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  • Chris,
    I made your primal granola for my sister gifts this year. I put the granola in Christmas themed Chinese food boxes with a colorful wine charm with their initial hanging from the handle.

    We had our big family get together today and they all raved about the granola.

    Thank you for the recipe.

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    • Glad it worked, they sound adorable! I tend to forget recipes once I make them, and had forgotten all about that one! Merry Christmas.
      Last edited by demuralist; 12-24-2012, 06:56 AM. Reason: spelling duh
      Chris
      "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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      • Merry Christmas Chris!! Enjoy your vacation. Oh, I pinned a wreath that made me think of you and Florida this morning!
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        • I will have to go on pinterest now!

          We had a great trip down. No traffic at all! One spot of really bad weather in south Georgia that slowed us a bit. Stopped and got DS a sub since nothing I brought looked good to him (DD and I ate the goodies I brought).

          I did not track and won't be tracking while I am away. I am going to take one day at a time, and just do the best I can with the choices I have. I am thinking I will put what I eat on this journal for this week and a half.

          So yesterday, I had my normal morning shake, but with 3 eggs and no whey since I wanted to finish the eggs. I also had my normal green matcha with half and half. I also mixed up one of my 50oz bottles of tea to take along.

          Then later I had one square of the coconut bars.

          Then after we stopped to get DS the sub (I didn't get anything) I had 5 fat bombs.

          Once we got to mom's she had made a pot roast with veggies. I ate mostly the meat and whatever pieces of veggies were sticking to that. I also had a large salad.

          She brought out some povitica (this is a Croatian nut roll-to die for-but she bought it since she is not really a cook so no guilt in not eating any) and some pumpkin pie (also store bought-again no guilt) and I passed on both! Yeah me!

          Success breeds success, it felt good. I still have quite a few of the coconut bars left, but only maybe 8 or so of the little fat bombs. May have to go shopping for ingredients (which will be impossible to find in this little town!). I also have at least a cup of the cream cheese/olive mix and cut up persian cucumbers to dip in it (ran out of celery). So I should be ok for a while.

          My BFF got me a Costco membership for Christmas, so I will stop there on our way to the second leg of the Florida trip and stock up on things I need to make that week doable.
          Chris
          "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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          My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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          • Yeah for your food choices. I hear costco has awesome primal friendly food. I have never been to one and can only say that Sams does not (as far as I can see- no coconut butter or oil). You might google/research a bit for alternative ingredients for fat bombs. You could use almond butter or some such thing instead of coconut butter if you can not find it.

            Sounds like you are off to a great start of the vacation! Have a good time!
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            • yep, I will do some research, I have been a couple of times and they do have some great sources for meat, and a fantastic price on coconut oil. So I am excited to see what else they have.
              Chris
              "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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              My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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              • Woo hoo, Chris. Sounds good. Hope you have a wonderful vacation. Costco membership for Christmas, that's a cool gift.

                I have a feeling if you make/take a lot of good stuff like the coconut bars, cream cheese/olive spread, etc, everyone else will be eating them too!

                Did DH fly or drive with you guys?
                -- Ruth

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                • DH is gonna fly. He would have really gone crazy driving on Christmas, cause no food is available! Plus we hit horrendous rain in South Georgia and being a passenger in traffic or bad weather makes him nervous. Not nervous enough to drive mind you, but nervous.

                  He can't fly Christmas day cause the small airports that he uses aren't open. And unfortunately the weather went bad at home, so he didn't make it out yesterday. He may make it today or tomorrow. Otherwise he will meet us in St. George.

                  So yesterday, I ate too much, but all "legal" no sugar or starch. I say it was too much because physically I ended up feeling over full at the end of the night.

                  Bacon and eggs for breakfast (sis cooked on the grill)!

                  Lunch was veggies with cream cheese/olive dip and a few pieces of some really good cheese

                  Dinner was a salad with pot roast

                  I also ate a coconut bar and some fat bombs (I am out so gotta go to the grocery store).

                  BFF and I had agreed to stop buying gifts for each other, but I cut their hair and our dinners are always at our house-which is bigger- and it makes her feel like the relationship is lopsided. I think they do a lot for us (ie. I used her car for 2 weeks after DD totaled our van). But she is afraid that if she keeps feeling the relationship is lopsided that it will deteriorate the friendship. I let it go this year, but we will have to talk about it next year!
                  Chris
                  "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                  My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                  • Friendships are funny that way. I make more money (right now) than my BFF and I enjoy spoiling her, but it makes her uncomfortable, so I have stopped.

                    Sounds like a good eating day. I noticed yesterday that I am eating too fast and then I feel overly full. It's funny, too, because I'm not necessarily eating a lot in volume. But it's hitting me - my stomach goes "oh, you should have stopped a little earlier".
                    -- Ruth

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                    • gifts and friends can be an interesting dynamic. Every year I buy gifts for my bff and her daughters and she buys gifts for Lily and me. This year with things being tight, I opted for a "family" gift from Harry and David instead. I saved money but felt guilty ( Even though, I LOVE anything Harry and David). That need to feel "even-steven" is always there. However, the good thing about bff's is that you can truly talk about anything. So enjoy your girl-time with the bff!!
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                      • One of the interesting things about my BFF is that her hubby and mine get along great, and I get along great with her hubby and she gets along great with mine. So every combination works, which is really nice for vacationing together. Also, she works unGodly hours in the summer, so we basically don't see each other or talk for the whole summer and once that is over it is like we just saw each other yesterday. The funny thing is that her personality is very like my DH and my personality is very similar to her DH so we tend to be the voice of reason when one of us is complaining about the hubs. We also have a rule that basically we are not allowed to think less of the others spouse after a tirade. We know that there will be no divorce, and that it is just a rant. This works really well to keep things fun when we all get together!

                        I think she doesn't think about the stuff they do for us, partially because it is mostly her DH that does the stuff and she probably doesn't know about half of it. He is crafty, and creative, and is constantly helping me with something, he also has an ebay account and when I want something from there he gets it for me. He is also my DH's assistant when brewing beer.
                        Chris
                        "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                        • We have the same rules about DH. I rant to few people, because sometimes I just need to get it off my chest, but then I need them not to think he is "bad". He's just human We don't see eachother that often, but no matter what, she still "knows" the inner core of me. It's a very precious gift!
                          -- Ruth

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                          • The guy who introduced us and his wife are a lot of fun. They are the ones we took dance lessons with for so many years. But they live in Florida, although they do come and visit a couple of times a year. But while we could go on vaca together and have a great time (well and we have) it is not quite the same. My current BFF is a fantastic situation. A very precious gift.
                            Chris
                            "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                            • I love your crafty, money saving Christmas ideas. We spent a ridiculous amount of money.

                              My favorite gifts for my guys this year were home made T shirts and personalized journals. They loved them too. I guess we should get a clue.


                              My BFF is my old college roomate. She lives on Long Island and cares for her sick husband, so we never see each other. When we talk on the phone, the distance just falls away. I regret not having a close friend who lives closer. I have not been successful in forming that type of relationship here.
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                              • My kids have never been big on the Christmas presents. Usually one thing really holds it for them and the rest kind of falls away. Now that one is in college and one ready to go to college they would probably just prefer money or gift cards. But I sort of lean toward experiential type things. Which is why I love the fireball kit for my son. My DD is actually craftier than I am, so really my gift to her was to spark a new craft idea for her with the mermaid pic as well as giving her the Altoids tins. She immediately went to pinterest to pin ideas to redo the tins. I also got her some really nice yarn, I have a yarn store I go to and they give rewards for buying with them. I had $25 worth of free yarn I could get, so I just went to their clearance bin and got her a few skeins of pretty stuff.

                                My BFF and I and another woman we are bringing into the fold, are going to go on a "retreat" in early spring. There is a state park resort, a really nice one, in Southern Kentucky. Very Cheap, close enough and far enough, and beautiful. We are going to go for the weekend, take a lot of wine and cheese and just hang out! Very excited. We are going to rent a small cabin.

                                We don't exchange gifts at all anymore with anyone. I do collect stuff for my parents, but don't really think of it as gifts so much as turning them onto whatever cool things I find. Dh is still at home, the weather is still too bad for him to fly, and yesterday he sent me a wikipedia about Festivus. We give to charity as we come across one we are emotional about, but for family it ends up you just spend the same amount of money on each other to get each other something you didn't really want and you could use the money better on yourself.
                                Chris
                                "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                                My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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