Festive Topped Jars & Double Good News!

Today’s lame workout: Kevin and I were planning to have our first newlywed Christmas tonight so we opted to get up @ 5AM so we could be free after work. This resulted in some very sluggish legz and 3.56 in 33 minutes. It’s days like these that I choose not to calculate my pace!

I’m young and impressionable so after a month and a half, I totally love my little team of co-workers. I knew I wanted to bake them something so I was totally inspired by this You Are My Fave.

Unfortunately, I’m not that crafty, and I squander my weekend hours on long runs! :)


Yeah. He’s not talking to me. Kev-kev’s scarf came from J.Crew! That didn’t flow very well, but I had to include one of those handmade hey girls.

Anyways. Here’s how mine turned out. Sadly, no glittering.

The first batch was white chocolate peppermint dipped pretzels sprinkled with candy canes. I also added about 2 tsp of peppermint extract to the white chocolate.

The mini bulbs and snowflake tags were a Target special. For the jars, I used inexpensive glass canisters from Wal-Mart. I was looking for more of a large canning jar type thing, but they didn’t have any big ones. I had a few small ones (probably remnants of the wedding!!) that I used to create mini versions for my co-worker’s kids.

I did two different styles of Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn. I made it a few months ago, and it turned out so well. This time the only addition I made was adding a few almonds we randomly had in the pantry.

I had to bring my little elf to work to help me deliver all the packages. They were heavy!!

And now for the good news!

I owned that test!! I was only one point below average in math, and I actually scored in the average range in science. That was shocking for me!! It must be because I brushed up on the different types of rocks!! I’m used to my higher language arts & social studies scores saving the day, but I did okay! Too bad we’re leaving town tomorrow because I have some more paperwork to do. Whatevs. I’ll do it later.

Good news, Part 2!!!

Our realtor sent us this photo this morning. Our house in Winona is SOLD!!! What an answer to prayer. It’s a big gift to us right before Christmas to not have to worry about that any more. Everything is completely signed away! We’re free!! We’re so excited. And so not ready to buy a house again any time soon until we’re committed to living in a certain place for a while!! :)

I’m out like a girl scout. I have to finish packing for our trip to Minnesota in the AM. That means we’re hitting the gym again super early. I scored a lot of sweet gifts in our little exchange tonight, but you’ll just have to wait & see.

Have you done any handmade or DIY gifts this year? Next year I plan to embroider everyone pillowcases, but this year just the pretzels & popcorn. You think I’m joking? I spent at least 20 minutes perusing feeling stitchy this morning.

What’s your good news for the day? Can’t wait to hear it!

I can’t leave without one more.

That’s hilarious. I’ve thought before — I should do a blog giveaway. But I would be extremely lucky if I got 12 people to enter. Haha. Maybe if I was giving away Boyd!



9 thoughts on “Festive Topped Jars & Double Good News!

  1. Your workout doesn’t sound lame, at least you did it! :) Also, congrats on the test and the house! Hope you have a happy holiday and a safe trip.

    P.S. I tried to do a giveaway on my blog and only one person entered. How sad is that. haha!

  2. So glad you got the house sold, but sad too. It seems so final this way. Boo Hoo. We miss you. (Hey, that rhymed!) I love embroidery/cross stitching. I have TONS of supplies, but haven’t done it in years thanks to the kid-os. Got Mattie’s B-day gift exchanged and she looks so stylish in it.

  3. YAY! You passed!!!!!! Your house sold!!!!! AWESOME for the two of you! You have lots to celebrate! :) You really did get double good news!
    Those gifts are super cute for the office! I’m going to do a homemade granola bar when we get back from break and everyone is worried about their figures ;) I’m making about 5 different kinds for them to choose from. Your wrapping ideas will come in handy!

  4. Bahahah I love the Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” pics… crack me up every time. Congrats on selling your house!! Where are you from in MN? I lived in Minneapolis/St. Louis Park for six years.

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