My wife is originally from Germany, and the Germans have the civilized custom of celebrating two days of Christmas. So today was "Day 2." Our celebration consisted of sleeping in a bit, having bacon & eggs for breakfast, my daughter using some of her petsitting money to prop up the US economy by purchasing clothing on-line, and then going to see the movie "The Hobbit." Recall that we prepared for this by her reading the book and seeing "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy the weekend before Christmas, so this was all quite fresh to her, and I still have a fairly good memory of the story. We thoroughly enjoyed it! I had been a bit skeptical about breaking the book into a three-part, 9-hour trilogy, but the way it was produced it worked, at least for me. The filming is fun and sometimes spectacular. And some good messages in there too. Highly recommended and I can't wait until Part 2 comes out in 12 months.
I did feel sorry for the dwarves though, having to run a lot as they were being chased by orcs (the bad guys ... very ugly). Dwarves definitely were not built for long-distance running, short little legs. Much better to be an elf.
Oh yes, what did we eat afterward ... I cooked a pretty good dish of stir-fried chicken breast and zucchini (still from this summer!) in coconut oil, seasoned with garlic, tumeric, sea salt, and oregano. My daughter then made a new dessert: tasty, very rich, sort of a stuffed non-bake brownie confection. Here are her ingredients:
"Outside" (shell): ground walnuts and almonds, cocoa powder, stevia, xylitol, and coconut crystals (sugar).
"Inside" (filling): egg, yoghurt, butter, coconut flour, vanilla syrup, xylitol, coconut sugar, arrowroot (thickener).
I'm eating my portion as I write, not sure I can finish it tonight!