Dec
05

Being busy has its perks. Like drinking too many vanilla lattes and making really awesome pies late at night. My creativity is buzzing all day. I love being engrossed with a long to-do list. I enjoy being barely able to pencil a hair appointment in.  I don’t know what to do with myself if I don’t have an activity, or something pressing. I actually need to stop checking my Blackberry while driving.

Throwing it into the backseat might be the only solution.

I have to remind myself that a little relaxing is good sometimes. A girl needs some time to herself.

Did you know that baking to relieve stress is called ‘stressbaking’?  You can find it on Urbandictionary. It’s totally real and happens a lot to me! Another great stress reliever is yoga. I actually went to a yoga sculpt class tonight. You do yoga with weights in a heated room with lots of lunges, squats and sexy ab moves. It was perfect because I think I finally sweated out half the pie I ate the last week. Hehe.

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Dec
01

Lettuce wraps in December? What’s up with that?

They happen to be really incredible and despite my efforts to use Turkey Day leftovers, it didn’t happen.  After my battle with the flu, I didn’t want anything heavy. I know your body needs a break from that comfort food too! Lettuce wraps with sassy sauce and delicious toppings might do the trick.

I made these lettuce wraps once before for some guys. There were not any leftovers. Why do guys love buffalo sauce so much? It’s a little mind boggling.

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Nov
28

Dear Flu,

I’d like to tell you that you are quite rude! Showing up on Thanksgiving uninvited… only you would do that.

I couldn’t sleep, eat, or even laugh. Drinking chicken broth and watching people eat pie isn’t a way to spend the holiday.

This is the second time you’ve tortured me on Turkey Day.  Mean.

I’m glad you are gone now. Please don’t ever come back, I’m begging you!

Thanks for your consideration.

Love,

Monique

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Nov
22

An extraordinary little place called Vegas happened to me this weekend.

I ate at a place called the Pink Taco. Questionable name, but okay Mexican food.

I have at least six blisters on my feet. This could be a result of  wearing high heels or possible swing dancing. Not sure.

I had a Pumpkin Margarita with a nutmeg powdered sugar rim! Wolfgang Puck is a genius margarita inventor. He should probably cater my wedding someday if I get married.  Also his french fries are ridiculously addicting. I’m upset about it.

I went to the Marine Corps Ball. I know you are going to ask, so I’ll just tell you now that I didn’t see Justin Timberlake or Mila Kunis.

Besides this, I gambled a bit and I did a lot of other things that probably shouldn’t be mentioned on this blog. I am an angel.

Another interesting note: on my flight back home someone passed out in the middle of the plane aisle.  That’s when you know you had  too good of a time in Vegas. Tsk Tsk.

Besides Vegas, I’ve been incredibly busy. I was in California for a week vacationing, laughing, eating good food, shopping, living the good life for a bit.  I’ll post pictures soon!

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Nov
17

Thanksgiving comes with family chaos and a ton of laughter.

The end result is learning that no family is perfect.  You’re not either.  Yep, we’ve got some pretty funky quirks! It’s all apart of Thanksgiving though – The crazy aunts. Drunk uncles. Awkward cousins.  Happy bellys. Warm pumpkin pie. Catching up.

What were you thankful for last Thanksgiving? Chances are this year is different. You’ve had 365 more days. Things have changed for you and me, big time! Did you get a new job? Did you meet someone special? Did you have a baby? Did you live through a tragedy? Did you reach a goal?

Write it down! Savor it. Close your eyes, reflect and smile for just a moment.

The truth is, you’ve got to appreciate it all. Cherish it even. This is your history; these will be your memories forever. Celebrate with turkey, wine, and good pie!  Drink and eat for your accomplishments and other’s ambitions! Don’t forget to take plenty of snapshots. Be sure to remember it.

These moments will never come again. Maybe that’s what makes them so beautiful.

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Nov
14

Let’s talk about eating healthy.

Well, I’ll be honest with you, it’s hard. Like really hard!

It can be difficult even knowing where to begin.  There are temptations everywhere you go! Especially when you’re waiting in line for your morning cup of joe at Starbucks.  Next to the register awaits buttery banana walnut bread screaming to be paired with a salted caramel hot chocolate. I’m totally guilty!  After munching on this, a headache and guilt ensues.  My eyes were bigger than my stomach. Again.

I’m here to tell you that eating healthy takes a lot of experimenting.  Some days you’ll eat beautiful colorful salads, quinoa, and everything labeled organic and natural.  Other days you’ll feel as though your car drove itself to the McDonald’s drive thru as you barely remember chomping on salty french fries.  You’ll eat these Poptarts for breakfast simply because you love them. You’ll give yourself excuses too. Maybe your boyfriend and you broke up and you ate a pint of Ben and Jerry’s plus six chocolate chip cookies. (Okay you might have good reasoning here– that jerk)!  Of course we all have that love/hate relationship with Chinese buffets.

I’m obsessed with Berets.

No matter what the case, we all have downfalls!  Most of the time we feel regretful and guilty, but learning from those indulgences and moving on is the only thing you can do. While giving into your cravings is okay every once in a while,  the trick is realizing that your body is happier eating eggs and oatmeal for breakfast. Chocolate chip muffins bigger than your face are awkward to eat and big no-nos.  Oh, and that inhaling that box of Oreo cookies isn’t going to solve a crisis.  Even though I really wish they would.

But where do you begin with this health chaos you’re in?

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Nov
06

I’m leaving on a jet plane…

Eeek… I got a new job!  I’ll be moving to the Washington DC area.

Anyone from DC who reads this?  Give me all the details. Where to go, what to do, good restaurants — everything!

A celebration is in order.

Want to ditch calorie counting and giggle over the Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries scandle with your besties?

It’s time to break out the pie pan. You know it’s my favorite.

Biscoff cookies. Yes, these are ones you eat on airplanes. So lovely. Like a sweeter, crunchier graham cracker.

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Nov
01

 

Was it you who ate all the leftover candy from Halloween?  Did you rummage through your child’s bucket to find your favorite kind?  Did you promise to eat just one piece, but indulged in about 17?  No willpower?

I’ve totally been there.

We need to pull it together.  How about a cure for that Halloween candy hangover?

This Asian Edamame Salad should do the trick. It’s full of good nutrients your body will love.  This salad is ultra healthy and amazing over a bed of lettuce or even some black beans.  It includes a soy sauce, garlic and ginger dressing that you’ll devour.

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Oct
28

I made a Chocolate-Coconut Pumpkin Marble Bundt Cake.  It was luxurious.  Moist, rich, and pretty too! It won Nordic Ware’s Bundts across America contest.

However, it didn’t win the Grand Prize.

That’s okay, It’s still amazzzzing! Definitely for cake lovers. Are you a cake lover?

Yes? Get baking then. Cancel all plans. Make this cake now!

While you make it, get to know me a bit and what inspires me.  Because we all have things we love to do; dreams and goals.  Little things that make us who we are.  I’m sharing some of my little things with you.

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Oct
25

When I was a little girl I wanted to be a river dancer. Yeah, you know the ones that rapidly kick their feet up on stage.  I used to make my Mom watch me do it for hours.  What strange aspirations I had.

Another year I wanted to be a waitress because my Dad got me a kitchen set for my birthday. It even had fake donuts that smelt like strawberries! I’d take a notepad and ask everyone what they wanted to order from my restaurant.  I even let them order breakfast for dinner, to keep up with the Perkins and IHOP competition.

It didn’t matter what they ordered though– because I’d usually bring them back whatever I wanted to eat.   Mostly donuts, cookies, and pies.

Sometimes Spanish potatoes.

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