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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