Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

Today I am completely indulging in my perfect day.  A hot mug of tea, my favourite movie (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) playing on my chunky little television and I’m curled up on the couch with a fuzzy faux fur throw and the newest issue of Bon Appetit magazine.  I am in bliss.  I love spending at least a couple hours on my days off like this.  A great book/magazine and a good movie.  More often than not, a cooking magazine/book and a classic movie.  One of my favorite pairings.

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Boeuf Bourguignon with Baguette Dumplings

Let me give you a great piece of advice.  Don’t take 16 days off of work, the first week back sucks royally.  Seriously, it’s killing me.  Or maybe it’s the fact that I came back just in time for my crunch time and deadlines.  Nothing like easing back into things.  And that’s precisely why I initiated the Tuesday afternoon Pop Rocks sesh with my fab coworkers. Nothing like filling the office with a crackling chorus of sugar popping away in the mouths of half the Accounting department.  It was a little childish fun-filled break.  However, I am slowlyyyyy readjusting back to my normal schedule, in particular the early mornings, but the one thing I don’t have to worry about this week was dinner.  I made this filling French stew on Sunday, my last day of holidays, and enjoyed the leftovers for the first half of the week.  Thank goodness or I would have been back to my old diet of Subway sandwiches for dinner!  And this stew is much tastier.

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Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

So, disappointingly, the holidays are over, or at least coming to an end very soon.  Let’s have a moment of silence.  Tear.  Ok, now we I have to face the facts that it’s time to get back into the groove of real life.  Grumble grumble.  You can probably sense my enthusiasm to get back into the office instead of spending my days cooking, baking, skiing, visiting friends, reading, watching movies, running errands, cleaning out my storage (true story, looks amazing!).  But the truth is, I have at least 30 more working years left until I will be on permanent holidays, so I better get used to it.  Also, remind me never to take 2 weeks off at a time ever again, Monday is going to blow.

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