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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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



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

  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!

  3. Mmm, your peanut butter cups look GREAT!

  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.

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

  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! :)

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

    Hope you're enjoying the holiday break!

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

  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 :)

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


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

    hope you are enjoying the New Year!


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