emergency money for your living expenses, NOT your budget amounts.

The only categories covered are: Housing & Utilities, Food, Transportation and Incidentals.

The barest of the bare minimum, because if you hit this fund, you are in money crisis mode.

B) Contribute regularly to your retirement plan

Either with your company, or a 401k or Roth IRA on your own.

You should contribute regularly, even if itís only $50 a month. $50 a month for 25 years compounding at 6% interest can turn into $34,823!

(This calculator is called a Compounding Interest Calculator is available online and also included in my FB Budgeting Sheet, where all the proceeds for all of 2010 will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation).

If you are lost, set up and appointment and ask your companyís financial advisor or HR rep for more info, or just browse these wonderful PF blogs online.

C) Enjoy your money and debt-free status but stay alert!

Be careful about racking up any more debt in the future on your credit cards or lines of credit.

I would even go so far as to suggest you consider other money-saving measures, such as:

  • Buying secondhand clothing ñ it really isn’t that icky, when you think of it as vintage
  • Buying a car that is at least 3 years old, because it is at its cheapest by then
  • Not buying a home where the mortgage is larger than you can handle, factoring in maintenance & other costs

There are lots of other tips online on many helpful & free blogs on how to save money, such as waiting for sales, using coupons, discounts and many more.

Good luck in 2010!

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