Thursday, January 3, 2013

And I'm Back!

Well I definitely dropped the ball on my pre-holiday blog posts - I was crazy busy with moving and work and getting my stuff packed and something had to fall by the wayside and unfortunately it was the blog.  So a belated Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you all! 
My holiday break was spent in sunny, semi-warm Florida with family.  We went for bike rides in the mornings, did last minute holiday shopping, went to the beach/pool in the afternoon (I actually got a mini-tan this time!), hung out with my cousin and her two adorable little girls, did the traditional Jewish Christmas of Chinese food and movie (saw Les Miserables - incredible) and also had a cousin's-night-out later in the week to see Django (also fantastic).  I spent one day hanging out with my cousin's daughters and we attempted to make chocolate covered pretzels.  The older one didn't like getting dirty and the younger liked it so much that chocolate wound up all over her face - but we had fun!  And amazingly enough there was minimal family drama and we all just enjoyed each other's company!
I ate a lot of good food this trip.  Naturally we hit up the Chinese restaurant a couple of times, my mom made her special chocolate chip cookies which I may have eaten daily for breakfast, and my awesome cousin baked some delicious yolk-free champagne cupcakes for New Years Eve!  I also did a lot of cooking on this trip.  My mom was on an elimination diet (like the one I did years ago when I found out about my egg-yolk sensitivity) and among the list of things she couldn't have were baker's yeast, sugar, soy, and lettuce.  My dad is also lactose intolerant and of course I have my egg issues.  So I broke out some of my modified detox diet recipes to feed the family good meals that met everyone's dietary restrictions.  We ate roasted veges with chicken, butternut squash soup with turkey bacon, lots of salads, shrimp and asparagus risotto, and I even made some sugar-free and dairy-free deserts like an apple blueberry crumble and coconut milk rice pudding.  Both used agave nectar instead of sugar.
The whole trip culminated with a family trip to the bowling alley on New Year's Eve.  And when I say family, I mean grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins!  It was a hoot watching my grandma bowl.  I actually did pretty well too - my first game I broke 100 AND beat my brother!  I admit it went downhill after that, but I blame the balls at the alley.  They had a ridge on the inside of the thumb hole that kept rubbing and gave me a blister.  Regardless, we all had a lot of fun and it was wonderful to ring in 2013 with the family!

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