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Morning Coffee with Jeni & Clo (11/17) Life Battles, Macy’s, Cinderella, Pumpkin Spice Roll + More

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Morning Coffee with Jeni & Clo

Grab a cup of coffee (or tea), sit back, and chill out for a bit with us this morning!  We’re so happy you joined us for our morning coffee!  We’ll meet you every weekday morning, right here on the blog, around 7am CST (5am PST, 9am EST) to share a cup of joe with you, talk about what’s on our minds, sneak in some awesome deals we spot, talk about our meal plans for the day, and anything else that comes up!  Feel free to chat it up in the comment section, and tell us how you’re feeling, what’s going on with your life, current events, things you’re excited about or bummed out about, and anything else you want to chit-chat about. Not sure who we are?  Head over to Meet The Ladiesto meet Jeni, and Reviews by Clo to meet Chloe (you can call her “Clo”!)

Did you miss us yesterday, or any other day this week?  Catch up and keep the conversation going by stopping over HERE!

Now….refill that coffee and let’s get to chatting!

On our minds this morning

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Hello everyone! I, Clo, am back after an amazing trip to Mexico. I still haven’t had time to download my pictures yet, but will share them with you soon!

For now, let’s talk about Los Angeles. As I’ve said before I have been really trying to move. It’s been super tough, as I don’t live there. On our cruise people kept asking — where are you from? When I answer Hawaii they just gasp. Like oh wow.. Hawaii.. I’m sorry — I love Kauai, it’s my home, it’s where I was born and raised, I will always be native to the island but some peoples Paradise is not others.

Look at the Queen for example — I’m sure when she took the crown she was excited to be married to the King, to get the publicity and money anyone dreams of. Now that she’s been at it for so many years, I bet she’s exhausted and probably would swap lives to take a normal persons life any day. Just to get away from the cameras, the drama and the endless money and propaganda. I just need to be me — to feel free.

So on our way back home, we had some time before our flight to Hawaii, so we took a tour of LA. We visited Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Venice Beach. We also toured some of the West LA area and learned about the city and its history. It was really nice to learn about the area we were looking to move to. As we were walking around West LA, me and Winston looked at each other. The same thought crossed out minds — this is home, this is where we were meant to end up.

Dreams

 

But how do we get there, with no money — no jobs. That leads me to what’s on my mind this morning. As I’ve shared before I really believe in faith and destiny, I also believe that everything happens for a reason. It’s a lot more details then you probably want to hear but lets just say that things are looking up for us.

Now that we know we want to move to the LA area, not just because of what we saw on TV or what we heard but that we were able to actually spend the day in the area to get the feel. We took a deep breath and smelt the flowers, this was home, we just had to make it happen. How? I’m not sure yet, just keep saving money — working hard and living each day at a time, I guess.

Today I (Chloe) head back to work — back to the job I’ve been at for the last 5 years. I love my job, I love my workers and what I do. It’s hard to believe that our 11 day vacation is over, yet it seems like forever ago that I left. My mind is all over the place this morning. I can’t tell if I should be happy, disappointed or confused. I guess I’ll just look on the positive note, kick my heels up and keep on walking. Today is a new day — it may take a bit for me to get back into the groove after a weeklong vacation but before I know it I’ll be back to normal. Then come Spring, I may just be moving to Los Angeles. Adios.

I want to hear about your dreams — your sacrifices.
Are you living the dream or are you still trying to get there?

HOT Deals We Love

Macy’s has an amazing ‘Lowest Price of the Holiday Season’ deal going on right now. They have a handful of 8 piece bedding ensembles for under $40 shipped! Regular $100 — I picked up one of these a few months back during their sale for $60 shipped! This is truly a great deal for those bedding lovers. Each set includes a machine-washable comforter, bed skirt, shams and sheet set.

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Macy’s also has Pillow Top and Memory Foam Mattress‘ for under $300!
We are getting the one above, it’s online only for limited time. Grab one today.

Fingerless gloves $6.99

Awesome for stocking stuffers and your own little fingers, these Fingerless Gloves are only $6.99!  Loving the cute button on them!

Harry Potter Coffee Mug

This girl right here (Jeni) is a HUGE Harry Potter fan.  That means  I NEED this mug!  Wouldn’t Morning Coffee be that much better with this!?  Check it out —->> Espresso Patronum Magical Coffee Mug

A few of our favorite things

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Don’t kill me — I, Clo, know, I’m at it again with my Disney loves. But I can’t help it. Either love it and read on or read over. Your choice 🙂

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo. The Disney classic you’ll all learned to love is back but with a little twist. How many of you have watched the new 2015 Disney Cinderella? I hope many of you raised your hands. Because it’s defiantly one you don’t want to skip. This movie is for everyone; men, women, young and old. The movie shares a deep lesson and shares truth on what a little magic can do to change your life. 

“Have courage and be kind,” her mother always reminded her.
A few words that made all her dreams come true.

Read my full review on the magic behind ‘Cinderella.’

What's cooking in our kitchens

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We love our pumpkin cake rolls doing the holidays. It’s a family tradition.
That’s why I am pleased to share this amazing Pumpkin Spice Cake Roll recipe, courtesy of Egglands Best.

