Hey My Beautiful 2011 (soon to be 2012) Snowflakes! ð
How was your Christmas? Mine was a very quiet but nice one. These past two weeks I’ve spent with my family andÂ have been weeks I’ll never forget. I truly love just hanging out with my loved ones!
A few of the things I received for Christmas:
The newest Nancy Drew Game!!! I LOVE NANCY DREW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (If you want to see what THIS game is about, go here.) I can’t wait to get the next game, which is all about Egypt! ð
I also got two gift cards from my sister and my parents: one for Half Price Books and the other for Target.
And then one of my friends gave me a bag of puffed Amaranth for Christmas. I can’t wait to try this with some almond milk.
And that’s it! (Well, if you consider the stuff my parents bought me for college as part of my Christmas, then I would have a larger Christmas, but that’s COLLEGE stuffâ¦. ;))
For Christmas I made some cake mix peanut butter chocolate chip bars (which have been officially eaten all up as of days ago â ha-ha, they did not last long); we placed a candle in one of them and sang happy birthday to Jesus. ð It’s a tradition that we do every year that I look forward to. (I also really enjoy making the treat for it every year! Usually we use a cupcake, but I didn’t have any cupcakes at the time, so we used these.)
I can share the recipe for these bars if you want. They aren’t the healthiest treat, but they sure are good! I can try making them healthier for you guys. I want to make them healthier simply because my family loves them so much and I want them to get some goodness while eating them.
Oh, and remember that zucchini bread recipe that I said I didn’t know if I should share because it wasn’t vegan? Well, I made it vegan and it tastes FABULOUS!!! It will be the first recipe for 2012 from me.
In addition to my Christmas gifts and goodies, I received a trial version of Lollihop. And I got a lot of goodies! This month’s included things like Artisania Raw Cacao Bliss, good health natural foods original Apple Chips, a twin cakes bakery’s biscotti cookie, gluten free Granola, 18 Rabbits organic granola bar with bananas and hazelnuts, MixtBag Yellow and Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, a vegan dark chocolate-pretzel protein bar and a chocolate-peanut butter protein bar, a bag of 479 organic black truffle popcorn, raw almonds, oskri dark chocolate coconut bar, etc! I’m so excited to try out all of these things! ð
We still don’t have a Treadmill, but my sister just bought herself a laptop (I didn’t cause I don’t really want one â yet) and my dad got himself a new computer, too.
And I just discovered Cake Boss. Not that he hasn’t been around on TLC for forever, but after I saw one of them I was hooked (thank you Netflix who has all like 78 episodes â don’t worry, they are only 21 minutes each, so I can watch a few and still get stuff done). I adore watching it, but my favorite part is how he SHOWS HOW he makes the cakes: step-by-step. He uses different frosting techniques for the cakes, covers with fondant/molding chocolate, and decorates them with precision! Just by watching this show, I now really want to work at a bakery decorating cakes. Nothing fancy, but maybe a couple days a week I could just go (even if it’s just volunteer work) and work with a cake decorator and learn more about it. I absolutely ADORE making and decorating cakes, cupcakes, and cookies; but I wish they’d make these treats a little healthier. Eating pounds and pounds of cake isn’t the best idea. A slice here and there won’t kill you, but it would still be better if they were healthier and had the taste people love.
Did you get what you wanted for Christmas? I didn’t really ask for much except the Nancy Drew game. I have been making presents to give to other people. I love doing it. And I don’t expect anything in return. I’m not giving it to them because I want something back: I’m giving it to them because I care for them. I really didn’t care if I got any presents this year â that wasn’t my focus. My focus was on others.
Do you guys prefer if I share sugar-free recipes? Lower-sugar? Doesn’t-matter-the-sugar (like kind or amount)?
Are you looking forward to 2012?! I’m still in shock. It was just this past Christmas that my blog turned one year old. This year has gone by so quickly, but I’m really looking forward to 2012. It’s going to be filled with a lot of change â a good kind of change. ð