Merry Christmas to all of you celebrating the holiday. I am having a wonderful time relaxing at home with my mom and dad. Christmas is one of my favorite days of the year simply because it is a time when we slow down, take a moment to rest, enjoy some Christmas music, cookies, and twinkly Christmas tree lights. A Christmas run or walk is always in order too, and I find myself braving the cold each year to do so. Christmas Eve is always a very special day for me because it is a time where I get to see my extended family. I decided to be a little different this year and made a slightly different version of my lemon cookies; I made them instead like little sandwich cookies with lemon yogurt frosting inside. My mother always likes to make my pumpkin muffins for Thanksgiving and for Christmas, and they always taste so good! And we have leftover muffins at home! They certainly make for an excellent breakfast!
This year we were blessed with a white Christmas. We woke up in the morning to light snow and a dusting all over the ground. The snow kept up all day until it warmed up slightly later in the afternoon, and we ventured outside for some exercise and fresh air. Tonight I think I am going to make some gluten-free pizza for the family and have "movie" night. One morning this week I plan to make some waffles and eggnog too. Eggnog is always synonymous with Christmas in my house ;) While I am home I also plan on making some spiced nuts, grain-free granola, gluten-free crackers for my mom, protein bars for my sister-in-law, and of course Yule Log for my family when we get together to celebrate a little later in the week. I also hope to make a gingerbread cake or gingerbread cookies, since I have definitely had a hankering for some spice-y molasses-y goodness lately. While I have a whole pile (in a three-ring binder, actually) of new recipes I want to try, I think I will mostly be staying with some of my tried and true favorites this year.
I hope you are all healthy, happy, warm and enjoying time with family during this Christmas season.
Jesus is the Reason for this SEASON.