For holiday recipe inspiration, including this Pumpkin Spice Cake Roll, visit www.egglandsbest.com.

Pumpkin Spice Cake Roll (Makes 12 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 3 large Eggland’s Best eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Filling:

  • 6 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line the bottom of an 18×13 inch cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Stir in pumpkin, Eggland’s Best eggs, and lemon juice. Pour the batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.

3. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Invert onto a damp kitchen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Gently peel off parchment paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Place the cake on a baking sheet and let cool in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, make the filling: In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese, vanilla, lemon zest, and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Chill in the refrigerator while the cake is cooling.

5. Unroll cake; spread filling evenly over cake, leaving a 1/2 inch border all around. Carefully reroll. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour (or more) before serving. Slice and enjoy! Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Optional: sprinkle additional confectioners’ sugar on top for garnish. 

Is this something you’d like to make this holiday season? What’s your favorite holiday dessert?

Morning Giggles

Just because Minions are awesome. Love them or hate them.

What’s on your mind today?  Leave us a comment, and let’s keep the discussion going!

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17 Comments

  1. Welcome back Clo!

    I am one of those people who always believes in following your dreams and doing what your heart tells you to do. For me, that was to get into teaching. I basically started from the bottom with babysitting jobs, and then let it build up over time. It was not an easy road and I had to make a lot of sacrifices and compromises along the way. Like having to take Medical Transcription classes to get my dad to pay for school, and so forth. In the end, it was worth it, and I loved what I did. Until I became disabled. Now, my dreams are different, and the main dream is on better health and trying to find a way to make that happen, which isn’t easy when doctors basically throw their hands up.

    L.A. must seem like a different planet compared to Hawaii. If you want it badly enough, and if it’s meant to be, it will be. I cannot imagine living in L.A., I’ve been to that part of California, and to me, it’s all about survival there, and I feel like a fish that’s flopping around on a table around there. San Diego is much more home to me, though I’ll always consider Ohio home. I hope that if L.A. is what you want, then L.A. is what you get! They always say, if you believe it, then you can achieve it.

    I can’t wait to see Cinderella! Unfortunately, I have to wait until Christmas as my boyfriend has put the “stop” on buying Disney Movies year round, so now he buys them on sale and saves them for Christmas. I was putting away laundry and noticed Cinderella, so I’m super excited about that. I still haven’t seen Inside Out either, one can hope that one shows up on Christmas as well. Santa if you’re listening it’s nothing but Disney Movies on my list this year, lol.

    This morning is my first day of quiet following our ten day move. My Sciatica is annoyingly painful this morning and I am just resting with the heating pad on my back. Morning coffee was delightful, I might need some ice cream to go with it this morning, lol.
    Have a great day all!

    • Sarah, thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you made your dream happen, sometimes you can’t continue it as much as you’d like but atleast you go there. I hope this is where I am meant to be. I do believe if it’s meant to be, it’ll find its way. Disney had some amazing movies this year, I hope you get a handful! Movie theater prices are so high, it is hard to go out and watch them in theaters and to buy a DVD, that isn’t cheap either. Enjoy your morning! I hope you feel better.

      • Clo,
        It’s totally cheaper to wait for the DVD’s then to go to the theater. We did that with Jurassic World. We waited until the price dropped (right away) on the DVD, it was $14.99 on Amazon, we got a $5 gift card for purchasing it, so we paid $9.99 for the DVD, and I know it’s one will watch again. We generally wait until Disney dip to the $14.99 range to hit the buy button. Movie tickets at our local theater are $15.95 each, popcorn is $9.98 for a large, and drinks are $3.98 each, that’s not even including the chocolate, lol. Plus, we’d rather watch at home, then in a noisy theater. So it works out all the way around. If you haven’t seen Jurassic World yet, see it, it was awesome!

        • So true! It’s like a $50+ movie date. Amazon or deals are the way to go when it comes to movies. I actually when to a private screening of Jurassic World because it was filmed on our island 🙂

          • Clo,
            OMG I am soooooo jealous! I am a huge Jurassic Park fan. I would die if I ever went to something like that, I think I truly would. You are so lucky. How in the world can you imagine leaving a place like that?

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) Reply

    Those fingerless gloves are cute. I will have to ask santa for a pair of them this year for xmas.

  3. I love the quote about dreams, it makes me motivating and Love your hot deals, the movie Cinderella is one of my favorite.

  4. Elizabeth O. Reply

    It’s okay Clo! Just keep working towards your goal and you’ll get there someday. It always starts with having a goal anyway. That mug is awesome! My daughters would love it!

  5. I’m going to have to look into those bedding ensembles. My gosh that cake roll looks amazing. I need to make one this year.

  6. Ohh the Pumpkin spice cake roll was looks delicious! I want to try this.

  7. Oh, we loved the Cinderella movie, too! I love the bedding ensemble and I can’t wait to try the Pumpkin Cake Rolls.

  8. I’m still trying to get there. I wish I had a clearer focus, but I know what I want to do, I just know that it’ll take me a while to get there. Good luck. I miss LA. Lived there for several years.

  9. Those are truly great deals. And oh, thanks for sharing the above recipe. Love it!

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