hahaha…I like that word shenanigans
Okay okay. Maturity. Got it.
How was your Christmas/winter holiday??? Mine was simple, and interesting, but a very nice holiday overall 🙂 Christmas just hasn’t been the same since 2nd grade (when the entire month of December was full of gingerbread houses and christmas projects in class), but I’m starting to appreciate Christmas for the time spent with family and feelings of togetherness. Do you notice how much friendlier people seem to be around the holidays (NOT at the mall of course, but everywhere else haha)!
Oh yes, onto WIAW! I didn’t take a picture of everything, I was spending time with my family more than whipping out the camera haha!
On Christmas Eve, I spent the day doing last minute grocery shopping and present wrapping, and then celebrated with both families. First meeting up with my siblings and dad for dinner and early candle light service at 6:00, then brother, sister and I went to my grandma’s house to celebrate with my mom.Note how my brother plays “Santa”…We are a theatrical family, please forgive us.My Stepdad is obsessed with gnomes (we have a “gnome land” in our back yard), and I found a gnome that looks like him hahaAfter presents and cookies, we all went to the 11:00 candle light service at my mom’s church. It was gorgeous, especially during the candle lit portion, singing Silent Night (and a verse in German, Stille Nacht, because I go to a a big Lutheran church with heavy German influences). It’s the 100th anniversary for St. Johns, and it was simply beautiful.We got home at 1 AM, so on Christmas Day I woke up later than I have in years! I slept until 9:30 (I usually wake up on my own by 7:30 latest), and then ventured into the kitchen to help my mom make a Christmas brunch for when my older siblings arrivedThis is a repeat picture (I didn’t want to feel like that weirdo pulling out her phone among family members who don’t know I blog to take a picture of a waffle), but for brunch my mom made apple cinnamon gingerbread waffles topped with cinnamon pears and spiced chocolate sauce, with a tofu scramble on the side. Quite lovely, followed by a peppermint latte and opening stockings and giftsA rainy Christmas day was spent relaxing and visiting, then we made our way up to family in Grass Valley for Christmas dinnerChili and cornbread (non vegans had ham and cheesy potatoes), and roasted veggies and sweet potatoes with a salad
And delicious Christmas cookies and tea, during the traditional family music session following every holiday meal. Guitars, pianos, singing, sometimes saxophones and harmonicas…again, an artsy family. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Waking up to a perfectly calm, drizzly morning after christmas, I had vanilla apple cranberry oats in my favorite nut butter jar ever. Perfection! Once I publish this, it’s off to see Les Miserables! Again with the whole theatrical family thing, I kinda grew up on this musical. My brother played Gavroche in the traveling Broadway tour of it in 1999-2000, and we got to go all over the country with him. Needless to say, I absolutely love this musical and am soooo excited to go see it (I hope it lives up to all the hype!)
On a non christmas note, other randoms this week have included:
Home made split pea soup (My first ever try, and it was awesome! I lived up to my swedish roots!) with a flatbread cracker and Sunnie’s Red Cabbage (which was awesome by the way)
Sometimes you run out of fresh fruit, so you have to get creative. Hence, fruit loop oats! Frozen mango and raspberries, lemon and orange stevia, coconut, and fruity organic cheerios (Cascadian Farms version of fruit loops. Yes, we do sometimes have kid cereal. Its just more fun)
Other days you are not out of fruit, but you have finals. Apple cinnamon oats with granola and a side of cramming.
Still my favorite combination ever! Salad with brussels sprouts, kabocha squash, beans, cranberry sauce, cinnamon and honey mustard 🙂
Also good with sweet potatoes. Told you it was my favorite!
Grinch Latte. Matcha tea with peppermint and almond milk. In a christmas mug. Christmas mug > not christmas mug.
My (Anti Veg) dad was staying at a friend’s house and discovered vegan condiments. Now if I can just get him not to put it on a cheese sandwich haha!!!
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!!