28th: Holiday Bake Day! – What are you planning on baking over the winter holidays? Do you make cake, or cookies? Or something savoury?
Alright, I’ll be honest. Just the last few days of MoFo and I am running out of steam. I almost skipped today’s post, but I’m SO CLOSE to the end =D
So today’s post is brought to you by a sleepless night after a ridiculously hectic weekend (including 4 volunteer shifts, runs, bootcamp, 3 dinner parties and a partridge in a pear tree!). I overbooked myself solid – does anyone else have this problem?
Thursday started with running the annual San Jose 5km Turkey Trot. It was cold and I felt rushed with my schedule, so I managed to run it in 26 min, 29 sec. I think that may be a PR for me! I then headed to my friend Roger’s place. Sunny and I started visiting his wife while she was in hospice care in the summer of 2015 – she passed away a few months after and we had become friends with him, so we still go visit him weekly. He wasn’t celebrating the holiday with anyone, so I told him we would have Thanksgiving lunch together. I made cranberries and roasted squash and brought us a slice of carrot cake for us to split. When I got there, he had set the table and had apple cider for us.
Sunny and I headed out to visit another hospice patient and came home in time to make my Stuffed Peppers, cranberries & brownies to bring to our good friend Brie’s house to celebrate Thanksgiving with her. We ate too much food, played board games together and played with our puppies!
Friday started with a run, guiding my visually impaired running friend as we prepare to run a relay leg of the California International Marathon next weekend. Then we actually treated ourselves to a nice lunch at the Butcher’s Son (vegan butcher!!) in Berkeley. Then back home to make food for dinner party number 2! Check out what our friends Isabelle & Peter made for us!!!
She made roasted veggies, maple glazed brussels sprouts and shepherd’s pie with home made gravy. Everything was phenomenal, but the star of the show was the shepherd’s pie. The bubbling browned mashed potatoes on top of several different kinds of sautéed mushrooms & onions. Heaven in my mouth.
Saturday I helped out with a toy drive – no pictures as it was kind of wet and miserable. And then home to clean and make dinner for some friends.
After the hectic three days, I was beyond glad to have absolutely nothing going on Sunday. Despite being super behind on blogging, I decided to take the day off. We took Sunny for a nice long walk, stopping at Peet’s along the way for some vegan hot chocolate with vegan whipped cream!
A nap may have been involved. And we binged watched the entire Gilmore Girls reboot. Glorious way to spend the day. Now I’m frantically trying to catch up on blogging while I still try to juggle all of my volunteer work (which gets busier this time of year)… but blogging is just supposed to be for fun, so I’ll try keep it that way.
I will leave you with these 2 dessert recipes I have come up with over the years though!
If you’re looking for something a little lighter this holiday season, check out this healthier Key Lime Pie:
Or if you’re looking to indulge in something more decadent, check out this Chocolate Coconut Peppermint Cake: