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Picture Updates from Thanksgiving thru Christmas!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Wow- what a month it's been!

Sorry I have not been updating around here very much lately. To be honest, I have been too scattered and busy-- but in a good way, I think -- to feel very inspired or excited to take the time to share much here in the past month.

However, after today's experience with a Neggy at work, I'm ready to just share a little JOY and updates to those here (on Spark) who may be interested and joyful with me! [I inquired about a co-worker's Christmas, asking, "Did you have a nice Christmas?" and she replied, "No, not at all. It was terrible... just sat around... looked at the walls... fell off a ladder and hurt my knee... felt like crap..." and I just had no clue how to respond besides, "Oh... uhh, sorry to hear that!"]

So, because I'm short on time, and because most people enjoy visuals, I'll share my last month's updates in PHOTOS with minimal story-telling. :)

Thanksgiving: Mama, Grandma, and me

Thanksgiving: We never have enough food (clearly). This is AFTER everyone ate.

We got our first "real tree" this year in our new house! Up to this year, Paul and I only had little 2-foot fakeys. I grew up with live-trees, so we got a Frasier Fir and I was tasked with lighting it! 1,100 lights wound in and out, up and down!

My cats have really enjoyed the tree. Nina thinks she looks stunning on the red velvet tree-skirt, and Oliver has just been a royal pain, playing in the branches and batting ornaments all around the house.

It really turned out quite stunning.

I spent some fun craft time with my "little sister" this month, too. We decorated clear glass bulb ornaments with paints, tinsel, and beads.

We also made a pizza together FROM SCRATCH, which she had never done before! She thought it was the best pizza EVER! Then we went to a local high-school production of "A Christmas Carol."

I experimented with making a few healthy, vegan cookies to bring to a holiday cookie exchange party. They turned out pretty well, although I'd try a different ginger-cookie recipe next time, as these definitely tasted like "healthy cookies" (in not a good way!). ;)

My best friend Katie and I had our annual baking marathon day. We still do it at my mom's house, so I go there on Friday night to get ingredients all set up and ready, and do any grocery shopping with my mom. We also got a head start on some cookie-dough, before tackling a 13 hour day in the kitchen on Saturday!

We decked out in Christmas earrings, sweaters, and goofy clip-in antlers for fun!

My mom always makes up huge trays with all the goodies from the day and delivers them to family and friends in town. We also share them all at work, too! Unfortunately, I didn't get a single "Thank You" from any of my co-workers for the tray I brought in, but they sure devoured every morsel...

I finally got all my Christmas shopping and wrapping done last week just in time! We are so very blessed to be able to give and share with family and friends.

My wonderful hubby got me just what I asked for: an Amethyst Om Mala, from It is stunning, and meant to help cultivate peace, tranquility, and spirituality. With how crazy my life is, and how frustrated and angry I can get with myself, this is the PERFECT reminder to stay calm, breathe, and appreciate life's most beautiful blessings. I am feeling it's healing effect on my attitude already, even if it's just as a quiet calm reminder around my neck!

I was also spoiled this Christmas with a new set of square white dishes (Yay!!), a few new Wustoph knives (amazing quality), two new cute pottery mugs for my tea (I drink a ton of tea), and several other goodies that I'm so thankful for!

Today, I broke in my first new plate with my lunch. I've been experimenting lately with more vegetarian/vegan eating, and cutting back on my meat-consumption. It feels really good, both physically and ethically, although I worry about how my family will/would take it if/when I decide to go almost entirely vegetarian. Almost every family dinner in ALL parts of my family is centered around a huge meat-entree, and lots of carby-cheesy-starchy side dishes and over-the-top mayo-y or whipped-cream "salads." Yikes.

Anyway, for lunch today I had tofu "Eggless egg-salad" (very good!) on whole-grain bread with sprouts, steamed edamame, and half a grapefruit. I also had a cup of green tea and water.

