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Its not Thursday, Its Wednesday

by Meghann on December 16, 2009

All morning I have had it in my head that its Thursday when clearly it is Wednesday. Such a sad realization.

My head is one day ahead and I need to bring it back to reality.  πŸ˜‰

Luckily, my Wednesday hasn’t been that bad thus far.

Midmorning I snacked on a 1/4 cup of a mixed nuts trail mix.

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For lunch I enjoyed a delicious tofu/ pesto combination I had prepped this morning.

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My combination included

  • Cubed Tofu
  • Pesto
  • Plain Oikos
  • Mushrooms
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • S& P

I stored the combo in the fridge and at lunch added it to a wrap with some spinach.

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The combination reminded me of an egg salad with pesto. It was delicious but missing a seasoning of some sort. Perhaps fresh thyme or basil would have been the key to break every thing together. πŸ˜‰

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On the side I enjoyed a mini pickle and a chopped carrot dipped in almond butter.

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This package of chocolate dipped fruit was eyeing be down for lunch.

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The chocolate dipped fruit were part of a Thank You gift from the people at Oh! Nuts for hosting a giveaway the other week.

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I *think* I chose the chocolate dipped apricot.

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Wow!

I mean really – Wow! I can’t recall having chocolate dipped fruit in this form before and I really, really enjoyed it. I was also sent a pound of dried kiwi that I believe I will be replicating this concept with in the very near future. πŸ˜‰

I am on a mission tonight to produce some homemade Christmas presents for co-workers, neighbors, and other random acquaintances. I already have a couple ideas in my head of what to make – the chocolate dipped kiwi was just added to it! – but was curious if anyone had any ideas of what would be easy to ship or package as a homemade treat?

I already have peppermint bark and white chocolate jumbles on my mind and am considering doing a homemade holiday dog treat as well. Any other suggestions are welcomed!

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1 Morgan December 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm

I love to do mixes in a jar. Get mason jars and do baked goods mixes or soups!

2 megzzwinsatlife December 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm

wrap looks delish!! How do you keep your flat wrap from breaking?? Mine always breaks.. do you cook it a little??

3 Meghann December 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I store mine in the fridge and usually microwave it for 5 secs. However, today I just ate it cold. πŸ™‚

4 Evan Thomas December 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm

That fruit looks so delicious! Than again, what in chocolate doesn’t? πŸ˜‰

5 Errign December 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Hey Meghann.

Chocolate covered pretzels = so easy!

Where do you buy your Celestial Seasonings holiday tea? I can’t find it anywhere in NH, but my mom lives in FL & I want her to find me some πŸ™‚

6 Meghann December 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I got my teas at Super Target, but i’ve seen them at Whole Foods and the larder Publixes. They’re BOGO at Publix right now actually. πŸ™‚

7 Meghann December 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm

*larder = larger πŸ™‚

8 SN December 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm

I actually made some chocolate dipped candied orange peels last year that were good gifts. They’re not hard at all.

9 Holly December 16, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Posted this on Twitter, but I’ll elaborate here on what I’m doing for my homemade gifts this season.
I’m making a hot cocoa mix found in Real Simple and packaging the mix in some cute mason jars with ribbon and instructions for preparation. Here’s the article: http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/gifts/homemade-holiday-gifts-00000000024318/page10.html –they have a ton of great homemade gifts actually!
Then I’m doing a mini bouquet of chocolate-peppermint stirring spoons–melt some chocolate, roll decent quality plastic spoons (the sort that won’t melt) in it, and then dipped the chocolate-covered spoons in crushed peppermint candies. Cute right? And then if you want to make a whole set of it, you can get a cheap Christmas-y mug, make the spoons into a cute bouquet in the mug, and wrap it all up as a gift.
Hope that helps!

10 Madeline December 16, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Tonight I’m making chocolate chocolate chip cookies with white chocolate chips, walnuts (maybe) and dried cherries. Why not make totally decadent cookies for holiday presents?

11 Jenna December 16, 2009 at 3:09 pm

pretzel candy melts! everyone loves them, they are super quick, easy, and cheap!

