Holiday Wrap-Up

Preparing for the holidays this year felt a little like this: 1

“Making Christmas”, from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Although I love handmade and low-cost/no-cost gifts, I usually don’t make gifts for the holidays. I’d rather surprise people than rely on my creativity to come through for me in precisely the way I expect, at precisely the right time, in order to deliver a Martha-esque experience to my loved ones.

But, this year was especially tight on the budget. While I am hopeful things improve, it was challenging for me to create something out of nothing this year. If it weren’t for my friends and family, I wouldn’t have been able to do much of anything.

So, I decided to make cookies, which I make fairly often and with good results, thereby eliminating any pressure. Here is the classic recipe, if you don’t already have it.

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Phoebe from Friends, citing a “family recipe” for cookies.

 

My health was also wackypants this holiday season. For most of it, I felt like this line from the film, Frida:

“I feel like a rich girl with a new suitor every week. Except all of my suitors have turned into doctors.”

Of course, that was a little melodramatic of me, but it is what it is. I felt such complex feelings about dealing with my health at Xmas. On the one hand, I had the holidays to distract me from life’s more unpleasant hurdles. On the other, to be honest, it was hard getting into the holiday spirit at times.

I couldn’t really cook much. I didn’t want to write about what I was feeling. I tried to savor the moments of joy when they came, and in that respect, I think I was successful. I’d be lying if I said this was the best Xmas ever, but there were some truly joyous moments that really helped me get through the tough stuff.

New Year’s brought a welcome respite, with some quiet time shared with the one I love, and that felt exactly right. I hope you and yours found similar moments of perfection.

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Happy New Year! 🙂

 

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More Awards, Yay!

So, this is where I’m at right about now.

I am truly floored by the love and support from each of my followers. Thank you so much for your wonderful posts and thoughtful comments.

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Liebster Award

Thank you Dispatches From The Gypsy Roller!

It’s been great watching this blog evolve from a blog about cooking in the tiny kitchen of a trailer to maintaining healthy choices in the midst of change.

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Some translations of “liebster” into English from the German:

beloved
dearest
sweetheart

The purpose of the Liebster Award is to highlight the efforts and contributions of those who are new to blogging. Here are the guidelines for the award:

  • Add the award icon to your blog.
  • Link to your nominator to say thank you.
  • Each blogger should post 11 facts about themselves.
  • Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Choose 11 up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers, go to their blog, and tell them about the award.

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Here are 11 facts about myself:

1. I used to take pictures of almost everything I ate. Oddly enough, I do that less now that I have a blog. Weird. (EDIT: BECAUSE MY CAMERA AND PUTER ARE NOT SPEAKING TO ONE ANOTHER RIGHT NOW).

2. I’m kind of a nerd at heart.

3. I started this post around Xmas time, and somehow never got back to it.

4. That quote about introverts and extroverts at a party: both can do it, but the introvert feels drained afterwards, while the extrovert feels energized. Yes. (I WAS MOSTLY THINKING OF ALL OF THE XMAS HOOPLA WHEN I WROTE THIS ONE, BUT IT HOLDS UP FOR OTHER SITUATIONS AS WELL.)

5. I’m allergic to soy. And nuts. And fish. And a few other things. These are only issues when I’m around others. People can be surprisingly careless.

6. I like cake. A lot.

7. My laundry basket is sometimes so full that I could decorate it with ornaments and use it for an Xmas tree. (OR, YOU KNOW, A SUMMER TREE WITH ORNAMENTS…).

8. I went swimming once so far this summer.

9. I eat the same things most of the time.

10. I find these lists really hard to complete.

11. I like iced coffee. (ALL YEAR, BUT ESPECIALLY IN THE SUMMERTIME).

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Here are my answers:

  1. What do you think are the three best items to donate to the food bank? Corn, artichokes, and beans. Because I like them, and maybe other people would, too.
  2. What book are you currently reading and would you recommend it? I am not reading much of anything at the moment, but the last book I re-read was Unbearable Lightness. Yes, I would recommend it, though it might be triggering for those who have or had eating disorders.
  3. How do you typically spend your time between eating dinner and going to bed? On the computer or watching a movie.
  4. Describe your favourite local restaurant. It is this cute little Italian place, where everyone remembers you and your likes/dislikes.
  5. What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to food? See aforementioned Italian food. I consider coffee a guilty pleasure, too, because it isn’t that great for you, but sometimes it helps get you through the day.
  6. Who is your favourite artist? Well, I like the courage of Kahlo, but it’s hard to pick an overall favorite. Different art for different moods.
  7. What is your favourite fruit or vegetable that grows in or around the area you live in? Tomatoes from the garden. Hothouse tomatoes are garbage.
  8. Which quality do you appreciate most in people? Loyalty.
  9. Describe favourite way to spend $10. Lunch. Probably a caprese panini with iced tea. ( I JUST SPENT $10 DOING EXACTLY THAT. GUESS I CALLED THAT ONE.)
  10. In a perfect world, who would cook you dinner every night? The chefs at my favorite restaurant.
  11. Which kitchen utensil or piece of cook wear do you use the most? I have a smallish fry pan that’s the perfect size for most meals.

