Minnie Mouse beret

My adorable Minnie Mouse hat arrived! Too bad I can’t actually wear it in Florida because a wool hat doesn’t make any sense in 80 degrees.

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Post-Christmas salads

Happy [Almost] New Year!

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I had a great but super quick weekend in Chicago. I basically only had time to visit with family but I had dinner at Frontera Grill. It was a highlight of my life. Not only was it my first time dining at a James Beard winner restaurant (I think), I even spotted the chef! Rick Bayless appeared just for a moment, grabbing a coke at the bar behind me. He must have been working hard in the kitchen because he never appeared after that.

The food was amazing as expected:

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I also did a tiny bit of shopping.

This jacket was on super clearance at one of my favorite shops, Akira. It’s kind of a grown-up Forever 21.

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I saw this Kangol hat at a boutique and thought it was the cutest thing. I already wear a lot of beret-style hats that I knit myself but this one is legit. And it comes with INTERCHANGEABLE BOWS. Then I looked inside and saw that it’s a special Minnie Mouse edition so I was in love. Unfortunately I wasn’t ready to pay $60 for a hat. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and the next day saw it on Karmaloop for $24. It’s in the mail!

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I got home Sunday evening and even had time to pick up some food and do a little meal prep. I’m feeling huge from all of the holiday eating so I am craving light, fresh meals.

I made yogurt:
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And a few days’ worth of green smoothies. This batch is banana, pear, spinach, celery:

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And some lunches:

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This week’s tasty salad combination is roast chicken (leftover and frozen from last week) with marinated antipasto olives & cheese that were leftover from Christmas appetizers.

Oh and while the yogurt was simmering I made a ton of hair ties. I intended to give these with my Christmas gifts but the ribbon didn’t get here in time. Now I’ve got a lot of hair ties.

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I can’t believe I did all of that in one evening. Personally, I can’t wait for January to start when everyone is on their temporary weight loss/fitness resolution kicks. It’s nice to have some solidarity and excitement and I want to do my own slim-down cleanse or something. the only thing I hate is that I cannot get into the gym for the first 6 weeks of the year. The treadmills are all taken and the classes are all overcrowded with the fairweather resolution-er people. Don’t you hate that?

Are you participating in any health resolutions or challenges?

Oh and follow me on Instagram @everydayasian and twitter @everydayasian1 to keep up with my adventures.

Day After Thanksgiving

Isn’t it funny how the day after Thanksgiving can be just as ritualized as T-day itself?

Whether you have to work or not, everyone does leftovers the day after. I took the leftover un-mashed potatoes and made home fries for breakfast.
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And that was the extent of our leftovers cooking. The rest of the food was just eaten up as sandwiches.

The other ritual is Black Friday shopping. I am stuck in a mountain resort town with no big stores in sight. I went into just about every store in town (like 10 stores) and their idea of Black Friday was 10% off. I’m not exxagerating! I only bought a skein of yarn, and it was not even in sale at all.
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If you are opening your store, at least give me that stupid 10% off. I was stuck with online shopping which is annoying to so with only a phone/tablet. I bought a Kate Spade bag from the “surprise sale”. Then I had the free Groupon bucks so I used it to buy Pro Compression calf sleeves. And that was it. I wanted to buy an external hard drive but I didn’t have the energy to comparison shop using my phone or kindle. I might regret that later when I need that hard drive.

Did you make anything good with your leftovers? Did you get a good deal on Black Friday?