PA saw a half assed white Christmas this year. A week before the birth of Baby Jeebus, a blizzard tore through the Philly area. Everything stopped for a few days. It was nice.
Christmas eve, everyone had to go to work except Mom and me. Mom was in charge of the tree. Didn't she do a nice job?
Meanwhile I was in the kitchen, baking the day away. I started with vegan gluten-free apple spice bread for myself...
... And finished with Mom's old school butter cookies for everyone else. Check out the cookie press! I found it in the basement, under an inch of dust.
Fortunately, the cookies were dirt free.
The smell of the cookies took me back to the 80s... Mom too... We were both bent over the plates of trees and stars and swirlies, inhaling and growling.
When it came time to eat, I had no urge to dip my hand into the cookie tins. Instead, I revved up the food processor and made...
... a ginger green smoothie!
This one is chock full of spinach, applesauce, ginger, coconut milk kefir, and rice milk. I also threw in a little stevia to mask the spinach taste. Thanks to the ladies at Pure2Raw and Choosing Raw for their tips on green smoothie making and the raw lifestyle.
Raw is my new jawn. At first, the thought of eating only veggies for dinner scared me. I thought I'd wake up hungry at two in the morning. BUT... veggies like the ones you see below - Zukes, shrooms, and carrots - keep me full all night long. Coupled with a bit of cashew cheeze sauce, I'm in bid-ness.
The next day, Santa brought me my #1 present on my list...
Seriously - what IBSSer can live without sweatpants? I can't believe I did for so long. Part of the reason is because I was holding out for these particular sweatpants. They are part of the regulation gym uniform for my old elementary school, St. Basil's.
Maybe it's just me, but I think that school sweats are so much more thicker and warmer than the kinds you can get at Target or K-Mart. These were so worth the wait.
Christmas came and went. My brother, sister, and I celebrated the true meaning of the blessed day in the only way we knew how...
... watching Inglourious Basterds!!!
Two days later, my Boston BFF Peter came up to see me! This is he, standing in Market-East station in Philly. What a handsome fella!
My gift to him was a trip to the city for a day. We ate at Reading Terminal Market and Pat's Cheesesteaks. (He had lots of meat and cheese; I had a veggie smoothie and bag of mixed nuts.) Peter is super into sneakers and hats. So we hit up sneaker stores like Ubiq and Abakus... then snugged to keep warm on the train ride home...
The next day, we went to the mall and bought Phillies hats! Here's mine. He bought it for me.
He left about an hour ago. I am very sad. But I'm also busy. I've got to motor to the food store and prepare for tomorrow. Stores will be closed. I have to make sure I'm stocked with fart-free foods for the new year.
With that, I will bid farewell to you and 2009. My wish for your upcoming year is cliche. But it's a good cliche. May you...
AND BE HAPPY!!!
Here's to a fart-free year!