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A Let-the-Season-Begin Sensational Sunday!

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Today was fabulously exhausting! A true Sensational Sunday. Little Man and I woke up early and made a fabulous breakfast. Blueberry pancakes to be exact..

http://greenlitebites.com/2010/08/22/whole-wheat-blueberry-pancake-waffles/

Then we got right to work cleaning in preparation of Christmas decorating. We had quite a mess on our hands from Thanksgiving. I didn’t think to snap a before picture but it wasn’t all that different than about this time last year. After an hour or so we not only had a clean kitchen but a spot for our christmas tree. :)

We had a blast pulling everything out of storage and traveling down memory lane. Little man was ecstatic. He just loves the holidays. Even Dad got all festive and stuff. ;)

Once the tree was up we made sure to clean everything and put it all away. No sense leaving a mess after we just cleaned. We blasted the music and had fun jamming out to Christmas songs. As you can see, Little Man was really into it.

I mean REALLY into it.

Yes that’s a toilet brush (it was cleaned and unopened) and yes we listen to some non-traditional Christmas music. I believe he has jamming to Father Christmas by the Kinks.

Soon it was lunch time. What was on the menu except turkey leftovers! My homemade turkey soup…

I made the broth similar to this and added some brown rice, carrots and leeks.

I paired it with a turkey sandwich on dark rye and some carrot sticks.

Afterwards I had a meeting about the cookbook. Yes.. the GreenLiteBites book. I’m hoping to have it available this January on Amazon! It’s nothing special, Just 60 or so of my favorite GreenLiteBite ideas. I’m super nervous about it but decided to just take the leap. I’m hoping it gives me the confidence to pursue a "real" cookbook one day.

Once the meeting wrapped up I took Little Guy to a paint your own ceramics place to make some Christmas presents. We had a blast chatting and painting and let me tell you my boy can TALK!

Hmmm wonder who he gets that from. ;)

When we came come we helped the husband finish up the outside lights.

We are working on getting those inside window lights as a finishing touch.

Before I knew it, it was time for dinner. I decided to have a little fun, turning leftover turkey into fun enchiladas!

http://greenlitebites.com/2010/11/28/leftover-turkey-or-chicken-enchilada-filling/

Total YUM!

Right now, at this very moment, I’m watching Walking Dead and dreaming about a piece of that berry pie. :)

Not to mention, I’m EXHAUSTED.

yea.. I gotsta go! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!



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There are 8 comments so far.

    Krista

    November 29, 2010

    Your whole post made me smile. Happy Holidays, Roni & family.

    Beachbody Coach Will

    November 29, 2010

    Great post! I’m ready for the season too! Painting ceramics is a great idea for presents, I’ll have to find a place like that around here.

    Tina

    November 29, 2010

    Your home is beautiful, Roni!
    So cool that you’re creating a cook-book and that it will be available on Amazon. Just wondering – will you post a section in each recipe that tells you exactly how much is considered a ‘serving’ and give the fiber, cal, fat content? I find it hard to calculate (ww) when cookbooks just say it serves 6, especially if I’m making soup or stew – I never know if I have too much in my bowl etc. etc.

    roni

    November 29, 2010

    I just do estimated servings like you describe. I find the sizes vary too much to give specifics a lot of the time. For example, if you use a smaller pepper and the recipe calls for a large, or if you like the soup thicker and use less water. My recipes are about sharing ideas and inspiring to cook more, I think when you get to the details and stress over the exact serving size down to the gram it gets counter productive.

    That being said when you have a recipe that tells you serving size but not how much, just separate it evenly into to-go containers right away. That’s what I do. For example look at my old chili post… http://greenlitebites.com/2007/12/03/vegetarian-chili-over-spaghetti-squash/

    Those little containers are life savers!

    Hope that helps!

    Jenn@slim-shoppin

    November 29, 2010

    Hi Roni! Your tree looks awesome! I was just thinking when you said you and Ryan woke up and made pancakes that he is going to be quite the chef instructor when your other son is old enough…that will be so cute! Happy Holidays!

    Tina

    November 29, 2010

    Thanks Roni – I’m totally going to use the go-to containers idea! I’m one of those who stresses about serving size… mostly because I’m always sooo tempted to go up for seconds because I figure maybe I didn’t take enough the first time. :)

    Regina

    November 29, 2010

    This was a great post- I enjoy your website! Looking forward to your cookbook- I’ll definitely get a copy!

    rollercoaster

    November 29, 2010

    I’m going to go make me some blueberry pancakes right now! Those look so delicious. Looks like a really wonderful day :)