Monday, December 28, 2015

I'm Dreaming of a Gluten Free Christmas

Wow!  What a Christmas.  I have to admit that I was far to busy this Advent to be able to enjoy much of anything.  Next year, I vow to be more prepared!  Remind me in August, ok?

She kept stealing the oranges from everyone's stockings

Anyway, we had an incredible amount of food.  As usual, I overdid.  I always plan too much.  In fact, I even put some recipes away. as I was still baking away on Christmas Eve!

We had these amazing Coconut Pecan Breakfast Bars just like last year.  It was a perfect breakfast!

I did not get a picture of the finished product, but the crust above is from the Paleo Lemon Bars.  They were amazing!  Very lemony!

Danielle Walker's Peppermint Chocolate Macaroons.  I didn't have an peppermint extract, so I only added about 3 drops of DoTerra's Peppermint essential oil, since they are food grade.

Below are several shots of the coconut and peanut butter pops I made.  These are so tasty, but next year I am making them smaller.  They were so rich!

Sorry, the pretzel sticks are decidedly NOT gluten free.  Those were for the kids, lol.

They were a big hit, as you can see...

For dinner we had a beautiful ham, mashed potatoes made with canned coconut milk, asparagus, and a new recipe Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts. The picture quality is horrendous, I know, it was already dark.

Hoping you all had a very merry and tasty Christmas!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Saint Lucia 2015

I really didn't mean to be gone so long!  In fact I am going to share with you some photos today from our Saint Lucy celebration.We ended up having to celebrate it a day late (better late than, never, right?).  We did a fun little procession around the house and our Lucy severed out the bread and the coffee.

 We always make this fun Braided Saint Lucia Bread from Karen Edmisten.

I also have to admit, we are not morning people, and this celebration is much more enjoyable in the afternoon.  Being almost winter, it is dark enough at 4 PM!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Black Friday in the Snow


I don't do Black Friday.  I am not a big crowds kind of person.  In fact, Black Friday shopping sounds like a level of Dante's Inferno to me.  So a few years ago we decided to take off to the woods to get away from the crowds.  A bit of our own rebellion against the commercialization of the season.
This year we headed up to Union Creek, minus only the two oldest who had work and school to tackle.  It was so beautiful and just enough snow to play in but not so much we needed 4 wheel drive.
We went up with some friends, thank goodness, because whatever we lacked or forgot, they had!  I really am the kind of person who should make lists for everything, otherwise I will forget something. 

Most importantly we had enough food and hot chocolate to keep the rabble happy... well, except one munchkin who was only happy with my friend Marci.  Not even roasted marshmallows could make Posy happy about the cold snow. The other kids, however, were more than happy to eat jumbo marshmallows, make snow angels, and sled down the hill, while we melted snow and magically turned it into beautiful coffee.

It was such a wonderful trip.  One of the kind that makes you grateful for winter.
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