12 Days of Christmas: 8 Takes on Gingerbread Recipes

12 Days of Christmas: 8 Takes on Gingerbread Recipes

I want to eat ALL the gingerbread!

I drew this little picture to help represent my feelings on the subject of gingerbread.  Isn't it just wonderful?

Personally, I think there has not been enough gingerbread in my life this season.  With Christmas a mere EIGHT days away, I think this is a fact in need of remedying.  As such, I've rounded up just about every way you can get the flavor of gingerbread in before it's too late!  Okay, technically it's never too late... but I certainly enjoy gingerbread the most before New Year's Day.

It's so lucky that on the 8th day of Christmas my FitCakes gave to me 8 Gingerbread Recipes!  

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12 Days of Christmas: 9 Holiday Brunch Recipes

12 Days of Christmas: 9 Holiday Brunch Recipes

It's a good thing it's almost the weekend because... oh, wait - it's Tuesday.  Oh, well!  I'll make brunch tomorrow anyway.  After all...

On the 9th day of Christmas, my FitCakes gave to me 9 holiday brunch recipes!
If I'm going to try them all, I better start now, right?

If you've been following along the last few days, you've noticed that I am posting a new recipe roundup EVERY DAY up until Christmas now, for each day of the 12 day countdown to Christmas!  I'm doing this to help you find all the best healthy recipes for the season, while discovering a ton of fun new healthy blogs.  It's like a treasure hunt.  A treasure hunt where I never have to leave the house... and it makes me hungry.  But, never fear, I'll make the ultimate sacrifice and do it for you.

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12 Days of Christmas: 10 Holiday Leftover Makeover Recipes

12 Days of Christmas: 10 Holiday Leftover Makeover Recipes

If you haven't yet heard, FitCakes is in the midst of arecipe roundup-athon for the 12 days of Christmas!And I'm getting all the healthy food bloggers out there involved! I've been meeting all kinds of amazing people and finding sooo many great healthy recipes to try while helping you find the best recipes on the interweb for the holiday season!

 

Check out the countdown so far:

On the 12th day of Christmas, FitCakes gave to me 12 Healthy Small Bites Recipes

On the 11th Day of Christmas, FitCakes gave to me 11 Kid-Friendly Recipes!

There are just TEN days until Christmas.  Does that not blow your mind?  

I think I just heard an explosion - I'll take that as a yes.

From now until New Years, the days are sure to be filled with lots of parties, family/friends over for dinner, and neighborhood Iron-Chef competitions.  Right?  

Alright, the neighborhood Iron-Chef competitions aren't a thing.  Yet.  Still working on that... let me know if you're in the area, we'll totally make this happen.

Still, there is going to be - maybe there already is - more leftover food taking over the fridge than you imagined possible.  I always feel like somehow it multiplies on its own... I mean, I couldn't really have cooked all that in the last 24 hours, could I?  I'm sure at some point I would have realized there are only two people living in my house...

 

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12 Days Of Christmas: 11 Kid-Friendly Recipes

12 Days Of Christmas: 11 Kid-Friendly Recipes

Got any wishes for Christmas this year?
Is it a full-on, legitimate, letter-to-Santa list?  Or is there just ONE thing you really want and everthing else may as well be pencil-shavings in comparison?
Things I've wished for, for Christmases past include:  Polly Pockets, American Girls Dolls, an encyclopedia (I was eight and this request prompted my Dad to introduce me to the "Internet" and Brittanica.com), a pony, and an Easy Bake Oven (Got it! Have since graduated to the big kids' oven.)
This year some of the "things" on my list are not actual things.  And I think that's totally acceptable, especially as a grown-up, to have lists of Christmas wants that do not take up more space in your life.  True?

 

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Glazed Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Glazed Eggnog Sugar Cookies

I remember the first time I ever tried eggnog.  

It was non-alcoholic, of course - I couldn't have been older than 10 at the time - but because I wasn't prepared for anything but what it appeared to be, which was a milkshake, I still had to hold it at arm's length to stare at it and ask, "Grandma, what's in this?"

The whipped egg and the nutmeg, practically the defining features of the holiday drink, were out of range for my ten-year-old palate.  And now, though I've long since added many tastes and textures to my "acceptable foods" list, milkshakes and similarly heavy drinks have not survived those palate-expanding changes.

As a result, I've never added eggnog to my holiday menu.  Still, seeing the plethora of recipes for eggnog and the overflowing milk coolers of eggnog at the supermarket, I can't help but feel I'm missing out somehow during the holiday season.  I mean, heck, I appreciate nutmeg!  

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