winter recipes

first let’s state the obvious: i have been gone far too long. this post was supposed to go up the week after thanksgiving but hey, it’s still cold out!!

pumpkin smoothie bowl

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ingredients: 2 frozen bananas, 1 ripe banana, 1/4 can pumpkin puree, water if needed

toppings: molasses, coconut, chia seeds, buckinis

directions: blend all ingredients (try blending the ripe banana and pumpkin first!!), then pour into a bowl and arrange toppings. this is a simple, healthy winter breakfast with a classic flavor that can be enjoyed in both warm and cold climates!!

marinated salad

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ingredients: baby carrots, red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, black olives, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, black pepper

directions: chop all veggies into small pieces and add to large bowl. in a smaller bowl, mix vinegar and olive oil to taste (i try to use as little oil as possible) and drizzle over veggies. crack pepper over veggies and tossed. keep in the fridge (if you haven’t eaten it all already!).

sweet potato mash

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ingredients: large sweet potatoes, maple syrup, brown sugar, earth balance, cinnamon

directions: bake sweet potatoes for 30 mins at 400 degrees fahrenheit. peel, chop, and mash with fork. melt desired amount of earth balance in small dish, then stir in maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon to taste. drizzle over potatoes and stir. this has been my favorite treat since i was a little kid and i still love having it every thanksgiving and christmas!!

christmas eve

 

my dress i wore to sing in church

it’s that time of year again, when most of us gather around a tree with lights and ugly shapes hanging from it and open boxes covered with contrasting colors of shiny paper in the name of family. but what is christmas really about? this could just be another cheesy post about keeping christ in christmas, or making sure the focus is on family and love rather than presents. but today i want to talk about something else: memories.

  

a close-up of the living room tree
 
when we take photos of events we want to make sure they are good quality and that we’ve taken enough. why? to save the memories for a later time. while it’s true that not everyone who celebrates christmas does so for religious reasons, it is true that we all want it to be a day of happiness, whether that be at a large family gathering, a party, or home on the couch with a sibling or two. we all want to have good memories to look back on when times aren’t great. and so this christmas, let’s think, of course, about family and Jesus, but let’s make memories to treasure later when those other things feel far away.
 
wrapping presents is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays

“but zion said, ‘the Lord has forsaken me, and the Lord has forgotten me.’ [the Lord replied,] ‘can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? even these may forget, but I will not forget you. behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.'” – isaiah 49:14-16

outdoor decor