That's it for my pictorial updates, friends! I am off to do another Health History consultation, followed by an outdoor run, making dinner, lining up musicians for church, and then another consultation tonight! If you're interested in following me on facebook (I'm there all the time, for realz), you can stop by
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    I love the crafts and pizza you made with your little sister. I think it is wonderful you have made this commitment. Good job on your beautiful tree. I bet is smelled nice. My mom cooks very much like your family and has never changed, so I know what you are talking about. I love the food you posted, yummy and I went right to your FB page:)
    2223 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/18/2012 12:20:57 PM
    I am trying to eat less meat, and hopefully dairy also. I am also curious about what meals with family (and friends?) will be like, time will tell! I am having a hard time figuring out how to get away from dairy, especially since I love cheese!

    2292 days ago
    Your tree looked beautiful! I'm glad you had a good holiday. I decided to jump in and follow a vegan diet in the new year after researching factory farming and the health benefits of eating vegan. I also read Alicia Silverstone's "The Kind Diet." I've been eating vegan for a week and I love it!
    2293 days ago
    That was a great blog. Your tree was beautiful.
    2294 days ago
    Wow what a great pictorial description of your holidays. You look a lot like your Mom and Grandma. If you brought me cookies like that at work you'd have gotten a hand written thank you card those are fabulous looking trays, I'm sorry no one appreciated your effort. Hope that you have a great 2012 and much success all the way around.
    2296 days ago
  • STACYR31
    Yummy treats. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas.
    2299 days ago
  • KARENE10
    Love all your pics! Your tree is gorgeous. I know what you mean about the cats being interested in it. We have 2 cats and the one practically lives under it:) The cookies that you and your friend made look SO delicious. Sounds like you have some rude coworkers,then again,I think my coworkers might react the same way(eat all the cookies and and just act like it was something they deserved:( Idk. Anyway,good luck on being a vegetarian. I could do without red meat but I don't think I could give up chicken or fish. Happy 2012!!!!!!!!
    2300 days ago
    wow your christmas cookies looked very professional i would definately of thanked you if you brought them to me.maybe not if you brought the whole tray but a couple have there one that looked abit like a ginger biscuit.can i have the reciepe that looked great.your pizza looked lovely as well, have just made me hungry.maybe pizza will be on the menu today.thanks for sharing whitney and loved the jumper also the presant from your husband looks beautiful. emoticon for sharing
    2301 days ago
  • DANE02
    Great pictures...thanks for sharing and have a Great New Year!!!
    2302 days ago
    Yea for you on the more vegetarian/vegan eating. I stopped eating meat 5 months ago. It was more difficult at the beginning - now I honestly don't even think about it. I need to try more tofu recipes.... I think vegan would be much harder because of cheese. I love cheese. I do try to use almond milk and vegan "butter"....... and use vegan products anywhere I can.... so we will see. Good luck - keep sharing those recipes!
    2302 days ago
    emoticon blog, with lovely photos !
    Your "little sister" enjoys all the activities you do with her,
    and is sure learning a lot of good things, from you !
    Good for you !
    Your Mother looks to be a wonderful woman - lucky you !
    All the best, for a Happy New Year 2012, to you and yours !
    2302 days ago
    Merry Christmas!! This looks joyful indeed. :)
    2302 days ago
    Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing! What a pity your co-workers cannot tell you how much they appreciate you...
    2304 days ago
    Hey Whitney!
    Great blog...definitely want to try the eggless salad :) I totally understand your concern of what your family would say...this has been the first holiday I have spent with my family as a vegetarian and it was really difficult for them to figure out what they could make at the beginning but once they started brainstorming they realized they had a lot more vegetarian dishes in their cooking repertoire than they thought so then it worked out! I have been a vegetarian for more than 2 years on and off (and permanently since new years last year) and it really feels great :D

    2304 days ago
    COokie extravangaza. I did that too. Baked ALL day on Friday before Christmas. Had so much stuff. I brought in stuff to work- surprised not all got eaten so stuck taking back home with me. Served Christmas but still had left overs. Ended up bringing to my club meeting (running club) where I left them. MOST got eaten. We still have some left, but trying to be good.
    2304 days ago
    Great pictures! I'm glad you had such a wonderful holiday with your family!!! Your tofu lunch looks yummy. I want to start cutting down on my meat consumption also and try out some vegetarian dishes.
    2304 days ago
    Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday, in spite of the Debbie Downers at work! (Wah wah waaaaah....)

