Five Things Friday 12.19.14

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Happy Friday! We made it! How was your week? Mine was a bit of a whirlwind and I was definitely overwhelmed with Christmas shopping, getting gifts ready, racking my brain to come up with a unique and heartfelt gift, trying to study for my re-certification exam, and rescheduling clients for the next two weeks due to the holidays. But, I can breathe a bit of a sigh of relief today and focus on what I’m looking forward to this weekend. Here are five things that I was thankful for this week:

1. Dreaming up Christmas brunch-Pomegranate and Cranberry mimosas, Pillsbury’s Monkey bread (a Haas Christmas tradition), Veggie Egg casserole, this winter fruit salad with lemon poppy seed dressing, and of course bacon. 🙂

2. Baking Christmas gifts for friends-I like baking something that is healthy since we all get burnt out on cookies and chocolate this time of year. I want to give something that is nutritious, not full of sugar, and something that others will appreciate eating. My favorite muesli recipe is this one and this gingerbread granola looks awesome too!

3. Getting creative with gift-giving-When you don’t have a ton of money to work with for Christmas, creativity must come into play. And also Pinterest.

4. A new opportunity-It’s a wonderful thing to have people in your life that are looking out for you and present you with a new opportunity. Regardless of whether it works out or not, I am happy to see where it may take me.

5. Looking forward to Saturday-A day of rock climbing, trying out a new (to me) restaurant, and going ice skating (hopefully!) at the outdoor rink in Madison. It should be a great winter day!

Favorite recipe pins from the week:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

Gingerbread Pancakes

Easy Salted Oat Fudge

Pomegranate Pear Walnut Salad

Black Bean, Corn, and Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Favorite Links:

The Ultimate Workout Playlist to Kick Off 2015-New music inspiration 🙂

5 Easy Ways to Add Health to the Holidays-Great tips!

21 Realistic New Year’s Resolutions 20-Somethings Should Strive For–Not just for those in their 20’s. A great list to keep in mind as we head into a new year.

I hope you enjoy your weekend and with the hustle and bustle that inevitably happens during this time of year, I hope you take time for yourself to relax, breathe, and be thankful.

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