Merry Christmas!

As celebrators of Christmas, we want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas! Eat well (or try) and be safe! 😀

❤ Bree & ⭐ Alissa

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The Gym & A Message

So, now that I (Bree) live closer to things, I’ve joined a gym! The hours are great and work well with my work schedule.

I had my first workout today with the elliptical machine. For the first time, I actually felt really good after. I was a tired and sweaty mess, but I think I actually felt endorphins kicking in! That’s a first!

I fell off the wagon with my eating and gained some weight back, all the driving and transitioning got the better of me… But I am back on track and ready to lose this extra weight and then keep on going until I get to my goal!

I know it’s the holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, whatever you celebrate), but I’ve learned after many years is that the time to make changes is now! Personally, whenever I said, “Oh I’ll wait until after ____” or “____ and ____ is happening this month and I want to eat what I want so I’ll wait until after,” it was that much harder to actually start doing better with eating and working out! After all that I was even heavier and it always seemed to be such a daunting task that lay ahead! So that’s why I’m starting now, even with the holidays.

I don’t know what my body’s breaking point will be. When my pancreas (diabetes), heart (heart attack, coronary artery block), or my intestines (IBS, gastritis) will say, “ENOUGH!” and have a freak-out that can have major consequences!!

Take charge now!

That’s my encouraging speech of the month!

As always, if you have questions for Alissa and/or me feel free to contact us via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or leave a message in the comments section!

❤ Bree

“Snow Flakes” Spritz Cookies

Image from Itsy Bitsy Foodies.

Image from Itsy Bitsy Foodies.

Hi everyone, Alissa here! I’m sharing a Christmas cookie recipe with you today that’s been a staple in my family for generations. The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without them! Okay, so they’re not the healthiest cookies on the planet, but they’re delicious, you can share them with friends and family (perfect for cookie swaps!), and you can make cute little shapes with them!

Some of you may be familiar with them. They’re called “Snow Flakes” and are very similar to Spritz Cookies. Both are typically made with a special cookie press that “cranks” them out in different festive shapes. The main difference between the two recipes is that, unlike Spritz Cookies, Snow Flakes contain cream cheese and cinnamon which give them a little extra flavor. Yum!

Note: To create the shapes you’ll need a Spritz Cookie Press which you can find here, but it’s not required. They’ll taste just as delicious if you roll them with your hands. 😉

Snow Flakes Cookies
Yield: Serves 4 

Ingredients:

1 cup shortening
1 3-oz. package of cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp finely grated orange rind
2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Cream the shortening and cheese well. Add sugar gradually and continue creaming.
  2. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla extract and orange rind.
  3. Sift flour with salt and cinnamon, then add to creamed mixture.
  4. Fill cookie press with batter (skip this step if you do not have a press).
  5. Form cookies on non-greased cookie sheets.
  6. If desired, decorate with colored sugar, cinnamon sugar, chopped almonds, or colored sprinkles.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350°F.

I hope you love these cookies as much as my family does!

If your family has any holiday recipe traditions you’d like to share, please feel free to do so in the comments below! We’d love to hear them! 🙂

⭐ Alissa

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey Everyone!

First, another apology. Bree has been in the chaos of moving to a new city since early November and starting a new job. Will things ever lighten up? Alissa has been busy with more intense deadlines. Deadlines need to die, who’s with us???

Bree here, I’m actually writing this from Starbucks (yay wifi!) because my internet isn’t hooked up at my new home and it won’t be for another two weeks.

So, I do have some common sense thoughts about Thanksgiving.

1. Try not to overeat. Your body will probably be wanting seconds of everything, but try not to give in.

2. Eat the healthy stuff first. This is more of a common-every-day-thing, but it works for holidays too.

3. Enjoy! Even if you do overeat, this holiday is about being thankful (whether you’re with friends and family or not) and if you want to show thanks to your Meme by eating that second piece of pie, have at it. Your body won’t thank you, but Meme will be happy ❤

Alissa actually just found this WebMD article about having a “thinner” Thanksgiving! Check it out here!! It has some great tips too!

Safe travels to you all and Alissa and I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

❤ Bree

7 Ways to Have a Happier Morning

If you’re anything like me, you are not a morning person. At all. Bree can vouch for me here; she’s gone on trips with me and has experienced first hand how you practically need dynamite to get me out of bed in the morning!

I found an article that I think is a nice supplement to the post I wrote last month, “Sleep Tips for the Sleepy.” It lists 7 things you can do to make your morning a little more pleasant and get your day off to a good start. Check it out here!

Let us know in the comments if you try any of these tips, or if you have any tips of your own!

⭐ Alissa