I’ve been looking for my Christmas spirit. Spending 4 days in sunny L.A. followed by temps in the 70s in Dallas this week, it’s felt more like September than December.
Time to bring on the cheer. Last night, we went to dinner at my Dad’s house and I knew his wife would have the house in full Christmas decor. Example A:
I was greeted with guacamole and blue corn tortilla chips. And Chardonnay.
Then I was hypnotized by the beautiful, glowing tree.
And perfectly gift-wrapped packages.
Time to eat! Black bean + corn salad, tamales and *vegetarian Mexican rice. YUM.
Cookies and a little birthday celebration.
My “cookie” was a delicious bar of dark chocolate.
*It’s humbling when the chef accommodates my dietary preferences. The rice is usually made with chicken broth and bacon, but everyone agreed it was delicious made with vegetable broth, tomatoes, garlic and cilantro.
STRESS-RELIEF RECIPE ROUNDUP
Yesterday, I posted about Stress-Relieving Foods. I found a bunch of recipes from some of my favorite bloggers that include many of those foods. Check ‘em out:
- A Midwestern Dal
- Healing Spinach
- Homemade Veggie Burgers
- Salmon Salad on Flax Bread
- Homemade Salmon Burgers
- Salmon Wrap with Dill Sauce
- Lentil and Green Bean Salad
- Chickpea Curry Salad
- Mediterranean Lentil Burgers
- Lentil Walnut Burgers
- Roasted Chickpea Tacos
- Easy Salt & Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- Almond Butter Banana Muffins
- Tribute to Oatmeal
- Baked Oatmeal Squares
- Banana Walnut Oats
- Blueberry Pie Oats
- Banana Bread Larabars
- Blueberry Crisp
- Blueberry Banana Soft Serve
- Roasted Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter
I could go on and on!
Any recipes to share? Leave them in the comments.
Have you found your holiday spirit this year?
I found mine last night.