Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

101 Reasons I LOVE:


  1. snow
  2. cashmere
  3. the feeling of refreshment when walking outside after shopping a store
  4. the quiet of fresh night snow
  5. egg nog
  6. Pale Skin
  7. hot cocoa with fluff
  8. new years resolutions
  9. laughing at unfamiliar looking resolution girls at the gym in Jan 
  10. getting sweaty outside: snowshoeing, skiing.
  11. post christmas sales 
  12. earmuffs
  13. snowmen
  14. Natural Blush
  15. winter weddings 
  16. Dark Nights
  17. outdoor hot tubs
  18. Wearing Tights
  19. fluff vodka 
  20. cozy slippers
  21. watching kids get excited about santa
  22. cinnamon candles
  23. drinking tea
  24. Bailey's
  25. christmas cards with photos
  26. indoor activities 
  27. stews, soups & chilis
  28. snowball fights
  29. christmas movies
  30. apres-ski drinks and treats
  31. the warmth of the sun 
  32. staying in bed
  33. Santa's village in every mall 
  34. flurries
  35. getting snowed in
  36. wool coats
  37. the holidays 
  38. goldslaggers in the ski lodge
  39. wrapping myself in blankets
  40. comfort food
  41. warming up in the ski lodge 
  42. Dunkin's face when he's covered in snow
  43. sun reflecting off the snow
  44. boys in GS suits 
  45. warm slippers
  46. baking cookies 
  47. fireplaces
  48. goggle tans
  49. New Hampshire Weekends 
  50. a big, wrap-it-around  scarves
  51. board games after dinner with family 
  52. french vanilla lattes & hot chocolates from those convenience store machines
  53. skiing faster than all the boys 
  54. watching the snow come down from the warm inside
  55. decorating cookies 
  56. little girls in their long wool winter coats 
  57. ski team memories
  58. the feeling of taking off my ski boots
  59. the overhyping of NYE 
  60. legwarmers
  61. ice skating in public parks 
  62. snow days
  63. going outlet shopping North Conway every weekend
  64. the winter olympics, every 4 years 
  65. christmas music, especially when sung by celebrities
  66. little children all bundled up 
  67. ski season
  68. big socks
  69. dogs dressed up 
  70. snow angels
  71. warm boozy drinks
  72. holiday movies on TV 
  73. cuddling
  74. the familiar drive up to Barlett, NH 
  75. holiday parties
  76. no more allergy problems
  77. christmas lights
  78. the sound of my voice with a cold, i know, it's weird, i love it 
  79. fondue
  80. steamed milk, or in my case soy milk 
  81. uggs
  82. christmas trees lit up in windows 
  83. holiday gift guides 
  84. hiding in turtlenecks
  85. new calendar shopping 
  86. my birthday
  87. getting presents 
  88. hot showers & baths
  89. winter show premieres 
  90. staying inside all day in pjs/comfy clothes
  91. shopping jcrews fall clothing sales
  92. hanukkah
  93. movie marathon 
  94. moon boots
  95. white mountain cider company
  96. secret santas 
  97. kale, squash & brussels sprouts
  98. the color white
  99. decorated windows 
  100. hats
  101. holiday bonuses 
  102. ski racing
  103. snowflakes 


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Put on your yalmulka

Put on your yalmulka, here comes hanukkah
Its so much fun-akkah to celebrate hanukkah, 

Hanukkah is the festival of lights, 
Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights. 
When you feel like the only kid in town without a x-mas tree, heres a list of 
People who are jewish, just like you and me: 
David lee roth lights the menorrah, 
So do james caan, kirk douglas, and the late dinah shore-ah 

Guess who eats together at the Carnegie deli, 
Bowzer from sha-na-na, and arthur fonzerrelli. 

Paul newmans half jewish; goldie hawns half too, 
Put them together--what a fine lookin' jew!

You don't need deck the halls or jingle bell rock 
Cause you can spin the dreidl with captain kirk and mr. spock--both jewish! 

Put on your yalmulka, it's time for hanukkah, 
The owner of the seattle super sonic-ahs celebrates hanukkah. 

O.j. simpson-- not a jew! 
But guess who is...hall of famer¡┬║rod carew--(he converted!) 