Pretzel Candy Melts

Ingredients
β€’1 16 oz. bag Snyder Snap Pretzels (NOT butter snaps!)
β€’1 14 oz. bag M & M Milk Chocolate Candies
β€’1 14 oz. bag Chocolate Candy Melts

Directions
1.Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2.Place as many pretzels on baking sheet as will fit.
3.Top each pretzel with one candy melt in the center.
4.Bake pretzels in oven for 1 minute 45 seconds to 2 minutes or until chocolate is softened.
5.Remove from oven and immediately place an M & M on each candy melt, pressing slightly down to secure the M & M on the candy melt.
6.Allow to cool completely and then place in freezer for ten minutes to firm up chocolate.
7.Remove from freezer and enjoy!

12 brandi December 16, 2009 at 3:10 pm

i’m a day off this week, too! I keep getting so confused that it’s just Wednesday.

I’m doing ALL homemade gifts this year to save money. We’re doing:
candied fruit, toffee, bark, chocolate covered pretzels and some other things i haven’t decided on yet!

13 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) December 16, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I made olive oil granola (delicious, I swear!) for my boss’s birthday this year and she loved it. Granola ships well – you can also package it in a mason jar πŸ™‚

14 Caitlin in MD December 16, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Meghann,
When I was younger, my best friend’s mom always made Russian Spice Tea mix and packaged it in cute containers for a nice homemade Christmas gift. Her recipe is at home, but I found this via Google and it looks about the same:

9 oz jar of Tang
3/4 cup instant tea with lemon
2 cups sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Mix all ingredients together and store in airtight containers.

It tastes SO sweet and Christmas-y! You can add a little handwritten note that says to use 2 tsp. per cup with very hot water. And you can multiply the ingredients to get the amount you need.

15 Emily December 16, 2009 at 3:23 pm

My grandmother makes this and it is ABSOLUTELY delicious!!!

16 Emily December 16, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I found these cute little chili-in-a jar and cookies-in-a-jar at Wal-MArt yesterday and they seem to be VERY easy to replicate. You could get the jars and fill it with each dry ingredient. Close it and put a cute little Christmas cloth on the top,wrap it with ribbon and put a cute card with directions. I’ll be more than glad to send you a picture of what one may look like, but I’m sure you’ve seen them around.

The mixes are endless and each one can be different!

For chocolate chip coookies you can do the layers of flour, sugar, and whatever and for the choco. chips you can use holiday colors!

Actually, here is a link for the cookies-in-a-jar.
http://www.bakerella.com/mix-things-up/

Or if you want to do a platter of goods here is the same website for pumpkin pie bites! =]
http://www.bakerella.com/pumpkin-pie-bites/

17 daisy melo December 16, 2009 at 3:41 pm

I made make your own chili in a jar. this website is great. http://www.allfreecrafts.com/giftinajar/index.shtml

I have also made puppy chow…chocaolate peanut butter and powdered sugar on chex cereal and put them in cute holiday chinese containers.

18 Chloe December 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm

You should try biscotti dipped in chocolate. They’re a pretty hearty cookie, and perfect for the holidays because you can make a ton of different flavors!

I can’t believe it’s only Wednesday either, ugh! Why is this week going by so slowly?!?!?!

19 Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life December 16, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I wish it was Thursday!!

20 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) December 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm

I hate it when I think it is later in the week than it actually is! So disappointing.

21 Anne December 16, 2009 at 3:59 pm

I have a really good version of Hidden Kiss Cookies. I’m making them for Christmas and instead of plain chocolate drizzle I’m using white chocolate colored green & red πŸ™‚

INGREDIENTS:
48 Hershey’s Kisses, Milk Chocolate or with Almonds

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, SOFTENED (you don’t want it to be melty but if it isn’t soft enough it will be very difficult to mix)

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup Nestle Mini Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Drizzle (recipe below) (1/4 cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and 1 teaspoon shortening)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Heat oven to 375 degress F. Remove wrappers from chocolates. (I usually unwrap them and place them in a bowl and put them in the fridge until just before I am ready to use them so that they don’t start to get to soft, especially if I have the furnace on.)

2. Beat butter, granualted sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large bowl until well blended. Add flour to butter mixture; blend until sooth.

3. Stir in small chocolate chips

4. Mold scant tablespoon dough around each chocolate piece, covering completely. Roll between palms applying light pressure to shape into balls; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set; color should be a light brown. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet and place on wire rack. Cool completely. Prepare Chocolate Drizzle; drizzle over each cookie. Makes about 4 dozen.

CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE:
Place 1/4 cup Mini Semi-sweet chips and 1 teaspoon shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50% power) for 30 seconds at a time, stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until the chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth when stirred.

22 Amanda December 16, 2009 at 4:32 pm

You could always do the festive chocolate dipped pretzel rods. I was amazed by Sabrina’s: http://rhodeygirltests.com/2009/10/25/chocolate-covered-pretzel-rods/

You could just run with the chocolate dipped theme and do dried fruit, oreos, etc. etc.

23 rebecca lustig December 16, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Lunch looks delicious!

And so do those chocolate covered fruits.

And I wish it were Thursday

ok I’m done. hehe

24 Wendy F December 16, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I took my cue from Averie’s (Love Veggies and Yoga) recipe for granola (with some modifications to add flax seeds, almonds, goji berries, pecanss, chia). It looks awesome packed in a festively printed cellophane bag and tied with some pretty coordinating ribbon and personalized tag.

25 Graze With Me December 16, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Did you realize that today was National Chocolate Covered Anything Day?? Looks like you celebrated appropriately!

26 Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write December 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm

That’s so funny that you thought it was Thursday. I’ve thought that all day long, too. I have too much to do for it to be Thursday, so I’m actually glad.

Your choco apricot looks divine.

27 Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 16, 2009 at 5:06 pm

oooh that wrap looks yummy!
I have to get around to doing my Christmas baking – argh Christmas has really snuck up on me this year!

28 Naomi(onefitfoodie) December 16, 2009 at 5:06 pm

WOW those choclalte covered apricots look fantastic! OH Nuts! is a great company πŸ™‚ so many goodies on their website
the wrap looks fantastic and great filling in there, so creative with the tofu !

29 Karla December 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I’ve never had chocolate dipped fruit! But it sounds great!

30 Laura Georgina December 16, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I love giving handmade foodie gifts and will be trying to do as many as I can this year too!

You can trymaking fudge (many recipes keep very well) and giving it in a beautiful tin, seasoning mixes (curry powder mixes, Italian gremolata, even chili-making spices) and chai spices for tea in pretty jars, or even mulled-wine makings (bay leaf, orange, cloves, bit of dry ginger, plus a bottle of wine–the plus is that the wine does not need to be amazing for mulled wine to be delicious).

Have fun being a domestic goddess!

31 purplepinkytoes December 16, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Those dried fruit look yummy!!

32 Sarah R December 16, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Biscotti are wonderful for shipping and really easy to make.

33 Colleen December 16, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Hey Meghann,
I love your site and it has inspired me to consider a blog in the future. One homemade gift I tried this year was a homemade body scrub. With so many people dieting or having dietary restrictions, it’s an easy way to recreate a product most of us buy anyways just at a cheaper cost. I bought jars from the craft supply store (I would suggest anytype of smaller plastic jar since broken glass if it slipped in the shower is no present I would want to recieve) and just check online for a recipe that fits your budget/already owned ingredients. Martha Stewart has a few recipes on her site. The one I made for my sisters this year was a granulated sugar base, organic honey, a couple tablespoons of chai tea and a vanilla carmel fragrance oil which made it smell amazing!!! Costco/Sam’s club could be a great stop for the sugar or honey and some salt scrubs encourage you to use olive or sunflower oil. Good luck and happy holidays!

34 Mackenzie December 16, 2009 at 8:15 pm

re: incred abs

I LOVE that workout!! I am looking for other videos so I would like to know how you think incred abs compares to the Jillian Micheals? (I’ve never tried hers). I usually do the Incred Abs 3x (because it’s 20 minutes, so to total an hour) and I do everything holding 8 pound dumbells. Keeping this modifiers in mind, any ideas about the Jillian (or others?) thank you very much! I read everyday!

35 meyergirl December 16, 2009 at 8:24 pm

This year I have my father-in-law in the family secret santa. He said he wanted chocolate so I think I’m going to make a variety of chocolate covered pretzels.

36 Wendy December 16, 2009 at 8:54 pm

What about homemade hot cocoa mix?

37 allijag December 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm

omg i thought it was thursday all morning too!!!!!!!!!!!

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