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Weekly Photo Challenge: NOW – Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

25/12/2015

“Love the giver more than the gift.” Brigham Young

 Weekly Photo Challenge: Now - Merry Christmas! Pecan Pie & Good Cheer!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now – Merry Christmas! Pecan Pie & Good Cheer!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now - Merry Christmas & A Feast to Enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now – Merry Christmas & A Feast to Enjoy!

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now - Merry Christmas!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now – Merry Christmas! Pecan Pie & Good Cheer!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now - Merry Christmas & A Feast to Enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now – Merry Christmas & A Feast to Enjoy!

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!

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“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale

 Weekly Photo Challenge: Now - Merry Christmas! Pecan Pie & Good Cheer!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now – Merry Christmas! Pecan Pie & Good Cheer!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now - Merry Christmas!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now – Merry Christmas! Pecan Pie & Good Cheer!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now - Merry Christmas! Pecan Pie Collage!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now – Merry Christmas! Pecan Pie Collage!

Weekly Photo Challenge: NOW - Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! - SheMedia Holiday Greetings!

Weekly Photo Challenge: NOW – Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! – SheMedia Holiday Greetings!

A Letter To Santa
Dearest 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,
xoxo

Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!
Buone vacanze!
Joyeuses Fêtes!
ハッピーバカンス!
节日快乐!
أعيادا سعيدة!
С праздником!
С Рождеством Христовым!
تعطیلات مبارک!
हैप्पी छुट्टियाँ!
¡Felices Fiestas!
גליקלעך האָלידייַס!
Շնորհավոր Տոն!
Boas festas!

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

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Mia Foo permalink
    26/12/2015 5:52 am

    never had a pecan pie in my life. they sure look yummy though. is it a common Xmas food? it’s mostly just turkey and ham here in Singapore.

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  2. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    26/12/2015 5:58 am

    Hi Elizabeth, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Although know through blog and social media but after a while I began to inspired by the efforts you poured in every of your blog post. I like the photos, detail description, thoughts and sharing. However the haiku i need to read twice to understand it because I come from Malay school therefore my english is not that good yet. I will continue to learn and improve. All the best for 2016.

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  3. Esme Sy permalink
    26/12/2015 7:40 am

    Beautiful photos. The Pecan Pie looks mouth watering. Happy New Year! I wish you good health and lots of blessings.

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  4. 26/12/2015 1:05 pm

    I see pecan pie….my fav….

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  5. patricemfoster permalink
    26/12/2015 5:17 pm

    What a wonderful images food & cheers symbolic of family gathering. Have a bless New Year

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  6. Jessica Beal Harlow permalink
    26/12/2015 5:32 pm

    Your pecan pie is beckoning me! It’s the one pie I did not indulge in this holiday, and I have sorely missed it! I think I might have to throw one together this week (after viewing your gorgeous version)!

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    • 26/12/2015 5:41 pm

      TY Jessica. It’s a fav in our home but we always buy it at a bakery. This time I decided to make it at home and it was delicious… 🙂

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  7. Eileen xo permalink
    28/12/2015 7:49 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I love all the food you prepared for your Holiday table. The pecan pie looks absolutely amazing, I need your recipe! I also love salmon and trout. I can imagine everyone was thrilled with the meal!

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