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Monday, December 10, 2012

Hey Sparklers!

This will be an early "Happy Holidays" well wishing from me. Husband and I will be leaving for holiday and family travel this Saturday, so I won't get much chance to write.

I've been keeping busy with holiday baking the past couple of weeks. Mostly because I need subject matter to practice my food photography. I have a bunch of pictures taken, just need to write up the recipes and post them on my blog!

It's a shame really that baking and weight loss are so incompatible. I've discovered that I really enjoy the process of baking almost more than eating it! Getting out the scale, measuring and calculating ratios for a certain texture is very scientific. I haven't just been following recipes; I've been deconstructing them to figure out how they work so I can make my own. The decorating part requiring the right brain is more frustrating for me. It doesn't look exactly the way I envision in my head. I admire pastry chefs who are more whole brained than I am who can do both the science of creating food and the artistry of making them look beautiful!

These are my homemade holiday cookies, which are a lemon cardamom cookie. Way better than the store - they have flavor! For eating, I actually prefer them without the icing. I think the icing detracts from the cookie. Plus decorating just takes a lot of time - lol.

Enjoy the delectables at this time of year, but not too much! Most of all, enjoy time with loved ones. I haven't been counting calories or carbs, and not stressing about it. Just a few more weeks of holiday parties and dinners, then January will be back to routine.

Still nothing on the job front. I have a couple of personal projects that I need to finish in order to add to my portfolio. In the new year, I'll be pursuing freelance options. It won't make me a ton of money, but I don't really have a lot of choices. The area where I live isn't suited for my skills. The aspect of freelancing I'm most worried about is how to manage client expectations.

The past couple of months I've been down in the dumps for various reasons. Just want to say "Thank you!" to the person who wrote to me about how my blogs inspired her. I don't want to name her publicly without permission, but I just want to say that her words gave me a little lift that I needed! Part of my lack of blog updates recently has been due to lack of inspiration. Just a few words of kindness was enough to inspire ME! So again, "Thank you!"

2013 will be more busy for me as I've enrolled in college courses, and working on the personal projects I mentioned. I'll be employing all the time saving techniques I've built up over the years to eat home cooked meals and exercise with a busy schedule. I don't really gain much weight unless I start eating fast food and become less active. Not a shocker, eh? I plan to take my lunches to school and avoid the cafeteria. While there are healthy options in a cafeteria, it's still cheaper to pack a lunch.

30 minute workouts can fit into any schedule. As you know, I'm a hardliner on this. If you have time to watch a 30 minute sitcom on TV, you have time. Do what I do and combine your TV show and your workout. I watch TV shows, movies, and podcasts on my iPod while I'm on the treadmill.

Happy holidays, and see you in the New Year!

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    Are you doing your baking with low-carb ingredients (almond/coconut flours), or are you making traditional cookies? I'm curious about how much you can indulge before you feel negative side effects, especially after doing the carb cycling. I've found that even two or three days in a row of eating ANY amount of highly refined carbs leads to me feeling like junk, sadly. This makes holiday baking much more difficult! So if you ARE enjoying flourless baking, I'd love some recipes.

    Good luck on your projects and finding success as a freelancer. If there's anyone with the intelligence and drive to make it happen, I know it's you!

    Happy Holidays and enjoy traveling!
    1987 days ago
    Re: counting calories this time of year, I'm doing the same as you, and not worrying about it much (at all!) and enjoying myself. I can really buckle down in January, not deprive myself, and this means I'm not going hog wild when the treats are around. Just a taste is fine, and satisfying, since I know I'm not restricting myself.

    Enjoy your holidays and travels! emoticon
    1991 days ago
  • BILL60
    And a happy one to you too. Enjoy it!!
    1991 days ago
    Happy Holidays to you too kiddo.....have missed your insightful blogs, but then again, I've been slacking off on the writing myself.

    Here's a nice gift to get yourself this year. I'm a big fan of this outfit called "The Teaching Company" They provied great lectures on everything from history, to science, to religion, & humanities. I listen to them on my many airline trips.

    They have one called "The Everyday Gourmet"

    check out the link:


    The other idea is to grab a copy of "On Food and Cooking" by Harold McGee from Amazon.....a classic

    Happy Holidays!
    1991 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/10/2012 8:55:35 PM
    Happy Holidays to you too and many blessings in the New Year!

    I'm swamped at work and at home and not expecting to break the surface again until late winter. I'm the only person I know who will actually think "Oh, thank goodness, it's almost February!" LOL!
    1991 days ago
    Happy Holidays to you too! Wonderful blog and beautiful baked goods! I love your blogs but completely understand about not blogging as I have been a bit down my self lately. Well get back in the swing though right? Have a wonderful holiday season! emoticon
    1992 days ago
    Well here is another pat on the back to let you know that you do inspire!


    I love your blogs and your obvious commitment to your health and the health of others!!

    1992 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/10/2012 10:47:49 AM
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