“Love the giver more than the gift.” Brigham Young
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! I spent a good portion of my day in the kitchen preparing a Christmas meal for my family. When I saw the theme for the Photo Challenge – NOW – I couldn’t help but share what I was doing in the kitchen. In the second collage above, I have included shots of the foods I prepared in my kitchen. We love squash and, since it is in season, we included two types for my roasted root vegetable platter; Kabocha and Butternut Squash. We also added some cauliflower florets and some Brussels sprouts. The top middle shot is of the marinated trout baked/grilled to a delicious deep earth/gold shade. I love Salmon and Trout and eat them a few times a week. The middle section of the collage showcases my favorite mixed vegetables with cottage cheese tart and my first shot at baking a scrumptious home made Pecan Pie.
I must confess that this is my very first home baked Pecan Pie and I am proud to announce that it got a thumbs up from everyone present at our Christmas table. The tart is a sweet and savory treat that my kids love and the Pecan Pie turned out better than I expected. The last section of the collage just shows shots of the medley of vegetables, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and the squash ready to be roasted, and the dining table with wrapping paper on it … last minute gift wrapping is exciting. Stay tuned for future posts with my recipe for each dish. Yes, I do love to cook. In case you are wondering why I included shots of the holidays in my first collage, well, it is Christmas Day and I couldn’t resist adding a few reminders. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all!
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale
A Letter To Santa
Thank you for the blessings you showered on us this year. Thank you for the new friends and fresh opportunities. We are all grateful… My wish for the coming year is more goodwill, grace and abundance in the world, and less misery, meanness and scarcity!
Please don’t mix these two up like you did last year!
With love & gratitude to all,
С Рождеством Христовым!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! Thank you for your support, blog love, visits and comments. May abundance and divine grace welcome you at your door…
This post includes a prompt from the Weekly Photo Challenge: Weekly Photo Challenge: NOW Sometimes, we get caught up in nostalgia, future fantasy, or both, and we don’t embrace the “now.” For this week’s challenge, take a moment to notice your present, and share a photo of it. For this week’s challenge, take a moment to notice your now, and share a photo of it. Perhaps it is something imperfect, or mundane, or under-appreciated. Maybe it is a simple moment, or maybe it is something grand; we can’t wait to see!
Positive Motivation Tip: Rejoice over the memories and wishes of this Holiday Season and keep them close to your heart… Merry Christmas!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Christmas, via Wikipedia, Flickr and/or from my Personal Collection