Yoga Tuna

December 24, 2010

The Christmas Cat says hello!



And guess who drove the whole way! Matt’s back has been hurting him a little and car trips bother him the most, so I volunteered to drive. But first, I joined Audible (free 30 day subscription) and downloaded Prep by Curtis Sittenfield. Audiobooks make drives FLY by!

But here is something else I could not drive without: Yoga Tune Up balls. They are informally known in our house as “Yoga Tuna” balls because when you say tune up fast it might as well be tuna!


I used to use tennis balls to massage my back on car trips, but I got these a year ago as a sample kit for OpenSky. They have not left my car since! Tennis balls are softer and therefore apply less pressure. The Yoga Tuna balls are AWESOME and are almost as good as a massage!! 20 minutes with this guy in my car and my shoulders feel loads better.

When we arrived in Hillsborough at 2PM, we were perfectly hungry for lunch, which we brought with us as part of our Clean Out The Fridge Initiative!


We piled greens and spinach with leftover roasted sweet potatoes, blue cheese and brown rice




Plus a greek yogurt spiked with honey





I also had a few bites of Matt’s huge hunks of buttery bread


These bourbon balls and buckeyes were waiting for us upon our arrival! Matt and I split one of each for dessert.


I also stumbled upon a pot of chocolate ready for dipping. I quickly went through the list of things to dip in chocolate: pretzels, celery, oreos.

My dough balls!!!



One by one people are arriving at my parents’ house. Tonight is make-your-own sandwiches, then church, then our annual Xmas Eve Party!

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1 Runeatrepeat December 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Chocolate dipped doughballs? This is the best Christmas ever!


2 Lauren December 24, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Those salt & pepper shakers are adorable. My grandma always makes the best buckeyes for our whole family for Christmas. We seriously have a huge bag in our fridge, and my family is huge! I can’t imagine how many she makes.


3 Mrs. Chippy December 25, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I have two small cups from the same line! I was super excited to see the salt & peppers in the photo.


4 [email protected] December 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Love buckeyes, and I bet those doughballs are totally redonk dipped in chocolate! :)


5 Rachel December 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Prep is one of my favorite books! I’ve read it countless times; for me it’s one of those books that no matter what mood I’m in, I can pick it up and read it and thoroughly enjoy it. I hope you like it too!


6 Lee December 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Those yoga tuna balls sound great. I have a permanent knot in my left shoulder from using a mouse all day and I bet they would work it out.

I really enjoyed the book Prep. Hope you like it.


7 Allison (Have it Your Weigh) December 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Those doughballs look amazing! and I want those salt and pepper shakers. Too cute.


8 Mandiee December 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm

celery in chocolate?! interesting combination, but I think I’ll have to go with the dough balls instead :D.

have a lovely day!


9 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Buckeyes are totally delicious! My Memere used to call them peanut butter candies, and I had no idea they were the very same thing. I need to make some. 😀


10 Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Mmmm chocolate dipped dough balls- even better!


11 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan December 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm

The look on the Christmas Cat’s face made me crack up. Maybe he/she should be the “Bah Humbug” cat. :-)


12 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm

bourbon balls and buckeyes, dough balls dipped in chocolate….oh my, YES PLEASE! Especially the bourbon balls. I make rum cake balls…love me some booze-n-balls :)

The yoga balls, very cool! I need to look into those!


13 Laura December 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Lillian is the best. I love every post with her in it!
Merry Christmas!


14 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] December 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Yummmm – that salad sounds super delicious and satisfying!


15 Hannah December 24, 2010 at 6:49 pm

That cat is completely awesome looking! However, you said yesterday that that was your last healthy meal before Chrissy celebrations… this looks pretty nourishing to me! 😛


16 Erin @ Shortcut to Bliss December 24, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I am LAME for not knowing what Buckeyes are…can someone enlighten me?


17 Rachel December 24, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Buckeyes are a everywhere in Columbus, Ohio. The real buckeyes are an inedible nut and are the state tree of Ohio. The candy is peanut butter fudge dipped in chocolate, which then resembles the actual buckeye. Also, the Ohio State mascot is Brutus Buckeye. There ya go!


18 Namaste Gurl December 24, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Merry Christmas, Kath! :)xx


19 carlee December 24, 2010 at 8:15 pm

haha make your own sandwihc! thats cute! haha
Those dough balls look baller!!!haha:)


20 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 24, 2010 at 8:39 pm

That salad looks AWESOME! I love leftovers on a salad. YUM YUM

Merry Christmas!! 😀


21 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 24, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Chocolate dipped dough balls. Oh man oh man!!!


22 Maryann December 24, 2010 at 10:44 pm

those desserts look so yum!


23 Camille December 24, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Ahh, I loved Prep! I also love your adorable cat. He always looks so angry… :)


24 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 24, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Merry Christmas Kath! Enjoy the party tonight! :)


25 Alice December 24, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Love your puffy kitty! Merry Christmas!


26 Anne December 24, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I think I need to check out the yoga balls! Do actually drive with them behind your back, or is this a post-drive activity??


27 Kath December 24, 2010 at 11:52 pm

I wedge one between my shoulder blades and the seat while I drive. I’ll slightly move it around for a massage, but I mostly just press it into pressure points. It’s AWESOME!


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