We got ann landers and her sister dear abby, 
Harrison fords a quarter jewish--not too shabby! 

Some people think that ebeneezer scrooge is, 
Well, he's not, but guess who is:all three stooges. 

So many jews are in show biz-- 
Tom cruise isn¹t,  but I heard his agent is. 

Tell your friend veronica, it's time you celebrate hanukkah 
I hope I get a harmonica, on this lovely, lovely hanukkah. 

So drink your gin-and-tonic-ah, and smoke your mara-juanic-ah, 
If you really, really wanna-kah, have a happy, happy, happy, happy Hanukkah­!

Monday, December 19, 2011

5 things

I want to try

1. At work, we're always talking about DOH. You know, Day Old Hair. Hairdressers LIVE for this hair and it's perfect for an updo as clean hair can be impossible for pins and bands to grip the hairs. DOH gives you natural textures and lasting looks.

But, I work with a bunch of workacholics who sometimes barely even have enough time for a shower, let alone to fully wash my hair. It's usually a quick scrub off the sweat and dirty from the day and out! Let's not even talk about shaving my legs! TMI? Sorry! So lately, I tend to actually wash my hair only a couple times a week, which I hear is actually pretty healthy for my tresses. But also kind of disgusting.

So, now I'm thinking I want to try this:

[Bumble & Bumble Blondish Hair Powder]

What is it, you ask? A colored dry shampoo for blondes designed to absorb oil, extend the life of a blowout AND add volume to the hair! 

2. Splendid Holiday Collection.
Ice cream has ALWAYS ALWAYS been a weakness of mine. And yes, I am lactose intolerant so it's a REALLL weakness to my stomach. But I do love making ice cream for others and I have a habit. I like to take things I know people LOVE and make them into ice cream for. For example, for my grandfather's birthday, I always take his favorite dessert, Icebox Cake, and make it into a delicious ice cream: Banana Ice Cream with the Wafer Cookies Smashed in. MMM MMM Delicious.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, they like to do the same thing. I'm already on my way to Whole Foods, they carry them at the Chicago locations, to get some. Especially these flavors....


Check this website out to see where to can find it near you!

3. Get Dosed. Dose Market that is! 

What's Dose Market? Well Penny Pollack, Dining Editor of Chicago Magazine, who provides my lovely food related quotes on Wednesdays, so sorry I replaced this week's with one of my favorite lines from a movie ever, cause whenever I get gloomy about the state of the world, I do think of Heathrow Airport and how happy I'd be to be there. Heyyyyy Harry!, says, it's "a beautiful setting full of happy people." 

The market is a year-round market featuring vendors showcasing fashion, artisan food and high design held once a month!

4. Another thing I love as lactard: Egg Nog. Another thing my body hates: Egg Nog. Just look at it: creamy, delicious, rich, a little spicy and sometimes a little boozy. What's not to love?

What's not love even more? Hungry girl doctored up this favorite making it not only DELICIOUS as usual but also LOW CAL AND LACTOSE FREE!

5 cups Light Vanilla Soy/Almond Milk (I like almond, more flavor, lower cal!)
1 small package of Sugar-Free Fat-Free Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix 
6 packets of no-cal sweeteners 
1 tsp. Rum Extract 
1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmet

In a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend on high until mixed then refrigerate for a a few hours to thicken!

Serving Size: 1 cup (1/5 of recipe)
Calories: 88
Fat: 2g Carbs: 11g Fiber: 0g Sugars: 5g Protein: 6g
WW Points: 2

**Add rum to the recipe and you got a delicious boozy version at 153 calories and 3 WW Points!

5. My best friend from college, Rachel, recently started a running team. Last year, her little brother was diagnosed with a disease called CIDP. In short, CIDP is an auto immune disease where his body is attacking his nerves and causing weakness in his hands and legs. This is a very rare disease that does have treatments, however it is a life long condition that he will have to live with. Over the last year he has made significant progress and restored a good amount of nerve function in his body. 

Rachel, an inspiration, has spent the last year getting into FANTASTIC shape and now, she is dedicated her 2012 running season to her brother and trying to raise funds and awareness for CIDP through the Michael D. Rothman CIDP Research Fund at Columbia University Medical Center and started TEAM MIKE!