    Here's to starting the new year strong and healthy!
    2304 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your holiday stories... so sorry about the situation with co-workers... they sound like a grumpy lot all right. Best to you in the coming year and Spark on!
    2304 days ago
    lovely pictures
    2304 days ago
    Hey! Are you still doing the yoga and journaling everyday?!?!? I am on most days, thanks to you!!!!:-) Happy New Year!!!!
    2304 days ago
  • LADYBUG1107
    It sounds like you had a great holiday!
    2304 days ago
    Great pics! All your cooking/baking and decorating look great! Very festive! Sounds like people at work are really negative. Well, you are so positive. Better not let them get you down.

    Glad you had a nice holiday!! And nice healthy gifts sound and look great too!

    Your tree looks wonderful and the cats are so cute under it!

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    2304 days ago
  • GINA180847
    Looks like you had a great holiday season except the ingratitude of your coworkers. Oh well, their loss. Your husband is a real keeper and your family is a much better version than mine. We had a great Xmas too with great friends and lots of love from kids and grands. Loving life in Mexico!!
    2304 days ago
    Welcome to the vegetarian life! Almost!


    I could see you coming this way by many of your menu selections. Don't worry, family will get used to your choices.

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    2304 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your positive and fun update! Loved all the pics and was so impressed with all the baking you did! I used to bake like that B.C. (before child) and now I am happy to do just ONE item. You are so blessed to have your mom and best friend to enjoy that tradition with.
    It is so sad when people have a crappy Christmas, but even sadder when they wallow in it! Good for you for just moving on and not letting 'Ms. Neggy' get you down!!
    You have been a blessing to me in my SP journey and life this year. Thanks for being you, and here's wishing you a happy, happy new year!
    2305 days ago
    For the past few years, when I meet up with someone who is a Grinch, a grump or just plain nasty, I respond with some kind of blessing. Usually it's "May you have fair sky's and a following wind. May all your journey's end in safety and harmony, and may the sounds of the oceans lend peace to your soul".

    Almost always the person will stop grumbling and look at me with astonishment. Afterwards, some get a guilty little grin or duck their head as a sign they realized they were publically bringing attention to their ill feelings.

    Only once did I have a totally surprising response - a woman who must have been having a REALLY Bad day told to "Go F**k off!".

    I stuttered, then said, "May God Bless you and give you peace". She was still stuttering and fuming as I walked into the store.

    You are always an inspiration. As one of the Vice-Presidents of the FitWhit fan Club, I hope you enjoyed a terrific Christmas, have a safe and Happy New Year and let out all the stops in 2012.


    2305 days ago
  • GAMEON123
    Yum...those cookies look delish! So glad you had such great family time.
    2305 days ago
    My cousin is the only vegetarian/vegan in the family so when we get together for our Holiday meal she will bring 1 or 2 of her own vegetarian casseroles that way people can eat her kind of food if they want to and she doesn't go hungry :)
    2305 days ago
    Your mother, grandmother and sister are as physically beautiful as you are. Enjoyed all the pictures, thanks for sharing.
    2305 days ago
    Looks like a great time! People can be so rude.
    2305 days ago
    I do lots of holiday baking too...but I can't recall not receiving a thank you. I can't believe people could be so rude!

    Your three-generation pic is beautiful!
    2305 days ago
    Lovely pic! Thanks for sharing!:-)
    2305 days ago
    I love your photos! Looks like a great Christmas!
    2305 days ago
    Wonderful pics. I really loved the one with your mom and grandma!
    2305 days ago
  • MELSO31
    AWESOME!!! The cookies looked great and your tree was gorgeous! Also, you are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great new year! emoticon
    2305 days ago
    Great blog...the food looks sooo good and how fun for your Little Sis to spend time with you.

    Your Mom is gorgeous by the way...see where you get those "good looks".

    Happy New Year SP friend!
    2305 days ago
    Looks like you had wonderful holiday! The cookies looked amazing! Very beautiful!! Looks like a lot of fun with family and friends. Hope you have a wonderful New Year!
    2305 days ago
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