National Frozen Yogurt Day

Happy National Frozen Yogurt Day!

National Frozen Yogurt DayHello!

In case you haven’t heard, I’m a massive fan of ice cream and I guess frozen yogurt is okay on occasion too. I have to exercise my newly developed willpower every time I cross the freezer aisle because it’s all too tempting to reach in and fill my arms with Ben & Jerry’s. I even had to throw away my B&J coupons because I would use them as an excuse to talk myself into buying ice cream, get up to the check stand, and then realize that I left the coupon at home. The cycle continued for far too long before I had to be honest and admit that I was playing myself and would never actually remember to bring it. It’s a dangerous game! Lucky for me, I’m not that much of a fan of froyo so walking into Yogurt Extreme wasn’t an enormous risk for this recovering ice cream-aholic. A little bit of cake batter froyo with caramelized walnuts, crushed reeses peanut butter cups, crushed butterfinger, crushed oreo, a dusting of graham cracker, and a drizzle of hot fudge makes a pretty good combination. Don’t be fooled by the blue sky reflected in the door! As soon as I pulled out of the parking lot, it started hailing hard and I was trapped in my car in the driveway, eating my frozen yogurt and listening to the end of a Mahler symphony waiting for a break in the hail and rain. No matter how hard we wish in honor of the holiday, it’s simply not frozen yogurt season yet. Grab a spoon and celebrate! Happy holidays.

Carrie

National Croissant Day

Happy National Croissant Day!

National Croissant DayHello!

Now that I’m back home, snuggling with my kitty on the couch and blasting my Spotify Discover playlist with a cup of Kirkland Keurig coffee on the table next to me, I’m reminiscing over San Francisco. Our return was inevitable, if not thoroughly planned, and it wasn’t hard to get back into my normal routine, but we had an amazing weekend and it would be a little odd if I wasn’t sad to leave, right? It was a simple, quick weekend out for Eric’s birthday and we didn’t have anything specific planned outside of the usual tourist stops and lots of good eating. Yesterday morning, we stopped in at a local cafe that only serves natural, organic food. Personally, that’s not a big deal for me, but it was super fresh and yummy! Eric opted for the bagel while I took advantage of the opportunity to bite into a buttery, flaky breakfast sandwich with a croissant bun! We sipped on tea lattes to accompany the meal and had a very nice, relaxing little brunch before bus-hopping across the city. With a full stomach, good energy, and mildly sore feet from lots of walking, we spent the last day exploring the Golden Gate Park and standing at the base of the infamous Golden Gate Bridge. We were blessed with beautiful weather for the whole weekend and enjoyed truly beautiful views of the city. We’re a pair of homebodies, but do love to travel. I can’t wait for our next little adventure and to discover another delicious take on a fluffy croissant. Happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Green Juice Day

Happy National Green Juice Day!

National Green Juice DayHello!

Today is turning into a detox and work day. After the gym this morning, I put on a face mask, poured myself a big glass of green juice in honor of the holiday, and started cleaning around the house! There’s nothing that a tingly face mask and yummy smoothie can’t fix! I got this cayenne pepper and lemon face mask in my birchbox and loved it so much that I had to buy the full size. It’s seriously amazing. It tingles just a little bit when you put it on as it dries, but it feels so nice when you exfoliate and wash it off. It’s the pick-me-up that I needed! Today is Eric’s birthday, but the real festivities and celebration happen tomorrow when we fly into San Francisco for a quick weekend away! As excited as I am for that, it also means that today’s schedule is quite full. I want to make sure that the house is clean and tidy before we leave because there’s nothing fun about coming back to home to a messy house. I’m also working overtime to deliver everything in my Fiverr queue so that I don’t have to worry about work while we’re out and about! Plus, we both teach lessons tonight so we don’t even have time for a birthday dinner on his special day. Looking at the time tick by, I am feeling just a wee bit stressed about getting everything crossed off of my to-do list, but I’m sure that it will all get done. The face mask and juice session wasn’t exactly on the list, but it’s for a special holiday treat for me. Happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Tempura Day

Happy National Tempura Day!

National Tempura DayHello!

