A Warm, Green Christmas

This year’s Christmas was green in more ways than one. It hit at least 10C yesterday, and on the 23rd we hit 16C in St. Catharines.

Kale, romaine, red pepper, red onion, organic corn, shredded carrot, dried cranberries
Kale, romaine, red pepper, red onion, organic corn, shredded carrot, dried cranberries

For Christmas Eve I took a big salad to my mother in law’s for dinner, along with my own veggie burger to eat alongside her cranberry sauce. I enjoyed my meal very much and was pleasantly surprised when my mother in law asked about the salad dressing I used. I just whipped up my default dressing of cranberry pear infused white balsamic from Della Terra with some dijon and a bit of olive oil. At home, I like to use hemp or flax oil, but kept it mild for her sake. I made extra salad and ate some for breakfast on the road Christmas morning on our way to visit family.

Cocoa, my mother in law’s dog, recovers from Christmas festivities. #Christmas #dog

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I wish I had taken some photographs of our nice meal on Christmas Day. My father and his girlfriend are vegetarian and they made a wonderful meal. Penny made a nice big green salad, eggplant with squash and other vegetables and a peanut sauce from one of the Moosewood Cookbooks, and my dad made a vegetarian pie. Dessert was very rich; a sticky toffee pudding made by me, free of processed sugar, but still sweet and delicious. Definitely an indulgence.

Quality time with the birdies: Lindy on the left, Gaudi on the right.
Quality time with the birdies: Lindy on the left, Gaudi on the right.

It was a very nice holiday but I feel really wiped out from all the food and commotion. I’m taking it easy today and will just do a lighter workout at the gym and save this week’s run for either tomorrow or Monday. I’m enjoying a nice cuddle with the birds right now and there might be a nap in my future.

 

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