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Monday (Part One) Christmas Decorating And Chinese Food

Happy Monday everyone!

I have so many things to share with you this week that I’m not even sure where to begin! So here’s an overview. I have Christmas shopping/decorating, an awesome cake (and decorating), and Chinese food, which is always amazing.

I guess I’ll do two separate blog posts today, so stay tuned for the other one! I think the cake deserves its own post! 🙂

We were planning on using Monday for a Christmas decoration shopping day. Some other (more boring) things got in the way and we switched the trip to Thursday. This was originally what I was planning to post about this week, so I’m still going with it anyway.

Although we didn’t find much in the realm of Christmas decorations, we did at least get some lights and tinsel garland. This weekend we used the garland to decorate this wonderful pole in the middle of our living room, like this.

I had my husband stand behind it with a blanket. I thought that would be much better than showing the mess in the background. ;)
I had my husband stand behind it with a blanket. I thought that would be much better than showing the mess in the background. 😉

I can’t help laughing when I look at the pole. It reminds me of some sort of Christmas Dr. Seuss… something.

The idea also crossed my mind to make our own glass ornaments, an idea that was reaffirmed by my best friend, who is also making her own. What can I say, enthusiasm is contagious! It also gives my husband and me an excuse to go Christmas shopping again! So that’s definitely something to be excited about as well!

I also had the idea to make our own Christmas stockings, so I’m very much looking forward to that! It’ll be a fun little project that I’ll be posting about on here, if I do in fact get around to making them at all.

While we were in the fabric store, I wanted to check online to see how much material we would need for each stocking. I had my own ideas of how much that would actually be. After looking it up, it turns out that I guessed EXACTLY right! So that pretty much made my night right there.

What am I saying? We had already had Chinese food, so THAT kicked off the night in the best possible way!

As you’ve (probably?) gathered, I have to eat gluten-free. I have to say that I absolutely love it! I haven’t really ever felt deprived during my year-and-a-half of eating gluten-free, and have actually used it as an opportunity to learn about and try some things that I never otherwise would have. It’s been an amazing journey!

Anyway, we were both hungry and happened to be near a Chinese food restaurant. It just so happened that Chinese food sounded absolutely incredible at the time, so we decided to go for it!

I love spur-of-the-moment date nights like this!

Our area is pretty decent when it comes to gluten-free dining, so we were planning to check out the menu to see if they had anything available, hoping that they would.

It turned out so much better than I had expected. Not only did they have gluten-free options, but those options also included the traditional breaded chicken! All they had to do was switch out the soy sauce.

I was beyond thrilled!

We got a plate of General Tso’s Chicken to split, and it ended up being the perfect amount for us. Not to mention the beautiful little carrot flower they used as a garnish. Such a cool idea! (Okay, I don’t know, maybe I’m just slow and a lot of places do this… But I don’t go out much.)

General Tso's Chicken

I can honestly say that it was one of the happiest, most satisfying food moments of my life. Eeek! I can have normal Chinese food again!

We also went to Whole Foods and got some things from the bulk section. Yay for cheap things I’ve been needing! Love it!

So that was our trip! I hope you have a wonderful Monday! And I’ll see you later with a post for a gluten-free cake! Be sure to like my Facebook page for more updates. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Happy Tuesday, everyone!

I hope you’re enjoying this lovely day.  I don’t have a whole lot to say today, just a quick note to let you all know that I made a Facebook page for my site!

I’ve really been wanting to post some smaller updates and interact with you more throughout the week, but the blog doesn’t entirely seem like the best place to do that.

Don’t worry, I’ll still be posting here (I like my longer posts too much), I’ll just be doing a little more on the page.

Feel free to like, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Oh Happy Day!

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

This past week has been one of growth and transition for me. My husband and I are finally really getting settled in our new place, making it our own. Embracing all the new opportunities.

My Monday was quite the eventful one. It was so good! Most of the day was spent shooting (photography). I did still have time to make a quick lunch though.

Warm pasta salad. Yum! I know what you’re thinking… That doesn’t sound too good. Trust me on this, it’s better than it sounds. This would be a great side at a late summer/early fall BBQ or cookout.

Transitions, right?

In other exciting news, Monday was also the day a magazine contacted me asking for permission to use one of my photos! I was so excited!

Enough about me, here’s the recipe! What exciting things have happened for you this week? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! Have a wonderful week!


Warm Pasta Salad

  • Box of macaroni (or whatever pasta you’d prefer, I used gluten-free)
  • Red onion, chopped
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (possibly more) Raw apple cider vinegar
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pepper, oregano, salt, garlic powder, onion powder
  1. Cook and drain your pasta. Meanwhile, heat red onion and green peppers with olive oil in frying pan until warm and slightly soft.
  2. Mix onions and peppers in with pasta.
  3. Add apple cider vinegar and heat on low.
  4. Add in more vinegar as needed to coat pasta.
  5. Mix in spices as desired.
  6. Serve sprinkled with grated Parmesan.