Category Archives: CHRISTMAS

all that is Christmas including recipes and decorating ideas for a traditional holiday

Dastony Sesame Seed Butter Macaroon Bites

DASTONY SESAME SEED BUTTER MACAROON BITES (raw paleo) With winter in the air and the holidays approaching us; sometimes we find that staying on track is a little more difficult this time of year. Most of us are accustomed to the traditional holidays and the un-healthy food that they bring. So on this note, this […]

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Rawmio Hazelnut Silk Sauce Over Pumpkin Pie Sorbet

 RAWMIO HAZELNUT SILK SAUCE OVER PUMPKIN PIE SORBET (raw vegan) Yep, this is the time of year that everything comes up PUMPKIN. I feel that pumpkin pie is what everyone thinks of when you say pumpkin. Well I am no exception to this thought. I LOVE PUMPKIN ANYTHING especially PUMPKIN PIE! I just do not love […]

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Clementine Cranberry Macaroons(raw-vegan)

CLEMENTINE CRANBERRY MACAROONS (raw-vegan) These tasty treats are different than your standard macaroons. Yes, they are sweet, contain almonds and coconut but with a healthy twist. These are gluten free (no wheat), vegan(no animal products), raw (dehydrated not baked) and are actually good for you (so guilt free). I always make them this time of […]

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Carmelized Onion Sweet Potatoes (vegan)

CARMELIZED ONION SWEET POTATOES Sweet potatoes are one of those vegetables I think gets a bad name. For some reason, just the word makes people run screaming. It probably has to do with the fact that a lot of people do not know how to cook them properly, so they lack flavor. I think they […]

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Orange Pomander

ORANGE POMANDER As part of my families traditional Christmas, we still use the basic same ornaments that generations before have used. One of these ornaments is the ORANGE POMANDER. During the Renaissance, pomanders were small silver or gold balls that had spices and fragrances in them to ward off infection and body odor. As we […]

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Pinecone Star

PINECONE STAR Winter time is here and pinecones are not only in abundance but seem to be a favorite for decorations during the Christmas season. Since I have several pine trees on my property that produce pinecones, it is only natural for me to use them to decorate my cabin. The pinecone stars that I […]

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Christmas Tree Flocking

CHRISTMAS TREE FLOCKING Flocking on a Christmas tree can add a new dimension to your tree. I think flocked trees are beautiful when they are done right. I like to use traditional flocking, which is no more than soap flakes and water. Using traditional soap flocking will ensure that you are not bringing unwanted chemicals […]

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Gingerbread Man Ornaments

GINGERBREAD MAN ORNAMENTS Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the colors, the smells and the traditions that surround this time of year. One tradition that I have held onto and practice, is making homemade ornaments for my Christmas tree. One of the ornaments that I do is gingerbread man ornaments. These little guys not […]

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Spiced Brandy Cider

SPICED BRANDY CIDER One of the best things about the holidays is all of the spices we tend to use to season and kick up our food and drinks. As the weather gets colder, we also gravitate to warmer flavors and temperature of what we eat and drink. HOT SPICED BRANDY CIDER incorporates the favorite […]

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Gingerbread Cookies

GINGERBREAD COOKIES Makes about 24 to 36 cookies, depending on size of cookie cutter 5 cups unbleached whole wheat all purpose flour 1 tsp. fresh ground cinnamon stick (use a micro-plane) 1 1/2 tsp.ground ginger 1 1/2 tsp. fresh ground whole cloves (use an old coffee grinder) 1 tsp. fresh ground whole nutmeg (use a […]

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Gingerbread Man Latte

GINGERBREAD MAN LATTE With the holidays here, I always try to incorporate those smells and tastes I grew up with in all of my holiday cooking. I like the warmth that spices add to even the simplest items like a latte. One of my fondest childhood memories is gingerbread (to eat and smell). As a […]

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Pumpkin Sage Soup (vegan paleo)

PUMPKIN SAGE SOUP (vegan paleo) Pumpkin has many uses and is very versatile in how you can cook it. This delicate tasting soup is a great addition to any holiday meal or can be accompanied by an organic greens salad and served as a light lunch. Since pumpkins are in season now, you do not […]

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Cornbread and Wild Rice Stuffing

CORNBREAD AND WILD RICE STUFFING Start your NEW healthy (yet very flavorful) tradition this year with this cornbread and wild rice stuffing in place of bland white bread boxed stuffing. The ingredients are VERY healthy, all whole and will make your taste buds SING! This goes perfect with any sauce or gravy that your serve […]

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Roasted Pumpkin (vegan)

ROASTED PUMPKIN This is an easy NO-FUSS way to roast pumpkin to use in other recipes. Pumpkin’s versatility is endless, I use it in place of potatoes for PUMPKIN HASH AND EGGS. Makes about 8 cups of small diced roasted pumpkin meat 1 small 5 to 6 pound organic baking pumpkins, wash well and scrub […]

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Loaded Cranberries (vegan)

LOADED CRANBERRIES The recipe is a rustic twist on the standard plain old cranberries that tend to be served at our holiday meals. It is bursting with fruit, slightly tangy and just sweet enough. Now that cranberries are back in season, be sure to pick your cranberries that are bright red, firm and of course […]

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Fire Kindling Bag

FIRE KINDLING BAG      As the days get colder and the nights drop below freezing, my fireplace is in full swing now. Yes, I do have a central heating system but it is only set at 50 for the nights if the fireplace isn’t doing it’s job or dies out before I can replenish logs […]

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Herbie Upside Down Cupcakes

HERBIE UPSIDE DOWN CUPCAKES This is one of my favorite ways to eat my BRANDIED FRUIT HERBIE that I make. This recipe is a take off on a classic pineapple upside down cake that your grandma used to make. ENJOY! Makes 18 regular sized cupcakes 4 cups BRANDIED FRUIT HERBIE do not drain, just stir […]

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