friday freebie: kuhn rikon cookie press (closed)

—This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks to everyone for participating! Check back on Fridays for a new awesome giveaway!— Yesterday I mentioned how much fun I had with the Kuhn Rikon cookie press that my good friends at BigKitchen.com sent me. If you’ve never worked with a cookie press before, it’s amazing! It’s basically a… 

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wellness calendar: december 2012 (free printable)

dev2012Wowzers! Almost 200 of you downloaded last month's wellness calendar. That is totally awesome! I am so happy so many people are joining in the charge to commit to daily health. It makes me all warm and fuzzy to know that folks have this calendar hanging in their offices and their homes. Woohoo! Because the response was so great, I whipped us up another calendar for the month of December! Just like last month, each day has a little tip, trick or suggestion. . .
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vanilla cardamom spritz cookies

spritz cookiesIs your holiday baking in full swing yet? Mine is. It may seem a little early to some folks, but my family long ago decided to celebrate our "family Christmas" ahead of the actual holiday. We're a totally blended group—I have three half siblings—so celebrating a week early frees up Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for everyone to visit the other sides of their family (including in-laws since we're all married, too). It works out quite nice. It allows Craig. . .
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bthr book club: december book announcement

the-book-thiefAlright, we have a winner for our inaugural BTHR book club selection. After a few weeks of voting, you guys picked The Book Thief by Markus Zusak! You can buy the book through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Half.com. Also, make sure to check out your local library! That's where I'm getting mine from. It's a quite popular book, so many libraries will have multiple copies (mine has 12!). Now go secure your copy and get to reading! On December 27th, feel. . .
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all-natural beet juice red food coloring

beets potThere are so many things I love about the holidays, but one of my most favorite parts is that we're pretty much given carte blanche to color and bedazzle and glitterize all of our food. Cookies are frosted with a thick layer of red and green swirls. Cupcakes are topped with sprinkles. Heck, I've even been known to put colorful sugars on my hot chocolate and food coloring in my snow. This love of all things colorful is in direct competition. . .
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what i ate wednesday: slim pickins

1We're down to some pretty slim pickins in the Johnston family fridge. We really should have gone grocery shopping last weekend, but I'm convinced we have enough food stockpiled in our two fridges, deep freezer and numerous pantries to make it until the end of the month (and payday). So we're kinda scraping the bottom of the barrel here. Although, admittedly, it doesn't look that way in my eats. I'm a notoriously bad overshopper/grocery hoarder, so I could probably not. . .
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try it out tuesday: walking off fat treadmill workout

walkThe Basics The Workout: Walk Off Fat Workout from Shape Magazine Type of Workout: Cardio intervals Muscle Groups Worked: Cardio Equipment Required: Treadmill, track or outdoor walking space; timing device The Nitty-Gritty: Three different intensity levels (easy, moderate and brisk) are alternated for 5-10 minute increments during a 60 minute walking workout. The goal is to cut down on treadmill boredom and turn walking into a hardcore workout. The Results We have a sorely underutilized treadmill live in our basement. I know a lot of folks. . .
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confessions…

1. My knees have been hurting a lot lately. Which sucks. I know that taking some pounds off would make them hurt less, but man, I just love chocolate and beer so much. 2. Sometimes I wish I'd lose my cell phone. Just for a day or two. Just to disconnect for a while. 3. I definitely take the elevator to my third floor office. I see your shame and raise you unabashed laziness, Gretchen. 4. I made salted caramel. . .
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this weekend i…

thanksgiving leftovers...ate leftovers. ...strung popcorn and cranberry garland. ...soaked up the sun in the grass. ...watched Elf. ...chopped down a Christmas tree. ...well...watched Craig chop down a Christmas tree. ...drank some apple cider. ...played Christmas trivia. ...decorated our tree. ...decorated our house. ...baked some cookies. ...baked some more cookies. ...sewed our new stockings. ...drank some egg nog (with amaretto). ...made some wreaths and garland. ...addressed our Christmas cards. ...watched some football. ...went to a basketball game. ...made some Christmas gifts. ...browsed. . .
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100 things i’m thankful for…

stocking christmas1. Babyface. 2. Puppyface 3. Our house. 4. Our land. 5. Good beer. 6. Clean drinking water. 7. Trashy TV. 8. Spray paint. 9. Glitter. 10. Fireplaces 11. The library. 12. My parents. 13. College basketball. 14. Moisturizer. 15. Electricity. 16. You guys. 17. Christmas music. 18. My iPhone. 19. Headbands. 20. Our garden. 21. Dark chocolate. 22. Laughing so hard you can't breathe. 23. Slippers. 24. My family (American and Canadian). 25. Not having to cook today. 26. My. . .
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not so naked face (giveaway)

I mentioned last week that I rarely wear makeup anymore. I've never felt like I needed to wear makeup to coverup, but the truth is, I actually love makeup for the fun factor of it all. I love bright colors, I love being able to change my look with just a few different products. I love treating my face as a blank canvas. Unfortunately though, my eyes and skin are both extremely sensitive and I've yet to find very many. . .
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what i ate wednesday: the new normal

1Now that I'm not in the office as much (only two days a week) I've noticed my mealtime routine has been steadily shifting from a solid three-meals-a-day plan to more of a two-meals-a-day thing with some snacks thrown in. I've tried to fight it for months now because you always hear "three balanced meals a day!", but I'm sick of fighting my natural rhythm. If I had my druthers, everyday would start with water and coffee. And then around 10am I'd. . .
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things i’m digging

dog bone1. Holidays Rule. This album is seriously awesome. Fun., Paul McCartney, The Civil Wars, The Head and the Heart, The Shins. It's pretty much a Christmas-loving hipster's dream album. And you don't have to buy it, the whole thing is available on Spotify. You do have Spotify, right? It's also awesome. And free. 2. Straedtler Fineliner pens. I've probably had these in a TID post before, but they deserve another mention. I got these Staedtler Fineliner pens in a swag. . .
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