So, I'm going to do the same. Although so far my running season is quite lame. They are holding the first ever Michael D Rothman 5k in May and I'm going to run the full thing. I'm going to be a runner.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Somebody said

Inspired by yesterday's post, one of my favorite quotes:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

5 things

slash movies, you MUST watch this season with a cup of hot cocoa with fluff melted in.
OR this amazing recipe for skinny egg nog that I saw on the same episode of Hungry Girl as this one.

1. The Holiday
2. Love Actually
3. Home Alone
4. The Family Stone
5. Elf

Monday, December 12, 2011

Lean Bean Casserole

Confession: I've been doing Weight Watchers.
Why: I work in the food industry. I eat A LOT. Someone told me they work out twice a week. That I don't do. I work out once a day, if I'm being good. And I cheat on the weekends. BUT, I'm trying.

So I'm now in week 3. And what did Weight Watchers tell me to do?

Well, it just so happened that I watched Hungry Girl on Sunday and she was doctoring up Holiday Classics. I was tempted to make them all: Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Stuffing, Pumpkin Pie & more! So what did I decide to make as my lightened up favorite? No, you will not guess this, cause I'm not sure it's a-typical me. You would have been smart if you guessed the Sweet Potato Casserole

BUT I made this:

[I apologize, I did not take photos of any of this so these are courtesy of Food Network & Hungry Girl]

It was delicious. Tasted like the REAL deal. ANDDD, somehow taking a lactaid and having my morning dose of Digestive Advantage for Lactose Intolerance (I HIGHLY suggest this), it didn't even bother my tummy!

Rockin' Lean Bean Casserole
PER SERVING (1/10th of casserole): 76 calories, 2g fat, 431mg sodium, 13g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus®value 2*

Ingredients:Two 16-oz. bags frozen French-style green beans, thawed, drained & thoroughly dried
Two 10.75-oz. cans Campbell's 98% Fat Free Cream of Celery Soup
One 8-oz. can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 bag (about 1 oz.) Crispy Delites Red Onion Chips or 1 oz. (about 25 pieces) onion-flavored soy crisps, crushed

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Make sure green beans are thoroughly drained and completely dry -- use a towel if you need to. Then, place half of the green beans in a casserole dish (a 2 - 3 quart rectangular one works best).
Pour 1 can of soup evenly on top of the layer of green beans. Place half of the sliced water chestnuts over the soup layer.
Cover with remaining green beans, and then top with the rest of the soup. Evenly top with the remaining water chestnuts. Place dish in the oven, and cook for 45 minutes.
Top with crushed soy crisps, and return dish to the oven for another 10 minutes or so, until chips turn golden brown.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

5 things

I aspire to be/do/etc!

This post is largely inspired by an event I attended for work on Monday night! My salon client, one of my favorites, keyword: perks, Maxine Salon and another client, Rent the Runway, hosted the Chicago Blogger Network. The event was at Maxine's beautiful loft above the salon and was a really GREAT time! Being surrounded by "real bloggers," no, I don't consider myself one as I'm fairly certain I just write this so my mom knows I'm alive & well, made me almost want to be a real blogger, among other things: trendy, crafty & cool.

 [me, maxine & courtney]

So the following day, in between insane amounts of work, it was a VERY busy week, I'm exhausted, I spent a lot of time reading up on all the blogs of the women I met the previous evening. So now, I'm sharing with you some things I saw on their blogs, and blogs I already follow, and by that mean c&c, that I'd love to do, be like, etc!

1. be crafty
With the economy in recession, DIY is all the rage! I try to be crafty but sometimes end up falling under the mark or am unable to find the supplies I need. I also find I don't have the outdoor space I sometimes need for spray painting, constructing, making a mess! ...adding that to the list of many reasons to move, we'll save that topic for another day.

