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The Time Has Come – MOVED!

January 4, 2011

Happy 2011 Everyone! 

I hope that you all had an incredible holiday season and wish you nothing but the best in 2011!

I will be embarking on a new journey this year and thought it only fitting to transform my blog as well.  Tidbits From My Mind is no longer doing it for me and was not fitting my purpose, so I chose to move on to bigger and better things.

From now on, I will be blogging over at Starting Out Fit

Please change your readers and blog rolls and do come on over!

Looking forward to what is to come! :)

We’re MOVING!

December 29, 2010

Hello lovely readers!

I hope everyone had a wonderful  Christmas and is resting up for an equally wonderful New Years this weekend. :)

I just wanted to let you all know that I have big things in store for the New Year so please sit tight.

I believe that I have finally found my ‘blog calling’ and some January 1st, it will be unveiled in the form of a brand new name and a brand new URL.

I will be attempting to export posts and comments from Tidbits From My Mind in hopes that nothing is lost on this move.  Please bear with me as I hope to start 2011 with a blogging bang!! :)

Why My Coworkers Love Me Today

December 17, 2010

I’ve literally been baking every day for the past week in attempt to be able to wrap up my Christmas baskets over the weekend leaving next week open to relax after work.

When doing my baking for my gifts, I like to try and make a little extra so that I can bring a tray in for my coworkers before people start taking off for the holidays.

Today was the day that I had my tray ready to bring in.

Let’s just say there were quite a few smiles this am when I walked in the building carrying this baby. ;)

Now I just need to keep myself away from this baby. ;)

All that said any done, I think I can actually say that I *think* I’m done all of my baking for my Christmas gifts!

Yeah!

 

I look forward to getting everything all wrapped and looking pretty this weekend.

Epilating…Say What?

December 16, 2010

To be completely honest, when I received an invite to a new campaign from BzzAgent several weeks ago, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting into.  The subject of the invite email read “Want stunningly smooth legs?” and I instantly thought to myself “Hell yeah!” I’m going to be sporting a bikini basically for an entire week – in public – in less than 4 months!  Of course I want stunningly smooth legs!

If I decided to join the campaign, BzzAgent would give me a new  Philips SatinPerfect HP6570 epilator to try out and essentially review and talk to people about. I thought it was some sort of electric razor so I figured why not?

Boy was I wrong.

*yikes!*

I received my epilator in the mail last Friday still not knowing exactly what it was.

It was only once I started actually reading the information that I realized this was not a razor at all! This thing literally plucks out your leg hair as you run it along your skin!!

This does not sound good.

(I’m actually kicking myself in the butt for not taking pictures of my expressions as I tested out this epilator last night.)

Saturday morning I thought I would give this baby a try. I mean, she’s pretty enough right?  C really wanted to see how it worked (as did I) so I plopped myself down on the kitchen floor with the epilator plugged in ready to give it a go. Well I tried several times and no work of a lie screeched like a little girl and chickened out!

That thing is LOUD! and the little plucky things move REALLY fast!  I was scared for my skin!

And it was left at that.

After reading of some experiences from other women (some good, some bad) I figured I was tough and decided last night was the night I would try epilating for the first time.

I rushed upstairs as soon as I got home in hopes of getting it done before C came home (so he couldn’t see my reaction).  Well I’m glad he wasn’t there to see.

HOLY HELL!

To be completely honest, it was SO EXTREMELY PAINFUL! I have NO idea how some women think this thing feels ok! Seriously!?

I really stuggled to get one leg done. Actually, I wasn’t even able to do the entire leg only epilating from the knee down and missing hairs around the ankles. The pain just wasn’t worth it anymore at that point.  Maybe it was so bad because I have never even had my legs waxed before?? At this point, I just can’t see myself wanting to go through that pain on a regular basis!

I think the only way I would even consider epilating my legs again would be if the hair really does take longer to grow back. SO, I have decided to do an experiment. My right leg has been epilated and my left has been shaved. If my right leg stays longer even for just over a week, I just might have to give it another go.  I mean, the idea of not having to shave during my wedding vacation would be pretty awesome. ;)

Has anyone out there tried epilating before?  What are your thoughts on it?

***Have you heard of BzzAgent before? if not, and if you are interested in sampling and reviewing products for companies, check it out! It’s all free and pretty fun!**

My No-Bake Chocolate Macaroons

December 14, 2010

I will always believe that the recipes passed down from family members over the years will always be some of the best, and they will also always be some of the ones you always go back to.

My mother’s fudge brownie recipe is one of those, as well as our family chocolate macaroon recipe.

I’m not the only one in our family who knows this one by heart. ;)

No-Bake Chocolate Macaroons

You will need:

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 C unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 C rolled oats

What to do:

- Melt the butter in a medium size pot on a medium-low heat

- Once melted, stir in the cocoa powder until well blended. And then the sugar and stir until blended.

- Add the milk and stir while you bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.

- Now stir in your oats and coconut.

- Cover your baking sheets with parchment paper and drop 1 tbps spoonfuls onto your sheet (you could always make them bigger or smaller) ;)

- Chill until hardened. Store in the fridge.

These are one of the easiest things to make and definitely a yearly go-to recipe for me at Christmas time. :)

Baking Samples = Salad For Supper

December 14, 2010

Seriously Mother Nature, what are you doing to me?

Yesterday brought upon another extreme cold weather alert in the area with windchills around -22 deg C so needless to say, I chose not to freeze my little butt off at the farm after work. Instead, I decided to go straight home and get my baking on.

I substituded a workout for baking. Bad, I know. BUT this baking is for my Christmas gifts so it has to get done.  I’m hoping I can just relax next week while the days before Christmas disappear. Rather than stress like crazy to get things done. ;)

Here’s what I’ve made since Friday.

More details on recipes and such to come at a later date. ;)

With all this baking (and sampling), I figured that I needed to make a 100% guilt free and healthy supper for C and I. So out came some turkey breasts that we picked up a couple of weeks ago.

I marinated the turkey breasts in lime juice, olive oil, garlic and salt/pepper for about 25 minutes before grilling on my grill pan.

The turkey was then served on top of a bed of romaine with tomatoes, green onions and a red wine vinaigrette (dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and olive oil).

It was perfect.

After supper, we then proceeded to head upstairs to our movie/game room and cuddle up to watch LOST. We are definitely LOST fanatics, but sadly never made it past season 4 due to C’s school and then work schedules. Now that we’re caught up on Friday Night Lights (hands down my FAVOURITE show) we decided to start Season 5 of LOST Sunday night.  We’re now hooked right in again and can’t wait to see how the series finishes up.

The Weekend That Wasn’t

December 13, 2010
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Why is it that every time you have a lot of things planned on your ‘to-do’ list for the weekend it just doesn’t turn out?

(wow that was a winded sentence)

My #1 goal for this past weekend was to bake my little heart out and get 90% of my Christmas gift baking done and out of the way.

FAIL.

I got 3 recipes baked and one was even a mega fail because the oven temp/time listed on the recipe was wrong and one side of my banana chocolate chip biscotti got a little burnt.  :( So sad.

By the time we finished with our grocery shopping and visiting with both sets of parents, I just didn’t have anything left in me to bake up a storm.

At least I managed to get out for what might be my last outdoor run of 2010 Saturday.  It was about 3-5 degrees C outside with no wind, rain or snow. I couldn’t not go for a run.

How’s this for an outfit? ;)

I was sporting some pretty snazzy turquoise mittens as well. Believe it or not, after running 3.12KM in 19 minutes, I was pretty hot!

Now my mission for the week = bake, bake, and bake some more!

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