Saturday, December 24, 2011

happy christmakuhwali

So the space between Thanksgiving and Christmas has been pretty busy. Lots of thrifting and scouring etsy for unique gifts and making [and eating] delicious food. And lots of running to temper those things because the weather has been snowless, and no one wants to turn into a human donut in a single month.

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Eating at holiday parties is always interesting. I usually get away with my food selections because people a) assume that I have weird dietitian food preferences or b) I bring a vegetarian dish. Otherwise, ethical eating can be a great conversation starter or surefire way to become uninvited to someone’s next dinner party.

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For one such xmas gathering, Dave and I made flatbread pizza using this dough recipe and adding goat cheese, onions, sundried tomatoes, and basil for toppings. It was so popular that I didn’t get any.

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And although Christmas is definitely not about the gifts for me (in fact, I would be ok without; the commercialization of this particular holiday is kind of obnoxious), I kind of love artsy gift tags and craft paper {or paper grocery bags, courtesy of Meijer). And it’s super fun to pick out gifts for others that are not necessarily expensive but still thoughtful.

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And I finally experienced homemade ice cream, thanks to a collaborative effort from the Friday night culinary club

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I made peanut butter cups to slice into mix, and they were pretty great, not to mention super easy to make. It literally takes 10 minutes.

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The result? So much richer than store-bought ice cream. And I’m super excited about the wealth of recipes that exists…and that I’ll actually recognize all the ingredients in each batch.

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The Christmas eve craziness at my house is about to begin…but hope that you enjoy the festivities, wherever you might be. :)

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11 comments:

  1. :) Enjoy the holiday season! Hahaha, you know you made a good dish when you don't get any leftovers

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  2. wow now i am craving chocolate peanut butter cups, ice cream and flatbread pizza! hahaha i know what u mean - b/c i eat so clean, ppl are never surprised at what i eat or bring!

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  3. Mmm, your peanut butter cups look GREAT!

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  4. I'm glad you had a nice Christmas EMily. I agree, the commercialization of this holiday it absolutely ridiculous. It gets worse each year.
    I want one of your "Reece's" cups. And the flatbread pizza looks so beautiful, and delicious.

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  5. Hope you had a nice holiday. I am drooling over those PB cups.

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  6. Merry Christmas Emily! I can see from this post that you had wonderful time.
    Unique gifts are hard to find nowadays and I think you did a really good job finding unique ones for your loved people. The fact that you spent time finding something special is already a great gift! :)

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  7. So great to hear from you...everything looks yummy!

    Hope you're enjoying the holiday break!

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  8. It looks delicious!! I love your photos, btw!

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  9. that flatbread looks delicious. I would have been bummed not to get any! homemade pb cups and ice cream? yes please. I could do without the obnoxious christmas gift frenzy as well. We were pretty low key this year :)

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  10. That ice cream looks heavenly! I'm a firm believer in mixing peanut butter with chocolate. It's a must!

    Emilie
    www.liveeatsmile.blogspot.com

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  11. woah. homemade icecream and peanut butter cups. heaven.

    hope you are enjoying the New Year!

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