Currently, I'm dying to make this that I found online:

2. be organized
It's so much easier find and do things when you know exactly where they are. I'd love to have a completely organized life. Just think of all the things I could do! This girl, she's pretty damn organized.

 seemingly normal closet, LOVE the dresser

 Ah-Ha, you can see all the jewelry

and sunglasses & hair accesories

I tried to become a more organized person on Wednesday night. I went through my closet and organized all my shoes, "organized" being I move the summer heels into the back where they cannot be seen, pulled out my favorites so I can find them and made sure that my huge box of all season shoes wasn't a total disaster. Oh jeez, I need a life coach.

But then, I decided to get crafty and tried to organized my jewelry. That's just a silly imitation or attempt at being organized

3. be put together
I can be put together. There's all the potential there. But then something just happens. Case and point: I just showered for the first time since Monday morning. It's Thursday night. You see, I have all the necessities, I'm just lazy or have no inspiration or no reason to be put together.

These ladies, on the other hand, are always put together.

 and this one, she's a doctor!

When I say put together, I'm talking the clothes, the hair, the make up, the accessories. I'm lucky if I nail 1 of those. One day.

4. be trendy
Before I get dressed every morning, I like to have an idea of what clothes I'm going to put on. It helps move the I'm freezing adjusting from the warmth of my covers to the regular air. So I consult pinterest or other sites and usually stumble upon some blogger who's got it going on. She's trendy.

5. be an interior designer
I hate to use her as an example cause who doesn't read her blog, but cupcakes&cashmere, Emily Shuman is a goddess. If I could be anyone, I'd be here. I'm not even all. She really embodies all of these but she's REALLY good at interior design, maybe that's cause she started off her career at domino but maybe not. She's got good instinct & a killer personal style! These pictures, by the way, don't even do it justice: Think Pottery Barn meets Vintage meets West Elm Fun!

Bloggers also really make me want a personal stylist to come over & dress me every morning. An interior designer to make every where I go fabulous. Yah, I said that.

I get a number 6 would be: become a real blogger.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I made pie

This is a little delayed. But we did a lot of cooking and baking over Thanksgiving. Me. My mom. My bestest friend. Her mom.

My list included all the breads, my favorite layered pumpkin cheesecake, mom's apple pie, grandpy's tzimmes, mashed potatoes, biscuits and more! Among them, I made pie. Pumpkin Pie that is.

Mini Pumpkin Pies. How cute. 

And then this happened.
OH NOO. Dunkin ate it!

and he's one PICKY eater.

Fear not. It was made JUST for him! My mom sent me an email saying that pumpkin was healthy for dogs and gave us this fantastic recipe just for them. All I had to do was mix together pumpkin puree, ricotta cheese & a pre-made pie crust. (I had to double check if Dog's could eat graham crackers) so I bought these little cute pie crusts. Made it just for 'roo 'roo and he loved it.

Someone likes my baking at wasn't baked, so someone likes my mixing at least.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Badgers are going to the ROSE BOWL

...and I got to see them earn it in Indy! On Wisconsin!

-Badger Herald, 12/5/11

7:30 am

This morning, I, Carly Sarah Holstein, woke up when my alarm went off.
What's even crazier, it was set for 7:30 am.
Why you ask? Cause I have a dinner meeting so I can't go to Zumba tonight. Cause I'm going to become a morning person, before New Year's Day, why start a NY resolution a month from now? Cause I'm going to work out in the mornings. Cause it feels pretty damn great.

The secret: Move your alarm clock across the room. It's that simple.
My problem was alway that, I, the social media freak I am, love reading twitter, checking facebook & scouring pinterest before I go to bed. The Solution: switch my ipad and iphone chargers. That way I can be a social media freak and get up in the mornings. So simple but actually a lot harder than one would think. It only took me about 7 months of this.

So I've been up since 7:30, already worked out, showered, got dressed, trekked to sbux and been working for an hour! Check me out.

And if I'm not inspiration enough, or Rachel Sarah Rothman, who now gets up in the 5am hour, for those of you who don't know her, that's an accomplishment, I give you more inspiration to get up and start your day with a work out.

Next up: I'm going to become a runner. Hah.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

8 things

In honor of the two biggest shopping days of the year, my shopping addiction and the start of the holiday MONTH, (yes, I think it's fair to say it's a month, Don't you agree?), I bring you this week's five things in the form of 8 things, 8 things for the 8 nights of Hanukkah.

 A girl can dream, can't she?