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Christmas Gifts

Sunday, December 22, 2013

We celebrated Christmas early since my daughter will be working doubles starting today through Christmas. Still need to schedule that ice skating trip.

Regarding gifts, careful what you wish for! I added a few things to my Amazon wishlist. Thankfully, my husband was selective about the things he picked from that dumping ground! I was surprised to get the book, The New Rules of Lifting for Women by Lou Schuler. I happened by it when lurking through spark teams awhile ago and decided to put it on my Amazon wishlist. Between that and the site, I think I have plenty of resources to pump some serious iron!

I tried out their suggested workout tonight. I have to say, either I'm lifting too much weight or I have not graduated to the level of lifting in the book. Alternately, I could be reading it wrong. Um, yeah, I need a decoder ring, apparently. Oversimplifying by calling the workouts A and B and also calling the exercises A and B was not helpful. And what am I to do with exercises C1 and C2?

That's okay, I'm nothing if not patient when it comes to cracking codes. So, that was a cool gift. I also got two Leslie Sansone DVDs to keep the other two company. I tried the Belly Blasting DVD the other day. It has a 2 mile workout, followed by two floor exercise routines. I didn't make it to the second, but the first was more or less pilates. I have never liked pilates. They're literally a pain in my neck!

I won't give you the whole run down of goodies I received, but I will tell you that I got the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook! It's so cute! Each recipe has a reference to the book and chapter the food appeared in.

The most thoughtful and unique gift was a book of Victorian and Steampunk paper dolls. It's nothing I would've asked for, but I've talked about the paper doll hand-me-down collection I had as a young girl. I loved them because they were my mom's and her sisters', a fine collection of old and new paper dolls, some more fragile than others. The collection is long gone, so I guess I'll have to hold on to these and hand them down to my future grandchildren.

I'm in love with my husband all over again for being so thoughtful. Merry Christmas, everyone!
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  • TANYA602
    I use the New Rules and love it! I do find that I have had to read and reread and talk about it. Between that, my Fitbit, and Jillian Michaels, I feel set. Sounds like DH has taken good care of you - which you so deserve!
    Merry Christmas!

    1548 days ago
    Great gifts!! Merry Christmas!! emoticon
    1549 days ago
    Ahhh!! You'll have to share some of your Unofficial Harry Potter recipes over on the team!! Here's an excerpt for your blog readers:

    Hagrid’s Treacle Fudge

    Hagrid’s glue-your-teeth-together fudge turns out to be quite useful: after Hagrid’s been taken to Azkaban, Harry feeds some to Fang to keep him quiet. Fang can’t bark because his fangs are stuck together. Fudge is not foolproof, so it’s no surprise Hagrid’s didn’t come out quite right (see Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 15).

    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup packed dark brown sugar
    1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
    1/2 cup heavy cream
    2 tablespoons black treacle or dark
    molasses or blackstrap molasses
    1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    1.Grease an 8-inch square pan and set aside. Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, heavy cream, treacle, and cream of tartar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the butter is melted and the ingredients are combined. Wash down the sides of the pot with a pastry brush dipped in hot water if sugar crystals form on the sides, to prevent recrystallization. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pot and continue to cook without stirring until the mixture reaches 240°F on the candy thermometer.

    2.Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Allow the bubbles to subside and the mixture to cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove the thermometer and beat or stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture loses its gloss and is very thick, 15 to 20 minutes. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top. You can use a piece of plastic wrap and the palm of your hand to do this.

    3.Cool completely before cutting into 1-inch squares.
    Makes 64 pieces

    You got some gr8 gifts, Saphrael. It's a good thing you got all the exercise *stuff* after getting that cookbook. LOL!! We're celebrating our Christmas on Christmas Eve, due to work, too.
    1549 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/23/2013 12:33:05 AM
    I love New Rules! If you have questions, feel free to ask. :) I understand all the workout terminology. How heavy did you start your weights? You do get used to it pretty quickly - those first few days make you SORE though!!
    1549 days ago
    Awesome Gifts! Merry Christmas!!
    1549 days ago
    What a loving hubby you have!! Wonderful gifts and thoughtful too. Enjoy it all!! Have fun. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1549 days ago
    1549 days ago
    emoticon how lucky that you have so much
    1549 days ago
    And Merry Christmas to you too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1549 days ago
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