Monday, December 3, 2012

Crafty Crafty

The holidays always bring out the Martha Stewart in me. I might as well change my name to the Crafty Gardener the way I go a little bonkers with the glitter and tinsel and whatnot. Plus, having a Munchkin gives me a good excuse to pull out the glue sticks and go nuts, gotta let that creativity flow, right?

After putting a pot of bones on the stove to simmer for broth Munchkin and I sat down with a stack of paper and our trusty scissors. We folded and cut and made complete mess of the place, then decorated the kitchen and dining room with our beautiful paper snowflakes. The larger ones needed a little flair so we pulled out the glue stick only to realize we were out of glitter and sequins.

Nooooooooooo!!! I found some crystal sugar decorations for cookies lurking in the cupboard, they were glittery-ish so we gave them a try. They made a perfect substitute, plus I got more space in the spice rack.

I wasn't up to wandering the attic in search of the boxes of decorations so Munchkin and I looked around the house for the stuff that wasn't put away correctly last year. We found Monty the Merry Moose hiding behind a couple hummingbird feeders in the pantry, and a few bells and ribbons mixed in with screw drivers and Dremel parts on the tool shelf (don't ask, I have no idea how they got there).

©Your Lighter Side

Monty looked a little lonely without some nibbles so we searched the web for a chocolaty cookie recipe (cause Mama always needs chocolate) and found Candice's Low Carb Chocolate Mint Cookies.

I subbed a 1/2 cup of coconut sugar for the Splenda and I didn't miss the extra sweetness at all. Of course, that ups the carbs per cookie to 4 (if I did my math correctly) but since I'm not counting carbs I didn't mind. They are not a dense cookie, in fact, rather fluffy, but very tasty! I'm tempted to dip them in a chocolate glaze for even more chocolaty goodness.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Happy Holidays!

No matter how, or what, you celebrate December is filled with lights, bright colors, and plenty of tempting foods just begging to be nibbled. It its a time of added stress, special foods, and Auntie Mae insisting you are too thin and simply must eat another cookie/roll/plate of cinnamon rolls.

Ah, family. Ya gotta love'em.

December 1st starts the beginning of the holiday season for my family. It is usually the day we pull out all the decorations, clean the house, and put away the last of the Thanksgiving/Fall items but today we decided to focus on responsible stuff rather than decorating. We worked on homework (me) and slide decks (hubby) while Munchkin spent the day with Grandma helping her decorate her house. Yes, I was jealous, but I got a difficult paper finished and submitted so it wasn't a wasted day. Only one more paper to finish and two final tests then winter vacation will begin!

Last year I gave up healthy eating during December. I paid for it later but I wasn't willing to give up the cookies and nibbles and all the other junk that always seem to heap up. This year I plan to keep the cookie and candy making traditions alive but will concentrate on the joy of making, rather than eating, and then give those goodies away to friends and neighbors or send them with hubby to work. Yes, you heard me right. I plan to poison the neighborhood with sugar and gluten!

The team over at Whole9 has a wonderful post about holiday eating and I recommend it. Give it a read and let me know what you think.

What are your plans for the holiday season? How will you combat the glut of goodies?