We did our annual trip to New York City last week and as promised, I’m sharing some photos with you today from our outing. We had a lovely time and the windows and decorations at all the locations were wonderful.
Wow, counting down to Christmas Eve. Lights are up. Tree is up. Gifts are being wrapped and the Christmas Village is up. I changed it up a little this year from year’s past so today’s Throwback Thursday is a look at the 2010 village as well as photos from this year’s village!
Here are photos from this year’s village!
I’ve set a few stories in Manhattan, including one at Christmas time that I plan to re-release next year. This is one of the most fun times to be in New York City. Today’s photos are of Bryant Park, the NY Public Library and Rockefeller Center. Click here if you cannot see the video below.
I’m not really a baker, but I love cookies and cakes! Especially cookies. This time of year is both glorious and difficult since I’m sticking to my goal of eating healthier, but those Christmas cookies and treats are so so tempting.
Today’s tip is simple: A link to the awesome Betty Crocker Christmas Cookie Countdown. If you can’t find a cookie that you’ll like on there . . . Well, I don’t know what to say to that.
As for me, I’ll try a couple of these when I have more time and I think I’ll try making some of them healthier with some substitutions. For example, you can substitute a can of diet soda or seltzer in brownie and cake mixes instead of the oil and eggs. Applesauce and mashed bananas can be used as well in lieu of the oil for some cakes, brownies and cookies. You can click here for The Ultimate Guide to Healthier Baking infographic which has a number of other substitutions you can make for healthier eating.
Coconut Oil has also become one of those things to have handy and use as a substitute for butter. Click here for the 10 Best Sugar Cookie Recipes Using Coconut Oil!
Boxing Day is not something we normally celebrate in the U.S., but a number of people have off today since Christmas fell on a Thursday. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. We had a wonderful time and I did manage to get all the presents wrapped, finishing the food shopping, prepare the meal and more importantly, celebrate the holiday with family and friends.
I’ve got some photos for you from the holiday table, tree, Christmas village and our new little kitten. If you can’t see the post below, click here to visit the photo album.
I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year! This is a busy time of the year so I hope you’ll excuse me a slightly erratic blog schedule until January 5 when things will calm down and be back to normal. I’m still wrapping and decorating and tomorrow is our big day to go get the Cuban specialities for the Christmas Eve dinner. Tomorrow is also the day I start cooking for all the guests that we are going to have for the holiday. I can’t wait, but for now, I want to leave you with this tasty Man Candy Santa and some photos from our annual trip to New York City to see the decorations.
Click on the #NYC #Christmas 2014 link to see all the photos in the album. It is a public album so even if you are not on Facebook, you can see all the photos!
Every year my family makes a trip to get our Christmas Tree and to visit New York City to see all the Christmas sights. This year it was a challenging trip. Lots of rain, at times with powerful winds that drove the wet into us. We persevered and got our tree and had a lovely time, although we did have to camp out for about two hours in the Time Warner center to warm up, dry off, and get some dry socks. All in all though, it was a lovely day filled with laughter.
I know that some of our experiences from this rain-soaked holiday excursion will make it into a book someday. Here are some photos from our day. I’ll have more from you as soon as I download them from my camera. It was just too wet to risk using the phone at times for the photos. Click on where it says CHRISTMAS 2014 to see more photos!