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Hump Day of a Holiday Week.  Does that make Hump Day sound any better?  Nah.  Not really.  So what’s happening in your world?  Are you wrapping presents like a banchee?  Or baking up a storm?  Speaking of baking, so glad you enjoyed Shannon Marie’s holiday high raw all vegan dessert recipes yesterday!  Everything from Cinnamon Mocha Crinkles 

Cinnamon Mocha Crinkles on black and white plate


To Raw Nog Creams
Raw Nog Creams on white blue plate
To Raw Ginger Creams
Raw Ginger Creams topped and in clear container
Shannon Marie of Raw Dorable is a creative baker like no other!  
Plate full of various cookies
As the super lovely PB & Jenny said, she needs her own Food Network show, and I totally agree!   

Thanks again, Shannon Marie for guest posting…muah!!!!!

But let’s move onto what I’ve been up to in Aruba.  We actually went out for a Sunset Drink! 

Patio with palm trees next to pool

Except check out this drink menu.  It was soooo extensive…

The Vodkas

Vodka drink list

Specialty martinis
Specialty martini drink list
I ordered a couple bottles of Veuve.   Kidding.

 Champagne & Sparkling Wine drink list

But the Lover looked good

Mixed drink list


And so did the Milky Way Martini

Mixed drink mix with descriptions

And so did the Milky Way Blended Drink.  Move over Frappucinos, there’s a new blended Oreo Sheriff in town!

Mixed drink list with descriptions

Then there were the Top Shelf Options.  I’m all about pimpin’ up my ride drinks Cadillac style.

Top Shelf Margarita List

In the end, the choices overwhelmed me.   So I didn’t even order.  I know, lame, huh??!!!  You may recall me talking here about why I haven’t drank in four years I really want to break my dry spell.  But I am kinda scared to even drink!  I hate that hungover feeling, that next day what-was-I-thinking-feeling, and I know that one drink will hardly send me over the edgebut then again, after being squeaky clean for four years, ya never know!

I lived vicariously through Scott’s drink.  A Madras Tini.   

Mixed drink drink list with descriptions

 And they don’t skimp.  There was a flask brought for seconds.

Cocktail shaker with a glass of pink liquor with orange slice

And Skylar got into the the mixed nuts.

Young girl eating a jar of mixed nuts

A chick on a mission for her salted nuts.  Do not get in her way! 

Close up of mixed nuts in jar with young girl in background

Here’s some pictures of Skylar and I at the Radisson.  Damn sunset lighting.  I thought sunset lighting was supposed to be flattering according to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Photographers….But it’s dark!  Sorry bout that!

Woman and young girl standing in front of pool at dusk
Woman and young girl at dusk standing in front of pool

A little brighter

Woman and young girl standing in front of shrubs
Woman standing and smiling in front of pool

The Radisson had their open-air lobby decked out with a holiday sceneCuteness!  They must have known we were coming.

Young girl in open air lobby decorated in Christmas Theme

And after all that non-drinking, I came home and made appetizers.  You can see I really slaved over these.  Mary’s Crackers in Black Pepper flavor that I brought with me

 Hand holding Mary's Crackers in Black Pepper flavor

and some pineapple salsa I found.  I hate salsa’s that are loaded with sodium!!!  Spicy is cool, salty is not.  This one is perfect!

Mrs. Renfro's Pineapple Salsa jar

And you may recall that I mentioned it was Scott’s Birthday a few days ago?  Well, he ordered baked ziti and some chicken parm from an Italian restaurant like I mentioned he would be.  $25 bucks for that pasta & chicken parm.  He said it was fine, but like a 6/10 fineI added the salad.  It totally makes $$ sense to cook rather than go out, if you can!

Baked Ziti with Chicken Parmesan and side salad
Closeup of chicken parmesan and pasta

For my dinner and Skylar’s too, kale, brock, cauli, cukes, and sugar snap peas with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing.

Kale and vegetable salad with homemade Slaw Dressing

Never. Get. Sick. Of. This. Meal. 

Close up of Kale Salad with Dressing

Hope you’re not yet either.

