Another year has come and gone, and tomorrow will be 2016! Tonight we're going to a friends' house to bring in the New Year. I'm going to bring these sugar-free Blondies to share. They are whole grain, vegan, sweetened with dates and so yummy. I've posted the recipe on my food blog, which you can find by clicking here, and I've included a gluten-free variation which is how the original recipe read. I've seriously made a batch of these 3 times in the last two weeks because our family likes them so much, and I'm trying to lessen the sugar intake around here which is high because of the holidays.
I love having the kids home with me when they have breaks from school. The older kids have helped out several times with dinner preparations which makes the task a little more fun and interesting for me :). Here Elisabeth is helped shred the chicken to go into a soup...after doing it she said she's going to be a vegetarian like mom. Well, she was a vegetarian for about 2 days before she started eating some chicken again :). But I get it; it is gross taking meat off a bone and seeing blood and fat and bones. I'm vegetarian because I don't like the taste of meat, and I think the whole idea of it, of eating flesh, like Elisabeth, grosses me out a bit. I'm much rather get my protein and all the nutrition I need through plants, grains, nuts, legumes and seeds and I have for years.
But we made more and in the end it turned out just right. I ate too much of it though, and got sick on Christmas morning with lots of stomach pains. I think it was a combination of too much sugar and the high dairy content (4 1/2 stick of butter!) in this toffee which has always been hard on my stomach. Scott's stomach was hurting Christmas morning as well, but not as bad as mine, and it didn't bother him for too long.
Easy Egg Chile Frittata (casserole) and cinnamon rolls for breakfast christmas morning. Well, I should say the children did, because Scott and I didn't eat much of anything with our rumbly tummies. I made two pans of cinnamon rolls a few weeks ago for our ward Christmas party and I froze 7 of those cinnamon rolls and saved the leftover icing in the fridge, so that I didn't even have to make them Christmas Eve, but instead, I just pulled the frozen rolls out of the freezer and let them thaw over night on the counter. I think I will do this again in the future, make a batch a week or two ahead of time and freeze them, that way I don't have to make them on Christmas Eve when I'm wanting to do other things.
Christmas Eve, Scott also got a couple of family gifts: the sheet music to the Forgotten Carols musical, and star shaped ornaments that each have a different name for the Savior on them.
For dinner we made tamales, which has become another Christmas tradition along with our traditional breakfast and Christmas Eve dinner. We like doing dishes from our heritage, both Italian and Mexican.