Eric, mom, and I got together for what is becoming our annual National Tempura Day celebration. We went out on our tempura date a few days ago because the weather channel has been forecasting the end of days here with a winter storm advisory. We get far more rain in the valley than anything else so we don’t really have the expertise or equipment to deal with snow and ice. School literally gets cancelled when we have 1/8 inch of snow on the ground and the sidewalks are a little slippery. It’s kind of a laugh, but it’s also just the nature of unfamiliar weather. Other people panic when it’s pouring down rain, but that’s the norm for us. Anyway, I knew that my Saturday would be screwed up no matter what and had to shift plans. If it wasn’t going to be a winter weather catastrophe of freezing rain and snow that shut us into the house, then I would still have a huge stack of oboe lessons to attend to all day. I wanted to be on the safe side and make sure that the tempura was enjoyed in Eric’s and my mom’s wonderful company! To be extra celebratory, I got two tempura dishes, although it was a total fluke. I ordered the tempura vegetables on purpose, but I panicked a little bit when it was my turn to order. I picked a random sushi roll off of the lunch specials menu and hoped that I would get lucky. It was amazing! It felt a little bit like eating the cheeseburger equivalent of sushi with cream cheese, avocado, a spicy cream sauce, and tempura coating, but it was super flavorful and delicious. Plus, tempura was exactly what I was looking for! Happy holidays.

Carrie

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National Bacon Day

Happy National Bacon Day!

National Bacon DayHello!

What better way to celebrate National Bacon Day than with Rigoberto’s breakfast burritos? These monster burritos barely fit in the waxy yellow wrapping paper and I can only ever manage to eat half of one before my tummy threatens to burst. They’re delicious and obviously the best breakfast option on any given day. I got a bacon breakfast burrito in honor of the holiday, but the first bite out of Eric’s chorizo burrito was a lot more photogenic than mine, so he won the closeup photo. I’m really picky about the texture of bacon when it’s by itself, so I don’t often opt for it if we go somewhere for breakfast. Sausage is a much more fool-proof choice in those cases. I firmly believe that the flavor of bacon is always amplified by the volume of its crunch. In my ideal world, 85% of the fat on a strip of bacon should cook off so that it leaves a super crunchy, insanely salty bacon chip on the pan. I haven’t quite convinced Eric to come over to my side on the issue, but I’m making progress. Lucky for me, the little bits of bacon in my breakfast burrito were so smashed in with the rest of the warm burrito filling and tasty green salsa that I almost don’t mind that it’s undercooked according to my dream standards. Indulge in the breakfast of champions and celebrate! Happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Pastry Day

Happy National Pastry Day!

National Pastry DayHello!

Today I went to my first exercise class – ever. Now I’m obviously rewarding myself with a pastry for the holiday on my way home. Outside of obligatory physical education classes in school, this hasn’t ever really been my thing and I definitely haven’t gone seeking it out. I had gym access during college with both the university rec center and small gym facilities in my apartment buildings. I think that I can count on both hands how many times I actually went and worked out over the course of four years. There were a few short, enthusiastic strings of energy, but still nothing that pushes my combined total over 10. As my couch becomes my office and I work more hours on my laptop, I figure it might be time to do some preventative work before my bum grows to be the size of a tanker truck. Eric and I just signed up at a gym, which he gets a discount for through the school, and all of the classes are included in the membership. I have walked their treadmills once and today I figured it’s time to take the plunge. I took heart in the fact that a 9 AM Friday class would mostly be attended by retired women – I was right. I also figured that I wouldn’t die in a class called ‘Bones and Balance’ – I was also right. I knew better than to jump into something like Ab Blaster Extreme Bootcamp. No pastry, no matter how decadent, could bring me back from that one. Celebrate your victories with a sweet treat to get your morning started right. Happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Jerky Day

Happy National Jerky Day!

National Jerky DayHello!

It has been a long, long, long, long, long week. I was very excited to be hired for the ballet pit orchestra again, but driving up to Portland five days this week was a pain in the butt. Not to mention the long hours while I was there that took a lot of thought and attention. Teaching also kicked my booty at the start of the week and it has been a lot of work to keep up with all of my freelance jobs stacked up around this gig too. Throw in the fact that Thursday was essentially taken out for Thanksgiving festivities too and it was a killer week! That is all to say that I am super excited for today’s snack-spiration. Between performances this afternoon, I’m hunkering down to get some serious lesson planning and writing done to prepare for a fresh start to next week. My purse is packed with the ultimate snack stash to keep me energized and on task. Pistachios were on sale so I snatched up a few bags, plus I still have some handfuls of cranberries left from the holiday on Tuesday. Best of all, I’m fueling with the original energy snack. Jerky isn’t just for hiking through rough terrain and nestling by a crackling fire in a rustic log cabin. Right? Well, I’m eating it in downtown Portland anyway. Serious work requires serious snacking. Happy holidays!

Carrie

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