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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Black Saturday and Sunday Breakfast!

BLACK SATURDAY SHOPPING RECAP

Went out shopping yesterday after my hour kickboxing class, I think I burned like a million calories after walking around for hours and hours. Good thing I had a McCormick McGriddle!

Kickboxing was intense I am going to post tonight about this GREAT workout!


I hit up the Mills out here, which has basically every store and if it's not there the you can go right across the way to the Victoria Gardens. I think I must look like an easy catch because yesterday I kept getting SUCKED in to all the kiosk people. The first one literally grabbed me, sat me down and kept saying " 10 minutes 10 dollars (in an Asian accent)". He wanted me to get a massage, I was set in saying no but then he insisted and I needed one so I caved in! lol....

I got some great deals and Old Navy, Gap, Bath and Body Works, and Marshall's. I started getting dizzy at around one O' Clock so I hit up the food court. I hit up the healthiest choice I could find and got a turkey apple salad minus the bacon. Instead of chips on the side I had a bowl of tomato soup. As I looked around the GINORMOUS food court I think I was the ONLY one eating a salad, a year ago I would have been eating Chinese food for sure.


It's so much fun shopping for other people, there is a joy that I find in finding that perfect gift. So what is the perfect gift? Well I think homemade things are wonderful, but I know my little bro's aren't down with me making them a scarf, so the perfect gift for them is something that they like that I took the time to pick out (like cloths and video games). There are a lot of perfect gifts out there, but is there a perfect gift for everyone?
The tree at the outdoor mall!!! LOVE IT!


Shopping was done around 5:30 and I still needed to hit up the grocery store, so I rushed off so I could make it home on time to make dinner. Before I rushed off I grabbed a small Strawberry Nirvana smoothie from Jamba, because I didn't want to go shopping on an empty stomach. I am glad I had a shopping list because my grocery shopping was painless. I finished around 7 and finally headed home!!!!

I wish I could have worn a pedometer, I think I must have walked like 30 miles! When I got home I showed hubby all my fun finds, and he was thrilled. He was also in the middle of a MAJOR organization project in the garage, Mr.OCD! lol.... Here is a picture of the things that I got for FREE! I didn't purchase anything for myself, just took advantage of some freebies.


From the left 4 place mats out of the 8 I purchased at Pottery Barn (only 1.50 a piece), by 4 get 4 FREE and I had a 20% off coupon that I printed online! Ok the little Sbux cup wasn't free but it was only a dollar at the Sbux overstocked store. The Apple Blossom lotion was one out of the two I got for free by 3 get two free at Bath and Body Works. I also had a coupon for a free gift with purchase so I picked out the Spiced Cider plug in fragrance ( it's plugged in and making the entire living room smell delicious!). Lastly the Holiday Treat Kits( BORDERS), buy one get one free! These are perfect for the Homemade treats I am making for friends and family! I feel like I ripped off the MALL!!! lol

DINNER

Nothing too exciting for dinner just some leftovers, but I messed around with them a little. I took some Turkey Chili mixed in green beans, butternut quash puree and a dabble of sour cream! MMMM..sorry no pic:(

SUNDAY TREE DAY & LAST DAY OF POTM

This morning I made the most amazing french toast casserole. I had been planning on making this next weekend and then I saw Megs post and had to make it today!!! I saw a recipe in Cooking Light Magazine and played around with it a little.

Cran Apple French Toast Casserole ( my new name for it)

Ingredients:

3 eggs + 2 egg whites
1 tbs butter
1 cup diced apple
cinnamon
1/4 c brown sugar
4 slices of whole wheat bread cut into small squares
1/4 cup dried cranberry's
1/2 cup apple cider
1/2 cup non fat milk
1/4 cup fresh cranberry sauce
a little nutmeg
sliced almonds for topping

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Melt butter in pot and apples and stir for ten minutes. Then add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
3.Spray pie pan with non-stick Pam and lay down bread squares to cover the bottom.
4. Sprinkle dried cranberries on bread along with apple mixture. Combine apple cider with the next 4 ingredients plus all of the eggs whisk together, and pour on top of bread mixture sprinkle with remaining brown sugar.
5. Sprinkle with almonds and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden.

This was super yummy and I will be making it for Christmas breakfast with the family!!!!


Well I am off for the day, I was going to run but I am going to rest after my hard workout yesterday. Remember for those of you in the POTM Challenge send me your total miles by 12am tonight, to marie.bobbi@gmail.com. I am excited to see who is crowned winner, so far the totals that I have gotten HAVE KILLED MY TOTAL!!!!! lol....We are getting our Christmas Tree today, and doing more decorating tonight:) I am lovin the season!!! Have a restful SUNDAY!!! See you back tonight with some great gift ideas for the loved ones:)

16 comments:

girlrunningaround said...

Great shopping deals! I love freebies! And your breakfast this morning looks amazing.

Meghann said...

Yay for shopping! Looks like you got some great deals! Your french toast looks amazing!

I just sent you an e-mail for the POTM!

RunToFinish said...

fun shopping! I lucked out this year and really have very little shopping to do. The bread treat looks amazing.. I've been trying to decide how to use some pumpkin I have left so I'm reading through everyone's recipes this week!

Sharon said...

Wow, those are some great deals!

loveofoats.com said...

what an awesome recipe - ive been looking for something like that for our christmas morning!

just me said...

yay for shopping! wish i had gotten some in...but i was too lazy. hehe...i just did them online. :D

i'll email you my potm miles tonight!! can't wait to see who wins!!!

Sammie said...

Free loot - good job!!! Sounds like you had quite a shopping adventure.
That recipe sounds and looks delicious - great idea for a Christmas Breakfast. Enjoy your day off. I can't wait to see the POTM Challenge results. This challenge actually proved to me how competitive I am :)

Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

We totally have those same jar glasses! :D I love them!

The breakfast dish you made looks awesome and what a great idea for xmas morning!

I will email you my running totals, whee!

Pearl said...

your gifts are so adorable! and yes, there's just something so thrilling about finding that perfect gift for someone!

Erica said...

French toast casserole? Oh my gosh this sounds amazing! Looks like you did well black Friday shopping!!

strongandhealthy said...

What a fun shopping spree! Great deals too!

Your french toast looks awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

D10 said...

Sounds like you shopping trip was a success! Free stuff for yourself is always a nice reward. I wish I could do my whole house up with Pottery Barn.

Hope you had fun putting the Christmas tree up.

ttfn300 said...

love freebies and coupons!! that french toast casserole looks da bomb :)

Lacey Nicole said...

"i feel like i ripped off the mall" hahahahahah so funny :) hey i'm wondering what an AKB class is like??? is it usually kind of similar class to class?

runningwithfood.com said...

Holla for freebies!! Gotta love it!

OH MY GOODNESS!!! Your french toast casserole looks amazing! Makes me want to high-tail it to the kitchen and get cooking! Ha!

Have a great night, girl! :)

Mica said...

Wow, you were an intense shopper. It must be all that exercising. I bet people saw you coming and said, "THAT is a girl who knows what she wants! Get out of her way!"

Don't you just love mall kiosk people? One totally said my cuticles looked like poo-poo the other day. :(