Kale Salad with Dressing in white dish

For Dessert, I broke into this Lindt Swiss Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Bar that I found on one of my many Island Grocery Store Runs

Unwrapped Lindt Swiss Bittersweet Chocolate bar

Smooth, and the perfect barely sweet with a little bitterness.   Nice.

Squares of the Lindt chocolate bar

Yoga Today is Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose, or the full splits).  A wonderful hip opener and way to stretch our your hammies, quads, and hip flexors.

Woman doing Hanumanasana yoga pose



Tip of the Day:

What’s your favorite drink?  You can say water.  You can say Coca-Cola.  Do I hear coffee from the peanut gallery?  Or, based on the drink menu pics above, what drink would you order?

Do you drink alcohol?  Why or why not?  Would love to hear your take and stance on the libations!  I mentioned some of my choices and rationale here, and the Cliff’s Notes version is that between being pregnant, extended nursing, taking care of a small child with a hangover not sounding fun, and knowing my body operates and runs smoother and cleaner when the strongest stuff I put in it is coffee, that’s kept me away from drinking.  But a Pina Colada is sounding mighty good about now!   Lots of you chimed in before, but I would love to hear what your New Year’s Eve, or Christmas Eve/Christmas, plans are regarding indulging in some bubbly, wine, or something a little stronger.  Do tell!

Stay Tuned For Some Cool Guest Posts, the Give Away Winner on Friday and Trip pics (unless you’re sick of ’em and please tell me!)…

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  1. Aaawwhh Happy Birthday Skylar! How exciting for you. Your only daughter turning three. I don't remember my third birthday, and I think I only remember fourth because we videotaped it. But blogging is so cool! She's going to have all of this documented.

    I officially miss your balls. (TWSS) I swear I'm gonna *hope* my mom makes them (at least somewhat good) and ships them over. I have a surprisingly empty little freezer in my mini fridge. That's where they're going. I also thought I was gonna have to buy my own broccoli.. AVERIE- they have a salad bar at every meal with TO GO boxes with raw cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, lettuce, cucumber and green peppers.I filled up one for the weekend. I'm so excited.

    Right now I'm thankful for all my sweet bloggie friends who have been commenting and keeping up with my life even though I've ignored my reader for like a week and a half. And mature, inspiring women to boot too.You, Heabs, Deb, Janetha, Susan, Lara- I am OVERWHELMED with your guys' kindness. Loove you. xoxo

  2. "Stay tuned for yummy eats" Hahaha Averie – well duh!! Every post of yours has yummy eats :)

    I chew a lot of gum, WAY too much gum. My favourite are the Trident Splash pieces, although I'm really into the "5" stuff now. I'm a totally fruity girl – in fact I'm chewing bubblegum flavour right now!

  3. You know you could rock those jeans too girl!!!! Hot Blonde and hot brunette rocking the jeans!!! Hehehe!!!

    Oh and I am grateful today for finding your blog, so glad we became friends through it, and I am grateful my son made high honors on his report card!!!!

  4. What a cutie patootie! I know you're a great mom because Skyler is always so happy : )

    I always get so hungry looking at your food pics! Thanks for reminding me : )

    That Vega Sport looks great. I actually just got that e-mail and checked it out. If it wasn't so darned expensive I would get it for my kids. Maybe one day.

    I was a MAJOR gum chewer but no more. I have to settle for a cinnamon oil spray. It works well but I miss chewing. My favorite flavor was either cinnamon or bubblegum flavor when I did chew it.

    Now stop typing and go relax will you?!?!

    Nicole

  5. I haven't seen cherries in my local health store or farmers market in a looong time! Now you have forced me to go out and hunt some down… :) I'm with ya on the gross mushy fruit, don't care what it is, but it has to be crunchy!

  6. Happy Birthday planning to Skylar! I'll have to revisit this post over the weekend to recreate your yummy treats! As always, thanks for sharing!

