If you enjoyed your holiday break half as much as I did mine, then you had one awesome time. Besides the yummiliciousness, the gift exchanges, and the drama-less family time, we had gray-but-warmish weather for the weekend. This, of course, allowed yours truly to get outside for some long walks, which greatly enhanced my mood. (Today was sunny and warmish, so I was fairly bouncing throughout my walk.)
Even if I hadn’t been cheery all on my own, I had these guys waiting for me each time I went out:
Hard to be all frowny when Tigger’s around the corner!
I needed these long walks, thanks in part to Memaw and her divinity:
The link is to Paula Deen’s recipe, which is about the same as Memaw’s, and consists primarily of sugar, corn syrup, egg whites (protein!), and pecans. Of course, Memaw can’t be bothered with measuring or candy thermometers. When you’re 91, you don’t have to. Some years the divinity doesn’t turn out too well (something about humidity), but this year’s batch was, well, divine. Definitely worth adding an extra mile or so to the walks.
My contribution to the dinner was a batch of my corn muffins (Memaw’s request) and sausage balls (Dad’s request). I also created a new family favorite, Peanut Butter Pretzel Joys. Creamy peanut butter, smashed pretzels, and chopped peanuts (or you could just use crunchy peanut butter and pretzels, I suppose) rolled into balls and dipped in chocolate. For presentation I sprinkled more chopped peanuts on top of each candy. These were tasty and not overly sweet, despite the chocolate coating. My preferred brand of peanut butter, Kroger Creamy Natural, is just peanuts and salt (which is why I like it). I also thinned down the almond bark with a dab of coconut oil, which made it less sweet, I think. Considering how quickly these vanished, I can predict I’ll be asked to make them again next year.
On Christmas morning, I woke up at the most unholy time of 4:15. I didn’t have to be at my parents’ house until 8:00, so that left me at loose ends. What’s a girl to do but pull out her baking sheet. I made some cinnamon roll-ups using the Crescent Rolls I had purchased and then forgot why I bought them. (I’m sure there’s a bookmarked recipe around here somewhere.) So I just brushed them with some melted butter, sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar, rolled them up and baked them for about 15 minutes. Then I drizzled them with a glaze of powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange zest. Light and yummy! (I don’t think I’ve bought or eaten a Crescent Roll in 10 or 15 years. For some reason, I remembered them being larger. I’m glad they weren’t–this was a perfectly-sized late-morning snack.)
And that was that. The great Christmas splurge is over and I’m back on the mostly healthy eating wagon. I have a breakfast meet-up, a lunch, and then a New Year’s Eve party to get through before I can say all is back to normal. Oh, and a free fro-yo from Yogurt mountain. Can’t forget that! Thank goodness for lots of exercise, or I might not be able to button my pants!
I hope you had a happy holiday and are back in your routine! Assuming you’re like me and left it in the dust.