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What do you think of when you think about December? Cookies! Appetizers! Holiday food! Parties! Right? Lucky for you, I will be featuring my favorites in all these categories.
Of course, eating lots of sweets is not a healthy choice. Each Recipe Idea Shop post provides a nutrition label, so you can choose what you wish to eat.
Cookies & Candies
I love Christmas cookies and candies. I usually make lots of varieties. This year, I’m taking a poll of my kids and grandkids to see what they like best. So far, I have Three Layer Mint Brownies, Brown Sugar Sugar Cookies and my favorite, Chocolate Cherry Squares. And of course, Don’s Homemade Caramels. They are to die for.
Christmas dinner at our house is often a repeat of Thanksgiving. We substitute cookies for pie, though. We definitely make Green Bean Casserole. Our youngest daughter likes the Northern Green Bean Casserole and the next older daughter likes the Southern Version.
Because everyone is grown up and has their own family, we usually do not get together on Christmas Day. We do it on another day. Instead of a family gathering, Don and I volunteer to help with a community meal at Our Community Place. It is a pleasure to make and serve food in a cheery place.
Although I love the holiday sweets, I don’t eat too many because I developed several health issues a few years ago. I need to watch my carbs and avoid sugar and saturated fats. Who doesn’t follow some special diet these days? If you’d like to learn more about my health story, read on.
A few years ago I was overweight, stressed, and a prime target for health problems. I had a heart attack, followed by gut issues. You know everything in your body is related, right? During my recovery, I found that I didn’t eat properly, even though I made most of my food at home. I began to change the way I eat.
Food can make you sick, or it can nourish and heal you. It helped me heal my gut and my heart. Read my story, How I Healed Myself with Food. I learned I had food sensitivities and what a pain (literally) that is.
Lately, we seldom eat in restaurants because I have developed food sensitivities that make eating out difficult. Gluten seems to be the biggest culprit—although I’m not celiac—but I also have trouble with commercial milk products. I have to stick with A2 milk or I get severe joint pain, almost immediately. So…we are cooking more gluten-free and dairy-free recipes, and I am busy converting all my cookies and cakes to gluten-free. Baking gluten free is quite a challenge. Getting the texture right is hard, but when I get it right, I share the recipe and tips on how to do it.