  7. Skylar is only 3!! My Goodness, I thought she was 5 …she is growing well! Her momma takes good care of her I think ;)
    Love it all as usual…if there is such as thing as eating tooooo much produce and vegetables it's me…along with carrot cake and coffee cake muffins and chocolate…;(

  8. Hey Averie-

    Love the grocery finds! I have TMJ (jaw pops out of place) so unfortunately I can't chew gum. I used to chew it like crazy in high school though! My favorite mints at Altoids–they are so strong which helps me not eat too many. Mentos is my other favorite but I'll eat them in 1 sitting.

    I've never tried VEga bars..

    HAppy Birthday to the little one!

    xo
    Jocelyn

  9. Awww happy birthday Skylar! Her name is my middle name, although I spell it the man's way (Schuyler). It was my grandfather's first name. I love it, it's a unique one!

    Ahh gratitude. So important. Lately, my gratitude has been centered around being thankful for my educational opportunities. I am SO lucky to have parents that are willing and able to send me to college. I think about that every time I'm feeling lazy or unmotivated with my studies.

    I love camel!

  10. I made your Vegan Peanut Butter bars for my boyfriend! He was looking for new snacks and is in LOVE with PB! I left off the vegan part when I told him about them.. but they were a huge hit! I added dried blueberries instead of rainsins and he added about 2xs the PB.. but they're fabulous! I've been reading your blog since you got back from vacation and love it! You're such a positive energy and your recipes are ones I can actually do myself! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Oh this is going to be a stellar party!! I remember having similar hats and party plates (but with Disney's Princesses) when I turned 20. Yep that's how I roll.
    Oh dear, I feel guilty. Green & Black's organic dark chocolate ice cream is my FAVOURITE! Too bad that I've only found them in WF in London so far.. Sigh.

  12. Sounds like it'll be a great birthday party. Hope it goes well.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one with a chewing gum addiction- I go through loads of the stuff. Always the mint and sugar-free variety though. x

  13. The yoga class with Dharma Mittra sounds like quite an experience. I'm really trying to work on being present in the moment. But it's hard…

    Hope Skylar is getting better! Being sick is no fun!

    Have fun planning the girly birthday party! I am a bit jealous… :)

    Have a great day! And thank you for the being grateful reminder. There is indeed lots to be grateful for in my life! :)

  14. poor skylar…i hope she feels better soon…and i hope she has a fabulous time at her girly girl party…how about a piñata? maybe shaped as a disney princess?? pin the crown on the disney princess? sorry, i don't have many suggestions, as i have never had to plan a party for any child…

    can't wait to make the protein bars…

    i was wondering if perhaps you could answer a question about yoga? how long do you stay in your poses?

    have a beautiful day…

  15. I hope little Skylar is feeling better in time for her birthday! How much fun is it to celebrate a little ones birthday! Oh, glorious times for the kiddos!

  16. Skylar is sooo cute, I hope she'll get better soon!

    And oh yeah one day I'll try your balls, and post them on my little blog, I promise to make another post in English ;-)

    I am grateful today for my lovely boyfriend who is so supporting, for the yoga class I'm going to be taking tonight, for all I have now and for what I will have, for my health, and I thank you for leaving comments on my blog :-)

  17. Nice groceries!! I LOVE my fruit- and ice cream… hah :) I'm a gum person too- always have been.. when I was swimming 3 hours a day it got me through.. Yup I would swim hundreds of laps with my trusty gummy friend!! I really like the brand 5- good minty gum :) I'm grateful for so much: my husband and family of course, my doggies, my friends- especially my bloggie friends! the ability to practice and teach yoga, the ability to run, play and just have fun!!! And Fruit.. and greens.. YUM! Skylar is such a happy kid- she's so adorable.. and I'm excited to see her birthday party pics :) What kind of cupcakes are you going with?

  18. I have had the Watermelon one and LOVED it!! I am a huge spearmint gum fan, though. Stride , baby;)

    I hope Skyler is feeling spry soon!! Good thing you bought lots of Berries!! She will be a happy girly with lots of vita C !! :) hehe

    Are oats easy to digest? Since they are gluten?..or , are they? I didnt know this about wheat and gluten being an inflamitory.. i should limit my intake on that.. (i have never had a happy tummy.. dairy, wheat, animal. etc)

  19. Gah, I keep forgetting to tell you that I have been nomming (is that a word) on the asian slaw dressing!! I have a big jar of it that I eat almost daily- thank you!

