Back on the Wagon. Sort of.

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:

Christmas Yard Decorations

Hard to be all frowny when Tigger’s around the corner!

I needed these long walks, thanks in part to Memaw and her divinity:

divinity candy

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. :)



10 thoughts on “Back on the Wagon. Sort of.

  1. I’ll have to check out those recipes! Your pretzel ball thingys sound like something that should be looked into more…you know, for research. I can grab one or two and send the rest to the jackyls at the Mr’s work. The crescent rolls sound divine! That’s a great thing to have tucked away when I only need half the roll for something!

  2. Love that holiday Pooh display! Would make me happy too!

    As for that food, I now am ready to come your way & have you make me that peanut/pretzel stuff cause I don’t want any leftovers here or I would eat every last bite! ;-). Glad you had a wonderful time! I was going to ask about Memaw last post of yours but forgot! What else is new! 😉

    Have a wonderful one Cammy!

  3. Our holiday lasted a day longer; we celebrated Hanukkah Monday night. But yesterday I was back on track and feel so much better eating healthier! Wish I remembered that when I’m reaching for fudge.

  4. Cinnaminny (?) rolls out of a can were our family tradition for Sunday morning breakfasts. I can smell ’em now…

    Oh Cammy, I so lost it (my eating plan the end of last week at my Dad’s house. It’s good to be back in touch with my blogging buds and my sanity as of yesterday, well, today.

  5. Peanut Butter Pretzel Joys sounds delicious!! I’m a fan of all things peanutbuttery 😉 I’m so glad you had an awesome holiday!

  6. I am doing good back in normal routine now except for nuts. I seem to have a snacking problem with those this week. Sort of replaced the cookies, I guess.

  7. I am not quite back to normal yet – these dang holidays get me every time! But thankfully, I am feeling better so I can finally exercise again. I need to burn off about a gazillion calories. :)
    Happy New Year, Cammy!!

  8. I clicked over to check and those are the same sausage balls we used to make when I was a kid. Hadn’t thought about that recipe in years!

    I am winding down for the sugar high, shifting into substitutes as I “come down.” should be back to normal in a day or two. Going to the gym with my daughters while they were home was a big help, too!

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