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Cutting the Tree, Taking Risks, OOTW, & Sticky Orange Maple Brussels

Happy FriYAY!!!!  It’s been such a busy week, so I’m super extra excited about it being Friday.  I’m not sure why, though.  I still have so much to do today.  And a busy day tomorrow.  Maybe some rest on Sunday?  Probably not.  I need to food prep Sunday.  Since last weekend was Thanksgiving weekend I did NO prep at all and it absolutely killed me this week!  Ugh…I hate when I don’t prep.  I was lost every night on dinner.  Luckily, I still stayed on track.  I had to.  My belly’s been off and I’m not sure why.  I thought originally it was from my Thanksgiving indulges.  I do think that was part of it.  But, what I noticed is this week my belly bothered me every time I had almond butter!  This depresses me.  And I hope it doesn’t last because almond butter is my go-to for sooooo many things.  So, we’ll see.  Anyways…I’ll be prepping Sunday so next week is breeze because I know it’ll be just as busy as this past week 🙂

Speaking of Thanksgiving weekend, want to know what my favorite part of that weekend is?  Cutting down our Christmas Tree!  If you recall a post from October when we tagged our Christmas tree, you may remember that although it’s a fun family tradition, it’s stressful!  Picking out the perfect tree among hundreds of trees is not easy.  But, we did it.  And we survived and were still talking to each other after….LOL.  Cutting down the tree is so much more pleasant.  Go, cut, and leave.  Easy peasy.  Unfortunately, it was raining this year, but thankfully not pouring.  We cut our tree down and then got a smaller pre-cut one for the kids room.  They always get their own tree.  I love this tradition because they decorate it with colored lights and all the ornaments they’ve ever made growing up.  It ends up being a super cute tree and of course, I get to put all the glass and nicer ornaments on the “main” tree.  So, below is my favorite picture every year….my hubby carrying the tree to the car.  He’s always hidden inside of it and we always hope he doesn’t end up bumping into any other trees on the way back.  He can’t see a damn thing!

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So, last Sunday night I was on a conference call with my Juice Plus team.  I have to tell you, I love this group of women.  So motivating, so inspirational and so full of wonderful advice!  I learn so much on these calls.  Not just about running my business, but I learn a lot about myself and these calls make me think about what it is I’m capable of doing.  I got off the phone more motivated than ever!  I had more dreams and more visions.  What is it that I love and I’m passionate about?  I love helping people.  Helping people in so many ways.  I love helping them feel healthier, look better, have fun and I can even help them make money.  Sometimes we get too comfortable in our daily lives.  We go about and do what we are supposed to do to basically get the mommy job done.  But what about taking risks?  What happened to stepping out of your comfort zone?  I’ll do this sometimes.  But, I’ll do it in the gym.  Or maybe with some other family activity, like surfing.  But…I NEVER do it with work.  I try new things, but I get very comfortable in what I’m doing and then get stuck.  So, I’ve decided it’s time to step out of my comfort zone.  I’ve decided it’s time to be proud of what I do.  I’ve decided I have to not care what others think of me.  How will we know the potential of greatness if we don’t take risks?  So, I’m working on some new things to add on to my business.  Stay tuned!  But, I’d also love to hear from you!  What would you like to see more of?  Recipes?  Maybe how-to videos?  Please share!!

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So, I didn’t get too dressed up this past week for anything special.  But…casual outfits are fun, too, right?  Sometimes I just love simple.  This outfit is ALL Stitch Fix from head to toe.  Sweater, jean and shoes!  I’ve actually gotten some really cool shoes from Stitch Fix.  All ones I never would have picked out myself.  I’m pretty boring when it comes to shoes, actually…flip flops in the summer to Uggs in the winter.  Now I have a bunch of cute ones I can rotate and look a little more fashionable.  A black sweater and jeans is like a little black dress.  Timeless…never goes out of style 🙂

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Ok…let’s talk food!  Months ago I went out do dinner with my hubby and another couple to a restaurant called The Foundry in Manchester, NH.  It’s the largest farm to table restaurant in the area and all the food was to die for!…especially the truffle fries!  We’ve been back two other times and have brought the kids with us.  They love it, too.  We haven’t been disappointed in one meal yet.  But…one thing I literally drool over is the Brussel Sprouts.  Sounds crazy, right?  I mean…I NEVER would have touched brussel sprouts as a child.  Never mind a child.  I wouldn’t have touched them 5 years ago.  But, as I’ve changed the way I eat, my taste buds have changed and I actually love them!  The ones at The Foundry are sticky and sweet and are flavored with blood orange.  I wanted to ask for the recipe, but instead I decided to try to come up with my own.  The first sauce try was a complete FAIL!  This happens.  Didn’t thicken up all and I just didn’t like the taste.  But, the second round came out perfect.  So sticky and so yummy!  Be careful not to let the sauce boil too long or else it’ll reduce to nothing and you’ll have nothing to pour over your crispy brussels.  Make this…you won’t be disappointed 🙂

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Sticky Orange Maple Brussels
Sticky Orange Maple Brussels
Course Side Dish
Servings
2-4 people
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Servings
2-4 people
Ingredients
Sticky Orange Maple Brussels
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix the halved brussel sprouts, olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Mix well. (It's OK and better is some of the leave come off the brussels. It'll make for yummy super crispy pieces.)
  2. Spread the brussels on a parchement lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes. (The loose leaves may looked dark and burned, but that's OK.)
  4. While the brussels are baking, place the coconut aminos, maple syrup, orange juice and garlic in a small saucepan.
  5. Remove the brussels from the oven and place in a medium bowl.
  6. Heat the sauce mixture on medium low. The sauce will thicken as it comes to a boil. It's important you watch this, as if you let it boil too long, it will reduce very quickly and you won't have any sauce left! DO NOT LET IT REDUCE TOO MUCH.
  7. Remove the sauce from the heat and pour over the brussels.
  8. Mix well and serve immediately.
  9. Enjoy!
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