    I do have a fave gum. I can't think of it but it lasts and lasts and lasts. Sugarfree of course. When I remember i'll shout. (see you're not the only one)

    Funny the party favors look like the one I bought for the first Heabversary giveaway winner! :-)

    Hope your little gal feels better.

  20. hope skylar feels better before her bday party! and intimate celebrations are the best, esp for moms who won't have to be chasing down sugar-loaded kids all afternoon :). if the ice cream passed the extra-premium ice cream connoisseur's test, i'm sure i'd love it too! cherries and berries, i can't wait till summer gets here so i can enjoy all my fave fruits! your flexibility = crazy cool!

  21. aww give her a hug for me! and some B.S! =D just kidding.

    HAHHAA i know- we use our own like language and shorthand and people totally DON"T GET IT! =D

    porn stars. share the wealth. SERIOUSLY!

    and hey, if i'm beautiful, YOU"RE GORGEOUS!!! hot mama!

  22. looks like you are going to have the makings of a great party :) and i'm glad i'm not the only one wiht a minor gum obsession!!

  23. I don't chew gum anymore, but when I did I loved Grape Bubble Yum… I haven't seen it in ages! I also liked Big Red, it's cinnamon. I bet those products no longer exist though… sigh… I'm old. ;P

    Hope Skylar feels better soon! Yea for birthdays!

    I love ice cream, I will have to keep an eye out for that brand.

    I keep meaning to make your oat bars but then I eat up all the bananas… just got some bananas today… must.make.oat.bars! :)

  24. Happy Birthday to Skylar! My favorite birthday memories are the ones that have been small and intimate :)

    What an amazing price for strawberries!!! I can't wait for them to get below $4 a box here!

  25. Aw, hope the poor girl feels much better for her birthday party! Happy birthday, Skylar!
    Goodness, when is cherry season? I haven't seen cherries in like forever.

  26. Such gorgeous produce- I'm jealous! My favorite gum is Orbit Sweet Mint. It's less strong than the others but lasts super long!

    I vaguely remember my mom taking me to get my nails done on a birthday when I was really little. They didn't even do the full manicure, just put on polish, but I felt like such a big girl!

  27. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SKYLAR!!!

    I can't chew gum because I have horrible TMJ, and grind my teeth and clench my jaw all night long. I have to wear a mouth guard from my dentist to protect my teeth, and they are supposed to last you about ten years…well I grind completely through them in only 2-3 years. It's horrible. I have to wear it religiously every single night, if I miss it I wake up LITERALLY with chipped teeth! Not to mention the worst headache ever on earth. So no gum for me. Chewing my food is work enough!!!

    So, I have to tell you…you have such nice fingernails! Every picture of you where you can see them they always look so nice!!!
    Do you have any secrets? My nails break and crack and are so thin and weak…what am I doing wrong?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!

    XOXO,
    Erin

    P.S. I did just buy the new Honey Altoids, I thought it seemed weird, but they are actually really good. Not really Honey-like…but milder than a normal Altoid. If that makes sense. :)

  28. Awww poor Skylar! Good thing she has you to take care of her!! And that is SO awesome you found some cherries. They are fosho one of my fav fruits

  29. Cute photos of Skylar! I hope you all have a wonderful birthday with her. I love camel pose! I did 90 minutes of Dave F. yoga and we camel like three times!!
    <3 jess
    xoxo

  30. AAwww Skylar!! Hope she is feeling better for the bday. I don't really chew gum that much – it hurts my jaw!!

    Guess what I FINALLY bought tonight?!?!? Nutritional yeast!!! What should I do with it????

  31. I have trouble sometimes posting here….u need to get wordpress :)
    I will be grateful if I get to sleep without worrying worrying worrying.
    Skylars party will be so nice for you guys. Has she made any little buddies yet?
    The crackers/chips look like a good find.

