Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Re-inventing the Dip

One of the hardest things to do after the holidays is to figure out how to get rid of everything unwanted... That ugly sweater from the in-laws? The 5 pounds of cooked ham in the fridge? The 5 pounds of unwanted fat around your waistline?

Here are some tips: Re-Gift, Re-Invent, and Re-New.

Re-Gift: make a box (or a garbage bag) full of small assorted gifts that you have no use for and save them for next year when you're in a pinch for hostess gifts, white elephant gag gifts, and something to wear to the "Tacky Christmas Sweater Party." (This is also a great time to go hit up the after-christmas sales and stock up on basic, generic gifts like candles, ornaments, and accessories at huge discounts!)

Re-Invent: Use up some of your leftovers in new ways. Can't imagine eating another chip full of Spinach & Artichoke Dip? Spread it on some flatbread, add some chicken, top with cheese and you have a personal pizza! Cut up the ham and make mini egg casseroles or ham & cheese turnovers. Use the extra buffalo chicken dip to top a tossed salad. Really, the possibilities are endless- just be creative! (and if you need recipes, let me know!)

Re-New: Renew your membership at the gym or renew your motivation to get back out there and work it! I know I need to. All that delicious holiday food sure knows how to stick with me well beyond the holidays! Just create small goals and work toward them. I know I'm trying!

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