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christmas shenanigans and a discount!

I have spent the last 30 minutes waiting for the announcement of the winner of Project Food Blog.  I honestly cannot imagine being one of the finalists right now – my stomach is so nervous and I didn’t make it past challenge 3!

In fact, it also caused me to make lunch twice.  I was so distracted I left my corn tortilla chips in the oven for way too long and they ended up looking like this:

In went another batch – good thing they only take 10 minutes to bake!

Much better.

I finished off the last of the chili for lunch, and it made me sad.  Definitely going to be cooking up another batch soon! The husband is begging for it.  Not even kidding:)

Yesterday was full to the brim of Christmas shenanigans!  I have to be honest, there are some things going on right now that are causing me to struggle with remaining joyful each day.  You know when there is something in your life that you just wish was different.  In other words, you have plans that don’t exactly match up with God’s plans.  Well, that’s kind of where I’m at right now.  The biggest thing I’m doing to try and maintain a joyful spirit and focus on all of the blessings in my life is praying for gratefulness, perspective, trust and patience every single day.  Nothing calms my fears like spending time with Him.

The second thing I do is just stay busy with everything that’s going on right now…focusing on living in the moment (as I tell my yoga students every Wednesday).  Yesterday was definitely busy and it warmed my spirit to focus on such fun aspects of the holiday season: giving gifts and sending Christmas cards!

The husband and I sent gifts to all of our business clients.  The peppermint bark is probably not vegan…but neither are any of our clients.  ha.  And while I still try to only make and buy vegan food, even when buying for others, the packaging was designed just so that I could not say no to the husband’s pleading eyes.  What can I say? He’s a sucker for classy packaging…and I’m a sucker for him.

And now for our personal card

My parents-in-law gave me the bird stamp for Christmas, and I’m pretty much in love with it. I just want to stamp everything I own.

We put hours and hours of time into these cards!  I kid.  We really pulled them together rather quickly, especially compared to cards we’ve done in the past.  Like two years ago when I handmade each and every card.  They were cute.  But it will be a long time before I commit to that again:)

Anyway, plans for this weekend include finishing up our Christmas shopping and then going to my hometown for Christmas on Sunday.  I’m still trying to decide what to make to take for Christmas dinner. I’m wanting to make some kind of salad – like a grain or pasta salad…and then definitely a dessert!  Must decide soon!

And now for some exciting news!

Ecolissa is offering all ChiaSeedMe readers 20% off anything in her shop!

“Ecolissa carries only fashionable eco friendly and vegan woman’s clothing and accessories.  [They] specialize in dresses and easy to wear separates.”

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Not only does Ecolissa carry dresses and tops, there is also a plethora of cute accessories available as well. I’ve had my eye on a couple of items – and I love knowing that they’re eco and animal friendly!

Here are some items I love:

I’ve wanted a scarf like this since it got cold, and I think this one is adorable.  And so cozy looking:)

To receive the discount just type in the code “vegan20″ when you check out. The offer is good through the end of the month!

Now go get your shop on:)  There are some awesome gift ideas as well!

Happy Friday everyone!

Any good suggestion of what I should make to take to Christmas dinner? I need ideas!

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7 Responses to “christmas shenanigans and a discount!”

  1. If you are looking for an appetizer try this:
    http://thescenefromme.com/2010/11/30/sticky-toffee-carmel-dip/

    or these yummy chickpeas:

    http://thescenefromme.com/2010/11/24/crisped-parmesan-chickpeas/

    And I have lots of desserts on my site such as:

    http://thescenefromme.com/2010/12/06/peppermint-oreo-balls/

    Or motherlode pretzel stix, creme de menthe Oreo Poppers and Peanut butter crunch poppers.

    Enjoy! Have a great evening :)
    The card is very cute!

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    candice Reply:

    Thanks, Amy! And thanks for stopping by CSM:) Your recipes sound great! I really am needing more of a side dish, like a grain or pasta salad, but I definitely want to hit up those recipes as well. I love chickpeas:)

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  2. Dorry says:

    I love your bird stamp and your Christmas cards – great design. And the peppermint bark is a perfect gift for clients. Sorry you’re dealing with some frustrations but it sounds like you have the right attitude and prayer have never failed me! Hope you find joy everyday. :)

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    candice Reply:

    Thanks, Dorry! Thanks for the encouragement. It’s all about finding joy regardless of our circumstances,huh? Sometimes it’s hard to do…but the Lord gives us strength:)

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  3. Oh LOVE that scarf! I love your Christmas cards too. You are always so creative.

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    candice Reply:

    aw, thanks:) Isn’t the scarf beautiful?

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  4. Esme says:

    Further west Christmas still has a few hours to go, so here is wishing evroeyne a Blessed and Peaceful Christmas. And may 2013 be a year of good health and good fortune. My thanks as well to all the respondents. We have covered quite a few varied topics this year and it has been very interesting to have followed them. I sincerely hope you have all enjoyed the posts I have put up. My best wishes to all.

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