  32. Oh girl, whenever i have those things in my freezer it is bad news! I am in there every time I pass the kitchen!!

    Love them though!

    Being grateful is the way of life!

    XXOO

  33. oh yey! Happy Birthday to Skylar!!! So cute. I hope she has an awesome birthday!

    oh man Im a huge gum chewer its ridicuous. Stride is my favorite right now in Sweet peppermint and spearmint. I think the flavor lasts sssooo long and I like the texture of it. Its my go to gum.

    Cherries look awesome! Im so glad they are coming back into season. Well kinda..I think they are a spring/summer fruit? No matter! They are sssoo tasty. I love fresh berries. I love broc and sugar snap peas too. I like to crunch on the peas while I make dinner. So refreshing!

    You cracked me up with your "I prefer balls" comment. Ha! You and me both girl. =)

    Protein bars look so good. I gotta make some up this weekend.
    I hope you have an awesome day! xoxoox

  34. thank you for the reminer — I spend far too much of my life dwelling on what I don't have or what I wish I had rather than being grateful for all of the wonderful gifts that I've been blessed with. Today I'm grateful for your friendship :)

  35. Those chips remind me of Dipsy Doodles, those old school chips from back in the day…do they even make those anymore? I may be dating myself big time here, haha.

    DYING to try the hemp ice cream. Big hemp fan over here.

  36. Poor Skylar, I hope she'll be feeling better soon. {{{hugs}}} We've got a nasty cold going around here. So…we really feel for you.

    Thankfulness; I am thankful for my wonderful kids every day. I can't imagine my days without them.

  37. We have way too much in common! I am a compulsive gum chewer!! I am opposed to artificial sweeteners but meanwhile I chomp on gum all day! Like you I prefer the fruity flavors. I really like those Extra flavors you have in this post. The fruitier the better. Sometimes I smack on Cinnamon or Bubble gum, but mostly fruity. I like those Orbit chicklet gum thingys in the plastic containers. (I think they are orbit)

    You guys will have so much fun celebrating Skylar's 3rd b'day this weekend! We did that when Lucas turned 2…just at home with a cake and our family. It was sweet and perfect. This year grandpa joined us and we went to Disneyland. Simple is good!

    Gratitude….everyday everywhere I look!

  38. Skylar is SO cute!! Hope she feels better soon.

    I'm also a big gum chewer, those flavors look great! Thanks for the reviews.

    Have a great night !!

  39. wow those cookie dough balls look amazing!

    I am grateful for time at home today. Love being with my family-husband and puppers.

  40. OH my gosh did I ever used to chew gum. Before I gave it up (pregnancy I guess) I was a big Orbitz fan. The flavor lasted forever and I liked the fruit AND mint combo. sweet AND refreshing.

    I JUST last week bought a new pack. WHY? Because I ran outside without carrying a water bottle and I needed something to keep my mouth from drying out. So I have a tupperware now that is filled with a pack of gum and some jolly ranchers (and even that is scary to me) to be eating dumb candy like that. I take two and ONLY for my run. It feels like I am peddling crack now. haha

    it's odd to be chewing gum again( but only on the mas)

    Sorry Skylar is sick…poor bubbas.
    I know you will get her back to her ole self soon.

    Gratitude is always on the forefront of my mind, especially when I feel I want to feel sorry for myself about my job I don't love or any other "thing" I don't like in life. It's all just a crazy perspective. I am totally gratefull for all that I have, and my health, and love and great people in my life (and yes too due to blogging for sure) that was the single biggest surprise this year.

    I am dying to make the peppermint pb cups (without the peanut butter)
    and the coconut in them. Still drooling over that. Typically now, i make balls too. Just a few ingredeints in the mini chopper and roll em up and freeze em. They last me a few days. it's my "break in case of emergency"

    Happy Wednesday. Tomorrow is my workday FRIDAY, so I am greateful for that!
    xo

  41. OH my gosh did I ever used to chew gum. Before I gave it up (pregnancy I guess) I was a big Orbitz fan. The flavor lasted forever and I liked the fruit AND mint combo. sweet AND refreshing.

