When we started dating, I established a tradition of baking something together when we celebrate Christmas. Coming up with gluten free recipes is tough but it's nice to have a fun activity to do together. This year we made chocolate chunk cookies. The recipe was VERY particular as you had to measure most ingredients out to the gram. I've mentioned before that I fall under the "upholder" tendency (see a description of the tendencies here) and Phil asked if this recipe came from an Upholder cook book because he thought the detail of the recipe was to the extreme. Hahaha. We each rolled out a pan of cookies and put them in the oven. Phil's are on the left, mine are on the right.
|Let's pretend the ones on the right were supposed to form a Christmas tree|
#disappointing Turns out this recipe was NOT compatible with air bake pans. Lesson learned. The good news is that they tasted good, even though my pan was NOT presentable.
After enjoying some cookies for dessert, we went back to Phil's place to open presents. Oscar enjoyed playing with the wrapping paper and ribbon!
On Saturday morning, I was up and at 'em early for a Holiday run with my running club. I wore a red coat to be festive. It was so cold - only 9 degrees when we started! I warmed up quickly but was glad when our 7 miles were done!
|This is how you dress for a run when it's 9F. The less skin exposed, the better!|
On Sunday, I got a bunch of stuff done around my place and finished up my wrapping. It feels good to enter Christmas week feeling prepared for the fun ahead! We'll spend Christmas Eve with Phil's extended family and Christmas Day at his mom's. Then on the afternoon of Christmas, we'll head to my parents so that we can get there in time to have dinner with my family, and will stay there until Sunday afternoon! This is the first year that Phil and I are celebrating Christmas together - I'm really excited to spend the holiday with him and our families!
The Christmas season has been fast and furious for me, but it's been a great one. My mailbox has been full of greetings from friends and family both near and far...
|Holiday mail is the best kind of mail!|
|'Tis better to give than receive.|
This will be my last post before the holiday, so for those who celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends!
How are you celebrating Christmas this year? If you don't celebrate Christmas, do you have any fun weekend plans for this week?