December food and intermediate life!

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Woohoo! After putting this post together, all I want to do is relive this month so I can eat everything from December again. So much delight.

It was a magical Christmas with our young children this year. Being a parent makes vacations more fun in ways you could never have imagined. My 4 year old son Scott is learning to read / write and wrote his own letter to Santa this year (with my help!). I had seen this "Santa Mail" in a mall a few weeks before and couldn't wait to send it. He secretly wanted to keep his cute letter full of wobbly letters in a thick marker, but he was so excited to mail it that it was worth it.

Hello, the best gluten-free burrito of my life. Many moons ago I would have a Taco Bell craving twice a year. Obviously, I'm not taking any car tours these days, but this was incredibly delicious – and much healthier! I will share the recipe soon.

My happy little buffalo!

A gluten-free muffin spread with Kite Hill Almond Chive Cream Cheese, Soft-Boiled Eggs, 1/2 Avocado, Orange, and Roobios Tea for breakfast one morning. I was full for hours, but I feel so good when I eat a big breakfast.

I'm not the smartest person, so this Pinterest moment needed to be documented. One afternoon I made these crowns for the windows of our large living room. They are just an embroidery hoop and fake sheets with a glue gun. I like crafts that rely on glue guns instead of actual manufacturing skills. I have the idea here.

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Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie 1 1/4 cup homemade almond milk, 1/4 avocado, 1 frozen banana (I break it into about 4 pieces before freezing to make it easier in the blender), 3 cubes of ice and 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed, almond butter, Great Lakes Jelly Powder (in the green container) and a dash of maple syrup.

Mandatory Star Wars selfie. My husband's company got tickets (and shirts!) …

We are 2 or 2 for kids who love Santa! (or in this case Mrs. Claus …) Don't cry for these guys!

Serious builders of snowmen. This used up almost all of the snow in our little yard. We moved from San Diego to Utah this summer because of my husband's work. My son loves the seasons and the snow! I grew up in Virginia and love the seasons too. I also love the snow before Christmas, but I get tired when it's dirty and still accumulates in parking lots in March. I am sure we will miss San Diego then!

Sugar cookies with almond flour ready to ice for Santa! I have made them every year for 3 years. They are always a success.

I made Christmas Eve dinner for the family reunion this year. We had a gluten free lasagna, rosemary focaccia with herbs, a large salad and pomegranate salad and blueberry marshamallow. I served the focaccia with a good olive oil for dipping. I could eat it every day of my life.

Christmas brothers!

Christmas brunch! Cinnamon rolls, sausages, baked omelette with ham and gruyere, and fruit salad. I'm not kidding I tried to make gluten free cinnamon rolls about 15 times. Every time I touch up and try a new recipe. They are so complicated! I finally nailed it! I even made them the day before and left them in the fridge overnight and baked them in the morning and they still worked. I told my husband that it was a Christmas miracle. I will have to share the recipe soon!

My dad made dinner on Christmas day. He loves to prepare German food and made slow-cooked beef in a red wine sauce with homemade gluten-free spaetzle (German egg noodles), pickled cabbage, and sauerkraut and green beans. So delicious!

I made this chocolate pudding pretzel cake for Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert and it could be my favorite dessert in the whole world now. I need to share the recipe, but I can't do that to you (or me) in January!

After church snacks. Vegetables, salami, aged cheddar cheese, kite hill cheese, hummus, and GF crackers.

My mom's amazing gluten-free vanilla cheesecake and beans! We found that the recipe we often made for Thanksgiving as a child was no longer gluten-free. It has a walnut rind. This definitely maximized my dairy intake during the week. But it was worth it!

I hope everyone had a happy holiday! A happy and healthy 2016!

If any of you want any of the recipes in this post, let me know in the comments. I start it to blog more about the recipe when I know someone wants it.

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