    I JUST last week bought a new pack. WHY? Because I ran outside without carrying a water bottle and I needed something to keep my mouth from drying out. So I have a tupperware now that is filled with a pack of gum and some jolly ranchers (and even that is scary to me) to be eating dumb candy like that. I take two and ONLY for my run. It feels like I am peddling crack now. haha

    it's odd to be chewing gum again( but only on the mas)

    Sorry Skylar is sick…poor bubbas.
    I know you will get her back to her ole self soon.

    Gratitude is always on the forefront of my mind, especially when I feel I want to feel sorry for myself about my job I don't love or any other "thing" I don't like in life. It's all just a crazy perspective. I am totally gratefull for all that I have, and my health, and love and great people in my life (and yes too due to blogging for sure) that was the single biggest surprise this year.

    I am dying to make the peppermint pb cups (without the peanut butter)
    and the coconut in them. Still drooling over that. Typically now, i make balls too. Just a few ingredeints in the mini chopper and roll em up and freeze em. They last me a few days. it's my "break in case of emergency"

    Happy Wednesday. Tomorrow is my workday FRIDAY, so I am greateful for that!
    xo

  42. i love that you prefer balls. it makes me smile.

    yay for that ice cream – i haven't tried the tempt stuff yet, but i am totally going to give it a shot.

    and my fave gum ever is extra peppermint. you just CANNOT beat that minty goodness!

  43. Thanks for the shout-out! :) I feel like a crazed fan of yours because I already made another one of your desserts today!
    I'm grateful for my health, my friends, and my family today (and everyday)

  44. LOVE LOVE all the beautiful, colorful fruits and veggies! (yes, I get excited by produce?)

    I have tried those crackers before.. not bad.. kinda like SunChips, I liked em!!

    I cant chew gum (TMJ).. I used to inhale that Wintergreen stuff though when I was in High School.

  45. Get better soon Skylar!! I am a new follower of your blog and just love it here!
    I am thankful for my wonderful children and my husband who helps me be a better mother as well as does the dishes everyday! ahaha!
    There is so much I am thankful for that I really need to to do a blog with a list.

  46. How exciting for the birthday girl! And I always had my birthdays with only my family, and I never felt deprived. ;) Let her do basically whatever she wants on her special day!

    My idea would be to go out and buy her one a pretty birthday balloon grouping (think princess, Barbie, etc.) and surprise her with it! They usually have them at party suply store, floral shops, and even grocery stores. My mom did that for me one year when I was little and I still remember it!

    xxoo
    Heather

  47. I like a wintermint altoid- not too strong, but perfectly minty!

    I'm grateful for the sunshine today, and that I skipped school to play around in it– in the winter you've got to do what you've got to do to get out there!

  48. Can't wait for pics of the party! I hope Skylar feels better soon.
    Favorite gum. Hmmm. I don't chew any so can I answer Xanthan? :-)

  49. mmmm CHERRIES! love them! i havent had any in ages either. not since summer. agreed~ ew to mushy fruit. and that is a KILLAH deal on strawbs. i wanted to get some yesterday but they were 5 dollars. no thanks. love all your fresh purchases! and hooray for the birthday girl~ the big THREE!

  50. I used to be a big gum chewer, but I cut it out and honestly don't miss it! I find if there's a pack in my purse, I'll chew it within a few days, but if I don't pick any up, I don't miss it! When I did chew, it was orbit or 5, all the way!

    I find that my favorite birthday celebrations are the small ones with people that I care a lot about. Happy birthday to your precious little girl!

  51. I know you aren't 100% raw and don't plan to be. But, have you ever tried oat groats? I use them, but I was thinking about going back to rolled oats (when I can't find oat groats). Are rolled oats as easily digested? I am really doing this whole raw thing for optimum enzymes and digestive help. Any info that you know or come across would help! Thanks! :)

  52. Bummer Skylar isn't feeling better! If you need a raincheck on tomorrow I completely understand! I love extra strawberry banana (I may or may not be chomping on a piece right now!)