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Here are my nominees: 

Do you want to play? Well, consider yourself tagged for any of these awards. I am very selective about the blogs I read, so if I’m mentioning a blog, it’s because I actually read and enjoy it. Many of my favorites no longer accept awards, and I believe it’s best to share the love anyway.
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I am currently reading:
Aside from the blogs already mentioned in this post, I am currently reading the following. If I forgot your blog, it doesn’t mean I don’t read it anymore, it just didn’t show up on the Reader when I made the list.
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http://veggiewitch.wordpress.com/

http://peacelovequinoa.com/

http://veganmonologue.wordpress.com/

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Here are my questions:
1. Alvin, Simon, or Theodore and why?
2. What is your favorite lunch?
3. Favorite summer activity?
4. Favorite salad?
5. Favorite cartoon as a kid?
6. Do you garden?
7. What did you want to be when you grew up?
8. Favorite small appliance?
9. I blog best when I…
10. Favorite movie?
11. Song that is stuck in your head?
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Shine On Award

Thank you You Can’t Eat That!

You Can’t Eat That is devoted to demonstrating all of the wonderful culinary options available to people with food allergies.

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Illuminating Blogger Award

Thank you Peri’s Spice Ladle!

Peri’s Blog is *the* place to go to for accessible Indian recipes.

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Blog of the Year 2012

Thank you Healthy Frenchie!

Do you like healthy living? Dogs? Cool pictures of scenery? All can be found at Healthy Frenchie. Good stuff!

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Happy Xmas in July! 🙂

Achoo!

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It’s just a little cold, but I’m a bad patient. Why is it these things happen at the worst possible time? Of course, I have my own thoughts on that… we work ourselves into the ground, past the point of common sense, and so, when little bugs come around, blammo! If I was getting enough sleep and relaxation, maybe I’d be better prepared.

But, no sick days for me. And cooking? Not so much. Though, these really are the times when it’s best to have something good and healthy. So far, I’ve compromised and gone for good and healthy, but with minimal effort, like sandwiches. I still need to roast some veggies, and knock a few thousand things off of my to-do list. I’ve mostly done raw foods. I tried a grilled cheese, but let’s just say it was not blog-worthy. I don’t cook well when I’m sick.

So for tonight, maybe get those veggies prepped with as minimal effort as possible, maybe some long grain rice or some such to go with it, and that’s all folks. Now, if I could just get some elves to help me with the to-do list…

Peppers and Blogiversary!

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I made these. They were awesome.

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And look!:

anniversary-2xHappy Anniversary with WordPress.com!

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Can you believe it’s been a year already? WOW!

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Have a wonderful week! 🙂

Love and Food

How do I know you love me?

You gave me food when things were horrible and you knew I was living on french fries and Cheerios.

You bought me rice milk the first time I came over, and continue to do so, even though you love your whole milk like someone in a commercial.

Peanut butter is one of your favorite foods, but you don’t eat it when I’m around because you don’t want me to get sick.

You went out of your way to make foods I liked, even though up until then everyone in my life said cooking for me was difficult. What’s even more meaningful is that you still do it.

You got me to try foods I thought I couldn’t eat, and feel safe enough to do so.

You support my blogging, even though your natural skill in the kitchen far surpasses my creative attempts.

A quick thank you…

I’m still working on my response posts for each award, so this is just a quick thank you to three of my favorite bloggers for being kind enough to nominate me.

If you haven’t checked out these three blogs, you really should. There’s a reason all three are on my daily read list!

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Peri’s Spice Ladle

Healthy Frenchie

Dispatches from the Gypsy Roller

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Sunshine Award: Part Deux

I’m very happy to have been nominated for a second Sunshine Award! This award comes from Lindsay is Vegan at her blog of the same name. Won’t you show her some holiday love by stopping by?

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Here’s how it works:

If you are nominated you include the link in a blog, linking to the person/blog that nominated you. You answer some questions and nominate 10 fellow bloggers and link their blogs in your post. And also let the people you nominate know you have done so.

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Here are the questions:

1. Who is your favourite philosopher?

I think the most accurate answer is that I don’t have a favorite. I really like Ettinger’s contribution of the matrixial space. The phallic representation of power/identity has been well-considered for years, but I hadn’t seen anyone actually attempt to change the model until I was exposed to her work.

 2. What is your favourite number? 

I guess I like 9. “9, let’s sing a song of 9. How many is 9?”

3. What is your favourite animal?

This changes depending on mood, time of year, and stuff, but I guess right now, a white tiger.

4. What are your Facebook and Twitter? 

It’s hard enough for me to maintain this blog.

5. What is your favourite time of day?

I’m not a “morning person”, I’m a slow riser who needs to take her time in the morning. But, I love the mornings, before most people wake up. The landscape is so serene. I watch the sun ascend, and enjoy how the light reflects from the frost or dew on the ground, and it just makes me feel more connected.

6. What was your favourite holiday/vacation? 

I really enjoyed my time in the woods.

7. What is your favourite physical activity?

Kayaking.

8. What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?

Depends on my mood. I like that caramel coffee I posted a while back quite a lot.

9. What is your favourite flower?

I’m an old fashioned girl. Give me a rose.

10. What is your passion?

I don’t know.

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Links to bloggers: I was reading another blog where the writer described going through what I’ve been going through when considering a list. Most of the people I consistently read are the same people I’ve been reading for months. Some of these bloggers no longer accept awards. As I’ve mentioned before, my Reader does not work properly, so I usually just click on those people who comment or like a post. If you want to check out my favorites, click on my prior awards on the sidebar.